TV tonight: how Blue Note became the epitome of jazz cool

The Guardian Entertainment 3 weeks ago

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
9.30pm, BBC Four

With jazz in good health, Sophie Huber’s history of the famous label is well-timed. Like the best label bosses, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff were fans more than businessmen. They didn’t just create a space for the music they loved; they created an aesthetic (Reid Miles’s beautiful sleeve art is still genre-defining) and launched a vehicle for black empowerment in post-second world war America. This documentary is a fine tribute to a label that remains vital to this day. Phil Harrison

BBC Children in Need
7.30pm, BBC One

More questionable variety-show hijinks in aid of excellent causes as the annual telethon launches. Graham Norton, Tess Daly, Mel Giedroyc and Ade Adepitan introduce attractions including an EastEnders edition of Strictly, a visit from Doctor Who and a surprise arranged by the England football team. PH

Flirty Dancing
8pm, Channel 4

A return series for the dating show that might equally be called I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor. Ashley Banjo pairs up two couples and has them dance together, counting only on physical chemistry to win the day. This week, former ballet dancer Ruby is paired with lovelorn Emmerson to strut their stuff. Ali Catterall

The Name of the Rose
9pm, BBC Two

Cardinal du Pouget comes to the monastery in The Name of the Rose. Photograph: Fabio Lovino/BBC/Palomar/11 Marzo Film

The passive-aggressive sniping cranks up as the men of God prepare to debate whether Christ would condone their wealth. There is also a gift for the abbot and fruity Cardinal du Pouget (Rinat Khismatouline, in a role crying out for Matt Berry) arrives. Plus, we get some sinful rogering in the woods. Jack Seale

Very Ralph
9pm, Sky Atlantic

Ralph Lauren’s remarkable trick has been to make his brand seem simultaneously high-end and affordable. This knack is possibly a result of his humble origins in the Bronx, where style often had to be self-generated. This documentary follows the designer as he embarks upon his sixth decade in the business. PH

A Lie to Die for
9pm, Sky Crime

Sky’s latest US true-crime series focuses on the deceptions that preface murders. First is the case of Lori Soares, killed by her husband in Utah in 2004. His participation in missing-person appeals was merely the latest in a series of proliferating falsehoods, some of which Lori uncovered just before she died. JS

Film choice

All work and no play ... The Shining. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

The Shining 12.30am, Sky Cinema Greats
The current dodgy sequel, Doctor Sleep, is a good excuse to revisit Stanley Kubrick’s superbly crafted ghost story. Based on the Stephen King novel, it is set in the snowbound, sepulchral Overlook Hotel, where Jack Nicholson’s writer-turned-caretaker goes slowly mad, terrorising his wife and son. Paul Howlett

Live sport

International Football: Finland v Liechtenstein 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Finland need a win for their first appearance in a major finals.

Rugby Union: Gloucester Rugby v Toulouse 7pm, BT Sport 2
Heineken Cup Pool 5 action.

International Football: Spain v Malta 7.45pm, Sky Sports Football
Group F match on the red button.


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