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TV Tonight: our highlights for Friday, July 1

TV tonight – What lies in store for Eleven?
What lies in store for Eleven? (Image credit: Netflix)

On TV tonight, the hotly anticipated final two feature-length episodes of Stranger Things, season 4, volume 2 arrive on Netflix, there's a Pride special of Celebrity Gogglebox on C4, thrilling new series The Terminal List drops on Prime Video and catch up with classic series Prime Suspect on ITV Hub. 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

Stranger Things, season 4, volume 2, Netflix

TV tonight Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers

Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers. (Image credit: Netflix)

Season four of the sci-fi smash-hit comes to an end with its second installment, which has two feature-length episodes, so there’s plenty of time for the true mystery of parallel world the Upside Down to be solved and monster Vecna to be destroyed by the gang. Will the friends be reunited with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her adoptive dad Hopper (David Harbour), freshly rescued from the Soviet prison camp by Joyce (Winona Ryder)? If so, they can try to rescue Nancy, left behind in the Upside Down, and face the horrors of Vecna together… 

★★★★ NC 

Celebrity Googlebox, 9pm, C4

TV tonight Rylan and his mum Linda settle in

Rylan and his mum Linda settle in. (Image credit: C4)

We’re loving this celeb series so far and tonight’s episode is a special one, as regulars including Rylan and mum Linda and West End stars Denise Van Outen and Duncan James are joined by some of Britain’s best-loved LGBTQ+ personalities to mark 50 years of Gay Pride. We’re particularly looking forward to it as it promises lots of Strictly Come Dancing sparkle, with contributions from tough-talking judge Craig Revel Horwood, who appears alongside his good friend Ben Goddard, and Strictly favourites John Whaite and Johannes Radebe. Expect some serious sentiment -
but lots of laughs, too! 

★★★★ VW

The Terminal List, Prime Video

TV tonight Chris Pratt plays a Navy SEAL commander

Chris Pratt plays a Navy SEAL commander. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Prime Video has already brought all-action heroes Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher to the screen, and now there’s a new tough guy on the block in this explosive thriller series. Chris Pratt stars as Navy SEAL commander James Reece, whom we first meet planning a covert mission to kill a dangerous terrorist hiding out in Syria. But the operation goes catastrophically wrong when his platoon is ambushed… 

★★★★ RMC

Prime Suspect, seasons 1–7, ITV Hub

TV tonight Helen Mirren played Jane Tennison in seven series of Prime Suspect

Helen Mirren played  Jane Tennison in seven series of Prime Suspect. (Image credit: ITV)

Soon to be seen as Israeli politician Golda Meir in the film Golda, Helen Mirren is no stranger to playing powerful women, with her past roles including Queen Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II (she won an Oscar for The Queen) and Catherine the Great. Between 1991 and 2006, she also starred in seven series of ITV’s BAFTA-winning Prime Suspect as Jane Tennison, one of the Metropolitan Police’s first female detective chief inspectors (Tennison later became Detective Superintendent). All series are now available to watch on ITV Hub. 

★★★★ JP

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney Plus

Obi-wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Image credit: Disney+)

Obi-Wan Kenobi has broken Disney Plus viewing records and now all six thrilling episodes are available to watch. The series has wowed critics since it debuted on our screens last month, but while fans have reacted positively to Ewan McGregor’s return, it’s a 10-year-old girl who’s stolen the show. Young Princess Leia, played by breakout star Vivien Lyra Blair, has captivated viewers while becoming the beating heart of this latest chapter in the space saga. With iconic figures such as Darth Vader also added to the mix, this is on course to be Disney’s most popular foray into the Star Wars universe and rumours of a second series are already swirling. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

King Richard, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere/NOW

TV tonight Will Smith as Richard Williams

Will Smith as Richard Williams. (Image credit: Sky)

An Oscar-winning Will Smith plays Richard Williams warts and all, as he teaches tennis to his daughters Venus and Serena in the notorious LA district of Compton, where he takes beatings from local thugs before forcing the predominantly white coaches of the sport to take him and his kids seriously. It’s an astonishing story and director Reinaldo Marcus Green tells it with a sharp eye, bolstered by a uniformly excellent cast, including youngsters Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as Venus and Serena, and Jon Bernthal as their eventual coach, Rick Macci. It’s long but engrossing and fascinating nonetheless. 

Live Sport

  • Wimbledon 2022, from 11am, BBC Two/One
  • Test Cricket, England vs India, 9.30am, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Stranger Things, season 4, volume 2 on TV tonight — how will the season end for the gang? 

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Joanne Lowles

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.