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Nemanja Matic has warned Manchester United need quality signings this summer if they are to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League as the midfielder admitted the club’s trophyless campaign has cranked up the pressure for next season. Mourinho ideally wants to bring in five new players this summer but knows the truncated transfer window, which is compounded by the month long World Cup finals in Russia, will reduce the time to complete deals and make acquiring such numbers increasingly difficult. They include two full backs, a centre-half, a midfielder and a winger. The United manager will also be under pressure to offload peripheral players, such as Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, to accommodate space on the wage bill and avoid a bloated squad. If Marouane Fellaini fails to agree a new contract, Mourinho would be left needing two midfielders following the retirement of Michael Carrick, a scenario which could impact on plans to strengthen elsewhere. Defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley ensured United finished without a trophy and the prospect of Liverpool winning the Champions League against Real Madrid on Saturday would be another kick in the teeth to Mourinho after a campaign in which he has seen the club’s other biggest rival, Manchester City, run away with the title. Pep Guardiola’s side amassed a century of points and finished 19 ahead of United, in second. “I think we need some players with some experience to bring some more qualities to our team,” Matic said. “After that, we can fight for the title and the Champions League also.” FA Cup final player ratings Asked if the Chelsea defeat had increased the pressure for next season, the United midfielder added: “Of course, this is football. When you don’t win one year, the next year is always more pressure. When you play for Manchester United, this is a normal thing and we have to accept that and deal with that.” United are working on a deal for Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil midfielder, whom City tried to sign in January. City are thought to have now turned their sights to Jorginho, the Napoli and Italy midfielder, which could assist United’s pursuit of Fred although Shakhtar want £52.5 million. United have also been linked with left-backs Alex Sandro, of Juventus, and Tottenham’s Danny Rose, as well as Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, Chelsea winger Willian and Real Madrid centre-half Raphael Varane. Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has been offered to all the Premier League’s top six. However, Mourinho’s chequered record in the transfer market since taking over at Old Trafford does not inspire confidence and the manager must address a series of issues within his existing squad. Victor Lindelof has endured an unconvincing debut season since his £30.7 million move from Benfica last summer and was omitted from the FA Cup final squad altogether. United in turmoil puff Another centre-half, Eric Bailly, a £30.4 million recruit from Villarreal in 2016, has been strangely frozen out since returning from a long injury lay-off and has made just five starts since February, despite being widely regarded as the best defender at the club. Team-mates have been left bemused by Bailly’s persistent omissions and Mourinho’s claims that he was giving more playing time to those defenders who had a chance of going to the World Cup failed to convince some. Left back Luke Shaw has never won Mourinho’s trust and his future is shrouded in uncertainty with his career at a crossroads. Paul Pogba’s form has plummeted since the turn of the year and it cannot be discounted that Mourinho would consider cashing in on the France midfielder if Paris St-Germain made a huge offer this summer. Anthony Martial’s relationship with Mourinho is also strained and Juventus head a queue of clubs, including Spurs, who are interested in signing the France forward. Martial’s omission from the France squad for the World Cup may force him to consider his options with the player – a substitute in the Cup final – not getting regular starts. “I’d like to think he’d stay,” Paul Scholes, the former United midfielder, said. “Whether his manager quite fancies him I’m not too sure about at the minute. He’s not shown too much confidence in him. Martial’s a really good talent. I think he needs a bit of love, he needs an arm around him. Every time he comes on he impresses me. I just hope he’s not one of those that leaves and then we see the best of them.” Other changes are also expected behind the scenes with Mourinho due to hire Italian fitness coach Stefano Rapetti from Sampdoria in the wake of Rui Faria’s departure as assistant manager. Rapetti worked with Mourinho at Inter Milan. Kieran McKenna, United’s Under-18 coach, could also be promoted to the first team set up.
Nemanja Matic says Manchester United must buy quality this summer as club targets five new signings
Nemanja Matic has warned Manchester United need quality signings this summer if they are to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League as the midfielder admitted the club’s trophyless campaign has cranked up the pressure for next season. Mourinho ideally wants to bring in five new players this summer but knows the truncated transfer window, which is compounded by the month long World Cup finals in Russia, will reduce the time to complete deals and make acquiring such numbers increasingly difficult. They include two full backs, a centre-half, a midfielder and a winger. The United manager will also be under pressure to offload peripheral players, such as Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, to accommodate space on the wage bill and avoid a bloated squad. If Marouane Fellaini fails to agree a new contract, Mourinho would be left needing two midfielders following the retirement of Michael Carrick, a scenario which could impact on plans to strengthen elsewhere. Defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley ensured United finished without a trophy and the prospect of Liverpool winning the Champions League against Real Madrid on Saturday would be another kick in the teeth to Mourinho after a campaign in which he has seen the club’s other biggest rival, Manchester City, run away with the title. Pep Guardiola’s side amassed a century of points and finished 19 ahead of United, in second. “I think we need some players with some experience to bring some more qualities to our team,” Matic said. “After that, we can fight for the title and the Champions League also.” FA Cup final player ratings Asked if the Chelsea defeat had increased the pressure for next season, the United midfielder added: “Of course, this is football. When you don’t win one year, the next year is always more pressure. When you play for Manchester United, this is a normal thing and we have to accept that and deal with that.” United are working on a deal for Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil midfielder, whom City tried to sign in January. City are thought to have now turned their sights to Jorginho, the Napoli and Italy midfielder, which could assist United’s pursuit of Fred although Shakhtar want £52.5 million. United have also been linked with left-backs Alex Sandro, of Juventus, and Tottenham’s Danny Rose, as well as Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, Chelsea winger Willian and Real Madrid centre-half Raphael Varane. Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has been offered to all the Premier League’s top six. However, Mourinho’s chequered record in the transfer market since taking over at Old Trafford does not inspire confidence and the manager must address a series of issues within his existing squad. Victor Lindelof has endured an unconvincing debut season since his £30.7 million move from Benfica last summer and was omitted from the FA Cup final squad altogether. United in turmoil puff Another centre-half, Eric Bailly, a £30.4 million recruit from Villarreal in 2016, has been strangely frozen out since returning from a long injury lay-off and has made just five starts since February, despite being widely regarded as the best defender at the club. Team-mates have been left bemused by Bailly’s persistent omissions and Mourinho’s claims that he was giving more playing time to those defenders who had a chance of going to the World Cup failed to convince some. Left back Luke Shaw has never won Mourinho’s trust and his future is shrouded in uncertainty with his career at a crossroads. Paul Pogba’s form has plummeted since the turn of the year and it cannot be discounted that Mourinho would consider cashing in on the France midfielder if Paris St-Germain made a huge offer this summer. Anthony Martial’s relationship with Mourinho is also strained and Juventus head a queue of clubs, including Spurs, who are interested in signing the France forward. Martial’s omission from the France squad for the World Cup may force him to consider his options with the player – a substitute in the Cup final – not getting regular starts. “I’d like to think he’d stay,” Paul Scholes, the former United midfielder, said. “Whether his manager quite fancies him I’m not too sure about at the minute. He’s not shown too much confidence in him. Martial’s a really good talent. I think he needs a bit of love, he needs an arm around him. Every time he comes on he impresses me. I just hope he’s not one of those that leaves and then we see the best of them.” Other changes are also expected behind the scenes with Mourinho due to hire Italian fitness coach Stefano Rapetti from Sampdoria in the wake of Rui Faria’s departure as assistant manager. Rapetti worked with Mourinho at Inter Milan. Kieran McKenna, United’s Under-18 coach, could also be promoted to the first team set up.
Pep Guardiola’s “relentless” pursuit of success and improvement will ensure there is no let-up from Manchester City next season, according to the club’s chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak. Al-Mubarak is convinced that the Premier League champions can get better under Guardiola and says the club have learnt some important mistakes from their past two failed title defences. Manchester United were the last team to defend the title, in 2009, but Al-Mubarak feels City are well equipped to build on this season’s dominance, which saw them become the first top flight club in English history to amass 100 points. “My expectation, and the manager’s expectation, is that this team will continue to improve,” he told City TV in his end of season interview. “We have a manager in Pep who is relentless. There is not going to be any content (with what we have done) or relaxation here, that I can assure you. “I have no doubt that this summer we are going to come back and be hungry, and be more aggressive and we’ll continue to grow and improve.” Asked whether City needed to sign better players and change elements of the squad to ensure there is no complacency and drop off and that the club finally mount a serious title defence, Al-Mubarak said: “It’s all of the above. We have real experiences, real learnings from how we managed our seasons following the last two times we won the league. “We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of years to build the squad, not just only for this season but for many seasons to come. This is a young squad. Many of our most talented players are under the age of 26.” City are working on a deal to sign Italy midfielder Jorginho although Napoli are thought to be demanding more than £60 million for the player, whom Guardiola wants to provide quality competition to Fernandinho at the base of the midfield. Guardiola also wants a versatile forward with numerous options being considered, including Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. Kylian Mbappe, of Paris St-Germain, and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard are dream targets but City are conscious of how difficult they would be to sign. City followed up their 2012 title success with a dismal summer in the transfer market, when they missed out on Robin van Persie to United and signed Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair, Maicon, Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic, none of whom were good enough to improve the side. Al-Mubarak is adamant City will not make the same misjudgements and insisted they would not compromise on quality or disrupt the harmony in the dressing room. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 “In terms of improving the squad, also we’ve had a lot of learnings over the past,” he said. “You don’t get to 100 points without a full, high-quality squad. “Any additions have to improve the squad. This is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club. When winning, bringing new players in is a very important decision because you have a winning formula. “Whatever you’re going to add has to be a decision you don’t take very lightly at all. You have to bring in players that will strengthen, improve and add competition into the squad.” Pep Guardiola signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2021 Credit: PA Guardiola signed a two year contract extension last week to tie him to City until June 2021 and Al-Mubarak said negotiations were straight forward. “This was not a hard discussion, this was, frankly, a conversation that was relatively easy,” he said. “I think we see eye-to-eye, we shook hands on it and are happy to continue this journey.”
Man City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak convinced club will get even better under 'relentless' Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola’s “relentless” pursuit of success and improvement will ensure there is no let-up from Manchester City next season, according to the club’s chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak. Al-Mubarak is convinced that the Premier League champions can get better under Guardiola and says the club have learnt some important mistakes from their past two failed title defences. Manchester United were the last team to defend the title, in 2009, but Al-Mubarak feels City are well equipped to build on this season’s dominance, which saw them become the first top flight club in English history to amass 100 points. “My expectation, and the manager’s expectation, is that this team will continue to improve,” he told City TV in his end of season interview. “We have a manager in Pep who is relentless. There is not going to be any content (with what we have done) or relaxation here, that I can assure you. “I have no doubt that this summer we are going to come back and be hungry, and be more aggressive and we’ll continue to grow and improve.” Asked whether City needed to sign better players and change elements of the squad to ensure there is no complacency and drop off and that the club finally mount a serious title defence, Al-Mubarak said: “It’s all of the above. We have real experiences, real learnings from how we managed our seasons following the last two times we won the league. “We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of years to build the squad, not just only for this season but for many seasons to come. This is a young squad. Many of our most talented players are under the age of 26.” City are working on a deal to sign Italy midfielder Jorginho although Napoli are thought to be demanding more than £60 million for the player, whom Guardiola wants to provide quality competition to Fernandinho at the base of the midfield. Guardiola also wants a versatile forward with numerous options being considered, including Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. Kylian Mbappe, of Paris St-Germain, and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard are dream targets but City are conscious of how difficult they would be to sign. City followed up their 2012 title success with a dismal summer in the transfer market, when they missed out on Robin van Persie to United and signed Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair, Maicon, Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic, none of whom were good enough to improve the side. Al-Mubarak is adamant City will not make the same misjudgements and insisted they would not compromise on quality or disrupt the harmony in the dressing room. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 “In terms of improving the squad, also we’ve had a lot of learnings over the past,” he said. “You don’t get to 100 points without a full, high-quality squad. “Any additions have to improve the squad. This is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club. When winning, bringing new players in is a very important decision because you have a winning formula. “Whatever you’re going to add has to be a decision you don’t take very lightly at all. You have to bring in players that will strengthen, improve and add competition into the squad.” Pep Guardiola signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2021 Credit: PA Guardiola signed a two year contract extension last week to tie him to City until June 2021 and Al-Mubarak said negotiations were straight forward. “This was not a hard discussion, this was, frankly, a conversation that was relatively easy,” he said. “I think we see eye-to-eye, we shook hands on it and are happy to continue this journey.”
