There's a lot of John Lennon on the Beatle’s 80th birthday, Amy Huberman is among the Late Late Show guests, Sara Cox hosts new book show Between the Covers, and The Right Stuff lands on  Disney+ . . .

Pick of the Day

Lennon: the New York Years, 9.30pm, BBC Four

On what would’ve been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, there’s a lot of Beatle/Lennon-related programming, most of it on BBC Four.

The night kicks off at a rapid pace at 7.30pm with the groundbreaking A Hard Day’s Night, the first and best Beatle film, which is an absolute joy from start to finish.

That’s followed at 9pm by TOTP2: John Lennon Special, which features various Lennon appearances on the Beeb’s ultimate pop show.

30 minutes later, Lennon: the New York Years tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s move to New York in 1971, as the singer sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his private life.

Excellent gateway documentary The Beatles: Made on Merseyside follows at 10.50pm, and then at 12.15am there’s Sings the Beatles, highlighting various artists performing Fab Four tunes.

Around the same time (12.30am) Sky Arts has John Lennon: Imagine, a documentary about the making of that album, and John Lennon: the Lost Weekend rounds of proceedings, beginning at 1.45am.

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The Late Late Show, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

Amy Huberman (below) joins Ryan Tubridy as she prepares to launch a new run of Finding Joy, which returns tomorrow night.

She will be chatting about emerging from lockdown, expecting her third baby and why she chose to reveal her baby news on Instagram.

Tonight’s other guests include Kathleen Watkins, Kevin Bacon, Dara Ó Briain and Lyra.

The Graham Norton Show, 10.45pm, BBC One

Shirley Ballas promotes her autobiography, Ewan McGregor discusses his travelogue Long Way Up, Ashley Banjo looks ahead to the Diversity tour and Miley Cyrus performs Midnight Sky

Guy Garvey: From the Vaults, 9.00pm, Sky Arts & NOW TV

The spotlight is on 1984 in this episode, the year in which Madonna made her British TV debut and appeared on The Tube from the Hacienda in Manchester.

The Smiths (below) are also featured in the same series, with the first ever live TV performance of their debut single, Hand In Glove.

There’s footage of Culture Club on tour in Japan, previously unseen performances by The Style Council and Sade, and a track from Talk Talk - one of Guy Garvey’s favourite bands.

New or Returning Shows

Between the Covers, 7.30pm, BBC Two

Sara Cox hosts what promises to be an irreverent, entertaining, mischievous show where books spark the banter.

First up, she’s joined by Phil Wang, Sara Pascoe, Tom Allen and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. They share their favourite books and discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and Sara Pascoe’s Sex, Power, Money.

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The Haunting of Ely Manor, Netflix

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From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes the latest chapter of The Haunting anthology series, this time set in 1980s' England.

After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller).

But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.

Deaf U, Netflix

In this docuseries, a tight-knit group of deaf students share their stories and explore the perks and pitfalls of life at Gallaudet University.

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The Right Stuff, Disney+

This new National Geographic eight-episode, scripted series that follows the incredible story of America’s first astronauts.

The series is an inspirational look at what would become America’s first reality show, when ambitious astronauts and their families became instant celebrities in a competition of money, fame and immortality.

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The Forty-Year-Old Version, Netflix

Desperate for a breakthrough as she turns 40, down-on-her-luck New York playwright Radha reinvents herself as a rapper and searches for her true voice.

Bloodshot, Sky Cinema & NOW TV

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Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation.

With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he's an unstoppable force -- stronger than ever and able to heal instantly.

But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not -- but he’s on a mission to find out.

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