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Ba­call on Bog­art

Satur­day, 7pm, TCM This 90-minute doc­u­men­tary may be rather old, but for any­one who ad­mired Bo­gie, it’s fas­ci­nat­ing. Lauren Ba­call talks about life with her fa­mous hus­band and, us­ing film clips and old in­ter­views with some of his peers, paints a por­trait of a much loved ac­tor. Alis­tair Cooke, In­grid Bergman, Katharine Hep­burn, Van John­son and John Hus­ton are some of the fa­mous names who rem­i­nisce. Ba­call and Humphrey Bog­art met in 1944 on the set of Pas­sage to Mar­seille but didn’t click till they worked to­gether in To Have and Have Not. They mar­ried in 1945; he was 45 and she was 20. Bo­gie died in 1957. ‘‘ Off screen he bore lit­tle re­sem­blance to the parts he played. He was a gent,’’ Ba­call says. ‘‘ He changed me. He was my teacher, my hus­band, my friend. In his life and his work, Bo­gie was in­tegrity, truth and courage. He taught me how to live.’’


Satur­day, 7.30pm, Uni­ver­sal Lit­tle won­der the Amer­i­can ver­sion of this saucy show has had to be toned down for US au­di­ences. Some of its themes prob­a­bly push the edges too far for con­ser­va­tive view­ers. Richard Roxburgh stars as Cleaver Greene, a bril­liant but self­de­struc­tive Syd­ney bar­ris­ter and heart­less wom­an­iser. His clients are usu­ally the dregs, and of­ten guilty of the most colour­ful crimes. The show launched on the ABC in 2010 and a third se­ries is to air soon. In this episode, Cleaver is hit over the head dur­ing a phar­macy bur­glary and at­tor­neygen­eral Joe Sandi­lands (Ge­off Mor­rell) com­mits sui­cide af­ter be­ing ex­posed as a brothel pa­tron.

Ella Fitzger­ald at Ron­nie Scott’s

Satur­day, 10.30pm, Stu­dio Since it opened in the base­ment at 39 Ger­rard Street in Lon­don’s Soho dis­trict in 1959, Ron­nie Scott’s Jazz Club has been the venue for some of the world’s lead­ing solo mu­si­cians. This is a record­ing of Ella Fitzger­ald per­form­ing there in 1974. Yes, it’s dated, but what do you ex­pect at this time of year? Re­peats, re­peats and oldies. Still, the beau­ti­ful voice of this gifted jazz icon — who died aged 79 in 1996 — in gold lame singing such favourites as Sweet Ge­or­gia Brown and The Man I Love is a treat.

Air Crash In­ves­ti­ga­tion

Sun­day, 10am-7.30pm, Nat Geo Fas­ten your seat­belt for back-to-back foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions and re-cre­ations of what went wrong in 10 in­ci­dents, most of them fatal. Pi­lots who can’t find the run­way at Zurich, a col­li­sion with birds that forces a cap­tain to land on New York’s Hud­son River, gun­shots in the cabin — scary but fas­ci­nat­ing stuff, if you have the stom­ach.

Love, Mar­i­lyn

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Stu­dio Yet another pro­gram on the tragic ac­tress who died aged 36 in 1962. But who’s com­plain­ing? She’s still a fas­ci­nat­ing sub­ject. Made in 2012, this doc­u­men­tary is based on two boxes of Mar­i­lyn’s writ­ings, diaries, po­ems and let­ters that were dis­cov­ered a few years ago in the home of act­ing coach Lee Stras­berg. It cer­tainly shows her to be any­thing but the dumb blonde per­son­al­ity she cul­ti­vated in pub­lic. Friends and act­ing col­leagues con­trib­ute their thoughts on the com­plex star.

