Friday’s TV tips

Check out our guide to the best entertainment on TV tonight.

Friday’s TV tips

BBC Proms 2015 (BBC2, 8pm)

New series. The music festival gets under way at London’s Royal Albert Hall as Katie Derham and Tom Service introduce Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20, with soloist Lars Vogt.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the programme also features performances of Sibelius’s retelling of the Belshazzar story, in addition to Maskarade by Carl Nielsen and a world premiere of Dadaville by Gary Carpenter.

Conspiracy: The Alien Files (Ch5, 8pm)

Documentary exploring conspiracy theories regarding extraterrestrial contact, including the so-called ’British Roswell’ case of 1979, when forester Robert Taylor returned home battered and bruised after a walk through woods in West Lothian.

Insistent he had been kidnapped by a ’dark sphere’, his case remains the only alleged alien abduction to have been investigated by police.

Plus, claims that staff at the European Space Agency have been communicating with otherworldly beings on board a spacecraft for the past 20 years. Last in the series.

The Dark Knight (TV3, 9pm)

(2008) Academy Award winner Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan reunite following their blockbuster success with Batman Begins! This time, the late Academy Award winner Heath Ledger joins the cast as The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart stars as Harvey Dent in an all-new adventure of The Dark Knight.

With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordan (Gary Oldman) and new district attorney Harvey Dent (Eckhart--Thank You for Smoking), Batman sets out to destroy organised crime in Gotham City forever.

The three enjoy early success, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Ledger--Brokeback Mountain), who throws Gotham into anarchy and force Batman ever closer to crossing the line between hero and vigilante.

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart

Paul (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2011) Best friends Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) wander dumbstruck around the comic book and popular arts convention, Comic-Con.

They meet famous sci-fi author, Adam Shadowchild (Jeffrey Tambor), before embarking on a road trip across America, stopping at locations associated with alien contact.

En route, Graeme and Clive encounter Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), a potty-mouthed alien stranded on Earth, who is being hunted by mysterious special agent Zoil (Jason Bateman).

The pals agree to help Paul return home, abducting Ruth (Kristen Wiig), the one-eyed daughter of Bible-bashing trailer park owner Father Moses along the way. Meanwhile, Zoil recruits two bungling FBI agents, Haggard and O’Reilly, to apprehend Graeme and Clive.

Rock ’n’ Roll America (BBC4, 9pm)

With words of wisdom from the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Ben E King and Chubby Checker, this final edition examines the era between Buddy Holly’s tragic death in early 1959 and the Beatles’ triumphant landing at JFK airport in spring 1964, when rock ’n’ roll seemingly calmed down, went uptown and was transformed into teen pop.

The emerging genre fuelled the Motown sound in Detroit and inspired a number of groups along the west coast, and its growing popularity led to the creation of increasingly polished pop sounds across the States.

20 Moments That Rocked Talent Shows (Ch5, 9pm)

A journey through the instances that rocked the genre and the fall-out that followed. Included is the occasion Will Young triumphed over Simon Cowell’s favourite Gareth Gates on Pop Idol and the discovery of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini via Pop Stars: The Rivals.

Plus, the memorable time Susan Boyle stepped out to sing I Dreamed a Dream on Britain’s Got Talent and the tragic tale of Lena Zavaroni, the former child star and winner of Opportunity Knocks.

Contributors include Louis Walsh, Pete Waterman and Nina Myskow.

Artsnight (BBC2, 11pm)

Samira Ahmed considers the impact a single photographic image can have,even in an age when almost everyone has a camera on them and photos are in endless supply.

Featured photographers include Giles Duley, who lost three of his limbs in Afghanistan, and Richard Billingham, who recently made a film about his parents, who he has extensively photographed.

Samira also explores the work of Vanley Burke, who specialises in documenting the black British experience, while Martin Parr reveals a work specially commissioned for the programme.

Josh Widdicombe: And Another Thing (Ch4, 11.05pm)

Can you have too much of a good thing? It’s to be hoped Josh Widdicombe’s fans don’t think so as they are getting a double dose of him tonight.

As well as appearing on The Last Leg, he’s also appearing in his very own stand-up show, which was recorded live at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

It proves that even without his Last Leg co-hosts Adam Hills and Alex Brooker to bounce off, Widdicombe is still so hilarious, he can make complaining entertaining.

The comedian takes some of his everyday gripes, which range from trains and pub chains to upmarket waiters, and using his trademark wit, transforms them into stories with remarkable consequences. No wonder Channel 4 thinks we can’t get enough of him.

T in the Park 2015 – Highlights (BBC2, 11.30pm)

No one can doubt the BBC’s commitment to music this summer – in the wake of the Beeb’s extensive Glastonbury coverage, this evening alone BBC Two is bringing us coverage of the Proms and a selection of the most memorable moments from last weekend’s T in the Park.

Although it may not be quite as famous as the aforementioned Somerset festival, T in the Park has been going since 1994, and this year celebrated its 21st birthday by moving to a new home of Strathallan Castle in Perthshire.

Acts including Kasabian, the Prodigy, David Guetta, Sam Smith and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds made the trip to Scotland, so there should be plenty of highlights for presenters Clara Amfo and Angela Scanlon to choose from.

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