Art

Saturday’s best TV: Imagine … Mapplethorpe; Queer as Art

Vividly and explicitly capturing gay life in the 60s, 70s and 80s … Imagine: Mapplethorpe.

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s eye-opening look at the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe appears as part of Imagine, following its premiere at Sundance last year. Vividly and explicitly capturing gay life in 60s, 70s and 80s New York, up until his death from Aids in 1989, it profiles the man who shocked conservative America with shots of the BDSM scene; the legitimacy of his work even discussed by an outraged Congress. Ben Arnold

Who Dares Wins

8.20pm, BBC1

After an early-summer sabbatical the long-running gameshow returns for a fresh run, with host Nick Knowles inviting more teams of strangers to clamber up his quizzical ladder of lucre. As ever, the two teams must endeavour to exhaust their rivals’ reservoirs of knowledge, knowing the weekly final can yield a potential £50,000. Whether either of the teams can clamber that golden beanstalk will depend on the depths of their combined wisdom. Mark Gibbings-Jones

All Families Have Secrets: Patrick Gale’s Art of Fiction

8.30pm, BBC2

On Monday, BBC2 premieres LGBT drama Man in an Orange Shirt. Tonight, Stephen Fry meets its creator, novelist Patrick Gale, to explore the influence of family (“turbulence lurks just below the peaceful surface”) on his work, in this meditative, gently penetrating documentary. “I don’t think we’ll ever get over the tendency to self-hatred,” he says of his own sexuality, “because we’re taught it by our parents, often unwittingly.” Ali Catterall

Queer as Art

9pm, BBC2

A deluxe assemblage of talking heads – including David Hockney, Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig and Russell T Davies – consider how LGBT art and artists have shaped British culture over the past half-century, from the gender-fluid reinventions of David Bowie to pathbreaking TV milestones such as Davies’s Queer as Folk. The result is impassioned, personal and often very funny, especially Coronation Street’s Julie Goodyear reflecting on Bet Lynch’s status as a drag icon. Graeme Virtue

Casualty

9.05pm, BBC1

It’s the final episode of the 31st series – which means that top dog Derek Thompson can concentrate on the more important summer business of lighting his barbecue with bundles of tenners. In truth, you’d barely know it was a finale; Thompson’s Charlie Fairhead works his wise old owl shtick, as two gormless interns find themselves in the middle of the usual overheated gumbo of strokes, burns victims and impromptu vomitings. TV by numbers, albeit surprisingly big ones. Phil Harrison

Explorer

10pm, National Geographic

Jeff Goldblum hosts this bracingly liberal series, which this week sees Dan Savage visit India to see how gay men cope with the country’s depressingly repressive laws. There’s also a fascinating look at the history of marijuana and its criminalisation, while the studio guest is Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner. He explains, among other things, why the American predilection for turkey breasts is making the birds too huge to mate naturally. David Stubbs

Secret War on Drugs 9pm, History

This four-part series examining the war declared by Nixon in 1971 has felt newly pertinent, given the United States’s reintroduction of maximum sentences for minor drug offences. This final instalment is Breaking Bad’s backstory: it focuses on the battle post-9/11, detailing how the movement to legalise marijuana encouraged Mexican cartels to move into more lucrative crystal meth and heroin, resulting in an increasing escalation in retaliatory atrocities. Sharon O’Connell

Film choices

Dunkirk, (Leslie Norman, 1958) Saturday, 3.15pm, ITV4
With Christopher Nolan’s stunning Imax recreation of the allies’ 1940 retreat from France in the cinemas, here’s a chance to revisit Ealing Studios’ account. It’s done with solid monochrome authenticity by Leslie Norman (father of the late Barry), and the steadfast cast includes Richard Attenborough’s selfish factory owner, Bernard Lee’s cynical journalist and John Mills’s resourceful corporal on the beach – more Jack Russell than bulldog, but nevertheless embodying the Dunkirk spirit. Paul Howlett
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, (Peter Jackson, 2013), 8pm, ITV

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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 A dragon that would give GoT’s Daenerys nightmares … The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Photograph: Allstar/New Line cinema

The second part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit epic shows the doubters that there is indeed content enough in Tolkien’s smaller story to sustain a film trilogy. Martin Freeman’s laidback Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf gang are fairly speeding along towards the lonely mountain – lair of Smaug, a dragon that would give GoT’s Daenerys nightmares. Paul Howlett

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Midnight Run, (Martin Brest, 1988), 9pm, Sony Movie Channel
Sharp and witty comic thriller with Robert De Niro as a bounty hunter pursued by rival John Ashton, Yaphet Kotto’s dense Feds and the mob, while trying to collect the reward on not-so-crooked accountant Charles Grodin. In among the snappy action De Niro and Grodin establish a warm and funny rapport – with the latter genuinely concerned about his captor’s fatty diet and his living “in denial”. Paul Howlett

Sleep Tight, (Jaume Balagueró, 2011), 12.40am, BBC2
Balagueró’s nasty and gripping psychological thriller is set in a Barcelona apartment block overseen by bitter and twisted concierge Cesar (Luis Tosar). He simpers obediently with his tenants, but behind their backs is full of malicious tricks – and in promising his paralysed mother that he will wipe the smile off the face of perky resident Clara (Marta Etura), heads into really creepy Norman Bates territory. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Test Cricket: England v South Africa The third day of the third Test match from the Oval. Can England redeem themselves? 10am, Sky Sports Cricket

Football: Uefa Women’s Euro 2017 Coverage of a quarter-final fixture. 7.30pm, Channel 4

Boxing: Carl Frampton v Andrés Gutiérrez Frampton returns to the ring for the first time since losing his world title. 10.10pm, Channel 5

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