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TV Tonight: our highlights for Friday, August 5

TV tonight – Just a Dream? Tom Sturridge and Rose Walker star.
Just a Dream? Tom Sturridge and Rose Walker star. (Image credit: Netflix)

On TV tonight, the much anticipated new drama The Sandman arrives on Netflix with a dream cast including Tom Sturridge, Jenna Coleman, Gwendoline Christie and Joely Richardson. Also, Sanditon continues on ITV, Sky Arts/NOW dedicates its evening schedule to Fleetwood Mac including Stevie Nicks: Rock a Little and Channel 5 remembers one of the comedy greats in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: A Comedy Classic – all together now... "Ooh Betty." Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include four 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 Sandman, Netflix

TV tonight Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian.

Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian. (Image credit: Netflix)

Neil Gaiman fans have dreamed of seeing The Sandman on screen for more than three decades and their wish will finally be granted when an adaptation of the sprawling DC comic book series arrives on Netflix today. The 10-part drama tells the story of Morpheus - aka Dream - who rules over a land called The Dreaming, a fantastical world that waits for us all when we close our eyes and sleep. Tom Sturridge is otherworldly in the lead role and is supported by a glittering cast of British stars, including Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Charles Dance. 

★★★★ SMA

Sanditon, season 2, 9pm, ITV

TV tonight Can Clara see beyond the scandal surrounding her?

Can Clara see beyond the scandal surrounding her? (Image credit: ITV)

The annual Midsummer Fair is approaching, and Tom Parker (Kris Marshall) is determined it should be the best ever – but he ends up in crisis mode when he’s gazumped at the last minute on the elephant he’s booked as his star attraction. Colonel Lennox (Tom Weston-Jones) comes to the rescue with a crowd-pleasing replacement, but his trail of unpaid bills is starting to cause discord. Meanwhile, Charlotte (Rose Williams) grows closer to her employer Mr Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes), and the redoubtable Lady Denham (Anne Reid) sets out to uncover the truth about Clara’s (Lily Sacofsky) scandalous predicament… 

★★★★ SP

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: A Comedy Classic, 9pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Another misadventure for Frank.

Another misadventure for Frank. (Image credit: Channel 5)

With viewing figures of 25 million, Some Mothers… (available to stream on BritBox) was a huge hit in the 1970s – comedians of the day had only to don a beret and say ‘Ooh, Betty’ in a reedy voice to get big laughs. Channel 5 pays tribute to the much-loved BBC One sitcom starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice. 

★★★ JP

Fleetwood Mac Night, from 7pm, Sky Arts/NOW

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, released in 1977, is not only one of the best-selling albums of all time but it’s also – 45 years later – one of the best-selling of 2022. Go figure. A Classic Albums devoted to it starts tonight’s scheduling, which also includes Stevie Nicks: Rock a Little (8.15pm) and from 2004, Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (9.30pm). 

★★★ JP

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Under the Banner of Heaven, Disney Plus

TV tonight What happened to Brenda?

What happened to Brenda? (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Brenda Wright Lafferty, a 24-year-old woman found murdered in her Utah home in 1984, along with her infant daughter, Erica, in this true-crime drama. Devout Mormon detective Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield) initially suspects Brenda’s husband Allen (The Serpent’s Billy Howle) of the crime, but suffers a crisis of faith when he learns that a fundamentalist religious sect may have played a part. With a carefully balanced portrayal of belief in many forms, and uniformly excellent performances, this gripping miniseries doesn’t shy away from the big questions about the power of faith. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Thirteen Lives, Prime Video

TV tonight The rescuers face a race against time.

The rescuers face a race against time. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Buckle up for director Ron Howard’s action-packed drama telling the remarkable true story of how 12 boys and their football coach were rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand in 2018 after being trapped for 18 days. The film stars Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortensen, Joel Edgerton and Tom Bateman as some of the real-life heroic cave rescuers, as they battle dangerously narrow passages, deadly currents and limited oxygen. There are plenty of heart-in-mouth underwater cave scenes and feats of extraordinary human endeavour, as the divers put everything, including their own lives, on the line to save all 13 lives against the odds.

Live Sport

  • Commonwealth Games 2022, from 9.15am, BBC One/Two/Three/iPlayer/Red Button
  • Premier League, Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 6.30pm (k-o 8pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss The Sandman on TV tonight — don't close your eyes for this thrilling new 10-part series. 

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Freelance writer and editor

Joanne Lowles has been writing about TV since 2002. After graduating from Cardiff University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism, she worked for All About Soap magazine covering the ups and downs of life on the cobbles, the square and the Dales. 

Next came nearly 10 years at TV Times magazine as a writer and then deputy features editor. Here she spent many happy days interviewing the biggest names in entertainment and visiting the sets of some of our most popular shows including Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing

With a love of nature and wildlife she’s also interviewed the leading experts in this area including David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Steve Backshall. She’s also travelled the world visiting Mongolia, Canada and South Africa to see how the best in the business make the most brilliant natural history documentaries. 

Freelance since 2013, she is now is a digital writer and editor for What to Watch, previews the best on the box for TV Times mag each week and loves being constantly surprised, entertained and informed by the amazing TV that she is lucky enough to watch.