Pick of the Day
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...
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
The Belles of St Trinian’s
(Frank Launder, 1954)
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