A proper Saturday full of quality stuff at last! X Factor Schmex Factor! Strictly Schmrictly! (Note to self: don’t overdo the ‘schm’ thing.) Drama, comedy and documentary are pushing their way back in and I am cheering them on.
BBC4 is hosting an evening of programmes about the 20th century figurative artist Francis Bacon from 9pm, and why not? We ease in with Francis Bacon’s Arena which is a general documentary about him, his life and his career, then lead into the more interesting Francis Bacon in His Own Words at 10.35pm, then finally we get the very exciting (but not actually new) Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon at 11pm, a feature-length drama investigating the relationship between Bacon (Derek Jacobi) and George Dyer (Daniel Craig). Sorry, those brackets there very much obscured the fact that Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig are in this! I can’t imagine why it’s on quite so late. Hopefully they’ll show it again at a more sensible time.