It's the final episode in the current series of Inspector Montalbano (9.00pm BBC 4) while the ten remaining couples take to the dancefloor on Strictly Come Dancing at 6.30pm on BBC One. Meanwhile, Hello Quo! (9.00pm BBC Two) tells the story of Status Quo’s 50 years on the road. 9.00pm BBC Two.
9.00pm BBC 4
All the sharp edges you would expect in a crime drama are levelled off by Luca Zingaretti ‘s reliably calm and understated detective. The potential dark stuff is also dissipated by Montalbano’s hapless receptionist, you know the guy, that flustered uniformed cop who looks like he is going to have a nervous breakdown through sheer inability to communicate things properly in simple Italian. (Sergeant Bilko vibe, in fact.)
Generally, the suave, quietly unpretentious Montalbano is obliged to make the acquaintance of a damn attractive femme - fatale or otherwise - in the course of solving whatever crime is in question. And, of course, powerful families reign, but Montalbano ain’t afraid of none. Last in the current, third series. So, curl up and spend 90 minutes imbibing the gentle charm of it all, and dream on about that holiday in Sicily. (And treat yourself to the box set, why not.)
Strictly Come Dancing
6.30pm BBC One
This weekend Tess Daly is joined by Claudia Winkleman to present the dance fest, as the 10 remaining couples take to the dancefloor. The stakes are higher than ever as each couple are not only dancing to stay in the competition, but for the chance to dance at the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom next weekend. While judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood critique each couple, Claudia will be getting reactions from the stars hot off the dancefloor. Phone lines open and the Strictly viewers cast their votes to save their favourite.
9.00pm BBC Two
Alan G Parker’s 2012 film tells the story of Status Quo’s 50 years as a touring and recording rock band. Rossi and Parfitt - veterans who can tell a tale or ten about high jinks and hard work lead the list of contributors. Brian May from Queen pays tribute, with Thin Lizzy, Buzzcocks, Slade, Paul Weller, Cliff Richard and Midge Ure also on board. Emmy Award nominee Alan G. Parker (Monty Python: Almost the Truth, Who Killed Nancy) directed the documentary which features the moment when the original line up of the band met again for the first time in over 30 years at Shepperton Studios. A poignant reunion, after years of legal wrangling, saw the band not only clear the air but also plug in and play together again. Pictures of Matchstick Men was the band’s first hit back in 1968. The band have 120 million album sales to their credit, a million 'Sold Out' signs, and a record 103 appearances on Top of the Pops. Picture shows Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi from the band.