Pay TV: Friday, March 1
John Edward: Spirit of South Africa, Bio, 8.30pm
LET me guess: your grandfather died of something in his chest? No? His head, neck or abdomen? Yes? See, that's near the chest, so I was right. Your grandpa wasn't making himself clear. Sigh. Cold reading is pretty simple, as James Randi, Derren Brown and even South Park have shown for many years. Hot reading - where flunkies eavesdrop on people before the show - is shooting fish in a barrel. So it's amazing how often John Edward - who claims to have real, live dead people communicating with him - has long strings of misses, even in tightly edited shows such as this. Here he's even forced to pull the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card by claiming that an audience member who won't bite just isn't aware of what their dead relative is talking about, and that when they go home and consult live relatives they'll see that Edward is right. Even when the dead let Edward down, the living bend over backwards to help him. After the show, one family stumped by Edward's insistence that there was a Russian side to their family explains that some of them do know a Russian guy, so that's a hit. Truly amazing.
The Jo Whiley Sessions, Studio, 9.30pm
A FINE little series in which musicians play live in a small studio and talk about their lives, work and inspiration. Tonight it's English-Irish singer-songwriter Maverick Sabre. A great way to discover new music, and a perfect accompaniment to Live from Abbey Road (8.30pm), which tonight features Paloma Faith and Antony and the Johnsons.
Queer Fruits Film Festival, Aurora, 8.30pm
Highlights from the past four years of Australia's only regionally produced LGBT film festival.
Storytellers: Alicia Keys, MTV Live, 10pm
The American singer-songwriter performs for a small audience and relates the stories behind the songs.
Soho Blues, CI, 9.30pm
Gritty London policing reality.