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TV Tonight: our highlights for Thursday, May 19

TV tonight – Gordon’s a tough man to please.
Gordon’s a tough man to please. (Image credit: BBC)

On TV tonight, the final three embark on the last challenge to impress Gordon in the final episode of Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars on BBC One. Embarrassing Bodies returns to E4, Eat Well for Less? is back on BBC One and the brilliant Taskmaster continues on C4. 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

Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars, 9pm, BBC One

TV tonight Who will be Gordon's food star?

Who will be Gordon's food star? (Image credit: BBC)

It began with 12 food entrepreneurs watching Gordon jump out of a helicopter onto a beach in Cornwall, while wondering what on earth they had let themselves in for – was this SAS: Who Dares Wins or a show about cooking? They soon discovered it was a bit of both, with a large slice of The Apprentice thrown in for good measure. And while some of the tasks verged on the ridiculous (serving lunch on a high wire in the Lake District!?), the final challenge – to create a launch event for their businesses – allows the three finalists to shine. After a final grilling from Gordon, one walks away £150,000 richer. 

★★★★ JL

Embarrassing Bodies, 9pm, E4

TV tonight The doctors will see you now

The doctors will see you now. (Image credit: E4)

There are new medics, new features and plenty of ‘embarrassing’ conditions to be treated when the BAFTA-winning show returns after seven years away. GPs Dr Tosin Ajayi-Sotubo, Dr Anand Patel and Dr Jane Leonard are the trio of presenters helping out the brave members of the public sharing their medical problems with the nation. First up is a man who has smelly pus leaking from his ears and a woman who has a rare vaginal condition preventing her having sex. There’s also the introduction of the ‘safe space confessional booth’, where people can anonymously share their health worries. ‘No problem is too big or too small,’ says a reassuring Dr Tosin. 

★★★★ TL

Eat Well for Less? 8pm, BBC One

TV tonight Jordan Banjo joins old hand Chris Bavin

 Jordan Banjo joins old hand Chris Bavin. (Image credit: BBC)

With Gregg Wallace taking a well-earned break, it’s now Jordan Banjo joining Chris Bavin travelling the land and dispensing advice to people struggling to make tasty meals at an affordable price. Tonight, Chris and Jordan are in Glasgow, where they meet Karen and Andy, parents to triplets, one of whom has a brain tumour. Understandably, what with hospital visits, how much food is costing hasn’t been their prime concern. 

★★★ SM

Taskmaster, season 13, 9pm, C4

TV tonight Greg is back with his winning formula.

Greg Davies hosts.  (Image credit: C4)

Host Greg Davies and his put upon side-kick "little Alex Horne" set more hilarious tasks for the five celebs as this brilliant run continues. From finding hidden ducks to the emotional re-telling of history using two traffic cones, it's the chemistry between the five contestants that makes this series so watchable and this bunch have just the right level of competitive spirit and comradeship. Now, it's the midway point of the series and Bridget Christie is still looking strong. But Ardal O’Hanlon, Chris Ramsey, Judi Love and Sophie Duker may have something to say about that… 

★★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

The Lincoln Lawyer, season 1, Netflix

TV tonight Mickey (with Jazz Raycole as Izzy) outside his ‘office’

Mickey (with Jazz Raycole as Izzy) outside his ‘office.’ (Image credit: Netflix)

The Undoing and Big Little Lies’ creator David E Kelley is behind this drama series starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as attorney Mickey Haller, who runs his Los Angeles law practice out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. It’s based on the novel The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (slightly confusingly, the 2011 movie The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller was adapted from Connelly’s novel of the same name). The series also stars Scream’s Neve Campbell as Mickey’s first ex-wife, Maggie, who’s the Deputy District Attorney, and Ugly Betty’s Becki Newton as Lorna, Mickey’s second ex-wife, who works as his office manager. 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Citizen Kane, 9pm, BBC Four

TV tonight ‘Citizen’ Kane on the political stump

‘Citizen’ Kane on the political stump. (Image credit: BBC)

Thursday night continues to be classic movie night on BBC Four, with a fantastic bill this evening of two of Orson Welles’ finest. First up, the film often regarded by critics as the finest ever made, was Welles’ debut. Released in 1941, it tells, in flashback, the story of a sad little boy who grows up to become a newspaper magnate… and a dreadful human being. The Magnificent Ambersons follows at 11pm, a film Welles designed to be even bigger, more magnificent even than Kane. Sadly, it was butchered by the studio. What remains still leaves most films in the dust. A Talking Pictures on Welles follows at 12.25am. 

Live Sport

  • PGA Championship Golf, from 1pm, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars on TV tonight – and then there were three! Who will be crowned Gordon's future food star and win the £150,000 investment?

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.