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On Bass… Tina Wey­mouth!

BBC Four, 9pm

Talk­ing Heads and Tom Tom Club bass player Tina Wey­mouth takes us on a won­der­fully il­lus­trated “joyride through the deep­est reg­is­ter in mu­sic” that re­ally brings the (pop) mu­sic to life as she trav­els from the early days of doo-wop to the sub­sonic break­downs favoured by Dizzee Ras­cal in the present day, via the Bea­tles, the JBs, James Jamer­son, Bootsy Collins, Jerry Barnes, Peter Hook and more. World’s great­est bassist Mar­cus Miller doesn’t merit a men­tion, but then he is a jazzman...

Grantch­ester

ITV, 9pm

Change is in the air for the folk of Grantch­ester in an episode with a dis­tinctly “vic­ars and tarts” flavour. A de­jected Sid­ney misses Vi­o­let so badly he drowns his sor­rows in drink and wakes up to the shock­ing re­al­i­sa­tion that he was the last per­son to see a young woman alive – a girl whose mur­der his friend DI “Geordie” Keat­ing is look­ing to solve. More sur­prises fol­low in a clas­sic in­stal­ment.

The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show

BBC One, 10.35pm

Nor­ton wel­comes Laura Lin­ney, star of West End play My Name Is Lucy Bar­ton (“deeply af­fect­ing, heart­break­ing” – The Ob­server); Ir­ish ac­tor Saoirse Ro­nan, who plays the ti­tle role in new film Mary Queen of Scots; and new­comer Ti­mothée Cha­la­met, here to pro­mote his pow­er­ful ad­dic­tion drama Beau­ti­ful Boy. MB

Film

The Belles of St Trinian’s

(Frank Laun­der, 1954)

TCM, 3.10pm

The first of the com­edy se­ries about the hellish school for girls, based on car­toons by the great Ron­ald Searle, who con­trib­utes a cameo. Un­der­scored by a very English ter­ror of, and de­light in, both so­cial dis­or­der and fe­male en­ergy, this first episode is glee­fully an­ar­chic and a pos­i­tive ban­quet of na­tional ec­cen­tric­ity, with the great Alas­tair Sim dou­bling as head teacher Mil­li­cent Frit­ton and her shifty brother, while the peer­lessly crisp Joyce Gren­fell ap­pears as an un­der­cover cop. Sub­lime cast­ing in­cludes Beryl Reid, Irene Handl, Joan Sims, arch-twit Richard Wat­tis, an un­cred­ited teenage Bar­bara Wind­sor and, of course, Ge­orge Cole as res­i­dent spiv Flash Harry, owner of the best sig­na­ture tune in Bri­tish com­edy. JR

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