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Saturday March 10 2018
7-DAY
TV & RADIO
GUIDE
page 23
American in Paris
The painter of children
who wowed the French
impressionists 8
There’s
something
about Mary
Is Hollywood’s new
Mary Magdalene
the gospel truth?
Rooney Mara as
Mary Magdalene and
Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus
art books theatre film music television what’s on puzzles
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Contents
Why?
Cover story 4-5
It was Fleabag, first broadcast in 2016, that
made Phoebe Waller-Bridge a star. Yet
while that series, which she adapted from
her stage show, announced in six frank,
fruity, funny, devastatingly acute episodes
the arrival of a great talent, it looks as if
this is the year she goes from being much
talked-about to hard-to-avoid.
Not because there’s a second season of
Fleabag. That’s doesn’t arrive until 2019.
And those Doctor Who rumours came to
nothing; her Broadchurch co-star Jodie
Whitaker got the gig. Rather, because this
week she has announced her first television series as a writer since the first Fleabag. Which arrives on top of her announcing last month that she will appear in
another series — this one written by her
longtime friend and collaborator Vicky
Jones. Oh, and she has her first big cinema
role in the summer when she appears
in Solo: A Star Wars Story as a motioncaptured droid called L3-37.
First, though, she is writing and executive-producing Killing Eve, an eight-part
thriller that BBC One will broadcast this
year. Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) stars
as an MI5 officer called Eve, who finds
herself pitted against an assassin called
Villanelle (Jodie Comer from Doctor Foster). There’s no room for Waller-Bridge,
alas, in a cast list that also includes Fiona
Shaw, Darren Boyd and David Haig.
Waller-Bridge has adapted the series
from the book Codename Villanelle by Luke
Jennings.
Waller-Bridge was at the Oscars last
weekend with her boyfriend, Martin
McDonagh, the writer and director of
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Tempting as it is to imagine them working
together, she already has a prime collaborator in Jones, with whom she runs the
theatre company DryWrite. Surely you
caught her naked in a bathtub on stage in
Jack Thorne’s play Mydidae, directed by
Jones in London 2012. No? Well, it will be
easier to catch Waller-Bridge when she
appears in Run, Jones’s forthcoming
romantic-comedy thriller TV series.
NEILSON BARNARD/GETTY IMAGES
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
It’s about ex-lovers who made a pact 15
years previously that if one of them
couldn’t stand their life they would text
the word RUN to the other and they
would disappear together. Although the
chances of Waller-Bridge disappearing
from view any time soon are getting
increasingly fanciful.
Dominic Maxwell
Killing Eve will be on BBC One and
BBC Three this year. Solo: A Star Wars
Story is released on May 25
Phoebe Waller-Bridge,
who made her name
writing and starring
in Fleabag
What they say
“Killing Eve is a startlingly original
thriller. In turn both laugh-out-loud
funny and edge-of-your-seat gripping,
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has filled her new
series with an array of wonderful
characters brought to life by a dream
cast.” Sue Deeks, head of programme
acquisition at the BBC
theatre
exhibition
Charmed Lives
in Greece
British Museum, London
Rachel CampbellJohnston, page 21
opera
Don Giovanni
film
You Were Never
Really Here
On general release
Kevin Maher, page 20
Kevin Maher meets Garth
Davis, director of Mary
Magdalene, and Michael
Haag asks how true it is
to the Bible stories
What’s on 20-21
Our critics pick the
week’s best films, plays,
exhibitions and more
TV & radio 23-51
“Reality TV is
usually hate TV or
lust TV, but this is
neither. This is
warning TV. This is
‘don’t be like the
people on TV’ TV”
2018 CRAXTON ESTATE/DACS
Almeida Theatre, London
Ann Treneman, page 21
The true story of two
jihadi brides; the best
crime fiction; a novel
about hillbilly butterfly
collectors
Hugo
Rifkind 7
What the critics would pay to see
Summer and Smoke
Books 11-19
Theatre Royal,
Nottingham
Richard Morrison,
page 20
Psycho’s shower scene
unpicked; Scandi-hijack
thriller Below the Surface
Puzzles 52-55
Exhibition
8-9
Sudoku, chess and your
favourite brain teasers
plus the new Quintagram
and Mindset puzzles
Nancy Durrant on
the painter Mary
Cassatt, the only
American to exhibit
it
with the French
impressionists
Cover photograph
Universal Pictures. Detail
of Portrait of Mlle LouiseAurore Villeboeuf by
Mary Cassatt, c 1902
A mother and child
portrait by Mary Cassatt
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cover story
‘I feel offended
that Mary’s
story hasn’t
been told’
Garth Davis tells Kevin Maher how he has
revamped ‘the 13th disciple’ for the Time’s Up
audience in his film on the life of Christ
G
arth Davis loves a challenge. The 44-year-old
Australian film-maker,
who made a huge
splash in 2016 with his
six-time Oscar-nominated debut, Lion, has
gone straight for the mother lode with his
latest effort. He has done a Jesus film. And
not only that, he has cast the laid-back Californian method man Joaquin Phoenix as
JC. And not only that, he has toned down
the Bible stories, retold the miracles without Harry Potter-style magic, and presented everything through the often radical
feminist perspective of the “13th disciple”
Mary Magdalene, played by Phoenix’s
real-life partner, Rooney Mara. And, yes,
not only that, the movie, which is called
Mary Magdalene and is the first biblical
epic of the Time’s Up era, had Harvey
Weinstein as its executive producer.
OK, let’s stop right there. “Creatively I
didn’t have anything to do with Harvey
and never really did,” says Davis, lightly
bearded, softly spoken and gentle of mien
in a swish London hotel room. Weinstein,
he explains, was remarkably “hands off”
on their previous collaboration, Lion, and
equally so on the making of Mary Magdalene. It was during the final days of postproduction of the new film that the Weinstein scandal broke.
“It was an absolute tragedy what played
out, and it was clear to us that we could
have nothing at all to do with him, really,”
says Davis. “And our movie, in fact, is the
antithesis of that, it’s everything that it [the
Weinstein abuse scandal] is not.” Were
there any signs, during the time Davis
spent with Weinstein on the Lion awards
circuit, that he was, well, bad news? “I
found him incredibly passionate and at
times intimidating,” says Davis. “But I was
also aware that he was a man who got what
he wanted. He was passionate about our
film and moved mountains for us, but
equally you could definitely tell that this
was a very, very powerful man.”
He says that there are still some “issues”
being sorted with his producers over Mary
Magdalene’s connection to Weinstein. It
was supposed to be released, for instance,
in the US by the Weinstein Company,
which has since filed for bankruptcy.
When I ask Davis if the film will be released anywhere with the Weinstein Company logo before it he says, aghast: “No.
You can’t put the Weinstein logo in front of
this film!”
