Television choices: Do you feel lucky, punk? A right rotten retrospective


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TV pick of the week: Punk Britannia

Friday 9pm BBC4

"God Save the Queen...", to quote the Sex Pistols – and in a week of programming where loyal Royal documentaries are as rampant as a pack of corgis on heat, republicans may want to evoke the spirit of 1977 with this excellent new entry in BBC4's music genre series. The forensic three-part exploration of punk's evolution begins in a north London pub, the Tally Ho in Kentish Town, where an itinerant American band unwittingly created the pub rock scene – the likes of Dr Feelgood, Ducks Deluxe and Kilburn and the High Roads (with Ian Dury) paving the way for – but ultimately wiped out by – the Pistols and The Damned. With input from John Lydon, Mick Jones and Wilko Johnson, this opener is a reminder that punk didn't just explode overnight.

Sebastian Bergman

Saturday 9pm BBC4

Scandi-crime connoisseurs agitated at the passing of The Bridge can relax as Rolf Lassgard from the Swedish version of Wallander returns in fine form as an abrasive and womanising police profiler whose life and career hit the skids after his wife and child were killed in the 2004 tsunami. In tonight's 90-minute opener he investigates the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy.

British Academy Television Awards 2012

Sunday 8pm BBC1

Sherlock vs Appropriate Adult, Benedict Cumberbatch vs Dominic "Fred" West, The Killing II vs Borgen, Maggie Smith (above) vs Miranda Hart.... these are a few of the contests in tonight's TV Baftas (I shall be rooting for West, Borgen, Fresh Meat and Frozen Planet). Dara O Briain – himself a nominee – hosts, and Rolf Harris gets a Bafta fellowship.

Born in the USSR: 28 Up

Monday 10.35pm ITV1

Anton's grandfather wrote speeches for Gorbachev and edited Pravda, while Anton is himself a journalist – for the Russian version of Men's Health, a thumbnail sketch of the changes that have taken place since the end of the Soviet era. Also featured in this latest re-visit are twins Stas and Dennis, one a waiter in St Petersburg, the other a brawling seaman.

Prince Charles: the Royal Restoration

Tuesday 9pm ITV1

In a pre-Jubilee week replete with royal documentaries (see inside), this one is a little different, documenting Charles's campaign to save a stately home, Dumfries House, and its unique collection of 18th-century furniture, while simultaneously bolstering the deprived local East Ayrshire community. His project has proved controversial.

Afghanistan: the Great Game – A Personal View by Rory Stewart

Wednesday 9pm BBC2

The author and Conservative politician continues his excellent two-parter (it begins on Monday) about the great powers humbled in Afghanistan – "the graveyard of empires" – with the Soviet invasion of the country in 1979, an operation that was supposed to take 12 months, but ended in failure after nine years.

Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones

Thursday 8pm BBC1

The itinerant TV presenter's new series finds him following some of the paths that criss-crossed Britain before the roads and railways, starting with the route – from Windsor to Bristol – taken by Queen Elizabeth I and her mile-long baggage train in July 1574 – "part summer holiday", says Griff, "part rock'n'roll tour". The retinue travelled at 3mph.