TV tonight: inside the world of prolific guitar virtuoso Frank Zappa

Alex Winter’s documentary offers previously unseen footage of Zappa in action. Plus: Mary Beard looks at the ongoing cultural exchange between the UK and Australia. Here’s what to watch this evening

Zappa

9pm, BBC Four

A hefty documentary attempting to do justice to the depth and breadth of Frank Zappa’s career. Outrageously prolific, and a guitar virtuoso, Zappa caught the first wave of 60s psychedelia but was always uneasy with codified music scenes, and more interested in outsider creativity. Alex Winter’s film offers unfettered access to previously unseen concert footage and music, and also features contributions from Zappa’s widow Gail, along with many of his collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood and Steve Vai. Phil Harrison

Inside Culture: Down Under

7.30pm, BBC Two

Mary Beard with Tim Minchin.
Mary Beard with Tim Minchin. Photograph: BBC Studios

In the wake of a trade deal between the two nations, Mary Beard looks at the cultural exchange between the UK and Australia, including a chat with former Australian PM, British-born Julia Gillard, and a play-out tune from a certain Neighbours actor … Ali Catterall

Unreported World

7.30pm, Channel 4

More globe-spanning misery from the fine, if gruelling, documentary strand. To Georgia this week, investigating the largely unregulated surrogacy market. Anja Popp finds an industry that preys upon vulnerable people to satisfy the desires of the wealthy, as women have babies to order in an attempt to pull themselves out of destitution. Bleak. PH

Grantchester

9pm, ITV

Jobs are on the line in this latest series of the engaging, cheerfully low-octane police drama. A successful music producer has been murdered and Robson Green’s Geordie is implicated. Will he have to face some unpalatable truths? Meanwhile, Will is on thin ice and considering his future for very different reasons. PH

Cobra: Cyberwar

9pm, Sky Max

As we rejoin the fictional cabinet headed by prime minister Robert Sutherland (Robert Carlyle), everything is a bit of a mess. Kent is a disaster area and the cyber-attack is continuing to jam communications. It’s hard to avoid the suspicion that Russia might be responsible for this carnage. PH

The Graham Norton Show

10:35pm, BBC One

Norton says “willkommen” to Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley – plugging their upcoming stage revival of Cabaret – alongside someone who knows a thing or two about hoofing: Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse. Stephen Merchant and new musical BFFs Elton John and Charlie Puth round out the guest list. Graeme Virtue

Premier League Football: Arsenal v Aston Villa Fri, 7pm Sky Sports Main Event. The neck-and-neck teams compete.

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