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The Eurovision Song Contest dominates the evening, but there’s also the FA Cup final, Spinal Tap, Abba, Later – with Jools Holland, Carey Mulligan in Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Games final. . .

Take the day

Eurovision Song Contest, 8 p.m., RTÉ One

Supremo MC Marty Whelan returns to the commentary box for coverage of the 66th edition of the annual song contest, hosted by Italian TV and radio presenter Alessandro Cattelan and singers Laura Pausini and Mika of PalaOlimpico in Turin.

Have no fear – Marty is here!

The current favorite to win is the entry of the Ukraine Kalush Orchestra with their song Stephaniewho got special permission to leave the country to perform in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam ahead of the main event.

Once again, Ireland failed to even qualify for the final as Brooke Scullion’s spirited performance in Thursday’s semi-final failed to secure the necessary votes for qualify for the ten qualifiers.

On the other hand, if Sweden manage to finish top tonight, they will equal Ireland’s record of seven Eurovision wins.

Don’t miss

Match of the Day Live: FA Cup Final, 4pm, BBC One

It’s Chelsea v Liverpool (kick-off 4.45pm) as Gary Lineker (below) provides coverage of the FA Cup final from Wembley Stadium, where these teams meet in the cup final for the second time this season.

Liverpool emerged victorious in the Carabao Cup final in February after a dramatic penalty shootout that ended 11-10 in their favor.

Coverage of the traditional annual showcase of English football – which has been running for 150 years – includes analysis from Alan Shearer and Micah Richards.

It’s Spinal Tap, 10.40pm, BBC Four

Spectacularly fun parody musical documentary, starring Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner.

If you don’t watch anything else, etc.

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It centers on an aging British rock band trying to revive their fortunes by embarking on a tour of the United States, with a filmmaker on hand to record the mayhem.

However, the big comeback quickly turns into a series of disasters as tensions between the distraught rockers and their long-suffering manager reach a breaking point.

Abba at BBC, Midnight, BBC Four

Here’s the ultimate act to come out of Eurovision. This will keep the mood going if this year’s event isn’t enough for you.

I’m sure it was only a few weeks ago, but here’s a collection of memorable BBC-based performances by the Swedish supergroup.

Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad became international stars in 1974 when Waterloo triumphed at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, marking the start of their rise to fame.

Various releases were captured by BBC cameras over the next few years and several are featured here alongside their Top of the Pops debuts, archive interviews and footage from many hits.

There is also a chance to see the quartet in a 1982 edition of Noel Edmonds Late breakfast showwhich was Abba’s last TV appearance in the UK.

New or returning shows

Later – with Jools Holland, 9:55 p.m., BBC Two

The long-running live music show is back in a new location at the Alexandra Palace Theater in north London, with a return to the original bands-in-the-round format.

Jools (above) is joined on the debut by Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg and Nigerian artist Obongjayar, who both recently performed at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Cardiff

American singer and guitarist Joe Bonamassa and London singer-songwriter Cat Burns also make their television debuts with his top 5 hits. To go.

New to feed

Come play, Sky Cinema & NOW

A mysterious monster appears on the electronic devices of an eight-year-old autistic boy named Oliver and the two outcasts quickly bond over their loneliness.

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But the friendship becomes dangerous once the monster tries to break through the screen and enter the human world.

With the monster on the path to terror, Oliver’s parents desperately try everything in their power to protect their son.

ending today

The Games: the final, 9:20 p.m., Virgin Media One

Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff present the final from Crystal Palace in London, with Alex Scott ringside.

The Games team: Freddie, Holly, Chris and Alex

It’s the last chance for all 12 celebrities to earn points as they bid for gold and lift the trophy.

Action tonight will see the men’s and women’s 100m, with coverage of women’s weightlifting and men’s speed climbing.

Saturday cinema

Far from the Madding Crowd, 8:00 p.m., BBC Two

Here is an aptly named alternative to Eurovision.

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It is a 2015 drama based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen.

A stubborn Victorian woman inherits a sheep farm in a remote part of Dorset. She struggles to maintain her independence while being wooed by three very different men.

They are a stoic farmer, a dashing and reckless soldier, and a lonely old man.

Dancing at Lughnasa, 11:55 p.m., RTÉ One

Period drama, based on Brian Friel’s famous play, starring Michael Gambon, Meryl Streep, Catherine McCormack and Kathy Burke.

The story tells of a boy raised by his mother and four sisters in 1930s Ireland.

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But the simple and orderly lives of these five women are turned upside down by the appearance of their brother, a sick old missionary who has returned to die.

During this time, the boy meets for the first time his father, gone to fight during the Spanish Civil War.

family movie

Shrek 2, 4:25 p.m., RTE2

Another chance to see the highly acclaimed animated sequel, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Julie Andrews, Jennifer Saunders and Rupert Everett.

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This time around, the grumpy ogre and his new bride, Princess Fiona, set out on a journey to meet her parents.

But the king and queen are unimpressed with their daughter’s choice of husband, while a conniving fairy godmother is determined to ensure her own son can marry the princess.

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