Tuesday 17 October 2017

7 ways to fill that empty Friday night void left by the Late Late Show

Tonight's Graham Norton Show guests. PIC: PA
Tonight's Graham Norton Show guests. PIC: PA
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It's only been a week but we're suffering withdrawals as Tubs and his merry band of eclectic Late Late Show guests have disappeared from our screens for the summer.

What to tweet about on Friday nights? 

Well, actually there's quite a bit of quality alternatives to keep us ticking over on the tellybox.

If you're allergic to leaving the house of a Friday, TV has some great offerings tonight not least from Tubs' UK based chat show rival, Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One at 10.55pm.

Tonight's guests include boxing champ Anthony Joshua as well as actress Rachel Weisz who will be in studio to talk about her latest flick My Cousin Rachel. 

Joining them on the red sofa will also be Martin Freeman and comedian Greg Davis while music will come courtesy of Shawn Mendes.

Back on RTE One, new series The Kennedys: After Camelot has the audacity to fill the Late Late Show slot at 9.35pm.

This is the eight part miniseries starring Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy. 

The first episode sees the family rally to put Jack in the White House.  In flashback we see how patriarch Joe Kennedy Sr's lust for power saw him work tirelessly to see his eldest son Joe Jr in the White House and when Joe Jr was tragically killed, how he transferred that aim to Jack.

As the press pack reads, "'You’ll do it for your brother. For all of us,' Joe Sr. says to Jack. And Jack, the dutiful son, accepts the role because he loved his brother, loves his father… and because he knows he has no other choice."

Not quite as dramatic as the average Late Late Show it seems, but we'll take it.

Over on 3e there's the first Big Brother live eviction of the series at 9pm.  It's very likely you don't much care who is voted out by their housemates but it's always fun to watch the expression of sheer shock and horror grace the face of the first to leave to the inevitably booing crowd.  Or perhaps the slightly more tanned wannabes of Love Island with their ready-made lust triangle between Dom, Jessica and Montana are more your thing?  You can catch them after BB at 10.30pm.

Music fans can catch the Isle of Wight Festival on Sky Arts at 8pm with Rag'n'Bone Man, David Guetta and Kaiser Chiefs.  There's a whole four hours of it so get the beers in.

If the UK election has you salivating then you'll want to catch The Last Leg: Election Special on Channel 4 at 9pm.  The BAFTA nominated series returns live for a post-election special.  It's a satirical comedy series, however, so if you want straightforward reporting and analysis you'll be better off with an hour-long episode of Question Time at 8.30pm on BBC One with David Dimbleby presenting.  That's followed by Have I Got Election News for You, however, at 10.30pm to take the depressing edge off things.  Jo Brand hosts with guests Alan Johnson and Ross Noble.

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