By Greg O’Keeffe
Live From Abbey Road (Sat, C4, 12.15am)
FILMED at the legendary recording studio in London, Live From Abbey Road has seen a whole host of world-renowned musicians perform in the famous Studio One since the show began in 2006.
In tonight’s edition, the legendary Brian Wilson swings by, performing classics from his extensive back catalogue, as well as new material from his 10th album, That Lucky Old Sun.
And the programme swaps from one of popular music’s most highly revered figures to another, as Martha Wainwright takes her seat in the studio. The 32-year-old folk-rock singer/ songwriter has a wonderfully gutsy voice.
Teddy Thompson, son of folk legends Richard and Linda, is tonight’s final guest and has recently been signed up as the supporting act for James Blunt’s UK tour.
Live At The Apollo (Sat, BBC2, 10pm)
EVEN though he’s one of the crassest comics around, Jimmy Carr is still very, very funny.
Add the equally ribald Alan Carr – without the unfunny Justin, (main comic trick – being fat and having long hair) – to the mix and you’ve got a guaranteed evening of close-to-theknuckle comedy platinum.
This comic two hander sees the duo take on everything, from the ultra annoying habits of smug estate agents, to schoolyard bullies and the unsexy reality of phone sex lines.
However it’s probably not for the easily offended or people who don’t like the odd sexist gag deliveredwith an extra order of heavy sarcasm.
Secret Policeman’s Ball (Sun, C4, 9pm)
REINVENTED and rebooted for the 21st century, The Secret Policeman’s Ball – which launches Amnesty International’s Protect The Human Week – boasts a veritable ‘who’s who’ of comic talent: Al Murray, Chevy Chase, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Jennifer Saunders, The Mighty Boosh, Jon Culshaw, Seth Green, Richard E Grant, the Gorillaz characters, and the Magic Numbers in a night of never- beforeseen collaborations.
As well as the traditional mix of stand-up and sketch comedy, Amnesty International has added many new ingredients, including animations featuring Patrick Stewart, Joanna Lumley, Jimmy Carr, Tara Fitzgerald, Jo Brand and Brian Cox.
Back in 1976, Amnesty International – with a little help from John Cleese and his friends – began producing these world-changing comedy shows that promoted human rights.
The original shows contained many seminal showbiz moments: some of Monty Python’s finest live performances, John Cleese and Peter Cook’s first on-stage collaboration, Terry Jones in Beyond The Fringe sketches, and Sting’s first solo performance.
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