Pep Guardiola’s “relentless” pursuit of success and improvement will ensure there is no let-up from Manchester City next season, according to the club’s chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak. Al-Mubarak is convinced that the Premier League champions can get better under Guardiola and says the club have learnt some important mistakes from their past two failed title defences. Manchester United were the last team to defend the title, in 2009, but Al-Mubarak feels City are well equipped to build on this season’s dominance, which saw them become the first top flight club in English history to amass 100 points. “My expectation, and the manager’s expectation, is that this team will continue to improve,” he told City TV in his end of season interview. “We have a manager in Pep who is relentless. There is not going to be any content (with what we have done) or relaxation here, that I can assure you. “I have no doubt that this summer we are going to come back and be hungry, and be more aggressive and we’ll continue to grow and improve.” Asked whether City needed to sign better players and change elements of the squad to ensure there is no complacency and drop off and that the club finally mount a serious title defence, Al-Mubarak said: “It’s all of the above. We have real experiences, real learnings from how we managed our seasons following the last two times we won the league. “We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of years to build the squad, not just only for this season but for many seasons to come. This is a young squad. Many of our most talented players are under the age of 26.” City are working on a deal to sign Italy midfielder Jorginho although Napoli are thought to be demanding more than £60 million for the player, whom Guardiola wants to provide quality competition to Fernandinho at the base of the midfield. Guardiola also wants a versatile forward with numerous options being considered, including Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. Kylian Mbappe, of Paris St-Germain, and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard are dream targets but City are conscious of how difficult they would be to sign. City followed up their 2012 title success with a dismal summer in the transfer market, when they missed out on Robin van Persie to United and signed Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair, Maicon, Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic, none of whom were good enough to improve the side. Al-Mubarak is adamant City will not make the same misjudgements and insisted they would not compromise on quality or disrupt the harmony in the dressing room. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 “In terms of improving the squad, also we’ve had a lot of learnings over the past,” he said. “You don’t get to 100 points without a full, high-quality squad. “Any additions have to improve the squad. This is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club. When winning, bringing new players in is a very important decision because you have a winning formula. “Whatever you’re going to add has to be a decision you don’t take very lightly at all. You have to bring in players that will strengthen, improve and add competition into the squad.” Pep Guardiola signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2021 Credit: PA Guardiola signed a two year contract extension last week to tie him to City until June 2021 and Al-Mubarak said negotiations were straight forward. “This was not a hard discussion, this was, frankly, a conversation that was relatively easy,” he said. “I think we see eye-to-eye, we shook hands on it and are happy to continue this journey.”
Man City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak convinced club will get even better under 'relentless' Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola’s “relentless” pursuit of success and improvement will ensure there is no let-up from Manchester City next season, according to the club’s chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak. Al-Mubarak is convinced that the Premier League champions can get better under Guardiola and says the club have learnt some important mistakes from their past two failed title defences. Manchester United were the last team to defend the title, in 2009, but Al-Mubarak feels City are well equipped to build on this season’s dominance, which saw them become the first top flight club in English history to amass 100 points. “My expectation, and the manager’s expectation, is that this team will continue to improve,” he told City TV in his end of season interview. “We have a manager in Pep who is relentless. There is not going to be any content (with what we have done) or relaxation here, that I can assure you. “I have no doubt that this summer we are going to come back and be hungry, and be more aggressive and we’ll continue to grow and improve.” Asked whether City needed to sign better players and change elements of the squad to ensure there is no complacency and drop off and that the club finally mount a serious title defence, Al-Mubarak said: “It’s all of the above. We have real experiences, real learnings from how we managed our seasons following the last two times we won the league. “We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of years to build the squad, not just only for this season but for many seasons to come. This is a young squad. Many of our most talented players are under the age of 26.” City are working on a deal to sign Italy midfielder Jorginho although Napoli are thought to be demanding more than £60 million for the player, whom Guardiola wants to provide quality competition to Fernandinho at the base of the midfield. Guardiola also wants a versatile forward with numerous options being considered, including Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. Kylian Mbappe, of Paris St-Germain, and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard are dream targets but City are conscious of how difficult they would be to sign. City followed up their 2012 title success with a dismal summer in the transfer market, when they missed out on Robin van Persie to United and signed Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair, Maicon, Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic, none of whom were good enough to improve the side. Al-Mubarak is adamant City will not make the same misjudgements and insisted they would not compromise on quality or disrupt the harmony in the dressing room. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 “In terms of improving the squad, also we’ve had a lot of learnings over the past,” he said. “You don’t get to 100 points without a full, high-quality squad. “Any additions have to improve the squad. This is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club. When winning, bringing new players in is a very important decision because you have a winning formula. “Whatever you’re going to add has to be a decision you don’t take very lightly at all. You have to bring in players that will strengthen, improve and add competition into the squad.” Pep Guardiola signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2021 Credit: PA Guardiola signed a two year contract extension last week to tie him to City until June 2021 and Al-Mubarak said negotiations were straight forward. “This was not a hard discussion, this was, frankly, a conversation that was relatively easy,” he said. “I think we see eye-to-eye, we shook hands on it and are happy to continue this journey.”
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West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was a delay last week while West Ham struggled to speak to Pellegrini but negotiations are now under way. It is likely Pellegrini will be offered a three-year deal at West Ham following the decision not to retain David Moyes who left last week after his short-term deal at the club expired. Who WOULDN'T want to manage West Ham? Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images West Ham held talks with Paulo Fonseca, after he flew to London to meet with vice-owner David Sullivan, but the Portuguese then signed a new, enhanced two-year deal with Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk. Depending on which version of events is to be believed Fonseca either had misgivings about taking the West Ham job or the club deemed him too big a risk given the other candidates he was up against, including Pellegrini, who had previously worked in the Premier League. What was interesting was that Fonseca’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also travelled for the talks suggesting he would not do so if a deal was not on the table. So long: David Moyes waves goodbye to West Ham fans Credit: Reuters In fairness to West Ham they were always intent on speaking to other candidates and Pellegrini, who spent three years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, has always been a coach they admired. Pellegrini has won league titles in four different countries and has previously been in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. West Ham also explored the possibility of hiring Rafael Benitez from Newcastle United with the Spaniard having come extremely close to joining the club before Slaven Bilic was appointed in June 2015. Indeed Benitez had agreed to take over until Real Madrid came in for him and West Ham stood aside. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 It is understood that Newcastle would expect £6million in compensation to release Benitez from his contract while he would want to bring a large backroom staff with him making the deal extremely expensive. West Ham have insisted they had a four-strong short-list of managers to succeed Moyes with all of them having won trophies and of the highest calibre. It is understood that list was Pellegrini, Benitez, Fonseca and Claudio Ranieri who has left French club Nantes. It has been possible that West Ham might hire Ranieri and reunite him with Steve Walsh, as chief scout, who has been replaced by Marcel Brands as director of football at Everton and who he worked with at Leicester City. Two fingers: Manuel Pellegrini, then manager of Man City, during a 2015 match vs West Ham. Man City won 2-0 Credit: AP If Pellegrini is appointed it would appear to raise the likelihood of West Ham signing Yaya Toure who is available as a free agent having been released by City at the end of his contract. The 35-year-old held talks with West Ham previously, when his wage demands were prohibitive, but now he is out-of-contract a deal may be more manageable and especially given his good relationship with Pellegrini.
Manuel Pellegrini arrives at West Ham for manager role talks
West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was a delay last week while West Ham struggled to speak to Pellegrini but negotiations are now under way. It is likely Pellegrini will be offered a three-year deal at West Ham following the decision not to retain David Moyes who left last week after his short-term deal at the club expired. Who WOULDN'T want to manage West Ham? Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images West Ham held talks with Paulo Fonseca, after he flew to London to meet with vice-owner David Sullivan, but the Portuguese then signed a new, enhanced two-year deal with Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk. Depending on which version of events is to be believed Fonseca either had misgivings about taking the West Ham job or the club deemed him too big a risk given the other candidates he was up against, including Pellegrini, who had previously worked in the Premier League. What was interesting was that Fonseca’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also travelled for the talks suggesting he would not do so if a deal was not on the table. So long: David Moyes waves goodbye to West Ham fans Credit: Reuters In fairness to West Ham they were always intent on speaking to other candidates and Pellegrini, who spent three years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, has always been a coach they admired. Pellegrini has won league titles in four different countries and has previously been in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. West Ham also explored the possibility of hiring Rafael Benitez from Newcastle United with the Spaniard having come extremely close to joining the club before Slaven Bilic was appointed in June 2015. Indeed Benitez had agreed to take over until Real Madrid came in for him and West Ham stood aside. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 It is understood that Newcastle would expect £6million in compensation to release Benitez from his contract while he would want to bring a large backroom staff with him making the deal extremely expensive. West Ham have insisted they had a four-strong short-list of managers to succeed Moyes with all of them having won trophies and of the highest calibre. It is understood that list was Pellegrini, Benitez, Fonseca and Claudio Ranieri who has left French club Nantes. It has been possible that West Ham might hire Ranieri and reunite him with Steve Walsh, as chief scout, who has been replaced by Marcel Brands as director of football at Everton and who he worked with at Leicester City. Two fingers: Manuel Pellegrini, then manager of Man City, during a 2015 match vs West Ham. Man City won 2-0 Credit: AP If Pellegrini is appointed it would appear to raise the likelihood of West Ham signing Yaya Toure who is available as a free agent having been released by City at the end of his contract. The 35-year-old held talks with West Ham previously, when his wage demands were prohibitive, but now he is out-of-contract a deal may be more manageable and especially given his good relationship with Pellegrini.
