Alan Dee’s pick of next week’s TV


Friday, 16th November 2012, 6:56 am

The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (BBC Two, 10.15pm)

This two-part documentary charts many of the most memorable moments from the Stones history, dating back to 1962 up to around 1980.

It’s not the first film to feature the band but this one is perhaps the most candid.

It features interviews with all the group’s surviving members, past and present, as well as some amazing footage of them in the studio and on stage.

You may think you know a lot about the Stones, but hearing it from the boys themselves may change your mind.

It’s certainly refreshing as well as enlightening to hear them speak so openly about their rise to fame and feelings about their shared past.


The Secret of Crickley Hall (BBC One, 9pm)

Many parents will struggle to think of anything more terrifying than their child going missing, but The Secret of Crickley Hall somehow manages it.

Based on a novel by horror king James Herbert, the three-part drama follows a couple who lose their son, and then move into a haunted house.

Viewers should prepare to have their bones chilled by this tense tale. Look out for horror veteran David Warner among the supporting cast.


Stephen Fry: Gadget Man (Channel 4, 8.30pm)

In the first of a new series, the eponymous bearded host will be sharing his passion for technology, trying out all manner of gizmos and prototypes, as well as attempting to create his own super-gadget.

Jonathan Ross joins him for the inaugural edition to examine the problems of the daily commute.

Stephen says: “Gadgets entertain us. They connect us. They educate us. They impress us, and of course sometimes they frustrate us, but they make the world a much, much better place.”


Last Tango In Halifax 
(BBC One, 9pm)

The rather touching tale of Celia Dawson and Alan Buttershaw, former lovers who haven’t seen each other for 60 years.After chatting on Facebook, the pensioners meet up again, and discover they were kept apart all those decades ago by a simple twist of fate. They decide to marry - but what will their relatives think? Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi star.


Supersized Earth 
(BBC One, 8pm)

Bang Goes the Theory’s Dallas Campbell travels the globe to take in some of the engineering marvels of the modern world. He looks at how, in just 30 years, technology and design have moved on exponentially – undertaking some extraordinary feats along the way.


Hatfields and McCoys 
(Five, 9pm)

There’s no shortage of twists and turns in the final offering of this superior series as a lookout spreads word that Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) is leading his men to the jailhouse to break out his imprisoned family members. The McCoys form their own posse and the two clans come face to face in a gunfight at Grapevine Creek.


Sarah Millican: Chatterbox Live (Channel 4, 9pm)

In a show recorded in London in 2011, Millican shares insights into her life, including the perils of living alone, and offers advice on such things as non-fattening stress relief, the alternative to marriage and the acceptable face of adultery.

So, if you like gags about breaking wind, cuddling hamsters too hard and an obsession with cakes then this is the gig for you. One online reviewer claimed it was ‘one of the funniest DVDs she owned’ but now is a chance to make up your own mind. And if you hate it, just be thankful you didn’t have to fork out a tenner or more for the privilege of watching.