Whats on TV – Friday 19th May

Title: Gridiron Gang

Format: Film

Genre: Sports Drama

Certificate: 12

Synopsis: Gritty Urban drama based on a true story. A former American football player who now works as a youth probation officer at a maximum-security detention centre attempts to establish a “gridiron” team made up of inmates with to premise to teach them that they can turn their lives around.

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L Scott Caldwell, Jade Yorker, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Time: 3:45pm

Channel: Sky Cinema, Drama & Romance

*Sky: Channels 301–312 (SD/HD); Channels 314, 330–337, 339, 340 (SD) | Sky Go: Watch live (UK & Ireland only)
*Virgin Media(UK): Channels 401, 403–412 (HD); Channels 402, 431, 433–442 | Virgin Media (Ireland): Channels 301–309, 318, 320, 321 ; Channels 331–341 (HD) | Virgin TV Anywhere: Watch live (UK only)
*TalkTalk TV: Channels 501–511 (SD)
*BT: Channels 501–511 (SD)
*Now TV: Watch live (UK only)

Title: Soundbreaking: The World Is Yours (Season 1/Episode 6)

Format: Documentary

Genre: Music

Synopsis: The sixth episode in the series looks at the art of sampling and the music revolution it inspired. Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop (Afrika Bambaataa, Rick Rubin, Chuck D), the episode follows the way in which the practice of borrowing bits of existing records created a new genre of music, that set in motion the controversy of copyright that still exists today.

Time: 7pm

Channel: Sky Arts

*Sky: Channel 121 (SD/HD): Channel 223 (SD) | Sky Go: Watch live (UK & Ireland only)
*Virgin TV Anywhere: Watch live (UK only) | Virgin Media (UK): Channel 122; Channel 206 (HD) | Virgin Media Ireland: Channel 141; Channel 145 (HD) | Virgin TV Anywhere: Watch live (UK only)
*Now TV: Watch live (UK only)
*TalkTalk TV: Channel 305

Title: Lethal Weapon

Format: Series

Genre: Action; Crime; Comedy

Synopsis: Murtaugh’s heart problems seem to be re-appearing after he and his partner get involved in a notorious car theft ring. In order to keep his stress levels down his doctors orders him to steer clear of any excitement (quite hard for a police detective).

Cast: Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

Time: 9pm

Channel: ITV

*Freeview: Channel 3; Channel 33 (+1); Channel 103 (HD)
*Freesat: Channel 103; Channel 111 (HD); Channel 112 (+1)
*Sky (UK): Channel 103 (SD); Channel 131 (+1); Channel 178 (HD) | Sky Go: Watch live (UK & Ireland only)
*Virgin TV Anywhere: Watch live (UK only) | Virgin Media (UK): Channel 103; Channel 113 (HD)
*ITV Hub: Watch live (UK only)
* TVPlayer: Watch live (UK only)

Title: Ray (2004)

Format: Film

Genre: Biography

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Oscar winning biopic of legendary singer and pianist Ray Charles, exploring his battle against drug addiction and racism and personal  demons on his rise to stardom. After going blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his brother drown, the singer rises through the ranks of the jazz scene with his mix of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, gospel, country and jazz.

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Terrance Howard

Time: 9pm

Channel: Sony Movie Channel

  • Freeview (UK): Channel 32
  • Sky (UK and Ireland): Channel 323; Channel 324 (+1)
  • Virgin Media (UK): Channel 425
  • TVPlayer (UK): Watch live

Title: Bellator Fight Night: London

Format: Series

Genre: Sports

Synopsis: Rory Macdonald v Paul Daley. Coverage of the welterweight contest from the SSE Arena in London, plus the undercard bouts (with Michael ‘Venom’ Page) for the Bellator 179 event. Canadian Macdonald makes his first appearance since leaving the UFC taking on Nottingham’s  power-house Daley.

Time: 10pm

Channel: Channel 5

  • Sky (UK only): Channel 105 (SD/HD); Channel 171 (SD); Channel 177 (+1) | Sky Go: Watch live; (UK and Ireland only)
  • Virgin TV Anywhere: Watch live (UK only)

Title: The British Woman On Death Row

Format: TV

Genre: Crime Documentary

Synopsis: The story of Linda Carty, a British former teacher who is currently awaiting execution by lethal injection in Texas. Convicted in 2002 for the kidnap of a three-day old baby and the murder of his mother; Carty who denies her involvement in the crime was convicted on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of the gang who carried it out.

Time: 12am

Channel: CBS Reality

  • Sky (UK): Channel 146 \ Channel 147 (+1)
  • Virgin (UK): Channel 148| Channel 201 (+1) | Virgin Anywhere: Watch live (UK only)
  • Freesat: Channel 135 | Channel 136 (+1)
  • Freeview: Channel 66 | Channel 67 (+1)
  • WightFibre (UK): Channel 20 (+1)

Title: American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson (Season 1/ Episode 8)

Format: Series

Genre: Crime Drama

Synopsis: Fact-based crime drama about the trial of OJ Simpson for the murders of his estranged wife and her friend. Months of isolation have caused frustration among the jurors and Robert Kardashian begins to fall apart.

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jnr, David Schwimmer

Time: 12:20am

Channel: BBC Two

  • Freeview: Channel 2; Channel 102 (HD)
  • Freesat: Channel 102 (SD: Sco/Wal/NI; HD: England); Channel 109 (SD: England; HD: Sco/Wal/NI); Channels 968–971 (regional variations)
  • Sky (UK): Channel 102 (SD: Sco/Wal/NI; HD: England); Channel 115 (HD: Sco/Wal/NI); Channel 141 (SD: England); Channels 969–972 (regional variations) | Sky (Ireland): Channel 142 (SD/HD); Channel 143 (SD)
  • Virgin Media (UK): Channel 102; Channel 162 (HD) | Virgin Media (Ireland): Channel 109; Channel 140 (HD)
  • BBC iPlayer



Title: The Watsons Go To Birmingham (2013)

Format: Film

Genre: Drama

Certificate: 12

Synopsis: A family sets out on a road trip where experiences give its member a new-found courage to stand up for what is right and helps them  to grow stronger in the process.

Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Wood Harris, Bryce Clyde Jenkins, Skai Jackson, Harris Knight

Time: 1am

Channel: True Entertainment


  • Sky (UK): Channel 183| Channel 184 (+1)
  • Virgin Media (UK): Channel 189
  • Freeview: Channel 61
  • Freesat: Channel 142| Channel 153 (+1)
  • WightFibre: Channel 36


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