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From sea­son one in 2008 (yes, it’s a re­peat), Bomber’s Moon finds Gen­tly (Martin Shaw) in­ves­ti­gat­ing the vi­o­lent death of a wealthy Ger­man found float­ing in the har­bour of a sleepy Northum­ber­land coastal vil­lage. It’s the 1960s, so anti-Ger­man feel­ings are still felt by some, par­tic­u­larly a bar­man who is the No 1 sus­pect. This drama se­ries is rather good. If you have not seen it, here’s your chance to start from the in­au­gu­ral episode (of 60) that first aired in 2013. Ray­mond “Red” Red­ding­ton (James Spader) is an FBI fugi­tive who in re­turn for not be­ing pros­e­cuted per­suades the FBI to let him help them find some of the world’s nas­ti­est crim­i­nals. Dur­ing his colour­ful ca­reer, Red’s met them all and has kept a “black­list” with their de­tails. The FBI grabs the idea and agrees to his one con­di­tion: that he deal only with one of their rookie pro­fil­ers, spe­cial agent El­iz­a­beth Keen (Megan Boone). Why be­comes clearer as the se­ries, now in its third sea­son, picks up speed. If you were a fan of Break­ing Bad you’ll recog­nise this Al­bu­querque lawyer Jimmy McGill as Saul Good­man (Bob Odenkirk), the cun­ning so­lic­i­tor do­ing the dirty for drug boss Wal­ter White (Bryan Cranston). The pre­miere episode of this se­ries starts with a black-and-white se­quence, set af­ter the events of Break­ing Bad, in which McGill is drunk, at home, watch­ing videos of his old TV ads. It then re­verts to 2002 when he was a strug­gling pub­lic de­fender with not much work, some dodgy clients and a moun­tain of un­paid bills. His first clients are three teenage boys who broke into a morgue and had sex with a sev­ered head. As I said, dodgy. In­side Al­ca­traz: Leg­ends of the Rock Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, His­tory (611) Al­ca­traz, once home to Al Capone, was a high­se­cu­rity pen­i­ten­tiary that op­er­ated on an is­land 2km off the San Fran­cisco coast from 1935 to 1963. It’s now a mu­seum, but in its time it was the most fa­mous jail in the US. By in­ter­view­ing those who knew it best, this doc­u­men­tary drills deep into the core of The Rock to sep­a­rate the myths and leg­ends from fact, in­clud­ing the only suc­cess­ful es­cape. Strong cur­rents and cold wa­ter thwarted most es­capees, but on June 11, 1962, “The level of in­spi­ra­tion on which he works is un­par­al­leled in the rest of mu­sic.” Bach was “a sci­en­tist at work who, in­stead of us­ing the lan­guage of math­e­mat­ics, uses mu­sic”. And so the ac­co­lades roll in for Jo­hann Se­bas­tian Bach, one of the great­est com­posers to have lived. His in­flu­ence on oth­ers who fol­lowed — Mozart to Men­delssohn, Beethoven to Brahms — even stretched as far as Duke Elling­ton and the Bea­tles. They all fell un­der his spell and stud­ied his style. In this doc­u­men­tary, rich with the most glo­ri­ous mu­sic, John Eliot Gardiner goes in search of the man. 7 Deadly Sins Presto Out­ra­geous and ab­surd but fun, this wacky doc­u­men­tary se­ries is hosted by Mor­gan Spur­lock ( Su­per Size Me), who de­votes one episode to each of the seven deadly sins. Ex­pect the un­ex­pected in this con­tem­po­rary take on lust, glut­tony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

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