And he has a point. The movie is the
definitive anti-Weinstein project. It faces
up to 2,000 years of patriarchal religious
culture and simply turns it on its head. It
says that Mary was one of the prime voices
of Christianity, but was silenced by the
followers of Jesus, and that, crucially, her
message — which was given to her directly
from the man himself — was about dumping the nutty obsession with heaven and
blissful paradise in a world beyond the
grave and instead focusing on the now, trying to be less neurotic and angry and
moody and just being, well, you know, a bit
kind. As Mary says in the movie when reporting back to the disciples with updates
from the risen Christ: “When we let go of
our angst and our resentment we become
like children!”
Is Davis, who is not a practising Christian, worried about offending traditional Christians by skewing everything in the direction of Mary? “I feel
offended that her story hasn’t been
told,” he says. “And it’s not as if we’re
inventing it. We’re working from the
gospels — the gospel of Mark and
the gospel of Mary. We are honouring those things, and treating Mary as
a spiritual figure in her own right. And
maybe it will upset people, but I don’t
think so. How can you be upset by a film
that celebrates unconditional love?”
The film was shot in southern Italy and
Sicily in late 2016 and is notable for its gorgeous “golden-hour” (sunrise and sunset)
cinematography, and an admirable refusal
to get drawn into the miraculous theatrics
of traditional Bible films. Phoenix’s Jesus
mostly does unspectacular, but spectacularly effective, “hands-on” healing (he can
treat blindness, epilepsy and death). “I felt
very alert to the challenges of making the
miracles connect to modern audiences,”
says Davis.
The movie, naturally, is not going to be
everyone’s cup of altar wine, and Phoenix
in particular has been, in early reviews,
castigated for his mellow, southern Californian Jesus. And yet Davis says that this
‘Our movie is
the antithesis
of the
Weinstein
abuse
scandal’
was a deliberate act and the result of intense discussion. “Joaquin and I, together
with the writers, really wanted to find a
way for Jesus to speak that wasn’t just reading out parables,” he says. “That was a
great challenge for us. But for me there
was no one else on the planet who
could play this role. And I just kept
telling Joaquin that throughout.”
Although this version doesn’t
go down the relationship route
explored by Martin Scorsese’s The
Last Temptation of Christ (Jesus
enjoys the fantasy of living as a
couple with Mary) or even The Da
Vinci Code (Jesus and Mary get married), there is a soupçon of romantic
tension between Phoenix and Mara.
“Whoever I cast in these two roles had
to have chemistry, I knew that,” says Davis.
“And I thought, all along, that Rooney and
Joaquin would have that. They both have
this beautiful mercurial quality. But they
didn’t have a relationship when I cast
them. I just felt they’d be quite special together.” So when did they get together? “It
was during the making of the film.
“We’ve shown the film to a lot of nuns,
and they love that we acknowledge there
are human feelings in there, but treated
quite delicately.”
Davis is, interestingly, a reluctant filmmaker (the first one, I think, I’ve ever met).
He always wanted to be a painter. He grew
up in Brisbane, the son of an artist mum
and a dad who worked in advertising and,
in his early twenties, after some fruitless
study at a Melbourne art college, he
moved to Italy, to become a painter and a
“hippy”. When he returned to Australia
(“broke”), he found that some of his early
student short films were suddenly in vogue
and he got pulled into advertising.
Some award-winning adverts followed
(his super-slow motion water balloon promo for a Schweppes campaign is mesmerising), as did the solicitous calls, first from
TV (Jane Campion asked him to direct Top
of the Lake), then from the movies (the
King’s Speech producer Iain Canning asked
him to direct Lion). Lion, the true story of
an Indian-born Australian going back to
the streets of Calcutta to find his birth
family, was a smash hit and awards-season
favourite. It catapulted Davis into a starry
stratosphere for which, he says now, he
wasn’t quite prepared. “I found it a very
surreal experience,” he says. “To make
your very first movie and then get six
Oscar nominations was very rare.”
Davis is based in Melbourne with his
partner, Nicola, and three children. He has
not yet decided on his next project (possibly the true-life Somali kidnap drama A
House in the Sky) and he is clearly aware of
the central contradiction of his professional life. He says that he wants to take some
time off and contemplate the stories that
he wants to tell. Possibly a sci-fi. Maybe a
low-budget relationship drama. Bottom
line, he says, “I definitely know about emotionalism and human connections. Everything else I’ll learn as I go along.”
Mary Magdalene is released on March 16
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GETTY IMAGES
Mary Magdalene,
right, mourns
Christ in a
17th-century
depiction
JONATHAN OLLEY
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Joaquin Phoenix and
Rooney Mara, also
below, directed by
Garth Davis, left.
Right: Chiwetel
Ejiofor as Peter
his film presents Mary
Magdalene as a young
woman who leaves her
fishing village on the
shore of the Sea of Galilee
to join Jesus, who teaches
forgiveness and love in
his mission to bring about the Kingdom of
God. With the disciples she follows Jesus to
Jerusalem, where he cleanses the Temple of
moneylenders, declaring that the Kingdom
of God is not to be bought and sold. Fearing
that Jesus’s actions will incite a popular insurrection, the authorities arrest and crucify him. “You are my witness,” Jesus has told
her, and Mary, alone of the disciples, stands
at the cross till the end. But it is not the end,
as Mary understands when she goes to the
tomb on the third day and finds it empty.
Although Mary stands at the heart of
one of the great spiritual stories, she was
sidelined and ignored by the new religion
promoted by the 12 male disciples, and for
1,500 years the church even slandered her
as a whore. It is a story, the film-makers say,
that sheds light on contemporary issues of
equality and feminism. Going back to the
original texts, the canonical gospels and
also the gnostic gospel of Mary Magdalene, and reading them afresh, the
film-makers have set about getting closer
to Jesus’s message by retelling events from
the perspective of Mary.
Yet much is down to how the sources are
interpreted, and the film-makers are
storytellers, not theologians. That leaves
the question: is their version of the story
well-founded, and does it succeed in rescuing the lives and spiritual quest of Jesus
and Mary from centuries of denial and distortion? Mary Magdalene is a spiritual film,
not a religious one; the spiritual sense is
immediately conveyed by the landscapes
and the silences. It is a gentle, understated,
sometimes slow-motion film. This is also a
love story of a kind, which is maybe why
people prefer to think of Mary as a slip of a
girl and not a matron decades older, which
is quite possible; the gospels do not say.
Mary Magdalene at the Last
Supper
It comes as a surprise in the film to see Mary
sitting with Jesus at the Last Supper. In each
of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark,
Luke) Jesus shares the Last Supper with
“the twelve”, while the Gospel of John
mentions the disciples without giving a
number. In none of the gospels is there
mention of anyone else being there, but
there may have been more, and there
would have been servants bringing the food
and wine. There is no reason why women
should not have been partaking of the dinner along with other followers of Jesus; this
would be entirely normal for a Passover
Seder, at which women would play the
same role as men and also light the candles.
