What’s on? 10 top TV and streaming tips for Saturday


There’s a look at the career of comedian Rik Mayall in Lord of Misrule, Gary Lineker is back at the helm as Match of the Day returns, there’s Paul Simon and Duran Duran live, and some very tasty movies . . .

Pick of the Day

Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule, 9.45pm, BBC Four

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall died suddenly in June 2014 at the age of 56.

He left behind a body of work that spanned four decades and was a blend of rocket-fuelled physical comedy, surrealism, subversive satire and pompous punk wit.

Mayall’s characters included the Black Country investigative nerd Kevin Turvey, Felicity Kendal-adoring student poet Rick in The Young Onesunemployed oddball Richard Richard in bottom.

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Then there were the darker roles, such as ruthless MP Alan B’Stard in The New Statesman and the roguish Lord Flashheart, who appeared in the second and fourth season of the legendary blackadder.

Narrated by Simon Callow, this documentary celebrates Mayall’s career, with contributions by Michael Palin, Simon Pegg, Lenny Henry, Ben Elton, Alexei Sayle, Christopher Ryan, Tim McInnerny, Jools Holland, Ruby Wax and Greg Davies.

Don’t Miss

Match of the Day, 10.20pm, BBC One

Generations of football fans have enjoyed this highlights show, which has been a television staple since 1964.

Gary Lineker (below) presents action from the opening English Premier League fixtures of the season, including Fulham v Liverpool at Craven Cottage and Chelsea v Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Newly-promoted Fulham faced a tough task against last season’s runners-up, while last term’s third-placed team Chelsea will have expected a winning start against an Everton side that struggled during the 2021/22 campaign.

Plus, Crystal Palace v Arsenal, Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton.

New or Returning Shows

Sounds of Birmingham at the BBC, 8.00pm, BBC Four

Here’s a selection of archive performances by artists from the city to mark it hosting the Commonwealth Games. Any excuse, eh?

It’s quite a varied lineup, with music from the likes of UB40, Dexys Midnight Runners (above), Duran Duran, Judas Priest, Joan Armatrading, ELO, Laura Mvula, the Streets and Black Sabbath.

Duran Duran: Radio 2 in Concert, 9.00pm, BBC Two

Here’s one of those bands from Birmingham that became a global phenomenon in the 1980s.

Here are highlights of the band’s performance at the BBC Radio Theater in December 2021, featuring classic hits such as Hungry Like the Wolf, Notorious, Ordinary World, Planet Earth and Save a Prayer.

For better or worse, the set also features music from their most recent album Future Past.

Micah Richards’ Player Pranks, 10.00pm, Sky Max

Streaming on NOW

He’s got the biggest grin in the game and the most infectious laugh in English football.

Now, the former right back Micah Richards (below) is going from punditry to punking in a new comedy series.

Filmed on location around the UK, Player Pranks are large scale hidden camera pranks planned to create hilarious reactions from the footballers.

In each episode, two different premier league football stars, WSL stars or football legends are pranked in epic hidden-camera wind-ups.

The pranks are kept light and after the big reveal everyone sees the funny side.

Well, let’s hope so, eh?

Paul Simon: Under African Skies, 8.00pm, Sky Arts

Streaming on NOW

Veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon (above) returns to South Africa for a reunion concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Graceland.

This record featured a range of African musical talent including Ray Phiri, Bakithi Kumalo, Youssou N’Dour, Mike Makhalemele, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Saturday Cinema

Inglourious Basterds, 9.00pm, RTÉ2

Quentin Tarantino’s wartime adventure, deliciously coated in black humour, stars Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and an Oscar-winning Christoph Waltz.

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American officer Aldo Raine leads a squad of soldiers into occupied France on a mission to kill as many Nazis as possible and spread fear through the Third Reich.

They become involved in a Jewish resistance fighter’s plan to blow up the premiere of a propaganda movie – due to be attended by Hitler himself.

Philomena, 9.45pm, RTÉ One

Here’s a cracking yarn, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The fact that it’s based on true story makes it even more compelling.

You may well have seen it before, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeing it again.

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A teenager in 1950s’ Ireland becomes pregnant, and is sent to a home for those considered fallen women, while her baby is forcibly taken from her and sent to America to be adopted.

Fifty years later, she meets a disillusioned political journalist who attempts to reunite her with her son.

Widows, 11.30pm, Channel 4

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Steve McQueen’s engrossing feminist thriller was inspired by the Lynda La Plante books and TV series of the same name, and stars Viola Davis (superb as ever), Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Debicki.

When her husband is killed in a botched bank robbery, Veronica Rawlings finds herself in debt left by her husband Harry’s criminal activities.

She joins forces with three other Chicago women in a similar predicament, and together they attempt to carry out a daring theft.

Family flick

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, 6.35pm, RTÉ One

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Animated comedy, with the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith.

This time around, the escaped zoo animals are still on a global journey in their quest to get back to their New York home.

Having made it to Monte Carlo, they join a circus on a European tour as a means of traveling undetected – but an animal control agent is in hot pursuit.

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