TV tonight: our highlights for Friday 19th June

Supercharged Otters
(Image credit: BBC/Charlie Hamilton James)

Supercharged Otters is just one of the gems on today...

Follow a family of Supercharged Otters on BBC2, a new series of Babies comes to Netflix, and drama My Brilliant Friend is back on Sky Atlantic. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • Keep up to date with the latest soap spoiler storylines on TV tonight with our daily soap synopsis 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide 

What's on TV tonight 

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Babies, Netflix

TV tonight Babies

Deep thoughts? Or just wind?

Every parent knows that sometimes babies can appear a little helpless. But, as the second series of the Netflix documentary reveals, infants are actually pretty clever. And psychology professor Susan Hespos at America’s Northwestern University has developed experiments – including a specially designed puppet show – to demonstrate just how clever. 

★★★ HD

Supercharged Otters, 9pm, BBC2

TV tonight Supercharged Otters

Otters have fascinated cameraman Charlie Hamilton for years

Wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton James has worked as cinematographer on many TV programmes including Springwatch, but here he’s in front of the camera in this Natural World film about otters. A self-confessed ‘otter fanatic’ who has been filming the creatures for the past 25 years, Charlie aims to show us why he thinks they’re so special. The clear rivers of Florida provide perfect conditions to film them underwater, while three orphaned otters reveal their amazing survival instincts. 

★★★★ JP

My Brilliant Friend, 9pm, Sky Atlantic/NOW TV

TV tonight My Brilliant Friend

A new chapter for Lila and Elena

The award-winning adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s bestselling Neapolitan novels about childhood friends continues as the second series begins tonight with a double bill. The girls seem destined to take different paths after Lila and Stefano begin their married life, but when Lila returns from her honeymoon with visible bruises, she and Elena become close again. In Italian, with subtitles. 

★★★ JP

Best box set to watch 

The Thick of It, seasons 1-4, BritBox, Netflix, BBC iPlayer

TV tonight The Thick of It

Would you trust this lot to run the country?

Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker, the spin doctor and enforcer for No.10, is the standout in this clever, witty and sharply observed comedy about the inner-workings of an incompetent Government department run by a succession of gaffe-prone ministers.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Selma, 11.20pm, BBC2

TV tonight Selma

David Oyelowo stars

A powerful movie about Martin Luther King Jr and a highly charged episode in the Civil Rights struggle: the 1965 protest march from Selma, Alabama demanding equal voting rights for America’s black citizens. David Oyelowo dominates the film as King, but Tom Wilkinson is just as impressive as President Lyndon B Johnson.

Live sport

  • Premier League football: Norwich v Southampton 5pm, Sky One and Pick (k-o 6pm)
  • Premier League football: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United  7pm, Sky Sports Premier League (k-o 8pm)

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Supercharged Otters on TV tonight – so cute!

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Happy viewing!