Tues­day Mack­in­tosh’s Tea Room, 9pm, BBC Two Bet­ter Call Saul, Net­flix

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THERE is – to put it mildly – a bit­ter­sweet taste to tonight’s os­ten­si­bly cel­e­bra­tory doc­u­men­tary on the suc­cess­ful plan to res­cue the Wil­low Tea Rooms de­signed by Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh on Glas­gow’s Sauchiehall Street, com­ing as it does in the wake of the de­struc­tion by fire of Glas­gow School Of Art’s Mack­in­tosh build­ing, and the dis­rup­tion and dev­as­ta­tion around it fur­ther along the same thor­ough­fare. The film fol­lows the pas­sion project by busi­ness­woman Celia Sin­clair to have the build­ing, in­clud­ing its in­te­ri­ors and be­spoke fur­ni­ture, re­stored to the glory of its 1903 open­ing. Watch­ing the in­tri­cate work of builders, cab­i­net-mak­ers and artists at­tempt­ing to repli­cate the orig­i­nal is ab­sorb­ing and in­spi­ra­tional. But, con­sid­er­ing what’s hap­pened around the cor­ner, it comes with a heart­break­ing, scream­ing un­der­tow. For dark drama of a dif­fer­ent sort, the Break­ing Bad pre­quel Bet­ter Call Saul, a spin-off that stands on its own, re­turns for a fourth se­ries on Net­flix to­day, with a hint of change in the air for Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk).

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