Staying in tonight? Here's what to watch on the box
Ron Howard's racing drama from the glory days of F1, educating a city and a naked choir are just some of the highlights on offer this evening
(2013, Sporting drama) Ron Howard’s film, with a screenplay by Peter Morgan, about the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt in the 1970s is as sleek and well-oiled as the cars they drove. Daniel Bruhl as the ice-cool strategist Lauda and Chris Hemsworth as womanising wildboy Hunt are outstanding, and the racing sequences exhilarating.
And Here is the News
UTV, 11.10pm (ITV, 10.40pm)
Channel 4's Jon Snow
To mark 60 years since the first newsreader appeared on British television, some of the kings and queens of the autocue discuss what life has been like behind the studio desk, and how the role has evolved over the years. Michael Aspel recalls the race between ITV and the BBC to launch the first in-vision presenters, Angela Rippon sets the record straight over her alleged rivalry with Anna Ford, and there are tributes to the iconic Alastair Burnet, who covered the first moon landing and eight general elections. With contributions from Trevor McDonald, Jon Snow (that’s the other one, Game of Thrones fans), Sandy Gall, John Suchet and Katie Derham.
CHANNEL 4, 9PM
Benjy and Kalid are struggling to keep up in maths, but Benjy’s teacher Mr Hennessy is determined to help him move back up a set, after asking to be dropped down last year. Would-be DJ Kalid, meanwhile, wants a spot on the school’s radio station, but his attendance record is working against him.
THE NAKED CHOIR
New series featuring everybody’s favourite choirmaster — everybody’s only choirmaster, really — Gareth Malone. He kicks off the search for Britain’s most entertaining amateur singing group, who must perform a cappella. The first four groups sing to stay in the contest, as they aim to impress before a live audience and jury of a cappella experts, who will have the final say on who goes through. A London community choir, an Essex Gospel group, six Southampton students and a group of female barbershoppers from Portsmouth are first into the spotlight.
LOOK INTO MY EYES
British television is in the grip of an outbreak of posh. There’s posh comic Jack Whitehall, posh actors Dominic West and Benedict Cumberbatch, and a posh drama, Downton Abbey. To add to the pile, comes hypnotist Archie Manners (what a posh name!), using his powers to bend the minds of the public and celebrities, including former boxer David Haye.