TV tonight: Andrew Neil’s GB News launches

The reactionary news outlet begins its slate of programming. Plus: SAS – Who Dares Wins reaches its finale. Here’s what to watch this evening

GB News

From 8pm, GB News

If you’ve been longing for a news outlet willing to use the word “woke” endlessly and pejoratively, you’re finally in luck. Today sees the long-trailed launch of GB News, which has boldly appointed itself “Britain’s news channel”. Andrew Neil will be launching the grassroots fightback against snobbery and metropolitan hauteur while commuting from his home in the south of France. Other treats include former Apprentice and Brexit party candidate Michelle Dewberry and alleged satirist Andrew Doyle. Phil Harrison

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021

7.30pm, BBC Four

Glottal royale: the biennial opera comp is back with 16 singers from all over the globe descending on St David’s Hall striving to claim one of the accolades on offer. Coverage of the qualifiers continues throughout the week on BBC Four and Radio 3 with the final next Saturday. Graeme Virtue


9pm, BBC One

The second part of Jimmy McGovern’s beautifully performed, relentlessly bleak prison drama. Mark Cobden (Sean Bean) is gradually getting used to fellow prisoners spitting in his food. So the focus turns to Stephen Graham’s tightly wound prison officer Eric McNally, whose son has been attacked in a different nick. PH

Brian Cox’s Adventures in Space and Time

9pm, BBC Two

Brian Cox’s Adventures in Space and Time.
Brian Cox’s Adventures in Space and Time. Photograph: BBC

At first reckoning, this episode’s question – what is gravity? – seems the least mind-bending of the series. But there’s a lot more to gravity than the force that keeps us grounded. This is the stuff of ultimate beginnings, says Cox. It is “an investigation of the deepest structure of reality”. Ellen E Jones

SAS: Who Dares Wins

9pm, Channel 4

The gratuitously fearsome SAS selection course reaches its traditional climax. To reach the end of their ordeal, the recruits will undergo interrogation. They’ll be hooded, exposed to endless white noise and be on the receiving end of plentiful severe shoutings from a team of trained brutalisers. PH


12midnight, Channel 4

Another instalment in which cool violence and knotty gangster plotting occasionally manage to interrupt the flow of the long, overwritten speeches to which we have become accustomed in this series. Chris Rock has two big clunkers to chew through as his crime boss Loy steps up his war against the Sardinians. Jack Seale

Film choice

Washed-up luvvie ... Hugh Grant in Paddington 2.
Washed-up luvvie ... Hugh Grant in Paddington 2. Photograph: Allstar/Studiocanal

Paddington 2, 5pm, BBC One

This sequel joins the original as a modern family classic, thanks to its pitch-perfect tone, dry wit and on-the-nose casting. Here, our furry hero lavishes an especially hard stare on Hugh Grant’s washed-up luvvie Phoenix Buchanan, whose nefarious scheming lands Paddington in prison. Paul Howlett

Live sport

International Cricket: England v New Zealand 10.30am, Sky Sports Main Event. Day four of the second Test.

Euro 2020: England v Croatia 1pm, BBC One. Austria v North Macedonia and Netherlands v Ukraine follow on ITV from 4.15pm.

Tennis: French Open 1.30pm, Eurosport 1. The men’s singles final from Roland-Garros, Paris.


Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue, Ellen E Jones, Jack Seale and Paul Howlett

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