Thursday 31 Jul 2014
Billy is shocked when a friend from his past arrives in the Square in the final visit of the week to London E20.
Meanwhile, Carol learns more about her son by seeking comfort from an unlikely source, Kim consoles Bianca and Peter helps Whitney to lay the past to rest.
Billy is played by Perry Fenwick, Carol by Lindsey Coulson, Kim by Tameka Empson, Bianca by Patsy Palmer, Peter by Thomas Law and Whitney by Shona McGarty.
A retrospective exhibition of the late fashion designer Ritchie Levene's work prompts the team to reinvestigate his murder, as the drama about retired police offers re-examining old cases continues.
Since Ritchie was stabbed to death at his 40th birthday party three years ago, his ex-wife Sarah has been campaigning for the case to be reopened and uses the exhibition to increase pressure.
Ritchie was a brilliant designer, but he wasn't a businessman. He left his financial affairs in the hands of his brother Adrian, who ultimately inherited the company on Ritchie's death. While Ritchie's relationship with his brother was tempestuous his other personal relationships were equally challenging. Ritchie's new wife Alison's junkie ex-boyfriend had moved in with them; his PA, Melanie, was infatuated with him; and his ex-wife Sarah was struggling to come to terms with the end of their marriage.
Sarah makes it clear to the team that she believes there can be only one outcome to their investigation – the arrest of her former brother-in-law Adrian. He certainly had the most to gain from his brother's death – professionally and personally – but is Adrian really a cold-blooded killer?
The world of high fashion isn't the most natural environment for three ageing ex-coppers, but the case has a surprising affect on Gerry. Enlisting Emily's help, he decides it's time to update his image, the results of which aren't to everyone's taste.
Amanda Redman plays Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, James Bolam plays Jack Halford, Dennis Waterman plays Gerry Standing, Alun Armstrong plays Brian Lane, Hannah Waterman plays Emily Driscoll, Rupert Graves plays Adrian Levene, Belinda Stewart-Wilson plays Sarah Levene and Anna Louise Plowman plays Alison Levene.
Turner-prize winning artist Grayson Perry presents this Culture Show special from Frieze Art Fair, one of the world's most influential contemporary art fairs situated in the middle of Regent's Park, London.
This year there are more galleries than ever before, showing some of the best work from more than 1,000 of the world's most innovative artists to an international roster of hugely important art buyers.
But Frieze isn't just about buying and selling. It's also a stage for artworks specially commissioned and curated to take place in and around the fair.
Grayson tours the show, meeting some of the artists whose projects can be seen at the fair, including Spartacus Chetwynd, whose playful performance is inspired by a live game show, and Matthew Darbyshire who transforms the fair's ticket office into a concept mobile phone shop.
Meanwhile, Alastair Sooke meets this year's winner of the Cartier Award, Simon Fujiwara, who is creating the ruins of an ancient lost city which he is installing as part of an imagined archaeological dig beneath the fair.
The Frieze Art Fair has a huge impact on London's galleries, with most of them opening new exhibitions in the same week. Andrew Graham Dixon gets a sneak preview of the new installation in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall and talks to artist Ai WeiWei, one of the most prominent and influential figures on the Chinese art scene.
Over the last 20 years his provocative and challenging work as artist, curator, designer and architect has played a key role in the development of contemporary Chinese art from the radical avant-garde movement in the late Seventies to his collaboration on the Bird's Nest stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Ben Lewis also leaves the Frieze bubble, going on an art safari around London to discover what's new on the art scene. He visits the aspiring galleries of Peckham and the East End to find tomorrow's Frieze stars, and investigates the new non-profit galleries that are causing a stir.
With a Newport backdrop behind him, Rob Brydon meets comedy legend Ronnie Corbett in the penultimate edition of The Rob Brydon Show. There's also music and chat and a fabulous outifit change for Paloma Faith.
Each week, Rob interviews a top guest in his own unique manner, shows off his own musical talent with a first-class music act, and indulges in some cheeky audience banter.
As an intermission from wall-to-wall Rob, there will also be stand-up from a comedian, hand picked by Rob – tonight's guest comedian is Lucy Porter.
