TV Tonight: Our highlights for Friday, January 27

Ralf Little stars as DI Neville Parker in Death in Paradise
Death in Paradise continues tonight. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, Neville investigates a new case in Death in Paradise, Secrets of the World's Most Expensive Cruise Ship takes us aboard the Splendor, there's a documentary about Anne Frank’s life, and The Graham Norton Show welcomes Claire Foy to the sofa. Here's what you shouldn't miss on TV Tonight.

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What's on TV tonight

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

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Death in Paradise, 9 pm, BBC One

The excellent DS Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson) finally gets a chance to shine as lead investigator tonight when a murder occurs on her home island of Saint Barnabas. Naomi is back for her best friend’s wedding when the father of the bride dies from a stab wound at the reception, naming his attacker with his dying breath. 

Neville (Ralf Little) decides to put Naomi in charge of the case since this is her home turf, but – this is Death in Paradise after all – it’s far from the straightforward investigation it initially seems to be. It’s not long before Naomi discovers just how hard a detective’s job can be when the prime suspects are your close friends… 

★★★★★ SP

Secrets of the World's Most Expensive Cruise Ship, 9 pm, Channel 5

Social Hostess Lizzie.

(Image credit: Channel 5)

A new four-part series takes us on board some of the most impressive cruise liners in the world. Firstly, it’s all aboard the Splendor, with suites costing up to £9,000 a night, five fine-dining restaurants and walls dripping with priceless artwork. There’s also an insight into the floating hotel’s pillow menu, which means VIP guests can order anything from water pillows to buckwheat pillows. It’s all about luxury. But the ship is due to dock in Iceland, where stormy weather scuppers its safe entry into Heimaey, meaning a rough day at sea. 

★★★★ HD

 No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story, 9 pm, Sky History

Anne Frank’s wartime diary gave a moving account of her family’s life in hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland before they were captured and sent to concentration camps. Some 60 years after the end of World War Two, the discovery of letters written by Anne’s father, Otto, shed light on the family’s bid to escape to America as the Nazis advanced across Europe. 

The letters inspired this film, airing on Holocaust Memorial Day, and as well as revisiting the horrors of the Holocaust and the fate of the Franks, it also reveals the world’s reluctance to accept Jewish refugees before the conflict – a decision that profoundly affected the course of history. 

★★★★ IM 

The Graham Norton Show, 10.40 pm, BBC One 

Graham Norton against a purple backdrop

(Image credit: BBC)

Tonight’s guests include Claire Foy, one of the stars of the film Women Talking, released next month, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who features in new Paramount+ release Wolf Pack (available from today) and comedian Rob Beckett, who will no doubt be sharing some of his Parenting Hell stories. Sam Smith provides the music. 

★★★ JP

Best box set on TV tonight

Crossroads, ITVX

Crossroads cast

(Image credit: ITV)

Ahead of ITVX’s much-anticipated drama Nolly, written by Russell T Davies and featuring Helena Bonham Carter as Crossroads star Noele Gordon, catch up with selected highlights from the famous long-running Midlands soap on ITVX and Britbox. These include various Christmas episodes, the Crossroads motel fire and its aftermath, and Meg’s wedding to Hugh Mortimer, which aired in 1975.

 ★★★ JP

Best film on TV tonight

Saving Private Ryan, 9pm, Film 4 

Saving Private Ryan cast in army uniform

(Image credit: DreamWorks Pictures)

It’s unusual to find a week of TV schedules without a Steven Spielberg film, but there has been a whole raft in the past few days (including Schindler’s List on BBC4 and The Post on Film4 last night), probably because the director’s latest, The Fabelmans, is released in the UK today. 

This 1998 World War Two movie, which won five Oscars (including Best Director for Spielberg), has one of the most intense opening half-hours of any film and sees Tom Hanks undertake the almost impossible task of finding Private Ryan (Matt Damon). 

★★★★★ NP


Live Sport

  • FA Cup: Manchester City v Arsenal, 7:30 pm (Kick-off 8 pm), ITV1
  • Live One-Day International Cricket: South Africa v England, 10:30 am, Sky Sports Main Event

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Death in Paradise on TV tonight!

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Happy viewing!

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress