What to watch tonight: TV choices - 29 October
The Escape Artist
In this three-part thriller by Spooks creator David Wolstencroft, David Tennant plays Will Burton, a hot-shot criminal defence barrister who has never lost a case. “Everyone deserves a defence,” he tells a rival QC played by Sophie Okonedo, who accuses him of glory-seeking. However, his next case comes back to bite him when he agrees to defend a young man (a chillingly arrogant Toby Kebbell) accused of the sadistic murder of a young woman.
Disowned & Disabled
9pm & 2.30am, BBC4
Before the Second World War, orphaned or unwanted children were locked up in regimented Victorian institutions. This follows the emergence of a more humane care system, inspired by the newly minted “attachment theory”.
American Horror Story: Coven
Set in a New Orleans school where young witches are taught how to survive in the modern world, Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology returns with more sex-laced sadism. Kathy Bates and Taissa Farmiga star.
Later Live – With Jools Holland
Re-formed Graham Parker & the Rumour are joined by US band The National and indie trio London Grammar.
Imagine – Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’
10.35pm, BBC 1
Unseen footage and home movies decorate Bob Smeaton’s film about arguably the most influential guitarist of rock. His band-mates Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell contribute.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
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
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians