A smashing night of television


Television - Friday, June 26

Arthur Ashe: More than a Champion (BBC Two, 9pm)

Forty years ago, Arthur Ashe played an almost perfect game of tactical tennis to defeated US compatriot Jimmy Connors in the Wimbledon men’s singles final.

His story, from boyhood in segregated America to become world No.1, and his death from AIDS-related pneumonia aged just 49 in 1993, is told poignantly by his brother Johnnie and friends and rivals such as Stan Smith and Ilie Nastase.

There are also contributions from other tennis greats including Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe and Andy Murray.

The Last Leg (C4, 10pm)

New series. Following three election specials aired earlier this spring, the award-winning show returns for a full series of irreverent satire as Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker tear into the week’s main talking points.

The trio offer their own unique insight into some of the most difficult and delicate issues in modern Britain, and answer that most important of questions: is it OK? They are joined by a live studio audience and a celebrity guest, which this week is actor and writer Stephen Merchant.