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TV Tonight: our highlights for Wednesday, May 18

TV tonight – Beth contemplates life – with wine.
Beth contemplates life – with wine. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

On TV tonight, Amy Schumer stars in a new comedy on Disney Plus, Life & Beth, it's the last ever episode of the brilliant Derry Girls on C4, a new series hoping to preserve traditional crafts begins, The Prince's Master Crafts, on Sky Arts/NOW, new reality series Lovestruck High kicks off on Prime Video and The Great British Sewing Bee and The Repair Shop continue on BBC One. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.

  • Our hand selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include six 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

Life & Beth, Disney Plus

TV tonight Michael Cera and Amy Schumer star.

Michael Cera and Amy Schumer star. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Amy Schumer is on sparkling form in this quirky and wryly funny but at times moving semi-autobiographical comedy. The Hollywood actor and stand-up comic plays Manhattan wine distributor Beth, who lives with her handsome but self-obsessed boyfriend and appears to have the perfect existence. But everything is thrown up in the air in spectacular style when a traumatic event results in Beth returning to her home town in Long Island, where she has to confront her challenging past and assess whether she is really living her best life both professionally and romantically.

★★★★ CC

Derry Girls, season 3, 9pm, C4

The Derry Girls jumping for joy.

The peerless series comes to a close tonight. (Image credit: Channel4)

A special extended episode that catches up with the friends one year on. As Erin and Orla prepare for their joint 18th birthday, it's also the week of the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement, which threatens to overshadow the girl's fun. As always this series perfectly combines the personal and the political with hilarious results. As Michelle, Clare, Erin, Orla and "the wee English fella" James worry about their future, we know our future will be a little bit less fun without this delightful series to enjoy. 

★★★★★ JL

The Prince's Master Crafters: The Next Generation, 8pm, Sky Arts/NOW

Tv tonight The crafters stand by their blocks

The crafters stand by their blocks. (Image credit: Sky)

The latest series to apply the Bake Off formula to a skill, this new series, hosted by Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves), shines a spotlight on traditional crafting activities such as blacksmithing, stone carving, stained glass-making and weaving. There’s no ultimate winner, but, at the end of the seven-part series, the crafters will each create a showcase piece to present to Prince Charles, whose Prince’s Foundation aims to preserve heritage crafts. This week’s first challenge is to create an ‘arts and crafts-style’ wood carving, which looks fiendishly difficult, especially for the contestants who do not usually work with wood. 

★★★★ IM

Lovestruck High, Prime Video

TV tonight British singletons look for love in a US-style high school

British singletons look for love in a US-style high school. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Fifteen singles looking for love go back to school in this high-concept reality show narrated by Lindsay Lohan. Lovestruck High is a school straight out of a teen movie, complete with yellow buses, a stern principal (played by comedian Ria Lina) and, of course, the prom – with $100,000 going to the couple who get crowned prom royalty. It’s surprisingly wholesome and heartwarming, especially as various cast members share their stories of how bullying and peer pressure left them unable to be their authentic selves at school the first time around, and now they’ve got a chance for a do-over… 

★★★★ SP

The Great British Sewing Bee 2022, 9pm, BBC One

TV tonight Eco-warriors Esme and Patrick

Eco-warriors Esme and Patrick. (Image credit: BBC)

It’s week four and Sara Pascoe has by now firmly put her own stamp on the sartorial show with her unique sense of style and is a keen guide through Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Week. As well as presenting worrying eco-facts, this theme also allows for the ‘wow’ factor as the nine remaining sewers get creative with scraps. Patrick and Esme offer up their critiques of old coats; maxi dresses from duvet covers; and quilted patchwork jackets made literally from leftovers from Sewing Bees past. 

★★★★ NT

The Repair Shop, 8pm, BBC One

TV tonight Gary wth his cherished prayer book.

Gary wth his cherished prayer book. (Image credit: BBC)

It’s such a relief to have this warm hug of a programme back to get us through ‘hump day’, and, as always, it’s not just the skilled fixing of beloved objects that keeps us glued but the learning about history through the heirlooms brought in for restoration. Bookbinder Chris is tasked with preserving a Jewish prayer book which belonged to Gary’s grandparents, who were liberated from the Theresienstadt concentration camp along with it. Importantly, it bears the signatures of others held there. 

★★★★ NT

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 today

Disappearance at Clifton Hill, 9pm, Film4

An intriguing Canadian puzzlebox of a movie with the occasional spasms of a David Lynch film, this has an excellent Tuppence Middleton as our unreliable protagonist returning to her home town, a fading resort by the Niagara Falls. As a young girl she witnessed a boy being abducted, and now as an adult she’s determined to uncover the truth, with a little the help of local podcaster and conspiracy theorist David Cronenberg. More of an intricate character study than a linear mystery movie, director Albert Shin’s debut asks as many questions as it answers, highlighting how amorphous truth really is. It’s an engaging journey.

Live Sport

  • UEFA Europa League Final, Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers, 7.15pm (k-o 8pm), BT Sport 1

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…

Don't miss Life & Beth on TV tonight – Amy Schumer is great in this timely comedy. 

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.