The 2 Johnnies Do America lands in Washington, The Grand Party Hotel arrives on BBC One, there are some cracking movie documentaries on Sky Arts, Jon Favreau's back with The Chef Show, and it’s goodbye to Live at the Apollo . . .
Pick of the Day
The 2 Johnnies Do America, 9.00pm, RTÉ2
this week, the lads find themselves in the political centre of the USA. Who says politics nd sport don't mix?
No trip to Washington is complete without a meeting with a Congressman, and the price of chicken rolls is on the agenda.
Washington also sees the lads appear on Live theatre podcast And then we had sex, which for a couple of lads from Tipp was a bit awkward, to say the least.
The lads crash the RTÉ news with RTÉ Washington Correspondent Brian O’Donovan and finish up training with the GAA Gales.
Washington also sees them hang out with TJ O’Leary, the Irish American baseball star.
Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, 10.00pm, BBC Two
One of the few shows that actually works better in a Covid-19 world as the lack of an audience has made this more intimate. And biting. This topical panel series takes no prisoners.
As usual, foul-mouthed Frankie makes a string of bold and often outrageous statements which he then picks apart with the help of Sara Pascoe, Sophie Duker, Jamali Maddix and more.
FBI: Most Wanted, 10.00pm, Sky Witness & NOW TV
This new procedural continues as a single mother goes into a deadly rampage at a Public Defender's office, taking justice into her own hands after her son is given a harsh sentence for a petty crime.
Also, Jess worries how his daughter Tali is handling life without her mother.
New or Returning Shows
The Grand Party Hotel, 8.00pm, BBC One
This looks like a laugh.
We meet staff and guests behind the scenes at Liverpool’s craziest hotel, where no two guests and no two days are ever the same. It has themed party suites for six, 12 and even 24 people in one room, but can the staff cope with all the unusual demands?
It’s a busy Friday with almost 700 people checking in. The guests are coming to party, celebrate and mark momentous moments in their lives.
The outlandish design of the rooms is designed to garner as many social media posts and photos as possible.
World War II & Cinema, 8.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV
World War II and Cinema are inextricably linked, as it was the first time that the film industry had to tackle a conflict as it was being fought.
Films were made to boost public morale, and as a highly effective form of propaganda.
Despite the dangers of bombings, cinema attendance actually rose during the war years, as the public looked for any chance to escape the harsh realities of the time.
Discovering Film, 7.00pm, sky Arts & NOW TV
The team return with another series of insights into the world’s most iconic acting talent, starting this time with the man film critic Roger Ebert dubbed "the great modern movie everyman", Harrison Ford (above).
After a slow start to his acting career, Ford nearly sought a career in carpentry before securing a role in George Lucas’ American Graffiti in 1973, which began a relationship with Lucas that saw his career skyrocket when he was given the role of intergalactic smuggler Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise.
From there, Ford took on further roguish roles in the India Jones films and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, before moving into crime dramas with Witness in 1985, with a role that earned him his only Academy Award nomination to date.
Inside Culture with Mary Beard, 7.30pm, BBC Two
Mary Beard’s topical arts series (formerly Lockdown Culture) returns.
This time, Mary is venturing out from her home study, and her first stop is Stonehenge, a British cultural icon she has revered since she was a child.
Mary has rare access to the stone circle, where she is meeting leading creative voices, including Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.
With her usual wit and probing curiosity, she explores which cultural forms are the winners and losers of the pandemic.
New to Download
The Chef Show: Season 2, Netflix
The series returns for another season as Jon Favreau (Director/actor) and award-winning Chef Roy Choi come back together to continue learning, sharing, and celebrating different flavours, cultures and people.
The two friends explore new recipes, collaborate with big names in the culinary world, and connect over their shared passion for bringing people together over a delicious meal.
Live at the Apollo, 9.00pm, BBC Two
This run of the comedy series concludes with some classic routines about 'celebrity' from the likes of Sean Lock, Katherine Ryan (below), Mawaan Rizwan, Holly Walsh, Andy Parsons, Lost Voice Guy and more.
Bailte, 8.00pm, TG4
In this final episode, Síle Nic Chonaonaigh visits the small fishing village of Cill Chiaráin 70km's west of Galway city.
Its community have harvested the sea for generations, and today as its population declines dramatically, Cill Chiaráin looks to the sea and the blue economy to ensure its survival.