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