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The Times Saturday Review — 6 January 2018

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Saturday January 6 2018
7-DAY
TV & RADIO
GUIDE
page 23
A kind of magi
Rachel CampbellJohnston on the
Epiphany in art 8
Kristin
Scott
Thomas
on being
Clementine
Churchill
art books theatre film music television what’s on puzzles
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everyone’s talking about
Michelle Terry’s first season at Shakespeare’s Globe
SARAH LEE
Why?
After the bloody boardroom carnage that
brought Emma Rice’s controversial directorship at Shakespeare’s Globe to a sticky,
overlit end, theatreland wondered what a
new artistic director could do to patch the
venue’s wounds — and who on earth
would have the chutzpah even to try. Step
forward Michelle Terry, an actress so well
liked and respected that even Rice’s most
vociferous supporters piped down the
minute she was named.
But how is she going to do it? Terry
announced her first season this week, to
include Hamlet, As You Like It, The Two
Noble Kinsmen (the obligatory weird “Oh
yeah, I forgot about that one” entry), The
Winter’s Tale, Othello and Love’s Labour’s
Lost. By the looks of it — and presumably
much to the relief of the board, which
forced out Rice over her use of insufficiently Elizabethan sound and light rigs —
she’s going back to basics and returning
the Globe to the actors’ theatre it would
have been in Will’s day.
Her first innovation (renovation?) will
be forming the Globe Ensemble, which
will include Terry herself, as well as people
such as the Endeavour actor Jack Laskey,
the deaf actress Nadia Nadarajah, the
dramaturg Elle While and Federay
Holmes, a writer and director who, her
Twitter bio says, will also act “if asked nicely”. Terry wants the company to “explore
these well-thumbed and popular plays as
if for the first time”, when the original
hit-maker was first churning them out,
doling out the parts to run several plays in
repertory at the same time.
In another neat nod to Shakespearean
tradition, Brendan O’Hea will direct a separate, touring company of eight actors in
The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the
Shrew and Twelfth Night, and allow the
audience to pick the play each night.
Even in the 16th century, when audiences flocked to see Richard Burbage, big
names meant bums on seats. Terry’s first
Othello will be the American actor André
Holland, last seen in the Oscar-winning
Moonlight, and Iago will be the Globe’s
Celebrate Epiphany
by seeking out
sumptuous
paintings of the
Three Wise Men
says Rachel
CampbellJohnston
Thieves in art and books
chosen by the Gruffalo
illustrator Axel Scheffler
Theatre 10
Girl from the North
Country star Sheila Atim
talks to Nancy Durrant
about racism and Dylan
Books 11-19
Hugo Rifkind 7
“In McMafia, above, you
look at the bankers and
the gangsters, and you
can’t tell which is which”
The Globe’s new artistic
director, Michelle Terry
founding artistic director, Mark Rylance,
directed by his wife, Claire van Kampen.
The couple’s collaborations include the
hits Nice Fish and Farinelli and the King,
which augurs well. Shakespeare was never
precious about being popular.
Nancy Durrant
What they say
“I’m not going to direct [any plays], so nobody needs to worry about that. I think it’s
a skill that I don’t have, and my passion is
acting.” Michelle Terry
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men
and women merely players: They have
their exits and their entrances; And one
man in his time plays many parts.”
William Shakespeare
(via Jaques in As You Like It)
SAINT ANNE’S CHURCH AT KEW, LOND
ON 1892 BY CAMILLE PISSARRO
On general release
Kevin Maher,
page 20
film
The Wizard
of Oz
Crucible, Sheffield
Ann Treneman,
page 21
visual art
London Coliseum
Debra Craine, page 21
Cover story 4-5
Six of the best 6
All the Money
in the World
La Sylphide
Visual art
8-9
Kristin Scott Thomas
talks to Ed Potton about
playing Clementine
Churchill and directing
her first film
What the critics would pay to see
dance
Contents
theatre
Impressionists
in London
Tate Britain, London
Rachel CampbellJohnston, page 21
A history of Iran, the
corrupt world of
contemporary art and
the spymaster driven
mad by betrayal
TV & radio 23-51
Michael Palin: A Life on
Screen, behind the
scenes with Britain’s
surgeons and the best of
Netflix and Amazon
Puzzles 52-55
Crossword, sudoku,
Scrabble and your
favourite brain teasers
What’s on 20-21
Our critics on the week’s
best films, music, theatre,
exhibitions and more
Cover photograph
Universal Pictures
International
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‘People were scared of Clemmie —
Kristin Scott Thomas tells Ed Potton about the challenges
of playing Clementine Churchill in Darkest Hour, directing
her first film and the Bafta retrospective in her honour
K
ristin Scott Thomas
sweeps into the suite at
Claridge’s and immediately apologises for her
bare face. “If I see
another make-up artist
I shall scream, which is
why you’ve got the blank canvas I’m
afraid,” she says in her crisp RP. “It’s very
un film star-ish.” Nonsense. Even without
make-up the 57-year-old is imperiously
chic: vertiginous cheekbones, deep-purple
shirt dress, black leather boots, her hair cut
ruthlessly short. It’s all topped off with
some very film star-ish sunglasses. “Well,
we need those,” she says with a waspish
smile. She removes them, having successfully negotiated the pre-Christmas crowds
of Mayfair.
When Scott Thomas does get recognised, most people still ask her about Four
Weddings and a Funeral and The English
Patient, she says, “and that funny French
film where I came out of prison”. She
means I’ve Loved You So Long, part of her
distinguished parallel career in France.
Blockbuster and arthouse, drama and
comedy, stage and screen, English and
French — there aren’t many areas of acting where her poise and exquisite emotional range haven’t left their mark.
There should shortly be a new addition
to the list of films on which strangers
buttonhole her: Darkest Hour, in which
she plays Clementine Churchill to Gary
Oldman’s Winston. Many of the plaudits
will rightly go to Oldman’s astonishing
performance, beneath layers of groundbreaking prosthetics, but Scott Thomas, in
pearls, skirt suits and silver curls, is a vital
foil. Nobody else in the film stands up to
Churchill with such vigour and style.
In person, Scott Thomas has a similarly
lightfooted wit and an aversion to mincing
her words. There’s also an awareness of her
value as an actress: she once talked about
directors casting her “as a sort of weight to
their otherwise flimsy production” and she
agreed to do Darkest Hour only on the condition that the director, Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina), beefed up her role.
“I’ve been asked to do Clemmie a number
of times [she won’t say who the others
were] and I’ve always said no because I’ve
never felt that she was there enough,” she
says. “You see Clemmie as being rather
long-suffering, faithful, rather like a dog at
his feet all the time. I perhaps shouldn’t use
that image because it sounds rude. But in
fact it was much more tumultuous than
that. It was the most unbelievably complicated marriage.”
The script was duly tweaked to show
how Clemmie sparred with Churchill
(“Leave me, Clemmie,” he says during
one fraught exchange. “It’s far too late
for that,” she replies witheringly) and
curbed his spikiness. (“You’re not as
kind as you used to be,” she says. “I
don’t want you to be disliked.”)
There was also more emphasis on
how much of their family life thee
couple gave up for public service.
“Well, how much she’s given up, basically, because he didn’t give up an-ything.” (She pronounces it like Craigg
It must be
wonderful to
win an Oscar.
But you
know, you
just keep
plodding on
Revel Horwood says “fab-u-lous” on
Strictly Come Dancing.)
She did lots of research, talking to
Winston and Clemmie’s grandchildren,
Charlotte Peel, Emma Soames and Nicholas Soames, and to Clemmie’s former
private secretary. The result is a more
rounded Clemmie, just as we saw from her
friend Harriet Walter in Netflix’s The
Crown. Like Winston, Clemmie “suffered
horribly” from depression, “which is possibly why they managed to help each other
so well”, Scott Thomas says. “Lots of people
were very scared of her, but she was in fact
incredibly shy. When you see her speaking
in public she’s very jittery and has a [goes
up an octave] very high-pitched voice.”
The only detail Scott Thomas failed to nail
down was which perfume Clemmie wore.
Oldman and she had never met before
doing the film, “and I didn’t really meet
him in the first two days because he was
always in total Winston Churchill mode”.
In full prosthetics, cigar etc? She nods. “He
just kept very, very quiet so I thought, ‘Oh,
he’s brewing something.’ ” When they
finally squared off in front of the camera,
she says, it was thrilling. “He really comes
alive when he’s pretending to be someone
else. He wanted me to believe that he was
Winston Churchill and he utterly believed
that I was Clemmie Churchill.”
Just before our interview it’s announced
that Oldman has been nominated for a
Golden Globe. Scott Thomas hasn’t heard.
“Oh congratulations!” she says. “Well, I’m
sure he’s going to get an Oscar.” She has not
been nominated for Clemmie; even beefed
up it’s probably too small a role. She was
nominated for an Oscar for The English
Patient, losing out to Frances McDormand
in Fargo, but she has won an Olivier, for The
Seagull in 2008, and a Bafta, for Four
Weddings and a Funeral. Would winning an
Oscar surpass her Olivier?
“It’s the gold coins at the bottom of your
Christmas stocking. It must be wonderful
to win one. But you know, you just keep
plodding on. I think people who aren’t
in the business think
about it more
than people
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but she was in fact terribly shy’
PATRICK SWIRC/MODDS/CAMERA PRESS
How does she feel about turning director? “One is never 100 per cent confident,
even though one pretends to be. I’ve
worked with some amazing people and
I’ve watched very carefully and I have a
very good ear and a very good eye.”
It’s a long way from her debut in 1986 in
Under the Cherry Moon, a kitsch disaster
directed by and starring Prince. “It was
madness! I was 23, he was 24 and we were
running the show. Well, he was running the
show. Everyone was bowing down to a 24year-old!” They lost touch, but ten years
later she appeared on a morning chat show.
“I said I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t
for him, then we get a message saying he’d
watched it. I love the idea of Prince sitting
in his pyjamas watching breakfast TV.”
They stayed friends until his death in 2016.
What next? “I’d really like to do Mother
Courage, but nobody wants to do it with me
who are. It’s visible proof that you’re good.”
As is her damehood, awarded in 2015.
It’s hard to discuss The English Patient
without mentioning Harvey Weinstein,
who produced it. “I didn’t have to deal with
him [on set] because he wasn’t there, but I
subsequently met him many times.” Her
eyes move suddenly to the corner of the
room — the publicist, who had been listening at the door, has come in. “Can we move
on from this?” says the publicist. Scott
Thomas’s eyes widen. “His name is now
unmentionable! He’s still here — having a
lot of effect.” What were her dealings with
Weinstein like, I ask, before we’re moved
on. She shrugs. “He was Harvey. I never
had any kind of . . . problems.”
We turn, under duress, to her home life.
She lives between the UK and Paris (where
she moved at 19 after being told at drama
school in London that she wouldn’t make
it as an actress). Brexit, she says, “really
shook me”; she has finally got a French
passport. She is divorced from François
Olivennes, a French gynaecologist with
whom she has three children: Hannah, a
journalist living in Geneva who had a baby
last year, making Scott Thomas a grandmother; Joseph, who is studying theatre
direction in Brussels; and George, at
school in Paris. Does she have a partner? “Hehe, what sort of partner?”
Erm, a love partner? “None off
your business.”
Scott Thomas is known as
somebody who can do “good sad”,
from her lugubrious Fiona in
n
Four Weddings to her pulverisingg
Electra at the Old Vic, plus a pair off
Pinters and a couple of Chekhovs,
all Olivier-nominated. Some of
that facility with darkness, she
agrees, stems from her childhood. She grew up in Dorset,
going to boarding schools
from the age of eight, which
was “difficult”. Losing her
father, a navy pilot, to a
flying accident when she
was five and her stepfather, also a pilot, to
a similar tragedy six
years later clearly
scarred her. “Those
kind of catastrophic
events, they make
you who you are.
Of course that’ss
what makes mee
want
to
do
Electra perhaps more than the average
person.” She laughs a gallows laugh.
Channelling those memories takes its
toll. “Acting is quite an invasive line of
work. But I won’t do that any more. I’m
only doing cheerful things. Building rather
than mining.” A few years ago she had
become “fed up” of making films. “Just
burnout, I’d done too many things.” She
was juggling careers in France and the UK,
“trying to keep all the pots boiling. I
suddenly realised that I was spending
more days a year being someone else than
I was being me. I thought that was nonsense and had to stop.”
Now she’s in love with it all again, partly
because she’s doing fewer blockbusters
and angsty arthouse movies. “I’ve made a
lot of films with auteurs and I prefer people
who are more technically solid.” She has
loved making Darkest Hour and The Party,
Sally Potter’s ensemble comedy. She was
recently honoured with a retrospective at
Bafta. “I had no idea I’d done so much. But
there aren’t enough comedies.” Yes, there
has also been a relapse into blockbuster
land. In March she will appear in Tomb
Raider, opposite Alicia Vikander as Lara
Croft. “Um. Yes I don’t know quite how I
got into doing Tomb Raider. But it was a
really small part — it was literally just
show up and say things for three
days and go.”
As part of her building-ratheer-than-mining strategy, she is
tto make her debut as a director,
with The Sea Change, a film adapw
ttation of the novel by Elizabeth
Jane Howard. “Technicians on
films have said to me [she slips
into a cockney accent], ‘When
are you gonna make your
film?’ ” However, she
had never felt moved
enough by a subject,
until now. Sea Change
is
i about “a playwright
and his wife who are
going through a very
difficult time. Somebody shows up, a
yyoung girl who
knows nothing, but
who manages to
w
sshine a spotlight on
their
life.” Will she be
t
in
i it? “I think I might
not
n be in it.” She has cast
all three roles, “but I’m
not going to tell you who”.
I’ve done
lots of soulsearching,
but those
days are over
acting the part
Kristin Scott Thomas,
left, at the premiere
of Darkest Hour in
Leicester Square in
December. Far left: as
Clementine Churchill
with Gary Oldman’s
Winston. Top: with
Ralph Fiennes in
The English Patient
— I think it’s a good idea to do a play about
war now.” She would love to work with
Martin McDonagh and Andrea Arnold,
“and if somebody wanted to make a film
about Clemmie I would definitely do it”.
The publicist is lurking again. Before our
time is up I ask Scott Thomas what comes
to mind when she thinks about Four
Weddings. “Our little caravans,” she says.
“They weren’t glamorous. We had three
actors in these rabbit hutches. It was hot
and muggy, but pouring with rain, that
smell of wet earth and costumes. We’d all sit
around whingeing and joking and putting
on music and having a really nice time.”
Having a really nice time seems to be her
priority once more. She nods and smiles. “I
like having a challenge, but not having to
search my soul. I’ve done lots of that.
Those days are over.”
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Saturday January 6 2018 | the times
six of the best
PHAIDON; EDWARD GOREY; GETTY IMAGES; REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Thieves chosen by
Axel Scheffler
I feel sympathetic to
the thieves I’ve chosen
here. They are not bad
characters. In the case
of the cats stealing food,
it is just what they do.
I think that children
have a fascination with
thieving and criminal
activity. When I was
asked to illustrate Julia
Donaldson’s The Highway
Rat,
I thought it was nice
to have a baddie as
a protagonist for a
change. I was glad
I was allowed
to give the animals
clothes, which made
them more
interesting to
draw.
It’s a wacky story. The
highway thief is a rat and
there are lots of other
animals that attracted
me to the story too.
At the end it’s uncertain
whether he has become
a good rat or not. He’s
now working in a
cake shop.
An adaptation of
The Highway Rat,
starring David
Tennant, is
available to view
on BBC iPlayer
bicycle thieves,
directed by vittorio
de sica (1948)
This neorealist film is
a story about a bicycle
theft. It is set after the
Second World War, a
time of great poverty in
Italy. A poor man,
Antonio, relies on his
bicycle do his job. When
his bike is stolen, his
livelihood is threatened.
It’s a touching and
beautifully shot film.
the three robbers by tomi ungerer (1961)
Tomi Ungerer is highly original. This is a famous book about three robbers, illustrated in a bold, simple graphic
style. The robbers steal a girl called Tiffany, who asks them what they want to do with the money they’ve
accumulated. Suddenly, as if by a miracle, they become good.
the peasant and the nest robber by pieter
bruegel the elder (1568)
Bruegel is one of my favourite painters. It is one of the
first paintings to feature a peasant prominently in the
foreground. He is pointing at a man who is stealing
birds from a nest. For me, it’s a symbol of what we’re
doing to nature and what we have always done to it.
magoosy by christine
morton-shaw and
thomas müller (2002)
Magoosy is an English
book published in 2002
about a cat thief. It’s a
funny story. A cat tries
to break into a fish shop
but accidentally breaks
into a bank instead.
mungojerrie and
rumpleteazer from
old possum’s book
of practical cats
by ts eliot (1939)
Mungojerrie and
Rumpleteazer are
characters from TS Eliot’s
collection of poems.
I was asked by Faber to
re-illustrate the book,
which has already been
illustrated several times.
The best are by Edward
Gorey (above).
the real thief by william steig (1973)
William Steig is one of my favourite illustrators.
I really love the way he writes a story and the way
he uses language. A goose called Gawain is accused
of stealing from the royal treasury. The titular “real
thief” is a mouse named Derek. The story ends
happily as the two animals become friends again.
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Hugo Rifkind on TV
McMafia is not just horror and
snuff. It’s more upsetting than that
indulging them (his sidekick Jack, played
by Sean Hayes).
All that seems obvious now, and it could
have dated things. Thankfully not. All the
characters look exactly the same, even
though Messing is pushing 50 and McCormack, for God’s sake, is 54. Living together
again after various relationship breakdowns, Will and Grace found themselves,
for divergent reasons, visiting the White
House. All the best jokes, obviously, were
about Trump. Somehow, as ever, it managed to be wildly political with not a hint
of bitterness. Without wishing to get all
soppy, it was like having old friends back in
your living room after yonks.
McMafia
(BBC One)
Will & Grace
(Channel 5)
Girlfriends
(ITV)
O
nce, when popular
culture wanted to offer
us a glimpse into the
unobtainable lifestyle
of the super-rich, it
gave us civil servants.
Seems weird now, I’ll
grant you, but that’s basically what was
going on with James Bond and the Ferrero
Rocher adverts, right? Then, for a time, it
gave us oil barons. Dallas, Dynasty, all that.
Then, post-millennium, it gave us celebrity, in everything from Entourage to Footballers’ Wives, to Keeping Up With the
Kardashians. And now, with the world
being broken, and squeezed bone-dry, and
clearly working properly only for the very
worst people there are, it gives us gangsters, with a side-order of bankers. These,
today, are our Nietzschean übermensch.
Cheery, eh?
We have had loaded gangsters before,
of course, in a lineage that runs from The
Godfather, through Scarface, into The
Sopranos. All, though, were mere hustlers,
on the way up, which is another way of
saying that they hadn’t teamed up with the
bankers yet. Well, now they have. In The
Night Manager, in Riviera and now in
McMafia, the bankers and gangsters are
like George Orwell’s pigs and men. You
look from one to the other, and you can no
longer tell which is which.
McMafia, at least so far, is the best of the
bunch. Based on a work of nonfiction by
the journalist Misha Glenny, it stars James
Norton as Alex, the pampered scion of the
Godmans, a moderately dodgy family of
Russian oligarchs. They’re not the worst
bastards, this lot, just bastards enough
to have risen from the rubble of postcommunist Russia and escaped with their
loot intact. Now based in Britain, but only
loosely, they maintain close ties to old
associates in Israel and Russia.
They are, in a nutshell,
Theresa May’s citizens of
nowhere. They are also largely Jewish, which gives theirr
malign statelessness a profoundly uncomfortable edge.
Or at least, it does to me.
Alex, though, is not
rootless. Subjected to
an English boardingg
school at an early age,
his Russian is poor,
much to the exasperation of his listless,
drunken father (Alekseii
Serebryakov). Instead he
sounds, dresses and acts
like the archetypal posh
Englishman, with a posh
dodgy deals James Norton in McMafia. Below: the stars of Girlfriends. Below right: the return of Will & Grace
There are
shades of
Michael
Corleone
in James
Norton’s Alex
English stick up his utterly anglified arse.
He has an English girlfriend (Juliet
Rylance) and runs his own London hedge
fund with which he eschews, to the point of
rudeness, any professional entanglements
with Russia at all. He also has hair like
David Miliband, but try not to worry about
that. A more serious problem is his dodgy
uncle Boris (David Dencik), who is keen to
exploit his spotless fund for global moneylaundering. Alex resists, right up until
the point that a rival oligarch has Boris
murdered with a caviar knife and comes
after his father too. Then, under the wing
of Semiyon (David Strathairn), a member
of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), he
begins a slide to the dark.
There are shades of Michael Corleone in
Alex’s belated willingness to be his father’s
son, but this is no mere modern-day reboot
of a classic. It also steps deep into the grisly
underworld of human traffic
and prostitution. One
horrific scene in the
second episode shows an
abducted girl being
kneecapped and left to
die in the Negev desert,
an incident directly
lifted from Glenny’s wholly factual book. Yet
McMafia is not
just
horror and
j
snuff. In a way
it
i is more upsetting
than
that,
because it
t
offers
you the
o
lure
lur of global gangsterism too, in the
form of lots and
l
lots
of money and
dangerous, beautiful women pressing
themselves against you in nightclubs.
Most of all, though, it is a study in diabolical, hostile takeover. Organised crime is
here, webbing the world, no less
tangible than the burger
chain from which this
series takes its neologism.
In the East — Far, Near
and Middle alike — it
buys complicity from
politicians, businessmen and security services, often the very
people who ought to be
the backbone of the
fight against it. In the
West it doesn’t even need
them, because it has bankers,
the masters of the universe
themselves. Less a criminal underworld, more a criminal overworld. God
help us all.
Also, Will & Grace is back. Whoop!
Twenty years after it began, and a little
over ten after it went away, the classic
American sitcom about a gay man and a
straight woman living together has . . . hang
on, is that all it was about? He’s gay! She’s
not gay! Drama! You couldn’t even pitch it
now. “Then what?” they’d say. “And?”
It was always good. In fact, scratch that,
it was often great. Debra Messing played
Grace, who was 90 per cent hair, and Eric
McCormack played Will, the straightest
gay man that ever there was. Despite the
conservatism of vast swathes of its audience, it was a massive hit, credited by some
with encouraging genuine change in
American attitudes towards homosexuality. It did this by a strange alchemy, resisting gay stereotypes (Will) and utterly
I’m not normally wild about Kay Mellor’s
dramas, finding them saccharine and a
little thudding, probably on account of my
being such a crashing snob. Yet I sat
through the first episode of Girlfriends
and really enjoyed it. I couldn’t say why. It’s
not impossible that I’m having some sort
of breakdown.
The alternative hypothesis is that it was
really good, albeit studded with slight oddities. Mainly it’s a study in older women
dealing with divorce, grandchildren, professional frustration, age and everything
else. Once a girl band who performed at
Greenham Common (odd), the three of
them have since headed off in different
directions. Linda (Phyllis Logan), happily
married for years, recently lost her husband after he fell off a cruise ship (odder).
Gail (Zoë Wanamaker) has no money
and a son (Matthew Lewis) who
claims he has just got out of
prison, but is clearly lying
so as not to have to tell
people he was Neville
Longbottom in the
Harry Potter films.
The true star, though,
is Miranda Richardson, who plays Sue, a
single, career-obsessed features editor at
one of those incredibly
glamorous
magazines
that we know they have in
(oddest) West Yorkshire.
Her portrayal is frankly cruel — a
mess of flapping coats and tottering heels
making her into a joke about ageing femininity itself. She’s being frozen out of her
magazine for being too old, even though
the male editor (Anthony Head) is equally
old. She has also spent a lifetime treating
her friends like dirt, while climbing an economic and social ladder away from them.
Somehow, though, she’s mesmerising. If
it’s not too armchair psychologist of me, I
suppose she might be written as a compendium of the greatest fears that Mellor —
wildly successful, ordinary background,
still in Leeds — has about herself.
So the whole package worked just fine,
right until the closing scene that suggested
that Linda, on that cruise ship, may have
given her husband a shove. That would be
a shame, because this feels strong enough
to thrive without grabby twists. That’s the
thing about a kitchen sink drama. You
don’t want to throw the kitchen sink at it.
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visual art
They’re adorable!
Visit an art gallery
this Epiphany
Celebrate the legacy of the end of the Christmas season by viewing
a sumptuous Adoration scene, suggests Rachel Campbell-Johnston
C
hristmas feels like it happened a long while ago.
Even the “happy new
year” cries have faded.
Twelfth Night is upon us.
It’s time to take down the
tinsel. And this, in the
majority of British households, is about
the most we will manage when it comes to
marking the feast of Epiphany.
Today is the day on which Christmas is
deemed over and done with. Yet for centuries this feast day was a high point of the
Christian calendar. Commemorating the
visit of the Magi to the Christ child, it takes
its name from the Greek word meaning “to
show” because it symbolised the moment
when God incarnate was first revealed to
the world. Nowadays it may be about the
least celebrated part of the Christmas
story but, in the story of the art that has
done so much to shape our culture, it has
for approaching two millennia played a
significant role.
The Magi have provided a subject —
often several times over — for our best
recognised artists: Mantegna, Leonardo
and Dürer; Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt; Veronese and Velázquez; Bruegel
the Elder, Botticelli and Bosch among
them. The scene has been rendered in
mosaic, stained glass and fresco. Sculptors
have set it above cathedral doorways,
The Magi have
provided a subject
for our best
recognised artists
inscribed it on tombstones and it has been
carved on rood screens. It has been woven
in tapestries, wrought on liturgical vessels,
enamelled in miniatures and embroidered
on ecclesiastical robes. It crops up more
often than any other Nativity scene. Of all
the New Testament stories that artists
have tackled, only the Crucifixion has
been depicted as often.
And yet the tale of the Magi is recounted
in just one of the four Gospels. It is
Matthew who informs of the wise men
from the east who followed a star. “And
when they came into the house, they saw
the young child with Mary, his mother,”
he tells us, “and they fell down and worshipped him: and when they had opened
their treasures, they presented unto him
gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
This brief description contains the
principal elements of most pictorial representations of a legend that perhaps has
acquired such plausibility as a result of its
many artistic interpretations. They were
so vivid that it was made memorable.
The adoration of the Magi, however, is
far more than a pretty Christmas scene. It
encapsulates complex theological and cultural meanings. The first surviving images
of the subject date back to catacomb paintings of the 2nd and 3rd centuries and carvings on stone coffins from the early 4th
century. The artists of late antiquity look
to models inherited from the Roman
empire. The Virgin Mary, with the child on
her lap, is set upon a throne. And the three
gift-bearing strangers who come to pay
homage are dressed in the billowy cloaks
and pointy Phrygian caps that would have
been worn by the ambassadors of subject
peoples when they travelled to pay tribute
to their Roman emperor. You can see this
if you look, for instance, at a 4th-century
sarcophagus lid in the Louvre or at the
6th-century Byzantine mosaic in Ravenna’s magnificent Sant’Apollinare Nuovo.
The fact that those early Magi are costumed in barbarian dress conveys an
important theological message. It marks
them out as the heathens whom the
Messiah has come to save. In these first
images we discover the new Christian religion revealing itself to all people and not
just those of Jewish descent.
The leitmotif of the star, which lends
supernatural character to the story linking
earthly events to the heavenly fates, also
draws on the iconographic traditions of
antiquity. Augustus, for instance, took the
comets that appeared at the funeral of
Julius Caesar as a sign of his apotheosis.
But how did this trio of heathen astrologers turn into the kings of our much-sung
carol? It was only much later — towards
the end of the 10th century — that the
Magi were crowned. The Anglo-Saxon
Benedictional of St Aethelwold in Winchester Cathedral is one of the first images to
o come let us adore
him The Adoration of
the Kings by Jan
Gossaert, now in the
National Gallery in
London. Top left:
Adoration of the Magi by
Andrea Mantegna. Above
left: The Adoration of the
Magi, triptych attributed
to Hieronymus Bosch or
his studio
present them in this new royal guise. It was
an idea that took root because it reflected
the way in which rulers of that era — the
Ottonian emperors, for example — considered themselves to have received their
power directly from God. They, like the
Magi, were kings who were legitimised by
Christ. Botticelli, in his Adoration (now
in the Uffizi in Florence), portrays prominent members of the Medici family (his
patrons) as magi. A pair of Danish regents
— King Christian II and his father, King
Hans — are the two elder kings in a 16thcentury panel by the Master of Frankfurt.
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we three kings
Adoration of the Magi,
c 1619 by Diego
Velásquez. Below:
Procession of the Magi,
detail of the 5th century
mosaics in the Basilica of
Sant’Apollinare Nuovo,
Ravenna
The Magi’s
visit became
an excuse
to revel in
mirabilia
Where, at first, the Christ child had been
most commonly shown stretching out his
hands to receive proffered gifts, now,
receiving what looks more like a state visit
from monarchs, he sits back and blesses
them with a hand gesture instead.
The journey of the Magi — only mentioned in passing by Matthew — took an
increasingly vivid grip on the medieval
imagination. Travel in that era was hard
work. Kings and their retinues would
traipse across kingdoms. Pilgrims would
embark on long, pious trips. Traders
crossed continents laden with merchan-
dise and the journeys of artists and scholars created early cross-cultural links.
Soon the journey itself was becoming
the main subject. Sassetta’s image (now in
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York) shows them on horseback skittering
down a steep slope. (The fur-lined hat
worn by one was inspired, apparently, by
the 1432 visit to Siena of Hungary’s King
Sigismund.) Ever more elaborate retinues
were added. Benozzo Gozzoli’s fabulous
fresco — one of the few treasures of the
Medici palace in Florence that can still be
seen in its original location — processes
across three walls of a room: a magnificent
caravan twining endlessly through mountains. The moment of arrival is never
reached. Very few artists depicted the
Magi’s homeward voyage when, having
been warned by an angel of Herod’s wicked
plans, they made their way back, according
to Matthew, “by another means”. In the
Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna you
can find them drawing up a gangplank as
they set sail.
If they did leave in this way, then God
only knows what happened to their huge
retinues. Herds of abandoned dromedaries must have wandered Judaea. Because
artists, fascinated by the exoticism of these
eastern visitors, increasingly revelled in
the marvels that this subject could display.
The kings came to be seen as representatives of the three continents that were
known in medieval times: Europe, Asia
and Africa. That is why one — Balthazar
— was commonly shown as a moor. By the
15th century this idea was fixed. Look at
Hans Memling’s triptych in the Prado in
Madrid. In gold-trimmed green tunic, a
red-sheathed sabre at his side, he struts
his eye-catching stuff in a broken-down
stable. Or go to our own National Gallery
in London and note the way in which in the
great Gossaert altarpiece the artist dwells
on rich detail, picking out the textures of
sumptuous fabrics, describing the elaborate metalwork of the caskets carried by
the kings.
The Magi’s visit became an excuse to
revel in mirabilia. The kings keep increasingly elaborate company. In the National
Gallery Veronese adds fluffy-winged cherubim, while Botticelli puts in a prominent
sword-bearing dwarf. The poor ox and
the ass barely get a look in. The Magi
crowd them out with their accompanying
menageries: lions, leopards and deer,
monkeys, peacocks and falcons. Dürer
sends a huge stag beetle scuttling down
the steps at the forefront of one picture. In
Gozzoli’s fresco a chained cheetah perches
behind his handler on the rump of a richly
caparisoned horse.
Each artist found a way to bring an individual touch. Biblical events are presented
as if happening in contemporary times.
Patrons are frequently added. Velázquez,
in a Prado Adoration, poses his family.
Botticelli, in his wonderful Uffizi painting,
includes himself in an orange robe to the
right of the crowd, and Leonardo may be
spotted in a youthful self-portrait on the
far right of his superlative (but unfinished)
Adoration scene.
Costumes increasingly reflect fashions.
Veronese’s Adoration doubles as a haute
couture catwalk. Bruegel the Elder’s visit
(in the Hermitage in St Petersburg) takes
place in a snow-topped stable in the corner
while Netherlandish villagers bustle about
their everyday chores. The presence of soldiers may reflect the Spanish occupation
at the time. Ghirlandaio, painting the Magi
for an altarpiece for an orphanage, sets two
praying children — holy innocents — in
the foreground. Bosch hides a half-naked
man in the Nativity stable. He is said to
represent evil, waiting to strike now the
Saviour is born.
Images of the Magi came, over the centuries, to stand as a high point of picturesque narrative. So what has happened to
this vision today? You would be hard pushed to think of a contemporary who has
tackled the subject. Its most prominent
cultural legacy nowadays lies, most probably, in the giving of Christmas gifts.
Perhaps, as we sit in houses strewn with
the leftovers of indulgence, we can think of
them as the Medici family in Florence
once did. These fabulously wealthy rulers
set out to present themselves as the Magi.
They would dress up as them in the city’s
annual Epiphany procession. The three
kings were their excuse to boast earthly
wealth. They could condone extravagance
and make it somehow holy. The camel
may not easily pass through the eye of the
needle. But apparently its owner can.
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theatre
CHRIS MCANDREW FOR THE TIMES
She sings
Dylan better
than Bob
Sheila Atim, star of Girl from the North
Country, tells Nancy Durrant about being a
model, musician, actress — and scientist
I
t’s easy to forget, talking to Sheila
Atim, that she has been at this
acting lark for only four years.
She plays a central role in Girl
from the North Country, opening
in the West End after an initial
run at the Old Vic. It’s easy
largely because the 26-year-old has
packed quite a lot into that time.
Atim was acclaimed for her roles in the
Donmar Warehouse’s recent all-female
Shakespeare trilogy in London and, as
Babette, she was the best thing about last
year’s production of Babette’s Feast at the
Print Room theatre in west London. In
2016 she was a mesmerising presence in
Yaël Farber’s hard-hitting revival of Les
Blancs at the National Theatre. Her stage
debut was at Shakespeare’s Globe in The
Lightning Child. All this after completing a
degree, not at drama school, but at King’s
College London in biomedical science.
More on that later. We meet in east
London, where Atim and the cast are
rehearsing Girl from the North Country.
The play, which is written and directed by
the Irish playwright Conor McPherson
and features the music of Bob Dylan, often
radically rearranged, follows the trials of a
disparate group of people, down on their
luck during the Great Depression, living at
a crumbling Minnesota boarding house
run by Nick Laine and his wife, Elizabeth
(Ciarán Hinds and Shirley Henderson).
Atim plays Marianne, the white couple’s
adopted black daughter, a sheltered girl, by
necessity — this is well before the civil
rights movement. It’s hard for an audience
“to fully grasp the weight of that scenario”,
Atim thinks. “Some guys were lynched
when [Marianne] was five years old.
She’s home-schooled, she’s not allowed
out much, there’s a line that means that
Nick won’t hold her hand in public. You
come to understand the picture of someone who has grown up always being other,
but in a hyper-environment of that.”
Atim gives the example of her own
experience, growing up in Rainham,
Essex, where she moved with her mother
from Uganda at five months old. “As far as
I could tell, in my immediate vicinity —
the distance between my house and school
— I was one of the only black people in
Essex,” she says, laughing. “And we are a
long, long way from Minnesota and the
1930s. But you feel that isolation and you
do experience racism. And even when you
don’t, you’re aware that you’re different —
you have to use different hair products,
you have to use different skin creams, it’s
just difference. Now apply that to a scen-
ario in which racial tensions are so very
high — there must be a constant sense of
anxiety, and deep loneliness as well.”
Atim, in a strong cast, is standout, and
not just because she’s 5ft 10.5in in her socks
(she’s a former model). Her Marianne is
warm. The girl’s treatment of Elizabeth,
who has dementia, is full of kindness, love
and sadness. However, she also exhibits a
steely streak of rebellion, expressed in her
dealings with an elderly salesman whom
Nick is trying to get her to marry (Marianne is pregnant, although it’s unclear
how that has happened, and Marianne is
probably not entirely sure either) and with
the newly arrived, handsome boxer Joe
Scott (Arinzé Kene). But it’s Atim’s musical
With Dylan, a week
after you’ve heard it
you go, ‘Oh! That’s
what that line means’
performance that captures the heart —
her version of Dylan’s Tight Connection to
My Heart (from Empire Burlesque) will
make you want to weep.
Atim is the first to admit that she wasn’t
exactly a Dylan aficionado when she got
the part. “I knew the songs that everyone
probably knew,” she says. Not that it
turned out to matter much — McPherson
scoured Dylan’s back catalogue for the
show and even some “uber-diehard Dylan
fans” have told Atim that there were one or
two in it that they didn’t know. “It was nice
to work with the music of an artist who I
already knew as a musical/lyrical icon, but
who I hadn’t got round to,” she says. “You
know how you’ve got that list, it’s the same
with films, books, and people you know
you should probably listen to at some
point. This job just made me do that faster.”
An accomplished musician in her own
right, Atim recently composed music
for Doubt, A Parable at the Southwark
Playhouse and is keen to write and record
her own album (her aunt is the Ugandan
singer Roselyn Otim). Her immersion in
Dylan’s music has been unexpectedly
helpful, she says. “I wrote a piece of music
the other week and I started to notice a
massive change. Working with Dylan’s
music, where sometimes the pin only
drops, like, a week after you’ve learnt the
song, and you’re, like, ‘Oh, that’s what that
line means,’ or, ‘Oh, I thought that line
meant that, and it actually could mean
that’ — that slow burn actually meant I
had a lot more space to play with images
country girl Sheila
Atim’s performance in
Girl from the North
Country is standout
Girl from the North
Country is in preview
at the Noël Coward
Theatre, London WC2
(0844 4825141),
booking to March 24
and ideas that maybe once I thought were
too abstract, or that were pretentious.”
So yes, music too. Which all amplifies
the question — biomedical science?
Really? Actually, no, originally she was
going to go to medical school, she says.
“Obviously coming here [from Uganda]
and the ‘better life’ narrative tends towards
doctor, lawyer, you know,” she says. “And
also my father is a dentist, so there is this
link.” Atim’s mother, who brought her to
Britain (her father stayed in Uganda, she
doesn’t see him much now), works for the
NHS. “She was explaining it to me one
day, because I was, like, ‘I should probably
properly understand what you do,’ and
she’s the managing commissioner for the
contracts for NHS London. That’s huge!
She’s killing it out there. I was, like, ‘Yeah,
Mum, well done!’ ”
High grades notwithstanding, fierce
competition meant that Atim missed out
on interviews for medical school, but one
of her teachers, Mr Wellington, who had
cast her in school shows, told her it was a
sign. She opted for biomedical science, but
spent her Sundays studying singing and
drama at Wac Arts in north London. She’s
passionate about arts education. “The arts
are a massive enrichment to any child’s
life,” she says. “Most people will tell you
that having learnt an instrument they wish
they’d never given it up, even if they didn’t
want to be a musician.”
Her Wac drama course was taught by
the playwright Ché Walker, who at the
time was working on The Lightning Child
— and so it began. This year Atim will
make her TV debut, in the second series of
ITV’s enjoyably over-the-top period
drama Harlots. She has had a lot of fun
filming it, although some of the outdoor
scenes have been tricky. “It’s harder on the
top, but underneath that skirt I spend the
full day in jogging bottoms, long johns,
the works. I’m not messing about.”
As if she needed another, a talent that
Atim seems to have in abundance is that of
getting on with stuff. “I think the reason
why I was able to do both academia [and
the arts] is that I always just like to try
things,” she says. “I’m not some prodigy —
there were some people on my degree who
were, like, special when it came to science
— but I just like the human body. In the
same way I play with jazz musicians and
they make you want to just sit down and
listen rather than play along with them
and ruin what they’re doing. But you’ve
just got to get in there, basically.”
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books
Iran: betrayed, besieged, belligerent
BRIDGEMAN ART LIBRARY
Book of the week
The defiant spirit of
the country is
brought to life in this
monumental history
of the past 500 years,
says Richard Spencer
IIran
A Modern History
bby Abbas Amanat
Yale, 979pp; £30
Y
A
ttempts to bring democratic,
secular rule to the Middle East
have always won sympathy in
Britain. The sympathy, though,
has tended to be partial and
short-lived, and generally has done the
countries concerned little good.
In 1905 the Persian throne was in
trouble, facing a middle-class rebellion by
merchants, liberals and young reformist
clerics who accurately pointed out that, as
so often in its history, the country was
falling behind the West and shaming the
memory of its once great empire.
As the Constitutional Revolution gathered steam, it won support from similarly
liberal, forward-looking young British diplomats. There was also — when was there
not? — realpolitik: the ruling shah was
backed by the Russians, and Persia was a
key square on the chessboard of the Great
Game, the shadow war between Britain
and Russia for control of Central Asia.
A British nod and a wink encouraged
these peaceful, mercantile revolutionaries, to the extent that when demonstrations broke out in Tehran in July 1906 the
guilds of the Tehran bazaar sought protection from retaliation in the gardens of the
British Legation. There is a fine black and
white photograph of the resulting Legation “bast”, or sanctuary, in Iran: A Modern
History. This important new work of
scholarship by a Yale professor, Abbas
Amanat, has this week taken on even
greater significance. In the picture, rows of
bearded, turban and fez-wearing worthies
sit cross-legged before the camera, all
members of the clothiers’ guild, according
to the caption.
Within days the “bast” had grown to 500
tents and thousands of semi-permanent
residents. Lower-grade merchants and
craftsmen were particularly strongly
represented — cobblers, porcelain menders and walnut sellers, Amanat says.
The rich provided sustenance; copper
cauldrons of rice and stew were cooked in
nearby mosques and served at the tent
entrances. Miraculously it worked. By
October the revolutionaries had their
majlis — a forerunner to today’s parliament — and on December 30 the dying
shah, Mozaffar al-Din, agreed to sign their
constitution, outlining a western-style
separation of powers.
Unfortunately for them, though, realpolitik changed. The Great Game was
petering out. Russia was shaken by its
own revolutionary movements, which had
included an abortive uprising staged in
1905. Britain was more concerned about
the rise of Germany than about democratic reform in Iran, which in any case more
senior members of the establishment than
Tehran’s romantic, embedded first secretaries regarded as a dangerous precedent.
In 1907 the Anglo-Russian Convention
was signed, in which zones of influence
across Central Asia were agreed. Britain
got Afghanistan, while Persia was ignominiously carved up, without the shah’s
successor being informed. Russia got the
north, including Tehran.
It must have been hard for the revolutionaries to know what to make of this
great betrayal. Perhaps it is easier to
understand from the perspective of 2018.
Backed by Russia, the shah did away with
the majlis. Several years of coups, chaos
and insurrection followed, including the
establishment of a second majlis, but in
the end Russian might won out, now with
the active support of the British, in the
name of “stability”. Cossack troops took
control of key cities and staged public
hangings of revolutionaries. In London
outraged liberal orientalists published
pamphlets of protest, but to most people
it seemed a lot of trouble far away in a
country of which they knew little.
It is an enduring and not particularly
endearing consequence of our empire that
we matter a lot to people all over the world
of whom we nowadays know very little. It is
hard to feel sorry normally for Boris Johnson, but it is also hard not to feel sympathy
for someone used to operating by bombast
who now has to tread rather more carefully
than he is used to in an alien Iranian minefield. He should read this book, although I
doubt he will. It is a solid wodge of more
than 900 pages, which today’s attention
deficit disordered politicians would regard
as insurmountable.
It is to be hoped that someone in some
sort of authority over our Middle East
policy is reading it, though. The author,
born in Tehran to a distinguished family
from the persecuted Baha’i minority, is
defenders of the
faith Shah Ismail I’s
victory over the Uzbek
leader Shayban Khan,
celebrated in a
17th-century fresco
Ismail had
his defeated
enemy’s skull
gold-plated
and turned
into a
drinking cup
properly nervous of “looking for patterns
over the course of half a millennium”.
However, he gives the reader plenty of
food for political thought, and not just of
repeated British hypocrisy, culminating
in the still bitterly remembered coup
that overthrew the nationalist leader
Mohammad Mossadeq in 1953.
He begins with a fine image, reminding
us that the game of chess came to us
from Central Asia: checkmate is actually
shah-mat, Persian for “the king is dead”.
Originally the queen was the vizier, or
minister; thus, the minister whizzes
around the board, cajoling the knights
and bishops to protect the king, who is
himself a prisoner of his destiny and the
rules of the game, stuck with minimal
movement in his corner, dependent on the
abilities of those around him to protect
him and win the game.
As the book progresses it becomes clear
that this is a slightly misleading image,
however. The forces that have governed
Persian statecraft — Iranian, as we have
called it since 1935 — have been more
complex than even chess, whatever
regime has been in power. More importantly they have been shaped by what is off
the board as much as what is on it.
Converted to Shia Islam by the first
Safavid shah, Ismail I, who reigned from
1501 to 1524, Iran found itself ever after
trapped between hostile Sunni empires to
the east and west. This created a certain
paranoia that has persisted to the present
day, and a contradictory one too.
With its glorious past, in which it fought
and survived Greek and Roman empires, it
remained ever conscious of contemporary
Europe, but at the same time cut off from
it. It was, therefore, continuously aware
that it was not keeping up with the West’s
technological and social advances, but unable to do much about it. Its strategic significance was sufficient for it to be bullied,
but not enough for it to set its own terms,
as it found in 1907. Iran’s prickliness is unsurprising, if also eternally self-defeating.
It would be a shame to read this book
purely in terms of politics. Its historical
portraiture is exemplary in its own right. I
knew shamefully little before of Ismail, a
visionary, poet, sportsman and alcoholic,
somewhat reminiscent of his near contemporary Henry VIII. Yet as founder of
the Safavid dynasty in 1501 he did more
than anyone to shape the modern version
of Iran, and Amanat’s narrative, a comprehensive account of cultural and social
as well as political developments, starts
with him.
A pious philanderer, Ismail enforced a
new and iconoclastic faith on his country,
but subordinated religiosity to loyalty to
his person. He seems to have had a shaky
understanding of social norms, even in a
more bloodthirsty age. Having finally seen
off the Uzbek leader Shayban Khan, he
had his enemy’s skull gold-plated and
turned into a drinking cup. Shayban’s arm
was sent to the Mughal Prince Babur, as
a token. What was left of Shayban’s head
he had stuffed and sent as a gift to the
Ottoman Sultan, which caused a certain
amount of shock to polite Istanbul society.
The rest of the body he gave to a corps of
his fighters to eat. In later years Ismail
became melancholy, we are told, and spent
much of his time working as an apprentice
in his palace book-illustrators’ workshop.
Ismail thus created Iran’s inherent contradiction, between the puritanism of Shia
Islam, its strong sense of grievance and
dispossession, and the Persian/Iranian
sense of its own glorious cultural and imperial heritage, the poetry of Rumi and
Ferdowsi and its love of art and wine.
The last shah’s vain preference for the
latter version of Iran’s identity, and
repression of the clerics, led to his overthrow in 1979. The present regime has
turned Iran into a country of chador and
grim social housing estates, where wine is
banned and artistic freedoms repressed. It
remains unclear this week whether this
equally unbalanced approach to Iran’s
contradictions can survive.
By the time he died, Ismail had a created
a country with a strong sense of self, one
always ready for a fight with its neighbours, with whom it has never quite got on
since. Yes, a lot like Henry VIII then: but
that takes us back to politics.
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nonfiction
The spy who
went mad
A master manipulator
became a victim of
his own paranoia,
says Ben Macintyre
J
ames Jesus Angleton was one of the
most able spymasters of the 20th
century, and a patriotic criminal. He
was an intellectual and poet with a
skeletal face like Munch’s Scream;
an orchid-collecting, fly-fishing, martiniguzzling, chain-smoking manipulator who
from 1954 to 1975 ran the CIA’s counterintelligence section with remarkable
The Ghost
The Secret Life of
CIA Spymaster James
Jesus Angleton
by Jefferson Morley
Scribe, 328pp; £20
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brilliance, intense secrecy and
an almost complete lack of
ethical restraint.
Angleton was also mad. Or,
more accurately, maddened
by the demands of a spy
world that he described
(quoting TS Eliot) as a “wilderness of mirrors” in which
lies and loyalty endlessly
reflect and refract one
another into infinity. His
hunt for a non-existent
KGB mole within the CIA
nearly destroyed the agency. Indeed, he inflicted so
much damage that some
came to believe that Angleton himself must have
been a KGB agent.
Jefferson Morley, an
American investigative
journalist, is the latest to
try to wrestle Angleton
from the layers of mystery that surround him,
and he does a fine job of
filleting out the man’s
talents and charisma
from the dark deeds he
committed.
“Certain individual rights
ht have to be
sacrificed for the national security,” Angleton told the Rockefeller Commission investigating his long and secret campaign
of spying on American citizens. At a time
when claims of mass surveillance and
snooping by a “deep state” are again swirling around Washington, those words in
1974, which ended Angleton’s career, have
an eerily modern ring.
Angleton, who died in 1987 aged 69,
believed that what he was doing — hunting down moles, violating American laws,
obstructing justice and spying on his
fellow Americans — was justified by the
existential threat posed to America by
communist subversion and espionage. He
believed this sincerely, passionately and
until his dying day. He just happened to be
wrong.
The root of Angleton’s paranoia lay
in his friendship with another spy: Kim
Philby, the suave British communist who
joined MI6 at the behest of the KGB and
rose through the ranks while feeding
reams of highly damaging intelligence to
his Moscow spymasters.
Philby and Angleton met in wartime
London, where the young American was
learning the spy trade in the fledgling OSS,
forerunner to the CIA. Philby became
Angleton’s mentor, drinking buddy, and
eventually his nemesis.
By the time Philby arrived in Washington in 1949 as the MI6 head of station,
Angleton was already running
the CIA counter-intelligence
branch.
They
lunched
regularly
at
Harvey’s
restaurant in downtown
Washington, two allied
intelligence chiefs trading
the innermost secrets of the
profession — which Philby
immediately
sent
back
to Moscow, compromising
countless
Anglo-American
operations, which led to
hundreds of deaths. As one of
Angleton’s CIA colleagues
said many years later:
“During those long, boozy
lunches, Philby picked him
clean.”
Even after Philby was
forced to leave MI6,
after the defections of
Burgess and Maclean
in 1951, Angleton
game of spies James
J es
Jesus Angleton was a “patriotic
criminal”. Below: the double
agent Kim Philby
refused to believe that his friend could be
a KGB spy. When Philby finally defected to
Moscow in 1963 Angleton’s sense of trust
collapsed. He saw spies everywhere and
detected Philby’s hidden hand in a vast
network of conspiracy being run from
Moscow by his former friend and betrayer.
Again, Angleton’s belief in Philby’s continuing influence was genuine. Again, it
was entirely mistaken. Philby never again
took part in active espionage and spent his
final years in Moscow drinking himself
insensible and reading accounts of cricket
A lasting Angleton
obsession was that
Harold Wilson was
a Soviet agent
matches long since finished in old copies
of The Times.
By 1970 Angleton had risen to become
one of the most powerful figures in the
CIA, cultivating an air of mystery and
menace while keeping tabs on the entire
intelligence establishment. “A ghost in the
system . . . Angleton was an invisible supervisor”, employing more than 170 people in
the Counterintelligence Staff, which
was effectively a personal, parallel,
internal intelligence service.
