TV tonight: our highlights for Thursday 13th May

Little Mix The Search
(Image credit: BBC/Modest TV/Callum Mills)

Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power is just one of the gems on today...

The Little Mix singer opens up about racism in the music industry, it's the penultimate episode of Taskmaster, and Anita Rani presents two more stories of being Saved by a Stranger.  Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, live sport, a film 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

Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power, 9pm, BBC1

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, from Little Mix fame, opens up about racism in this personal documentary where she questions why the music industry is still predominantly white. Although she’s had a successful career, multiple hits and a series of sold-out stadiums, she’s always felt she was treated differently from her fellow bandmates because of the colour of her skin. Along the way she also meets fellow black female music artists, including ex Sugababe Keisha Buchanan and Alexandra Burke, who admits she was encouraged to have skin lightening treatment in her early career. But can Leigh-Anne get her own record label to help make a change?

★★★ HD

Taskmaster, 9pm, C4

TV tonight Taskmaster

Greg Davies presides over the penultimate episode of the comedy game show

It’s the semi-final! Well, it’s the penultimate episode of the series, which is almost the same thing apart from the fact that nobody is getting eliminated (unless Greg and Alex are planning a major format twist that they’re keeping very close to their chests). There’s still time for the assembled funny people to add more points to their tallies on the series leaderboard (come on, Charlotte Ritchie, we still believe in you!) as Lee Mack receives a makeover, Jamali Maddix gets destructive, and confirmed milk-guzzler Mike Wozniak alerts Alex to the possible hazards posed by some dairy products.

★★★ SP

Saved by a Stranger, 9pm, BBC2

TV tonight Saved by a Stranger

Anita Rani presents as two more people search for the strangers who've changed their lives (Image credit: BBC/Blink Films/Toby Trackman)

Anita Rani helps two more individuals searching for special people from their pasts, including Goan-born Darryl, who suffered overt racism during the 1970s and wants to find the primary school teachers who provided him with a safe environment. We also hear from Falklands War veteran David, whose ship, the SS Atlantic Conveyor, was struck by two deadly Argentinian missiles in May 1982, leaving 12 dead. Having bottled up his feelings for years, David’s desperate to meet up with his fellow crewmates who survived the experience. But will anyone else want to open up such long buried wounds?

★★★ HD

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Peaky Blinders, seasons one to five, BBC iPlayer/Netflix

TV tonight Peaky Binders

The late Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly

Helen McCrory, who died on 16 April, aged 52, is phenomenal in this superb gangland drama, set in Birmingham in the 1920s, as Polly Gray, the formidable matriarch of the Shelby crime family and aunt to the leader of the Peaky Blinders, Tommy (Cillian Murphy).

Best film to watch on TV tonight

War of the Worlds, 9pm Flim4

Tom Cruise stars as Ray Ferrier in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.

Tom Cruise stars as Ray Ferrier in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. (Image credit: Photo Frank Masi)

If you caught Tom Cruise on The Graham Norton Show recently, you'll have seen him talking about the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick. Unfortunately since then, the release date has been put back again – it's now due out in November. But you are never too far from a Cruise film, especially on Film4 this week. Tonight, there's a double bill of Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, followed by Second World War drama Valkeyrie. The week ends tomorrow with Legend, the 1985 film Tom starred in just a year before the original Top Gun made him a superstar.

★★★ JP

Live sport

  • Premier League: Aston Villa v Everton 5pm, (k-o 6pm), Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League/NOW
  • Premier League: Manchester United v Liverpool 8pm, (k-o 8.15pm), Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League/NOW

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power on TV tonight – a personal account of how it feels to be a black woman in the music industry.

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

Happy viewing!

Joanne Lowles
Freelance writer and editor

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.