BBC 2, 9 pm: Not The Nine O’Clock News - Series 2, Episode 4: kicks off with the famous darts sketch. Is this the beginning of Alas Smith and Jones? It’s obvious here Mel and Griff work well together. There’s a down-to-earthiness about their Oxbridge humour.Wednesday April 23rdScience: Air
Friday April 25thEnglish: When I Was HappiestA mission to rescue the hostages held at the US Embassy in Tehran fails badly with no hostages rescued and eight US soldiers dead. Compare this with a similar situation in Colombia on Sunday and another in the UK in two weeks’ time. The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell is released from HMP Pentonville.
Sunday April 27thA siege at the Dominican Embassy in Bogota ends peacefully with all hostages freed and the guerrillas safely in Havana.
BBC 1, 8.30 pm: The Real Thing - Life Sentence: the final episode of James Burke’s series about perception looks at how our brains process language.