Football fans have the pleasure of Gary Lineker introducing live coverage of the 134th FA Cup final, between Arsenal and Aston Villa, on bbc 1 tonight.
There´s also a return to variety the Saturday with tv presenter and Magician Stephen Mulhern presenting a celebration of 60 years of tv magic shows in The Magic Show Story. From the early days when David Nixon and Tommy Cooper brought magic into the homes of millions, to the heights scaled by groundbreaking American stars like David Copperfield and the breathtaking feats of a new generation of hip young street magicians such as David Blaine and Dynamo. He recreates some famous tricks that made tv history – including sawing David Nixon’s glamorous assistant Anita Harris in half – and meets some of his heroes, including Paul Daniels and Penn and Teller. There are interviews with Darcy Oake, Dynamo, Paul Daniels, Anita Harris, Penn and Teller, Geoffrey ‘The Great Suprendo’ Durham and Ben Hanlin.
bbc 1 continues the variety with a new comedy entertainment series hosted by award-winning comedian John Bishop, coming each week from the Hackney Empire. Aptly named, The John Bishop Show, across the eight-part series, John introduces his favourite comics from all over the world, as well as music guests and variety acts. This show features Paul Weller performing his new single Saturn’s Pattern and the classic Peacock Suit. Joining John on stage is Trevor Noah from South Africa, James Acaster, and Felicity Ward from Australia. As a special treat, John also creates some beautiful music with Beardyman.