He made some dreadful mistakes. Dozens of fellow officers
had their careers damaged or
destroyed by false suspicions of
treachery. Angleton believed
everything he was told by one KGB
defector when much of it was
wrong, but convinced himself that
another defector, Yuri Nosenko, was a KGB plant when
he was almost certainly
genuine. Nosenko was
treated appallingly
and kept in illegal
captivity for years
in one of the
CIA’s notorious
“black” sites.
Among Angleton’s more lasting
obsessions was the belief
o
tthat the British prime
minister Harold Wilson
m
was
w also a Soviet agent of
influence,
which he was
i
not.
That conviction
n
bolstered
the mole-hunt
b
mania
within British
m
intelligence,
with hugely
i
damaging
results.
d
Despite or perhaps
because
of his power,
b
a
strange
mystique
attached
to the CIA’s
a
veteran
spy-hunter, a terriv
fying
charm. Said one
f
dazzled
colleague: “When
d
Angleton
spoke his mocha
A
eyes
shone, and as his lips
e
parted,
without warning
p
a grin would irradiate his
hollow
face.”
h
In 1955 Angleton launched
a mail-surveillance programme
under the codename
g
LINGUAL
to gain access to all
L
letters
passing to and from the
l
Soviet
Union. In 1956, 832
S
letters
were steamed open and
l
read
by Angleton and his team;
r
two
t years later the number had
swelled
to more than 8,000 and
s
expanded
to include anti-war
e
“subversives”,
Cuban sympathisers and
b rsive
others considered a threat to American
society. The findings were secretly passed
to the FBI, an entirely unauthorised
violation of federal law. For 18 years Hoover’s FBI used CIA information to monitor,
harass and intimidate civil rights leaders,
leftists and liberals.
Morley adeptly builds a picture of a spymaster weaving a web in which his concept
of duty gradually eroded his moral sense.
He is less convincing at linking Angleton
to the JFK assassination. The counterintelligence chief undoubtedly knew
more than he let on to investigators. He
suppressed information that would have
revealed that the CIA had been watching
Lee Harvey Oswald for longer and more
intensively than anyone had admitted and
he generally stonewalled. He probably
obstructed justice and certainly covered
up what he knew by his strict economy
with the truth.
However, he seems to have done this not
as part of some nefarious conspiracy to kill
the president, but to conceal the more
dodgy activities of the CIA. He was covering his backside. Yet Morley veers close to
conspiracy theory when he asks: “Was Angleton running Oswald as an agent as part
of a plot to assassinate President Kennedy?” There is no evidence to support this
contention. Angleton had little time for
JFK’s liberal policies, knew about other
CIA assassination plots and lied about
what he knew of Oswald. This doesn’t
make him a party to the murder of JFK.
Angleton’s obsessive secrecy and willingness to break American law in what he
saw as a higher cause eventually caught up
with him. A Senate committee investigator described him as a “an extraordinarily
intelligent man and interesting phenomenon” who had been destroyed, and
destroyed others, by the “temptation of
falling prey to a fascination with the workings of the dark side”.
“It is inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the government has to
comply with all the overt orders of
government,” Angleton told the Rockefeller Commission. It was an inadvertent
admission of guilt that ended his career.
For not only is such compliance conceivable, it is the very definition of a responsible
intelligence service in a functioning
democracy.
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Revealed: the art of the dodgy art deal
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The contemporary
art world is a very
murky place, says
Richard Morrison
T Orange
The
Balloon Dog
B
B
Bubbles,
Turmoil
aand Avarice in the
C
Contemporary Art
M
Market
bby Don Thompson
Aurum, 240pp; £16.99
A
I
t was an astounding four-day period in
November 2014, Don Thompson says,
that made him realise the true depth of
madness in the market for contemporary art. Successive auctions at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips generated a
jaw-dropping $1.66 billion (£1.22 billion)
in sales. One Andy Warhol silkscreen,
reproducing a poster of Elvis Presley in the
film Flaming Star, went for $81.9 million.
(I have just found the original poster on
eBay priced at £3.99.)
What gave Thompson the title for his
latest book, however, was the sale of Jeff
Koons’s shamelessly infantile stainlesssteel sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange). The
fact that this particular sculpture was one
of a set of five, differing only in colour,
might have been thought to detract from
its value. Yet Christie’s marketed this to
ultra-wealthy prospective punters as a
selling point. “The Balloon Dog is the Holy
Grail for collectors and foundations,” it
suggested, absurdly. “To own this work
immediately positions the buyer alongside
the very top collectors in the world and
transforms a collection to an unparalleled
level of greatness.”
This tosh evidently did the trick. Balloon
Dog (Orange) was sold for $58 million. Did
the buyer, a New York collector called
Jose Mugrabi, love it so much? Not according to Thompson, who notes that Mugrabi
“placed the sculpture in storage in a New
Jersey warehouse, anticipating future
resale at a profit”.
What made the sale more extraordinary
was that it produced no profit for Christie’s.
To stop its rivals from grabbing the sale,
the auction house promised the seller that
he would receive both the hammer price
and the auctioneer’s commission.
So what did Christie’s gain? Well, the
publicity generated by the $58 million
price may have enhanced the value of
Koons’s other Balloon Dog creations.
And one of them belonged to the French
billionaire François-Henri Pinault, whose
company Artémis owns an auction house
called Christie’s. What a small world!
Since Thompson is describing a world in
which near-identical versions of the same
avant-garde artwork sell for millions of
dollars each, we can forgive the Harvard
economist for writing basically the same
book three times. Indeed, he says that
it’s the escalating lunacy of this rarefied
world that prompted him to sharpen his
quill again. “My two previous books, The
$12 Million Stuffed Shark (2008) and The
Supermodel and the Brillo Pad (2014), were
written on the premise that the market
for contemporary art involved informed
buyers and sellers who interacted to
inflated opinions
Balloon Dog (Magenta)
on display at a Jeff Koons
exhibition at Versailles
How art
became a
nice little
earner
Jeff Koons’s Play Doh,
a 10ft tall statue of
some Play Doh, sold for
more than $12 million
Christie’s estimates that
there are 150 people in
the world who might
bid on a $10 million
dollar work of art
Auction houses buy
top collectors first-class
plane tickets to fly
them to their auctions
Five of the top Asian
collectors typically
spend $100 million
a year on art each
High-value lots are
often assigned the
number 8 in auction
catalogues in the hope
of attracting Chinese
bidders — the number
is lucky in the country
determine a rational price for a work of
art,” he writes. “In the early stages of writing this book, that premise was shaken.”
I am still bemused that Thompson
believed, even for a moment, that rationality ever entered the world of contemporary art sales. After all, his earlier books
were packed with mind-boggling examples of monstrous overpricing and overhyping. One got the impression that, when
it comes to flogging a pile of scrap (or scrap
without the “s”) for a vastly inflated sum
to a naive punter, second-hand car dealers
are saintly novices compared with the
posh-voiced auctioneers and “uberdealers” at the top of the art business.
In this new book Thompson delves
further into this murky, interconnected
business. As he points out: “The contemporary art world has no concept of insider
trading.” Dodgy practices that would
result in a banker or stockbroker being
fined, or even imprisoned, are everyday
occurrences in the private art galleries and
salerooms of London and New York.
As Thompson says, much of that is made
possible by “information asymmetry”.
Typically, a billionaire who knows nothing
about art is persuaded to buy grossly overpriced artworks as a status symbol by a
dealer or adviser who has acquired the art
for a much lower price.
The market is further skewed by the
opaque relationship between public and
private sectors. Thompson explores how
the market price for Koons’s sculptures
might have been inflated by a retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York,
conveniently mounted around the time of
several auctions of his work. How was the
exhibition financed? “Substantial but
never-identified amounts were provided
by Koons’s dealer, Larry Gagosian, as well
as Christie’s and Sotheby’s,” Thompson
asserts. “Most if not all the lenders of
major works were Gagosian clients. The
only gallery name to appear on the wall
text was Gagosian.”
Perfectly legal, but is it ethical? Public
space was used to boost the value of
privately owned art. Many owners of such
art are also trustees of public museums.
Do they “leave the room” when the board
is discussing future exhibition plans? I
doubt it.
And in case you think this is an exclusively American problem, Thompson
Second-hand car
dealers are saintly
novices compared
with auctioneers
quotes a British Council spokeswoman
who admits that, for an artist to be chosen
to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, his or her dealer must pay the entire cost
of the production of new work made for
the exhibition. Clearly that limits Britain’s
choice of artists to those who are already
represented by rich, powerful dealers.
They, in turn, will happily pick up the costs
for the Biennale show because the exposure will massively inflate the going rate
for their artists’ work. In any other field of
business that cosy arrangement would be
called a cartel.
Can such questionable practices continue? Thompson suggests that they can’t
— not because the contemporary art
market is going to be regulated (chance
would be a fine thing), but because internal
factors are testing it to destruction. The
big auction houses have lost, or sacked,
hundreds of staff in recent years as they
recklessly throw all their resources into
wooing the billionaires. They are under
threat from new online auctioneers and
dealers, not least Amazon. And the
proliferation of accurate fakes, seemingly
endorsed by the dealers and auctioneers
who sell them, has further eroded what
was left of the market’s integrity.
The centre of Thompson’s world is New
York, and he is less convincing when dealing with the London scene. It’s odd, for
instance, to claim that the Lisson Gallery
is radically located in a grotty area of
“northwest London” when it is just over
the road from plush Marylebone.
Nevertheless, he offers fascinating
insights into the huge art collections
being amassed by the rival emirates in the
Middle East, in fierce competition with
each other, and into the Chinese invasion
of the art market — another development
that is disrupting the traditional players. I
wonder what Chairman Mao would have
said about his granddaughter being married to the biggest shareholder of that
quintessentially capitalist organisation
Sotheby’s.
Middle Eastern billionaires, Chinese
billionaires, Russian billionaires: how did
they acquire the vast riches that are now
being lavished on orange balloon dogs and
the like? The most thought-provoking
assertion in Thompson’s book comes from
Martin Roth, the former director of the
V&A who died last August. He boldly
accused the art market of being a “camouflage” for “money laundering”, and nothing to do with the arts.
In a way I wish that were true. Unfortunately, however, artists are all too
complicit in this shady world, and the one
disappointment of Thompson’s book is
that he doesn’t castigate their greed and
hypocrisy with the same relish as he lays
into the dealers and auctioneers.
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Why we are
wrong to fear
the Reaper
Death is inevitable — and this ungloomy book
helps to prepare us, says Cathy Rentzenbrink
W the
With
End in Mind
E
D
Dying,
Death
aand Wisdom in
aan Age of Denial
bby Kathryn Mannix
W
William
Collins
3341pp; £16.99
M
y granny’s last job was as a
tea lady in a nursing home.
One Sunday afternoon her
employers said they had to
go out and they asked her to
keep an eye on a dying resident.
She had to pop in every so often and give
her face a wipe with a flannel. On one such
visit she realised the resident was dead.
“There should have been someone there
with her,” Granny said. “It shouldn’t just
have been me.”
My granny died when I was 12, so I have
been pondering that story for more than
30 years. What do we owe the dying? And
is this the fate that awaits us: a lonely
room and an occasional wipe with the tea
lady’s flannel?
Kathryn Mannix in With the End in Mind
gives us a “tiny glimpse” into the deaths
happening around us. It may seem odd or
presumptuous, Mannix says, to encourage
a reader to want to spend time in the company of dying strangers, but her experience has taught her that there is little to
fear and much to prepare for.
Mannix first saw a dead person when
she was 18. It was her first term at medical
school and the doctor she was shadowing
was called to certify the death of a man
who had died of a heart attack in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. The man’s
eyes were closed, but his eyebrows were
raised, giving an impression of surprise.
The doctor was quick and deft in his certification, then noticed that Mannix was
reluctant to leave the body.
“First time, eh?” he said, then told her to
use her stethoscope. When Mannix finally
untangled her shiny new stethoscope, got
it the right way round, and placed it over
the man’s heart, she had never heard a
silence so solid. “You’ll get used to it,” said
the doctor, kindly. Mannix was perplexed
by the lack of ceremony. Her next patient
was a child with a sweet stuck up its nose.
Since then Mannix has encountered
death thousands of times. She started out
Death is not a dreaded
party pooper, but
the intended final
event of our lives
in cancer care and then became a palliative
care consultant working in hospices and in
patients’ homes. Mannix did get used to
death and learnt that she did not fear it, but
was fascinated by “the ineffable change
from alive to no-longer-alive”. She relished
the professional challenge of how to be
both honest and kind when talking to
patients and their relatives, and felt privileged to be present and serve people as
they approached the end.
Over the course of the book we meet a
wide variety of people who have vastly
different concerns and preoccupations.
Vronny worries about who will explain
periods to her daughter, Billy attends his
mother’s death bed wearing handcuffs and
with security guards, Fergus delays his
chemotherapy so he can be well for his
son’s birthday. Joe and Nelly have been
married for 50 years and both think the
death be not proud Kathryn Mannix shines a light on dying
other doesn’t know that Nelly is dying.
Often people are trying to hide the truth
about their pain and their prognosis from
their loved ones. Misunderstandings
abound because the art of dying is a forgotten wisdom.
This is a conversation that needs to be
had, says Mannix, because somewhere in
the second half of the 20th century we lost
the vocabulary and etiquette to cope with
normal humans dying normal deaths. The
death rate is still 100 per cent, yet technological advances have led us to an age of
denial where the sickest people are rushed
for treatment and we no longer want to
accept that death is inevitable. “Instead of
dying in a dear and familiar room with
people we love around us, we now die in
ambulances and emergency rooms and
intensive care units, our loved ones
separated from us by the machinery of life
preservation.”
The overall tone of this highly readable
exploration is pleasingly brisk and largely
unsentimental, as befits a busy doctor with
an excellent bedside manner. Mannix is
good company, with a sound eye for an
interesting anecdote and a sure ear for language. It’s not a gloomy book. I shed a few
tears — usually over the love shown
between the dying and their relatives —
but it’s not gut-wrenching and Mannix
weaves the light and dark strands of her
experience with finesse.
When I finished reading I felt informed
and prepared. I did wonder how many of
Mannix’s patients have a good death precisely because she is present, and felt sorry
that we won’t all get to have her at our
death beds, gently explaining everything
and doing her best for us and our loved
ones. Still, that’s what the book allows and
it’s essential reading for anyone who will
encounter death, and that means all of us.
We should not fear death itself, Mannix
believes, or put up with the profoundly
unhelpful conspiracy of silence that often
surrounds it. Far better to shine a light on
the process of dying: there are rhythms
and patterns, as there are with a birth.
Everyone feels better if they know what
to expect.
There is something illuminating and
beautiful in the way Mannix writes about
death not as an inconvenient or dreaded
party pooper, but as the intended and
inevitable final event of our lives. “There
are only two days with fewer than 24 hours
in each lifetime, sitting like bookends
astride our lives: one is celebrated every
year yet it is the other that makes us see
living as precious.”
It feels a long way from the tea lady’s
flannel.
Cathy Rentzenbrink is author of A
Manual for Heartache
Sex on TV, campus superstars — and Center Parcs
Laura Freeman feels worn out by Lodge’s exhaustive second memoir
T
he first time the word “clitoris”
was heard on primetime TV was
in the BBC Two adaptation of
David Lodge’s Nice Work in 1989.
A reporter from the Daily Mail
telephoned Lodge after the broadcast to
say how shocked he had been. Lodge
wasn’t sure if it really was the first utterance, but if it was, he writes in the second
volume of his memoirs, Writer’s Luck, “I
regarded it as a feather in my cap.”
That’s the Lodge we love. Making mischief, a bit bawdy, proud of his cleverness.
His dons-off-the-leash novels — Changing
Places, Small World, Nice Work — are
written in whirligig spirit: corridor creeping at literary conferences, mistaken identities, sexy twins, missed planes, scuppered
plans. He writes lively lit crit for laymen. If
you have ever found yourself defeated,
depleted, or despairing after a go at FR
Leavis or Terry Eagleton, try Lodge. His
Art of Fiction gave me, an art historian
pining to be an English student, much
pleasure at university.
Writer’s Luck is the second volume of
Lodge’s long life. He is 82. The first volume,
Quite a Good Time to Be Born, gave us
Lodge 1935 to 1975. Lodge, the boy of the
Blitz, evacuated to the countryside, longing for sweets. Lodge, the clever Catholic
schoolboy. Lodge, the brilliant UCL
English undergraduate meeting his future
wife, Mary, and kissing her chastely on
doorsteps. Lodge, the shake-’em-up academic at the University of Birmingham.
Writer’s Luck is Lodge from the sexy
Seventies to the naughty Nineties. He
does like a bit of raised eyebrow, winkwink, Donald McGill humour. Although,
as he nicely puts it: “My perspective on the
sexual revolution which happened in my
Writer’s Luck
A Memoir 1976-1991
by David Lodge
Harvill Secker, 387pp; £25
lifetime has always been that of a war
correspondent, not a participant.”
Like its predecessor, Writer’s Luck is a
portrait of the age as much as the man.
We see the beginnings of women’s lib,
feminist theory, sexual intercourse on TV,
the rise of the “global campus superstar”
jetting from faculty hall to international
conference. “People only come to this
circus to get laid,” says a female conference
delegate to Lodge’s friend, the critic and
novelist Malcolm Bradbury.
At one academic beano in Jerusalem,
Lodge recalls a spa trip to the Dead Sea
and the sight of Umberto Eco, the Italian
uomo di lettere, “encased in mud, save for
his head and beard”. Lodge is entertaining
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Grappling with the Fermi paradox
CORBIS/GETTY IMAGES
The ‘father of the
nuclear age’ was a
cocky genius,
says Oliver Moody
T Last Man
The
W
Who Knew
E
Everything
T Life and Times
The
oof Enrico Fermi,
F
Father of the
N
Nuclear Age
bby David N Schwartz
Basic, 448pp; £26.99
B
‘T
here’s a wop outside,” a flunky
announces. It is March 1939.
In an unlovely concrete building at the heart of Washington
DC, a panel of US navy
officials has shuffled into a conference
room for a scientific lecture. The wop in
question is Enrico Fermi, a stubby Italian
physicist who has just made an acutely embarrassing discovery.
The trouble is that Fermi won the wrong
Nobel prize a few months earlier. Like
the rest of the world, he thought his laboratory had created the first super-heavy
elements, ausonium and hesperium, by
lobbing decelerated neutrons at uranium
nuclei. It was a fine achievement, but nothing to get American war planners chewing
on the ends of their pencils.
However, subsequent experiments
showed that the Italians had done exactly
the opposite of adding to the uranium atoms. They had broken the nuclei in two,
inadvertently unlocking the most powerful source of energy the world had yet
known. It could light up cities. Or level
them. And, if Hitler’s scientists could replicate the feat in a sufficiently large lump of
uranium to sustain a chain reaction, Nazi
Germany was likely to prefer the second of
these options.
David Schwartz’s The Last Man Who
Knew Everything begins with the “father of
the nuclear age” as a small boy in Rome
trying to calculate how a spinning top
stays upright. It ends, for want of a more
definitive conclusion, with the bottomclenching nuclear stalemate that has
forced peace on the world’s leading military powers for more than 70 years.
whirligig spirit David Lodge in 2015
It is a story about how physics went from
being an esoteric byway of applied mathematics to a frantic fantasy land that held
sway over philosophers and prime ministers alike. Most of all, though, it is the story
of an offensively, but justifiably selfconfident little man who gave his name to
“fermions”, the building blocks of matter,
yet is virtually forgotten today.
It is the first biography of Fermi in nearly
half a century. You can see why. It’s not that
Fermi (1901-54) was dull or insignificant,
he is just a hard man to capture on the
page. The high-water marks of his CV are
straightforward enough. He lived at the
furious Rabelaisian pace of genius. He
bridged theoretical and experimental
physics in a period when the two disciplines were already highly specialised and
mutually suspicious. Fermi’s greatest gift,
though, was efficiency. He had a matchless
knack for slicing through the grease and
gristle around a problem and revealing its
bare bones.
By the age of 24 Fermi had bolted quantum effects into statistical mechanics in a
There is
something
Pooterish
about his
insistence on
telling you
every last
spit and
cough
mathematical system that is still used by
scientists. At 32 he predicted the existence
of the neutrino and the “weak” sub-atomic
interaction, which we now know to be one
of the four fundamental forces of nature.
In the next year he discovered neutron
bombardment-induced radioactivity. He
got his Nobel at 37, built the world’s first viable nuclear reactor at 41, put in many of
the hardest yards on the Manhattan
Project, then died of stomach cancer at 53.
It’s easy to say what Fermi did; the difficult part is working out why he did it. Little
survives of his personal life except a string
of largely inscrutable mysteries. Why did
Fermi’s son take his own life? Why did his
most gifted student, Ettore Majorana, vanish on a voyage from Palermo to Naples?
Why did Fermi join Mussolini’s National
Fascist Party when his powerful mentor,
Orso Mario Corbino, conspicuously refused? How was he affected by the death of
his Jewish father-in-law in a Nazi concentration camp? Is it plausible that the
cancer that killed him might have been
induced by his habit of sprinting down
on the papers delivered on such occasions:
The Squirm of the True (about Henry
James); The Joyce of Sex (about Ulysses);
Textuality as Striptease; and Where It’s At:
the Poetry of Psychobabble. (Three of
these are real; one Lodge made up.)
He describes the coming of the megabucks, mega-hype literary prizes — the
Whitbread, the Booker — and the bookies’
bets on the runners and riders. The Eighties was the decade, now sadly passed, of big
advances for literary novels. The best,
nosiest, most eavesdropping chapter
recalls his experience chairing the Booker
judges in 1989 and the behind-the-scenes
wrangling. Two judges didn’t want Martin
Amis’s London Fields to win: the chosen
book “must be ideologically correct”. We
were virtue signalling even then.
Young Turks such as Amis became stars;
for the rest there was a grimmer fate:
teaching one of the new university crea-
nuclear winner
Enrico Fermi created
the first sustained
nuclear reaction
Fermi, who
won the
Nobel prize
for Physics,
was addicted
to pranks
tive writing degrees. Lodge enjoys success
— the “writer’s luck” of the title — with TV
adaptations and translations. Susumu
Takagi, the dutiful translator into Japanese, wrote to Lodge for advice on Y-fronts
and “a bit of spare”. (I didn’t know this one.
“An unattached woman, especially one
available for casual sex”, says the OED.)
There is much to amuse, but at 387 pages
(volume one was 496 pages) this is not a
short book. Lodge gives you everything up
to and including the kitchen sink, the
bottle of Fairy liquid and the sponge.
There is something Professor Pooterish
about his insistence on telling you every
last spit and cough: meetings where
nothing is resolved, holidays that pass
peacefully enough (five pages about his
enthusiasm for Center Parcs), excursions
and anecdotes that . . . just . . . peter . . . out . . .
He joins a writers’ retreat program:
“One heard lurid stories on the grapevine
corridors with radioactive samples
clutched to his chest?
Schwartz, who holds a PhD in political
science from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and is the son of the Nobel
prizewinning physicist Melvin Schwartz,
never quite gets around to penetrating
Fermi’s inner life. Fermi was clearly a
disciplined and personable scientist who
inspired loyalty and affection in most who
knew him. Yet he was also a puerile, hypercompetitive solipsist who sacrificed his
family on the altar of his career. He was
addicted to pranks, dropping explosive
sodium in the public urinals at Pisa and
balancing pans of water on top of halfopen doors. He was nearly expelled from
his university after letting off a homemade
stink bomb in a classroom.
His 26-year marriage remains an
enigma, even though his wife, Laura, published a book about it. During their courtship he used to test her on trivia such as the
capital of Afghanistan and ridicule her if
she gave a wrong answer. Shortly before
his proposal he gave her a list of characteristics he required of a spouse, most of
which she did not fulfil. On the second day
of their honeymoon in the Italian Alps he
began teaching her Maxwell’s equations
for unifying electricity and magnetism.
When Laura died, more than two decades
after her husband, she was buried 300
yards away from his grave, even though
they could have shared the same plot.
The Last Man Who Knew Everything is
not a good book. Schwartz gives the odd
glimpse of proper craftsmanship — particularly in his pacey account of Fermi’s role
in developing the atom bomb, and in his
explanations of more counterintuitive
physics — but they are spoilt by his weakness for Dan Brownisms. There are lots of
“famed” and “legendary” scientists. Every
other character is introduced as “tall”,
“slim”, “athletic” and “handsome” if male,
or “attractive” if female. The text is repetitive right from the first page of the introduction, on which we are told twice in the
space of 200 words that Fermi was born in
Rome around the turn of the last century.
A better copy editor might have
straightened some of these kinks out, but
no amount of red pen could redeem this
biography’s bigger fault: a shortage of psychological insight into its subject. The man
who emerges from its pages is a chickenwire scarecrow of lacunae stuffed with
physics. There is a magnificent Fermi
biography to be written, but this is not it.
of some Arvon courses that were total
disasters, disrupted by heavy drinking,
violent arguments and debauchery . . . ”
Oh, do, do, let us have some debauchery,
David! “but we were happily spared anything of that kind.” A pfffff-ing sound as
the reader deflates.
The biographer Claire Tomalin is two
years older than Lodge and she told her
story, A Life of My Own, in an admirably
brisk and reticent 352 pages. She left you
longing for more, not begging for mercy.
Lodge is mulling a third volume. After finishing this one, I started The British
Museum is Falling Down. It made me
laugh. Good, vintage stuff.
Incidentally, the first appearance of the
word clitoris in The Times was in 1972 in a
report by the athletics correspondent Neil
Allen on the side-effects of performanceenhancing drugs. Then again, in 1977, by
AS Byatt in a book review on these pages.
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nonfiction
Free love, Frankenstein and feminism
ALASTAIR MUIR/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Mary Shelley’s life
was as strange as
her gothic fiction,
says Paula Byrne
I Search of
In
M
Mary Shelley
T Girl Who
The
W
Wrote Frankenstein
bby Fiona Sampson
Profile, 320pp; £18.99
P
L
ast November an Italian neurosurgeon,
Sergio
Canavero,
claimed he had completed the
world’s first human head transplant between two corpses. At a
press conference in Vienna he said he had
attached the head of one corpse to the
body of another by fusing the spine,
nerves and blood vessels. He had then
stimulated the corpse’s nerves. “The first
transplant on human cadavers has been
done,” he said. Soon he would replicate
the procedure by attaching the body of
a cadaver to the head of a living
person paralysed from the
neck down. Asked what
had inspired him to
undertake the procedure, he replied:
“Frankenstein.”
This year is the
bicentenary of the
publication of Mary
Shelley’s extraordinary novel, which was
subtitled The Modern
Prometheus.
Unlike
many gothic novels written
by women in the early 19th
century, it continues to fascinate,
enthral and horrify its readers. That it
was written by a teenage girl, in peculiar
circumstances, only adds to its allure. Her
turbulent and troubled life is the subject of
Fiona Sampson’s In Search of Mary Shelley.
Mary’s mother was the philosopher and
author of A Vindication of the Rights of
Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft; her father
was the radical political thinker William
Godwin. By the time Wollstonecraft
married Godwin she was the mother of an
illegitimate daughter, Fanny, the product
of a passionate affair with an American
adventurer called Gilbert Imlay. After he
abandoned Wollstonecraft she made an
unsuccessful suicide attempt.
Sampson begins her gripping biography
with a vivid account of Mary’s birth in 1797
and the death of her mother ten days later.
As Sampson reminds us, having a baby was
the most dangerous undertaking a woman
living in the late 18th century could make,
but Wollstonecraft had had a fairly easy
delivery with her first daughter and she
expected to be up and out after a day or
two, not being a fan of the trend for “lyingin”, which could last for a month.
She insisted on a midwife, spurning the
new-fangled approach of a male doctor.
The baby was safely delivered, then the
problems began. Not all of the placenta
had come away and the worried midwife
sent for a doctor, Godwin’s friend, a
surgeon at Westminster hospital. He
couldn’t be found and Godwin returned
with a French doctor, who pulled away the
afterbirth in pieces by hand.
Wollstonecraft told her husband that
this was the worst pain she had experienced, but that at least the worst was over.
Except it had only just begun. The horror
story that unfolded in that bedroom beats
any of the horrors of Frankenstein. The
next day she began shivering so fiercely
that the bed shook, and so her fatal illness
began. It took her ten days to die and she
was in agony. At one point puppies were
brought in to drain off her milk, a final
humiliation. She died of septicaemia
caused by the doctor not sterilising his
hands — in “saving Mary Wollstonecraft,
Dr Poignand condemned her to death”.
But what of the baby? The little girl was
sent away to a family friend. She soon
returned to her father. She was beautiful
and precocious and learnt to read by
tracing the letters on her mother’s tombstone. Her father remarried and founded
a publishing house and a literary salon.
Little Mary was surrounded by Godwin’s
intellectual friends. At one point she was
found hiding behind the sofa as Samuel
Taylor Coleridge recited his ghostly tale
of the Ancient Mariner wandering in the
ice and snow.
One of Godwin’s admirers was the young
radical Percy Bysshe Shelley.
His friend Thomas Jefferson
Hogg, later his biographer,
recorded his recollection
of the fair-haired girl,
now 16 years old,
opening the library
door softly and
calling for Percy in a
“thrilling voice”. According to legend,
although
Sampson
does not lead us down
this track, she lost her
virginity to Percy in front
of her mother’s grave.
Much to Godwin’s dismay, Percy and Mary eloped to France, taking
with them Mary’s stepsister, Claire Clair-
Percy was so high
from laudanum that
he believed Mary’s
nipples were eyes
mont. Percy, who was an advocate of free
love, had a penchant for triangular relationships. While he was enjoying the company of Clairmont, Mary, his pregnant
mistress, was enjoined to accept the advances of Hogg. In the meantime Percy’s
wife, Harriet, was about to give birth to his
second child. Mary was devastated when
she lost her baby and was tortured by jealousy of Harriet, who had given birth to a
healthy boy. “I was a mother and am so no
longer,” she wrote.
Just when you think things couldn’t
become more complicated for Mary, along
comes Byron, who seduced Clairmont and
invited Percy and Mary to Lake Geneva. It
was there, fuelled by drink and drugs, that
Byron invited his guests to each write a
ghost story. Percy was so high from
laudanum that he hallucinated and
believed that Mary’s nipples had become
eyes. He ran screaming from the room.
After days of indecision Mary began
writing a tale of a scientific man, a doctor
horror show Benedict
Cumberbatch and Jonny
Lee Miller in Danny
Boyle’s production of
Frankenstein. Above
left: Mary Shelley
who creates a monstrous human form out
of salvaged body parts. His name is Dr
Frankenstein. She continued working on
the tale long after the others had abandoned their ghost stories. She was only 20
when the novel was published and had endured the suicide of her sister, Fanny, who
killed herself in 1816 in a tavern wearing
her dead mother’s stays. Shortly afterwards Percy’s pregnant wife drowned herself in the Serpentine, having descended
into prostitution and penury.
Percy married Mary in 1816, but continued with his triangular relationships.
After the loss of two of her children and
Percy’s death by drowning in 1822, Mary
dedicated her life to her one surviving son
and her writing. She kept her husband’s
heart in a silk bag.
Sampson has written a fascinating book.
She gives a sound explanation of the publishing history and reception of Frankenstein and reminds us that Mary was the
author of several novels, alongside her
children’s stories and travel writing. However, none of her later works matches up to
Frankenstein, so the biography inevitably
becomes less interesting in its later pages.
One cavil is that more could have been
said about why and how Frankenstein is so
extraordinary. It has an unusual “Russian
doll” narrative structure, whereby the
creature tells his story to his creator, who
tells it to a mariner called Walton, who tells
it in letters to his sister.
Above all, there is the sympathy evoked
by the parentless monster who has not
asked to be born and who says: “There is
love in me the likes of which you’ve never
seen. There is rage in me the likes of which
should never escape. If I am not satisfied in
the one, I will indulge the other.” That the
author was a teenage girl upstaging Byron
and Shelley with the force of her imagination never ceases to amaze. Mary Shelley
changed the face of fiction.
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ALAMY
classic read
Starvation
and slaughter
at Stalingrad
paperbacks
nonfiction
The January Man: A Year of Walking
Britain by Christopher Somerville
Black Swan, 369pp; £9.99
Christopher Somerville, the walks
correspondent of The Times, goes at his
own pace in this delightful, poetical
hotchpotch of a book. It’s part nature
notes, part history lesson, as well as
memoir and loving salute to his late
father. It is disjointed, but that becomes
part of its charm. Somerville is a great
wordsmith: wildlife is precisely observed
and vividly brought to the page. And
he supplies a bumper draught of
inspiration to visit some intriguing
corners of Britain, including the
Harroway, the track crossing southern
England that was being tramped 7,000
years ago. Patrick Hosking
A German officer’s long-lost account
has been rediscovered. This novel is a
remarkable find, says Antony Beevor
F
ew novels contain such an extraordinary story behind their publication as this one. In January 1943
Heinrich Gerlach, a junior officer
on the staff of the 14th Panzer Division, was badly wounded and captured at
Stalingrad.
While in captivity, the disillusioned
Gerlach joined the League of German Officers, a group of anti-Nazi prisoners run by
Stalin’s secret police. Although Gerlach
never became a communist, his family in
Germany suffered reprisals and were
detained under the Sippenhaft law.
Granted privileges, including a typewriter, Gerlach, wrote an autobiographical
novel based on his experiences, while in
a special prison camp for Stalingrad
captives at Lunyovo near Krasnogorsk
between 1943 and 1945. In 1950, after seven
years of captivity, he was repatriated to
Germany, but the Soviet authorities seized
the manuscript.
Gerlach set out to rewrite the novel with
his memory stimulated by hypnosis. It
took five years for Gerlach, by then a Latin
and German teacher, to produce a new
version of the book. Published in 1957
under the title The Forsaken Army, it
became an international bestseller.
Gerlach died in 1991, just after the Soviet
Union collapsed. It was only in 2012 that
Carsten Gansel, a professor of German
literature, discovered the confiscated
manuscript in the Russian State Military
Archive. In 2016 it was published in
German and now, for the first time, in
English as Breakout at Stalingrad.
The main character is Lieutenant Bernhard Breuer, the author’s alter ego and an
intelligence officer with a panzer division
at Stalingrad. The novel, which follows the
chronology of real events, starts in
November 1942 on the eve of Operation
Uranus, the Red Army’s offensive to cut
off General Paulus’s Sixth Army. The
Germans never imagined this possible and
Gerlach sets the scene well of hubris and
contempt for the Bolshevik enemy.
The Sixth Army is the largest in the
Wehrmacht, so the shock of encirclement
is considerable, but the true believers are
incapable of accepting that Hitler might
abandon them. A Baltic German called
Fröhlich leaps to interpret any development with obsessive optimism, while
Breuer’s scepticism steadily grows. In a key
scene, Hermann Goering promises Hitler
that his Luftwaffe can supply the Sixth
Army by air. Everyone round the table
knows that the Junkers transport planes
cannot deliver even a fraction of what the
army needs to survive. Hitler nevertheless
seizes on Goering’s assurance to avoid a
loss of face after his recent boasts of victory.
Paulus’s army of 300,000 is thus
B k t att
Breakout
Stalingrad
by Heinrich Gerlach,
trans. Peter Lewis
Apollo, 707pp; £25
‘Battle, frost
and hunger
rode over the
wasteland
like three
Horsemen
of the
Apocalypse’
a duty to die German soldiers operate an anti-tank gun in the Battle of Stalingrad
condemned to starvation and a troglodyte
existence as they shiver in the ruined city
and in bunkers dug into ravines in the icebound Don steppe. “Battle, frost and hunger came riding over the remote foreign
wasteland that was now their home like
three Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” Gerlach writes. “Fröhlich’s head steadily shrivelled and began to take on the look of a
vulture.” But Fröhlich still convinces
himself that Hitler, with a stroke of genius,
will turn defeat into victory.
Gerlach does not spare us the squalor of
hospital tents in temperatures of nearly
minus 30C, overflowing with wounded and
frostbite victims eaten alive by lice. It is impossible to bury the thousands of corpses
because the ground is so hard and the survivors are so weak. Extremes of suffering
bring out the contrasts of desperate selfpreservation and the far rarer examples of
self-sacrifice and nobility. An army chaplain gives away all his bread. Their commander chooses a soldier’s death by suicide,
standing atop a trench firing at the enemy
until he is gunned down. Fröhlich, on the
other hand, is determined to save himself by
escaping through Soviet lines in disguise.
On January 30, 1943, in a broadcast on
the tenth anniversary of the Nazis’ seizure
of power, Goering compares the fate of the
Sixth Army to that of Leonidas’s 300 Spartans at Thermopylae. Gerlach describes
how, to the disbelief of those listening in
Stalingrad, Goering implies that all of the
Sixth Army’s 300,000 men have perished.
“What the hell is this?” yells an officer. “It’s
a bloody funeral oration.”
For the listeners, this grotesque attempt
to create a heroic legend is the culmination
of all the Nazis’ lies, and they smash the
wireless to pieces. Just a few days later foreign radio stations report that, in fact,
91,000 men, including 22 generals, have
surrendered. It is a severe blow to the
Führer’s pride. In Gerlach’s final paragraph,
a furious Hitler declares: “The duty of those
who fought at Stalingrad is to be dead!”
The title of this edition is rendered as
Breakout at Stalingrad, even though the
translator admits that the original Durchbruch bei Stalingrad means “breakthrough”.
His justification for this surprising decision
does not inspire confidence. He has also
followed a policy of total anglicisation,
including military terms with which he is
clearly unfamiliar. He uses English clichés
such as “pushing up the daisies” and “as the
actress said to the bishop”, which sound
artificial and awkward. This is a pity as it
gives no flavour of German military life.
There are of course striking differences
between this, Gerlach’s original version,
and the recreated text of the 1950s. The
original consists much more of what Gansel terms “field memories”, a determination to reproduce the experiences and the
dialogue of the moment as closely as
possible. This Gerlach set out to check at
Lunyovo by reading passages to fellow
officers from Stalingrad. The postwar
version, The Forsaken Army, depends far
more on “observer memories”, with a more
analytical perspective.
The epic of Stalingrad has attracted
many novelists. At the same time as Gerlach worked on this version, Theodor
Plievier, a German communist, was
allowed to interview Wehrmacht survivors of the battle in the camp at Lunyovo
for his novel Stalingrad. Konstantin Simonov’s heroic tale of the battle, Days and
Nights, was the most famous in the Soviet
Union. But his fellow journalist at Stalingrad, Vasily Grossman, wrote the greatest
of them all, Life and Fate, whose manuscript was “arrested” by the KGB.
Mikhail Suslov, the chief Soviet ideologue, who had also ordered the confiscation of Gerlach’s novel, declared that
Grossman’s work should not be seen for
200 years. It is hard to imagine a greater
compliment. Life and Fate does indeed put
all other works, including Breakout at
Stalingrad, in the shade.
Antony Beevor is author of Stalingrad
A Manual for Heartache: How to Feel
Better by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Picador, 159pp; £7.99
Cathy Rentzenbrink’s brother was hit
by a car at the age of 16, but survived
another eight years in a persistent
vegetative state. Rentzenbrink
pretended all was fine and toppled into
two decades of drink and depression.
She told the story in The Last Act of
Love. This, the follow-up, is her guide
to help others to accommodate grief;
it’s the advice she wishes someone
had given her when she was 17.
Rentzenbrink’s primary message is
this: express your grief. Her voice is
perceptive, honest and wry, but most of
all it’s sincere. RIP the stiff upper lip.
Melanie Reid
fiction
No Dominion by Louise Welsh
John Murray, 374pp; £8.99
In the final instalment of a trilogy,
democracy is tentatively restored on
Orkney, where survivors have set up
home after a pandemic. Orkney is a
far more pleasant prospect than the
mainland, which is being ravaged by
rapists and murderers. Then a group of
children vanishes, leaving a murdered
couple in their wake, and two of the
survivors from Welsh’s previous novels
set out on a quest involving encounters
so violent that the horror errs towards
kitsch. Welsh ladles on the moralising
with a heavy hand and her dialogue
is often jarring (what 15-year-old says
“indentures”?), but she draws a horribly
plausible scenario. Marcel Berlins
The 7th Function of Language
by Laurent Binet Vintage, 390pp; £8.99
The philosopher Roland Barthes
popularised the “deconstructing”
of cultural icons. And in 1980, as he
crossed the road in Paris, a speeding
laundry van deconstructed him. Binet
turns this incident into a detective story.
The gruff Jacques Bayard, charged with
solving the murder, commandeers the
young postgraduate Simon Herzog as
his guide. The philistine policeman and
his naive intellectual sidekick make an
amusing duo. But they are essentially
trying to solve a mystery made of hot
air. When Herzog declares, “I think I’m
trapped in a novel,” I could only wearily
agree. Janice Turner
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PHILIPPA GEDGE
fiction
Slipping down
memory lane
and she’s terrified of Cherry Tree’s newest
resident, an old gent who calls himself
“Gabriel Price”. Florence recognised him
immediately — his real name is Ronnie
Butler. Elsie, always the voice of reason,
says that it can’t be, because Ronnie died in
1953. However, Florence is not convinced;
although she can’t get at the exact memory,
she is convinced that this man is dangerous.
With the help of a fellow resident, Florence
takes a journey — physical and spiritual —
back to Whitby to uncover the truth.
The premise of Three Things About Elsie
— a mystery from the past, investigated by
someone whose memory is fractured by
dementia — is similar to that of Emma
Healey’s award-winning novel Elizabeth Is
A care home resident
plays detective in this
entertaining mystery,
says Kate Saunders
T
he first thing that we need to
know about Elsie is that she is
the lifelong best friend of 84year-old Florence. The second
thing we need to know is that
Elsie “always knows what to say to make
me feel better”, and the third thing — well,
Florence can’t quite remember, because
there are gaping holes in her memory.
When we meet her she is lying on the
floor of her sheltered flat, waiting to be
found and wondering if a dark and lifedefining secret from the past is about to be
revealed. Florence is a “difficult” customer, who refuses to participate in any of the
activities provided by the Cherry Tree
Home for the Elderly. Her greatest fear is
that she will be moved to Greenbank,
which is where people go to die; the manager of Cherry Tree has given her one
month to prove she is fit enough to stay.
The trouble is that Florence has started
to display some of the classic symptoms of
dementia. She’s accusing the cleaner of
moving the elephant on her mantelpiece,
Cannon writes of
the indignities of
old age with insight
and intelligence
Three Things
About Elsie
by Joanna Cannon
Borough, 464pp; £14.99
healthy interest Author Joanna Cannon used to work as a hospital psychiatrist
Missing. The difference is that Joanna
Cannon, who trained as a doctor, writes of
the various indignities of old age with great
insight and intelligence. Her characters
have to insist on their individuality; as the
young handyman at Cherry Tree says,
“they all look the same”. Is Florence shouty
and aggressive because she is demented, or
because nobody listens to her? Cannon
forces her readers to confront their prejudices about people who happen to be old.
Cannon’s previous book, The Trouble
With Goats and Sheep, about two ten-yearolds investigating the disappearance of a
neighbour, has been optioned for TV. The
detective-story element makes her new
novel highly entertaining, and it begs to be
adapted for the screen too, if Maggie Smith
and Christopher Plummer are looking for
a project.
A murderous Mary Poppins Best left in the past
This is a compulsively
readable novel but it
is too eager to shock,
says James Marriott
Lullaby
by Leïla Slimani,
trans. Sam Taylor
Faber, 207pp; £12.99
D
ead babies are an arresting
fictional device. “The baby is
dead,” begins the second novel
by Leïla Slimani, below, which
won
France’s
most
important literary prize, the
Prix Goncourt, in 2016.
There follows an appalling scene of the aftermath of the murder of
two children. To encounter a little girl’s
violently smashed
head, her bloodfilled lungs and the
“bits of skin under her
soft fingernails” on the
first page of a novel is to
feel shocked — and
slightly manipulated.
Slimani’s task is to provide a
plausible run-up to this horrendous
opening. We skip back in time to when
Myriam and Paul, an overburdened
middle-class Parisian couple, hire a babysitter for their two young children, Adam
and Mila. Louise, the nanny they choose, is
Mary Poppins meets Mr Ripley.
She is great with the children (parties,
games, day trips), but winds up murdering
them — which is a black mark on any
childminder’s CV.
Louise’s character is adroitly constructed. She is full of plausible neuroses: shy,
clingy, eager to please, prematurely oldmaidish. We glimpse only fragments of her
consciousness. Some of them are banal
(the sea looks nice); others are unsettling,
inexplicable (peacocks are scary, Myriam
and Paul’s sex noises upset her).
The novel’s final chapters swing wide
of plausibility. As Slimani attempts to
evolve Louise’s character from perfect nanny to plausible childkiller, the narrative gears
begin to grind. This is
irritating because much
of the book’s early
merit lies in the
subtle accretion of
Louise’s inscrutable
personality.
Many
readers,
however, will scarcely
notice. The book is
compulsively readable.
That
opening
child
murder works as a sort of
narrative turbocharge. As the
remaining pages thin beneath your
fingers you turn them all the faster,
knowing you’re nearing the terrible
denouement. I read it in one sitting. For
the most part, Lullaby is a psychologically
astute novel, but you never quite escape
the sense that Slimani is overeager to
shock. Novelists should deploy their dead
babies carefully.
Jostling storylines
make this overwrought
tale feel lopsided,
says Siobhan Murphy
T
Turning
ffor Home
bby Barney Norris
D
Doubleday
2260pp; £14.99
A
t the rambling Wiltshire home
of the retired civil servant
Robert, preparations are under
way for a party. Robert has
brought family and friends
together on his birthday for the past 40
years, but this is the first time he has had to
face the gathering as a widower. And
there’s another distraction — the growing
storm over the Boston Tapes, the (real-life)
project to create an oral history of the
Troubles, which gathered such candid
interviews with former loyalist and republican paramilitaries that the police tried to
seize the recordings in 2011.
Robert was heavily involved in negotiations in Northern Ireland after the Enniskillen bombing in 1987 — now his former
IRA go-between has requested a meeting.
Promising stuff, then, for this second novel
by the fêted playwright Barney Norris,
who showed in his debut, Five Rivers Met
on a Wooded Plain, that he could probe
ideas of grief and redemption with compassion. Only poor Robert and his musings get pushed aside by the competing
first-person narrative of Kate, his troubled
granddaughter.
Although she is voluble on most things,
for a fair chunk of the book we know only
that in the past three years there was an
accident, and that she has been in hospital.
The party will be her reconnection with
her family, particularly her estranged
mother. Her harrowing story gradually
swells and engulfs the book — and the
nuanced possibilities of Robert’s struggles
to reconcile with the past are lost, which
makes the fictionalised extracts from the
Boston Tapes, inserted between each
chapter, seem increasingly incongruous.
Instead Norris goes for the raw nerve of
savage emotions, which have swept Kate
away and left her flailing. His urgent, but
somewhat uncomfortable attempts to
turn Kate’s ghastly experience into something poetic hammer home how he wants
us to be swept away too.
She has found some solace in Sam, a
character from Barney’s first book — and
as with Sam in Five Rivers, Norris endows
Kate with an unrealistic urge to make
sweeping pronouncements about the
human condition (for instance, that
“whenever you see a person washing up a
cup, if you look close enough you’ll see
them consigning something forever to
memory”). Frankly, it’s rather exhausting.
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audiobook
of the
week
Robert Harris’s Imperium
(13hr 51min, audible.co.uk
£23.99), Lustrum (15hr
41min, audible.co.uk
£23.99), both read
by Bill Wallis, and
Dictator (13hr 48min,
audible.co.uk £27.99),
read by David Rintoul
“There are certain
universal rules and
themes in politics that
remain constant whatever
the era or culture,” Robert
Harris said in 2015 when
Dictator was published,
the last in his trilogy of
novels that recreated the
life of Marcus Tullius
Cicero (106-43BC). The
books’ parallels with the
politics of today led to an
adaptation for the RSC.
It’s hard to imagine a
story more suited to being
heard rather than read.
Cicero famously defended
the Roman Republic with
the pen rather than the
sword, giving speeches in
the Senate that defeated
several would-be tyrants.
He was fêted as Father
of the Nation, exiled,
restored and assassinated
as he combatted such
figures as Pompey, Julius
Caesar and Mark Antony.
Harris uses Cicero’s
words on many occasions,
and Tiro, Cicero’s devoted
secretary and slave, is a
perceptive mouthpiece.
The narrators excel in
portraying Cicero’s highmindedness, as well as
bluff, good-humoured
Pompey, sinister Crassus
and unstoppable Caesar.
Christina Hardyment
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Children’s book
of the week
A hugely endearing
boy hero entertains
Alex O’Connell
The Light Jar (8+)
by Lisa Thompson,
Scholastic, 240pp;
£6.99
Lisa Thompson’s debut
book, The Goldfish Boy
— a story about a
12-year-old with OCD
and his hunt for a missing toddler
— was a bowlful of joy. The Light
Jar, the follow-up, will secure her
reputation as one of our most
inventive writers for children of
eight plus.
There’s nothing like an
abandonment story, and this is
Home Alone minus the luxury
home and the hard-to-love
lead. Nate, right, is an
enormously endearing
boy hero — and this tale also
has a cracking mystery running
through it.
Nate and his mother must leave the
house unexpectedly to escape Mum’s
boyfriend, Gary. There are hints of
domestic abuse, but no details to
scare young readers. It’s not the
first time — they attempted to
decamp to Grandma’s on a
previous occasion. Gary is a
control freak at best — the light
jar
j of the title was Nate’s mum’s
solution to her son’s fear of
the dark, but Gary didn’t like
it, so it had to go.
Luckily Nate and his ma
have somewhere to hide
out: “A sweet cottage that
belonged to one of Grandma’s
old friends — a gardener called
William.” Only when they arrive
there they discover that it’s far
more ramshackle than they
imagined and the horror film music
might as well crank up when Mum
goes out for pizza and chocolate cake,
but doesn’t return.
Enter Sam, Nate’s imaginary friend
from his early childhood, who
reappears when he’s needed and
disappears when he’s not (rather like
Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee),
and Kitty, a neighbour, who takes
Nate on a treasure hunt with a
difference.
I loved the clues and riddles to solve.
I won’t spoil the denouement, except
to say that there is a light jar at the
end of the tunnel.
This should prove just perfect for
those who have already gobbled up
Robin Stevens’s series of murder
mysteries and want another case to
puzzle over.
