On TV tonight, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" but you can enjoy this look back at 60 years of one of the most iconic rock bands on the planet starting with Mick Jagger: My Life as a Rolling Stone, on BBC Two. It's the last ever episode of Inspector Montalbano on BBC Four, Alex Scott presents the revealing documentary The Future of Women's Football on BBC One, while Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow continues on ITV. C4 celebrates Freedom: 50 Years of Pride and there's a tribute to one of the greatest comedy double acts on Channel 5, Morecambe & Wise: 30 Funniest Moments. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.
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What's on TV tonight
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Best TV shows on TV tonight
Mick Jagger: My Life as a Rolling Stone, 9.30pm, BBC Two
Can it really be 60 years since the Rolling Stones’ first gig? This series offers an in-depth profile of the veteran rockers (currently touring Europe for the umpteenth time), with episodes devoted to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, who died last August. We start with Mick, still full of energy at 78, who talks about his approach to being frontman. He reveals how he stepped up to take control of the band’s affairs after the tragedy of fan deaths at their 1969 Altamont concert and the discovery that the Stones were broke.
Inspector Montalbano, 9pm, BBC Four
Fans of this Italian crime drama may know that Andrea Camilleri, who created the Salvo Montalbano character and wrote the original books, died in 2019, so the series was going to run out of source novels at some point. And tonight we’ve reached the very last episode, The Catalanotti Method (the other episodes are on iPlayer, plus prequel The Young Montalbano). As well as the usual murder mystery, it has all the features we love – sun-soaked Sicilian streets, frequent visits by Salvo (Luca Zingaretti) to Enzo’s trattoria, heated debates with fellow detectives Fazio and ‘Mimì’ Augello and garbled messages from excitable desk sergeant Catarella. Arrivederci, Salvo – we’ll miss you.
Alex Scott: The Future of Women's Football, 10.20pm, BBC One
As the England Women’s team gears up for the Euros (kicking off against Austria on Wednesday, 7pm, BBC One), former Arsenal and England player Alex Scott reports on how women’s football is now one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. She speaks to Lionesses captain Leah Williamson and Chelsea Women’s coach Emma Hayes, and in addition to the commercial side of the game she looks at misogynistic trolling on social media. The insulting hashtag Who Cares? crops up in relation to women’s football, but Alex’s answer – after being at a game with an attendance of 91,000 at Barcelona’s Nou Camp – is simple: plenty.
Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow, 7pm, ITV
As another game show of old is revived, this week it’s Strike It Lucky, which was previously presented by Michael Barrymore from 1986 to 1999. It sees three pairs of contestants trying to navigate their way along rows of TV screens by answering questions correctly and winning prizes as they go. There are three rows, one for each team, and to get to them host Alan has to climb quite a lot of steps, which has an unexpected bonus for our host… "They’re really good for your core and your bum," he says. "When we finished filming I had buns of steel!".
Freedom: 50 Years of Pride, 8pm, C4
Still going strong after 50 years, Pride has changed beyond all recognition. From what started out in 1972 as a brave band of protestors marching the streets of Britain to demand recognition and equality, it’s now a series of huge parades and events to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Using archive footage and testimony from those at the heart of Pride, this film looks back over those 50 years and also asks some tough questions about whether Pride is inclusive enough and whether it has sold out.
Morecambe & Wise: 30 Funniest Moments, 8.30pm, Channel 5
Eric and Ern making breakfast to the strains of The Stripper, André Previn losing patience with Eric’s "musicality", Shirley Bassey wearing a lovely frock and one hobnailed boot… These and many more sketches feature, with contributions from John Sergeant, Anita Harris and Syd Little.
Best box set to watch on TV tonight
The Terminal List, 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 explosive thriller The Terminal List. The eight-part series stars Chris Pratt as Navy SEAL commander James Reece, who 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 while making their way through a series of underground tunnels. Were the terrorists tipped off by a traitor in the US? Back home, Reece is determined to uncover the truth, joining forces with journalist Katie Buranek (Constance Wu) in a bid to find out more. But as new evidence emerges, Reece discovers dark forces working against him.
Best film to watch on TV tonight
Rocketman, 9.30pm, C4
Director Dexter Fletcher throws the kitchen sink and anything else he can find into his big, brash biopic of Elton John. Done as a series of musical numbers rather than a straightforward telling of how Reg Dwight became Elton (Taron Egerton), it’s perfectly entertaining, helped by a strong cast including Jamie Bell as his lyricist and constant companion Bernie Taupin. While you never really get to know the person at the centre of the film, the music is undeniably great.
- Wimbledon 2022, from 11am, BBC Two/One
- International Rugby Union, Australia vs England, 10.15am (k-o 10.55am), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
- Tour de France, 12 noon, ITV4
- International Rugby Union, South Africa vs Wales, 4pm (k-o 4.05pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
- International Rugby Union, Argentina vs Scotland, 7.30pm (k-o 8.10pm), Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…
Don't miss Mick Jagger: My Life as a Rolling Stone on TV tonight – discover what it's really like to be a rock and roll legend.
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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.
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