West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was a delay last week while West Ham struggled to speak to Pellegrini but negotiations are now under way. It is likely Pellegrini will be offered a three-year deal at West Ham following the decision not to retain David Moyes who left last week after his short-term deal at the club expired. Who WOULDN'T want to manage West Ham? Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images West Ham held talks with Paulo Fonseca, after he flew to London to meet with vice-owner David Sullivan, but the Portuguese then signed a new, enhanced two-year deal with Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk. Depending on which version of events is to be believed Fonseca either had misgivings about taking the West Ham job or the club deemed him too big a risk given the other candidates he was up against, including Pellegrini, who had previously worked in the Premier League. What was interesting was that Fonseca’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also travelled for the talks suggesting he would not do so if a deal was not on the table. So long: David Moyes waves goodbye to West Ham fans Credit: Reuters In fairness to West Ham they were always intent on speaking to other candidates and Pellegrini, who spent three years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, has always been a coach they admired. Pellegrini has won league titles in four different countries and has previously been in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. West Ham also explored the possibility of hiring Rafael Benitez from Newcastle United with the Spaniard having come extremely close to joining the club before Slaven Bilic was appointed in June 2015. Indeed Benitez had agreed to take over until Real Madrid came in for him and West Ham stood aside. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 It is understood that Newcastle would expect £6million in compensation to release Benitez from his contract while he would want to bring a large backroom staff with him making the deal extremely expensive. West Ham have insisted they had a four-strong short-list of managers to succeed Moyes with all of them having won trophies and of the highest calibre. It is understood that list was Pellegrini, Benitez, Fonseca and Claudio Ranieri who has left French club Nantes. It has been possible that West Ham might hire Ranieri and reunite him with Steve Walsh, as chief scout, who has been replaced by Marcel Brands as director of football at Everton and who he worked with at Leicester City. Two fingers: Manuel Pellegrini, then manager of Man City, during a 2015 match vs West Ham. Man City won 2-0 Credit: AP If Pellegrini is appointed it would appear to raise the likelihood of West Ham signing Yaya Toure who is available as a free agent having been released by City at the end of his contract. The 35-year-old held talks with West Ham previously, when his wage demands were prohibitive, but now he is out-of-contract a deal may be more manageable and especially given his good relationship with Pellegrini.
Manuel Pellegrini arrives at West Ham for manager role talks
West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was a delay last week while West Ham struggled to speak to Pellegrini but negotiations are now under way. It is likely Pellegrini will be offered a three-year deal at West Ham following the decision not to retain David Moyes who left last week after his short-term deal at the club expired. Who WOULDN'T want to manage West Ham? Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images West Ham held talks with Paulo Fonseca, after he flew to London to meet with vice-owner David Sullivan, but the Portuguese then signed a new, enhanced two-year deal with Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk. Depending on which version of events is to be believed Fonseca either had misgivings about taking the West Ham job or the club deemed him too big a risk given the other candidates he was up against, including Pellegrini, who had previously worked in the Premier League. What was interesting was that Fonseca’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also travelled for the talks suggesting he would not do so if a deal was not on the table. So long: David Moyes waves goodbye to West Ham fans Credit: Reuters In fairness to West Ham they were always intent on speaking to other candidates and Pellegrini, who spent three years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, has always been a coach they admired. Pellegrini has won league titles in four different countries and has previously been in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. West Ham also explored the possibility of hiring Rafael Benitez from Newcastle United with the Spaniard having come extremely close to joining the club before Slaven Bilic was appointed in June 2015. Indeed Benitez had agreed to take over until Real Madrid came in for him and West Ham stood aside. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 It is understood that Newcastle would expect £6million in compensation to release Benitez from his contract while he would want to bring a large backroom staff with him making the deal extremely expensive. West Ham have insisted they had a four-strong short-list of managers to succeed Moyes with all of them having won trophies and of the highest calibre. It is understood that list was Pellegrini, Benitez, Fonseca and Claudio Ranieri who has left French club Nantes. It has been possible that West Ham might hire Ranieri and reunite him with Steve Walsh, as chief scout, who has been replaced by Marcel Brands as director of football at Everton and who he worked with at Leicester City. Two fingers: Manuel Pellegrini, then manager of Man City, during a 2015 match vs West Ham. Man City won 2-0 Credit: AP If Pellegrini is appointed it would appear to raise the likelihood of West Ham signing Yaya Toure who is available as a free agent having been released by City at the end of his contract. The 35-year-old held talks with West Ham previously, when his wage demands were prohibitive, but now he is out-of-contract a deal may be more manageable and especially given his good relationship with Pellegrini.
West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was a delay last week while West Ham struggled to speak to Pellegrini but negotiations are now under way. It is likely Pellegrini will be offered a three-year deal at West Ham following the decision not to retain David Moyes who left last week after his short-term deal at the club expired. Who WOULDN'T want to manage West Ham? Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images West Ham held talks with Paulo Fonseca, after he flew to London to meet with vice-owner David Sullivan, but the Portuguese then signed a new, enhanced two-year deal with Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk. Depending on which version of events is to be believed Fonseca either had misgivings about taking the West Ham job or the club deemed him too big a risk given the other candidates he was up against, including Pellegrini, who had previously worked in the Premier League. What was interesting was that Fonseca’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also travelled for the talks suggesting he would not do so if a deal was not on the table. So long: David Moyes waves goodbye to West Ham fans Credit: Reuters In fairness to West Ham they were always intent on speaking to other candidates and Pellegrini, who spent three years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, has always been a coach they admired. Pellegrini has won league titles in four different countries and has previously been in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. West Ham also explored the possibility of hiring Rafael Benitez from Newcastle United with the Spaniard having come extremely close to joining the club before Slaven Bilic was appointed in June 2015. Indeed Benitez had agreed to take over until Real Madrid came in for him and West Ham stood aside. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 It is understood that Newcastle would expect £6million in compensation to release Benitez from his contract while he would want to bring a large backroom staff with him making the deal extremely expensive. West Ham have insisted they had a four-strong short-list of managers to succeed Moyes with all of them having won trophies and of the highest calibre. It is understood that list was Pellegrini, Benitez, Fonseca and Claudio Ranieri who has left French club Nantes. It has been possible that West Ham might hire Ranieri and reunite him with Steve Walsh, as chief scout, who has been replaced by Marcel Brands as director of football at Everton and who he worked with at Leicester City. Two fingers: Manuel Pellegrini, then manager of Man City, during a 2015 match vs West Ham. Man City won 2-0 Credit: AP If Pellegrini is appointed it would appear to raise the likelihood of West Ham signing Yaya Toure who is available as a free agent having been released by City at the end of his contract. The 35-year-old held talks with West Ham previously, when his wage demands were prohibitive, but now he is out-of-contract a deal may be more manageable and especially given his good relationship with Pellegrini.
Manuel Pellegrini arrives at West Ham for manager role talks
West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was a delay last week while West Ham struggled to speak to Pellegrini but negotiations are now under way. It is likely Pellegrini will be offered a three-year deal at West Ham following the decision not to retain David Moyes who left last week after his short-term deal at the club expired. Who WOULDN'T want to manage West Ham? Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images West Ham held talks with Paulo Fonseca, after he flew to London to meet with vice-owner David Sullivan, but the Portuguese then signed a new, enhanced two-year deal with Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk. Depending on which version of events is to be believed Fonseca either had misgivings about taking the West Ham job or the club deemed him too big a risk given the other candidates he was up against, including Pellegrini, who had previously worked in the Premier League. What was interesting was that Fonseca’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also travelled for the talks suggesting he would not do so if a deal was not on the table. So long: David Moyes waves goodbye to West Ham fans Credit: Reuters In fairness to West Ham they were always intent on speaking to other candidates and Pellegrini, who spent three years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, has always been a coach they admired. Pellegrini has won league titles in four different countries and has previously been in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. West Ham also explored the possibility of hiring Rafael Benitez from Newcastle United with the Spaniard having come extremely close to joining the club before Slaven Bilic was appointed in June 2015. Indeed Benitez had agreed to take over until Real Madrid came in for him and West Ham stood aside. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 It is understood that Newcastle would expect £6million in compensation to release Benitez from his contract while he would want to bring a large backroom staff with him making the deal extremely expensive. West Ham have insisted they had a four-strong short-list of managers to succeed Moyes with all of them having won trophies and of the highest calibre. It is understood that list was Pellegrini, Benitez, Fonseca and Claudio Ranieri who has left French club Nantes. It has been possible that West Ham might hire Ranieri and reunite him with Steve Walsh, as chief scout, who has been replaced by Marcel Brands as director of football at Everton and who he worked with at Leicester City. Two fingers: Manuel Pellegrini, then manager of Man City, during a 2015 match vs West Ham. Man City won 2-0 Credit: AP If Pellegrini is appointed it would appear to raise the likelihood of West Ham signing Yaya Toure who is available as a free agent having been released by City at the end of his contract. The 35-year-old held talks with West Ham previously, when his wage demands were prohibitive, but now he is out-of-contract a deal may be more manageable and especially given his good relationship with Pellegrini.
West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was a delay last week while West Ham struggled to speak to Pellegrini but negotiations are now under way. It is likely Pellegrini will be offered a three-year deal at West Ham following the decision not to retain David Moyes who left last week after his short-term deal at the club expired. Who WOULDN'T want to manage West Ham? Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images West Ham held talks with Paulo Fonseca, after he flew to London to meet with vice-owner David Sullivan, but the Portuguese then signed a new, enhanced two-year deal with Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk. Depending on which version of events is to be believed Fonseca either had misgivings about taking the West Ham job or the club deemed him too big a risk given the other candidates he was up against, including Pellegrini, who had previously worked in the Premier League. What was interesting was that Fonseca’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also travelled for the talks suggesting he would not do so if a deal was not on the table. So long: David Moyes waves goodbye to West Ham fans Credit: Reuters In fairness to West Ham they were always intent on speaking to other candidates and Pellegrini, who spent three years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, has always been a coach they admired. Pellegrini has won league titles in four different countries and has previously been in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. West Ham also explored the possibility of hiring Rafael Benitez from Newcastle United with the Spaniard having come extremely close to joining the club before Slaven Bilic was appointed in June 2015. Indeed Benitez had agreed to take over until Real Madrid came in for him and West Ham stood aside. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 It is understood that Newcastle would expect £6million in compensation to release Benitez from his contract while he would want to bring a large backroom staff with him making the deal extremely expensive. West Ham have insisted they had a four-strong short-list of managers to succeed Moyes with all of them having won trophies and of the highest calibre. It is understood that list was Pellegrini, Benitez, Fonseca and Claudio Ranieri who has left French club Nantes. It has been possible that West Ham might hire Ranieri and reunite him with Steve Walsh, as chief scout, who has been replaced by Marcel Brands as director of football at Everton and who he worked with at Leicester City. Two fingers: Manuel Pellegrini, then manager of Man City, during a 2015 match vs West Ham. Man City won 2-0 Credit: AP If Pellegrini is appointed it would appear to raise the likelihood of West Ham signing Yaya Toure who is available as a free agent having been released by City at the end of his contract. The 35-year-old held talks with West Ham previously, when his wage demands were prohibitive, but now he is out-of-contract a deal may be more manageable and especially given his good relationship with Pellegrini.
