The Sound of Movie Musicals with Neil Brand 9pm, BBC Four
In the second episode of this excellent series, Brand considers how the movie musical entered its second golden age in the aftermath of the Second World War. He starts by examining one of what, viewed today, is the most unsettling films of that era, 1942’s Die Grosse Liebe: a Hollywood-style musical made in Germany at the height of the conflict, with a distinctly Nazi bent. After the war, the American musical once again began to thrive and Brand explores how the emergence of Gene Kelly helped power a new age. Talking with Kelly’s widow, he looks at how the star’s more physical style brought the musical onto the streets of America. It’s complemented by a repeat of part one of the brilliant, epic, Frank Sinatra documentary, All Or Nothing At All (10pm).