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Saturday January 6 2018 | the times
the critics’ choice
Films Kevin Maher
Top pick
Hostiles
Scott Cooper, 15 (133min)
{{{{(
Stark and savage western
odyssey starring Christian
Bale as a bigoted cavalry
officer charged with
taking a dying Cheyenne
chief (Wes Studi) across
the country. Kevin Maher
All the Money in the
World
Ridley Scott, 15 (132min)
{{{{(
Scott’s best film in years, a
nailbiter about the real-life
kidnapping of John Paul
Getty III. Mark Wahlberg
and Michelle Williams star,
with Christopher Plummer
taking over from Kevin
Spacey as Getty Sr. KM
Brad’s Status
Mike White, 15 (102min)
{{{{(
Ben Stiller stars in a sweet,
awkward portrait of a
man’s midlife crisis set
against the successes of
his old buddies. Ed Potton
Jupiter’s Moon
Kornél Mundruczó, 15
(129min)
{{{((
The Marvel movies meet
Children of Men in this
bonkers but impressive
Hungarian drama about a
Syrian refugee who gains
the ability to fly. KM
Molly’s Game
Aaron Sorkin, 15 (140min)
{{{{{
The true-life tale of the
rise and fall of a skier
turned poker boss
(Jessica Chastain), told
with inimitable smarts
and tons of heart by
The West Wing’s Aaron
Sorkin. KM
Pitch Perfect 3
Trish Sie, 12A (93min)
{{{((
The a cappella girls return
in an action romp in the
south of France. Still
entertaining, but at times
straining. KM
Bright
David Ayer, 15 (117min)
{{{((
Training Day meets
Lord of the Rings in an
inventive Netflix thriller
featuring orcs, elves, the
Los Angeles police and
a typically charismatic
Will Smith. KM
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson, 12A
(152min)
{{{{{
The best one so far, a
film of wit, spectacle
and emotion. Kylo Ren
(Adam Driver) and Rey
(Daisy Ridley) speak
telepathically in scenes of
eerie eroticism. KM
Ferdinand
Carlos Saldanha, PG
(106min)
{{{{(
John Cena voices a
peace-loving bull in a
kids’ animation that’s both
silly and thoughtful. EP
Wonder
Stephen Chbosky, PG
(113min)
{{{((
Julia Roberts adds a touch
Comedy Dominic Maxwell
Top pick
Chris Rock: Total
Blackout
The American comic
returns to Britain for his
first shows in a decade, in
a tour that culminates in
three London arena
performances at the end
of the month. Manchester
Arena (0844 8478000),
Thur; Motorpoint Arena
Cardiff, Fri
Leicester Comedy
Festival: The Gala
Preview Show
Celebrating the festival’s
25th birthday, Ed Byrne
hosts performances from
Matt Richardson, Alasdair
Beckett-King, Bilal Zafar,
Chris Washington, Chris
Norton Walker, Flo & Joan
and Sarah Keyworth. De
Montfort Hall, Leicester
(0116 233 3111), Fri
Rosamund Pike
stars in Hostiles
Bridget Christie
Warm-up shows for
Christie’s new tour are
part of a busy line-up at
Soho Theatre this week,
also including Luisa
Omielan, the physical
comedians Trygve
Wakenshaw and Barnie
Duncan, Natalie
Palamides, Spencer Jones,
Ongals, and Angus
Gordon and Aaron Chen.
Soho Theatre, London W1
(020 7478 0100), Sat,
Mon-Fri
Book now
Jess Robinson:
Unravelled
A new tour from the
singing impressionist, as
seen last year on Britain’s
Got Talent. Òran Mór,
Glasgow (0141 357 6200),
March 1, touring to April
29; jessrobinson.co.uk
of class to the teary tale
of a facially deformed
boy (Jacob Tremblay) and
his first year in school. KM
The Man Who Invented
Christmas
Bharat Nalluri, PG
(104min)
{{{{(
Playful pantomime with
Dan Stevens as Charles
Dickens and Christopher
Plummer as a ghostly
Scrooge. EP
Film Stars Don’t Die
in Liverpool
Paul McGuigan, 15
(105min)
{{{{(
Annette Bening as the
fading movie star Gloria
Grahame and Jamie Bell
as her younger lover. EP
Happy End
Michael Haneke, 15
(108min)
{{{{(
Fabulously bleak drama
about a posh French
family. Isabelle Huppert
and Toby Jones star. KM
Good Time
Benny Safdie, Josh
Safdie, 15 (102min)
{{{{(
Startling thriller about a
botched bank heist with
a barely recognisable
Robert Pattinson. KM
Battle of the Sexes
Valerie Faris, Jonathan
Pop Will Hodgkinson
Top pick
Paramore
Once the emo band of choice for angstridden teenagers, Hayley Williams, below,
and Co made a successful transition into
shiny, colourful, still emotional pop on
their latest album, After Laughter.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (029
2022 4488), Thur; O2 Arena,
London SE10, Fri
Pale Waves
Manchester four-piece
doing their best to
single-handedly bring
about a goth revival,
with the singer Heather
Baron-Gracie’s black-clad
glamour and the pop
melodrama of the singles New
Year’s Eve and My Obsession recalling
Robert Smith and the Cure. Lexington,
London N1 (020 7837 5371), Thur
The Hunna
Hertfordshire-based indie rockers who
combine pop melody with high-octane
Dayton, 12A (121min)
{{{{(
Emma Stone is Billie Jean
King and Steve Carell is
Bobby Riggs in a rousing
drama about tennis,
feminism and fame. KM
Breathe
Andy Serkis, 12A (117min)
{{{{(
Tear-jerker with Andrew
Garfield as a man stricken
with polio in 1958, who is
determined to live. KM
Paddington 2
Paul King, PG (103min)
{{{{(
Superlative sequel in
which the furry Peruvian
battles a never-better
Hugh Grant. KM
Menashe
Joshua Z Weinstein, U
(82min)
{{{{(
A moving custody drama
set within Brooklyn’s
Hasidic community. KM
Classical Richard Morrison
rock in the style of the Kings of Leon and
Queen. O2 Apollo Manchester (0844
4777677), today & Wed; O2 Academy
Newcastle, Mon; O2 Academy Glasgow,
Tues; O2 Academy Birmingham, Thur;
O2 Academy, London SW9, Fri & Jan 13
The Cribs
No-nonsense punk and indie
from the Jarman brothers,
celebrating the tenth
anniversary of their third
album, Men’s Needs,
Women’s Needs,
Whatever. Junction,
Cambridge (01223
511511), Wed; Sub89,
Reading, Thur; Engine
Rooms, Southampton, Fri
Book now
Roger Waters
The truculent genius of Pink Floyd
performs songs from The Wall, Dark
Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here,
Animals and more. British Summer Time
Hyde Park, W1 (0844 8240300), July 6
Top pick
National Youth Orchestra
of Great Britain
Britain’s top teenage
talent plays an exciting
programme of Bartók,
Liadov and Dukas under
Mark Elder’s direction.
Royal Concert Hall,
Nottingham (0115 989
5555), today; Barbican,
London EC2, Sun
Nicola Benedetti
The fine Scottish violinist
is the soloist in an
all-Brahms concert.
Leonard Elschenbroich
conducts London Mozart
Players. St John’s Smith
Square, London SW1 (020
7222 1061), Thur
Scottish Chamber
Orchestra
Robin Ticciati directs
rarities ranging from
French baroque composer
Rebel to Dvorák, Haydn
and Martinu. Queen’s Hall,
Edinburgh (0131 668
2019), Thur; City Halls,
Glasgow, Fri
Akademie für Alte
Musik Berlin
Top-notch baroque group
is joined by the singer
Sonia Prina for Handel,
Ferrandini, Bach, Vivaldi.
Wigmore Hall, London W1
(020 7935 2141), Thur
Book now
Tippett revived
An early Symphony in
B flat written in 1933 by
Michael Tippett receives
its first performance for
80 years. Martyn Brabbins
conducts the BBC Scottish
Symphony Orchestra. City
Halls, Glasgow (0141 353
8000), Feb 1
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Also showing
Top pick
Jumanji: Welcome to the
Jungle (12A)
{{(((
The Rock in a dull reboot
The Jungle
Stephen Daldry and Justin
Martin’s production aims
to plunge the audience
straight into the
experience of living in the
now-disbanded refugee
camp in Calais. The
triumph here is that it
goes immediately beyond
being just worthy: an
urgent, vivid, witty show
that only becomes more
potent as it goes on.
Young Vic, London SE1
(020 7922 2922), to Jan 9
The Greatest Showman
(PG)
{((((
Weak PT Barnum musical
with Hugh Jackman
Stronger (15)
{{(((
Over-ripe Oscar bait
The Killing of a
Sacred Deer (15)
{{{{{
Bleakly funny drama
Walk with Me (15)
{{(((
Snoozy mindfulness doc
Shot Caller (15)
{{(((
Schlocky prison drama
Renegades (12A)
{{(((
Flimsy war thriller
Suburbicon (15)
{{(((
Middling comedy directed
by George Clooney
Call Me By My Name (15)
{{{{{
Exquisite gay romance
The Prince of
Nothingwood (15)
{{{{(
Wickedly funny doc
Mountains May Depart
(12A)
{{{{(
Ambitious Chinese drama
James Tissot’s The Ball on Shipboard c 1874 is on display at Tate Britain
Top pick
Splendours of the
Subcontinent: A Prince’s
Tour of India 1875-6
The souvenirs that the
future Edward VII brought
back from a protracted
trip to India go on display.
The Queen’s Gallery,
Palace of Holyroodhouse,
Edinburgh (0303 123
7306), to April 22
Gallery, Buckingham
Palace, London SW1,
(030 3123 7301), to May 13
Into the Woods: Trees in
Photography
Arboreal splendours
unfurl in a show of
photographs of trees as
they have proved a
dramatic subject since the
early days of the camera.
V&A, London SW7 (020
7942 2000), to April 22
Impressionists in London
What our favourite French
painters found in our
capital. You will seldom
have found fog so lovely.
Tate Britain, London
SW1 (020 7887 8888),
to May 7
Modigliani
Bohemianism, hedonism
and modernism as the
Italian discovered them in
Paris. Tate Modern,
London SE1 (020 7887
8888), to April 2
Charles II: Art and Power
A show that highlights the
splendid resurgence of
culture in Britain after a
decade of Cromwell’s
austere rule. The Queen’s
Rose Wylie
Serious history, comicbook snippets, celebrity
snaps: all pour into the
imagination of Rose Wylie
and re-emerge with a
splash on her canvases.
Serpentine Gallery,
London W2 (020 7402
6075), to Feb 11
Pride and Persecution:
Jan Steen’s Old
Testament Scenes
Enjoy the vividly detailed
histrionics of biblical
paintings by a master of
the dramatic narrative.
Barber Institute of Fine
Arts, Birmingham (0121
414 7333), to Jan 21
Hamilton
It’s finally here and it
doesn’t disappoint. It’s got
a rock concert vibe, but
it’s really about history
and who owns it. Jamael
Westman burns up the
stage as Alexander
Hamilton, the American
founding father. Tickets
are hard to come by
(although there is a daily
lottery), but keep an eye
on the website for
booking extensions.
Victoria Palace,
London SW1
(hamiltonthe
musical.co.uk), to
July 28
Book now
Belleville
Amy Herzog’s story of a
millennial couple living in
Paris is a psychological
thriller dressed up as a
sitcom. Imogen Poots
captivates as the selfinvolved Abby, and
James Norton is her
doctor husband
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who is not all that
he seems. Merry
Christmas? Not in this little
flat. Donmar Warehouse,
London WC2 (020 3282
3808), to Feb 3
The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy, we’re not in
Kansas any more, not
least because this is
Sheffield. The director
Robert Hastie’s first
Christmas show is an
over-the-rainbow success,
with Gabrielle Brooks as
a Dorothy as warm and
bright as sunshine on a
winter’s day. Crucible,
Sheffield (0114 249
6000), to Jan 20
Book now
Hamlet
I was thrilled to see that
the RSC is touring its 2016
production of Hamlet,
inspired by Africa and
starring the magnetic
Paapa Essiedu. It starts
this month in Salford, then
moves to Plymouth, Hull,
Newcastle upon Tyne
and Northampton before
heading in March to
London (Hackney Empire).
A fresh and riveting
take on our favourite
murderous tale. Lowry,
Salford (01789 403493),
Jan 26 to Feb 3, then
touring
Danny Mahoney
and Bebe
Sanders in
White Fang
Opera Neil Fisher
Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker
Scottish Ballet dips into its own history
by reviving Peter Darrell’s classic staging
in which toy soldiers and the Sugar
Plum Fairy come to life. Lez Brotherston
is responsible for the jolly sets and
costumes. Theatre Royal, Glasgow
(0844 8717647), to Jan 13
Top pick
English National Ballet
It’s a study in contrasts in this ENB
double bill, with Kenneth MacMillan’s
heavyweight Song of the Earth (1965),
set to Mahler’s elegiac score, paired with
Frank Andersen’s careful recreation of
La Sylphide, one of the oldest and most
romantic ballets in the classical
repertoire — with kilts. Love the Scottish
setting. Coliseum, London WC2 (020
7845 9300), Tues-Jan 13
Cinderella
Matthew Bourne’s production is a darkly
clever spin on the traditional fairytale,
Pinocchio
The director John Tiffany,
of Harry Potter and the
Cursed Child fame,
combines dark magic and
puppetry to tell the story
of the wooden puppet
who wants to be a real
boy. The Disney songs are
brilliant and so is Jiminy.
Give a little whistle,
indeed. Lyttelton, National
Theatre, London SE1 (020
7452 3000), to April 10
Winter Lights Festival
Artists turn to state-of-theart light technology as this
annual festival presents
sculptures, installations
and experiences created
by some of the most
innovative light artists.
Canary Wharf, London E14
(canarywharf.com/artsevents), Jan 16-27
Dance Debra Craine
Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
The Royal Ballet’s production, courtesy
of Peter Wright, is still one of the best in
the world. Clara’s journey into a
fantastical world of snow and sweeties
is touched with the charm of young
romance. Tchaikovsky’s music, as always,
is a glorious treat. Royal Opera House,
London WC2 (020 7304 4000), to
Jan 10
White Fang
Mariska Ariya smoulders
as Lyzbet Scott, a young
Native Canadian woman
fighting for her freedom
in Canada’s harsh Yukon
territory. The Cornish
writer and director Jethro
Compton borrows some
of the themes of Jack
London’s classic novel, but
then surprises us. Park
Theatre, London N4 (020
7870 6876), to Jan 13
Holiday On Ice: Time
An extravaganza of dance and visual
effects that capture memorable
moments throughout life, including a
first kiss — and all of it is delivered on
skates. Brighton Centre (0844 8471538),
to Jan 14
setting the story in London during the
Blitz. That means that our put-upon
heroine falls in love not with a prince,
but with an RAF pilot. Still, this is wartime,
so before they get their happy fairytale
ending there are bombs to contend
with. Lez Brotherston’s designs evoke
a vibrant portrait of London at its most
imperilled, while the Prokofiev score is
enhanced by the scary sounds of war.
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1 (020 7863
8000), to Jan 27
English
National
Ballet
in La
Sylphide
Book now
Romeo and Juliet
Birmingham Royal Ballet revives
Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic staging
of Prokofiev’s Shakespearean ballet,
placing Juliet firmly at the centre of the
tale of star-crossed lovers. Sadler’s Wells,
London EC1 (020 7863 8000), June 12
& 13; Birmingham Hippodrome (0844
3385000), June 26-30
Top pick
The Return of Ulysses
Two years after the Royal
Opera decamped to
Camden Town for
Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the
company returns with the
composer’s masterpiece
in a new production by
John Fulljames, with
Roderick Williams in the
title role. Roundhouse,
London NW1 (0300 678
9222), Wed & Fri, to Jan 21
Salome
At Covent Garden,
Strauss’s lurid tragedy
returns to the stage in
David McVicar’s unsparing
staging, with Malin
Byström as the damaged,
demanding princess.
Royal Opera House,
London WC2 (020 7304
4000), Mon & Fri, to
Jan 30
Curlew River
Ante Terminum’s debut
production is Benjamin
Britten’s searing church
parable. First performed
at Bartholomew’s in
Orford, Suffolk, it comes
to one of the most
historic churches in the
City of London. St
Bartholomew the Great,
London EC1 (ante
terminumproductions.
com), Tues-Fri, to Jan 13
Book now
Un ballo in maschera
Opera North’s former
music director Richard
Farnes returns to the
Leeds-based company to
conduct Verdi’s macabre
tragedy in a new staging
by Tim Albery. Grand
Theatre, Leeds (0844
8482720), Feb 3-March 2
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tv & radio Full seven-day listings & previews
Critic’s choice
Michael Palin:
A Life on Screen
Radio choice
Cameron Years
Mon, Radio 4, 8pm
Sun, BBC Two, 9pm
According to John Cleese in
this cheerful tribute, Michael
Palin isn’t as nice as everyone
bangs on about. “They don’t
know the real Michael. He is in
fact a very ambitious, ruthless,
vicious bastard. A psychopath,
really.” Imagine such a thing.
Cleese is joking, of course, but
what is clear here about Palin,
aside from that affable nature,
is his versatility. He recalls his
days as a Fringe stand-up, his
television writing on The Frost
Report, his Monty Python
days, his serious roles (the
1991 drama GBH) and his
transition from acting to TV
presenting. Indeed, we’re
reminded that Palin pioneered
“a new animal in television
— the irreverent travel
presenter”. With on-set clips
from the Python films, the only
problem about this amenable
festschrift is that it’s only an
hour. You can also take the
Palin test to find out if you’re a
humourless fogey — watch the
clip of Python’s fish-slapping
dance and see if you laugh.
Palin reckons it’s “the perfect
test as to whether you have
a sense of humour or not”.
Michael Palin in
Monty Python’s
Life of Brian, 1979
James Jackson
Best of the rest
On demand
Hard Sun
Today, BBC One, 9.35pm
In a big new Saturday night
drama series, Jim Sturgess and
Agyness Deyn are London
cops labouring under the
secret knowledge that the
world will end in five years
— information that may get
them killed a lot sooner.
Next of Kin
Mon, ITV, 9pm
ITV’s big drama serial stars
Jack Davenport and Archie
Panjabi, part of a multicultural
London family who become
caught up in an international
conspiracy. A promising start
for what aims to be a pacey
thriller for our times.
Inside No 9
Tues, BBC Two, 10pm
This week’s half-hour tale of
the unexpected is beautifully
acted by Reece Shearsmith
and Steve Pemberton, playing
estranged comedy partners
having a tense reunion. More
moving than two Hollywood
weepies put together.
Surgeons: At the Edge of Life
Mon, BBC Two, 9pm
A new series filmed at Queen
Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
showing the superb work our
surgeons do — and how, as
one puts it, “an operation
will go wrong because of
a 30-second lapse in
concentration”. Compelling.
My Astonishing Self
Mon, BBC Four, 9pm
The life and work of the
literary genius George Bernard
Shaw is explored by a fellow
emigrant Irishman, the actor
Gabriel Byrne, who says that
part of Shaw’s greatness was
his ability to observe and
question as an outsider.
Kiri
Wed, Channel 4, 9pm
In the kind of performance
that comes with awards
written all over it, Sarah
Lancashire plays a social
worker blamed for putting a
girl who has been abducted
at risk. It’s a four-part drama
that’s bleak, but involving. JJ
The best of Netflix, Amazon, iPlayer and beyond
Search Party
All 4
Series two of the cult
American “millennial
murder mystery”, right,
follows the parodically
self-involved New
York friends as
they experience
the fallout of their
amateur sleuthing
into the disappearance
of a former college-mate.
The show, which is sly and
smart, has been hailed as an
original kind of “noir sitcom”,
although it is likely to appeal
only if you “get” the Brooklyn
millennial milieu it satirises.
Comedians in Cars
Getting Coffee
Netflix
Jerry Seinfeld’s selfexplanatory interview
show has moved from
a free website to
Netflix, where you can
watch new episodes
featuring Kristen Wiig,
Christoph Waltz and
the like riding in achingly
gorgeous vintage cars while
cracking up with Seinfeld
about the minutiae of life.
Or dip into the archive for
everyone from Larry David and
Will Ferrell to that well-known
comedian Barack Obama. JJ
How did Ken Clarke feel when
he learnt that David Cameron
was intending to hold a
referendum on Europe? Did
he despair? Try to persuade
him not to? Discuss how
the question might best
be framed?
The answer, as this riveting
series by the political
columnist Steve Richards
explains, is: none of the above.
“I only saw him after he’d
announced the decision,” says
Clarke. “And I, as a member of
cabinet, had read about it in
the newspapers, and I was
extremely angry . . . he
explained it was all part of
shutting up the backbenchers.”
This series has an awesome
list of interviewees. As well as
Clarke you also hear from
Oliver Letwin (talking about
trying to talk Boris out of
joining the Out campaign),
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Ed Vaizey,
Vince Cable and Nigel Farage.
These programmes are on
the Cameron years as a whole,
but the first episode focuses
on the referendum — why
Cameron held it and why he
held it so quickly. According to
Vaizey, he thought that he was
going to win it and that “going
quickly helped . . . like going to
the gym in the morning. Get it
out the way and get on with
the rest of your day.”
And according to Clarke?
“It never crossed David’s
mind that he might lose it.
He’d never lost anything in
his life and he wasn’t going
to lose this.”
Catherine Nixey
Podcast choice
Griefcast
acast.com/griefcast
It’s hard talking about death.
It’s not that funny, to be
honest, and people like a
joke. So this podcast, in
which Cariad Lloyd talks
about just that with
comedians including Robert
Webb and Sara Pascoe, is nigh
on a stroke of genius. CN
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Saturday 6 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Hard Sun
BBC One, 9.35pm
Where to begin with this sci-fi
crime drama from the Luther
creator, Neil Cross? Well, the
first episode starts and ends
with the model turned actress
Agyness Deyn in a brutal,
bloody fist fight (not the same
one), and in the 45 minutes
between we take in people
thrown from high-rise flats,
internal police investigations,
affairs, murderous sons,
dead coppers, car chases,
shootouts, computer hacking
and the little matter of the
impending apocalypse.
Modern-day London is the
setting — although the camera
seems to have an eye for
rain-soaked, brutalist concrete
and little else — where DCI
Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess,
bearded, bent) and his new
partner, DI Elaine Renko
(Deyn, with elfin dark hair
and grey hoodie, looking as
if she’s playing a 12-year-old
shoplifter from The Bill, circa
1997), are investigating the
apparent murder of a teenage
computer hacker. Being cops
in a 21st-century crime drama,
they deduce that there must
be more to it than meets the
eye, and before long they are
being hunted by government
spooks. Without giving too
much away, an early scene
involves Nikki Amuka-Bird’s
shady secret-service bod
looking at a computer image
of the sun and crying. Sounds
silly? It is, but it is also fun,
gripping and tears along at a
pace where plot holes whizz
past in a blur. The scene in
which Hicks and Renko escape
some unfriendly MI5 types
wouldn’t be out of place in
a Bourne film. Much will rely
on the pairing of Sturgess
and Deyn, neither of whom is
that likeable at first glance.
Sturgess’s Hicks is more
villain than antihero, while
Deyn has a tough gig as the
knuckleduster-wielding genius
Cop With a Past. Still, no one
will complain that Hard Sun
is boring. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
If you are missing Idris Elba’s hardboiled detective, Luther,
then every episode of Neil Cross’s drama is available on Netflix
Hugh’s Wild West
The Voice UK
Spiral
Feud
BBC Two, 6.15pm
ITV, 8pm
BBC Four, 9pm
BBC Two, 9.15pm/10pm
The chef, campaigner and
West Country resident Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall extols
the virtues of the wonderful
nature found in his backyard
in this thoroughly pleasant
and undemanding hour. As
well as eye-soothing footage
of sun-dappled streams,
ancient forests, fields of
bluebells and packs of deer,
we see Fearnley-Whittingstall
searching for some small and
elusive creatures: the dipper, a
bird with a remarkable talent;
the lesser horseshoe bat; and
“a tiny fish that is very close to
my heart”, the minnow. He also
meets the “heroes” protecting
the region’s diverse species. CB
Spinning chairs! Blind
auditions! Olly Murs! Yes, The
Voice UK is back with another
batch of wannabe warblers
who are happy to sing their
hearts out to the back of four
red leather chairs. A less-thanwhopping four million people
watched last April’s finale, in
which Mo Adeniran scooped
the grand prize — a recording
contract with Polydor — so
ITV will be praying that the
cheeky chappy and celebrity
Selfridges customer Murs
can lure some fresh viewers.
He joins Tom Jones, Will.i.am
and last year’s winning judge,
Jennifer Hudson, in the
novelty chairs. CB
The three strands of this
French thriller are shaping up
nicely as tension mounts in
the third and fourth episodes.
Joséphine’s courtroom
dramatics are nothing
compared with the trauma of
waking up under a bridge with
her clothes ripped to shreds
and her memory in tatters.
Could one of her colleagues
be responsible? Judge Roban,
meanwhile, is sniffing out
corruption, but he’s fighting
the clock on his own
endangered health. And, with
les flics hunting a cop killer
on the streets of Paris, Gilou
screws up big time. Will Laure
stand by him? Debra Craine
We began with Bette Davis and
Joan Crawford at each other’s
throats on the set of What
Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
The final double bill tonight
starts with the pair at war again
on the set of Hush . . . Hush,
Sweet Charlotte. To make
matters worse, Davis (Susan
Sarandon) is the associate
producer, and is rather
enjoying sticking her oar in
during the scenes involving
Crawford (Jessica Lange).
The humiliation of Crawford
is set against Davis’s obvious
jealousy. “Joan, how did it feel
to be the most beautiful girl in
the world?” “It was wonderful.
And it was never enough.” CB
Catch
up
Eric, Ernie & Me
BBC iPlayer, to January 28
Neil Forsyth’s curious
drama about Eric
Morecambe and Ernie
Wise follows in the
tradition of Not Only
But Always and We’re
Doomed! The Dad’s
Army Story by
depicting the
travails behind
the success.
It starts in
1969 with
Morecambe
(Mark Bonnar)
receiving a visit from Wise
(Neil Maskell) as he recovers
from a heart attack, while
their TV career heads for the
rocks. The BBC bosses give
them a last throw of the dice,
drafting in a reluctant
Liverpool comedy writer,
Eddie Braben (Stephen
Tompkinson, pictured), to
write for them. Braben
had a knack of seeing
what the pair needed to
do. It wasn’t all roses,
though, as the
dynamic
between writer
and stars
became one of
neediness and
destructive
work pressures.
James Jackson
Variations
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
5.45pm-6.15 Dad’s Army (r) 8.15-8.45
Christmas University Challenge 2017.
The final of the quiz. Last in the series
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
5.00pm-5.10 Final Score from Northern
Ireland. A round-up of the day’s action
along with the classified results
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
4.30pm A House Through Time (r) 5.30
Live Ulster Rugby: Leinster v Ulster
(Kick-off 5.35). Stephen Watson presents
all the action from the PRO14 match
between the rivals, which takes place
at the RDS Arena. Last season’s
corresponding fixture ended with a
dominant 22-7 victory for the home side.
Rory O’Loughlin exploited dreadful
defending to score his first try and Ulster
were asleep as scrum-half Luke McGrath
ran in a second after a quick line-out.
Wing O’Loughlin scored his second try
after half-time, with Charles Piutau’s
consolation score preventing Ulster
from being whitewashed7.30 Coast (r)
7.45-8.45 Hugh’s Wild West
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
4.00pm The Woman Who Can Smell
Parkinson’s (r) 4.30-5.10 Sportscene
● STV As ITV except:
12.30am
Teleshopping. Buying goods from
home 1.30 After Midnight. News and
conversation 3.00-6.00 ITV Nightscreen
● UTV As ITV except: 12.30am
Teleshopping 2.00-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw (r) 8.00 Stwnsh
Sadwrn 10.00 Y Rhufeiniaid (r) 11.00
Croeso i Gymru (r) 11.30 O’r Galon: Y Trên
i Ravensbrück (r) 12.15pm Wil, Aeron a’r
Inca (r) 1.30 Chwaraeon y Dyn Bach (r)
2.00 Iolo: Deifio yn y Barrier Reef (r) 3.00
Live Clwb Rygbi: Ospreys v Cardiff Blues
(Kick-off 3.15). Coverage of the PRO14
fixture, which takes place at the Liberty
Stadium 5.15 Live Sgorio: Cardiff Met v
Aberystwyth Town (Kick-off 5.30).
Coverage of the Welsh Premier League
encounter from Cyncoed Campus
Stadium. With Dylan Ebenezer and Nicky
John 7.50 News a Chwaraeon 8.00 Noson
Lawen. An evening of entertainment at
the Bryn Terfel Theatre in Bangor 9.00
Priodas Pum Mil. A couple from Chwilog
entrust their wedding to family and
friends (r) 10.00 Parch (r) 11.00 Stand Yp
(r) 12.00-12.35am Hansh (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
West Side Story (PG, 1961)
Channel 5, 11.40am
Ten musicals have won the Academy Award for best picture, yet
only West Side Story can claim ten Oscars. With Leonard Bernstein
(music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) providing more classic
tunes per minute than any other musical, West Side Story is the
pre-eminent example of the form. As the loosely revamped Romeo
and Juliet hits the back streets of Manhattan in the mid-1950s,
heavyweights such as Jet Song bleed into Maria, Tonight, America
and I Feel Pretty. Gee, Officer Krupke is perhaps Sondheim’s best
work, transforming juvenile delinquency, alcoholism and domestic
abuse into a riotous yet angry farce. (153min) Kevin Maher
The Letter (U, 1940)
BBC Two, 3pm
In William Wyler’s melodrama,
adapted from W Somerset
Maugham’s 1927 play, James
Stephenson plays Howard Joyce, a
lawyer compromised by the crime
that opens the film. Leslie Crosbie
(Bette Davis, pictured), a colonial
rubber planter’s wife in Malaya, is
seen shooting a fellow Brit dead, after which she claims he tried
to rape her. The case looks cut and dried until an incriminating
letter turns up from the dead man’s Eurasian wife. Should Joyce
buy it and suppress the evidence to save Leslie for the sake of her
loving but dull husband, Robert (Herbert Marshall), his dearest
friend? The film was nominated for seven Oscars (including best
actress for Davis), but didn’t win any. (95min) Joe Clay
Spectre (12, 2015)
ITV, 9.50pm
In case you didn’t catch it on New Year’s Day, Spectre is given
another primetime airing. This fourth outing for Daniel Craig
as James Bond is as sleek as the Aston Martin DB10 that races
through the movie. Plus the director Sam Mendes and Craig are
now so comfortable with the late-007 action genre that a relaxed
wit percolates. It opens with Bond at Mexico City’s Day of the Dead
parade, and in minutes a gorgeous woman has been abandoned
mid-pout, an assassination has occurred and tens of thousands
of extras are screaming as a helicopter goes out of control. We’re
back. But times are a-changing at MI6, and human spies, like the
analogue Bond, are heading for obsolescence. (148min) Kate Muir
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6.00am Breakfast 10.00 Saturday
Kitchen Live. Matt Tebbutt is joined
by the chefs Ryan Simpson and Liam
Trotman 11.30 Mary Berry Everyday
(r) 12.00 BBC News 12.15pm Football
Focus 12.45 Live MOTD: FA Cup —
Fleetwood Town v Leicester City
(Kick-off 12.45). The third-round
fixture from Highbury Stadium 3.00
Money for Nothing (r) 4.00 Final
Score 5.10 Celebrity Mastermind 5.40
BBC News 5.50 Regional News 6.00
And They’re Off for Sport Relief. New
series. Ore Oduba hosts a sporting
challenge 6.40 Pointless Celebrities.
A 1980s edition featuring the athlete
Fatima Whitbread and the skater
Robin Cousins, the Doctor Who stars
Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, Blue
Peter’s Mark Curry and Peter Duncan,
and the singers Sonia and Jaki Graham
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 8.00 The
Dengineers 8.30 Deadly Top 10 (r)
9.00 World’s Sneakiest Animals (r)
10.00 Homes Under the Hammer (r)
11.00 Pets: Wild at Heart (r) 12.00
The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean
Adventure. Si King and Dave Myers
search for the flavours of Italy (r)
1.00pm Back to the Land with Kate
Humble (r) 2.00 Rome Unpacked (r)
3.00 FILM The Letter (U, 1940)
Drama. See Film Choice (b/w) 4.30
Jaguars Born Free: Natural World (r)
5.15 Trust Me, I’m a Doctor (r) 5.45 Tom
Kerridge’s Lose Weight For Good (r)
6.15 Hugh’s Wild West. New series.
Searching for wildlife in the West
Country. See Viewing Guide
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25
ITV News 9.30 Saturday Morning with
James Martin. With guest Amanda
Lamb 11.30 The Hungry Sailors (r)
12.30pm ITV News; Weather 12.40
Endeavour (r) 2.40 The Greatest TV
Moments of All Time. Paddy
McGuinness shares some of the best
loved television clips of the past 50
years, with contributions from stars
including Holly Willoughby and John
Cleese (r) 4.35 Regional News 4.45
ITV News 4.55 The Chase: Celebrity
Special. Bradley Walsh is joined by
Claire Richards from Steps, the
musician Rowland Rivron, the rugby
union star James Haskell and the Blue
singer Antony Costa (r) 6.00
Catchphrase. Ellie Simmonds, Fay
Ripley and Jimmy Carr try to guess
phrases hidden in animated clues
6.05am Triathlon: Laguna Phuket
7.00 Everybody Loves Raymond (r)
7.25 Everybody Loves Raymond (r)
7.50 Frasier (r) 8.20 Frasier (r) 8.55
Frasier (r) 9.25 The Big Bang Theory
(r) 9.50 The Big Bang Theory (r) 10.20
The Big Bang Theory (r) 10.50 The
Simpsons (r) 11.15 The Simpsons (r)
11.45 Sun, Sea and Selling Houses Two
estate agents are tasked to find an
apartment in Spain near the beach (r)
12.45pm Live Darts: BDO Lakeside
World Professional Championships.
Rob Walker introduces coverage of
the afternoon session on the opening
day of the tournament staged at
Lakeside Country Club in Frimley
Green 5.30 A Place in the Sun:
Summer Sun. Laura Hamilton shows a
Brighton duo properties in southwest
France (r) 6.30 Channel 4 News
6.00am Milkshake! 9.35 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles 10.10 Dogs Make
You Laugh Out Loud 2 (r) 10.40
Cruising with Jane McDonald
Christmas Special. Seasonal edition (r)
11.40 FILM West Side Story (PG, 1961)
Romantic musical. See Film Choice
2.30pm FILM The Hundred-Foot
Journey (PG, 2014) An Indian family
emigrates to France to open a
restaurant. Comedy drama starring
Helen Mirren 3.30 5 News Update
3.35 FILM The Hundred-Foot Journey
(PG, 2014) The comedy drama
starring Helen Mirren continues 4.55
5 News Weekend. The day’s headlines
5.00 Playful Pups Make You Laugh
Out Loud. Internet videos featuring
puppies (r) 6.00 The Wonderful
World of Puppies. New series. The
first few months of a dog’s life
Wedding Day Winners (7.25pm)
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (6.15pm)
The Voice UK returns (8pm)
BDO champ Glen Durrant (12.45pm)
Musical West Side Story (11.40am)
7.00 Take Me Out New series.
A hairdresser, a rugby player,
a children’s entertainer and a
student try to impress 30 single
women and win a date. Paddy
McGuinness presents
7.00 Spying on the Royals Part one
of a two-part documentary
examining surveillance
conducted on Edward VIII and
Wallis Simpson. Featuring
dramatic reconstructions and
eyewitness accounts (r)
7.00 Greatest Celebrity Wind-Ups
Ever! Joe Pasquale narrates
a special documentary
celebrating some of the
greatest pranks famous faces
have played on each other (r)
8.00 The Voice UK New series.
Emma Willis hosts the seventh
series of the singing contest,
which this year sees Olly Murs
joining returning coaches
will.i.am, Tom Jones and
Jennifer Hudson on the famous
spinning chairs. The search for
a star kicks off
ff, as usual, with
the first round of blind
auditions. See Viewing Guide
8.00 Princess Diana’s “Wicked”
Stepmother An examination
of Diana, Princess of Wales’s
turbulent relationship with
Raine Spencer, who went from
hated stepmother to one of her
closest confidantes (r)
8.00 Blind Date Paul O’Grady hosts
a revival of the dating show in
which a drama teacher from
Surrey and a digger driver from
Hull must choose between
three unseen suitors (2/6)
9.00 FILM The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay — Part 2 (12, 2015)
The civilisation of Panem is
consumed by a bloody civil war.
Reluctant rebel leader Katniss
Everdeen leads a band of her
allies on a mission to end the
conflict by assassinating the
despotic President Snow — but
faces many dangers as she
closes in on her target.
Conclusion of the sci-fi
adventure series based on
Suzanne Collins’ novels, starring
Jennifer Lawrence, Donald
Sutherland and Philip Seymour
Hoffman in his final role
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother Friday’s
highlights from the house,
including another chance to
see what surprise Big Brother
sprung on the women
11.40 FILM The Transporter
(15, 2002) Action adventure
starring Jason Statham
11.45 Lip Sync Battle UK: Rufus
Hound v Jorgie Porter (3/6) (r)
1.25am Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
USA. A bistro in Arizona (r) 2.15
Hollyoaks. Omnibus (r) (SL) 4.00
Location, Location, Location.
Two couples search for homes in
Hertfordshire (r) (SL) 4.55 Coast vs
Country (r) 5.50 Four in a Bed (r)
12.15am SuperCasino. Viewers get
the chance to take part in live gaming
3.10 Secrets of the National Trust
with Alan Titchmarsh (r) 4.00 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (r) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r)
(SL) 5.35 Nick’s Quest (r) (SL)
7.15
7.25 Wedding Day Winners New
series. Lorraine Kelly and Rob
Beckett host a game show in
which couples compete for the
chance to win a televised
wedding and a dream
honeymoon (1/6)
A House Through Time
Documentary charting 180
years of British history as lived
through by the successive
inhabitants of a terraced house
in Liverpool, from the 1840s to
the present day (1/4) (r)
8.15 Dad’s Army The platoon helps
Godfrey’s widowed friend to
gather in the harvest (8/13) (r)
8.30 Casualty Complications arise
with Connie’s illness, and she
persuades Ethan to drive her to
London to seek advice from a
leading consultant. Meanwhile,
Dylan holds the fort in the ED
9.20 BBC News; Weather
9.35 Hard Sun New series. Sci-fi
crime drama starring Jim
Sturgess and Agyness Deyn as
two detectives who must find
a way to keep the peace after
learning that the world is about
to end. See Viewing Guide (1/6)
10.30 MOTD: FA Cup Highlights
Action from the FA Cup third
round fixtures contested so
far, including Norwich City v
Chelsea at Carrow Road,
Wolverhampton Wanderers v
Swansea City at Molineux, and
Newcastle United v Luton Town
at St James’ Park; followed by
National Lottery Update
8.45 Grand Tours of Scotland’s
Lochs A journey from Loch
Gairloch to Loch Maree (2/6)
9.15 Feud: Bette and Joan The
convivial atmosphere that
Bette is creating frustrates Joan.
See Viewing Guide (7/8)
10.00 Feud: Bette and Joan Both
actresses reflect on what might
have been and Joan gets a call
from her agent, who advises
her against appearing in
low-budget feature The Missing
Link. Last in the series.
See Viewing Guide (8/8)
11.00 Live at the Apollo Christmas
Special Katherine Ryan hosts
an extended festive special,
introducing Marlon Davis, Joel
Dommett and John Robins
9.35 ITV News
9.50 FILM Spectre (12, 2015) James
Bond goes rogue after receiving
a cryptic message that sets
him on the trail of a secretive
criminal network. While his
colleagues face a new threat
closer to home, Bond embarks
on a globetrotting journey in
search of the elusive
mastermind behind the
syndicate — whom he
discovers may have links to
his own past. Spy thriller
starring Daniel Craig, Christoph
Waltz, Léa Seydoux and Ralph
Fiennes. See Film Choice
11.45 QI XL With Josh Widdicombe,
Susan Calman and Rich Hall
12.05am The NFL Show 12.35 FILM
The Resident (15, 2011) A doctor
moves into a new apartment, but
realises her landlord is dangerously
obsessed with her. Horror starring
Hilary Swank 2.00 Weather for the
Week Ahead 2.05 BBC News
12.30am-2.30 Later: with Jools
Holland 25th Birthday Show. The
BBC’s flagship live music show returns
for a special edition marking the
programme’s 25th anniversary. Artists
include Foo Fighters, Paul Weller,
Dizzee Rascal and Van Morrison (r)
12.30am Jackpot247. Interactive
gaming 3.00 Babushka. Game show
hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal in which
contestants open a set of Russian
nesting dolls, with some empty and
others containing prizes up to
£10,000 (r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
10.00 Worst Celebrity Pop Songs
Ever A countdown of 40
memorable records, featuring
tracks by Mr T, Katie Price,
Vinnie Jones, Sam Fox and an
assortment of soap stars (r)
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Spiral
Saturday 6 | Primetime digital guide
Audrey Fleurot and Caroline
Proust star as the French
crime drama continues
BBC Four, 9pm/10pm
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BBC Four
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Film4
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Sky Atlantic
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SKY 108
7.00pm Shipwrecks: Britain’s
Sunken History The stories
behind some of the
shipwrecks that surround
Britain’s coastline (R)
8.00 Alaska: Earth’s Frozen
Kingdom Documentary
following the fortunes of
humans and animals over
the course of a year (R)
9.00 Spiral Josephine is left
shaken after an assault, and
Roban uses unconventional
methods to build his case.
See Viewing Guide (3/12)
10.00 Spiral Roban confronts a
colleague and his own
health issues, and Laure
discovers a guilty secret.
See Viewing Guide (4/12)
11.05 The Vietnam War Nixon
announces Hanoi has
agreed to a peace deal (R)
12.00-1.00am Bee Gees at the BBC
and Beyond Classic
performances by the
legendary pop trio (R)
6.55pm Midsomer Murders
Barnaby and Jones
investigate a series of
murders echoing the plots
of horror films, giving the
detective duo what looks
like a disturbing case of
life imitating art (R)
9.00 Midsomer Murders
A wealthy landowner’s body
goes missing on the night of
his death. Barnaby, Nelson
and forensic pathologist
Kam Karimore are drawn
into a macabre world of
body-snatching during their
quest to identify the
perpetrator (R)
11.00-1.00am The Suspicions of
Mr Whicher: The Murder in
Angel Lane When Whicher
saves a respectable country
lady from a robbery in a
dangerous part of London,
she hires him to investigate
the savage murder of her
16-year-old niece (R)
6.55pm Come Dine with Me A new
romantic musician hosts
day four in Sheffield (R)
7.25 Come Dine with Me A
former chef hosts the final
meal in Sheffield (R)
7.55 Rome’s Sunken Secrets
Documentary exploring the
underwater ruins of an
ancient Roman city located
in the Bay of Naples (R)
9.00 Finding Babylon’s Hanging
Garden: Secret History The
Oxford academic Stephanie
Dalley tries to solve the
mystery of the wonder of
the ancient world (R)
10.00 Gladiators: Back from the
Dead Re-creating the world
of the Roman arena,
showing how gladiators
lived, fought and died (R)
11.05-12.10am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown With
Lee Mack, Catherine Tate,
Sean Lock, Miles Jupp and
John Cooper Clarke (R)
6.45pm FILM GI Joe: Retaliation
(12, 2013) An elite military
team battles a terrorist
organisation that has
replaced the US president
with an imposter. Action
adventure sequel with
Dwayne Johnson
9.00 FILM Now You See Me
(12, 2013) An FBI agent
investigates four magicians
who use their lavish stage
shows as cover for
seemingly impossible heists.
Crime thriller starring Jesse
Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo,
Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher
and Dave Franco
11.15-1.10am FILM Insidious:
Chapter 3 (15, 2015) Gifted
psychic Elise Rainier uses
her powers to contact the
dead to help a girl who has
been targeted by a
supernatural entity. Horror
prequel starring Dermot
Mulroney and Stefanie Scott
7.00pm The Simpsons Santa’s
Little Helper becomes the
Duff Beer mascot (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer is
banned from driving,
forcing Marge to take
charge of the family car (R)
8.00 A League of Their Own
The Ryder Cup legend Ian
Poulter, the Sky Sports
presenter Olivia Wayne
and the comedian Josh
Widdicombe are the guests
on the sports-based quiz,
hosted by James Corden (R)
9.00 FILM Air Force One (15,
1997) The American
president takes on Russian
terrorists who have hijacked
his plane and are
threatening his family.
Action thriller with Harrison
Ford and Gary Oldman
11.25-12.25am A League of Their
Own: US Road Trip 2.0
The gang goes on another
American adventure (R)
7.00pm Without a Trace Jack and
the team are called in to find
a woman who has been
kidnapped by a car thief, but
discover something more
sinister than a random
abduction (R)
8.00 Without a Trace The team
hunts for an aspiring model
who has gone missing and
changes her appearance
from day to day (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones Tyrion
seeks a new, strange ally,
Brienne goes on a mission,
and Arya is given a chance
to prove herself (5/10) (R)
10.05 Game of Thrones An old foe
returns to the great game,
Arya faces a difficult choice,
and Jaime faces off with the
High Sparrow (6/10) (R)
11.05-12.05am Game of Thrones
The High Sparrow eyes
another target, Jaime
confronts a hero, and Arya
makes a plan (7/10) (R)
Drama
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
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FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
6.40pm FILM The Mummy (12,
1999) A soldier of fortune battles
the vengeful spirit of an ancient
Egyptian high priest who has
supernatural powers. Fantasy
adventure starring Brendan Fraser
9.00 FILM The Hangover (15,
2009) Three men on a stag
weekend in Las Vegas wake up to
find they have lost the groom and
cannot remember the night before.
Comedy with Bradley Cooper
11.10 Family Guy
11.35-12.10am Family Guy
6.45pm FILM Dr No (PG, 1962)
James Bond investigates a criminal
mastermind plotting to sabotage
the US space programme. Spy
thriller starring Sean Connery
9.00 FILM The Enforcer (18, 1976)
Maverick cop “Dirty” Harry
Callahan is unwillingly teamed up
with a female partner as he takes
on a terrorist group. Crime thriller
sequel starring Clint Eastwood
11.05-1.25am FILM Platoon (15,
1986) Vietnam War drama starring
Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe
7.00pm The Big Bang Theory
Penny tells the girls she is thinking
about breaking up with Leonard
7.30 The Big Bang Theory Raj
worries that a probe he designed
will not work in space
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon asks the gang to make life
more difficult for him
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
Leonard’s parents come to town
9.00 FILM Red (12, 2010) Action
thriller starring Bruce Willis
11.10-12.15am Gogglebox
6.50pm FILM Left Behind (15,
2014) Fantasy adventure starring
Nicolas Cage and Lea Thompson
9.00 FILM Under Siege (15, 1992)
A veteran US Navy Seal working on
a battleship as a cook leaps into
action to liberate the vessel from
terrorists. Action adventure
starring Steven Seagal
11.10-1.00am FILM Safe (15, 2012)
A former cage fighter protects a
12-year-old girl holding valuable
information. Thriller starring Jason
Statham and Catherine Chan
6.00pm FILM The Lion Has Wings
(U, 1939) Michael Powell’s Second
World War drama starring Merle
Oberon and Ralph Richardson
7.35 Glimpses: The Economy Run
1957-The Longer Mile Footage of
motor racing from the 1950s
8.00 FILM No Love For Johnnie
(12, 1961) A middle-aged MP sets
out on in search of love and
happiness. Drama with Peter Finch
10.15-12.30am FILM The Servant
(12, 1963) Psychological drama
starring Dirk Bogarde
7.00pm Sue Thomas: FBEye
Sue tries to help a man who claims
he only turned to crime to pay for
his son’s heart surgery
8.00 Hetty Wainthropp
Investigates The death of a
pensioner leaves unanswered
questions for the amateur sleuth
9.30 Wallander Inspector Kurt
Wallander investigates three
apparently motiveless murders
11.25-1.20am Dalziel & Pascoe
The detectives set out to learn
who killed a rugby player’s wife
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 Sings the Beatles
Memorable covers of classic songs
8.00 Sounds of the Sixties
Recalling a decade in British music
8.30 Sounds of the Sixties Archive
performances from 1964 and 1965
9.00 Boom Bang a Bang: 50 Years
of Eurovision The history of the
music competition
10.00 TOTP2 Goes Eurovision
11.00 Britain in Motion
11.30-12.35am Churchill’s
Bodyguard Insight into the work
of Inspector Walter Thompson
7.00pm World’s Craziest Police
Pursuits High-octane special
8.00 Police Interceptors Officers
conduct a 48-hour hunt for a thief
who stole a 4x4
9.00 It Takes a Thief to Catch a
Thief Richard Taylor uses a
Cirencester corner shop’s CCTV
to name and shame thieves
10.00 Idiot TV Showcasing
hundreds of comical clips of
people acting like idiots
11.00-1.00am Bellator MMA Fight
Night Mixed martial arts event
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
A raid takes place on a suspected
drugs den in Burton
8.00 Dynamo: Magician
Impossible The illusionist visits the
World Poker Tour in Venice
9.00 FILM Kill Bill: Vol 2 (18, 2004)
Assassin the Bride continues her
quest to exact revenge. Thriller
sequel starring Uma Thurman
11.40-12.40am Dave Gorman:
Modern Life Is Goodish Dave
invites the audience to conduct an
experiment with eggs
6.40pm The Mosquito Reborn:
Gaining Altitude Documentary
about the de Havilland Mosquito
7.55 Ultimate Restorations A
Westland Lysander reconnaissance
plane is reconstructed
9.10 Ultimate Restorations A
schooner built in 1885 is restored
10.20 Rise of the Drones Exploring
the technology behind the
unmanned aircraft
11.35-12.50am Ultimate
Restorations A steam locomotive
that appeared in High Noon
6.45pm Bee Gees: Live in
Melbourne 1989 The Gibb
brothers perform at the National
Tennis Centre in Melbourne
9.00 Freddie Mercury: The Great
Pretender Profile of the singer
10.45 Pink Floyd: The Story of
Wish You Were Here Documentary
telling the story behind the making
of the band’s landmark 1975 album
12.00-1.15am The Who: Sensation
— The Story of Tommy The
background, creation and impact
of the band’s 1969 double album
7.00pm To Catch a Smuggler: JFK
Airport The officers investigate
suspicious packages
8.00 To Catch a Smuggler: JFK
Airport A man carrying 4kg of
cocaine is detained
9.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
The crimes of Peter Sutcliffe
10.00 Criminal Minds Two women
are murdered and made to look
like they are praying
11.00 Criminal Minds The agents
hold a delusional man in custody
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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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 Bones
8.00 American Dad!
8.30 American Dad!
9.00 American Dad!
9.30 American Dad!
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 The Orville
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Gold Rush
8.00 Wheeler Dealers
9.00 Whitey Bulger: The Making
of a Monster An account of James
“Whitey” Bulger’s crimes
10.00 Faking It: Tears of a Crime
11.00 DC Snipers: Crimes of the
Century The attacks of 2002
12.00-1.00am Wheeler Dealers
7.00pm Maritime Silk Road
Reborn How Chinese ships sailed
to Africa in 1416. Last in the series
8.00 Wild South Africa
9.00 Mission Saturn
10.00 A Year in Space
11.00 Icebreakers: Arctic Giants
12.00-1.00am Building the London
Underground
7.00pm FILM Drillbit Taylor (12,
2008) Comedy starring Owen
Wilson and Leslie Mann
9.00 FILM I Love You, Man (15,
2009) Comedy starring Paul Rudd
11.05-1.00am FILM Harold &
Kumar Get the Munchies (15,
2004) Comedy adventure starring
John Cho and Kal Penn
6.40pm Porridge
7.20 Porridge
8.00 Citizen Khan
8.40 Citizen Khan
9.20 Citizen Khan
10.00 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy
Roadshow With Jason Manford,
John Bishop and Sarah Millican
11.00-12.05am Green Wing
7.00pm My Family
7.40 My Family
8.20 My Family
9.00 FILM Maid in Manhattan (PG,
2002) Romantic comedy with
Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes
11.10-12.15am Inside the
Ambulance A 72-year-old who has
woken with agonising chest pain
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
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SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.10pm The Book Of Henry (12,
2017) A single mum sets out to
rescue an abused girl. Drama with
Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay
8.00 Logan (15, 2017) Wolverine
and Professor X find their worlds
turned upside down by a young
mutant. Fantasy adventure starring
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
10.20-12.25am Kong: Skull Island
(12, 2017) A secret mission to a
mysterious island descends into
chaos. Action adventure starring
Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson
5.45pm Batman Returns (12, 1992)
The hero battles the Penguin and
Catwoman. Comic-book adventure
sequel with Michael Keaton
8.00 Suicide Squad (15, 2016)
A ragtag team of villains are
strong-armed into doing good by
a government agent. Fantasy
adventure starring Will Smith
10.15-12.30am Cape Fear (18, 1991)
A psychopathic rapist is released
from prison and plots revenge on a
defence attorney. Thriller remake
starring Robert De Niro
6.05pm Sing (U, 2016) Animation
voiced by Matthew McConaughey
8.00 Pete’s Dragon (PG, 2016)
An orphaned boy befriends a giant,
fire-breathing dragon. Fantasy
starring Bryce Dallas Howard
9.45 The Water Horse: Legend of
the Deep (PG, 2007) A lonely boy
finds a curiously large egg on the
shore of a Scottish lake. Fantasy
adventure starring Alex Etel
11.45-2.10am Hook (U, 1991) Peter
Pan adventure starring Robin
Williams and Dustin Hoffman
5.40pm The Mask of Zorro (PG,
1998) The ageing hero trains a
protégé to take on his mantle.
