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TV tonight: our highlights for Friday 2nd October

TV tonight Mountain Vets
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Mountain Vets is just one of the gems on today...

We're back in Northern Ireland to visit the Mountain Vets, Graham Norton chats to more celebs, this time back in the studio, and Demi Moore guest-stars in Sky One's adaptation of Brave New World. 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

The Graham Norton Show, 10.45pm, BBC1

Graham’s back in the studio after his stint chatting to star guests from his own home (albeit hidden by a mock-up studio). But fear not, there will still be no air kissing or hugs, and the audience will be smaller than usual as Graham welcomes Dolly Parton and actor Riz Ahmed via video link, and Rupert Everett and comedians Lolly Adefope and Sara Pascoe sitting as far away as possible from each other in the studio. Róisín Murphy provides the music. 

★★ LP

Mountain Vets, from 8pm, BBC2

TV tonight Mountain Vets

Vet Jennie’s not sheepish about being on telly

With all that’s going on right now, this first episode of this new series is pure escapism, thanks to the stunning scenery of Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains, plenty of cute lambs, dogs and calves to coo over, plus the lilting voice of Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar narrating. There are some worrying stories with happy endings, too, like the West Highland Terrier saved from rat poisoning, a lamb who needs a cast for a broken leg, and a calf with an infected hoof. Heart-warming stuff… 

★★★ HD

Brave New World, 9pm, Sky One/NOW TV

TV tonight Brave New World

Demi Moore plays a mother living in a dystopian future

The vision of the future in this adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel is dark, disturbing and deeply compelling. Lab worker Lelina Crowne (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay) and counsellor Bernard Marx (Game of Thrones’ Harry Lloyd) are hiding their dissatisfaction with life in New London where privacy, monogamy and family are outlawed in favour of sexual freedom and mood-suppressants. Watch out for a less-than-glamorous Demi Moore in a guest role. A fresh, thought-provoking take on the classic dystopian story. 

★★★★ CC

Best box set to watch 

Cobra Kai, seasons 1-2, Netflix

TV tonight Cobra Kai

Ralph Macchio is not a Karate Kid any more

Thirty years after The Karate Kid trilogy of movies, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) are once again rivals, although their issues are now more complex, in a worthy follow-up to the film franchise. A fun, nostalgic and poignant series.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Onward, Disney+

TV tonight Onward

Ian and Barley are hoping to bring the magic back

Pixar have done it again with this lovely tale of brotherly love, which has arrived on Disney Plus UK (opens in new tab). Tom Holland and Chris Pratt voice siblings Ian and Barley, a couple of elves who live in a fairy-tale land where technology has overtaken magic, creating a world similar to ours. That all changes when they are forced into a magical quest in order to spend one last day with their deceased dad. Classic Pixar, with a genuinely funny script and characters to really root for. 

Live sport

  • Championship Football: Coventry City v Bournemouth 5.30pm (k-o 6pm), Sky Sports Football/NOW TV
  • SPFL Football: St Johnstone v Celtic 8pm (k-o 8.15pm), Sky Sports Football/NOW TV

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Mountain Vets on TV tonight – more cute animals to cheer us up

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide. 

Happy viewing!