Pick of the day: Canadian Hits At The BBC

9.30pm, BBC Four

No doubt much to the chagrin of both Canadians and Americans, it’s not always that easy to differentiate between the two from this side of the pond – especially when it comes to musicians. On the nearest Friday to Canada Day (1 July), this archive collection of BBC archive footage of Canadian pop and rocks stars might throw up a few surprises for British viewers (personally I assumed Joni Mitchell was Californian), while Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber are well known to be Canadian. Others featured here include Nelly Furtado, Neil Young, Alanis Morrissette, Avril Lavigne, The Weeknd, Drake, kd lang, Shawn Mendes and Michael Bublé.

UEFA Euro 2020 Live

4.15pm, ITV & 7.30pm, BBC One

While Spain play Switzerland – shock winners against France earlier this week – in this afternoon’s first quarter-final, tie of the day promises to be this evening’s encounter between Italy and Belgium. Italy will be hoping that Kevin De Bruyne is missing after the injury sustained against Portugal, while Eden Hazard’s presence must also be in question.

Great Canal Journeys

8pm, Channel 4

Viewers seeking a non-footballing hour can jump aboard with Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth as they navigate the waterways of Staffordshire, journeying along the Caldon Canal and the Trent and Mersey Canal, to Stoke-on-Trent. They begin at Cheddleton Flint Mill, built in 1253, hearing why flint was such an essential pottery ingredient.

Great Paintings Of The World With Andrew Marr (Photo: Lambent Productions/Channel 5)

Great Paintings Of The World With Andrew Marr

9pm, Channel 5

“The Weeping Woman”, Pablo Picasso’s fractured 1937 portrait of his mistress, the photographer and poet Dora Maar, is the latest masterpiece to be investigated by Marr as he visits the Tate Modern to inspect the painting. Often described as a “postscript” to his mural about the bombing of Guernica, others have seen this “barbed-wire face-mask of a painting” as more emblematic of Picasso’s manipulation of Maar.

Happy Valley

9pm, Drama

The (2016) second series of Sally Wainwright’s darkly gripping Yorkshire-set crime drama continues with Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) successfully ensuring that 21 female victims of human trafficking are taken to safe houses. She then attends the funeral of Lynn Dewhurst, Tommy Lee Royce’s mother, and comes face to face with the jailed Royce (James Norton), who has been allowed to attend.

Gardeners’ World

9.30pm, BBC Two

With greater awareness of peat-bog depletion, gardeners are being encouraged to use peat-free compost. Adam Frost demonstrates how to grow plants successfully in this more ecologically friendly medium. Elsewhere, there’s a visit to a garden on the Isle of Man where exotic plants are thriving, while Nick Bailey is in Worcestershire exploring a garden where peonies are taking centre stage.

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kd lang: BBC Four Session

10.30pm, BBC Four

Canadian Hits At The BBC is followed by the lower-case country singer performing at LSO St Luke’s in London with a 30-strong string section from the BBC Concert Orchestra. The set features tracks from across her 25-year career, with covers of Neil Young and Leonard Cohen songs and material from her most recent album, Watershed.


Pick of the day: Beck

9pm, BBC Four

Peter Haber returns as Martin Beck, but being rather on the old side for a serving police detective (Haber himself is 68), Beck takes a background role in this new series of the much-loved Swedish crime drama. Alexandra Beijer (Jennie Silfverhjelm) now leads the team on active duties, assisted by the familiar faces of bearded Norwegian giant Steinar (Kristofer Hivju from Game of Thrones) and Oskar (Måns Nathanaelson). Their first case involves the murder of a young man in a drugs gang. It seems that an undercover cop may have gone rogue, while comic relief is provided by Oskar explaining the intricacies of Tinder to Steinar.

Uefa Euro 2020 Live

4.15pm, ITV, & 7pm, BBC One

England can dare to dream as they take on Ukraine in the quarter-finals, especially as a relatively easy route has now opened up to the final – and the stumbling block that is Germany is now out of the way. Ukraine will, however, be happy to be underestimated in this match, and Gareth Southgate’s men will have to be wary that last Tuesday’s euphoric 2-0 victory over Joachim Löw’s Germans doesn’t turn to ashes. Their potential semi-final opponents will have already been decided: the victor of this afternoon’s tie between the Czech Republic and Denmark at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein’s Shadow (Photo: Sky/Getty Images)

The Witness

9pm, Sky Documentaries

The case of Kitty Genovese, a young New Yorker who was stabbed to death in 1964 while 38 onlookers did nothing to help, has become a symbol of modern urban bystander apathy since it was first reported at the time in The New York Times. In this film, her younger brother, Bill Genovese, seeks out the truth of the case – a slippery truth, it transpires, as he wheels himself around Queens (both his legs have been amputated), speaking to some of those witnesses and to Kitty’s former lover. “I can’t stop until I feel like it’s over,” says Bill in this by turns fascinating and frustrating documentary.