Adventure starring Anthony
Hopkins and Antonio Banderas
8.00 Fantastic Beasts and Where
to Find Them (12, 2016) A wizard
arrives in 1920s New York with a
bagful of magical creatures.
Fantasy starring Eddie Redmayne
10.15-12.10am The Legend Of
Tarzan (12, 2016) Tarzan is lured to
Africa and into a trap. Adventure
starring Alexander Skarsgård
6.30pm Fences (12, 2016) A
working-class dad tries to raise his
family in the 1950s. Drama starring
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
9.00 Snatch (18, 2000) A boxing
promoter and his sidekick are
drawn into a match-fixing racket.
Guy Ritchie’s comedy drama with
Jason Statham and Brad Pitt
10.50-12.40am The French
Connection (18, 1971) Two New
York cops use unorthodox
methods to break a drug ring.
Crime thriller with Gene Hackman
Dirk Bogarde, James Fox and
Wendy Craig star in The Servant
(Talking Pictures, 10.15pm)
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Sports guide
Live FA Cup Football
BT Sport 2, 5pm
Radio 1
Norwich City welcome
Chelsea to Carrow Road in
the third round of the FA
Cup (kick-off 5.30pm). The
Canaries, under head coach
Daniel Farke (the first foreign
coach of the club in its
114-year history), are mid-table
in the Championship. They
have been frustratingly
inconsistent this season,
with 22-year-old winger
Josh Murphy, pictured, the
club’s top scorer. Joe Clay
Sky Sports Main Event
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8.30am LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v India
3.00pm LIVE PRO14 Rugby
Union: Ospreys v Cardiff
Blues (Kick-off 3.15)
5.30-7.45 LIVE PRO14 Rugby
Union: Leinster v Ulster
(Kick-off 5.35)
9.00 LIVE NFL The opening
wildcard play-off match
1.00am-5.00 LIVE NFL
The second wildcard play-off
encounter
Sky Sports Football
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11.55am-2.00pm LIVE La
Liga: Atlético Madrid v Getafe
5.25-7.30 LIVE La Liga: Las
Palmas v Eibar (Kick-off 5.30)
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga: Sevilla
v Real Betis (Kick-off 7.45)
Sky Sports Cricket
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8.25am-3.45pm LIVE Test
Cricket: South Africa v India
Sky Sports Golf
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8.00pm-12.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The Sentry Tournament
of Champions
Sky Sports Action
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3.00pm LIVE PRO14 Rugby
Union: Ospreys v Cardiff
Blues (Kick-off 3.15)
5.30-7.45 LIVE PRO14 Rugby
Union: Leinster v Ulster
9.00 LIVE NFL The opening
wildcard play-off match
1.00am-5.00 LIVE NFL The
second wildcard play-off
match
Sky Sports Arena
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1.40pm-3.30 LIVE Top 14
Rugby Union: Bordeaux
Begles v Lyon (Kick-off 1.45)
7.40-9.30 LIVE Top 14 Rugby
Union: Montpellier v Stade
Francais (Kick-off 7.45)
BT Sport 1
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11.30-1.30pm LIVE Serie A:
Torino v Bologna
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
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 & DJ
Limelight 4.00 Benji B
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
5.15-7.00pm LIVE Serie A:
AS Roma v Atalanta
7.30-9.45 LIVE Serie A:
Cagliari v Juventus
11.00-7.30am LIVE The Ashes:
Australia v England
BT Sport 2
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8.00am-12.00 LIVE Cricket:
Big Bash League: Melbourne
Stars v Melbourne
Renegades
5.00pm-8.00 LIVE Emirates
FA Cup: Norwich City v
Chelsea (Kick-off 5.30)
2.00am-6.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Sydney
International
BT Sport 3
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6.00am-8.30 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Shenzhen Open
9.00-11.30 LIVE WTA Tennis:
The Brisbane International
2.30pm-5.15 LIVE Aviva
Premiership Rugby Union:
Northampton Saints v
Gloucester Rugby
6.45-11.15 LIVE BDO World
Championships
1.00am-9.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
Eurosport 1
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7.30am LIVE Nordic
Combined Skiing The HS100
ski jump from Otepaa, Estonia
8.30 LIVE Alpine Skiing The
women’s slalom in Maribor
9.30 LIVE Alpine Skiing The
men’s World Cup meeting in
Adelboden, Switzerland
10.30 LIVE Nordic Combined
Skiing The Gundersen event
11.00 LIVE Biathlon World
Cup coverage from Oberhof
11.45 LIVE Alpine Skiing The
women’s slalom in Maribor
12.15pm LIVE Alpine Skiing
The men’s World Cup meeting
1.30 LIVE Cross-Country
Skiing The women’s 10km
mass start from Val di Fiemme
2.00 LIVE Biathlon World Cup
coverage from Oberhof
2.45 LIVE Cross-Country
Skiing The men’s 15km mass
start from Val di Fiemme
3.30-6.00 LIVE Ski Jumping
The Four Hills competition
8.30-10.00 LIVE Freestyle
Skiing The World Cup
meeting from Calgary
5.00am Huey on Saturday
6.00 Sounds of the 60s
8.00 Saturday Breakfast with
Dermot 10.00 Graham Norton.
With guests Sarah Lancashire,
Brenda Blethyn and Scott
Miller 1.00pm Pick of the Pops
3.00 Suzi Perry 6.00 Liza
Tarbuck 8.00 Trevor Nelson’s
Rhythm Nation 10.00 The
Craig Charles House Party
12.00 Ana Matronic’s Disco
Devotion 2.00am Showtunes
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
7.00am Breakfast
9.00 News
9.03 Record Review
12.15pm Music Matters
Tom Service talks to the
composer Esa-Pekka Salonen
1.00 News
1.02 Saturday Classics
The mezzo-soprano Joyce
DiDonato chooses some
gems from the American
repertoire, focusing on less
well-known composers
alongside numbers from the
great American songbook
3.00 Sound of Cinema The
second of two programmes
exploring the film music of
Franz Waxman, focusing on
the scores of Sunset Boulevard
and Taras Bulba (r)
4.00 Jazz Record Requests
5.00 Jazz Line-Up Kevin Le
Gendre presents the Cuban
pianist Alfredo Rodríguez
and his trio in concert at the
Sage, as part of the Gateshead
Jazz Festival (r)
6.00 Opera on 3 Rossini’s
Semiramide at the Royal Opera
House with Joyce DiDonato in
the title role. Antonio Pappano
conducts the Orchestra and
Chorus of the Royal Opera
House, Covent Garden
10.00 Hear and Now
Highlights from the London
Contemporary Music Festival,
including works by Robert
Ashley performed by
the new music ensemble
Apartment House
12.00 Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz (r)
1.00am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am-7.30 (LW) Test Match
Special: Australia v England
5.30 News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 iPM Interactive debate
Today’s picks
Offshore
Radio 4, 2.30pm
Penelope Fitzgerald can feel like
the hessian flooring of novelists:
impeccably tasteful, much
loved by intellectuals of a
certain era (Alan Hollinghurst
and Julian Barnes are fans), but
somehow scratchy and sort of
uncomfortable to those who are
unused to her. This adaptation
of her book Offshore, about a woman who lives on a barge in
Battersea Reach, smooths down some of that scratchiness.
Partly by being so brief — the Booker-winning Offshore is a
mere sliver of a book and this adaptation crunches it down
further — and partly because Hattie Morahan, pictured, is
excellent as Nenna, who has to come to terms with her
husband leaving her. Fitzgerald said she wrote to give voice
to “people who seem to have been born defeated or even
profoundly lost” and you hear them here in the social flotsam
and jetsam of the barge community. Catherine Nixey
6.00 News and Papers
6.07 Open Country (r)
6.30 Farming Today This
Week Agriculture
6.57 Weather
7.00 Today
7.30 (LW) Today
9.00 Saturday Live
10.30 The Kitchen Cabinet
11.04 The Forum
11.30 From Our Own
Correspondent
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Money Box
12.30 The News Quiz (r)
1.00 News Headlines
1.15 One to One (r)
1.30 Mastertapes (r)
2.00 Mastertapes (r)
2.30 Drama: Offshore By
Penelope Fitzgerald. A radio
adaptation of the 1979 novel,
following the exploits of
barge-dwellers living on the
River Thames. See Choice
3.30 Opening Night
4.00 Weekend Woman’s Hour
5.00 Saturday PM
5.30 iPM (r)
5.54 Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.15 Loose Ends
7.00 Profile
7.15 Saturday Review
8.00 Archive on 4: Good Luck
Professor Spiegelhalter.
See Choice
9.00 Drama: Graeae’s
Midwich Cuckoos Adaptation
of the sci-fi novel (r)
10.00 News Headlines
10.15 Across the Red Line (r)
11.00-5.20am (LW)
Live Test Match Special:
Australia v England
11.00 Round Britain Quiz (r)
11.30 Wintertide (r)
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am From Fact to
Fiction (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am 5 Live Boxing
5.30 5 Live Sport: The Friday
Football Social (r) 6.00
Saturday Breakfast 9.00 The
Danny Baker Show (r) 11.00
Fighting Talk 12.00 5 Live
Sport 5.00pm Sports Report
6.00 Live 6-0-6 8.00
Kermode and Mayo’s Film
Review (r) 9.00 Adrian
Goldberg 12.00 5 Live in
Short (r) 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am Seven Days of
Talksport 7.00 Georgie
Bingham and Tony Cascarino
11.00 Warm Up 12.00 Match
Day Live 7.30pm The Full
Time Phone-in 10.00 Fight
Night 12.00 Extra Time with
Tom Latchem
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Archive on 4: Rural
Rides 9.00 Tony Law’s Surreal
Guide to Surreal Comedy
12.00 The Unbelievable Truth
12.30pm Round the Horne
1.00 Shardlake: Heartstone
Omnibus 2.10 Inheritance
Tracks 2.15 In the
Psychiatrist’s Chair 3.00
Archive on 4: Rural Rides
4.00 Friday’s Child 5.30
Michael Bentine: The
Reluctant Jester 6.00 The
Real George Orwell: Nineteen
Eighty-Four 7.00 Tony Law’s
Surreal Guide to Surreal
Comedy 10.00 Comedy Club:
Four at the Store 10.30 The
Jason Byrne Show 10.55
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Jeremy Hardy Speaks
to the Nation 11.30 Tom
Wrigglesworth’s Open Letters
12.00 The Real George
Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The World
This Week 9.30 The Cultural
Frontline 10.00 Sports Hour
Good Luck Professor
Spiegelhalter
Radio 4, 8pm
We in the rational, modern
world don’t much like the idea
of luck. To consider oneself
lucky — or its more sinister
sister, unlucky — is to seem
to be giving in to ancient
superstitious impulse; little
better than those who played
to the goddess Fortuna. Or is
it? In this programme David
Spiegelhalter, professor for
the public understanding of
risk at Cambridge University,
explores whether we are
at the mercy of chance
and looks at how even in
science luck has played
its part. Probably. CN
11.00 News 11.06 The
Newsroom 11.30 In the
Balance 12.00 Newshour
Extra 1.00pm Newshour
2.00 News 2.06 Music Extra
3.00 News 3.06 Sportsworld
4.00 News 4.06 Sportsworld
5.00 News 5.06 Sportsworld
6.00 The Newsroom 6.30
The Cultural Frontline 7.00
News 7.06 Music Extra 8.00
News 8.06 The Forum 8.50
Over to You 9.00 Newshour
10.00 News 10.06 The
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 In the Balance
11.00 News 11.06 The World
This Week 11.30 Boston
Calling 12.00 News 12.06am
The Cultural Frontline 12.30
Trending 12.50 Over to You
1.00 News 1.06 The World
This Week 1.30 Click 2.00
News 2.06 The Newsroom
2.30 Discovery 3.00 News
3.06 Correspondent
3.30 Living with the Gods
3.50 Witness 4.00 News
4.06 World Book Club
6 Music
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7.00am Mary Anne Hobbs
10.00 The Huey Show
1.00pm Liz Kershaw 3.00
Gilles Peterson 6.00 The
Craig Charles Funk and Soul
Show 9.00 The Tom
Robinson Show 12.00 The
Freak Zone Playlist 1.00am
The Joy of 6 2.00 6 Music
Recommends: The New
Music Playlist 3.00 6 Music
Live Hour 4.00 The First
Time with Mick Fleetwood
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
7.00am Alan Titchmarsh
10.00 Bill Turnbull 1.00pm
Tim Lihoreau 3.00 Nicholas
Owen 5.00 Saturday Night at
the Movies 7.00 Cowan’s
Classics 9.00 The Sound of
Music 10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Katie Breathwick
4.00 Emma Nelson
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Sunday 7 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Attenborough
and the Sea Dragon
BBC One, 8pm
The common sea dragon is a
relative of the seahorse, and
is a type of marine fish that
closely resembles a piece of
floating seaweed. This,
however, is not a documentary
about that type of sea dragon
(although David Attenborough,
pictured, has covered it in his
Natural Curiosities series for
Eden). This sea dragon was
an enormous marine reptile
that ruled the seas 200 million
years ago — an ichthyosaur,
the top predator of the early
Jurassic ocean. Its fossilised
bones were found locked
away in the crumbling cliffs
of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast by
the fossil hunter Chris Moore.
We follow the dig as Moore
and his team race against time
to get the bones out before
the winter storms. What they
remove is an incredibly
well-preserved specimen, with
skin, and this is taken to a lab,
where forensic scientists,
joined by Attenborough, use
the latest techniques to
analyse what they’ve found.
Using state-of-the-art imaging
technology and cutting-edge
CGI, they build the skeleton
and create the most detailed
animation of an ichthyosaur
yet seen. They then place their
computerised creation into its
world, revealing what life was
like in the oceans 200 million
years ago and comparing it
with dolphins and sharks.
The painstaking forensic work
has an exciting twist as the
scientists realise they might
be looking at a 200-millionyear-old murder-mystery —
what gruesome fate befell the
sea dragon? There is a lovely
moment when the venerable
naturalist discovers an
ammonite on a Dorset beach
— his face lights up with the
pure wonder and excitement
of a ten-year-old child.
Joe Clay
Further recommendations
More from David Attenborough as he visits the Empire of the
Ants in an edition of Natural World (BBC iPlayer, to January 27)
Dancing on Ice
Vera
ITV, 6pm
ITV, 8pm
The celebrity ice-skating
competition is back, four years
after it was cancelled. At that
time Torvill and Dean, who
acted as coaches to the novice
skaters, announced their
retirement, but they are
returning, not as coaches,
but as part of the judging
panel, along with the caustic
Jason Gardiner and Diversity’s
Ashley Banjo. Phillip Schofield
and Holly Willoughby present,
and among the reality stars
competing, including Love
Island’s Kem Cetinay, are
some people you might
actually have heard of, such
as Cheryl Baker and the Bake
Off winner Candice Brown. JC
New year, new murder for
Northumberland’s finest to
investigate, and this one is
particularly grisly as the
charred remains of a body are
discovered in an abattoir
incinerator. DCI Vera Stanhope
(Brenda Blethyn) is disturbed
to discover that it’s one of their
own — DC Harry Fenton, a
police officer from the fraud
unit. The deceased comes from
a tight-knit fishing community,
which is rocked by news of his
death. Vera looks for answers
in the fraud team, and while
one of his former colleagues
rubs her up the wrong way by
poking his nose in, another
gives her a useful tip-off. JC
Catch
up
Frozen Planet
BBC iPlayer, to January 15
From 2011, David
Attenborough’s
documentary is
a portrait of life
(and death) in
the Earth’s
polar regions.
Over six
episodes of
peerless images
and stories, it
provided a visual
spectacle, given
intellectual weight
by the science
underpinning it and by the
words, delivered with
authority and verve, by
Attenborough. Then came the
devastating final episode, On
Thin Ice, which examined the
effects of climate change on
animal and human life in the
polar regions, and
the rapid melting
of the Arctic ice
cap, Greenland and
Antarctica. Sadly, the
takeaway for many
from this series
wasn’t this important
message, but
opprobrium for the
BBC for faking the
birth of a polar bear
in the wild (it was
actually filmed in a
Dutch zoo). JC
The Biggest Little
Michael Palin:
Railway in the World A Life on Screen
Films of the day
Channel 4, 8pm
BBC Two, 9pm
BBC Two, 2.50pm
Model railway enthusiasts such
as Rod Stewart (when on tour
he always books two hotel
rooms — one for him and one
for his trains) will be in heaven
watching this five-part series.
The engineer Dick Strawbridge
and an army of railway
aficionados try to build the
longest model railway in the
world, one that will stretch
across the Scottish Highlands
— a distance of 71 miles. It’s
a route that not even the
Victorians managed, but the
team channel their inner
Brunels. It’s eccentric and nutty,
a bit like the people involved. JC
This Bafta-sponsored tribute
to the Monty Python star is a
luvvie-fest of epic proportions,
but Michael Palin comes across
as one of the nicest men in
showbiz, so you can forgive
the stream of platitudes from
his friends, including John
Cleese and David Jason. Palin
is also interviewed. It covers
the Python years, his acting
roles and his award-winning
travelogues. “The thing about
Michael is that it shows that
really hard work can overcome
complete mediocrity,” says
Cleese, tongue wedged firmly
in cheek. JC
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
11.00am Bargain Hunt (r) 11.45 Live Match
of the Day Wales: Newport County v
Leeds United (Kick-off 12.00). Coverage
of the third-round fixture at Rodney
Parade, as the Championship side travel
to the League Two outfit 1.55pm-4.00
Live MOTD: FA Cup — Shrewsbury Town v
West Ham United (Kick-off 2.00). The
third-round fixture at Montgomery
Waters Meadow, as the League One
side host the Premier League outfit
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
12.30pm-1.00 Tom Kerridge’s Lose
Weight For Good (r) 1.10 Weather for the
Week Ahead 1.15 Priceless Antiques
Roadshow (r) 1.25 Money for Nothing (r)
1.55-2.10 Coast (r) 6.00 Scrum V Sunday
6.50-7.00 Coast (r)
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm My Astonishing Self: Gabriel
Byrne on George Bernard Shaw
11.00 Insert Name Here (r) 11.30-1.00am
FILM And Now for Something
Completely Different (1971)
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
6.00pm-7.00 River City (r)
● Channel As ITV except: 1.30am3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● STV As ITV except: 3.45pm-4.00 STV
News 12.35am Teleshopping 1.35 After
Midnight 3.05 ITV Nightscreen 5.05-6.00
The Jeremy Kyle Show (r)
● UTV As ITV except: 1.30am-3.00
Teleshopping. Buying goods from home
● S4C 6.00am Cyw (r) 8.50 Penblwyddi
Cyw 8.55 Pen-Blwydd Pwy? 9.00 Dal Ati
(r) 10.00 Dal Ati: Uchafbwyntiau Sgwad
Ser Cymru (r) 11.00 Rownd a Rownd (r)
11.30 Rownd a Rownd (r) 11.55 Calon:
Betgwn Newydd (r) 12.00 Cerys
Matthews a’r Goeden Faled (r) 12.30pm
Seren Bhangra: Nesdi Jones (r) 1.25
Priodas Pum Mil (r) 2.20 Loriau Mansel
Davies a’i Fab. Documentary following
freight company Mansel Davies & Son (r)
2.45 Live Rygbi: Cardiff Metropolitan
University v Llanelli (Kick-off 3.00).
Owain Gwynedd, Jamie Robinson and
Lowri Morgan present coverage of the
National Cup fixture at Cyncoed
5.00 Perthyn (r) 5.30 Pobol y Cwm (r)
7.20 News S4C a’r Tywydd 7.30 Adre
8.00 Cynefin 9.00 Craith 10.00 FILM Ar
Frig Y Don 11.00-11.35 O’r Galon:
Gyrru Drwy Storom (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Ladies in Lavender (12, 2004)
The actor Charles Dance made his directorial debut with this story
of two sisters who develop a crush on a young man less than
half their age, after he washes up on the local beach. It’s all very
safe and tasteful. There would not be much reason to watch it
were it not for the casting of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith as
the women in question. These two indomitable actresses bring
such warmth and intelligence to the film that you almost forget
what a slight tale it is. The support cast isn’t half bad either: the
excellent German actor Daniel Brühl is joined by Natascha
McElhone, Toby Jones and David Warner. (104min) Wendy Ide
And Now for Something
Completely Different
(PG, 1971)
BBC Two, 10pm
Not a conventional movie as such,
but then, would you really expect
a conventional movie from the
Monty Python team? This is a
collection of sketches from the
first and second series of Monty
Python’s Flying Circus that were refilmed and loosely strung
together. Anarchic in structure and content, this is perhaps the
feature film that is truest to the Python spirit. High points
include the lumberjack song; upper-class twit of the year; killer
cars; the deadliest joke; the dead parrot sketch; and silly walks,
pictured. On its release in America, the film baffled audiences
unfamiliar with the unique Python style of humour. It later found
success on the radical US midnight movie circuit. (88min) WI
Captain Phillips (12, 2013)
ITV, 10.10pm
Tom Hanks and the director Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday,
United 93, the Bourne movies) transform the real-life hijacking in
2009 of a container ship into pulse-quickening entertainment.
With no plot as such, other than the initial cat-and-mouse game
that ensues between the desperate Somali pirates and Hanks’s
coolheaded captain, the film becomes a playpen for Greengrass’s
intense brand of film-making adrenaline (and, of course, his
trademark very-shaky cam). Hanks is the casting coup here, and
anchors (no pun intended) the film with the sense of a normal,
modest everyman who is in over his head. (134min) WI
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Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 7.30 MOTD: FA Cup
Highlights (r) 9.00 The Andrew Marr
Show 10.00 The Big Questions 11.00
Homes Under the Hammer (r) 12.00
Bargain Hunt (r) 1.00pm BBC News;
Weather 1.15 Wallace & Gromit: A
Grand Day Out (r) 1.40 Live MOTD:
FA Cup — Shrewsbury Town v West
Ham United (Kick-off 2.00). Live
coverage of the third-round fixture at
Montgomery Waters Meadow, as the
League One side host the Premier
League outfit 4.00 Escape to the
Country (r) 4.30 Songs of Praise. Sean
Fletcher visits a light festival for
Epiphany Sunday in Durham 5.05
Antiques Roadshow. The team returns
to Walmer Castle in Kent (r) 6.05
BBC News 6.20 BBC Regional News;
Weather 6.30 Countryfile. The team
explores the Ribble Valley
6.20am Coast (r) 7.20 The Instant
Gardener (r) 8.05 Gardeners’ World (r)
8.35 Greatest Gardens (r) 9.05
Countryfile (r) 10.00 Saturday Kitchen
Best Bites 11.30 Raymond Blanc: How
to Cook Well (r) 12.00 Food & Drink (r)
12.30pm The A to Z of TV Cooking (r)
12.40 Meet the Moose Family: Natural
World (r) 1.40 Money for Nothing (r)
2.10 Talking Pictures: Maggie Smith (r)
2.50 FILM Ladies in Lavender
(12, 2004) The lives of two elderly
spinsters are thrown into turmoil by
a Polish castaway. Period drama
starring Judi Dench. See Film Choice
4.30 Flog It! (r) 5.15 Ski Sunday.
Including action from Adelboden,
Switzerland 6.00 The Real T. Rex with
Chris Packham. The naturalist uses
new research to create a CGI
representation of the dinosaur (r)
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25
ITV News 9.30 River Monsters (r) 9.55
The Voice UK (r) 11.30 Tipping Point
(r) 12.30pm ITV News; Weather 12.40
A Right Royal Quiz (r) 1.40 The Big
Soap Quiz: Coronation Street v
Emmerdale (r) 2.45 Catchphrase. With
Ellie Simmonds, Fay Ripley and Jimmy
Carr (r) 3.45 Regional News; Weather
4.00 ITV News; Weather 4.10 FILM
Happy Feet Two (U, 2011) A penguin’s
search for his lost son leads him to
uncover a threat to his entire colony.
Animated musical comedy sequel
g the voice of Elijjah Wood
featuring
6.00 Dancing on Ice. Personalities are
paired-up with professional figure
skaters as Holly Willoughby and
Phillip Schofield reunite as hosts of
the popular dance contest after a
four-year break. See Viewing Guide
6.15am The King of Queens (r) 6.40
The King of Queens (r) 7.05 The King
of Queens (r) 7.30 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 7.55 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.25 Frasier (r) 9.00
Frasier (r) 9.30 Sunday Brunch. Tim
Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer are joined
by guests Kevin Bishop, Aisling Bea
and Steve Pemberton. With music
from Tom Walker 12.30pm Live Darts:
BDO Lakeside World Professional
Championships. Coverage of the
afternoon session on the second day
of the tournament staged at Lakeside
Country Club in Frimley Green 5.30
The Great Festive Bake Off. Benjamina
Ebuehi, Rob Billington, Rav Bansal
and Sandy Docherty return to the
tent to take on a selection of Winter
Wonderland-themed challenges (2/2)
(r) 6.45 Channel 4 News; Weather
6.00am Milkshake! 9.45 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles 10.20 Pets Make
You Laugh Out Loud 10.40 FILM
Groundhog Day (PG, 1993) Comedy
starring Bill Murray 12.40pm FILM
Practical Magic (12, 1998) Two sisters
descended from a long line of witches
try to lift a curse. Fantasy starring
Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman
2.40 Will & Grace. The US sitcom
returns after an 11-year break (r) 3.10
Blind Date. Paul O’Grady hosts a
revival of the dating show (r) 4.15
FILM The Love Punch (12, 2013) A
divorced couple plot to get revenge
on a ruthless executive by stealing a
valuable diamond necklace from him.
Crime comedy starring Pierce
Brosnan 6.00 The Two Ronnies: In
Their Own Words. A celebration of
the lives and careers of the duo (r)
James Norton in McMafia (9pm)
Ladies in Lavender (2.50pm)
Bake Off’s Candice on ice (6pm)
SAS: Who Dares Wins (9pm)
The comedy Hot Pursuit (10pm)
7.30 Still Open All Hours Granville
branches out into offering
fitness classes (2/7)
7.00 Robot Wars Special 2017: The
World Series The second of two
specials pitting champions from
past series against rivals from
other countries, featuring
contenders from Russia, the
USA, Canada and the
Netherlands (2/2)
8.00 Attenborough and the Sea
Dragon The naturalist examines
the 200 million-year-old
remains of an icthyosaur found
on the Jurassic Coast.
Computer graphics are used to
create a simulation of the sea
creature. See Viewing Guide
8.00 Dragons’ Den A serial
entrepreneur pitches his online
greeting card business, and a
Surrey-based inventor hopes
his word game could become a
family Christmas favourite (r)
9.00 McMafia Alex receives an offer
from someone claiming to be
an old friend, and Semiyon
seeks backing for his business
venture — while Lyudmilla
uncovers secrets his potential
investors are hiding (3/8)
9.00 Michael Palin: A Life on Screen
The actor and writer looks back
on his career. Featuring classic
clips from the archives and
contributions from
collaborators John Cleese,
David Jason and Armando
Iannucci. See Viewing Guide
10.00 BBC News
10.00 FILM And Now for Something
Completely Different (PG, 1971)
Compilation of sketches from
the first two series of Monty
Python’s Flying Circus. Starring
John Cleese, Michael Palin,
Terry Jones, Graham Chapman
and Eric Idle. See Film Choice
10.20 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 MOTD: FA Cup Highlights
Action from today’s FA Cup
third-round fixtures, featuring
Newport County v Leeds
United, Shrewsbury Town v
West Ham United, and
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
11.30 The Women’s Football Show
Issues in the women’s game
12.05am Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.10 BBC News
11.25 FILM Strictly Ballroom
(PG, 1992) A ballroom dancer,
shunned for his unconventional
style, tries to win a
championship title. Australian
comedy with Paul Mercurio
1.00am Sign Zone: Countryfile.
Adam Henson takes a trip to New
Zealand, where he helps with a cattle
muster, goes on the hunt for a rare
breed of goat, and witnesses
large-scale sheep farming (r) (SL)
1.55-2.55 Holby City (r) (SL)
7.00 The World’s Wildest Weather
Footage of unusual and
dangerous weather from
around the world, including
avalanches and cyclones.
Featuring scientific analysis and
accounts of the events featured
8.00 Vera New series. Brenda
Blethyn returns for an eighth
series of mysteries. The
detective investigates when
charred human remains are
found in an abattoir furnace,
and attempts to deduce who
they belong to and how they
came to be there. The bones
are identified as belonging to
a fellow detective, and she
uncovers a web of dark secrets
as she investigates his fraud
squad. See Viewing Guide (1/4)
8.00 The Biggest Little Railway in
the World New series. Dick
Strawbridge leads a team of
enthusiasts attempting to build
the longest model railway in
history, stretching 71 miles from
Scotland’s east coast to west
coast. See Viewing Guide (1/5)
9.00 SAS: Who Dares Wins New
series. Ant Middleton presents
a third series of the show in
which people are put through
SAS recruitment tests, which
this time comes from Morocco’s
Atlas Mountains (1/5)
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother
Highlights of another day for
the illustrious inhabitants as
they cope with the day-to-day
complications of life under the
all-seeing eye of Big Brother
10.00 ITV News
10.00 FILM The Sweeney (15, 2012)
An insubordinate detective
and his loyal partner set out
to stop a series of robberies
across London. While they
try to bring the criminals
to justice they come under
investigation themselves as
their unorthodox methods
are met with disapproval from
their superiors. Crime thriller
based on the 1970s television
series starring Ray Winstone,
Ben Drew, Damian Lewis
and Hayley Atwell
10.00 FILM Hot Pursuit (12, 2015)
An uptight, accident prone
police officer desperate to
prove herself has to protect
a gangster’s widow who has
agreed to give evidence
against a drug lord. They end
up forced to go on the run
together and are pursued
across Texas by hitmen and
corrupt cops. Crime comedy
starring Reese Witherspoon
and Sofia Vergara
10.10 FILM Captain Phillips (12, 2013)
An American cargo ship sets a
dangerous course around the
coast of Somalia, while inland,
four men are pressed into
service as pirates by the local
warlords. The captain is taken
hostage when the raiding party
hijacks the vessel, resulting
in a tense five-day crisis.
Fact-based thriller starring
Tom Hanks. See Film Choice
8.00 Aviva Premiership Rugby
Highlights Action from the 13th
round of matches, including
Worcester Warriors v Bath
8.55 5 News Weekend
11.50 One Night with My Ex Former
couples are reunited (1/6) (r)
12.35am Great Art. The life and work
of the world’s most celebrated artists,
beginning with Venice’s famous
view-painter Canaletto (r) 1.30
Jackpot247 3.00 Sunday Night at the
Palladium (r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
12.10am FILM Moonrise Kingdom
(12, 2012) Comedy drama with Bruce
Willis 1.55 Grand Designs Australia (r)
2.50 Location, Location, Location (r)
(SL) 3.45 KOTV Boxing Weekly 4.15
Coast vs Country (r) 5.10 Four in a Bed
(r) 5.35 Countdown (r)
12.50am Lip Sync Battle UK: Jimmy
Carr vs Alexander Armstrong (r) 1.15
SuperCasino. Live interactive gaming
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors (r)
4.00 Now That’s Funny! (r) (SL) 4.45
House Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Wildlife
SOS (r) (SL) 5.35 Nick’s Quest (r) (SL)
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XTC: This Is Pop
Sunday 7 | Primetime digital guide
The documentary
charts the career of the
English rock band XTC
Sky Arts, 10.45pm
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 Only Connect The Snake
Charmers take on the
Inquisitors (R)
7.30 Britain on Film: Messing
About in Boats Britain’s
fondness for boats (R)
8.00 Dan Snow on Lloyd George:
My Great Great Grandfather
The presenter traces the
story of his great-great
grandfather David Lloyd
George, who became prime
minister 100 years ago (R)
9.00 Engineering Giants: Ferry
Strip-Down A North Sea
passenger ferry receives a
complete overhaul. Last in
the series (R)
10.00 The Bridge: Fifty Years
Across the Forth
Documentary celebrating
the Forth Road Bridge (R)
11.00-12.45am FILM Stations of
the Cross (15, 2014) A girl
from a strict Catholic family
seeks spiritual redemption.
Drama with Lea van Acken
5.50pm Endeavour Prequel to
Inspector Morse set in 1965
starring Shaun Evans as a
younger version of the
cerebral detective (R)
8.00 Les Dawson: An Audience
With That Never Was When
the comedian died in 1993,
he was about to star in a
television special. This
tribute revisits the planned
content of the show (R)
9.00 Tonight at the London
Palladium With stars
including Billy Ocean,
Rachel Platten and
Ben Hanlin (R)
10.00 Agatha Christie’s Marple
The sleuth confronts dark
magic while investigating
the death of a fellow
holiday-maker (R)
12.00-1.50am Midsomer Murders
A socialite is found dead,
and police investigations
uncover a dark world of
adultery and deceit (R)
6.55pm Come Dine with Me A
surveillance installer is next
in charge in Derbyshire (R)
7.30 Come Dine with Me A
lettings agent hopes to
impress her guests with an
authentic Italian feast (R)
8.00 Britain’s Wildest Weather
Footage of unusual weather
conditions recorded in
Britain during 2016 (R)
9.35 Father Ted The hapless
cleric makes a bid for
stardom on the Faith Of Our
Fathers television show (R)
10.05 Father Ted The priests
prepare for Father Stone’s
annual visit (R)
10.40 The IT Crowd The arrival of
a new manager causes
ructions among the staff in
an IT department (R)
11.15 The IT Crowd The office is
set alight (R)
11.45-12.50am It Was Alright in the
1980s Revisiting television
of the 1980s (R)
6.25pm FILM The Core (12, 2003)
A team of scientists
embarks on a risky mission
to halt the world’s
destruction and save the
human race after the Earth’s
core stops spinning. Sci-fi
thriller starring Aaron
Eckhart and Hilary Swank
9.00 FILM Die Hard 2 (18, 1990)
A lone cop must battle
terrorists who have seized
control of an airport
terminal as part of a
campaign to secure the
release of a convicted drug
baron. Action thriller sequel
starring Bruce Willis and
Bonnie Bedelia
11.25-2.00am FILM Savages (15,
2012) Two marijuana
dealers attract the attention
of a Mexican drug cartel
that kidnaps their shared
girlfriend. Crime drama
starring Aaron TaylorJohnson and Taylor Kitsch
7.00pm The Simpsons Sanjay’s
son turns the Kwik-E-Mart
into a health-food store (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Professor
Frink plays matchmaker (R)
8.00 MacGyver New series.
Angus and his team are in
the Middle East as they try
to track down and rescue a
captive Navy Seal
9.00 Hawaii Five-0 New series.
A former Navy Seal and a
police academy outcast join
McGarrett and the team
10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles New
series. Hetty hands in her
retirement papers and
mysteriously vanishes
11.00 The Blacklist Having been
destroyed by Mr Kaplan,
Red is penniless and the
empire he has spent years
building is in tatters (R)
12.00-1.00am The Force: North
East Officers race to a
stabbing outside a pub in
Newcastle (R)
7.00pm Blue Bloods Frank faces
backlash after disciplining
a disrespectful cop, and
Danny and Baez investigate
the death of a woman
caused by a stray bullet (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny and
Baez are determined to find
justice for a young woman,
despite her resistance to
press charges (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones
As Jaime weighs up his
options, Cersei answers a
request, and Tyrion’s plans
bear fruit (8/10) (R)
10.05 Game of Thrones As the
Starks prepare to fight,
Davos loses something
dear, while Ramsay plays a
game and Daenerys faces a
choice (9/10) (R)
11.15-12.35am Game of Thrones As
Cersei awaits judgment,
Walder Frey and Jaime
celebrate. Meanwhile,
winter arrives (10/10) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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5.25pm FILM The Lord of the
Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(PG, 2001) An unassuming hobbit
must destroy a magical ring before
it falls into evil hands. Fantasy
adventure starring Elijah Wood
9.00 Ibiza Weekender New series.
Deano uses his massage skills
10.00 Family Guy Stewie’s first
birthday arrives
10.30 Family Guy
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 American Dad!
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
6.50pm Hornblower First episode
of the seafaring drama
9.00 FILM Ransom (18, 1996) An
airline tycoon turns the tables on
the criminals who have kidnapped
his son by placing a bounty on
their heads. Thriller starring Mel
Gibson and Rene Russo
11.30-1.35am FILM RoboCop 3 (18,
1993) The cyborg joins rebel forces
fighting against a corporation’s
sinister plans for the city of Detroit.
Sci-fi thriller sequel starring Robert
Burke, Nancy Allen and Rip Torn
7.00pm FILM Titanic (12, 1997)
A society girl falls in love with a
penniless artist during the liner’s
maiden voyage, but a disaster is
on the horizon. Romantic drama
starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo
DiCaprio and Billy Zane
10.50-1.05am FILM American
Reunion (15, 2012) Old friends
attending a high-school reunion
make disastrous attempts to relive
their teens. Comedy sequel
starring Jason Biggs, Alyson
Hannigan and Chris Klein
7.00pm Rich House, Poor House
8.00 Rich House, Poor House
9.00 FILM Elysium (15, 2013)
A man living in poverty on a ruined
Earth fights to gain access to a
space station inhabited by a
wealthy elite. Sci-fi thriller starring
Matt Damon and Jodie Foster
11.10-1.35am FILM Parker (15, 2013)
A thief tracks the partners in crime
who betrayed him to a wealthy
neighbourhood, where an estate
agent helps him get even. Action
thriller with Jason Statham
6.00pm FILM Green for Danger
(PG, 1946) British comedy thriller
starring Alastair Sim
7.50 Glimpses: Scarborough 1930
Archive footage of Scarborough
8.00 A Family at War The family
gathers for Phillip’s birthday
9.00 The Human Jungle A test
pilot deliberately crashes his plane
10.00-12.10am FILM The
Informers (12, 1963) The murder of
a Scotland Yard informer starts a
trail of deceit and intrigue. Police
thriller starring Nigel Patrick
7.00pm FILM Ballet Shoes (PG,
2007) Three orphaned sisters are
forced to reassess their hopes for
the future. Drama starring Emma
Watson and Victoria Wood
9.00 Elizabeth I Helen Mirren stars
in a two-part drama chronicling the
Queen’s later years, beginning by
examining her relationship with
the Earl of Leicester
11.10-1.20am Elizabeth I The
concluding part focuses on the
Virgin Queen’s relationship with
the arrogant young Earl of Essex
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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7.00pm Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
The group arrives in Germany
8.00 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Neville
is suspended by Herr Ulrich
9.00 The Black Adder Edmund’s
father becomes king
9.45 The Black Adder Edmund
plots to prevent a Scottish warrior
from seizing his lands
10.30 The Black Adder Edmund is
made Archbishop of Canterbury
11.15-12.15am Churchill’s
Bodyguard The politician visits the
USA and the Bahamas
6.45pm FILM Rio Lobo (PG, 1970)
A former Union colonel heads for
Texas to recover stolen gold
bullion. Howard Hawks’ Western
with John Wayne and Jorge Rivero
9.00 FILM Killer Elite (15, 2011) A
former secret agent takes on one
last mission to save his mentor, but
assassins are sent to stop him.
Action thriller with Jason Statham
11.15-1.35am FILM Dead Man Down
(15, 2013) A woman blackmails a
gangster into murder. Thriller with
Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace
7.00pm Jay Leno’s Garage A
spotlight on all things automotive
begins with a look at muscle cars
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 Old
News for You Katherine Ryan
hosts, with guests Joe Wilkinson
and Gyles Brandreth
10.00 QI XL With Jack Dee, Chris
Addison and Rich Hall
11.00 Live at the Apollo
12.00-12.40am Room 101
6.30pm Jack Johnson:
Unforgivable Blackness Five years
after gaining his world
heavyweight title, the American
boxer Jack Johnson was sentenced
to a year in prison
8.40 The Bomb Documentary
looking at the history of
nuclear weapons
9.50 The Bomb
11.10-12.25am D-Day Medics:
Eagles of Mercy Documentary
about the medics Robert Wright
and Kenneth Moore
6.45pm Joe Cocker: Fire It Up —
Live A 2013 performance at
Cologne’s Lanxess Arena
9.00 Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with
Soul Documentary charting the
rise of the singer, who was
catapulted to stardom following
Woodstock in 1969
10.45-12.15am XTC: This Is Pop
Documentary charting the career
of English rock band XTC, who
formed in Swindon in 1972 and
became one of Britain’s most
influential yet unsung bands
7.00pm UK Border Force Officers
suspect a man is a drug mule
8.00 Chicago Fire Dawson is
trapped in a collapsed car park
9.00 The Good Doctor A young
doctor puts one of the team in an
awkward position
10.00 Criminal Minds A killer who
disfigures their victims is pursued
11.00 Criminal Minds A serial killer
uses social networking sites to
stalk potential victims
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds
A serial killer strikes
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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7.00pm Bones
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!
6.00pm Deadliest Catch
8.00 Mysteries of the Missing
9.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier
A festive edition of the
homesteading reality documentary
10.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier
11.00 Gold Rush
12.00-1.00am Alaska: The Last
Frontier A festive edition
7.00pm The Next Mega Tsunami
The risks posed by the disasters
8.00 The World’s Biggest
Shredder The world’s most
powerful demolition machine
9.00 World’s Tallest Skyscraper
10.00 World’s Fastest Train
11.00 Megastructures
12.00-1.00am Megastructures
7.00pm FILM What Happens in
Vegas (12, 2008) Romantic
comedy starring Cameron Diaz
and Ashton Kutcher
9.00 FILM 21 Jump Street (15,
2012) Comedy with Jonah Hill
11.05 Impractical Jokers:
Practically Live
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
7.00pm David Jason: My Life on
Screen The actor’s later roles
8.00 Citizen Khan
8.40 Citizen Khan
9.20 Citizen Khan
10.00 Men Behaving Badly
10.40 Men Behaving Badly
11.20 Bottom
12.00-12.40am Bottom
7.00pm Dynamo: Magician
Impossible The illusionist takes a
holiday on the white isle of Ibiza
8.00 Dynamo: Magician
Impossible In South Africa
9.00 Happy Valley
10.20 Happy Valley
11.40-12.40am Inside the
Ambulance
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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5.50pm Kong: Skull Island (12,
2017) A mission to a mysterious
island descends into chaos. Action
adventure starring Tom Hiddleston
8.00 Logan (15, 2017) Wolverine
and Professor X find their worlds
turned upside down by a young
mutant. Fantasy adventure starring
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
10.20-12.15am Blind (15, 2017) A
blind novelist begins an affair with
the neglected wife of a corrupt
businessman. Romantic drama
with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore
5.20pm Psycho (15, 1960)
Hitchcock thriller starring Anthony
Perkins and Janet Leigh
7.10 The Terminator (15, 1984) A
cyborg from the future is sent back
in time to kill a woman. Sci-fi thriller
with Arnold Schwarzenegger
9.00 Hannibal (18, 2001) A fugitive
serial killer is hunted by an FBI
agent. Thriller sequel starring
Anthony Hopkins
11.15-1.50am Inglourious Basterds
(18, 2009) Second World War
adventure starring Brad Pitt
6.10pm Ice Age 3: Dawn of the
Dinosaurs (U, 2009) Animated
adventure sequel with the voice of
John Leguizamo
8.00 Kubo and the Two Strings
(PG, 2016) A boy inadvertently
summons vengeful spirits from his
past. Animated adventure with the
voice of Charlize Theron
9.45 The Jungle Book (PG, 2016)
Adventure starring Neel Sethi
11.45-1.35am Arthur & Merlin (12,
2015) Fantasy adventure starring
Kirk Barker and Stefan Butler
6.45pm The Legend of Zorro (PG,
2005) The masked hero uncovers
a conspiracy to stop California
joining the United States.
Adventure with Antonio Banderas
9.00 The Dark Knight (12, 2008)
Criminal mastermind the Joker
plunges Gotham into anarchy.
Comic-book thriller sequel with
Christian Bale and Heath Ledger
11.35-1.35am xXx: The Return Of
Xander Cage (12, 2017) The spy
has to retrieve a powerful weapon.
Action thriller starring Vin Diesel
6.05pm Garden State (15, 2004)
Romantic drama starring Zach
Braff and Natalie Portman
8.00 Road to Perdition (15, 2002)
A mob hitman is forced to go on
the run after gangsters wipe out
most of his family. Depression-era
drama starring Tom Hanks
10.00 T2: Trainspotting (18, 2017)
After 20 years abroad, Mark
Renton returns to Scotland. Drama
starring Ewan McGregor
12.00-1.50am Misery (18, 1990)
Thriller starring James Caan
Emma Watson stars in the 2007
adaptation of the 1936 novel
The Ballet Shoes (Drama, 7pm)
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Sunday 7
Sports guide
Live Rugby Union
BT Sport 1, 2.30pm
Radio 1
Third plays second in the
Premiership as Wasps and
Saracens clash at the Ricoh
Arena (kick-off 3pm). Saracens
have won their past two
matches after previously
suffering a confidence dip,
where they lost seven
matches in a row after a
stunning start to the season.
In their most recent fixture,
Wasps beat Bath 26-31, with
Marcus Watson, pictured,
scoring two tries. 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 Artist
Takeover 4.00 Jordan North
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Action
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
SKY 407 VIRGIN 517
8.30am LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v India
3.15pm LIVE La Liga Football:
Barcelona v Levante
(Kick-off 3.15)
5.15 My Icon: Shaun Gayle
5.30 LIVE NFL The third
wildcard play-off match
9.00 LIVE NFL The fourth
wildcard play-off match
12.00-6.00am News
5.30pm LIVE NFL Coverage
of the third wildcard play-off
encounter
9.00-5.00am LIVE NFL The
fourth wildcard play-off match
Sky Sports Premier
League
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512 BT VISION+ 406
9.00am Best PL Goals
9.30 The Sunday Supplement
11.00 PL Highlights
11.00pm Best PL Goals
12.00-2.00am PL Years
Sky Sports Football
SKY 403 VIRGIN 513
9.00am Scottish Cup
Greatest Games
9.30 The Sunday Supplement
11.00 LIVE La Liga Football:
Leganes v Real Sociedad
(Kick-off 11.00)
1.00pm La Liga Greatest
Games Archive action
1.15 La Liga Icons
2.00 EFL Rivalries
3.00 La Liga Greatest Games
3.10 LIVE La Liga Football:
Barcelona v Levante
(Kick-off 3.15)
5.15 La Liga Greatest Games
5.25 LIVE La Liga Football:
Athletic Bilbao v Alaves
(Kick-off 5.30)
7.30 La Liga Greatest Games
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Celta Vigo v Real
Madrid (Kick-off 7.45)
9.45 La Liga Highlights
10.00 EFL Rivalries
11.00 La Liga Highlights
11.15 La Liga Icons
12.00-12.15am La Liga
Highlights
Sky Sports Cricket
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8.25am-3.45pm LIVE Test
Cricket South Africa v India
Sky Sports Golf
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11.00pm-3.00am LIVE
PGA Tour Golf: The Sentry
Tournament of Champions
Radio guide
BT Sport 1
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2.30pm-5.15 LIVE Aviva
Premiership Rugby Union:
Wasps v Saracens
(Kick-off 3.00)
11.00-7.30am LIVE The Ashes:
Australia v England The fifth
day’s play of the fifth Test
BT Sport 2
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8.00am-11.45 LIVE Cricket:
Big Bash League Sydney
Thunder v Adelaide Strikers
1.15pm LIVE WSL: Chelsea v
Arsenal (Kick-off 1.30)
3.30-6.30 LIVE Emirates FA
Cup: Nottingham Forest v
Arsenal (Kick-off 4.00)
8.30 LIVE NBA: Miami Heat v
Utah Jazz (Tip-off 8.30)
11.00-1.00am LIVE College
Basketball: Cincinnati
Bearcats v SMU Mustangs
(Tip-off 11.00)
2.00-5.30 LIVE WTA Tennis:
The Sydney International
BT Sport 3
SKY 417 VIRGIN 533 BT 410
6.45pm-11.15 LIVE BDO World
Championships The evening
session on day two
1.00am-7.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
Eurosport 1
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8.15am LIVE Nordic
Combined Skiing The HS100
ski jump from Otepaa, Estonia
9.30 LIVE Alpine Skiing The
men’s World Cup meeting in
Adelboden, Switzerland
10.30 LIVE Biathlon World
Cup coverage from Oberhof
12.00 LIVE Nordic Combined
Skiing The team sprint event
from Otepaa, Estonia
12.45pm LIVE Alpine Skiing
The men’s World Cup meeting
in Adelboden, Switzerland
1.30-3.00 LIVE Biathlon
World Cup coverage from
Oberhof in Germany
5.00am Huey on Sunday
6.00 The Sunday Hour 7.00
Angie Greaves 9.00 Steve
Wright 11.00 Mary Portas
1.00pm Elaine Paige 3.00
Johnnie Walker 5.00 Len
Goodman 7.00 Claudia on
Sunday 9.00 Clare Teal 11.00
Don Black 12.00 Sounds of the
60s (r) 2.00am Blues Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
7.00am Breakfast
9.00 News
9.03 Sunday Morning
12.00 Private Passions
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert The Meccore
Quartet performs (r)
2.00 The Early Music Show
3.00 Choral Evensong
A sequence of music and
readings for Epiphany (r)
4.00 Choir and Organ
5.00 The Listening Service
5.30 Words and Music
6.45 Sunday Feature: Select/
Copy/Paste How technology
has changed the way ideas
are formed. See Choice
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
A concert given by the Prague
Symphony Orchestra including
Suk’s Fantastic Scherzo and
Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony
9.00 Drama on 3: Tis Pity
She’s A Whore Adaptation of
John Ford’s tragedy
10.48 Early Music Late
11.48 Edgard Varese
12.30am Through the Night (r)
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am-7.30 (LW) Live Test
Match Special: Australia v
England The fourth day
of the fifth Ashes Test
5.30 News Headlines
5.43 Bells on Sunday
5.45 Profile (r)
6.00 News Headlines
6.05 Something Understood
6.35 Living World (r)
6.57 Weather
7.00 News Headlines
7.00 Sunday Papers
7.10 Sunday
7.30 (LW) Sunday
7.55 Radio 4 Appeal
8.00 News Headlines
8.00 Sunday Papers
8.10 Sunday Worship
8.48 A Point of View (r)
8.58 Tweet of the Day (r)
Today’s picks
The Food Programme
Radio 4, 12.30pm
Sheila Dillon, pictured, is talking
in hushed tones, like a naturalist
observing a new species. “I’m in
this fashionable quarter of
London’s Covent Garden,” she
says. “I’m joining the hipsters.”
