Staying in tonight? Here's what to watch on the box
Trevor Noah takes over from Jon Stewart, CSI makes its return and Jools Holland's Later sessions are among the highlights
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Comedy Central, 11pm
South African comedian Trevor Noah, still a tender 31, faces what must be the most difficult job in American television: standing on the shoulder of the satirical giant that is Jon
Stewart, while simultaneously trying to fill his shoes. That said, he wouldn’t have been chosen if they didn’t think he was up to it and the outpourings of Donald Trump alone should give Noah plenty of material to work with. Give the boy a chance — these things take time.
CHANNEL 5, 10PM
This feature-length episode marks the end of the road for the original CSI, if not for the wider franchise it spawned. Lead star Ted Danson will be changing horses and joining CSI: Cyber. For this big finale, Danson is joined by original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger to investigate the bombing of Las Vegas casinos, which paralyses the city’s gambling trade. Elsewhere, DB and Sara make decisions that will affect their careers, and dominatrix Lady Heather returns.
The Hairy Bikers' Northern Exposure
You don’t have to be a fan of cookery shows (and I’m not) to enjoy the exploits of the entertaining hirsute pair. Si and Dave sample cuisine in Sweden, home to some of the world’s top chefs, and cross the Arctic Circle into Lapland, where they learn about the basic cooking techniques used by the Sami people. They’re introduced to the traditional techniques of smoking to cure meat, manufacturing hunting knives, and fishing to stock up for the coming winter. Using some local ingredients, the pair later treat their hosts to a berry and almond rice pudding, and prepare their own Nordic reindeer and fish dishes.
BBC2 NI, 11.45pm (Other regions 10pm)
It kind of defeats the purpose of having a live version of Jools Holland’s music show if the brainiacs in BBC Norn Iron are going to show it nearly two hours after every other region. Personally, I’d rather wait for the full meal on Friday night. Guests include The Libertines and the great David Gilmour with a first-time performance of a song from his new solo album.
Film Choice: The Drop
Sky Movies Premiere, 10pm
The late, great James Gandolfini (below with Tom Hardy) in his final screen role is not the only reason to see this gritty drama. There’s also Hardy at his best and a compelling screenplay by Dennis Lehane, adapting his own short story about a Brooklyn bartender whose sideline, delivering shipments of money to gangsters, sucks him into a robbery that goes disastrously wrong and dredges up some secrets from the past. With Noomi Rapace.