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What to watch on Bank Holiday Monday

Wondering what to watch this Bank Holiday Monday? Wonder no more!

Deadpool 2

If your version of an ideal Bank Holiday Monday consists of getting hooked on some brilliant TV shows and movies, then you’ve come to the right place.


We’ve scoured the schedules for your best viewing options on the big day off, including a gripping medical documentary, a prestige HBO drama and the return of a well-liked cookery contest.

If you want some films to keep the kids busy, there are some family favourites to choose from this afternoon courtesy of ITV, including Despicable Me 3 and The Secret Life of Pets.

Meanwhile, when the little ones have gone to bed, you can look forward to action-packed blockbusters including Rambo and Deadpool 2, or alternatively, the risqué comedy Blockers.

Here’s everything you need to know about Bank Holiday Monday and what’s on TV.

Beat The Chef – 5:30pm, Channel 4

Beat The Chef series 2 on Channel 4
Channel 4

The return of the culinary competition show in which an amateur cook and a professional chef compete to win the tastebuds of an expert panel. In the first episode of series two, former pilot Chris Topham takes on chef Mark Sargeant, while Andi Oliver takes on presenting duties.

Live Snooker: World Championship Final – 7pm, BBC Two 

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 05: The winners trophy during the Final of the World Snooker Championship match between Judd Trump and John Higgins at the Crucible Theatre on May 5, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

It’s the final session of this year’s World Snooker Championship, with all your essential coverage available on BBC Two. The iconic tournament usually draws to a tense close on Sunday evening, but this one is slated to run into Monday as Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy take to the table in front of a 100 per cent capacity crowd at the Crucible.

Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles – 9pm, Channel 4

Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles – Channel 4
Channel 4

It’s the second episode of this extraordinary documentary series, which details the complex medical procedures that surgeons carry out on expectant mothers when problems occur during pregnancy. There are three new cases this week, including a woman carrying triplets who shows signs of a rare blood condition that can cause miscarriages.

EastEnders – 8:05pm, EastEnders

eastenders violet highway

Gwen Taylor joins the cast of BBC One’s long-running soap as Callum and Stuart’s Nanna Vi – and she wastes no time making a big impression. Elsewhere in Albert Square, Callum becomes suspicious that Ben could have played a role in Kush’s death, while the police ask to search Mitch and Karen’s home for information on Bailey.

Mare of Easttown – 9pm, Sky Atlantic 

Kate Winslet Mare of Easttown

Kate Winslet has wowed fans with this dark crime drama, so it’s great to have a brand new episode to dive into tonight. The Hollywood star plays a small town detective investigating a murder while her own personal life falls apart. In episode three, she questions an unlikely new suspect she is led to by some surprising phone records. If you’re not up to date, catch up on NOW (formerly known as NOW TV).

Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over – 10pm, W

Stacey Dooley

The return of the factual series in which broadcaster Stacey Dooley stays in people’s homes to get to know them and their way of life. This episode focuses on so-called “tradwives”, a group of women who have abandoned career progression in favour of taking more traditional roles in the home.

Films on TV

The Secret Life of Pets – 1:30pm, ITV

The Secret Life of Pets

Whether you’re a fan of dogs, cats, rabbits or any other household pet, there’s something for everyone in this family flick from the producers of Despicable Me. The story revolves around spoiled terrier Max, who gets involved in a gang of abandoned pets plotting revenge on the humans who left them behind.

Despicable Me 3 – 5:20pm, ITV2

Despicable Me 3

Steve Carrell returns as Gru for the third entry in Illumination Entertainment’s popular animated franchise. This instalment sees the maniacal super villain meet his long-lost twin brother, while his adoptive daughters also find themselves a new rival.

Daddy’s Home – 7:10pm, Film4

Daddy's Home

Will Ferrell stars in this comedy which sees a thoughtful step-father’s place in the family threatened by the arrival of his children’s much cooler biological father (played by Mark Wahlberg). Their rivalry quickly spirals out of control as they fight to earn the approval of the kids, which ironically ends up putting the whole family at risk.

Sully – 8:30pm, BBC One

Tom Hanks in Sully

Tom Hanks stars as pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who famously landed a plane on the Hudson river after a catastrophic engine failure, saving the lives of every passenger onboard. The film explores events around the astonishing incident as well as Sully’s private life, but was criticised for featuring some factual inaccuracies.

The Italian Job – 9pm, Sky One

The Italian Job (2003)

This remake of the classic heist flick might not have quite the same level of prestige as the original, but it’s certainly a fun blockbuster with a strong cast. The plot follows a crew of thieves planning to steal gold from a double-crossing associate, with a key component of their plan involving the iconic Mini automobiles (updated to Mini Coopers for this remake). Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham and Donald Sutherland are among the star-studded line-up.

Rambo: First Blood – 9pm, ITV4

Rambo: First Blood

Sylvester Stallone stars in the original – and still best – film in his action frachise. First Blood introduced the world to John Rambo, a Vietnam War veteran who is unjustly targeted by a cruel police deputy and takes refuge in some local woods. There he uses his combat training to brutally fight back against his pursuers.

Deadpool 2 – 9pm, Film4 

Zazie Beetz as Domino, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Josh Brolin as Cable in Deadpool 2 (20th Century Fox, HF)

Ryan Reynolds returns as the Merc with a Mouth in this sequel, which sees the popular (and thoroughly R-rated) Marvel character cross paths with time-hopping mutant Cable (Josh Brolin). It’s down to Wade to stop the formidable soldier from achieving his mission, enlisting a team of allies to help him in that goal – including breakout star Zazie Beetz as Domino.

Straight Outta Compton – 11:05pm, ITV4

Straight Outta Compton

This acclaimed biopic follows the rise and fall of iconic rap group NWA, with founding members Ice Cube and Dr Dre involved behind-the-camera. The film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and will no doubt be fascinating viewing for any fans of the influential figures.

Blockers – 11:20pm, Film4

John Cena in Blockers

This American comedy stars John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz as a trio of concerned parents who attempt to keep a close eye on their daughters on prom night. The film received positive reviews, with particular praise going to its lead performances and surprisingly smart script.


Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide for a complete overview of everything that’s on tonight.