She has been drawn there by
the porridge craze, in which
people with beards and names
such as Poppy have transformed one of the least fashionable
breakfast foods into the trendiest by the addition of chia seeds,
manuka honey — and about £5.95. Because while you can
make yourself a bowl of porridge for about 5p, a bowl of trendy
porridge will set you back about £6. And that’s not including
the cost of the Mac computer that you will have to buy to feel
at home among all the other porridge-eating, Apple-using east
London trendies. Still, as Dillon points out, porridge warms us
with wholegrain goodness, memories of childhood and health.
As Goldilocks knew, it’s worth it. Catherine Nixey
9.00 Broadcasting House
10.00 The Archers Omnibus
11.15 Desert Island Discs Kirsty
Young talks to Charlie Brooker
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
12.04 50 Years of Just a
Minute: Nicholas Parsons in
Conversation with
Paul Merton (r)
12.30 The Food Programme.
See Choice
1.00 The World This Weekend
1.30 Hardeep’s Sunday Lunch
2.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Horticulture (r)
2.45 The Listening Project (r)
3.00 Drama: Graeae’s
Midwich Cuckoos (2/2)
4.00 News Headlines
4.02 Bookclub
4.30 In Pursuit of
Edward Thomas (r)
5.00 Germany
Without Merkel (r)
5.40 Profile (r)
5.54 Shipping
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.15 Pick of the Week
7.00 The Archers
7.15 The Break (r)
7.45 The Reservoir Tapes
8.00 Open Book
8.30 Last Word (r)
9.00 Money Box (r)
9.26 Radio 4 Appeal (r)
9.30 In Business (r)
10.00 The Westminster Hour
11.00-5.20am (LW) Live Test
Match Special
11.00 The Film Programme (r)
11.30 Something Understood
With Mark Tully (r)
12.00 News Headlines
12.15am Thinking Allowed (r)
12.45 Bells on Sunday (r)
12.48 Shipping
1.00 As BBC World Service
5.20 Shipping
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am 5 Live Science
6.00 Sunday Breakfast
9.00 SportsWeek 10.00
Pienaar’s Politics 11.00 5 Live
Investigates 12.00 5 Live Sport
6.00pm Live 6-0-6 7.30 Peter
Allen and Caroline Barker
10.00 Adrian Goldberg
1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am Fisherman’s Blues
7.00 Georgie Bingham and
Tony Cascarino 11.00 Warm
Up 1.00pm Sunday Exclusive
3.30 Full Time Phone-in 5.00
Final Word 8.00 Trans Europe
Express 10.00 Two Mikes
1.00am NFL Sunday Night
Football with Will Gavin
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Lines from My
Grandfather’s Forehead 8.30
Harry Worth in Things Could
Be Worse 9.00 Vital Spark:
Appointment in Arezzo 10.10
Listening Project 10.15 Desert
Island Discs Revisited 11.00
The Moth Radio Hour 11.50
Inheritance Tracks 12.00
Lines from My Grandfather’s
Forehead 12.30pm Harry
Worth in Things Could Be
Worse 1.00 Tales of the City
Omnibus 2.15 Father’s Help
2.30 How to Stop Time 3.45
Painted for Posterity 4.00
Great Escape: The Justice
5.00 Poetry Extra 5.30 Clare
in the Community 6.00 Fear
on Four 6.30 Otherworld
Child 7.00 Moth Radio Hour
7.50 Inheritance Tracks 8.00
Vital Spark: Appointment in
Arezzo 9.10 Listening Project
9.15 Desert Island Discs
Revisited 10.00 Comedy
Club: Clare in the Community
10.30 Cabin Pressure 10.55
Comedy Club Interview 11.00
What Does the K Stand For?
11.30 Jelly Mountain 11.45 Sir
Henry at Rawlinson End 12.00
Fear on Four 12.30am
Otherworld Child
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 Compass
9.30 Heart and Soul
Sunday Feature
Radio 3, 6.45pm
It’s a common conversation
among authors: how did
writers of the past manage to
correct and edit when they
had to write out their books
on typewriters? Or even
(horror) by hand? Here,
Clemency Burton-Hill looks at
the effect of technology on
creativity. It’s nice to imagine
how different artists from the
past would have used (or not
used) such technology in
different ways. Shakespeare
seemed to manage all right
without Word, but Vivaldi was
clearly a man who would
have known what to do with
the copy/paste function. CN
10.00 News 10.06
Correspondent 10.30
Trending 10.50 Over to You
11.00 News 11.06 Newsroom
11.30 Boston Calling 12.00
News 12.06pm Music Extra
1.00 Newshour 2.00 News
2.06 World Book Club 3.00
News 3.06 Arts 4.00 News
4.06 Sportsworld 5.00 News
5.06 Sportsworld 6.00 News
6.06 Sportsworld 7.00
Newsroom 7.30 Living with
the Gods 7.50 More or Less
8.00 News 8.06 Music Extra
9.00 Newshour 10.00
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Heart and Soul
11.00 News 11.06 The History
Hour 12.00 News 12.06am
Arts 1.00 News 1.06 Business
1.30 Outlook 2.00 News 2.06
Newsroom 2.30 Healthcheck
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
3.30 The Conversation 4.00
News 4.06 Trending 4.30
The Cultural Frontline
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Mary Anne Hobbs
10.00 Cerys Matthews
1.00pm The Leisure Society
with Gemma Cairney 2.00
Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour
4.00 Amy Lamé’s Sunday
Service 6.00 Now Playing
@6Music 8.00 Stuart
Maconie’s Freak Zone 10.00
Don Letts’ Culture Clash
Radio 12.00 Guy Garvey’s
Finest Hour 2.00am The BBC
Introducing Mixtape 3.00
6 Music Live Hour 4.00 The
First Time with Emily Eavis
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
7.00am Aled Jones 10.00
Bill Turnbull 1.00pm Tim
Lihoreau 3.00 Charlotte
Hawkins 5.00 The Classic FM
Chart 7.00 David Mellor 9.00
Everything You Ever Wanted
to Know About Classical
Music 10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Sam Pittis
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Monday 8 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Next of Kin
ITV, 9pm
Fancy some page-turning
TV to get you through the
January blues? Next of Kin is
just the job. Written by Paul
Rutman (Indian Summers,
Vera) and Natasha Narayan,
this hot-button six-part thriller
stars Archie Panjabi and Jack
Davenport, both pictured, as
well-to-do couple Mona and
Guy Harcourt, whose family
life in London is torn apart
when Mona’s brother is
kidnapped in Pakistan. She is
a terrifically wonderful GP
(we see her tending to
children and being super-nice
to kindly old people), he is a
high-flying political lobbyist
who has just secured a big
fancy deal on a nuclear
power plant (my paperback
thriller-reading senses tingled
at this). Both were very much
looking forward to the family
party thrown in honour of
Mona’s brother, Kareem, a
saintly doctor doing charity
work in Lahore. Kareem,
however, does not make it
out of the city before he’s
kneeling in front of gun and
cameraphone-wielding Isis
fighters. To compound the
feelings of paranoia,
Islamaphobia and constant
surveillance, a terror attack
in London leaves four people
dead — an event the drama
smartly handles by showing
how blasé the Harcourt family
have become to attacks on
their doorstep. Suspicion for
Kareem’s abduction — vague
spoiler warning: Kareem
definitely won’t be making his
homecoming party — falls on
his estranged son, Danny, who
has also, conveniently, fallen
off the map. It is a taut and
well-handled thriller that could
blossom into something
exciting. Panjabi and
Davenport are joined by an
excellent cast, including Kiran
Sonia Sawar and Mawaan
Rizwan, who were so brilliant
as the young lovers in the
2016 drama Murdered by
My Father. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
Peter Kosminsky’s excellent four-part drama The State deals
with young Britons travelling to Syria to join Isis. On All4
Silent Witness
BBC One, 9pm
Nikki (Emilia Fox) is back
from her travels, but rather
understandably is on
gardening leave as she deals
with the PTSD caused by the
traumatic events that
unfolded in Mexico. It’s not
long, however, before she’s
back on the dead horse.
When a friend and fellow
psychologist goes missing,
Nikki is asked to — hang on in
there — hire the chief suspect,
also a pathologist, so the
police can keep an eye on him.
Textbook policing. The man in
question is David, an arrogant,
leather-jacket wearing creep
played with smarmy authority
by Julian Rhind-Tutt. CB
Catch
up
Judi Dench: My
Passion for Trees
BBC iPlayer, to
January 19
Judi Dench’s
favourite place is the
secret woodland at
the bottom of her
garden in Surrey
that she has been
nurturing for 30 years. She
started it with her husband,
Michael Williams. He died in
2001, but even before that,
every time a friend or
relative died a tree
would be planted in their
Surgeons: At the
Edge of Life
The Undateables
BBC Two, 9pm
The fact that this programme
is on to its eighth series speaks
for itself — we’re all big softies
at heart. Tonight we meet three
more singletons. Bookseller
Sam, who has Asperger’s,
would like to meet someone
with a GSOH (“Good Sense Of
Hygiene . . . very good.”); 4ft 7in
Becky, who has scoliosis (a
spine with a sideways curve),
has exhausted the dating pool
in Farnham, Surrey, and has
moved on to London; while
hunky rugby player Luke is held
back in the dating game by his
Tourette’s. “Don’t eat my cat!”
he says to his date. He follows
it up with: “So, do you have any
pets?” Nicely done, Luke. CB
Warning: this new series about
cutting-edge surgery at the
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham is not for the
squeamish. But if you’re OK
with blood (and the rest), you’ll
be rewarded with astonishing
feats of medical ingenuity.
We meet Teresa, 53, whose
“toothache” turned out to be a
tumour in her face — without
radical surgery she will be dead
in weeks. “It’s terrifying,” says
the surgeon. We also see
Donna, 50, undergo a double
mastectomy. Surgeons will be
building new breasts out of
her tummy. Astonishing. CB
honour. So every tree has
emotional significance for
Dench, pictured. “This is
Jeff,” she says. “This is
one of my brothers.”
A silver birch
planted in honour
of one of her actor
friends is “just like
him . . . very tall and
very pale”. From this
moving opening,
Dench follows a year in
the life of her trees to
try to understand the
woodland’s vital role
in our history and future.
She explores their
complex root systems
and learns how
effective trees are as
carbon-capture
machines. Joe Clay
Channel 4, 9pm
My Astonishing
Self
Films of the day
BBC Four, 9pm
Film4, 2.35pm
It only takes about two minutes
of this documentary on George
Bernard Shaw by the actor
Gabriel Byrne to realise that
you are watching something
good. Byrne, marvelling at a
puppet of the playwright,
quotes one of Shaw’s selfaggrandising statements with
wicked relish. Byrne is terrific
company as he sets out to get
a measure of “the forgotten
man of Irish literature”. He’s a
fascinating character — Shaw
called GBS “the most fictitious
character I have ever created”
— and Byrne’s passion
radiates off the screen. CB
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 The River Wye with Will
Millard 10.45-11.15 Boots: Pharmacists
Under Pressure?
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 Getaways 10.45-11.15
Boots: Pharmacists Under Pressure?
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 The Forest
● Channel As ITV except: 12.35am3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except: 6.00pm6.30 ITV News Wales at Six 10.40 Sharp
End 11.10-11.40 River Monsters
● ITV Westcountry As ITV except:
10.30pm-10.40 ITV News West Country
● STV As ITV except: 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight 11.05 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
(r) 12.05am Teleshopping 1.05 After
Midnight 2.35 Alphabetical 3.25 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05-6.00 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. Guests air their differences (r)
● UTV As ITV except: 12.35am
Teleshopping 2.05-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw: Hafod Haul (r) 6.15
Cwpwrdd Cadi (r) 6.25 Blero yn Mynd i
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Meripwsan (r) 7.00 Da ’Di Dona 7.10
Straeon Ty Pen (r) 7.25 Sara a Cwac (r)
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O Hud (r) 9.35 Holi Hana (r) 9.45 Bach a
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Cwpwrdd Cadi (r) 10.25 Blero yn Mynd i
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10.50 Meripwsan (r) 11.00 Da ’Di Dona (r)
11.10 Straeon Ty Pen (r) 11.25 Sara a Cwac
(r) 11.35 Sam Tân (r) 11.45 Dwylo’r Enfys (r)
12.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 12.05pm Ar y
Lein (r) 12.30 Ar Frig y Don (r) 1.30 Ar y
Dibyn (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 Bywyd y Fet (r) 4.00
Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05 Ci Da (r)
5.25 Pengwiniaid Madagascar (r) 5.35
Sgorio 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05
Iolo: Deifio yn y Barrier Reef. Wildlife in
the waters of the Great Barrier Reef in
Northern Australia (r) 7.00 Heno
8.00 Pobol y Cwm 8.25 Ward Plant.
Documentary 9.00 News 9 a’r Tywydd
9.30 Ffermio 10.00 Cynefin (r) 11.0011.35 Chwaraeon y Dyn Bach (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (PG, 1964)
US astronaut Commander “Kit” Draper (Paul Mantee) crashes on
to the Red Planet while avoiding a meteorite. But he’s a
resourceful chap bent on survival, and finds a coal-like rock that
gives off oxygen when burnt. Plus the prescient special-effects
master Byron Haskin arranges that Mars does have water,
something Nasa discovered only recently. Shot in Techniscope,
the film is a glorious antidote to CGI: papier-mâché rockscapes
are intercut with shots of Death Valley and real exploding
volcanoes. Kit has the tanned mien of a Thunderbirds puppet,
and his Man Friday (Victor Lundin) is an alien. (105min) Kate Muir
Gallipoli (PG, 1981)
Film4, 6.35pm
A young Mel Gibson stars in Peter
Weir’s rousing antiwar tribute to the
Australian and New Zealand soldiers
slaughtered during the notorious
First World War mission. Weir follows
a group of young Australian men,
including Gibson’s Frank Dunne
and Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee),
both pictured, as they leave their
various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the Anzacs. They
are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish
army. The heartbreaking climax depicts the Battle of the Nek, a
doomed push against the Turkish trenches by the Anzacs. The
use of Jean Michel Jarre’s analogue synth-odyssey Oxygène on
the soundtrack adds a haunting quality. (110min) Joe Clay
Sleepers (18, 1986)
Sony Movie Channel, 9pm
Barry Levinson directs this tense and uncomfortable crime drama
that is, allegedly, based on real events. Lorenzo (Jason Patric),
Michael (Brad Pitt), John (Ron Eldard) and Tommy (Billy Crudup)
were childhood friends who were sent to reform school after a
prank almost resulted in a death. There, they were brutalised
and raped by the guards. Fast-forward and Lorenzo is a reporter,
Michael works in the district attorney’s office and the other two
are in an Irish criminal gang. When John and Tommy encounter
one of the guards who made their time behind bars a misery,
they kill him and go on trial for his murder. Levinson is a slick
craftsman who tells his story with verve. (147min) Wendy Ide
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6.00am Breakfast 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Holidays 10.00 Homes Under the
Hammer (r) 11.00 Wanted Down
Under 11.45 Close Calls: On Camera
12.15pm Bargain Hunt 1.00 BBC News
at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather 1.45 Doctors. Rob
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Besa 2.15 Father Brown. A senior
police officer is murdered at a bowls
match 3.00 I Escaped to the Country.
A couple in rural Dorset 3.45 The
Farmers’ Country Showdown. A pig
farmer competes at Edenbridge and
Oxted Agricultural Show in Surrey
4.30 Antiques Road Trip. Anita
Manning and Charles Hanson
compete to make the most money
at auction 5.15 Pointless. Quiz show
6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30
BBC Regional News; Weather
6.00am Flog It! Trade Secrets (r) 6.30
The Farmers’ Country Showdown (r)
7.15 Antiques Road Trip (r) 8.00 Sign
Zone: Antiques Roadshow (r) (SL)
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live 12.00 Daily Politics
1.00pm Coast (r) 1.15 Brazil with
Michael Palin. An exploration of the
South American country (r) 2.15
Himalaya with Michael Palin. A
journey from the Khyber Pass to the
Bay of Bengal (r) 3.15 The Great British
Winter. Britain’s most extreme winter
landscapes (r) 4.15 Planet Earth II.
Wildlife that inhabit the world’s
grasslands (r) 5.15 Flog It! A collection
of previously unseen finds from the
show’s travels round the country (r)
6.00 Eggheads 6.30 Great British
Railway Journeys. Michael Portillo
travels from Whitland to Swansea
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. Interviews and topical studio
discussion from a female perspective
1.30 ITV News; Weather 1.55 Regional
News; Weather 2.00 Judge Rinder.
Robert Rinder takes on real-life cases
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal. David
Dickinson presents a selection of
highlights from the show, including
Alison Chapman haggling for a good
price on a record player found at
a car boot sale 4.00 Tipping Point.
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 (r) 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.20am 3rd Rock from the Sun (r)
6.40 3rd Rock from the Sun (r) 7.05
Everybody Loves Raymond (r) 7.30
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 Sun, Sea
and Selling Houses (r) 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary 12.05pm Live Darts:
BDO Lakeside World Professional
Championships. Rob Walker presents
live coverage of the afternoon session
on the third day of the tournament
staged at Lakeside Country Club
in Frimley Green 5.00 Come Dine
with Me. A contest of culinary
oneupmanship from Glasgow 6.00
The Simpsons. Featuring the guest
voices of ’N Sync (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks.
Diane gives Tony an ultimatum
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(r) 12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15
The Hotel Inspector (r) 1.10 Access 1.15
Home and Away. 1.45 Neighbours 2.15
NCIS. A blogger who accused NCIS of
a cover-up is found dead, and the
team has to reopen a closed case to
find the killer (r) 3.15 FILM Killer Mom
(PG, TVM, 2017) A teenager’s father
dies in a plane crash and her birth
mother turns up at the funeral, intent
on controlling her daughter’s
inheritance. Thriller with Karen Cliche
5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours.
Everyone joins in the search for Gabe,
but Mark gets a phone call from the
abductor (r) 6.00 Home and Away.
The Astonis have an unwelcome
visitor when Maggie’s mother turns
up (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Julian Rhind-Tutt stars (9pm)
A giant anteater in Brazil (4.15pm)
Julia Bradbury goes walking (8pm)
First Dates Hotel (10pm)
Police Interceptors (8pm)
7.00 The One Show With Matt Baker
and Michelle Ackerley
7.00 MOTD: FA Cup Fourth-Round
Draw Live coverage of the
fourth-round draw
7.00 Emmerdale Bob sees Brenda in
a new light after she handles a
fight between Heath and Arthur
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 Boots: Pharmacists Under
Pressure? An Inside Out
Special New series. Workload
pressure and patient safety (1/9)
7.30 Kate Humble: Off the Beaten
Track Kate and her sheepdog
Teg explore Carmarthenshire.
Last in the series
7.30 Coronation Street After a night
out, Sophie is gutted when she
finds out about Kate’s
relationship with Rana
7.00 Car Crash TV Events caught
on film by dashboard-mounted
cameras, from freak accidents
and amazing escapes to
racehorses on the loose (7/10);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders Whitney ponders
her future in the Square
8.00 Only Connect The Dandies
take on the Arrowheads
8.00 Britain’s Best Walks with
Julia Bradbury Old Harry
Rocks in Dorset (1/6) (r)
8.30 Millionaire Bankrupts Exposed
The methods used to hide
assets and retain wealth of
those declared bankrupt
8.30 University Challenge The
second round continues
8.30 Coronation Street Rana begs
Kate not to leave for Devon
8.00 How to Lose Weight Well New
series. Xand van Tulleken and
Hala El-Shafie return to help
more people attempt the most
written about diets on the
market, and road test extreme
weight-loss methods (1/4)
8.00 Police Interceptors An arrest
snowballs into a firearms
stand-off for Damo, while Spike
uncovers a stash of cannabis
stored with shotguns and
police dog Ronnie lands right
on top of a wanted man (8/12);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Silent Witness New series.
A pathologist disappears and
Nikki is asked by a National
Crime Agency investigator
to help his enquiry by
employing the chief suspect.
See Viewing Guide (1/10)
9.00 Surgeons: At the Edge of Life
New series. Following the staff
and patients at the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham’s
surgical unit, where 700
operations are carried out
weekly. See Viewing Guide (1/3)
9.00 Next of Kin New series. A GP’s
brother is kidnapped on his way
home to the UK from Lahore,
and a counter-terrorism unit is
anxious to trace his son. Thriller
starring Archie Panjabi.
See Viewing Guide (1/6)
9.00 The Undateables New series.
Return of the programme
following disabled people as
they search for romance, with
the first edition featuring a chef
from Hull who has Tourette’s.
See Viewing Guide (1/4)
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother Marcus
Bentley narrates as the
housemates lie in their beds,
chat on the sofas and argue in
the kitchen for the enjoyment
of the viewing public
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 Insert Name Here With Miles
Jupp, Kate Williams, Sally
Phillips and Roisin Conaty (6/8)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather
10.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events with Evan Davis
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.00 First Dates Hotel New series.
The spin-off returns as Fred and
his team head to a luxury hotel
in Italy to welcome singletons
from all over the UK, including
an 87-year-old exercise fanatic
10.45 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
Caitlyn Jenner opens up about
wife and
her feud with her ex-w
stepchildren, and reflects on
winning gold while battling
gender issues (2/4) (r)
10.00 Not So Sweet Sixteen
Documentary following
teenagers in the build-up to
a birthday party or prom, with
one event descending into
chaos when a drunken guest
causes mayhem (1/2)
11.05 Derry Girls Comedy set against
the Troubles in early-1990s
Northern Ireland (1/6) (r)
11.40 Killer Women with Piers
Morgan The broadcaster
meets Jennifer Mee (3/5) (r)
11.40 Hunted Nine British fugitives
are pursued across the UK by
a team of hunters (1/6) (r)
11.05 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit
on the Side Rylan Clark-Neal
presents the CBB companion
show, including thoughts on
the latest developments and
behind-the-scenes insights
12.35am Jackpot247. Interactive
gaming 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. Talk show (r) (SL)
12.40am SAS: Who Dares Wins. In
Morocco (r) 1.40 Flat Pack Mansions
(r) 2.35 Cabins in the Wild with Dick
Strawbridge (r) 3.30 Coast vs Country
(r) 4.25 Location, Location, Location
In north London (r) 5.20 Four in a Bed
(r) 5.45 Extreme Cake Makers (r)
10.45 Have I Got Old News for You
Patrick Stewart hosts an edition
of the quiz from April 2017 (1/9)
11.15 Miriam’s Big American
Adventure Miriam Margolyes
embarks on a road trip through
Middle America to learn more
about the people who are
reshaping the nation (1/3) (r)
11.15 Robot Wars Special 2017: The
World Series The second of two
specials pitting past champions
against rivals from other
countries (2/2) (r)
12.15am Graham Norton’s Good Guest
Guide. The host presents his very own
guide on how to be a “good guest”
with a set of easy-to-remember rules
for any star thinking about appearing
on his chat show (r) 1.05 Weather for
the Week Ahead 1.10 BBC News
12.15am Sign Zone: Natural World.
The story of how ants survive a harsh
environment in the Swiss Alps (r) (SL)
1.15-2.35 Joe Orton Laid Bare.
Documentary exploring the wit, work
and world of Joe Orton, the Leicesterborn playwright and author (r) (SL)
12.05am Celebrity Botched Up
Bodies. With the actress Danniella
Westbrook (r) 1.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors (r) 4.00
Now That’s Funny! (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r)
(SL) 5.35 Nick’s Quest (r) (SL)
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Monday 8 | Primetime digital guide
James McAvoy and
Angelina Jolie star in the
2008 action thriller
ITV4, 10.05pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
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SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Great Continental
Railway Journeys Michael
Portillo visits Verona
and Venice (R)
8.00 Highlands: Scotland’s Wild
Heart The course of the
seasons, beginning with
spring, which sees the
annual muirburn take place
in the Cairngorms (R)
9.00 My Astonishing Self:
Gabriel Byrne on George
Bernard Shaw The actor
explores the life, works and
passions of the playwright.
See Viewing Guide
10.00 Workers or Shirkers? Ian
Hislop’s Victorian Benefits
Ian Hislop explores the
history behind welfare (R)
11.00 The Victorians Jeremy
Paxman uses 19th-century
art to explore Victorian
Britain (R)
12.00-12.40am Top of the Pops:
1981 With the Specials (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote A
perfectly preserved plane is
discovered in an Alaskan ice
field — but investigators
believe it was the scene of
a crime committed by
Jessica’s late husband (R)
8.00 Lewis The inspector and his
sidekick DS Hathaway
investigate the murder of
a talented maths student.
The prime suspect is the
victim’s ex-boyfriend, who is
convinced his uncle has set
him up, but old case papers
belonging to Morse reveal
the boy’s family is hiding a
dark secret (R)
10.00-12.15am Foyle’s War When a
corpse is found on the
beach, the investigation
brings Foyle and his team
into conflict with British
attempts to secure vital
American aid for the war
effort. Police drama starring
Michael Kitchen (R)
6.55pm The Supervet A cat is
brought in with a shattered
thighbone after being hit by
a car and Noel Fitzpatrick
prepares to fuse the broken
pieces back together in an
all-night operation (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud meets a couple
transforming 5,000 sq ft
of derelict basement (R)
9.00 Car SOS New series. Tim
Shaw and Fuzz Townshend
renovate more classic cars,
beginning by restoring a
1971 Fiat Dino coupe for an
ex-mechanic diagnosed
with a rare type of cancer
10.00 Inside Rolls-Royce Behind
the scenes at the renowned
car manufacturer’s
Goodwood factory (R)
11.00-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E A
father and son attacked by
gatecrashers at a party, one
of whom was armed with a
samurai sword (R)
6.35pm FILM Gallipoli (PG, 1981)
Two Australians join the
army to fight during the
First World War, but their
youthful idealism is eroded
by the harsh reality of the
conflict. Drama with Mel
Gibson. See Film Choice
9.00 FILM Non-Stop (12, 2014)
An air marshal on a
transatlantic flight searches
for a terrorist threatening to
kill the passengers one by
one, but his investigation is
threatened when he is
framed as being the
mastermind behind the plot.
Action thriller starring Liam
Neeson and Julianne Moore
11.05-1.40am FILM Bram Stoker’s
Dracula (18, 1992) The
vampire count travels to
London to find the
reincarnation of his dead
bride. Francis Ford
Coppola’s horror with Gary
Oldman and Winona Ryder
7.00pm The Simpsons Marge
stimulates the children’s
interest in history (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Milhouse
moves to Capital City with
his mother (R)
8.00 David Attenborough’s
Galapagos The broadcaster
explores the archipelago in
the Pacific, beginning with
how it rose from the ocean
four million years ago (R)
9.00 FILM Mission: Impossible
(PG, 1996) A secret agent is
accused of betraying his
fellow spies, and sets out on
a mission to clear his name.
Action thriller based on the
1960s television series, with
Tom Cruise and Jon Voight
11.00 The Force: North East A
call-out to a stabbing proves
far from what it seems (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World Ross
investigates Rio de Janeiro’s
drug epidemic (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Grissom takes
a dangerous gamble by
enlisting a paedophile to
help find two boys — and
suspicion falls on the father
of one of the youngsters (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Eddie and
Jamie witness a dishonest
arrest, and Danny and Frank
seek justice for a colleague
after he is beaten (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones Jon
organises the defence of the
North, Cersei tries to even
the odds, and Daenerys
comes home (1/7) (R)
10.10 Game of Thrones Daenerys
has an unexpected visitor,
Jon faces a revolt, and
Tyrion plans the conquest of
Westeros (2/7) (R)
11.20-12.30am Game of Thrones
Daenerys holds court,
Cersei returns a gift, and
Jaime learns from his
mistakes (3/7) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
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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 An out-of-control rally car
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
encourages Jenny
8.30 Superstore Amy brings her
daughter to work
9.00 Family Guy
9.30 Family Guy
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30-12.05am The Cleveland
Show Rallo displays a natural gift
7.00pm Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
8.00 Parking Wars New parking
meters in Sandbanks, Dorset
9.00 River Monsters A sea
monster washes up on a UK beach
10.05-12.15am FILM Wanted (18,
2008) A disillusioned man joins a
secret society of superpowered
assassins dedicated to eliminating
people who are destined to
commit acts of evil in the future.
Action adventure starring James
McAvoy and Angelina Jolie
7.00pm Hollyoaks Misbah plans a
family cricket match
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
New series. Fourteen tourists head
on a journey to the Canary Islands
8.00 FILM Life of Pi (PG, 2012) A
man recounts the story of how he
survived following a shipwreck.
Adventure starring Suraj Sharma
10.35 Gogglebox Viewers’
reactions to The Voice
11.40-12.10am The Big Bang
Theory Amy is attracted to one
of Penny’s former boyfriends
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Will tries to cure Hilary
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 FILM Jackie Chan’s The
Forbidden Kingdom (12, 2008)
An American teenager takes on a
quest in ancient China. Martial arts
adventure starring Jet Li, Jackie
Chan and Michael Angarano
10.05 FILM The One (15, 2001)
Futuristic martial arts adventure
starring Jet Li and Jason Statham
11.55-12.55am Lauren Goodger in
Therapy Psychological evaluations
6.30pm FILM The Day Will Dawn
(U, 1942) A reporter helps freedom
fighters sabotage a German U-boat
base. Second World War adventure
starring Hugh Williams
8.30 Tell Me Another Showbiz
anecdotes about luck and ambition
9.00 Dick Powell Theatre A Time
to Die starring John Saxon
10.00-12.05am FILM Sky West and
Crooked (PG, 1965) A gypsy boy
falls for a fey 17-year-old girl.
Romantic drama starring Hayley
Mills and Ian McShane
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Howard allays Pearl’s suspicions
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Yvonne wants to move house
8.00 Ashes to Ashes A policeman
is found dead in a Soho strip club
9.00 Death in Paradise A
plantation owner ends up dead
during a seance at his home
10.20 New Tricks Ted leads an
investigation into the apparent
suicide of a city trader
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
History of British royalty
8.00 Royal Murder Mysteries The
death of the Duke of Kent in 1942
9.00 Goodnight Sweetheart First
episode of the comedy starring
Nicholas Lyndhurst
9.40 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary gets kitted out for a date
10.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary spends the night in 1940
11.00 Porridge The inmates face a
day of hard labour
11.40-12.20am Porridge
7.00pm Police Interceptors
A driver tries to outrun the law
8.00 It Takes a Thief to Catch a
Thief Richard Taylor uses a
Cirencester corner shop’s CCTV to
name and shame thieves
9.00 Fights, Camera, Action!
Women who become violent
10.00 Spartacus: Blood and Sand
The warrior fights alone
11.00 The X-Files Mulder
investigates blood-drinking killers
12.00-1.00am The X-Files
A mental patient takes hostages
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Series following the work of the
Staffordshire Police force
8.00 James May’s Cars of the
People How the car industry in
Germany and Japan blossomed
following the Second World War
9.00 Live at the Apollo With Lenny
Henry, Andy Parsons and Ed Byrne
10.00 Taskmaster The winner of
the third series is chosen
11.00 QI Children in Need edition
11.40-12.20am QI With Sean Lock,
Phill Jupitus and Charlie Higson
6.35pm Ocean Vet
7.10 Ocean Vet
7.50 13 Hours That Saved Britain
Following the ebb and flow of the
Second World War Battle of Britain
9.00 The Teacher Who Defied
Hitler The story of how a Berlin
couple opened a school for Jewish
children in 1934
10.15 American Lawmen The
origins and development of law
enforcement in America
11.15-12.20am 13 Hours That Saved
Britain The Battle of Britain
7.00pm Frank Sinatra: In Concert
at the Royal Festival Hall A 1970
concert with the singer performing
songs including One for My Baby
8.00 André Rieu The Dutch
violinist performs in the square of
his home town, with the concert
featuring romantic favourites such
as My Heart Will Go On
11.00-12.15am Elvis ’56 Special
Documentary capturing the sights
and sounds of a pivotal year in
Elvis Presley’s journey to become
the king of rock ‘n’ roll
7.00pm The Chef’s Line New
series. Four home cooks compete
against a professional chef
7.30 The Real A&E The team tends
the victims of a traffic collision
8.00 Elementary Holmes and
Watson are drawn into a digital war
9.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
The case of Levi Bellfield
10.00 Beverley Allitt
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation The team
investigates a student’s death
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
SKY 124, VIRGIN 157
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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 McGee and Abby
hunt cyber-terrorists responsible
for a city-wide internet outage
8.00 NCIS
9.00 The Walking Dead
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Wheeler Dealers
9.00 Wheeler Dealers Restoring
an original 1982 Toyota Supra
10.00 Bitchin’ Rides A brush with
the law threatens the chances of
making a profit at a car show
11.00 Street Outlaws
12.00-1.00am Wheeler Dealers
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
The 1999 plane crash that killed
John F Kennedy Jr and his wife
8.00 Wicked Tuna: North v South
9.00 Highway Thru Hell (1/13)
10.00 Banged Up Abroad
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster A train derailment
7.00pm Friends
7.30 Friends
8.00 Friends
8.30 Friends
9.00 Russell Howard’s Good News
9.30 8 Out of 10 Cats
10.00 Impractical Jokers
11.00 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am Da Ali G Show
6.40pm My Family
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Blackadder II
8.40 Blackadder II
9.20 The Vicar of Dibley
10.15 Mrs Brown’s Boys
10.55 Peep Show
11.30 Peep Show
12.00-12.40am Shooting Stars
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
8.00 The Davina Hour
9.00 Dr Christian Will See You
Now Dr Christian Jessen helps a
man in excruciating pain
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Kirsty Young
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
SKY 301, VIRGIN 431, BT 501
SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.00pm Blind (15, 2017) A blind
novelist begins an affair with the
wife of a corrupt businessman.
Romantic drama with Alec Baldwin
8.00 Logan (15, 2017) Wolverine
and Professor X find their worlds
turned upside down by a young
mutant. Fantasy adventure starring
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
10.20-12.05am Lowriders (12,
2016) A young LA street artist’s life
is complicated by his car-loving
dad and ex-con brother. Drama
starring Gabriel Chavarria
7.00pm 101 Dalmatians (U, 1996)
An evil fashion designer is bent on
turning puppies into a magnificent
fur coat. Disney comedy adventure
remake starring Glenn Close
9.00 Rogue One: A Star Wars
Story (12, 2016) Rebels attempt to
steal plans for a battle station. Sci-fi
prequel starring Felicity Jones
11.15-1.15am Damien: Omen II (18,
1978) The Devil’s son has come to
terms with his demonic fate,
unleashing a series of murders.
Horror sequel with William Holden
6.00pm Alice Through the
Looking Glass (PG, 2016) Fantasy
adventure sequel starring Mia
Wasikowska and Johnny Depp
8.00 Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs (U, 2009) Animated
comedy with the voices of Bill
Hader and Anna Faris
9.40 The Simpsons Movie (PG,
2007) Animated comedy with the
voice of Dan Castellaneta
11.20-1.00am Space Jam (U, 1996)
Live action and animated comedy
with Michael Jordan
6.10pm X-Men Origins: Wolverine
(12, 2009) The mutant hero is
drawn into a battle with his
psychotic brother. Superhero
prequel starring Hugh Jackman
8.00 Batman v Superman: Dawn
of Justice (12, 2016) The two
superheroes’ mutual distrust leads
them into a battle to the death.
Action adventure starring Ben
Affleck and Henry Cavill
10.35-12.35am Doctor Strange (12,
2016) Fantasy adventure starring
Benedict Cumberbatch
5.15pm American Honey (15, 2016)
A poor teenager hits the road with
a crew of hard-partying magazine
sellers. Drama starring Sasha Lane
8.00 The Danish Girl (15, 2015) An
artist in 1920s Copenhagen has sex
reassignment surgery. Period
drama starring Eddie Redmayne
10.00 Fearless (15, 2006)
Fact-based martial arts adventure
starring Jet Li and Shido Nakamura
11.50-2.05am Creepy (15, 2016)
Horror thriller starring Hidetoshi
Nishijima and Yūko Takeuchi
The actor Gabriel Byrne explores
the life of the Irish writer George
Bernard Shaw (BBC Four, 9pm)
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Monday 8
Sports guide
Live Football
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Radio 1
The third round of the FA Cup
has thrown up a match
between unlikely adversaries
(a rivalry of quirk, rather than
geography) Brighton & Hove
Albion and Crystal Palace
(kick-off 7.45pm). The sides
met at the Amex Stadium in
November 2017 — the first top
flight game between the sides
in 36 years — the match ended
0-0, with the Palace goalkeeper
Wayne Hennessey, pictured,
pulling off some fine saves. JC
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.00am 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 Jordan North
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Cricket
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SKY 404 VIRGIN 514 BT 403
8.30am LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v India Coverage
of day four in the first Test of
the three-match series, at
Newlands in Cape Town
3.45pm Best of Sky Cricket
4.00 Sky Sports News
5.00 Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 Transfer Centre
7.30 La Liga Greatest Games
7.55 LIVE La Liga Football:
Malaga v Espanyol
(Kick-off 8.00)
10.00-6.00am LIVE One-Day
International Cricket: New
Zealand v Pakistan
8.25am-3.45pm LIVE Test
Cricket: South Africa v India
9.55-6.00am LIVE One-Day
International Cricket:
New Zealand v Pakistan
Coverage of the second
match of the five-game series
Sky Sports Premier
League
8.45am-11.00 LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Brisbane Roar v
Sydney FC (Kick-off 8.50)
6.45-11.15pm LIVE BDO World
Championships Coverage of
the evening session of the
third day’s play
2.00am-9.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Sydney
International Day three in the
key tournament in the lead-up
to the Australian Open
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9.00am PL Best Goals 14/15
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 PL Years
1.00pm Best PL Goals
1.30 PL Legends
2.00 PL Best Goals 92/93
3.00 PL Years
5.00 Soccer AM: Best Bits
5.30 PL Greatest Games
6.00 Best PL Goals
7.00 Soccer AM: Best Bits
7.30 PL Greatest Games
8.00 Gary Neville’s
Soccerbox
9.00 Soccer AM: Best Bits
9.30 Best PL Goals
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Soccer AM: Best Bits
11.30 PL Legends
12.00-1.00am PL Best Goals
Sky Sports Football
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9.00am La Liga Highlights
9.30 La Liga Greatest Games
10.00 La Liga Football
4.15pm Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Archive action
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 La Liga Highlights
5.30 Football Countdowns
6.00 20 Years of El Clasico
6.45 La Liga Icons
7.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
7.30 La Liga Greatest Games
7.55 LIVE La Liga Football:
Malaga v Espanyol
(Kick-off 8.00)
10.00 La Liga Highlights
10.30 Soccer AM: Best Bits
11.00 La Liga Icons
12.00-12.30am SPFL Greatest
Games Archive action
Radio guide
Sky Sports Arena
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1.00am-4.15 LIVE WWE Late
Night Raw Wrestling
coverage from the States
BT Sport 1
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BT Sport 2
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7.00am LIVE Cricket: Big
Bash League: Hobart
Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers
10.15-2.00pm LIVE Cricket:
Big Bash League: Perth
Scorchers v Melbourne
Renegades
7.00-10.00 LIVE Emirates FA
Cup: Brighton & Hove Albion
v Crystal Palace (Kick-off
7.45) Coverage of the
third-round encounter at
AMEX Stadium
1.00-3.30am LIVE NBA:
Minnesota Timberwolves v
Cleveland Cavaliers
(Tip-off 1.00)
BT Sport 3
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7.00am-9.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
1.00am-7.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
Eurosport 1
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4.00pm-6.00am LIVE
ATP Tennis: The Sydney
International
5.00am Vanessa Feltz
6.30 Sara Cox 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Amol Rajan 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon
Mayo 7.00 The Blues Show
with Paul Jones 8.00 Ana
Matronic 10.00 Will Young
Essential R&B 11.00 The
Russell Davies Archive 12.00
Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the
70s 2.00am Jazz Playlists
3.00 Radio 2 Playlists
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Schubert
1.00pm News
1.02 Live Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert The violinist Isabelle
van Keulen and the pianist
Ronald Brautigam perform.
Beethoven (Violin Sonata in G,
No 3); Szymanowski (The
Founatain of Arethusa — from
Myths, Op 30); and Fauré
(Violin Sonata No 1 in A)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Brett Dean (Testament);
Beethoven (Piano Concerto No
1); Sally Beamish (City Stanzas
— Piano Concerto No 3); Elgar
(Enigma Variations); Bantock
(Thalaba the destroyer); and
Elgar (Cello Concerto)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
Sibelius (Symphony No 7 in C,
Op 105); Sibelius (Luonnotar,
Op 70); Aarre Merikanto
(Ekho); and Sibelius
(Symphony No 2 in D, Op 43)
10.00 Music Matters (r)
10.45 The Essay: Cornerstones
11.00 Jazz Now
12.30am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am-7.30 (LW) Live Test
Match Special: Australia v
England
5.30 News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day (r)
6.00 Today
7.30 (LW) Today
9.00 Start the Week
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War By Edward
Stourton (1/5)
Today’s picks
The Cameron Years
Radio 4, 8pm
Why did David Cameron call
the referendum in such a rush?
Was it a carefully thoughtthrough plan? Because he had
done careful polling and
decided that June 23 would be
best? No, suggests Ed Vaizey in
this superb programme on the
Cameron years. It was “like
going to the gym in the morning — get it out the way and
get on with the rest of your day”. And, despite this haphazard
approach, Cameron felt pretty confident about it. As Ken
Clarke puts it here, crushingly: “It never crossed David’s
mind he might lose it. He’d never lost anything in his life and
he wasn’t going to lose this.” This brilliant programme, the
first of three on the Cameron years, analyses the rationale
(if that word can be applied to such slipshod carelessness)
behind Cameron’s decision to put Europe to the vote.
Catherine Nixey
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 Drama:
Shardlake — Heartstone (6/10)
11.00 The Untold
11.30 Tom Wrigglesworth’s
Hang-Ups (r)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 The Curious Cases of
Rutherford & Fry. See Choice
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Conflict and Cooperation: A History of Trade
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Stone New series.
By Martin Jameson (1/10)
3.00 Round Britain Quiz
3.30 The Food Programme (r)
4.00 Copyright or Wrong (r)
4.30 The Infinite Monkey
Cage The programme returns
5.00 PM With Eddie Mair
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The Museum of Curiosity
7.00 The Archers Brian makes
a controversial decision
7.15 Front Row
7.45 Shardlake: Heartstone (r)
8.00 The Cameron Years New
series. Steve Richards looks
back on David Cameron’s
years in power. See Choice
8.30 Crossing Continents (r)
9.00 The Far Future (r)
9.30 Start the Week (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The
Vital Spark — A Far Cry from
Kensington By Muriel Spark.
A war widow’s life is changed
beyond recognition when an
author starts to make a
nuisance of himself (1/10)
11.00 The Strange Case of
Henry James’ Testicles (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War (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 The Emma Barnett
Show 1.00pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport: The Monday
Night Club 10.30 Phil Williams
1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
5.00am Early Breakfast with
Will Gavin 6.00 The Alan
Brazil Sports Breakfast
10.00 Max Rushden 1.00pm
Hawksbee and Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham and Darren
Gough 7.00 Live Kick-off.
Brighton & Hove Albion v
Crystal Palace 10.00 Sports
Bar 1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Hancock’s Half Hour
8.30 Dad’s Army 9.00 The
99p Challenge 9.30 The Party
Line 10.00 To the Ends of the
Earth: Journey to the Centre
of the Earth 11.00 Writing
Lives 11.15 Devonia 12.00
Hancock’s Half Hour 12.30pm
Dad’s Army 1.00 Dr Finlay:
The Adventures of a Black
Bag 1.30 The Qatar
Philharmonic 2.00 In Siberia
2.15 Five Hundred Years of
Friendship 2.30 More Tales of
the City 2.45 Speaking for
Themselves 3.00 To the Ends
of the Earth: Journey to the
Centre of the Earth 4.00 The
99p Challenge 4.30 The Party
Line 5.00 Millport 5.30 I’m
Dave Podmore, Get Me Out
There 6.00 I Am Legend 6.30
A Good Read 7.00 Hancock’s
Half Hour 7.30 Dad’s Army
8.00 Dr Finlay: The
Adventures of a Black Bag
8.30 The Qatar Philharmonic
9.00 Writing Lives 9.15
Devonia 10.00 Comedy
Club: I’m Dave Podmore,
Get Me Out There 10.30
Absolute Power 10.55 The
Comedy Club Interview 11.00
The News Quiz Extra 11.45
Hearing with Hegley
The Curious Cases of
Rutherford & Fry
Radio 4, noon
You didn’t want to be a bat
around the enlightenment
priest Lazzaro Spallanzani.
Curious to see how bats
navigated, he poured boiling
wax into their eyes to blind
them and discovered that
they didn’t use sight to fly
The other discovery here is
that the “banter” directed at
Dr Hannah Fry by co-host
Adam Rutherford that used
to be such a characteristic of
this science programme has
waned. Was it fourth-wave
feminism? Did Fry threaten
Rutherford with boiling wax?
Either way, good. CN
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The Arts
Hour 10.00 World Update
11.00 The Newsroom 11.30
The Conversation 12.00
News 12.06pm Outlook 1.00
The Newsroom 1.30 The Why
Factor 1.50 More or Less
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 Why Factor 8.30
Discovery 9.00 Newshour
10.00 The Newsroom 10.20
Sports News 10.30 Business
11.00 News 11.06 HARDtalk
11.30 The Conversation 12.00
News 12.06am The Forum
12.50 Sporting Witness 1.00
News 1.06 Business Matters
2.00 News 2.06 The
Newsroom 2.30 The Why
Factor 2.50 More or Less
3.00 News 3.06 BBC World
Hacks 3.30 In the Studio
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 Lauren
Laverne 1.00am The First
Time with Trent Reznor
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. The
work of Ralph Vaughan
Williams with tracks
including English Folksongs
Suite, and Fantasia on
Greensleeves 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1.00am Sam Pittis
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Critic’s choice
House of Saud: A Family at War
BBC Two, 9pm
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 series on the
Saudi royal family. After
decades of authoritarian rule
under King Salman, Saudi
Arabia is beginning to tackle
religious extremism at home
and abroad under the new
power behind the throne,
Mohammed bin Salman,
pictured. The 32-year-old
crown prince is a moderate
and has promised to take
whatever steps are necessary
to curb radical Islamism
around the world. The irony, as
this first instalment shows us,
is that these problems — from
Bosnia and Syria, to India and
the World Trade Center — are
home-grown. For decades it
has been alleged that Saudi
Arabia has funded and armed
“freedom fighters” across the
world to support the spread of
Islam (the section on tracing
Bulgarian weapons back to
Saudi Arabia — and eventually
to Syria — is fascinating). More
worryingly, perhaps, is the
export of ideology. “The
peculiar variant of Islam
that Saudi Arabia supports,
Wahabbism, is the Petri dish
in which much more extreme
versions of Islam flourish,”
says the former CIA man Bruce
Riedel, one of several superb
contributors. Can the crown
prince make the difference?
The kingdom’s foreign policy
may prove the tougher nut to
crack. And the reason is Saudi
Arabia’s biggest enemy — Iran.
“Saudi Arabia is engaged now
in the most intense proxy
conflict that we have seen in
modern Middle Eastern
history,” Riedel says. “The Arab
world in the last five years
has begun walking into an
abyss of hell.” Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
Jane Corbin explores how British aid money has been used to
fund terrorism in Panorama: Jihadis You Pay For, BBC iPlayer
England’s Forgotten Inside No 9
BBC Two, 10pm
Queen
BBC Four, 9pm
Over three nights the historian
Helen Castor is telling the
story of our most overlooked
monarch — Lady Jane Grey,
the Queen who sat on the
throne for a shorter length of
time than the average Premier
League manager’s tenure.
What is the truth behind our
“Nine-Day Queen”? Using firsthand documents, and with the
help of a few historian chums,
Castor explains how Jane
became Edward VI’s chosen
heir (despite his reluctance)
and why the Duke of
Northumberland was so keen
to see Jane on the throne. JC
Catch
up
The Real T.Rex
with Chris Packham
BBC iPlayer, to February 1
As the naturalist goes
in search of his childhood
favourite dinosaur, we learn
that in the 20th century
we got the Tyrannosaurus
rex all wrong. Taking
to the highways of
America, and with
the help of a gaggle
of jovial scientists,
Chris Packham seeks
to discover what the
T. rex really looked like,
moved like and sounded like.
There have been some truly
superb episodes of Reece
Shearsmith and Steve
Pemberton’s Inside No 9,
but this may just be their
masterpiece. In Bernie Clifton’s
Dressing Room, Tommy
(Shearsmith) and Len
(Pemberton), a faded and
agonisingly old-fashioned
variety act from the 1980s
called Cheese & Crackers,
reunite for one last gig. Except
Tommy, now “Thomas”, has
moved on and Len — his face
that certain shade of drinker’s
purple — hasn’t. Thirty years
have passed since Tommy
walked out on the act.
Beautiful. A hymn. CB
As this documentary is part
serious science and part
boy’s own adventure,
Packham starts with the
coolest bit first — the T. rex’s
chomp. In the Alabama
swamplands he meets the
“closest thing to a living
dinosaur we’re going to get”
— the North American
alligator — and in the lab he
recreates the T. rex’s bite. CB
Working Class
White Men
Canvey: The
Promised Land
Films of the day
Channel 4, 10pm
BBC One, 10.45pm
Film4, 9pm
The rapper Professor
Green believes that white,
working-class British men are
facing a crisis. In this two-part
documentary Green spends
six months with six such men
in an attempt to get to the
root of the problem. Tonight
he meets wheeler-dealer
Denzil, who wants to hustle his
way out of poverty, and Lewis,
who favours education. It is
20-year-old David from Bolton,
however, who catches the eye.
Orphaned, out of work and
out of luck, David is finding
comfort in the far right:
“They’re like a big family.” CB
The Stamford Hill area of north
London has traditionally been
home to a large ultra-Orthodox
Hasidic Jewish community.
However, soaring house prices
(which this otherwise
entertaining film puts down to
“hipsters”) are forcing them to
relocate. Canvey Island, “the
Promised Land at the end of
the A13”, is the chosen spot.
