TV & Radio Friday March 16

by Fiona Rae / 16 March, 2012
Stylish and stark British thriller Whitechapel, and Daniel Radcliffe is on Graham's couch.

TV




The Sitting (TVNZ 7, 7.30pm). A new season of the show where artist Marty Welch paints a subject while chatting to him or her about their life. At the end, it’s the big reveal. Sittees this season include actors Peter Elliott, George Henare, Siobhan Marshall and Geraldine Brophy; chefs Al Brown and Jo Seagar; and artists Dick and Otis Frizzell get a taste of their own medicine.

The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30pm). On Graham’s couch tonight are Daniel Radcliffe, whose new film, The Woman in Black, has been doing good box office in the UK; comedian Omid Djalili; Cuba Gooding Jr; and Sinead O’Connor.

Whitechapel (TV1, 9.30pm). A stylish and stark British three-parter that has a modern Victorian feel, if that’s possible (from the opening titles, you’d think it was a costume drama). It takes famous British crimes and puts them in the present-day East End – the first series had a copycat Jack the Ripper; this second series features Kray twins-style crimes. Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks) is the modern, fast-tracked detective, and Phil Davis is his grizzled, veteran offsider.

7 Days (TV3, 9.30pm). On the panels with Dai Henwood and Paul Ego are Michele A’Court, Ben Boyce, Des Bishop, and Celia Pacquoula.

This Is Jinsy (UKTV, Sky 006, 10.20pm). The latest eccentric British series that is one part League of Gentlemen, one part Little Britain and one part Father Ted. It’s the brainchild of Guernsey’s second-most famous performers (after tax exile Oliver Reed), Justin Chubb and Chris Bran, who play Jinsy’s Arbiter Maven, and his offsider Sporall. They oversee the residents of Jinsy, who are also surveilled by “tessalators”, TV-like devices. If we explain any more, it will ruin the magic.

The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 10.35pm). Once again TVD throws so much plot around we’re beginning to suspect the show’s writers are real vampires who never sleep, and work at the super-speedy pace that all vamps move at these days. It’s Homecoming, and the gang have a plan … This episode was just before a “mid-season hiatus” in the US; happily, we don’t have to wait that long to find out what happens.

FILM


Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball (Four, 8.30pm). No worse than the first one, which is something, I suppose. This time, Walter Weed, a pen-pusher working for the FBI, is in the gun. Last time, it was “Aces” Israel they were trying to knock off; shouldn’t this one be called Smokin’ Weed? (2010) 5 – Diana Balham
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