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Saturday February 3 2018
7-DAY
TV & RADIO
GUIDE
page 27
Tate on top
Tate director Maria
Balshaw on her first
year in the job 8
Fashion
on film
Oscar nominee
Lesley Manville on
Phantom Thread
art books theatre film music television what’s on puzzles
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everyone’s talking about
Julian Fellowes writes The Gilded Age
Contents
Crack open the scones and breathe a
collective sigh of relief, for the Downton
Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has a new
period drama coming out. Let Brexit
chuck at us what it may: national order is
restored.
Be warned, however, that the ten-part
series The Gilded Age finally extricates
Fellowes from the shortbread world of
England’s crumbling statelies, whose intricate upstairs-downstairs dramas first won
him an Oscar for the film Gosford Park in
2002. Instead we’re uprooted to 1880s New
York, which, as NBC’s official blurb puts it,
was “a period of immense social upheaval,
of huge fortunes made and lost, and of palaces that spanned the length of Fifth Avenue”. Which makes it sound more Dynasty
than Downton. Here it’s martinis at dawn
as established families such as the Astors
and the Vanderbilts see their status challenged by nouveau riche social climbers.
Downton Abbey is the most-nominated
non-US show in Emmy history. The Gilded
Age, however, marks Fellowes’s first original US production. It was commissioned
in 2012 by NBC, who twiddled their
thumbs while he finished penning every
episode of Downton’s six seasons. What
impact will the new non-Brit regime have?
No casting as yet, so we thought we’d do
our own. Dame Maggie Smith is surely a
given as the formidable heiress Caroline
Astor. But what about Marian Brook, “the
wide-eyed young scion of a conservative
family”? How Dynasty are we going here?
Are we talking a junior Kardashian?
Marian is set on “infiltrating the wealthy
neighbouring family dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell” (it’s
got to be Christopher Plummer), “his rakish and available son, Larry” (who sounds
like a sexual misconduct suit waiting to
happen) “and his ambitious wife, Bertha”
— inevitably Nicole Kidman.
All a tad worrying, but fingers crossed
that Lord Fellowes will prevail, or else we’ll
have to revoke his peerage. We await 2019
to see the results.
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Why?
Lesley Manville, the star
of Phantom Thread and
Mum, tells Andrew Billen
about awards success
and loneliness
Visual art 8-9
Tate director Maria
Balshaw talks to Rachel
Campbell-Johnston
about her journey to the
top of the art world
TV & radio 27-55
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Stanley Spencer’s
daughters, Six Nations
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kicks off and the best of
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Netflix and streaming
Six of the b
best
est 11
Musical instruments in
art and books, chosen by
conductor Marin Alsop
Profile 12-13
James Marriott on the life
and loves of the novelist
Julian Barnes
Books 15-23
Why Trump might be
good for America, inside
Mossad and a doctor’s
near-death experience
Heiress Caroline Astor
will be one of the
characters portrayed in
The Gilded Age
What they say
“To write The Gilded Age is the
fulfilment of a personal dream. I have
been fascinated by this period of
American history for many years and
now NBC has given me the chance to
bring it to a modern audience.”
Julian Fellowes
“It’s an addictive new universe of
fabulous people with the same signature
style, wit and emotional resonance for
which Julian is famous.” Jennifer Salke,
president, NBC Entertainment
The Bridge, London
Ann Treneman, page 25
pop
Lady Gaga
Manchester Arenaa
Will Hodgkinson,
page 24
exhibition
film
Ocean Liners
On general release
Kevin Maher, page 24
Cover story 4-5
“How vulgar to live in a
home clearly designed
for actually living a
modern life in”
Julius Caesar
Journey’s End
O critics pick the
Our
week’s best films,
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exhibitions, theatre,
ex
opera and more
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Hugo Rifkind 7
What the critics would pay to see
theatre
What’s on 24-25
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V&A, London
Rachel CampbellJohnston, page 25
Puzzles 56-59
Crossword, sudoku,
Scrabble and your
favourite brain teasers
Cover photograph
Universal Pictures;
Maria Balshaw by Chris
McAndrew for The Times
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film
The TV comedy star
who’s up for an Oscar
Lesley Manville, the Oscar-nominated star of fashion film Phantom Thread and the
BBC comedy Mum, tells Andrew Billen why she is loving every bit of her success
S
omebody once asked Lesley
Manville — perhaps after
she was robbed of an Oscar
nomination for Mike Leigh’s
Another Year in 2010, or, perhaps, after she won the best
actress Olivier award for
Ghosts four years later — if she would
rather win an Olivier than an Oscar. “I
said, ‘Actually, I would, because you can’t
hide on stage. It is the ultimate test.’ ”
Manville is telling me this, however,
before her Academy nomination last week
for best supporting actress in Phantom
Thread. I hope her confession does not
offend the Oscar electoral college. If she
wins next month, she will not only be the
first actor to hold aloft the 24-carat statuette in the same week they star in a humble
BBC sitcom, but, at 61, will be well overdue
the recognition.
In the BBC comedy Mum she plays the
patronised and put-upon widow Cathy,
weekly proving that virtue can be riveting.
In Phantom Thread she is the androgynously named Cyril, the formidably protective sister of Reynolds, a fictional Fifties
couture designer played by Daniel DayLewis in what he insists is his last role.
Their creepily close relationship is jeopardised when Reynolds falls in love with a
young waitress, Alma. Cyril’s nuanced
hostility to, containment of, then sympathy for Alma is a consistent joy in an odd
and inconsistently brilliant film.
The effete tyrant Reynolds is simply not
marriage material. A potential wife must
surrender her personality to him, and
Alma, played by Vicky Krieps, an actress
from Luxembourg, turns out not to be
prepared to do so. “She is very much her
own woman,” Manville says. “He doesn’t
do a Professor Higgins on her. That is why
she is so much of a challenge.”
The dedicated spinster Cyril, from
motives unannounced in the film, isn’t
exactly fitted for marriage either. Manville
does not think her lonely, but she is alone
— and during our interview in the Hospital Club in Covent Garden we talk a lot
about Manville’s professional and personal relationship with solitariness.
Although embedded in a family, Cathy
in Mum, for instance, is isolated, unsure
whether another relationship is possible.
Mary, in Mike Leigh’s Another Year, was
divorced, drunkenly middle-aged and
desperate. In the Old Vic’s 2007 adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My
Mother, Manville, as the matron Manuela,
had the melancholy line: “Women will do
anything to avoid being alone.” Her
Helene in Ibsen’s Ghosts in 2013 was
relieved of the loneliness of a hellish marriage only by bereavement.
Manville has been single since the end of
her second marriage in 2004. Before that
she had brought up a son on her own when
cut above Lesley
Manville, above, in
Phantom Thread with
Daniel Day-Lewis, and
right, in Mum on the BBC
‘Divorce is a
normal thing.
It’s how you
come out the
other side
that counts’
Gary Oldman, her first husband (and
fellow 2018 Oscar nominee), walked out in
1989. Alfie was just four months old.
I ask if Mum, which returns this month
with renewed hopes of romance for Cathy,
has encouraged her to seek love again. She
answers, instead, by way of Phantom
Thread, a film she says she loved for its
unequivocal concentration on relationships. “I think everybody wants to be
with somebody. Phantom Thread
hread
is a great film because it deals
als
with how you want a soul-mate, want to be part of a
unit, want to be loved and
to give love, but at the same
time you battle for your
autonomy. You also want to
be alone. Sometimes creatively you want to be on yourr
own. And that is an issue.
“It is hard to be prescriptive
riptive
about it because you’ll eitherr meet somebody and think, ‘That’s great; you’re great;
I’m happy to make some compromises in
my life to accommodate you,’ or you don’t
meet anybody, or you meet somebody and
you think, ‘They were very nice, but not
worth it.’ ”
Unlike Cyril, Manville has known loneliness. The point is she can handle it.
“I can be lonely. I can be alone and I can
have moments where I think, ‘Oh, I’m a bit
lonely at the moment.’ But in my hands
loneliness is safe. And loneliness is a normal feeling we all have at times. Some
people, sadly, have it all the time. Mary in
Another Year was one of those people who
had a lot of loneliness in her life, but she
was the wrong character, had the wrong
characteristics to handle the loneliness.
So she drank, talked too much, tried desperately to stay young and attract young
men and it was just a car crash of a life.”
If Manville does win her Oscar, it will
not be by emulating the Method techniques adopted by Day-Lewis, who is in
the running for best actor.
“He gets into character and that’s the
person who comes to set every day. But
that’s fine. That’s what he needs. I work
very differently. I want to go home as
Lesley. Can you imagine if I’d taken Mary
from Another Year home with me? It
would have been a desperate year for me.”
Did she know this was Day-Lewis’s last
acting role? “I shot his very last scene with
him, in fact, but I did not know. It came out
afterwards. Nobody had a whiff of it while
we were making the film. I think it’s a very
personal decision. We’ve talked a little bit
about it since.”
He has taken breaks before, I say. “I
think he sort of means it this time.”
In contrast, Manville, well past the age
when parts for actresses are meant to thin
out, describes her past few years, starting
with Ghosts at the Almeida and then
Broadway, as “extraordinary”. Work is not
slowing down. Richard Eyre’s stage production of Long Day’s Journey into Night,
starring Manville and Jeremy Irons, transferred to the West End on Tuesday and
will go to New York. During the day she is
filming the second series of Harlots, for
ITV and Hulu, in which she plays a brutal
Georgian brothel keeper. This year she will
again play Cathy in a third series of
Stefan G
Golaszewski’s Mum.
Fans adore it, but Mum may
Fa
still be the most undervalued
comedy on British TV. Caco
thy
th is the wry, sensitive and
sselfless centre of a family
who embody the opposite
w
of those qualities. Mum is
o
filmed from her point of
fil
view, and she still steals every
view
scene.
scene I ask how Cathy has
given bir
birth to such a stupid boy as
Jason, and it is almost
as if I have criticised
a
her own son (who has worked on the
camera crew for the series).
“It’s not so much that Jason or Kelly [his
girlfriend] are stupid. You could argue,
absolutely, that they perhaps don’t have
this fine intelligence about things that
Cathy does, which is true — but really
they’re just much more inward-looking.
They’re looking for self-gratification.”
Why does Cathy not explode at them?
“Because she is the most patient, gracious,
kind,
big-hearted,
non-judgmental
person. I mean, I’m not like that remotely.”
How long would she last in that house?
“Oh, minutes. Minutes. They would drive
me mad.”
In episode one of the new run, Kelly asks
Cathy at what age one acquires “the old
lady smell”. Yet one of my favourite
moments is when a lad confesses to Cathy
that he finds her pretty and it “confuses”
him. Manville says Golaszewski wrote the
line out of guilt for how the others discount
her looks.
Dressed today in a black-and-white
Zara dress, Manville is pretty and I don’t
mind telling her so. She offloads the compliment to Cathy. “She’s pretty, but she’s
not aware of it. She’s not trying to be.”
She appreciates the present wave of
“relationship” sitcoms that include Peter
Kay’s Car Share, Catastrophe and Motherland, although as a single mother she
was less “frazzled” than Anna Maxwell
Martin’s Julia in the last. “I did it with an
icy calm.”
Was she not in emotional turmoil and
fear being left to raise Alfie? “No. Well, I
don’t know. I suppose I must have been
from time to time, but I’m a very, very, very
practical person. I just get on with things.”
She never shouted at her son? “Oh
Christ, I’m sure I did. I’m not like Cathy.
I’ve got a steely side and a naughty side and
an impatient side.”
Peter Duncan, the former Blue Peter
presenter whom she dated at the Italia
Conti stage school in 1972 and has
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looks to die for Neon Demon depicts an industry that is not just hyper-competitive but murderous
Fashionistas on camera
From Funny Face to Zoolander, 10 movies with model looks
0 Diana Vreeland: The
Eye Has to Travel (2011)
“I wasn’t a fashion editor.
I was the one and only
fashion editor.” So says
the legendary Diana
Vreeland in this colourful
documentary. As editorin-chief of American
Vogue from 1963 to 1971,
she became known for
her singular vision;
she championed the
unexpected, the
outlandish and the
exotic, kicking off an
adventurous new mood
in fashion photography.
remained friends with, once said that
Manville had had “a lot of hard times with
her relationships over the years”. It is not
quite how she sees her life.
“Divorce is a normal thing, part of
people’s lives. They’re uncomfortable
when you’re going through them, but it’s
how you come out the other side that
counts.”
Manville was raised by a cab driver and
a former dancer in working-class Brighton
and knew poverty in the early parts of her
career. Determined to jettison the wholesome panto and Emmerdale roles she was
getting, she used the opportunity of a big
part — “tarty and common and lazy and
slouchy and chain-smoking and loads of
big make-up” — in Mike Leigh’s 1980 BBC
play Grown-Ups to pursue a different
career. The trouble was she had to wait for
the play to be transmitted for anything to
change, and it took almost a year.
“I moved house. I was lucky to have
my own flat, because that was done with
Emmerdale money, but I sold it and scaled
down. I turned down all the middle-ofthe-road telly that I’d been doing and I
held out and waited. And Grown-Ups went
out and even though I was about 23 and I’d
been working since I was 16, it was, like,
‘Who’s this new kid on the block?’ And that
was it. I started a long relationship with the
Royal Court [theatre]. I was there, on and
off, for 12 years.
“Oh God, I’ve been poor. Oh God, I’ve
been poor,” she sums up, but without
rancour. Her uneasiness is rather with
how comfortable she is now and the pampering she will receive promoting Phantom
Thread in America. This is not just class
guilt, but, I think, professional fear too.
“Professionally I see myself as an
observer of the world, which is why I don’t
want to have a rarefied existence. I don’t
want to be in a glass cage. I take the bus.
I take the Tube. I have to see the world as
it is. I’m 61, but I never stop going, ‘Isn’t
this great? I’m in first class, on a flatbed —
isn’t that amazing?’ And I hope that never
will stop.”
Still, I hope she enjoys every last freebie
of her Oscar glory. She has nothing to feel
guilty about. The guilt is all the Academy’s
— for not nominating her for Another Year
seven ceremonies back.
Mum returns to BBC Two this month.
Phantom Thread is on general release.
Long Day’s Journey into Night is at
Wyndham’s Theatre, London WC2
(0844 4825120), to April 7
0 Zoolander (2001)
Nuanced it definitely
is not, but as a broadstrokes, big-laughs satire
of the industry, Zoolander
is up there with Ab Fab. It
lampoons every aspect of
the circus, from moronic
male models to grandiose
designers and armies of
sycophantic hangers-on.
It also tackles the
question that has been
puzzling fashionistas for
decades: is there more
to life than being really,
really, ridiculously
good-looking?
0 The September Issue
(2009)
A fascinating fly-on-thewall look inside the
tightly run ship that is
Anna Wintour’s Vogue
office, replete with
politics, glamour and
bouts of passive
aggression. At the
heart of the American
magazine at the time was
a British odd couple:
Wintour and the
creative director Grace
Coddington, who
emerged as the cult star
of the show for her
quietly rebellious
outbursts.
0 Mannequin
(1987)
This kitsch
rom-com is arguably
so bad it’s great — a
brilliantly silly ode to
fashion’s power of
reinvention. Andrew
McCarthy and Kim
Cattrall star as a shopwindow designer and the
mannequin he falls in
love with (although she’s
really a time-travelling
Egyptian trapped in a
dummy — keep up).
The hammy supporting
performances are
fantastic, but the Eighties
wardrobe steals the show.
0 Neon Demon (2016)
A creepy psychological
horror centred on the
modelling industry,
which, come to think
of it, is a fertile
subject for a creepy
psychological horror.
Neon Demon does for
fashion what Black
Swan did for ballet,
depicting those who
work in the industry as
not just hypercompetitive, but
murderous. Sweet-faced
Elle Fanning plays the
young model dragged
into a nightmare.
Stay in school, kids.
0 Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
This multistranded
drama by Robert Altman
isn’t his finest, but when
it comes to capturing the
three-ringed circus that
is fashion week, it’s right
on the money. Stylists,
editors, models, designers
and photographers
descend en masse for
the Paris shows, with a
cast that includes Julia
Roberts, Kim Basinger,
Tim Robbins, Richard E
Grant and Forest
Whitaker, plus half the
famous fashionistas and
-istos of the early
Nineties.
0 Funny Face (1957)
Audrey Hepburn, below
right, stars as the beatnik
intellectual who is
reluctantly turned into a
top fashion model in this
George Gershwin
musical, while Fred
Astaire plays the
photographer who drags
her out of obscurity. A
beautifully shot
portrait of the
old days of
fashion, with
elegant salon shows
and stunning gowns —
Edith Head and Hubert
de Givenchy shared the
costume design credits.
0 Dior and I (2014)
Following Raf Simons’s
preparations for his
first show as the
artistic director of the
fashion house Dior, this
film benefits from the
restrained style of the
director Frédéric Tcheng.
Many fashion docs of
recent years have been
little more than puff
pieces, but this one
feels real, with plenty
of moments of
awkwardness and
anxiety. Its most
fascinating scenes focus
on the seamstresses,
many of whom have been
behind the scenes for
decades, forming their
own views on the work.
0 The
Th Devil Wears
Prada
Prad (2006)
This fictionalised
Th
account of life at a
ac
gglossy mag is based on
a novel by Lauren
Weisberger, who had
W
been
Anna Wintour’s
b
assistant
at Vogue.
as
Read
Re into that what you
will. Anne Hathaway
plays
play the cynical young
journalist
forced to take a
jour
PA job
j on a fashion mag;
Meryl Streep, left, is the
horrifyingly chilly editor
feared by her staff.
Streep’s “Cerulean blue”
speech on the way
fashion filters down from
haute couture to high
street is still oft-quoted in
the industry.
0 Bill Cunningham
New York (2010)
A charming portrait of
the New York street-style
photographer Bill
Cunningham, who
for decades was to be
seen cycling around
Manhattan in his blue
worker’s jacket, stopping
to snap anyone in an
interesting outfit. The
delight that Cunningham
took in documenting
fashion is enchanting
and infectious, while
the insights into his
personal life are often
heartbreaking.
Hattie Crisell
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Hugo Rifkind on TV
This hour of nimby green-belt
planning had me totally gripped
RICHARD MACER/BLAST FILMS/BBC
The New Builds
Are Coming
(BBC Two)
Requiem
(BBC One)
N
ew build. Odd term.
Why do we even have it?
Everything was new
once. Americans and
Germans don’t look
down on new homes and
given the choice prefer
to live in one. Cleave it open, though, this
odd, ingrained notion that real homes,
proper homes, should have emerged into
being at least a lifetime ago, like mushrooms, or which spoon to use, or the
Queen, and you will find true, lunatic
Britishness, inside, stark naked and with
nowhere left to hide.
Our yearning for period features. Our
competitive need to own a house that has,
if not actual damp and rodents, then at
least the potential for both, held heroically
at bay. It’s ludicrous, isn’t it? How vulgar to
live a modern life in a home designed for
living a modern life in! You want a freezing
pile of mouldy rubble, don’t you? Because
you’re a pretentious British idiot. Like me.
All this, anyway, was the emotional subtext of episode one of The New Builds Are
Coming, Richard Macer’s documentary
about a planning dispute in Culham,
Oxfordshire. This, he tells us, is the sort of
quiet, pretty place where villagers leave
out garden apples for passersby. Yet it is
also green belt and close to the railway line,
and as a result the local council is mad
keen to build there, and as a result of that
the stone-cottage dwelling nimbys feel
their world is about to end.
Undeniably, your Oxfordshire nimbys
are all of a certain tribe. When they come
together in a campaigning committee, it’s
glaring. The Viyella shirts, the voices, the
heads of grey hair. And one cannot help
but notice that when we meet some of the
people who would dearly love to live in a
new build outside Culham, these people
are of a different tribe. Such as Mark and
Rebecca, a pair of newlyweds in their
twenties, both of whom work for the NHS.
Their dreams are the same dreams that
led many of those now complaining to
move there too, they’re just having them a
generation later. No doubt they would love
to be able to do what, for example, Culham
residents Andrew and Kathy Rushton did,
which was move here decades ago and
build a dream family home. Now they’re
pulling up the ladder behind them.
Only, why shouldn’t they? That’s the
thing. Townies like me may insist greenbelt construction is essential (and I do, and
it is), but I chose to live in an insane thicket
of humanity already. Culham residents
have explicitly chosen not to. Did they
vote for the British demographic explosion? If not, are they not entitled to feel
peeved at having to deal with it?
We meet John Cotton, who as the leader
of South Oxfordshire district council is
responsible for all of this, and who, says
Macer, is “as popular as Dutch elm disease” as a result. He holds a survey that
finds a majority of residents are in favour
of the development, which the grey-haired
army reckon is a fix. “This isn’t a referendum,” he shrugs. He’s right, although within that shrug is a whole world of conflict
between technocracy and actual humans,
and the disempowering hopelessness of
the latter being always bound to lose.
Or will they? The Rushtons will probably be fine; there’s a glorious moment of
conflicted realisation when Cotton
explains that the planning permission will
apply to their land too, which will mean
they’ll be able to sell it for millions. True,
those NHS workers may not be able to
afford even these satanic new builds, but
somebody will. If there was a flaw to this
programme, which had me totally gripped
in a way you’d think an hour of green-belt
planning would not, it was here. Who are
the buyers? Where are they? They lurked
in the hinterland of all this, faceless, like the
White Walkers yet to come.
Requiem is spooky and weird, but I’m
mainly desperate to know whether Lydia
Wilson is wearing a wig. It’s a pretty good
wig if so, but not so good that I don’t still
totally wonder. Hmm. Irrelevant. Otherwise, it’s a thriller-cum-horror, although
the thriller bits feel a bit well-trodden and
the horror bits, so far, are mainly confined
to “oo-wah-oo-wah” noises while various
characters freak out at mirrors.
Wilson plays Matilda, a promiscuous
hipster cellist. By which I mean she sleeps
with lots of people and she’s a hipster
cellist, not that she’ll play hipster cello for
anyone. Anyway, her mother, played by
Joanna Scanlan, does the mirror-freakout
home front Culham
residents resist the
bulldozers on The New
Builds Are Coming
This is the
sort of quiet,
pretty place
where
villagers
leave out
garden apples
for passersby
thing and then turns up at Matilda’s stage
door to top herself. Grisly. Then Matilda
finds out that Mum kept loads of clippings
about a girl who disappeared from a small
town in Wales, about 23 years ago, when
Matilda was about 23 years younger than
she is now. Tangentially, we find out she
doesn’t remember much from before she
was about five. It’s terribly subtle.
Off Matilda goes to Wales, best friend
(Joel Fry) in tow. Is he gay? Either that or
he has been totally friend-zoned. She befriends Nick (James Frecheville), who is
the Australian heir of the big village house,
whose previous owner has likewise just
topped himself. Meanwhile, she starts
hassling the mother of the girl who dis-
appeared all those years ago, feeling naggingly that between a) a girl who disappeared at five, and b) herself, who remembers nothing before five, there may be
some kind of a link.
I’m not making it sound very good, am I?
Actually, it is quite, but I can’t escape the
feeling that it’s going a long way by simply
combining two quite hackneyed genres
without doing much very interesting with
either. Although maybe it will in time,
having got the first twist out of the way at
the end of episode one. “It’s me!” says Matilda just before the credits, being at that
precise moment the only person in your
living room who didn’t grasp this ages ago.
Maybe she was confused by the wig too.
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Saturday February 3 2018 | the times
visual art
‘I don’t want to filter out the greats.
After eight months as Tate boss, Maria Balshaw explains how she’s opening up the gallery to
new artists and audiences. ‘I’m not a snob about anything,’ she tells Rachel Campbell-Johnston
S
he looks the very paradigm
of middle-aged Edwardian
woman: flushed applecheeked face, bright eyes
with deep crinkles, thick,
backswept hair just beginning to stray loose from its
bun. How easily you can imagine her fussing round her domestic milieu. But her
clothing tells a different story. Instead of
the pleated blouse and enamel brooch of
cliché, she is wearing an academic gown.
This is no downtrodden wife of a Forsterian businessmen. It is the suffragist Dame
Millicent Fawcett, a committed campaigner for women’s rights.
Today, to mark the centenary of the 1918
Representation of the People Act, which
gave women over the age of 30 the right to
vote, this portrait of Fawcett goes on display in Tate Britain, where it will hang for
two weeks before travelling to Manchester. There it will be the star in a show of
work by its painter, the artist Annie Swynnerton, who in 1922 became the first
elected female member of the Royal Academy of Arts. This year Fawcett will also be
honoured with a statue of her commissioned from Gillian Wearing. It will show
Fawcett holding a placard that reads,
“Courage calls to courage everywhere” —
words taken from a speech that she gave
after the death of Emily Wilding Davison
at the Epsom Derby in 1913. This will be the
first monument to a woman to be erected
in Parliament Square.
“The display of this portrait is a deeply
personal thing for me,” says Maria Balshaw, the director of the Tate. “It’s absolutely vital that we should be celebrating
this moment; remembering the 100 years
that have passed because . . . ” she pauses
and fixes me with her pale-grey eyes, “One
hundred years . . . it’s such a very short time
that women have been considered sentient beings, that they have been considered
capable of having political views. And even
then it was only when they reached the age
of 30. And I think of my daughter. She is so
active and lively. But she would still have
had 12 more years to wait before being
allowed her voice.”
Balshaw, who was born in Birmingham
in 1970, but grew up in Northampton,
came from a family of activists. She remembers being taken by her mother to
peace movement marches in Molesworth,
helping during the miners’ strikes. “A
sense of political engagement was expected of us. It’s what we talked about over
breakfast. And I have raised my children in
a similar way.” She has a daughter and a
son from her first marriage; her husband,
Nick Merriman, who takes up the post of
chief executive of the Horniman Museum
in south London in May, has two sons.
‘One hundred
years — it’s
such a very
short time
that women
have been
considered
sentient
beings’
art house Tate Britain on Millbank, overseen by Maria Balshaw, below
Yet rights, Balshaw firmly believes, are
not just about having the vote. They are
about accepting the responsibilities that
come with it. Her career, far from leading
her away from her roots into an elitist
realm of high culture, has been spent trying to make that culture as broadly accessible, intellectually relevant and exciting to
as many people as possible.
Having taken a degree in literature and
cultural studies at Liverpool, then gained a
PhD in African-American visual and literary culture, Balshaw ran Creative Partnerships in Birmingham for four years before,
in 2006, being appointed director of the
Whitworth art gallery in Manchester.
There she masterminded a £15 million
transformation of the gallery and, in so doing, bagged the 2015 museum of the year
award. An ardent believer in the importance of culture and creativity, she played a
huge role in convincing the government to
part with the funds for a £110 million arts
venue in Manchester, the Factory, as the
site for a new biennial.
Balshaw became the driving force
behind a northern renaissance, prepared
to plunge headlong into the sort of plans
that more timid directors would not have
risked — she agreed, for instance, to let
Marina Abramovic remove all the artworks from the walls of the Whitworth
(she didn’t even know at the time if she
would have the space to store them) and
open the space up to performance instead.
However, she has not forgotten her
principles. “In Manchester I used to
walk daily past the pictures which, at
the height of the suffrage movement,
women had violently attacked. It was
not that they wanted to destroy culture,” she explains. “They were just
distressed about how women were
portrayed. And as I went by I used to
think about how much had changed
and how much hadn’t. I used to feel
that those women held me to account.
And I still do.”
A year ago Balshaw was appointed the
director of the Tate. It’s the most important position in the British art world and
Balshaw is the first woman to fill the post.
She must bring her bold eye, fresh energy,
manifest enthusiasm and considerable if
not particularly conventional knowledge
to the challenge of piloting this vessel
through tricky post-Brexit vote waters.
She doesn’t plan to take those big risky
leaps any more. “Big risks are to do with
ambition, with that midlife sense that if
you are going to work you might as well
work at the edge of what’s possible. But
Tate is at the most extraordinary point in
its already extraordinary history. Nick
Annie Swynnerton’s
portrait of Millicent
Fawcett is on display
at Tate Britain,
London SW1 (020 7887
8888), until February 12;
Annie Swynnerton:
Painting Light and Hope
is at Manchester Art
Gallery (0161 235 8888),
from February 23 to
January 6, 2019.
All Too Human: Bacon,
Freud and a Century
of Painting is at
Tate Britain from
February 28
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body of work
Main picture: The
suffragist Millicent
Fawcett by Annie
Swynnerton. Left:
Coterie of Questions
by Lynette YiadomBoakye. Above: The
Family by Paula
Rego. Top right:
Reverse by Jenny
Saville. Below: Girl
with a Dog by Lucian
Freud. All are in the
All Too Human show
Serota [the former director; Balshaw sits
on the board of the Arts Council, which he
chairs, and still consults him regularly] has
already done all the things that he said he
would do — and done them very successfully. Now I must work out what possibilities that can offer. Being in charge of Tate
now is itself the big leap.”
Her aim, she suggests, is rather to widen
and deepen the Tate remit. This month a
new exhibition, All Too Human: Bacon,
Freud and a Century of Painting Life, opens
at Tate Britain; a show that looks at how
artists over the past century have captured
the human form in paint. “It will look in
particular at the School of London painters,” says Balshaw, “at Francis Bacon and
Lucian Freud. But Paula Rego will be hung
alongside these contemporaries. She was
there at the time and her work is utterly
compelling.” Although the subtitle focuses
on the male heavy hitters, among the contemporary artists there will be women
including Cecily Brown, Celia Paul, Jenny
Saville and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
“We want to broaden the story, add
nuance and complexity. Complex and
nuanced,” she says, laughing. “Those are
words that have been cropping up all week.
People are often keen to . . . ” She hesitates
and chooses her word carefully. “Simplify
might be the kindest way of putting it,” she
says. “If I say I am more interested in a
diverse history, it’s assumed that I don’t
like the mainstream. But that isn’t the case.
Diversity isn’t shorthand for female, gay or
black. It means lots of people who are
different and ideas that are different. Of
course I was appointed with a particular
agenda to explore a broader gender history of art, which until recently was unproductively narrow. But that doesn’t mean
filtering out the greats. For heaven’s sake,
we are about to open a Picasso show.
“I am not a snob about anything,” Balshaw declares. “I am highly eclectic in my
interests. Theoretically and politically I
am interested in lots of different forms of
cultural production. So yes, I love textiles.
Cloth has always seemed to me just as
important as anything else. And that’s
important because I am committed to
making the widest range of people feel
that Tate has something to offer them, that
they are welcome to come and find something that they might want to learn about.
I want to challenge the social and economic disadvantage that makes people
think that they can’t come into an institution even though it is free.”
Allegations about sexual harassment in
the art world have recently emerged;
among the most prominently accused is
the powerful dealer turned donor
Anthony d’Offay. The Tate, in consultation with National Galleries Scotland, has
given what Balshaw feels is a “measured
response” in suspending any further contact until investigations have been made.
“But I personally have never suffered
any such issues,” says Balshaw. “Then, I
wouldn’t,” she adds. “I was raised to be a
confident women who, when I encountered harassment, would say, ‘Please
don’t’ . . . or something rather more direct,”
she says with a laugh, telling me about her
time as a waitress in the 1980s.
“Then, when men had got a bit drunk,
they thought it entirely appropriate to put
their hand up your skirt.” Her response: to
tip a trayful of flaming sambucas on top of
them.
Balshaw does not feel that she has been
discriminated against because she is a
woman. “But that doesn’t mean I haven’t
noticed completely outrageous things
being thought or said,” she adds. “I notice
those odd, quickly covered looks when I
am introduced as director of Tate. And my
appointment was met with either a bit too
much surprise or delight. It shouldn’t be so
unusual that the leader of a major arts institution should be a woman — especially
when you see how many women there are
in our profession.”
She is certainly beginning to find comments on her clothes “a bit tedious”.
“Though I really love clothes,” she admits,
picking at a ruffly bit on a dress that she
informs me is Erdem. “And yes, for parties
I will put on sparkly shoes. Though for the
day it’s always trainers. I couldn’t get about
the galleries without them.”
Your gender should not be what defines
you, she insists. “I might have been defined
as much by the fact that I grew up in a town
without an art gallery as by the fact that I
was a girl. I emerged from an academic
background where artists were challenging notions of identity. I don’t believe in the
idea that one is intrinsically a woman. You
have many identities. You are what you are
required to be by all the different roles in
your life.”
What she has noticed, though, is that
good bosses will challenge bad behaviour,
while bad bosses ignore it. And she wants
to be a good boss at the Tate.
“Responsibility is not a burden,” she
says. “It’s something to delight in. I delight
in my responsibility to try to lead well.”
What does that entail, I wonder? Her
answer is characteristically open and
quick. “It means making clear to all those
who work with me that it’s entirely possible to make everything that we want to
happen, happen,” she declares with a
confident smile.
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Musical instruments in art
chosen by Marin Alsop, conductor
Music is the most
abstract of art forms,
and that is why I love it.
Where words can be
confining in their
literalness, music is
flexible, malleable,
adaptable: the same
notes can be interpreted
differently by every
individual.
That is why so many
artists have incorporated
music into art forms that
are not musical. Music
adds breadth, depth and
complexity. Film is the art
form that uses music
most directly. John
Williams writes music
that not only adds to a
film, but that is wonderful
music in its own right. His
work is operatic in its
techniques. In Williams,
as in Wagner, the main
characters are given a
leitmotif that captures
their character. Even
people who think they
don’t know about music
will know Darth Vader’s
“leitmotif”. Music is telling
the parallel story and
connecting us on a
subconscious level.
Music can appear in
other art forms as a
symbol, or a vehicle
for emotions or
meanings or even,
as in Thomas
Mann’s
The Magic
Mountain, as a
character in its
own right. Great artists
often weave musical
traits into non-musical
art forms — for me,
Mann’s prose has a clear
musical quality and
Kandinsky created
paintings that were
inherently musical in
their composition.
Nicola Benedetti
performs Beethoven’s
Violin Concerto with the
Orchestra of the Age
of Enlightenment,
with Marin Alsop
conducting, at the
Royal Festival Hall,
London SE1
(020 3879
9555), on
Sunday, then
touring
yellow-red-blue, wassily kandinsky (1925)
Kandinsky did not explicitly give this painting a musical title — as he did with many of his others — and yet I
see music so clearly in it. In part, this feeling is a literal interpretation; that strong line to the right reminds me
of a musical instrument and there appears to be something reminiscent of a stave in the bottom right-hand
corner. But my response to this painting is more primal. I’m drawn to the primary colours he chooses and I
think they create a very rich, harmonious palette — almost like chords.
the pianist, directed by roman polanski (2002)
In this film a Polish Jewish pianist has to endure
terrible horrors, but he finds escape and a world of
beauty via the music he plays. This is based on a true
story — in the Second World War so many people
went through horrendous experiences, yet somehow
music survived and brought comfort and a sense of
self to those suffering. It is a testament to how art can
reach us, even in the depths of despair.
lady seated at a virginal, johannes vermeer (1672)
In this painting there is the literal presence of music
in the scene — the woman sitting at her instrument —
but there is also a musicality in the way the shapes
and shades of the objects mirror each other. The shape
of the cello is reflected in the shape of her dress; the
painting within the painting reflects the colours of the
indoor scene.
V the
musical company, rembrandt van rijn (1626)
This painting is an enigma. Who are these people and
what kind of musical gathering is this? They don’t
look as though they go together — and their
communications skills definitely seem to be
challenged. Musicians should be working in harmony
whereas each of these characters look as if they are in
their own world. I love the questions and ambiguity
this painting raises; it’s like a puzzle in a painting.
bel canto by ann
patchett (2001)
The way music is used in
this book is so clever. It is
about a terrorist attack
on a gathering — but
really it is about the
relationship between two
people who can’t speak
the same language, yet
fall in love through
music; that is their bond.
I think people fall in love
through music every
second of every day.
magic mountain
by thomas mann (1924)
Music in Mann’s work
is used as a metaphor
on many levels but,
especially in this novel,
on a political one.
This is a book about
democracy and freedom
that I first read when I
was 12 when it made
an enormous impression
on me.
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A very grown-up affair: the
truth in Julian Barnes’s fiction
The author’s teenage relationship with an older woman may have inspired the plot of his
latest novel, The Only Story. James Marriott finds out more about his life and loves
A
teenager has an affair
with a middle-aged
woman. The relationship lasts through his
university years and into
his adult life. She moves
away from her family
home and buys a house where they live
together. She meets his friends. This is the
stuff of fiction — specifically, it is the plot
of Julian Barnes’s new novel, The Only
Story. Like so much good fiction, however,
it has some grounding in fact — that’s
according to Barnes’s university friend
Andrew Saint, who became a professor of
architecture at Cambridge University.
Saint met Barnes at Oxford in the midSixties and later shared a flat with him in
London, long before critically adored and
bestselling books such as Flaubert’s Parrot
and The Sense of an Ending made him one
of the few genuine celebrities in modern
English literature. In most respects Barnes
was an unremarkable young man. He was
reserved — not “emotionally open at all”,
Saint remembers — although “with a beer
or two he would warm and he could be
funny”. He was something of an aesthete,
part of a crowd who “were inclined to sit
around and read poetry and get up late and
not do very much”, but he was also able to
participate in macho chat about football
(Barnes is a Leicester City supporter).
So far, so humdrum. However, there was
one unusual thing about the young Julian
Barnes: his relationship with a much older
woman, Laurien Wade. The hero of
Barnes’s new novel, Paul, meets his older
lover, Susan, at a suburban tennis club during a university holiday. Barnes met Wade
when he had a temporary job as a teacher
at the school her father, Lawrence Beesley,
used to run in Northwood, where Barnes
grew up (Beesley appears as a character in
Barnes’s novel A History of the World in
10½ Chapters). Saint suggests that Barnes
met Wade, like Paul, during a university
holiday, or perhaps earlier in the period
between school and university. That
means Barnes would have been 18 or 19
when he met Wade and she would have
been in her early fifties.
The pair clearly had an extraordinarily
strong emotional attachment. Saint tells
me that Wade went as far as to buy a house
in Oxford after Barnes moved there.
When he moved to London, she followed
him there too, buying a house in Tufnell
Park. Wade was married, but Saint thinks
that she split from her husband before she
knew Barnes.
Unusually, perhaps, for such a reserved
young man, Barnes was not secretive
about the relationship. Just like the hero of
his new book, he introduced his university
circle to his older friend. A crowd of bright
young men would gather at Wade’s Oxford
house where she would mother them,
making sure they were well-fed and
listening to their intellectual conversation
with “a kind of open wonder, in an oldfashioned ‘women admiring men’ way”.
Talking to Saint, it is clear that Wade was
a unique woman. He remembers her as
“slightly fey, very lively, very open and very
naive in a slightly attractive way”. She was
capable of being “very funny” too. It is
quite clear why Barnes was attracted to
her. Her sense of humour would have attracted the witty young student, as would
her ambivalence towards the restrictive
values of the English suburbs (Barnes has
spoken of his “phobic reaction” to suburban middle-class life). Wade’s mischievous sense of humour shines through in a
letter she wrote to The Times in 1960 as
part of a chain about floristry, in which she
describes how she was once “overcome
with mirth” at an uninspiring display of
flower arranging. (This amused irreverence towards middle-class pursuits is a
quality shared by Susan in The Only Story).
Beyond that obvious initial connection,
Julian Barnes with Martin Amis in 2008
the nature of the relationship was more
mysterious. Saint recalls an obscure sense
that “he probably owed her quite a lot, but
I couldn’t put my finger on what he owed
her”. She was “emotionally quite dependent on him” too, something Saint thinks
Barnes implicitly understood. In turn, he
treated her with great kindness and felt an
increasing sense of responsibility towards
her, especially as she got older and became
“a little bit less well organised and a little
bit vague” and Barnes had to “monitor her
a bit”. This is a gentler descent than the one
depicted in Barnes’s book, in which Susan
sinks into alcoholism and Paul finds himself at his wits’ end trying to care for her.
The obvious question hanging over all
of this is whether the relationship was a
sexual one. Paul’s fictional affair with
Susan is defiantly erotic, complete with
ecstatic descriptions of his beloved’s ears. I
ask Saint whether he thinks Barnes’s relationship with Wade was just a very close
friendship. “Well, I don’t know,” he replies.
“People used to speculate about it, but I
never had any reason to suspect it was
anything else but that.”
It took Barnes a while to find his feet
after university. He worked at the Oxford
English Dictionary for a while (in the
“sports and dirty words section”) before
moving to London to read for the Bar.
Although Barnes’s books attest to a meticulous intelligence that could have made
him a fine lawyer, the shy young novelist
wasn’t cut out for courtroom theatrics —
he has described himself as “virtually mute
at that time and very self-conscious”.
He turned to writing and it quickly
became clear that this was his vocation.
Barnes launched himself on literary
London with panache, memorably turning up to one party in a bottle-green velvet
suit. Whether or not he was still in touch
with Wade at this point in his life, she was
certainly on his mind and he occasionally
used her maiden name, Beesley, as a nom
de plume. In 1977, at the age of 31, he joined
the New Statesman as the assistant literary
editor under Martin Amis. It was through
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into two camps: the regretful suburban
romance and the experimental quasiessay. Metroland belongs to the former
camp, but strangely the novel that made
Barnes’s name belongs to the latter. His
third book, Flaubert’s Parrot, published in
1984, is a formally innovative account of an
eccentric literature professor’s attempt to
reconstruct the life of the French novelist
— hardly obvious bestseller material.
Nevertheless, it became a worldwide hit
(and spawned a trend for possessive titles
along the way — see The Pope’s Rhinoceros, Voltaire’s Coconuts).
Barnes was now a critical and a popular
success. The writer DJ Taylor points out
that he was also lucky: the beneficiary of a
unique moment in literary history. Taylor
explains that in the 1980s “literary fiction
was fashionable in a way that it has never
been before or since. There was a lot of
money flowing into the literary world and
suddenly you’d be getting a quarter of a
million pounds as an advance for a book,
whereas ten years before you’d have been
lucky to get five.”
Not only was Barnes a material success,
but he was happy romantically too. In 1979
he married the literary agent Pat Kavanagh. In Barnes’s new novel, Susan says:
“Everyone has their love story.” This, it
seems, was Barnes’s. His relationship with
‘It all seemed unreal.
It really was the
dark night of the
soul for Julian’
The best
of Barnes
Metroland
Toni and Chris are a pair
of impossibly intellectual
(and impossibly
pretentious) teenagers
swanning round London
mocking the bourgeois.
Moving and funny.
writer’s life
Top: Laurien Wade,
pictured circa 1940,
when she was in her
mid-twenties. She met
Barnes in her early fifties.
Above: Barnes with his
wife, Pat Kavanagh
Amis that he became part of the gang who
would rule English letters for the next 30
years: Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie,
James Fenton and Christopher Hitchens.
The group was famous for its boisterous
lunches filled with intellectual swagger,
battles of wit and outlandish word games.
McEwan recalls that, although shy, Barnes
was able to hold his own in this company
with a “lovely strain of irony”. Certainly,
the others respected Barnes’s intelligence.
Although younger, McEwan and Amis
had already published novels and McEwan tells me that there was a sense that he
and Amis were confidently waiting for
Barnes to catch up. “We knew he was writing a novel and it didn’t seem right that he
hadn’t published one yet.”
That novel was Metroland. Despite some
unhelpful criticism (after reading the manuscript, one friend told Barnes to reread
Great Expectations and put in a wanking
scene), the book was published in 1980.
Metroland is a brilliantly funny account
of the life of pretentious, Flaubertobsessed Christopher Lloyd, who finds
himself sucked back into the suburban life
he had rejected as a young man. The book
won Barnes the Somerset Maugham
award as well as rare and much-treasured
praise from the poet Philip Larkin.
Barnes’s books can be crudely divided
Flaubert’s Parrot
French scribbler Gustave
Flaubert is Barnes’s
greatest hero. This book
follows a fictional
Flaubert nut, Geoffrey
Braithwaite, who is on a
mission to reconstruct
Flaubert’s life via railway
schedules — and his
stuffed parrot.
Before She Met Me
When Graham Hendrick
leaves his wife for the
beautiful Ann, his life is
on the up. Then he starts
to suffer “retrospective”
jealousy, envying Ann’s
previous lovers — above
all the hunky leading men
from her film career.
A History of the World
in 10½ Chapters
An unclassifiable novelcum-essay that ranges
from Noah’s Ark to
medieval France via Arab
terrorists and Géricault’s
painting The Raft of the
Medusa, this is Barnes at
his smartest.
Kavanagh appears to have been happy
(excepting one blip, when Kavanagh had
a brief affair with the writer Jeanette Winterson). Barnes’s friend Deborah Moggach
recalls often bumping into “him and Pat
walking” on Hampstead Heath. “They
were always talking,” she says. “I’ve always
envied married couples who seem to have
a lot to say to each other.”
Pat’s sudden death from a brain tumour
in 2008 was the great crisis of Barnes’s life.
“He crossed a wasteland of bereavement
after Pat’s death,” McEwan says. McEwan
recalls that not long after Pat died, Barnes
came to stay with him in the Chilterns.
One evening, McEwan recalls, “we went
on a long walk together. I’d left a stew simmering and we came back afterwards and
lay on parallel sofas. It all seemed unreal . . .
it really was the dark night of the soul for
Julian.” This may have been made darker
still by the death of Wade in 2009 aged 94.
The intense grief that Barnes experienced at this time could have crushed
some people. But his friend the biographer
and academic Dame Hermione Lee thinks
that after the “hard and painful” experiences he has been through, Barnes, now 72,
has become “rather wise”. “A lot of his
friends go to him for advice,” she says. He
is still restlessly curious, discovering new
passions in later life. “He’s developed a
taste for the opera,” Dame Hermione says.
“After Pat died he began to go to the opera
and now he goes all the time.”
Wade’s death may also have released
Barnes to write about their friendship. The
new novel and the Booker prizewinning
The Sense of an Ending, published in 2011,
deal with a young man’s affair with an older woman. Barnes’s newfound wisdom
certainly shines through too. The restless,
keen intelligence of his youth burns as
brightly as ever, but it is now coupled with
a more meditative, thoughtful understanding. The Only Story begins by asking:
“Would you rather love the more, and
suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer
the less?” Few people can be as well placed
to answer that question as Julian Barnes.
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Will Trump destroy US democracy?
SUSAN MEISELAS/MAGNUM PHOTOS
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national security agencies were doing.
What if the “deep state” also regards
Trump’s successor as an outlier? “Trump
has given them powerful and righteous
motives to emancipate themselves.”
That would be a whole new set of problems for democracy even in a world from
which The Donald had departed. This is
not a warning of tanks on the streets, but it
is a strong reminder that fears of the “deep
state” should not be dismissed just because
Trump enthusiasts living in gun-infested
stockades in Idaho may have them. America has had a problem before with overmighty security bureaucrats. Trump (ironically, perhaps) may be the gateway to
bringing them in from the cold.
Well, all right. It’s been tough. Trump
may be a deeply odd man with little regard
for, or knowledge of, the dainty habits of
pluralism. But is he that bad? Frum himself
points out that the destruction of democratic life in America has been limited so
far. He quotes the great Peggy Noonan of
The Wall Street Journal (a speechwriter for
Ronald Reagan) on the subject of Trump
as a leader: “He is weak and snivelling . . .
He’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying.”
Not a Strong Man then, because he’s not
a strong man. America will tire of his
moaning and move on. The Republicans
A leading Republican is
warning that Trump’s
America is becoming
a kleptocracy,
says Justin Webb
S
hannon Carey, a teacher from California, tweeted recently about the
plight of children and parents who
fear a knock on the door from
America’s immigration police. It
was heartfelt and fully believable — under
President Trump, immigration and customs enforcement, known by the sinister
acronym ICE, has become more energetic
and aggressive than it was in most years of
the Obama presidency.
There are real cases of cruel separations
as people who have lived blameless lives in
the US as illegal immigrants are sent
“home”. But at the end of the tweet Carey
went further. “I am not overreacting,” she
said, “when I say the parallels to 1937 Germany are stunning.”
How bad is Donald Trump? Is he
Hitler-bad?
David Frum is not quite in the Hitlerbad camp, but not a million miles from it.
Frum is a serious character: a conservative
who worked as a speechwriter for George
W Bush and has a wide range of contacts
across the American Right. His analysis of
Trump’s presidency is informed by a deep
knowledge of how other Republicans have
behaved and thought in the recent past.
And his judgment is damning: “We are
living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United
States that anyone alive has encountered.”
Trumpocracy, he tells us, “rests not on
deregulation but on non-regulation, not
on deconstructing the state but on
breaking the state in order to plunder the
state”.
This is a book about a culture, not a politician, about a political system, not a president. Where Michael Wolff, in Fire and
Fury, went low, David Frum is going high.
His interest is not in racist tweets, narcissism or even incompetence — as serious as
those charges are — but in a project to rip
up the American state and steal from it,
and the impact of that on democracy in the
US. Frum is telling us there is a thief in the
White House with a group of thieves assisting him and the damage they will do
could be long-lasting.
First: “No president in history has
burned more public money to sustain his
personal lifestyle than Donald Trump.”
And the private money has poured in too:
Russian banks suddenly interested in the
ventures of Jared Kushner, Trump’s sonin-law; Trump buildings from Argentina
to India suddenly given go-aheads. It is,
claims Frum, a mixing of government,
family and business “in the style of authoritarian Third World kleptocrats”.
In a chapter entitled Plunder Frum outlines the grisly, complex web of conflicts of
interest and apparent failures of normal
ethical rules. And why might they be doing
this? Frum makes the interesting point
that Trump and family are often portrayed
as fabulously wealthy, whereas they are
also fabulously in debt. They have been on
the brink of ruin before. Might they be
Trump may have won
because young white
men were not getting
enough sex, he says
talking big The author says Trump mixes governing and family business like a “Third World kleptocrat”
now? The presidency as get out of jail card.
Very third world indeed.
So how did Trump come to seal the deal
of the century with the American people?
The wetness of his Republican opponents
is part of the story, but Frum is also good on
why Hillary Clinton was such a turn-off to
many men. The problem is sex, he suggests. Not just biological difference: sexual
desire as well, or rather frustration. Frum
quotes the young social observer Siyanda
Mohutsiwa: “When we talk of online radicalisation we always talk of Muslims. But
the radicalisation of white men online is at
astronomical levels.” When Trump’s sexism was highlighted during the campaign
it was a red rag to these bulls — it fired up
his base. Everything Clinton did, everything she was, helped him and hurt her.
