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Code of a Killer Satur­day, 8.30pm, BBC First (117)

Based on real events, this Bri­tish drama fol­lows the work of two de­voted in­ves­ti­ga­tors in Le­ices­ter in the 1980s. Alec Jef­freys (John Simm), a pi­o­neer­ing sci­en­tist at Le­ices­ter Univer­sity, dis­cov­ers DNA fin­ger­print­ing and DCS David Baker (David Threlfall) is de­ter­mined to prove that two school­girls, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ash­worth, were mur­dered by the same man three years apart. It’s not so much a who­dunit as a “will this new sci­en­tific method prove the sus­pect guilty?” And, de­spite the doubters, will DNA pro­fil­ing go on to be­come the sin­gle most im­por­tant new po­lice aid around the world?

Bob Mar­ley: Spir­i­tual Jour­ney

Satur­day, 9.30pm, Arts (132)

There have been sev­eral doc­u­men­taries about Mar­ley, the first artist to make reg­gae mu­sic pop­u­lar out­side his na­tive Ja­maica. This is one of the best. Although Mar­ley him­self does not make many ap­pear­ances, in­ter­views with his son Ziggy and for­mer Ja­maican premier Michael Man­ley plus BBC cov­er­age of Mar­ley’s fu­neral in 1981, his mu­sic and an ex­am­i­na­tion of how he be­came one of the true philoso­phers of reg­gae and the Rasta­far­ian faith more than make up for it. Mar­ley died aged 36 from a melanoma.

Gore Vi­dal: My Life

Sun­day, 5.30pm, Bio (133)

The acer­bic, witty, in­tel­lec­tual Gore Vi­dal — prob­a­bly best known for his novel Myra

Breck­in­ridge — died in 2012 aged 86. He will be long re­mem­bered as one of Amer­ica’s most pol­ished writ­ers and ar­tic­u­late ac­tivists who didn’t hold back when it came to say­ing what was on his mind. In this Ger­man doc­u­men­tary, shot at his Ital­ian villa as he pre­pared to leave it for the last time, Vi­dal dis­cusses what in­flu­enced his work, the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks, the Kennedys, the Waco siege and his cor­re­spon­dence with Ok­la­homa City bomber Ti­mothy McVeigh.

An Au­di­ence With …

Sun­day, 7.30pm, Arena (105)

The re­make of the last episode of sea­son two of A

Place to Call Home, which aired on Seven be­fore the net­work dropped it last year, was shown last Sun­day on SoHo. The first episode of sea­son three goes to air on Septem­ber 27. Here, the cast — in­clud­ing Marta Dus­sel­dorp (as Sarah Adams), Noni Ha­zle­hurst (El­iz­a­beth Bligh), Brett Climo (Ge­orge Bligh) and Craig Hall (Dr Jack Dun­can) — talks about the mak­ing of the ro­man­tic drama. Set in ru­ral NSW in the 1960s, it at­tracted a huge fol­low­ing over two sea­sons so when Seven pulled the plug, Fox­tel threw a life­line.

Hus­tling the House

Sun­day, 7.30pm, Dis­cov­ery (608)

Win­ning, be it at the race­track or casino, is most peo­ple’s get-rich-quick dream. We all fan­ta­sise about how we’d spend it but know deep down Lady Luck is rarely on our side. This doc­u­men­tary, made last year, goes be­hind the scenes to talk to gam­bling mas­ter­minds about how they beat the sys­tem. Then there’s Sal, a casino fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tor who knows ev­ery scam go­ing — and all the casino’s se­crets. Ob­serve some sim­ple rules and you could, ap­par­ently, turn the ta­bles and start win­ning. Ap­par­ently.

Rick Stein: From Venice to Is­tan­bul

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Life-Style Food (127)

Rick Stein is off on another foodie ad­ven­ture, this time in the eastern Mediter­ranean where the sim­ple, hearty food is what he likes best. In this new seven-part se­ries, which he has just launched along with a book of the recipes, be­gins in Venice. Seafood risotto, tiramisu and gnoc­chi with spi­der crab are on the menu. Then it’s off to the beau­ti­ful is­land of Symi, near Rhodes.

The Michelan­gelo Code: Sis­tine Chapel

Tues­day, 6.30pm, Arts (132)

The Vat­i­can gave award-win­ning art critic Walde­mar Januszczak carte blanche to in­ves­ti­gate the mean­ing of Michelan­gelo’s great­est mas­ter­piece: the ceil­ing of the Sis­tine Chapel. He has been study­ing the 500-year-old paint­ing for the past 20 years and thinks he has un­earthed the code. This doc­u­men­tary takes him on a jour­ney from Texas to Jerusalem, in the foot­steps of Colum­bus and all around Italy. Januszczak’s the­ory in­volves the Branch Da­vid­i­ans of Waco, two della Ro­vere popes and a Vat­i­can spin doc­tor.

Win­ston Churchill: A Gi­ant in the Cen­tury

Tues­day, 9.30pm, History (611)

The fa­mous speeches and wartime news­reels may be fa­mil­iar, but this re­mas­tered and colourised doc­u­men­tary in­cludes a wealth of archival ma­te­rial that paints a more per­sonal por­trait of the man who changed the course of history. It ex­plores Churchill’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ne­go­ti­at­ing skills, his de­ter­mi­na­tion to win World War II at all costs and how he re­lated to power and his con­tem­po­raries.

Per­spec­tives: David Wal­liams

Thurs­day, 7.30pm, Bio (133)

Think David Wal­liams and you prob­a­bly think

Lit­tle Bri­tain. But he’s just as well known as the au­thor of eight chil­dren’s books in­clud­ing The

Boy in the Dress, Mr Stink, Bil­lion­aire Boy and Gangsta Granny which have sold more than 4 mil­lion copies world­wide. So he’s the per­fect per­son to talk about per­haps the great­est chil­dren’s sto­ry­teller of the 20th cen­tury, Roald Dahl. Here — with a lit­tle help from Joanna Lum­ley, Tim Minchin and Michael Rosen — he ex­plores what in­flu­enced Dahl’s work and meets some of the peo­ple who knew him best.

Road to Fer­rari

Thurs­day, 9.30pm, Dis­cov­ery Turbo (634)

In Septem­ber last year, For­mula One jour­nal­ist Will Bux­ton and his pro­ducer Jason Swales are deliri­ous with joy when Fer­rari lends them a new $US300,000 FF to drive from the Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix in Bu­dapest to Fer­rari’s head of­fice in Maranello, Italy. There, Bux­ton in­ter­views the com­pany’s pres­i­dent and chair­man, Luca di Montezemolo, only days be­fore he re­signs.


Fri­day, 8.30pm, UKTV (103)

One of the bet­ter po­lice dra­mas on TV at the mo­ment, this se­ries is based on the in­ter­na­tional best­selling thrillers by Hen­ning Mankell. There are two ver­sions, the Dan­ish one and this Bri­tish one star­ring Ken­neth Branagh as the dark but bril­liant de­tec­tive. In The Fifth Woman, Kurt Wal­lan­der in­ves­ti­gates the death of three el­derly men who were tor­tured be­fore be­ing mur­dered. Apart from be­ing un­pleas­ant char­ac­ters, there doesn’t ap­pear to be a link. Wal­lan­der sus­pects a woman seek­ing re­venge.

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