TV Times top picks for today

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Friday 14th September

Big Brother, 9pm, Channel 5

After a quick tidy-up now the celebrities have gone, BB welcomes a new group of civilians for its 19th regular run. Emma Willis guides us through the launch as fame-hungry members of the public settle in for a series promising a ‘whole new feel’. After all this time, does the original social experiment still have the power to surprise us? Or do we just want to see what the new diary room chair looks like? Rating: ***

Forever, Amazon Prime Video

US comedy favourites Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play June and Oscar, a couple whose pleasant lives take a dangerous turn after June persuades her husband to shake things up and take their vacation somewhere other than their usual old lake house. From the writers of Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, this new series certainly has an impressive comedy pedigree, but with an added poignant, quirky edge. Rating: ****

A Discovery of Witches, 9pm, Sky One

If you think you know Oxford from years of watching Inspector Morse, then think again! This adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ trilogy of novels tells the story of the creatures lurking amid the cobbles, colleges and libraries – in particular, Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a witch desperate to lose her powers and focus on her academic career. But after Diana calls up a certain book from the Bodleian Library, unaware of the magical vibrations she’s tuning into, a charismatic vampire (Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode) appears in her life. It’s clever, compelling and hugely enjoyable, and you’ll never think of witches in the same way again… Rating: *****

More previews tomorrow.