What to watch on TV this weekend

Once again, here are some choices of things to watch on your TV over the weekend, including American History’s Biggest Fibs and a classic film starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.

FRIDAY

Mr Selfridge – BritBox

I always find by Friday evening I just want to watch something that won’t tax my brain too much. So the release of all four season of Mr Selfridge on BritBox seems like a good choice. If you missed it originally on ITV, the show follows the real-life story of Harry Selfridge, the founder of that massive department store on London’s Oxford Street. Jeremy Piven plays Selfridge and the cast also includes Amanda Abbington, Samuel West and Katherine Kelly.

Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian – BBC Two – 9pm

This is the first episode in a new three-part series that follows Miriam Margolyes as she journeys around her adopted home of Australia in a camper van. She starts off in Bondi before heading off on her 10,000 kilometre trip to find out what it means to be Australian today.

SATURDAY

American History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley – BBC Two – 8:15pm

This was originally broadcast last year, but I must admit it completely passed me by. This episode looks at the mythologies around the American Revolution – which is particularly interesting at the moment thanks to Hamilton. In this episode, Lucy celebrates Fourth of July in Philadelphia before moving on to Boston to dispel some myths around the so-called tea party.

The Last Wave – BBC Four – 9pm

This is a brand new six-part French supernatural series about the participants of a surfing contest who are wiped out by a huge wave. When they emerge unharmed from the water five hours later, stage changes have occurred from eyes changed in colour to superpowers.

SUNDAY

Funny Face – Talking Pictures – 6:25pm

A bit of class on a Sunday afternoon. Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn star in this musical about a photographer who finds the face of his dreams in a New York bookshop. After persuading her to travel to Paris with him a romance blooms. It’s directed by Stanley Donen who made some absolute classics, including Singin in the Rain and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and features the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Lovely.

BBC Proms Classics – BBC Four – 7pm

Talking of the Gershwins, this is a repeat of a Prom from 2012 featuring the John Wilson Orchestra playing some Hollywood standards including songs from Show Boat, On Your Toes, Brigadoon, Porgy and Bess, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof. So if you’re watching Funny Face, record this and you’ll be in the perfect mood to watch it straight afterwards.

A Suitable Boy – BBC One – 9pm

The BBC’s latest big Sunday night drama is an adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel set in 1950’s India. Passionate literature student Lata is ready to make her way in the world. She is not interested in romance, but her resolve is challenged when she starts to fall for a mysterious fellow student. It’s adapted by the master, Andrew Davies, and directed by Mira Nair, so it has a great pedigree.

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