This is a reminder that if the gospels fail
to mention Mary at a scene it does not
mean that she is not there. And at the Last
Supper and elsewhere in the story there
are strong reasons why she should be.
Who was Mary Magdalene?
Probably in a bid to make a contemporary
point about women’s oppression, the film
opens with Mary, a young woman from a
simple village, accused by her family of
bringing shame on them and being possessed by demons for refusing to marry.
“If there is any demon in me,” she says in
the film, “it has always been there.” Jesus
tells her otherwise: “There are no demons
here.” To her family’s demand that “God
made you to be a mother”, Mary replies:
“I’m not made for that life.” Instead, Jesus
tells her, gently baptising her in the waters
of the Sea of Galilee, “you’ll do God’s will”.
Yet the Gospel of Luke tells us she was
by the priesthood and their rituals. He was
talking of that vision of the divine that he
would share with Mary Magdalene in the
gnostic gospel of that name. “You are my
witness,” Jesus tells Mary in the film,
speaking of his love of God that would
condemn him to death.
And then the gospels tell us that “the
chief priests and the scribes the same hour
sought to lay hands on him” and “sought
how they might kill him”.
Resurrection
How faithful to the
Bible is the film
Mary Magdalene?
Michael Haag, author of The Quest for Mary
Magdalene, examines Garth Davis’s film
anything but a poor bullied village girl.
From the beginning she was a great benefactor of the Jesus movement.
Many in those days believed that the
moment of judgment was near. But now
Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee and Perea,
had just cut off John the Baptist’s head, the
event that impelled Jesus to take up John’s
cause and preach his ministry of universal
salvation through baptism. Bypassing the
rituals of the Temple in Jerusalem and its
priests, who were widely seen as substituting religiosity for an authentic relationship
with God, baptism meant a new start, a
rebirth. Baptism was an innovation for all,
especially for women, who were treated as
marginal by the Temple and the Torah.
Mary, who had once been afflicted by
seven demons, suggesting a severe spiritual
crisis, devoted herself to this cause. Jesus
and the disciples had to be fed and cared for
as they travelled Galilee, and it was Mary,
with Joanna, the wife of Chuza, steward of
Herod Antipas, and a number of other
women who, as Luke’s Gospel says, “provided for them out of their own resources”.
So Mary, who is always mentioned first
among the women, was wealthy, probably
high-born and certainly independent, and
kept company with Joanna, a Galilean
aristocrat who had defected from the court
of Herod Antipas, and the like. They had
sufficient means to keep Jesus’s mission
on the road and to help to maintain an
unknown number of wives, children, aged
parents and other dependent relatives left
behind when the disciples “followed him”.
Rivalry between Peter and Mary
Peter, who left his wife and mother-in-law
behind when he followed Jesus, was one of
those disciples who depended on Mary’s
support. But it is not for that reason that in
the film Peter demonstrates an antipathy
towards her. It is her favoured relationship
with Jesus, a spiritual communion.
Much of the story in the film is told in
silences. “Is that what it feels like to be one
with God?” Mary asks Jesus. In the silence
you can hear God, Jesus tells her.
But Peter is more down to earth, and also jealous. “It is not right that he has raised
you up to lead us,” Peter says to Mary.
This intimacy between Mary and Jesus,
and Peter’s rivalry, is barely evident in the
canonical gospels. It is found in gospels of
similar date, known as gnostic gospels,
among them the gospel of Mary Magdalene, that took a radically different view of
Jesus and salvation; it was neither his
death on the cross nor his resurrection
that mattered, rather his teachings, which
he instilled in Mary.
Jesus comes to
Jerusalem and
attacks the Temple
What mattered to
Jesus was not the
Roman garrison stationed in Jerusalem
during Passover by
Pontius Pilate, the
governor of Judea,
rather the practices
at the Temple and
the behaviour of its
priesthood. According to
the three synoptic gospels
Jesus went to the Temple
straightaway, where he violently
cast out the moneylenders and others who
were selling there; they had turned this
“house of prayer”, said Jesus, into a “den of
thieves”, reports the Gospel of Matthew.
“God’s kingdom is not to be bought and
sold,” cries Jesus in the film. After his
symbolic cleansing of the Temple, Jesus
taught there daily and crowds of people
came to hear him. But by what authority
did he teach, the priests wanted to know, to
which Jesus gave them to understand that
his authority, like that of John the Baptist,
came directly from Heaven; he was
asserting direct communion with God,
a free worship of the heart unmediated
Were it not for the Gospel of Luke, where
he mentions those women who travelled
with Jesus around Galilee and financed his
ministry, we would not have heard of Mary
until the day of Jesus’s death. She seems to
appear in the gospels out of nowhere, the
chief witness to the crucifixion of Jesus
and to the events that follow, after the 12
disciples have run away. But the film rightly
makes clear that Mary has been there all
along, witness to the ministry of Jesus and
his closest companion.
“And very early in the morning the first
day of the week, they came unto the
sepulchre at the rising of the sun.” This is
Mark’s Gospel telling about Mary and the
other women visiting the tomb to anoint
the body of Jesus. But they found the
tomb empty and “they trembled and
were amazed”.
And there at Mark 16:8 is where the
original version of Mark’s Gospel ends. The
oldest of the canonical gospels ends with
nobody seeing the risen Jesus; Mary and
her companions see only the empty tomb.
That is the amazing and frightening event.
But 200 years or so later the gospel was
extended and 12 verses were added. This
is the version of Mark found in Bibles
today. The extended version ends with
Jesus appearing before his disciples and
telling them to “go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptised shall be
saved; but he that believeth not shall
be damned.”
This command by the resurrected Jesus
is known as the Great Commission; it is the
basis for the dispersal of the apostles from
Jerusalem to found the apostolic sees and
with it the principle of apostolic succession, which is the fundamental building
block of the hierarchy of the Church.
This was not the message that
Mary knew, not the love and
forgiveness that led to
the Kingdom of God.
For Mary, in the original version of Mark,
the amazement and
fear she felt in the
empty tomb was
the awe one feels in
the presence of the
divine. No appearance of Jesus, no
palpable resurrection, no touching of
wounds, no ascension
into heaven, no sitting
on the right hand of God, no
Church hierarchy nor threat of
damnation was required. Jesus had said,
and Mary understood, that the Kingdom
of God is all around us; it is waiting for
us to enter if we know how. As Jesus
says in the Gospel of Mark: “The time
is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is
at hand.”
In the film, when Mary tells the disciples
about the empty tomb, Peter says they
will now go into the world and preach
the word. To which Mary replies, “I will
speak his words” — his words of
forgiveness and love. Her reward has
been to be denounced by the Church as
a whore.
