BBC4 has also been re-running some classical composer documentaries from the 1980s on Friday evenings. The presentation seems quite dated now, there's so much music and impersonal voice-over, with a bouffanted Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting with barely a grey hair to be seen. How times have changed. So far I've seen programmes on Sibelius and Respighi.
I'm catching up with the latest Dimbleby Extravaganza, The Seven Ages of Britain. I'm not expecting anything particularly deep out of this, but so far it's been a relaxing and informative way of passing the time.