TV listings | An all-time great … at playing drunk

The inclusion of Angela Lansbury in a select group of great British thespians interviewed for Voices of a Generation stuck out like a sore thumb at first. While she’s a convincing drunk (Death on the Nile), she does sober badly, be it Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks or playing Miss Marple in The Mirror Cracked. And Murder, She Wrote – has there ever been anything so bad that lasted for so long in the history of television? No wonder she holds the record for the most Emmy nominations (18) without a win.

But there’s more to Lansbury than that. On the stage, she’s had a distinguished career, winning five Tonys, and in her early film career, she bagged three Oscar nominations. So fair play to the makers of this new series for putting her alongside Christopher Lee (first episode), Glenda Jackson. Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Diana Rigg, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York and Claire Bloom. Sounds intriguing.

Should they assemble another select group in the future, Matthew MacFadyden will be near the top of the list. In the second series of Criminal Justice (SVT1, Wed 23:05), he plays an abusive husband murdered by his wife, and just like in the first series (starring Ben Wishaw), we follow her quest for a fair trial.

The Following (SVT4, Tue 21:00)Demanding a fair go is The Following, a 2013 series written by Kevin Williamson (Scream, Dawson's Creek) about an imprisoned serial killer who loves Edgar Allan Poe and inspires others to murder in his honour. Its suitability has divided public opinion in the States.

Elsewhere, warm up for the start of the Formula One season with acclaimed 2010 doc Senna (TV3+, Sat 08:15); The Truth About Food (DR3, Thu 20:00) examines whether aphrodisiacs really work, Sex and Sensibility – The Allure of Art Nouveau (DRK, Wed 22:15) travels the routes fashionable with bohemians back in the day; catch all three episodes of Charlie Brooker’s highly-acclaimed satirical drama series Black Mirror (SVT1, Tue 00:25, Wed 00:05 and Thu 23:35); and finally, if you start noticing a raised inflection at the end of every other sentence at home, it’s because the kids are watching Aussie soap opera Neighbours (DR1, Mon-Fri 15:55) – catch the omnibus on Saturday morning at 08:15.