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Hugo Rifkind on TV
Rather than being plain awful,
Seven Year Switch is just sad
knowing about Olmec sculpture too, or
that Michelangelo’s work on St Peter’s
must be understood alongside the similar
domes being created, simultaneously, on
the mosques of Mimar Sinan.
More challengingly, though, it also
means that the big stuff — the famous stuff
— needs to be considered in the context of
the human urge to scrawl and daub at all,
from Schama’s interminable pre-historicals in the first episode to the sketches
drawn by children slaughtered in the
Holocaust that he gives us in the last.
Where it is cowardly, though, is that this
thesis is left largely unsaid. Perhaps they
all lost confidence in it midway through,
abruptly realising that The Last Supper and
Seven Year Switch
(Channel 4)
Civilisations
(BBC Two)
S
even Year Switch is a new
reality TV show on Channel
4. As the voiceover explains,
it’s a groundbreaking experiment in which married
couples swap partners, to see
if . . . (Cue reality TV favourite
“record scratch” noise.)
Hang on, groundbreaking? Are we sure?
Does this “swap” of “wives” not, perhaps,
ring a bell? In fact, the only ground that
SYS breaks is by considering marital disharmony its raison d’être. There are four
couples here and they’re all in trouble. And
we all know what you do when you want to
save your marriage, don’t we? You go off to
Thailand for a fortnight, to shack up with
somebody else. Yes. Apparently, this show
is a hit in Australia. Now it’s our turn.
Nikki and Simon are boring. Forget
them. Nothing to say. Michelle and
George are sort of attractive, and she
seems very angry, and he seems like a
raging misogynist, and they have an argument about whether or not they’ll take
their sexy pyjamas. Promising. Rachel and
Tom were university sweethearts, only he
still works in a bar and she is, in the words
of the show’s blatantly winging-it therapist, “more ambitious”. It’s a curious sort of
ambition this, and certainly doesn’t extend
to, for example, her having a job. Mainly it
seems to involve rolling her eyes and
nagging. So that’s promising too. And
finally we have Gemma and Tony, who are
absolute gold. They have been together
since they were 15 and have two kids, but
their relationship recently hit a mild setback, in terms of him leaving her at the
altar and moving into his mum’s spare
room because he wanted to shag other
people. Although presumably not in there.
Anyway, off to Thailand they go, divvied
up, to find that each Thai villa has only one
bed. With the Australian version this probably led to sexual tension, but this lot are
British so instead it just leads to repressed
bickering about who is on the sofa.
SYS has been slammed in most reviews
and you can see why. But rather than being
awful it’s just really sad. All of these
couples have children they aren’t seeing
for the whole fortnight, but nobody mentions that. Not long ago all of them were
fun, happy, optimistic and excited by each
other. Then life beat down on them, like a
mix of ennui and hail. “Do something!”
you want to scream. “Do anything!” Or,
better still: “Don’t go to Thailand with
strangers! Go with each other! This would
be almost certainly a better way of saving
your marriage!”
Reality TV is often hate TV or lust TV,
but this is neither. This is warning TV. This
is “don’t be like the people on TV” TV. For
me, the most depressing line was Rachel’s,
after she and her temporary husband,
George, ate some grasshoppers from a stall
in a Koh Samui market. “Tom won’t even
eat a cucumber,” she sighed.
Have you noticed how nearly all the
reviews of Civilisations last week hated it,
whereas all the reviews this week have
been quite a lot kinder? Shall I tell you why
that was?
It’s not just because Mary Beard’s study
of body image (the most recent episode)
was so much more watchable than Simon
Schama’s hour of pointing out the way
Neanderthals in loincloths had made
terribly impressive scratches in lumps of
rock (the first). No, it’s because the BBC
dropped the whole lot on iPlayer in one go
and critics were universally furious.
Tell me I’ve got to watch nine hours of a
Netflix drama in a day and a half and, well,
I’ll cope. Good gig. But a full day of backto-back Civilisations? Genuinely, I wonder
how many people who have compared this
show to Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation have
watched all of both, or even much of either.
Hence pages of feigned disappointment
that it wasn’t just hour upon hour of a man
with bad teeth talking about The Last
Supper being quite good over the sound of
something by Beethoven, as everybody
vaguely feels that Clark’s series was. Hence
also the theory that has been allowed to
swiftly develop that Civilisations is a
flawed, lefty, snowflakey show, a Jeremy
Corbyn “and other forms of racism” of a
show, a big, long, self-triangulating whine.
Those reviewing it this week have had a
bit more time. Speaking as one of them, I
would say that Civilisations is brilliant, but
cowardly. Brilliant, because it has a genuinely thought-provoking thesis at its heart,
which is that context is everything. Most
obviously this means that ancient Greek
sculpture cannot be considered without
lost in thailand
From left: George and
Michelle; Rachel and
Tom in Seven Year Switch
Once they
were happy,
but life has
beaten down
on them like a
mix of ennui
and hail
Beethoven frankly make for better telly
than trying to explain why you’re moving
from Italy to India to Japan to France in
the space of about 30 minutes. Or that
getting overly democratic, whatever the
moving historical context, will inevitably
bring to mind the gallery wall in Take Hart
just before Morph comes along.
Only in the final words of the final episode, in fact, does Schama finally spell out
what “civilisation”, to him, even is. “Its true
strength,” he says, “lies as much in simple
gifts, pots and prints and rugs and carvings, as it does in mighty buildings and fine
paintings.” Agree with this or not, it’s a big,
bold, brave idea. I wish they’d had the balls
to hit it a little harder.
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exhibition
The artist who
put motherhood
in the gallery
A new show in Paris
shines a light on Mary
Cassatt, the American
who fell in with the
French impressionists
and became a superb
painter of children.
Nancy Durrant reports
I
s there anything more delicious
than the arms and legs of a
healthy, fat baby? One person
who would have agreed was the
painter Mary Cassatt. Working in
Paris around the turn of the 20th
century, the American artist has
perhaps never been surpassed at capturing
in paint the soft, squashy flesh, the rounded pot bellies and tiny, artless gestures of
small children. Although plenty of painters of the era, such as Eugène Carrière, or
Maurice Denis, embraced the image of the
mother and child, few could avoid producing work that was sickly sweet or prosaic.
The subject, says Nancy Mowll Mathews,
the co-curator of an exhibition on Cassatt
about to open at the Musée JacquemartAndré in Paris, can all too easily be “sentimental and commonplace”. It is Cassatt’s
tender, expressive paintings of women and
children that have stood the test of time.
(For a startling contrast, look up Carrière’s
— they’re genuinely creepy.)
“Her greatest works are of this subject,”
says Mathews. “If she had been a man,
she’d have done nudes all the time. She
loved painting flesh, it was intriguing to
her to get that tactile sense of the skin,
particularly soft skin. It’s amazing what
she could do with it.”
