BBC Two Today Friday 19 May 2023

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What’s On BBC Two Today Friday 19 May 2023

A full run down of everything airing on BBC Two today.

Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr


The designers work alone to transform hair salons in Bristol

The designers work alone to transform hair salons in Bristol. With each salon giving a different brief, a budget of £3,000 and just two days to complete the makeover, the designers have their work cut out for them in the semi-final. Monika embraces her gothic maximalist signature style to renovate her classic salon with a unique charm and starts with a black paint job. Tom has the challenge of modernising an industrial salon and giving a fresh edge to the rugged and characterful interior. The owners of a high-end salon that aims to deliver a luxury experience asked Jack for a Scandi makeover but he decides to take it one step further with a style he calls Japandi

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Hey Duggee


Norrie reflects on her first day at the clubhouse

Hey Duggee


Snail is thrilled to be moving house



Evil Pea stages a jam attack on Tato Tower

Shaun the Sheep


The Farmer’s rock ‘n’ roll idol gets stranded at the farm

Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed!


Walter takes over Butch Butcher’s sausage-making business

Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese


The Deep


Three baby Monumential turtles hatch

Odd Squad


Oswald learns as much as he can about the mobile unit

Game on Grandparents


Bonnie and Judith go head to head with Niamh and Sharon

One Zoo Three


The brothers explore the clever ways the zoo’s animals communicate


Current affairs reports

Blue Peter

Behind the scenes at the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage show

Deadly Predators


Steve Backshall finds out which predators have the best weapons

Newsies: The Broadway Musical

A performance of the musical, starring Jeremy Jordan
2017 – Romance, Music, History, Drama

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Movie: Newsies: The Broadway Musical -

A performance of the musical filmed at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, the story follows Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenage `newsies”, who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. Starring original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay and Ben Fankhauser

Family Cooking Showdown


Four families battle it out

Angellica Bell and Tommy Banks present as the Butlands from Cornwall, the Lees from Warrington, the Gohil and Al-Sheikhs from London and the Whites from Selkirk each feed a family of four for £10 using ingredients from the freezer

Great Expectations

Drama, starring John Mills
1946 – Romance, Drama

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Movie: Great Expectations -

An orphan falls in love with the cold-hearted adopted daughter of an eccentric old woman. A mysterious benefactor gives him the chance to rise through London’s high society, but in the process he forgets his humble roots and is not prepared for the truth about the girl he loves and the stranger funding his new life. Drama, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, starring John Mills, Jean Simmons, Finlay Currie and Alec Guinness

The Remains of the Day

Period drama, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson
1993 – Drama, Romance

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Movie: The Remains of the Day - 1946

A butler in a 1930s aristocratic household has dedicated himself to serving his master, putting duty above all else and repressing his affection for the housekeeper, who also happens to be in love with him. On the outbreak of war, the nobleman’s Nazi sympathies come to light, marking a change of heart in the old servant, who looks back with misgivings about the loyalty that may have cost him dearly. Period drama, with Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and James Fox

Flog It!


Paul Martin, Caroline Hawley and Mark Stacey head to Dartmoor

Paul Martin, Caroline Hawley and Mark Stacey head to Dartmoor, where items of interest include a platinum disc awarded for Coldplay’s 2005 album X&Y, which is signed by the band’s members. Plus, an expert in America talks about a walking stick that is associated with General Tom Thumb

Dad’s Army


Captain Mainwaring puts the defence of the realm before personal pride

Captain Mainwaring puts the defence of the realm before personal pride, resulting in him nearly losing command of the platoon. Classic comedy with the Home Guard, starring Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier

Hidden Treasures of the National Trust


Inside the homes and hidden lives of writers Rudyard Kipling and Vita Sackville-West

The documentary goes behind the scenes of two historic homes in the south of England. The National Trust work to preserve the gardens of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent in the same style that previous owner Vita Sackville-West planted them back in the 1930s. Twelve miles away, the Jacobean manor Bateman’s was the sanctuary of Rudyard Kipling until his death in 1936. The plan is to preserve his personal possessions to tell not just the story of Kipling the author, but also the man and father

Pet Shop Boys at the BBC

Performances by the duo from the archives

A selection of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s many appearances on the BBC, from the early days of just two men and a synth right up to the fun and flamboyance of their modern live shows. The programme also features collaborations with Liza Minnelli (Losing My Mind), Dusty Springfield (What Have I Done to Deserve This?) and David Bowie (Hallo Spaceboy)

Reel Stories: Pet Shop Boys

Dermot O’Leary chats to Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe

Later… with Jools Holland


With Hozier, Arlo Parks, Lisa O’Neill, Thee Sacred Souls and Venbee

Jools returns to London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre for another run of his music show, with the opening edition featuring performances by Irish singer-songwriter Hozier and 2021 Mercury Prize-winner Arlo Parks. Making their debuts on the programme are Irish folk musician Lisa O’Neill, San Diego trio Thee Sacred Souls and Kent singer Venbee. Jools also chat to music photographer Jill Furmanovsky about an exhibition of her work being held at the Manchester Central Library

Pet Shop Boys: Live in Hyde Park

The duo’s headline performance at the Radio 2 festival in 2019

Top of the Pops: The Story of 1982

Featuring performances by Wham!, ABC, Culture Club and Dexys Midnight Runners

A look back at the year that arguably marked the peak of new British pop as Wham!, ABC and Culture Club all made appearances. Dexys Midnight Runners’ new Irish sound topped the summer charts for four weeks with Come on Eileen and their follow-up, Jackie Wilson Says, led to a notorious moment in TOTP history. It was also the year that Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniel introduced the moonwalk to British TV

By the Grace of God

Fact-based drama, starring Melvil Poupaud
2018 – Drama

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Movie: By the Grace of God -

Three men who were all abused as children by the same Catholic priest work together to dismantle the code of silence that continues to protect their abuser decades on. Drama, starring Melvil Poupaud and Denis Ménochet. In French

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