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TV Tonight: our highlights for Friday, Oct. 15

Usain Bolt is among the many famous faces lending their support.
Usain Bolt is among the many famous faces lending their support. (Image credit: C4)

On TV tonight, C4 gives over its evening schedule to a brilliant cause as Stand Up to Cancer returns, on BBC2 be prepared for big hair, lashings of leopard-print and plenty of sauce in one-off documentary, Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, finally don't miss the penultimate episode of Grantchester 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, 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

Stand Up to Cancer, from 7.30pm, C4

Tv tonight Adam Hills.

Adam Hills lends his support to the campaign. (Image credit: C4)

Tonight C4 is devoting the whole of its evening schedule to raising money for, and awareness of, cancer research with Stand Up to Cancer. The event is hosted by Davina McCall, Adam Hills, Alan Carr and Maya Jama, with loads of special appearances from the likes of Usain Bolt, Tom Jones, Harry Styles, Tom Daley and
Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner. There’ll be details about how you can donate throughout the evening, along with heaps of sketches – including one with the cast of Derry Girls – and music guests, plus a very special Celebrity Gogglebox. Don’t miss it!

★★★★★ JP

Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, 9pm, BBC2

TV tonight Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins’ life story is revealed. (Image credit: BBC)

Jackie Collins became known as ‘queen of the bonk-buster’ for her saucy romantic fiction about the rich and powerful, including bestsellers Chances, Lucky, Hollywood Wives and The Stud. But as this BBC2 film reveals, behind the fame and celebrity Jackie’s own turbulent life rivalled the spicy plots she dreamed up for her novels. Featured are Jackie’s three daughters, as well as her famous sister, Joan. We also get to see home movies and old snapshots of Jackie’s life, as well as hear excerpts from her (very revealing!) diary…

★★★★ HD

Grantchester, 9pm, ITV

TV tonight Leonard’s not coping well in prison

Leonard’s not coping well in prison. (Image credit: ITV)

When Leonard (Al Weaver) was jailed, we feared it was the last we’d see of the likeable curate. However, we now find out what life is like in prison for him and, unsurprisingly, he’s finding it a struggle. This week, when Leonard’s cellmate is accused of murdering another inmate, Leonard’s certain he’s innocent. With everyone convinced of his guilt, can Leonard uncover the truth? Also, Geordie is reflecting on the time he spent as a prisoner in Burma, and it’s clear his trauma isn’t consigned to the past. The penultimate episode to what should be a great finale.

★★★★ VW

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Among the Stars, season 1, Disney+

TV tonight Captain Chris Cassidy in space.

Captain Chris Cassidy. (Image credit: Disney+)

The dangers of space moonwalks are brought vividly to life in a behind-the-scenes look at the world of NASA and its astronauts. This six-part docuseries follows Captain Chris Cassidy as he takes on a critically important mission to the International Space Station to repair a $2billion science experiment, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which aims to reveal the origins of the universe. Filmed over two years, the series combines personal video diaries and film footage – with cameras stationed both on Earth and in space – to show viewers the high-stakes work of the NASA team. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Free Guy, Disney+

TV tonight She’s behind you! Jodie Comer and Ryan Reynolds

She’s behind you! Jodie Comer and Ryan Reynolds star. (Image credit: Disney+)

Like an update on the Truman Show idea, this techy and very entertaining movie is a perfect Friday-night film. Ryan Reynolds stars as an everyday bank clerk who starts to realise he’s a character inside a computer game. Worse, he’s an NPC – a Non Player Character, the ones who are only there to be decorative or get shot at. Enter Jodie Comer in two roles, as the programmer who might have the key to Guy’s future, and as a character inside the game who might have the key to his heart. Fast-moving, smart and a ton of fun. 

Live Sport

  • EFL, West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City, 7.30pm, (k-o 8pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Stand Up to Cancer on TV tonight – great telly for a brilliant cause.

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

Happy viewing!