And Frum goes further: the percentage
of Americans under 25 who report zero
sexual contacts since turning 18 has risen
to levels not seen since the early 1960s.
Young men out of work and disconnected
from women, what do they do? They get
angry, Frum suggests. They watch porn
and play video games. Politically, socially,
they want to hit out. Did Trump come to
Trumpocracy
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The Corruption of the
American Republic
by David Frum
Harper, 300pp; £20
power because young white American
men are not getting enough sex?
It’s not such a ridiculous idea. Look at
the psychological profiles of Muslim radicals. Look at the lives of the wretched inadequates who kill people in terror attacks in
Europe and wider afield: how often are
they haters of women, fearful of women’s
freedom? Frightened by sex as much as
repelled by their inability to get any?
But what have they done? What have
they wrought, these basement-closeted
onanists? Disaster, suggests Frum, unless
something is done quickly.
He dangles before us the idea that it may
be too late. Frum raises an interesting
question about the senior military officers
who have stepped up to exert some control
and purpose in the White House. We are
apt to think of General Mattis, the defence
secretary, and General McMaster, the
national security adviser, as selfless men
doing a deeply unpleasant job. Frum broadly agrees, but wonders if this assumption of
responsibility will be temporary.
He points out that from Pearl Harbor
until the scandals of the mid-1970s the
president often knew little about what the
will have some soul-searching to do and so
will Democrats, who have suddenly become appreciative of the vital role of the
national security agencies. As Frum puts
it: “It seems an aeon ago that Edward
Snowden was hailed as a hero.”
The Wolff book is much more fun. This
is a lecture, not a peep show. Frum is an
elegant writer, but nothing in these pages
is unpredictable. There is also a risk (that
he accepts) that he makes this fuss, Trump
leaves office, someone normal takes over
and this dagger aimed at the heart of
everything we hold dear turns out to have
been a shard of jelly. Few will recall Naomi
Klein’s book The End of America, which
suggested fascism was at hand under a previous president. It was George W Bush, for
whom Frum worked. To an extent, then,
fascism is in the eye of the beholder.
I wonder if future generations may look
back on Trump as being a force for democracy — a re-set with the American
people, a reminder that when the elites
purloin all the money, all the top college
places and have all the fun, then tell everyone else they must use gender-neutral loos,
people rebel through the polls and change
things. That’s not an attack on democracy.
Isn’t that literally what democracy is?
Call me naive, but the thought that took
hold as I reached the conclusion was the
opposite of what Frum is suggesting:
America will come out of this OK. Everyone has been given a shock. Systems have
been tested. The unwashed have spoken
rather bluntly to Frum and his pals. Trump
has improved his brand awareness more
than his wildest dreams permitted. But the
democratic show will go on and one day
this polemic will look like a curiosity.
Klein’s book looks downright silly now.
Let’s hope for the day when Frum’s does as
well. He certainly wouldn’t complain.
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gramme is not just an account of ruthless
derring-do. He also depicts the dilemmas
faced by a law-governed system in deciding who deserved a “red page” death order,
and what level of risk to the innocent was
acceptable.
As the national security editor of the
largest Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth,
Bergman enjoys unrivalled access to
present and former intelligence officers at
home and abroad, plus politicians and
other decision-makers. His reporting is
assiduous and packed with scoops, large
and small. He gives places, dates, names
and techniques on an unprecedented scale,
regarding scores of operations. He navigates deftly the bureaucratic maze of acronyms; his accounts are unflinching and
vivid, without lapsing into gratuitous gore.
One of the most striking revelations is
about the killing of Wadie Haddad, the
co-founder of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine. On January 10,
1978 an agent codenamed Sadness
switched Haddad’s toothpaste for an
identical-seeming tube containing a lethal
poison. Every time he brushed his teeth, he
hastened his own death. Iraqi doctors were
at a loss; on March 19, the gravely ill Haddad was airlifted to East Germany with the
help of the Stasi. Aides packed his bags —
including the toothpaste. He died in agony
ten days later. The cause remained a mystery until Bergman’s investigation.
The killings started before Israel existed,
partly with the score-settling assassination of dozens of Nazis, and also with
terrorist attacks on the British mandate
authorities in Palestine. Bergman rightly
points out that these atrocities, such as the
infamous bombing of the King David
Hotel in 1946, did little to hasten the creation of the state of Israel. Britain was abandoning its colonies anyway. The Middle
East would have been no exception.
After the war of independence of 1948
Arab fedayeen guerrilla fighters continued
to wage war against the Jewish state. Mossad systematically eliminated them. But
soon a graver threat loomed. In the late
1950s the Israeli intelligence service discovered that Egypt had hired German
rocket scientists to build a ballistic-missile
arsenal that could destroy Israel.
When letter bombs failed, the Israeli
spies recruited a formidable veteran of the
Waffen SS, Otto Skorzeny, who was living
in retirement in Spain. In return for a promise of lifelong immunity he lured the scientists to his villa, under the guise of plotting to create a Fourth Reich. Bugging the
conversations allowed the Israelis to send
carefully crafted intimidating letters to the
scientists and to exert pressure on the
West German government to intervene.
Yet Israel’s spymasters repeatedly
missed the bigger picture. They were blasé
about the threat from Palestinians until
terrorism erupted in the 1960s. They
missed the Iranian revolution and Saddam
Hussein’s nuclear programme. The intifada in the Palestinian territories surprised
them. They were blindsided by the rise of
militant Shia Islam in Lebanon, and by
Hezbollah’s unlikely alliance with Hamas.
They were nonplussed when the Palestinians turned to suicide bombing.
In each case Israel reacted mostly by
murdered Four of the 11 Israelis killed in Munich in 1972, prompting lethal reprisals
killing enemy leaders. As a former defence
minster, Moshe Arens, said after a particularly daring strike in Lebanon by the Aman
counterterrorism unit in 1991: “Whoever
opens an account with us, that account will
be closed by us.”
In many cases the assassinations, however brilliantly executed, proved counterproductive. Sometimes the wrong people
were killed — such as Ahmed Bouchiki, a
With his toothpaste
poisoned, every time
he brushed his teeth,
he hastened his death
hapless Moroccan waiter living in Norway,
who was mistaken for Ali Hassan Salameh,
one of the architects of Black September,
responsible for the assault on the Munich
Olympics in 1972 that killed 11 Israelis.
Even when the killings were successful,
they focused too often on who the Israeli
state could, rather than should, eliminate.
Decapitating the adversary is an intimidating tactic, but it also creates martyrs —
and drains the pool of potential negotiating partners. Israel’s world-beating spy
services, Bergman writes, provided the
country’s leaders with operational
responses to every problem. “But the
intelligence community’s very success fostered the illusion . . . that covert operations
could be a strategic and not just a tactical
tool — that they could be used in place of
real diplomacy to end the geographic, ethnic, religious and national disputes in
which Israel is mired.”
Paradoxically, many Israeli intelligence
veterans would agree. Bergman notes that
the country’s security chiefs, however
ruthless on operational matters, tend to
take a liberal-left view when it comes to
wider political questions.
Hawkish readers may find that conclusion anodyne. Spurred by the memory of
the Holocaust, and facing adversaries bent
on renewed mass murder, Israel, they say,
has little choice but to attack first and ask
questions afterwards. Unlike their terrorist opponents, Israel’s assassins at least try
to kill the right people, rather than rejoicing in mass murder.
The more tender-minded will find their
sensibilities jangled on other fronts. Operations that could risk the lives of Europeans were out of bounds. The deaths of
innocent Arabs counted for less. The political and legal systems have sometimes
buckled under the weight of fateful decisions. It also failed to hold to account those
engaged in gratuitous murders of defenceless prisoners, who made cynical attempts
to avoid blame — and frame others.
Bergman is unsparing in his criticism of
the agencies too. Faced with the alliance of
Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, Mossad, he
writes, had become “deficient and ineffectual”. It was slow to grasp the technological
changes of encryption and its adversaries’
counterintelligence capabilities. Its traditional means of recruitment were ineffective against a highly motivated, even fanatical, ideological foe. His warmest words
are reserved for Meir Dagan, the Mossad
director from 2002-11, who restored the
agency’s mojo — and at the end of his
career spectacularly broke ranks to denounce Binyamin Netanyahu’s idea of an
air strike against Iran’s nuclear programme.
Israeli military censorship applies to
some of the most sensitive subjects, such as
what Bergman calls the “peculiar timing”
of Yasser Arafat’s death in 2004. “If I knew
the answer, I wouldn’t be able to write it
here in this book, or even be able to write
that I know the answer.” However, his
excellent book suggests that if there is a
secret and if any outsider knows it, it will
be him.
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The world’s most dangerous coffee
The story of a young
Yemeni-American
who risked his life to
import posh coffee
from his wartorn
homeland grips
David Aaronovitch
T Monk
The
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bby Dave Eggers
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Hamish
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3327pp; £18.99
O
n Sunday, February 26, 2016
the MSC Luciana steamed
under the Golden Gate Bridge
and into the harbour at San
Francisco carrying, among
other cargoes, 18,000kg of coffee grown
and processed in the ravaged country of
Yemen. By the time it happens, at the end
of Dave Eggers’s latest book, you’re practically standing there yourself on the roof of
the high-rise, looking down on the ship
alongside the young man whose crazy
dream it was to get Yemeni coffee to the
US. It’s a suspiciously cinematic moment.
Yet it evidently happened. Eggers, best
known for his memoir A Heartbreaking
Work of Staggering Genius, was there
too. And the story that is told in this book
was the product of hours of interviews
with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the YemeniAmerican who is its rather charming,
slightly infuriating hero.
However, the fact that The Monk of
Mokha is, in essence, an extended piece of
journalism has led to some disobliging
reviews criticising its “journalese”, others
to snipe at Eggers’s do-gooding. Being a
journalist, I’m disinclined to worry about
the first charge; knowing little about him,
I’m unaware of the second. I enjoyed the
book, thought it smartly and engagingly written, and learnt a few things
from it.
There are four main themes. The
first is the story of more recent migrants to the US, their families,
contacts with the old countries,
mobility and the jobs they do. So
Mokhtar’s family lived in the poorest
area of San Francisco, the Tenderloin,
his dad drove a bus, his cousins, uncles
and aunts owned grocery stores and gas
stations, one had been a cop, another a janitor at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
in San Francisco. They had family in Yemen, as well as relatives all over the world,
and most of them had gone back to visit.
The second story is of Mokhtar. The 29year-old is a slightly ditzy charmer with a
good line in schmoozing, who sounds like
an applicant for The Apprentice. Even so,
we find him in his mid-twenties working as
a doorman at the Infinity, a San Francisco
condominium complex with superb views
and a fairly wealthy population. He opens
the door to the people and their endless
packages, and in between openings sits
reading Das Kapital and Frantz Fanon’s
The Wretched of the Earth. One night in a
special brew Mokhtar
Alkhanshali, far right
and below, makes coffee
for farmers in Yemen
parking lot he loses $3,000 in donations
for relief for a Somali famine. That’s the
kind of guy he is.
The third story is the story of coffee. Or
rather of the “third wave” of western coffee
drinking. The first wave was that filthy
stuff, instant coffee. The second wave,
where I am stuck, is Starbucks and
chain coffee shops selling lattes and
macchiatos. The third wave is speciality coffee, sold like fine wine on the
basis of refined and sometimes exotic taste. Such coffee — involving fair
prices and remuneration at every
stage of production and preparation,
from bush to bar — costs. Eggers
introduces the reader to an Indonesian brew called kopi luwak. This coffee
is made from beans recovered from the
faeces of the Sumatran civet, an animal
that leaves the passed bean intact, having
added a distinct flavour of its own, “an unusual and strangely appealing taste —
musky and smooth”.
Looking down from the Infinity one day,
Mokhtar sees a statue of an Ethiopian coffee taster erected outside a coffee company HQ. It is, he decides, a sign. He will
learn about coffee, become a “Q-Grader”
coffee taster, and go into business selling
coffee from his parents’ native Yemen. At
first he thinks about running a café, but is
asked by someone to imagine “some guy
with strenuous facial hair sitting for six
hours at one of your tables, fondling his
laptop and drinking one cup of coffee, for
which the margin was, what, twenty cents?
It couldn’t work.”
So the fourth story is the pretty dramatic
one of how Mokhtar goes to Yemen, to set
up (on borrowed money) a coffee-buying,
processing and exporting business. Just as
the country is on the brink of implosion.
Off he goes with a couple of American
colleagues, who soon take fright at the
security advice and all the guns everyone
carries and decamp for Ethiopia. Mokhtar,
based at his grandfather’s, blunders and
His women workers
like to take off their
niqabs and sing
along to Katy Perry
charms his way around the farms of Ibb
province and somehow finds places
and people who will grow the coffee he
needs. Then he heads for the capital,
Sana’a, sleeping on a relative’s floor and
setting up a processing plant. The women
he employs like to shut the men out,
take off their niqabs and sing along to
Katy Perry.
However, while he’s there things
become very dangerous. He is on the
fringes of one murderous Islamic State
bomb attack and sees the bloody aftermath. Then the embassies close and
foreign nationals are advised to get out.
Finally, just as he’s planning to leave to
go to a coffee conference in Seattle, the
Saudis bomb the airport and he’s stuck.
Insanely, he sets off at night with a case
of samples on the back of a 16-wheel, white
flatbed truck with a “Death to America”
bumper sticker and two men whom he
doesn’t really know. He heads south from
Houthi-held Sana’a to the Houthi-hating
port of Aden. Somehow, after dozens of
dangerous roadblocks , the truck arrives in
Aden where he is nearly . . .
No, read it for yourself. Amazingly, after
terrifying adventures, Mokhtar and his
bag of samples get to Seattle via a small
boat and Djibouti, where he and his coffee
are a great success. Almost as amazingly, a
few months later the coffee he has bought
and processed makes its way, via the ports
of Mokha and Jeddah, to California. There
the first cup of “Monk of Mokha” coffee is
sold for $16 a cup with a homemade cardamom cookie.
One American critic has complained
that Mokhtar’s aspirational story is out of
joint with these pessimistic times. Things
are darker now. Upwardly mobile migrants selling excellent, but prohibitively
expensive coffee to people is passé. I rather
feel the opposite. I suppose Yemen is what
Donald Trump would think of as a
“shithole country” and its people by extension shithole country people. Telling a
story that shows what can be done, and
how quirky and different human beings
are, feels like exactly what I want to read
right now.
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Saturday February 3 2018 | the times
nonfiction
Becoming a person I don’t recognise
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This is a moving, brave
book by a woman
with dementia, says
Siobhan Murphy
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Somebody
I
Used to Know
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bby Wendy Mitchell
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Bloomsbury
2297pp; £16.99
‘H
ow long have you got?” Wendy Mitchell’s manager asks
her with stunning crassness
when she plucks up the courage to tell him she has been
diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s
disease. “This time,” she writes, “it was the
question, not the dementia that stole the
words from me.”
You’d have hoped for something better
from Mitchell’s boss; she worked as a nonclinical NHS team leader at a hospital in
Leeds. But then when she attends a meeting for people involved in the Alzheimer’s
Society research network, one carer introduces himself by saying his mum “really
has dementia”. “He catches my eye and it
feels as if somehow he is saying my case
isn’t real,” says Mitchell.
We are, on the whole, petrified of
dementia — and express this very badly.
And Mitchell admits that she was no different. When, after a stroke at the end of
2012, she has to face the possibility that the
“snowdrift that seems to have settled in my
mind” could be a neurodegenerative disease, her thoughts flip to the stock images
we harbour, of old people detached from
reality, unable to care for themselves,
repeatedly demanding that someone find
that thing they lost in 1952. But when
Mitchell is diagnosed in July 2014 she is 58
— her first panicked worry is about an
eight-year pension deficit.
She continues to work, trying all manner of strategies to disguise her increasing
confusion. Halfway through a speech to
colleagues she forgets a word — an hour
later she realises it was “and”. She develops
a bewildering inability to turn right while
driving, so learns how to reach her destinations taking only left-hand turns until she
accepts she’s probably not safe behind the
wheel any longer.
A single mother with two grown-up
daughters, Mitchell has always been
indomitable: sporty, fiercely independent,
ferociously organised, resourceful and
known by colleagues as “the guru” because
of her infallible memory and attention to
detail. Now, as her neural pathways gum
up, the Wendy Mitchell she knew is being
dismantled. But she is not going without a
fight. Through it all, she has maintained a
blog (Which Me Am I Today?) and Somebody I Used to Know, written with the help
of the journalist Anna Wharton, is her
remarkable attempt to explain what it’s
like to live with dementia.
Her story bears much in common with
Still Alice, Lisa Genova’s fictional account
of a smart, driven woman descending into
early-onset Alzheimer’s. What breaks
your heart in Mitchell’s memoir is her
determination to remain optimistic and
see every task achieved as a victory.
Having always been scared by pets, she
finds a comforting affinity with her daughter’s cat, which, like the “new” her, lives
in the moment (the cat is also delighted
that she keeps forgetting she has already
fed him).
Unable to read novels, she discovers
short stories and poetry instead. As an
Alzheimer’s Society advocate she travels
the country being interviewed, giving talks
and attending conferences. She is “at odds
with my diseased brain and yet strangely
thankful for it” because of how it’s opening
up new opportunities and experiences.
She meets Julianne Moore at the premiere
of the film version of Still Alice and “for a
moment I have that strange feeling again,
as if Alzheimer’s is a gift”.
Yet there is so much to fight against.
The dawn of a brainy new world?
Can pills and ‘brain
hacking’ really make
us smarter, wonders
Robbie Millen
B
rain slowing down? The old neurons not sparking fast enough? A
zap of electricity may do the trick.
Neuroscientists have used electrical brain stimulation to change
the way people speak. “One man started to
count in French and then — zap — he continued in Chinese. Another Frenchman
could be made to switch to English and then
— zap — back again,” says David Adam.
These electrified guinea pigs were bilingual
in the first place, but still, it’s interesting how
a few zaps can make us involuntarily access
different bits of our grey matter.
The Genius Within is an investigation into
neuro enhancement — whether pills and
“brain hacking” can make us smarter. Adam, an editor at Nature, uses the stories of
savants such as Stephen Wiltshire to show
that we have not harnessed the brain’s full
potential. Wiltshire has an IQ of 60, but can
draw a cityscape from memory after flying
over it once. If only we could release that
phenomenal latent memory in all of us.
Adam tells the tale of twins George and
Charles, who could name the day of the
week of any date 40,000 years into the past
or future. The answer would just pop into
their head, the product of their subconscious processing. In the 1960s an American psychologist wanted to work out how
they did it. He developed his own method
The Genius Within
Smart Pills, Brain
Hacks and Adventures
in Intelligence
by David Adam
Picador, 326pp; £16.99
no peace of mind
Julianne Moore won an
Oscar for her portrayal of
a woman with
Alzheimer’s in Still Alice
Looking
out of her
window one
morning she
is convinced
her garden
shed has
vanished
and taught it to his postgraduate students.
After 16 sessions, one of them, Benjamin
Langdon, found his subconscious could
kick in and rapidly find the answer. He’d
tapped into his “implicit memory”, a term
for “the memory of procedures and habits
which are stored and recalled by the brain
without us realising it”.
There are lots of small, illustrative stories in Adam’s breezily written pop science
book about the quest to find out what intelligence is and how it can be boosted.
Defining intelligence, let alone measuring it, is a slippery thing. In the 1930s a Soviet psychologist tried to measure the reasoning ability of central Asian peasants.
He tailored the questions to the local culture. “In the far north, where it snows, the
bears are white. Novaya Zemlya is in the
far north, and it is always snowy there . . .
what colour are the bears in Novaya Zemlya?” he asked. They answered: “How
should I know? I have never been to the
north.” Or “Why are you asking me? You
Visual and auditory hallucinations cause
understandable panic; looking out of her
window one morning she is convinced her
garden shed has vanished; on other occasions she clearly sees her dead mother and
father. She can, in an instant, become completely lost in places she knows well. Looking at the closed doors in her kitchen she
suddenly doesn’t know what lies beyond
them and is too scared to open them and
find out. (When she recovers she takes the
doors off their hinges.)
The slightest thing can distract her from
a task — she often finds bowls of solidified
porridge that have been left in the microwave for who knows how long. Everything
must have its place — the positive side of
living alone is that no one else can move
stuff, she cheerily explains. She learns
about dementia-friendly decorating —
colour contrast between objects is important because for someone with dementia
things can seem a blur.
And just as hard is having to rebut other
people’s assumptions — that she is useless
now, and has nothing to contribute — and
their dreaded pity. “Dementia can be a
lonely world to live in,” she notes — people
assume you can’t participate.
Always an even-tempered woman,
Mitchell finds she can no longer feel anger,
only sadness; although she is exercised by
the assisted suicide laws preventing her
from being able to choose to call a halt to
things herself. “What will happen to me
when I go over the edge into that person I
don’t know?” she wonders, as she thinks
about how her memories are slowly being
stripped from her. Her abiding fear is not
being able to recognise her daughters any
more. Dotted throughout the book are
wistful passages written as though they
were letters to the “old” Wendy from the
present-day Wendy, who almost can’t
believe what she used to be able to do, and
is full of admiration.
Our admiration remains firmly with the
“new” Wendy: sustained by Post-it Notes,
iPad alarms and copious amounts of tea
she presses on, even though this exhausting effort to cope means she is assessed as
not eligible for benefits.
Reading this was tough: my father died
of vascular dementia in December. But it’s
precisely because Mitchell gives such
clear-eyed insight that anyone who knows
a person living with dementia should read
her book.
have travelled and I have not.” These peasants were not idiots; they had no need for
abstract reasoning in their daily lives, so
the question stumped them.
Like an old-fashioned scientist, Adam experiments to see if he can increase his mental skills. He sits a Mensa test without any
neuro enhancement, then sits it again 15
months later, having taken the drug Modafinil and used a $55 electrical brain stimulator. The result? His scores had increased.
However, being a serious science writer he
concludes: “It is impossible to know for
sure, but I think at least some of it was”
down to neuro enhancement, adding: “My
experiment was not scientific and I generated no reliable data.”
That is the problem with the book: it’s full
of so many ifs, buts and maybes that the
narrative drive stalls and neuro enhancement seems a dim and distant prospect. We
needed to have the possibilities of a brainy
future imagined for us. If only it had been
written under the influence of Modafinil.
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RUSSELL SAVORY/GETTY IMAGES
Glory of the
gloom-bird
A little owl comes in for the kill.
Below left: barn owl. Below: Florence
Nightingale’s stuffed pet owl
Portents of death or cute pets? This writer
shares her owl obsession, says James Jackson
T
o Pliny the Elder, the owl was “a
direful portent”; Shakespeare
used the bird to suggest the
supernatural was afoot (“It was
the owl that shriek’d, the fatal
bellman, which gives the sterns’t goodnight,” Lady Macbeth fretted); while poets
have written of “the gloom-bird’s hated
screech” (Keats) and “the breath of the
churchyard” (RS Thomas). So no, the owl
has not always had the best of press in literature and poetry, its reputation as a creature of uncanny wisdom and the voice of
darkness tangled up with superstition and
mythology.
Yet anyone who has witnessed the silent
swoop of a tawny owl, the spectral figure of
a barn owl half-seen in the car headlights,
or the lonely patrol of a short-eared owl
over a distant marsh, will know the curious
sense of privilege that comes with it. It’s a
feeling beautifully articulated by Miriam
Darlington, the poet and Nature Notebook
columnist in The Times, throughout her
captivating book exploring a bird that has
such a rich and complex attraction for
humans.
For Darlington, a quest to understand
and reclaim the wild side of owls — their
ecology, their mystery, their at times indifference — from the recent “cuteification”
of their image (something not helped by
Harry Potter) becomes a personal odyssey.
Each chapter is a search for a different
species of owl in Britain (and beyond) —
creeping around for barn owls, nocturnal
sorties in leafy woodland for tawnies,
pugnacious little owls seen in broad daylight, a quest for the elusive long-eared, a
remarkable run-in with a short-eared on a
Dartmoor tor.
Along the way there are plenty of owl
facts, such as how they swallow field voles
in one go before later coughing up the fur
and bones in a compact, gizzard-shaped
pellet. Or how the barn owl uses its facial
disc — the heart-shaped collection of
feathers — as a “sound scanner” to capture
soundwaves (its hearing is so superpowered it could be called “earsight”).
Prehistoric barn owls stood more than a
metre tall and preyed on bulky capybara.
There is much more going on than field
notes, however. As she explores every
aspect of these birds and our connection
with them, the book is, as she puts it,
“braided with two ecologies — the ornithological and the personal”. Darlington’s
family life often floats to the foreground.
Early on, she drops a bombshell, explaining how, as she set out to write the book,
her son Benji, then 19, became ill with a
mysterious and serious illness, which
meant he suffered inexplicable seizures.
Thus, woven into Darlington’s
investigation into each owl are
updates on Benji’s condition
— which provides an extra
thread to pull the reader
Owl Sense
by Miriam
Darlington
Faber, 344pp; £15.99
‘One hundred
owls swooped
around,
looping,
confused,
blinking,
orange-eyed
and ghostly’
along and connect more deeply with her
story. Yet while the prose roams freely
within and beyond the boundaries of nature writing, at the heart of each chapter is
the simple adventure of going looking for
the birds, with each of her expert guides
becoming a character in their own right.
First, for example, is her day with the
Barn Owl Trust, helping to research the
local population in Devon (where she
lives); she and a Trust volunteer named
Luke locate and creep inside an old barn,
densely guarded by stinging nettles, to find
the creature, half-hidden aloft, clocking
them while acting as if it were
asleep. You sense Darlinglington’s excitement almost
ost
disrupting her immediatee
duties (holding the ladder, collecting pellets).
A journey to Serbia
leads to vivid images
akin to magic realism, as
a bungle with her cameraa
panics a parliament of
long-eared owls concealed
ed in
a tree. “One hundred owls,
ls, all of
them flying from their perches at
once, swooping around, looping,
confused,
ooping confused
blinking, orange-eyed and ghostly, up,
down, around and away and then gradually dissolving into the nearby trees.” There
is a poet’s eye evident in the prose that
helps to evade cliché as she describes the
extraordinary in the ordinary (“A neverending whispering carpet, the autumnal
grasslands appeared to be made of withered gold”).
There are also, as you would hope,
antique tales and historical anecdotes.
While seeking tawny owls she recounts
the Welsh myth of an unfaithful wife,
Blodeuwedd, transformed into an owl for
her transgressions. During her search for
the little owl (a thrush-sized bird with
fierce eyes that “always stare belittlingly
right through you”), she detours into
Picasso’s interest in the bird, and how he
fixed an owl’s broken leg with a splint.
Then there was the woman who visited
the Parthenon in 1850 and rescued a
stricken Athene noctua owlet. Luckily for
the bird, the woman was Florence Nightingale, and “Owlet Athena” became her
beloved pet, although with its own rather
sad fate. When she left for Crimea, the
bird was left in her attic to feed on the mice
in the eaves; but, pining for her owner,
Athena starved and died. “Poor little
beastie,” Florence mourned, “it was odd
how much I loved you.”
Darlington clearly has an ambivalence
about owls being taken as pets, and there
is a distin
distinct unsentimentality in
her feelings
about the way
fe
owls have become fluffy
favourites — “an ‘experifavo
ence’,
en a collectible, a postcard
ca and a pin-up”. All
this
th is at its most evident
in a chapter noting the
lack
lac of respect shown to
a “wretched”
eagle owl,
“
escaped
escap and on the loose in
Exeter
Exeter (these magnificent
birds
birds have
hav become fashionable
pets). And a closing
chapter on the
c
snowy owl,
owl a nomadic
noma “deity of the north”
under pressure from human and climate
disturbance, offers a melancholic coda as
Darlington and her husband race to Cornwall to try to glimpse a rare vagrant blown
in from the tundra.
Only during a late chapter where things
turn from relaxed birding to hardcore
twitching is there perhaps a sense that
you’re witnessing full-blown owlaholism
(a search for pygmy owls in France
becomes underpinned by a lament about
Brexit). By then, however, you’ll be well on
board for the full journey; not just if you’re
an ornithologist, but if you’re someone
who takes comfort in the simple act of
noticing the natural world around you.
Above all, Darlington gives back a sense of
dignity and wildness to a creature — not
always rare, but rarely seen — that captures our imagination like no other.
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nonfiction
Doctors are not superior beings
NICK HAGEN FOR TIMES MAGAZINE
Nearly dying in her
own hospital forced
a doctor to rethink.
Now she fights to put
humanity back into
healthcare, says
Cathy Rentzenbrink
paperbacks
nonfiction
Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of the
Sleeper by Andrew Martin Profile,
248pp; £8.99
Europe’s great sleeper trains — the
Night Ferry (London-Paris), the Blue
Train (Paris-Nice), the Sud Express
(Paris-Lisbon) — have all but vanished
now. Andrew Martin set out on a
voyage of nostalgia to ride the last
European sleepers. Night Trains is as
compelling as his self-deprecating
enthusiasm, witty and full of history
and railway nuggets. Sadly, Martin
concludes that sleepers are hitting the
buffers all across Europe. There is hope,
however: Russia runs long lumbering
sleepers that bring it all back. Eastward
look — the land is bright.
Michael Binyon
IIn Shock
H Nearly Dying
How
M
Made Me a Better
IIntensive Care
D
Doctor
bby Rana Awdish
Bantam, 272pp; £14.99
B
I
n May 2008 Dr Rana Awdish was
seven months pregnant when she was
suddenly overwhelmed by a pain
unlike any she had experienced before.
She didn’t know what was wrong, but
knew that it was potentially fatal and that
she needed surgery.
Her husband, Randy, drove her to the
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where she
practised as an intensive care doctor.
Awdish struggled to get the staff there to
react with the urgency she knew was
required, but then the lab results showed
she had lost almost her entire blood
volume somewhere in her abdomen.
The junior obstetrician wheeled in a
portable ultrasound machine, tangling his
foot in the cord. “Bear with me,” he said.
“I’m not great at these yet.” Awdish looked
at the grainy images on the screen. She saw
the baby’s four ventricles still and pulseless. “There’s no heartbeat,” she said. The
junior asked: “Can you show me where you
see that?” As Awdish realised the junior
was asking her to interpret the ultrasound
images of her own dead baby, she thought
of the tiny socks and dresses at home that
would never be worn. The baby was dead
and she was on her way to dying.
The junior wouldn’t look in her eyes. He
was thinking of her as a case — Abdominal
Pain and Foetal Demise — not as a person.
Awdish was taken off for surgery knowing
that she was already in shock, with almost
no circulating blood volume and a barely
detectable blood pressure. She thought
she would die in the operating room.
As they sedated her, Awdish could hear
the anaesthetist: “We’re losing her . . . her
systolic is 60.” I can hear you, she thought.
More words: “Guys! She’s circling the drain
here!” Awdish’s eyes darkened, her throat
tightened, she felt as though she was sinking beneath the surface of the water. Then
she felt a sudden release and lightness. She
could see the operating room and see herself on the table. The pain and panic had
gone. She felt weightless and small. She
had no fear. She knew this was an invitation to leave the situation and the pain.
Later, when Awdish came round and
was trying to explain to Randy what happened she said that she died, but decided
that she didn’t want to leave everything
behind. Randy thanked her for coming
back to him. There are another two years
of pain, misdiagnosis and complicated surgery, but there is also a sense of purpose
that emerges from Awdish’s journey from
doctor to patient and back. She loses the
“guys! she’s circling
the drain here!”
Rana Awdish lost her
unborn baby and almost
died in the operating
theatre of the hospital
she worked in
As a patient
she was often
disbelieved,
patronised,
judged or
rebuked by
the medical
staff
sense of herself as a strong and capable
person, but then she learns to inhabit her
broken and patched-together body and
become the sort of person who can feel
grateful for small steps taken in socks she
has managed to put on herself.
As she gets used to regularly exchanging
her white coat for a speckled blue hospital
gown, Awdish reflects on the doctorpatient relationship. As a patient she is
often disbelieved, patronised, judged or
rebuked for being difficult by the medical
staff. A nurse asks if she wants to hold her
dead baby, but when Awdish declines she
sees the nurse thinks this is the wrong
answer. The nurse’s attempts to persuade
her are heavy-handed and include warning her she won’t be able to change her
mind because the baby’s skin will deteriorate, and that every baby deserves to be
held by its mother at least once.
Awdish holds firm. She does not want to
submit to an act of self-harm because of
the nurse’s dogmatic beliefs. She ponders
how it can be that a nurse who had the
intention of offering comfort has left her
instead with an image of her decomposing
baby. This is one of many experiences that
shows Awdish that medical staff have not
been trained to understand how they bring
their own preoccupations and prejudices
to bear on their patients.
Now that Awdish knows what it feels
like to be prodded, poked, ignored and
spoken over, she brings a new awareness to
the doctor-patient relationship and wants
to pass this on to her junior doctors. She
gets involved in training and advocacy,
challenging the long-held convention that
doctors should conceal their emotions and
not indulge the emotions of others, that
they should ignore the person and focus
only on the pathology. “My heart
remained in the patient realm . . . And far
from being the distraction I’d been cautioned against, it felt very right to feel with
them. To actually see the people beneath
the transparent film of disease.”
In Shock is a book full of action and
reflection as Awdish’s considerable brain is
always puzzling out the various implications of what is happening to her, even as
her body is trying to leave the world. Her
intellect is not blunted by her emotion, but
rather augmented by it, which underlines
her point that the accepted practice of
training doctors not to feel empathy and
compassion should be rethought.
She makes interesting wider points
about love, art and the point of being alive.
My underlining pen was kept busy. At a
practical level I learnt a lot about how to be
a patient, and this would be a good read for
someone who wants to be proactive about
their health. Awdish is keen to point out
that resilience can be learnt, and many of
the techniques she uses to calm herself and
deal with pain come from her yoga practice. There are communication tips at the
end that suggest keeping a journal of symptoms, making a list of discussion points and
not being afraid to read it out, and taking a
friend to meetings. However, the biggest
thing is that she shows her ability to
reframe everything that happens to her as
valuable in her journey as a doctor and a
person.
There has been a rush of books by
medics over the past couple of years, all of
which serve to humanise the person wearing the white coat, and most of which
suggest that the best way to make a doctor
may not be to subject them to such a punishing training regime that anyone who
makes it through feels entitled to think of
themselves as some kind of superior being.
The unique thing about this book is not
only that Awdish has had her understanding turbocharged by becoming a patient,
but that she survived and is full of a
sense of purpose about what needs to be
done differently to improve outcomes for
doctors and patients. “We cannot change
that which is true and sad. But we can
acknowledge it. We can humbly witness
suffering and offer support.”
Border: A Journey to the Edge of
Europe by Kapka Kassabova
Granta, 379pp; £9.99
Bulgarian-born Kapka Kassabova is
fascinated by how the frontier between
Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece has
affected the people who live in this
history-battered corner of Europe. Like
a sharp-eyed magpie, she travels across
the borders in this place with three
alphabets, picking up intriguing titbits
of history and folklore. Some of what
she sees is very odd indeed: she watches
firewalking rituals; hears tales of
floating fireballs; and meets a street
sweeper who is called the Ear because
it was said that she could eavesdrop on
a whispered conversation streets away.
Robbie Millen
fiction
Lincoln in the Bardo by George
Saunders Bloomsbury, 343pp; £8.99
George Saunders’s first novel won last
year’s Booker prize. Willie Lincoln,
Abraham’s 11-year-old son who died of
typhoid fever in 1862, finds himself
lying in his coffin in a Georgetown
crypt. Soon it’s clear that he is not
alone: the cemetery is full of those who
refuse to pass over to the other side. All
are burdened with regrets, obsessively
retelling their stories like the refrains
of half-forgotten songs. Plot is gossamer
thin, characterisation vivid, but sketchy.
The structure resembles a script more
than a novel. But as you turn the pages
of this remarkable book it starts to feel
like a hinge in American history.
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Virago, 240pp; £8.99
The initial act of the invading Nazis in
Ukraine was to exterminate the Jewish
population. Many Ukrainians went
along with it. The “Boy” of the title is
Jewish. His parents have been rounded
up. Aided by a farm girl, he and his little
brother find refuge in the marshes. The
narrative, spurting on to the page in a
hurried present tense, moves between
various centres of consciousness. She’s
written about her Nazi grandparents,
whom, as family, she loved, but whose
acquiescence in historic evil torments
her. One closes this fine novel sensing
the confused pain it must have caused
Seiffert to write it. John Sutherland
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Travel guide to a
vanished country
This pictorial look at East Germany is a peek
at a ‘socialist paradise’, says Roger Boyes
T East
The
German
G
Handbook
H
bby Justinian Jampol
Taschen, 816pp; £30
T
L
ost civilisations have a magnetic
pull: the Mayan, the Incan — and
the East German, which has sunk
out of view, gulped up in the great
relentless process of reunification. Gone are the coughing Trabants,
lawn mowers posing as cars. Gone too the
special smell of Wolfasep disinfectant that
clung to every office corridor. The German Democratic Republic lived only
between 1949 and 1990 yet it became for
True Believers the model of “real existing
socialism”, proof that if the state owned the
means of production, all would be well.
Perhaps that’s what Jeremy Corbyn
thought in the 1970s when he revved up his
bike (a Norton 500 like Che Guevara?),
allowed a leather-clad Diane Abbott to
climb on the pillion, and set out for what
they still describe as a “romantic holiday”
in East Germany. For western socialists it
was the “better” Germany. Corbyn would
probably enjoy this hefty tome because the
2,000 illustrations in The East German
Handbook go some way to answering
the question: how does a young state
(created out of the rubble of part of Hitler’s
Germany) create a socialist identity?
It’s partly about the uniforms, of course.
Not just the soldiers and border guards,
but also the kids, the blue-shirted Free
German Youth and the red-kerchiefed
Young Pioneers. The book, which takes its
pictures from official publications, depicts
the rosy-cheeked Pioneers as the spitting
image of the equivalent Soviet organisation. Never happier than when marching.
There may be some truth to that. The older
children of the Free German Youth, by
contrast, were often more cynical, dragooned into after-school activities and by
the 1980s anxious to get out of the uniform
as soon as they could. Angela Merkel was
an events organiser for her branch of the
movement, but sadly there is no picture.
When the Berlin Wall tumbled in 1989,
East Germans couldn’t wait to get rid of
their communist knick-knacks. In 1990
each East German chucked out 1.2 tonnes
of rubbish, the detritus of a dead state. My
bet is that Merkel’s blue shirt was in the bin
too. Out went the street names celebrating
communist heroes, down came buildings
and monuments, and West German consumer goods flooded the market. It was
remarkable that the Wende Museum in
California, which this book draws its
pictures from, succeeded in saving thousands of artefacts. They’re on display in an
old armoury in Los Angeles that was built
for a Third World War.
The early days of East Germany, a grim
Stalinist period of cleaning up bomb damage, is under-represented in this book.
Such furniture as survived the war was
influenced by the Nazi aesthetic, heavy,
dark and bombastic. Living space in the
postwar years was cramped — only a third
of dwellings had a lavatory — and rationing was still in force. By 1958, though, West
Germany was recovering quickly with the
help of the Marshall Fund. With Stalin
dead, safely consigned to Hell, Nikita
Khrushchev ruled that the East had to outperform the West to demonstrate the
superiority of central planning.
The result is well illustrated in this
“travel guide to a vanished country”. Furniture became lighter, better designed,
Bauhaus influenced. Plastic was the
material of choice and it pretty much
remained that way until the Berlin Wall
was breached. Gadgets entered the
kitchen, from the Komet toaster to
increasingly
westerninfluenced food mixers.
More and more households
lost their fear and began to
tune in to West German television; the advertisements were
watched with a grim fascination.
The Stasi is covered in barely 20 pages;
photographs of surveillance cameras,
eavesdropping microphones, some reports
by agents, a prisoner’s uniform. That does
on the march Poster
for a 1956 sports festival.
Top left: We Will be the
Party! (1976). Below: the
much-derided Trabant
not square with the western idea of a state
under the thumb of the secret police and
yet it may be well-judged in a book that is
supposed to present a visual account of
ordinary life. In my experience as a correspondent there most people worked
around the Stasi, just hoping that it would
not suddenly intrude.
At work it was not difficult to work out
the identity of the snitch. Nosey questions
were avoided. Politics ceased to be interesting; it was safer that way. When I visited
Erfurt in the 1980s I asked the mayor if
there were any punks in the city. “Eight,”
he said immediately, with the absolute
certainty that only round-the-clock police
surveillance can bring. Later I tracked one
down, but his mother refused to let him out
of his bedroom, sensing trouble ahead.
The main everyday complaint was the
lack of opportunities to travel. The Berlin
Wall was built to lock citizens in and by the
late 1980s this had become a source of real
anger with the regime. The handbook does
a good job of depicting how the propaganda machine sung the praises of the East
German Baltic seaside, the rugged
Saxon mountains, the forests
of Thuringia. East Germany, its hapless citizens
were told in glamorous
poster campaigns, had
everything one could want.
Factories advertised cruise
ships for exceptional workers,
but they only moored in the ports of
communist states around the Black Sea.
One poster advertising Hungary’s Lake
Balaton shows naked young men, a rarity
in a state that banned (and blackmailed)
homosexuality until 1989. In the early
1980s some East German enterprises
began producing sexy lingerie for women,
but for the most part the great sexual revolution arrived with capitalism when western sex shops moved in only a few steps
behind the cigarette manufacturers and
the travel agencies.
Sex in the public domain had to be
shrouded behind a pretence of innocence.
Thus while the West Germans enjoyed
very orderly nudist colonies, some East
Germans on the Baltic coast ran Caribbean Friendship and Solidarity meetings on
the beaches, which turned into more
adventurous and bacchanalian events.
As the present Labour leadership can no
doubt attest, East Germany wasn’t all
gloom and doom. But neither was it a
Marxist biotope. For the most part it was a
state struggling to keep some legitimacy.
Heavily in hock to the West and to the
Soviet Union, its days were numbered
when Mikhail Gorbachev took over in the
Kremlin in 1985.
Those final years of its existence are
worth a separate book; everything that
had been underground came to the surface, a time of mounting anxiety, but also
of great creativity. That’s how states fail,
with a bang and a whimper. Show this
book, this fine piece of anthropology to
your grandchildren: they deserve to know
that nothing is permanent.
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GETTY IMAGES
fiction
In a vague
new world
Jim Crace’s latest novel is soporific
and pretty odd, says James Walton
J
im Crace has never been one of
those writers whose novels stick
with the same predictable time and
place. After setting his first, The Gift
of Stones, in the Neolithic era, he has
ranged from 1st-century Galilee (Quarantine) to post-apocalyptic America (The
Pesthouse). Less straightforwardly, in Harvest he plonked us down in an unnamed
village in an unnamed part of England
sometime between yore and the olden
days. Now — and despite having suggested that Harvest would be his swansong —
he’s back with a book that impressively
manages to take such geographical and
chronological vagueness even further.
The Melody is set not only in an
unnamed town in an unspecified historical
period — although it does appear to be
some point in some version of the 20th
century — but also in an unnamed and
possibly nonexistent country. We do know
that the town’s tourists are equipped with
the Bohm & Hannë Travel Guide. This
sounds suspiciously like a pun on Crace’s
adopted home town of Birmingham, and
the book is definitely not set there.
As ever with Crace, though, the topography, demography and botany of
do not disturb Neanderthals lurk in the forests near the protagonist’s home
The Melody
by Jim Crace
Picador, 272pp; £16.99
wherever-it-may-be are laid out in some
detail. And so, in this case, is the architecture, particularly when it comes to the
beachside villa where Alfred Busi — a
widowed, moderately famous and notquite-retired musician in his sixties — was
born and has lived ever since. We meet
Busi the night before he is to be honoured
with a bust in the town’s Avenue of Fame.
Woken by animals scavenging in his bins,
he goes down to investigate and is attacked
by what appears to be a feral child.
Naturally, the attack becomes a big local
news story, but also one with wider implications; many townspeople have long
feared that the neighbouring woodland
might be the latest Crace forest to contain
a mysterious threat, this time in the shape
of some apparently non-metaphorical
Neanderthals. For Busi, meanwhile, the
real threat takes the more traditional form
of a greedy property developer: his nephew
Joseph, who plans to become the latest
I spy a criminal genius
Mick Herron
shows he’s the
best comic
crime writer
around, says
Marcel
Berlins
London Rules
by Mick Herron
John Murray, 344pp; £12.99
I
f it were ever in doubt before, London
Rules confirms Mick Herron as the
greatest comic writer of spy fiction in
the English language, and possibly all
crime fiction.
This is his fifth book set in the shabby
Slough House, whose occupants are
employees of the British Secret Service.
They have one main thing in common:
they were all hopeless at their previous
jobs in intelligence and have been demoted
to perform rubbishy tasks where they can
do no harm. The opposite happens. Under
the malevolent non-control of Jackson
Lamb, who cannot be sacked because he
knows too much about his bosses, they
find themselves in the middle of serious
crises, which they are incompetent to
handle. Each agent is eccentric, with an
alarming range of addictions and bizarre
habits, yet they are strangely believable.
In London Rules there is a terrorist
attack on a small English village, the prime
minister is under pressure from a nasty,
ambitious MP who mastered the Brexit
victory and whose journalist wife has a
vendetta against a Muslim official close to
the PM. There is also a Slough House
agent too stupid to realise that several attempts are being made on his life.
Herron manages to make his characters
amusing, to devise a twisting-turning plot
that is much more than a receptacle for
one-liners and witticisms, to introduce
serious and satirical political and social
issues, and to blend the whole concoction
with pungent dialogue and superb writing.
There is a school of thought that
comedy does not mix well with crime.
Thrillers and mysteries deal with things
that are not flippant or trivial matters.
However, there are excellent writers
who use humour. Colin Bateman has written two such series: one about the irresponsible Belfast journalist Dan Starkey;
the other about an unnamed, ludicrously
surreal owner of a Belfast crime bookshop
(which exists). Christopher Brookmyre’s
Scottish investigative journalist Jack Parlabane operates with humour within tartan noir storylines. LC Tyler, the creator of
the amateur detective duo Elsie and Ethelred, says: “I write humour that happens to
be mysterious rather than mysteries which
happen to be humorous.” In America, Get
Shorty demonstrated how funny Elmore
Leonard could be. Janet Evanovich has her
bounty hunter heroine, Stephanie Plum.
Herron’s Slough House novels, however,
bear comparison with the works of Carl
Hiaasen, widely considered the funniest
purveyor of comic crime fiction of our
time. His plots are ridiculously exaggerated and hugely funny. His characters are
mostly unpleasant, corrupt or criminal —
or wanting to be. They seek sex and fortune
and talk incessantly and brilliantly.
I have reviewed nearly 3,000 crime and
spy novels for The Times. Hiaasen and
Herron have provided more laughs than
any other crime writers. But now Herron is
the more impressive. In London Rules he
has combined the essence of perpetual
humour with a background of reality. He
may make us laugh on every page, but he
also makes us think.
Crace baddie to undermine a contently
rooted way of life by knocking down the
beach villas to build luxury apartments.
In a 2013 interview Crace regretted
that previous novels hadn’t sufficiently
reflected his socialist beliefs. He has made
up for it since. Harvest was based around
the enclosure of common land and duly
featured a profit-obsessed aristocrat. In
The Melody Joseph establishes his rightwing credentials with such remarks as,
“We should be shaped by wealth and not
by poverty” — and is keen to clear away
poor people along with the villas.
Yet, while the allegorical elements
continue — and indeed expand into a presumably Brexit-inspired denunciation of
anti-Neanderthal xenophobia — there’s a
lot more to the book than that. Crace, now
71, has always claimed that his novels
are wholly lacking in autobiography.
Here, though, it’s hard not to see parallels
between the not-quite-retired Busi and his
not-quite-retired creator. The Melody, for
example, is at its most poignant on the subject of growing old. At one point we’re told
that Busi “had noticed his cravings slowly
changing tense”, with “what might have
been” replacing “what might be”. At
another, given the unmistakable nature of
the central allegory, there may be a rueful
personal note in the reference to Busi’s
“weakness nowadays for sermonizing at
the audience”.
Busi also seems to share some of his
creator’s socialist guilt; knowing that his
audience is affluent and that, even if he
championed the poor the way he wants to,
“what use was it if he might dedicate a song
to them and sing it to the wealthy in their
weatherproof marquee?”
But, in fact, much of this increasingly
strange book is difficult to slot into any
category other than pure storytelling for
its own sake — which is where the trouble
begins. There’s no denying that everything
Crace writes here, however peripheral to
the action, is thoroughly imagined — but
as it turns out this is not an unalloyed good.
It would be going too far to compare him
to the main character’s son in Michael
Frayn’s Towards the End of the Morning
(“Damien was an imaginative child; but
what he imagined was extremely boring”).
Yet the slightly drifting procession of perfectly realised scenes, with careful descriptions of all that topography, botany and the
rest, does come at the expense of narrative
momentum. Likewise, although almost
every sentence is packed with Crace’s
characteristic lyricism, the overall effect
doesn’t always avoid the thin line dividing
the hypnotic from the mildly soporific.
Anybody who reads The Melody will
find plenty to admire and chew on. Nonetheless, there are times — especially in the
rather becalmed middle section — when
the final page seems far away.
American in Paris
This funny, grumpy
coming-of-age tale
still strikes a chord,
says Laura Freeman
B
Birds
of
America
A
bby Mary McCarthy
P
Penguin
Women
Writers, 320pp; £8.99
W
I
n Paris, says Peter Levi, the teenage
hero of Mary McCarthy’s Birds of
America, “the positive was so rare here
for a foreigner that you felt like falling
on your knees and kissing the hem of
the garment of anybody who was kind to
you”. Too true. The man who sells me The
Times from his kiosk at Bastille greets my
attempts at conversation with a sarcastic
“bravo”. I’m grateful to anyone who smiles.
There is much in McCarthy’s novel,
published by Penguin in a new edition to
mark the 100th anniversary of women’s
suffrage, that makes you say: “Yes! Exactly!
Spot on.” In 1963 McCarthy (1912-89), a
politically-minded essayist, made her
name with her novel The Group and its talk
of contraceptive jelly and diaphragms.
