what’s going on? Top 10 TV and Broadcasting Tips for Friday

It’s a busy night with the late return of Strictly Come Dancing, Spice Girl Mel C on The Late Late Show, Adrian Dunbar starring in Ridley, a Sidney Poitier documentary, and gritty French drama Athena. . .

Today’s choice

Strictly Come Dancing, 7.00pm, BBC One

The new season of strictly It starts six days late – which means you can watch the next episode – the first live show – tomorrow.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman host the launch of the 20th season, with judges Shirley Palace, Anton de Beek, Craig Revell-Horwood and Motsy Mabuse in attendance.

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They welcome 15 new celebrities to the ballroom Strictly who will compete on the dance floor for this year’s stern crown.

A guest appearance was made by John Legend, along with last year’s champion Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Bernice to recreate the winning routine.

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Late Late Show, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

Tonight’s show features Spice Girl Mel C (below), who will talk to Ryan Tubridy about her new memoir, Who i amand how it felt to be part of one of the greatest musical groups in history.

Singer-songwriter Paul Brady will talk about his career, Irish athlete Ciara Magian has a great year to reflect on, retired RTÉ Northern editor Tommy Gorman will reflect on a broadcasting career of more than 40 years, and Louis Walsh launches his new bond, next in line.

Irish Olympic medalist Sonya O’Sullivan will also be in tonight to celebrate the record-breaking success of Ciara Magian.

Baby Driver, 9:30 p.m., RTÉ2

If you are looking for an alternative to Late Late ShowCar chase/romantic/musical drama You must check several boxes. It’s a charming movie.

Thriller by BAFTA-winning writer/director Edgar Wright, with music starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm, it’s a fun ride.

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Forced to work with a crime boss, Baby, a young driver with tinnitus, engages in a heist that seems doomed to fail, especially as the characters involved lose touch with reality as events spiral out of control.

Roy Orbison: Love Hurts, 9:00pm, BBC Four

Another chance to watch this engaging and touching documentary that unfolds Orbison’s legacy as a beloved rock legend and devoted father through intimate interviews with his three sons.

Alex, Roy Jr, and Wesley Orbison discuss the immense talent and fierce determination that provided the driving force behind their father’s success and how his family life provided a powerful spiritual foundation to escape the pressures of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a fascinating insight into the life and career of a 20th century music giant.

Followed by 10 pm Roy Sings Orbisonperforming some of his greatest hits, including Only the Lonely, Crying, Penny Arcade, Blue Bayou, Running Scared, Candy Man, In Dreams, Mean Woman Blues, It’s Over, Oh, and Pretty Woman.

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Evening of Culture – Live at the Lough Boora, 7:00 PM, RTÉ One

As part of Culture Night, here’s an event from Lough Boora featuring music and entertainment to celebrate the bog and the important role it has played in preserving Ireland’s heritage and the story of its past, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Ridley, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One

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Adrian Dunbar stars in this British police procedural drama in four separate stories written and written by Paul Matthew Thompson – author of the police drama Vera – and Jonathan Fisher.

When a local farmer is found dead, retired detective Alex Ridley is summoned by his former colleague and attorney D. Carol Farman to help with an unsolved missing person case.

As they delve deeper, they uncover another corpse, and a shocking secret.

Am I unreasonable? 9.50pm, BBC One

Postponed as of last Friday, it is a new comedy written and starring Daisy Mae Cooper and Celine Hazley.

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Bored with her frustrated marriage, Nick is haunted by a lonely truth that she can’t share with anyone. Only her son, whom she adores, keeps her going.

But when fellow mother Jane arrives in town, she lights up her life with laughter and it is through this intimate spirit that her dark secret begins to unfold.

Ghosts, 8:30pm, BBC One

The spectral comedy series starring Charlotte Ritchie, Agent Smith-Pino and Simon Farnaby returns for another round.

When we rejoin Mike and Alison – and their ghost group – they welcome their first guests to their new bijoux B&B.

While serving breakfast to the couple, Allison realizes that they are not enjoying their holiday and, fearing a bad review, uses the amazing skills of Lady Patton and Julian to ensure the couple gets the most out of their weekend.

Perplexed but secretly pleased with the sudden interest from Plagues, Thomas, who, after admiring Alison’s sloppy picture of him, now offers a celebrity placement in the Button House, sticks by his every word.

New to broadcasting

Sidney, Apple TV +

Produced by producer Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin, this documentary honors legendary Sidney Poitier and his legacy.

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Not only was he a creative actor and an Academy Award winner, he was also a filmmaker and activist at the heart of Hollywood and the civil rights movement.

Featuring candid interviews with Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee and many more, the film was produced by Derek Murray, in close collaboration with the Poitiers family.

Athena, Netflix

Here is a gritty French drama directed by Romain Gavras that was shown at the last Venice Film Festival. if you like hatredYou will probably enjoy this too.

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After his younger brother dies following an alleged police altercation, Abd (Dali Bensalah) is called from the front line to find his family torn apart.

Caught between his younger brother Karim (Sami Suleiman)’s desire for revenge and the criminal dealings of his older brother Mokhtar (Osini Mubarak), he struggles to calm rising tensions.

As the situation escalates, their ATHENA community turns into a castle under siege, becoming the scene of tragedy for both the family and beyond.

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