Manuel Pellegrini arrives at West Ham for manager role talks
West Ham United are confident of naming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week. The 64-year-old Chilean has travelled to London for talks having informed his current club, Hebei China Fortune, that he is leaving. The Chinese club then announced Pellegrini’s departure, expressing their “sincere gratitude” for his contribution to the team. There was a delay last week while West Ham struggled to speak to Pellegrini but negotiations are now under way. It is likely Pellegrini will be offered a three-year deal at West Ham following the decision not to retain David Moyes who left last week after his short-term deal at the club expired. Who WOULDN'T want to manage West Ham? Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images West Ham held talks with Paulo Fonseca, after he flew to London to meet with vice-owner David Sullivan, but the Portuguese then signed a new, enhanced two-year deal with Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk. Depending on which version of events is to be believed Fonseca either had misgivings about taking the West Ham job or the club deemed him too big a risk given the other candidates he was up against, including Pellegrini, who had previously worked in the Premier League. What was interesting was that Fonseca’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also travelled for the talks suggesting he would not do so if a deal was not on the table. So long: David Moyes waves goodbye to West Ham fans Credit: Reuters In fairness to West Ham they were always intent on speaking to other candidates and Pellegrini, who spent three years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and taking them to the semi-finals of the Champions League, has always been a coach they admired. Pellegrini has won league titles in four different countries and has previously been in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. West Ham also explored the possibility of hiring Rafael Benitez from Newcastle United with the Spaniard having come extremely close to joining the club before Slaven Bilic was appointed in June 2015. Indeed Benitez had agreed to take over until Real Madrid came in for him and West Ham stood aside. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 It is understood that Newcastle would expect £6million in compensation to release Benitez from his contract while he would want to bring a large backroom staff with him making the deal extremely expensive. West Ham have insisted they had a four-strong short-list of managers to succeed Moyes with all of them having won trophies and of the highest calibre. It is understood that list was Pellegrini, Benitez, Fonseca and Claudio Ranieri who has left French club Nantes. It has been possible that West Ham might hire Ranieri and reunite him with Steve Walsh, as chief scout, who has been replaced by Marcel Brands as director of football at Everton and who he worked with at Leicester City. Two fingers: Manuel Pellegrini, then manager of Man City, during a 2015 match vs West Ham. Man City won 2-0 Credit: AP If Pellegrini is appointed it would appear to raise the likelihood of West Ham signing Yaya Toure who is available as a free agent having been released by City at the end of his contract. The 35-year-old held talks with West Ham previously, when his wage demands were prohibitive, but now he is out-of-contract a deal may be more manageable and especially given his good relationship with Pellegrini.
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There was a pang of regret in, post-match, reading Jesse Lingard’s assessment of his friend and Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford. “He’s young and he can be anything he wants to be,” Lingard commented in the FA Cup Final match programme as he gave the run down on the squad. “He might not have played as much as he would have liked to this season but when he has played or when he’s come on, he’s made an impact.” Both Rashford and Lingard – who England manager Gareth Southgate joked last week are so close that they almost walk around hand-in-hand – were hauled off together before the end of United’s defeat to Chelsea. Both looked dispirited; beaten and deserved the hook. The concern for United and, with a World Cup looming, for England is that while Lingard has flourished under Jose Mourinho the same cannot be said of Rashford who appears bereft of touch, confidence and that refreshing vigour and exciting belief he brought to the team when he made his break-through. Rashford’s style simply does not appear to suit Mourinho and Southgate has work to do ahead of Russia. Lingard alluded to the fact that Rashford has not played as much as he has wanted to but there have been 35 Premier League appearances by him this season, including 17 starts. But such has been the sense of marginalisation under Mourinho that it feels like he has been pushed out to the edges which is where he instinctively, and largely unproductively, headed on the Wembley pitch as he failed to be the target man. Rashford was one of United’s brightest stars when Mourinho arrived. He was a local player who brought renewed pride in United’s ability to develop talent during a tricky time for the club. It was said that a test of the suitability of the new manager was how he dealt with Rashford. Jose Mourinho's tough love treatment of Marcus Rashford has not helped him flourish Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mourinho was so aware of the accusation that he was untrusting of young players that he even produced an unconvincing list at his first press conference of those he had nurtured (it included Arjen Robben who was already a full Holland international). There have been murmurings that Rashford has not been happy at United this season, that he may even want out, and he looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders at Wembley where he appeared a Lukaku-lite, asked to be the battering ram centre-forward that Mourinho prefers in the absence of the Belgium international who the manager later suggested had absented himself from starting this match. Another United player thrown under the bus by the belligerent manager? Of course Rashford has to take responsibility for his own performances, despite his youth, such is the 20-year-old’s ability and his reputation. But was it also really necessary for Mourinho to be so obviously critical of him as he was following the recent defeat away to Brighton? Rashford was not named but it was clear who Mourinho meant when he said: “The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much.” Was that really worth it for Mourinho? What purpose did it serve? It did not seem helpful here. Rashford lacked support and it showed and criticism of United’s performance should concentrate on their big names: Alexis Sanchez and, until he woke up in the second-half, Paul Pogba and Mourinho’s unwillingness to adapt to help his young striker. Rashford is not Lukaku so when the manager later said “I knew that without a target man it would be difficult for us” he should take responsibility. Maybe Sanchez should have played through the middle because it is a role that is asking a lot of Rashford even if he craves it. When Rashford mis-hit an attempted pass Mourinho reacted furiously and this kind of stuff transmits itself out on the pitch where United feel inhibited, shackled and unable to play with any sense of risk or creativity. Antonio Conte knew it, also. His trap was set and United did not have the guile to side-step it. Mourinho complained that he was facing a “team so predictable it is easy to adapt to it”. But that betrayed a remarkable lack of self-awareness. It was so easy? So what did he fall into that trap. He knew Eden Hazard could be the match-winner but he could not stifle him during a first-half in which the forward drew a fine save from David De Gea and then won and converted the penalty that made the difference as he embarrassed Phil Jones. And embarrassed Mourinho. FA Cup final player ratings After half-time United were far better and far more urgent, as they have been in second-halves this season, but why did not they try and capitalise on Chelsea’s uncertainty and the expectation that this would be Conte’s last game in charge to press home the advantage they appeared to have? There are so many questions to answer for Mourinho who haughtily dismissed any criticism. Once in front Chelsea defended superbly; it was something of a masterclass. They defended in a way that Mourinho would have done with outstanding performances from Antonio Rudiger and the resurgent Gary Cahill and the midfield shield of N’Golo Kante. And they deserved this victory despite opportunities being spurned by Pogba, with a header, and Rashford with a shot which was parried by Thibaut Courtois while Sanchez had a ‘goal’ correctly ruled out for offside. Mourinho said Chelsea had no chances but Marcos Alonso probably wasted the best one of all because he did not trust his right-foot. And so it was the first time that Mourinho had lost a domestic cup final in England and the first that Conte had won. Ever. One manager is, more than likely going, and the other will stay. But whatever the constructs and arguments this has not been a good season for Mourinho and not least for the way Rashford has failed to progress under him.
Marcus Rashford has lost his spark under Jose Mourinho's management
There was a pang of regret in, post-match, reading Jesse Lingard’s assessment of his friend and Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford. “He’s young and he can be anything he wants to be,” Lingard commented in the FA Cup Final match programme as he gave the run down on the squad. “He might not have played as much as he would have liked to this season but when he has played or when he’s come on, he’s made an impact.” Both Rashford and Lingard – who England manager Gareth Southgate joked last week are so close that they almost walk around hand-in-hand – were hauled off together before the end of United’s defeat to Chelsea. Both looked dispirited; beaten and deserved the hook. The concern for United and, with a World Cup looming, for England is that while Lingard has flourished under Jose Mourinho the same cannot be said of Rashford who appears bereft of touch, confidence and that refreshing vigour and exciting belief he brought to the team when he made his break-through. Rashford’s style simply does not appear to suit Mourinho and Southgate has work to do ahead of Russia. Lingard alluded to the fact that Rashford has not played as much as he has wanted to but there have been 35 Premier League appearances by him this season, including 17 starts. But such has been the sense of marginalisation under Mourinho that it feels like he has been pushed out to the edges which is where he instinctively, and largely unproductively, headed on the Wembley pitch as he failed to be the target man. Rashford was one of United’s brightest stars when Mourinho arrived. He was a local player who brought renewed pride in United’s ability to develop talent during a tricky time for the club. It was said that a test of the suitability of the new manager was how he dealt with Rashford. Jose Mourinho's tough love treatment of Marcus Rashford has not helped him flourish Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mourinho was so aware of the accusation that he was untrusting of young players that he even produced an unconvincing list at his first press conference of those he had nurtured (it included Arjen Robben who was already a full Holland international). There have been murmurings that Rashford has not been happy at United this season, that he may even want out, and he looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders at Wembley where he appeared a Lukaku-lite, asked to be the battering ram centre-forward that Mourinho prefers in the absence of the Belgium international who the manager later suggested had absented himself from starting this match. Another United player thrown under the bus by the belligerent manager? Of course Rashford has to take responsibility for his own performances, despite his youth, such is the 20-year-old’s ability and his reputation. But was it also really necessary for Mourinho to be so obviously critical of him as he was following the recent defeat away to Brighton? Rashford was not named but it was clear who Mourinho meant when he said: “The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much.” Was that really worth it for Mourinho? What purpose did it serve? It did not seem helpful here. Rashford lacked support and it showed and criticism of United’s performance should concentrate on their big names: Alexis Sanchez and, until he woke up in the second-half, Paul Pogba and Mourinho’s unwillingness to adapt to help his young striker. Rashford is not Lukaku so when the manager later said “I knew that without a target man it would be difficult for us” he should take responsibility. Maybe Sanchez should have played through the middle because it is a role that is asking a lot of Rashford even if he craves it. When Rashford mis-hit an attempted pass Mourinho reacted furiously and this kind of stuff transmits itself out on the pitch where United feel inhibited, shackled and unable to play with any sense of risk or creativity. Antonio Conte knew it, also. His trap was set and United did not have the guile to side-step it. Mourinho complained that he was facing a “team so predictable it is easy to adapt to it”. But that betrayed a remarkable lack of self-awareness. It was so easy? So what did he fall into that trap. He knew Eden Hazard could be the match-winner but he could not stifle him during a first-half in which the forward drew a fine save from David De Gea and then won and converted the penalty that made the difference as he embarrassed Phil Jones. And embarrassed Mourinho. FA Cup final player ratings After half-time United were far better and far more urgent, as they have been in second-halves this season, but why did not they try and capitalise on Chelsea’s uncertainty and the expectation that this would be Conte’s last game in charge to press home the advantage they appeared to have? There are so many questions to answer for Mourinho who haughtily dismissed any criticism. Once in front Chelsea defended superbly; it was something of a masterclass. They defended in a way that Mourinho would have done with outstanding performances from Antonio Rudiger and the resurgent Gary Cahill and the midfield shield of N’Golo Kante. And they deserved this victory despite opportunities being spurned by Pogba, with a header, and Rashford with a shot which was parried by Thibaut Courtois while Sanchez had a ‘goal’ correctly ruled out for offside. Mourinho said Chelsea had no chances but Marcos Alonso probably wasted the best one of all because he did not trust his right-foot. And so it was the first time that Mourinho had lost a domestic cup final in England and the first that Conte had won. Ever. One manager is, more than likely going, and the other will stay. But whatever the constructs and arguments this has not been a good season for Mourinho and not least for the way Rashford has failed to progress under him.
