What’s on TV tonight: Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, GLOW, and more

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Friday 9 August

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

BBC Two, 8.00pm

Two middle-aged men  go fishing and talk nonsense. Quite how such a slight concept  has made it to a second series is, on the surface,  a mystery, yet every episode of Gone Fishing yields worthwhile catches. Old friends Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer take pleasure in each other’s company, whether that’s through startling, soul-bearing conversation or simple mucking about.  While this trip to Essex in search of carp isn’t as profound and affecting as last week’s opener, there is much to enjoy: Mortimer has come prepared for war, dressed in camouflage and toting a crossbow; Whitehouse revives an old Fast Show character while considering his past fashion faux pas. A sweet but silly diversion to a “male enhancement clinic” suggests they’re  at their best by the  river, but all is forgiven during their riffs on David Seaman, elasticated waistbands and scrambled eggs; as Would I Lie to You? fans will be well aware, Mortimer knows his way around an egg anecdote. As usual, the fishing is almost incidental until they actually land something, at which point their unfettered glee eclipses all that has gone beforehand. Slow TV,  big laughs. GT

GLOW

Netflix, from today

The wrestling stars take residence in Las Vegas for some ecstatically received performances that come at personal cost for both Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) in a third season of the drama. GT 

Mastermind

BBC Two, 7.30pm

Sue Townsend, Stephen King, the Lake District and chemist Dorothy Hodgkin are the typically diverse specialist subjects chosen to launch this, the 46th series of the quiz show chaired by John Humphrys. GT 

BBC Proms: John Wilson Orchestra/The Sound of Space

BBC Four, from 8.00pm

A popular double-bill  to reckon with, as John Wilson’s orchestra celebrates the music of Warner Brothers: expect everything from My Fair Lady to We’re in the Money. At 10.30pm come excerpts from the more esoteric end of science-fiction soundtracks, including Mica Levi (Under the Skin) and Wendy Carlos (Tron). GT

Hold the Sunset

BBC One, 9.00pm

Its rote scripts once more elevated by a top-notch cast, the ropey sitcom continues with Edith (Alison Steadman) searching for an AWOL Phil (John Cleese) just  as her loathsome sister Joan (Sue Johnston) arrives to stay, while Roger (Jason Watkins) rustles up a new moneymaking scheme. GT

Fosse/Verdon

BBC Two, 9.00pm

Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams) takes centre stage as this fine dual biopic continues with  a flashback-heavy episode in which the dancer-actress recalls  a childhood and youth  of exploitation and sacrifice, while in the present day Bob (Sam Rockwell) calls on her  for help with two musicals with starkly divergent destinies: Pippin and Cabaret. GT

Michelle Williams in Fosse/Verdon

Walter Presents: Thou Shalt Not Kill

More4, 9.00pm

The crime drama introduces another maverick copper, this time from Italy, as Valeria Ferro (Miriam Leone) investigates the murder of a 15-year-old girl whose body has  been found in a flooded basement. GT

Edinburgh Nights with Nish Kumar

BBC Two, 11.05pm

Comedian Nish Kumar introduces highlights from the festival, including a free concert from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and a circus show from trailbiking veteran Danny MacAskill, as well as trying out beatboxing. GT 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) ★★★★☆

Sky Cinema Premiere, 12.10pm

Produced by the guys who made The Lego Movie, this animated adventure is the wildest, wittiest web-slinging movie yet. It tells the tale of Miles Morales,  a new character voiced by Shameik Moore. Miles is  a black-Hispanic teenager who has a Spidey-saga of  his own to relate, and emerges as one of the most appealing new heroes in  the Marvel pantheon.

The Big Lebowski (1998) ★★★★☆

TCM, 9.00pm 

Perhaps the Coen brothers’ best-loved film, this wonderfully skewed comedy crime caper has spawned its own religion, “Dudeism”. Even Prime Minister Boris Johnson has anointed himself as the acronymic “D.U.D.E”. Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski, aka the Dude, or His Dudeness,  or Duder, or El Duderino,  a bowling-obsessed slacker who is drawn into the kidnapping of his millionaire namesake’s wife. 

A Most Violent Year (2014) ★★★★☆

BBC Two, 11.35pm 

The third film by writer/director JC Chandor (following Margin Call and All is Lost) is a riveting, neck-prickling moral thriller set in New York, in 1981: the deadliest 12 months in the city’s history. A couple (Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain) live out their own twisted version of the American dream, but success is even scarier than failure: it’s a nocturnal fantasy, ablaze with menace.

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