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Eurovision Song Contest 2022

8pm, BBC One

The uber-camp fun hits Turin this year, where Sam Ryder hopes to win the UK at least one point (please!) with Space Man – a surprisingly good piece of falsetto pop. As usual, Graham Norton will be on hand with plenty of snide remarks on a night where – for once – the UK is one of the bookies’ favourites. The event also creates an opportunity to stand with Ukraine, whose entrant Kalush Orchestra will perform Stefania – another banger, featuring rapping and a flute solo. Hollie Richardson

Britain’s Got Talent

8pm, ITV

Yet more hopefuls audition for Amanda, Alesha, David and Simon to lock in a spot at the live semi-finals. Will we see another of the judges’ Golden Moments, where unsuspecting acts are invited to audition? Henry Wong

Devon and Cornwall: Farming Lives

8.15pm, Channel 4

The celebration of England’s south-west coastal areas continues, this time telling the stories of people who work the land. Steve in Lanlivery shows off his vodka distillery, which uses home-grown spuds. And on the Dartington estate in Devon, Jon trials making ice-cream with goat’s milk. HR


9pm, BBC Four

What connects a boozy school reunion for brooding detective Josef with a grisly corpse lashed to a tree with a cargo belt? As more bodies quickly pile up, it becomes a case tangled enough to tempt recuperating top cop Beck away from his spring BBQ in another tasty instalment of the long-running Swedish procedural. Graeme Virtue

Steptoe & Son:
Secrets & Scandals

9.20pm, Channel 5

A clips-and-commentators revisit to one of the great sitcoms, busting myths about Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell’s supposed mutual animosity and celebrating how the two stars set a template for comedy underscored with the deepest, darkest pathos. Brambell’s private life accounts for the Scandals part. Jack Seale

Later … With Jools Holland

9.55pm, BBC Two

Look who’s back, and he’s in a new location – Alexandra Palace Theatre. Jools’s first guests are smash hit indie rockers Wet Leg, Nigerian artist Obongjayar, blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and up-and-coming Streatham-born singer Cat Burns. HR

Film choice

Drag Me to Hell, 10pm, BBC Three

Drag Me to Hell on BBC Three.
Drag Me to Hell on BBC Three. Photograph: Universal Pictures/Allstar

Smartly scheduled to cheer up anyone who was disappointed by his Doctor Strange movie, this horror represents Sam Raimi firing on all his silliest impulses. The story, not that there is much of one, follows a young woman fending off a curse that threatens to torture her for three days before – that’s right – dragging her to hell. But you don’t watch a Raimi horror for plot. You watch it for all the gleeful, whiplash-inducing momentum and laugh-out-loud inventiveness. This movie is a rollercoaster ride. Outside the Evil Dead movies, Raimi has never been better. Stuart Heritage

Live sport

Racing from Newbury, 1.15pm, ITV Live coverage, Lockinge Stakes (Group 1) class 1 at 3.20pm.

Championship Cup Rugby Union: Leinster v Toulouse, 2.45pm, BT Sports 1 The first semi-final at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Racing 92 v La Rochelle (second semi-final) at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, is on Sunday, 2.30pm, BT Sport 2.

FA Cup Football: Liverpool v Chelsea, 4pm, BBC One & 3.45pm, ITV The final from Wembley Stadium. The Women’s FA Cup final, Chelsea v Man City, is on Sunday, 1.50pm.. The final from Wembley Stadium. The Women’s FA Cup final, Chelsea v Man City, is on Sunday, 1.50pm.

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