There was a pang of regret in, post-match, reading Jesse Lingard’s assessment of his friend and Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford. “He’s young and he can be anything he wants to be,” Lingard commented in the FA Cup Final match programme as he gave the run down on the squad. “He might not have played as much as he would have liked to this season but when he has played or when he’s come on, he’s made an impact.” Both Rashford and Lingard – who England manager Gareth Southgate joked last week are so close that they almost walk around hand-in-hand – were hauled off together before the end of United’s defeat to Chelsea. Both looked dispirited; beaten and deserved the hook. The concern for United and, with a World Cup looming, for England is that while Lingard has flourished under Jose Mourinho the same cannot be said of Rashford who appears bereft of touch, confidence and that refreshing vigour and exciting belief he brought to the team when he made his break-through. Rashford’s style simply does not appear to suit Mourinho and Southgate has work to do ahead of Russia. Lingard alluded to the fact that Rashford has not played as much as he has wanted to but there have been 35 Premier League appearances by him this season, including 17 starts. But such has been the sense of marginalisation under Mourinho that it feels like he has been pushed out to the edges which is where he instinctively, and largely unproductively, headed on the Wembley pitch as he failed to be the target man. Rashford was one of United’s brightest stars when Mourinho arrived. He was a local player who brought renewed pride in United’s ability to develop talent during a tricky time for the club. It was said that a test of the suitability of the new manager was how he dealt with Rashford. Jose Mourinho's tough love treatment of Marcus Rashford has not helped him flourish Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mourinho was so aware of the accusation that he was untrusting of young players that he even produced an unconvincing list at his first press conference of those he had nurtured (it included Arjen Robben who was already a full Holland international). There have been murmurings that Rashford has not been happy at United this season, that he may even want out, and he looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders at Wembley where he appeared a Lukaku-lite, asked to be the battering ram centre-forward that Mourinho prefers in the absence of the Belgium international who the manager later suggested had absented himself from starting this match. Another United player thrown under the bus by the belligerent manager? Of course Rashford has to take responsibility for his own performances, despite his youth, such is the 20-year-old’s ability and his reputation. But was it also really necessary for Mourinho to be so obviously critical of him as he was following the recent defeat away to Brighton? Rashford was not named but it was clear who Mourinho meant when he said: “The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much.” Was that really worth it for Mourinho? What purpose did it serve? It did not seem helpful here. Rashford lacked support and it showed and criticism of United’s performance should concentrate on their big names: Alexis Sanchez and, until he woke up in the second-half, Paul Pogba and Mourinho’s unwillingness to adapt to help his young striker. Rashford is not Lukaku so when the manager later said “I knew that without a target man it would be difficult for us” he should take responsibility. Maybe Sanchez should have played through the middle because it is a role that is asking a lot of Rashford even if he craves it. When Rashford mis-hit an attempted pass Mourinho reacted furiously and this kind of stuff transmits itself out on the pitch where United feel inhibited, shackled and unable to play with any sense of risk or creativity. Antonio Conte knew it, also. His trap was set and United did not have the guile to side-step it. Mourinho complained that he was facing a “team so predictable it is easy to adapt to it”. But that betrayed a remarkable lack of self-awareness. It was so easy? So what did he fall into that trap. He knew Eden Hazard could be the match-winner but he could not stifle him during a first-half in which the forward drew a fine save from David De Gea and then won and converted the penalty that made the difference as he embarrassed Phil Jones. And embarrassed Mourinho. FA Cup final player ratings After half-time United were far better and far more urgent, as they have been in second-halves this season, but why did not they try and capitalise on Chelsea’s uncertainty and the expectation that this would be Conte’s last game in charge to press home the advantage they appeared to have? There are so many questions to answer for Mourinho who haughtily dismissed any criticism. Once in front Chelsea defended superbly; it was something of a masterclass. They defended in a way that Mourinho would have done with outstanding performances from Antonio Rudiger and the resurgent Gary Cahill and the midfield shield of N’Golo Kante. And they deserved this victory despite opportunities being spurned by Pogba, with a header, and Rashford with a shot which was parried by Thibaut Courtois while Sanchez had a ‘goal’ correctly ruled out for offside. Mourinho said Chelsea had no chances but Marcos Alonso probably wasted the best one of all because he did not trust his right-foot. And so it was the first time that Mourinho had lost a domestic cup final in England and the first that Conte had won. Ever. One manager is, more than likely going, and the other will stay. But whatever the constructs and arguments this has not been a good season for Mourinho and not least for the way Rashford has failed to progress under him.
Marcus Rashford has lost his spark under Jose Mourinho's management
There was a pang of regret in, post-match, reading Jesse Lingard’s assessment of his friend and Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford. “He’s young and he can be anything he wants to be,” Lingard commented in the FA Cup Final match programme as he gave the run down on the squad. “He might not have played as much as he would have liked to this season but when he has played or when he’s come on, he’s made an impact.” Both Rashford and Lingard – who England manager Gareth Southgate joked last week are so close that they almost walk around hand-in-hand – were hauled off together before the end of United’s defeat to Chelsea. Both looked dispirited; beaten and deserved the hook. The concern for United and, with a World Cup looming, for England is that while Lingard has flourished under Jose Mourinho the same cannot be said of Rashford who appears bereft of touch, confidence and that refreshing vigour and exciting belief he brought to the team when he made his break-through. Rashford’s style simply does not appear to suit Mourinho and Southgate has work to do ahead of Russia. Lingard alluded to the fact that Rashford has not played as much as he has wanted to but there have been 35 Premier League appearances by him this season, including 17 starts. But such has been the sense of marginalisation under Mourinho that it feels like he has been pushed out to the edges which is where he instinctively, and largely unproductively, headed on the Wembley pitch as he failed to be the target man. Rashford was one of United’s brightest stars when Mourinho arrived. He was a local player who brought renewed pride in United’s ability to develop talent during a tricky time for the club. It was said that a test of the suitability of the new manager was how he dealt with Rashford. Jose Mourinho's tough love treatment of Marcus Rashford has not helped him flourish Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mourinho was so aware of the accusation that he was untrusting of young players that he even produced an unconvincing list at his first press conference of those he had nurtured (it included Arjen Robben who was already a full Holland international). There have been murmurings that Rashford has not been happy at United this season, that he may even want out, and he looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders at Wembley where he appeared a Lukaku-lite, asked to be the battering ram centre-forward that Mourinho prefers in the absence of the Belgium international who the manager later suggested had absented himself from starting this match. Another United player thrown under the bus by the belligerent manager? Of course Rashford has to take responsibility for his own performances, despite his youth, such is the 20-year-old’s ability and his reputation. But was it also really necessary for Mourinho to be so obviously critical of him as he was following the recent defeat away to Brighton? Rashford was not named but it was clear who Mourinho meant when he said: “The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much.” Was that really worth it for Mourinho? What purpose did it serve? It did not seem helpful here. Rashford lacked support and it showed and criticism of United’s performance should concentrate on their big names: Alexis Sanchez and, until he woke up in the second-half, Paul Pogba and Mourinho’s unwillingness to adapt to help his young striker. Rashford is not Lukaku so when the manager later said “I knew that without a target man it would be difficult for us” he should take responsibility. Maybe Sanchez should have played through the middle because it is a role that is asking a lot of Rashford even if he craves it. When Rashford mis-hit an attempted pass Mourinho reacted furiously and this kind of stuff transmits itself out on the pitch where United feel inhibited, shackled and unable to play with any sense of risk or creativity. Antonio Conte knew it, also. His trap was set and United did not have the guile to side-step it. Mourinho complained that he was facing a “team so predictable it is easy to adapt to it”. But that betrayed a remarkable lack of self-awareness. It was so easy? So what did he fall into that trap. He knew Eden Hazard could be the match-winner but he could not stifle him during a first-half in which the forward drew a fine save from David De Gea and then won and converted the penalty that made the difference as he embarrassed Phil Jones. And embarrassed Mourinho. FA Cup final player ratings After half-time United were far better and far more urgent, as they have been in second-halves this season, but why did not they try and capitalise on Chelsea’s uncertainty and the expectation that this would be Conte’s last game in charge to press home the advantage they appeared to have? There are so many questions to answer for Mourinho who haughtily dismissed any criticism. Once in front Chelsea defended superbly; it was something of a masterclass. They defended in a way that Mourinho would have done with outstanding performances from Antonio Rudiger and the resurgent Gary Cahill and the midfield shield of N’Golo Kante. And they deserved this victory despite opportunities being spurned by Pogba, with a header, and Rashford with a shot which was parried by Thibaut Courtois while Sanchez had a ‘goal’ correctly ruled out for offside. Mourinho said Chelsea had no chances but Marcos Alonso probably wasted the best one of all because he did not trust his right-foot. And so it was the first time that Mourinho had lost a domestic cup final in England and the first that Conte had won. Ever. One manager is, more than likely going, and the other will stay. But whatever the constructs and arguments this has not been a good season for Mourinho and not least for the way Rashford has failed to progress under him.
Courtois, whose contract is about to expire, was asked if Chelsea needed to bolster their squad if they were to make a title challenge next season.
Premier League: Chelsea need to spend heavily to reclaim title next season, says Thibaut Courtois
Courtois, whose contract is about to expire, was asked if Chelsea needed to bolster their squad if they were to make a title challenge next season.
FILE PHOTO: Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands
FILE PHOTO: Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic
FILE PHOTO: Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands
FILE PHOTO: Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic
Nemanja Matic admits Manchester United need to sign 'a few more players' to challenge for Premier League title
Nemanja Matic admits Manchester United need to sign 'a few more players' to challenge for Premier League title
Nemanja Matic admits Manchester United need to sign 'a few more players' to challenge for Premier League title
Nemanja Matic admits Manchester United need to sign 'a few more players' to challenge for Premier League title
Nemanja Matic admits Manchester United need to sign 'a few more players' to challenge for Premier League title
Nemanja Matic admits Manchester United need to sign 'a few more players' to challenge for Premier League title
Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must make signings to compete for the Premier League title next season.
United need a 'few more good players' to compete for title - Matic
Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must make signings to compete for the Premier League title next season.
Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must make signings to compete for the Premier League title next season.
United need a 'few more good players' to compete for title - Matic
Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must make signings to compete for the Premier League title next season.
Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must make signings to compete for the Premier League title next season.
United need a 'few more good players' to compete for title - Matic
Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must make signings to compete for the Premier League title next season.
Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands
Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic
The 19-year-old midfielder scored his first professional goal for the Red Bulls during the 2015 International Champions Cup against Premier League giants Chelsea.
Report: USMNT mid Tyler Adams nearing Red Bull Leipzig move
The 19-year-old midfielder scored his first professional goal for the Red Bulls during the 2015 International Champions Cup against Premier League giants Chelsea.
The 19-year-old midfielder scored his first professional goal for the Red Bulls during the 2015 International Champions Cup against Premier League giants Chelsea.
Report: USMNT mid Tyler Adams nearing Red Bull Leipzig move
The 19-year-old midfielder scored his first professional goal for the Red Bulls during the 2015 International Champions Cup against Premier League giants Chelsea.
Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich applauds fans after winning the Premier League Reuters / Hannah McKay Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich applauds fans after winning the Premier League
Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 21/5/17 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich applauds fans after winning the Premier League Reuters / Hannah McKay Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
There is no doubt that Mohamed Salah has been on fire this season. With 32 goals in the Premier League this season, he was the Golden Boot winner and his fantastic form could see him compete Messi and CR7 for the Ballon d'Or. However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it will take Mo Salah 15 years to match Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jurgen Klopp: Salah will take 15 years to match CR7
There is no doubt that Mohamed Salah has been on fire this season. With 32 goals in the Premier League this season, he was the Golden Boot winner and his fantastic form could see him compete Messi and CR7 for the Ballon d'Or. However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it will take Mo Salah 15 years to match Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : Ricardo Pereira arrive à Leicester
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : Ricardo Pereira arrive à Leicester
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : Ricardo Pereira arrive à Leicester
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : Ricardo Pereira arrive à Leicester
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : Ricardo Pereira arrive à Leicester
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
FA00010. London (United Kingdom), 19/12/2015.- (FILE) Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich watches the game from the stands against Sunderland during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London, Britain, 19 December 2015 (reissued 20 May 2018). According to reports on 20 May 2018, Abramovich did not attend Chelsea'Äôs 1-0 win in the FA Cup final after his visa expired last month. (Londres) EFE/EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
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FA00010. London (United Kingdom), 19/12/2015.- (FILE) Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich watches the game from the stands against Sunderland during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London, Britain, 19 December 2015 (reissued 20 May 2018). According to reports on 20 May 2018, Abramovich did not attend Chelsea'Äôs 1-0 win in the FA Cup final after his visa expired last month. (Londres) EFE/EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Der russische Besitzer des FC Chelsea Roman Abramowitsch hat offenbar kein Visum mehr und kann daher nicht nach Großbritannien einreisen. Das berichtet die russische Nachrichtenagentur TASS .
