TV picks: Twenty Twelve team returns with new mockumentary W1A
What to watch on TV tonight, Wednesday 19 March
The BBC invites itself to be satirised by the team behind Twenty Twelve, the razor-sharp comedy about consultants hired to organise the London Olympics. Is this disarming/slightly smug openness, or masochism in action? Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) is now the BBC’s Head of Values, following “recent learning opportunities”, where he’s faced by an accusation that the BBC doesn’t hire enough Cornish presenters.
Kirsty Young re-examines the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence, who went missing in York five years ago, with new information about her last-known movements and appeal for help in finding two vehicles seen in the area at the time.
Line of Duty
The final part of Jed Mercurio’s police-corruption drama seems even more topical after the revelations of the Metropolitan Police’s report into the Stephen Lawrence murder. AC-12’s investigation exposes a vicious criminal gang run from within the police, and DCC Michael Dryden (Mark Bonnar) is charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Law & Order: UK
Ronnie (Bradley Walsh) and the team investigate the fatal stabbing of a psychiatrist treating violent adolescents.
How to Get Ahead: At Renaissance Court
9pm & 2.45am, BBC4
Rule One: make an advantageous marriage, says Newsnight’s Stephen Smith in another of his playful history lessons. The Renaissance court he has in mind is that of Henry VIII’s contemporary, Cosimo Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany – “the greatest ruler you’ve never heard of”.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If I were Prime Minister: I'd give tax cuts to the rich, keep Trident, and get my football team wrong
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
Eurovision 2015: What date is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Game of Thrones, season 5 episode 4, review: Sansa in danger of becoming another footnote in Westeros' bloody history
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
The highly NSFW poster for Gaspar Noé's Love makes Nymphomaniac look like 50 Shades
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show