The Week in DVR: Ingrid Bergman in Notorious, an 80s Classic, and Doctor Who All Gussied Up

Monday: Notorious
Some say Rear Window. Others, Vertigo. We say Notorious when asked to name our favorite Hitchcock film. Ingrid Bergman plays a boozy, sad beauty who must redeem herself—and her family name—by turning spy for government agent Cary Grant. The action takes place in 40s Rio de Janiero, where Bergman must marry a suspicious German in order to turn up secrets for Grant, who is both in love with her, and repulsed by her unladylike behaviors (which we found, for the record, totally awesome). [TCM, 8 p.m.]

Tuesday: Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
In America, Scottish celebrity chef is best known for his cartoonish, abusive outbursts on the Fox reality cooking competition Hell’s Kitchen. But across the pond, his far superior television show, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, showed a softer side of the rough-and-tumble chef. That program, which follows Ramsay as he tries to help failing restaurants, has also been remade for a U.S. audience (also for Fox), but skip that and DVR the BBC America reruns of the original. Today, Ramsay travels to Paris to help a Scottish woman who’s opened up a vegetarian place—with an uncontrollable chef, a bratty waitress and terrible food. Expect tough love, and Ramsay’s signature short fuse. [BBC America, 1 p.m.]

Wednesday: Hand Behind the Mouse
This documentary about Ub Iwerks, one of the early geniuses of animation technology, offers a sort of alternative history of early cartoons, focusing on Disney’s ‘go to’ guy rather than the more recognizable names associated with our early animated friends. The film also features tons of old cartoons that, despite an entire cable channel devoted to Disney productions, are rarely broadcast on tv. [Ovation, 8 p.m.]

Thursday: Stand By Me
Oh, Corey Feldman before he was a mess. Wil Wheaton before he became a computer nerd. Jerry O’Connell before he got skinny. And River Phoenix before he became an icon. The Observer can still quote this 80s classic, based on Stephen King’s short story "The Body," about four boys coming of age in the 50s who set off on a day’s journey in search of a teenager’s dead body. Scary, hilarious, and unbelievably sad. [AMC, 12 p.m.]

Friday: Doctor Who
We’re totally obsessed with the remade Doctor Who series, which stars adorable, foppish Scottish actor David Tennant as the well-dressed time lord (bespoke suits! Chuck Taylors!) who zips around in a police box fighting aliens and rooting out bad extraterrestrials. Today, the first part of one of our most favorite episodes airs on the SciFi channel. In it, the Doctor and his season 3 companion, Martha Jones, appear in Britain in 1913 where the Doctor has been forced to forsake his time lord self and become human in an attempt to evade some alien pursuers. There are also scary scarecrows. Trust us: this is not the Doctor Who of your youth. [SciFi, 5 a.m.]

The Week in DVR: Ingrid Bergman in Notorious, an 80s Classic, and Doctor Who All Gussied Up