There are several images of this kind
in the show, but there is other work too.
Cassatt was the only American and one of
the few women who exhibited with the
impressionists in sensational shows that
defied the monopoly of the annual Salon
exhibition.
She died in Paris in 1926 after living
there almost her entire adult life, but this
will be the first comprehensive exhibition
of her work to be held in the city. It will
comprise 50 important works, including
oils, pastels, drawings and engravings,
loaned from European and American
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COURTESY NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON; THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART; BILBAO FINE ARTS MUSEUM
COURTESY MARC ROSEN FINE ART AND ADELSON GALLERIES, NEW YORK; MUSÉE D’ORSAY; TERRA FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN ART, CHICAGO; GETTY IMAGES; PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
tender Left: Little Girl in a Blue Armchair. Above: Woman Bathing.
Top right: Woman and Child in Front of a Table. Right: Summertime
family ties Above: Mother and Child
(the Oval Mirror). Left: Seated Woman
with a Child in Her Arms. Right:
Alexander Cassatt and his son Robert
institutions. Images of fashionable young
women at the theatre, painted during her
early days with the impressionists, later
Japanese-inspired prints of women washing, and loosely worked, musical-themed
scenes from a period spent in Rome will
sit alongside affectionate, light-filled
portraits of Cassatt’s beloved elder sister,
Lydia, and other members of her closeknit family. They include one of her
brother Alexander, who rose to become
president of the Pennsylvania Railroad (a
job that, in terms of clout, was “like being
Steve Jobs or Bill Gates”, says Mathews).
The exhibition is designed to reintroduce the artist and show the relationship
with her fellow painters, says Mathews.
“There were plenty of Americans in Paris
[at that time], but they didn’t really work
with [French artists] and weren’t considered part of the French modern art scene,
except for her.” Cassatt was a lifelong
friend of Camille Pissarro and Edgar
Degas — her quick temper and Degas’
vicious tongue meant the latter relationship was much the stormier. She was close
to Berthe Morisot, the poet Stéphane Mallarmé and Auguste Renoir. The only other
Americans to be invited to exhibit with the
impressionists were James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent, although
neither did. Both found their niche in
England instead. “If you’re a curator of a
museum that has both an American
19th-century collection and a French
19th-century collection, you really don’t
know where to put her,” Mathews says.
Cassatt was born in 1844 in Pittsburgh,
the fourth surviving child, to an old and
wealthy Pennsylvania family. Her father,
Robert, was a successful businessman and
her mother, Katherine, was an elegant and
cultured society figure. Both had a strong
streak of wanderlust and took Mary aged
seven to live for four years in Europe (Paris,
Heidelberg and Darmstadt) where she
learnt French and German. After Mary
relocated to Paris permanently as an adult,
her parents moved there again to live with
her, bringing Lydia with them.
Europe was the right place for a hugely
talented young artist such as Cassatt. “She
was recognised and appreciated practically from the first day she began as an art student,” Mathews says. After training at the
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts she
arrived in Paris aged 21 and was taken on as
a student by one of the city’s most soughtafter teachers, Jean-Léon Gérôme. Two
years later, in 1868, she had a painting
accepted into the Salon’s annual exhibition
on her first attempt.
“A whole bunch of her Philadelphia
friends had gone to Paris and they were all
studying there, all submitting to the Salon,
[but] she was the only one who got in,” says
Mathews. “Everyone knew her, they
expected great things of her. [In America]
she was always considered one of the top
painters and as the decades went on, she
was a celebrity.”
Mary Cassatt:
An American
Impressionist in Paris
is at the Musée
Jacquemart-André, Paris
(musee-jacquemartandre.com), to July 23
the artist Cassatt by her friend Degas
‘She felt that
she could
celebrate
maternity
and be very
open to how
amazing
that was’
It was the invitation from Degas in 1877
to exhibit with the impressionists that
really put her on track. After her initial
triumph she found it as difficult as anyone
to get her paintings accepted by the snooty
club of the Salon. Its juries wanted highly
polished and academic work rather than
innovation or experimentation (and
behind-the-scenes influence also helped).
“She did everything she could to be
accepted. She was ambitious, she wanted
to get to the top as quickly as possible, and
wasn’t afraid of working hard. As a young
artist, Salon success was what you aspired
to,” says Mathews, but “when she was invited to join the impressionists, that offered her the solution that she had been
searching for”.
The impressionist style gave her freedom and the chance to exchange and
develop ideas. As a deeply respectable
woman she wouldn’t go inside the impressionists’ gathering spot, La Nouvelle
Athènes café in the Place Pigalle, but
because it lay on the route to her studio she
would often be called over for a chat. In
any case, says Mathews, her generation of
impressionists was quite different from the
rackety bunch that came after. “They were
all children of bankers and grew up knowing which fork to use. They weren’t like the
next group, they weren’t beating their
wives and abandoning their children.
They were paying their bills.”
During this rich period, the inner life
with which Cassatt imbued her subjects
moved from a sort of dreamy romanticism
towards real psychological depth. She
exhibited with the impressionists until
1886, then created some of her greatest
work, Mathews says. “She was an artist
who was keenly involved, looking, searching, experimenting.”
After seeing an exhibition of Japanese
woodcuts in Paris in 1890 she started to
experiment with colour prints. Her set of
250 hand-inked prints are considered
among the most valuable from the 19th
century. It was also Cassatt’s enthusiasm
for new challenges that led to her motherand-child works. After she was invited to
paint a mural for the Chicago world fair on
the subject of the modern woman, she
began to think about whether women
could paint female subjects better than
men.
Mathews says Cassatt believed that
because men painted male subjects all the
time, women didn’t need to. Instead they
should find female heroes to record and
motherhood was a fitting subject. There
were those who questioned this rather
essentialist position and pointed out that
she was an unmarried, child-free woman.
Mathews says: “That was a sort of legitimate question . . . but she he didn’t feel like
she had to be a mother herself, she felt that
she could celebrate maternity and be very
open to how amazing that was.”
And really, all you need to do is look at
her paintings — the women cuddling,
holding and feeding ducks with tiny,
inquisitive, wide-eyed children, their
stances and gestures utterly real, to see just
how right she was.
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books
The radicals hiding in plain sight
Book of the week
ly realised that his daughters’ flight to
Islamic State had put his own credibility as
a father, husband and a man in question,
which makes his doomed-to-fail rescue
attempts in Syria all the more frantic and
fascinating. Loving, courageous and
dedicated, Sadiq is also haphazard and
maverick. He loses himself to fantasy, on
occasion ripping off gullible Norwegian
journalists with invented stories from the
Caliphate to bankroll his quest.
At one point it seems that Sadiq may
have reeled Seierstad into believing one of
his taller stories too. He tells how, after
nine days of solitary confinement and
beatings in an Islamic State death-row cell,
he escaped by persuading his would-be
killers to undo his handcuffs. He starts
a fight and slips away after one guard
shoots another in the mêlée. It’s the kind
of escape every man would like to pull off,
but really?
