TV Listings | Lemmy your ears and eyes


You’ve got to love Lemmy (TV2 Zulu, Wed 20:35), so it’s good to note they’ve finally pinned the biggest ever advocate of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle down for a feature-length rockumentary.

The Motörhead frontman who gave the world the classic single ‘Ace of Spades’ has always been upfront about his lifestyle. Forever single, bastards galore and approaching 70, he lives today within walking distance of his favourite American bar and grill that he frequents as often as possible in the hope he can add to the thousand-plus notches on his bedpost. This 2010 doc is an endearing portrait made by filmmakers who probably share the same aspirations (as one of the drummers in Spinal Tap says: “Have … a good time … all the time”) and its shallowness will disappoint those who regard him as a crude and selfish man. 

“Fuck Elvis and Keith Richards, Lemmy’s the king of rock ‘n’ roll,” contends Dave Grohl on his Probot website. “Lemmy’s a living, breathing, drinking and snorting fucking legend. No-one else comes close.”

Also shunning popular convention is Bunheads, a quirky new drama series (from the same stable as Gilmore Girls) about a showgirl who leaves LA to become a ballet teacher in a small town, which earned 74 from Metacritic last year but disappointed when it came to viewer numbers. Among the fans are TIME magazine, which called it a “joy to watch”. Appealing to ABC not to cancel it, it argued that “that there are different kinds of stories worth telling outside the usual genres” and Bunheads is one such show. 

Also worth telling is The Central Park Five (SVT1, Tue 22:00), a doc about how five black and Latino teenagers were convicted of a rape in Central Park that a serial rapist later confessed to. As well as examining the injustice, the doc offers an interesting perspective on how the city that never sleeps could easily become your worst nightmare.

Elsewhere, there’s another chance to see the first series of Sherlock (DR3, Sun 21:00); Britain’s Greatest Machines with Chris Barrie (DRK, Fri 22:40) and How Drugs Work (DR3, Wed 20:00) sound like fun; and Drugstore Cowboy (DR3, Sun 22:10) is a 1980s beacon of light in what was a decade of drudgery for cinema.