TV tonight: our highlights for Friday 14th August

Diana: A Mother's Love is just one of the gems on today...

Channel 5 ends its Diana Week with Diana: A Mother’s Love, BBC4 celebrates the life and music of Joan Armatrading in Me Myself I, and Amazon Prime Video follows The World’s Toughest Race. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what’s on TV tonight include three 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

Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I, 10pm, BBC4

A profile of the singer-songwriter famous for hits including Me, Myself, I, Drop the Pilot and Love and Affection, first shown last summer. As Joan, now 69, talks about writing songs as a youngster and the subsequent trajectory of her career and those involved, it’s like a Who’s Who of the music business. 

★★ JP

Diana: A Mother’s Love, 8pm, Channel 5

TV tonight Diana: A Mother's Love

Diana, William and Harry have fun on a trip in 1995

The third of Channel 5’s new documentaries about Diana, Princess of Wales looks at what was without doubt the most important thing to her – being a mother to William and Harry. Diana felt unloved and unwanted as a child, says more than one contributor here, and she was determined that her sons would never feel that way. Seeing the shy young woman with Prince Charles when their engagement was announced in 1981, few could have guessed how much Diana would shake up the concept of motherhood within the Royal Family. 

★★★ JP

The World’s Toughest Race, Amazon Prime Video

TV tonight The World's Toughest Race

US competitors in Fiji’s endurance race

Most visitors go to Fiji to enjoy the coral reef and secluded beaches but for the brave souls in this series, the lure is the catchily named World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji. With 66 teams from 30 countries, it’s a thrilling, non-stop, 11-day race across mountains, jungle and ocean designed to test mind and body. While presenter Bear Grylls would probably choose this kind of thing over a proper holiday, all he has to do here is rouse the troops at the start line and hang out of a helicopter looking cool. A gruelling watch. 

★★★ IM

Best box set to watch 

Kingdom, seasons 1-3, Netflix

Mixed martial arts drama with tough fight scenes and involving storylines. Ex-fighter and gym owner Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) trains fighters alongside his two sons – Nate (Nick Jonas), who’s secretly gay, and hard-partying Jay (Jonathan Tucker).

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Jumanji: The Next Level, 8pm, Sky Premiere

TV tonight Jumanji: The Next Level

Dwayne Johnson stars with Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black

Dwayne Johnson has to be Hollywood’s most likeable leading man and he’s at his endearingly daft best for this sequel to the hit jungle-game comedy, which was originally rebooted from the 1995 Robin Williams film. This time around, Johnson and his fellow avatars Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart are joined by Danny DeVito, Danny Glover and Awkwafina for more high-stakes fun. Some of the jokes will be lost on those who didn’t see the first movie, but there’s enough insane CGI action and laugh-out-loud moments to keep everyone happy. 

Live sport

  • Premiership Rugby Union: Harlequins v Sale Sharks 7pm, BT Sport 2

Soaps on TV tonight

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don’t miss Diana: A Mother’s Love on TV tonight – remembering the People’s Princess

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Happy viewing!

 

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