In the Foot­steps of Th­e­siger

Mon­day, 8.30pm, His­tory Any­one in­ter­ested in real ad­ven­ture (as op­posed to man­u­fac­tured, as in ‘‘ or­gan­ised’’) should read Wil­fred Th­e­siger’s Ara­bian Sands, pub­lished in 1959. He was born in 1910 in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his fa­ther was a Bri­tish diplo­mat, and ed­u­cated at Eton and Ox­ford, re­turn­ing to Africa in 1930 when Em­peror Haile Se­lassie in­vited him to his coronation. Th­e­siger loved the desert and loathed mod­ern trans­port which en­croached on its majesty. In 1945 he started the first of two treks across the Empty Quar­ter, the world’s big­gest sand desert, on the Ara­bian Penin­sula. It’s an amaz­ing story of sur­vival. Here Bri­tish ex­plorer Adrian Hayes re-cre­ates Th­e­siger’s 1600km epic jour­ney in 45C heat, wear­ing tra­di­tional Arab clothes and rid­ing camels for 44 days.

Ian Flem­ing: Bond Maker

Tues­day, 8.30pm, Bio There are a few pro­grams com­ing up on au­thor Ian Flem­ing, cre­ator of James Bond. This drama­tised ver­sion of his life, filmed in Eng­land and Ja­maica, ex­plains the link be­tween Flem­ing’s time as a naval in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer dur­ing World War II and Bond’s ca­reer as a spy. Flem­ing’s 12 Bond nov­els have sold more than 100 mil­lion copies, and 23 films have grossed nearly $US14 bil­lion. Ot­tolenghi’s Mediter­ranean Feast

Tues­day, 8.30pm, Life­style Food If there’s one chef who can tempt meat eaters to try a veg­e­tar­ian meal, it’s Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi. This Is­raeli-born Cor­don Bleu trained chef is a knock­out when it comes to pro­duc­ing meals based on ‘‘ sexy veg­eta­bles’’. How could you re­sist dishes such as but­ter­nut squash salad with red onion, tahini and za’atar, roasted aubergine with turmeric yo­ghurt and pome­gran­ate seeds, char-grilled broc­coli with chilli and fried gar­lic? His four delis and four restau­rants in Lon­don of­fer a dis­tinc­tive mix of Mid­dle East­ern flavours and his three books have sold more than 750,000 copies. Here he vis­its Morocco and tries the street food in Mar­rakech and Casablanca.

The Michael J. Fox Show

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Uni­ver­sal In 1991, Fox’s act­ing ca­reer took a back seat when he was di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s disease. Af­ter a few guest ap­pear­ances in such shows as The Good Wife, he’s back play­ing New York news an­chor Mike Henry, who’s re­turn­ing to work af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with — you guessed it — Parkin­son’s disease. The role has seen Fox, 52, nom­i­nated for best ac­tor in a TV com­edy in this week’s Golden Globe Awards. Not that he makes light of the crip­pling ill­ness. ‘‘ It’s just a re­al­ity of life and I look at it through the lens of hu­mour,’’ he ex­plains. Bal­anc­ing fam­ily, health and work in his own life has given him plenty of insight.


Thurs­day, 6.10pm, Master­piece Chi­nese lead­ers had no luck per­suad­ing Dis­ney not to re­lease this film in 1997, but they banned di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese from ever en­ter­ing China. Kun­dun (mean­ing pres­ence) tells the story of the Dalai Lama (who helped with the pro­duc­tion). It starts in 1937 when a group of Ti­betan la­mas be­gin look­ing for a spe­cial child, the 14th Dalai Lama, the rein­car­na­tion of the Bud­dha. They find a 21/ 2- yearold (Ten­zin Yeshi Paichang) in a re­mote vil­lage on the bor­der with China; he cor­rectly iden­ti­fies ob­jects that be­longed to the pre­vi­ous Dalai Lama. The film ends in 1959 af­ter the Dali Lama has been forced to flee Ti­bet, pur­sued by the Chi­nese. The film was not a com­mer­cial suc­cess, but some crit­ics blame Dis­ney for not pro­mot­ing it for fear of fur­ther up­set­ting the Chi­nese.

13 Steps Down

Fri­day, 8.30pm, 13th Street This psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, based on the book by Ruth Ren­dell, stars Luke Tread­away as Mix Cellini, a lonely, in­ept young man. He’s ob­sessed by two things: an in­fa­mous se­rial killer hanged 60 years ago, and a model who doesn’t know he ex­ists.

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