Friday’s TV tips

Check out our tips on the best TV to watch tonight.

Friday’s TV tips

Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites (BBC2, 8pm)

The veteran cook makes dishes inspired by her home and family, including husband Paul’s favourite Malay fried rice and the grandchildren’s choice - chicken pasta bake.

Three generations of the clan then come together at Mary’s house to enjoy a harrisa spiced lamb casserole as a North African-inspired alternative to a traditional Sunday roast, before her granddaughters help her make biscuits of various flavours all from the same dough, along with her popular dessert easy-to-make lemon meringue pie.

Last in the series.

Knocked Up (ITV2, 9.00pm)

(2007) Writer/director Judd Apatow scores a hit with this likeable comedy about the consequences of a drunken one-night stand.

Hapless slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) meets journalist Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) in a night club, and after a few drinks, one thing leads to another... Fast-forward eight weeks, and Alison turns up on Ben’s doorstep with a shock in store – she’s pregnant.

The unlikely duo vow to stand together and care for the child, but are they really up to the task? Heigl reflects the vulnerability and confusion of her career girl, while Rogen slowly reveals the caring side to his lackadaisical dreamer.

Conspriacy: The Nazi King (Channel 5, 9pm)

Despite the royal family changing its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, many conspiracy theorists believe its allegiances remained firmly with Germany, claiming Edward VIII was a Nazi sympathiser, while his brother George tried to negotiate a secret peace treaty with Rudolf Hess.

Such suggestions are scrutinised by this part-dramatised documentary, alongside claims that Princess Margaret had a love child and controversial theories surrounding the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Kate Humble: Living with Nomads (BBC2, 9pm)

In her final journey of the series, the broadcaster travels to the southern Gobi Desert in Mongolia to spend time with an extended family of successful Cashmere goat and yak herders.

She is welcomed by 78-year-old mother-of-10 Chimid to learn how the tribe moves four times per year with the changing seasons, in addition to how modern Asian nomads are finding a balance between the benefits of 21st-century technology and traditional living, while managing natural and industrial hazards to their way of life. Last in the series.

Glastonbury Golden Greats (BBC4, 9pm)

With the sun shining and the festival season getting under way, BBC Four offers a reflection on some of the most popular acts to perform at Glastonbury over the years, exploring the appeal of such a wide variety of musical styles.

The list of classic crowd-pleasers from the past includes legends such as Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Al Green, Willie Nelson, BB King and Johnny Cash, plus there’s a look at the wildly popular recent set by evergreen country star Dolly Parton.

The Saboteurs (More4, 9pm)

Drama recounting the Nazis’ efforts to develop the atomic bomb and the Allies’ struggle to prevent it from happening, starring Espen Klouman Hoine, Christoph Bach and Anna Friel.

In the opening episode, German scientist Werner Heisenberg is asked to join a secret project to create an atomic bomb at Norsk Hydro’s factory in Norway, but when the Second World War breaks out, professor Leif Tronstad is suspicious of the Nazi request for heavy water production, and flees to England to warn of the potential threat.

Sarah Millican Home Bird Live (Channel 4, 10pm)

The British Comedy Award’s Queen of Comedy returns with a brand new live show filmed during her sell-out nationwide tour, Home Bird.

Performing to her home crowd at the Newcastle Tyne Theatre, the South Shields lass describes how she is becoming more domesticated, giving up the party scene (well, Ann Summers), easing off on the drinking (fizzy pop equals wealthy dentists) and is settling down (taking her bra off).

Determined to put down some roots, Sarah reveals she now has cats (furry babies) and even a tree (well, she has a lot of mugs).

And, if you’re after a spot of education, you will also learn tips on what to take on a dirty weekend, exactly the right amount of meals to have in a day, and how to teach a pensioner to swear.

Artsnight (BBC2, 11pm)

Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and will see a major celebration of his works.

However, as Andrew Marr points out in the first of a new series of Artsnight, that won’t make 2016 all that different from any other year, the last major Shakespearian event took place as recently as 2012, when he was at the heart of the cultural Olympiad.

So, by focusing so much on the Bard, are we overlooking the significant achievements of some of the other great playwrights of his era?

Here, Marr looks at the key players of the period, including Christopher Marlowe, whose own life was as dramatic as his plays, and Ben Johnson, whose satires still have a point to make about our modern world.

Bullhead (Film4, 12.55am)

(2011) Belgium’s official entry as Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars is a slow-burning thriller about a cattle farmer who becomes embroiled in murder and deceit.

Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts) enters into the shady world of illegal drug supplements for his cattle, injecting the beasts with steroids to rapidly increase their growth while avoiding detention by the authorities.

The dodgy deal becomes increasingly complicated when Jacky learns one of the men involved in the scheme is his schooldays nemesis, Diederik (Jeroen Perceval), whose cruelty scarred the farmer for life. Memories of the past compel Jacky to seek out the people who tainted his childhood and to lay to rest the ghosts of the past forever.

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