Saturday 27 March
The Great Offices Of State
Tonight's episode wanders the hilariously grand corridors of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office where Michael Cockerell meets the present incumbent, David Miliband, and several of his predecessors. The most illuminating interviews, however, are with the civil servants who work there in (usually) opaque silence. Cockerell concentrates on the Fco's role in the modern era, from the 1956 Suez debacle onwards. Ripping yarns, brilliantly told.
While it's not as slick as the Kenneth Branagh version, there's still much to recommend Swedish TV's take on Henning Mankell's plod; supposing, of course, that you don't mind your 'tecs pitched somewhere between philosophical and outright glum. A new series of 13 adventures begins with Wallander having bought a house by the sea, an ambition