Friday TV: Hugh Grant in New Miniseries

a-very-english-scandalOn the new three part miniseries set in 1960s England, “A Very English Scandal” (Amazon, streaming) Hugh Grant plays a closeted politician in the UK who hooks up with a stable boy. But when things go wrong with the relationship, he tries desperately to hide it.

Elsewhere online, Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie return for a second season of the enjoyable “GLOW” (Netflix, streaming), celebrating the world of female wrestlers in the 1980s.

It comes amid another typical Friday night load of online premieres that includes the BBC-co produced reality show “Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits” (Netflix, streaming) in which 14 modern day competitors take the same challenges World War II era spies did, in period costumes, with commentary from historians.

The French import “La Forêt” (Netflix, streaming) is a dramatic series built around the disappearance of three girls from the Ardennes Forest near a French village.

There’s a girl disappearing on its British import as well, “Kiss Me First” (Netflix, streaming), a new series in which characters tumble into worlds of virtual reality.

And the second season starts for the baking competition for terrible bakers, “Nailed It!” (Netflix, streaming).

“Great Performances” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) presents Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” with the Pacific Symphony conducted by Carl St. Carl, with readings by Barry Bostwick, Camryn Mannheim and Michael Nouri.

Weird new sports thing on prime time is “Big3” (Fox, 8 p.m.) in which former pro NBA players go 3-on-3 against similar teams.

The focus group is not a friend for Romesh on “Just Another Immigrant” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

A new group of magicians perform as “Masters of Illusion” (CW, 8 p.m.) starts its fifth season.

On “Quantico” (ABC, 8 p.m.), Alex goes undercover with a nefarious military contractor.

Hannah goes back to 2007 on a personal mission on “12 Monkeys” (Syfy, 8 p.m.). Then they go to the Middle Ages in an episode at 9. Cole and Cassie go on a final mission at 10.

The remaining 10 bakers make tartins on “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

Hurricane Harvey meets the quints on “Outdaughtered” (TLC, 10:30 p.m.).

The Roswell crash of 1947 is reviewed on “Ancient Aliens: Declassified” (History, 8 p.m.).

A new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.) features Ben Shapiro, Michael Moore, Jennifer Rubin, Bradley Whitford and Lawrence Wilkerson.

Pedro’s sister doesn’t make things better on “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?” (TLC, 8 p.m.).

Darrell finds an 18th century cannon on “Cooper’s Treasure” (Discovery, 9 p.m.).

“The Dead Files” (Travel, 10 p.m.) looks into violent activity in New Franken, Wis.

“Black Panther” star Danai Gurira tells his story on “Breaking Big” (PBS, 8:30 p.m.).

“Vice” (HBO, 7:30 p.m.) looks at engineering in Bangalore.

Let’s hear it for the matriarchy on Turner Classic Movies with “She” (8 p.m.), “Prehistoric Women” (10 p.m.), “Tarzan and the Amazons” (11:45 p.m.), “Queen of Outer Space” (1:15 a.m.). Then comes some classic 1973 blaxploitation with “The Mack” (2:45 a.m.) and “Cleopatra Jones” (4:45 a.m.).

Baseball includes Boston at Yankees (MLB, 7 p.m.).

WNBA action has Atlanta at Minnesota (NBA, 8 p.m.).

Canadian football has Winnipeg at Hamilton (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and British Columbia at Edmonton (ESPN2, 10 p.m.).

The World Cup takes a day off.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Sting & Shaggy, Emily Ratajkowski, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Ice-T. The View: Sebastian Maniscalco. The Talk: John Stamos, James O’Halloran, Anna Camp. Harry Connick: Taran Killam, Big & Rich (rerun). Steve Harvey: Letitia Wright, Siggy Flicker, Rachel Lindsay, Jessica Vilchis (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Jason Sudeikis, Ali Wong (rerun). Wendy Williams: Nicole Murphy, Annie Georgia Greenberg (rerun). The Real: Grace Byers (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Chris Matthews, Alicia Silverstone, Eels (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Steve Martin, Martin Short, the Record Company (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Heidi Klum, Lakeith Stanfield, Taylor Tomlinson. Seth Meyers: Ed Helms, Vanessa Kirby, Hannah Gadsby, Brian Frasier-Moore (rerun). James Corden: Dakota Fanning, Will Forte, Iggy Azelea (rerun). Carson Daly: Bobby Lee, Jungle, Travis Fimmel (rerun).

 

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