Premier League: Einreiseverweigerung nach UK? Abramowitsch hat offenbar kein Visum
Der russische Besitzer des FC Chelsea Roman Abramowitsch hat offenbar kein Visum mehr und kann daher nicht nach Großbritannien einreisen. Das berichtet die russische Nachrichtenagentur TASS .
Catch all the highlights from the 55th game of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.
DD vs MI IPL 2018 highlights: Delhi win by 11 runs, Mumbai eliminated
Catch all the highlights from the 55th game of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.
Catch all the highlights from the 55th game of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.
DD vs MI IPL 2018 highlights: Delhi win by 11 runs, Mumbai eliminated
Catch all the highlights from the 55th game of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.
Mit Portugal zur WM und danach nach Leicester: Ricardo Pereira verlässt den FC Porto und schließt sich dem Premier-League-Meister von 2015/16 an.
Bestätigt: Leicester City holt Rechtsverteidiger Ricardo Pereira vom FC Porto
Mit Portugal zur WM und danach nach Leicester: Ricardo Pereira verlässt den FC Porto und schließt sich dem Premier-League-Meister von 2015/16 an.
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: A Very English Scandal, The Handmaid’s Tale, Patrick Melrose and more
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: A Very English Scandal, The Handmaid’s Tale, Patrick Melrose and more
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: A Very English Scandal, The Handmaid’s Tale, Patrick Melrose and more
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: A Very English Scandal, The Handmaid’s Tale, Patrick Melrose and more
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: A Very English Scandal, The Handmaid’s Tale, Patrick Melrose and more
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
What's on TV tonight: A Very English Scandal, The Handmaid’s Tale, Patrick Melrose and more
Sunday 20 May A Very English Scandal BBC One, 9.00pm A crack cast and a nimble script make this new three-part adaptation of journalist John Preston’s non-fiction novel about the Jeremy Thorpe affair a delight. The facts of the Sixties political scandal are well known: Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a charismatic star MP of the Liberal party, had a secret relationship with a vulnerable young man called Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Once the tryst was over, Josiffe started to make financial and emotional demands on Thorpe, threatening the latter’s career and prompting him to take drastic action. Aided by Preston’s rollicking account, writer Russell T Davies and veteran director Stephen Frears take the bones of these events and, with whip-smart aplomb, flesh out the jaw-dropping machinations underpinning them. The pair’s lightness of touch, zipping from farce to melodrama, never clouds the serious issues behind the sensational outcome, both cultural (homosexuality was still illegal) and personal (the establishment’s exploitation of Josiffe). Grant, not seen on TV since the 1990s, is a sublime mix of charm and ruthlessness, while Whishaw expertly captures Josiffe’s volatility. It’s a treat. TD Feel the Spirit: A Celebration for Pentecost BBC One, 10.00am Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rt Rev Sarah Mullally lead this upbeat service honouring Pentecost. The setting for mass is Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. TD RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 BBC One, 6.00pm BBC One begins its coverage of the annual horticultural extravaganza with Sophie Haworth and Joe Swift guiding us through the gardens on display this year. Floella Benjamin also looks at an exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation. TD The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4, 9.00pm A brutal opening scene, in which we learn the consequences of Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebellion, sets the tone for the harrowing second series of this much-feted dystopian drama. A typically zealous Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) drives the fallout. TD Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Any questions over whether Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographic novel series would work on the TV were answered by last week’s coruscating opening episode. This week, we travel back to Melrose’s childhood in Sixties France. We find a lonely Patrick (Sebastian Maltz) stuck in an icily indifferent household, where comings and goings are presided over by his terrifying, capricious father David (Hugo Weaving), and his disassociated pill-popping, alcoholic mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) offers little in the way of protection. TD Dina BBC Four, 10.00pm This tender, moving documentary has a depth that belies its simple premise. The film follows a middle-aged, autistic couple as they prepare for their wedding day. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini keep a respectful, unobtrusive distance as we watch the hugely likeable bride and groom negotiate their relationship with quirky intelligence. TD Imagine: Rupert Everett: Born To Be Wilde BBC One, 10.30pm; NI, 11.30pm; Scot, 11.15pm Alan Yentob follows the splendidly candid Rupert Everett as he plans to write, direct and star in a film about the last days of Oscar Wilde. What was meant to be a year-long shoot has turned into five, as Everett battles to get his passion project off the ground. TD Cinderella (2015) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 3.00pm Kenneth Branagh’s twinkling, live-action Cinderella sticks doggedly to Disney’s Fifties animated version (Cinders’s rodent companions are present) and favours sparkle over wit. However, Cate Blanchett is marvellous as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter makes a jolly good Fairy Godmother. Princess-obsessed little girls will find it irresistible and the costumes are stunning. The Dam Busters (1955, b/w) ★★★★☆ Film4, 4.20pm This is a much-loved film version of the Second World War air raid. The RAF are struggling to destroy German dams so engineer Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) dreams up a bomb that can do the job. And it’s rather left field – the bomb will be dropped from a plane and bounce along the water like a skimmed stone. Lord of the Rings’s Peter Jackson has long-promised a modern remake, written by Stephen Fry. Jurassic World (2015) ★★★☆☆ ITV2, 8.00pm Can modern audiences still be wowed by computer-generated dinosaurs? This Jurassic Park sequel (the original movie was released in 1993) proves that they can. A new attraction at the dinosaur theme park, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires and it’s left to Chris Pratt’s raptor trainer and Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist to save the day. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out on June 6. Monday 21 May Stemming the tide: Manchester Imam Irfan Chishti Manchester: A Year of Hate Crimes Channel 4, 10.35pm The best – and most shocking – moments of this documentary, which focuses on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Manchester after the 2017 Arena bombings, come when the victims speak for themselves. “It’s something that will always stick with me,” says one young girl about the abuse shouted at her. Talking about an attack on her mother, another, even younger, notes: “I don’t know why they did it,” before correcting herself. “Maybe cos we’re different from them.” We see local Imam Irfan Chishti try to counter the rising tension within the city, a tension that far-right activist Tommy Robinson is quick to capitalise on. There are times when the film’s desire to simply record events as they unfold threatens to undermine the message – Robinson, in particular, is given what feels like a disproportionate amount of air time. However, the lack of comment pays off during the film’s most powerful scenes, as the police interview a member of a group of apparently unconcerned children accused of stamping on another boy’s head while racially abusing him. It’s a chilling moment and one that contrasts both the outpouring of compassion and the spate of racial hatred following the bombing. SH Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food Channel 4, 8.00pm Jamie Oliver returns with the second series of his show focusing on easy family-centric cooking. This is Oliver stripped back-to-basics and all the better for it as he presents a series of simple but tasty-looking recipes. SH The NHS Heroes Awards ITV, 8.30pm We’re used to televised acting awards but tonight brings us some very worthy recipients indeed, as ITV celebrates 70 years of the NHS. Paul O’Grady hosts and the Duke of Cambridge and Boy George are among those handing out gongs. SH Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of a Playboy Billionaire BBC Two, 9.00pm; Scot, 11.15pm Property tycoon Robbie Tchenguiz was one of Britain’s richest men, before losing billions in the financial crash, then being arrested (and later cleared) for fraud. This documentary examines his decade-long battle to clear his name and save his remaining assets while suing everyone from Icelandic bank Kaupthing to the Serious Fraud Squad. SH Royal Wives at War BBC Four, 9.00pm This is a timely repeat of the 2016 docu-drama about the difficult relationship between Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Wallis Simpson. Emma Davies and Gina McKee star as the mother and daughter-in-law, while Lady Colin Campbell and biographer Andrew Morton are among those lending their expertise. SH 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4, 9.00pm The fly-on-the-wall series returns with a complex episode centred around the discovery of a body in a field. Police suspicion falls on the dead woman’s partner, a possible fantasist with a tendency to say the wrong thing. SH Westworld Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for with the confirmation that Maeve (Thandie Newton), Simon (Lee Sizemore), Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and co are in Shogun World. Cue a set of expert references to Japanese films leading up to a beautifully shot, blood-drenched scene. SH Elementary Sky Living, 9.00pm The acclaimed Jonny Lee Millar/Lucy Liu incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson returns for a sixth series with things taking a notably darker turn as Sherlock is given some life-changing news. SH Frida (2002) ★★★★☆ AMC, 4.40pm Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek is mesmerising as fiery Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this biopic by Julie Taymor (best known for directing the stage musical The Lion King). At the heart of the story is her stormy, passionate romance with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), from whom she demands loyalty but not fidelity, leaving them free to take lovers; among hers are Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker. Spy (2015) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 9.00pm Melissa McCarthy’s bid to be 008 is a feminist action-comedy spoof of the least feminist genre in film. She plays a CIA analyst, who’s given a mission of her own – and all of a sudden Miss Moneypenny is unleashed. Without reaching the heights of Bridesmaids, this McCarthy vehicle chugs along entertainingly thanks to her killer comic timing and the witty use of Jason Statham as meathead operative. Tuesday 22 May Survivor’s story: Erin (left) relives the Manchester attack Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC Two, 9.00pm One year on from the Manchester Arena bomb that killed 23, including the suicide bomber Salman Abedi, this documentary looks in forensic detail at what happened. Starting with poignant testimony from young concertgoers, the film hears from the teenagers and their parents, who describe the force of the blast, of finding themselves on fire or with others’ body parts in their hair. Along with this, previously unseen mobile phone footage of the carnage and audio recordings from the emergency services bring home the chaos that ensued. The film looks at Abedi’s motives and speaks to people who knew him, including his former headteacher, as well as to David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, who discusses the young Mancunian’s status as a terrorist threat. It also hears from eyewitnesses and members of British Transport Police, who express their frustration at the slow response of the emergency services (neither Greater Manchester Police nor the Fire Service appear in the film). With a ticking clock on-screen informing viewers of the timescale, this powerful retelling makes clear that lessons need to be learned. VP Voices in My Head BBC Three, from 10.00am This documentary gives a vivid insight into what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness that causes you to hear voices. As three people tell their stories, their inner voices, recorded by actors and played in voice-over, means that viewers experience what sufferers hear to better understand their torment. It’s particularly distressing to hear the voices heard by sufferers Kyle and Chaz, which regularly urge them to commit suicide. VP Love Your Garden: NHS Special ITV, 8.00pm It’s good to see that Alan Titchmarsh is keeping busy during the Chelsea Flower Show by doing good work for victims of last May’s Manchester bomb attack. Responding to patients’ letters, Titchmarsh creates a garden oasis at the city’s children’s hospital. VP Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build Channel 4, 8.00pm Channelling the frantic vibe of Challenge Anneka, George Clarke’s property series decides to erect an unusual dwelling in just a day. Clarke and a team of builders brave inclement weather to build a lakeside cabin in Machynlleth in Wales using local materials. VP A&E Live ITV, 9.00pm As presenter of The Jump, Davina McCall knows all about emergency-room dashes. Now she’s back in an A&E fronting this live docu-series from Leeds General Infirmary that will follow medics as they tackle whatever comes through the casualty ward doors – presumably, a lot of surprised patients. VP Tate Britain’s Sky Arts Walks Sky Arts, 9.00pm Artist Harriet Walter enjoys an art history lesson with historian Gus Casely-Hayford in this edition of the series that mixes celebrities and fine art. On trips to Brighton and London, Casely-Hayford introduces the actress to the work of Walter Sickert, an avant-garde artist who painted the underclass but was overlooked in favour of his contemporaries. Casely-Hayford’s passion should have viewers flocking to the Tate. VP Mo Salah: A Football Fairy Tale Channel 4, 10.00pm Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker are among the luminaries paying tribute to Liverpool FC’s wunderkind Mo Salah, who’s had one of the greatest maiden seasons ever at a Premier League club. This engaging biopic charts Salah’s rise from his humble beginnings in Egypt. VP Doctor Strange (2016) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Superheroes, 8.00pm Benedict Cumberbatch’s trippy, witty Doctor Strange (based on the Marvel Comics character who learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident) will turn your world upside down. With its sombre colour palette, whispery Eastern mysticism and dry stabs of comedy, Scott Derrickson’s blockbuster stands apart while feeling naggingly similar to the work of Christopher Nolan. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel, in which books are outlawed in a future American society and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been given another remake (following François Truffaut’s 1966 version). The reception for this one, directed by Ramin Bahrani, has been muted – it premiered at Cannes film festival last week – and is a straight to TV production for HBO. