Television choices: Do you feel lucky, punk? A right rotten retrospective
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.
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.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
Lucy, film review: Scarlett Johansson will blow your mind in Luc Besson's complex thriller
Miley Cyrus concert banned on morality grounds in the Dominican Republic
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile