Friday's TV Tips

Check out our spoiler-free guide to what to watch on the box tonight.

Friday's TV Tips

GAME SHOW: The Million Pound Drop (Channel 4, 8pm)

Channel 4 celebrates the return of its phenomenally popular live interactive quiz show by inviting two of the stars of another of its biggest successes to take part. Stephen and Christopher, of the channel’s oddball sleeper hit reality show Gogglebox, trade a night in front of the telly for one spent on it, as they hope to raise an impressive sum of cash for charity.

This is The Million Pound Drop’s 13th series, so by now we should all know what to expect: contestants are given £1m in bundles of cash, and must hold on to as much of it as possible through a series of questions by placing it over the correct trapdoors. Wrong answers lead to the cash plummeting away.

This time around, each edition of the eight-part run will feature a different theme for the game, such as a blind-date drop, a generation-gap edition, and a workplace special.

In addition, more well-known faces are lined up to take on the challenge for good causes as the weeks pass. They include Jonathan Ross and his family, Alan Carr and Nick Grimshaw, and the stars of Educating Yorkshire.

It’s all change, then. At least host Davina McCall is still present and correct, offering congratulations and commiserations where neccesary.

MUSIC: Ellie Goulding & Haim @ T (BBC3, 8pm)

Ellie Goulding has enjoyed a phenomenal couple of years in the limelight.

The uber-talented singer has been kicking around since 2009, of course, initially bringing out catchy hits including Starry Eyed and The Writer.

However, it’s her latter stuff that’s seen the music critics sit up and listen. Singles including How Long Will I Love You and Beating Heart charting in the top five, with Burn scoring her first number one last year.

Ellie will no doubt be performing all of those hits, as Scotland’s biggest music festival gets under way in Balado near Kinross.

If American pop-rock is more your thing, be sure to catch Haim straight after, as the quartet perform hits including Forever, The Wire and If I Could Change Your Mind.

Greg James and Jen Long are on presenting duties, and if you fancy even more music, the channel has lined up a whole evening of highlights from the festival.

HORTICULTURE: Gardeners’ World (BBC2, 9pm)

Green-fingered hero Monty Don must love this time of year.

The cold winter weather is a distant memory (although blink and it’ll soon be here again) and the gardens we’ve spent the rest of the year nurturing can finally bloom in all their glory.

And grow they most certainly are – what with all this lovely weather we’ve being treated to recently, we’re never out of our gardens.

Given that we’re spending so much time out there, it’d be nice to get some tips on how to spruce the place up, so Monty takes a look at uses for pots and containers, revealing their versatility, practicality and potential, and advising how best to display them.

Meanwhile, Carol Klein is in Stroud, Gloucestershire, coming to the aid of first-time gardeners Dan and Dominiqu Farmer, who are looking to find the perfect plant combination for their shady patio.

And blogger and writer Niki Preston discusses the ways in which gardening using containers changed her life.

FILM: The Wicker Man (ITV4, 9pm)

A prudish, puritanical police officer is called to a remote Scottish island to investigate the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl.

A devout church-goer, he is horrified to discover the community steeped in pagan rituals and sexual promiscuity, and the landlord’s daughter in seductive mood in the room next door to his...

Not to be confused with the lifeless Nicolas Cage 2006 remake, this is a classic cult movie - possibly one of the best British movies ever made.

Christopher Lee is outstanding as the charming but villainous Lord Summerisle, and claims it’s the best role he’s ever had – and let’s face it, he’s had a few.

Edward Woodward is great as the copper, and you’ll never look at Britt Ekland the same way again.

Rotten Rating: 90%

FILM: Goon (Channel 4, 12.20am)

Dim-witted yet lovable Doug Glatt is a bouncer in Orangetown, Massachusetts, whose parents hoped he would become a doctor like his gay brother, Ira.

The coach of the ice hockey local team is impressed with Doug’s fighting skills and best friend Ryan encourages him to try out as an “enforcer”.

After just one season, Doug transfers to the Halifax Highlanders in Nova Scotia, where the coach asks him to protect his out-of-form scorer from a bullying rival.

If you’re hoping for some kind of intellectual stimulation you will be disappointed, but if you put your brain into neutral, chances are you’ll find it hugely amusing.

Believe it or not, Goon is loosely based on a true story. Yes, really!

Rotten Rating: 82%

NEW ON NETFLIX: Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Tarantino’s breakthrough movie is certainly not for the faint-hearted. But if you have the stomach for this bloody drama, it’s well worth it.

Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, Reservoir Dogs is the brilliant American gangster movie classic.

Four perfect killers were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one? Rating:92%

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