Telly Today: Cruising, coach trips, Gary Numan and phallic images

Friday telly highlights for September 15th with ATV Today Editor Shaun Linden.

BBC Highlights

Static, BBC One, 10.35pm

Static is a sitcom all about twenty-something Rob (Rob Beckett) who jacks in a job in London to move back in with his parents in their southeast London family home, only to discover they’ve just sold the house and moved to a static caravan park in Margate.

Not only is Rob now jobless, but he’s now having to live on a sofabed in his parents’ caravan in a holiday park 80 miles from London whilst he figures out his next move.

It seems like a disaster to begin with, but his mum’s delighted to have someone to cook for, and his dad’s figured out how to get thousands of football channels on the telly. Before long Rob’s getting used to being with mum and dad again, and through them he’s quickly drawn into the world of the park, not to mention the extraordinary characters within it. Static is at heart a family sitcom – warm, working-class, multi-generational and broad, with acutely and affectionately observed characters. 

Other cast include Alison Steadman, Phil Davis and Craig Parkinson.

The NFL Show, BBC One, 11.35pm

Mark Chapman returns with Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell to bring you highlights of Thursday night’s game between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals.

They will also bring viewers all the big news and look ahead to the week’s remaining fixtures.

For What It’s Worth, BBC Two, 1pm

If you missed this series the first time round then it might be worth taking a look as BBC Two give the show a dust down and repeat run.

Antiques expert Natasha Raskin joins host Fern Britton who oversees proceedings as three pairs of contestants answer questions in a bid to amass antiques and collectibles that can later be converted into cash.

Loose Women, ITV 12.30pm

Fresh from celebrating their 18th anniversary last week the Loose Women are back this afternoon for anther mix of comments on the days news, celebrity discussion and topical chat.

Today the female focused live debate show welcomes Musician Gary Numan alongside his wife Gemma.

Mr Selfridge, ITV3, 9pm

ITV3 offers viewers another chance to see Andrew Davies’ adaptation of the drama series based on the book Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead.

The series focuses on the flamboyant American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge.

Jeremy Piven takes the title role, with Katherine Kelly as the feisty socialite Lady Mae, whose social  connections were vital to Harry as he built his empire.

ITV Highlights

Cold Feet, ITV, STV and UTV, 9pm

When Adam (James Nesbitt) suggests to Tina (Leanne Best) that they would create great children, she is caught off-guard and suggests Adam would make a better granddad than dad. As Adam tries to convince himself to drop the idea of children, Tina feels torn about what she really wants. At work, Adam and his familiar-looking colleague realise why they recognise each other, and decide to keep their distance.

Back home, Matt has a shocking piece of news for Adam. Karen (Hermione Norris) meets Justin’s representative, and polar opposite, Benjamin Stevens (Paul Ritter). His concerns over the health of the business cause Karen to put pressure on her star author Bridie. Pete (John Thomson) arranges a tea dance at the care home, and Adam and David (Robert Bathurst) receive some sage advice in return for their fancy footwork. David decides that if he wants to keep up with a woman like Nikki (Siobhan Finneran), he will need a makeover.

Jenny (Fay Ripley) revels in her newfound power at work and inadvertently suggests firing some of her colleagues. Pete is horrified when he discovers she is doing the dirty work and choosing which of her workmates will get fired. As Jenny begins to spout business jargon at home, her new persona drives a wedge between them.

A mix of serious news debate and showbiz gossip today at 12.30pm on ITV, STV and UTV with the Loose Women.

The Best Of The Rest

Sully, Sky Cinema, from today

Clint Eastwood directs this stirring biographical drama about the heroic, life-saving actions of Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), the veteran pilot who in 2009 safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the middle of the Hudson River.

All of the 155 passengers and crew lived to tell the tale, but as the media and public were hailing him as a hero, Sully was hauled in front of a panel of investigators and ordered to explain himself. Why hadn’t he properly followed protocol? Aaron Eckhart plays co-pilot Jeff Skiles, while strong support comes from Laura Linney and Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn.

American Vandal, Netflix, from today

From co-creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, and showrunner Dan Lagana, American Vandal is a half-hour true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.

Over the course of the eight-episode season, an aspiring sophomore documentarian investigates the controversial and potentially unjust expulsion of troubled senior (and known dick-drawer) Dylan Maxwell. Not unlike its now iconic true-crime predecessors, the addictive American Vandal will leave one question on everyone’s minds until the very end: Who drew the dicks?

Coach Trip: The Road To Zantie – The Finale, E4, 7.30pm

After forty, yes forty, action packed episodes viewers finally wave off the last lot of tourists from their telly screens tonight as Brendan pulls out all the stops for the final day as the bus-based-contestants get to go fly boarding and are granted exclusive access to a celebratory pool party.

At an emotional final vote, the winners are crowned in the Zante series finale.

Cruising with Jane McDonald, Channel 5, 9pm

This river cruise down the Rhône from Lyon to Arles in Provence shows Jane a France she has never seen before. The ship meanders through a countryside awash with ancient, unspoiled French towns and villages. En route, Jane manages to achieve several lifelong ambitions—wine tasting, and a hot air balloon ride.

In Lyon, Jane follows the tourist trail straight to Marché Paul Bocuse, arguably France’s best food market, where it turns out she hadn’t ordered two oysters for lunch, but eighteen instead!

Jane faces eighteen oysters for lunch in the latest of her travelog on Channel 5 tonight at 9pm
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