March 31, 2023


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TV tonight: the chaos and toxicity of a 1980s Australian newsroom | Television & radio

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TV tonight: the chaos and toxicity of a 1980s Australian newsroom | Television & radio

The Newsreader

9pm, BBC Two

While there’s no shortage of comedy-dramas navigating the chaos and toxicity of a newsroom, being set in 1980s Australia provides an interesting distinction here. More drama than it is comedy, the six-parter follows eager young reporter Dale (Sam Reid) and long-suffering but excellent newsreader Helen (Anna Torv) as they build an unlikely friendship and career alliance. In the first of tonight’s double bill, they team up to cover the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Hollie Richardson


6pm, BBC One

Reporting from Jersey, Charlotte Smith and Matt Baker are on a mission to protect the island’s beautiful coastline and save the puffins – a species on the brink of extinction. They also meet local rugby players who make their own sea salt, while Adam Henson takes a group of pigs to school. HR

Murder in Provence

8pm, ITV

“I’ve known my mother all my life but it would be a bit of a stretch to say I liked her,” quips Antoine Verlaque (Roger Allam), characteristically dry. The second instalment of the Provençal whodunnit, tonight’s episode sees the citizens of Aix dropping like flies. The lifeless body of an aristocrat found inside his crumbling French chateau is the first case in point. Danielle De Wolfe

A Royal Music Celebration at the Proms

8pm, BBC Four

The jubilee rumbles on with Clive Myrie hosting a night of triumphant trumpets and classical favourites, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth. There’s 500 years’ worth of music from British composers, including royal wedding-endorsed Parry’s I Was Glad and Handel’s parping coronation banger Zadok the Priest. Hannah Verdier

Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico

9pm, Channel 4

Hollywood’s foodie odyssey concludes. The highlight is probably a visit to the most dangerous cantina on Earth – a hostelry that keeps bringing you free food for as long as you keep drinking. There’s also a huge firework display, an investigation into Mexican cola and, inevitably, more hot chillis. Phil Harrison

Better Things

10.50pm, BBC Two

In a particularly poignant episode, given recent news, a visit to Planned Parenthood sets up a family secret for the rest of the series. While that’s being kept under wraps, Sam (Pamela Adlon) has a blast volunteering to read to a sixth grade class she needs to beg not to Google her. HR

Film choice

Emma, 8pm, BBC One

Mia Goth and Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma.
Mia Goth and Anya Taylor-Joy in Emma. Photograph: Working Title Films/Allstar

Jane Austen’s well-meaning but blithely domineering heroine seems as much of a rite of passage for actors as Hamlet. Anya Taylor-Joy is the latest to try her hand in Autumn de Wilde’s pretty-as-a-picture adaptation. Highlighting Emma’s prim, class-bound character – the ubiquitous if silent presence of servants and the use of folk songs broaden the story’s social focus – Taylor-Joy makes the meddling matchmaker’s journey to humility all the more affecting. Amid a great supporting cast, Bill Nighy and Miranda Hart handle the film’s comic side effortlessly. Simon Wardell

Live sport

International ODI Cricket: England v South Africa 10.30am, Sky Sports Main Event The third and final one-dayer in the series from Headingley.