The film follows families as
they settle into life on Canvey,
the Brexit heartland and “the
most English place in Britain”,
and relays the community’s
stumbling but sweet efforts
to welcome them. CB
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● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
10.40pm Survivors 11.10 Canvey: The
Promised Island 11.50 Boots: Pharmacists
Under Pressure? (r) 12.20am Booze, Bar
Crawls and Bulgaria: Stacey Dooley
Investigates 1.20-6.00 BBC News
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
8.00pm-9.00 River City 10.45 Holby City
11.45 Canvey: The Promised Island
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Stacey Dooley Investigates 1.25 Weather
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Plant (r) 2.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05
Prynhawn Da 3.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
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5.25 Pat a Stan (r) 5.35 Prosiect Z 6.00
News S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05 Ar y Dibyn (r)
6.30 Rownd a Rownd 7.00 Heno.
Magazine programme 7.30 Pobol y Cwm
8.00 Priodas Pum Mil 9.00 News 9 a’r
Tywydd 9.30 FILM Dim Ond Rhif
10.30-11.35 Noson Lawen (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
The Fault in Our Stars (12, 2014)
This adaptation of a bestselling young adult novel is a quality
undertaking. The subject matter — a pair of teenage cancer
sufferers meet and fall in love — could have been mawkish
mush, but there’s a sharp, abrasive wit and anger that tempers
the tearjerking with humour. Most importantly, there’s a
stunning performance from Shailene Woodley (most recently in
the superb Big Little Lies). This is a love story featuring kids with
cancer. Of course you’re going to cry; the film-makers wouldn’t
be doing their jobs if you didn’t. However, there’s a message of
hope that proves to be uplifting. (126min) Wendy Ide
Remembrance (PG, 1982)
Film4, 11.30pm
You would be forgiven for having
no memory of this low-budget
British film from 1982, about a
group of Royal Navy ratings having
a bender in Plymouth before
heading off to sea. It does,
however, hold a special place in
film history because it was the
debut of a young actor named Gary Oldman (whatever happened
to him?). In the age of Netflix, there aren’t many movie rarities any
more, but this hasn’t been shown by Channel 4 since 1985 and
getting hold of a copy is nigh impossible. With a fresh-faced cast
that includes Timothy Spall and John Altman (Nick Cotton in
EastEnders), the film follows the lads as they hit Plymouth’s
notorious Union Street, with brutal results. (105min) CB
Wild Bill (15, 2012)
Film4, 1.45am
Dexter Fletcher slipped easily from acting to directing
with this east London tale of gangland fatherhood. Bill Hayward
(Charlie Creed-Miles) reappears after eight years in prison and
finds his wife has left his 11 and 15-year-old sons to fend for
themselves, surrounded by drug dealers in the shadow
of the Olympic site. The family’s implosion is believable
and smartly written. It was a deserved lead role for
Creed-Miles, who combines a physical intensity with
emotional subtlety. Meanwhile, Olivia Williams shines
as a probation officer with a hairstyle that looks like
a cross between a perm and a breakdown. (96min) Kate Muir
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7.00 Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico
Almost 50 years on, the chef
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beginning in San Francisco, a
region famous for dishes like
Cioppino Stew (1/7) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Robert suspects
the Whites are hiding
something from him
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.00 Secrets of the National Trust
with Alan Titchmarsh The host
reveals some surprising facts
about Beatrix Potter, and Joan
Bakewell investigates a small
island in Grasmere (2/6) (r);
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8.00 Holby City Sacha finds his
allegiances tested as he
struggles to judge whether his
patient can be trusted, and Jac
is keen to prove she is back on
form, but faces competition
from a visiting surgeon
8.00 Inside the Factory Gregg
Wallace investigates the
production of sauces in the
Netherlands, and Cherry Healey
lends a hand with making
the glass jars needed for
mayonnaise (5/6)
8.00 The Martin Lewis Money Show
Live The financial journalist
presents a January “bill
busting” special, answering
viewers’ questions live and
revealing the best phone and
broadband deals currently
on the market (5/12)
8.00 The Secret Life of the Zoo
Golden poison frog Pablo has
lost interest in his partner
Maria, so “bad boy” El Loco is
brought in to shake things up.
Plus, a power struggle emerges
among the female chimpanzees
8.00 Diet Secrets & How to Lose
Weight Scientists, doctors and
dieticians reveal the benefits
of superfoods, and Bianca
Gascoigne sees what chia
seeds do to her health (2/4);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Silent Witness The two-parter
concludes. Nikki’s suspicions
about David Cannon are roused
further when she discovers
blood in his car and takes
samples to find out if it
belongs to Sally (2/10)
9.00 House of Saud: A Family at War
New series. Documentary
following Saudi Arabia’s Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman,
who has pledged to transform
the country, end extremism and
to return to moderate Islam.
See Viewing Guide (1/3)
9.00 24 Hours in A&E Marie, 31,
arrives at St George’s A&E in
south-west London after
collapsing at home with an
unexplained headache
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother: Live
Eviction A chance to catch up
with the latest action as the
contestants continue to get
to know each other, and a
famous face leaves the house
10.00 BBC News at Ten; followed by
Regional News and Weather;
National Lottery Update
10.00 Inside No 9 An estranged
double act reunite for one last
gig. See Viewing Guide (2/6)
9.00 School for Stammerers
Documentary following the
emotional journeys of six
people as they attempt to gain
control of their stammers.
A lorry driver, a teacher, a
pharmacist, a professional
photographer and two
schoolboys have all agreed to
undergo a course that claims it
can transform a stammerer’s
speech in just four days
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11.15 NFL This Week Mark Chapman
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last week’s action from the NFL,
featuring the wildcard fixtures
11.15 Girlfriends Drama following
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series of difficult moments in
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12.05am Surgeons: At the Edge of
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12.15am Tonight at the London
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10.45 Canvey: The Promised Island
Following a Hasidic Jewish
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Pressure? An Inside Out
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Susanna Reid and Matt Tebbutt
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10.00 Working Class White Men
Professor Green follows three
working-class men over a
period of six months to
understand what life in
modern Britain is like for them.
See Viewing Guide (1/2)
10.35 One Night with My Ex
Suspicions of cheating
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Kenya and Saed, and they have
not seen each other for two
years. They are reunited to talk
about what went wrong (2/6)
11.35 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit
on the Side Rylan Clark-Neal
presents the companion show
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Tuesday 9 | Primetime digital guide
Dustin Hoffman is the
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Hook in the fantasy sequel
Sky Villains, 5.30pm
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7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Great Continental
Railway Journeys
Michael Portillo travels
through Germany (R)
8.00 Andrew Marr’s The Making
of Modern Britain The start
of the First World War (R)
9.00 England’s Forgotten Queen::
The Life and Death of Lady
Jane Grey New series.
Three-part docu-drama
presented by Helen Castor.
See Viewing Guide
10.00 Fit to Rule: How Royal
Illness Changed History
How the physical and
mental health of monarchs
shaped Britain’s history (R)
11.00 Catching History’s
Criminals: The Forensics
Story Charting the history
of forensic science to
catch murderers (R)
12.00-12.40am Top of the Pops:
1981 Music by Slade, John
Lennon and Madness (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
visits a friend’s Arizona
ranch — but as soon as she
arrives, the community is
plunged into disarray by a
local psychic’s sinister
predictions (R)
8.00 Midsomer Murders The
bell-ringers of Midsomer
Wellow are mysteriously
murdered one by one — and
it seems an ancient rhyme
may hold the key to the
killer’s motive. As Barnaby
and Troy embark on a
baffling investigation in an
attempt to determine the
truth, Joyce starts digging
into the past to discover the
assassin’s motives (R)
10.00-12.15am Foyle’s War Sam
and Foyle are shot at and
almost run over by a
speeding vehicle — and an
undercover investigation
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Andrew to be involved (R)
6.55pm The Supervet A
dachshund is brought in
with a deformed foot, a
Labrador needs a hip
replacement, and the
owners of a shih-tzu agonise
over a risky operation on
the dog’s spine (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud follows the
conversion of a large, Grade
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9.00 FILM The Lincoln Lawyer
(15, 2011) A cynical lawyer
realises the rich man he is
defending on a rape charge
may have escaped justice
for another attack in the
past. Thriller with Matthew
McConaughey
11.20-12.20am Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA Gordon
Ramsay travels to Queens in
New York to help the
owners of a steakhouse (R)
6.50pm FILM Ride Along (12,
2014) A tough cop takes his
sister’s boyfriend with him
on duty, leading to a
dangerous encounter with
the city’s most wanted
criminal. Comedy starring
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart
9.00 FILM The Fault in Our Stars
(12, 2014) An Indianapolis
teenager with terminal
cancer attends a patients’
support group, where she
meets a fellow teen who lost
a leg to the disease. The two
fall in love and a go on a
literary pilgrimage to
Amsterdam. Romantic
drama starring Shailene
Woodley. See Film Choice
11.30-1.45am FILM Remembrance
(15, 1982) Royal Navy sailors
spend their last 24 hours
ashore before their ship sets
sail for a six-month Nato
exercise. Drama with Gary
Oldman. See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer
finds himself sentenced to
10 years in prison (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer
crashes the car but lets
Marge take the blame (R)
8.00 The Simpsons Chief
Wiggum gets his hands on a
military jet pack (R)
8.30 Harry Hill’s Tea-Time With
guest Gregg Wallace
9.00 The Blacklist Red sets his
sights on a billionaire who is
also a high-end art thief
10.00 Trollied Gavin struggles to
hire a night manager
10.30 A League of Their Own The
second of two compilations
of out-takes from series nine
of the comedy quiz (R)
11.00 The Force: North East The
dog unit deals with a man
who has barricaded himself
in his house (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World Sex
trafficking in India (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation An elderly
cancer patient is murdered
and Greg attends a hearing
to ascertain his culpability in
the death of a teenager (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Erin and
Anthony try to prevent the
deportation of a community
activist, and Frank must
decide if the NYPD will
participate in a gang raid (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones Daenerys
fights back, Jaime faces an
unexpected situation and
Arya returns home (4/7) (R)
10.00 Game of Thrones Daenerys
makes an offer to the Lords
of Westeros. Meanwhile,
Tyrion worries about his
Queen’s behaviour (5/7) (R)
11.10-1.50am Spielberg
Documentarian Susan Lacy
pulls back the curtain on the
career of one of the most
acclaimed filmmakers in the
world, Steven Spielberg (R)
ITV2
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Gold Comical clips
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
invites Lynda Carter for dinner
8.30 Superstore Amy and Jonah
become competitive when he
passes his employee training test
9.00 FILM Sherlock Holmes: A
Game of Shadows (12, 2011) The
detective meets his match in an
elusive mastermind. Thriller sequel
starring Robert Downey Jr
11.40-12.10am Family Guy
7.00pm Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
8.00 The Chase: Celebrity Special
With Rory Bremner, Deborah
Meaden and Alan Titchmarsh
9.00 Britain’s Busiest Airport:
Heathrow Documentary going
behind the scenes of the airport
10.00-12.40am 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 with Denzel Washington
7.00pm Hollyoaks Tony and Diane
are caught up in the devastation
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
The group visits San Sebastián in
Spain’s Basque country
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 Tattoo Fixers Two ladettes
who need help with their matching
foul-mouthed foot tattoos
10.00 8 Out of 10 Cats
10.55 The Big Bang Theory
11.25 The Big Bang Theory
11.55-1.00am Gogglebox
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Jay Leno guest stars
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 Sinkholes: Sucked to Death
An incident in St Albans in which 53
houses were cut off from the city
9.00 Circus Kids: Our Secret World
A 15-year-old aerialist is offered a
job at Russell’s Circus
10.00-12.15am FILM Under Siege
(15, 1992) A veteran US Navy Seal
working as a cook tries to liberate a
battleship from terrorists. Action
adventure starring Steven Seagal
6.00pm FILM The Boys (PG, 1962)
Four teenagers are tried for theft
and murder. Courtroom drama
starring Richard Todd
8.30 Tell Me Another Animal tales
9.00 Dick Powell Theatre
Anthology drama series
10.00 FILM Damnation Alley (PG,
1977) Four people search for
survivors in the ruins of New York
after the Third World War. Sci-fi
drama with Jan-Michael Vincent
11.50-12.20am Gillian Hills
Interview The making of Beat Girl
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Smiler becomes a lollipop man
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary appears in court
8.00 Death in Paradise
A plantation owner is killed
9.00 New Tricks The death of a
cricket prodigy is investigated
10.20 New Tricks The team
investigates a lookalike agency
11.20 Birds of a Feather Sharon
gets behind the wheel
12.00-1.00am The Bill Quinnan
finds himself in extreme danger
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FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
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7.00pm Machines of War
The history of tanks
8.00 Abandoned Engineering
Abandoned projects of the space
age, including the HARP gun
9.00 Porridge The inmates face a
day of hard labour
9.40 Porridge Fletch is desperate
to get out of making fishing nets
10.20 Porridge Fletcher takes on
the role of agony aunt
11.00 Open All Hours Grumpy
Arkwright buys a guard dog
11.40-12.20am Open All Hours
7.00pm Police Interceptors An
uninsured motorist is pulled over
8.00 World’s Craziest Police
Pursuits High-octane special
9.00 Idiot TV Footage showing the
lengths people go to in order to
look good or build muscle
10.00 The X-Files The missing
Scully is found in a coma
11.00-1.20am FILM Killer Elite (15,
2011) A former secret agent takes
on one last mission to save his
mentor. Action thriller with Jason
Statham and Clive Owen
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Documentary series following the
work of Staffordshire Police
8.00 Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is
Goodish Dave wonders whether
the queue’s days are numbered
9.00 Live at the Apollo With
Russell Howard and Jo Brand
10.00 Taskmaster The famous
contestants fell rubber ducks
and destroy a cake
11.00 QI With Doon Mackichan,
Jimmy Carr and Dara O Briain
11.40-12.20am QI
6.40pm Ocean Vet Neil Burnie and
the team embark on a mission to
satellite tag a tiger shark
7.15 Ocean Vet The team embarks
on a project to track the oceanic
migration of blue marlin
7.50 Lancaster at War A detailed
look at the Lancaster bomber
9.00 Code-Breakers: Bletchley
Park’s Lost Heroes A wartime
project to unravel the secrets of
Hitler’s personal code machine
10.15 American Lawmen
11.20-12.20am Lancaster at War
7.00pm Katherine Jenkins Live at
the O2 A 2010 concert by the
mezzo in which she performs
classical pieces, standards, cabaret
and musical theatre
9.00 Michael Ball: Both Sides Now
A concert by the singer and West
End star at London’s Hammersmith
Apollo, featuring hits from his
recording and stage careers
11.45-12.15am Spielberg and
Williams: The Adventure
Continues Steven Spielberg’s
collaboration with John Williams
7.00pm The Chef’s Line Chef Tam
takes on three home cooks
7.30 The Real A&E A woman is
impaled on a garden fence
8.00 Elementary Holmes uncovers
a threat to national security
9.00 Chicago Fire Casey and
Severide find themselves at odds
10.00 How to Get Away with
Murder New series. Annalise tries
to pick up the pieces of her life
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
8.00 NCIS
9.00 The Orville The ship
encounters a long-dormant vessel
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Gold Rush
9.00 Gold Rush Even a solar
eclipse cannot distract Todd from
his lack of good fortune
10.00 Gold Rush The gold miners
of the Yukon hope to strike it rich
11.00 Wheeler Dealers
12.00-1.00am Gold Rush
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
A Concorde crash in July 2000
8.00 Nazi Secrets
9.00 Nazi Secrets
10.00 Nazi Secrets Hitler’s
obsession with racial purity
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster The Chernobyl disaster
7.00pm Friends
7.30 Friends
8.00 Friends
8.30 Friends
9.00 FILM Mr & Mrs Smith
(15, 2005) Comedy adventure
11.00 The Cleveland Show
11.30 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am 8 Out of 10 Cats
6.40pm The Good Life The Goods
decide to keep pigs
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Blackadder the Third
8.40 Blackadder the Third
9.20 Mrs Brown’s Boys
10.00 Jack Dee Live at the Apollo
11.00 Gimme Gimme Gimme
11.40-12.10am Peep Show
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
The remaining contenders face
three bread-making tasks
8.00 The Davina Hour
9.00 Educating Essex
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Freddie Flintoff
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am Code Black
Sky Select
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
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6.00pm Tumbledown (15, 2015)
A brash biographer crosses paths
with a grieving woman. Romantic
comedy starring Rebecca Hall
8.00 Logan (15, 2017) Wolverine
and Professor X find their worlds
turned upside down by a young
mutant. Fantasy adventure starring
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
10.20-12.20am Kong: Skull Island
(12, 2017) A secret mission to a
mysterious island descends into
chaos. Action adventure starring
Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson
5.30pm Hook (U, 1991) A grown-up
Peter Pan returns to Neverland to
rescue his children from Captain
Hook. Steven Spielberg’s fantasy
adventure starring Robin Williams
8.00 No Country for Old Men (15,
2007) A merciless hitman pursues
a hunter across Texas. The Coen
brothers’ thriller with Josh Brolin
10.05-12.15am Suicide Squad (15,
2016) A ragtag team of villains are
strong-armed into doing good by a
government agent. Fantasy
adventure starring Will Smith
6.10pm The Lego Batman Movie
(U, 2017) Animated comedy
featuring the voice of Will Arnett
8.00 Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG, 2016)
The clumsy hero is reunited with
his father. Animated comedy
sequel with the voices of Jack
Black and Bryan Cranston
9.40 Angus, Thongs and Perfect
Snogging (12, 2008) Comedy
drama starring Georgia Groome
11.25-1.15am The Great Gilly
Hopkins (PG, 2016) Coming-of-age
drama starring Kathy Bates
5.45pm Conan the Barbarian (15,
1982) A formidable warrior seeks
revenge on the cult that killed his
parents. Fantasy adventure with
Arnold Schwarzenegger
8.00 Spider-Man 2 (PG, 2004)
Personal troubles tempt Peter
Parker into giving up fighting
crime. Comic-book adventure
starring Tobey Maguire
10.15-12.10am Wanted (18, 2008)
A man joins a secret society of
superpowered assassins. Action
adventure starring James McAvoy
6.15pm The Darjeeling Limited (15,
2007) Three brothers take a trip
across India after their father’s
death. Comedy drama with Owen
Wilson and Adrien Brody
8.00 Loving (12, 2016) An
interracial couple are targeted by
the authorities in 1950s Virginia.
Fact-based drama starring Ruth
Negga and Joel Edgerton
10.10-12.15am Jarhead (15, 2005)
A newly enlisted Marine endures a
gruelling tour of duty in the Gulf
War. Drama with Jake Gyllenhaal
Helen Castor explores the life of
Lady Jane Grey in England’s
Forgotten Queen (BBC Four, 9pm)
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Tuesday 9
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7.30pm
Radio 1
Bristol City’s reward for
knocking Manchester United
out of the Carabao Cup was a
two-leg semi-final against that
other Manchester club, Pep
Guardiola’s City. The first leg
takes place tonight at the
Etihad Stadium (kick-off
7.45pm). In the previous round,
local lad Joe Bryan, pictured,
scored the Robins’ opener,
before Korey Smith notched an
injury-time winner to send the
Red Devils crashing out. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
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8.30am LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v India
3.45pm Best of Sky Cricket
4.00 Sky Sports News
5.00 Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 Transfer Centre
7.30 LIVE Carabao Cup:
Manchester City v Bristol City
(Kick-off 7.45.) Coverage of the
first leg of the semi-final
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Sky Sports News
1.00am-3.00 LIVE WWE Late
Night Smackdown
Spectacular wrestling action
Sky Sports Premier
League
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9.00am Soccer AM: Best Bits
9.30 PL Legends
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 The Debate
12.00 PL Legends
12.30pm PL Greatest Games
1.00 Best PL Goals
1.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
2.00 PL Best Goals
3.00 PL Years
5.00 Soccer AM: Best Bits
5.30 PL Greatest Games
6.00 Best PL Goals
6.30 PL Highlights
7.00 Best PL Goals
7.30 PL Highlights
8.00 Best PL Goals
8.30 PL 100 Club
9.00 Gary Neville’s
Soccerbox
10.00 The Debate
11.00 PL Legends
12.00-1.00am PL Best Goals
Sky Sports Football
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9.00am Revista De La Liga
9.30 La Liga Greatest Games
10.00 Football Years
10.30 Soccer AM: Best Bits
11.00 One2Eleven
11.30 SPFL Greatest Games
12.00 Greatest Players
12.30pm Soccer AM: Best Bits
1.00 La Liga Icons
2.00 Football Years
2.30 Soccer AM: Best Bits
3.00 Greatest Players
3.30 Greatest Teams
4.00 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Archive action
4.15 SPFL Greatest Games
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 Football Years
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 4.00 Jordan North
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
5.30 Football Countdowns
6.00 Greatest Players
6.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
7.00 La Liga Icons
7.30 LIVE Carabao Cup
Coverage of a semi-final
first leg encounter
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Revista De La Liga
11.30 La Liga World
12.00-12.30am Carabao Cup
Highlights
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Sara Cox 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.00
Amol Rajan 2.00pm Steve
Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00 Ana
Matronic 10.00 Barry
Humphries: Barry’s Forgotten
Musical Masterpieces 11.00
Nigel Ogden: The Organist
Entertains 11.30 Listen to the
Band 12.00 Sounds of the 80s
(r) 2.00am Folk Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist
Sky Sports Cricket
Radio 3
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FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
8.25am-3.45pm LIVE Test
Cricket: South Africa v India
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Schubert
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Schubert lieder
performed by Carolyn
Sampson, and piano works by
Tchaikovsky and Beethoven
played by Barry Douglas
2.00 Live Afternoon Concert
The BBC Philharmonic
performs Stravinsky’s tone
poem Song of the Nightingale
and music by Rossini and
Mozart at their home in
Salford. Rossini (Overture
— The Barber of Seville);
Mozart (Piano Concerto No 9
in E flat, K271); and Stravinsky
(Song of the Nightingale)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
The National Youth Orchestra
of Great Britain plays music by
Liadov and Dukas. Liadov
(The Enchanted Lake);
Dukas (The Sorcerer’s
Apprentice); and Bartók
(Duke Bluebeard’s Castle)
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: Cornerstones
11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through the Night
Sky Sports Arena
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1.00am-3.00 LIVE WWE Late
Night Smackdown
Spectacular wrestling action
BT Sport 1
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6.45pm-11.15 LIVE BDO World
Championships The evening
session on day four
2.00am-7.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Sydney
International Day four of the
key tournament in the lead-up
to the Australian Open
BT Sport 2
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8.30am-12.30pm LIVE Cricket:
Big Bash League: Adelaide
Strikers v Melbourne Stars
8.00-10.00 LIVE French
League Cup: Nice v Monaco
1.00am-3.30 LIVE NBA:
Oklahoma City Thunder v
Portland Trail Blazers
BT Sport 3
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7.00am-9.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
1.00am-7.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
Eurosport 1
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4.45pm-6.00 LIVE Alpine
Skiing The World Cup
meeting from Flachau
7.30-8.45 LIVE Alpine Skiing
Coverage of the World Cup
meeting from Flachau
2.00am-4.00 LIVE ATP
Tennis: The Sydney
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 Black Music in Europe:
A Hidden History
9.30 One to One (r)
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War By Edward
Stourton (2/5)
Today’s picks
The Forum: Eva Perón
World Service, 9am
The Dawn of British Jihad
Radio 4, 8pm
Fringe political figures from the
past are not obvious candidates
to front Broadway musicals,
and the success of Hamilton
surprised many. But Broadway
has form: Eva Perón was, in
many ways, an even more
unlikely inspiration for the
stage. She was born a “bastard”
child into a family whose main distinction was being
undistinguished. Eva, pictured, however, had no interest in
dying in obscurity and ran away to Buenos Aires, where she
became an actress (and “not a very good actress” either, says
one of the guests here). Still, no matter, as she soon caught the
eye of the general Juan Perón. They married and, during a trip
to Europe, she embarked on her finest role to date: herself. As
someone puts it here: “Eva is the one to go to Europe, but the
one who will come back is Evita.” The rest is history. And some
jolly songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Catherine Nixey
Surely there is a Whitehall
phrase for the sort of thing
discussed here? For multiple
administrative blunders
leading to very serious
problems? There is certainly
a phrase in The Thick of It,
and it begins with “cluster”.
Before 9/11 British Muslims
who went on jihadi holidays in
countries such as Afghanistan
and Bosnia were allowed to
return home, unquestioned.
Meanwhile, renowned Islamic
militants freely toured British
mosques, encouraging
Muslims to take part in
holy war. This series looks
at what went wrong. CN
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Discussion and interviews,
including at 10.45 the Drama:
Shardlake — Heartstone by
CJ Sansom (7/10)
11.00 Too Much Medicine?
The Problem of
Over-treatment (r)
11.30 Tales from the Stave
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 The Curious Cases of
Rutherford & Fry Examining
the science of taste
12.15 Call You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Conflict and Cooperation: A History of Trade
The UK’s trading past
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Stone The team
investigates the homeless
charity and the background
of the victim (2/10)
3.00 The Kitchen Cabinet (r)
3.30 Making History
4.00 The Arts of Life (r)
4.30 Great Lives
5.00 PM News headlines
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Mark Steel’s in Town
Comedy (6/6)
7.00 The Archers
Jill is left stunned while Lexi
considers her options
7.15 Front Row
7.45 Shardlake: Heartstone (r)
8.00 The Dawn of British
Jihad People and organisations
involved in the early wave of
British jihadis. See Choice
8.40 In Touch
9.00 Inside Health
9.30 Black Music in Europe:
A Hidden History (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
The Vital Spark —
A Far Cry from Kensington
By Muriel Spark (2/10)
11.00 The Infinite Monkey
Cage A discussion on
gravitational waves (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Auntie’s War
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
11.00 ElvenQuest 11.30 The
Consultants 11.45 Where Did
it All Go Wrong?
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 5 Live
Breakfast 10.00 The Emma
Barnett Show 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
10.30 Phil Williams
1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am Alan Brazil 10.00
Max Rushden 1.00pm
Hawksbee and Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham and Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1.00am Extra Time
with Adam Catterall
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 To the Ends of
the Earth: Journey to the
Centre of the Earth 11.00
Behind the Screen 11.15
Devonia 12.00 The Ken Dodd
Show 12.30pm The Men from
the Ministry 1.00 Secret
Agent: X9 1.30 Phil Collins:
King of the Wild Frontier 2.00
In Siberia 2.15 Five Hundred
Years of Friendship 2.30 More
Tales of the City 2.45
Speaking for Themselves
3.00 To the Ends of the Earth:
Journey to the Centre of the
Earth 4.00 The Food Quiz
4.30 Semi Circles 5.00 Guests
Are Like Fish 5.30 Mark Steel’s
in Town 6.00 I Am Legend
6.30 Dad Made Me Laugh
7.00 The Ken Dodd Show 7.30
The Men from the Ministry
8.00 Secret Agent: X9 8.30
Phil Collins: King of the Wild
Frontier 9.00 Behind the
Screen 9.15 Devonia 10.00
Comedy Club: Mark Steel’s in
Town 10.30 Lionel Nimrod’s
Inexplicable World
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 Forum.
See Choice 9.50 Sporting
Witness 10.00 World Update
11.00 Newsroom 11.30 In the
Studio 12.00 News 12.06pm
Outlook 1.00 Newsroom 1.30
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
Newsroom 7.30 Sport Today
8.00 News 8.06
Documentary 8.30 Click
9.00 Newshour 10.00
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 Newsroom 2.30
Documentary 3.00 News
3.06 HARDtalk 3.30 Compass
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 Tom
Ravenscroft 1.00am The First
Time with David Lynch
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. A tribute
to the work of Frederic
Chopin 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1.00am Sam Pittis
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Wednesday 10 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Kiri
Channel 4, 9pm
Anything scripted by Jack
Thorne (National Treasure,
This is England) and with Sarah
Lancashire (Happy Valley,
Last Tango in Halifax) as the
lead actor was always likely
to register highly on the
Bafta scale and Kiri does not
disappoint. Lancashire,
pictured, doing a solid West
Country accent, is Miriam,
an experienced social worker
who loves and believes in her
job. She’s equal parts kind,
ballsy and no-nonsense —
attributes that in a lesser
actress’s hands could feel
hackneyed, but Lancashire
makes Miriam a believable,
real human being. She has
a dog with gout, arthritis,
testicular cancer, lockjaw
and who “farts like a trooper”.
“According to the vet he’s got
low-level depression,” she
tells a fellow dog walker.
“I said to the vet, ‘Low-level?
With all that it’s a miracle he’s
not suicidal.’ ” The tone at the
outset is fairly jocular, with
Lancashire doing her peerless
salt-of-the-earth shtick,
helping her clients with
warmth and humanity. Then
it goes dark — pitch black —
as Miriam becomes caught
up in an abduction plot when
a young black girl called Kiri
goes missing. She disappears
during a visit overseen by
Miriam, and the social
worker soon finds herself
blamed for putting the girl at
risk. It seems that no matter
how kind and caring you are,
people are always willing to
think the worst. “My mum
spent most of her life in the
caring professions and I’ve
always wanted to find a way
of examining the pressures
they are put under,” Thorne
told Radio Times. A drama
exploring just this would
have been interesting
enough, but Thorne is a
skilled writer and the thriller
element — the abduction
and events thereafter — is
just as compelling. Joe Clay
Further recommendations
The superb National Treasure, written by Jack Thorne and
starring Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters, is available on All4
The Truth About
Looking Good
Fighting for Air
Girlfriends
BBC Two, 9pm
ITV, 9pm
BBC One, 8pm
Is it possible to improve the
quality of the air we breathe
in just one day? The man with
a plan is Dr Xand van Tulleken,
who is enlisting the help of
the good folk of Kings Heath
in Birmingham to stage the
first large-scale experiment
of its kind: using people power
to try to bring about a
quantifiable improvement in
air quality. With pollution
levels on the high street at the
cusp of legal limits, the odds
are stacked against the doctor
and his team, which includes
some of the best experts in
pollution science. Can they
succeed where governments
have failed? JC
In common with much of Kay
Mellor’s output, the twist at
the end of last week’s opening
episode of the drama about
women of a certain age wasn’t
necessary — the dramatic
cherry on a cake overstuffed
with plots. Ageism, divorce,
gay sons, criminal sons,
infidelity, secrets, lies . . . It’s all
here. So did Linda (Phyllis
Logan) push Micky overboard?
It’s the least interesting thing
about Girlfriends, with the bits
rooted in reality — Gail (Zoë
Wanamaker) caring for her
mother and Sue (Miranda
Richardson) struggling with
a landmark birthday — the
reasons to stay with it. JC
The cosmetics market in the
UK is worth £9 billion a year,
with many of us happy to
spend vast sums of money on
products that promise to
transform the way we look.
But do they work? Cherry
Healey, whose bathroom
cabinet is overflowing, teams
up with scientists from the
University of Sheffield and a
group of 25 volunteers to put
some everyday cosmetics,
including moisturisers, through
a series of tests. The beauty
journalist Sali Hughes also has
some useful tips on how to
save money on make up. JC
Catch
up
Sue Perkins
and the Chimp
Sanctuary
BBC iPlayer, to
January 31
Eighteen months
ago the US
government
brought an end to
medical testing on
chimpanzees. Sue
Perkins heads to
Chimp Haven in
Louisiana to follow a
gang of retired female
chimps that are about
to meet a group of males
for the first time. After
meeting the chimps (she is
welcomed by several gobfuls
of spit) and dressing as a
banana (don’t ask),
Perkins gets to grips
with what these
animals have been
subjected to their
whole lives. It’s
a tough watch.
However, there
are rewards, as
we see these
previously
caged
animals,
which have
never seen
a tree before,
swinging through the
forest with abandon.
Chris Bennion
Hansa Studios:
By the Wall
Films of the day
Sky Arts, 9pm
Sky Cinema Premiere, 10.20pm
Hansa Studios in Berlin is
where David Bowie recorded
his albums Heroes and Low
during a self-imposed exile in
the city from 1977 to 1979.
Located in what was West
Berlin, a few hundred yards
from the remains of the Wall,
the studio has a global
mystique. It has also hosted
U2, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave
and REM. This documentary
traces the history of the studio
and the music recorded there,
with contributions from Bowie
(from archive), his producer
Tony Visconti, and REM’s
Michael Stipe. JC
Variations
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
3.15pm-4.15 The Great British Winter (r)
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Survivors (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
9.00pm-10.00 The Storm That Saved a
City 10.45 Miriam’s Big American
Adventure 11.45 A Question of Sport
12.15am And They’re Off for Sport Relief
1.00 Weather for the Week Ahead
1.05-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
1.00pm Brazil with Michael Palin. Michael
visits a “love hotel” in Rio de Janeiro (r)
2.00 Flog It! (r) 2.40 Politics Scotland
3.45 Coast (r) 4.00 The Great British
Winter (r) 5.00-6.00 Great Barrier Reef
with David Attenborough (r)
● Channel As ITV except:
12.35am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except: 6.25pm6.30 Party Political Broadcast. By the
Welsh Conservative Party
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Tonight 11.05 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest
Airport (r) 12.05am Teleshopping 1.05
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(r) 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05
Cwpwrdd Dillad (r) 6.30 Mwy o Sgorio
7.00 Heno 8.00 Pobol y Cwm 8.25 Darren
Drws Nesa. Darren is concerned about
Gwenllian, and Angharad finds Dyfrig’s
diary and discovers that he is being
bullied 9.00 News 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30
Chwaraeon y Dyn Bach. James Lusted
meets Rhys and Heledd Lewis from
Machynlleth 10.00 Rygbi Pawb. Rugby
union magazine show featuring news
and highlights from across the country
10.45-12.20am Carwyn (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Raw (18, 2016)
The deliciously repellent Raw stays with you long after the sight
of a trainee vet snacking on a fellow student’s severed finger has
gone. This first feature by the director Julia Ducournau is a horror
grounded in the bloody realities of life at veterinary school, where
a rookie student, Justine (Garance Marillier), renounces her strict
vegetarianism when forced by older students to eat a raw rabbit
kidney in a hazing ritual. You know matters can only get worse,
as will Justine’s hankering for human rather than hamburger meat.
This is far from the usual cannibal caper, with an uncomfortable
moral backbone running through the story. (99min) Kate Muir
JFK (15, 1991)
Film4, 11.55pm
As history, Oliver Stone’s love letter
to conspiracy theories is about as
believable as Joe Pesci’s wig, but as
a thriller it is raw, nerve-jangling
stuff. Stone’s best work? Some
would say so. The film covers the
events leading up to and after the
assassination of John F Kennedy,
focusing on the New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin
Costner, pictured) as he digs beyond the Warren Commission to
find out who shot the president. As Garrison recreates the events,
he stumbles into a conspiracy involving the mafia, J Edgar Hoover
and Lyndon B Johnson. Don’t worry about accuracy, just enjoy the
ride. And do you want to talk casts? Costner, Pesci, Gary Oldman,
Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon,
Walter Matthau, Donald Sutherland . . . (188min) Chris Bennion
The Social Network (12, 2010)
Channel 4, 1.10am
A formidable triumvirate of talent drives this picture. Aaron
Sorkin’s writing is crisp, restless and perceptive and David
Fincher’s direction is supremely confident — effortlessly brilliant
in much the same way that the central character in the film,
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, comes across. And Jesse
Eisenberg gives the performance of his already impressive career
as Zuckerberg, all thorns and awkward angles and simmering
grudges. Andrew Garfield is also excellent as Eduardo Saverin,
co-founder of Facebook. Few films manage to capture the zeitgeist
as effectively as this one did. (120min) Wendy Ide
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Eggheads. Quiz 6.30 Great British
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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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3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal. This
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Point. Ben Shephard hosts the
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6.20 3rd Rock from the Sun (r) 7.10
Everybody Loves Raymond (r) 8.35
Frasier (r) 10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (r) 11.00 Sun, Sea
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News Summary 12.05pm Live Darts:
BDO Lakeside World Professional
Championships. Rob Walker presents
coverage of the afternoon session on
the fifth day of the tournament staged
at Lakeside Country Club in Frimley
Green 5.00 Come Dine with Me. The
mayor of Haslemere kicks off the
competition in the Sussex and Surrey
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A tramp entertains the family with
stories (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks. Tony and
Diane are caught up in the tunnel
devastation after the car crash
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
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The Hotel Inspector (r) 1.10 Access.
Showbiz news and gossip 1.15 Home
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NCIS. A prank-loving Marine is found
dead on Hallowe’en (r) 3.15 FILM The
Wrong Babysitter (15, TVM, 2017)
A mother worries about leaving her
daughter for an out-of-town trip, until
her neighbour offers to babysit — only
for the girl to go missing. Thriller with
Daphne Zuniga 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30
Neighbours. Mark probes Louise for
information when the police arrive
and arrest her 6.00 Home and Away.
Irene is rushed to hospital, while Alf
realises Luc has been left with Mick
and searches the town desperately
with Ash and VJ 6.30 5 News Tonight
The Truth About Looking Good (8pm)
The Great Barrier Reef (4.15pm)
Girlfriends continues (9pm)
Drama The Social Network (1.10am)
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott (10.50pm)
7.00 The One Show Matt Baker and
Alex Jones present the live
magazine show featuring
topical reports from around the
UK and big-name studio guests
7.00 Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico
The chef continues down
the Californian coastline
immortalised by John
Steinbeck, through LA and
into San Diego where a local
fishmonger cooks him
a fish chilli (2/7) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Chrissie betrays
Lachlan by telling Belle about
all his problems
7.00 Channel 4 News
Including sport and weather
7.00 Starting Up, Starting Over
Julie and Trevor want to leave
their successful businesses
behind to follow their dream of
a quieter life, and decide to
open their own haberdashery
in the Cotswolds (5/6) (r);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 The Truth About Looking Good
Cherry Healey and a team of
independent scientists conduct
an experiment that puts
everyday cosmetic and beauty
products to the test.
See Viewing Guide
8.00 Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight
For Good Quick and easy
recipes to make at home (2/6)
8.00 Britain’s Brightest Family
New series. Families take part in
a knock-out tournament
8.30 Trust Me, I’m a Doctor
Giles Yeo investigates how
much fruit we should eat
8.30 Coronation Street
Seb tells Eileen that Phelan is
not who she thinks he is
8.00 Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or
List It Kirstie Allsopp and Phil
Spencer meet the Tuck family
in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, who
have grown weary of their
cramped, three bedroom
semi-detached home (2/8)
8.00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
A former prisoner visits the
surgery with a long list of
health concerns, and a young
patient with a painful rash
around his mouth and chin is
treated by Dr David Jewell ;
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Miriam’s Big American
Adventure Miriam Margolyes
travels to Indiana to visit a
summer camp, where she
joins hundreds of young
campers as they begin their
days pledging allegiance to
God and the US flag (2/3)
9.00 Fighting for Air Dr Xand van
Tulleken conducts the first ever
large-scale experiment using
people to try and bring about
a quantifiable improvement
in air quality for a single day.
See Viewing Guide
9.00 Girlfriends Sue reluctantly
faces the arrival of her birthday,
and tensions rise when her son
Andrew confesses a secret at
her birthday celebrations.
See Viewing Guide (2/6)
9.00 Kiri New series. Social worker
Miriam is caught up in a police
investigation when a young girl
goes missing on one of her
supervised visits. Drama
starring Sarah Lancashire.
See Viewing Guide (1/4)
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother
Highlights of the housemates’
past 24 hours under the
all-seeing eye of Big Brother
as the famous faces cope
with living under constant
surveillance. Plus, all the
revelations in the diary room
10.00 BBC News at Ten; followed by
BBC Regional News, Weather
and National Lottery Update
10.00 Mock the Week With James
Acaster, Ed Gamble, Rhys James
and Nish Kumar (2/13) (r)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; followed by
Regional News and Weather
10.00 999: What’s Your Emergency?
The work of the police,
paramedics and fire
service in Wiltshire, examining
the rise in racially aggravated
hate crimes (r)
10.05 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit
on the Side Rylan Clark-Neal
presents the CBB companion
show, including famous guests’
thoughts on the developments
10.45 A Question of Sport With Emily
Diamond, Mark Foster, James
Horwill and Mark Stoneman
10.30 Newsnight The day’s events
presented by Emily Maitlis
7.30 Coronation Street Phelan tells
Seb he knows he has been
snooping around
10.45 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest
Airport Focusing on the
connecting passengers
travelling through Heathrow,
and the challenges of
transferring in the five-squaremile airport, with 200 gates
and four terminals (2/3) (r)
11.15 And They’re Off for Sport Relief
Ore Oduba hosts a sporting
challenge in which famous
faces compete in a series of
bizarre races, while members of
the public try to predict which
star will win (1/6) (r)
11.15 Inside the Factory Gregg
Wallace investigates the
production of sauces in the
Netherlands, and Cherry Healey
lends a hand with making the
glass jars needed for
mayonnaise (5/6) (r)
11.40 Holiday Horrors: Caught on
Camera A look at what can go
wrong on holiday (1/4) (r)
12.00 Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.05am BBC News
12.15am Sign Zone: DIY SOS – The Big
Build. Adapting the home of a West
Sussex woman who was paralysed
in a bicycle accident (r) (SL) 1.15-2.15
The Real T. Rex with Chris Packham.
The naturalist creates a CGI
representation of the dinosaur (r) (SL)
12.35am Jackpot247 3.00 Tenable.
A team of tram workers from Sheffield
answer questions about top 10 lists,
then try to score a perfect 10 in the
final round. Quiz hosted by Warwick
Davis (r) (SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
11.05 24 Hours in A&E Cameras
follow Marie, 31, who arrives at
St George’s A&E, in southwest
London, after collapsing at
home with a headache (r)
12.05am Pokerstars Championship
Cash Challeng
ge
1.10 FILM The Social Network (12,
2010) See Film Choice (SL) 3.15 Grand
Designs Australia (r) 4.10 Location,
Location, Location (r) (SL) 5.00 Coast
vs Country (r) 5.50 Four in a Bed (r)
10.50 Football on 5: The Carabao
Cup Colin Murray presents
highlights of the semi-ffinal
first-leg matches, in which
the teams tried to secure an
advantage ahead of the
second leg in two weeks time
12.10am Police Interceptors (r) 1.10
SuperCasino 3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors. A man is unwilling to break
Ramadan fast to take tablets (r) 4.00
Now That’s Funny! (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r)
(SL) 5.35 Nick’s Quest (r) (SL)
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Wednesday 10 | Primetime digital guide
Christian Bale
The actor stars in Ridley
Scott’s biblical epic
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Film4, 9pm
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BBC Four
ITV3
More4
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7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Great Continental Railway
Journeys Michael Portillo
visits Hamburg and Kiel (R)
8.00 Handmade: By Royal
Appointment Objects made
under the royal warrant (R)
8.30 A Stitch in Time
Exploring the lives of
historical figures through
the clothes they wore
9.00 England’s Forgotten Queen:
The Life and Death of Lady
Jane Grey Three days into
her reign, the clock is
already ticking for Jane
10.00 Fit to Rule: How Royal
Illness Changed History
The medical histories of the
later Stuarts and the
Hanoverians (R)
11.00 The Wonderful World of
Blood: with Michael Mosley
Documentary (R)
12.00-12.40am Top of the Pops:
1981 With music by the
Pretenders (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Grady
prepares for his wedding
day, but the event is marred
by an untimely death with a
connection to his father-inlaw’s estate (R)
8.00 Endeavour Morse meets his
intellectual match when a
serial killer haunting the
streets of Oxford keeps
himself one step ahead of
the law and leaves cryptic
messages to goad the
police. At first glance, it
seems to be the work of a
deranged lunatic, but the
elaborate staging of the
crimes suggests method
in the madness (R)
10.00-12.15am Foyle’s War The
detective investigates a
burglary at the headquarters
of a multinational company,
and a murder soon leads
him to believe the firm is
conducting covert business
with the Nazis (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Noel
Fitzpatrick and the team
deal with emergency cases
involving a cat that has been
hit by a car and attacked by
a fox, and a Northern Inuit
that may require surgery (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Adam
Purchase and his partner
Nicola Brennan try to restore
a dilapidated Grade II-listed
silver-mine engine-house in
Cornwall on a budget of
£100,000 (R)
9.00 Location, Location,
Location Kirstie Allsopp and
Phil Spencer visit the Great
British seaside in pricey Kent
to help two sets of buyers,
including a family of six,
search for a new home (R)
10.00 Grand Designs An intrepid
pair want to build a
Kiwi-style hill house in
Worcestershire (R)
11.05-12.05am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (R)
5.05pm FILM Master of the World
(PG, 1961) An airship captain
plans to destroy military
installations across the
world. Sci-fi adventure
starring Vincent Price and
Charles Bronson
7.10 FILM Chronicle (12, 2012)
Three teenagers develop
superhuman abilities, but
one of them is corrupted by
his new-found power.
Sci-fi thriller starring Dane
DeHaan and Alex Russell
9.00 FILM Exodus: Gods and
Kings (12, 2014) The
adoptive brother of the
pharaoh of Egypt tries to
free the country’s slaves
during a series of plagues.
Biblical epic starring
Christian Bale and Joel
Edgerton
11.55-3.45am FILM JFK (15, 1991)
Drama starring Kevin
Costner and Gary Oldman.
See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Principal
Skinner and Mrs Krabappel
get engaged (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Marge and
Homer go on a second
honeymoon (R)
8.00 A League of Their Own
The boxer Anthony Joshua,
the athlete Mo Farah and
the former Spice Girl
Emma Bunton join Jamie
Redknapp, Andrew Flintoff
and Jack Whitehall on the
comedy quiz (R)
9.00 A League of Their Own:
US Road Trip 2.0 James,
Jamie, Jack and Andrew
perform with the LA Rams
cheerleaders (R)
10.00 The Russell Howard Hour
With guest Diane Abbott (R)
11.00 The Force: North East
A trail of blood leaves
officers puzzled (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World The actor
visits Papua New Guinea (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Catherine and
Nick investigate the fatal
shooting of a doctor’s wife,
while Gil looks into the
apparent suicide of a
newspaper editor (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods As Frank
contends with a
whistleblower within the
NYPD, Danny and Baez
investigate a suspicious
case originally written off
as an accident (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones Jon Snow
and his team go beyond the
wall to capture a white
walker. Meanwhile,
Daenerys has to make a
tough decision, and Arya
confronts Sansa (6/7) (R)
10.20 Game of Thrones
Tyrion tries to save
Westeros from itself (7/7) (R)
11.50-1.00am The Sopranos
AJ is inconsolable after his
split from Blanca (R)
Drama
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
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 Double bill
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
and Alan arrange a double date
8.30 Superstore The employees
are given a chance to win a cash
bonus if they hit a sales target
by the end of the day
9.00 FILM 22 Jump Street (15,
2014) Crime comedy starring
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
11.15 Family Guy Brian decides
to run away from home
11.45-12.15am Family Guy
7.00pm Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
7.55 River Monsters A mystery sea
monster washes up on a UK beach
9.00 FILM The Enforcer (18, 1976)
Maverick cop ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan
is unwillingly teamed up with a
female partner as he takes on a
terrorist group. Crime thriller
sequel starring Clint Eastwood,
Tyne Daly and Harry Guardino
11.00-12.55am FILM Hard Target
(18, 1993) Action thriller starring
Jean-Claude Van Damme
7.00pm Hollyoaks Brody goes
with Maggie to the hospital
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
The tourists arrive in Bilbao
8.00 The Goldbergs
8.30 The Goldbergs Geoff and
Erica struggle with their longdistance relationship
9.00 Don’t Tell the Bride
Groom-to-be Daniel plans a
Caribbean-carnival style wedding
10.00 Body Fixers
11.10-12.05am The Big Bang
Theory Double bill
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Double bill
8.00 Fresh Off the Boat New
series. The sitcom following the
Huang family returns
8.30 Will & Grace
9.00 FILM Total Recall (12, 2012)
A man living in a bleak future
becomes a fugitive when he
discovers he is really a spy with his
memory erased. Sci-fi thriller
remake, starring Colin Farrell
11.20-1.25am FILM Blitz (18, 2011)
Crime thriller with Jason Statham
6.00pm FILM Buffalo Bill (U, 1944)
Western biopic starring Joel
McCrea and Maureen O’Hara
7.50 Bar 20 Rides Again
8.00 A Family at War The family
gathers for Phillip’s birthday
9.00 Dick Powell Theatre
Squadron starring Herschel
Bernardi and Bruce Dern
10.00 FILM Sea Fury (PG, 1958)
Drama starring Stanley Baker
12.00-1.45am FILM Midnight Fear
(18, 1990) Thriller starring David
Carradine and Mark Carlton
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
The pensioners encounter a
prophet of doom
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary faces a double-date disaster
8.00 Inspector George Gently
The duo investigate a murder in a
family holiday camp
10.00 New Tricks UCOS looks into
the murder of a private
investigator who was stabbed in a
suspected robbery gone wrong
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-1.00am The Bill
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 Abandoned Engineering
Abandoned projects of the space
age, including the HARP gun in
Barbados and the mountainside
Barcroft Observatory in California
8.00 Hunting Down the Nazis
Documentary about the Nazi
hunter Simon Wiesenthal
9.00 Open All Hours Grumpy
grocer Arkwright buys a guard dog
9.40 Open All Hours
10.20 Open All Hours
11.00 The Two Ronnies
12.00-1.00am The Two Ronnies
7.00pm Police Interceptors
An officer is nearly run over by a
desperate driver
8.00 Nightmare Tenants, Slum
Landlords Stavros and Emily try to
reclaim their house from squatters
9.00 FILM Cleaner (15, 2007)
A crime-scene cleaner realises
someone is using him to destroy
evidence and tries to find out what
they are covering up. Crime thriller
starring Samuel L Jackson
11.00 Spartacus: Blood and Sand
12.00-1.00am The X-Files
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
8.00 Yianni: Supercar Customiser
New series. Following the work of
Yianni Charalambous, car
customiser for the rich and famous
8.30 Yianni: Supercar Customiser
Yianni Charalambous works
on a tour bus owned by his
friend, DJ Charlie Sloth
9.00 Live at the Apollo
10.00 Taskmaster
11.00 QI With Hugh Laurie and
John Sessions
11.40-12.20am QI
6.40pm Ocean Vet
7.50 Doolittle’s Raiders: A Final
Toast Documentary in which the
surviving veterans of a Second
World War bombing mission get
together to commemorate their
April 1942 raid on Japan
9.00 Dam Busters: The Race to
Smash the German Dams
10.15 American Lawmen
11.15-12.20am Doolittle’s Raiders:
A Final Toast Veterans of a 1942
bombing mission commemorate
their raid on Japan
7.00pm Tina Turner: Live in Rio
A 1988 concert at the Maracana
Stadium in Rio de Janeiro
8.30 Video Killed the Radio Star
The challenges and visions behind
David Bowie’s music videos
9.00 Hansa Studios: By the Wall
1976-90 Documentary about the
recording studio, which used to
overlook the Berlin Wall.
