TV tonight: the life and wild times of John Belushi

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett
·3-min read

9pm, Sky Documentaries

Blues Brother and Saturday Night Live stalwart John Belushi coined his own wildly popular form of adrenalised, physical comedy performance before his death from a drug overdose in 1982. This feature-length documentary from filmmakers RJ Cutler and John Battse examines Belushi’s unpredictable nature and massive success, both as an original cast member of SNL and later as a bankable movie star, before his drug abuse problems caused his demise. The film also features insightful and rare testimony from Belushi’s widow Judith. Ammar Kalia

A Special School
7pm, BBC Two

The final episode of this uplifting and perceptive series on Britain’s biggest special needs school looks at the creative side of its students. There is Damien, who uses music to increase his attention span, while Rihannon takes part in the school’s weekly jamming sessions to work on her self-confidence. AK

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways
9pm, Channel 5

“You’ve gotta love an old railway tunnel,” says Rob Bell as he sets off along the North Devon coast, starting at Ilfracombe, which boomed when a new line was built there in 1874. He traces how the area became a training ground for American GIs and chuckles with glee on the Chelfham Viaduct. Hannah Verdier

9pm, Sky Atlantic

The intense South Africa-set espionage thriller with more than a hint of Homeland about it hurtles onwards. This week, Lucas become the PBI’s main suspect for the murder of Inkunzi – although Milla has some serious questions about his identity. Meanwhile, Lemmer is still on the trail of Flea and his stolen gun. Phil Harrison

Murder in Amish Country
9pm, Sky Crime

Notoriously reclusive as a community, the Amish in America encounter relatively few murders each year compared to the rest of the nation. Yet, detectives in this true crime series describe these cases as being unlike any other. Tonight’s episode details the murder of a nine-year-old boy. AK

The Graham Norton Show
10.45pm, BBC One

His six-month stint on the International Space Station allowed Tim Peake to witness celestial phenomena up close. But even that may not have fully prepared him for the experience of sharing a virtual couch with Mariah Carey, the greatest star of all. Also on the bill: chef Nadiya Hussain and warbler Gary Barlow. Graeme Virtue

Film choice

Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor. Photograph: Allstar Collection/20th Century Fox
Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor. Photograph: Allstar Collection/20th Century Fox Photograph: Allstar/20TH CENTURY FOX/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

The Counsellor (Ridley Scott, 2013), 1.25am, Film4

Michael Fassbender is a lawyer seriously removed from his comfort zone when he wheedles his way into a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel. The screen glitters with A-list talent – Penélope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz – and Cormac McCarthy supplies the violent, sexed-up screenplay. Paul Howlett


Darts: Players Championship Finals 12.45pm, ITV4. Day one coverage from Coventry.

FA Cup 2nd Round Football 7.30pm, BBC Two. Tranmere Rovers v Brackley Town (kickoff 7.55pm).

International T20 Cricket: South Africa v England 3.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage of the first T20 in the three-match series.