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Sunday’s best TV: McMafia; The South Bank Show 40th Anniversary Special

Semiyon Kleiman (David Strathairn) in McMafia.
Semiyon Kleiman (David Strathairn) in McMafia. Photograph: Nick Wall/BBC/Cuba/Nick Wall


9pm, BBC One

Consequences are looming for James Norton’s fund manager as the crime saga moves glacially forwards: the back half of episode four puts several dull subplots on hold to focus on whether one gang of hoodlums can steal a crateload of drugs from another. Even this is done mostly via hacking and spying, which doesn’t lead to charismatic drama. With the exception of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a fiery Mumbai fixer, the cast struggle to overcome the show’s sterile vibe. Jack Seale

Still Open All Hours

7.30pm, BBC One

Writer Roy Clarke sustains his blend of gentleness and pathos as David Jason stars in a fourth series of the revived comedy. Granville has learned to charm the ferocious Arkwright cash register, but is in other respects turning into his late uncle – at times bordering on impersonating him – while his passions for Mavis are thwarted by Mr Newbold and Mrs Featherstone. There are larks as Eric and Cyril venture out on their tandem. John Robinson

The Coronation

8pm, BBC One

As part of the BBC’s Royal Collection season, the Queen shares her memories of 2 June 1953, when she was crowned at Westminster Abbey in front of millions around the world. There are also eyewitness accounts from the maid of honour who nearly fainted, and the then-12-year-old boy who was left to sing alone when his overwhelmed fellow choirboys lost their voices. The Crown Jewels themselves also get a rare run out in front of the cameras. Ben Arnold


8pm, ITV

When a driver, Faye Wakeland, is found seriously injured at the scene of a crash, it is clear this wasn’t an accident. But why would anyone want to target this seemingly popular woman? And is there a link to a recent suicide? As ever veering between offering tea and empathy and railing at the avoidable idiocy of her fellow human beings, Brenda Blethyn’s dishevelled DCI Stanhope continues to be a delight as she seeks answers to these tricky questions. Jonathan Wright

SAS: Who Dares Wins

9pm, Channel 4

If Mary Whitehouse knew that the Channel 4 that so horrified her in its early days would eventually be making programmes like this, she would do whatever the reverse of turning in your grave is. Tonight, in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, the remaining recruits must abseil from the top of the El Mansour Dam and climb a mountain while carrying 40lbs. Not bothering with any of this stuff at all still feels like the winning option. David Stubbs

The South Bank Show 40th Anniversary Special

9pm, Sky Arts

Even if it has become more conservative in recent times, it is impossible to argue with the sheer longevity of this arts strand, which celebrates the advent of middle age this month. Here, Sky Arts sift through the show’s vast archive, most of which was originally shown on ITV. And, from Mailer to Pinter, from Bacon to Emin and from Sonic Youth to Dizzee Rascal, Melvyn Bragg really has seen it all. Phil Harrison

Monkey Life

6pm, Pick

Double bill from the 10th series of this programme chronicling life at Monkey World, the Dorset primate rescue centre. With all due acknowledgment that everyone likes monkeys, and that Monkey World does fine work assisting with the rehabilitation of dreadfully abused animals, it does seem implausible that there are 10 series’ worth of compelling viewing to be had from the subject. Tonight, five lorises are incoming from Hong Kong, and an orangutan requires rehousing. Andrew Mueller

TV films

Death Becomes Her, (Robert Zemeckis, 1992), 2.40pm, ITV
A wicked, tricksy comedy pitting Meryl Streep’s fading actor against author Goldie Hawn. Years of hateful rivalry come to a head when Streep does a devilish deal with mysterious Isabella Rossellini for an elixir of youth: cue sharp gags from the director of the Back to the Futures and Forrest Gump. Bruce Willis dons a wimp mask to play Streep’s downtrodden plastic surgeon hubby. Paul Howlett

Mr Holmes, (Bill Condon, 2015) 6.20pm, BBC Two

Ian McKellen in Mr Holmes.
Ian McKellen in Mr Holmes. Photograph: Allstar/Bbc Films

Director Bill Condon and the redoubtable Ian McKellen reunite with a poignant study of a cinema legend, the fictional Sherlock Holmes. McKellen’s sleuth is now a 93-year-old, beekeeping recluse; and as he grapples with his fading faculties, he is transported back nearly 30 years to Baker Street, 1919, when grief-stricken Ann Kelmot (Hattie Morahan) set him on his final, seemingly disastrous case. An affectionate and clever examination of the Sherlock myth. Paul Howlett

Beauty, (Oliver Hermanus, 2011), 1.40am, Film4
François is a middle-aged, married Afrikaner who runs a timber business in Bloemfontein, but he has a secret: he’s been repressing his true sexuality for years, and when he encounters a handsome young lawyer, an obsession takes hold. It was a bold subject to take on in South Africa, but Hermanus crafts a subtle and compelling film, with Deon Lotz as a superb lead. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Premier League Football: Bournemouth v Arsenal With Liverpool v Manchester City to follow. 12.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event

Darts: BDO World Professional Championships The final of the event from the Lakeside in Frimley Green. 4.15pm, Channel 4

European Champions Cup Rugby Union: Castres v Leicester Tigers Coverage of the Pool Four clash at Stade Pierre-Fabre. 5.15pm, BT Sport 2

This article titled "Sunday’s best TV: McMafia; The South Bank Show 40th Anniversary Special" was written by Jack Seale, John Robinson, Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Phil Harrison, Andrew Mueller and Paul Howlett, for on Sunday 14 January 2018 06.00am

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