Classic Goldie (Friday 9pm, BBC2)
If you got caught up in last year’s Maestro, then you’ll love this two-part musical adventure with the competition’s runner-up, Goldie. The drum’n’bass star was commissioned to compose an orchestral piece for this year’s BBC Proms, and this programme charts his progress as he overcomes his lack of formal training, relying on his natural instincts honed from years in the studio. Fascinating stuff.
True Blood (Friday 10pm, FX)
More vampiric shenanigans as Alan Ball’s enjoyably macabre drama continues. This week we find out more about the world of the vampire’s as we see a bit further into Bill’s life - and Sookie is a bit shocked by some of her mysterious suitor’s friends. But will that stop her wanting yet more from the brooding Bill? Of course not! It’s funny and silly but never less then entertaining, but True Blood has a long way to go before it reaches the heights of Ball’s previous Six Feet Under.
BBC Proms 2009: Classic MGM Musicals (Saturday 7.30pm, BBC2)
A real treat from the Proms tonight as the John Wilson Orchestra performs songs from the classic days of the MGM musicals. Curtis Stigers and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane are just two of the turns lending their vocal talents to songs taken from the likes of Singin’ in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz.
Casualty (Saturday 8.55pm, BBC1)
Last in the current series. It’s Curtis and Alice’s wedding day, and the chances of them actually getting down the aisle are slim, seeing as Curtis is now a prime murder suspect. And will Nick Jordan make it to the end of the episode? Grim and emotional, just as Casualty should be but so rarely is.
Happy Birthday OU (Saturday 9pm, BBC4)
Documentary with Lenny Henry to mark the 40th anniversary of the Open University.
Outnumbered (Saturday 9.45pm, BBC1)
A welcome chance to enjoy a rerun of BBC1’s best sitcom for years, starring Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as the exasperated parents of three feisty children. Sublime in its execution.
Man on Wire (Sunday 9pm, BBC2)
This stunning Oscar-winning documentary is perhaps the best thing you will watch all year. In 1974, Phillipe Petit pulled off the most daring stunt of the 20th century - an illegal tightrope walk between the barely finished towers of New York’s World Trade Centre. This film, co-funded by BBC Films, tells the story behind how Petite managed this amazing feat, and the story of his early life as he set his sights on bigger and bolder exploits. A beautiful piece of work from all concerned.
Single-Handed (Sunday 9pm, ITV1)
This might look like a Hamish Macbeth/Heartbeat clone, but the beautiful West of Ireland countryside is where the comparisons end. Sgt Jack Driscoll returns to his home village to take a post as the only policeman for miles around - hence Single-Handed. It’s actually quite a dark piece as Driscoll’s first case involves a woman being found dead in a caravan. If you want something with a little more bite for a Sunday night, then this could be just the thing.