TV tonight: Lenny Henry on the story of black classical music – The Guardian


Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History

9pm, BBC Four

Notwithstanding the Twitter debate on whether Beethoven was black, this documentary sees presenters Lenny Henry and Suzy Klein celebrate formidable, if lesser-known, black composers. We explore the work of the 18th-century composer Ignatius Sancho and violinist George Bridgetower, as well as ragtime pioneer Scott Joplin and contemporary composer Shirley Thompson (pictured). A necessary primer addressing the racial inequalities of classical music. Ammar Kalia

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

8pm, BBC Two

Another series of possibly the most amiable show in television history comes to an end. At times, things feel suitably elegiac as the pair discuss the passing of time and health concerns. But don’t worry: the River Wye, the hunt for the chub and delightful banter win the day. Phil Harrison

Scotland’s Scenic Railways

8pm, Channel 4

Bookings on the West Highland line will soar tomorrow morning but, if you can’t go on a Scotrail odyssey, this massively picturesque documentary is like a holiday in itself. Among the friendly characters are a mother/son driver and conductor, and a gang of retirees revamping a derelict station. Jack Seale

Us

9pm, BBC One

On a road to nowhere ... Us.



On a road to nowhere … Us. Photograph: Colin Hutton/BBC Studios/Drama Republic/Ignition Creative

The Petersens are on the second stop of their grand European tour, reaching Amsterdam – a city Douglas (Tom Hollander) is determined to make less about partying and more about museum visits. Yet, a bust-up over breakfast has disastrous consequences for the trio, threatening Douglas’s plans to win back Connie. AK

The Singapore Grip

9pm, ITV

Continuing the adaptation of JG Farrell’s epic novel focusing on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. Despite the bombing of the city, Walter remains obstinate. Meanwhile, Vera nurses Matthew and Sylvia’s brother Charlie rejoins his regiment. Ali Catterall

Our Valley Family

9pm, Channel 5

Meet the Fisher family of the Welsh valleys in this kitsch reality series. Tonight, 17-year-old daughter Shania has her first date lined up, leading to a glut of advice from her family, while older sister Nikita tries to keep her wannabe rockstar dad Anthony and his microphone away from her first work event. AK

Film choice

Snowpiercer.



Snowpiercer. Photograph: Allstar

Snowpiercer, 9pm, Film4

An allegory-loaded train thunders across an icy wasteland, its passengers divided with the wealthy at the front and the workers at the back. A cast including Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton enjoy the ride as a brutal class war kicks off. Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s thriller is so good, they made a TV series out of it. Paul Howlett

Live sport

World Road Cycling Championships, 12noon, BBC Two. The men’s road race at Imola.

F1: Russian Grand Prix, 12.05pm, Sky Sports F1. From Sochi Autodrom.

Premier League Football: Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, 2pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Followed by Manchester City v Leicester City at 4pm.



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