Seierstad got into deep water with The
Bookseller of Kabul after the central figure
of her warts-and-all account of an Afghan
family, Shah Muhammad Rais, accused
her of inventing things. She was sued for
defamation and the controversy dragged
on for years. Seierstad finally won the case
on appeal but the affair left a question
The story of two girls’
flight to join Isis and
their father’s effort to
find them is a chilling
modern tragedy, says
Anthony Loyd
Two Sisters
T
I the Syrian
Into
JJihad
bby Asne Seierstad
Virago, 455pp; £18.99
V
T
he day in October 2013 starts
normally enough. “I love you,
Dad,” 16-year-old Leila whispers
to her father as she hurries off to
school. It is the last time her
father will see her or her older sister,
19-year-old Ayan. Neither girl will ever
come back. Instead, they journey to Syria
and are lost to the Caliphate. Their parents
are aghast, incredulous too. How could
this have happened?
So begins Two Sisters, an account of two
teenagers, Norwegians of Somali descent,
who ran away from their family to join
Islamic State. Asne Seierstad tells the
Juma family’s story as if it were a tale about
every parent’s worst fear. A family go to
bed one night; life is good and their home
is filled with love and health; the next day
it is shattered as if an express train has
roared through the walls.
Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist and
the author of The Bookseller of Kabul, goes
back and forth in time, examining the sisters’ gradual radicalisation before their
flight — much of it at the hands of their
Koran teacher, unwittingly hired by the
family. She also recounts the father’s desperate ventures into Syria to try to rescue
the girls. Seierstad builds the story layer
upon layer so that the reader will finish the
book with only one question left unanswered: where are the sisters now?
In hindsight, the path Ayan and Leila
walked to their radicalisation, carefully
tracked by the author, seems so glaringly
self-evident that it is hard to understand
how it was missed. In her lower secondary
school Ayan – the leader of the two — was
a tough, cheerful, confident child, keenly
aware of the oppression so many women
suffered under Islam. But Seierstad notes
the signs of an internal void; in Ayan’s early
teens, for example, one teacher observed
that although the girl knew a string of languages it seemed she did not know “one for
real” — neither Norwegian nor Somali.
This sense of outsidership, of “not
belonging”, common to many religious
radicals, was enforced by a spookily prescient essay Ayan wrote as a schoolgirl called
“Journey into the Unknown”, in which two
sisters absconded from home and went on
an adventure past the “abyss of last souls”
from which they never returned.
That year, 2010, Ayan joined a Muslim
youth organisation, Islam Net. Pious and
purist, inspired by the ultraconservative
Their few exchanges
with their distraught
father become ever
more cold and robotic
Salafist school of Islam, it drew hundreds
of followers from second-generation Norwegian Muslims, who felt detached from
their parents and Norwegian society. The
draw for its followers was “why be a
second-class Norwegian when you can be
a first-class Muslim?” Ayan embraced the
verve and energy of the organisation.
Also in 2010 the girls’ mother employed
a young, dynamic instructor, Mustafa, to
teach her children the Koran, little knowing that he was a radical. His influence,
more than any other, helped to explain
what followed. Their brother Ismael spotted Mustafa’s radical prejudices and was
utterly repelled by his teaching, even as his
sisters were enthralled.
Ayan told friends the
Americans who died
in the 9/11 attacks ‘got
what they deserved’
From then on the girls’ behaviour quickly changed. By 2013, two years after the
start of the war in Syria, both girls were
wearing full niqab. Their school attendance was poor and they argued with teachers. Their views became more extreme —
Ayan told friends that the Americans who
died during the 9/11 attacks “got what they
deserved”. She was happy about Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan and wanted
Sharia law for Norway. She confided privately to one friend that she wanted to
travel to Syria with Leila where they could
“live their lives exactly as Allah wanted, in
the proper Muslim way”. Her parents
seemed unaware of what was going on.
Seierstad’s dispassionate style serves
drawn to destruction
Top: Isis jihadi brides in
Syria. Above: Ayan, left,
and Leila
her well. Her feelings never appear.
Instead a cold, detailed proficiency allows
the reader to see the facts for themselves.
There is no need for literary flourish here,
so none is given.
The book was a challenge to write. For a
start, Leila and Ayan rejected Seierstad’s
repeated attempts to communicate with
them, so their story is told in absentia
through the eyes of their parents, siblings,
friends and teachers. And much of it is told
from a male point of view. Sadiq Juma,
their father, wanted their tale told as a
warning to other families who might
otherwise fail to see the radicalisation
of their children. So the father’s voice is
most frequently heard, and Two Sisters
becomes as much about a father’s desperate search for his daughters as about the
girls’ flight.
Sadiq is a glorious figure. He would often
take part in Somali cultural events in Oslo,
reciting his poetry or playing drums; he
had had his own war experience in Somalia before emigrating to Norway. He quick-
mark over her judgment. This time every
detail appears to have been triple-checked.
Ultimately, Two Sisters is a modern tragedy. And a universal one — the sisters, like
any other young person, were seeking purpose and meaning. But they take a series of
dramatic wrong turns in their pursuit of
godliness.
The pair never want rescuing. Their few
exchanges with their distraught father
become ever more cold and robotic as they
disappear deeper into the dark world of
Islamic State.
It is also a world where its supporters
delude themselves. One of their Norwegian friends, Aisha, had taken her infant
son with her to the Caliphate. The
two-year-old boy was beaten to death by
the man she married there, a ChileanNorwegian foreign fighter, Bastian Vasquez, who was also an Isis propagandist.
Vasquez was given a choice — be executed
or undertake a suicide mission. He lost his
nerve and chose execution. Aisha then
carried on his propaganda work, eulogising Islamic State on Facebook about the
Islamic State as if nothing had happened.
The last we hear from the sisters is in
September 2016 when Leila calls to wish
the family a happy Eid al-Fitr. By then the
sisters are both mothers, each to a daughter, and married to Isis fighters — a Norwegian and a British citizen of Somali
background. They were living together
with their husbands, children and the
families of foreign fighters in a Caliphate
collective.
Seierstad offers no judgment on their
fate. Readers will draw their own conclusions. Many though, will find something
close to home in these pages. None of us
truly knows what teenagers think behind
their closed doors, nor what tomorrow will
bring.
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rave on The teenage years mean increased risk-taking, instant gratification, absence of inhibition — and sloth
I think. UGH. Man landed on moon.”
This is a perfect example, quoted by
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore in her informative
guide to the teenage brain, of the selfabsorption of the typical adolescent. It will
be a familiar picture to anyone who has
been an adolescent — all my friends were
like that — or, even more painfully, to any
adult sharing a house with an adolescent.
