Saturday 23 April
Snooker World Championship
Sat-Fri, BBC Two, 10am
The second-round matches should be completed this weekend as we begin the march to the May Bank Holiday finale at the Crucible. GT
Boxing: Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte
Sat, BT Box Office, 6pm
“This is not The Tyson Fury Show.” Actually, Dillian… More than 90,000 baying boxing fans will fill Wembley tonight for this all-British WBC world heavyweight title fight between the self-titled “Gypsy King” and his enormously tough contender from Brixton – and roughly 89,950 will be expecting Fury to retain his belt. Fury hasn’t fought on British soil since 2018, so we can expect this homecoming to be utterly raucous and if the fight reaches anything like the heights of Fury’s last bout against Deontay Wilder, it will be a thunderous evening in west London. The ringwalk is expected at 10pm. The Tyson Fury Show? Only one man can put a stop to that. GT
BBC One, 9.15pm
“I’m angry, you’re hurt, that’s life,” says Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), rather than one of the many Killing Eve fans furiously disillusioned by the conclusion to this once-storied series. In truth, the show has felt ersatz for a while, each new season a paler imitation of the last, but Laura Neal’s time at the helm of this fourth run reaches a climax tonight that, while never reaching the operatic heights of the Phoebe Waller-Bridge era, doesn’t disgrace itself either.
It begins with Eve and Villanelle (Jodie Comer, still giving it everything) fleeing the murderous Gunn (Marie-Sophie Ferdane) for a road trip from the Scottish highlands down to the London MI6 pub where Fiona Shaw’s Carolyn awaits and, they believe, the crime syndicate The Twelve will be gathering.
Snacking on a bag of Revels in a campervan while listening to Don’t You Want Me may not scream subtlety, but the apparent happiness Eve and Villanelle are sharing – the calm before the storm – feels both genuinely touching and hard won. And an ultraviolent ballet to the tune of Cameo’s Candy prior to the final twist is the sort of knowing silliness that only Oh and Comer could come close to pulling off. GT
TOTP: THE Story of 1996
BBC Two, 8pm
Another splendid riffle through pop’s back pages, with Britpop beginning a slow retreat following the cultural saturation of Trainspotting and Euro ’96, in the face of an onslaught of Girl Power, weapons-grade hip hop from Blackstreet and Dr Dre, and, of course the Macarena. Neil Hannon, Shaun Ryder and Peter Andre are among those bearing witness, before the hits round-up featuring Mark Morrison, Fugees and Robert Miles. GT
Britain’s Got Talent
Another batch of hopefuls enter the bearpit of the London Palladium, where withering/ecstatic assessments await from Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. GT
A Lake District Farm Shop
Channel 4, 8.15pm
An absolute charmer of a series, this, and from the most unpromising raw material, the latest instalment follows an ambitious plan to make bespoke tweed, the extension of the service station’s range of savoury condiments and a proposal for an exponential increase in butter orders. GT
BBC Four, 9pm
DCI Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) finally cracks the case after turning over a property, realising that another person’s survival depends on her quick thinking – and the grim facts behind the murders emerge as an engagingly bleak third and final series concludes. GT
Kings of Country Music
Channel 5, 9.15pm
Having covered Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Taylor Swift and co last week, Channel 5 turns its attention to the men, with another TOTP2-style combination of live performances and wryly informative subtitles. The glories are many, from Glen Campbell’s peerless Wichita Lineman and Kenny Rogers’s The Gambler to the lesser-known likes of the Bellamy Brothers’ Let Your Love Flow and The Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band. More C&W classics follow at 11.15pm from Robert Plant, Willie Nelson and others. GT
Accidental Wilderness: Europe’s Everglades
Sky Nature, 10pm
This German-made documentary film trains cameras on an unusual but picturesque man-made nature reserve, born out of a dumping ground for wastewater in central Europe and now home to migrating birds from around the world. GT
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) ★★★★★
This fact-based Western set the standard for the modern buddy movie and created the formidable partnership of Robert Redford and Paul Newman – although it only lasted for a brief two films (the other being The Sting). Here Newman and Redford star as two of the Old West’s best-looking outlaws, who attempt to rob trains once too often, forcing them to go on the run. Also featured are Katharine Ross, Strother Martin and Jeff Corey.
Funny Girl (1968) ★★★★★
BBC Two, 2.05pm
Barbra Streisand, who is 80 tomorrow, offers a show-stealing performance in this affectionate biopic of the American comedian Fanny Brice, which covers her early life in the Jewish slums of 1910s New York, her astronomical rise to fame as a “Ziegfeld Girl” and her doomed second marriage to Julius Wilford “Nicky” Arnstein (Omar Sharif). This is an epic tale from William Wyler (Ben Hur), complemented by great musical numbers.
The Croods (2013) ★★★
Tectonic shifts force Grug (Nicolas Cage) and his prehistoric clan to leave the safety of their hovel and venture into the jungles of the unknown in this zippy family animation, co-written by John Cleese. A hip interloper, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, tags along. While the lessons learned along the way are, unfortunately, largely predictable, children will still love the snappy action sequences, and Grug is a cartoon dad to remember.