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan takes the lead, with Michael Shannon offering menacing support. Easy Rider (1969) ★★★★☆ 5Spike, 11.00pm Along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, Easy Rider helped to pave the way for films that challenged conventional Hollywood ideas. Made on a low-budget, this nihilistic tale of two disaffected bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) embracing the open road on their motorbikes has become synonymous with the Sixties counter-culture movement and is quite simply one of the greatest road movies ever made. Wednesday 23 May In or out: following a group of MEPs as they prepare for Brexit Carry on Brussels Channel 4, 10.00pm This new docu-series aims to be a light-hearted take on the European Parliament in the same vein as shows such as Inside the Tube and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Narrated by a droll Robert Bathurst, tonight’s opener follows two chalk-and-cheese MEPs, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten and fervent Labour remainer Seb Dance, through a working week in the halls of European power. It is probably unintentional, but a better advert for leaving the EU could not be offered up. Batten, with seemingly little to do, spends his time setting out Union Jack flags on UK MEPs’ desks and trying to raise press interest in his Brexit strategy document that even Ukip’s PR man thinks will be a dud. Dance – when he’s not weeping over Brexit – mounts a campaign to become a parliamentary player by writing a strategy document on sustainability (possibly: the show is short on detail) that goes through a tortuously dull voting procedure, before, it appears, ending up on the EU’s big pile of reports. Instead of providing light entertainment or serious insight into the EU’s inner workings, the film is about as engaging as Dance and Batten’s inconsequential reports. VP Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport ITV, 8.00pm; UTV, 10.45pm There’s trouble in the terminals when the Beast from the East hits Heathrow in this jolly documentary. Staff get a frosty reception from passengers whose flights are cancelled, while over in Arrivals, Border Force deals with a suspected people trafficker. VP The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8.00pm It’s all about the boys tonight as we make our final visit to Chester Zoo. Giraffe Kidepo is transported to France to breed, but keepers are frustrated by Gary the caiman lizard, who’s proving a flop in the bedroom department. VP Secrets Of The Third Reich: The Nazi Gold Train Yesterday, 8.00pm Conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters will be hooked on this repeat of an investigation into a stash of plundered Nazi gold. In 2015 the gold, said to have been loaded onto a train and driven to the eastern Reich in 1944 but then lost to history, was claimed to have been located by two treasure hunters. Tonight’s pacy documentary follows their probe into the lost loot. VP The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs BBC One, 9.00pm; NI/Scotland, 10.45pm; Wales. 11.05pm Dr Chris van Tulleken returns with another two-parter questioning the British culture of pill-popping. His focus is children, and although the approach is light, the message is serious: we’re over-medicating our children. VP Love in the Countryside BBC Two, 9.00pm Rural romantics continue their search for love in this charming dating series. Pig farmer Wendy enjoys having two men vie for her affections, while farrier Mark hopes that his dates can overlook the fact that he uses his lounge as a storage shed. VP Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA BBC Four, 9.00pm Art critic Waldemar Januszczak heads to the Wild West for the first episode of a new series examining how its dramatic landscape inspired early US painters. Januszczak is a knowledgeable guide as he pays tribute to the likes of artist Thomas Moran, an immigrant from Lancashire who painted Turner-esque landscapes, and explains how drip painter Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American art. VP My Darling Clementine (1946, b/w) ★★★★★ Film4, 2.40pm John Ford’s wistful take on the story of Wyatt Earp is still the one against which all other versions of this western should be judged. Ford claimed to have known Earp, played here by Henry Fonda, and based the final shoot-out at the OK Corral on what he’d been told. But what stands out are the performances, the magnificent setting, and numerous inventive and exquisitely staged scenes. Face/Off (1997) ★★★★☆ Syfy, 10.00pm Nicolas Cage and John Travolta star opposite one another in more ways than one in this brilliantly silly thriller from all-action director John Woo (Hard Target; Broken Arrow). Travolta plays an FBI agent, Cage a criminal mastermind. Yet after a complex set-up and a bizarre surgical procedure, the two end up swapping faces before embarking on an incredibly confusing game of cat and mouse. Hummingbird (2013) ★★★☆☆ Channel 5, 11.00pm Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) writes and directs this offbeat tale of vigilante justice. Jason Statham is the ex-Special Forces soldier who, after finding himself homeless, is given the opportunity to deliver some tough justice and seizes it with both hands. While it may sound like a typical Statham film, there are plenty of twists and London’s underbelly is given a menacing edge thanks to some deft camera work. Thursday 24 May The Ship of Fools: Bosch’s painting from around 1500-1510 Great Art: The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch ITV, 10.45pm “Overwhelmingly powerful, sometimes bizarre, frightening and beautiful,” is how Royal Academy director Tim Marlow describes the work of late medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of tonight’s slice of scholarly art history. As ever with this excellent series, a recent exhibition acts as an entry point for our understanding of the artist’s work. Here the setting has particular poignancy, with most of Bosch’s greatest pieces gathered together for the first time in 2016 at Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s hometown in the Netherlands. Over the course of the programme, a raft of experts explain how this devoutly religious, prosperous pillar of the community used common religious tropes as a springboard for vivid flights of magination. Bosch offset his moralistic scenes with hellish gangs of tortured figures and monstrous creatures, as vibrant and arresting as they are abhorrent. With so much detail to absorb, it’s an added bonus that the camera is allowed to linger over individual works, while leisurely explanations of what Bosch was trying to achieve accompany the images. TD Britain’s Best Home Cook BBC One, 8.00pm Our seven remaining amateur cooks tackle the venerable roast dinner tonight, with guinea fowl, spiced roast chicken and roasted ox heart all on the menu. In the next round a dish using either cauliflower or crab as the key ingredient is required. TD Humans Channel 4, 9.00pm The third series of this stylish, psychologically acute sci-fi drama continues. Rebel Synth Agnes (Holly Earl) begins a campaign against humans, while Laura (Katherine Parkinson) turns to behavioural scientist Neil Sommer (Mark Bonnar) for help. TD Million Pound Menu BBC Two, 9.00pm A trio of friends running a Cuban street-food stall and a chirpy former waitress peddling vegan junk food are given pop-up restaurant space tonight, both hoping to bag big bucks from a raft of industry investors. A fraught lunch service puts both brands to the test. First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Sireix hosts. TD The Trouble With M&S Channel 5, 9.00pm With tales of Marks & Spencer’s decline long touted, Fiona Phillips takes a look at the problems besetting the high-street stalwart. She speaks to former staff and customers about how the store can restore its status, and also meets former boss Stuart Rose. TD Missions BBC Four, 9.00pm and 9.20pm Tonight sees another double bill of the absorbing French sci-fi series about a fraught mission to Mars. Last week the crew rescued a man claiming to be Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Knowing the pilot’s history, however, the crew now debate whether their find is using a false identity. TD Spring Broke PBS America, 9.00pm This lively documentary takes a look at the American phenomenon of Spring Break, when hoards of teenagers head for warmer climes, in particular Daytona in Florida, to party hard. TD Urban Myths: Public enemy Sky Arts, 9.00pm This episode of the delightful drama comedy series is set in Sheffield, for a meeting between New York rappers Public Enemy and a local taxi driver. Philip Glenister plays the cabbie and super-fan charged with delivering the band to a gig when their tour bus disappears. TD A Good Year (2006) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 6.45pm Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for the first time since the Oscar-winning epic Gladiator, this syrupy but visually ravishing romcom is based on the novel by Peter Mayle. It follows the travails of a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence. It’s predictable stuff, but Marion Cotillard (as a local café owner) is, as ever, very watchable. Tom Hollander, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore co-star. Get Carter (1971) ★★★★★ TCM, 9.00pm Revenge thriller starring a superb Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a London mobster who moves back to the North East to attend his brother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play, he discovers a trail of misdeed leading to a local loan-thug, played with menace by Terence Rigby. Brutal and gripping (and adapted from the 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home), this was one of the last great British films before the industry’s Seventies slump. Green Zone (2010) ★★★☆☆ ITV4, 11.15pm Bourne director Paul Greengrass is reunited with thoughtful hunk Matt Damon for this thriller set during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Damon plays an army officer, out of breath in a flak jacket, who is on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. He begins to suspect that there might not be any, and that his shady superiors (led by Greg Kinnear) might already know it. It’s a compelling blend of fact and fiction. Friday 25 May War zone: Rene Silva and Ade Adepitan Unreported World Channel 4, 7.30pm The last episode in what has been a typically excellent series of Unreported World sees Ade Adepitan heading to Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. “I never expected to wear a flak jacket in a city… I always thought it would be in a war zone,” he admits. Of course, Rio’s favelas are a war zone in their own way, as recent events – including the assassination of local politician Marielle Franco – make devastatingly clear. Adepitan’s focus is with the young reporters of Voz Das Comunidades, a local newspaper run entirely from within the favela, whose founder Rene Silva, now 24, started at the age of 11 “to report the stories not covered by the media”. Today, Voz, which covers everything from the terrible living conditions in the favela to the increased violence between criminal gangs and police, is a vital media presence. It’s not all smooth sailing, however. While the team are determined to cover the detrimental effects that the gangs and police have on their community, they are also wary of reporting on the actual crimes, with Silva admitting: “I’ve never been stopped [by gangs] from writing about it but I prefer not to because it’s a great risk to myself and my family.” SH Wild Escapes BBC Two, 7.00pm How do you make a holiday programme stand out? The answer, according to Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers, is by heading off the beaten track. First up: Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, where the pair are buried in hay, trek through peaks and learn a very peculiar dance. SH The Biggest Weekend BBC Four, from 7.30pm Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray guide audiences through the opening night of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend festival, with tonight’s action coming from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital are among the performers. SH The Bridge BBC Two, 9.00pm She’s taken on criminals, murderers and even her own mother but tonight the indominable Saga Noren faces something much worse: therapy. The result is a blackly comic scene in which our heroine explains just why she might be suffering from PTSD. Elsewhere, Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) continues to dig into Red October. SH The Story of Cliff Richard Channel 5, 9.00pm A straight-forward profile of the singer from his early days as a cinema heartthrob to the sing-along at Wimbledon. It’s followed by a repeat of An Audience with Cliff Richard, in which the singer performs his greatest hits in front of a celebrity audience. SH Home from Home BBC One, 9.30pm The comedy comes to a suitably sweet-natured conclusion with an episode themed around new love and old, as Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox) put their house on the market – much to Neil’s (Johnny Vegas) initial joy. SH Hip Hop Evolution Sky Arts, 9.00pm A new series tracing the rise of hip hop from its early days in the Bronx to its current global dominance. Episode one takes us back to Seventies New York. SH Generation Grime Sky Arts, 10.00pm This enthralling documentary covers everything you need to know about grime, from raw beginnings to chart-topping omnipresence. Everyone from Wiley to Skepta contributes, and there are some fascinating insights, chief among them the notion that the genre’s popularity comes from the musicians’ refusal to bow to anyone, including their famous US rap counterparts. SH Funeral in Berlin (1966) ★★★☆☆ Film4, 1.15pm Michael Caine stars in this spy film as Harry Palmer, who’s sent to Berlin to help smuggle a Soviet intelligence officer out of East Germany. When he arrives, it becomes clear that the Communist agent may not be quite so set on defecting. It’s the second of three Harry Palmer films from the Sixties that were based on novels of Len Deighton. Caine shines in the role as an anti-Bond with a sharp tongue. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ★★★★☆ Sky Cinema Premiere, 8.00pm Following Rise of (2011) and Dawn of (2014), the series moved to War for, which was galling for those of us who’d hoped for Breakfast at. This mesmerising new chapter modulates between revenge western and historical epic via Vietnam meltdown as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Woody Harrelson. Lucky Them (2013) ★★★☆☆ BBC One, 12.25am; N Ireland, 12.55am Superb performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church elevate this flimsy comedy-drama into something fleetingly brilliant. Collette’s Ellie is a fortysomething music journalist on the verge of a serious crisis, when, accompanied by an eccentric amateur film-maker (Church), she begins to search for her ex-boyfriend, a missing, presumed dead, rock star. Television previewers Toby Dantzic, Sarah Hughes, Gerard O'Donovan, Vicki Power and Gabriel Tate
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
Dino Morea attend premier league football
The 10 seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have seen plenty of records being amassed by batsmen. In the ongoing 11th edition of the tournament, several batting records of the previous years have been replaced by new ones. Batsmen have set new milestones for themselves in an exciting season that continues to enthrall fans. Here we look at the same.
