THE minister for business, innovation and skills lies in bed, and next to him is the junior education minister.
Don’t worry, they’re married: Aiden Hoynes and Freya Gardner, the “golden couple of British politics”. In Paula Milne’s new drama, they’re played by David Tennant (with disconcertingly blond hair) and Emily Watson, and the three-parter begins with Hoynes and Gardner putting the finishing touches to his resignation speech. Bruce Babbish (Ed Stoppard), who appears to be their closest ally, joins them for the confident stride-out along the corridors of power and into the Commons. It’s a matter of principle, says Hoynes. He can’t be part of a government that has a moratorium on immigration. In other words, he wants to become leader. But Babbish turns out to be the Minister For Stabbing You In The Back.
Later Live With Jools Holland
BBC2, Tuesday, 10pm
Is it just me, or has this show lost a bit of atmosphere since moving studios? Good bill this week, though, including Phoenix and Laura Marling, faves of mine. And Joe Walsh, even if the veteran axeman isn’t performing, but chatting with fellow Eagle Glenn Frey about the soft-rock kings’ new documentary. Let’s hope it’s as wonderfully excessive as the band often were.
Champions League Live
STV, Tuesday, 7.30pm
No British teams, and yet this season’s Champions League just gets more and more fascinating. Funny that. In the first of the semi-finals, Bayern Munich start with home advantage against Barcelona, who are discovering that being everyone’s favourite other team doesn’t last. Lots of people are now wanting the Germans to beat them, including me.