Birds of America (1971) is similarly of its
time: angst about Vietnam, the death of
home cooking as refrigerators hum in
every household, the first package tours to
Europe. If The Group is McCarthy’s great
whither-the-modern-woman? novel, then
Birds of America is a slighter offering,
a boy-on-a-gap-year bildungsroman.
It’s a novel in three acts across three
countries. First, summer in Rocky Port,
where Peter and his mother, Rosamund,
watch for owls and cook all-American,
recipes: clam chowder, pandowdy and
“real old-time” watermelon pickle. There’s
a wonderful scene where Rosamund
resists arrest. “Lady, I’m going to have to
ask you to walk along to the police station,”
says the cop. “I’m sorry,” she replies, “I’m
frosting a cake.” She is warm, stubborn,
nostalgic and nagging — an immensely
appealing character.
Before things get too Oedipal, Peter is
“shanghaied” off to boarding school, then
to Paris. The French impound his motorbike, insult, ignore and spurn him. He ends
up in Rome and discovers Mannerism, Borromini and the baroque. “Mannerism,” says
Peter, “you can get to like, the way you do
olives.” True again.
In this funny, grumpy, pickle-sweet
story, Peter finds solace and a sense of
belonging in the Sistine Chapel. “If
you love someone,” says Peter under
Michelangelo’s ceiling, “you want to be
alone with them. The same with art . . . A
tourist ought to have to pass an entrance
exam to get to see the Mona Lisa or The
Last Supper or the Sistine Chapel. It’s the
only way.” True.
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of the
week
The Princess Diarist by
Carrie Fisher, read by
Carrie Fisher and Billie
Lourd, 5hr 10min,
audible.co.uk, £17.99
Audiobooks jumped into
prominence at this year’s
Grammy awards: the
announcement of the
winner of best spoken
word album was prefaced
by a skit purporting
to show celebrities
auditioning to read Fire
and Fury, Michael Wolff’s
book on Donald Trump.
The audience erupted
when the final reader
was revealed to be
Hillary Clinton.
The award was won
by Carrie Fisher’s The
Princess Diarist, published
shortly before her death in
December 2016. Its core is
a higgledy-piggledy
collection of poems and
surreal reflections that she
wrote when she was 19
and making the first Star
Wars film. At the time she
was having an affair with
her co-star Harrison Ford
and clearly feeling
tragically insecure. These
are girlishly voiced by
Billie Lourd, Fisher’s
daughter; later raunchy
reflections by Fisher.
There are arresting turns
of phrase (she likens “the
taste of disinterest and
abandonment” to “cottage
cheese with an aftertaste
[of] smoked haddock”),
but the weary cynicism
and over-projected black
humour of Fisher in later
life makes for dispiriting
listening.
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Why We Sleep: The New Science
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Children’s book
of the week
Alex O’Connell waves
a banner for a new
women’s anthology
Make More Noise!
(8+), Nosy Crow,
279pp; £7.99
The children’s book
publisher Nosy Crow is
commemorating the
centenary of women in
this country getting the
vote with an anthology
of new stories by women writers
celebrating female characters, some
imagined, some inspired by real people.
They have partnered with Camfed, a
charity that supports marginalised girls,
and £1 from each sale goes to them. The
title is from a speech by Emmeline
Pankhurst. Bravo. But what of the
words?
The ones that sit most happily in this
collection are bedded in the history of
the vote. I enjoyed Sally Nicholls’s
imaginings of the night of the 1911
census, when many women hid as a
protest at having no say. Likewise,
Katherine Woodfine’s Tea and Jam, about
double standards, shows Eveline, the
maid of a suffragette, who warms and
fills her mistress’s WSPU teapot, with its
angel and freedom banner, but is not
allowed the freedom to go to the library.
Particularly gripping is Patrice
Lawrence’s story about Olive Malvery,
an Anglo-Indian who came to London
at 23 and, shocked by the way poor
On the night of the
1911 census many
women hid to protest
at having no say
women were treated, wrote about their
experiences in magazines and books.
Emma Carroll’s The Otter Path, set
during the Second World War when
Land Girls helped farmers and changed
attitudes in the countryside, also felt
apposite. MG Leonard, the author of
the excellent Beetle Boy books, chose
to stay in her comfort zone for a
contemporary tale inspired by Maria
Sibyl Merian, the early science
illustrator with a thing about bugs.
More out of place here is The
Green-Hearted Girl, Kiran Millwood
Hargrave’s rather fruity fantasy story
— an acquired taste that I didn’t
entirely acquire in so short a tale —
and although I was intrigued by
The Tuesday Afternoon Ghost,
Ella Risbridger’s story, which asks
whether living people can haunt, it
might have sat more happily in another
collection.
Still, there’s plenty to wave a
banner for and the anthology is a fine
introduction to some terrific writers, or
a treat for their existing fans.
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Saturday February 3 2018 | the times
the critics’ choice
Films Kevin Maher
Top pick
Journey’s End
Saul Dibb, 12A (107min)
{{{{{
The director of Bullet Boy
reinvigorates RC Sherriff’s
Great War tragedy with
intimate camerawork and
potent performances from
Sam Claflin and Paul
Bettany. Ed Potton
Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson,
15 (130min)
{{{{(
Daniel Day-Lewis in a
swan-song performance,
as a couturier in Fifties
London. It will entrance
and infuriate in equal
measure. Kevin Maher
Roman J Israel, Esq
Dan Gilroy, 12A (122min)
{{{((
The Oscar-nominated
Denzel Washington
towers above the material
as a civil rights lawyer
who betrays the cause. KM
Makala
Emmanuel Gras, U
(96min)
{{{{(
Documentary in which a
Congolese man chops
down a tree, makes
charcoal and hauls it 30
miles to sell. Sounds
deathly dull, but it’s
mesmerising. EP
Downsizing
Alexander Payne, 15
(135min)
{{{{(
Matt Damon stars in a
crackpot sci-fi about
communities of miniature
human beings searching
for environmental utopia.
But with jokes. KM
RC Sherriff’s
Journey’s End
comes to the
big screen
Last Flag Flying
Richard Linklater, 15
(125min)
{{{{(
Bryan Cranston, Laurence
Fishburne and Steve
Carell star in a poignant,
funny road movie about
Vietnam vets burying one
of their sons. EP
Maze Runner: The
Death Cure
Wes Ball, 12A (142min)
{{{((
The final instalment in
the YA franchise is silly in
places yet emotionally
satisfying. EP
Coco
Lee Unkrich, Adrian
Molina, PG (104min)
{{{{(
Pixar’s latest animation is
a rousing phosphorescent
tear-jerker about fame
and family, set during
Mexico’s Day of the Dead.
KM
The Post
Steven Spielberg, 12A
(116min)
{{{{(
Spielberg’s love letter
to newspapers stars Tom
Hanks and Meryl Streep
as the journalists who
published the Pentagon
Papers in 1971. KM
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh, 15
(115min)
{{{{{
Frances McDormand plays
a no-nonsense mum out
to avenge her daughter’s
murder in an Oscarnominated gem full of
melancholy, violence,
gags and complex
characters. KM
Hostiles
Scott Cooper, 15 (133min)
{{{{(
Savage western starring
Christian Bale as a
bigoted soldier charged
with escorting a dying
Pop Will Hodgkinson
Top pick
Kendrick Lamar
One of the great rappers, Lamar has
helped to raise the profile of jazz while
addressing everything from
21st-century civil rights to personal
responsibility on his new album,
Damn. Genting Arena,
Birmingham (0844
4772000), Fri
Ezra Furman
As a cross-dressing, Lou
Reed-loving, observant
Jewish singer-songwriter
with a new album about a
love affair between a pop star
and an illegal angel, Furman has
found his niche. Brudenell Social Club,
Leeds (0113 275 2411), today; Arts Club,
Liverpool (0844 8472424), Sun
Lady Gaga
Having made her name with catchy
electro-pop and outré outfits, then
taken a left turn towards jazzy standards
with Tony Bennett, Gaga, above, heads
Cheyenne chief (Wes
Studi). KM
Pitch Perfect 3
Trish Sie, 12A (93min)
{{{((
The a cappella girls return
— still entertaining, but at
times straining. KM
All the Money in the
World
Ridley Scott, 15 (132min)
{{{{(
A nailbiter about the
kidnap of John Paul Getty
III, starring Mark Wahlberg
and Christopher Plummer,
taking over from Kevin
Spacey as Getty Sr. KM
Darkest Hour
Joe Wright, PG (125min)
{{{{(
Lathered in facial latex,
but expertly alive within
it, the Oscar-nominated
Gary Oldman plays
Winston Churchill on the
eve of Dunkirk. KM
Molly’s Game
Aaron Sorkin, 15 (140min)
{{{{{
The true-life tale of a
poker boss (Jessica
Chastain), told with smarts
and heart by the creator
of The West Wing. KM
Call Me By Your Name
Luca Guadagnino, 15
(132min)
{{{{{
Exquisite coming-of-age
gay romance, set over a
sleepy summer in 1980s
Italy and nominated for a
best picture Oscar. The
excellent Timothée
Chalamet and Armie
Hammer star. EP
Happy End
Michael Haneke, 15
(108min)
{{{{(
Superbly bleak portrait of
a posh French family,
starring Isabelle Huppert
and Toby Jones. KM
Classical & opera Richard Morrison
into heartland rock territory with the
new album, Joanne. O2 Arena, London
SE10 (0844 8560202), Sun & Thur;
Manchester Arena (0844 8478000),
Tues
Michael Rother
Formerly of Krautrock pioneers Neu!,
Rother does atmospheric,
hypnotic, driving art rock
better than anyone else. Jazz
Cafe, London NW1 (020
7485 6834), Tues; Liquid
Room, Edinburgh (0131 225
2564), Fri
Book now
Sparks
The Californian brothers Ron and
Russell Mael continue to confound artpop expectations after half a century in
the game with their excellent new album,
Hippopotamus. 02 ABC, Glasgow
(0844 4772000), May 22; 02 Academy,
Leeds (0844 4772000), May 23; 02
Forum, London NW5 (0844 4772000),
May 24
Brecht and Kurt Weill,
presented by Northern
Ireland Opera. Lyric
Theatre, Belfast (028 9038
1081), today, Sun (2.30pm)
& Tues-Fri, to Feb 10
Top pick
Carmen
Bizet’s opera returns to
the Royal Opera, but not
as generally seen and
heard. Sparky Australian
director Barrie Kosky
replaces dialogue with
narration, and restores
rarely heard parts of the
score. Royal Opera House,
London WC2 (020 7304
4000), Tues, to March 16
Nicola Benedetti
The Scottish violinist
plays Beethoven’s Violin
Concerto with the
Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment under
Marin Alsop. Sheldonian
Theatre, Oxford (01865
277299), today; Royal
Festival Hall, London SE1,
Sun; Symphony Hall,
Birmingham, Tues; Anvil,
Basingstoke, Thur
Philip Glass’s Satyagraha returns to the Coliseum
Satyagraha
Acclaimed Phelim
McDermott production
of the Philip Glass opera
based on the early years
of Gandhi in South Africa.
Coliseum, London WC2
(020 7845 9300), Wed,
to Feb 27
Petrushka
Atmospheric Stravinsky
ballet score played by the
Hallé Orchestra under
Ryan Wigglesworth. Plus
Knussen, Mussorgsky and
Mahler. Bridgewater Hall,
Manchester (0161 907
9000), Thur
London Philharmonic
The year-long Stravinsky
series continues with
his early works plus the
almost forgotten Piano
Concerto by RimskyKorsakov. Vladimir
Jurowski conducts. Royal
Festival Hall, London SE1
(020 3879 9555), Wed
The Threepenny Opera
Dark music-theatre
masterpiece by Bertolt
Liverpool Philharmonic
Vasily Petrenko conducts
Walton’s Partita, Grieg’s
Piano Concerto and
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony
No 4. Philharmonic Hall,
Liverpool (0151 709 3789),
Sun (2.30pm)
Book now
Henley Festival
English National Opera
makes its first UK music
festival appearance for
more than a decade in an
event that presents a wide
variety of musical styles.
Various venues, Henleyon-Thames, Oxfordshire
(01491 843404), July 11-15
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Also showing
Top pick
Top pick
Den of Thieves (15)
{{(((
Heat-lite cop caper, with
Gerard Butler
Ocean Liners
Take a romantic cruise
into the stylish world of
the great ocean liners and
see how their elegant
design influenced broader
culture. V&A, London SW7
(020 7942 2000), to June
17
Julius Caesar
Nicholas Hytner’s
rock’n’roll promenade
production is a cross
between a concert and a
political rally, with murder
and mayhem thrown in.
Ben Whishaw is brilliant as
scheming Brutus. Possibly
the loudest JC ever. The
Bridge, London SE1 (0843
2081846), to April 15
Lies We Tell (15)
{((((
Profoundly inept Bradford
gangster flick
Winchester (15)
{((((
Helen Mirren horror.
Predictable, risible
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
(12A)
{{{{{
The best one so far
Early Man (PG)
{{(((
Limp Aardman animation
12 Strong (15)
{((((
Jingoistic action bilge
The Final Year (12A)
{{{{(
Absorbing Obama doc
The Commuter (15)
{{(((
Train-based hokum
Jumanji: Welcome to the
Jungle (12A)
{{(((
The Rock in a dull reboot
The Greatest Showman
(PG)
{((((
Weak PT Barnum musical
Mudbound (15)
{{{{{
Moving Netflix drama
starring Carey Mulligan
Charles I: King and
Collector
An extravaganza to kick
off the Royal Academy’s
250th anniversary
reunites, for the first time
since the 17th century, 150
or so artistic splendours
from the unrivalled
collection of Charles I.
Royal Academy, London
W1 (020 7439 2000), to
April 15
Journeys with the
Wasteland
TS Eliot found inspiration
for his landmark
modernist poem while
recuperating in the Kent
town of Margate. Artists in
this group show respond
to his fractured vision of
the world. Turner
Contemporary, Margate
(01843 233000), to May 7
The Brothers Size
This play by Tarell Alvin
McCraney of Moonlight
film fame is as warm as a
Louisiana summer’s night,
showing us three black
brothers who have grown
up poor with an absent
mother and a drug scene
all round them. Sope
Dirisu excels. Young Vic,
London SE1 (020 7922
2922), to Feb 14
The glamour of prewar cruising celebrated at the V&A
the architectural ants’ nest
of our capitalist world.
Hayward Gallery, London
SE1 (020 3879 9555), to
April 22
China’s First Emperor and
the Terracotta Warriors
That mysterious hoard of
buried warriors stage an
archaeological coup as
they march into Liverpool
for a spectacular show.
World Museum, Liverpool
(0151 478 4393), Fri-Oct 28
Kurt Schwitters: Collage
and Assemblage
A show of the landmark
Merz collages, which
turned bits and pieces of
detritus into modernist
art. Hatton Gallery,
Newcastle upon Tyne
(0191 222 6059), to May 11
Andreas Gursky
The acclaimed German
photographer shows us
BP Portrait Award
The popular award that
gives a traditional art form
a fresh face. Scottish
National Portrait Gallery,
Edinburgh (0131 624
6200), to March 11
Book now
Mark Dion: Theatre of the
Natural World
The American artist has
trawled the world, from
rainforests to rubbish
dumps, to create a series
of poetic installations that
speak of the wonder and
fragility of life on Earth.
Whitechapel Gallery,
London E1 (020 7522
7888), Feb 14-May 13
Hamlet
This superb contemporary
version of Shakespeare’s
great tragedy stars the
charismatic Paapa
Essiedu. Simon Godwin
directs the RSC
production. Theatre Royal,
Plymouth (01752 267222),
Tues-Feb 10, then touring
Mary Stuart
At every performance, a
coin is tossed to see which
queen (Elizabeth or Mary)
will be played by Lia
Williams and Juliet
Stevenson. The audience
can’t lose, whatever the
outcome. This is seriously
good theatre, political and
personal, that, at times,
feels as electric as a
Dance Debra Craine
costumes evoke the 1940s with great
élan. Theatre Royal, Plymouth (01752
267222), today (2.30pm); Birmingham
Hippodrome, Tues-Feb 10
Windrush: Movement of the People
Phoenix Dance Theatre marks the 70th
anniversary of the arrival of the SS
Empire Windrush, the ship that brought
the first large group of immigrants from
the Caribbean to the UK. The piece, part
of a mixed bill, is choreographed by
Sharon Watson with an original score by
Christella Litras. West Yorkshire
Playhouse, Leeds (0113 213 7700),
Wed-Feb 10
Grand Finale
Hofesh Shechter’s latest work, featuring
ten dancers and six musicians, is an
essay in disaster, in how to survive the
Black Mountain
Brad Birch’s spooky tale of
a married couple trying
to find that elusive spark
again during a weekend
retreat in the woods was
a hit at the Edinburgh
Fringe. Now it has come to
London and I still get chills
thinking about it. Orange
Tree, Richmond (020
8940 3633), to March 3
Lady Windermere’s Fan
Kathy Burke directs Oscar
Wilde’s play about sex
and power with a
lightness and elegance
that delights. Jennifer
Saunders is ab fab as
the haughty Duchess
of Berwick, and Grace
Molony, as Lady W,
impresses in her West End
debut. Vaudeville Theatre,
London WC2 (0330
3334814), to April 7
Rita, Sue and Bob Too
Andrea Dunbar’s brilliant
and bittersweet comedy
about two 15-year-old girls
who think it’s a hoot to
have a (joint) affair with a
married man resumes its
tour after its run at the
Royal Court. Theatre
Clwyd, Mold (01352
701521), Tues-Feb 10
Book now
This House
The steam train that is the
playwright James Graham
continues with the start of
a 12-date tour of his
brilliant look back at the
1974 parliamentary
wrangling with the whips
ready to fight to the
(political) death, red in
tooth and claw. Jeremy
Herrin directs after
sell-out runs at the
National and in the West
End. West Yorkshire
Playhouse, Leeds (0113 213
7700), Feb 23-March 10,
then touring to June 2
David Morrissey in Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre
Comedy Dominic Maxwell
Top pick
Giselle
Peter Wright’s luminous production is
popular for a reason — it brings to life in
the most vibrant way the tale of the
peasant girl who dies after being
betrayed in love. The second half, ghostly
and transcendent, is amazing. Royal
Opera House, London WC2 (020 7304
4000), to March 9
thunderstorm. Duke of
York’s, London WC2
(0844 8717627), to
March 31
Phoenix Dance Theatre stages Windrush: Movement
of the People at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
crisis and chaos of a world in freefall.
Cheery it isn’t. Home, Manchester (0161
200 1500), today
Cinderella
Matthew Bourne gives Prokofiev’s
masterpiece a wartime twist, setting the
familiar tale in London during the Blitz.
Lez Brotherston’s wonderful sets and
Rambert
Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, an
evocative tribute to the victims of social
repression in South America, still packs a
punch after all these years, with its
images of the Day of the Dead and the
rhythms of traditional Latin American
songs. The programme also includes
Symbiosis by Andonis Foniadakis and
Goat by Ben Duke. Theatre Royal,
Newcastle upon Tyne (0844 8112121),
Tues-Thur
Book now
Russell Maliphant
The choreographer presents a second
season of dance at this bijou London
venue, in a programme that comprises
five duets. Four are performed live, the
fifth is a new film installation. Print Room
at the Coronet, London W11 (020 3642
6606), March 6-17
Top pick
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
The Australian comic’s
farewell to stand-up is
stunning, as intellectually
provocative as it is
emotionally revealing.
Also this week at Soho:
Gein’s Family Giftshop,
Andrew Maxwell, Nick
Mohammed and Evelyn
Mok. Soho Theatre,
London W1 (020 7478
0100), Mon to March 3
Leicester Festival
The annual event begins
with Tez Ilyas headlining
the Asian Persuasion bill
(Wed), Suggs giving us his
life story (Thur) and Mark
Steel’s terrific latest show,
in which the political
comic goes personal to
talk about the end of a
relationship (Fri). Various
venues, Leicester and
Loughborough (0116 456
6812), Wed-Feb 25
John Bishop: Winging It
He starts the week in an
arena, but his London
dates have him scaling
down to play a theatre.
Albeit a 2,000-seater.
First Direct Arena, Leeds
(0844 2481585), today;
Palladium, London W1
(0844 4124655), Wed-Fri
Book now
Rob Newman: Total
Eclipse of Descartes
Can you spend an hour
talking about selective
education, PG Wodehouse
and Pavlov’s dogs, and still
call it comedy? Newman
shows you can. Norden
Farm Centre, Maidenhead
(01628 788997), today;
Cornerstone Arts Centre,
Didcot, Wed
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Critic’s choice
Arena: Stanley &
His Daughters
Radio choice
The Death of
Illegitimacy
“Children of geniuses tend to
have a rather hard time of it. If
you’re a genius you have to be
a bit tough,” says Unity
Spencer, the daughter of
Stanley. The artist certainly
made things tough — his
sexual obsessions and
preoccupation with his work
wrought havoc on his family.
Having divorced his
devastated first wife, Hilda, he
married his model Patricia
Preece. That marriage was
never consummated, her
lesbian lover even coming on
their honeymoon. So what of
his daughters, Unity and Shirin?
As collateral damage in this
turmoil, they were separated
and only recently, in old age,
have come together again.
It takes a while to adjust to
the spare feel of this poignant,
minor-key Arena exploring the
sisters’ relationship, as Unity,
87, boxes up her life in London
and moves to Wales to be close
to Shirin, 91. Yet it’s worth it —
not just as an insight into one
of our most singular artists,
but as a portrait of elderly life,
of reconciling oneself to the
past, present and future.
Have you ever thought about
the point of knee-tremblers?
They instinctively feel like
one of those things caused by
the privations of the Second
World War, as if space to lie
down were, like bananas and
nylons, something else that
was hard to get hold of in
those difficult years. Sex
standing up was therefore
just another of those difficult
things, like cold baths, that you
had to put up with.
Not a bit of it. This technique
was, as one of the many
brilliant interviews in this
breathtaking programme
explains, thought to be a form
of contraception. As one of the
interviewees puts it cheerily:
“No way in your wildest
dreams did you think if you
stood up you were going to
get pregnant . . . You just think
it can’t reach!” It could reach,
as it turned out. By the end
of the war births outside
marriage had more than
doubled, to account for almost
one in ten of the total.
This programme is
presented by the MP Caroline
Flint, who is what would have
once been called “illegitimate”.
Her mother had her at 17,
when she was unmarried.
Now Flint is looking at the
history of illegitimacy. Which
is, mainly, a history of horrors.
Magdalene laundries and
asylums (the last closed in
1996). Attempted abortions.
Lifelong shame.
Sun, BBC Four, 10pm
Today, Radio 4, 8pm
Stanley Spencer, an
inspired painter with a
chaotic domestic life
James Jackson
Best of the rest
Six Nations
From today, BBC One, 1.45pm
The annual slug-fest kicks off
with Scotland playing Wales,
whose coach, Warren Gatland,
insists can win the tournament
(he can dream). England take
on Italy tomorrow (2.15pm).
On demand
sergeant, which initially means
looking after a green
constable named Fancy (he’s
not a patch on Lewis), while
also cracking a case involving
gangsters and fine art.
Spiral
Today, BBC Four, 9pm
Euro-drama’s finest wraps up
for another series — quel
dommage! — as Laure and
team’s search for Mercier’s
killer reaches its bleak climax.
Hull’s Headscarf Heroes
Mon, BBC Four, 9pm
The deep-sea fishing disaster
of 50 years ago, when three
trawlers sank and 58 men
died, shocked a nation,
knocking the Vietnam War off
the front pages, as a sombre
film recalls.
Endeavour
Sun, ITV, 9pm
Young Morse returns, now
promoted to detective
The Bulger Murder: Was
Justice Done?
Mon, Channel 4, 9pm
Just the opening words from
ten-year-old Jon Venables
from the 1993 police tapes —
“It was Robert’s idea to kill
him” — chill you to the bone in
a difficult look at whether
James Bulger’s killers had any
idea of what they were really
doing. On Thursday Trevor
McDonald meets James’s
mother for a highly emotional
interview (ITV, 9pm).
Winter Olympics
Fri, BBC One, 12.20am
To snowy South Korea for the
opening-ceremony spectacular,
where North and South Korea
will march under the same flag
before the real action starts:
skiing, skating and “Cool
Runnings” bobsleigh fun. JJ
The best of Netflix, Amazon, iPlayer and beyond
Altered Carbon
Netflix
The latest Netflix mega-series
is a futuristic “blockbusterwith-brains” spectacle
involving Joel
Kinnaman (right, him
off House of Cards)
as a steroidallooking soldier
brought out of a
250-year hibernation
by an immortal aristocrat
(James Purefoy; him off, er,
Channel 5’s The Wine Show)
to solve his own murder.
Confused? You may be. But it
looks fantastic — as Kinnaman
trips on eye-drops — with
plenty of Blade Runner cum
superhero thrills for those who
like that kind of thing.
Whicker’s World
BBC iPlayer
Also enjoying mindenhancing drugs are
the hippies whom
Alan Whicker visits in
1967 San Francisco to
find out what on earth
this new flower-power thing
is (or “dark carnival”, as he
puts it). In his immaculate suit
and military moustache, this
BBC “straight” is viewed with
as much suspicion by the love
generation as he views them. JJ
Catherine Nixey
Podcast choice
Atlanta Monster
atlantamonster.com
In the late Seventies in Atlanta
newsreaders read out the same
chilling statement every night:
“It’s ten o’clock. Do you know
where your children are?” In
this period 25 African-American
children and young adults were
murdered there. This podcast
looks at what happened. CN
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Critic’s choice Live Six Nations
BBC One, 1.45pm/4.15pm
The bookies must be rubbing
their hands with glee as the
northern hemisphere’s annual
mud-and-blood fest begins in
Cardiff this afternoon. This
year’s Six Nations is nigh-on
impossible to predict, but
one thing is a certainty: it will
be a humdinger, with five
nations (scusa, signori) eyeing
up the trophy. England, the
winners of the past two
tournaments, continue to
improve in fits and starts
under Eddie Jones; Scotland,
who thumped Australia and
nearly beat the All Blacks
last autumn, look magnificent
under Gregor Townsend;
Ireland should be written off
at your peril; Wales (and
as a Welshman I say this
with a heavy sigh) are
mercurial as always, but —
at last — are capable of
scintillating rugby; and France
are possibly more French
than they have ever been,
but ooze talent all over the
pitch. And yet. Each nation’s
injury list is longer than one of
Maro Itoje’s telescopic arms.
No matter, 20 months before
a World Cup is not a bad time
to test your strength in depth.
Trying to make sense of it
all is John Inverdale, who
hosts this year’s preview
show (BBC One, 1.15pm)
alongside Martin Johnson,
Sam Warburton, Andy Nicol
and Chris Paterson. No doubt
those chaps will be licking
their lips ahead of Wales v
Scotland (kick-off 2.15pm),
a tie that could well set the
tone for the rest of the
tournament. Andrew Cotter
is on mike duty at the
Principality Stadium,
with Paterson and Martyn
Williams for company in
the commentary box.
Afterwards we drift over
the Channel to Paris, where
Gabby Logan hosts France v
Ireland (kick-off 4.45pm).
Eddie Butler and Brian Moore
are the commentary team
there. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
Shane: For the Love of the Game is a profile of the diminutive
Welsh rugby player Shane WIlliams (Wed, BBC One, 11.35pm)
Hugh’s Wild West
BBC Two, 6pm
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is
in the shadow of Glastonbury
Tor, communing with nature
and hoping for a “magic
connection”. Don’t worry,
he’s not wearing tie-dye and
taking herbal highs, he is on
the Somerset Levels on the
hunt for some of Britain’s most
elusive animals. In the Avalon
Marshes he experiences
a murmuration of starlings
and on Green Down he spots
the large blue butterfly, a
species that was declared
extinct in Britain 40 years
ago. Elsewhere he stumbles
across egrets, Iberian water
frogs, roe deer, water voles,
badgers and hares. CB
Catch
up
Deep Water
BBC iPlayer, episode one
expires tomorrow
The perfect box set
for a miserable
February. Deep
Water is a
four-part
detective drama
that is essentially
Home and Away
meets The Killing.
Set in present-day
Bondi Beach, the events
vents
that unfold are inspired by the
spate of real-life hate murders
that are a stain on Sydney.
Grand Tours of
Scotland’s Lochs
Spiral
BBC Two, 8.30pm
The dogged cop duo of Laure
and Gilou are tightening the
net on Mercier’s killer and
uncovering a much bigger —
and even more odious —
criminal operation than they
had imagined, but their team
is falling apart around them.
Meanwhile, meticulous Roban
and mighty Josephine, two
people used to wielding power,
are in despair at losing it in the
most undignified way. And
what of baby Romy? It must
be time for her to come home.
This season six finale is tinged
with sadness, especially in its
final moments. The good news
is that season seven is already
in development. Debra Craine
Paul Murton heads to the far
north of Scotland this week to
Sutherland, a landscape shaped
by a meteorite that struck the
area 1.2 billion years ago. “It
must have made one hell of
a bang,” he says. Rambling
around the lochans and
knockans, he tells the story
of the geologists Peach and
Horne, goes caving in Assynt
and discovers a “mythological
creature of unsurpassed
gorgeousness” at the ruins
of Ardvreck Castle. His main
excitement is reserved for
the “woolly bugger” — a
fishing fly, of course. CB
During the 1970s and 1980s
scores of gay men were
assaulted, killed or otherwise
disappeared during a
campaign of homophobic
violence. Starring Yael Stone
and Noah Taylor, pictured, as
newly paired detectives, Deep
Water begins with the violent,
pseudo-erotic
murder
pseudo
of a young gay man
and goes on to
an
expose
the
e
vicious,
bigoted
v
underbelly
of
u
Australia’s
A
paradise.
Taylor,
pa
looking
as if he has
look
come in fancy dress as
Nick Cave, is
i laconic and
downbeat. No one does
suspicious quite as elegantly
as he does. Chris Bennion
BBC Four, 9pm/10pm
Johnny Cash’s
Bitter Tears
Films of the day
Sky Arts, 9pm
Channel 4, 9pm
The 1964 concept album Bitter
Tears: Ballads of the American
Indian is not one of Johnny
Cash’s best-known albums, but,
argues this documentary, it is
one of his most important. At a
time when civil rights issues
were raging in the US, Cash
believed that the plight of
North America’s indigenous
population was overlooked.
The story of his collaboration
with the folk artist Peter La
Farge, who wrote most of the
album, is told alongside
reimaginings of the songs
from artists such as Emmylou
Harris and Gillian Welch. CB
Variations
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
11.00am-12.00 The Hunt (r) 3.30pm This
Wild Life (r) 4.00-4.30 Grand Tours of
Scotland’s Lochs 5.15 Flog It! (r) 5.30
Hugh’s Wild West 6.30 Great American
Railroad Journeys 7.00 Mastermind 7.30
A Vicar’s Life 8.00-9.00 Nigel Slater’s
Middle East. The writer embarks on a
Middle Eastern food adventure
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
5.00pm-5.15 Final Score from Northern
Ireland 6.00 Getaways (r) 6.30 Hugh’s
Wild West 7.30-8.30 A House Through
Time. David Olusoga charts the history of
the house from 1945 to the present day.
Last in the series (r)
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
4.30pm-5.15 Sportscene. Classified
results and a round-up of the afternoon’s
football news 9.00-10.30 Celtic
Connections 2018: Bothy Culture and
Beyond. A special music and dance
exhibition from Celtic Connections 2018
● STV As ITV except: 12.40am
Teleshopping 1.45 After Midnight 3.15
Babushka. Game show, hosted by Rylan
Clark-Neal (r) 4.05-6.00 ITV Nightscreen
● UTV As ITV except: 12.40am
Teleshopping 2.10-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw (r) 8.00 Stwnsh
Sadwrn 10.00 Dathlu (r) 10.30 Y Cleddyf
gyda John Ogwen (r) 11.00 Croeso i
Gymru (r) 11.30 Ward Plant (r) 12.00
Cynefin (r) 1.00pm Ffermio (r) 1.30 Clwb
Rygbi Rhyngwladol 4.45 News a
Chwaraeon 5.00 Y Gig Fawr (r) 6.30 3 Lle:
Bryn Williams (r) 7.00 Straeon o’r Strade.
The history of Stradey Park, with Phil
Bennett, Derek Quinnell, JJ Williams and
Roy Bergiers among those sharing their
memories of the former rugby union
stadium (r) 8.00 Noson Lawen. David
Oliver presents an evening of
entertainment at Llanfair Caereinion,
featuring performances by Siân James,
Parti Cut Lloi, Eilir Jones, Robert Lewis
and Alaw, among others 9.00 Priodas
Pum Mil. Lora and Will from Dolgellau
entrust their wedding plans to family and
friends (r) 10.00 Parch. Oksana’s visa is
due to expire, forcing Elfed into an
important decision. Myfanwy turns to Mr
Jarman for help in getting to the truth.
Cerian plans a birthday party for Eurig (r)
11.00 Jonathan. A look ahead to the 2018
Six Nations (r) 12.00-12.35am Hansh (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Suffragette (12, 2015)
The perfect film to celebrate a century of (partial) female suffrage
in the UK. Emmeline Pankhurst is played in all her eminence by
Meryl Streep, but the real star is Carey Mulligan as a London
laundry worker who becomes a political figure. Mulligan is Maud,
a young woman rubbed so raw by life that she fights for a cause
she never intended to embrace. Here, universal suffrage is about a
working-class woman with inequality eating into her soul. Later on,
with the bombing of David Lloyd George’s weekend house and the
Epsom Derby finale, the story takes on a terrible momentum and
Maud’s tale is as moving as it is inspiring. (101min) Kate Muir
The Talented Mr Ripley
(15, 1999)
BBC Two, 10.30pm
Anthony Minghella’s finest moment
is an elegant crystallisation of the
flux of tensions caused by class,
privilege and resentment, adapted
from the novel by Patricia
Highsmith. The cast is uniformly
excellent. Matt Damon is Tom
Ripley, the ordinary underachiever who is sent to coax playboy
Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) from his glittering life, loafing around
Europe. Dickie’s lifestyle is one fully indulging in la dolce vita —
all beaches and jazz clubs across Italy’s coast. Gwyneth Paltrow,
pictured with Damon and Law, is Marge, Dickie’s long-suffering
girlfriend, while Philip Seymour Hoffman has a scene-stealing
cameo as Freddie Miles, Ripley’s nemesis. (142min) Wendy Ide
Lethal Weapon (15, 1987)
ITV, 10.45pm
The mismatched buddy movie to end all mismatched buddy
movies: the original Lethal Weapon stars a dark and dangerous
Mel Gibson as the cop-with-a-death-wish Martin Riggs. His partner
is the by-the-book family man Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). But
while Riggs’s unorthodox techniques when it comes to nailing the
bad guys on the mean streets of 1980s Los Angeles are effective,
they put everyone in danger. Fast, noisy and exuberantly violent,
this really is one of the best cop movies ever made, not to mention
one of the more potent examinations of male friendship. Franco
Zeffirelli reportedly offered Gibson the role of Hamlet after seeing
his suicide contemplation scene in the film. (110min) WI
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6.00am Breakfast 10.00 Saturday
Kitchen Live. With the actress Sarah
Hadland 11.30 Mary Berry Everyday.
Ideas to make everyday family meals
special (r) 12.00 Football Focus.
A look ahead to the weekend’s
football 1.00pm BBC News; Weather
1.15 Six Nations Preview. A look
ahead to this year’s championship
1.45 Live Six Nations Rugby Union:
Wales v Scotland (Kick-off 2.15).
John Inverdale presents coverage
of the opening match of the
championship, held at the Principality
Stadium. See Viewing Guide
4.15 Live Six Nations Rugby Union:
France v Ireland (Kick-off 4.45). Gabby
Logan presents coverage of the
match from the Stade de France in
Paris, as the opening round of fixtures
continues. See Viewing Guide
6.10am The Wonder of Animals (r)
6.40 Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature
7.10 The Pets Factor 7.30 Matilda and
the Ramsay Bunch 7.45 Matilda
and the Ramsay Bunch 8.00 The
Dengineers 8.30 Deadly Top 10 (r)
9.00 Robot Wars (r) 10.00 Robot
Wars (r) 11.00 Homes Under the
Hammer (r) 12.00 The Hairy Bikers’
Mediterranean Adventure (r) 1.00pm
Live Davis Cup Tennis: Spain v Great
Britain. Coverage of the second day of
the World Group first-round contest,
which takes place in Marbella, Spain.
Subsequent programmes are subject
to change 3.30 Nigel Slater’s Middle
East (r) 4.30 Final Score 5.15 Flog It! (r)
6.00 Hugh’s Wild West. Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall’s West Country
tour continues as he visits the
Somerset Levels. See Viewing Guide
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25
ITV News 9.30 James Martin’s
Saturday Morning 11.20 Dancing on
Ice (r) 1.20pm ITV News; Weather 1.30
FILM Evan Almighty (PG, 2007) God
recruits a politician to build an ark
and save the world’s animals from an
impending cataclysm. Comedy sequel
to Bruce Almighty starring Steve
Carell and John Goodman 3.15
Catchphrase. Stephen Mulhern hosts
the game show (r) 4.00 Tipping Point.
Game show hosted by Ben Shephard
(r) 5.00 The Chase. Quiz show hosted
by Bradley Walsh (r) 6.00 Regional
News; Weather 6.05 ITV News;
Weather 6.15 New You’ve Been
Framed! Harry Hill introduces more
comedy clips, including a drone’s
destructive encounter with an errant
baseball, and a photo-shy seal
6.15am 3rd Rock from the Sun (r) 6.45
3rd Rock from the Sun (r) 7.10 The
King of Queens (r) 7.35 The King of
Queens (r) 8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.25 Everybody
Loves Raymond (r) 8.55 Frasier (r)
9.25 Frasier (r) 9.55 Frasier (r) 10.25
The Big Bang Theory (r) 10.55 The Big
Bang Theory (r) 11.25 The Big Bang
Theory (r) 11.55 The Simpsons (r)
12.25pm The Simpsons (r) 12.55 The
Simpsons (r) 1.25 Come Dine with Me
(r) 2.25 Coast vs Country (r) 3.25
A Place in the Sun (r) 4.30 The Secret
Life of the Zoo. After two years living
alone, male onager Holmes is
released into the female paddock (r)
5.35 The Supervet. Noel Fitzpatrick
helps a boxer dog that has extensive
injuries to its pelvis and hind legs (r)
6.30 Channel 4 News
6.00am Milkshake! 10.05 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles 10.40 Funniest
Fails, Falls & Flops (r) 11.05 Police
Interceptors (r) 12.00 Police
Interceptors (r) 1.00pm The A-Team.
A cab company is terrorised (r) 2.00
The A-Team. The gang helps two
harassed cabbage-pickers (r) 3.00
Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords.
Tenants leave a landlord over
£20,000 behind with his mortgage (r)
4.00 Nightmare Tenants, Slum
Landlords. Catching up with tenants
and landlords from previous episodes
(r) 5.00 Rich House, Poor House.
A family who live in a rented house
swap with the owners of a castle (r)
5.55 5 News Weekend 6.00 The
Wonderful World of Puppies.
An insight into how young pups
begin to broaden their horizons
The Hard Sun plot thickens (9.30pm)
Jamie Murray & Dominic Inglot (1pm)
Riggs and Murtaugh (10.45pm)
Historical drama Suffragette (9pm)
Dakin the golden retriever (6pm)
7.00 BBC News
7.00 A House Through Time
David Olusoga concludes
the Liverpool house’s story,
revealing how it was once
almost demolished, then
became a home for creative
people, and meeting the
current owner (4/4) (r)
6.40 Take Me Out Men from Leeds,
Dublin, Edinburgh and Swansea
seek the approval of the
30 single ladies sitting on
Paddy McGuinness’s panel
7.00 Great Canal Journeys Timothy
West and Prunella Scales
explore the landscape of
north-west Portugal on a
voyage down the Rio Douro,
following the route of the
old port trade (5/6) (r)
7.00 Greatest Ever Celebrity
Wind-Ups Joe Pasquale
showcases one last selection
of pranks, with laughs coming
at the expense of Justin
Timberlake and Louis Walsh,
among others (6/6)
8.00 Dad’s Army Mainwaring
appears in court (11/13) (r)
8.00 The Voice UK The Blind
Auditions enter their fifth week,
as Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson,
Olly Murs and Tom Jones assess
the singing skills of more
would-be stars. Emma Willis
ushers the contestants on-stage
where the coaches must decide
whether they would like to back
each performer based on the
power of their voice, rather
than their appearance
8.00 Village of the Year with
Penelope Keith Five villages
from the show’s Central Zone
compete for a place in the final,
as judges Alex Langlands,
Patrick Grant and Juliet
Sargeant assess their merits
8.00 Blind Date A white witch from
Preston seeks to cast her spell
on three eligible bachelors, and
former military man Dean from
Wiltshire sets out to find his
dream girl. Hosted by
Paul O’Grady (6/6)
9.00 FILM Suffragette (12, 2015)
A woman joins a campaign to
gain the right to vote in 1912.
She and her allies find their
peaceful protests
accomplishing little in the face
of an unwavering state, so
resort to increasingly violent
measures, risking everything
they have in the pursuit of
political justice. Period drama
starring Carey Mulligan, Helena
Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie
Duff and Meryl Streep.
See Film Choice
9.00 Football on 5: The
Championship Colin Murray
introduces highlights from the
weekend’s games, including
Wolverhampton Wanderers v
Sheffield United
11.10 FILM About Time (12, 2013)
A man learns he has the ability
to travel through time and uses
the power to improve his love
life. Romantic fantasy comedy
starring Domhnall Gleeson
and Rachel McAdams
11.15 The X-Files Mulder and Scully
are sent to investigate the
unusual murder of a city
official, while Scully also has to
deal with a personal tragedy
when she receives a call from
her older brother (4/6) (r)
1.20am The Last Leg. With guest
Stephen Fry (r) 2.15 Hollyoaks.
Omnibus (r) (SL) 4.20 Coast vs
Country. A former business owner
seeks a new life in north Wales (r)
5.15 Location, Location, Location.
House-hunting in Norfolk (r)
12.10am SuperCasino 3.10 FILM
Vampire Academy (12, 2014)
A vampire princess and her protector
find their lives endangered. Fantasy
starring Zoey Deutch 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Great Artists (r)
(SL) 5.35 House Busters (r) (SL)
7.10 BBC Regional News; Weather
7.15
All Together Now The musical
talent show continues, as
Rob Beckett invites more
would-be singing superstars
to encourage memb
bers off a
100-strong judging panel to
sing along with them (2/6)
8.20 Casualty Alicia takes matters
into her own hands when the
ED reaches capacity, and eager
new F1 Bea discovers the perils
of rushing into resus work
9.10 BBC News; Weather
9.30 Hard Sun The brutal murder of
a night jogger has dire personal
implications for both Renko and
Daniel, and places Hicks at odds
with a colleague he has come to
respect. Daniel goes on the run
after inadvertently claiming the
Hard Sun flashdrive (5/6)
8.30 Grand Tours of Scotland’s
Lochs A journey from Lairg to
the summit of Suilven. See
Viewing Guide (5/6)
9.00 QI XL Jason Manford, Jimmy
Carr and Victoria Coren Mitchell
join Alan Davies and Sandi
Toksvig for an extended edition
of the unconventional quiz
9.45 Live at the Apollo Sara Pascoe
presents stand-up comedy from
London’s Hammersmith Apollo,
introducing sets by Larry Dean
and Gary Delaney (1/6) (r)
9.30 Through the Keyhole Keith
Lemon infiltrates the homes
of another three mystery
famous faces, and challenges
Shane Richie, Rachel Riley and
Alex James to guess “who
habitates in a house like this”
10.30 ITV News
11.55 The NFL Show A look ahead
to the Super Bowl
10.30 FILM The Talented Mr Ripley
(15, 1999) A man agrees to
travel to Italy and persuade a
businessman’s spoiled son to
return home. Before long he
develops a taste for the high
life, and decides to get in on the
action — by taking the drastic
measure of assuming his
new-found friend’s identity.
Anthony Minghella’s thriller
starring Matt Damon and
Jude Law. See Film Choice
12.25am FILM Ill Manors (18, 2012)
A chain of violent events has
repercussions for various residents of
a London council estate struggling to
survive. Drama starring Riz Ahmed
and Nick Sagar 2.20 Weather for
the Week Ahead 2.25 BBC News
12.40-2.05am FILM Albatross (15,
2011) A teenager gets a job at a hotel,
befriending the owners’ bookish
daughter while having an affair with
her father. Drama starring Jessica
Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones,
Sebastian Koch and Julia Ormond
12.40am Jackpot247. Viewers get
the chance to participate in live
interactive gaming 3.00 Babushka.
Game show in which contestants
open a set of giant Russian nesting
dolls (r) (SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen.
Text-based information service
10.30 Match of the Day Gary Lineker
presents highlights of the latest
Premier League matches,
including Burnley v Manchester
City, Manchester United v
Huddersfield Town and
Arsenal v Everton; followed by
National Lottery Update
10.45 FILM Lethal Weapon (15, 1987)
An unstable Vietnam veteran
cop teams up with a by-tthebook Los Angeles police
detective to smash a drug ring
linked to a woman’s apparent
suicide. Action thriller starring
Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary
Busey, Mitchell Ryan and Tom
Atkins. See Film Choice
9.55 Football on 5: Goal Rush Goals
from the weekend’s games in
Leagues One and Two
10.25 The X-Files Mulder and Scully
investigate a report of a killing
during a full moon, with
eyewitness accounts pointing
to the attacker being a bizarre
lizard-human hybrid (3/6) (r)
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Where Eagles Dare
Saturday 3 | Primetime digital guide
Richard Burton and Ingrid
Pitt are under cover in the
classic Second World War drama
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7.00pm Sicily: Wonder of the
Mediterranean Michael
Scott traces the history of
Sicily, from the first arrival of
ancient Greek settlers to the
Byzantine Empire (R)
8.00 Nature’s Miniature
Miracles: Natural World
Documentary telling how
the world’s smallest animals
manage to survive (R)
9.00 Spiral A betrayal forces
Drissa Camara to make use
of his hold over Gilou. See
Viewing Guide (11/12)
10.00 Spiral Last in the series for
the French crime drama.
See Viewing Guide
11.05 Top of the Pops: 1985
The Feb 14 edition of that
year, with Dead or Alive, the
Commodores, Killing Joke
and the Smiths (R)
11.40-12.10am Top of the Pops:
1985 From Feb 21, 1985, Don
Henley, Bryan Adams and
Howard Jones (R)
6.55pm Midsomer Murders
The apparent suicide of a
childless farmer’s wife puts
Barnaby on the scent of an
ancient land feud involving
witchcraft, potions, infidelity
— and murder (2/4) (R)
9.00 Midsomer Murders A
Saint’s bones are discovered
during an archaeological dig
in the village of Midsomer
Cicely. However, when the
dig’s leader is murdered, DCI
Barnaby and DS Nelson are
presented with a complex
investigation. As the duo
unearth more evidence,
they soon discover that it is
not only skeletons that have
been long buried in the
hallowed ground (5/6) (R)
11.00-1.00am Foyle’s War Foyle
comes up against racial
tensions and the might
of the US Army when a
black GI is suspected of
murder (2/3) (R)
6.55pm Come Dine with Me A
part-time comedian turns
his West Midlands home
into a pub (R)
7.25 Come Dine with Me It is the
last night in the West
Midlands, and a molecatcher plays host (R)
7.55 The Crossrail Discovery:
London’s Lost Graveyard
The discovery of a lost
17th-century burial
site in London (R)
9.00 The Tallest Tower: Building
the Shard Documentary
charting the construction of
the London skyscraper (R)
10.00 Lee Mack: Hit the Road
Mack The comedian
performs at London’s
Hammersmith Apollo (R)
11.00-12.05am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown Jon
Richardson and Chris
Addison take on
Joe Wilkinson and
Katherine Ryan (R)
6.45pm FILM The River Wild (12,
1994) A headstrong
white-water rafting expert
on holiday with her family is
forced to help two fugitives
make an escape down a
raging river. Action thriller
starring Meryl Streep, Kevin
Bacon and David Strathairn
9.00 FILM The Inbetweeners 2
(15, 2014) The awkward
teenagers find university
does not live up to their
expectations, and go to
Australia in search of
adventure. Comedy sequel
starring Simon Bird and
James Buckley
10.55-12.50am FILM The Hallow
(15, 2015) A conservationist
moves to a remote house
near a forest in Ireland, only
to find it surrounded by
creatures from Irish folklore.
Horror starring Joseph
Mawle, Bojana Novakovic
and Michael Smiley
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer and
Marge visit a marriage
counsellor and decide on
a trial separation (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer
becomes the king of
barbecues in Springfield
after buying a grill from
a mysterious man (R)
8.00 NCIS: Los Angeles Weapons
worth $1,000,000 are stolen
and the evidence leads the
team to a charity event (R)
9.00 Strike Back: Retribution
Lowry calls on a young
jihadi to unleash the deadly
gas in a busy airport, while
Section 20 races to prevent
the attack (6/10) (R)
10.00-12.25am FILM Inside Man
(15, 2006) A negotiator
deals with a hostage crisis at
a bank, but a political fixer is
sent to make sure secrets in
the vault stay hidden.
Thriller starring Denzel
Washington and Clive Owen
7.00pm Without a Trace The
kidnapper realises
Samantha is an FBI agent
and shoots her, forcing
Jack to make a deal to
ensure she receives medical
attention (2/2) (R)
8.00 Without a Trace A school
bus is hijacked by a gang of
kidnappers, and Samantha
suffers the physical and
emotional effects of her
recent gunshot wound (R)
9.00 Blue Bloods Erin’s trial
against notorious human
trafficker Chao Lin is
jeopardised when the
presiding judge is found
dead, causing Danny and
Baez to investigate foul play
10.00-12.20am FILM Going Clear:
Scientology and the Prison
of Belief (15, 2015) Alex
Gibney’s documentary
exploring the history and
actions of the Church of
Scientology’s leaders (R)
Drama
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E4
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5.45pm FILM The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey (12, 2012)
Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is recruited to
join a band of dwarves on a quest
to reclaim their lost homeland.