As always, Friday's edition of the eclectic music show offers a wider selection of performances and chat, with occasional surprises.
This week's guests include the Ting Tings, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, and Antony and the Johnsons.
Forthcoming shows in this series will feature the likes of Robert Plant, Midlake, the Black Keys and Kings Of Leon, among others.
For additional content, the Later ... website features exclusive performances and interviews with acts on each week's show at bbc.co.uk/later.
Since 1992, Later has featured performances from some of the biggest and hottest names in music, with 2010's spring series welcoming Gorillaz, Jerry Dammers and the Spatial AKA Orchestra, LCD Soundsystem, Alicia Keys, Joanna Newsom, Mumford And Sons, The National, Vampire Weekend and many more.
Frederick Chopin is known for his technically demanding and expressive piano compositions, but he was also passionate about the female voice.
Chopin – The Women Behind The Music follows maverick young pianist James Rhodes on a journey to Warsaw, Paris and London to discover the women whose voices had such a powerful influence on the composer.
Exploring Chopin's life, Rhodes encounters the singers who enchanted the composer with their voices: Konstancja, a young soprano and the object of his teenage affections; Delfina, the sexually notorious Polish Parisian émigré countess; fellow composer and opera singer Pauline Viardot; and Swedish opera star Jenny Lind, who so affected Chopin in the final years of his life.
James performs a selection of Chopin's piano music and rising young opera star Natalya Romaniw sings some of the arias that inspired Chopin. There are also musical contributions and comments from the great Chopin practitioners Emmanuel Ax and Garrick Ohlsson, biographer Adam Zamoyski and Chopin expert Jeremy Siepmann.
This third hour-long archive compilation – part of BBC Four's month-long celebration of the singer-songwriter – features classic songs from Bobbie Gentry, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Saint-Marie, Janis Ian, Gordon Lightfoot, John Martyn, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Linda Lewis, Ralph McTell, Loudon Wainwright III, Don Williams and Paul Brady.
The series unlocks the BBC vaults to explore the burgeoning genre that exploded at the dawn of the Seventies, becoming one of the defining styles of the decade. Programme sources include the Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert, Top Of The Pops, Sounds For Saturday, the Bobbie Gentry Show and One In Ten.
Each episode of Singer-Songwriters At The BBC is followed by a specially created Songwriters' Circle programme, which sees three singer-songwriters perform their classic songs, while helping each other out musically with harmonies and the odd guitar part.
BBC Four also features a series of classic In Concert performances from the early Seventies, featuring James Taylor, Carole King, Neil Young and Cat Stevens and more recent concerts by the likes of James Taylor, Carole King and Leonard Cohen.
The penultimate episode of Songwriters' Circle highlights three of the best "Americana" singer-songwriters – Texans Lyle Lovett and Joe Ely and Indiana's John Hiatt.
Each of these artists draws on country, rock 'n' roll, blues and soul influences to craft their own characteristic sound, each with their own distinctive lyrical voice.
Lyle Lovett performs classics including If I Had A Boat and My Baby Don't Tolerate; John Hiatt plays some of his strongest and most covered work, including Thing Called Love and Have A Little Faith In Me; while Joe Ely, who flies in for the show especially from his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, tells his share of stories and performs Me And Billy The Kid, Honky Tonk Masquerade and more.
These specially created concerts, part of BBC Four's month-long celebration of the singer-songwriter, are filmed at Bush Hall on Uxbridge Road in West London. Each features three singer-songwriters performing their classic songs in turn, while helping each other out musically with harmonies and the odd guitar part. The artists only meet an hour or two before going onstage. In between performances, they take the viewer inside their work, chatting about their songs, their history and background.
As part of the celebration, BBC Four also features Singer-Songwriters At The BBC – four hour-long episodes exploring a rich vein of BBC archive singer-songwriter performances from the likes of Neil Diamond, Elton John and Billy Joel, which are broadcast alongside Songwriters' Circle on Friday evenings. The channel also features a series of classic In Concert performances from the early Seventies, featuring James Taylor, Carole King, Neil Young and Cat Stevens, and recent concerts by the likes of James Taylor, Carole King and Leonard Cohen.
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