See Viewing Guide
10.30-12.30am FILM Scott Walker:
30 Century Man (12, 2006)
Documentary about the musician
7.00pm The Chef’s Line The
challengers take part in a
no-holds-barred cook-off
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary Holmes and
Watson join the hunt for a criminal
who killed two paramedics and
abducted a woman, and Sherlock
also learns important information
about his recovery sponsor
9.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation A school bully is
murdered. Jorja Fox stars
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 Crime drama
8.00 NCIS Fornell struggles to
deal with recent events
9.00 NCIS Agents in Washington,
DC search for their
missing colleagues
10.00 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Mythbusters
9.00 Street Outlaws Sean tries to
grab the number one spot while
the Chief is out of action
10.00 Moonshiners People who
illegally produce whiskey
11.00 Gold Rush
12.00-1.00am Gold Rush
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Lawless Island: Alaska New
series. The people of a community
begin a construction project
9.00 Wicked Tuna: North v South
10.00 Gold Diggers
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster Explosions in Mexico
7.00pm Friends
7.30 Friends
8.00 Friends
8.30 Friends
9.00 Impractical Jokers
10.00 Russell Brand:
Messiah Complex
11.00 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
6.40pm The Good Life
Tom builds a generator
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Blackadder Goes Forth
8.40 Blackadder Goes Forth
9.20 The Royle Family
10.00 Live at the Apollo
11.00 Absolutely Fabulous
11.40-12.15am Peep Show
8.00pm The Davina Hour
9.00 Louis Theroux: The City
Addicted to Crystal Meth
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with
Sir Lenny Henry
11.00 Cherry Healey’s Property
Virgins Advice for first-time buyers
12.00-1.00am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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5.50pm Kong: Skull Island (12,
2017) A secret mission to a
mysterious island descends into
chaos when the wildlife proves far
from welcoming. Action adventure
starring Tom Hiddleston
8.00 Logan (15, 2017) Wolverine
and an ailing Professor X find their
worlds turned upside down by a
young mutant pursued by enemy
forces. Fantasy with Hugh Jackman
10.20-12.05am Raw (18, 2016)
Horror starring Garance Marillier.
In French. See Film Choice
6.00pm Star Trek II: The Wrath of
Khan (12, 1982) Sci-fi adventure
sequel with William Shatner and
Ricardo Montalban
8.00 The Dark Knight (12, 2008)
Batman and his allies are pushed to
their limits as criminal mastermind
the Joker plunges Gotham into
anarchy. Comic-book thriller sequel
starring Christian Bale, Heath
Ledger and Aaron Eckhart
10.35-12.45am Cape Fear (18, 1991)
Thriller remake starring Robert De
Niro and Nick Nolte
6.30pm The Secret Life of Pets
(U, 2016) Animated adventure,
featuring the voice of Louis CK
8.00 The Huntsman: Winter’s War
(12, 2016) Fantasy adventure with
Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron,
Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain
10.00 Top Cat Begins (U, 2015)
Animated comedy with the voices
of Jason Harris and Chris Edgerly
11.35-1.35am Lemony Snicket’s A
Series of Unfortunate Events (PG,
2004) Comedy adventure starring
Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep
5.30pm Captain America: Civil
War (12, 2016) The Avengers are
divided over a system of
government control for their
actions, leading to war between
them. Adventure with Chris Evans
8.00 The Matrix (15, 1999)
A computer hacker joins rebel
fighters to free the human race
from a virtual-reality fantasy
created by machines. Sci-fi action
thriller with Keanu Reeves
10.25-1.15am Watchmen (18, 2009)
Drama with Patrick Wilson
6.00pm White Men Can’t Jump
(15, 1992) Basketball comedy
starring Woody Harrelson, Wesley
Snipes and Rosie Perez
8.00 8 Mile (15, 2002) A white
rapper struggles to make a name
for himself on the music scene and
break away from his deprived
home life on a Detroit trailer park.
Drama starring Eminem, Mekhi
Phifer and Brittany Murphy
10.00-12.10am The Birth of a
Nation (15, 2016) Period drama
starring Nate Parker
Iggy Pop and David Bowie
are featured in Hansa Studios:
By the Wall (Sky Arts, 9pm)
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Wednesday 10
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7.30pm
Radio 1
Chelsea and Arsenal clash at
Stamford Bridge in the first leg
of the Carabao Cup semi-final
(kick-off 7.45pm). Arsenal
knocked out West Ham United
in the previous round, Danny
Welbeck, pictured, scoring
the only goal. Chelsea,
meanwhile, left it late to beat
Bournemouth, with Alvaro
Morata scoring an injury-time
winner, moments after Dan
Gosling had curled home an
equaliser for the Cherries. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
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10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Transfer Centre
11.30 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 Sky Sports News
3.00pm Transfer Centre
3.30 Sky Sports News
5.00 Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 Transfer Centre
7.30 LIVE Carabao Cup
Coverage of a semi-final
first leg encounter
10.00 The Debate
11.00-6.00am Sky Sports
News The latest updates
Sky Sports Premier
League
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9.00am PL Legends
9.30 PL Legends
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 The Debate
12.00 PL Legends
12.30pm PL Greatest Games
1.00 PL 100 Club
2.00 PL Best Goals 94/95
3.00 PL Years
5.00 The Debate
6.00 PL Best Goals 97/98
7.00 PL World
7.30 PL Best Goals 94/95
8.00 Best PL Goals:
Man City v Liverpool
8.30 PL World
9.00 PL Best Goals 92/93
10.00 The Debate
11.00 PL World
11.30 PL Legends
12.00-1.00am PL Best Goals
02/03
Sky Sports Football
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9.00am Revista De La Liga
9.30 La Liga World
10.00 Carabao Cup Football
12.30pm Revista De La Liga
1.00 La Liga World
1.30 La Liga Icons
2.00 Revista De La Liga
2.30 La Liga World
3.00 Carabao Cup Highlights
3.30 Football’s Greatest
Teams A look at the
successful Ajax team of the
early 1970s
4.00 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Archive action
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 Football Years
5.30 Carabao Cup Highlights
6.00 Revista De La Liga
6.30 La Liga World
Radio guide
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 Rob
Adcock 1.00am Benji B
4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
7.00 Carabao Cup Highlights
7.30 LIVE Carabao Cup:
Chelsea v Arsenal The first
leg of the semi-final
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Revista De La Liga
11.30 La Liga World
12.00-1.00am Carabao Cup
Highlights
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Sara Cox 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.00
Amol Rajan 2.00pm Steve
Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Mark Radcliffe 8.00 Ana
Matronic 10.00 Nile Rodgers’
Good Times 11.00 David
Bowie’s Heroes 40th
Anniversary 12.00 Pick of the
Pops (r) 2.00am Playlists
BT Sport 1
Radio 3
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FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
7.45am-10.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Sydney
International Day four of the
key tournament in the lead-up
to the Australian Open
6.45pm-12.00 LIVE BDO
World Championships The
evening session on day five
2.00am-8.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Sydney
International The quarterfinals of the key tournament
in the lead-up to the
Australian Open
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Schubert
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Schubert (Heiss mich
nicht reden, D877 No 2; Nur
wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D877
No 4; So lasst mich scheinen,
D877 No 3; Kennst du das
Land, D321); Britten (Notturno);
and Schubert (Sonata in
C minor, D958)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Schoenberg (Notturno);
Webern (Passacaglia, Op 1);
Berg (Wozzeck — three
fragments); Dukas (The
Sorcerer’s Apprentice); and
Coleridge-Taylor (Two
Novelletes, Op 52 Nos 1 and 4)
3.30 Live Choral Evensong
Introit: Jesus richte mein
Beginnen (Bach). Responses:
Sumsion. Psalms 53, 54, 55
(Martin, Rimbault, Hervey).
First Lesson: Amos 3. Office
Hymn: The Race That Long in
Darkness Pined (Dundee).
Canticles: Brewer in D. Second
Lesson: 1 Corinthians 2.
Anthem: Reges Tharsis
(Sheppard). Organ Voluntary:
Dieu parmi nous (La nativité
du Seigneur — Messiaen)
4.30 New Generation Artists
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera
The Transports, recorded at
the Radio Theatre in
Broadcasting House
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: Cornerstones
11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through the Night
BT Sport 2
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8.30am-12.30pm LIVE Cricket:
Big Bash League: Brisbane
Heat v Hobart Hurricanes
1.00am LIVE NBA: Minnesota
Timberwolves v Oklahoma
City Thunder (Tip-off 1.00)
3.30-6.00 LIVE NBA: Golden
State Warriors v Los Angeles
Clippers (Tip-off 3.30)
BT Sport 3
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8.00am-10.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
8.00pm-10.00 LIVE French
League Cup: Amiens v Paris
Saint-Germain (Kick-off 8.00)
1.00am-7.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
Eurosport 1
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10.00am-12.00 LIVE ATP
Tennis: The Sydney
International Coverage
of day four at the NSW
Tennis Centre, where the
tournament won by Gilles
Muller last year continues
1.00pm-3.00 LIVE Biathlon
The men’s individual event
from Ruhpolding, Germany
2.00am LIVE ATP Tennis:
The Sydney International
4.00-6.00 LIVE ATP Tennis:
The Sydney International
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
Today’s picks
The Compass:
My Perfect Country
World Service, 1.30pm
Angstrom
Radio 4, 6.30pm
If you were suddenly given
God-like powers and told to
create a country by taking the
best bits from all the other
countries in the world, what
would it look like? That is the
premise of this series. It’s a
gimmick, says the presenter, Fi
Glover, pictured, but it’s a fun gimmick. The main problem
with the gimmick is that the answer to the question is
obvious. If you could create a country, you’d basically make
Norway. And that wouldn’t be very interesting radio. So when
hunting for countries that excel in various areas, this casts its
net wide. This week the feature being considered is the
gender-equality gap. Who is closing it fastest? Surprisingly,
one of the countries is Rwanda: in a recent World Economic
Forum report it ranked fifth in the world. Britain came
twentieth. Norway came third. Catherine Nixey
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
9.00 Soul Music
9.30 The Ideas That Make Us
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War (3/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.41 Drama:
Shardlake — Heartstone by
CJ Sansom (8/10)
10.56 The Listening Project
11.00 The Cameron Years (r)
11.30 Chain Reaction (r)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 The Curious Cases of
Rutherford & Fry
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Conflict and Cooperation: A History of Trade
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Stone DCI John
Stone investigates the
suspicious death of a man in a
fire at a homeless hostel (3/10)
3.00 Money Box Live
3.30 Inside Health (r)
4.00 Thinking Allowed
4.30 The Media Show
5.00 PM News headlines
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Angstrom New series.
Spoof Scandinavian detective
stories. See Choice (1/4)
7.00 The Archers Susan’s
hopes are dashed
7.15 Front Row
7.45 Shardlake: Heartstone (r)
8.00 Across the Red Line
8.45 Four Thought
9.00 A Little Lateral Thinking
How lateral thinking has
become a by-word for
creativity (r)
9.30 Soul Music (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
The Vital Spark — A Far Cry
from Kensington
By Muriel Spark (3/10)
11.00 Life on Egg
11.15 Lazy Susan: East Coast
Listening Post (4/4)
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War (r)
It has such a good pedigree,
this comedy series. It’s by
Joel Morris and Jason
Hazeley, the creators of the
Ladybird Books for Grown
Ups, the publishing sensation
of the past few years. Here
they’re doing a similar thing:
taking a well-known literary
form and parodying it. But
here it’s Nordic noir. Knut
Angstrom is a brooding
Swedish maverick detective
(is there any other kind?). It’s
chilly there. You can imagine
how the rest will go. Much like
the increasingly tiresome
Ladybird books, this joke
already feels old. CN
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
11.30 Children’s Hour with
Armstrong and Miller
Radio 5 Live
BBC World Service
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Digital only
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 5 Live
Breakfast 10.00 The Emma
Barnett Show 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
10.30 Phil Williams
1.00am Up All Night
9.00am News 9.06 World
Book Club 10.00 World
Update 11.00 Newsroom
11.30 Documentary 12.00
News 12.06pm Outlook 1.00
Newsroom 1.30 Compass.
See Choice 2.00 Newshour
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
3.30 Business 4.00 BBC OS
6.00 News 6.06 Outlook
7.00 Newsroom 7.30 Sport
Today 8.00 News 8.06
Compass 8.30 Healthcheck
9.00 Newshour 10.00
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
Newsroom 2.30 Documentary
3.00 News 3.06 The Inquiry
3.30 The Food Chain 4.00
News 4.06 Outlook
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast 10.00 Max
Rushden 1.00pm Hawksbee
and Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham and Darren Gough
7.00 Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1.00am Extra Time with
Adam Catterall
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 Lost
Horizon 11.00 Behind the
Screen 11.15 Devonia 12.00
The Navy Lark 12.30pm
Round the Horne 1.00 Secret
Agent: X9 1.30 Lifeboats on
the Thames 2.00 In Siberia
2.15 Five Hundred Years of
Friendship 2.30 More Tales of
the City 2.45 Speaking for
Themselves 3.00 Lost
Horizon 4.00 The Write Stuff
4.30 Change at Oglethorpe
5.00 Like They’ve Never Been
Gone 5.30 Jeremy Hardy
Feels It 6.00 I Am Legend
6.30 Musical Legends 7.00
The Navy Lark 7.30 Round the
Horne 8.00 Secret Agent: X9
8.30 Lifeboats on the Thames
9.00 Behind the Screen 9.15
Devonia 10.00 Comedy Club:
Jeremy Hardy Feels It 10.30
The Secret World 10.55 The
Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Mr and Mrs Smith
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 Mary
Anne Hobbs 1.00am The
First Time with Terry Hall
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.
Celebrating the work of
Joseph Haydn, playing tracks
including Symphony No.101
in D, and Cello Concerto No.1
in C 10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Sam Pittis
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Thursday 11 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Big Cats
BBC One, 8pm
The series producer Gavin
Boyland is billing this
magnificent new three-parter
from the BBC’s natural
history unit 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,” he told
BBC Wildlife magazine. So,
as well as featuring the
big-hitters — lions, tigers,
cheetahs, jaguars and
leopards — we get some of
the 33 species of small cats,
including servals, ocelots,
Pallas’s cat, bobcats, blackfooted cats and, in a stunning
opening sequence that sets
the tone for the series, the
margay, pictured, captured
leaping through the treetops
of Central America with
astonishing sure-footedness
and agility. In this opener,
we also visit the monsoon
wetlands of south Asia to
meet a remarkable cat that
spends most of its life in and
around water — the aptly
named fishing cat. In the arid
Namib desert a pride of
desert lions thrives among
the dunes, while Canada lynx
prosper in the deep snow of
the frozen north and the
elusive swamp tiger rules
the mangroves of the
Sundarbans in the Bay of
Bengal. As well as the
incredible photography, the
voiceover (from Bertie
“Doctor Foster” Carvel) is
packed full of interesting
facts (the fishing cat has
partially webbed feet)
making the series
nourishment for mind and
soul. In keeping with the
tradition of the BBC’s
landmark wildlife series
Planet Earth and Blue Planet,
the third episode will focus
on the conservation issues
facing cats. “We think we
know our felines,” says
Boyland. “But this is a group
that can still surprise us.
We hope that this series
will give a whole new
perspective on this family.”
Joe Clay
Further recommendations
David Attenborough takes a close look at the cheetah in Natural
World: Growing Up Fast. Available on the iPlayer to January 23
George Clarke’s
Amazing Spaces
A House
Through Time
Transformation
Street
Great Art
Channel 4, 8pm
BBC Two, 9pm
ITV, 9pm
There is no end to the
imagination and ingenuity of
the do-it-your-selfer. In the first
episode of a new series George
Clarke meets a young couple
who realise a childhood dream
when they convert a “wellloved” (ie knackered) 1975
canal boat into their dream
home. There’s an Amazing
Spaces first as a couple from
West Yorkshire spend £10,000
converting a cattle trailer into a
high-end portable abode fit for
glamping. For this series, Clarke
travels to Japan to look at their
inspired small-space designs,
starting in Tokyo. JC
Another visit to 62 Falkner
Street in Liverpool, and the
historian David Olusoga uses
the Victorian equivalent of the
Yellow Pages to identify a
former resident, John Bowes,
a brewer’s agent — a man
tasked with convincing pubs
to buy more booze. Liverpool
in the 1850s had a reputation
for heavy drinking so Bowes
was a man on the rise, but he
seems to have disappeared.
There is also a tale of
domestic violence that ends in
the divorce courts, and a body
pulled from the Mersey has a
surprising link to the house. JC
It is estimated that in Britain
today there are about 130,000
people united by their desire to
change gender. Whether on
the NHS or privately, the
number of adults seeking
medical intervention to change
their identity has more than
doubled in the past five years.
This colourful new three-part
fly-on-the-wall documentary
series, filmed over 12 months
at a private clinic on Wimpole
Street in London run by the
plastic surgeon Christopher
Inglefield, meets some of those
in the complex and emotional
process of transitioning. JC
The second part of a new fivepart series exploring the work
of the world’s most celebrated
artists is concentrating on the
impressionists and the man
credited with keeping the
movement alive at a time when
it faced complete failure: the
19th-century Parisian art
collector Paul Durand-Ruel.
“Without Durand-Ruel we
would have died of starvation,”
said Claude Monet. “We owe
him everything.” After a brief
introduction from Tim Marlow,
the programme goes behind
the scenes of an exhibition that
draws on Durand-Ruel’s
spectacular collection of
impressionist canvases. JC
Catch
up
Peter Blake: Pop Art Life
Sky On Demand & Now TV
It says a lot about the British
artist Peter Blake that,
alongside the journalist
John Wilson, the
art historian Gus
Casely-Hayford
and the like,
the talking
heads in this
documentary
include Noel
Gallagher,
Paul Weller and
Suggs. “I always
associated Peter
Blake with being part of
rock’n’roll,” says another of
the musical contributors,
Bob Geldof, “not part of art.”
Blake — and his extraordinary
home — features too, in a
documentary covering
everything from Blake’s
revolutionary album cover
for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely
Hearts Club Band to his
first effort to meld music
and art via Sammy David Jr.
Blake, pictured, says
he strived to create
something that
would look like
an Elvis song
(but admits
he prefers the
Everly Brothers).
Chris
Bennion
ITV, 10.45pm
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
8.00pm-9.00 The Miners Who Made Us
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
3.15pm-4.15 The Great British Winter (r)
● 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:
12.00midday-1.00pm First Minister’s
Questions 2.15-3.15 Himalaya with
Michael Palin (r) 7.00 Boots: Pharmacists
Under Pressure? 7.30-8.00 Timeline
9.00-10.00 The Family Doctors
11.15-12.15am A House Through Time
● Channel As ITV except: 12.10am3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● STV As ITV except: 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight 11.05 Great Art 12.10am
Teleshopping 1.10 After Midnight 2.40
Tonight (r) 3.05 ITV Nightscreen
5.05-6.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r)
● UTV As ITV except: 12.10am
Teleshopping 1.40-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw: Do Re Mi Dona (r)
6.15 Abadas (r) 6.30 Halibalw (r) 6.40
Syrcas Deithiol Dewi (r) 6.50 Bing (r)
7.00 Meic y Marchog (r) 7.10 Y Diwrnod
Mawr (r) 7.25 Ynys Broc Môr Lili (r) 7.35
Tipini 7.50 Peppa (r) 8.00 Octonots (r)
8.15 Byd Begw Bwt (r) 8.20 Y Dywysoges
Fach (r) 8.30 Tili a’i Ffrindiau (r) 8.45 Twt
(r) 8.55 Nodi (r) 9.05 Sbridiri (r) 9.25
Pingu (r) 9.30 Bobi Jac (r) 9.45 Cei Bach
(r) 10.00 Do Re Mi Dona (r) 10.15 Abadas
(r) 10.30 Halibalw (r) 10.40 Syrcas
Deithiol Dewi (r) 10.50 Bing (r) 11.00 Meic
y Marchog (r) 11.10 Y Diwrnod Mawr (r)
11.25 Ynys Broc Môr Lili (r) 11.35 Tipini (r)
11.50 Peppa (r) 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Perthyn (r) 12.30 Noson
Lawen (r) 1.30 Adre (r) 2.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 Bois Parc Nest (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.
Garry is worried about Dani and her
erratic behaviour, while Ffion goes to
see the consultant 8.00 Iolo: Deifio yn y
Barrier Reef. A report from a shipwreck
that has been transformed into an
artificial reef 9.00 News 9 a’r Tywydd
9.35 Nel (r) 11.05 Hansh 11.35-12.10am
Mwy o Sgorio (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Red 2 (12, 2013)
Film4, 9pm
Red 2 is a cheery comfort blanket of action comedy. You’ve got to
love the ageing, cranky cast: Helen “Dominatrix” Mirren, John
“Grumpy” Malkovich, Bruce “I’ll take the cheque!” Willis, Anthony
“Cannibal” Hopkins and Catherine “Zeta” Jones. This sequel has
Willis’s retired CIA agent, Frank, dragged back into trouble by
his ex-partner Marvin (Malkovich). Assassins are deployed,
planes are hijacked and fine wines are drunk, but the real
entertainment lies in Frank and Marvin bickering, and Mirren
pouring acid on her recent victims while dressed in a black silk
gown and marabou feathers. (116min) Kate Muir
From Russia with Love
(PG, 1963)
ITV4, 9pm
This is Sean Connery’s favourite
James Bond film — Timothy Dalton’s
and Daniel Craig’s too — while the
book was John F Kennedy’s
favourite Fleming. In fact, the film
was the last JFK saw, two days
before his death. As 007 yarns go
the film has a downbeat, almost realist feel, and if it marked
Connery, pictured with Daniela Bianchi, settling into his stride after
that assured debut in Dr No, it also showed an improvement in the
villains. Lotte Lenya still radiates stern sadism as Rosa Klebb. Every
bit as memorable is Robert Shaw as the ice-cold killer Red Grant.
Bond and Grant’s battle of wits, then fists, on the Orient Express
remains a highlight of the entire franchise. (115min) James Jackson
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (15, 2011)
Film4, 11.15pm
Gary Oldman is doughily inscrutable; a pudgy, pallid little man
who is all but unreadable in his swamp of an overcoat — he
perfectly captures the character of George Smiley, John le Carré’s
seasoned spy, who is called out of retirement to uncover a Soviet
agent within the upper echelons of “The Circus”. The director
Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) reunites with the
cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, and the results are
impressive. Like Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor is set during the
grubby, nub end of the 1970s. What Alfredson and Van Hoytema
bring to this material is a sense of the paranoia of surveillance
culture. Colin Firth co-stars. (127min) Wendy Ide
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7.00 Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico
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7.00 Baby Ballroom The three-time
British champions Nia and
Andrei demonstrate the steely
ambition that has made them
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partnerships in the UK (2/8);
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8.00 Big Cats New series.
Documentary following cat
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Canada lynx to the tiny rusty
spotted cat of Sri Lanka.
See Viewing Guide (1/3)
8.00 The Hairy Bikers’
Mediterranean Adventure
The duo explore the culinary
delights of Sardinia, including
almond and orange cakes,
sheep’s black pudding and stew
served by the “King” (2/6)
8.00 George Clarke’s Amazing
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conversion in Dudley, a cattle
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into a luxury holiday camper
and an open-plan space in
Japan. See Viewing Guide (1/8)
8.00 Big Family Values: More Kids
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9.00 Death in Paradise DI Mooney
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infidelity and murder. See
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gender reassignment surgery.
See Viewing Guide (1/3)
9.00 Hunted Things look bleak for
Bob and Alex Ayling when they
are tracked to Cheshire, and the
hunters get a lead on former
policeman Jamie Clark when
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9.00 Celebrity Big Brother
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10.00 Live at the Apollo With Ed
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10.00 Derry Girls Everyone is excited
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10.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the
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10.35 The Undateables Return of the
programme following disabled
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10.00 Celebrity 100 Per Cent Hotter
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10.45 Question Time David Dimbleby
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11.45 This Week Andrew Neil
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12.15am Sign Zone: Labour — The
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8.30 The Cruise: Return to the
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Life on board luxury cruise
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10.45 Great Art The legacy of the
19th-century Parisian art
Ruel, who
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mainstream with his landmark
exhibition in New York in 1886.
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11.45 Joanna Lumley’s Postcards
The actress’s journey through
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11.35 Working Class White Men
Professor Green examines life
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Grand Designs Australia (r) 3.55
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Extreme Cake Makers (r)
11.05 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit
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The Tunnel
Thursday 11 | Primetime digital guide
Clémence Poésy and
Stephen Dillane star in the
British-French crime drama
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7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Great Continental Railway
Journeys Part one of two.
Michael Portillo explores
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8.00 Bloody Queens: Elizabeth
and Mary A dramatisation
of the letters between
Mary Queen of Scots and
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9.00 England’s Forgotten Queen:
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end. Last in the series
10.00 Fit to Rule: How Royal
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Victoria’s relationship
with her son Edward.
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11.00 Lost Land of the Volcano
Scientists and wildlife
film-makers explore a
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12.00-12.40am Top of the Pops:
1981 Classic hits from the
early 1980s (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
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York party where she meets
a fellow Cabot Cove citizen
leading a double life.
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8.00 Agatha Christie’s Marple
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10.00-12.15am Foyle’s War As
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6.55pm The Supervet A Labrador
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7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
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9.00 Walks with My Dog New
series. Caroline Quentin
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is on Hadrian’s Wall and
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10.00 The Yorkshire Dales and
the Lakes Cameras follow
people who live and work
in the national parks (R)
11.05-12.05am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown With
Victoria Coren Mitchell, Lee
Mack and Bob Mortimer (R)
7.00pm FILM The Seeker: The
Dark Is Rising (12, 2007)
A teenager embarks on a
perilous quest to prevent
dark forces seizing the six
parts of a mystical artefact.
Fantasy adventure starring
Alexander Ludwig and
Christopher Eccleston
9.00 FILM Red 2 (12, 2013)
An ex-CIA agent
reassembles his team of
retired operatives to recover
an advanced weapon that
has gone missing. Action
thriller sequel starring Bruce
Willis and Helen Mirren.
See Film Choice
11.15-1.50am FILM Tinker Tailor
Soldier Spy (15, 2011)
A former intelligence
operative is brought out of
retirement to uncover a
Soviet mole in a highranking position in MI6. Cold
War thriller starring Gary
Oldman. See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer tells
the story of his first love (R)
7.30 The Simpsons The family is
sent to Alcatraz (R)
8.00 Duck Quacks Don’t Echo
Lee Mack is joined by Rob
Brydon, Emma Bunton,
Carol Vorderman (R)
9.00 A League of Their Own
Ashley Cole, Noel Fielding
and Aisling Bea join host
James Corden, captains
Jamie Redknapp and
Andrew Flintoff and regular
panellist Jack Whitehall on
the comedy quiz
10.00 Delicious A vengeful Gina
sets out to give Sam a 40th
birthday she will never
forget. But Sam is not the
only one in for a surprise
11.00 The Force: North East
Northumbria Police answer
a flood of 999 calls (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World Ross visits
Northern Ireland (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Roger Daltrey
guest stars as Mickey Dunn,
a mobster who returns to
Las Vegas determined to
settle old scores against his
former allies (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods After a woman
tells Danny and Baez she is
concerned about her
abusive ex-boyfriend, she
becomes the prime suspect
when he is murdered (R)
9.00 The Tunnel: Vengeance Karl
makes a worrying discovery
at Elise’s apartment, and the
pattern of missing people
continues. In English and
French (5/6)
10.00 The Tunnel: Vengeance
Karl and Elise face a tense
showdown with the Pied
Piper. Last in the series (6/6)
11.00-12.35am Risky Drinking
A look at the national
epidemic of alcohol abuse
in America (R)
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7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Narrated by Harry Hill
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
finds himself in danger
8.30 Superstore Glenn uses the
store’s wedding day sale to show
his support for same-sex marriage
9.00 Release the Hounds: Love
Island New series. Horror game
show hosted by Matt Edmondson
10.00 Celebrity Juice
10.50 Family Guy
11.20 Family Guy
11.45-12.15am American Dad!
6.05pm The Car Chasers
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
8.00 The Chase: Celebrity Special
9.00 FILM From Russia with Love
(PG, 1963) James Bond is sent to
steal a Soviet decoding machine
— but the mission is a trap set by
Spectre. Thriller with Sean
Connery. See Film Choice
11.25-2.20am FILM GoodFellas (18,
1990) An Irish-Italian boy is taken
under the wing of a mobster. Crime
drama starring Ray Liotta
7.00pm Hollyoaks Scott tries to
tell Damon what he saw
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 2 Broke Girls Caroline is
excited about her date with Bobby
9.30 2 Broke Girls Caroline takes a
burlesque class
10.00 The Inbetweeners
10.30 The Inbetweeners
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35-12.05am The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon is depressed
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Will has a massage
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 Celebrity 100 Per Cent
Hotter With Chanelle McCleary
9.00 FILM A Walk Among the
Tombstones (15, 2014) An ex cop
helps a drug trafficker find the men
who murdered his wife. Crime
thriller starring Liam Neeson
11.20-1.45am FILM Parker (15,
2013) A thief tracks the partners in
crime who betrayed him. Action
thriller starring Jason Statham
6.00pm FILM The Other Love (PG,
1947) Melodrama starring Barbara
Stanwyck and David Niven
7.50 New Towns for Old
8.00 Tell Me Another Anecdotes
about landladies
8.30 Dick Powell Theatre
Anthology drama series
9.30 FILM The Truth About
Women (12, 1957) Comedy starring
Laurence Harvey and Diane Cilento
11.30-1.20am FILM The Culpepper
Cattle Co (18, 1972) Western
starring Gary Grimes
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Compo makes a bet
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary decides to stay in 1941
8.00 A Place to Call Home
Romantic drama set during the
1950s starring Marta Dusseldorp.
9.00 The White Queen Historical
drama starring Rebecca Ferguson
10.20 New Tricks A skeleton
uncovered in the foundations of a
swimming pool is identified
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
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7.00pm Hunting Down the Nazis
Part two of two. Documentary
about the Holocaust survivor and
Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal
8.00 Wartime Crime A mass
murderer in Nazi-occupied France
9.00 The Two Ronnies Featuring
an instalment of Hampton Wick
10.00 The Two Ronnies New World
and Tina Charles perform on the
vintage comedy and variety show
11.00 Men Behaving Badly
11.40-12.20am Men Behaving
Badly Gary agrees to hire a cleaner
7.00pm Police Interceptors
A suspected petrol thief
8.00 999 Emergency: Winter
Road Rescue People who make
sure the UK does not grind to a halt
9.00 World’s Deadliest Weather:
Caught on Camera A cruise ship
sails into the path of a hurricane
10.00 Fights, Camera, Action!
11.00 The X-Files A nurse is
attacked by an invisible entity
12.00-1.00am The X-Files Mulder
suspects a cop has a psychic
connection to a killer
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Documentary series following the
work of Staffordshire Police
8.00 QI XL With Jo Brand, David
Mitchell and Phill Jupitus
9.00 Live at the Apollo With Rob
Brydon and Sarah Millican
10.00 Taskmaster Devious Greg
Davies tries to spot the five
camouflaged comics
11.00 QI Stephen Fry quizzes Bill
Bailey, Rich Hall, Jeremy Hardy and
Alan Davies in the quiz show
11.40-12.20am QI
6.45pm Ocean Vet
7.20 Ocean Vet The team studies
the shark species that come close
to Bermuda beaches at night
7.50 Omaha Beach: Honor and
Sacrifice Veterans reflect on their
D-Day experiences in Normandy
9.00 Great Escape: The Reckoning
The RAF team that tracked down
people who killed 50 Allied airmen
10.15 American Lawmen A look at
Prohibition-era Palm Beach, Florida
11.15-12.20am Omaha Beach:
Honor and Sacrifice
7.00pm Chaplin in Bali
Documentary film about Charlie
Chaplin’s trip to Bali in 1932
8.00 Gene Tierney: A Forgotten
Star A tribute to the actress
9.00 FILM Chocolat (12, 2000)
A woman and her daughter offend
the strict moral code of a French
village when they open a chocolate
shop during Lent. Drama with
Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp
11.15-12.45am Fabergé: A Life of Its
Own Documentary examining the
history of the jewellery firm
7.00pm The Chef’s Line The
challengers take on the executive
chef from Melbourne’s Dandelion
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary Holmes joins the
hunt for an escaped convict
9.00 Conviction First episode of
the drama starring Hayley Atwell
10.00 Madam Secretary Elizabeth
and her staff work with the
Mexican government
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
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Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
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7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 The Orville The crew comes
to the aid of a stranded vessel
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 Family Guy
11.00 American Dad!
11.30 American Dad!
12.00-12.30am Family Guy
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Wheeler Dealers
9.00 Mysteries of the Missing
10.00 The Interrogation Room
New series. Interviews with killers
11.00 Ed Stafford: Into the
Unknown The Patomskiy crater
12.00-1.00am Mysteries of the
Missing The lost city of Atlantis
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 To Catch a Smuggler: JFK
Airport Coats lined with cocaine
9.00 Banged Up Abroad A
journalist has a price on his head
10.00 Banged Up Abroad
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster A train engulfed by fire
7.00pm Friends
7.30 Friends
8.00 Friends
8.30 Friends
9.00 FILM The Internship (12,
2013) Comedy with Vince Vaughn
11.30 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am The Cleveland
Show
6.40pm The Good Life The Goods
earn extra money
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Blackadder Goes Forth
8.40 Blackadder Goes Forth
9.20 Absolutely Fabulous
10.00 Game On
10.40 Game On
11.20-12.20am Live at the Apollo
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
Making pies and tarts
8.00 The Davina Hour
Over-reliance on technology
9.00 Murder Made Me Famous
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Jo Brand
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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6.10pm Lowriders (12, 2016) A
street artist’s life is complicated by
his dad and ex-con brother. Drama
starring Gabriel Chavarria
8.00 Logan (15, 2017) Wolverine
and Professor X find their worlds
turned upside down by a young
mutant. Fantasy adventure starring
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
10.20-12.10am This is Your Death
(18, 2017) Satirical drama centring
on the host of a game show where
contestants kill themselves live on
air. Starring Josh Duhamel
5.45pm Superman II (PG, 1980)
The Man of Steel returns to take on
a trio of super-powered fugitive
villains. Comic-strip adventure
starring Christopher Reeve
8.00 The Good, the Bad and the
Ugly (15, 1966) Three rival
gunfighters hunt for hidden gold.
Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western
starring Clint Eastwood
11.00-12.45am Hallowe’en (18,
1978) A homicidal madman goes
on a killing spree in his home town.
Horror starring Jamie Lee Curtis
6.10pm The Boss Baby (U, 2017)
Animated comedy featuring the
voice of Alec Baldwin
8.00 Ice Age: Collision Course
(U, 2016) A cosmic blunder leaves
Earth in the path of an asteroid.
Animated sequel with the voices of
Ray Romano and Denis Leary
9.40 Alice Through the Looking
Glass (PG, 2016) Fantasy
adventure with Mia Wasikowska
11.40-1.25am The Golden Child
(PG, 1986) Comedy fantasy
adventure starring Eddie Murphy
5.40pm The Matrix Reloaded (15,
2003) Freedom fighters journey
into the virtual world of the Matrix
to end the war with machines.
Sci-fi sequel with Keanu Reeves
8.00 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol
2 (12, 2017) The team tries to
unravel the mystery surrounding
Peter Quill’s father. Fantasy
adventure starring Chris Pratt
10.20-12.20am Assassin’s Creed
(12, 2016) A murder suspect enters
a virtual world. Fantasy starring
Michael Fassbender
5.45pm The Confirmation (12,
2016) Comedy starring Clive Owen
7.30 Vanilla Sky (15, 2001) An
attempt on a playboy’s life leads to
a series of surreal events. Thriller
remake starring Tom Cruise
10.00 Don’t Look Now (18, 1973)
A father doubts a psychic’s claim
that his dead child is trying to
make contact. Supernatural thriller
starring Donald Sutherland
12.00-2.05am Fatal Attraction (18,
1987) Thriller starring Michael
Douglas and Glenn Close
Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a
Russian secret agent in the thriller
sequel Red 2 (Film4, 9pm)
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Thursday 11
Sports guide
Live Golf
Sky Sports Golf, midnight
Radio guide
Radio 1
The Waialae Country Club in
Honolulu, Hawaii, is the venue
for the Sony Open, the first
full-field event of the calendar
year. Last year, Justin Thomas,
pictured, enjoyed a recordbreaking week, becoming the
youngest man to register a
sub-60 round on the PGA Tour
with an opening 59, and ending
in style as he bettered the
previous best 72-hole score
on the PGA Tour to claim
a seven-shot victory. JC
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 BBC
Radio 1’s Residency: Black
Madonna 12.00 BBC Radio 1’s
Residency: Bradley Zero
1.00am Toddla T 3.00 Radio 1’s
Artist Takeover with
4.00 Adele Roberts
11.00 La Liga Icons
12.00-12.30am La Liga Show
Radio 2
8.00am LIVE European Tour
Golf The BMW SA Open
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 Transfer Centre
11.30 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 LIVE European Tour
Golf The BMW SA Open
3.00pm Transfer Centre
3.30 Sky Sports News
7.00 Transfer Centre
7.30 LIVE European Rugby
Challenge Cup A match
from the competition
10.00 Transfer Centre
10.30 Sky Sports News
12.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The Sony Open in Hawaii
3.30am-6.00 LIVE EurAsia
Cup Golf The opening day
at the Glenmarie Golf and
Country Club, Malaysia
Sky Sports Golf
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Sara Cox 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Amol Rajan 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Ana Matronic 10.00 The
Radio 2 Arts Show with
Jonathan Ross 12.00 The Craig
Charles House Party (r)
2.00am Radio 2 Playlists
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Feelgood Friday
Sky Sports Premier
League
BT Sport 1
Sky Sports Main Event
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European Tour Golf:
The BMW SA Open
12.00-3.00pm LIVE European
Tour Golf: The BMW SA Open
12.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The Sony Open in Hawaii
3.30am-6.00 LIVE EurAsia
Cup Golf The opening day
at the Glenmarie Golf and
Country Club, Malaysia
Sky Sports Action
Sky Sports Football
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12.30pm Football Years
1.00 La Liga Icons
2.00 Carabao Cup Highlights
3.00 Greatest Players
3.30 Greatest Teams
4.00 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Archive action
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
4.45 Spanish Football Gold
5.00 Football Years
5.30 Football Countdowns
6.00 Carabao Cup Highlights
7.00 EFL Matters
7.30 One2Eleven
8.00 Carabao Cup Highlights
9.00 EFL Matters
9.30 Ronaldo
10.00 La Liga Show
10.30 EFL Matters
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
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Rugby Challenge Cup A
match from the competition
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12.30pm PL Greatest Games
1.00 PL 100 Club
2.00 PL Best Goals 95/96
3.00 PL Years
5.00 PL World
5.30 PL Greatest Games
6.00 Premier League Today
6.30 PL 100 Club
7.00 PL Match Pack
7.30 PL World
8.00 Premier League Today
8.30 PL Match Pack
9.00 PL Best Goals
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Premier League Today
11.30 PL Match Pack
12.00-1.00am PL Best Goals
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
9.30am-11.30 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Sydney
International
6.45pm-12.00 LIVE BDO
World Championships The
evening session on day six
3.00am-5.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Sydney
International
BT Sport 2
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Cricket: Big Bash League:
Sydney Thunder v Perth
Scorchers
8.00-10.30 LIVE NBA:
Philadelphia 76ers v Boston
Celtics (Tip-off 8.00)
3.00am-5.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The WTA Hobart
BT Sport 3
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Tennis: The WTA Hobart
Eurosport 1
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8.30am-10.00 LIVE ATP
Tennis: The Sydney
International
1.00pm-3.00 LIVE Biathlon
Coverage of the World Cup
meeting from Ruhpolding
5.00am-7.00 LIVE ATP
Tennis: The Sydney
International
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Schubert
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert The Endellion String
Quartet plays quartets by
Haydn and Beethoven, and
Carolyn Sampson sings
Schubert lieder
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Beethoven (Fidelio); Elgar
(Three Songs, Op 59);
Honegger (Pacific 231); and
Copland (Symphony No 3)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Live Radio 3 in Concert
From Wigmore Hall in London,
the contralto Sonia Prina and
the Akademie fur Alte Musik,
Berlin, perform works by
Handel, Ferrandini, Bach,
Locatelli and Vivaldi
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: Cornerstones
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
9.45 Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War By Edward
Stourton. George Orwell joins
the BBC during an era when
‘Auntie’ earned a reputation
for bossiness (4/5)
Today’s picks
From the Steppes to
the Stage
Radio 4, 11.30am
John Finnemore’s Souvenir
Programme
Radio 4, 6.30pm
If you’ve never heard Mongolian
music, this programme will be a
revelation. It’s a hard genre to
describe, but suffice to say it’s
unlikely this will inspire you to
curate a Spotify playlist of
Mongolian greatest hits for your
next dinner party. Nonetheless,
Mongolia has become an unlikely quarry for the world’s next
generation of opera stars — at least enough to justify this
programme, anyway. Last year Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar,
pictured, a singer from the Mongolian steppe, was joint winner
of Cardiff Singer of the World. People in Mongolia put his
greatness down to geography: you need a big wide sound, they
say, to carry across the steppe and the demands of traditional
Mongolian singing. “Longsong”, a traditional Mongolian form
that you hear here, has arias that last longer than any arias in
western music. They feel it too. Catherine Nixey
To recount a stand-up’s jokes
to someone who hasn’t heard
them is to veer dangerously
into pub-bore territory. What
is hilariously funny in a live
act is rarely funny when
mumbled and mangled by
someone else. So I will spare
you the blow-by-blow account
of what his jokes are this
week. Suffice to say, they are
eccentric and unexpected
(even if not quite as funny
as last week’s amazing
episode) and include a tour
of Dracula’s house and a
sketch about Shakespearean
pronunciation. CN
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 Drama:
Shardlake — Heartstone by
CJ Sansom (9/10)
11.00 Crossing Continents
11.30 From the Steppes to
the Stage How Mongolia
became an opera superpower.
See Choice (1/2)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 The Curious Cases of
Rutherford & Fry Whether
AI is better than humans at
identifying faces (4/5)
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Conflict and Cooperation: A History of Trade
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Stone By Richard
Monks. Stone’s investigation
into a victim’s final movements
shines a spotlight on several
new suspects (4/10)
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 News headlines
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme.
See Choice
7.00 The Archers Adam
is outmanoeuvred
7.15 Front Row
7.45 Shardlake: Heartstone (r)
8.00 The Briefing Room
8.30 In Business Whether
electric cars could replace
petrol and diesel vehicles
9.00 BBC Inside Science (r)
9.30 In Our Time (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The
Vital Spark — A Far Cry from
Kensington By Muriel Spark.
Mrs Hawkins has lost her job
after insulting an author (4/10)
11.00 The Brig Society (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
BBC World Service
MW: 693, 909
Digital only
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake
Up to Money 6.00 5 Live
Breakfast 10.00 The Emma
Barnett Show 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport. The
day’s sports news 10.00
Question Time Extra Time
1.00am Up All Night
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
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 with
Adam Catterall
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Not in Front of the
Children 8.30 The Goon Show
9.00 The Unbelievable Truth
9.30 King Street Junior 10.00
Lost Horizon 11.00 Behind the
Screen 11.15 Good Evening
12.00 Not in Front of the
Children 12.30pm The Goon
Show 1.00 Secret Agent: X9
1.30 Lifeboats on the Thames
2.00 In Siberia 2.15 Five
Hundred Years of Friendship
2.30 More Tales of the City
2.45 Speaking for Themselves
3.00 Lost Horizon 4.00 The
Unbelievable Truth 4.30 King
Street Junior 5.00 Fat Chance
5.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme 6.00
I Am Legend 6.30 Great Lives
7.00 Not in Front of the
Children 7.30 The Goon Show
8.00 Secret Agent: X9 8.30
Lifeboats on the Thames
9.00 Behind the Screen 9.15
Good Evening 10.00 Comedy
Club: John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme 10.30
Sketchorama 11.00 Start/Stop
11.30 Facts and Fancies 11.45
For One Horrible Moment
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
9.00 Gideon Coe 12.00
6 Music Recommends with
Steve Lamacq 1.00am The
First Time with Ben Folds
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.
Catherine Bott pays tribute
to the work of Norwegian
composer Edvard Grieg, and
features compositions
including Peer Gynt Suite
No.1 10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Jane Jones
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Friday 12 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice The Wine Show
Channel 5, 7pm
The first series of this light
celebration of wines the
world over was on ITV and
had the resting actors
Matthew Goode and
Matthew Rhys idling about
Umbria quaffing their way
through bottles of the stuff.
Against the odds, perhaps, it
was rather splendid — a kind
of more refined Top Gear —
so why ITV has allowed
Channel 5 to snap it up is
a mystery. A grown-up
show about wine, full of
gorgeously shot sunny
locales — what’s not to like?
Goode’s new sidekick in a
rustic French villa is the actor
James Purefoy (Rhys is still
around, but in London,
testing wine gadgets), while
Jancis Robinson joins the
show’s resident oenophiliac
Joe Fattorini in educating the
thesps and us in the ways of
the grape. Despite the actorly
double-act being the
headline draw, Fattorini does
the lion’s share, going out on
the road to test vineyards
around the world. In
tonight’s show he’s doing the
Sideways thing, trying pinot
noirs in Santa Barbara
country, the novelty being
that he’s joined by the British
comedian Gina Yashere.
The joke is that she hates
wine and has never even
heard of pinot noir, and
you may find her proud
ignorance a touch grating
(Fattorini, in turn, tries his
hand at stand-up comedy,
which is game of him if
nothing else). Fattorini’s
expertise is entirely
infectious. Take, for example,
his insights into what your
taste in coffee tells you: if
you enjoy the bitterness of
a double espresso, you’ll
enjoy an oaky chardonnay;
cappuccino-lovers on the
other hand (who may have
more tastebuds) will find oak
overwhelming. Try a pinot
grigio instead.
James Jackson
Further recommendations
Rick Stein is also on his travels, sampling the food and drink of
Mexico. Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico is at 7pm on BBC Two
Room 101
A Vicar’s Life
Rome Unpacked
Lethal Weapon
BBC One, 8.30pm
BBC Two, 8.30pm
BBC Two, 9pm
ITV, 9pm
The umpteenth series of this
consistently witty format
begins with Charlie Brooker
telling the host Frank Skinner
that he would consign to
oblivion “anything he doesn’t
want to do” — a broad category
that leads to an amusing
riposte by Skinner on the
concept of deferred
gratification. It’s reassuring
proof that primetime comedy
can be clever and quick-witted.
Then we have Scarlett Moffatt
talking about why she hates
Crocs (as in the waterproof
shoes), yet it’s still funny. The
final guest in a very amiable
half hour is the Doctor Who
star Pearl Mackie. JJ
Times are changing.
Congregations are ageing and
faith is waning. So here’s a new
series that follows the lives and
work of vicars in the Diocese
of Hereford as they look for
ways to stay a relevant part
of their community. And as
befits any thoroughly English
ob-doc, there is an eccentric
to pep it up — in this case the
larky Rev Matthew Stafford,
who is doing great things at
the church at the heart of the
locals’ lives. “He just makes
church very now,” says one
of his flock. “Very today.”
Ensconced in the beautiful
countryside, it’s like a less
world-weary Rev. JJ
Transport yourself to Rome, if
you will, and there you’ll find
Andrew Graham-Dixon and
Giorgio Locatelli zooming
about on a moped visiting sites
such as the Basilica of Saint
Clement, a “vertical time
machine”. The deeper under
the chapel you go the farther
back in history you go, and
the pair enter a catacomb to
behold 2,000-year-old murals
of the Mithraic cult. It’s an hour
of such high-culture wonders,
along with much gastroarchaeology (a massive old
slaughterhouse) and recipes.
“Mamma mia,” Graham-Dixon
cries in delight, biting into a
kidney sandwich. JJ
The buddy-cop action series
is back after its well-received
first series last year, and it’s
still terrific Friday-night
entertainment, at once
smart’n’snappy and dumb as
popcorn. Detective Riggs
(Clayne Crawford, charismatic),
the crazy half of the duo, is
still hell-bent on avenging his
wife’s death — which soon
leads to him and Murtaugh
(Damon Wayans), his partner,
being put under suspension
and becoming the target of
drug-cartel heavies. The plot
is elevated by the bromantic
bickering between the pair and
much warm humour among
Murtaugh and his family. JJ
Catch
up
Elvis: The Rebirth of the King
BBC iPlayer, to January 28
Most people think of Elvis
Presley’s Vegas period as
one of rhinestones and
cheeseburgers,
balladeering and
bloating. While
brief, sad clips of
him in 1977
back that up,
the argument
of this terrific
rock
documentary
is that
the King
actually reached his peak
during the Vegas era (to begin
with, at least): over a five-year
renaissance from the
start of the decade
he was the
greatest performer
on Earth. How did
he do it? Along
with footage
of great
performances
(including
Suspicious
Minds), there are
some incredible
lesser-known
stories here, such as
his hairdresser recalling
how they took LSD
together in the late
1960s. Who knew?
James Jackson
Variations
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
3.15pm-4.15 The Great British Winter (r)
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
1.15pm Himalaya with Michael Palin (r)
2.15-3.15 Himalaya with Michael Palin (r)
7.00-8.00 Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico (r)
● Channel As ITV except:
12.35am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except:
8.00pm-8.30 The Strait. Life during
winter around the Menai Straits
● STV As ITV except: 12.35am
Teleshopping 1.35 After Midnight 3.05
Tenable (r) 3.55 ITV Nightscreen
5.05-6.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r)
● UTV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30
UTV Life 12.35am Teleshopping. Buying
goods 2.05-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw: Hafod Haul (r) 6.15
Cwpwrdd Cadi (r) 6.30 Blero yn Mynd i
Ocido (r) 6.40 Tomos a’i Ffrindiau (r)
6.50 Meripwsan (r) 7.00 Rapsgaliwn (r)
7.15 Digbi Draig 7.30 Twm Tisian (r) 7.35
Jen a Jim a’r Cywiadur (r) 7.50 Sara a
Cwac (r) 8.00 Octonots (r) 8.15 Ty Mel (r)
8.20 Y Dywysoges Fach (r) 8.30 Guto
Gwningen (r) 8.45 Marcaroni (r) 9.00
Popi’r Gath (r) 9.10 Stiw (r) 9.25 Ben a Mali
a’u Byd Bach O Hud (r) 9.35 Holi Hana (r)
9.45 Bach a Mawr (r) 10.00 Hafod Haul (r)
10.15 Cwpwrdd Cadi (r) 10.30 Blero yn
Mynd i Ocido (r) 10.40 Tomos a’i Ffrindiau
(r) 10.50 Meripwsan (r) 11.00 Jen a Jim a’r
Cywiadur (r) 11.15 Digbi Draig (r) 11.30
Twm Tisian (r) 11.35 Rapsgaliwn (r) 11.50
Sara a Cwac (r) 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Pobol Porthgain (r)
12.30 Iolo: Deifio yn y Barrier Reef (r) 1.30
Chwaraeon y Dyn Bach (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 Byd
Pws (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 8.25 Ar y Dibyn. The strength and
technique of the remaining nine
adventurers are tested in two very
different challenges 9.00 News 9 a’r
Tywydd 9.30 Cerys Matthews a’r Goeden
Faled. The musician discovers some
interesting facts about the hymn Cwm
Rhondda Tra Bo Dau 10.00 Adre. Nia
Parry pays a visit to actress Nia Roberts
at her home (r) 10.30-11.35 Craith (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Get Out (15, 2017)
Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm
Get Out upends all the expected tropes of the horror movie and
gives middle-class white liberals a skewering. The black British
actor Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, a New Yorker very much in love
with his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams). The pair drive
out to meet her family at their mansion in suburbia. He’s worried
her parents will be shocked by her African-American boyfriend,
but it turns out they like black people very much indeed . . .