Fantasy adventure starring Martin
Freeman and Ian McKellen
9.00 FILM 22 Jump Street (15,
2014) Two cops go undercover at
a university, but their friendship is
threatened. Crime comedy starring
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
11.15 Family Guy
11.45-12.15am Family Guy
6.45pm Live World Boxing Super
Series Murat Gassiev v Yunier
Dorticos. Coverage of the bout for
the IBF World and WBA Super
World Cruiserweight titles at
Bolshoy Ice Dome in Adler, Russia
11.30-1.50am FILM Pale Rider (15,
1985) A mysterious preacher with
lethal gunfighting skills helps a
mining community battle a
ruthless landowner. Western,
directed by and starring Clint
Eastwood, alongside Michael
Moriarty and Carrie Snodgress
7.00pm The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon upsets Stephen Hawking
7.30 The Big Bang Theory Amy
and Wil Wheaton get into a fight
8.00 FILM Transformers: Dark of
the Moon (12, 2011) The autobots
fight to protect Earth when a
devastating weapon is recovered.
Sci-fi adventure sequel starring
Shia LaBeouf and Josh Duhamel
10.55 Gogglebox The critics
discuss their viewing habits
from December, 2017
12.00-1.05am Gogglebox
4.35pm FILM PS I Love You (12,
2007) Romantic drama starring
Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler
7.10 FILM National Security (12,
2003) Action comedy starring
Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn
9.00 FILM Bride Wars (12, 2009)
Two lifelong best friends become
bitter rivals. Comedy starring Kate
Hudson and Anne Hathaway
10.50-12.45am FILM The Cabin in
the Woods (15, 2012) Five students
in a remote house are attacked.
Horror starring Kristen Connolly
6.00pm FILM The Riddle of the
Sands (PG, 1978) Spy thriller with
Simon MacCorkindale
8.05 FILM The Best Pair of Legs in
the Business (12, 1973) A holiday
camp entertainer clings to his
belief that fame is just around the
corner. Comedy drama starring
Reg Varney and Diana Coupland
10.05-12.15am FILM Blonde Fist
(15, 1991) A Liverpudlian single
mother travels to New York and
begins a new career as a boxer.
Drama starring Margi Clarke
7.00pm Sue Thomas: FBEye The
agent relives painful memories
8.00 Hetty Wainthropp
Investigates A pensioner asks
Hetty to help trace his lost sister
9.00 Wallander In The Man Who
Smiled, an old friend asks the
detective to investigate the death
of his father, which he is convinced
was murder. Stars Kenneth
Branagh and Tom Hiddleston
11.00-1.00am Dalziel & Pascoe
Feature-length episode. The
detectives trail a serial killer
Yesterday
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7.00pm Sounds of the Sixties
7.30 Sings the Beatles
8.30 Easy Listening Hits at the
BBC Featuring Burt Bacharach, the
Carpenters and Andy Williams
10.00 Guitar Heroes at the BBC
With Carlos Santana, Mark
Knopfler and John Martyn (1/6)
10.30 Sounds of the Seventies
11.00 The Great War in Numbers
The First World War explored
through numbers (1/6)
12.00-1.00am The Great War in
Numbers New weapons (2/6)
6.30pm FIA Formula E: Santiago
Live Race The Santiago ePrix.
Coverage of the fourth round of
the campaign, held in Chile
8.20 FILM Where Eagles Dare
(PG, 1968) A commando unit sets
out to rescue an American general
held captive by the Nazis in a
heavily defended fortress. Second
World War adventure with Richard
Burton and Clint Eastwood
11.30-1.30am Spike Fight Night:
Bellator 193 Lorenz Larkin v
Fernando González
7.00pm Red Dwarf
7.40 Red Dwarf
8.20 Red Dwarf Rimmer meets his
double from another dimension
9.00 Would I Lie to You? With
Warwick Davis, Paul Hollywood,
Jason Manford and Joan Bakewell
9.40 Would I Lie to You? With Matt
Dawson, Dermot O’Leary, Mel
Giedroyc and Josh Widdicombe
10.20 Would I Lie to You?
11.00 Dave Gorman: Modern Life
Is Goodish Dave discusses insults
12.00-1.00am QI XL
6.35pm Secrets of Chatsworth
House Examining the hidden
history of the stately home (3/4)
7.50 Secrets of Highclere Castle
Exploring the story of the setting
for Downton Abbey (2/4)
9.00 The Vikings Uncovered Dan
Snow searches for evidence of
Vikings in North America (1/2)
10.15 The Vikings Uncovered The
search for evidence of Vikings in
North America concludes (2/2)
11.30-12.45am Secrets of the
Manor House Documentary
7.00pm Dixie Chicks: DCX MMXVI
Live Footage from the country
trio’s 2016 world tour
9.00 Johnny
y Cash’s Bitter Tears
The story behind Johnny Cash’s
lost Native American-themed
concept album. See Viewing Guide
10.15 The Gospel Music of Johnny
Cash The singer’s search for
spiritual fulfilment
11.15-12.15am Johnny Cash at
Folsom Prison Examining the
country singer’s 1968 concert
at California’s Folsom Prison
7.00pm Nothing to Declare
7.30 Nothing to Declare
8.00 Nothing to Declare
8.30 Nothing to Declare
9.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
A profile of Stephen Griffiths,
who killed three sex workers
in 2009 and 2010 (7/12)
10.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
The case of Joanna Dennehy,
who murdered three men and
attacked two others (6/12)
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds
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Comedy Central
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7.00pm Bones
8.00 American Dad!
8.30 American Dad!
9.00 Family Guy
9.30 Family Guy
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 The Orville (8/12)
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Gold Rush Parker tries to
relocate a wash-plant by himself
8.00 Wheeler Dealers A 1994
Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4
9.00 The Vietnam War Veterans
discuss events in the 1960s
10.00 Faking It: Tears of a Crime
11.00 The Interrogation Room
12.00-1.00am Wheeler Dealers
7.00pm Impossible Bridges (3/3)
8.00 Egypt: Secrets of the Dead
9.00 Egypt: Secret Chambers
Revealed The Great Pyramid
10.00 Hitler’s Jurassic Monsters
11.00 UFOs: The Untold Stories An
alleged UFO sighting in 1979 (1/7)
12.00-1.00am UFOs: The Untold
Stories Documentary (2/7)
6.45pm Friends
7.15 FILM Ace Ventura: Pet
Detective (12, 1994) Comedy
9.00 Michael McIntyre: Hello
Wembley! A 2009 performance
10.00 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars
11.30 Roast Battle
12.00-1.40am FILM Scary Movie
(18, 2000) Spoof horror
5.40pm Only Fools and Horses
7.15 Only Fools and Horses
Del tries a dating agency
9.00 The Office The first episode
of the award-winning comedy
9.40 The Office
10.15 The Office
10.55 Live at the Apollo
11.55-1.10am Green Wing
7.00pm My Family
7.40 My Family
8.20 My Family
9.00 FILM Maid in Manhattan
(PG, 2002) Romantic comedy
11.00 Louis Theroux: Under the
Knife A visit to California
12.00-12.55am Kolkata with Sue
Perkins Life in the megacity
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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7.00pm King Arthur: Legend of
the Sword (12, 2017) A skilled
fighter attempts to become king
of the Britons. Fantasy drama
starring Charlie Hunnam
9.15 Chips: Law and Disorder (15,
2017) An undercover FBI agent is
partnered with a rookie. Action
comedy starring Dax Shepard
11.00-12.55am One More Time
(15, 2015) An over-the-hill crooner
attempts to make a comeback.
Comedy drama with Christopher
Walken and Amber Heard
5.40pm The Matrix Reloaded (15,
2003) The machines threaten the
last refuge of humanity. Sci-fi
sequel with Keanu Reeves
8.00 Suicide Squad (15, 2016)
A ragtag team of villains are
strong-armed into doing good.
Fantasy adventure with Will Smith
10.10-12.40am Face/Off (18, 1997)
An FBI agent has the face of a
terrorist grafted onto his own to
foil a bombing, only for the
criminal to assume his identity.
Action thriller with John Travolta
6.25pm Scooby-Doo (PG, 2002)
Live-action comedy adventure
starring Sarah Michelle Gellar
8.00 Willow (PG, 1988) A farmer
protects a baby destined to bring
about the downfall of an evil
queen. Fantasy adventure with
Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer
10.10 Space Jam (U, 1996) Live
action and animated comedy with
Michael Jordan
11.45-1.25am The Flintstones (U,
1994) Live-action version of the
comedy with John Goodman
6.00pm The Legend Of Tarzan (12,
2016) Years after leaving his old
home behind, Tarzan is lured back
to Africa. Adventure starring
Alexander Skarsgård
8.00 Captain America: Civil War
(12, 2016) The Avengers are
divided over a system of
government control. Superhero
adventure starring Chris Evans
10.30-12.30am Ghostbusters (12,
2016) Supernatural disturbances
occur in New York city. Fantasy
comedy starring Kristen Wiig
4.50pm Zodiac (15, 2007)
Fact-based crime thriller following
the hunt for a serial killer who
terrorised San Francisco in the late
1960s and early 1970s. Stars Jake
Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr
7.30 Vanilla Sky (15, 2001)
A playboy’s laid-back existence is
shattered by an attempt on his life.
Thriller remake with Tom Cruise
10.00-12.40am Eyes Wide Shut
(18, 1999) Stanley Kubrick’s drama
starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman
and Sydney Pollack
John Martyn is one of the
artists featured on Guitar Heroes
at the BBC (Yesterday, 10pm)
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Sports guide
Live T20 Cricket
BT Sport 2, 8am
Radio 1
The tri-series T20 competition
between England, Australia
and New Zealand gets under
way this morning with a
match between the transTasman rivals at the Sydney
Cricket Ground. David Warner,
pictured, captains a Baggy
Greens squad missing Steve
Smith and including three
debutants — batsman D’Arcy
Short, left-armer Ben
Dwarshuis and wicketkeeperbatsman Alex Carey. Joe Clay
Sky Sports Main Event
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6.00am-8.45 LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Coverage of the final
11.30-3.15pm LIVE Premier
League: Burnley v
Manchester City
5.15 LIVE EFL:
Wolverhampton Wanderers
v Sheffield United
7.40 LIVE Fight Night:
Lawrence Okolie v Isaac
Chamberlain
11.30-4.30am LIVE HSBC
Sevens World Series: The
New Zealand Sevens
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League: Burnley v
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Sky Sports Football
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Football: Eibar v Sevilla
5.15 LIVE EFL:
Wolverhampton Wanderers
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7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Levante v Real
Madrid (Kick-off 7.45)
Sky Sports Cricket
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6.00am-8.45 LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Coverage of the final
Sky Sports Golf
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7.00pm-12.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The Waste Management
Phoenix Open
2.30am-7.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The Maybank
Championship Malaysia
Sky Sports Action
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7.00pm-11.30 LIVE Fight
Night: Lawrence Okolie v
Isaac Chamberlain
Sky Sports Arena
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6.00am Dev 10.00 Matt
Edmondson 1.00pm Alice
Levine 4.00 MistaJam
7.00 DJ Target 9.00 Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Diplo and Friends
1.00am Kan D Man and DJ
Limelight 4.00 David Rodigan
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
12.55pm-4.00 LIVE Race of
Champions Coverage of the
motor sport event
5.00am Huey on Saturday
6.00 Sounds of the 60s
8.00 Saturday Breakfast with
Dermot 10.00 Graham Norton
1.00pm Pick of the Pops
3.00 The Zoe Ball Show 6.00
Liza Tarbuck 8.00 Trevor
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The Death of Illegitimacy
Radio 4, 8pm
Blame Henry VIII. If you want to
know why “bastardy” once had
such a stigma then, according
to this spellbinding programme
presented by the MP Caroline
Flint — whose own mother was
unmarried — you should look at
King Hal. People didn’t go in
that much for marriage, which
saved no end on wedding planners. If children arose from
romps in the hay, and the parents couldn’t cope, the
monasteries stepped in. But once the monasteries were
removed the parish had to pay for the children’s upbringing.
And parishes liked to keep good accounts: cue registers of
“bastards” and 400 years of stigma. Although not for the
aristocracy. According to the editor of Burke’s Peerage, fretting
about your parentage is a middle-class obsession. Aristocrats
were much more laissez faire: five of England’s 25 dukes are
descended from bastards of Charles II. Catherine Nixey
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Women in Flowers at Theatr
Pena in Swansea, and Caryl
Churchill’s A Number, playing
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of Illegitimacy Caroline Flint
explores whether the stigma
associated with illegitimacy
has faded away. See Choice
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Turkey — The Bastard of
Istanbul Adaptation of Elif
Şafak’s novel about a Turkish
family where all the men die
young, and an American
visitor who exposes their
long-buried secrets (2/2) (r)
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Icelandic Dark Music Days
Radio 3, 10pm
Dark Music Days isn’t the sort
of music festival that makes
you think of hedonistic
abandon and fun in a field.
But then, if you live just a few
miles south of the Arctic
Circle and endure days that
only get light at half ten in the
morning, there probably isn’t
much fun to be had in fields in
January anyway. This festival
admits the gloom — but tries
to lighten it, with music. Tom
Service presents a concert
of new music performed
by the Iceland Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by
Daniel Bjarnason. CN
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Sunday 4 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Endeavour
ITV, 8pm
One of many reasons to be
grateful for the continued
existence of Endeavour
is that it allows the benighted
Lewis to fade into history.
Where the Inspector
Morse sequel strained for
significance and humour,
the prequel at its best feels
effortless, with Roger Allam’s
DI Thursday to anchor the
drama and lighten the wit.
Shaun Evans, pictured with
Dakota Blue Richards, has
shaken off an early
gaucheness and grown into
the lead role, with his newly
promoted Morse forced in this
series to mentor an oafish
underling (Poldark’s Lewis
Peek). And where the
narrative contortions of
Lewis tended to end in camp
silliness, Endeavour usually
has a point to make, using the
mores of the late 1960s to
reflect on our times; those
period details are overegged
only in the final frames
tonight. The theme at the
heart of this opening episode
of the fifth series, Muse, could
hardly be more timely in the
light of #MeToo and the
President’s Club scandal, as
toxic masculinity comes
under Morse’s unforgiving
gaze in an unholy brew of
exotic dancing, nude
modelling and male-only
dining clubs (“what they
did to the pig’s head
centrepiece . . . ”). Opening
with a boxing match, a lecture
on the fate of the Romanovs,
the auction of a Fabergé egg,
a woman toiling outside
a windmill and a life-drawing
class, Endeavour’s writer,
Russell Lewis, sets plenty of
plates spinning without letting
any of them fall. The stage is
set for another clash of town
and gown, where towering
wealth and privilege
invariably combine with
morality from the gutter.
Arguably the best traditional
procedural around right
now. Gabriel Tate
Further recommendations
In Music to Die For, a 2008 episode of Lewis, the detective is
drawn into the world of gangland boxing (Mon, ITV3, 8pm)
Live Six Nations
Rugby Union
McMafia
ITV, 2.15pm
With Alex (James Norton — on
this evidence a Moore rather
than a Connery) calling in the
heavy mob and his drippy
other half, Rebecca (Juliet
Rylance, dealt an impossible
hand), shot at close range at
the end of last week’s episode,
business looked as if it was
picking up in this slow-burning
affair. And so it proves with this
penultimate instalment, as
peace negotiations take Alex
to Istanbul before he returns
to London for a few familial
showdowns. While many of
the old problems remain —
underdrawn women, a weirdly
blank lead — the story is finally
gathering pace. GT
The final tie of the first round
has Eddie Jones’s champions
taking on the perennial rank
outsiders at the Stadio
Olimpico in Rome. Although
the absence of James Haskell
(suspended) and Billy Vunipola
(injured), among 13 missing
squad players, will be keenly
felt, anything less than a
dominant performance would
be a huge concern against an
Italy side who have made little
progress in the past 12 months.
Ireland and Scotland represent
stern challenges to England in
a tournament that could be one
of the most open in years. GT
Catch
up
Big Cats
BBC iPlayer, to February 14
This magnificent three-parter
from the BBC’s Natural History
Unit is being described as the
definitive portrait of
the cat family. “We
wanted to give
an overview
of all wild
cats, not just
those we
know the most,” the series
producer Gavin Boyland
told BBC Wildlife magazine.
So, as well as featuring the
big-hitters — lions, tigers,
BBC One, 9pm
cheetahs, jaguars and leopards
— we get some of the 33
species of small cats, including
servals, margays and ocelots.
In the first episode there are
some stunning glimpses of
Siberian tigers, while a camera
mounted on a buggy provides
a prey’s-eye view of being
chased by a cheetah, pictured.
There’s also an adrenalinepumping sequence featuring
African lions hunting
a giraffe and a
section on “the
world’s most
lonesome cat”,
the snow leopard,
looking for a
mate on the
sheer cliffs
of the
Himalayas. Joe Clay
Maltese: The
Mafia Detective
Arena
Channel 4, 10pm
Francis Hanly’s stately
documentary is a profile of one
of the 20th century’s greatest
artists, Stanley Spencer,
through the eyes of his
daughters, Unity and Shirin,
now moving in together after
years of estrangement. It’s a
huge achievement, observing
without judgment two ornery
elderly women as they come to
terms with their complicated
pasts and the fact that true
artistic greatness comes at a
price, often paid by the nearest
and dearest. Adorned by
George Taylor’s discreet piano
accompaniment, it’s a welcome
return to the quirkier, profound
Arena of years past. GT
The first Italian import for the
Walter Presents strand is a
thriller about the mob and
police corruption, which places
it in the lineage of Romanzo
Criminale and Gomorrah (and
shares the star of the former
and writers of the latter). Rome
copper Dario Maltese (Kim
Rossi Stuart) has returned to
his native Sicily to investigate
the murder of a childhood
friend, leading a group of
sceptical plods and bringing
him into conflict with vested
interests and a chequered
family history he has been
trying to escape. GT
BBC Four, 10pm
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Canmol 8.00 Cynefin. Heledd Cynwal,
Iestyn Jones and Siôn Tomos Owen
explore Anglesey and Holy Island, where
they visit Wales’ only working windmill
and meet a man attacked by the Great
Train Robbers 9.00 Craith. Alun Pryce’s
anger boils over and he lashes out at a
drug dealer, while Cadi and Vaughan take
a step forward in their investigation as
they visit a local reclamation yard 10.00
Ein Byd. Sion Jenkins investigates the sex
industry in Wales. He exposes the
landlords offering places to stay in
exchange for sexual favours and talks to
an escort in her sixties (r) 10.30 Creu
Awstralia: Stori y Cymry (r) 11.30-12.05am
Ward Plant. Documentary (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Jane Eyre (PG, 1943)
BBC Two, 2.10pm
Sometimes a film has so much going for it that even though you
know it will be an overblown mess, you cannot resist. Indeed, this
newspaper at the time thought that this adaptation was “too
inclined to the sham gothic lines of an outmoded melodramatic
tradition . . . Nobody ever speaks in a natural voice.” However, with
Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles as Jane and Mr Rochester, a script
co-written by Aldous Huxley and direction from Robert Stevenson
(Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), the film has its
obvious merits. It is rumoured that Welles also had a hand in the
script, editing, casting and even the sets. (97min) Chris Bennion
Batman Begins (12, 2005)
Channel 5, 8pm
Christopher Nolan’s thrilling
overhaul of the Batman franchise
is a prequel that navigates the
psychological journey of Bruce
Wayne, the angry, guilty millionaire
playboy, into Batman, the icon of
terror for the Gotham City
underworld. Terror is a key theme —
Wayne’s metamorphosis can be achieved only once he has a
working knowledge of the power of fears, including his own. His
phobia is bats — black swarms of them inhabit his nightmares.
The film is cloaked in darkness, a starless sky offering no
illumination in the city’s dark corners, where night terrors breed.
Christian Bale, pictured, plays the brooding superhero, with
stand-out turns from Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson
and Michael Caine, as Alfred the butler. (140min) Wendy Ide
Queen and Country (15, 2014)
Film4, 11.05pm
John Boorman’s sequel to the wonderful Hope and Glory (1987) is
a rather softer affair. It centres on Bill (Callum Turner), the boy from
the first film, now grown up, and Percy (Caleb Landry Jones), witty
and disillusioned British army conscripts in the 1950s. In their
quest for women, wine and practical jokes they are foiled by their
insanely strict sergeant major (David Thewlis). Bill regularly visits
home, on an island in the Thames, and falls for the sophisticated
Ophelia (Tamsin Egerton). The film is light and charming and
always seems to be on the point of digging deeper, but then
pulls back for afternoon tea. (115min) Kate Muir
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Flatman. See Viewing Guide
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of her own awkward adolescence.
Comedy with Drew Barrymore and
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out of his depth in the underwater
world of organised crime. Animated
comedy featuring the voice of
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China. Spy comedy sequel starring
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3.55 5 News Weekend 4.00 FILM The
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elements must stop a warlike nation
from conquering the rest of the world.
Fantasy adventure starring Noah
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Tom Brady of the Patriots (11.15pm)
Biopic Yves Saint Laurent (12.25am)
England’s Dylan Hartley (2.15pm)
Animation Shark Tale (4.40pm)
Johnny English Reborn (1.55pm)
7.00 New York: America’s Busiest
City Ade Adepitan, Anita Rani,
Ant Anstead and Dan Snow take
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powerful cities in the world,
focusing on transport links in
the first edition (1/3) (r)
6.00 Dancing on Ice Phillip Schofield
and Holly Willoughby present
the next stage as the contest
reaches the halfway point,
with nine famous faces still in
the running to be crowned
this year’s champion
7.00 Posh Pawn James takes a ride
around London in an eyecatching supercar supposedly
worth £80,000, and faces
a dilemma when he gets
an offer for one of his
favourite impulse buys (r)
6.00 FILM Bulletproof Monk (12,
2003) A mysterious Tibetan
monk battles modern-day
Nazis while training a thief to
be his successor. Martial arts
thriller starring Chow Yun-Fat,
Seann William Scott, Jaime
King and Victoria Smurfit
8.00 Call the Midwife Nurse Crane
and Trixie investigate when a
mother abandons her children
at the clinic, and when the
woman is sent to a neurologist,
the results are devastating.
Meanwhile, Violet and Fred
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8.00 Yellowstone: The Blazing
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in Yellowstone brings a new
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their river dries up, forcing the
colony to move. The wolves
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8.00 The Biggest Little Railway in
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only halfway through its
journey to Inverness, but
has to drive through bad
weather and harsh terrain
with the volunteers due
to head home (5/5)
9.00 McMafia Alex is forced to admit
the truth as peace negotiations
get underway between
Semiyon and his enemies, but
he does not realise he is about
to suffer a further betrayal.
See Viewing Guide (7/8)
9.00 Dragons’ Den The panel
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potential of more business
ideas, including a range of
language-learning children’s
books and skin care products
made out of hemp
8.00 Endeavour New series. The
newly promoted Detective
Sergeant Morse investigates
when a famous international
thief tries to steal a Fabergé egg
from an auction. The case leads
to the gruesome murders of an
academic and a gangster, and
Morse is convinced the deaths
are the work of the same man.
As he struggles with his new
responsibilities, he finds himself
forced to mentor a younger
partner. Stars Shaun Evans,
Roger Allam and Lewis Peek.
See Viewing Guide (1/6)
10.00 BBC News
10.00 The Mash Report Satirical news
show with Nish Kumar (3/6) (r)
10.00 ITV News
10.00 Maltese: The Mafia Detective
New series. Italian crime drama
following a Sicilian detective
who is drawn into a struggle
with the Mafia after he
witnesses the murder of his
best friend and his fiancée.
See Viewing Guide (1/8)
8.00 FILM Batman Begins
(12, 2005) Billionaire Bruce
Wayne travels the world
seeking the means to fight
injustice, consumed with rage
over his parents’ murder.
Trained by a secret society, he
hones his fighting skills and
returns to his home city of
Gotham on a mission to rid it of
crime and corruption in the
guise of a masked vigilante.
Comic-book adventure,
exploring the origins of the
Dark Knight, with Christian
Bale, Michael Caine, Liam
Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Gary
Oldman, Morgan Freeman,
Tom Wilkinson and Katie
Holmes. See Film Choice
7.30 Still Open All Hours Granville
and Gastric come up with a
romantic plan to persuade
Madge and Mavis to stay (6/7)
10.20 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 Match of the Day 2 Action from
this afternoon’s Premier League
fixtures — Liverpool v
Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal
Palace v Newcastle United
10.30 Insert Name Here With Miles
Jupp, Kate Williams, Sally
Phillips and Roisin Conaty.
Sue Perkins hosts (6/8) (r)
11.00 Cleverman Boondee becomes
the first public victim of the
sinister “Process”, and Koen is
reunited with an old friend (2/6)
11.15 Live American Football: Super
Bowl LII — New England
Patriots v Philadelphia Eagles
(Kick-off 11.30). Mark Chapman
presents coverage of the
showpiece match, at US Bank
Stadium in Minneapolis
11.55 Women’s Six Nations
Highlights The opening round
3.50am Weather for the Week
Ahead 3.55 BBC News
12.25am FILM Yves Saint Laurent (15,
2014) Biopic of the fashion designer,
examining the beginning of his career
and his relationship with his partner.
Starring Pierre Niney 2.05 Sign Zone:
Question Time. From Grantham (r)
(SL) 3.05-4.05 Holby City (r) (SL)
10.15 Peston on Sunday Political
magazine, presented by
Robert Peston, with Allegra
Stratton. Featuring reports on
the latest issues and interviews
with topical guests (r)
9.00 SAS: Who Dares Wins The
seven recruits who have made
it to the final stage of the
contest face the most gruelling
challenge so far — which only
one of them will complete (5/5)
11.15 Next of Kin Mona is released
from custody and agrees to
help the police in their attempts
to bring in her nephew Danny,
but her marriage comes under
more strain than ever (4/6) (r)
11.15 FILM Elizabeth (15, 1998) The
rise to the throne of Elizabeth I
is threatened as enemies within
the court and overseas plot to
bring about her downfall.
Historical drama with Cate
Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush
10.50 FILM The Punisher (18, 2004)
An FBI agent enrages a
gangland kingpin when a
gunfight accidentally causes
the death of the mobster’s son.
The crime boss retaliates by
wiping out Castle’s family, but
the lawman reinvents himself
as a vigilante. Comic-book
thriller starring Thomas Jane
12.15am Great Art. Mysteries
surrounding Vermeer’s Girl with a
Pearl Earring (5/5) (r) 1.05 Jackpot247.
Interactive gaming 3.00 Take on the
Twisters. Quiz show with Julia
Bradbury (r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
1.25am The World’s Most Expensive
Food. Luxury food suppliers (r) 2.20
The Supervet. A Labrador that has
become lame (r) 3.15 Sarah Beeny’s
Four Rooms (r) 4.10 KOTV Boxing
Weekly 4.40 Location, Location,
Location (r) 5.35 Draw It! (r)
1.05am The X-Files. A gallery showing
potentially offensive artwork is
bombed (r) 1.55 The X-Files (r) 2.40
SuperCasino 4.00 Get Your Tatts Out:
Kavos Ink (r) (SL) 4.45 House Doctor
(r) (SL) 5.10 Great Artists (r) (SL)
5.35 House Busters (r) (SL)
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Laurel and Hardy
Sunday 4 | Primetime digital guide
There’s another fine mess
for the comedy duo in The
Laurel-Hardy Murder Case
Talking Pictures, 8.20pm
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BBC Four
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More4
Film4
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Sky Atlantic
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7.00pm Only Connect The Dandies
take on the Escapologists
in the quiz show (R)
7.30 University Challenge
The first quarter-final (R)
8.00 Cuba with Simon Reeve
How economic liberalisation
has affected Cubans
and their society (R)
9.00 Scotland’s Vital Spark:
The Clyde Puffer David
Hayman explores the
history of one of Scotland’s
best-loved boats (R)
10.00 Arena: Stanley and His
Daughters The artist
Stanley Spencer’s daughters
discuss their unusual family
life. See Viewing Guide
11.15 Stanley Spencer: The
Colours of the Clyde The
English artist’s series of
paintings of life at a Port
Glasgow shipyard (R)
11.45-12.45am The Story of Maths
The work of Descartes
and Newton (3/4) (R)
6.00pm Agatha Christie’s Marple
A film fan is poisoned at a
party held by a famous
actress (4/4) (R)
8.00 Paul O’Grady: For the Love
of Dogs Paul helps a
German shepherd (R)
8.30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love
of Dogs Featuring a badly
behaved puppy with a
habit of biting (R)
9.00 Tonight at the London
Palladium Including Simply
Red and Pixie Lott (R)
10.00 Birds of a Feather Tracey
warns Garth not to lead his
brother astray (R)
10.30 Birds of a Feather Tracey is
released from prison (R)
11.00-1.30am FILM The Constant
Gardener (15, 2005) Drug
company profiteering in
Kenya, Whitehall conspiracy
and murder abound in this
political thriller based on
Le Carre’s novel, with Ralph
Fiennes and Rachel Weisz
6.55pm Come Dine with Me
A retired sales manager lays
down the law at the start of
her night in Windsor (R)
7.25 Come Dine with Me
The final night of the
competition in Windsor (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Australia
Peter Maddison visits a
new house in Brisbane
designed by a pioneering
Japanese architect
9.00 Father Ted Craggy Island’s
most famous religious
relic is upgraded (R)
9.35 Father Ted Dougal is led
astray by rebellious new
arrival Father Damien (R)
10.05 The IT Crowd Moss enrols
on a cookery course (R)
10.40 The IT Crowd Jen’s dinner
party preparations do not
go as planned (R)
11.05-12.10am It Was Alright in the
1970s Matt Lucas narrates
a look back at the decade’s
television shows (R)
6.45pm FILM The Secret Life of
Walter Mitty (PG, 2013) An
ordinary man who drifts
through life by disappearing
into daydreams is forced to
embark on an adventure in
real life. Comedy drama with
Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig
9.00 FILM No Escape (15, 2015)
An American family relocate
to an Asian nation, but face
a battle for survival when
a revolution sweeps the
country. Action thriller
with Owen Wilson, Pierce
Brosnan and Lake Bell
11.05-1.20am FILM Queen and
Country (15, 2014) Director
John Boorman’s semiautobiographical sequel to
Hope and Glory follows a
young man doing National
Service during the Korean
War. Drama starring Callum
Turner, David Thewlis,
Vanessa Kirby and Richard
E Grant. See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Patti moves
in with the Simpsons (R)
7.30 The Simpsons The show’s
26th Hallowe’en special (R)
8.00 MacGyver Angus and the
team head into the Bermuda
Triangle to retrieve the
vice-president’s son after his
plane goes down
9.00 Hawaii Five-0 The team
investigates a string of
murders mirroring stories
from Hawaiian folklore,
while Grover visits a
man hours away from
execution who may hold
the key to an old case
10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles A stolen
credit card gives Mosley
huge cause for concern
11.00 The Blacklist Tom goes
undercover at Nik and
McGee’s clinic (R)
12.00-1.00am The Force: North
East Police hunt for a man
wanted for domestic
violence (5/10) (R)
7.00pm Blue Bloods The Reagans
are forced to question their
attitude toward vigilantism
and the media after a man
with a criminal record uses
an illegal handgun to stop a
robbery on the subway (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny
investigates a series of
attacks on a college
campus, and uncovers
evidence suggesting the
culprit is a member of an
elite fraternity (R)
9.00 Britannia Aulus is reborn,
but his destiny remains
undetermined. Cait is able
to locate her father (3/9) (R)
10.00 Real Time with Bill Maher
The comedian and guests
discuss the week’s events
11.10-12.20am Active Shooter:
America Under Fire A
racially motivated shooting
at a historic church which
shocked the city of
Charleston (3/8) (R)
ITV2
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E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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5.55pm FILM The Hobbit: The
Desolation of Smaug (12, 2013)
The party of dwarves and their
hobbit ally face the dragon that
stole their homeland. Part two of
the fantasy adventure trilogy
starring Martin Freeman
9.00 Ibiza Weekender David
organises Spanish and flamenco
lessons for the reps
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 Family Guy
11.05 Family Guy
11.30-12.05am American Dad!
5.05pm FILM Thunderball (PG,
1965) James Bond hits the
Bahamas. Starring Sean Connery
7.50 Hornblower The hero finds
himself on French soil in the midst
of a plot to oust the government
10.00 FILM Source Code (12, 2011)
A pilot investigates a bombing by
having his mind transferred into a
victim. Sci-fi thriller with Jake
Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan
11.55-2.05am FILM The Gauntlet
(18, 1977) Action thriller directed
by and starring Clint Eastwood
6.45pm FILM The Devil Wears
Prada (PG, 2006) Comedy drama
starring Meryl Streep
9.00 Celebs Go Dating New series.
Eight new famous faces go to
their first singles mixer
10.00 FILM This Means War (12,
2012) Two secret agents fall in love
with the same woman, and try to
sabotage each other’s chances of
romance. Comedy with Reese
Witherspoon and Chris Pine
12.00-12.30am The Big Bang
Theory Leonard is jealous of Penny
7.00pm Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away Paul Bohill and Steve Pinner
try to repossess a house
8.00 Extreme Hair Wars Hairstyles
inspired by confectionery
9.00 FILM Seventh Son (12, 2014)
A professional monster hunter
tracks down an evil queen. Fantasy
adventure starring Ben Barnes
11.05-1.00am FILM Red Dawn (12,
2012) Teenagers fight back when
their town is taken over by North
Korean invaders. Action adventure
remake starring Chris Hemsworth
6.15pm FILM Malta Story (U, 1953)
Second World War drama starring
Alec Guinness and Anthony Steel
8.20 FILM The Laurel-Hardy
Murder Case (U, 1930) Comedy
with Laurel and Hardy
9.00 The Human Jungle A fading
star attempts suicide (4/13)
10.00-12.05am FILM The
Thirty-Nine Steps (PG, 1978) An
innocent man is pursued by spies
as he races against time to avert
the outbreak of the First World
War. Thriller starring Robert Powell
7.00pm A Place to Call Home
The horrors of the war cast
a shadow over Inverness, and
Olivia makes a shocking discovery
8.00 Mercy Street During a Union
ball, the Green girls and Frank
initiate a plan to help Tom escape
9.00 Taggart The detective tries to
defend a childhood friend when
a series of shootings puts him
in the frame for murder
11.55-2.10am Silent Witness Leo
suspects a murder victim
was a police informant
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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7.00pm Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
8.00 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
9.00 Whatever Happened to the
Likely Lads? Bob and Thelma
honeymoon in Norway
9.40 Whatever Happened to the
Likely Lads? Bob becomes
increasingly worried about Terry
10.00 Whatever Happened to the
Likely Lads? Bob has a trying time
11.00 The Great War in Numbers
The key events of 1916 (3/6)
12.00-1.00am The Great
War in Numbers (4/6)
7.00pm The X-Files Mulder and
Scully search for a Navy destroyer
8.00 The X-Files The Cigarette
Smoking Man’s past is revealed
9.00 FILM The X Files (15, 1998)
FBI agents Mulder and Scully
uncover evidence of an alien virus
that threatens all life on Earth.
Sci-fi thriller based on the
television series starring David
Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
11.30-1.35am FILM The Legend of
Hercules (12, 2014) Mythological
adventure starring Kellan Lutz
7.00pm Jay Leno’s Garage Jay
drives a fire truck through the
winding streets of San Francisco
8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
A raid takes place on a suspected
drugs den in Burton
9.00 Have I Got a Bit More News
for You Kirsty Young hosts, with
Robert Peston and Jon Richardson
10.00 Unspun with Matt Forde
Political comedy show
10.30 QI XL With Tony Hawks,
Josh Widdicombe and Aisling Bea
11.30-12.10am Room 101
6.35pm Eclipse Over America
Documentary examining the
history of solar eclipse science
7.50 Death Dive to Saturn The final
mission of the Cassini space probe
9.00 Last Heroes of D-Day How
meticulous planning helped the
Allied forces on D-Day (1/2)
10.15 Last Heroes of D-Day Dan
Snow tells heroic stories of the
Normandy landings (2/2)
11.35-12.45am Deadliest
Tornadoes Following scientists
striving to understand tornadoes
7.00pm Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 The contestants paint
famous sitters Ross Kemp, Freddie
Fox and Vicky McClure (3/11)
8.00 The Eighties A look at how
MTV marked the dawn of the
music video’s rise (3/8)
9.00 Joan Baez: Live in New York
A concert celebrating the
singer-songwriter’s 75th birthday
10.50-12.05am Johnny Cash’s
Bitter Tears The story behind
Johnny Cash’s lost Native
American-themed concept album
7.00pm To Catch a Smuggler: JFK
Airport A man carrying 4kg of
cocaine is detained (5/6)
8.00 America’s Next Top Model
Reality contest with Tyra Banks
9.00 Chicago Fire Dawson deals
with the aftermath of the clinic fire
10.00 Criminal Minds
The team tracks a vigilante
11.00 Criminal Minds A television
starlet is stalked by a killer
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds The
team visits Mexico to help capture
a killer preying on elderly women
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 Family Guy
9.30 Family Guy
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Deadliest Catch
8.00 Mysteries of the Missing
9.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier
10.00 How the Universe Works
New series. The astronomical
documentary returns
11.00 Gold Rush
12.00-1.00am Alaska: The Last
Frontier Reality show
7.00pm Drain the Sunken Pirate
City The fate of a Caribbean port
8.00 Draining the Bermuda
Triangle The mysterious area
9.00 The Story Of Us with Morgan
Freeman The nature of war
10.00 Chain of Command
11.00-12.00am UFOs: The Untold
Stories An unidentified light
6.00pm FILM Bring It On (12,
2000) Comedy with Kirsten Dunst
8.00 Friends Double bill
9.00 FILM The Longest Yard
(12, 2005) Comedy remake with
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock
11.00 Impractical Jokers
11.30 Bob’s Burgers
12.05-12.30am South Park
6.25pm Only Fools and Horses
8.20 The Good Life Tom and
Barbara get creative
9.00 The Office A staff training
day turns into a sing-song
9.40 The Office
10.20 The Office
11.00 Men Behaving Badly
11.40-12.15am Men Behaving Badly
7.00pm Inside the Ambulance
8.00 Inside the Ambulance
9.00 Louis Theroux: Under the
Knife The broadcaster visits
image-obsessed California
10.00 Sophie Ellis-Bextor ON
Fame The potential of social media
11.00 Inside the Ambulance
12.00-1.00am Secrets and Lies
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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6.00pm My All-American (PG,
2015) Sporting biopic starring
Aaron Eckhart and Finn Wittrock
8.00 King Arthur: Legend of the
Sword (12, 2017) A skilled fighter
attempts to become king of the
Britons. Fantasy drama with Charlie
Hunnam and Djimon Hounsou
10.10 Chips: Law and Disorder (15,
2017) Action comedy starring Dax
Shepard and Michael Pena
12.00-1.50am Ghost in the Shell
(12, 2017) Sci-fi fantasy starring
Scarlett Johansson
5.45pm The Matrix Revolutions
(15, 2003) Sci-fi sequel with Keanu
Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss
8.00 Red Dragon (15, 2002) An FBI
agent seeks imprisoned killer
Hannibal Lecter’s help in capturing
a maniac who murders a family at
every full moon. Thriller prequel
with Anthony Hopkins
10.10 Hallowe’en (18, 1978) Horror
starring Jamie Lee Curtis
11.45-2.25am Inglourious Basterds
(18, 2009) Second World War
adventure starring Brad Pitt
6.00pm Alice Through the
Looking Glass (PG, 2016) Fantasy
adventure sequel starring Mia
Wasikowska and Johnny Depp
8.00 Pele: Birth Of A Legend (PG,
2016) Biopic charting the rise of
Brazilian football great Pele.
Starring Kevin de Paula
10.00 Footloose (PG, 2011) Teen
musical remake starring Kenny
Wormald and Julianne Hough
12.00-2.30am Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang (U, 1968) Children’s musical
adventure starring Dick Van Dyke
5.50pm The Incredibles (U, 2004)
A superhero’s wife and children use
their powers to save him. Animated
adventure with the voices of Craig
T Nelson and Holly Hunter
8.00 Iron Man 3 (12, 2013) The
armoured avenger hunts for the
mastermind behind a series of
bombings. Superhero adventure
sequel with Robert Downey Jr
10.15 Rambo (18, 2008) With
Sylvester Stallone and Julie Benz
12.00-2.05am Wanted (18, 2008)
With James McAvoy
4.40pm Schindler’s List (15, 1993)
A German businessman saves Jews
from the Holocaust. Fact-based
drama with Liam Neeson
8.00 Get Out (15, 2017) After a
photographer and his girlfriend
visit her parents, he suspects there
is more to the locals than meets
the eye. Thriller starring Daniel
Kaluuya and Allison Williams
10.00 T2: Trainspotting (18, 2017)
Drama starring Ewan McGregor
12.00-1.45am Raw (18, 2016)
Horror starring Garance Marillier
Reese Witherspoon and Tom
Hardy star in the spy comedy
This Means War (E4, 10pm)
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Sunday 4
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 4.15pm
Radio 1
When Liverpool visited
Wembley Stadium to take
on Tottenham Hotspur in
October, they were thrashed
4-1. Harry Kane scored a
brace and put one on a plate
for Son Heung-min, pictured,
with Dele Ali also on the
scoresheet as Spurs ended
Liverpool’s nine-game
unbeaten run against them.
Jürgen Klopp’s team will be
looking for revenge as Spurs
visit Anfield (kick-off 4pm). JC
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.00am Dev 10.00 Matt
Edmondson 1.00pm Alice
Levine 4.00 Cel Spellman and
Katie Thistleton 6.00 Radio 1’s
Most Played 7.00 Daniel P
Carter 10.00 Phil Taggart
1.00am Monki 3.00 George
Ezra 4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Action
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4.55am-7.30 LIVE HSBC
Sevens World Series: The
New Zealand Sevens
8.30 LIVE One-Day
International Cricket:
South Africa v India
1.30pm LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Crystal Palace v
Newcastle United
(Kick-off 2.15). Coverage of the
clash at Selhurst Park
4.15 LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Liverpool v
Tottenham Hotspur
(Kick-off 4.30)
7.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The Waste Management
Phoenix Open
11.00-4.00am LIVE Super
Bowl LII: New England
Patriots v Philadelphia
Eagles (Kick-off 11.30)
10.00pm-4.00am LIVE Super
Bowl LII: New England
Patriots v Philadelphia
Eagles (Kick-off 11.30)
Sky Sports
Premier League
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1.30pm LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Crystal Palace v
Newcastle United
(Kick-off 2.15)
4.15-7.00 LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Liverpool v
Tottenham Hotspur
(Kick-off 4.30)
Sky Sports Football
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11.00am-1.00pm LIVE La Liga
Football: Getafe v Leganes
(Kick-off 11.00)
3.10-5.15 LIVE La Liga Football
Espanyol v Barcelona
(Kick-off 3.15). Coverage of the
Spanish top-flight clash
5.25-7.30 LIVE La Liga
Football: Girona v Athletic
Bilbao (Kick-off 5.30)
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Atletico Madrid v
Valencia (Kick-off 7.45)
Sky Sports Cricket
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7.55am-4.00pm LIVE
One-Day International
Cricket: South Africa v India
Sky Sports Golf
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6.00pm-10.00 LIVE
PGA Tour Golf: The Waste
Management Phoenix Open
Radio guide
Sky Sports Arena
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Sevens World Series: The
New Zealand Sevens
5.25pm-7.30 LIVE Women’s
Six Nations Rugby Union:
Italy v England (Kick-off 5.30)
BT Sport 1
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12.30pm-3.15 LIVE AngloWelsh Cup: Wasps v Leicester
Tigers (Kick-off 1.00)
5.00-7.00 LIVE Bundesliga:
Hamburg SV v Hannover 96
(Kick-off 7.00)
7.45-10.00 LIVE Ligue 1:
Monaco v Lyon (Kick-off 7.45)
BT Sport 2
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1.30pm-4.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis The final of the St.
Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy
7.00-9.30 LIVE NBA:
Oklahoma City Thunder v
Los Angeles Lakers
(Tip-off 7.00)
BT Sport 3
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11.30am-1.30pm LIVE Serie A:
Hellas Verona v AS Roma
(Kick-off 11.30)
1.45 LIVE Serie A: Juventus v
Sassuolo (Kick-off 2.00).
Coverage of the Italian
top-flight clash from
Allianz Stadium
4.00-6.00 LIVE Ligue 1: Caen
v Nantes (Kick-off 4.00)
7.30-9.45 LIVE Serie A:
Benevento v Napoli
(Kick-off 7.45)
Eurosport 1
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12.45pm-4.00 LIVE
Snooker: German Masters
The final of the ranking
tournament from Berlin
6.45-10.00 LIVE Snooker:
German Masters
The final of the ranking
tournament from Berlin
5.00am Huey on Sunday
6.00 Good Morning Sunday.
See Choice 9.00 Steve Wright
11.00 Michael Ball 1.00pm
Elaine Paige 3.00 Johnnie
Walker 5.00 Paul O’Grady 7.00
Claudia on Sunday 9.00 Clare
Teal 11.00 Don Black 12.00
Sounds of the 60s (r)
Today’s picks
Reading Europe:
Russia — Bride and Groom
Radio 4, 3pm
Good Morning Sunday
Radio 2, 6am
You start to notice themes as
you listen to this series of
Radio 4 programmes that
travels the world, looking at its
literature. And one theme is:
wherever you are, it’s not
much fun to be a young,
unmarried woman. Whatever
country you are in, the state of your fertility and of your
womb are likely to be monitored and (almost certainly)
disapproved of by your family. In the Russian novel Bride and
Groom by Alisa Ganieva, pictured, a father can’t understand
why his daughter Patya won’t just settle down and marry the
man he has chosen for her — especially given that she is
ageing. And “ageing” in this context means mid-twenties.
“Look at you,” he says. “You’re almost 26. You can’t afford
to be picky.” In this episode Patya fends off marriage offers
and decides to be picky anyway. Catherine Nixey
There has been an Old
Testament-style cleansing in
the Good Morning Sunday
studio. It’s out with faithful
Clare Balding, after five
years, and in with the
Reverend Kate Bottley and
Jason Mohammad. The BBC
press team is, naturally, not
presenting this as the
reaction of a vengeful god
upon a sinning mortal — it
has explained the change
has to do with scheduling.
Although one can’t help but
wonder whether the “diva”
debate that hung around
Balding last year has
something to do with it. CN
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2.00 The Early Music Show
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5.00 The Listening Service
5.30 Words and Music
6.46 Sunday Feature: Alex La
Guma — The Black Dickens
Lindsay Johns celebrates the
South African novelist
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
Recordings of orchestras in
Switzerland, including the
Zurich Tonhalle, l’Orchestre de
la Suisse Romande and the
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
9.30 Drama on 3: Love Is Not
New In This Country By
Samantha Ellis. A French
director organises a
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with Afghan actors after the
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Hour 12.00 Lines from My
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Monday 5 | Viewing guide
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Critic’s choice The Bulger
Killers: Was Justice Done?
Channel 4, 9pm
Next Monday marks the 25th
anniversary of the murder of
James Bulger. On February 12,
1993, two ten-year-olds,
Robert Thompson and Jon
Venables, abducted two-yearold James from a shopping
centre in Liverpool, dragging
him three miles before killing
him. If your heart can take it,
there are two highly emotive
documentaries this week. On
Thursday ITV’s A Mother’s
Story features an interview
with James’s mother, Denise
Fergus, while tonight’s The
Bulger Killers focuses on
Thompson and Venables. It is
a clear-eyed and even-handed
account of the events that
asks a difficult question: was
it correct to try Venables and
Thompson as if they were
adults? Interviews with
Laurence Lee and Dominic
Lloyd, the solicitors for
Venables and Thompson
respectively; the prosecuting
QC, Richard Henriques; and
the police officers who
worked on the case add fresh
insight. Kelvin MacKenzie, the
editor of The Sun at the time,
is unequivocal: “You start
from the position that they’re
a pair of killers and that they
deserve everything coming to
them. And the fact that they
are ten years old . . . who
cares?” The other side of the
argument is given by, among
others, the journalist Blake
Morrison, who reminds us
that, in court, the dock had to
be raised for Venables and
Thompson to see over. It is a
shock to be taken back — the
crowds outside the court
would have lynched the boys
— while a similar case from
Norway in 1994 shows how
else we might have dealt with
Thompson and Venables.
What truly takes the breath,
however, is hearing the boys’
interview tapes. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
Winifred Robinson meets the Bulger family in Remembering
James Bulger, first broadcast on Radio 4 in 2013 (iPlayer Radio)
My Return from IS: Horizon
BBC Two, 9pm
Panorama
BBC One, 8.30pm
The reporter Peter Taylor
conducts the first interview
with a British Muslim who has
returned to the UK after living
with Islamic State in Syria.
Fatima, as she is known here,
is one of about 350 British
Muslims to return from Isis.
She was with the terror group
for two years, marrying a jihadi
fighter and having a child with
him before escaping with
the help of her mother.
“They’ve hijacked Islam,” she
says. “Men will be used like
cannon fodder and women
used for cooking, cleaning and
giving birth. It’s insanity.” CB
Catch
up
Monty Don’s
Paradise Gardens
BBC iPlayer, to February 19
This deeply restful recent
series is more than just Don’s
perambulations around
scenic gardens
(although there’s plenty
of that) — in exploring
gardens celebrated in
the Koran, he finds
the intersection
of religious
history and
greenfingered
travelogue.
“I reached for my camera as a
coping mechanism,” says the
film-maker Fiona Lloyd-Davies.
It is a very good thing that she
did because her documentary,
which follows her husband,
Richard as he recovers from
a brain haemorrhage, is
wonderful. We first see Richard
post-operation, essentially a
vegetable, a great eye-boggling
scoop of his head missing,
and follow his progress as we
could a newborn child. Try
swallowing that lump in your
throat when Fiona proudly
announces that Richard can
swallow purée, or the moment
when he moves his fingers for
the first time. Magical. CB
Walking in vast and glorious
sand dunes, Monty of Arabia
explains how people who live
in the arid deserts “above all
dream of an oasis — a garden
green and filled with water is
Heaven on Earth”. And from
Morocco to Turkey to India,
he uncovers the meanings in
secret gardens, botanical
gardens, ones set round
magnificent tombs, and
palatial gardens as
showcases of power. As
such, this two-parter is an
alluring haven of light and
colour — you can almost
feel the heat of each
destination
radiating off the
screen, which is no
unwelcome thing.
James Jackson
Hull’s Headscarf
Heroes
The X-Files
BBC Four, 9pm
“I just want someone to tell me
what the hell is going on here!”
