TV tonight: glitter at the ready – it’s Strictly 2023! | Television & radio

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Who will be paired up in the launch show? Plus: the musicians who died at 27. Here’s what to watch this evening

Sat 16 Sep 2023 01.00 EDT

Strictly Come Dancing

6.35pm, BBC One

Get those spray tans booked, pronto – it’s the Strictly launch show! The dancing competition’s oldest ever contestant – 78-year-old former newsreader Angela Rippon – is one of the 15 celebrities discovering which professional dancer they’ve been paired with this week. Her dancefloor competitors include fellow news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, British TV treasure Les Dennis, ex-tennis pro Annabel Croft and EastEnders turned Casualty star Nigel Harman. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are back on hosting duties (wearing God knows what) with Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas returning as judges. Next week, the dancing begins … Hollie Richardson

27: Gone Too Soon

9pm, Sky Arts

Jones, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Cobain, Winehouse. Simon Napier-Bell’s 2018 documentary finds its place on TV to remember the “27 club”: the too-young age at which some of the world’s most talented musicians died. Their legacies are retold by the likes of Gary Numan and Lesley-Ann Jones. HR

Alan Carr’s Picture Slam

BBC One, 5.50pm

A picture is worth a thousand words – but in Alan Carr’s new gameshow, they are worth up to £10,000. Teams need to identify images, which could be of anything. While it starts off tediously easy, it’s always quite fun to shout at the screen and a few may trip you up. HR

Alicia Keys at the BBC

8.20pm, BBC Two

Alicia Keys’s Grammy-laden career has been going for more than two decades now, and much of that journey is captured in these BBC interviews and performances; from the a cappella opening of her breakthrough single Fallin’ to the triumph of 2012 empowerment anthem Girl on Fire. Ellen E Jones

The Russell Murders: Who Killed Lin and Megan?

9pm, Sky Documentaries

In 1996, Lin Russell and her six-year-old daughter were murdered in a wood on the walk home from a swimming gala – miraculously, her other daughter survived. Michael Stone was convicted but he continues to appeal due to lack of physical evidence. This three-part documentary revisits the complex, horrific case. HR

Bali 2002

10.45pm, ITV1

The Australian miniseries takes a step back from the horror of the 2002 terrorist attack to detail the heroism of plastic surgeon Fiona Wood (Rachel Griffiths). While the police investigation continues in Bali, at Royal Perth Hospital Dr Wood uses her innovative “spray-on skin” to treat burns patients. EEJ

Film choice

A Million Miles Away, Prime Video

José Hernández is the son of Mexican migrant farm workers in California who became a Nasa astronaut in 2009. His inspiring against-the-odds life has been made into a film as even-keeled as its hero – patient and methodical but with a steely spine. There are sacrifices and setbacks en route for the smart but unprepossessing José (Michael Peña), his parents and his wife Adela (Rosa Salazar), as he applies unsuccessfully 11 times to join the astronaut training programme, while learning how to fly, dive and speak Russian. Heartwarming stuff. Simon Wardell

Fanny and Alexander, 10.30am, Sky Cinema Greats

There’s a double bill of morose Swedish genius on today. Ingmar Bergman’s fraught Cries & Whispers is preceded by this magical and moving semi-autobiographical 1982 drama. The titular children (Bertil Guve and Pernilla Allwin) are at the centre of a colourful theatrical family in the early 1900s. But the fairytale enchantment of their lives is brutally curtailed when their father dies and their mother (Ewa Fröling) marries Jan Malmsjö’s very child-unfriendly Protestant bishop. A profound mix of mystical wonder and miserable reality. SW

Funny Face, 1pm, BBC Two

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face on BBC Two. Photograph: ScreenProd/Photononstop/Alamy

Stanley Donen’s 1957 musical has lovely tunes (by the Gershwins), fantastic dancing (Fred Astaire and a revelatory Audrey Hepburn) and a picture-postcard view of Paris – but it has attained iconic status due to its clothes. As a bookshop assistant turned reluctant model, Hepburn sports a range of stunning Givenchy outfits that lend the film a high-quality veneer its throwaway May-to-December romantic plot can’t wipe off. And with fashion photographer Richard Avedon as visual consultant – and inspiration for Astaire’s magazine snapper – the film’s entire look is classy. SW

Live sport

Golf: PGA Championship, 8.30am, Sky Sports Golf Day three at Wentworth in Surrey, with Shane Lowry (pictured above) defending his title.

Cycling: Vuelta a España, 10.30am, Eurosport 1 Stage 20 from Manzanares El Real to Guadarrama.

Premier League Football: Wolves v Liverpool, 11am, TNT Sports 1 From Molineux.

Rugby Union World Cup: Wales v Portugal, 4pm, ITV1 Ireland v Tonga is at 7.15pm.

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