Sean Bean and Stephen Graham in Time

Sean Bean and Stephen Graham in Time

By John Byrne

By John Byrne

TV Editor

Tonight’s picks include new Jimmy McGovern drama Time, Dermot Bannon’s Super Small Spaces, the British Academy Television Awards, and Reeling in the Years . . .

Time, 9.00pm, BBC One

It¨s Jimmy McGovern time again. And this time, the show¨s even called Time.

It¨s a prison drama, starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, about a newly arrived prisoner who must adapt quickly to his dangerous new surroundings, while reflecting on the crime that brought him there.

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He finds himself sharing a cell with a troubled young man who murdered his father and is suffering panic attacks.

Meanwhile, an officer encounters a threat against his son, who is serving time in a different prison

British Academy Television Awards, 7.00pm, BBC One

Richard Ayoade (above) hosts the annual ceremony celebrating the best of British and international TV programmes and talent, with the show coming from the BBC’s Television Centre in White City, west London.

The Crown, I Hate Suzie, Gangs of London and Save Me Too are up for Best Drama Series, while other nominees include John Boyega, Josh O’Connor, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Graham Norton and Ant & Dec.

The show will also feature performances by Years & Years and Alexis Ffrench.

Reeling in the Years, 8.30pm, RT└ One

The hits and the headlines of 2018, the year the Beast from the East brought blizzards and freezing temperatures across the country, Pope Francis (below, with President Higgins) came to Ireland on a two-day visit, and the Irish men’s rugby union team won a Grand Slam.

Britain¨s Most Luxurious Hotels, 8.00pm, Channel 4

Behind the scenes at the Corinthia, one of London’s most opulent hotels.

A royal visitor leaves the staff with the very important duty of looking after her dog, while front of house director Jochem has his eyes on a new job as the hotel manager, but has to impress the managing director with his vision for the hotel.

Brian Cox¨s Adventures in Space and Time, 9.00pm, BBC Two

This week the physicist looks at attempts to answer one of the most profound questions we can ask – are we alone in the universe?

With scientists sending space probes to the furthest reaches of our solar system and beyond, the scientific search for alien life has begun.

Brian Cox (above) explains why this quest deserves to be taken seriously, and explores the chances of extraterrestrials being found.

Dermot Bannon’s Super Small Spaces, 9.30pm, RT└ One

Architect Deromt Bannon (above) travels through the country meeting people who have carried out building projects during the pandemic, examining their designs, renovations and reimaginings.

He visits Kildare to see Garvan de Bruir’s self-build, the arched shape of which is styled on old timber aeroplanes.

Meanwhile, in Dublin, architect Paul Kelly and designer Deirdre Whelan teamed up with their neighbours and reconfigured their old mews in Rathmines from three separate houses into two.

All Star Musicals, 7.30pm, Virgin Media One

John Barrowman (below) hosts a show as celebrities Ranj Singh, Robert Peston, Rob Rinder, Barney Walsh, Jessica Hynes and Luisa Bradshaw-White perform songs from hit musicals.

The likes of Chicago, The Greatest Showman, Guys and Dolls and Beauty & the Beast will all feature in this feel-good special.

The singing celebs will be trying to impress musical theatre stars Elaine Paige, Samantha Barks and Trevor Dion Nicholas, as well as the viewing audience.

In For a Penny, 7.00pm, Virgin Media One

Stephen Mulhern (below) hosts the game show from locations around the UK, setting members of the public unusual challenges for a chance to win anything from the price of their petrol, to ♀1000 in the big finale game.

This week, Stephen is in Nottingham.

The Turn of the Screw, 7.00pm, BBC Four

OperaGlass Works’ stage production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, filmed on location at Wilton’s Music Hall.

The production was in rehearsals when the spring lockdown was declared in 2020, so the show has been reinvented as a hybrid of film-making and live theatre capture.

Directed by Dominic Best, Selina Cadell and Eliza Thompson, and starring Robert Murray and Rhian Lois.

Finding Dory, 3.05pm, BBC One

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Here¨s a hugely enjoyable Pixar animated sequel, featuring the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks and Ed O’Neill.

Young clownfish Nemo and his dad Marlin set out on an underwater adventure to help their forgetful friend Dory find her parents, meeting the grouchy but well-meaning octopus Hank along the way.

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