Just a quick note to recommend Spiral (this evening and the next three evenings) on BBC4 at 11 pm – a French thriller series. If you’ve not seen it yet, worth setting whatever recording technology you are using at the moment for it. A crime and political thriller, well-characterised, well-acted with an incredibly handsome prosecuting magistrate, and unfeasibly attractive Inspector. A cross between CSI and State of Play. Unmissable.
Further, later in the week amidst the dross there are three things that look worth catching: BBC3 on Thursday broadcasts at 10.30 pm Darts Tarts – about one man’s love affair with the beautiful game and including a visit to Bobby George’s house (which he built himself); on friday BBC4 broadcasts at 9 pm Saving Jazz about a jazz photographer stranded after Hurricane Katrina returning to his house in New Orleans to go through his archive of photos; and next Saturday More 4 shows the final episode of GBH – the one with Jim Nelson defending himself before the Labour club and the wonderful “The trouble with you is that you’ve only read one book” speech. Michael Palin and Robert Lindsay have never been better.