Me too, Agent Mulder, me too.
The problem when you get to
episode 209 (the first episode
of season 11) of a high-concept
sci-fi drama is that you have no
choice but to put twists and
turns on the twists and turns.
After last season’s cliffhanger
you may feel slightly robbed to
discover Scully in hospital, with
the events of the past series
seemingly a figment of her
imagination. However, we are
treated to a juicy opening
monologue from the Cigarette
Smoking Man in which he
reveals his real name (which is
not Cigarette Smoking Man). CB
In the triple trawler tragedy
of 1968, 58 men lost their lives
as, one after another, three
trawlers sank after setting off
from Hull in East Yorkshire.
As this moving documentary
explains, the men did not die in
vain. A courageous group of
fishermen’s wives, led by Lillian
Bilocca, fought tirelessly for
change in what was one of the
20th century’s most successful
civil-action campaigns. It is a
heartfelt work, made more
powerful by the presence of
Yvonne Blenkinsop, the last
surviving leader of the
“headscarf heroes”. CB
Channel 5, 9pm
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
8.30pm-9.00 Iolo’s Snowdonia 10.45-11.15
My Return from IS: Panorama
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 Getaways 10.40 Beauty
Queen and Single 11.10 The Arts Show
11.40 The Graham Norton Show (r)
12.30am-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Ulaidh Faoi Thalamh
11.15 Two Doors Down 11.45 NFL This
Week 12.35am-12.45 Weather Watchers
with Barra Best (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 The Forest. The
observatory near Dalmellington hosts a
stargazing event
● Channel As ITV except:
12.35am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except: 6.00pm-6.30
ITV News Wales at Six 10.45 Sharp End
11.15-11.45 River Monsters (r)
● ITV Westcountry As ITV except:
10.30pm-10.45 ITV News West Country
● STV As ITV except: 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight 11.05 Death Row 2018 with Trevor
McDonald (r) 12.05am Teleshopping 1.05
After Midnight 2.35 Alphabetical (r)
3.25-5.05 ITV Nightscreen
● UTV As ITV except: 10.45pm-11.45 View
from Stormont 12.35am Teleshopping
2.05-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
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2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 3.05 Pengelli (r) 3.30 Bywyd y Fet
(r) 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05
Ci Da (r) 5.25 Pengwiniaid Madagascar.
Alys gives Penci something to make him
sick after he swallows a bomb (r) 5.35
Sgorio 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05
Gwaith/Cartref (r) 7.00 Heno 8.00 Pobol
y Cwm 8.25 Ward Plant. A little girl is
admitted after breaking her arm doing
gymnastics 9.00 News 9 a’r Tywydd
9.30 Ffermio. Country and farming
magazine programme, including
features on all aspects of agriculture and
rural life 10.00 Cynefin. Stories from
Anglesey and Holy Island (r) 11.0012.45am Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol. Wales
v Scotland. Action from the opening
match of the Six Nations, which was held
at Principality Stadium
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Rear Window (PG, 1954)
Film4, 4.40pm
Perhaps the most elegant and satisfying of all Alfred Hitchcock’s
thrillers, this exercise in paranoid claustrophobia demands that
the audience identify with its central character. We, like him, are
voyeurs, peeping at lives on screen. James Stewart plays LB
Jefferies, a temporarily wheelchair-using photographer who
spends his recuperation spying on his neighbours through his
telephoto lens. Grace Kelly is his fashion-model girlfriend. Jefferies
suspects that one of his neighbours has murdered his nagging
wife and disposed of her body. Is this the result of an overheated
imagination or has he stumbled on a crime? (112min) Wendy Ide
Lincoln (12, 2012)
Film4, 9pm
Daniel Day-Lewis has received a
sixth Best Actor Oscar nomination
for his final film, Phantom Thread.
Here is nomination No 5 (and win
No 3). Steven Spielberg’s chunk of
American history is serious-minded
and immensely satisfying. Beginning
with the casting of Day-Lewis in the
role of President Lincoln, Spielberg
leaves nothing to chance. The film gives an account of a crucial
piece of legislation — the 13th amendment — and the political
gamesmanship that led to it being passed by the House of
Representatives. Day-Lewis is extraordinary, conveying the
intellectual fluency, diplomacy and charisma of the man, but
underscoring it with an engagingly bumbling humour. (150min) WI
The Silence of the Lambs (15, 1990)
Channel 5, 10pm
Jodie Foster is Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee whose work on the
psychology of serial killers lands her a tricky assignment. Anthony
Hopkins is Dr Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant and dangerous man and
the embodiment of pure evil. The crux of this excellent thriller is
the battle of intellect and wills between them. Clarice is sent to
interview Lecter to see whether he, a mass murderer and a
cannibal, may have any insight into a new serial killer named
Buffalo Bill, who has the FBI stumped. Lecter can help, but his
price is high. He wants to get into Clarice’s head. And, as a
manipulative madman who is also a brilliant psychiatrist, he is
qualified to do so. A must-see movie. (118min) WI
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2.15 Moving On. New series. The
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Written by and starring Jodhi May,
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3.00 Escape to the Country. A
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3.45 The Farmers’ Country Showdown
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Victoria Derbyshire 11.00 BBC
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1.00pm Women’s Six Nations
Highlights. Action from the opening
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Place to Call Home (r) 3.50 This Wild
Life (r) 4.20 The Hunt. How predators
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The team heads to Stockport Town
Hall in Greater Manchester (r) 6.00
Eggheads. Quiz hosted by Jeremy
Vine (r) 6.30 Great American Railroad
Journeys. Michael Portillo travels
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6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
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1.30 ITV News; Weather 1.55 Regional
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Cameras follow the criminal barrister
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cases in a studio courtroom 3.00
Dickinson’s Real Deal. David Dickinson
and the dealers are in York, where
items of interest include a crucifix and
a money box 4.00 Tipping Point. The
arcade-themed quiz show in which
contestants drop tokens down a
choice of four chutes in the hope of
winning a £10,000 jackpot 5.00 The
Chase. Quiz show hosted by Bradley
Walsh 6.00 Regional News; Weather
6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Countdown (r) 6.45 3rd Rock
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Raymond (r) 8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.30 Frasier (r) 9.00
Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Undercover Boss USA (r) 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary 12.05pm
Couples Come Dine with Me (r) 1.05
Posh Pawn (r) 2.10 Countdown 3.00
Village of the Year with Penelope
Keith 4.00 A Place in the Sun: Winter
Sun (r) 5.00 Four in a Bed. The
competition kicks off at the Waverley
Hotel in Callander, Perthshire 5.30
Extreme Cake Makers. Suzanne
creates an intricate Jacobean hall
cake 6.00 The Simpsons (r) 6.30
Hollyoaks. The arrival of Goldie
puts a smile back on Jesse’s face
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
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Cowboy Builders (r) 1.10 Access.
Showbiz news and gossip 1.15 Home
and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 NCIS:
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obsessed with finding a murder
victim’s sister (r) 3.15 FILM Killer
Assistant (PG, TVM, 2016)
A magazine editor’s life takes a
downward spiral of life-changing
proportions after she takes on a new
assistant. Thriller starring Arianne
Zucker and Brando Eaton 5.00 5
News at 5 5.30 Neighbours. Fay
admits to fabricating her confession
to Hamish’s murder (r) 6.00 Home
and Away. Olivia tells Hunter an
edited version of what happened
with Axel (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
A new series of Moving On (2.15pm)
A macaque hunting crabs (4.20pm)
Jack Davenport stars (9pm)
Maitre d’ Fred Sirieux in Italy (10pm)
Sci-fi drama The X Files returns (9pm)
7.00 The One Show Hosted by Matt
Baker and Angela Scanlon
7.00 Big Dreams Small Spaces Three
sisters create an Italian-style
garden in memory of their
parents, and a mother builds
her daughter an Alice in
Wonderland-themed
playground (6/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Rebecca
wakes from her coma
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.00 Rugby on 5: Anglo Welsh
Cup Highlights Action from
the matchday four pool
fixtures, which included
Scarlets v Sale Sharks, Dragons
v Worcester Warriors, and
Ospreys v Bath (4/6); followed
by 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders Billy is shocked
when Pam turns up —
and she is not happy
8.00 Only Connect The Eco-Warriors
take on the Inquisitors in the
first third-round match
8.00 The Martin Lewis Money Show
A look at PPI claims (7/10)
8.30 My Return from IS: Panorama
A woman back in the UK after
living with so-called Islamic
State. See Viewing Guide
8.30 University Challenge Jeremy
Paxman asks the questions in
the second of the quarter-finals.
8.30 Coronation Street Carla has
some fun with Daniel before
heading to the Bistro
8.00 How to Lose Weight Well
Xand van Tulleken, Hala
El-Shafie and Stacie Stewart
oversee proceedings as three
more pairs road test some of
the most popular and talked
about diets. Last in the series
8.00 Police Interceptors Jacko is
hot on the heels of a speeding
car that is crashing into
vehicles, while officers raid a
cannabis farm located in an
abandoned restaurant (11/12);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Silent Witness Nikki, Jack,
Thomas and Clarissa are
just settling down for their
respective Christmas Day
celebrations when they are
called in to investigate a
shooting spree. Continues
tomorrow (9/10)
9.00 Horizon: My Amazing Brain
— Richard’s War Charting the
remarkable recovery of Richard
Gray from a catastrophic brain
haemorrhage, recorded by his
film-maker wife Fiona LloydDavies over the course of four
years. See Viewing Guide
9.00 Next of Kin While Danny is
holed up in a London flat
with the rest of the terror
cell, the police operation is
compromised when
Mona’s brother Omar
tries to intervene (5/6)
9.00 The Bulger Killers: Was Justice
Done? Key individuals involved
in the trial of Robert Thompson
and Jon Venables for the
murder of James Bulger are
brought together 25 years
on to debate the verdict.
See Viewing Guide
9.00 The X-Files New series. Mulder
finds Scully unconscious and
she is rushed to hospital. The
return of the sci-fi mystery
drama starring Gillian
Anderson and David Duchovny.
See Viewing Guide (1/10)
10.00 BBC News at Ten; followed by
BBC Regional News
and Weather
10.00 Two Doors Down Eric is
recuperating after a bungled
medical procedure (2/6)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; followed by
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10.00 First Dates Hotel Chicken
farmer Griff hopes it will be
second time lucky with his new
date Emily, and the two bond
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7.30 Inside Out Regional
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10.45 Have I Got Old News for You
Frankie Boyle hosts, with guest
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11.15 The Graham Norton Show
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Finding Your Feet, and Cuba
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11.40 Hunted Sheffield deputy mayor
Magid Mah makes a daring
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10.00 FILM The Silence of the Lambs
(18, 1991) Trainee FBI agent
Clarice Starling is sent to
interview an imprisoned
psychopath with a taste for
eating his victims. The inmate
offers to help catch a serial
killer who is holding a
politician’ss daughter hostage
— but to learn what he knows,
Clarice has to engage in his
dangerous mind games.
Jonathan Demme’s thriller,
based on Thomas Harris’s
novel, starring Jodie Foster,
Anthony Hopkins and Scott
Glenn. See Film Choice
12.05am Odyssey. Odelle has to
prove her value to an Ansar Dine
interrogator (r) 12.45 Sign Zone:
Countryfile. Matt Baker visits a farm
run by members of the British curling
team (r) (SL) 1.45-2.45 Big Cats.
Research into wild cats (r) (SL)
12.35am Jackpot247 3.00 The Jeremy
Kyle Show. The host invites guests to
air their differences over family and
relationship issues (r) (SL) 3.55 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. The host invites guests to air
their differences (r) (SL)
12.40am SAS: Who Dares Wins (r)
1.35 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
USA (r) 2.25 How to Lose Weight Well
(r) 3.20 The Lie Detective (r)
4.00 Coast vs Country (r) 4.55
Location, Location, Location (r)
5.50 Jamie’s Comfort Food (r)
12.25am Traffic Cops: Under Attack
(r) 1.15 SuperCasino. Live gaming
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors (r)
4.00 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink (r)
(SL) 4.45 House Doctor (r) (SL)
5.10 Great Artists (r) (SL) 5.35
House Busters (r) (SL)
10.30 Newsnight The day’s events
presented by Emily Maitlis
10.45 Death Row 2018 with Trevor
McDonald The broadcaster
visits prisoners awaiting
execution in the US, including
William Gibson, who was
convicted of killing three
women but suggests there
may be more victims (r)
11.05 Derry Girls The family try to
leave town before the July 12th
Orange Parades start (5/6) (r)
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Antonio Banderas
Monday 5 | Primetime digital guide
The Spanish actor stars as
the masked swashbuckler
in The Mask of Zorro
Sky One, 9pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
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FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
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SKY 108
7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Railways of the Great War
with Michael Portillo
How railways defined how
the Great War was fought
and transported millions to
the trenches (R)
8.00 Ultimate Swarms
George McGavin goes
in search of impressive
animal swarms (R)
9.00 Hull’s Headscarf Heroes The
story of the “triple-trawler”
disaster of 1968 and its
legacy. See Viewing Guide
10.00 Timeshift: The Last Days of
the Liners The glamour and
romance of travelling on an
ocean liner (4/9) (R)
11.00 Horizon: Antarctica Ice
Station Rescue The move of
a vital polar research station
in Antarctica (R)
12.00-1.00am Rule Britannia!
Music, Mischief and Morals
in the 18th Century
Last in the series (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
investigates the murder of a
property developer in Palm
Springs, but the case is
complicated by the suicide
of the victim’s wife (R)
8.00 Lewis The death of an
Oxford don leads to the
shady world of unlicensed
boxing bouts, and further
investigations reveal
connections to the former
East Germany (2/4) (R)
10.00 Foyle’s War The detective is
drawn into the world of
corrupt Nazi businessmen
when a university professor
is found murdered in a park
after working as a translator
in Nuremberg (1/3) (R)
12.00-2.00am Inspector Morse
The death of a hospital
benefactor leads Morse and
Lewis to a former bookie,
who held the victim
responsible for putting his
daughter in a coma (1/3) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet A four-yearold chinchilla arrives for
surgery on a broken leg,
while a puppy is rushed to
the practice after
being hit by a van (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud meets actor Sean
Simons, who has bought the
ruins of Cloontykilla Castle
in Co Roscommon with a
view to creating a
spectacular mock
16th-century home (R)
9.00 Car SOS Fuzz Townshend
and Tim Shaw restore a
Mercedes-Benz 230SL
Pagoda (5/10)
10.00 World’s Most Expensive
Cars Ant Anstead attends
auctions in New York,
California and the south
of France (R)
11.00-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E
A girl is rushed into resus
after slumping over her
desk at school (R)
6.55pm FILM Rise of the Planet of
the Apes (12, 2011) A
genetically engineered
chimpanzee develops
superior intelligence and
leads other apes to rebel
against the human race.
Sci-fi thriller starring James
Franco and Andy Serkis
9.00 FILM Lincoln (12, 2012) The
story of Abraham Lincoln,
following his struggle to end
the Civil War and abolish
slavery. Fact-based drama
starring Daniel Day-Lewis,
Tommy Lee Jones, Sally
Field and Joseph GordonLevitt. See Film Choice
11.55-2.00am FILM Chain Reaction
(12, 1996) Two scientists
devise a way to create
energy from water, but end
up framed for murder and
forced to go on the run.
Thriller starring Keanu
Reeves, Rachel Weisz and
Morgan Freeman
7.00pm The Simpsons Lisa stays
with a Broadway legend for
a month (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Marge and
Homer suspect Bart might
be a sociopath (R)
8.00 David Attenborough’s
Conquest of the Skies The
naturalist meets creatures
that glide, including the
harlequin tree frog, has a
CGI-assisted encounter with
a pterosaur and encounters
the planet’s largest species
of bat (2/3) (R)
9.00 FILM The Mask of Zorro
(PG, 1998) The ageing hero
trains a protégé to take on
his mantle and defeat an
evil governor. Adventure
starring Antonio Banderas
and Anthony Hopkins
11.35-12.35am The Force:
Manchester Documentary
following the work
of Greater Manchester
Police (7/10) (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation A couple are
murdered in a seedy hotel
and evidence shows their
daughter was with them
but is now missing (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny’s search
for a cop killer brings Henry
back into contact with a
former foe who could have
vital information about the
chief suspect (R)
9.00 Active Shooter: America
Under Fire An examination
of the shooting at the
Washington Navy Yard in
2013, where a lone gunman
fatally shot 12 people and
injured three others (4/8)
10.10 Real Time with Bill Maher
The comedian and guests
discuss topical issues (R)
11.20-12.50am Requiem for the
Dead: An American Spring
2014 Emotive documentary
exploring the stories of gun
violence in America (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Comical clips
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men
Lyndsey returns from rehab
8.30 Superstore Amy and Glenn
set their colleagues up with one
another for Valentine’s Day
9.00 Family Guy
10.00 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am The Cleveland
Show Animated comedy
7.00pm Pawn Stars
7.25 Pawn Stars The pawnbrokers
examine Houdini’s straitjacket
7.55 River Monsters
8.30 River Monsters
8.55 River Monsters A mystery sea
monster washes up on a UK beach
10.00-12.20am FILM Green Zone
(15, 2010) A military officer
searching Iraq for weapons of
mass destruction after the US
invasion uncovers a conspiracy.
Paul Greengrass’s thriller starring
Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear
7.00pm Hollyoaks Peri begins to
feel guilty about her actions
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
The tourists are off to Odemira,
in southern Portugal
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 Celebs Go Dating Sam
Thompson hopes his Harry Potter
impression will impress
10.00 Naked Attraction
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.10am First Dates
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 FILM The Dukes of Hazzard
(12, 2005) Bo and Luke Duke
discover a corrupt commissioner is
plotting to strip-mine their entire
town. Comedy adaptation of the
TV series, starring Seann William
Scott and Johnny Knoxville
10.05-12.05am FILM The
Expendables 2 (15, 2012) Action
thriller starring Sylvester Stallone,
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason
Statham and Jet Li
6.30pm FILM The Riddle of the
Sands (PG, 1978) Spy thriller with
Simon MacCorkindale
8.35 FILM A Welcome to Britain
(PG, 1943) Documentary
introducing American
servicemen to Britain
9.45 FILM Blonde Fist (15, 1991)
Boxing drama starring Margi
Clarke and Carroll Baker
11.55-1.35am FILM Snowbound
(U, 1949) Thriller, starring Robert
Newton, Herbert Lom, Dennis Price
and Stanley Holloway
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
8.00 Ashes to Ashes
Alex comes face to face with her
14-year-old future husband
9.00 Death in Paradise A veteran
rock band reunite on the island to
record a new album — only for the
lead singer to be electrocuted in
the swimming pool while the
others are in the studio
10.20 New Tricks
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm David Starkey’s Monarchy
The reign of Edward I
8.00 Royal Murder Mysteries
The life of Prince Albert Victor
9.00 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary’s two-timing antics leave
him strapped for cash
9.40 Goodnight Sweetheart Gary’s
time-warped careers take off
10.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Yvonne has a pregnancy scare
11.00 Porridge Tension mounts as
the parole board gathers
11.40-12.20am Porridge
7.00pm Police Interceptors
A pursuit involving 20 cars and
two helicopters
8.00 Night Crime UK: Caught on
Camera Nick Wallis also discovers
how CCTV is helping Chester’s
local council and the police
manage problems on Race Day
9.00 Fights, Camera, Action! A
look at the work of police officers
as they attend to incidents with
members of the public
10.00 Spartacus: Blood and Sand
11.05-1.00am The X-Files
7.00pm Traffic Cops
7.30 Traffic Cops
8.00 James May’s Cars of the
People How aspiration and new
wealth inspired some of the
greatest cars ever made
9.00 Live at the Apollo
Micky Flanagan introduces Jason
Byrne and Seann Walsh
10.00 The Best of Dara O Briain’s
Go 8 Bit The very best moments
11.00 QI Comedy panel show
11.40-12.20am Would I Lie to You?
The Unseen Bits
6.35pm JFK: A New Perspective
Examining the life of the
former US president
7.50 The Last Days of Anne Boleyn
The circumstances
surrounding the execution of
Henry VIII’s second wife
9.00 The Victorians Jeremy
Paxman uses 19th-century art to
explore Victorian Britain (1/4)
10.15 Roman Britain from the Air
Documentary
11.30-12.50am The Last Days of
Anne Boleyn Documentary
7.00pm Auction
7.30 André Rieu:
New York Memories
10.00 Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 Art competition
11.00 The South Bank Show
Originals Melvyn Bragg
reflects on his 1998 interview
with the Bee Gees
11.30 The South Bank Show
Originals Melvyn Bragg reflects on
Germaine Greer’s 2003 interview
12.00-1.00am Inside the Actors
Studio: Neil Patrick Harris
7.00pm The Real A&E A casualty
department (17/10)
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary Holmes is asked
to orchestrate a heist inside a
drugs gang’s compound
9.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
The case of Scottish serial killer
Peter Tobin (10/12)
10.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
Documentary (12/12)
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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7.00pm NCIS Double bill
9.00 The Walking Dead Negan
enlists the aid of his lieutenants to
solve a huge problem (7/16)
10.00 The Walking Dead The
Kingdom surrenders, and Carl
flees into the sewers (8/16)
11.15 Family Guy
11.45-12.15am Family Guy
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Wheeler Dealers
9.00 Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer
aims to restore a 1964 Falcon
Ranchero covered in cheap paint
10.00 Bitchin’ Rides The team
enters the Back to the 50s show
11.00 Street Outlaws
12.00-1.00am Wheeler Dealers
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Wicked Tuna: North v South
TJ comes up with a new strategy
9.00 Highway Thru Hell A truck
brimming with wine is sliced in half
10.00 Banged Up Abroad
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation
7.00pm Friends Four shows
9.00 Russell Howard’s Good News
9.30 8 Out of 10 Cats
10.00 Impractical Jokers
10.30 Impractical Jokers: After
Party Discussing the latest episode
11.00 The Cleveland Show
11.30 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am Ali G in Da USAiii
6.40pm The Good Life
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 dinnerladies
8.40 dinnerladies
9.20 The Royle Family
10.40 Mrs Brown’s Boys
11.20 Come Fly with Me
12.00-12.40am Gimme Gimme
Gimme Comedy sitcom
7.00pm My Dream Home
8.00 MasterChef USA New series.
The culinary challenge returns
9.00 Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum
and Dad Documentary
10.20 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Nadiya Hussain
11.20 EastEnders
12.00-1.00am My Dream Home
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action
Sky Select
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SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.15pm Chips: Law and Disorder
(15, 2017) Action comedy starring
Dax Shepard and Michael Peña
8.00 King Arthur: Legend of the
Sword (12, 2017) A skilled fighter
clashes with the forces of evil in an
attempt to become king of the
Britons. Fantasy drama starring
Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law
10.10 Frank & Lola (18, 2016)
Drama starring Michael Shannon
11.45-1.30am Chips: Law and
Disorder (15, 2017) Action comedy
starring Dax Shepard
6.15pm Police Academy (15, 1984)
Assorted oddball characters enrol
as students at an American police
training college. Comedy starring
Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall
8.00 Edward Scissorhands (PG,
1990) A lonely man-made boy with
scissor-like hands is befriended
by suburban townspeople — but
they later turn against him. Fantasy
drama starring Johnny Depp
10.00-12.05am Saturday Night
Fever (15, 1977) Drama starring
John Travolta and Paul Pape
6.25pm The Secret Life of Pets
(U, 2016) Animated adventure
featuring the voice of Louis CK
8.00 The Huntsman: Winter’s War
(12, 2016) Two warriors try to
conceal their forbidden love as
they fight to survive the intentions
of the ice Queen Freya and her
sister. Adventure starring Chris
Hemsworth and Charlize Theron
10.00-12.05am Percy Jackson &
the Lightning Thief (PG, 2010)
Fantasy adventure starring Logan
Lerman and Pierce Brosnan
6.00pm 300 (15, 2006)
Fantasy adventure starring Gerard
Butler and Lena Headey
8.00 Robin Hood (12, 2010) An
archer returning from the crusades
faces a plot by a traitorous knight
to bring about a French conquest
of England. Medieval adventure
starring Russell Crowe
10.25-12.15am Beverly Hills Cop
(15, 1984) Comedy thriller starring
Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold,
Ronny Cox, John Ashton
and Steven Berkoff
6.20pm Kicks (15, 2016) A misfit
teen embarks on a perilous
journey to retrieve a pair of stolen
sneakers. Coming-of-age drama
starring Jahking Guillory
8.00 Body of Lies (15, 2008)
A CIA agent in Jordan hunts down
a terrorist leader, while being
caught between the intentions
of his supervisors. Spy thriller
starring Leonardo DiCaprio
and Russell Crowe
10.15-12.10am Dirty Harry (15, 1971)
Police thriller with Clint Eastwood
Melvyn Bragg recalls his South
Bank Show interview with
the Bee Gees (Sky Arts, 11pm)
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Monday 5
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7pm
Radio 1
Watford, under new manager
Javi Gracia, welcome London
rivals Chelsea to Vicarage Road
(kick-off 8pm). In reverse
fixture in October, Chelsea
scored two late goals to come
from behind and claim a
dramatic victory. Cesar
Azpilicueta, pictured, headed
the Blues 3-2 in front in the
87th minute before Michy
Batshuayi sealed the victory
in stoppage time, ending a
three-game winless run. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
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10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 Sky Sports News
5.00pm Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 LIVE MNF: Watford v
Chelsea (Kick-off 8.00).
Coverage of the Premier
League match from Vicarage
Road, as the London
rivals battle it out
11.00 Sky Sports News
1.00am-4.15 LIVE WWE Late
Night Raw Wrestling
coverage from the States
Sky Sports
Premier League
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10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Goals on Sunday
12.30pm PL Highlights
3.30 PL Legends A look
back at the career of striker
Robbie Fowler
4.00 PL Highlights
5.00 Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
5.30 PL Greatest Games
Newcastle United v Arsenal v
from the 2010/11 season
5.45 PL Greatest Games
Manchester United v
Liverpool from 1992
6.00 PL Highlights Crystal
Palace v Newcastle United
6.30 PL Highlights Liverpool
v Tottenham Hotspur
7.00 LIVE MNF: Watford v
Chelsea (Kick-off 8.00).
Coverage of the Premier
League encounter from
Vicarage Road, as the
London rivals battle it out
11.00 PL Legends A profile of
the former Tottenham
Hotspur and Arsenal
defender Sol Campbell
11.30 Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
12.00-1.00am MNF Pre Match
Sky Sports Football
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9.00am La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
9.15 La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
9.30 La Liga Greatest Games
10.00 La Liga Football
4.15pm La Liga Icons
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills
4.00 Greg James 5.45
Newsbeat 6.00 Greg James
7.00 Annie Mac 9.00 Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens
1.00am Rene LaVice 3.00 Phil
Taggart 4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
5.15 La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
5.30 Football Countdowns
A look at some of the greatest
coaches of all time
6.00 La Liga Files
6.45 La Liga Icons A profile of
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez
7.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
7.30 La Liga Icons
A profile of Neymar
7.45 La Liga Greatest Games
Real Madrid take on
Barcelona in another
instalment of the iconic
El Clasico back in 2005
7.55 LIVE La Liga Football:
Las Palmas v Malaga (Kick-off
8.00). Coverage of the
Spanish top-flight match
at Estadio Gran Canaria
10.00 SPFL Round-Up
10.15 SPFL Greatest Games
10.30 Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
11.00 La Liga Icons
12.00-12.15am SPFL RoundUp Review show
Sky Sports Arena
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1.00am-4.15 LIVE WWE Late
Night Raw Wrestling action
from the States with the
over-the-top stars
BT Sport 1
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7.30pm-9.45 LIVE Serie A:
Lazio v Genoa (Kick-off 7.45).
Coverage of the Italian
top-flight fixture, which takes
place at the Stadio Olimpico
12.00-2.30am LIVE NBA:
Detroit Pistons v Portland
Trail Blazers (Tip-off 12.00).
Coverage of the Eastern
Conference clash at Little
Caesars Arena
BT Sport 2
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Midnight LIVE College
Basketball: North Carolina
Central Eagles v Hampton
Pirates (Tip-off 12.00).
Coverage of the NCAA
encounter at McDougaldMcLendon Arena in Durham,
North Carolina
2.00am-4.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Jackson State
Tigers v Southern University
Jaguars (Tip-off 2.00). The
NCAA clash at Lee E Williams
Athletic and Assembly Centre
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Blues Show 8.00 Jo
Whiley 10.00 Johnnie Walker
11.00 David Rodigan 12.00
Sounds of the 70s 2.00am
Jazz Playlist 3.00 Playlists
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Takemitsu
1.00pm News
1.02 Live Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Mozart (An Chloe,
K524; and Das Lied der
Trennung, K519); Schubert
(Heimliches Lieben, D922;
Romanze — Rosamunde, D797,
No. 3b; Suleika I, D720; and
Suleika II, D717); Amy Beach
(Three Browning Songs, Op.
44); and John Carter (Cantata)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Wagner (Tristan and Isolde
— Prelude and Liebestod);
Mozart (Un moto di gioia —
aria K579; Vado, ma dove?
— aria K583; and Voi avete un
cor fedele — aria K217);
Mahler (Symphony No 4 in
G major); Jacob (Concerto for
violin and string orchestra);
Britten (Four Sea Interludes
from Peter Grimes); and
Mendelssohn (Symphony
No 3 in A minor — Scottish)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
Debussy (Prélude à l’aprèsmidi d’un faune; and La mer
Pierre-Laurent Aimard); and
Ravel (Piano Concerto in G;
and Suite — Ma mère l’oye)
10.00 Music Matters (r)
10.45 The Essay: All Miss
Brodie’s Girls? The first in a
series of essays celebrating
the work of Muriel Spark
11.00 Jazz Now
12.30am Through the Night (r)
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
9.00 Start the Week
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
Today’s picks
Discovery:
The Anatomy of Pain
World Service, 8.30pm
Sylvia Pankhurst:
Honorary Ethiopian
Radio 4, 8pm
Katja Wiech is a neuroscientist
whose speciality is
“electrocuting Catholics” in
Oxford. We all have to pass the
time somehow. However, as a
fellow neuroscientist, Irene
Tracey, pictured, explains, this
eccentric experiment has good
science behind it. One thing that is known about pain is that
belief that the pain is for some higher goal can lessen it. A
marathon runner will be able to ignore their blisters during
training, but after they cross the finish line the pain will flood
in. And those with a higher goal par excellence are those who,
like the Catholics, believe in eternal life and can “offer pain up
to God”. And amazingly God seems to take it: electrocuted
Catholics, when shown a picture of the Virgin Mary, feel less
pain than non-believers. Best of all, they have to forgive you
for zapping them. Catherine Nixey
We know her as Sylvia
Pankhurst, campaigner for
women’s rights. However,
travel to Addis Ababa, where
Pankhurst lived for the last
four years of her life, and she
is known as Sylvia Pankhurst,
campaigner for Ethiopian
independence. Here, her
granddaughter Helen
Pankhurst looks at this
little-known aspect of
Sylvia’s life and speaks to
those who remember
meeting her. She was,
remembers one Ethiopian,
“small, somewhat fragile,
but quite charismatic”. CN
9.45 Book of the Week:
Somebody I Used to Know
By Wendy Mitchell (1/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Discussion and interviews. At
10.45 the Drama: Part one of
the second series of That Was
Then by Jonathan Myerson
11.00 The Untold
11.30 Tom Wrigglesworth’s
Hang-Ups (r)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Witness
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Will Self’s Great British
Bus Journey Assessing a bold
civic experiment in Preston
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: 4/4 By Robin
Brooks. After a difficult night
in a Brussels casualty
department, the Benjamin
Quartet is invited to play at
a festival in Lucca (3/4)
3.00 Round Britain Quiz
3.30 The Food Programme (r)
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Tuesday 6 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Flatpack Empire
BBC Two, 9pm
Like many multinationals,
Ikea feels ubiquitous and
enigmatic, but it also inspires
a weird cultish devotion from
customers and employees. It’s
this that is most successfully
captured by the first of
a three-part series going
behind the scenes of the
manufacturer of oddly named
furniture and purveyor of
delicious meatballs. The
idolatrous attitude of some
shop-floor staff, jockeying for
a place on a trip — sorry, a
pilgrimage — to the birthplace
of the Ikea founder, Ingvar
Kamprad, who died in January
aged 91, is truly peculiar.
Elsewhere, the shoot for the
cover of the new catalogue
dissolves into a clash of
creativity versus commerce:
a tug of war thrown into even
sharper relief by a proposed
collaboration with “enfant
terrible” and designer Tom
Dixon, pictured. Dixon’s first
idea riffs on a cradle-to-grave
theme — a cot and a coffin! —
and is dismissed out of hand.
Compromise is later reached
with a “multifunctional
platform unit” (that’s sofabed
to you and me), but how
should such an item be
marketed with the catalogue
launch looming? While this
partnership never reaches
the hubristic lows of Heston
Blumenthal’s hook-up with
Little Chef, sailing is anything
but smooth. The unsung hero
of the episode is the Ikea
staffer James Futcher,
attempting to reconcile
Dixon’s vision with that of a
global behemoth. Needless to
say, he’s a furrowed-browed,
glasses-chewing kind of guy
who looks as if he rarely sees
daylight, and a stark contrast
to the warm words and chilly
eyes of the head of design,
Marcus Engman. While there
isn’t much blood spilt on the
carpet, Flatpack Empire is a
long way from a puff piece
for those who read between
the lines. Gabriel Tate
Further recommendations
Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey reveal what goes on Inside the
Factory at Ribena HQ in Gloucestershire (iPlayer, to February 24)
Back in Time
for Tea
The Secret Life of 5 Elizabeth
Year Olds: All Girls Channel 5, 9pm
BBC Two, 8pm
Channel 4, 8pm
In Unbroken Format Remains
Unfixed shock, the Back in
Time For . . . franchise returns,
casting a new family (the
Ellises from Yorkshire), but
maintaining the basic idea
of experiencing the life and
food of their predecessors
through the 20th century.
This time the family will be
living the working-class life of
a mill-working brood from
1918, which means an outside
privy, baths by the stove and
a mangle to manage the
washing. Sara Cox keeps spirits
up as they feast on tripe,
dripping and a lot of spuds. GT
The ever-popular Channel 4
series returns with a one-off
all-girl episode to mark 100
years of women’s suffrage.
It’s tremendous fun, as ever,
while also offering a few telling
insights on the pressures
placed on young girls today.
In an opportunistic piece
of scheduling, ITV
simultaneously launches What
Would Your Kid Do?, a pallid
facsimile hosted by Jason
Manford with a superfluous
game show element requiring
parents to guess how their
children will react to various
tests of honesty. GT
Catch
up
House of Saud
BBC iPlayer, episode one
expires on Thursday
If you have been watching
McMafia and marvelling at
how the tendrils of modern
organised crime reach around
the globe, you’ll be
fascinated by this
three-part
documentary on the
Saudi royal family.
After decades of
authoritarian rule
under King
Salman, Saudi
Arabia is beginning
to tackle extremism at home
and abroad under the new
power behind the throne,
Mohammed bin Salman,
pictured. The 32-year-old crown
prince has promised to take
whatever steps are necessary
to curb radical Islamism around
the world. The irony, as the first
instalment shows us, is that
these problems — from
Bosnia to Syria, India to the
World Trade Center — are
homegrown. For decades
it has been alleged that
Saudi Arabia has armed
“freedom fighters”
across the world to
support the spread
of Islam.
Engrossing,
worrying.
Chris Bennion
Preceded by a documentary
about the troubled birth of the
QE2, this new series — eight
parts long, no less — follows
Queen Elizabeth II’s long life
and extraordinary times. It
begins, logically enough, with
her childhood, which altered
radically at ten with the
abdication and the realisation
that she would one day be
queen. It’s a straightforward
narrative approach, bolstered
by testimony from the then
Princess Elizabeth’s peers, who
recall her prodigious calm,
seriousness and attention to
detail. Pure catnip for anyone
who can’t face the wait for
series three of The Crown. GT
Inside No 9
BBC Two, 10pm
The final episode of another
wonderfully inventive series
from Reece Shearsmith and
Steve Pemberton is one of
their more prosaic efforts,
albeit with the customary fine
balance of chills and chuckles,
and another inspired pairing of
fresh face (Weruche Opia) and
gnarled veteran (Nigel Planer).
Shearsmith, Pemberton and
Opia are the council
contractors called upon to clear
a flat occupied by an inveterate
hoarder. When they ill-advisedly
open a package marked
“Danger” an ancient curse is
unleashed and references
dropped to everything from
Shallow Grave to Jackanory. GT
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Films of the day
Deadfall (18, 1968)
Talking Pictures, 8pm
A devilishly handsome Michael Caine stars in this clammy
potboiler from the writer-director Bryan Forbes. Caine is the
inscrutable cat burglar Henry Clarke, who checks himself into a
high-end rehab clinic to wheedle his way in with a wealthy patient
before robbing his mansion. There, however, he is roped into an
unsettling love triangle between a beautiful young woman
(Giovanna Ralli) and her much older husband (Eric Portman),
who wish to assist him with the robbery. The first rule of cat
burglary: never mix business with pleasure, especially with
accomplices as barmy as these two . . . (98min) Chris Bennion
Slumdog Millionaire
(15, 2008)
More4, 9pm
This is a film that captures the
flamboyant contradictions of India
— the exuberant pleasures and the
polluting ugliness. In fact, the story
of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel, pictured
with Frieda Pinto), an orphan from
the Mumbai slums who triumphs on
the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? could serve
as a metaphor for India’s evolution from developing-world country
to international powerhouse. The structure, which cuts between
the TV show, a brutal police interrogation by officers who suspect
him of cheating and flashbacks to Jamal’s early life, creates a swell
of joyous momentum. Danny Boyle’s film is part romantic fairytale,
part nightmare of corruption and exploitation. (120min) Wendy Ide
’71 (15, 2014)
Film4, 11.50pm
It is the basic premise of any number of war movies: a soldier is
stranded behind enemy lines and during his struggle for survival
begins questioning who the adversary really is. However, by
transposing the action to the back streets of Belfast during the
Troubles, ’71 brings a fresh perspective and a piercing urgency.
Jack O’Connell flexes every fibre of his star quality as a British
soldier, Gary Hook. His first outing, a mismanaged routine
operation in co-operation with the brutally gung-ho police,
rapidly ignites. From there we follow this wounded soldier as
he stumbles through the smoke-filled streets. Sean Harris and
Richard Dormer are among a superb cast. (99min) WI
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Story of the Royal
Collection How royal
collecting has changed
since the days of Queen
Victoria. Last in the series
10.00 Jane Austen: Behind Closed
Doors Some of the many
locations that helped inspire
Jane Austen’s work (R)
11.00 The Incredible Story of
Marie Antoinette’s Watch
with Nicholas Parsons The
life and work of horologist
Abraham-Louis Breguet (R)
12.00-1.00am Stories from the
Dark Earth: Meet the
Ancestors Revisited Julian
Richards revisits the grave
of a Neolithic family (2/4) (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
recounts the unusual
tale of a private eye who
recruited a new partner in
the form of a French poodle,
which once belonged to a
murder victim (R)
8.00 Midsomer Murders The
bodies of a glamorous
senior citizen and a
distinguished doctor are
found beside a river — but
then the prime suspect is
also discovered dead (R)
10.00 Foyle’s War The son of a
high-profile Jewish
businessman is attacked in
the grounds of a university,
leaving Foyle to consider
the possibility that the
attack was racially
motivated (2/3) (R)
12.00-2.00am Inspector Morse
A rapist escapes from
prison and embarks on a
deadly game of cat and
mouse with Morse (2/3) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet A woman
and her sons bring in their
springer spaniel for
complicated surgery on its
deformed hind leg. The
owner of a cocker spaniel
waits to hear if her dog’s
cancer has spread (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud meets two artists
who are battling the
elements to construct a
modern home on the Isle
of Skye, with a second
building alongside to use as
their art studio (R)
9.00 FILM Slumdog Millionaire
(15, 2008) An impoverished
Indian teenager accused of
cheating on a quiz show
tells the police his eventful
life story. Danny Boyle’s
drama starring Dev Patel,
Freida Pinto and Madhur
Mittal. See Film Choice
11.30-12.35am Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares (R)
7.00pm FILM Volcano (12, 1997)
An emergency expert and a
scientist try to save the
residents of Los Angeles
when a volcano erupts in
the middle of the city.
Disaster thriller starring
Tommy Lee Jones, Anne
Heche, Gaby Hoffmann
and Keith David
9.00 FILM 13 Hours: The Secret
Soldiers of Benghazi
(15, 2016) CIA security
operatives fight to defend a
US embassy in Libya from
attack by extremists.
Fact-based action thriller
starring John Krasinski
and James Badge Dale
11.50-1.55am FILM ’71 (15, 2014)
A British soldier sent to
Belfast in 1971 finds himself
lost and alone in a hostile
area in the aftermath of a
riot. Thriller starring Jack
O’Connell and Richard
Dormer. See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons (R)
7.30 The Simpsons (R)
8.00 Premier League’s Greatest
Moments Jamie Carragher
reveals his greatest Premier
League moments (R)
9.00 The Blacklist Ressler
leads the task force on
a mission to stop the
resurgence of oncedormant assassination ring,
while Tom disregards a
warning to halt his
investigation into
the suitcase (6/22)
10.00 Trollied Comedy set in a
budget supermarket in
north-west England (6/8)
10.30 Football’s Funniest
Moments Comical clips (R)
11.00 The Force: Manchester
The work of Greater
Manchester Police (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World The actor
visits East Jerusalem and
the West Bank (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation A teenager
saving money to fund a sex
change is found hanging
from a tree. Meanwhile,
Ronnie is excited at the
possibility her latest case
could be a 1960s Mob hit (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Frank puts the
police on alert in response
to news of a bomb threat in
Manhattan — but attempts
to locate the explosives
leave some citizens
feeling victimised (R)
9.00 A Girl in the River: The Price
of Forgiveness
Documentary following the
story of Saba, a Pakistani
woman who survived an
attempted “honour” killing
by her own family (R)
10.00 Mommy Dead and Dearest:
The Story of Dee Dee True
crime documentary (R)
11.40-12.40am Gomorrah A power
vacuum takes hold (1/12) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Comical clips
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
and Alan learn a college student
wants to give up her baby
8.30 Superstore The store
starts to heat up when the
thermostat breaks
9.00 FILM American Pie: The
Wedding (15, 2003) Comedy
sequel starring Jason Biggs
11.00 Family Guy Double bill
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
6.35pm The Car Chasers
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.35 Pawn Stars
8.00 The Chase Celebrity Special
With Paul Young, Jade Jones, Aljaž
Škorjanec and Arthur Smith
9.00 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest
Airport An American airline
has one of its busiest days as
hundreds of people fly to the USA
for Thanksgiving
10.05-12.25am FILM Pale Rider
(15, 1985) Western directed by and
starring Clint Eastwood
7.00pm Hollyoaks
James tries to encourage Harry
to plead not guilty
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
Brendan drops a bombshell
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 Celebs Go Dating
Hollywood’s Jonathan Lipnicki
heads off on his first date
10.00 Tattoo Fixers: Top Tatts
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.10am First Dates
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 100 Per Cent Hotter
Two people with extreme styles
receive makeovers
9.00 Billionaire Babies: 24 Carat
Kids Documentary
10.00 Celebrity Ghost Hunt
New series. Rylan Clark-Neal
and famous faces conduct
paranormal investigations (1/6)
11.00-1am FILM Sex Tape
(15, 2014) Comedy starring
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel
6.00pm FILM The Fabulous
Dorseys (U, 1947) Musical
biopic of jazz stars the Dorsey
brothers, who play themselves
7.45 Celebrity Crazy Cricket in the
1950s With famous faces, including
Jon Pertwee and Tommy Cooper
8.00 FILM Deadfall (12, 1968) A
jewel thief falls in love with his
criminal partner’s wife. Thriller with
Michael Caine. See Film Choice
10.30-12.20am FILM Rattle of a
Simple Man (15, 1964) Comedy
drama starring Harry H Corbett
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Compo, Clegg and Truly meet a
man testing for earthquakes
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Yvonne’s absence causes
problems for Gary
8.00 Death in Paradise A rock
singer is electrocuted in a
swimming pool
9.00 New Tricks The team tracks
a vicious criminal
10.20 New Tricks
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Abandoned Engineering
The stories behind closed roads
8.00 Impossible Railways
Railways over valleys, canyons
and waterways
9.00 Porridge Tension mounts as
the parole board gathers
9.40 Porridge Godber starts work
on another O-level course
10.20 Porridge Fletch tries to
ensure that Godber has not blown
his chances of early release after
he gets into a fight
11.00-12.20am Open All Hours
7.00pm Police Interceptors
Officers track down a driver trying
to outrun the law
8.00 World’s Craziest Police
Pursuits Unusual police chases
9.00 Idiot TV Footage of thrills
and spills on ice and snow
10.00 Six Rip’s whereabouts have
become known to his former
SEAL team colleagues
11.00-1.20am FILM The X Files (15,
1998) Sci-fi thriller starring David
Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin
Landau and Armin Mueller-Stahl
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Documentary following the work
of the Staffordshire Police force
8.00 Dave Gorman:
Modern Life Is Goodish The
spotlight falls on computer games
adverts and crosswords
9.00 Live at the Apollo Sean Lock
hosts the stand-up show
10.00 Taskmaster Greg Davies
sets challenges for comedians
including Tim Key
11.00 QI Comedy panel show
11.40-12.20am Would I Lie to You?
6.35pm JFK: A New Perspective
The road to the 1960 US
presidential election
7.50 Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant
Examining the private life
of the Tudor king
9.00 The Victorians How the era’s
artists portrayed domestic life
10.15 The Mystery of the Body in
the Bog Investigating the
discovery of a 4,000-year-old
body in Ireland
11.30-12.45am Henry VIII: Mind of
a Tyrant Documentary
7.00pm The Eighties
8.00 Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 With sitters Rachel Hunter,
Stefanie Martini and Conleth Hill
9.00 Drew: The Man Behind the
Poster Documentary about the
career of film poster artist Drew
Struzan, including interviews with
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas,
Harrison Ford and Michael J Fox
10.50 The Legend of the Palme
d’Or Interviews with past winners
12.05-1.05am Portrait Artist of the
Year 2018 Art competition
7.00pm The Real A&E
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary A botany
professor and his students are
killed by poisonous mushrooms
9.00 Chicago Fire Dawson and
Casey go through a rough patch
10.00 How to Get Away with
Murder Bonnie has suspicions
regarding Annalise’s big case
11.00 Criminal Minds The team
joins forces with the CIA
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
SKY 124, VIRGIN 157
SKY 520, VIRGIN 250, BT 316
SKY 526, VIRGIN 266, BT 327
SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
SKY 110, VIRGIN 124, BT 310
SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 The Orville Chief Medical
Officer Dr Finn is stranded on an
undiscovered moon with her
young sons (8/12)
10.00 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Gold Rush
9.00 Gold Rush
10.00 Gold Rush: White Water
The discovery of a gold nugget fills
Fred and Dustin Hurt with hope
of a big payday
11.00 Wheeler Dealers
12.00-1.00am Gold Rush
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 The Long Road Home
9.00 Chain of Command
A Marine sergeant prepares to
deploy to Afghanistan
10.00 Air Crash Investigation 9/11:
The Plane That Hit the Pentagon
11.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation Double bill
7.00pm Friends
8.00 FILM Bring It On (12, 2000)
Comedy about high-school
cheerleaders. Stars Kirsten Dunst
10.01 8 Out of 10 Cats
10.30 Roast Battle
11.00 The Cleveland Show
11.30 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
6.40pm The Good Life Tom
discovers oil in his garden
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 dinnerladies
8.40 dinnerladies
9.20 Mrs Brown’s Boys
10.00 Live at the Apollo
11.00 Gimme Gimme Gimme
11.40-12.20am Come Fly with Me
7.00pm My Dream Home
8.00 MasterChef USA
9.00 Educating Essex Deputy
Head Mr Drew deals with two
talented but complicated sisters
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Jimmy Carr
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am My Dream Home
Sky Select
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action
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SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.20pm Texas Blood (PG, 2016)
Drama starring Jon Voight
8.00 King Arthur: Legend of the
Sword (12, 2017) A skilled fighter
clashes with the forces of evil in an
attempt to become king of
the Britons. Fantasy drama
starring Charlie Hunnam
10.10 Chips: Law and Disorder (15,
2017) Action comedy starring Dax
Shepard and Michael Pena
12.00-1.35am Frank & Lola (18,
2016) Drama starring Michael
Shannon and Imogen Poots
6.00pm Save the Last Dance (12,
2000) A troubled teenager in
mourning for her mother finds her
grief relieved through dance.
Romantic drama with Julia Stiles
8.00 Cast Away (12, 2000) A
courier service manager is forced
to fend for himself when a plane
crash leaves him stranded alone
for years on a desert island.