Batting records broken in 2018 Indian Premier League
The 10 seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have seen plenty of records being amassed by batsmen. In the ongoing 11th edition of the tournament, several batting records of the previous years have been replaced by new ones. Batsmen have set new milestones for themselves in an exciting season that continues to enthrall fans. Here we look at the same.
The Premier League champions raised the bar to new heights in 2017-18, but their club captain claims a squad hungry for more can get even better
Kompany: 'Intense' Guardiola has record-breaking Man City ready to go a step further
The Premier League champions raised the bar to new heights in 2017-18, but their club captain claims a squad hungry for more can get even better
Premier League side Leicester City have signed Portugal defender Ricardo Pereira from Porto for a fee that could rise to 25 million euros ($29.5 million).
Premier League: Leicester City sign Porto defender Ricardo Pereira for reported 22.5 million in five-year deal
Premier League side Leicester City have signed Portugal defender Ricardo Pereira from Porto for a fee that could rise to 25 million euros ($29.5 million).
German internationals​ İlkay Gündoğan and Mesut Özil were forced to meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and senior German football officials this week, after the pair caused uproar after being photographed with controversial Turkish leader Tayyip Erdoğan. As reported by Reuters, the ​Premier League duo, both of whom are of Turkish descent, were pictured with Erdoğan in London on Sunday, where Gündoğan posed with a shirt reading "With respect for my president". It has been...
German Duo Meet With German President After Controversial Photo With Turkish Leader
German internationals​ İlkay Gündoğan and Mesut Özil were forced to meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and senior German football officials this week, after the pair caused uproar after being photographed with controversial Turkish leader Tayyip Erdoğan. As reported by Reuters, the ​Premier League duo, both of whom are of Turkish descent, were pictured with Erdoğan in London on Sunday, where Gündoğan posed with a shirt reading "With respect for my president". It has been...
German internationals​ İlkay Gündoğan and Mesut Özil were forced to meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and senior German football officials this week, after the pair caused uproar after being photographed with controversial Turkish leader Tayyip Erdoğan. As reported by Reuters, the ​Premier League duo, both of whom are of Turkish descent, were pictured with Erdoğan in London on Sunday, where Gündoğan posed with a shirt reading "With respect for my president". It has been...
German Duo Meet With German President After Controversial Photo With Turkish Leader
German internationals​ İlkay Gündoğan and Mesut Özil were forced to meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and senior German football officials this week, after the pair caused uproar after being photographed with controversial Turkish leader Tayyip Erdoğan. As reported by Reuters, the ​Premier League duo, both of whom are of Turkish descent, were pictured with Erdoğan in London on Sunday, where Gündoğan posed with a shirt reading "With respect for my president". It has been...
Some of Chelsea's stars including Thibaut Courtois and Olivier Grioud said they were proud of their FA Cup final win, despite a disappointing season in the Premier League.
It's a good way to finish 'disappointing' season - Chelsea's players on FA Cup victory
Some of Chelsea's stars including Thibaut Courtois and Olivier Grioud said they were proud of their FA Cup final win, despite a disappointing season in the Premier League.
Some of Chelsea's stars including Thibaut Courtois and Olivier Grioud said they were proud of their FA Cup final win, despite a disappointing season in the Premier League.
It's a good way to finish 'disappointing' season - Chelsea's players on FA Cup victory
Some of Chelsea's stars including Thibaut Courtois and Olivier Grioud said they were proud of their FA Cup final win, despite a disappointing season in the Premier League.
Some of Chelsea's stars including Thibaut Courtois and Olivier Grioud said they were proud of their FA Cup final win, despite a disappointing season in the Premier League.
It's a good way to finish 'disappointing' season - Chelsea's players on FA Cup victory
Some of Chelsea's stars including Thibaut Courtois and Olivier Grioud said they were proud of their FA Cup final win, despite a disappointing season in the Premier League.
The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) saw one of the closest fights ever for a place in the knockouts as there were as many as three teams who were gunning for the last spot in the playoffs on the last day of the league games. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders had already sealed already sealed the three spots. But after the results from the two games from Sunday, Rajasthan Royals booked a playoff berth
IPL 2018 Points Table: Rajasthan Royals Join SRH, CSK and KKR in Playoffs
The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) saw one of the closest fights ever for a place in the knockouts as there were as many as three teams who were gunning for the last spot in the playoffs on the last day of the league games. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders had already sealed already sealed the three spots. But after the results from the two games from Sunday, Rajasthan Royals booked a playoff berth
​Fabian Delph has revealed lifestyle changes in the form of Tai Chi and a vegan diet have been key to his revival with ​Manchester City and England. The 28-year-old midfielder come left back has revitalised his career this season after putting his injury woes behind him and focusing on creating a positive mindset, a shift which has helped him play a key role in City lifting the Premier League title and confirming his ​place in England's 23-man World Cup squad. It was not initially all smooth...
Man City Star Reveals How Tai Chi and Vegan Diet Switch Have Helped Him Regain Form
​Fabian Delph has revealed lifestyle changes in the form of Tai Chi and a vegan diet have been key to his revival with ​Manchester City and England. The 28-year-old midfielder come left back has revitalised his career this season after putting his injury woes behind him and focusing on creating a positive mindset, a shift which has helped him play a key role in City lifting the Premier League title and confirming his ​place in England's 23-man World Cup squad. It was not initially all smooth...
​Fabian Delph has revealed lifestyle changes in the form of Tai Chi and a vegan diet have been key to his revival with ​Manchester City and England. The 28-year-old midfielder come left back has revitalised his career this season after putting his injury woes behind him and focusing on creating a positive mindset, a shift which has helped him play a key role in City lifting the Premier League title and confirming his ​place in England's 23-man World Cup squad. It was not initially all smooth...
Man City Star Reveals How Tai Chi and Vegan Diet Switch Have Helped Him Regain Form
​Fabian Delph has revealed lifestyle changes in the form of Tai Chi and a vegan diet have been key to his revival with ​Manchester City and England. The 28-year-old midfielder come left back has revitalised his career this season after putting his injury woes behind him and focusing on creating a positive mindset, a shift which has helped him play a key role in City lifting the Premier League title and confirming his ​place in England's 23-man World Cup squad. It was not initially all smooth...
​Fabian Delph has revealed lifestyle changes in the form of Tai Chi and a vegan diet have been key to his revival with ​Manchester City and England. The 28-year-old midfielder come left back has revitalised his career this season after putting his injury woes behind him and focusing on creating a positive mindset, a shift which has helped him play a key role in City lifting the Premier League title and confirming his ​place in England's 23-man World Cup squad. It was not initially all smooth...
Man City Star Reveals How Tai Chi and Vegan Diet Switch Have Helped Him Regain Form
​Fabian Delph has revealed lifestyle changes in the form of Tai Chi and a vegan diet have been key to his revival with ​Manchester City and England. The 28-year-old midfielder come left back has revitalised his career this season after putting his injury woes behind him and focusing on creating a positive mindset, a shift which has helped him play a key role in City lifting the Premier League title and confirming his ​place in England's 23-man World Cup squad. It was not initially all smooth...
In a span of just four months in 2015, Mustafizur made his debut in all three formats of the game for the Bangla Tigers. But it wasn't until the Indian Premier League in 2016 that Mustafizur — who is fondly called 'The Fizz' — became a household name.
From Training Alone to the MI Dugout - The Monumental Rise of 'The Fizz'
In a span of just four months in 2015, Mustafizur made his debut in all three formats of the game for the Bangla Tigers. But it wasn't until the Indian Premier League in 2016 that Mustafizur — who is fondly called 'The Fizz' — became a household name.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : Benitez visé par le Zénith ?
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Antonio Conte believes Alvaro Morata should be in Spain's World Cup sqaud after an inconsistent first season in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Morata should be in Spain's World Cup squad - Conte
Antonio Conte believes Alvaro Morata should be in Spain's World Cup sqaud after an inconsistent first season in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Antonio Conte believes Alvaro Morata should be in Spain's World Cup sqaud after an inconsistent first season in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Morata should be in Spain's World Cup squad - Conte
Antonio Conte believes Alvaro Morata should be in Spain's World Cup sqaud after an inconsistent first season in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Antonio Conte believes Alvaro Morata should be in Spain's World Cup sqaud after an inconsistent first season in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Morata should be in Spain's World Cup squad - Conte
Antonio Conte believes Alvaro Morata should be in Spain's World Cup sqaud after an inconsistent first season in the Premier League with Chelsea.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 has reached its business end and Sunday sees two blockbuster league games. After Kolkata Knight Riders assured their play-offs spot with a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, there is one spot for grabs. Three teams are in fray for the same. So who will make it and how? Here we guide you with the same.
Who would qualify among Mumbai, Rajasthan and Punjab?
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 has reached its business end and Sunday sees two blockbuster league games. After Kolkata Knight Riders assured their play-offs spot with a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, there is one spot for grabs. Three teams are in fray for the same. So who will make it and how? Here we guide you with the same.
Amid links to Manchester United and Liverpool, Besiktas coach Senol Gunes suggested Anderson Talisca is heading to the Premier League.
Talisca heading to Premier League, hints Besiktas boss
Amid links to Manchester United and Liverpool, Besiktas coach Senol Gunes suggested Anderson Talisca is heading to the Premier League.
during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Manchester, England.
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during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Manchester, England.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might do to England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might do to England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might do to England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might do to England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might do to England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.