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TV Tonight: our highlights for Saturday, August 6

TV tonight The presenting team.
The presenting team for the Commonwealth Games. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, there's a chance of another Super Saturday as the Commonwealth Games enters its final weekend, plus you can enjoy a live set of Duran Duran's best-loved tracks over on BBC Two and Channel 5 features a tribute to Lancashire comedian Les Dawson in Les Dawson: 30 Funniest Moments. 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

The Commonwealth Games, from 9 am, BBC One/Two/Three/iPlayer/Red Button

Jack Laugher with his 1m springboard diving gold medal on the podium with his mother.

Six-time Commonwealth champ Jack Laugher  (Image credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There's a potential Super Saturday in prospect as the Commonwealth Games conclude in Birmingham this weekend, with some homegrown medal prospects in action on the track. England's Jack Laugher will be chasing another gold medal in the 3m springboard diving, Scotland's Jake Wightman will be contesting the 1500m final fresh from his triumph at the World Athletics Championships last month, alongside his teammate Josh Kerr, and Laura Muir will be running for Scotland in the 800m final, among many other events.

 ★★★★★ IM 

Duran Duran: Radio 2 in Concert, 9 pm, BBC Two

TV tonight Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran.

Enjoy a live set from Duran Duran tonight at 9 pm. (Image credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

In a performance from December 2021, the band - who celebrated their 40th anniversary last year - play a set including old favourites Girls on Film, Hungry Like the World and Ordinary World plus some new songs. They'll also feature in Sounds of Birmingham at the BBC (8 pm), a compilation to mark the city hosting this summer's Commonwealth Games. 

★★★ JP

Les Dawson: 30 Funniest Moments, 8 pm, Channel 5

Les Dawson photographed in February 1982

A look back at Les Dawson's career.  (Image credit: Doug McKenzie/Getty Images)

This tribute to the Lancashire-born comedian takes in his famous gurning, playing the piano out of tune, his monologues and 'Cissie and Ada', the characters he and Roy Barraclough portrayed. Contributors include Brian Conley, Gloria Hunniford and Jon Culshaw, and whereas sometimes in these compilations you feel as if the talking heads have been roped in to make up the numbers, here they all seem to genuinely love and admire Les. Watching this, it's hard to disagree.

★★★★ JP

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

The Sandman, Netflix

TV Tonight Tom Sturridge in The Sandman

Tom Sturridge stars as Dream in Netflix's take on The Sandman. (Image credit: Netflix)

Neil Gaiman's sprawling comic book series has been described as "unfilmable" in the past, but Netflix has taken on the task by transforming his universe into this 10-part adaptation which is based on the first two arcs from the books. The Sandman tells the story of Morpheus — aka Dream — who rules over a realm known as The Dreaming, the fantasy world that awaits every single one of us as we dream. 

Tom Sturridge leads the cast alongside a whole host of exciting British stars including Charles Dance, Gwendoline Christie, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Jenna Coleman and Sanjeev Bhaskar. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Channel 4

Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum.

Enjoy an action-packed evening with John Wick 3. (Image credit: Lionsgate)

In this third installment of Chad Stahelski's thrilling action movie saga, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run, with a $14 million bounty on his head, a bounty that a legion of assassins would be happy to collect. As you'd expect, Wick is swiftly put through his paces and takes on even more international hitmen, hoods and other villains in even more slick and stylish action sequences. Ian McShane returns as the New York Continental Hotel manager Winston, plus Halle Berry joins the action as John's reluctant ally, Sofia Al-Azwar.

Live Sport

  • Premier League, Everton vs Chelsea, 5 pm (k-o 5:30 pm), Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League/NOW
  • The Hundred 2022: Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix, 2 pm, BBC Two

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight...

Don't miss The Commonwealth Games so you can cheer on some of our amazing athletes as the competition enters its final weekend. 

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

Happy viewing!

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.