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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