Day by day, our pick of the top TV programmes from Saturday.


Match of the Day Live (BBC One, 7.20pm)

After a break of exactly 100 days, the Premier League returned to action on Wednesday evening, as Aston Villa hosted Sheffield United at Villa Park.

Although most of the English game's stars have been in action this week, they are playing to empty stadiums, which is something they will have to get used to until the dangers of the virus further subside.

One of the other major changes to top-flight football is how we are able to watch it. Every one of the 92 remaining fixtures will be broadcast live on TV, and for the first time in the history of the Premier League, some of them are available free-to-air.

Tonight's match – Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace – is a small piece of sporting and televisual history: it's the first-ever Premier League match to be shown on terrestrial TV, and the first top-flight game shown live on the BBC since Jimmy Hill presented coverage of Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur in the old Division One way back in March 1988.


The Luminaries (BBC One, 9pm)

This six-part saga centres on New Zealand's South Island, and that 19th-century gold rush which turned the region upside down.

There are many reasons for tuning in. Stunning New Zealand backdrops; a great script (based on Eleanor Catton's book; she recently adapted Emma for the big screen) and some dynamic actors such as Eva Green, one of the most inspiring thesps of her generation, and Himesh Patel.


EastEnders: Secrets from the Square (BBC1, 8pm)

While cast and crew have faced many challenges over the years, including high pressure deadlines and developing scripts that would keep viewers on the edge of their seats, nothing prepared the EastEnders team for the horrors of Covid.

In this new series, Stacey Dooley is joined by some of Walford's biggest stars to relive their characters' most iconic moments; share behind-the-scenes stories and reveal stuff that is normally kept under wraps.


Alan Bennett's Talking Heads (BBC1, 9pm & 9.30pm)

You can see why the BBC thought this would be the perfect time to revive Alan Bennett's acclaimed series of monologues, Talking Heads. Having a cast of just one actor per episode certainly makes social distancing easier.

But what a cast! In alphabetical order, the line-up for the 12 episodes is Jodie Comer, Monica Dolan, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Sarah Lancashire, Lesley Manville, Lucian Msamati, Maxine Peake, Rochenda Sandall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton and Harriet Walter, which is impressive by anyone's standards.

First up is A Lady of Letters, which finds Staunton taking over from Patricia Routledge as a woman who spies on her neighbours and become concerned when she spots bruises on a girl across the road.

It is followed by Sarah Lancashire in the new An Ordinary Woman, which features a mother who finds herself shocked by her feeling towards her son.


The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC1, 9pm)

It may be the sixth series, but the latest run of The Great British Sewing Bee has picked up a lot of new fans and not just because it's made the jump from BBC2 to BBC1. There's also the fact that it's made perfect comfort viewing during lockdown, and presenter Joe Lycett can usually be relied on upon to lighten the mood.

Sadly, we've now reached the Sewing Bee final and the end of the series. But at least it should be going out on a high as the remaining contestants battle it out.


Make Me Famous (BBC1, 9pm)

While E4 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Big Brother, clips of folks made famous by the show will make some wonder about the impact of fame on reality TV stars.

That's the theme of this one-off drama penned by DJ Reggie Yates. It centres on Billy (Tom Brittney), who a year ago thought his life was set to change after appearing on a constructed reality show.

However, while some of his fellow contestants' careers are thriving, assorted tabloid stories force his vulnerabilities to the surface...


The Glastonbury Experience Live (BBC Two, 8.30pm)

With hundreds of live acts appearing on 30-plus stages, thousands of tents, gallons of scrumpy, a sea of flags and fancy dress and, in some years, a LOT of mud, Glastonbury is a bone fide British institution.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury, and although Worthy Farm won't be full of thousands of music lovers for its special birthday, the BBC are celebrating this weekend with four days of memories and archive footage across TV, iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds, as they aim to give the audience a taste of 'Glasthomebury'.