What to watch on TV tonight - Friday 3rd January
June Brown joins Piers Morgan on the sofa to discuss her life stories
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: June Brown
The EastEnders star discusses her long life and career, the challenges of juggling work with her home life – having given birth to six children in seven years – as well as her early days in the theatre under the aegis of Laurence Olivier and Alec Guinness. Brown landed the role of Dot Cotton at the age of 58 – a part she has played for almost 30 years, for, yes, she still puts in the hours 36 months short of her 9oth birthday.
Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook
7.30pm & 2.30am, BBC4
Don Black, the lyricist behind “Diamonds Are Forever”, “Born Free”, “Love Changes Everything” and much else besides, discusses his life’s work with Michael Grade.
James May’s Toy Stories: The Motorcycle Diaries
The Top Gear presenter sets out to build a motorbike and sidecar entirely out of Meccano and complete a lap of the Isle of Man’s TT circuit. A total of 15,000 pieces must be used, and to add to the sense of jeopardy it must also be able to bear the weight of a passenger, Oz Clarke.
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
9pm, Channel 4
Jimmy Carr returns with more editions of the comedy panel show mash-up with the words-and-numbers quiz. Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by Rhod Gilbert, Kevin Bridges and Josie Long. Susie Dent abides in Dictionary Corner, and recent Strictly dancer Rachel Riley does the maths.
Celebrity Big Brother: Live Launch
9pm, Channel 5
The micro-celebrity post-Christmas detox holiday of choice returns with the usual spate of rumours – with ex-Apprentice contestants Katie Hopkins and Stella English hotly tipped.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke beats opponent 33 years his junior in exhibition boxing match
- 2 Exodus Gods and Kings casting controversy: Ridley Scott would never cast 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
- 3 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 4 Today was a bad day for renters, landlords, and democracy
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer: What we know about JJ Abrams' film
Exodus Gods and Kings casting controversy: Ridley Scott would never cast 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
Christmas TV schedule 2014: The best shows to watch from Downton Abbey to Black Mirror
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police