Directed by Jordan Peele, the film will probably leave white
audiences squirming in embarrassment and black audiences
nodding in recognition at every conversation. (104min) Kate Muir
Red Eye (12, 2005)
More4, 9pm
Wes Craven, the king of the slasher
flick, put the knives away to direct
this taut, largely 747-set thriller
starring Rachel McAdams and
Cillian Murphy, both pictured.
It is styled at first like a rom-com:
McAdams’s hotel worker bumps
into Murphy’s handsome stranger
in the airport lounge, they flirt and — whaddya know? — end up
in adjacent seats. However, once airborne, the movie lurches into
psychological terror when Jack (Murphy) reveals that Lisa
(McAdams) must help him to kill a member of Homeland Security
staying at her workplace. Craven keeps the cat-and-mouse
games as tense and sharp as cheese wire, while Murphy’s smirk
makes him a compelling baddie. (85min) Chris Bennion
Platoon (15, 1986)
ITV4, 10.05pm
This is a characteristically visceral war picture from the director
Oliver Stone, based on his war experiences and more interested
in capturing the blood, dirt and fear of combat than debating its
politics. Charlie Sheen plays Chris Taylor, a college student in the
late 1960s who drops out of his studies and volunteers for the
army. The film, which won four Oscars, follows Chris on his tour
of duty alongside a culturally diverse group of young soldiers.
A grunt’s-eye-view of combat, it’s filled with ugly truths and
exceptional performances. Co-starring are Willem Dafoe,
impressive as Sgt Elias, Forest Whitaker and Tom Berenger,
who is chilling as the cruel Sgt Barnes. (113min) Wendy Ide
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have missed, and can be accessed online, on tablet or smartphone. You can watch these shows on
your TV depending on your set-up. If you watch Freeview via a YouView box — or have Sky, Virgin,
Freesat or BT Vision — you’ll find an on-screen guide. Full explanation at thetimes.co.uk/catchup
Friday 12
BBC One
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Holidays 10.00 Homes Under the
Hammer (r) 11.00 Wanted Down
Under 11.45 Close Calls: On Camera
12.15pm Bargain Hunt 1.00 BBC News
at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather 1.45 Doctors. Daniel
enjoys a night out 2.15 Father Brown.
The sleuth races to protect a crown.
Last in the series 3.00 I Escaped to
the Country. A couple who wanted
to start a smallholding in the Welsh
Border region 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown. A bid to win
the year’s Against the Odds category
at the British Farming Awards 4.30
Antiques Road Trip. Anita Manning
conducts some expensive French
transactions 5.15 Pointless. Quiz
show 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather
6.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
6.00am Flog It! Trade Secrets (r) 6.30
The Farmers’ Country Showdown (r)
7.15 Antiques Road Trip (r) 8.00 Sign
Zone: MasterChef — The Professionals
(r) (SL) 9.00 Victoria Derbyshire 11.00
BBC Newsroom Live 12.00 Daily
Politics 1.00pm Coast (r) 1.15 Himalaya
with Michael Palin (r) 2.15 Himalaya
with Michael Palin. Michael reaches
the end of his journey. Last in the
series (r) 3.15 The Great British Winter.
Exploring winter on the Shetland
archipelago. Last in the series (r)
4.15 Great Barrier Reef with David
Attenborough. The future of the
reef. Last in the series (r) 5.15 Flog It!
Interesting and previously unseen
finds (r) 6.00 Eggheads 6.30 Great
British Railway Journeys. Michael
Portillo investigates the first radio
signal to be sent across the Atlantic
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. Celebrity interviews and
topical debate from a female
perspective 1.30 ITV News; Weather
1.55 Regional News; Weather 2.00
Judge Rinder. The criminal barrister
Robert Rinder takes on real-life
cases in a studio courtroom 3.00
Dickinson’s Real Deal. David Dickinson
reviews some memorable moments
from past episodes. Stewart
Hofgartner waxes lyrical about some
letter seals and Jo Brayshaw seeks
to get her hands on a Flambe vase
4.00 Tipping Point. Ben Shephard
hosts the arcade-themed quiz show
5.00 The Chase. Quiz show hosted by
Bradley Walsh 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.15am Kirstie’s Vintage Gems (r) 6.20
3rd Rock from the Sun (r) 6.45 3rd
Rock from the Sun (r) 7.10 Everybody
Loves Raymond (r) 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (r) 8.05 Everybody
Loves Raymond (r) 8.35 Frasier (r)
9.05 Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Sun, Sea and Selling Houses (r)
12.00 Channel 4 News Summary
12.05pm Live Darts: BDO Lakeside
World Professional Championships.
Coverage of the afternoon session on
the seventh day of the tournament
staged at Lakeside Country Club in
Frimley Green 5.00 Come Dine with
Me (r) 6.00 The Simpsons. Bart
becomes a jazz drummer (r) 6.30
Hollyoaks Scott tries to explain to
Damon about what he saw happening
between Maggie and Brody
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(r) 12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15
The Hotel Inspector (r) 1.10 Access 1.15
Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15
NCIS. The team delves into Vance’s
troubled past in an effort to trap a
vengeful assassin who is determined
to strike back at him by targeting his
family (r) 3.15 FILM The Perfect
Stalker (12, TVM, 2016) An unstable
woman invents a stalker in order to
attract the help of a handsome
neighbour, upon whom she has fixed
her attentions. Thriller starring
Danielle Savre 5.00 5 News at 5
5.30 Neighbours. Mishti and Leo’s
relationship is tested as she pursues
her inquiries (r) 6.00 Home and Away.
Olivia is horrified her designs have
been stolen (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Room 101’s Scarlett Moffatt (8.30pm)
Rome Unpacked (9pm)
Jeremy Wade and a needlefish (8pm)
Warwick Davis & Jamie Oliver (8pm)
Costa Del Celebrity (8pm)
7.00 The One Show Patrick Kielty
and Michelle Ackerley present
the final edition of the week
7.00 Emmerdale Cain is concerned,
Laurel is worried, and Harriet
is full of self-doubt
7.00 Channel 4 News Including sport
and weather
7.30 A Question of Sport With Emily
Diamond, Mark Foster, James
Horwill and Mark Stoneman (r)
7.00 Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico
The chef lands in the town that
put Tequila on the map and
explores Guadalajara, the city
that gave the rest of the world
Mariachis and dishes like
Carne con Chilli (4/7) (r)
7.00 The Wine Show New series.
The actors Matthew Goode and
James Purefoy travel to the
south of France to find wines to
accompany a six-course lunch.
See Viewing Guide (1/7);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders Whitney tries to
get to the bottom of what
is going on with Tiffany
8.00 Mastermind Specialist subjects
include Leonardo da Vinci and
The Inbetweeners
8.00 River Monsters Jeremy Wade
investigates a murderous sea
creature in Indonesia (2/6)
8.30 Room 101 New series. With
guests Charlie Brooker, Scarlett
Moffatt and Pearl Mackie.
See Viewing Guide (1/9)
8.30 A Vicar’s Life New series.
Documentary following the
day-to-day lives of three vicars.
See Viewing Guide (1/6)
8.30 Coronation Street Eileen’s faith
in Phelan is shaken, Gemma
dumps Henry, and Craig is
intrigued by Bethany’s friend
8.00 Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast The actor Warwick
Davis joins Jamie Oliver and
Jimmy Doherty at their cafe for
the cooking lesson of a lifetime.
Plus, a look at how crucial
British bees are to the
agricultural system (8/12)
8.00 Costa Del Celebrity Anne
Diamond, Nick Owen, Ainsley
Harriott, Christine Hamilton
and Vicki Michelle explore
Benidorm, a mecca for
thousands of sun-worshipping
British tourists each year (2/4);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Would I Lie to You? Panel
show with Ade Edmondson
and Cariad Lloyd (8/10)
9.00 Rome Unpacked Giorgio
Locatelli and Andrew GrahamDixon explore the Basilica di
San Clemente, the Testaccio
Slaughterhouse and the
Palazzo Colonna. See
Viewing Guide (2/2)
9.00 Lethal Weapon New series.
Murtaugh follows Riggs down
to Mexico, where the plan is to
avenge his wife’s death and
finish off Tito Flores once and
for all. See Viewing Guide
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother: Live
Eviction Emma Willis returns
for the second eviction show,
presenting yesterday’s
highlights and revealing which
of the nominees has not been
saved by the voting public.
Continues at 10.35pm
10.00 QI With Sarah Millican, Cariad
Lloyd and Alice Levine
10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather
10.30 Newsnight With Kirsty Wark
10.30 Regional News; Weather
9.00 The Big Fat Quiz of Everything
Jimmy Carr challenges Vic
Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Claudia
Winkleman, Miranda Hart,
Jonathan Ross and Nish Kumar
to answer questions on art,
literature, television, music,
geography, politics, science and
celebrity from the last 100,0
000
years of human history. Themes
covered include what was said
on the first ever phone call, why
1997 was such a big year for
chess, and what specifically has
not impressed Shania Twain
11.05 First Dates Hotel The spin-off
returns as Fred and his team
head to a luxury hotel in Italy
to welcome singletons from
all over the UK, including an
87-year-old exercise fanatic (r)
11.05 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on
the Side Rylan Clark-Neal
presents the CBB companion
show, including guests’
thoughts on tonight’s eviction
and behind-the-scenes insights
12.10am FILM Amy (15, 2015)
Documentary portrait of the singersongwriter Amy Winehouse 2.30 Kiri
(r) (SL) 3.20 Grand Designs Australia
(r) 4.15 Coast vs Country (r) 5.10
Location, Location, Location (r) (SL)
5.45 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems (r)
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10am Celebrity
Big Brother: The Eviction (r) 4.00
Celebrity Big Brother: The Eviction (r)
4.25 Lip Sync Battle UK: Rufus Hound
v Jorgie Porter (r) 4.45 House Doctor
(r) (SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL) 5.35
Nick’s Quest (r) (SL) 5.50 Access
9.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys Dermot
announces his choice of best
man for the wedding (3/6) (r)
10.00 BBC News at Ten
7.30 Coronation Street Chesney
prepares to marry Sinead
10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.35 The Graham Norton Show The
host is joined by Meryl Streep
and Tom Hanks, co-stars in The
Post. Plus, music from First Aid
Kit, performing It’ss a Shame
11.25 Witless New series. Rhona
is trapped in Willy Whelan’s
secret weapons room (1/5)
11.50 Sticky Panic ensues when the
internet disappears worldwide.
Adult animated sitcom with the
voices of Tom Hardy, Javone
Prince and Kayvan Novak
12.15am Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.20 BBC News
11.05 Deep Water Nick and Tori
investigate the death of
Toohey, and his links to the
Pointers gang. First shown
on BBC Four (3/4)
10.45 Take Me Out A hairdresser,
a rugby player, a children’s
entertainer and a student try
to impress 30 single women.
Paddy McGuinness presents (r)
11.55 Deep Water First shown on
BBC Four (4/4)
11.40 Through the Keyhole With
Eamonn Holmes, Emma Bunton
and Jonathan Ross (3/8) (r)
12.50am Sign Zone: Millionaire
Bankrupts Exposed. Samantha Poling
goes undercover to reveal the
methods being used to hide assets
and retain wealth for rich people
declared bankrupt (r) (SL) 1.20-2.05
Annie: Out of the Ashes (r) (SL)
12.35am Jackpot247. Viewers get
the chance to participate in live
interactive gaming 3.00 Alphabetical.
Quiz in which contestants answer
questions based around letters of the
alphabet. Hosted by Jeff Stelling (r)
(SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
10.00 Will & Grace Jack becomes
determined to reclaim his
youthful allure by any means
10.35 Celebrity Big Brother: Live
Eviction An interview with the
latest evictee from the house
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Friday 12 | Primetime digital guide
Five Years in the Making of
an Icon explores pivotal
years in the singer’s career
BBC Four, from 9pm
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BBC Four
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7.00pm World News Today
7.30 Top of the Pops: 1985
Featuring Madonna
and Band Aid (R)
8.10 The Good Old Days Arthur
Askey, Ted Durante & Hilda,
Sheila Buxton, Liz Robertson
and Billy Dainty entertain an
audience from the stage of
the Leeds City Varieties (R)
9.00 David Bowie: Five Years in
the Making of an Icon
Exploring five key years in
the singer’s career, which
saw him redefine himself as
an artist by adopting
different personas —
including Ziggy Stardust
and the Thin White Duke (R)
10.30 David Bowie and the Story
of Ziggy Stardust The
creation of the musician’s
glam-rock alter ego (R)
11.30-12.30am Glam Rock at the
BBC Compilation of the
spangly pop and rock of the
early 1970s (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote An old
friend of Jessica’s dies and
the heir to a fortune, who
has been missing for more
than 20 years, makes a
sudden reappearance (R)
8.00 Rosemary & Thyme The
duo are invited to create an
Arabian-style garden in
Malaga, but it is not long
before a local resident is
found dead (R)
9.00 Rosemary & Thyme A
psychiatrist’s body is found
in Regent’s Park, where
Laura and Rosemary are
re-creating a Victorian
garden, and it seems his
three-legged dog may hold
the key to the case (R)
10.00-12.10am Foyle’s War When a
man’s charred remains are
found, Foyle’s investigations
lead him into the world of
espionage, where murder
and deception are rife.
Michael Kitchen stars (R)
6.55pm The Supervet A couple
discover their German
shepherd has a lifethreatening tumour (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud revisits a
prefabricated-home project
in west Cumbria to find out
whether Alan and Judith
Dawson are happy with the
finished product (R)
9.00 FILM Red Eye (12, 2005) A
hotelier on a flight to Miami
realises a passenger she has
befriended is intent on
involving her in a political
assassination. Thriller with
Rachel McAdams and Cillian
Murphy. See Film Choice
10.40 24 Hours in A&E Featuring
a construction worker
who was trapped under
a cherry picker (R)
11.40-12.40am Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA The chef
helps a restaurant in
California (R)
6.40pm FILM GI Joe: Retaliation
(12, 2013) An elite military
team battles a terrorist
organisation that has
replaced the US president
with an imposter. Action
adventure sequel starring
Dwayne Johnson
9.00 FILM The Gunman (15,
2015) A mercenary goes
into hiding after a hit on an
African politician that sparks
a series of uprisings and
violent acts. He re-emerges
years later, only to become
the latest target of his
former colleagues. Crime
drama starring Sean Penn
11.15-1.10am FILM Insidious:
Chapter 3 (15, 2015) Gifted
psychic Elise Rainier uses
her powers to contact
the dead to help a girl who
has been targeted by a
supernatural entity.
Horror prequel starring
Dermot Mulroney
7.00pm The Simpsons Bart steals
a mobile phone (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Bart trades
lives with a wealthy
lookalike (R)
8.00 The Simpsons Lisa becomes
smitten with a musician
named Brendan
8.30 Modern Family Phil decides
a solo camping trip will help
boost his confidence
9.00 Delicious Everyone gathers
for a feast to mark the first
anniversary of Leo’s death,
but passions soon boil over
10.00 A League of Their Own
Comedy quiz with Sara Cox,
Louis Tomlinson, Harry
Styles and Niall Horan (R)
11.00 The Russell Howard Hour
With the MP Diane Abbott
and a stand-up routine by
Kiri Pritchard-McLean (R)
12.00-1.00am The Force: North
East The cells fill up during a
busy Saturday night in
Newcastle (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation A man
seemingly implicates
himself in the stabbing of
his wife, while Grissom
realises the miniatures serial
killer has struck again (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Frank contends
with a conflicted priest who
will not break the seal of
confession to help find a
missing child (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones Jon
organises the defence of the
North, Cersei tries to even
the odds, and Daenerys
comes home (1/7) (R)
10.10 Game of Thrones Daenerys
has an unexpected visitor,
Jon faces a revolt, and
Tyrion plans the conquest
of Westeros (2/7) (R)
11.20-12.30am Game of Thrones
Daenerys holds court,
Cersei returns a gift, and
Jaime learns from his
mistakes (3/7) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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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: A-Z Camcorder calamities
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
dates an accident-prone model
8.30 Superstore New series.
Olympic fever hits the store
9.00 FILM Paul (15, 2011) A captive
alien escapes from a secret military
base and seeks the help of two
English comic-book geeks in
getting to his spaceship. Sci-fi
comedy with Simon Pegg
11.10 Family Guy
11.40-12.10am Family Guy
7.00pm Pawn Stars Corey and
Chumlee have plans for Hallowe’en
7.30 Pawn Stars A rifle used in the
Wounded Knee Massacre
8.00 Hornblower Promoted to
Acting Lieutenant, Hornblower is
soon forced to question his
readiness for command
10.05-12.35am FILM Platoon (15,
1986) A recruit is thrown into the
thick of the Vietnam War and gets
caught up in a feud between two
sergeants. Drama with Charlie
Sheen. See Film Choice
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
The coach arrives in Gijon, Spain
8.00 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity
Special With Joel Dommett,
Jermaine Jenas, Adil Ray, Tamara
Wall and Rylan Clark-Neal
9.00 FILM American Reunion
(15, 2012) Old friends attending a
high-school reunion tries to relive
their teens. Comedy sequel
starring Jason Biggs
11.15 The Big Bang Theory
11.45-12.15am The Big Bang Theory
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air The Banks family gets fit
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 Diet Secrets & How to Lose
Weight The benefits of superfoods
9.00 FILM Elysium (15, 2013)
A man seeks access to a space
station inhabited by a wealthy elite.
Sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon
11.10-1.25am FILM Fool’s Gold (12,
2008) A couple are reunited in
their quest to locate a legendary
hoard of treasure. Comedy starring
Matthew McConaughey
6.00pm FILM The Brain Machine
(U, 1955) A scientist finds a link
between a killer and an amnesiac.
Thriller starring Maxwell Reid
7.40 Glimpses: Sheep Dog
Documentary about a shepherd
8.00 Tell Me Another Celebrities
share embarrassing stories
8.30 Dick Powell Theatre The
Legend starring Sammy Davis Jr
9.30-12.05am FILM The Cassandra
Crossing (PG, 1976) A deadly
contagion is spread on a train.
Disaster movie with Burt Lancaster
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
The trio investigates something
sinister in the woods
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart Gary
is put on fire-watching duty
8.00 The Inspector Lynley
Mysteries An MP’s illegitimate
daughter is kidnapped
10.00 New Tricks A blood-stained
bust is uncovered during
construction work in a cemetery
11.20 Birds of a Feather Sharon’s
husband Chris tries to escape
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 Wartime Crime A mass
murderer in Nazi-occupied France
8.00 Who Do You Think You Are?
The actor Nigel Havers follows
both his mother and father’s lines
9.00 Men Behaving Badly Gary
and Dorothy take a weekend break
9.40 Men Behaving Badly Tony
tries to make Deborah jealous
10.20 Men Behaving Badly
11.00 The World’s Weirdest
Weapons The quest to make the
world’s first guided bombs
12.00-1.00am Battleplan
7.00pm Police Interceptors A
drink-driver is involved in a crash
8.00 Traffic Cops: On the Edge
A speeding young driver writes his
car off in a spectacular fireball
9.00 Impact Wrestling Innovative
high-risk matches and interviews.
11.00-1.00am FILM Darkness
Descends (15, 2014) A film-maker
exploring the New York subways
discovers a secret underground
society that has declared war on
the city above. Thriller starring
Danny Trejo and Kinga Philipps
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
A raid takes place on a suspected
drugs den in Burton
8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Inebriated locals in Burton cause
problems on the night shift
9.00 Live at the Apollo Al Murray
hosts, and welcomes guests Chris
Addison and Tim Vine
10.00 Taskmaster Comedians
complete a series of tasks
11.00 QI With Peter Serafinowicz,
Julia Morris and Rich Hall
11.40-12.20am QI
6.55pm Ocean Vet Neil Burnie and
his team swim with 50-ton
humpback whales
7.25 Ocean Vet The team studies
the Sargasso Sea
7.55 Spitfire: The Birth of a Legend
The origins of the fighter plane
9.00 Spitfire Women The role
played by female pilots
10.15 American Lawmen
Lawlessness runs rampant in a
notorious Texas outpost
11.20-12.20am Spitfire: The Birth
of a Legend The plane’s origins
7.00pm Breezin’: The George
Benson Story Documentary about
the American soul singer
8.00 Live from the Artists Den
The American blues rock band
Alabama Shakes perform in
Nashville, Tennessee
9.00 Phil Collins: Going Back to
Detroit Exploring the roots and
legacy of the Motown sound
10.00 Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with
Soul The rise of the singer
11.45-12.45am Soul Power! The
evolution of soul music
7.00pm The Chef’s Line Maeve
takes a look behind the scenes at
Dandelion restaurant in Melbourne
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary A member of
Holmes’ online beekeeping
community is murdered
9.00 The Good Doctor Medical
drama starring Freddie Highmore
10.00 Unforgettable Carrie
investigates a counterfeiting ring
11.00 Unforgettable
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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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 NCIS A missing US Navy
lieutenant’s body is found buried
in a cemetery
10.00 Bull New series. Bull helps
prosecute a suspected murderer
11.00 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Gold Rush
8.00 Gold Rush
9.00 How It’s Made Making plant
oil extractors and power trainers
9.30 How It’s Made The process of
constructing beehives
10.00 Wheeler Dealers
11.00 Mythbusters
12.00-12.30am How It’s Made
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Supercar Megabuild
9.00 Supercar Megabuild Shane
Lynch and Dan Barruffo turn a
luxury Bentley into an off-roader
10.00 Strippers: Cars for Cash
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster The Piper Alpha explosion
7.00pm Friends
8.00 Impractical Jokers
9.00 The Cleveland Show
9.30 The Cleveland Show
10.00 Bob’s Burgers New series
10.30 Rick and Morty
11.00 South Park
11.30 South Park
12.00-12.30am 8 Out of 10 Cats
6.40pm The Good Life Tom hurts
his back during harvest time
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Blackadder Goes Forth
8.40 Blackadder Goes Forth
9.20 The Vicar of Dibley
10.00 Live at the Apollo
11.00 Smack the Pony
11.35-12.10am Smack the Pony
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
8.00 One Born: Twins and Triplets
9.00 Stacey Dooley in the USA
South Americans who cross
illegally into the USA
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Rupert Everett
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
5.40pm Logan (15, 2017) Fantasy
adventure starring Hugh Jackman
8.00 Get Out (15, 2017) An African
American photographer and his
white girlfriend visit her wealthy
parents. Thriller starring Daniel
Kaluuya. See Film Choice
10.00 This is Your Death (18, 2017)
Satirical drama centring on the
host of a game show where
contestants kill themselves live on
air. Starring Josh Duhamel
11.50-1.35am Lowriders (12, 2016)
Drama starring Gabriel Chavarria
6.15pm Dodgeball: A True
Underdog Story (12, 2004)
Comedy starring Ben Stiller
8.00 Split (15, 2016) Three women
are abducted by a kidnapper with
multiple personalities. Thriller
starring James McAvoy
10.00 Misery (18, 1990) An author
is freed from a near-fatal car crash
by a psychopathic fan. Thriller
starring James Caan
11.50-1.35am Universal Soldier
(18, 1992) Sci-fi thriller starring
Jean-Claude Van Damme
6.10pm The Polar Express (U,
2004) Animated adventure with
the voice of Tom Hanks
8.00 Sing (U, 2016) A theatreowning koala sets up a singing
competition. Animation with the
voice of Matthew McConaughey
9.55 The Jungle Book (PG, 2016) A
boy raised by animals in the jungle
tries to escape a fierce tiger. Disney
adventure starring Neel Sethi
11.50-1.30am Muppets from Space
(U, 1999) Family puppet comedy
with F Murray Abraham
5.50pm The Matrix Revolutions
(15, 2003) Conclusion of the sci-fi
trilogy starring Keanu Reeves
8.00 The Lego Batman Movie (U,
2017) The Caped Crusader swings
into action. Animated comedy
featuring the voices of Will Arnett
9.50 Deadpool (15, 2016) A
disfigured mercenary develops
superhuman powers. Comedy
adventure with Ryan Reynolds
11.40-1.20am Army of Darkness
(15, 1992) Comedy fantasy
adventure starring Bruce Campbell
6.30pm Dazed and Confused
(15, 1993) Comedy drama starring
Matthew McConaughey
8.15 Lost in Translation (15, 2003)
An actor’s life is turned around by a
younger woman. Sofia Coppola’s
comedy drama starring Bill Murray
10.00 Snatch (18, 2000) A boxing
promoter is drawn into a
match-fixing racket. Comedy
drama starring Jason Statham
11.45-1.55am Donnie Brasco (18,
1997) Fact-based gangster drama
with Johnny Depp and Al Pacino
Bill Murray and Scarlett
Johansson star in Lost in
Translation (Sky Select, 8.15pm)
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Friday 12
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7pm
Radio 1
It’s the Steel City derby as
Sheffield United and Sheffield
Wednesday clash at Bramall
Lane (kick-off 7.45pm). After a
flying start to the season, with
striker Leon Clarke, pictured,
in fine form, the Blades are
recovering from a slump that
left them outside the play-offs.
However, the Owls would love
to swap places with their local
rivals. They have parted
company with manager Carlos
Carvalhal after a poor season. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
6.00am-7.00 LIVE EurAsia
Cup Golf The second session
on day one
8.00 LIVE European Tour
Golf: The BMW SA Open
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 Transfer Centre
11.30 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 LIVE European Tour
Golf The BMW SA Open
3.00pm Transfer Centre
3.30 Sky Sports News
7.00 LIVE EFL: Sheffield
United v Sheffield
Wednesday (Kick-off 7.45)
10.00 The Debate
11.00-6.00am LIVE One-Day
International Cricket:
New Zealand v Pakistan
Sky Sports Premier
League
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
12.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
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Night (r) 10.00 Sounds of the
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Happening 2.00am Playlists
Today’s picks
Short Works: What Does the
Fox Say?
Radio 4, 3.45pm
The Essay: Cornerstones
Radio 3, 10.45pm
Nobody likes short stories. Or
rather, nobody buys short
stories. Which means that
nobody writes them and
nobody reads them. Which is
a pity and also a paradox,
because who has ever finished
a book and thought, “That was
too short”? However, Radio 4, to its credit, is reviving its old
sponsorship of the form with the series Short Works. It makes
sense: short stories work perfectly in 15-minute slots and are
considerably easier to do well than drama. This work, by the
author Ian Sansom, pictured, is a cracker. It’s the sort of story
that defies the question “what is it about?” It is, in no particular
order, about an old tree house, chocolates that are left outside
a house and how many uses there are for a brick. More than a
hundred, apparently. Some of them are listed here. Knowledge
to tuck away for the apocalypse. Catherine Nixey
There are moments when the
Radio 3 schedule starts to feel
almost indistinguishable from
a Dead Ringers parody of the
station’s schedule. This week’s
series of essays is one of
those weeks: the topic it is
focusing on is stones and
today’s essay is looking at
(drumroll) clay bricks. I know.
How has it taken so long? In
it, the poet Fiona Hamilton
will contrast the different
states of clay — the squidgy
pre-cooked kind versus the
hardness of a brick — and
look at how bricks in all their
guises have transformed
Britain. What fun. CN
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FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
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1.00pm News
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Festivals. Schubert (Viola,
D786); and Brahms (Piano
Quartet No 1 in G minor, Op 25)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Performances by the BBC
Philharmonic, conducted by
Joshua Weilerstein, Nicholas
Collon, Leo Hussain, Edward
Gardner and Manoj Kamps
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7.30 Live Radio 3 in Concert
The BBC Philharmonic in music
by Saint-Saëns and Janácek.
Smetana (Overture: The
Bartered Bride); Saint-Saëns
(Piano Concerto No 4;
Rhapsodie d’Auvergne);
Berlioz (Royal Hunt and
Storm — The Trojans); and
(Janácek: Sinfonietta)
10.00 The Verb Writing and
performance showcase
10.45 The Essay:
Cornerstones. See Choice
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5.30am News Headlines
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9.00 Desert Island Discs (r)
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9.45 Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War By Edward
Stourton. The establishment of
the BBC’s War Reporting Unit,
and the correspondent
parachuted behind enemy
lines (5/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour Lively
discussion and interviews.
Including at 10.45 the Drama:
Shardlake — Heartstone by
CJ Sansom (10/10)
11.00 Butterbeer and
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delights from the pages of
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12.01pm (LW) Shipping
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1.45 Conflict and Cooperation: A History of Trade
Paul Seabright presents (10/10)
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2.15 Drama: Stone
By Cath Staincliffe.
DCI Stone tracks down a key
suspect in the current murder
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3.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Agriculture
3.45 Short Works. See Choice
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4.30 More or Less
4.55 The Listening Project (r)
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5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
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7.00 The Archers Toby
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7.15 Front Row
7.45 Shardlake: Heartstone (r)
8.00 Any Questions? Topical
discussion from Wyedean
School in Sedbury,
Gloucestershire
8.50 A Point of View
9.00 Conflict and Cooperation: A History of Trade
An exploration of the UK’s
trading past (1/2) (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The
Vital Spark — A Far Cry from
Kensington By Muriel Spark.
Mystery set in London (5/10)
11.00 Great Lives
11.30 Today in Parliament
11.55 The Listening Project (r)
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Auntie’s War (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
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10.30 On the Hour 10.55 The
Comedy Club Interview
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BBC World Service
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5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake
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Breakfast 10.00 Chiles on
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Sports Panel 2.00 Kermode
and Mayo’s Film Review 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport:
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1.00am Up All Night
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6.00am The Alan Brazil
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White 1.00pm Hawksbee and
Jacobs 4.00 Adrian Durham
and Darren Gough 7.00
Kick-off 10.00 The Two Mikes
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Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 8.30 Albert and
Me 9.00 The Motion Show
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Horizon 11.00 Behind the
Screen 11.15 Rosa Parks 12.00
I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again
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Secret Agent: X9 1.30 The
Howling Terror Mystery 2.00
In Siberia 2.15 Five Hundred
Years of Friendship 2.30
More Tales of the City 2.45
Speaking for Themselves
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Motion Show 4.30 After
Henry 5.00 The Leopard in
Autumn 5.30 The Break 6.00
I Am Legend 6.30 Soul Music
7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read That
Again 7.30 Albert and Me
8.00 Secret Agent: X9 8.30
The Howling Terror Mystery
9.00 Behind the Screen
9.15 Rosa Parks 10.00
Comedy Club: The Break
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Newsroom 11.30 World
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Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
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Nemone’s Electric Ladyland
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6.00am Breakfast 9.00 John
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KenKen No 4217
Sudoku No 9573
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Killer No 5805 — Deadly (56min)
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Our five-grid Sudoku will
test your powers of logic
and elimination — against
the clock.
Fill the grid so that every
column, every row and
every 3x3 box contains the
digits 1 to 9. Where the
puzzles overlap, the rows
and columns do not go beyond their usual length but
the interlocking boxes give
you more clues — and
more complexity!
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to solve each Sudoku grid
in turn, the puzzle has to be
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cells joined by dotted lines should add up to the
printed top left-hand figure. Within each dotted-line
“shape”, a digit CANNOT be repeated.
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Sudoku No 9576 — Fiendish
Tredoku is similar to Sudoku:
numbers 1-9 should appear only
once in each 3x3 box and
9-square line. But since it is in 3D
space, the 9-square lines could be
straight or bent; 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.
The Listener
4481 Jury
by Twin
The extra
words in clues
were jumbles
of the first
names of
12 suspects
(Greta, John,
Mary,
Hildegarde, Hector, Pierre, Caroline, Natalia,
Antonio, Edward, Cyrus and Rudolph) in Murder
on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, plus
letters spelling out “eastern state”, a clue for
Orient Express, which was to replace Hercule
Poirot along the grid’s main diagonal. More
details at listenercrossword.com. The winners
are JJ Settle of Three Mile Cross, Berkshire,
Nigel Gavin of Orpington, Kent, and Tim
Pilgrim of Thwaites Brow, West Yorkshire.
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(c) An interstellar asteroid
(Hawaiian). Oose (a) Dust or
fluff, especially under the bed.
Ophidian (b) Snakelike.
Oobades (a) Useless or weak
(Scots). Polygon eulogy, euro,
glue, gluey, gluon, gruel, gurn,
gurney, lounge, lounger, lour,
loury, luge, lune, lung, lunge,
lure, lurgy, neurology, regulo,
rogue, roué, rouge, rule, rune,
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After considerable public demand, it has been announced
that the two highest-rated
players in the world rankings,
Ganesh Asirvatham and Nigel Richards, will play a bestof-20-games match later this
year. The showdown will be a
rematch of the World Scrabble
Championships 2007 final in
which Richards triumphed by
a 3-0 scoreline. Observers hope
that the upcoming spectacle
will replicate the quality of their
previous matchup, which forms
the basis of this column.
In game one of the 2007
final, Richards held the following opening rack. What would
you play?
Aagjotv
JAG and JOG both score 22
points but both leave the inflexible V. JAVA is a stronger
choice which scores 28 points
and disposes of the incompatible combination of J and V
in one move. However, Richards wowed the audience with
GAVOT at F8d. The play scores
ten points less than JAVA but
creates high-scoring possibilities for the J such as JA at I7d
and JAG at F6a. Also, if Richards picks an R or T, he can
play RAJ or TAJ at E7d. The
play of GAVOT is strengthened
by the fact that his opponent
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cannot block all of the scoring opportunities created in
one move. Computer analysis
showed that Richards’s choice
was optimal.
Later in the game, trailing by
67 points, Asirvatham held the
following rack.
ACORTUW
What eight-letter word did
Asirvatham crucially overlook
through a floating L? As a separate challenge, since the final
was played in 2007, a new anagram of the above bonus word
has been added to the dictionary. Can you find it? As a clue,
it is a common noun which has
become a single compound
word.
After winning the first two
games, Richards led by 11 points
in game three and held the following rack with the board position below:
DILORST
With Asirvatham holding a
single L, what was the highestscoring move which Richards
played in row A to clinch the
match? Also, what eight-letter
word would Richards have had
with a floating U?
Definitions
GAVOT an old French dance
TAILLEUR a woman’s tailored
suit
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
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The winner is
David Sneddon of
Forres, Moray
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All are pen names (Dornford
Yates being that of Cecil
William Mercer) but the others
are those of pairs of authors:
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Bill
Fawcett (Quinn Fawcett); Nicci
Gerrard and Sean French
(Nicci French); Frederic
Dannay and Manfred Lee
(Ellery Queen). 2 They all
appear in the lyrics of the 1967
Beatles hit Penny Lane.
Scrabble Asirvatham missed
OUTCRAWL for 101 points.
LAWCOURT is the new
anagram of OUTCRAWL.
Richards clinched the World
Championship 2007 with
TOROIDS at A2a for 27 points.
DILORST combines with the
U for DILUTORS.
Literary quiz 1 Kars. 2 Robert
Frost. 3 Peter Høeg. 4 She Tells
Her Love while Half Asleep.
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plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense
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and superlatives are disallowed.
How you rate: 21 words average;
28, good; 34, very good; 40, excellent.
Answers to Friday’s Polygon are to the
left. Today’s answers are printed in
MindGames on Monday
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The Vladimir Kramnik victory
I present today virtually sealed
his coronation as world champion in 2000. Kramnik won
the match without losing a
single game and this victory
was, in fact, the last decisive
game in a world championship
match in London until the
incumbent champion Magnus
Carlsen defends his title in
London next November.
This means the Norwegian
world champion’s name will be
added to the illustrious list of
great masters who have played
their title clashes in London,
many of whom have appeared
in this mini-series on championship matches in London.
White: Vladimir Kramnik
Black: Garry Kasparov
World Championship
(Game 10), London 2000
Nimzo-Indian Defence
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4
e3 0-0 5 Bd3 d5 6 Nf3 c5 7 0-0
cxd4 8 exd4 dxc4 9 Bxc4 b6
10 Bg5 Bb7 11 Re1 Nbd7
This is the main move in
this variation but 11 ... Nc6 12
a3 Bxc3 13 bxc3 Ne7 (Sadvakasov-Chiburdanidze, Ekaterinburg 1997) is also fine for
Black as there is no need to
fear 14 Bxf6 gxf6, which is
equal.
12 Rc1 Rc8 13 Qb3 Be7 14
Bxf6 Nxf6
This should be fine but 14 ...
Bxf6 is also playable as 15 Nb5
Bxf3 16 Qxf3 a6 17 Na7 Rc7 18
Nc6 Qc8 leads nowhere for
White.
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This sacrifice is more or less
forced as 15 ... Bxf3 was threatened.
15 ... fxe6
This natural recapoture is a
blunder. Black had to play 15 ...
Rc7, when play is complex but
White does not have any advantage. For example 16 Bc4
Bxf3 17 gxf3 Rd7 with excellent
compensation for the pawn or
16 Ng5 Qxd4 17 Nxf7 Bc5 18
Nd6+ (there is nothing better)
18 ... Kh8 19 Nxb7 Qxf2+ 20 Kh1
Rxb7 with equality.
16 Qxe6+ Kh8 17 Qxe7 Bxf3
18 gxf3
Kasparov was expecting 18
Qxd8 Rcxd8 19 gxf3 Rxd4 20
Re7 Rd2, when Black should
draw. Now, however, Black’s
task is far more difficult.
18 ... Qxd4 19 Nb5 Qxb2
Remarkably, this position
had been seen prior to this
game. Hazai-Danielsen, Valby
1994 went 19 ... Qf4 20 Rxc8
Rxc8 21 Nd6 Qxf3? (21 ... Ra8
22 Nf7+ Kg8 was far more
resilient) 22 Nxc8 Qg4+ 23 Kf1
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Qh3+ 24 Ke2 Qxc8 25 Kd2
and White won. Best for Black
is 19 ... Qd2, when he still has
reasonable chances to defend.
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22 Ne8! Ng8 (forced) 23 Qd7,
and plans f4-f5-f6. Although
this plan takes time, Black is
helpless to prevent it.
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the previous note, is also good.
22 ... Kg8 23 Qe6 Rf8
This loses immediately. Relatively best is 23 ... h5 but after
24 Ng5+ Kh8 25 Qf5, Black has
no chance to defend his king,
for example 25 ... Qxa2 26 Re7
Rf8 27 Qg6 Qg8 28 Ne6.
24 Nd8+ Kh8 25 Qe7 Black
resigns
Winning Move
Black to play. This position is
from Hansen-Gumularz, London 2017.
The obvious 1 ... Qxf4 runs
into 2 Qxb7 mate. How did
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The first correct entry drawn
on Thursday will win a copy of
The Collins English Dictionary
and Thesaurus. The two runners-up will receive a book
prize. Answers on a postcard
to: The Times Winning Move,
PO Box 2164, Colchester, Essex
CO2 8LJ, or email to:
winningmove@thetimes.co.uk.
The answer will be published
next Saturday.
Solution to last week’s puzzle:
1 ... Qg1+! leads to a classic
smothered mate after 2 Rxg1
Nf2+ 3 Qxf2 Nxf2.
The winner is Anthony Plumb of
Crowland, Lincolnshire
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Choice states that when an
opponent has turned up with a
relevant card in a suit, his partner is (almost) twice as likely to
have the adjacent missing card.
Dummy
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West ----- East
Declarer
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Cash the ace and, if West plays
a picture, finesse the ten on
the second round. You’ll succeed in two cases (West with a
singleton queen or a singleton
jack) and lose in only one
(West with queen-jack doubleton).
Every declarer made 6♥ on
our deal from a duplicate at
my bridge club. Except for one.
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1 Extremely small-scale (6)
4 Particular emphasis (6)
8 Plant stalk (4)
9 Not characteristic (8)
10 Strengthening piece (9)
13 Trapped, cornered (2,3)
15 Pale yellow colour (5)
16 Strengthening bar (5)
18 Or else (9)
Solution to Crossword 7541
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21 Cease moving (8)
22 Pointed symbol (4)
23 Sensible, reliable (6)
24 Building level (6)
Down
1 Help (6)
2 Short joke (3-5)
3 Long-legged bird (5)
5 Of the highest standing (3-6)
6 Every one (4)
7 Hot and humid (6)
11 Adorned with garlands (9)
12 Compass point (5)
14 Stair rail (8)
16 Inactive state (6)
17 Be disloyal to (6)
19 Betting odds (5)
20 Inevitable destiny (4)
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the contents of the crowded cells. In one cell, which does double duty, the replacements must be entered in
thematic order. Numbers in brackets are the lengths of grid entries. The Chambers Dictionary (2016) is the
primary reference.
Across
1 Scots thrash slow mover entering park (4)
4 Primate interrupted by fellow returning capital (4)
7 Husband engaging a second local worker (5)
11 Nobody awards swimmer circling Malta (5)
12 Cocaine taken by Le Mans profligate no longer
gets rid of anxiety (6)
14 A group of micro-organisms put in to stop
antibody (6)
15 Germany nigh on destroyed returning merchant
ship (6)
16 Sex worker’s client — rising Englishman
(5, two words)
17 Ardent poet out of sun on northern meadow (7)
19 They entertain Dire Straits touring East Timor
(8)
21 Choose old-fashioned Frenchman from the east
— he seldom follows advice (8)
23 Tipsy cake for Irish broadcaster (5)
25 Impulse transmitters are working within ten
seconds (3)
27 Staff left in Nebraskan city without normal
advance (5)
31 Check old surfing board suitable for hiring out (8)
33 NE industrial area supports subsidiary unions (8)
35 New medium root rarely lower (7)
37 Stop and rob drunken sailor (5)
38 Plants fine and so attractive (6)
39 Dancers remain close to fatigue around chestnut
tree (6)
40 Rallying cry forbidden by queen perhaps (6)
41 Towers situated behind the centre of Russian
zone (5)
42 Bossy old women arrived one day before
November in High School (5)
43 A legal right set up again (4)
44 Punish unlimited inconsiderate speed (4)
Down
1 Rex’s Oscar is included in fine goods and
chattels (8)
2 Zealous religious leaders correcting active
Muslim not showing latitude (6)
3 College group enthralled by great linguist? (7)
4 Stale pickling fluid put in a silo free of
nitrogen (5)
5 Window space in very quiet police station (7)
6 Influx ruins refurbished hotel (4)
7 Keg Charlie found in Spanish Harlem café
perhaps (7)
8 Cuban dancer mostly unaccompanied moved in
this manner (6)
9 Buzz echo once spread inside pressure chamber
(9, two words)
10 Rope in leader of gang no longer gambling (4)
13 Naturist worried about Dutch friend (5)
18 Expert in confusion had opened up Windows (9)
20 No longer disowned socialist keeping nurse
in (5)
22 Dear boy see off Gower as an example (8)
24 Whaler contains aged seamen working north of
Sweden (7)
26 Small axis last to slow down climbing hill (7)
28 Chief engineer at last closely probes blurred
image on special CRTs (7, two words)
29 Happening to be tense I keep making a noise (5)
30 Key producer has the ability to rubbish
qualification holder (6)
32 Pompous Quaker possesses at least two-thirds
of an acre (6)
34 Incomplete short letter on right hand of
monogram (5)
35 Gas enveloping the entrances to loaded ship’s
hold (4)
36 Insects biting the Italian horses (4)
Two Brains
Raymond Keene
Word Watching
Josephine Balmer
Literary Quiz
Josephine Balmer
Question 1
Which of these authors is the
odd one out, and why?
Quinn Fawcett, Nicci French,
Dornford Yates, Ellery Queen
Question 2
What might be a musical
connection between the
following? Barber, the Queen,
nurse, fireman
Answers on page 53
Oumuamua
a. An elderly relative b. A
Japanese dish c. An asteroid
Oose
a. Dust b. A river c. A board
game
Ophidian
a. Without parents
b. Snakelike c. Of the lyre
Oobades
a. Useless b. A street-seller’s
cry c. Seers
Snow
1 In which historic Turkish
city is Orhan Pamuk’s novel
Snow set?
2 Which poet recalls Stopping
By Woods On a Snowy
Evening?
3 Who wrote Miss Smilla’s
Feeling for Snow?
4 “Despite the snow,/ Despite
the falling snow.” In which
Robert Graves poem?
Answers on page 53
Answers on page 53
Thanks to Nicholas Flindall of Haywards
Heath for this week’s questions. Please
send your puzzles to keenebrain@aol.com.
All readers who have contributed to this
column receive a special mention.
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(1) Michaels, showing five spades
and a five-card (or perhaps six) minor.
(2) Cue-bidding West’s spades to
show a game-forcing heart raise.
(3) Pre-empting to the (ten-card)
level of the spade fit.
(4) Natural slam try.
ty.
(5) Loves his diamond pictures.
Most Wests led the queen of
spades. Declarer won the ace
and led a heart to the ace, noting West’s queen. When he led
back a heart and East played
the nine, West’s Michaels bid
coupled by the Principle of
Restricted Choice made it
doubly clear to finesse the ten.
As expected, West discarded.
Declarer could cash the king,
felling East’s jack, cross to the
king of diamonds, cash the
king of spades, discarding a
club, and concede only one
club. Slam made.
A few Wests led the ace of
clubs — no good either when
declarer played as above.
However, one West found the
diabolical lead of the two of
diamonds.
If ever there was a certain
singleton lead, this was it, leading round to declarer’s second
suit. Who would lead a diamond, unless it was singleton?
It was the lowest card to boot
— seemingly ruling out (top of)
a doubleton. Declarer won and
crossed to the (queen and) ace
of hearts. He led back a heart to
East’s nine and paused.
Surely West would have
competed to 5♠ if he were
5♠1♥1♦6♣? Therefore, he had
to be 5♠2♥1♦5♣. Declarer
went
against
Restricted
Choice. He rose with the king,
playing West for a queen-jack
doubleton. He was soon a sadder and wiser man when West
discarded, East now winning a
heart trick with his jack. Down
one.
What a brilliant two of diamonds lead that was.
andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk
the times | Saturday January 6 2018
saturday review 55
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Jumbo crossword No 1303
Cryptic clues
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Across
1 Noble game has Doncaster
United initially ahead (7)
5 Bush rook only found in
Australia (7)
9 European country not quite an
American problem? (7)
13 No time for game near ocean,
lad (5,6)
14 Remunerate by tonnage reported,
which can keep bills down (11)
15 Eliot losing heart after month
creating half of Four Quartets?
(5)
16 Forgiving Russian leader
introducing Eastern time (7)
17 I rue match play making one very
achy (9)
18 Abuse dope on strange crystals to
maximise effectiveness (4,4,9,4)
23 Imported water taken with bad
spirit, mostly European brandy
(3,2,3)
25 Chinese capital by a commercial
university (6)
27 Become confused following tango
with nonsense words (7)
30 Circle segment for geometrical
design (2,3)
32 Bitter maple, one found in British
Columbia at first (7)
33 Blonde needing to pull man —
dead upset (3-6)
35 It’s inserted in book after line’s
changed (9)
36 A uniform part round image,
ultimately (7)
37 Father always is less constrained
(5)
38 Heartless cinematographer makes
changes to end part of film (7)
40 As Dracula almost anaesthetised
a daughter (6)
41 Emphasised sweets must be sent
back (8)
44 Add shrubs and feel fine boost for
arrangement as far as one can see
(2,3,4,2,4,6)
48 Typical — EU destroyed
Australian wood? (9)
50 Barbican section, say, to promote
creative works (7)
53 I enjoyed going over and round
part of the US (5)
54 Work-experience trainee using
film of conflict in a group (11)
55 Breakfast food expert, one
encouraging us to drink? (11)
56 How’s Carl in car that’s not
stopping? (7)
57 Provide with market set for start
of Verdi ballet (7)
58 Feature cockney intellectual on
the radio (7)
Down
1 Opening filled by court physician
(6)
2 Quinoa, perhaps favourite item
for one with trim stomach?
(4,3)
3 Turn out, though tense over end
of game (9)
4 Become great bore after son (5)
5 One missing a worker, perhaps
posted internally (8)
6 After game finishes early English
drink heavily (5)
7 Dump mostly uncompromising
race advisor (7)
8 A pension U-turn — a changed
payment into scheme (14)
9 Accord fellows entering a
welcome (9)
10 Boy keeps note, seeing old
locomotives (5)
11 No sinister trait is OK given
monster that is released (5-10)
12 Some said I catnapped after
reflux stomach remedy (7)
19 Old sex aid working, which can
provoke a bodily reaction (7)
20 Right brilliant group of directors
(9)
21 Page supporting Earl Grey,
perhaps is a thief (3,4)
22 Hellish protest over murderer
strung up (8)
24 UN acted badly about gold
and then titanium without
validity (15)
26 Prove an offence around horse
sure to win second of races (9)
28 Travelling old adore place few
have been to (8)
29 Confess about fairy and bear
carrying on alone (4-10)
31 Generator runs in old boat in
east (7)
34 Whisky and relaxation — life
being empty struggle (7)
39 Insomniac removes clothing to
get up with not so much (9)
42 Put a stop to bird getting into
cream (9)
43 Exploit poster found in skip (8)
44 Comms link that is captured by
deploying ELINT (3,4)
45 Instrument meant to be used with
mushrooms (7)
46 More dull soft soap (7)
47 Temporarily remove book or
file (6)
49 Clear regret if regularly missing
jumbo (5)
51 Motorway behind schedule over
road surfacing material (5)
52 Tax article incorporating
information technology (5)
Boxing Day Cryptic Jumbo
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times2 clues
Across
1 Geological layer (7)
5 Bear; assistance (7)
9 Young goose (7)
13 Unable to be broken into (11)
14 Large vehicle carrying, eg, cars (11)
15 Pancake; fabric (5)
16 Word formed from initials (7)
17 Additional payment (9)
18 Ineptly harm one’s own interests
(5,7,2,3,4)
23 Conspicuous wealth (8)
25 Merchant ship (6)
27 Breastbone (7)
30 — Length, — plane; — point (5)
32 Flower seller (7)
33 Requiring special knowledge to be
understood (9)
35 Hormone affecting metabolism (9)
36 Thin aluminium sheet (7)
37 Elevate (5)
38 Ancient barrow (7)
40 Like vinegar (6)
41 Killer using a toxic substance (8)
44 Company advising firms on
efficiency (10,11)
48 Small and thick pancake (4,5)
50 Enduring (7)
53 Preliminary part (5)
54 Unfeeling (11)
55 Act of saying goodbye (5-6)
56 Greek abode of the blessed
dead (7)
57 Store for, eg, corn (7)
58 One lost in abstraction (7)
Down
1 Contact breaker; change (6)
2 Forcibly subdue (7)
3 Consequently (9)
4 Miraculous food from heaven (5)
5 Causing to become thoughtful (8)
6 Tidy and clean (feathers) (5)
7 Most favourable (7)
8 The passing of a soul into a new
body after death (14)
9 Stomach inflammation (9)
10 Laziness; mammal (5)
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Mutual link (15)
Item of clothing (7)
Showing sensitivity to others (7)
Napkin (9)
— Rigby, Beatles song (7)
(Of hair) standing out in a round
shape (8)
Abruptly (15)
School punishment (9)
Tree favoured by silkworms (8)
Peak climbing (14)
Cricket fielding position (4,3)
Challenge to fight (4,3)
Mystical artistic and poetic
movement (9)
Organised group of individuals (9)
Leading light (8)
Childbirth assister (7)
Large volcanic crater (7)
Metallic element (7)
Large predatory eel (6)
Branch of Islam (5)
Latin American dance (5)
Avarice (5)
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