What’s on tonight: What to watch on Friday 8 April from Elite to Pilgrimage: The Scottish Isles Route

Here’s your guide to what’s on TV Friday, April 8, from a new series from Elite, new episodes of foreign-language dramas Dirty Lines and The Crimson Rivers, and religious travel documentary Pilgrimage.

I’ve highlighted a top pick for the evening, as well as giving you a quick overview of what to watch out for over the weekend as well.

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Elite Series 5

Elite is a thriller set in a wealthy and exclusive high school, following tensions that develop between three working-class scholarship students and their wealthy classmates. Tensions quickly turn violent, and each series sees a flashforward/flashback structure as a new murder is investigated. Series 5 will open – spoilers – following Armando’s brutal murder.

The best of the rest

Robson Green (L) as Detective Geordie (Picture: ITV)


Following ancient paths and heritage walking trails, a number of celebrities of different faiths live as modern-day pilgrims. Interior designer Laurence Lewellyn-Bowen (a nonconforming pagan), English cricket legend Monty Panesar (a practicing Sikh), actor Louisa Clein (a Jew), presenter Nick Hewer (an agnostic), influencer Scarlett Moffatt (a Christian) , comedian Shazia Mirza (a Muslim) and Paralympian Will Bayley (a non-practicing Christian) all appear.


The new ITV crime drama series Grantchester is starting to wind down, airing episode 5 of 6 tonight.

Walter Presents: The Crimson River

The third episode of Channel 4’s foreign language thriller. All episodes currently available on All4.

What’s new on Netflix?

Dirty Lines returned to Amsterdam in the late 1980s as Teledutch – a company created by two brothers, Frank and Ramon Stigter – established itself as Europe’s first erotic phone lines.

dirty lines

In 1980s Amsterdam, a family launches the first-ever phone sex line, but being in the business of sexual desires causes them to question their own. Dutch language.

Green eggs and ham

metal lords

Film from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss about a teenager who gets into heavy metal music.

The In-between (2022)

Film about a heartbroken teenager. Joey King plays.

What’s up on the weekend?

Suranne Jones returns as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack season 2

Rock Family Trees: The Birth of Cool Britannia

BBC Two @ 10.15pm on Saturdays

Rock Family Trees returns after two decades for a new musical documentary about Cool Britannia, the musical phenomenon of the 90s.

Mr Jack

Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle return for the second series of the period romance.

The Ipcress folder

The final episode of ITV’s 1960s spy thriller airs this weekend, with all previous episodes currently available on ITV Hub too, if you’ve missed it so far. (As most people seem to do, scheduling him opposite Peaky Blinders doesn’t seem to have worked out so well for ITV.)

The cane field killings

Channel 4 at 10 p.m. on Sundays

Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) stars in this acclaimed South African crime drama, which premieres in the UK on Sunday.

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