March 31, 2023


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TV tonight: pump up the volume for Dylan Jones’s 80s music fest | Culture

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The 80s: Music’s Greatest Decade? With Dylan Jones

8.55pm, BBC Two

Come for the kaleidoscopic display of archive music footage; stay for the forensic examination of how rap, pop, indie – and every beat in between – shaped 10 years. Because, according to Dylan Jones, the 1980s inspired modern music more than any other decade but are frustratingly overlooked. He makes a strong case, roping in the likes of Nile Rodgers, Cookie Crew and Mark Ronson for extra clout. Whether you agree or not, it’s hard to resist pumping up the volume. Hollie Richardson

The Lancaster Bomber at 80 With David Jason

7pm, Channel 4

It has been 80 years since Roy Chadwick’s iconic Lancaster Bomber first took to the sky. Aviation enthusiast Sir David Jason marks the anniversary by speaking with historians and surviving crew members, and clambering into the aircraft itself. HR

Strictly Come Dancing

7.05pm, BBC One

Strictly’s John Whaite and Johannes Radebe. Photograph: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA

This year’s Strictly has been one of injuries and Covid absences. With any luck, Ugo Monye’s back problem has now healed and he can resume dancing, trying to match early frontrunners John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis. Jack Seale

The Madame Blanc Mysteries

8.55pm, Channel 5

This sleuther is so relaxed it’s very nearly snoring. Antiquer turned detective Jean (Sally Lindsay) gently cracks a riddle inherited by a woman who escaped the Nazis as a girl. Offsetting the sombre emotions, there are the antics of the sloshed expats when a British film crew arrives in the south of France to make a property show. JS

Paris Police 1900

9pm, BBC Four

The enigmatic and stately French drama, underpinned by espionage, antisemitism and a healthy dose of smut, continues to intrigue. Sabran is increasingly embattled as evidence piles up against him. Meanwhile, Puybaraud is drunk on power, having received orders from the top to clamp down on Guerin’s political activities. Phil Harrison

Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away

9pm, Sky Arts

“You play ’em, because you’ve got ’em. But when you play ’em, you lose ’em.” So begins Buddy Guy’s poetic narration of how the blues turned his life upside down, taking him from the plantation to the concrete jungle of Chicago. Illustrated with vivid footage, this is storytelling at its finest by the great guitarist. HR

Live sport

International Rugby League: France v England Sat, 2pm, BBC One. A friendly at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

T20 World Cup Cricket: England v West Indies Sat, 2.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. A Group 1 match from Dubai for the side led by Eoin Morgan.

Women’s International Football: England v Northern Ireland Sat, 4.30pm, ITV. World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Premier League Football: Brighton v Manchester City Sat, 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Live from Etihad Stadium.

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