Adventure drama with Tom Hanks
10.25-12.25am Midnight Cowboy
(18, 1969) Drama starring Dustin
Hoffman and Jon Voight
6.10pm Night at the Museum:
Battle of the Smithsonian (PG,
2009) Fantasy comedy sequel
starring Ben Stiller
8.00 Space Jam (U, 1996) The
Looney Tunes cartoon characters
take on alien invaders in a
high-stakes basketball game. Live
action and animated comedy
starring Michael Jordan as himself
9.35 Winter Wedding (PG, 2017)
Romantic drama with Erin Krakow
11.15-1.00am The Spiderwick
Chronicles (PG, 2008)
6.00pm Central Intelligence
(Extended Version) (12, 2016) A
CIA agent turns to an old classmate
for help when he is targeted by his
own organisation. Action comedy
starring Dwayne Johnson
8.00 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol
2 (12, 2017) The team must fight
to stay together as they unravel
the mystery surrounding Peter
Quill’s father. Fantasy adventure
starring Chris Pratt
10.30-1.00am Captain America:
Civil War (12, 2016)
5.55pm Jarhead (15, 2005)
Gulf War drama starring Jake
Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx
8.00 Nocturnal Animals (15, 2016)
An art gallery owner is tormented
by the violent thriller penned by
ex-husband. Psychological thriller
starring Amy Adams
10.00 The French Connection
(18, 1971) Fact-based crime thriller
starring Gene Hackman
11.50-2.00am French Connection
II (18, 1975) Crime thriller sequel
starring Gene Hackman
The career of the movie poster
designer Drew Struzan is
explored (Sky Arts, 9pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
BT Sport 1, 5.30pm
Radio 1
A double bill from the quarterfinal stage of the DFB-Pokal
(German Cup), starting with
Paderborn of Germany’s
second division up against the
mighty Bayern Munich (kick-off
5.30pm). The last time these
sides met, in February 2015 in
the Bundesliga, Bayern won
6-0, with Robert Lewandowski,
pictured, and Arjen Robben
both scoring braces. At 7.45pm
Bayer Leverkusen take on
Werder Bremen. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Sky Sports Daily
11.30 Sportswomen
12.00 Sky Sports News
5.00pm Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 Sky Sports Tonight
10.00 Sky Sports News at Ten
11.00 Sky Sports News
1.00am-3.00 LIVE WWE Late
Night Smackdown
Spectacular wrestling
action with the over-the-top
stars of the States, profiling
fighters causing a stir and
following feuds as they spill
out of the ring
Sky Sports
Premier League
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512 BT VISION+ 406
9.30am MNF Hlts
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 MNF
3.00pm PL Highlights
6.00 PL 100 Club
6.30 PL Highlights
7.30 PL 100 Club
8.00 PL Review
9.00 PL Best Goals 94/95
10.00 The Debate
11.00 PL Review
12.00-1.00am PL Best Goals
95/96 Archive action
Sky Sports Football
SKY 403 VIRGIN 513
9.00am Revista De La Liga
9.30 Eredivisie Round-Up
10.30 Football’s Greatest
Players Alessandro Del Piero
11.00 One2Eleven:
Ryan Giggs
11.15 One2Eleven:
James Collins
11.30 SPFL Greatest Games
12.00 SPFL Round-Up
12.15pm SPFL Greatest
Games Archive action
12.30 Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
1.00 La Liga Icons
2.00 SPFL Round-Up
2.15 SPFL Greatest Games
2.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
3.00 Football’s Greatest
Players George Weah
3.30 Football’s Greatest
Teams Archive action
4.00 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Double bill
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 Football Years
5.30 Football Countdowns
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Charlie Sloth 11.00 Huw
Stephens 1.00am Annie
Nightingale 3.00 Ed & Lauren
Get On 4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
6.00 Revista De La Liga
6.45 La Liga Icons
7.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
8.00 SPFL Round-Up
8.15 SPFL Greatest Games
8.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
9.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
10.00 Revista De La Liga
11.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
12.00-12.30am
Revista De La Liga
Sky Sports Arena
SKY 408 VIRGIN 518
1.00am-3.00 LIVE WWE
Late Night Smackdown
Spectacular wrestling
action with the over-the-top
stars of the States, profiling
fighters causing a stir and
following feuds as they spill
out of the ring
BT Sport 1
SKY 413 VIRGIN 531 BT 408
5.30pm LIVE German Cup
Football: SC Paderborn 07 v
Bayern Munich (Kick-off 5.30)
Coverage of the quarter-final
match, which takes place at
Benteler Arena
7.30-9.45 LIVE German Cup
Football: Bayer Leverkusen v
Werder Bremen (Kick-off
7.45) Coverage of the
quarter-final game, which
takes place at the BayArena
3.30-6.00am LIVE NBA:
Golden State Warriors v
Oklahoma City Thunder
(Tip-off 3.30) Coverage of the
encounter from Oracle Arena
in Oakland, California
BT Sport 2
SKY 414 VIRGIN 532 BT 409
11.00pm LIVE College
Basketball: Princeton Tigers
v Pennsylvania Quakers
(Tip-off 11.00) Coverage of the
NCAA encounter at Jadwin
Gymnasium in Princeton,
New Jersey
1.00am LIVE College
Basketball Oklahoma State
Cowboys v Baylor Bears
(Tip-off 1.00) Coverage of the
NCAA game at Gallagher-Iba
Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma
3.00-5.00 LIVE College
Basketball New Mexico
Lobos v Boise State Broncos
(Tip-off 3.00) Coverage of the
NCAA encounter at
Dreamstyle Arena in
Albuquerque, New Mexico
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00 Jo
Whiley 10.00 Bill Kenwright
11.00 Nigel Ogden 11.30 Listen
to the Band 12.00 Sounds of
the 80s (r) 2.00am Folk
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Takemitsu
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert A performance by
BBC Radio 3 New Generation
Artists. Beethoven (String
Quartet in F, Op 135); and
Prokofiev arr Kent Kennan
(Sonata, Op 94)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Mozart (Symphony No 31 in D,
K297 — Paris); Beethoven
(Coriolan Overture, Op 62);
Schubert (Symphony No 4 in
C minor, D417 — Tragic);
Leighton (Violin Concerto,
Op 12); Tippett (Symphony
No 2); Sciarrino (Allegoria
della notte, for violin and
orchestra); Brahms (Symphony
No 3 in F, Op 90)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
Prokofiev (Symphony No 1 —
Classical); Shostakovich
arr Barshai (Chamber
Symphony, Op 110a);
and Beethoven (Piano
Concerto No 5 — Emperor)
10.00 Free Thinking (r)
10.45 The Essay: All Miss
Brodie’s Girls? With Kate
Clanchy (2/5)
11.00 Late Junction Tracks
that have put the vocal cords
to new or unusual uses
12.30am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.30 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 The Global Philosopher
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
Today’s picks
Somebody I Used to Know
Radio 4, 9.45am
That Was Then
Radio 4, 10.45am
The first fall could have been
an accident. After the fourth
fall while out jogging, Wendy
Mitchell, pictured, came home
and put away her trainers with
a sense that this time “it’s for
the last time”. It was. Some time
later, after visits to the doctor
and the neurologist, and after
various misdiagnoses of stroke and of overdoing things,
Mitchell is diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s at the
age of 58. After her doctor explains to her that this might be
what she has, Mitchell goes home, goes online and types in
dementia. The pictures that flash up are old and white-haired.
“Surely she must have got it wrong?” But she hadn’t. In this
book, the first memoir written by someone with dementia,
Mitchell describes what it is like as the disease takes hold
and she finds that a “snowdrift . . . seems to have settled in
my mind”. Catherine Nixey
Radio drama is changing.
Slowly, admittedly — and
about 20 years behind TV
drama — but it is changing.
This series, about the effect of
the release of a murderer on
the murdered man’s family, is
one of the new generation,
which means it’s out with
exposition and the sound
effects cupboard, and in with
a realistic soundscape and a
Wire-ish sense of confusion.
It has an excellent and acid
script by Jonathan Myerson,
who observes how the family,
despite the grief, revel. Now
they “have a purpose and
you get to talk on TV”. CN
9.45 Book of the Week:
Somebody I Used to Know By
Wendy Mitchell. See Choice (2/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 the 15
Minute Drama: That Was
Then by Jonathan Myerson.
See Choice (2/10)
11.00 Find Me a Cure
11.30 BACH: Man of Passion
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Witness
12.15 Call You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Will Self’s Great British
Bus Journey
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Becoming Betty
3.00 The Kitchen Cabinet (r)
3.30 Making History (7/7)
4.00 Word of Mouth
4.30 A Good Read
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Simon Evans Goes to
Market (4/4)
7.00 The Archers
Will is left fuming
7.15 Front Row
7.45 That Was Then (r)
8.00 File on 4
8.40 In Touch
9.00 Inside Health
9.30 The Global Philosopher
Discussion (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
Reading Europe: Russia —
The Big Green Tent
By Ludmila Ulitskaya (2/10)
11.00 The Infinite Monkey
Cage Comedy (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Somebody I Used to Know (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
11.00 The Newsroom 11.30
In the Studio 12.00 News
12.06pm Outlook 1.00 The
Newsroom 1.30 The
Documentary 2.00
Newshour 3.00 News 3.06
BBC World Hacks 3.30
Business 4.00 BBC OS 6.00
News 6.06 Outlook 7.00 The
Newsroom 7.30 Sport Today
8.00 News 8.06 The
Documentary 8.30 Click
9.00 Newshour 10.00 The
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Business 11.00
News 11.06 BBC World Hacks
11.30 In the Studio 12.00
News 12.06am World
Book Club 1.00 News
1.06 Business Matters 2.00
News 2.06 The Newsroom
2.30 The Documentary
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
3.30 The Compass
4.00 News 4.06 Outlook
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 Emma Barnett 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 Drive
7.00 5 Live Sport
7.45 FA Cup Football 2017-18.
A fourth-round replay match
10.30 Phil Williams
1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast 10.00 Jim
White 1.00pm Hawksbee and
Jacobs 4.00 Adrian Durham
and Darren Gough 7.00 Live
Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am The Ken Dodd Show
8.30 The Men from the
Ministry 9.00 The News Quiz
Extra 9.45 Hearing with
Hegley 10.00 Wasted Years
11.00 Jessie Kesson Short
Stories 11.15 Baldi 12.00 The
Ken Dodd Show 12.30pm The
Men from the Ministry 1.00
The Daughter of Time 1.30
Speak Spirit Speak 2.00 Brave
New World 2.15 In Search of
Ourselves: A History of
Psychology and the Mind
2.30 Tales of the City: Michael
Tolliver Lives 2.45 Quicksand
3.00 Wasted Years 4.00 Jest
a Minute 4.30 Ballylenon 5.00
1835 5.30 Simon Evans Goes
to Market 6.00 MR James
Stories 6.15 The Strange Case
of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 6.30
Pioneers 7.00 The Ken Dodd
Show 7.30 The Men from the
Ministry 8.00 The Daughter
of Time 8.30 Speak Spirit
Speak 9.00 Jessie Kesson
Short Stories 9.15 Baldi
10.00 Comedy Club: Simon
Evans Goes to Market 10.30
Lionel Nimrod’s Inexplicable
World 11.00 Seekers
11.30 The Mel and Sue Thing
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The
Forum 9.50 Sporting Witness
10.00 World Update
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe and
Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 7.00 Marc Riley
9.00 Gideon Coe 12.00 Tom
Ravenscroft 1.00am The First
Time with Jean Michel Jarre
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am More Music
Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet
1.00pm Anne-Marie Minhall
5.00 Classic FM Drive 7.00
Smooth Classics 8.00 The
Full Works Concert. Glinka
(Russlan and Ludmilla —
Overture); Mendelssohn
(Symphony No.5 in D Op 107
— Reformation); Beethoven
(Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op
53 — Waldstein); RimskyKorsakov (Mlada — Suite);
Hummel (Trumpet Concerto
in E-flat); and Shostakovich
(The Gadfly — Romance)
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Bob Jones
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Wednesday 7 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice
My Millionaire Migrant Boss
Channel 4, 9pm
There is more than a hint
of déjà vu about this
documentary, in theory a
one-off although clearly with
one eye on a series. Its star is
a self-made multimillionaire
with a penchant for being
introduced (by the narrator, at
least), as “multimillionaire
owner”, or equivalent. His
stooges are four members of
the public looking for a job.
The premise is intriguing and
increasingly relevant as Brexit
draws closer: the idea that
Brits lack the desire, work
ethic and drive to do jobs
usually taken on by migrants.
With this in mind, Scouse
Palestinan Marwan Koukash —
the owner of racehorses, a
rugby club and a luxury
Liverpudlian hotel — has
decided to give a quartet of
locals the chance to escape
their predicaments: perennial
jobseeker Joe, low on
confidence and struggling
with his mental health;
dreamer Heidi, living rent-free
with her folks and reckoning
“I’m not lazy, I’m just
different”; Georgia, lacking
staying power in her many
past jobs and any concept of
timekeeping; and Wendy,
struggling to find a niche after
years out caring for her father.
They’re given a two-week
placement on the national
living wage, then set to work
first on housekeeping duties
in Koukash’s hotel, then on
mucking out his stables, with
predictably shambolic results.
His lieutenants tut, he drops
the occasional f-bomb and the
odd motivational speech
(“there’s no substitute for
hard work” etc); everyone
learns something by the end.
As these programmes go,
it’s harmless fun, even if the
concept is little more than a
hook for familiar documentary
tropes. Gabriel Tate
Further recommendations
In Get a House for Free, Marco Robinson, who owns a £25 million
property empire, gives away a three-bed flat (channel4.com)
Eurovision:
You Decide
The New Builds
are Coming
Restaurant Rescue Shane: For the
Channel 5, 9pm
Love of the Game
Films of the day
BBC Two, 7.30pm
BBC Two, 9pm
Film4, 11.20pm
Once again, we will have only
ourselves to blame as the
public are given the chance to
vote for our representative at
this year’s Eurovision in Lisbon.
Perhaps, when Britain finishes
16th, we can blame anti-Brexit
bias. Mel Giedroyc and the
2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw
host. Hopefuls include Jaz
Ellington with his piano ballad,
You, the backing singer SuRie
with her textbook inspirational
fodder, and the West End
performer Liam Tamne.
Our pick, though, is Asanda,
whose Legends approaches
the status of a banger. GT
New builds have been
receiving an increasingly poor
press, with scandals over
expensive leasehold properties
(since banned amid talk of
“feudal practices”) and poorly
maintained estates hitting
headlines. Richard Macer — no
naysayer, after his affectionate
documentary on his birthplace
of Milton Keynes — concludes
his two-part series in the
company of the architects and
developers charged with
transforming rural Oxfordshire,
and meets those bold enough
to move in and try to create
a community from scratch. GT
Do you dream about jacking it
all in and running your own
restaurant? Perhaps watch this
new series first, as Mrs Fix-It,
Alex Polizzi, attempts to help
ailing restaurateurs. She begins
with a traditional Italian in
Bedford that has gobbled up
all the money of its husbandand-wife owners, Giovani and
Amanda, without showing a
penny of profit. Polizzi brings
in her brother-in-law, the Great
British Menu judge Oliver
Peyton, to help them out,
but she would be better off
bringing in Jeremy Kyle. “It’s
either the restaurant or the
marriage,” says Amanda. And
she means it. Chris Bennion
Catch
up
Obama: The President
Who Inspired the World
Channel4.com
The spectre of Donald Trump
looms over Matt Frei’s profile
of Barack Obama’s life and
career. Inevitably, the 44th
president’s achievements
will be seen through the
prism of what came
next, but this
documentary
is a reminder
of what a
remarkable
figure
Obama,
pictured, is. Frei begins with
his unusual upbringing (black
Kenyan father, white Kansan
mother, born in Hawaii) and
his academic career (“when
he opened his mouth at
Harvard, the professors
listened”), before detailing
Obama’s years as president.
It’s something of a highlights
package — Yes We Can;
singing Amazing Grace
in Charleston; the tears
at Sandy Hook — but it
is a reminder that
Obama is a man of
piercing intellect and
genuine wit.
The mood
towards the
end, however,
is sombre.
CB
BBC One, 11.15pm
You can’t discuss the Welsh
rugby icon Shane Williams
without trotting out a few
numbers: 87 caps for Wales,
two Lions tours, 60
international tries (fourthhighest of all time) and — the
important one — 170cm. The
winger, who was once told
that he was too small for a
career in rugby, retired in 2015
and this intimate documentary,
first shown on BBC Wales last
year, follows Williams as he
settles down to his new life.
Walking away from the sport
proved, rather wonderfully,
very difficult. CB
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
10.30pm BBC Wales Live 11.05 A Question
of Sport 11.35 Shane: For the Love of the
Game (r) 12.35am-12.40 Weather for the
Week Ahead
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
3.50pm Hands on Nature (r) 4.00 This
Wild Life (r) 4.30 This Wild Life (r)
5.00-6.00 New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical
Islands (r) 7.00-7.30 Scrum V Classics (r)
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
10.40pm Nolan Live 11.40 A Question
of Sport 12.10am Shane: For the Love
of the Game 1.10-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Spotlight (r) 11.15 Mock
the Week (r) 11.45-12.15am Mum (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
8.00pm-9.00 River City
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
2.00pm This Wild Life (r) 2.30 Politics
Scotland 3.30-4.20 A Place to Call Home
(r) 9.00-10.00 Love Unlimited: Polyamory
in Scotland 11.15-12.15am The New Builds
Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside
● Channel As ITV except:
12.35am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except:
6.25pm-6.30 Party Political Broadcast
● STV As ITV except: 6.25pm-6.30 Party
Political Broadcast 10.30 Scotland
Tonight 11.05 Britain’s Busiest Airport:
Heathrow 12.05am Teleshopping 1.05
After Midnight 2.35-5.05 ITV Nightscreen
● UTV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30 Rare
Breed: A Farming Year 10.45-11.45
Eamonn Mallie: Face to Face With
12.35am Teleshopping 2.05-3.00
ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Crwydro (r) 12.30 Fferm
Ffactor: Selebs (r) 1.30 Codi Hwyl (r) 2.00
News S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da
3.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 Pengelli
(r) 3.30 Cledrau Coll (r) 4.00 Awr Fawr
5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05 Y Dyfnfor 5.25
Dewi a’r Ditectifs Gwyllt (r) 5.35 Ffrindiau
am Byth (r) 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
6.05 Ar y Dibyn (r) 6.30 Mwy o Sgorio
7.00 Heno 8.00 Pobol y Cwm. Iolo suffers
the after-effects of Colin’s cocktails 8.25
Darren Drws Nesa 8.55 Darllediad
Gwleidyddol gan y Ceidwadwyr Cymreig
9.00 News 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Creu
Awstralia: Stori y Cymry 10.30 Rygbi
Pawb 11.15-11.50 Y Ditectif (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Easy A (15, 2010)
In Will Gluck’s smart high-school drama, Emma Stone plays a good
girl who tars her reputation to boost her popularity. Fed up with
being the invisible, model student, Olive Penderghast relishes
the sudden surge of interest generated by one casual lie about a
weekend filled with debauchery. When her fabrication takes on
a life of its own, Olive enjoys the opportunity to act and dress the
part of the wanton hussy. The film is a contemporary reimagining
of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, its sassy spirit evokes
Clueless. Stone’s audition for the role was so good it became the
webcam scene that opens the film. (92min) Wendy Ide
The Dressmaker (12, 2015)
Film4, 9pm
A dusty one-horse town in the
Australian outback. A mysterious
stranger in a Dior-inspired
frock whooshes into town. She
is played by Kate Winslet, pictured
with Liam Hemsworth, with
Gilda-length satin gloves, blood-red
lipstick and a Gloria Swanson-style
cigarette holder. Followed closely by the local crossdressing
policeman (Hugo Weaving), Winslet squints and scans
the town. She drops a sewing machine at her feet, lights
a cigarette and says, to no one in particular: “I’m back, you
bastards!” The Dressmaker is probably the first madcap
couture-inspired revenge-western dress-fest. After a sputtering
start, it turns out to be idiosyncratically brilliant. (118min)
Kevin Maher
Secrets and Lies (15, 1996)
Film4, 1.10am
This heartfelt family drama remains one of the most successful
movies of Mike Leigh’s career. It was nominated for five Oscars,
including best picture, best director and best actress for Brenda
Blethyn’s unbearably raw turn as Cynthia. Impoverished, lonely
and increasingly ostracised by the more affluent branches of her
family, Cynthia’s life has been a long stream of disappointments.
Then she gets a call informing her that the daughter she gave
up for adoption would like to meet her. Hortense (Marianne
Jean-Baptiste) is educated, middle-class and black, something
that causes consternation for Cynthia. (142min) WI
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6.00am Breakfast 9.15 Countryfile
Winter Diaries 10.00 Homes Under
the Hammer (r) 11.00 Wanted Down
Under Revisited 11.45 A1: Britain’s
Longest Road 12.15pm Bargain Hunt
(r) 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather
1.30 BBC Regional News; Weather 1.45
Doctors. Will’s big romantic gesture
goes wrong 2.15 Moving On. Two
friends fall out when one of them
wins a large sum of money at the
bingo 3.00 Escape to the Country (r)
3.45 The Farmers’ Country Showdown
(r) 4.30 Antiques Road Trip. James
Braxton and Charles Hanson head to
auction in Hamilton (r) 5.15 Pointless.
Quiz show with Alexander Armstrong
6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather
6.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
6.55 Party Political Broadcast.
By the Conservative Party (r)
6.00am My Life in Books (r) 6.30
Wanted Down Under Revisited (r) 7.15
Countryfile Winter Diaries (r) 8.00
Sign Zone: See Hear — Looking for
Love (SL) 8.30 Great British Railway
Journeys (r) (SL) 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire 11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
11.30 Daily Politics 1.00pm Coast (r)
2.00 Monty Halls’ Great Hebridean
Escape (r) 3.00 A Place to Call Home
(r) 3.50 This Wild Life (r) 4.20 New
Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands.
Documentary examining the wildlife
of the antipodean island chain. Sam
Neill narrates (r) 5.20 Flog It! The
team values items at Cheshire’s
Tatton Park (r) 6.00 Eggheads. Quiz
show hosted by Jeremy Vine (r) 6.30
Great American Railroad Journeys.
Michael Portillo’s journey through
California takes him to San Francisco
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. Featuring an interview with
Peter Andre 1.30 ITV News; Weather
1.55 Regional News; Weather 2.00
Judge Rinder. Cameras follow the
criminal barrister Robert Rinder as
he takes on real-life cases in a studio
courtroom 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal.
David Dickinson helps people in
Dunstable sort the treasures from
their trash, and Michael Hogben faces
double trouble with a set of rings and
a Cloisonné vase 4.00 Tipping Point.
Ben Shephard hosts the quiz show
5.00 The Chase. Quiz show hosted
by Bradley Walsh 6.00 Regional
News; Weather 6.25 Party Political
Broadcast. By the Conservative
Party 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Countdown (r) 6.45 3rd Rock
from the Sun (r) 7.10 3rd Rock from
the Sun (r) 7.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (r) 8.30 Frasier (r)
9.00 Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Undercover Boss USA (r) 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary 12.05pm
Couples Come Dine with Me (r) 1.05
Posh Pawn (r) 2.10 Countdown 3.00
Village of the Year with Penelope
Keith 4.00 A Place in the Sun: Winter
Sun (r) 5.00 Four in a Bed. The third
visit of the week takes place at the
Hotel Sheraton in Blackpool 5.30
Extreme Cake Makers. A birthday
cake in the shape of Aston Villa
Football Club’s stadium 6.00 The
Simpsons (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks. James
encourages Harry to plead not guilty
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(r) 12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15
Cowboy Builders (r) 1.10 Access.
Showbiz news and gossip 1.15 Home
and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 NCIS:
Revenge of the Cartel. An agent’s
body is found badly burned (r) 3.15
FILM Midnight Stallion (U, 2013)
A 15-year-old girl and her parents are
desperate to save their struggling
farm, and wonder if the answer to
their prayers has arrived. Drama
starring Kris Kristofferson, Jodelle
Ferland and Chelah Horsdal
5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours.
Aaron learns the truth about Rory
and ends their relationship (r) 6.00
Home and Away. Maggie suspects
Ziggy and Brody are more than just
friends (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Romance in Silent Witness (9pm)
The wildlife of New Zealand (4.20pm)
Miranda Richardson stars (9pm)
Crime thriller Pusher (1.55am)
Alex Polizzi and Oliver Peyton (9pm)
7.00 The One Show Hosted by
Matt Baker and Alex Jones
7.00 Wild Cameramen at Work The
rarest and most dangerous
species on land (2/4) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Cain faces a
difficult dilemma, and Lachlan
fears for the worst
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 Eurovision: You Decide Live
from the Brighton Dome, Mel
Giedroyc and Mans Zelmerlow
preview the six contenders
hopiing to representt the UK in
Lisbon, Portugal at the 63rd
Eurovision Song Contest. In the
running are Asanda, Goldstone,
Jaz Ellington, Liam Tamne,
RAYA, and SuRie. An expert
panel will be on hand to
offer their thoughts.
See Viewing Guide
7.30 Coronation Street Aidan and
Kate discover they are a match
for Carla, and Aidan insists
he will be her donor
7.00 Police Interceptors Jacko is
hot on the heels of a speeding
car that is crashing into
vehicles and causing carnage,
while officers raid a cannabis
farm located in an abandoned
restaurant (11/12) (r); followed
by 5 News Update
8.00 Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or
List It Kirstie Allsopp and Phil
Spencer meet the Farhalls
in Windsor, who are unsure
whether to sell their four-bed
detached house or transform
the layout of their home (6/8)
8.00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
A young girl visits the surgery
after hurting her neck when
she tried to do a back flip, and
doctors treat a first-time
mother experiencing
excruciating pain in her
nipples; 5 News Update
8.00 Holby City Hanssen steps down
as CEO, with Serena agreeing
to take over temporarily.
Meanwhile, Oliver’s
physiotherapy is cut short when
his therapist collapses,
triggering his surgical instincts
8.00 Britain’s Brightest Family
Two families compete for a
place in the quarter-finals
8.30 Coronation Street Phelan is
suspicious of Nicola. Johnny
discovers that Aidan is planning
to donate a kidney to Carla
9.00 Silent Witness Part two of two.
As the truth behind the
McMorris family is revealed,
the team is brought together by
the conclusion of a Christmas
family tragedy. Last in the series
9.00 The New Builds Are Coming:
Battle in the Countryside
Richard Macer meets the
architects and developers who
are changing the face of rural
Britain. See Viewing Guide (2/2)
9.00 Girlfriends In the final episode,
Linda, Gail and Sue arrive in
Spain to identify Micky’s body,
but a shocking revelation
threatens to cause chaos for
them all. Meanwhile in Leeds,
Ruby anxiously awaits
news of her father (6/6)
9.00 My Millionaire Migrant Boss
Liverpool-based Palestinian
and multi-millionaire
Marwan Koukash offers four
unemployed people a unique
opportunity — a two week work
trial, overseen and mentored
by him. See Viewing Guide
9.00 Peyton and Polizzi’s
Restaurant Rescue New series.
Alex Polizzi and her brother-inlaw Oliver Peyton help save
restaurant dreams, beginning
with Italian eatery Riobello
in Bedford (1/4)
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 Mock the Week With Tom Allen,
Tiff Stevenson, Nish Kumar, Ed
Byrne and Rhys James (6/13) (r)
10.00 ITV News at Ten;
followed by Weather
10.30 BBC Regional News; Weather;
National Lottery Update
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events presented by Evan Davis
10.30 Regional News; followed
by ITV London Weather
10.00 999: What’s Your Emergency?
Examining what happens when
members of the public act as
judge and jury, including a
supermarket security guard’s
attempts to stop a shoplifter
stealing alcohol (r)
10.00 Frozen: From Dusk Till Dawn
The story of two young
brothers from south-west
Pakistan who go into an
inexplicable state of paralysis
every night, a condition
that changes when
the morning comes
11.05 The Bulger Killers: Was Justice
Done? Key individuals involved
in the trial of Robert Thompson
and Jon Venables for the
murder of James Bulger are
brought together 25 years
on to debate the verdict (r)
11.05 Balmoral: A Hidden History
Documentary offering a
behind-the-scenes look at the
secluded royal retreat that
covers 50,000 acres of the
Scottish Highlands,
and is Queen Elizabeth’s
favourite home (r)
12.05am Pokerstars Championship
Cash Challenge 1.00 Obsessive
Compulsive Cleaners (r) 1.55 FILM
Pusher (18, 2012) Thriller (SL) 3.25
Location, Location, Location (r) 4.20
Coast vs Country (r) 5.15 Draw It! (r)
5.40 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems (r)
1.00am SuperCasino 3.10 Secrets
of the National Trust with Alan
Titchmarsh. Alan examines Lyme in
Cheshire (r) 4.00 Get Your Tatts
Out: Kavos Ink (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Great Artists (r)
(SL) 5.35 House Busters (r) (SL)
10.45 A Question of Sport With Adam
Gemili, Alex Scott, Hannah
Cockroft and Shane Williams
11.15 Shane: For the Love of the
Game Documentary following
Shane Williams as he attempts
to build a life after rugby, going
to work with the family firm and
trying out other sports — and
finding the more he tries to get
away from the game, the more
it gradually pulls him back onto
the pitch. See Viewing Guide
12.15am Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.20 BBC News
11.15 Flatpack Empire Cameras
go behind the scenes of the
IKEA company, one of the
world’s most successful,
enigmatic and recognisable
global brands (1/3) (r)
12.15am House of Saud: A Family at
War. Examining a crackdown on
corruption in Saudi Arabia (r) 1.15 Sign
Zone: See Hear — Looking for Love (r)
(SL) 1.45 Surgeons: At the Edge of Life
(r) (SL) 2.45-3.45 The Hairy Bikers’
Mediterranean Adventure (r) (SL)
10.45 Britain’s Busiest Airport:
Heathrow A royal guest pays
a flying visit, and an airport
manager tries to defuse a major
international protest (2/3) (r)
11.45 Caught on Camera Stories
include a duo travelling the
world tasting the world’s
hottest chillies (r)
12.35am Jackpot247. Viewers get
the chance to participate in live
interactive gaming 3.00 Tenable.
Quiz hosted by Warwick Davis (r) (SL)
3.50 ITV Nightscreen. Text-based
information service 5.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show. Talk show (r) (SL)
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Tango & Cash
Wednesday 7 | Primetime digital guide
Kurt Russell and Teri
Hatcher star in the classic
1989 buddy cop movie
ITV4, 9pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
FV 9, FS 107, SKY 116, VIRGIN 107
FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
FV 15, FS 300, SKY 315, VIRGIN 428
SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Railways of the Great War
with Michael Portillo The
site of Britain’s deadliest
train crash (3/5) (R)
8.00 Wondrous Obsessions: The
Cabinet of Curiosities The
revival of the cabinets that
were prevalent in the 16th
and 17th centuries (R)
8.30 A Stitch in Time Amber
Butchart explores the life of
Marie Antoinette (6/6)
9.00 Queen Victoria’s Children
The monarch’s relationships
with her husband and
their children (1/3) (R)
10.00 The Birth of Empire: The
East India Company
Charting the history of the
trading company (1/2) (R)
11.00 The Killer Wave of 1607:
Timewatch An insight into
the tsunami that struck
Britain’s coast in 1607 (R)
11.50-12.50am Timeshift: When
Coal Was King (2/7) (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote A
volunteer firefighter is found
dead in a burnt-out store (R)
8.00 Endeavour The murder of a
museum specialist leads
Morse to a girls’ boarding
school with a dark history,
where a note reading “Save
Me” is mysteriously slipped
into his coat pocket (2/4) (R)
10.00 Foyle’s War When his
colleague Hilda Pierce is
targeted by an assassin
outside MI5, Foyle must
re-examine her top-secret
role during the war. He
suspects the shooting could
be connected to the hunt for
a traitor within the Special
Operations Executive who
may have been behind the
deaths of nine agents in
France (3/3) (R)
12.00-2.00am Inspector Morse
A singer is shot by a sniper
at an Oxford University
ceremony (3/3) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Treating a
Staffordshire bull terrier that
has problems with its knees
and struggles to walk (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud follows a project to
build a miniature Hollywood
Hills-style mansion in north
London — a home that can
only be completed by
sinking half of it six metres
below ground (R)
9.00 Selling Houses with
Amanda Lamb In Ipswich,
Andrew and Rebecca bring
their dated house up to
speed, and Derek and
Debbie make better
use of a log cabin in
their garden (2/5)
10.00 Ugly House to Lovely House
with George Clarke Leading
architects transform an
appallingly designed flat (R)
11.05-12.10am 24 Hours in A&E
A man who has been
hiccuping for three days (R)
6.50pm FILM Evolution (PG, 2001)
Two science teachers battle
rapidly evolving alien
monsters brought to Earth
by a mysterious meteor.
Sci-fi comedy starring David
Duchovny, Orlando Jones
and Julianne Moore
9.00 FILM The Dressmaker (12,
2015) A fashion designer
returns to her home town in
the 1950s, planning to
reconcile with her mother
and get even with her
enemies. Drama starring
Kate Winslet and Judy Davis.
See Film Choice
11.20-1.10am FILM Easy A (15,
2010) A teenage girl lies
about her non-existent
sexual history, and uses the
resulting rumours to
become the talk of the
school. Teen comedy
starring Emma Stone, Penn
Badgley and Amanda Bynes.
See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Professor
Frink plays matchmaker (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Lisa decides
she wants to be a vet (R)
8.00 A League of Their Own
Comedy quiz with guests
Bradley Wiggins, Jimmy
Carr and Sara Cox (6/9) (R)
9.00 Strike Back: Retribution
Section 20 attempts to track
down ex-CIA contractor
Rachel Sheridan, who knows
the location of the black site
where they think Omair
Idrisi is being held (7/10)
10.00 Russell Howard’s Hour
With guest Fiona Bruce.
Plus, a stand-up routine
by Anna Mann (5/14) (R)
11.00 The Force: Manchester
Documentary following
the work of Greater
Manchester Police (9/10) (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World The
actor heads to the
Philippines (3/6) (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation An actor
becomes the victim of an
axe murderer (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Three
teenagers die after taking
drugs at a party, prompting
officers to search for the
source of the narcotics —
only to realise the deaths
were no accident (R)
9.00 Gomorrah Ciro has retired
to Sofia in Bulgaria, and is
now the trusted right-hand
man of Valentin, but his son
does not look favourably
upon Ciro’s influence
upon his father (3/12)
10.10 Gomorrah Genny knows he
must confront Scianel now
she is out of prison.
Elsewhere, Don Avitabile is
preparing for revenge
against Genny (4/12)
11.20-12.30am The Sopranos
Last-ever episode. Tony
comes out of hiding (R)
Drama
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
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FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Comical clips
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
and Alan consider adopting
8.30 Superstore Amy discovers
Mateo and Jeff are dating
9.00 FILM The Hangover Part II
(15, 2011) Three friends arrange an
alcohol-free stag weekend, but
things do not go to plan. Comedy
sequel with Bradley Cooper
11.10 Family Guy
11.40-12.05am Family Guy
6.40pm Counting Cars
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.35 Pawn Stars
8.00 SnowQuake Motorcycle
Festival Action from the ice racing
event held in the Italian Alps
9.00 FILM Tango & Cash (18, 1989)
Two rival LA detectives are framed
for murder, but have to join forces
to break out of prison and prove
their innocence. Action adventure
starring Sylvester Stallone,
Kurt Russell and Teri Hatcher
11.05-12.05am Lethal Weapon
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
8.00 The Goldbergs
8.30 The Goldbergs Beverly hosts
a Thanksgiving “potluck” dinner
9.00 Celebs Go Dating Sam is left
stunned on his next date
10.00 Don’t Tell the Bride Ireland
New series. Groom-to-be Eduardo
is determined to bring a flavour of
his native Brazil to his wedding day
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am First Dates
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 Fresh Off the Boat
8.30 Will & Grace (5/16)
9.00 Extreme Hair Wars
10.00 The X-Files New series.
Scully is found unconscious on the
floor of her FBI office. First shown
on Monday on Channel 5 (1/10)
11.00-1.05am FILM Under Siege 2:
Dark Territory (18, 1995) A Navy
veteran on board a train battles
hijackers who possess a weapon.
Action sequel with Steven Seagal
6.00pm FILM Orders to Kill (12,
1958) Second World War drama
starring Eddie Albert
8.15 FILM Laughing Gravy (U, 1931)
Comedy starring Laurel and Hardy
9.00 FILM Compulsion (PG, 1959)
A renowned attorney defends two
wealthy law students facing the
death penalty. Crime drama
starring Orson Welles
11.00-1.00am FILM The Christmas
Coal Mine Miracle (PG, 1977)
Fact-based drama starring Kurt
Russell and Melissa Gilbert
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Truly buys an old lawnmower
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary visits wartime Liverpool
8.00 Dalziel & Pascoe Featurelength episode. The duo
investigate an intellectual mystery
10.00 New Tricks A police
informant resurfaces with details
about an armed robbery
11.20 Birds of a Feather The girls
recall their first loves
12.00-1.00am The Bill Santini is
forced to take more risks
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
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SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Impossible Railways
Railways over valleys, canyons
and waterways (3/6)
8.00 Hidden Traces The first use
of an atomic bomb (4/6)
9.00 Open All Hours Arkwright
invents a saint’s day
9.40 Open All Hours Arkwright
decides Granville needs
toughening up
10.20 Open All Hours
11.00 The Two Ronnies (5/8)
11.50-12.40am The Two Ronnies
Vintage comedy (6/8)
7.00pm Night Crime UK: Caught
on Camera How CCTV is helping
Chester’s police manage Race Day
8.00 World’s Deadliest Weather:
Caught on Camera Survival stories
9.00 FILM The Last Samurai (15,
2003) An American Civil War
veteran training the imperial
Japanese army joins the rebel
samurai warriors he was hired to
fight. Adventure with Tom Cruise
12.00-1.05am Spartacus: Blood
and Sand Spartacus is distraught
over his part in Varro’s death
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
8.00 Yianni: Supercar Customiser
Transforming a dull green Range
Rover into a sparkling sensation
8.30 Yianni: Supercar Customiser
Two social media stars turn to
Yianni to customise their vehicles
9.00 Live at the Apollo Alan Carr
hosts the stand-up show
10.00 Taskmaster Contestants
have to fill an egg cup with tears
11.00 Unspun XL with Matt Forde
Political comedy chat show
12.00-1.00am QI XL
6.35pm JFK: A New Perspective
The former US president’s early
years in the White House (3/4)
7.50 Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant
David Starkey examines the battles
fought by the Tudor king (2/4)
9.00 The Victorians Exploring
the British Empire’s power
through Victorian art (3/4)
10.15 The Search for Alfred the
Great Trying to locate the remains
of the 9th-century English king
11.35-12.50am Henry VIII: Mind of
a Tyrant With David Starkey (2/4)
7.00pm Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 Rachel Hunter, Stefanie
Martini and Conleth Hill are
the famous sitters (4/11)
8.00 Laurel and Hardy: Their Lives
and Magic The friendship between
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
9.45 Dying Laughing The creative
process and psychology of
performing stand-up comedy
11.25-12.25am Hollywood: No Sex,
Please How film and TV have
evolved to reflect society’s
changing attitudes toward sex
7.00pm The Real A&E
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary An attempt is
made on Morland’s life
9.00 Criminal Minds Garcia
crosses paths with her exboyfriend Shane in San Jose
10.00 Criminal Minds Rossi
discovers his former Marine
sergeant has vanished
11.00 Criminal Minds A serial killer
taunts the team (1/2)
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 NCIS
10.00 Bull The courtroom adviser
hires an attorney to fend off a legal
challenge from a former client
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm How It’s Made:
Sports Equipment
7.30 How Do They Do It:
Olympic Winter Games
8.00 Mythbusters
9.00 Street Outlaws
10.00 Moonshiners
11.00 Gold Rush
12.00-1.00am Street Outlaws
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Lawless Island: Alaska (5/7)
9.00 Wicked Tuna: North v South
Greg Mayer is back at the top of
the fleet after a rocky season (6/10)
10.00 Mine Kings (4/8)
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation
7.00pm Friends
9.00 Impractical Jokers
9.30 Impractical Jokers: Inside
Jokes New series. Trivia and
behind-the-scenes details
10.00 Roast Battle
10.30 The Cleveland Show
11.30 Bob’s Burgers
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
6.40pm The Good Life Margo
installs a burglar alarm
7.20 Only Fools and Horses
8.00 dinnerladies
8.40 dinnerladies
9.20 Fawlty Towers
10.00 Live at the Apollo
11.00 Come Fly with Me
11.40-12.20am Game On
7.00pm My Dream Home
8.00 MasterChef USA The
top 20 contestants face their
first Mystery Box challenge
9.00 Embarrassing Bodies
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Craig Charles
11.00 Stacey Dooley in the USA
12.00-1.00am Secrets and Lies
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action
Sky Select
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SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.15pm Chips: Law and Disorder
(15, 2017) Action comedy with
Dax Shepard and Michael Pena
8.00 King Arthur: Legend of the
Sword (12, 2017) A skilled fighter
clashes with the forces of evil in an
attempt to become king of the
Britons. Fantasy drama with Charlie
Hunnam and Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey
10.10-12.15am Harmonium (12,
2016) A family man’s quiet life is
thrown off balance by the arrival
of an old acquaintance. Drama
starring Tadanobu Asano
6.00pm I Am Number Four (12,
2011) A teenager with special
powers becomes a fugitive. Sci-fi
thriller starring Alex Pettyfer
8.00 Dead Poets Society (PG,
1989) A teacher encourages his
pupils to live life beyond their
expectations. Drama with Robin
Williams and Ethan Hawke
10.15-12.15am Shallow Hal (12,
2001) A man obsessed with
physical perfection begins
to recognise inner beauty.
Comedy starring Jack Black
6.05pm Sing (U, 2016)
Animation featuring the voice
of Matthew McConaughey
8.00 The Flintstones (U, 1994)
Fred gets embroiled in an
embezzlement plot. Live-action
version of the cartoon comedy
with John Goodman
9.40 Pete’s Dragon (PG, 2016)
Adventure starring Bryce Dallas
Howard and Robert Redford
11.30-2.00am Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang (U, 1968) Children’s musical
adventure starring Dick Van Dyke
6.00pm Behind Enemy Lines (12,
2001) A Nato naval air commander
leads an unauthorised mission to
rescue a pilot. Bosnian War drama
starring Gene Hackman
8.00 Fantastic Beasts and Where
to Find Them (12, 2016) A wizard
arrives in 1920s New York with a
bagful of magical creatures that
cause chaos. Harry Potter prequel
starring Eddie Redmayne
10.15-12.15am xXx: The Return
Of Xander Cage (12, 2017)
Action thriller with Vin Diesel
5.55pm The Birth of a Nation (15,
2016) Biopic of Nat Turner, the
plantation preacher who led a
slave rebellion in 1831. Starring
Nate Parker and Armie Hammer
8.00 The Zookeeper’s Wife (12,
2017) A Warsaw animal lover risks
her life by helping to shield
hundreds of Jews from the Nazis.
True-life drama starring Jessica
Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh
10.10-1.30am Schindler’s List (15,
1993) Steven Spielberg’s fact-based
drama starring Liam Neeson
Tom Cruise stars in the period
action-adventure The Last
Samurai (5Spike, 9pm)
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Wednesday 7
Sports guide
Live Football
BT Sport 2, 7.15pm
Radio 1
Sometimes the magic of the
cup can be quantified in
pounds and pence. Newport
County’s 1-1 draw with
Tottenham Hotspur in the FA
Cup fourth round ten days ago
(with striker Padraig Amond,
pictured, scoring the Exiles’
goal) has given them this plum
replay at Wembley Stadium
(kick-off 7.45pm). The cup run,
should it end tonight, has
earned the south Wales club
about £700,000. Chris Bennion
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.33am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Charlie Sloth 11.00 Huw
Stephens 1.00am Benji B
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Cricket
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11.00am LIVE One-Day
International Cricket:
South Africa v India
7.00pm Sky Sports Tonight
7.30 La Liga Greatest Games
7.45 LIVE Dutch Football:
Roda JC v Ajax (Kick-off 7.45)
9.45 My Icon: Chris Hughton
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Sky Sports News
5.00am-6.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The ISPS Handa
World Super 6 Perth
10.55am-7.00pm LIVE
One-Day International
Cricket: South Africa v India
Sky Sports
Premier League
8.15am-12.00 LIVE T20
Cricket: Australia v England
5.30pm-7.30 LIVE German
Cup Football Eintracht
Frankfurt v FSV Mainz 05
(Kick-off 5.30)
1.00am-3.30 LIVE NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers v
Minnesota Timberwolves
(Tip-off 1.00)
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512 BT VISION+ 406
9.00am PL Legends
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 The Debate
12.00 PL Review
1.00pm PL 100 Club
2.00 PL Best Goals 97/98
3.00 PL Years
5.00 PL Review
6.00 PL Best Goals 00/01
7.00 PL World
7.30 PL 100 Club
8.30 PL World
9.00 PL Best Goals 02/03
10.00 The Debate
11.00 PL World
11.30 PL Legends
12.00-1.00am
PL Best Goals 96/97
Sky Sports Football
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9.00am Revista De La Liga
9.30 La Liga World
10.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
11.00 One2Eleven
11.30 SPFL Greatest Games
12.00 Revista De La Liga
12.30pm La Liga World
1.00 La Liga Icons
2.00 Revista De La Liga
2.30 La Liga World
3.00 Greatest Players
3.30 Greatest Teams
4.00 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Double bill
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 La Liga Icons
5.20 LIVE Dutch Football:
PSV Eindhoven v Excelsior
7.30 MLS Greatest Games
7.35 LIVE Dutch Football:
Roda JC v Ajax (Kick-off 7.45)
9.45 La Liga Icons
10.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
11.00 La Liga Icons
12.00-12.30am
Revista De La Liga
Radio guide
Sky Sports Golf
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5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show with Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Brad Paisley: This is Country
11.00 Old Grey Whistle Test 40
(r) 12.00 Pick of the Pops (r)
Today’s picks
Bridget Christie’s Utopia
Radio 4, 6.30pm
Inside the Killing Jar
Radio 4, 9pm
Here is another comedian
talking about themselves. To
be more precise, it’s Bridget
Christie, pictured, on Brexit and
the woes of the world. Or, as
she puts it, a “comedy series all
about me and my first-world
problems”. She runs through
some of her problems here, such
as feeling so angry with the Conservative peer Andrew Lloyd
Webber that she couldn’t enjoy Cats, the musical (although
couldn’t leave because “I’d already pre-ordered my interval
prosecco”). She’s not asking for your pity — she is well aware
that she is “a rich, heterosexual, able-bodied, slim white woman
with her own Radio 4 series [and] a Farrow & Ball loyalty card”.
This has nice moments (there’s a fun joke about Theresa May),
but the solipsism is overwhelming and some of the jokes feel
tired. Surely making a Farrow & Ball gag is as dated as painting
your front room in Farrow & Ball. Catherine Nixey
Sarah Palin may have
doubted the value of
experimenting on insects,
balking at the idea that in
Paris they spend money on
fruit fly research (“I kid you
not”). Scientists, who could
point to countless genetic
discoveries that have started
life as experiments on fruit
flies, may beg to differ. They
have been essential and,
unlike experiments done
on cuter furry creatures,
it has hitherto been pretty
uncontroversial. Now, as
Adam Hart reports, scientists
are being attacked for their
“despicable” research. CN
6.00 Today
8.31 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 Behind the Scenes:
Dawn Walton
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Somebody I Used to Know
By Wendy Mitchell (3/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Discussion and interviews.
Including at 10.41 the 15
Minute Drama: That Was Then
by Jonathan Myerson (3/10)
10.56 The Listening Project
11.00 Sylvia Pankhurst:
Honorary Ethiopian (r)
11.30 Chain Reaction (r)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Witness
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Will Self’s Great British
Bus Journey In East Kilbride
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: The Book of
Yehudit By Adam Usden (r)
3.00 Money Box Live
3.30 Inside Health (r)
4.00 Thinking Allowed
4.30 The Media Show
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Bridget Christie’s Utopia.
See Choice
7.00 The Archers
Toby is left red faced
7.15 Front Row
7.45 That Was Then (r)
8.00 The Moral Maze
8.45 Four Thought (r)
9.00 Inside the Killing Jar The
ethics of killing insects in the
name of science. See Choice
9.30 Behind the Scenes (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
Reading Europe: Russia — The
Big Green Tent By Ludmila
Ulitskaya (3/10)
11.00 Tez Talks
11.15 Rhys James Is… (4/4)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
11.00 Political Animals 11.15
Hamish and Dougal: You’ll
Have Had Your Tea 11.30 The
Guns of Adam Riches
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
5.00am-6.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The ISPS Handa
World Super 6 Perth
BT Sport 1
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BT Sport 2
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7.15pm-10.00 LIVE FA Cup:
Tottenham Hotspur v
Newport County (Kick-off
7.45) Coverage of the
fourth-round replay at
Wembley Stadium
Midnight LIVE College
Basketball Connecticut
Huskies v South Florida Bulls
(Tip-off 12.00)
2.00am LIVE College
Basketball Texas Tech Red
Raiders v Iowa State
Cyclones (Tip-off 2.00)
4.00-6.00 LIVE College
Basketball Colorado
Buffaloes v California Golden
Bears (Tip-off 4.00)
BT Sport 3
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5.30pm-7.30 LIVE UEFA
Youth League: FK Brodarac
U19 v Manchester United U19
7.45-9.45 LIVE German Cup
Football: Schalke 04 v
Wolfsburg (Kick-off 7.45)
Eurosport 1
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Midnight LIVE Winter
Olympic Curling
2.00am-3.55 LIVE Winter
Olympic Alpine Skiing
The training session for
the downhill discipline
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Takemitsu
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Schubert (Ganymed,
D544; Das Rosenband, D280;
An die Nachtigall, D497; and
Musensohn, D764); Schumann
(String Quartet in A, Op 41
No 3); Wolf (Jägerlied;
Fussreise; Der Gärtner; and
Verborgenheit); and Killmayer
(Verborgenheit; Fussreise;
and Jägerlied)
2.00 Live Afternoon Concert
Antheil (Hot-Time Dance;
Archipelago; Waltz —
Spectre of the Rose; and
Symphony No 3 — American)
3.30 Choral Evensong
A 1998 archive broadcast from
Windsor Castle. Introit: O
Hearken Thou (Elgar).
Responses: Rose. Psalms 134,
135 (Steggall, Garrett). First
Lesson: Exodus 19, vv 1-11.
Office Hymn: Rejoice, O Land,
in God Thy Might. Canticles:
Parry in D. Second Lesson: 1
Peter 2, vv 1-10. Anthem: I Was
Glad (Parry). Organ Voluntary:
Marche héroïque (Brewer) (r)
4.30 New Generation Artists
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Live Radio 3 in Concert
Stravinsky (Scherzo
fantastique; Funeral Song;
and The Firebird, complete
ballet — 1910); and RimskyKorsakov (Piano Concerto in
C sharp minor, Op 30)
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: All Miss
Brodie’s Girls?