As Shakespeare described the stage in The
Winter’s Tale: “I would there were no age
between ten and three-and-twenty, or that
youth would sleep out the rest; for there
is nothing in the between but getting
wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.”
The increased risk-taking, the absence
of inhibition, the sloth, the excessive concern about the views of the peer group, the
inability to delay gratification: these are
well-attested traits of the second decade of
life. Blakemore’s particular contribution to
this picture, though, is that she looks into
what is happening inside the head of the
adolescent.
Her central point is that, since the turn
of the century, cognitive neuroscientists —
she is professor of cognitive neuroscience
at University College London — have
begun to think of adolescence as a distinct
period in the formation of the brain. They
used to think that the brain stopped developing at the end of childhood, but now it
seems that brain development only begins
to level off at the age of 25.
The discovery is important because it
promises to shed light on, for example, the
propensity for adolescents to run risks
even when they are aware of the odds. The
prefrontal cortex, a main site of control,
planning and self-awareness, is still changing shape during adolescence, which
means that the ability to inhibit automatic
responses is not yet fully formed. When
your teenager takes an inexplicable risk,
you now have sovereign scientific authority to say: “Don’t worry, I know your brain
doesn’t quite work properly yet.”
Teenagers are likely to be further mollified by the information that they are, in
this respect, very much like furry animals.
Wombats are notoriously annoying as
adolescents and mice have been found, in
experiments, to drink more alcohol when
in a group than alone. Although one cannot help reflecting, after reading Blakemore’s account of this experiment, that the
same mice might not have drunk anything
if they were left to their own devices.
The case that adolescence is a separate
stage of brain formation is so convincing
that Blakemore is finished with it quickly.
The question is then where that insight
The author says that
three quarters of
mental illnesses start
before the age of 24
leads her and there are times in this book
when you feel you are being taken for a
pleasant canter around the research. As a
lay reader, you will learn a great deal, but
it would be an even better book if Blakemore had argued a case rather more vigorously than she does. She could have done
because there are two fascinating
thoughts struggling just under the surface
of the argument.
The first is contained in Blakemore’s
suggestive title. Research into the brain is
suggesting not a process of self-discovery,
but a process of self-invention. It is an
important difference. The self is not a
thing, located in the brain, that we need to
“find”. A million hippy gap years in India
have been a complete waste of time. The
self is instead something we create in a
complex interaction — which Blakemore
is candid enough to concede nobody fully
understands — between chemistry, psychology and circumstance.
We do know, however, that the brain is
itself shaped by circumstance. Remarkably, the hippocampus, the warehouse of
memory in the brain, is significantly larger
in drivers of London black cabs than it is in
men of a comparable age who do other
jobs. All that Knowledge of the London
landmarks makes their brains bigger. The
same is true for musicians, whose auditory
cortex is, on average, a full 25 per cent
larger than it is in people who play no
instrument. This was fascinating and I
wanted more.
The second theme that might have benefited from greater clarity is the implication of the research for policy. You get the
impression that Blakemore is annoyed at
the idiocy of public policy, but is just too
well-mannered to say so. She says, for
example, that three quarters of mental illnesses start before the age of 24. She also
says that only 0.6 per cent of the NHS
budget is spent on the mental health of
children and adolescents. But she separates the two points by a few pages and
muffles the impact. She has fascinating
insights into the dip in educational performance between 12 and 14 and the
importance of teaching students how to
learn, all of which could have benefited
from more rhetorical assertion.
It was even more intriguing that women
are 40 per cent more likely to suffer from
mental illness than men. This introduced a
new dimension — biological sex — into
the inquiry into brain development and
I would have liked Blakemore to have
instructed me out of my ignorance of the
link between the two. Is there an explanation for the greater incidence of female
mental illness in the structure of the brain
or is it largely a question of external pressure? Again, I wanted more. Maybe this is
the subject of another book.
Still, this is an engaging and interesting
book, written comprehensibly for a nonspecialist audience. You will understand
your children and your former selves
better for reading it and you will bust a
few myths as you go. The “left brain”
(organised, logical) versus “right brain”
(creative, artistic) is a load of rubbish;
nobody yet knows the brain effect of
screen time; and there is no truth to the
common notion that we use just 10 per
cent of our brain power. Although it may
not seem like it, I have used all parts of
my brain simply to ripple the keys to type
this sentence.
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ALAMY
most dangerous qualities: changeability
and the ability to manufacture a persona.
In 1835 she married William King, a
slightly pathetic aristocrat so obsessed
with Byron that he renamed all the fields
of his Surrey estate after his hero’s poems
— Lara’s Field, Corsair’s Field, Harold’s
Meadow and so on.
Ada wrote to a friend that “for the first
time in my life — I may say that I feel without a care on earth” and, taking after her
father, enjoyed a vigorous sex life; a letter
to her husband stated, “I want my Cock at
night to keep me warm” and asked,
The poet left an angry
wife and a brilliant
daughter. This is
their story, says
Alexander Larman
A
lthough Lord Byron’s marriage
to Annabella Milbanke soured
quickly, there was at least some
naughtiness along the way.
Some of it involved the straitlaced Annabella — Byron cruelly nicknamed her “the Princess of Parallelograms” because of her mathematical
obsessions — being introduced to the joys
of adventurous horizontal pursuits.
Byron’s half-sister, Augusta, wrote in an
innuendo-laden letter to Annabella in
1815: “I rather suspect he rejoices at the discovery of your ‘ruling passion’ for making
mischief in private.” What was the mischief? Flagellation? Given Byron’s notorious predilection for buggery, that may
have been the passion he pursued in the
marital bed, as well as with assorted pageboys. Would that the rest of the union had
been so intimate.
Although In Byron’s Wake is a dual biography of Ada Lovelace, Byron’s only legitimate daughter, and her mother, Annabella, the latter is the true protagonist of
Miranda Seymour’s book. Born at Elemore Hall, Co Durham, in 1792, Annabella,
the only daughter of a baronet, was an unusually advanced child. At two she was
able to identify 20 flowers and weeds by
name. She struggled with the important
art of letter writing (“a medium in which
Annabella was never at ease . . . it was a failing of which she was painfully aware”) —
His adulteries and
‘indecencies with
loose women’ were
well known
she was too didactic and gauche. And
although she boasted a “natural simplicity” and “charming manner”, she occasionally launched into violent fits of temper,
one of which ended in a two-day headache.
When she was launched on the matrimonial meat market in 1810 her London
“seasons” had all the intrigue and financial
buccaneering of a Jane Austen novel. She
coolly noted the peccadillos of those
around her in her notebook (“naughty old
Lady Cork is to be shunned by all those
who do not honour iniquity”; “How disgusting he is!” Annabella said after being
ogled at by the portly Duke of Clarence,
the future William IV) and was halfheartedly proposed to, but her real aim
was to tame a bad boy. As Seymour notes:
“Her heart had been obstinately set upon
the reformation of a rake.”
