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TV tonight: our highlights for Saturday 9th May

TV tonight Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy

Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy is just one of the gems on today...

The genius of Peter Sellers is celebrated on BBC2, The Queen's Speeches are remembered on Channel 5, and it's the final In For A Penny on ITV. 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 and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • 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 Queen's Speeches: In Triumph & Tragedy, 9.20pm, Channel 5

TV tonight The Queen's Speeches: In Triumph & Tragedy

The Queen ready to give a speech in Parliament

After her recent historic speech reassuring the country when the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis became obvious, this film looks back at the Queen’s addresses to the nation. These have ranged from her annual Christmas Day message to speeches at times of great sadness, including the death of Princess Diana. Royal experts and insiders delve behind the words to analyse how the Queen captures the nation’s mood, inspiring us all to keep strong, while invoking memories of times when we’ve triumphed. She’s a master of the team talk. 

★★★ JL

Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy, 9pm, BBC2

TV tonight Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy

Peter Sellers: A complex man

One of Britain’s greatest comic actors, Peter Sellers was famous worldwide as Clouseau in the Pink Panther films. But behind his jokey exterior lay a complex personal life, with several marriages, affairs, alcohol and drug issues and depression. In this documentary marking 40 years since Peter died, aged just 54, we hear from second wife Britt Ekland, who has rarely spoken of their relationship, as well as daughters Victoria and Sarah, who were mostly left out of his will. Followed by Talking Comedy. 

★★★★ HD

In For A Penny, 7.30pm, ITV

TV tonight In For A Penny

Is Belfast ready for this man?

Stephen Mulhern is offering the people of Belfast the chance to win a load of cash in the last In For A Penny and, as ever, he meets a few – how can we say this politely? – less than dynamic contestants. In Pump It Up, Stephen gets impromptu boxing and golf lessons, and in the finale, where a grand is up for grabs, ‘Mary Berry’,  dressed as a potato, has to carry another potato between her legs. Only on In For A Penny.

★★★ LP

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

After Life, season 2 (six episodes), Netflix

TV tonight Afterlife

Ricky Gervais writes and stars

The second series of Ricky Gervais’ bittersweet comedy about widowed local newspaper journalist Tony (Gervais) trying to come to terms with the loss of his wife, Lisa (Kerry Godliman).

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 8pm, Sky Premiere/NOW TV/Disney+

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Rey of light: Daisy Ridley

After 42 years, the Star Wars saga came to a close last year when JJ Abrams wrapped things up with a showdown between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and frenemy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and a final space battle to end them all. 

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy on TV tonight, a fascinating profile.

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

Happy viewing!