11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 Emma Barnett 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 Drive
7.00 5 Live Sport 7.45 Live FA
Cup Football 10.30 Phil
Williams 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast 10.00 Jim
White 1.00pm Hawksbee and
Jacobs 4.00 Adrian Durham
and Darren Gough 7.00 Live
Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am The Navy Lark 8.30
Round the Horne 9.00 The
Write Stuff 9.30 Change at
Oglethorpe 10.00 The
American Senator 11.00
Jessie Kesson Short Stories
11.15 Baldi 12.00 The Navy
Lark 12.30pm Round the
Horne 1.00 The Daughter of
Time 1.30 The Wonderful
Weightless World of the
Flexidisc 2.00 Brave New
World 2.15 In Search of
Ourselves: A History of
Psychology and the Mind
2.30 Tales of the City: Michael
Tolliver Lives 2.45 Quicksand
3.00 The American Senator
4.00 The Write Stuff 4.30
Change at Oglethorpe 5.00
Ring Around the Bath 5.30
Angstrom 6.00 MR James
Stories 6.15 The Strange Case
of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 6.30
The Tingle Factor 7.00 The
Navy Lark 7.30 Round the
Horne 8.00 The Daughter of
Time 8.30 The Wonderful
Weightless World of the
Flexidisc 9.00 Jessie Kesson
Short Stories 9.15 Baldi 10.00
Comedy Club: Angstrom
10.30 Welcome to Our Village,
Please Invade Carefully
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 World
Book Club 10.00 World
Update 11.00 The Newsroom
11.30 Documentary 12.00
News 12.06pm Outlook 1.00
The Newsroom 1.30 The
Compass 2.00 Newshour
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
3.30 Business 4.00 BBC OS
6.00 News 6.06 Outlook
7.00 The Newsroom 7.30
Sport Today 8.00 News
8.06 The Compass 8.30
Healthcheck 9.00 Newshour
10.00 The Newsroom 10.20
Sports News 10.30 Business
11.00 News 11.06 HARDtalk
11.30 Documentary 12.00
News 12.06am The Thought
Show 1.00 News 1.06
Business Matters 2.00 News
2.06 The Newsroom
2.30 Documentary 3.00
News 3.06 The Inquiry
3.30 The Food Chain
4.00 News 4.06 Outlook
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe and
Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 7.00 Marc Riley 9.00
Gideon Coe 12.00 6 Music
Recommends with Mary
Anne Hobbs 1.00am The
First Time with Noddy Holder
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am More Music
Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet
1.00pm Anne-Marie Minhall
5.00 Classic FM Drive 7.00
Smooth Classics 8.00 The
Full Works Concert. Classic
FM favourites 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1.00am Bob Jones
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Thursday 8 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice
Trouble at the Zoo
BBC Two, 9pm
You may have heard of South
Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria.
The attraction has been in and
out of the news thanks to its
appalling animal welfare
record — nearly 500 animals
died there between 2013 and
2016 and its founder, David
Gill, had his licence to run the
zoo removed in March 2017.
There was also the tragedy in
May 2013 when the animal
keeper Sarah McClay was
killed by a tiger when a gate
on its enclosure failed to close
properly. Needless to say, this
excellent documentary from
Jack Rampling is not a cutesypootsy ogle at nature’s
fluffiest charmers. Instead it
follows the efforts of the
dedicated and harassed staff
as they desperately try to
rebuild the zoo’s reputation
and bank balance. The
undoubted star of the show is
the zoo consultant Andreas
Kaufmann, who was
parachuted in as the new
director of animals to drag the
place up to the required
standard. He is such a calm
presence that it would be
wrong to liken him to Gordon
Ramsay in an episode of Hell’s
Kitchen, yet there are
moments when the Austrian
can scarcely believe his eyes.
He is superbly blunt: “If you
cannot provide animals with
the right diet and the right
environment, you just don’t
keep animals.” Kaufmann
does not blame the keepers,
but Rampling’s film shows
that South Lakes’s problems
are far from being behind it.
The reluctance of the staff to
implement Kaufmann’s
changes does not help
matters. “If it ain’t broke, don’t
fix it,” says Karen Brewer, the
chief executive. “Oh,” says
Kaufmann, “do you want me
to remind you of the good old
days?” Things certainly are
broke; the question is, can
they be fixed? Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
All episodes of the fourth series of The Secret Life of the Zoo, the
documentary set at Chester Zoo, are available on channel4.com
Countdown to
the Games
Animals with
Cameras
Wartime Crime
A Mother’s Story
Yesterday, 8pm
ITV, 9pm
BBC Two, 7pm
BBC One, 8pm
Tomorrow the Pyeongchang
Olympic Stadium will play host
to the opening ceremony of the
23rd Winter Olympics. Clare
Balding is in South Korea to
“take in a flavour” of the
country, which we assume will
mainly involve asking local
people how they feel about
hosting a ski-jumping jamboree
while Donald Trump and Kim
Jong-un bump chests around
them. Balding meets the Great
Britain medal hopefuls Elise
Christie and Lizzy Yarnold,
while the former Olympic skier
Chemmy Alcott speaks to the
alpine star Lindsey Vonn. CB
Gordon Buchanan ought to be
careful — the footage captured
in this lovely series is so good
that the wildlife cameraman is
in danger of doing himself out
of a job. Tonight he travels to
Namibia to strap a camera to
three young cheetahs to see if
they can work out how to hunt
(spoiler: yes, yes they can) and
discovers if his cameras can
soothe a conflict between
baboons and farmers in South
Africa. Best of all is the footage
from fur seals off the coast of
Australia as they flee from a
great white shark. Try tying a
camera to one of those. CB
The ruthless mafia boss
Charles “Lucky” Luciano
probably isn’t on your list of
Second World War heroes, but
the final episode in this series
of Wartime Crime makes a
decent argument for his
inclusion. In 1942 the US
government was paranoid that
the New York waterfronts
could be a gateway for German
spies, as well as a spot ripe for
sabotage by enemy agents.
Enter Luciano and his chums
to keep things safe. And when
the Allies invaded Sicily in 1943
they knew just who to turn to.
However, when you make a
deal with the Devil, he wants
something in return . . . CB
The second documentary this
week to mark the 25th
anniversary of the murder of
James Bulger features a
lengthy interview with James’s
mother, Denise Fergus. Trevor
McDonald visits her home to
hear her memories of the day
and of her son. To listen to her
describe letting go of James’s
hand for a brief moment to find
her purse is like a punch to the
stomach and she deserves
enormous credit for speaking
so candidly. McDonald also
meets some of those involved
in the case and tries to
understand what drove
two ten-year-olds to commit
such a horrific act. CB
Catch
up
Derry Girls
Channel4.com
On the quiet, this terrific
Northern Irish comedy
has created quite a buzz.
Critical acclaim and
social media chatter may
have contributed
to Ian Katz
commissioning a
second series as
his first act as
Channel 4’s new
director of
programmes.
The writer Lisa
McGee (Being
Human) mines her childhood
for a family-centred sitcom set
in the early 1990s against the
spectre of the Troubles. It
reflects the fact that, amid
army checkpoints and bombs
going off, life went on for the
people of Derry, with the focus
on the teenage Murder She
Wrote fan Erin and her friends
and family. The setting makes
it unique in the world of
sitcoms (and 1990s
references make a
nice change from
1980s nostalgia).
Ian McElhinney
(Game of
Thrones) is
wonderfully
spiky as
Granda Joe.
Joe Clay
Variations
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
10.40pm The View 11.15 Question Time
12.15am This Week 1.00-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
12.00midnight-1.00pm First Minister’s
Questions. Nicola Sturgeon answers
questions in the Scottish Parliament 6.30
Winter Olympics: Countdown to the
Games. A look ahead to the 23rd staging
of the Games 7.30-8.00 Timeline.
Thought-provoking stories and analysis
from across the country
● Channel As ITV except:
12.35am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except:
8.30pm-9.00 Wales This Week 10.45 The
Cruise: Return to the Mediterranean
11.15-11.45 Wales on TV (r)
● STV As ITV except: 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight 11.05 Great Art (r)
12.05am Lethal Weapon (r) 12.55
Teleshopping 1.55 After Midnight 3.25
Travel Chaos: The True Cost: Tonight (r)
3.50-5.05 ITV Nightscreen
● UTV As ITV except: 10.45pm-11.45 UTV
Up Close 12.35am Teleshopping
2.05-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
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Bing (r) 11.00 Meic y Marchog (r) 11.10 Y
Diwrnod Mawr (r) 11.25 Ynys Broc Môr Lili
(r) 11.35 Cacamwnci (r) 11.50 Peppa (r)
12.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
12.05pm Perthyn (r) 12.30 Noson Lawen
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Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 Gwanas i Gbara (r)
4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05
Chwarter Call 5.20 Kung Fu Panda (r)
5.45 Rygbi Pawb 6.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 6.05 04 Wal (r) 6.30 Rownd a
Rownd 7.00 Heno 7.30 Pobol y Cwm
8.00 Gwaith/Cartref 9.00 News 9 a’r
Tywydd 9.30 Pawb a’i Farn 10.30 Hansh
11.00-11.35 Mwy o Sgorio (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Lifeboat (PG, 1944)
Film4, 11am
You could almost accuse Alfred Hitchcock of showing off. Having
proved himself a master, the director decided to set a film on
a small rowboat, and the result is every bit as compelling as his
more celebrated works. A group of American and British civilians
are stranded on a lifeboat in the north Atlantic after their ship is
sunk by a German U-boat, which also went down. It’s a classic
cross-section of society, from Tallulah Bankhead’s snooty
reporter to John Hodiak’s communist seaman. The tension,
claustrophobia and mistrust are ramped up when they pull a
German survivor out of the water. (96min) Chris Bennion
She (U, 1965)
Talking Pictures, 9.20pm
H Rider Haggard’s adventure novel
She: A History of Adventure may
not be the most famous work of
literature, but it has been adapted
for the big screen no fewer than 11
times. This is Hammer Films’s
version. It stars Ursula Andress,
pictured, as Ayesha — She Who
Must Be Obeyed — the high priestess of the lost city of Kuma, in
northeast Africa. Into her clutches come the explorers Professor
Holly (Peter Cushing) and Leo Vincey (John Richardson) and their
lackey, Job (Bernard Cribbins), fresh from action in the First World
War. Ayesha has been waiting 22 centuries for her lover to return,
and Leo — lucky him — is the spitting image. Ah, but what is it they
say about beautiful women promising immortal life . . ? (106min) CB
Copycat (18, 1995)
Film4, 12.50am
Sigourney Weaver stars as the San Francisco criminal psychologist
Helen Hudson, who specialises in the behaviour of serial killers.
Never a wise move in Movieland. Sure enough, one psychopath,
Daryll Lee Cullum (Harry Connick Jr), attacks Hudson, turning her
into a hard-drinking agoraphobic. However, when someone begins
murdering people in the style of infamous serial killers — Ted
Bundy, the Hillside Strangler etc — Hudson is roped in by Inspector
MJ Monahan (Holly Hunter) to help the police to catch the killer.
This involves, Silence of the Lambs-style, working with Cullum.
The director Jon Amiel ratchets up the tension nicely, while the
denouement is a masterclass in how to end a thriller. (123min) CB
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Still being Hunted: Joe & Dan (9pm)
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7.00 The One Show Matt Baker
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7.00 Emmerdale A villager faces
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7.00 Channel 4 News Including
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7.30 EastEnders As Honey struggles
to process the news about Billy
and Tina, her husband comes
clean about losing his job
7.00 Winter Olympics: Countdown
to the Games Clare Balding
looks ahead to the 23rd staging
of the Games, which takes place
in PyeongChang, South Korea,
featuring a profile of the some
of the medal prospects for
Team GB. See Viewing Guide
7.00 The Wonderful World of
Puppies Exploring how
puppies use their key senses
to absorb information about
their new surroundings, and
make a start on broadening
their horizons (5/6) (r);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 Animals with Cameras
Bodycams reveal how cheetahs
choose their prey, give an
insight into the lives of South
Africa’s wild baboons and show
how Australian fur seals survive
in the shark-infested waters.
See Viewing Guide (2/3)
8.00 The Hairy Bikers’
Mediterranean Adventure
Si King and Dave Myers
explore the culinary delights
of southern Spain from Valencia
to Torremolinos, enjoying
a mud bath and flamenco
dancing along the way (6/6)
8.00 Emmerdale Graham springs
into action, while Daz
feels powerless
8.30 The Cruise: Return to the
Mediterranean Executive
chef David finds he has
too many tomatoes (5/6)
8.00 George Clarke’s Amazing
Spaces George meets a
father who is building a craft
workshop in his garden to lure
his children away from their
gadgets and a 14-year-old
creating her own den out
of an old horsebox (5/8)
8.00 Bargain-Loving Brits in the
Sun New Benidorm residents
Chris and Gary have found a
home — now they start looking
for work. Linda welcomes a
trio of new arrivals to her dog
rescue charity (3/8); followed
by 5 News Update
9.00 Death in Paradise The leader of
a spiritual retreat is strangled,
but with all the group members
meditating together at the time
of the murder, finding the killer
could prove tricky (6/8)
9.00 Trouble at the Zoo
Documentary following the
staff of South Lakes Safari Zoo
in Cumbria as they try to
improve their practices, after
criticism that 500 animals had
died there in less than four
years. See Viewing Guide
9.00 James Bulger: A Mother’s
Story Trevor McDonald visits
Liverpool to re-examine a crime
that, 25 years on, continues
to raise troubling questions.
Including an interview with
James’s mother Denise Fergus.
See Viewing Guide
9.00 Hunted There are just a few
days to go for the remaining
fugitives, and while two singers
live stream their gig, unaware
hunters are nearby, another
fugitive is left vulnerable
after a knee injury (6/6)
9.00 Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive
New series. The presenter
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State, visiting some of its
best known landmarks and
sampling some of its lesser
known attractions (1/4)
10.00 BBC News at Ten
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10.00 ITV News at Ten; followed
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10.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
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10.35 24 Hours in A&E Leon, 36, is
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in his arms and legs (r)
10.00 The Special Needs
Employment Agency A young
man with a sunlight allergy
dons his beekeeper-like outfit
to spend a day working on
Southwest Trains, while others
are given placements at a
school and a hotel (2/2)
10.45 Question Time David Dimbleby
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from the audience
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(r) (SL) 1.15-2.15 Wonders of the Moon.
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7.30 Travel Chaos: The True Cost
— Tonight Jonathan Maitland
investigates the problems with
the UK’s transport system
10.45 Car Wars The work of police
who deal with car crime in
Northumbria. A traff
ffiic cop and
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motorist who escapes officers’
clutches at traffic lights (1/2) (r)
11.45 Lethal Weapon Murtaugh and
Riggs respond to a robbery (r)
11.35 Shut-Ins: Britain’s Fattest
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12.35am Jackpot247. Interactive
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Show. Talk show (r) (SL)
12.35am One Born Every Minute. An
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11.05 Elizabeth: Our Queen A look
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interviews with some of the
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household members and
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Daniel Radcliffe
Thursday 8 | Primetime digital guide
The Harry Potter actor stars
as Rudyard Kipling’s son in
the drama My Boy Jack
ITV3, 10pm
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7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Top of the Pops: 1985
With Shakin’ Stevens,
Madonna, Jermaine Jackson
and Dead or Alive (R)
8.00 Hugh Masekela: Welcome
to South Africa The
musician reflects on
his career (R)
9.00 Forces of Nature with Brian
Cox Examining the effects
of light interacting with
the Earth (4/4) (R)
10.00 How We Got to Now with
Steven Johnson
Innovations in lighting,
including Edison’s role in
the development of the
electric bulb (4/5) (R)
11.00 Calculating Ada: The
Countess of Computing
The story of a 19th-century
socialite and “computer
expert” Ada Lovelace (R)
12.00-12.30am Top of the Pops:
1985 With Shakin’ Stevens
and Madonna (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote The
son of a Jamaican plantation
owner marries the daughter
of a local voodoo priest,
leading to accusations,
recriminations and murder
— which is just the ticket for
Jessica Fletcher (R)
8.00 Agatha Christie’s Marple
A weekend party at a
country house is marred by
the discovery of a body in a
secret passageway within its
walls (2/4) (R)
10.00 My Boy Jack Daniel
Radcliffe stars as Jack, the
ill-fated son of the poet
Rudyard Kipling who fought
and died in the trenches of
the First World War (R)
12.00-2.00am Inspector Morse A
man accused of murdering
five people is killed in
prison, prompting Morse to
investigate why the body
of one of his victims was
never found (1/1) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Noel tries to
fix a cocker spaniel’s leg
problems by fitting two
bionic back feet (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud meets a master
craftsman who plans to
build a castle in rural Devon
made entirely of mud,
forming the huge property
out of two roundhouses
connected by glazing (R)
9.00 Walks with My Dog
Hermione Norris and her
dog visit the Somerset coast
and Phil Spencer takes his
spaniels through Ashford
Hangers in Hampshire (5/6)
10.00 The Yorkshire Dales and
the Lakes Coverage of
events in Grasmere and
Wensleydale (R)
11.05-12.10am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown Jon
Richardson and Cariad
Lloyd take on Alan Carr
and Kevin Bridges (R)
6.45pm FILM The Secret Life of
Walter Mitty (PG, 2013) An
ordinary man who drifts
through life by disappearing
into daydreams is forced to
embark on an adventure in
real life. Comedy drama
based on James Thurber’s
short story with Ben Stiller
and Kristen Wiig
9.00 FILM Lucy (15, 2014)
A courier seeks revenge
on the gangsters who
kidnapped her after a drug
grants her superhuman
abilities. Sci-fi thriller with
Scarlett Johansson and
Morgan Freeman
10.45-12.50am FILM The Diary
of a Teenage Girl (18, 2015)
A girl growing up in 1970s
San Francisco seeks solace
from her uncertain life in an
affair with her mother’s
boyfriend. Drama based on
Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel
starring Bel Powley
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer
makes it his mission to find
Smithers a boyfriend (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Marge and
Lisa meet a stage star while
visiting Capitol City (R)
8.00 Duck Quacks Don’t Echo
Host Lee Mack is joined by
guests Alesha Dixon, Jon
Richardson and Danny
Baker (R)
9.00 A League of Their Own
Comedy quiz with guests
Katherine Ryan, AP McCoy
and Chris Hoy (R)
10.00 Premier League’s Greatest
Moments Jamie Carragher
reveals his greatest Premier
League moments (R)
11.00 The Force: Manchester
Documentary following the
work of Greater Manchester
Police (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World Visiting
the criminal underworld
of Naples (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation The team
investigates when a student
falls to her death from her
university dorm room (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Erin tries to
make a teacher testify
against his gangster brother,
one of New York’s most
feared gang bosses — only
for a killer to strike (R)
9.00 Britannia King Pellenor
disowns Kerra. Meanwhile,
Divis lays eyes on Aulus for
the first time, and sees
something within him (4/9)
10.05 Active Shooter: America
Under Fire An examination
of the shooting at the
Washington Navy Yard in
2013, where a lone gunman
fatally shot 12 people and
injured three others (4/8) (R)
11.15-12.20am Britannia King
Pellenor disowns Kerra,
believing she has betrayed
the Cantii clan (4/9) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
6.00pm Take Me Out
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men Alan and
Walden get the go-ahead to foster
8.30 Superstore Amy helps her
parents to move home
9.00 Release the Hounds With
athletes Iwan Thomas, Louise
Hazel and Jamie Baulch
10.00 CelebAbility Entertainment
game show with Iain Stirling
10.50 Family Guy
11.15 Family Guy
11.45-12.10am American Dad!
6.45pm Live Snooker Shoot-Out
Further coverage of the opening
day’s play at the single-frame
tournament, featuring 16 matches
from the first round Presented by
Rishi Persad, with commentary by
Clive Everton and Phil Yates
10.45-12.50am FILM Exit Wounds
(18, 2001) A maverick cop is
transferred to a new precinct
where he tries to bring his corrupt
colleagues to justice. Thriller
starring Steven Seagal, Isaiah
Washington and Tom Arnold
7.00pm Hollyoaks Cleo lends a
helping hand to Brody in the quiz
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
A pottery class in Portimao
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 Celebs Go Dating Ollie Locke
clashes with the agents
10.00 The Inbetweeners
10.35 The Inbetweeners
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35-12.05am The Big Bang
Theory Raj is upset when Lucy
runs away during their date
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 Extreme Hair Wars The
contestants are challenged to use
eggs as part of their hairstyles
9.00 FILM Scary Movie 3 (15,
2003) The survivor of the first two
films has finally found fame as a
television reporter — but her
nightmare experiences return to
haunt her. Spoof horror movie with
Anna Faris and Pamela Anderson
10.55 Celebrity Ghost Hunt
11.50-12.55am 100 Per Cent Hotter
6.00pm FILM Snowbound (U,
1949) Thriller with Robert Newton
7.40 FILM A Run for Your Money
(U, 1949) A group of Welsh rugby
fans takes a day out in London.
Ealing comedy with Alec Guinness
9.20 FILM She (U, 1965) Fantasy
adventure with Peter Cushing and
Ursula Andress. See Film Choice
11.25-1.10am FILM The Intruder
(PG, 1953) A former regimental
commander catches one of his
former NCOs burglarizing his
house. Drama with Jack Hawkins
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Howard hires a surveillance team
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart Gary
prepares for Yvonne’s return
8.00 A Place to Call Home Sarah
performs a spiritual cleansing
9.00 New Tricks A police
informant resurfaces after 17 years
with details about a robbery
10.20 New Tricks The squad
investigates a family feud
11.20 Birds of a Feather Marcus
turns the tables on Dorien
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
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SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Hidden Traces The first
use of an atomic bomb (4/6)
8.00 Wartime Crime An insight
into how the Mafia rose in power
after Mussolini’s downfall.
See Viewing Guide (6/6)
9.00 The Two Ronnies
Vintage comedy (6/8)
9.50 The Two Ronnies With music
by Barbara Dickson (5/8)
10.40 The Two Ronnies (7/8)
11.30-12.10am Men Behaving
Badly Tony gets a tattoo in
a bid to impress Deborah
7.00pm Police Interceptors
An officer is nearly run over
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
A taxi driver is evicted
9.00 World’s Deadliest Weather:
Caught on Camera A freak storm
descends on a music festival
10.00 Fights, Camera, Action!
A look at the work of police officers
11.00 The X-Files Mulder is
missing, presumed dead
12.00-1.00am The X-Files Mulder
and Scully go in search of a
German scientist
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Following the work of the
Staffordshire Police force
8.00 The Best of Dara O Briain’s
Go 8 Bit The very best moments
from the first two series
9.00 Live at the Apollo Andy
Parsons hosts the stand-up show
10.00 Taskmaster Greg Davies
sets more tasks for comedians
including Frank Skinner
11.00 QI David Mitchell, Bill Bailey,
Phill Jupitus and Alan Davies
11.40-12.20am Would I Lie to You?
6.35pm JFK: A New Perspective
The Cuban Missile Crisis and
the Civil Rights Act (4/4)
7.50 Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant
The Tudor king’s relationship
with Anne Boleyn (3/4)
9.00 The Victorians Artists who
rejected the era’s materialistic
social values (4/4)
10.15 Wellington: The Iron Duke
Unmasked Documentary portrait
of the Duke of Wellington
11.35-12.50am Henry VIII:
Mind of a Tyrant (3/4)
7.00pm Inside the Actors Studio:
Jim Parsons The star of The Big
Bang Theory chats to James Lipton
8.00 The Eighties A look at how
MTV marked the dawn of the
music video’s rise (3/8)
9.00 Sunset Strip Documentary
about the famous section of Sunset
Boulevard in West Hollywood
11.00 Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 Rachel Hunter, Stefanie
Martini and Conleth Hill
are the sitters (4/11)
12.00-12.30am The Cranberries
7.00pm The Real A&E
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary The murder
of a wealthy woman
9.00 Conviction Hayes deals with
the fallout from her controversial
television interview (5/13)
10.00 Madam Secretary
President Dalton’s mental status is
brought into question
11.00 Criminal Minds
The team continues its hunt
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
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SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 The Orville A familiar face
boards the ship, causing tension
between Ed and Kelly (9/12)
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 Family Guy
11.00 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm How It’s Made:
Sports Equipment
7.30 How Do They Do It:
Olympic Winter Games
8.00 Wheeler Dealers
9.00 Mysteries of the Missing
10.00 The Interrogation Room
11.00-12.00 Finding
Escobar’s Millions
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Russia’s Toughest Prisons
9.00 Banged Up Abroad A Naval
officer-turned-smuggler is
arrested in Colombia (6/6)
10.00 Banged Up Abroad
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation
7.00pm Friends
7.30 Friends
8.00 Takeshi’s Castle Game show
8.30 Most Ridiculous: Weather
9.00 FILM Meet the Fockers
(12, 2004) Comedy sequel
11.00 The Cleveland Show
11.30 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
6.40pm Only Fools and Horses
7.20 Only Fools and Horses
8.00 dinnerladies
8.40 dinnerladies
9.20 Absolutely Fabulous
10.00 Live at the Apollo
10.55 Come Fly with Me
11.35-12.15am Goodnight
Sweetheart
7.00pm My Dream Home
8.00 MasterChef USA The
top 19 contestants cook for
101 lifeguards at the beach
9.00 Life and Death Row
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Melanie C
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am My Dream Home
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action
Sky Select
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SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
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SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
5.50pm King Arthur: Legend of
the Sword (12, 2017) A skilled
fighter attempts to become king
of the Britons. Fantasy drama
starring Charlie Hunnam
8.00 Chips: Law and Disorder (15,
2017) An undercover FBI agent is
partnered with a rookie. Action
comedy with Dax Shepard
9.45 Escape Room (15, 2017)
Horror thriller starring Skeet Ulrich
11.25-1.05am Frank & Lola (18,
2016) Drama starring Michael
Shannon and Imogen Poots
6.00pm Arachnophobia (PG,
1990) A doctor discovers his small
Californian town is infested with a
horde of deadly arachnids.
Comedy horror with Jeff Daniels
8.00 Men of Honor (15, 2000)
A US Navy recruit resolves to
overcome racism and become
the service’s first black diver.
Fact-based drama starring Cuba
Gooding Jr and Robert De Niro
10.15-12.15am Stuck on You (12,
2003) Comedy starring Matt
Damon and Greg Kinnear
6.10pm Kubo and the Two Strings
(PG, 2016) Animated adventure
with the voice of Charlize Theron
8.00 The Lego Batman Movie (U,
2017) The Caped Crusader swings
into action to save Gotham City
from the Joker. Animated comedy
featuring the voices of Will Arnett
9.50 Willow (PG, 1988) Fantasy
adventure starring Warwick Davis
12.00-1.40am Mighty Morphin
Power Rangers: The Movie (PG,
1995) Sci-fi adventure starring
Paul Freeman and David Yost
6.15pm Smokey and the Bandit
(PG, 1977) A truck driver is chased
across America by a pompous
sheriff while delivering a
consignment of beer to a party.
Comedy starring Burt Reynolds
8.00 John Wick: Chapter 2 (15,
2017) When an Italian crime lord
holds him to a blood oath, hitman
John Wick goes on another
murderous rampage. Action
sequel starring Keanu Reeves
10.15-12.50am The Dark Knight
(12, 2008) Comic-book thriller
5.50pm Loving (12, 2016) An
interracial couple are targeted by
the authorities in 1950s Virginia.
Fact-based drama starring Ruth
Negga and Joel Edgerton
8.00 Blade Runner: Theatrical
Version (15, 1982) A former cop in
a future LA is forced to return to
duty for a mission to kill a group of
renegade android replicants. Sci-fi
thriller starring Harrison Ford
10.00-12.40am Boogie Nights
(18, 1997) Drama starring Mark
Wahlberg and Heather Graham
Daryl Hannah as replicant Pris
in the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade
Runner (Sky Select, 8pm)
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Thursday 8
Sports guide
Live PGA Tour Golf
Sky Main Event, 4pm
Radio guide
Radio 1
Coverage of the opening day of
the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
at Pebble Beach Links in
California. Jordan Spieth,
pictured, cruised to victory last
year, with a four-shot win over
the former US Amateur
champion Kelly Kraft. Spieth
will defend his title this year,
but will come up against a
strong field that includes
Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm
and Rory McIlroy, who is
making his debut. JC
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
BT Sport 1
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6.00am LIVE European Tour
Golf: The ISPS Handa World
Super 6 Perth
9.00 Good Morning Sports
Fans Today’s early stories
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 Sky Sports News
4.00pm LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The AT&T Pebble Beach
Pro-Am Coverage of the
featured groups on the
opening day at Pebble Beach
Links in California,
where Jordan Spieth won
the title last year
7.00 LIVE Premier League
Darts Coverage of the second
round of the season
10.30 Sky Sports News at Ten
11.00 Sky Sports News
5.00am-6.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The ISPS Handa
World Super 6 Perth
1.00am LIVE NBA:
Washington Wizards v
Boston Celtics (Tip-off 1.00).
Coverage of the Eastern
Conference clash at
Capital One Arena
3.30-6.00 LIVE NBA:
Los Angeles Lakers v
Oklahoma City Thunder
(Tip-off 3.30). Coverage of the
clash at Staples Centre
6.30am Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 Charlie Sloth 11.00
BBC Radio 1’s Residency: The
Black Madonna 12.00 BBC
Radio 1’s Residency: Bradley
Zero 1.00am Toddla T 3.00
Radio 1’s Artist Takeover
with Serge from Kasabian
4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Football
SKY 403 VIRGIN 513
7.35pm-9.45 LIVE Dutch
Football: Feyenoord v FC
Groningen (Kick-off 7.45).
Coverage of the Dutch
top-flight clash from De Kuip
Sky Sports Golf
SKY 405 VIRGIN 515
6.00am-9.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The ISPS Handa
World Super 6 Perth
4.00pm LIVE PGA
Tour Golf: The AT&T Pebble
Beach Pro-Am
8.00-11.00 LIVE
PGA Tour Golf: The AT&T
Pebble Beach Pro-Am
5.00am-6.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The ISPS Handa
World Super 6 Perth
Sky Sports Action
SKY 407 VIRGIN 517
7.00pm-10.30 LIVE Premier
League Darts Coverage of the
second round of the season
Sky Sports Arena
SKY 408 VIRGIN 518
7.30pm-10.00 LIVE Betfred
Super League: Leeds Rhinos
v Hull Kingston Rovers
(Kick-off 7.45). Coverage of
the match from the second
round of fixtures
BT Sport 2
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Midnight LIVE College
Basketball: Louisville
Cardinals v Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets (Tip-off 12.00).
Coverage of the NCAA clash
at KFC Yum! Centre in
Louisville, Kentucky
2.00am LIVE College
Basketball: SMU Mustangs v
Houston Cougars (Tip-off
2.00). College basketball
action between the SMU
Mustangs and the Houston
Cougars at the H&PE Arena
4.00-6.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Arizona State Sun
Devils v USC Trojans (Tip-off
4.00). Coverage of the NCAA
clash at Wells Fargo Arena in
Tempe, Arizona
Eurosport 1
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11.00am LIVE Winter Olympic
Ski Jumping Coverage
of the trial round
12.15pm-1.30 LIVE Winter
Olympic Ski Jumping
The qualifying session
for the men’s individual
normal hill event
1.00am LIVE Winter Olympic
Figure Skating The men’s
single short programme in
the team event
2.00 LIVE Winter Olympic
Figure Skating The men’s
single short programme in
the team event
2.30 LIVE Winter Olympic
Figure Skating Coverage of
the pairs short programme in
the team event, which takes
place at Gangneung Ice Arena
in PyeongChang, South Korea
4.30-6.30am LIVE Winter
Olympic Curling Coverage of
the round-robin stage of the
mixed doubles
curling tournament
5.00am Vanessa Feltz
6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12.00 Jeremy Vine
2.00pm Steve Wright 5.00
Simon Mayo 7.00 Bob Harris
Country. With Lukas Nelson
8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00 The
Radio 2 Arts Show with Anneka
Rice 12.00 The Craig Charles
House Party (r) 2.00am Radio
2’s Tracks of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Takemitsu
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert John Toal introduces
works by Shostakovich and
Caroline Shaw, as well as a
range of American song,
performed by Radio 3 New
Generation Artists at Portico
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Georgia Mann presents a
rare chance to hear Vivaldi’s
opera Teuzzone, in a
performance from Barcelona’s
Gran Teatre del Liceu
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
Beethoven (Cello Sonata
No 5 in D, Op 102 No 2);
Shostakovich (Piano Trio
No 2 in E minor, Op 67);
Schumann (Violin Sonata
No 1 in A minor, Op 105);
and Mendelssohn (Piano Trio
No 1 in D minor, Op 49)
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay:
All Miss Brodie’s Girls?
With Val McDermid (4/5)
11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.30 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 In Our Time
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
Today’s picks
Street Art
Radio 4, 11.30am
When you think of the words
“street art” you probably think
of graffiti, or Banksy, or perhaps
something tiresome in east
London. But as this programme
presented by the art historian
Cadence Kinsey explains, the
genre is much wider than that.
Technically, it’s just any art that
has been released from a gallery into the street, encompassing
such things as sombre-looking Victorian statues in town
squares. Which is not to say that much street art isn’t also
irritatingly east London too. Kinsey speaks to a sculptor who
is making a 7m dollop of cream to plop on to the fourth plinth
in Trafalgar Square. Cue a lot of more than slightly annoying
art chat. “Cream,” explains the artist, Heather Phillipson,
pictured with her work, “being a substance that is extracted
from another creature already has this idea of . . . exploitation
within it.” Catherine Nixey
9.45 Book of the Week:
Somebody I Used to Know
By Wendy Mitchell and Anna
Wharton (4/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour At 10.45
Drama: That Was Then by
Jonathan Myerson (4/10)
11.00 From Our Own
Correspondent
11.30 Street Art. See Choice
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Witness
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Will Self’s Great British
Bus Journey
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: The Archivist
By Kellie Smith (r)
3.00 Open Country
3.27 Radio 4 Appeal (r)
3.30 Bookclub (r)
4.00 The Film Programme
4.30 BBC Inside Science
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme
Including the downsides of
adopting animals (6/6)
7.00 The Archers Adam takes
the strain, while Susan feels
unappreciated
7.15 Front Row
7.45 That Was Then (r)
8.00 The Briefing Room
8.30 The Bottom Line
9.00 BBC Inside Science (r)
9.30 In Our Time (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
Reading Europe: Russia —
The Big Green Tent
By Ludmila Ulitskaya (4/10)
11.00 The Brig Society (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Somebody I Used to Know (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 Emma Barnett 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.30 Six Nations 2018 9.00
Winter Olympics 10.00
Question Time Extra Time
1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast 10.00
Jim White 1.00pm Hawksbee
and Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham and Darren Gough
7.00 Live Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Marriage Lines 8.30
The Goon Show 9.00 The
Unbelievable Truth 9.30 The
Inimitable Jeeves 10.00 The
American Senator 11.00
Jessie Kesson Short Stories
11.15 Baldi 12.00 Marriage
Lines 12.30pm The Goon
Show 1.00 The Daughter of
Time 1.30 Henry Cyril Paget:
Lord of the Dance 2.00 Brave
New World 2.15 In Search of
Ourselves: A History of
Psychology and the Mind
2.30 Tales of the City: Michael
Tolliver Lives 2.45 Quicksand
3.00 The American Senator
4.00 The Unbelievable Truth
4.30 The Inimitable Jeeves
5.00 Double Income, No Kids
Yet 5.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme 6.00
MR James Stories 6.15 The
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and
Mr Hyde 6.30 Great Lives
7.00 Marriage Lines 7.30 The
Goon Show 8.00 The
Daughter of Time 8.30 Henry
Cyril Paget: Lord of the Dance
9.00 Jessie Kesson Short
Stories 9.15 Baldi 10.00
Comedy Club: John
Finnemore’s Souvenir
Programme 10.30 Newsjack
11.00 Start/Stop 11.30 Facts
and Fancies 11.45 For One
Horrible Moment
The Full Works Concert:
Taken Too Soon
Classic FM, 8pm
The theme of tonight’s
concert recalls Tom Lehrer’s
famous gag: “When Mozart
was my age he’d been dead
for five years.” As this
programme reminds us, many
musicians met their ends
amazingly young. Bizet and
Chopin also died in their
thirties, while Pergolesi was
a mere 26. Catherine Bott
presents a concert of works
to celebrate (if “celebrate” is
the word) these lives. Tonight
we hear Bizet’s L’Arlésienne
Suite No 1 and Chopin’s Piano
Concerto No 2, played by
Daniil Trifonov. CN
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The
Thought Show 10.00 World
Update 11.00 The Newsroom
11.30 The Food Chain 12.00
News 12.06pm Outlook 1.00
The Newsroom 1.30
Assignment 2.00 Newshour
3.00 News 3.06 The Inquiry
3.30 Business 4.00 BBC OS
6.00 News 6.06 Outlook
7.00 The Newsroom 7.30
Sport Today 8.00 News 8.06
Assignment 8.30 Science in
Action 9.00 Newshour 10.00
The Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Business 11.00
News 11.06 The Inquiry 11.30
The Food Chain 12.00
Newshour Extra 1.00am
News 1.06 Business Matters
2.00 News 2.06 The
Newsroom 2.30 Assignment
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
3.30 World Football 4.00
News 4.06 Outlook
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe and
Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 6.00 Steve Lamacq’s
Roundtable 7.00 Marc Riley.
Features and new music from
Salford 9.00 Gideon Coe
12.00 6 Music Recommends
1.00am The First Time
with Elton John
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 John
Suchet 1.00pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics 8.00
The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott presents
works written by composers
who met their deaths too
early, including Bizet, Chopin
and Battista Pergolesi. See
Choice 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1.00am Jane Jones
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Critic’s choice
Live Winter Olympics 2018
BBC One, 12.20am
John Curry doing a backflip
on ice in 1976; Torvill and Dean
collapsing in a purple billow to
Bolero in 1984; the Scottish
curlers chasing a lump of
granite in 2002 — the Winter
Olympics can throw up
moments of real TV magic
and who’s to say this year
won’t continue the tradition.
Tonight the torch arrives in
Pyeongchang’s Olympic
Stadium, a temporary
structure holding 35,000
spectators, for an opening
ceremony where North and
South Korea will march under
a “unification” flag amid some
kind of Korea-style spectacular
(let’s hope that novelty pop
horror Gangnam Style will be
absent). South Korea hosted
the Summer Olympics 30
years ago; earlier the same
year, at the Winter Games in
Calgary in Canada, Eddie the
Eagle and Jamaica’s Cool
Runnings bobsleigh team had
reminded the world that
sometimes it’s the taking part
that’s important. And Jamaica
will again shuttle through the
ice tracks this year after the
women’s bobsleigh overcame
the odds to qualify. Team GB
are bullish about their
chances, with eyes on Lizzy
Yarnold in the skeleton event
and Elise Christie in the speed
skating. Meanwhile, big-air
snowboarding and mass-start
speed skating will be among
new events joining the usual
skiing, ice hockey etc. Clare
Balding, Hazel Irvine, Radzi
Chinyanganya and Eilidh
Barbour front nightly live TV
coverage from midnight for
the 17-day duration. For those
who prefer their sleep, BBC
Two will offer a daily recap and
BBC Sport online will have
clips. Red-hot competitiveness
in toe-freezing conditions —
this will be hard to resist.
James Jackson
Further recommendations
For serious fans of winter sports, Eurosport has live coverage
of every event, as well as an innovative virtual reality app
Requiem
BBC One, 9pm
The eerie smalltown mystery
continues, by turns implausible
and unknowable enough to
keep you watching. Our toughbut-fragile heroine Matilda
(Lydia Wilson), driven by forces
beyond her understanding,
continues to snoop about
Suspiciousville, Wales, as she
tries to discover the fate of a
long-vanished girl. None of the
locals wants her around,
secrets leak out of the walls
wherever she goes — but that’s
nothing compared to what
happens when she takes a
shower in her sinister mansion.
When such scares come they
are effective, so you might wish
there were a few more. JJ
Catch
up
Divorce
Sky Box Sets
Series two of Sharon
Horgan’s deliciously
y
dark matrimonial
comedy will be
coming to our
screens soon,
but in the
meantime here is
a chance to catch
— or rewatch — the
first series. It beginss
when an affluent couple,
ouple,
Frances and Robert (played
by Sarah Jessica Parker,
pictured, and Thomas Haden
Nigel Slater’s
Middle East
Jamestown
BBC Two, 9pm
Back to Virginia, 1619 for series
two of the earthy, soapy period
drama about the world’s first
mail-order brides (aka strong
female characters) as they
cope in a grubby outpost of
scheming men. It begins with a
pioneering water birth (one of
our heroines having slipped
into a lake) and some instant
intrigue as a body is found. But
there’s lots more going on,
including Angolan slaves being
thrashed and blonde Naomi
Battrick (Jocelyn, the best
character) facing a struggle to
maintain her snooty status.
Happily, Jason Flemyng offers a
bit of gravitas whenever things
edge towards the risible. JJ
Once upon a time in
Constantinople, the Ottoman
great and good would have
murmured, “Sultan, with this
baklava you’re really spoiling
us!” as they tucked into
culinary delights at his palace.
One hopes they ate them more
elegantly than Slater does here
as he shows us the art of this
sticky pastry (if you tip them
up there should not be a drop
of syrup falling off). He also hits
Anatolian backwaters for less
high-born dishes, and it’s here
the series succeeds in being a
look at traditional ways of life
facing mounting modernity. JJ
Church), with two children
head off to a 50th birthday
being celebrated by friends.
After eight years of marriage
the celebrating couple have
reached the stage where they
despise one another with a
passionate intensity. The
ensuing fallout from the
party not
n only involves
hospitals
and
hos
policemen, but it
po
also triggers a
a
ccrisis in their
ffriends’ marriage,
with Frances
w
suddenly realising
su
that she can’t stand
her husband
(and his
hu
moustache)
moustache either. Warning:
if your own marriage is a tad
shaky, perhaps watch
something else.
Sky One/Now TV, 9pm
Julie Walters:
By Her Friends
Films of the day
Channel 5, 10.35pm
Film4, 6.40pm
A very Channel 5 kind of profile
of Dame Julie (“one of the UK’s
most cherished actors . . .”,
“Nothing short of a national
treasure . . .”), but one that
quickly wins you over thanks
to the impossible-to-resist
sparky-eyed appeal of its
subject. Willie Russell is on
hand to help to recap Walters’s
start in acting at the Everyman
in Liverpool (we also see her
early cameo in The Liver Birds).
Her ability to be funny and sad
in the same role is identified as
her metier, and this easy profile
will make you want to watch
Educating Rita all over again. JJ
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
7.00pm-7.30 The Big Six Nations Kick Off
with Gabby and Gareth
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
5.15pm-6.00 Flog It! (r) 7.00 The One
Show 7.30 Live Scrum V 9.30-10.30 Nigel
Slater’s Middle East 11.05 Winter
Olympics 2018 Opening Ceremony
12.05am QI 12.35-12.55 Coast (r)
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
7.00pm A Vicar’s Life 7.30 Live Ulster
Rugby Live 9.30-10.30 Nigel Slater’s
Middle East 11.05 Winter Olympics 2018
Opening Ceremony 12.05am QI
12.35-12.55 BBC News
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
6.30pm-7.00 Great American Railroad
Journeys. With Michael Portillo
● Channel As ITV except:
12.45am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30
The Strait. Last in the series
● ITV Westcountry As ITV except:
2.00pm-3.00 Judge Rinder
● STV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30 Peter
& Roughie’s Friday Football Show
12.45am Teleshopping 1.50 After
Midnight 3.20 Tenable (r) 4.10 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05-6.00 Jeremy Kyle (r)
● UTV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30 UTV
Life 10.45 Britain’s Brightest Family
11.10 Through the Keyhole (r) 12.10am
Take Me Out (r) 1.10 Teleshopping
2.40-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Pobol Porthgain (r)
12.30 Evan Jones a’r Cherokee (r) 1.30 Wil
ac Aeron: Taith yr Alban (r) 2.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00
News S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 Pengelli (r)
3.30 Tu Hwnt i’r Tymbl (r) 4.00 Awr Fawr
5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05 Cic 5.25 SpynjBob
Pantsgwâr (r) 5.35 Cog1nio (r) 6.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05 Cwpwrdd Dillad (r)
6.30 Darren Drws Nesa (r) 7.00 Heno
8.00 Pobol y Cwm. Dani feels Britt is
punishing her for being unfaithful to
Garry 8.25 Ar y Dibyn. The remaining six
adventurers put their communication
skills to the test and face a new challenge
9.00 News 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Jonathan.
Jonathan Davies, Nigel Owens and Sarra
Elgan look ahead to the second round of
Six Nations fixtures, which features
England v Wales, Ireland v Italy, and
Scotland v France 10.30-11.35 Craith (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
The River Wild (12, 1994)
Meryl Streep takes time out from weighty dramas to front an
action-based thriller. Streep plays Gail, a white-water rafting
expert whose marriage is suffering from her husband’s inability
to put down his work and engage with his family. She plans a
river trip with her son, but at the last minute her husband joins
them. All seems to be going well. Then they meet fellow rafters
Wade (Kevin Bacon) and Terry (John C Reilly). The pair seem
affable at first, but Gail soon feels a sense of unease and decides
that they should part company. Wade pulls a gun and the trip
quickly becomes a nightmare. (108min) Wendy Ide
Looper (15, 2012)
BBC Two, 11.05pm
Time travel has not yet been
invented, but it soon will be. And
when it is, it will provide
opportunities for crime. To avoid
disposing of a body, the mob
sends its victims 30 years back in
time to where a man with a
blunderbuss is waiting to do the
dirty work. This individual is called a “looper”. The central
character in this twisting switchback of a story is Joe, a looper
played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, pictured, and by Bruce Willis
in his older incarnation. Older Joe has a mission — to find and
kill the child who will become the most powerful criminal
mastermind of the future. The near-future nihilism of Children of
Men rubs shoulders with the ingenuity of Memento. (119min) WI
Vivre Sa Vie (15, 1961)
Film4, 2.20am
Why it is being shown at 2.20am is anyone’s guess, but if you’ve
got a lie-in tomorrow, or a means of recording it, then Jean-Luc
Godard’s New Wave classic is worth your time. Starring Godard’s
wife and muse, Anna Karina, Vivre Sa Vie (My Life to Live) tells
the story of a young woman who leaves her husband and child
to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Karina, with her
black bob and a cigarette between her lips, could not look more
Parisian were she wearing the Eiffel Tower on her head. Told in
12 tableaux, with intertitles explaining to the viewer what is to
come, the story is desperately sad and rather dark, as Karina’s
beauty slumps into prostitution. (85min) Chris Bennion
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Friday 9
BBC One
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 9.15 Countryfile
Winter Diaries 10.00 Homes Under
the Hammer (r) 10.30 Live Winter
Olympics 2018 Opening Ceremony.
Clare Balding presents coverage from
PyeongChang, South Korea, where
the 23rd staging of the Games is
officially declared open 1.30pm BBC
News at One; Weather 2.00 BBC
Regional News; Weather 2.15 Doctors.
Al tries to help a vicar who has
lost her faith 2.45 Moving On. The
Registrar, by Jimmy McGovern and
Megan Ellison. Last in the series
3.30 Escape to the Country (r) 4.30
Antiques Road Trip. James Braxton
and Charles Hanson head to BerwickUpon-Tweed (r) 5.15 Pointless. Quiz
show hosted by Alexander Armstrong
6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather
6.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
6.00am My Life in Books (r) 6.30
Wanted Down Under Revisited (r)
7.15 Countryfile Winter Diaries (r)
8.00 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The
Professionals — The Finals (r) (SL)
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live 12.00 Daily Politics
1.00pm This Wild Life (r) 1.30 Monty
Halls’ Great Hebridean Escape (r) 2.30
Monty Halls’ Great Hebridean Escape
(r) 3.30 A Place to Call Home. George
consummates his marriage to Regina.
Last in the series (r) 4.15 New Zealand:
Earth’s Mythical Islands. The nation’s
pre-human past. Last in the series (r)
5.15 Flog It! From Sandon Hall in
Staffordshire (r) 6.00 Eggheads.
Quiz show with Jeremy Vine (r) 6.30
Great American Railroad Journeys.
Michael Portillo hears the story of
the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
6.00am Good Morning Britain. With
guest Helen Mirren 8.30 Lorraine 9.25
The Jeremy Kyle Show 10.30 This
Morning. Chat and lifestyle features
12.30pm Loose Women. Interviews
and topical debate from a female
perspective 1.30 ITV News; Weather
1.55 Regional News; Weather 2.00
Judge Rinder. Cameras follow the
criminal barrister Robert Rinder as he
takes on real-life cases in a studio
courtroom 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal.
The team visits Southport,
Merseyside, where Tony Geering
grabs two hands full of gold rings and
Alys Dobbie tussles over some arts
and crafts clocks 4.00 Tipping Point.
Ben Shephard hosts the quiz show
5.00 The Chase. Quiz show hosted by
Bradley Walsh 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Countdown (r) 6.45 3rd Rock
from the Sun (r) 7.10 3rd Rock from
the Sun (r) 7.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (r) 8.30 Frasier (r)
9.00 Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Undercover Boss USA (r) 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary 12.05pm
Couples Come Dine with Me (r) 1.05
Posh Pawnbrokers (r) 2.10 Countdown
3.00 Village of the Year with Penelope
Keith 4.00 A Place in the Sun: Winter
Sun (r) 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30
Extreme Cake Makers. Phil and
Christine prepare a Cheshire
Cat-inspired 21st birthday cake 6.00
The Simpsons. Lisa creates a social
network that takes the town by storm
(r) 6.30 Hollyoaks. Cleo lends a
helping hand to Brody in the pub quiz
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(r) 12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15
Cowboy Builders (r) 1.10 Access.
Showbiz news and gossip 1.15 Home
and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 NCIS:
Revenge of the Cartel. The team gets
close to tracking down a Mexican
drug kingpin (r) 3.15 FILM Kidnapping
Lizzie: Nightmare Visions (PG, TVM,
2016) A psychic claims to know the
whereabouts of a kidnapped
teenager, but the girl’s parents soon
realise the woman has her own
agenda. Thriller starring Nadia Bjorlin,
Richard Ruccolo and Vanessa Evigan
5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours.
