5 items from 2012
Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Tom Waits and the Pogues' Shane MacGowan are among the contributors to a new compilation of pirate ballads. The grizzled, A-list crew was assembled by Johnny Depp, who performs on the album, and the people behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
First, some more names. Among the hearties who are shivering timbers on Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys: Tom Waits with Keith Richards, Michael Stipe with Courtney Love, Nick Cave, Broken Social Scene, Marianne Faithful with the McGarrigle sisters, Sissy Bounce with Akron/Family, Beth Orton, Macy Gray and Sean Lennon.
The two-disc set, due next year, is the sequel to a compilation from 2006. There too, Pirates producer Hal Willner manned the tiller. »
- Sean Michaels
7.50pm, Sky Arts 1
The arrival of the internet seems like a passing fad by comparison with the introduction of the Caxton printing press in the 15th century, and its impact on the future. Modern artists, however, disaffected by the digital era, are rediscovering the appeal of more traditional methods. In this documentary, Justine Nagan brings artists and designers together with craftsfolk from Wisconsin's Hamilton Wood Type Museum and Print Shop, one of the world's few remaining wood-type printing establishments. Does the print industry's future lie in its past? David Stubbs
In this final leg of Timothy Spall's nautical circumnavigation of the UK, the actor and wife Shane brave the choppy waters of the North Sea, taking care to avoid the wreck of the USS Montgomery and its 18,000 tonnes of unexploded bombs. »
- David Stubbs, Gwilym Mumford, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Phelim O'Neill
Everyone's messing about in boats this week, whether they have the expertise required to drive one or not. You drive a boat, right? Leading the waterborne charge is, obviously, Jeremy Paxman in Empire (Mon, 9pm, BBC1) who starts his essay on Britannia's former dominion over the waves from the deck of a naval destroyer. "How did such a small country get such a big head?" he asks, his impressive bouffant thrashing manfully in the wind.
Taking a rather easier passage across the brine are the Locks, a north London couple formerly seen in a Wonderland doc about Hasidic weddings. The new one, Wonderland: Two Jews On A Cruise (Wed, 9pm, BBC2) follows them on a 12-day kosher cruise of the Med. This strand reels in nothing but impressive whoppers so tuna-ing in is essential. No regrets about that joke.
Also hoping to land a good catch is Monty Halls, whose latest challenge, »
- Julia Raeside
It's six years since Timothy Spall started sailing around Britain. That's a lot of faffing
What? He, and it – Timothy Spall: All at Sea (BBC4) – are still going? Still all at sea? It's six years since he set off from the Thames in his beloved barge Princess Matilda, with his beloved wife Shane, to circumnavigate Britain. I know there have been big gaps, and winters off, and Harry Potter films to film, but even so, Six Years! And he's still got a way to go by the looks of things.
The other day a sailing boat, powered only by the wind, sailed round the world – not Britain, The World! – in 45 days. Not that that's really relevant but it does underline just how gently Timothy's taking it.
To be fair though, that's exactly how it should be. Because that's the charm of it, the fact that he's pottering, faffing, waiting in ports for fair weather, »
- Sam Wollaston
The Brit Awards 2012
Oh, for the simple days when the Brits was just one show, Sam Fox and an autocue. This year, you'll need a live blog feed, an array of 140-character bitchy quips, and your trusty remote. The action starts on ITV2 with pre-show red carpet coverage and Keith Lemon at the helm. Then it's over to ITV1 for the main event: James Corden presents, with Blur in the lifetime-achievement slot. Follow-up is on ITV2, with interviews with the winners and losers. Clare Considine
Gok's Teens: The Naked Truth
8pm, Channel 4
Gok Wan has firsthand experience of how tricky teenage years can be, and in the last part of Gok's Teens he draws on »
- Clare Considine, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, John Robinson, David Stubbs
5 items from 2012
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