What’s on TV tonight?

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What’s on TV tonight?

SPORT: FA Cup fourth round, Arsenal v Coventry (BT Sport 1, 7pm).

Arsenal will kick off the fourth round of the FA Cup against Coventry on Friday January 24 in the first of five ties to be screened live across the weekend.

The Premier League pacesetters beat north London rivals Tottenham in round three, and will be hoping to avoid a major upset when Sky Bet League 1 Coventry – winners of the competition in 1987 – come to the Emirates Stadium.

ENTERTAINMENT: Room 101 (BBC One, 8.30pm)

As Frank Skinner returns for a new series of the comedy show, he might just have found the perfect guest.

That’s because the first episode features Richard Osman, who in 2012 teamed up with his ‘Pointless’ co-host Alexander Armstrong to write a book entitled ‘The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World’.

He won’t get the chance to count them all down tonight, as the show has undergone some format changes since the old days. Now each episode features three guests, who get to debate the subjects up for banishment among themselves.

Tonight’s fellow guests comedian Roisin Conaty and broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

TALK SHOW: Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Beverley Callard (ITV, 9pm)

“Skirt no bigger than a belt, too much eyeliner, and roots as dark as her soul”.

That’s how Blanche Hunt memorably described Rovers’ Return landlady Liz McDonald.

But it turns out that actress Beverley Callard has also experienced more than her share of drama away from the Street.

Here, she joins Piers Morgan to look back on her own turbulent personal life, including her four marriages, the nervous breakdown which left her on the brink of suicide, and her experiences of electroconvulsive therapy.

But perhaps most intriguingly for Corrie fans, she comes clean about the night she spent with Charlie Lawson, better known as her on-screen husband Jim.

COMEDY: 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4, 9pm)

Tonight Irish comedian Dara O Briain joins Sharon Horgan as the latest celebs to attempt to prove they can spell eight-letter words and multiply by 75.

It’s hard to keep track, as it never really takes a break, but Countdown recently began broadcasting its 70th series – could this comedy version prove to be just as indestructible?

Well, it’s the last in the current run, but we wouldn’t bet against Jimmy Carr returning for more word and number-based shenanigans later in the year.

Team captain Jon Richardson will have his work cut out against ‘School of Hard Sums’ host Dara.

As ever, Rachel Riley and Joe Wilkinson will be checking their workings, while Susie Dent mans Dictionary Corner with the aid of Adam Buxton.

DOCUMENTARY: Born to Be Wild (BBC Four, 9pm)

Air guitars at the ready for this final instalment of the documentary series charting the history of American rock music – because it’s focusing on what’s been dubbed the Golden Age of US rock ’n’ roll: the 1980s.

Bands such as Van Halen, Mötley Crüe and Poison sported heavy make-up, flashy clothes and huge hair, and sang songs of sex, riotous parties, alcohol and drugs.

Meanwhile, the likes of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen provided a moral backbone to 1980s rock, focusing their attentions on the social and political issues of the time.

By the end of the decade, though, a new form of rock would take over as bombastic power ballads and blue-collar anthems alike gave way to grunge.

Bon Jovi feature in a live concert immediately after this show.

FILM: No Country for Old Men (2007) (Film4, 11.25pm)

A Texan hunter stumbles across the site of a drug deal gone disastrously wrong – and decides to help himself to a briefcase full of cash.

He goes on the run, but doesn’t count on being trailed by a sadistic hitman who will stop at nothing to get the job done.

Can a world-weary sheriff make sense of the carnage before more innocent people pay the price for getting in the killer’s way?

After the disappointing ‘The Ladykillers’ the Coen Brothers made a dazzling return to form with this Oscar-winning thriller.

At times, it’s almost unbearably tense, and some of the credit for that has to go to Oscar-winner Javier Bardem who manages to be downright terrifying despite being burdened with a ridiculous haircut.

Starring: Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Kelly Macdonald, Woody Harrelson, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper, Barry Corbin

NEW ON NETFLIX: In The House (Dans la Maison) (2012)

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher.

Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.

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