Tyler learns of the cat poisoning (r)
6.00 Home and Away. Axel drives
a wedge between Olivia and
Hunter (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Lydia Wilson in Requiem (9pm)
Nigel Slater in Turkey (9pm)
Coronation Street (7.30pm/8.30pm)
Thriller Safe House (12.10am)
Celebrity 5 Go Barging (8pm)
7.00 The One Show Alex Jones hosts
the final edition of the week
7.00 Emmerdale Gabby continues
to blackmail Daz, and Harriet
demands answers
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 Would I Lie to You? Panel
show with Jack Dee, Romesh
Ranganathan, Gaby Roslin
and Tinchy Stryder (7/10) (r)
7.00 Winter Olympics 2018 Opening
Ceremony Clare Balding
presents highlights from South
Korea, where the 23rd staging
of the Games was officially
declared open following a
performance produced by
the tournament organisers
7.00 The Wine Show James Purefoy
and Matthew Goode head to
the Rhone delta seeking wines
to accompany the cheese
course in the gourmet
six-course lunch chosen by the
French chef Stéphane Reynaud
(5/7); 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders Stacey and Martin
struggle to remain civil
over the children
8.00 Mastermind The first semi-final,
with specialist subjects include
Frasier and Jane Austen
8.00 River Monsters The fate of
merchant cruiser RMS Laconia,
which was sunk in 1942 (6/6)
8.30 Room 101 Vicky McClure, Sandi
Toksvig and Josh Widdicombe
share their gripes (4/9)
8.30 A Vicar’s Life Fr Matthew
Stafford visits a couple
struggling with dementia (5/6)
8.30 Coronation Street Nicola
pretends she is having
problems with the baby
8.00 Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast Josh Hartnett
heads to Jamie Oliver and
Jimmy Doherty’s cafe, where
Jamie shows the star of Pearl
Harbor and Penny Dreadful
how to cook his favourite
ramen dish (12/12)
8.00 Celebrity 5 Go Barging Tom
Conti and Tony Christie visit a
cave system, only discovered
in the last century, to view
some 30,000-year-old art,
while Diarmuid Gavin goes on
the hunt for snails to eat (2/4) ;
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Requiem Dean House grows
increasingly unsettling, and
Matilda and Hal’s relationship
becomes increasingly strained
as Hal urges her to leave, but
she remains intent on finding
out the truth about her identity.
See Viewing Guide (2/6)
9.00 Nigel Slater’s Middle East
The food writer visits Turkey,
starting in Istanbul, then
heading to Central Anatolia
where he meets those working
hard to preserve their
traditional food culture.
See Viewing Guide (2/3)
9.00 Lethal Weapon Murtaugh and
Riggs investigate a death that
occurred moments before the
victim’s bet won a horse race.
Leo Getz insists it’s a homicide
and aids in the investigation,
while Murtaugh updates his will
9.00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown Jimmy Carr hosts
the comical quiz, as Johnny
Vegas and Rhod Gilbert take on
Joe Wilkinson and Roisin
Conaty. Tom Allen helps out in
Dictionary Corner (4/4)
9.00 Cruising with Jane McDonald
New series. A trip up the
California coast on a luxury
3,000-berth cruise ship, taking
in such landmarks as Los
Angeles’ iconic Hollywood
sign and San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Bridge (1/4)
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 QI With Deirdre O’Kane, Richard
Osman, Alan Davies and David
Mitchell. Sandi Toksvig hosts
10.00 ITV News at Ten;
followed by Weather
10.00 The Last Leg Adam Hills,
Josh Widdicombe and Alex
Brooker are joined by guests
for a comic review of the
significant moments of the
past seven days (3/10)
10.00 Will & Grace Karen’s secret
best friend suffers a fatal heart
attack. Minnie Driver guests
10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather;
National Lottery Update
7.30 Coronation Street Phelan
storms his way into Nicola’s flat,
and Faye is shocked to find a
prescription in Gary’s pocket
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.35 The Graham Norton Show
With guests Debra Messing,
Eric McCormack and Saoirse
Ronan, while Keala Settle
performs This Is Me
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events with Emily Maitlis
10.45 Through the Keyhole Keith
Lemon infiltrates the homes
of another three mystery
famous faces, and challenges
Shane Richie, Rachel Riley and
Alex James to guess “who
habitates in a house like this” (r)
11.55 Witless Rhona and Leanne are
trapped in the building (5/5)
11.05 FILM Looper (15, 2012)
A hitman employed to kill
people who have been sent
back in time finds his latest
target is his future self. Sci-fi
thriller with Joseph GordonLevitt, Bruce Willis and Emily
Blunt. See Film Choice
11.45 Take Me Out Men from Leeds,
Dublin, Edinburgh and Swansea
step into the Love Lift (5/7) (r)
12.20am Live Winter Olympics 2018.
Coverage of the latest events from
day one in PyeongChang, South
Korea, featuring the snowboard
slopestyle event, plus curling. See
Viewing Guide 4.00 Live Winter
Olympics 2018. Continued coverage
12.55am Sign Zone: My Return from IS
— Panorama. A woman now back in
the UK after living with so-called
Islamic State in Syria (r) (SL) 1.25
Animals with Cameras. The lives of
wild creatures (r) (SL) 2.25 Weather
for the Week Ahead 2.30 BBC News
12.45am Jackpot247. Interactive
gaming 3.00 Alphabetical. Jeff
Stelling hosts the quiz in which
contestants answer questions based
around letters of the alphabet to win
a jackpot that rolls over when it is not
won (r) (SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
11.25 The Young Offenders New
series. Comedy starring Alex
Murphy and Chris Walley (1/6)
11.05 First Dates Hotel Chicken
farmer Griff hopes it will be
second time lucky with his new
date Emily, and the two bond
over poultry, pet dogs and
favourite serial killers (r)
12.10am FILM Safe House (15, 2012)
A CIA agent has to protect a captured
fugitive from mercenaries. Thriller
with Denzel Washington 2.10 Born to
Kill (r) (SL) 3.10 The Supervet (r) 4.05
Four Rooms with Sarah Beeny (r) 5.00
Coast vs Country (r) 5.55 Draw It! (r)
10.35 Julie Walters: By Her Friends
A celebration of the career of
one of the UK’s best-loved
and most versatile actresses,
who has been entertaining
audiences on the big and small
screen for almost 40 years.
See Viewing Guide
11.30 Lip Sync Battle UK: Peter
Andre vs Gino D’Acampo
Hosted by Melanie Brown and
Professor Green (4/4) (r)
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10am FILM
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (12,
TVM, 2014) Drama based on Terry
McMillan’s novel starring Whoopi
Goldberg 4.45 House Doctor
(r) (SL) 5.10 Great Artists (r) (SL)
5.35 House Busters (r) (SL)
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Saturday February 3 2018 | the times
Jamestown
Friday 9 | Primetime digital guide
The New World drama
returns, starring Naomi
Battrick and Niamh Walsh
Sky One, 9pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
FV 9, FS 107, SKY 116, VIRGIN 107
FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
FV 15, FS 300, SKY 315, VIRGIN 428
SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm World News Today
7.30 Top of the Pops: 1985 With
Glenn Frey, Phyllis Nelson
and the Cool Notes (R)
8.00 Sounds of the Sixties Studio
and concert performances
from yesteryear (R)
8.10 The Good Old Days
Performers include Roy
Castle, Clive Dunn, Anna
Dawson and the Cambridge
Buskers. First aired
on July 16 1981 (R)
9.00 Classic Albums Carly Simon
reflects on her career,
relationships and how her
experiences fed into the
1972 album’s most famous
song, You’re So Vain (R)
10.00 Rock ‘n’ Roll Guns for Hire:
The Story of the Sideman
A look at the forgotten
“guns for hire” that changed
musical history (R)
11.30-12.05am Top of the Pops:
1985 Featuring Glenn Frey
and Phyllis Nelson (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
goes behind the scenes at
an opera house in an
attempt to clear a tenor
accused of murder (R)
8.00 Rosemary & Thyme Laura
and Rosemary are invited to
restore a water garden
cascade in the grounds of
a health spa — but their
client is strangled (3/6) (R)
9.00 Rosemary & Thyme The
duo are hired to cure a
patchy lawn at a select
language school and find
themselves caught up in a
tale of passion that leads
to murder (4/6) (R)
10.00 The Good Karma Hospital
Drama about a doctor who
leaves the UK to start a new
life in South India (1/6) (R)
11.00-12.40am The Detectives:
Inside the Major Crimes
Team The investigation
into the murder of Sadie
Hartley in 2016 (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Noel
Fitzpatrick repairs damaged
cartilage in a 10-month-old
golden retriever, and a cat
arrives at the surgery with
a suspected rat bite (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Converting a
concrete cowshed into a
three bedroom home (R)
9.00 Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic
Murders A young diver dies
and her boyfriend,
who also participated in the
dive, cannot be found.
In Swedish (4/7)
10.00 24 Hours in A&E A woman
has swelling on her brain
following an attack, while a
12-year-old boy is treated
after being hit by a car (R)
11.00 24 Hours in A&E An elderly
woman with breathing
difficulties finds support
from her daughters (R)
12.00-1.10am Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares A seaside hotel
in Sandgate, Kent (R)
6.40pm FILM The River Wild (12,
1994) A white-water rafting
expert on holiday with her
family is forced to help two
fugitives make an escape
down a raging river. Action
thriller with Meryl Streep,
Kevin Bacon and David
Strathairn. See Film Choice
9.00 FILM Titanic (12, 1997)
A society girl falls in love
with a penniless artist
during the liner’s ill-fated
voyage. James Cameron’s
romantic drama starring
Kate Winslet, Leonardo
DiCaprio, Billy Zane
and Kathy Bates
12.45-2.20am FILM Black Rock (15,
2012) Three women are
pursued across a deserted
island by the friends of a
hunter they killed in
self-defence. Thriller
directed by and starring
Katie Aselton, with Lake Bell
and Kate Bosworth
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer
promises Marge the
trip of a lifetime (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer turns
to improvisational comedy
to gain confidence (R)
8.00 The Simpsons Homer and
his friends re-form their
old bowling team
8.30 Modern Family Manny, Phil
and Gloria team up to find
Luke when he goes missing
9.00 Jamestown New series. The
period drama returns as a
terrible crime throws
suspicion on the entire
colony, while Jocelyn forges
a surprising connection.
See Viewing Guide (1/8)
10.05 Jamestown The Rutters
hatch a moneymaking
scheme that soon goes
dangerously wrong (2/8)
11.10-12.10am Russell Howard’s
Hour With guest Fiona
Bruce, and stand-up by
Anna Mann (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Hodges tests
his lab technician colleagues
with a series of hypothetical
murder cases they have
to investigate (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Erin’s trial
against a notorious human
trafficker is jeopardised
when the presiding judge
is found dead, causing
Danny and Baez to
investigate foul play (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones House
Lannister prepares for
conflict, Ned confronts
Cersei, and Khal Drogo vows
revenge on the Seven
Kingdoms (7/10) (R)
10.15 Game of Thrones The
Lannisters launch their bid
to seize power. Robb rounds
up his allies (8/10) (R)
11.35-12.50am Game of Thrones
Ned faces a fateful decision,
while Catelyn negotiates
a deal (9/10) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Camcorder calamities
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
and Alan befriend single mothers
8.30 Superstore Mateo’s
undocumented status causes
trouble once again
9.00 FILM 22 Jump Street
(15, 2014) Two cops are sent
undercover, but their friendship is
threatened. Crime comedy starring
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
11.15 Family Guy
11.50-12.15am Family Guy
6.45pm Live Snooker Shoot-Out
Rishi Persad presents coverage of
the evening session on the second
day’s play of the single-frame
tournament, which takes place at
the Watford Colosseum and
features the last-64 stage
10.45-12.40am FILM Source Code
(12, 2011) A pilot investigates a
bombing by having his mind
transferred into a victim for the last
eight minutes of his life. Sci-fi
thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal
and Michelle Monaghan
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 FILM This Means War (12,
2012) Two secret agents fall in love
with the same woman and use
their talents to sabotage each
other’s chances of romance.
Comedy starring Reese
Witherspoon and Chris Pine
11.00 The Big Bang Theory
11.30 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am Gogglebox
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 Playful Pups Make You
Laugh Out Loud
9.00 FILM Olympus Has Fallen (15,
2013) A disgraced secret service
agent tries to redeem himself
when terrorists take control of the
White House. Action thriller with
Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart
11.20-1.20am FILM The Cabin in
the Woods (15, 2012) Horror
starring Kristen Connolly, Chris
Hemsworth and Anna Hutchison
6.00pm FILM Lease of Life (U,
1954) Drama with Robert Donat,
Kay Walsh and Denholm Elliott
7.50 FILM Paper Tiger (PG, 1975)
An English tutor enthralls a
Japanese ambassador’s son with
tall tales of his exploits, but must
become a real hero when they are
kidnapped. Comedy adventure
starring David Niven
9.50-12.05am FILM Seance on a
Wet Afternoon (PG, 1964) British
thriller starring Kim Stanley and
Richard Attenborough
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Truly turns detective
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart Gary
struggles to keep his sanity
8.00 The Inspector Lynley
Mysteries The detectives
investigate the death of a woman
killed in a hit-and-run incident
10.00 New Tricks A woman claims
to be Standing’s daughter
11.20 Birds of a Feather The sisters
branch out into double-glazing
12.00-1.00am The Bill Newcomer
PC Rickman loses a gun
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
FV 19, FS 159, SKY 537, VIRGIN 245
FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Wartime Crime How
the Mafia rose in power after
Mussolini’s downfall (6/6)
8.00 James May’s Cars of the
People The social significance of
cars in the 20th century (1/3)
9.00 Men Behaving Badly
Tony gets a DIY tattoo
9.40 Men Behaving Badly
Tony and Gary go to a rave
10.20 Men Behaving Badly
Tony feels depressed
11.00 Churchill and the Fascist Plot
12.00-1.00am Unearthing WWII
7.00pm Police Interceptors
The team closes in on a
suspected petrol thief
8.00 The A-Team BA rescues
a boy from a burning building
9.00 Six Rip and the hostages have
been caught trying to escape, and
are taken back to their cages in
the Boko Haram camp, where
brutal punishments await
10.00-2.00am Impact Wrestling
Wrestling show featuring
innovative high-risk matches
and interviews with the stars
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Tackling a spate of house
burglaries in Cannock
8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Following the work of the
Staffordshire Police force
9.00 Live at the Apollo Rich Hall
presents routines by Mark Watson
and Andrew Maxwell
10.00 Taskmaster Challenges set
by Greg Davies for the contestants
include playing golf with eggs
11.00 QI Guest include Bill Bailey
11.40-12.20am Would I Lie to You?
6.35pm 10 Buildings That
Changed America Surveying 10
iconic buildings that have come to
define modern America (1/3)
7.50 Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant
How the Tudor king made England
more independent (4/4)
9.00 Defeating ISIS: The
Impossible Coalition Examining
the fight against Islamic State
10.15 The Rise of ISIS Documentary
about the terror group’s ascent
11.30-12.45am Henry VIII:
Mind of a Tyrant (4/4)
7.00pm The Women Who Run
Hollywood A look at women’s
historic role in the film industry
8.00 Live from the Artists Den
Damien Rice performs at the
Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn (4/4)
9.00 The Eighties The impact of
the emergence of Aids (4/8)
10.00 Freddie Mercury: The Great
Pretender Profile of the Queen
frontman, exploring his time
away from the band
11.40-12.55am Queen: Live at
Wembley From 1986
7.00pm The Real A&E A tourist
mysteriously collapses
7.30 The Real A&E A boy falls
through a garage roof
8.00 America’s Next Top Model
Reality contest with Tyra Banks
9.00 Bones The murder of a
teacher is investigated (5/12)
10.00 Bones The agents go
undercover at a lumberjack
competition (6/12)
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
W
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SKY 526, VIRGIN 266, BT 327
SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
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SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 NCIS McGee investigates the
murder of a petty officer
10.00 Bull The legal consultant
helps defend an old friend
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm How It’s Made:
Sports Equipment
7.30 How Do They Do It:
Olympic Winter Games
8.00 Gold Rush
9.00 How It’s Made Two shows
10.00 Wheeler Dealers
11.00 Mythbusters
12.00-12.30am How It’s Made
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Megastructures
9.00 The World’s Biggest
Shredder The world’s most
powerful demolition machine
10.00 Megastructures
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation
7.00pm Friends Two shows
8.00 Impractical Jokers
9.00 The Cleveland Show
10.00 Bob’s Burgers
10.30 Rick and Morty
11.00 South Park
12.00-1.40am FILM Scary Movie
(18, 2000) Spoof horror starring
Anna Faris and Carmen Electra
6.40pm Only Fools and Horses
7.20 Only Fools and Horses
8.00 dinnerladies Bren’s past
catches up with her
8.40 dinnerladies
9.20 Only Fools and Horses
10.00 The Vicar of Dibley
11.05 Smack the Pony
11.40-12.15am Smack the Pony
7.00pm My Dream Home
8.00 MasterChef USA The
contestants face their second
Mystery Box challenge
9.00 Inside the Ambulance
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with John Cleese
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am My Dream Home
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action
Sky Select
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SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
5.50pm King Arthur: Legend of
the Sword (12, 2017) Fantasy
drama starring Charlie Hunnam
8.00 Baywatch (15, 2017) A
lifeguard teams up with a new
recruit to scupper a criminal
scheme. Action comedy starring
Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron
10.10 Chips: Law and Disorder (15,
2017) Action comedy starring Dax
Shepard and Michael Peña
12.00-1.35am Escape Room (15,
2017) Horror thriller starring
Skeet Ulrich and Sean Young
6.00pm Nine to Five (15, 1980)
Three female office employees
grow weary of their chauvinistic
boss. Comedy starring Dolly
Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
8.00 Iron Man 3 (12, 2013) The
armoured avenger faces a terrorist
whose plans involve a drug that
makes people indestructible.
Superhero adventure sequel
starring Robert Downey Jr
10.15-12.05am Misery (18, 1990)
Thriller starring James Caan
and Kathy Bates
6.25pm Smurfs: The Lost Village
(U, 2017) Animated adventure
with the voice of Demi Lovato
8.00 Alice Through the Looking
Glass (PG, 2016) Alice takes a
journey back in time to save her
friends. Fantasy adventure sequel
starring Mia Wasikowska
10.00 Pelé: Birth Of A Legend
(PG, 2016) Fact-based drama
starring Kevin de Paula
11.50-1.35am Charlotte’s Web (U,
2006) Family drama featuring
the voice of Julia Roberts
6.00pm Broken Arrow (15, 1996)
A US Air Force bomber pilot holds
the government to ransom. Action
thriller starring John Travolta
8.00 The Italian Job (PG, 1969)
A crook recruits a gang to steal
$4million in gold bullion. Comedy
starring Michael Caine
9.55-12.05am Bad Boys (18, 1995)
Two detectives swap identities as
they hunt for a heroin consignment
stolen by a drug kingpin. Michael
Bay’s action thriller starring Will
Smith and Martin Lawrence
5.55pm Battle for Moscow (12,
2016) Soldiers battle to stop the
Nazi advancement toward Moscow
in 1941. Wartime drama starring
Maksim Abrosimov. In Russian
8.00 Atonement (15, 2007) A girl
accuses her sister’s lover of a crime
he did not commit. Romantic
period drama starring Keira
Knightley and James McAvoy
10.10-12.10am T2: Trainspotting
(18, 2017) Mark Renton reunites
with Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.
Drama starring Ewan McGregor
Dolly Parton stars as an office
worker in the 1980 comedy
Nine to Five (Sky Greats, 6pm)
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Friday 9
Sports guide
Live Rugby
BT Sport 1, 7pm
Radio 1
After a month away, the Aviva
Premiership returns with Bath
taking on Northampton Saints
at the Rec (kick-off 7.45pm).
With the Six Nations in full
swing, both sides are shorn of
a few superstars (Lawes, North,
Joseph, Watson), although
there is plenty talent
throughout the squads. Saints
won 26-6 when these sides
met in September, with South
African lock David Ribbans,
pictured, scoring two tries. CB
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1.00am B.Traits
4.00 Radio 1’s Essential Mix
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Arena
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6.00am LIVE European Tour
Golf: The ISPS Handa World
Super 6 Perth
9.00 Good Morning Sports
Fans Today’s early stories
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 Sky Sports News
4.00pm LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The AT&T Pebble Beach
Pro-Am Coverage of the
featured groups on the
second day at Pebble
Beach Links in California,
where Jordan Spieth won
the title last year
7.00 LIVE EFL: Millwall v
Cardiff City (Kick-off 7.45).
Coverage of the
Championship clash
10.15 The Debate
11.15 Premier League Preview
11.45 PL Greatest Games
12.00 Sky Sports News
5.00am-6.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The ISPS Handa
World Super 6 Perth
7.30pm-9.30 LIVE
Betfred Super League:
Wakefield Trinity v Salford
Red Devils (Kick-off 7.35)
Sky Sports Football
BT Sport 1
SKY 413 VIRGIN 531 BT 408
8.30am-10.45 LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Melbourne Victory
v Brisbane Roar (Kick-off
8.50). All the action from the
Australian top-flight clash
at AAMI Park
7.00pm-10.00 LIVE
Aviva Premiership Rugby
Union: Bath v Northampton
Saints (Kick-off 7.45)
12.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Rhode Island
Rams v Davidson Wildcats
(Tip-off 12.00)
2.00am-4.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Oakland Golden
Grizzlies v Detroit Titans
(Tip-off 2.00)
BT Sport 2
SKY 414 VIRGIN 532 BT 409
SKY 403 VIRGIN 513
7.00pm-10.15 LIVE EFL:
Millwall v Cardiff City
(Kick-off 7.45). Coverage of
the Championship clash,
which takes place at The Den
Sky Sports Golf
SKY 405 VIRGIN 515
6.00am-9.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The ISPS Handa
World Super 6 Perth
4.00pm LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The AT&T Pebble Beach
Pro-Am Coverage of the
featured groups on the
second day at Pebble Beach
Links in California
8.00-11.00 LIVE
PGA Tour Golf: The AT&T
Pebble Beach Pro-Am
5.00am-6.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The ISPS Handa
World Super 6 Perth
Sky Sports Action
SKY 407 VIRGIN 517
7.30pm-10.00 LIVE Under20s Six Nations Rugby Union:
England v Wales (Kick-off
7.45). Coverage of the match
from the second round of
fixtures, taking place at
Kingston Park
Radio guide
7.30pm-9.45 LIVE Serie A:
Fiorentina v Juventus
(Kick-off 7.45). The Italian
top-flight clash
BT Sport 3
SKY 417 VIRGIN 533 BT 410
7.30pm-9.30 LIVE
Bundesliga: RB Leipzig v FC
Augsburg (Kick-off 7.30)
Eurosport 1
SKY 410 VIRGIN 523 BT 412
10.30am-1.00pm LIVE
PyeongChang Opening
Ceremony Coverage from
PyeongChang, South Korea
12.40am LIVE Winter
Olympic Snowboarding
Coverage of the qualification
for the men’s slopestyle event
2.00 LIVE Winter Olympic
Snowboarding Further
coverage of the qualification
for the men’s slopestyle event
2.30 LIVE Winter Olympic
Alpine Skiing Coverage of the
training session for the
downhill discipline
4.00-5.30 LIVE Winter
Olympic Snowboarding
Continuing coverage of the
qualification for the men’s
slopestyle event
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn 8.00
Friday Night Is Music Night
10.00 Sounds of the 80s 12.00
Anneka Rice: The Happening
2.00am Radio 2’s Funky Soul
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Takemitsu
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Mendelssohn
(String Quartet in D, Op 44,
No 1); and Weinberg (Clarinet
Sonata, Op 28)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Grieg (Holberg Suite, Op 40);
Glazunov (Violin Concerto in A
minor, Op 82); Elgar (Variations
on an Original Theme, Op 36
— Enigma); Stravinsky (The
Song of the Nightingale); Paul
Patterson (Serenade for violin
and orchestra); Cassandra
Miller (Round); and Beethoven
(Symphony No 3 in E flat,
Op 55 — Eroica)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Live Radio 3 in Concert
Sibelius (Suite — King Christian
II; Finlandia; and Symphony
No 5 in E flat); and Nielsen
(Flute Concerto)
10.00 The Verb
10.45 The Essay: All Miss
Brodie’s Girls?
11.00 World on 3
1.00am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.31 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 Desert Island Discs (r)
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Somebody I Used to Know
By Wendy Mitchell and Anna
Wharton. Social media offers a
lifeline for dementia sufferer
Wendy, and she intends to
keep online as long as she
possibly can (5/5)
Today’s picks
Out of the Ordinary
Radio 4, 11am
Feeling annoyed by your latest
council tax bill? Fear not. Help
is at hand in the form of the
Magna Carta. Because (and
this may admittedly take a
little time to explain to your
local council), the Magna Carta
says you don’t have to pay it.
According to a group of
activists, Article 61 of the Magna Carta has (for convoluted
reasons) been broken by the Queen. As the Magna Carta
made clear, the consequence of her rule-breaking are dire.
It means we no longer have to do as she says and have
a lawful right to seize her property. People are now, on
those grounds, refusing to pay their council tax, water rates
and so on. Although before you set out with your pickaxe
and tumbril to Buckingham Palace, be warned, there are
caveats. Such as the fact that Article 61 was dropped in 1216.
Catherine Nixey
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 the 15
Minute Drama: That Was Then
by Jonathan Myerson (5/10)
11.00 Out of the Ordinary.
See Choice
11.30 All Those Women
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Witness
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Will Self’s Great British
Bus Journey The writer
concludes his tour of the UK in
Derry-Londonderry
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: The Man Who Bit
Mary Magdalene Comedy, by
Colin Bytheway. When an
earthquake strikes his
cathedral, Hugh, Bishop of
Lincoln, sets off on a relichunting mission (r)
3.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Horticulture
3.45 From Fact to Fiction
4.00 Last Word
4.30 More or Less
4.55 The Listening Project
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The News Quiz
7.00 The Archers Brian
comes to a decision, and Nic
loses her temper
7.15 Front Row
7.45 That Was Then (r)
8.00 Any Questions?
Topical discussion from Mary
Hare School in Newbury,
Berkshire
8.50 A Point of View
9.00 Will Self’s Great British
Bus Journey (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
Reading Europe: Russia — The
Big Green Tent By Ludmila
Ulitskaya (5/10)
11.00 A Good Read (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
11.55 The Listening Project
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Somebody I Used to Know (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 5 Live
Breakfast 10.00 Chiles on
Friday 1.00pm The Friday
Sports Panel 2.00 Kermode
and Mayo’s Film Review 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 The Friday
Football Social 10.00 Stephen
Nolan 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast with Ally
McCoist 10.00 Jim White
1.00pm Hawksbee
and Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham and Darren Gough
7.00 Live Kick-off 10.00 The
Two Mikes 1.00am Extra Time
with Tom Latchem
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 8.30 Albert and
Me 9.00 Whispers 9.30 Street
and Lane 10.00 The American
Senator 11.00 In Mr Bruin’s
Time 11.15 Baldi 12.00 I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again
12.30pm Albert and Me 1.00
The Daughter of Time 1.30
Architects of Taste 2.00 Brave
New World 2.15 In Search of
Ourselves: A History of
Psychology and the Mind
2.30 Tales of the City: Michael
Tolliver Lives 2.45 Quicksand
3.00 The American Senator
4.00 Whispers 4.30 Street
and Lane 5.00 Capital Gains
5.30 The Break 6.00 MR
James Stories 6.15 The
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and
Mr Hyde 6.30 Mastertapes
7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read That
Again 7.30 Albert and Me
8.00 The Daughter of Time
8.30 Architects of Taste 9.00
Podcast Radio Hour 10.00
Comedy Club: The Break
10.30 On the Hour 11.00 I’ve
Never Seen Star Wars
Crowd Science:
Why Does Dark Matter?
World Service, 8.30pm
The title for this programme
feels as though part of it is
missing (surely there should
be another “matter” there?)
and is nicely emblematic of
the problem it is looking at.
Because in the universe,
something that should be
there doesn’t seem to be —
and that something is dark
matter. The maths show that
this stuff, whatever it is,
exists. Yet no one can seem
to find it. Marnie Chesterton
travels more than a
kilometre underground to
try to find dark matter in
action. CN
11.30 Lucy Montgomery’s
Variety Pack
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am Newshour Extra
10.00 World Update 11.00
The Newsroom 11.30 World
Football 12.00 News
12.06pm The 5th Floor 1.00
The Newsroom 1.30 Heart
and Soul 2.00 Newshour
3.00 News 3.06 Tech Tent
3.30 Business 4.00 BBC OS
6.00 News 6.06 The 5th
Floor 7.00 Newsroom 7.30
Sport Today 8.00 News 8.06
Trending 8.30 CrowdScience.
See Choice 9.00 Newshour
10.00 Newsroom 10.20
Sports News 10.30 Business
11.00 News 11.06 HARDtalk
11.30 World Football 12.00
News 12.06am From Our
Own Correspondent 12.30
CrowdScience 1.00 News
1.06 Business Matters
2.00 News 2.06 Newsroom
2.30 Heart and Soul 3.00
News 3.06 In the Balance
3.30 Stumped 4.00
Newshour Extra
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe and
Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 7.00 The Wu-Tang
Clan Radio Show 9.00 Tom
Ravenscroft 12.00 Nemone’s
Electric Ladyland
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 John
Suchet 1.00pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Drive 8.00 The
Full Works. More composers
who died too early, including
Mozart, Schubert,
Mussorgsky and Purcell
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Katie Breathwick
4.00 Jane Jones
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Answers
Friday’s solutions
KenKen No 4241
Sudoku No 9637
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Killer No 5849 — Deadly (56min)
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Sudoku No 9638
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Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every
3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. Each set of cells
joined by dotted lines must add up to the target
number in its top-left corner. Within each set of cells
joined by dotted lines, a digit cannot be repeated.
For solutions to KenKen, Sudoku & Killer see
Times2 on Monday
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KenKen No 4242 — Medium
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Tredoku
No 1511 — Medium
Tredoku is similar to Sudoku:
the digits 1 to 9 must appear once
only in each 3x3 box and in each
line of nine consecutive cells.
However, since the puzzle is
three-dimensional, the lines may
be straight or bent around angles.
Follow each line’s direction in
search of clues.
All the digits 1 to 6 must appear in every row and column.
In each thick-line “block”, the target number in the top
left-hand corner is calculated from the digits in all the cells
in the block, using the operation indicated by the symbol.
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Killer No 5848
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Train Tracks No 321
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Sudoku No 9639
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Killer No 5847
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Solution to last week’s Samurai Sudoku
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Sudoku/Killer ©
Puzzler Media
KenKen™ Puzzles are
used with permission
of Gakken Co Ltd and
Nextoy, LLC
Puzzle content ©
2009 Gakken Co Ltd
Tredoku © Mindome
Ltd 2009. TREDOKU®
is the registered
trademark of Mindome
The Listener 4485
Mixed Emotions
by Miss Terry
Answers with
jumbled emotions
removed were,
Across: 8
cyanogen (agony),
18 limewater
(awe), 24
travelogue (love),
29 feracity (fear), 34 arrangeable (anger),
37 nationless (elation); Down: 1 etypical (pity),
7 elegant (glee), 9 ephemerides (desire),
16 threadlet (hatred), 17 Tophet (hope),
19 interregal (regret), 23 lower (woe), 33 gazelle
(zeal). Jumbled in pairs, the emotions formed
the unclued entries and the final answer (woe +
hope). More details at listenercrossword.com.
The winners are Neville Harris of London SE12,
Kenneth MacKenzie of Edinburgh, and J Gill of
Warlingham, Surrey.
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The winner is
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Scrabble ® Paul Gallen
Chess Raymond Keene
The Consumer Electronics Show
is an annual event held in Las
Vegas featuring presentations of
new products and innovations
in the consumer electronics industry. At this year’s event, a
Taiwanese technology company
unveiled a robot which integrates
artificial intelligence and 3D vision recognition to play Scrabble.
As part of its presentation, a
four-game exhibition match was
arranged between the robot and
one of the USA’s best players,
Will Anderson. In the “Man v
Machine” battle, the American
won convincingly by a 4-0 scoreline. Despite the robot possessing perfect word knowledge and
playing the highest-scoring move
each turn, Anderson outplayed
his opponent throughout.
In game two in particular, he
dominated the robot on a congested board. Only one bonus
word was played in the game,
TRAVAILS, which was played
from the following rack:
Last week, the game on display
was the exciting, if not entirely
error-free, victory by world
champion Magnus Carlsen
against reigning British champion Gawain Jones. It featured
a sharp line in the Dragon
Variation of the Sicilian Defence. Doubtless encouraged by
Black’s largely missed opportunities in that clash, the
American grandmaster Hikaru
Nakamura also resorted to the
Dragon in his early dash for
the lead in this year’s Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. Unlike
Jones, Nakamura seized all of
the options available to him in
this resource-rich counterattacking variation.
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What two eight-letter words
would have been available
through a floating E?
After his bonus word, Anderson protected his advantage and
successfully blocked a number of
possible seven-letter words available to his opponent. Can you
find the two available from the
following rack? One is a common
word, the other less so.
ACEEFIN
The robot attempted to counteract Anderson’s defensive tactics and wowed the audience by
extending WORM to ANGLEWORM for 45 points to open
the right-hand side of the board.
Approaching the endgame, Anderson held a 55-point lead on
the board position below with the
following rack.
EHINPSU
What six-letter word was available for 44 points that Anderson
eventually refused?
The match was played with
large wooden blocks meaning
that each player’s rack was visible to their opponent. Anderson
noticed that the robot had a tendency to play the highest-scoring
move regardless of rack leave.
With this information, Anderson took advantage and played
FISH (D12d) for 22 points knowing that his opponent, holding
ACEEIII, would extend the word
to ICEFISH and expose a dangerous triple word lane. Anderson pounced on this with PIEZO
(A11a) for 48 points on his next
move to seal the game.
Definitions
KENAF an East Indian plant
ANGLEWORM an earthworm
used by anglers
Collins Official Scrabble Words is the word authority used.
Word positions use the grid reference plus (a)cross or (d)own.
double letter
square (dl)
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Solution to times2
Jumbo 1305
The winner is
Jerry Whitmarsh of
Maidstone, Kent
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Kibbo Kift (a) A camping,
hiking and handicraft group
with ambitions to bring world
peace. Cresol (c) An aromatic
compound found in coal tar.
Grough (b) A natural channel
or fissure in a peat moor.
Kiaugh (c) Anxiety or trouble
(Scots). Polygon anoa, arson,
mana, manor, maroon,
mason, moan, mono, moon,
morn, moron, naos, norm,
oarsman, oarswoman,
ransom, roan, roman, rowan,
snow, sonar, soon, swan,
swoon, sworn, warn, woman,
worn. Two Brains 1 Ulysses.
The others are all UK Met
Office storm names for
2017/18. 2 Singing: the Singing
Cowboy, the Singing Nun, the
Singing Postman.
Scrabble Eight-letter words:
AESTIVAL and SALIVATE.
Seven-letter words: FIANCEE
and FAIENCE. Anderson
refused PUNISH (C9a) for
44 points.
Literary quiz 1 Daphne du
Maurier. 2 Patrick Hamilton.
3 Winston Graham. 4 The
Lady Vanishes.
Brain Trainer Easy 4;
Medium 393; Harder 6530
Polygon Roger Phillips Cell Blocks 3133
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Using the given letters no more than
once, make as many words as possible of
four or more letters, always including
the central letter. Capitalised words,
plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense
etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives
and superlatives are disallowed.
How you rate: 19 words average; 26,
good; 31, very good; 37, excellent.
Answers to Friday’s Polygon are to the
left. Today’s answers are printed in
MindGames on Monday
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Solution to Friday’s Codeword
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Yesterday’s solution, left
White: Jan-Krzysztof Duda
Black: Hikaru Nakamura
Gibraltar Masters 2018
Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4
Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 Be3 Bg7
7 f3 0-0 8 Qd2 Nc6 9 0-0-0 d5
The element that adds tension and excitement to the
Dragon is the recurring situation in which the players castle
on opposite wings and tear into
their opposing kings. The text
move was also chosen by Jones
when facing Carlsen. White has
various choices here, the main
one being 10 exd5 Nxd5 11
Nxc6 bxc6 12 Bd4.
10 Qe1 e5 11 Nxc6 bxc6 12
exd5 Nxd5 13 Bc4 Be6 14 Kb1
Rb8
The most common move in
this variation. In the CarlsenJones game, Black preferred 14
... Re8. Nakamura’s move is
already planning to line up
pressure along the open lines
to the white king.
15 Ne4 Qc7 16 Bc5 Rfd8
The configuration adopted
by Nakamura here allows
Black to defend the weakened
d6-square. This is a popular
line and we are, of course, still
well within the boundaries of
established opening theory.
17 g4 h6 18 h4 f5
White’s attack, which is
parried by this move, should
already be familiar from the
Carlsen-Jones game.
19 gxf5 gxf5 20 Ng3 Qf7 21
Bb3 Rd7 22 Ne2
White switches into defensive mode, fearing an invasion
by the black knight on f4. In
the game Wei-Gagare, Chongqing 2013 White preferred 22
Qa5 here.
22 ... Rbd8 23 h5 Kh7 24 Qa5
Nf4
An interesting decision. The
American grandmaster is prepared to compromise his kingside pawn structure in order to
open up the diagonal a1-h8 for
his Dragon bishop.
25 Rxd7 Rxd7 26 Nxf4 exf4 27
Qe1 Bd5 28 Bb4 c5
Black would like to intensify the pressure with 28 ... Qf6
but this is countered by 29 Bc3.
The point of the text is to deflect the white bishop.
29 Bxd5
Completely misguided. Correct is 29 Bxc5 Qf6 30 c3 Bxf3
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31 Rg1, when there is all to
fight for.
29 ... Qxd5 30 Ba3 Qxf3 31
Bxc5 Rb7
With the Black forces converging on b2, White’s situation
has become critical.
32 b3 Qd5 33 Ba3 Qd4 34 c3
Qd3+ 35 Kb2 f3 36 Bc5
Losing to an attractive tactic. The last chance was 36
Rh2, when Black continues 36
... a5, preventing Bb4, and
White will have great trouble
defending against the numerous threats as the c3-point is
so weak.
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Losing, but there was nothing to be done about 38 ...
Re2+.
38 ... Qxc3+ 39 Ka3 Qa5 mate
Winning Move
Black to play. This position is
from Gonzalez-Prasanna, Gibraltar 2018.
How did Black engineer a
winning endgame?
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Solution to last week’s puzzle:
1 Qf7! is an unusual way to
fork the bishop on b7 and the
rook on f8. White wins a piece
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slam, your mission is to be passive. Don't lead from, say, KJxxx
(a standard lead v 3NT),
because it's far too likely to give
away a trick. Fourth highest of
your longest and strongest
goes out of the window. With
those thoughts in mind, let's
look at this slam deal from the
Year End Congress in London.
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9 Indian clarified butter (4)
10 Directly contrary (8)
12 Bird; man's name (6)
14 Done in stages (6)
16 Region between Caspian
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11 Fleshy end of cooked
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Clues
L Army heading back to India, they’re found
climbing in forest (6)
I Fuss about last of Samurai swordsmanship (5)
S Perhaps one enjoys powder room at first, after
no women enter plane to Spain (11)
T Chicago mafia mischief implicates them
(6, two words)
E Gallic sketch, endless nonsense, is only half
seen (8)
N Comes by spades under old plough (5)
E Will’s to take in superior and their spy smuggling
uranium (7)
R I see husband stopping Middle Eastern country
vehicle (7)
I Peaceful woman invigorated, not married
locally (5)
S Husky lecturer partners another in country
dance (6)
P Involving contact assigned to drunkard taken in
by Prince Edward say? (14)
Y Maybe Guinness but not C Clinton studied
here (4)
X Yard with fruit dropping on woody tissue (5)
A Meg is accepting liability, no latitude in English
loopholes? (11)
N Top note, something held by three tenors (4)
T Top mountain cat (5)
H Number put in Solway Firth principally are active
when all ebbs (8)
I Match barring athletic couple (4)
P Restrict, say, fellow gaining weight (7, two words)
P New stock close to ornate pots (7)
E Stablewomen covering new S African hoofed
animals (6)
A Disney’s second Frozen star nearly coming up
gangway (5)
A Sikh ceremony out east from desert (5)
A Caribbean fruit crop fine (4)
A Problematic situation, king’s leaving mistress
in Dijon (4)
B Originally the stage rotates with Henry ignoring
college dance record notes (6)
B Looking back, model briefly embraces unknown
impostor (6)
C Associate pro dropping ball after leg before (8)
C Yankee enters arena calling loudly (6)
C Empty glass annealing oven (5)
C Reluctant cleaner? (5)
C Doctor runs south of source of Ouse (5)
D Author accepted by House of Lords (4)
E Prestige city in Connecticut (5)
E Follow three contract players around
university (5)
E Prepare to publish song lyrics from the
archive? (4)
E Nice bread, gold and uniform all over (4)
E Large car maker meeting for a special reason (3)
J Girl playing lute around Italy (6)
J Trump’s second ditches the first army
off-roader (4)
J Chinese small potatoes in a pot, evenly sliced (4)
K Daniel cooks Jewish dumpling (7)
L Independent knight cleaving eucalyptus
wood (6)
M Raga composed with Indian drum (8)
N Antique was not Anglo-Saxon (3)
R UCLA freshers at party take drugs with sex, not
without inhaling helium (7)
R Georgia not finishing letter to Ohio lover (5)
S Some mainstream murmurs about broad treatises
(6)
S May receives a type of unwanted messages (4)
T People nearby vehicle no longer carrying airman
recruit (5)
T Real regret (4)
U Bird avoiding island flower (4)
W You know aged pastor’s quitting position (4)
Two Brains
Raymond Keene
Word Watching
Josephine Balmer
Literary Quiz
Josephine Balmer
Question 1
Which of these is the odd one out,
and why? Hector, Ulysses, Octavia,
Victor, James
Question 2
What is the harmonious
connection between the following?
Gene Autry, Jeanne-Paule Marie
Deckers and Allan Smethurst
Answers on page 57
Kibbo Kift
a. A youth group b. A tribal
god c. Australian porridge
Cresol
a. Wood preserver b. A salad
vegetable c. An aromatic
compound
Grough
a. Harsh-sounding b. A
channel c. A mischievous
sprite
Kiaugh
a. Grapefruit squash
b. A drinking bowl c. Trouble
Answers on page 57
Getting Hitched
1 On whose short story was
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film
The Birds based?
2 Who wrote the play Rope,
filmed by Hitchcock in 1948?
3 Marnie, released by
Hitchcock in 1964, was based
on a novel by whom?
4 What title did Hitchcock
give to his 1938 film of Ethel
Lina White’s thriller The
Wheel Spins?
Answers on page 57
Thanks to Nicholas Flindall of Haywards
Heath for this week’s first question and
email correspondent Peter Fairhurst for
the second. Please send your puzzles to
keenebrain@aol.com. All readers who
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special mention.
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1NT
♠AK2
♥AKJ9
♦K43
♣K54
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♠ Q 10 9 8 6
♥ Q 10 8 6
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Table One
W
Pass
N
E
6NT(1) end
(1) Knows of 33 partnership points.
At Table One, where
English international Peter
Crouch was declarer in 6NT,
West wisely led the jack of diamonds, giving nothing away.
Declarer won the queen and
cashed the ace of clubs.
Declarer's expectation of an
easy ride was quashed when
East discarded (a spade), robbing
declarer of his fifth club trick.
Undaunted, he continued with a
club to the king and a club back
to his queen-jack. East threw
another spade and two diamonds, declarer letting the nine
of hearts go from dummy.
Declarer now crossed to the
king of diamonds and returned
to his ace, East throwing a
heart, reducing to ♠Q109 and
♥Q108. Reading the ending,
declarer played out ace-king
and a third spade. East won the
queen but had to lead from
♥Q108 round to ♥AKJ. Twelve
tricks and small slam made.
It was very nicely played but the
jackpot occurred at Table Two.
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N
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Pass
1♥
Pass
1NT(1) Pass
7NT(2) end
(1) 15-17 — South upgrades because
of his fine five-card club suit.
(2) Knows of 36 partnership points.
The guide for 7NT is 37 but what’s a
point between friends?
West unwisely kicked off
with a club: hardly the worst
crime, for it is unlikely it will
cost a trick. But it did —
indeed on any other lead, 7NT
cannot be made.
Declarer won the nine of
clubs and crossed to the aceking of spades. The queen
could drop and in any case
those cards block the suit for
declarer's planned squeezeending (the Vienna Coup).
Declarer now rattled off all
his eight minor-suit winners.
East had to reduce to ♥Q10 to
retain the queen of spades.
Dummy's last three cards were
♥AKJ and, although declarer
could have finessed, he knew
East began with more hearts
and was finding discarding
very tricky. Playing to have
squeezed East down to two
hearts, declarer crossed to the
ace-king of hearts. East's queen
fell and the jack won the last
trick. Grand slam made.
andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk
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Jumbo crossword No 1307
Cryptic clues
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Across
1 Author of saucy verse, perhaps,
about European villain (9)
6 Complain to Chairman: about
time for something to eat! (4,6)
12 Crowds are in sound: pleasure
boat in sight (7)
13 Substandard pro after pardon
(6,3)
14 Female returning in Bohemian
role (5)
16 S African hill walker on a
motorway’s a reckless driver (5,7)
17 Overcome eg with love, due for
breakdown (10)
19 Words implying stiff resistance?
(4,2,4,4)
22 The physicist’s bible: a good read
at first, surprisingly (8)
24 Stands when wearing slippers? (6)
25 Missionary school has nothing
cut after we appeal (10)
26 A month of this and strain oddly
showing (5)
29 Boy can pinch or scratch (4)
30 A tango with dame concealing
unusual tattoo (8)
32 Echo got in unusual style of
building (10)
34 Protection once linked with Bond,
James, perhaps, reportedly (5,4)
35 Getting on with Labour, initially
wrapped in red flag (3,5)
36 Weakling from Caribbean: one
sitting in house (4)
39 Supplier of wood and new driver,
superior (5)
40 Short scalable key adjusted in
ways that are not obvious? (4-6)
42 Shameless meditation on
underwear (6)
44 A red shroud contains piece
mended at last (8)
46 I’m into sport on common land
that’s had its day (6,8)
48 Fan mail sorted, prepare for
work (6,4)
49 “Conchie” article heralds great
suffering (7,5)
53 Water that flows close to port and
dock? (5)
54 Be accepting Latin who enters
one’s church (9)
55 Commuter belt that TournaiBruxelles returns across (7)
56 Engineer rung by female, number
getting cut off (10)
57 What finally happened at St
Andrews, say, is ill-defined (4-5)
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Train
Tracks
No 322
Lay tracks
to enable
the train to
travel from
village A to
village B.
The numbers
indicate
how many
sections of
rail go in
each row
and column.
There are
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The track
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cross itself.
Solution
next week
Down
1 Puff of black cloud’s above (5)
2 Order large cream buns for
break (10)
3 Pole turning up organised party
for philanthropist (8)
4 Cutting a single diamond, maybe,
and odd bits of ruby (5)
5 Attire for male, but not a steady
boyfriend, we hear? (6,3)
6 The number 25, maybe, full of
passengers? (4)
7 Loud complaint stops old partner
running out (6)
8 Blanket covering plank in ditch
(5,9)
9 Item in parlour that drawer sits
on (7,5)
10 Fellow pinching gold chain gets
fired (7)
11 Latin read on a cue needs
translation (10)
15 Recording of cricket match’s
commentary’s beginning
following brief check (5,4)
18 Confessed to having a hand in
deed, half-heartedly (8)
20 Place to park behind president,
after a walk in the park (4,5)
21 Place falsely associated with
comic’s sidekick? (10)
23 Visiting Australia the queen, I bet,
gets high-level protection (5,5)
27 Zilch sent to cook for meat dish
(9)
28 Get free board with a fantastically
impressive Herts retirement place
(5,3,2,4)
31 Green mark made by harmful
bacteria almost killed brother
(3-5)
33 May, perhaps, leaderless EU slam
Brexit-supporting party in the
ascendant? (2,3,2,3,2)
34 Tirade from star priest (9)
37 What betrays unfaithful husband?
That’s traditionally for women to
do (4-6)
38 Force used to smash racket? (5,5)
41 Red meat and game — and son
taking care of wine (9)
43 Swiss rugby team, say, upset
English (8)
45 Clothing no longer right for fine
people to wear (7)
47 A Quebec flag encapsulates a
country’s people (6)
50 Nonsense from Monsieur you
repeated (2,3)
51 War correspondent’s medal
received by his boss? (5)
52 National following superior to
local (4)
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1 Measuring (an area) for mapping
(9)
6 Come-down (10)
12 The papal court (4,3)
13 Radioactive element (9)
14 Acquire knowledge (5)
16 Making very happy (12)
17 Forcible prevention (10)
19 Healthy walk (14)
22 Compelling charm (8)
24 Thing done; armed conflict (6)
25 Process of changing (10)
26 In that place (5)
29 Uncommon (4)
30 Military admin officer (8)
32 Newspaper opinion piece (9)
34 Preliminary build; mock-up (9)
35 Strangle; control (an engine) (8)
36 Metal used in brass (4)
39 Pauses; relaxes (5)
40 Skilled lab worker (10)
42 Desert illusion (6)
44 Strip (someone) (8)
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Financial deprivation (14)
Resemblance (10)
Sweat (12)
Animal’s track or scent (5)
Colour-changing lizard (9)
US state (7)
Unchanging in standard over time
(10)
57 Done in brief irregular bursts (9)
Down
1 Imaginary spirit of the air (5)
2 Firm decision (10)
3 Express great loathing for (8)
4 Not appropriate (5)
5 Inexperienced person (9)
6 Corrosive liquid (4)
7 Followed (6)
8 Able to be understood (14)
9 Picture in a book or periodical (12)
10 Movements in slow time (7)
11 Mobility aid (10)
15 Unrivalled (9)
18 Stair handrail and supports (8)
20 Famous for something bad (9)
21 Disorder in flow (10)
23 Certificate of competence
holder (10)
27 Completely remove (9)
28 Queen album; Marx brothers film
(1,3,2,3,5)
31 Freedom of action (8)
33 Upper chamber of Parliament
(5,2,5)
34 Whooping cough (9)
37 English racecourse and spa town
(10)
38 Domineering or inconsiderate
(4-6)
41 Proximity (9)
43 Belief that life is meaningless (8)
45 With ease, relaxed (music) (7)
47 Attack with gunfire from the
air (6)
50 Father Christmas (5)
51 Sir — Newton, English
scientist (5)
52 Sensed; fibre cloth (4)
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