BBC Proms: Jamie Cullum BBC4, Friday 7.30pm
As part of the BBC’s efforts to ever spread the Proms appeal out beyond its pure classical origins, jazz pianist and Radio 2 presenter Cullum performs a set of musical numbers with the Heritage Orchestra.
BBC Proms: Rodgers and Hammerstein BBC2, Saturday 6.45pm
Following the success of last year’s MGM Musicals Prom, John Wilson returns with a tribute to one of the most-loved musical writing duos. Kim Criswell, Sierra Boggess, Julian Ovenden, Anna-Jane Casey and Rod Gilfry take the solos, with the Maida Vale singers lending their choral talents.
The X Factor ITV1, Saturday 7.30pm
With newspaper headlines about the egregious use of Auto-Tune in last week’s episode, and also its treatment of contestant Shirlena Johnson, it’s clear that the tabloids’ love affair with the X Factor is experiencing its seventh year itch. Reports suggest that all future audition shows have been re-edited to remove any Auto-Tune use. We shall see — but the question remains why anybody though it would be a good idea to use it in the first place…
The Middle Sky 1, Sunday 6.30pm
A new sitcom starring Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, Back to You) and Neil Flynn (Scrubs) about a Middle American family. A promising show which should appeal to those who liked family comedies such as Malcolm in the Middle.
The Very Last of the Summer Wine BBC1, Sunday 8pm
The last ever episode of Roy Clarke’s sitcom, bowing out after 37 years. As with recent episodes, both Clegg (Peter Sallis, the only cast member to have featured in the series from the beginning) and Truly (Frank Thornton) feature briefly, while the far less endearing Howard/Marina/Pearl triangle shows that it really doesn’t work as a major plot device (it was far more effective when the characters were just cameos, their relationship being observed from afar by the regulars).
The decision to retire the series came after this episode was made, so it’s not quite the send-off it deserves. For all the talk about how too many episodes revolved around Compo racing downhill in a bathtub, Clarke’s knack for dialogue has never been better than when dealing with these Yorkshire folk enjoying their later life.