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What to watch on Bank Holiday Monday

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

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Published: Sunday, 2nd May 2021 at 11:26 am

With the end of May in sight, there's another Bank Holiday Monday to look forward to, and while pubs, restaurants and cinemas are now finally open, sometimes all you want to do is chill in front of the telly.


For those of you wanting for rest and relaxation on Monday, you're in luck – there's a stellar line-up of TV shows and films to look forward to.

From ITV's The Masked Dancer and Motherland, to a hard-hitting documentary fronted by Jermaine Jenas on Channel 4, there really is something for everybody this bank holiday.

Here's everything on the TV you have to look forward to this Bank Holiday Monday.

The Truth about Police Stop and Search – 10pm, Channel 4

The Truth About Police Stop and Search
Channel 4

The One Show's Jermaine Jenas hosts this Channel 4 documentary, looking at the police's Stop and Search powers in England and how they've disproportionately affected Black men in the country. Featuring interviews with over 40 Black men and teenagers who used cameras to record their interactions with the police, this 60-minute film aims to show the British public the full scale of the issue and its wide reaching consequences.

The Masked Dancer – 7:30pm, ITV

The Masked Dancer contestants

The Masked Dancer continues on ITV, with five of the remaining 10 disguised celebrities returning to the stage with brand new routines as Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Mo Gilligan and Oti Mabuse attempt to guess who's behind the mask.

Inside No. 9 – 9:30pm, BBC Two

Inside No. 9

The new series of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's Inside No. 9 continues on BBC Two, with Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar and Father Ted's Pauline McLynn guest-starring. Shearsmith plays James, an actor who's been waiting for his big moment on ITV's new crime drama in a caravan owned by a strange family, who are finding a big secret.

Motherland – 9pm, BBC Two

Motherland season 3

The penultimate episode of Motherland's third series airs on BBC Two, with the mums heading on a school trip from Hell with nightmare school secretary Mrs Lamb. While Julia, Liz and Meg board the bus, Kevin takes his driving test and Amanda takes Hygge Tygge online.

The Great British Photography Challenge – 9pm, BBC Four

Great British Photography Challenge

Episode two of the Great British Photography Challenge airs on BBC Four, with host Rankin challenging the competition's amateur photographers to capture some fast-moving action in a boxing arena with just their smartphones.

Russell Howard Stands Up to the World – 9pm, Sky One

Russell Howard

New Sky One documentary Russell Howards Stands Up to the World follows the titular comedian as he travels around Australia and New Zealand on tour, three years after tickets originally went on sale. In this first episode, Howard starts off in New Zealand, where he visits the farm of Jurassic Park star Sam Neill.

Films on TV

Guys and Dolls – 1:30pm, BBC Two

Guys and Dolls

This 1955 musical classic airs in the afternoon on BBC Two, starring Marlon Brando as Sky Masterson, a gambler who accepts a bet that he cannot convince a Salvation Army member to go on a date with him to Cuba. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) struggles to find a location for an illegal dice game whilst evading the police. You can never rock the boat when sticking this Hollywood flick on the TV.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1:50pm, ITV

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder stars as the titular eccentric confectionary king in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl's iconic novel. With Peter Ostrum playing Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who wins a tour of Willy's wondrous factory, this children's fantasy film combines excellent musical numbers with terrifying tales of what happens to obnoxious children who misbehave in Wonka's chocolate world.

Hotel for Dogs – 2:40pm, Film4

Hotel for Dogs

This 2008 kids' comedy stars Emma Roberts and Jake T Austin as orphaned siblings who've been assigned to another set of foster parents but must finds a home for their beloved terrier. Finding an abandoned hotel nearby, they turn it into a refuge for their furry friend and start to welcome other strays into the canine accommodation.

Planet of the Apes – 3:35pm, Channel 5

Planet of the Apes
20th Century Fox

While the Planet of the Apes franchise has spawned various films, reboots and sequels over the last 54 years, why not revisit the 1967 original, airing on Channel 5 in the afternoon on Bank Holiday Monday. Starring Charlton Heston, this sci-fi drama follows a crew of astronauts who land on a mysterious planet where humans are mute creatures and intelligent apes rule the world.

Monster Family – 4pm, Sky One

Monster Family

This 2017 animated film follows a young New York family on Halloween, who are cursed by a witch and permanently transform into their costumes. With Jason Isaacs voicing Dracula, a lonely count who wants Emma Wishbone (Emily Watson) for himself, the rest of the family – her husband Frank (Nick Frost) and daughter Fay (Jessica Brown Findlay) – set about turning themselves back into humans.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – 4pm, 4seven

Peni (Kimiko Glen), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, the Oscar-winning animated film written by 21 Jump Street's Phil Lord, follows Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as he's bitten by a radioactive spider and starts to develop mysterious powers that turn him into Spider-Man. When Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) pays him a visit and begins to train him, they come across spider-men from alternative universes. Featuring the voices of Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz and John Mulaney.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – 6:35pm, ITV2

Jurassic World

This sequel to 2015's Jurassic World sees Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard revisit their roles from the first film – former Velociraptor handler Owen Grady and Jurassic World's former operations manager Claire respectively as they try to save the abandoned park's resident dinosaurs. With Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, BD Wong, Jeff Goldblum and Daniella Pineda.

Raiders of the Lost Ark – 9pm, Film4

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

You can never go wrong with Indiana Jones, who makes his blockbuster debut in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Starring Harrison Ford as Jones, this Steven Spielberg flick follows the archeologist as he searches for the legendary Ark of the Convent.

Battleship – 10pm, Sky One


Over on Sky One, Rihanna stars as a cryptologic technician in 2012's Battleship, a sci-fi flick based on the board game of the same name. Following two brothers, played by Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard, who are commanding officers on USS ships, Battleship sees them take on alien invaders who plan to steal the Earth's resources.

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool – 10:45pm, BBC Two

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

This 2017 drama stars Annette Bening as raging Hollywood superstar Gloria Grahame, who begins a passionate love affair with a much younger lover, Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). Set in 1970s Britain, the film is based on Turner's 1986 memoir and charts the couple's demanding yet brief relationship.


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


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