At London’s Royal Albert Hall, conductor John Wilson and his orchestra bring their signature energy and swagger to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma!, which was an instant hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1943. The performers include Belinda Lang, Nathaniel Hackmann, Scarlett Strallen, Robert Fairchild, David Seadon-Young, Lizzy Connolly and Marcus Brigstocke.
Animal lover and comedian Alexander Armstrong is joined by a team of specialist pet trainers as they teach a range of animals and pets to pull off incredible tricks. In the first episode, the host welcomes a daschund labrador cross called Eric and a miniature horse call Aslan, as trainers Jo-Rosie Haffenden and Nando Brown attempt to teach them how to answer a door to the cue of a doorbell. Elsewhere in the programme, the trainers hit the road and attempt to train River the cat to ride on the back of Moss the dog.
7pm Sky Sports Premier League/Sky Sports Main Event
The Premier League returns – and, for the first time ever, the opening match of the season is on a Friday.
Friday-night matches were meant to be the big game changer last season, after Sky Sports paid millions to the Premier League to pick up to ten matches for a Friday night. In the end, Sky only chose seven matches for the slot, and their star signing, Countdown’s Rachel Riley, quit the broadcaster at the end of the season.
Tonight’s game, though, suggests that Sky has still got the Friday feeling, with Arsenal set to face Leicester City at the Emirates (k/o 7.45pm). French striker Alexandre Lacazette joined the Gunners for a club record of £46.5 million over the summer – let’s see if that’s enough to buy their way back into the top four.
After running rings around the US Navy in A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise returned to the courtroom for this big-screen adaptation of John Grisham’s bestseller. The result is a lavish, star-studded legal thriller, which at times seems as if it is going to last as long as the OJ Simpson trial, but is never less than engrossing.
Cruise plays a rising young lawyer who gets a dream job with a prestigious firm only to discover that it offers more than just legal advice to one particularly sinister client. The ever excellent Gene Hackman is his jaded superior, but, as good as they are, the two stars are outshone by the seemingly never-ending parade of great supporting turns (Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook and an unbilled Goodfellas reprise from Paul Sorvino).
Director Sydney Pollack is as proficient as usual and just about manages to sustain the suspense throughout, even though the subject matter is fairly dry.
A meticulous account of the greatest doping scandal in sports history – Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and beyond – as told by the man who allegedly orchestrated the entire thing under the watchful eye of the Kremlin.
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