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Thursday 8 December 2016

Staying in tonight? Here's the pick of what's on the box

Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell in True Detective
Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell in True Detective
Will Forte as Phil Miller in The Last Man on Earth
Rory McGrath
Dog Day Afternoon

You've stuck with True Detective 2 this long - you can do one more episode. Plus, the best of the rest of tonight's viewing

True Detective 2

Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Well, here comes the finale. For all the moaning some people did about the second season of True Detective being on the slow side, the last eight weeks have slipped by remarkably quickly. Things didn’t look too good for the survival prospects of Velcoro (Colin Farrell) and Bezzarides (Rachel McAdams) after Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) got it in the back last week. Writer Nic Pizzolatto has a lot of tying up to do for them and Semyon (Vince Vaughn), but he’s given himself the luxury of an extended final episode in which to do it.

 

Britain's Nuclear Secrets

BBC4, 9PM

The channel’s nuclear season continues with physicist Jim Al-Khalili exploring the history of the Sellafield nuclear facility near the village of Seascale in Cumbria, investigating Britain’s attempts, past, present and future, to harness the power of the atom. He examines the ways waste and spent fuel rods have been stored there over the past 70 years, and looks at the latest attempts to try to clean some of it up.

 

The Last Man on Earth

DAVE, 9PM

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Now there’s something you don’t see every week: a post-apocalyptic comedy. It kicks off with a double-bill of episodes. When a deadly virus wipes out much of humanity, Phil Miller (Will Forte, who also wrote the scripts) scours North America for other survivors, eventually finding one in the form of Carol Pilbasian

(Kirsten Schall). This has come trailing good reviews from the US and it certainly seems like

a novel way to get laughs.

 

The TV That Made Me

BBC1, 3.45PM

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If ever a series cried out for the help of a studio audience it’s this breezy, light-hearted daily offering in which comedian and West End performer Brian Conley chats to a celebrity guest about their favourite television of old, then this is it. Today, it’s perennial panel show regular Rory McGrath, who talks about his childhood love for Andy Pandy, Patrick Troughton-era Doctor Who, The Telegoons and The Sea of Neptune, which apparently is a lost cartoon by the Postgate-Firmin team behind Bagpuss, The Clangers et al.

 

Movie of the day

Dog Day Afternoon

Sky Movies Select, 10pm

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Al Pacino has been enjoying a return to top form in Danny Collins and Manglehorn, which has just opened in cinemas. He gives one of his finest performances here, in Sidney Lumet’s funny, touching take on a true story. Pacino and the late John Cazale play a hapless pair whose plans to execute a swift bank robbery in New York turns into a siege situation. When it’s revealed that Pacino is trying to raise money for a sex-change operation for his lover, played by the Oscar-winning Chris Sarandon, a media circus ensues. The atmosphere of NYC in the 70s has rarely been more potently evoked.

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