Liz Nicholls urges you to check out Jimi Hendrix Night and highlights what else is on offer for the long Easter weekend

Summer is coming. Yes, unless you like the idea of being eaten by frozen zombies and wrapping yourself in muddy furs, the arrival of the cherry blossom on the trees is good news.

And today is Good Friday so you now have permission to strip off and take a trip to Woodstock.

Now, depending on your age, that could mean either a bank holiday trip to Blenheim, or – more excitingly – skipping off to 1969’s Woodstock, New York, to the greatest festival of all time. I am now of the age that both sound appealing. Rock ‘n’ roll!

Jimi Hendrix, The Road to Woodstock on BBC Four tonight, 10.30pm, serves up the definitive documentary of the gig everyone wished they were at. Now you can be there, sat with a giant early Easter egg, soaking up one of the world’s most celebrated performances, all digitally repolished and turbocharged with snippets never seen before on telly.

And you don’t have to be a 60s-obsessed hippie, just a human being really, to enjoy Purple Haze, Voodoo Child and Jimi’s Star Spangled Banner whipping the admittedly starry-eyed crowd into a frenzy.

In case the genius of the guitar wizard was in any doubt, the same channel offers proof with the highlight of the Easter weekend: Imagine: Hear My Train A Comin’ from 9pm.

Bob Smeaton’s feature-length documentary, made last year, worships James Marshall Hendrix, who died just a year later, aged 27. Quote from Jimi: “It’s funny how most people love the dead. Once you’re dead you’re made for life.” He’s not wrong. After the death of the Queen Mother, while more footage of the matriarch spilled on to screen, accompanied by rousing classical music, a friend of mine remarked: ‘“Is there no end to this woman’s talents? I wouldn’t be surprised if someone popped up saying how she was great at origami”. This documentary is no exception. All of Jimi’s friends and fans pop up to testify that he was not just a genius but also a saint of Biblical proportions.

Hmmm. I bet he had his faults when he wasn’t on stage channelling the universe through his guitar, but hey, why not celebrate the positives?

Obviously, if you stay tuned and allow the riffs to unroll over Jimi Hendrix Night, there is nothing more to be said. “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens,” said Jimi, during a rare coherent moment. Pretty good quote, that. What a legend.

Other highlights to rock the lovely long Easter weekend (if you’re lucky) include the following: n On Easter Monday (9pm, ITV1), don’t miss Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. Starring David Threlfall of Shameless (in amazing prosthetics), Amanda Redman and Helen McCrory and written by Simon Nye, this lovingly played drama tells the story of one of Britain’s best-loved funnymen and his two also-loved women.

n The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013) 10.50pm Channel 4, tomorrow. Yes, another music doco from last year, this time by Shane Meadows, following the group through rehearsals for their 2012 reunion concerts at Manchester’s Heaton Park; the first time they had played together in 16 years. Epic.

n You could combine this into a double drop with Trainspotting at 12.50am surely the ultimate Easter film?