Elizabeth II & The Traitor King: A Secret Friendship

9.30pm, Channel 5

A documentary about the relationship between the Queen and her uncle, the Duke of Windsor, opens with their final meeting in Paris in 1972, 10 days before his death. It was a scene that was later reimagined in The Crown and now experts contrast that artistic licence with the known facts. Given that Edward was estranged from the family, how likely was it that the young Queen Elizabeth would ever have sought his advice on her sister Margaret’s troublesome relationships or rebuked him for his contacts with the Nazis? Also, how determined was the Queen Mother to prevent him from having any influence on the Queen?

Pride Hits at the BBC

10pm, BBC Two

A musical celebration for Pride Month, with a collection of the BBC’s archives’ biggest stars, some from the LGBT!+ community (Elton John, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Jimmy Somerville, Pet Shop Boys, Andy Bell from Erasure and, of course, Tom Robinson and his “gay national anthem” “Glad to Be Gay”), while others are gay icons such as Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Shirley Bassey. And it’s Bassey who rounds off the clip show with a rousing rendition of “I Am What I Am”.

Mayans MC (Photo: BBC/FX Networks/Prashant Gupta)


Pick of the day: Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein’s Shadow

9pm, Sky Documentaries

The middle episode of this three-parter begins in the aftermath of Robert Maxwell’s drowning in November 1991, with daughter Ghislaine fleeing to New York to avoid the fall-out from her father’s disgrace. This is where Jeffrey Epstein – a world-class fraudster on a par with her late papa – properly entered her life. As one “former friend” puts it, the relationship was “transactional” – Epstein got Maxwell’s contacts, while he provided her with the lifestyle she had grown used to.


6.15pm, BBC One

As the tennis continues in London’s SW19, Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison celebrate the 150th anniversary of the nearby Wimbledon Common. There they encounter the horseback patrols that ensure the Common’s 57 bylaws are enforced, and discover how the loveable Wombles have apparently inspired a whole new generation of ecologists. Elsewhere, Tom Heap investigates whether efforts to protect the world’s oceans are delivering for UK waters, and Dwayne Fields leads four youngsters who are at a crossroads in their lives on an expedition into the Welsh wilderness.

Discovering the Bridge on the River Kwai – Malcolm Arnold

7.15pm, BBC Four

Katie Derham introduces the BBC Concert Orchestra and the full score to David Lean’s 1957 film. She talks to film composer Debbie Wiseman about what makes it so special, both as a piece in its own right and as an element of the film, and discovers the story of the composer’s troubled life, from his pacifism to his later struggles with mental illness and alcoholism.

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Harry & William: What Went Wrong?

9pm, ITV

There’s a documentary about this royal rift on Channel 5 on Saturday night, the subject no doubt provoked by last Thursday’s unveiling of the Diana memorial statue, at which the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge were briefly reunited. Here we are promised a “key royal insider revealing all, including the details of significant private fallings-out between them that occurred long before their issues became public”.

The Handmaid’s Tale

9pm, Channel 4

Elisabeth Moss makes her directing debut – and it would be one of those episodes where her character is put through the ringer. It is set mostly in a nightmare prison facility where June has been taken for a spot of torture after having fallen back into the hands of Aunt Lydia. Between beatings, Moss and Ann Dowd (as Lydia) get to have some lacerating verbal two-handers, with Radiohead’s “Street Spirit” providing this week’s wry musical counterpoint.

Mayans MC

10pm, BBC Two

The Sons of Anarchy spin-off, now shorn of its original showrunner, Kurt Sutter, returns for a fresh series of warring motorbike-gang machismo on the Mexican-Californian border. The show may seem a strange fit for BBC Two, but it is part of the broadcaster’s ongoing deal with FX in the US that has brought us such delights as Better Things, Mrs America and What We Do in the Shadows.

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