Enter the rake’s rake himself, Lord
Byron, tumescent with the first flush of
fame. Annabella saw Byron as one who
“sought to be of service to the world” and
became obsessed by him. He initially
demurred, saying: “She is too good for a
fallen spirit to know, and I should like her
more if she were less perfect.” Yet he was
intrigued by her. Perhaps he saw the
chance of redemption in her, although
Seymour also suggests that Byron’s
Byron said his wife
was ‘that infamous
fiend who drove me
from my country’
primary attraction to Annabella lay in the
fortune that she was expected to inherit
from her uncle.
Eventually he proposed to her, and was
rejected. Although he made light of it, her
unavailability and the novelty of rejection
excited Byron, who continued his courtship by correspondence, before being
accepted, to his chagrin. (“It never rains
but it pours,” the unenthused groom-to-be
said when he heard the news.) When they
married at Seaham Hall, Co Durham, on
January 2, 1815, 26-year-old Byron regretted his decision immediately; his fellow
bon vivant John Cam Hobhouse, his best
man, described the mournful atmosphere
being as if “I had buried a friend”.
Despite Ada’s birth in December that
year, the marriage had become toxic, not
least because Byron had been pursuing an
incestuous love affair with Augusta. Amid
accusations of cruelty, incest, sodomy and
more, he left England in April 1816, leaving
Annabella and Ada. He was never to
return before his death in 1824. Although
they did not divorce, “his adulteries and
indecencies with loose women; toying
with more than one at the same time
naked”, to quote a contemporary lawyer
and MP, were well known.
It was largely due to Annabella that
Byron’s reputation suffered so spectacularly in his lifetime and afterwards. She
presented herself to sympathetic society
as an upright Christian woman wronged
by a godless rake. Later, aware that his
reputation had not diminished, she sought
to shift the blame on to Augusta, who she
claimed was a Jezebel who had corrupted
family strife Lord
Byron, his wife
Annabella, right, and his
daughter Ada, left
her half-brother. Annabella almost certainly didn’t take another lover in her lifetime. Byron, as usual, comes off badly in
this account, although Seymour attempts
to defend him on the grounds that he was
“not consciously malevolent”, but suffered
from alcohol-induced insanity: mad rather
than bad. Certainly he retained a loathing
for his estranged wife throughout his short
life, describing her, with a touch of hyperbole, in 1819 as “that infamous fiend who
drove me from my country & conspired
against my life”.
As for Annabella, she set about raising
Ada in the least controversial way imaginable. One of her great fears was that she
would become a writer like her father, and
she instructed Byron’s publisher, John
Murray, not to publish anything by “AB”.
Yet “Ada had inherited two of her father’s
In Byron’s Wake
The Turbulent Lives
of Lord Byron’s Wife
and Daughter
by Miranda Seymour
Simon & Schuster,
547pp; £25
coquettishly, that he not “eat her up” when
they next met.
It was, however, her brilliance as a scientific and mathematical pioneer that
defined Ada. As Seymour says: “The birth
of the computer did not depend solely
upon Lady Lovelace, but she unquestionably belongs to the history of that genesis.”
Struggling against her mother’s domineering influence and the sexism of 19thcentury England (one lengthy review
of her work damned her by saying
“only a woman could have written
in such a giddy, skipping,
illogical style about a subject
of such importance”), she also
found herself in competition
for Annabella’s attention with
Medora, Augusta’s daughter
and rumoured Byronic bastard. Seymour is notably harsh
towards Medora, who is usually
regarded by historians as an unfortunate victim of circumstance
rather than the conniving manipulator
she appears in these pages.
l
Ada’s eventful life was made hard by ill
health and cut short by cancer at the age of
36 in 1852, the same age that her father
died. Annabella, meanwhile, lasted until
1860, taking careful pains to preserve her
reputation, a plan soon ruined by posthumous revelations of her husband’s
antics. The enemies she had made in her
lifetime were only too keen to believe the
worst of her, hence her traduced reputation among biographers until now.
Early on, Seymour says of Byron’s
patroness Lady Melbourne that she was
“a woman whose wit was sharper than her
sense of humour”. Such a description
applies perfectly to In Byron’s Wake. This
undeniably intelligent and exhaustive (if
at times exhausting) book makes a decent
case for the rehabilitation of Annabella
Milbanke as neither hapless victim nor
vindictive harpy, and is filled with revealing anecdotes that make skilful use of new
material.
However, it has none of the Byronic flair
and vim that its subjects deserve. In temperament, the book is closer to the cautious, punctilious Annabella than the
visionary brilliance of her husband or
daughter. As Byron wrote: “Truth is always
strange; stranger than fiction.” A dash
more quixotic spirit would have lent this
diligent account the panache to complement its undoubted authority.
Alexander Larman is the author of
Byron’s Women (Head of Zeus)
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MOVIESTORE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
nonfiction
A reluctant
hostage in the
land of nod
Is there anything worse than insomnia?
Narcolepsy for a start, says Tom Whipple
O
ne day Henry Nicholls was
standing in the queue for
coffee at a scientific conference when the woman in front
of him fell. “She resembled a
push puppet, one of those little elasticated
toys that collapses when you press the
button on the base,” he writes.
Then, within seconds, “she was back,
rising Phoenix-like inside her bright
orange dress in perfect time to receive a
cup of coffee and a biscuit”. The queue
behind her remained unperturbed
throughout — focusing instead on receiving their own caffeine hit.
This conference was a meeting of people
who, like Nicholls, suffered from narcolepsy — excessive sleepiness. The woman,
he realised instantly, had a closely related
condition called cataplexy, in which
strong emotion caused her muscles to
relax. He had experienced the same,
collapsing suddenly when watching sports
matches or laughing at jokes.
Sleepyhead is about Nicholls’s narcolepsy, but it is also about why the insights
it has given him should matter to any of us
who have had sleep problems. And that’s
most of us.
Sleepers are somnolent no more. As our
daytimes are filled with artificial night and
our night-times blighted by the flicker of
blue screens, publishers have awoken to
the power of the insomniac pound. In the
past year several self-help books have been
published, which presumably enjoy sales
spikes at 3am, as well as the phenomenally
successful Why We Sleep, by the sleep
scientist Matthew Walker.
Nicholls, a science author most famous
for his book Lonesome George, about a sexstarved Galapagos tortoise, has written
something slightly different. The end
point is the same as the others jostling on
the bestseller rankings — how to get a
good night’s sleep — but the start point is
Nicholls’s own condition: what it is, why he
has it and how it ultimately relates in some
way to most other sleep problems.
Nicholls first realised something was
wrong while at university. “Within an hour
At a support group
for insomnia, he
embarrasses himself
by falling asleep
of waking, it felt as if a smog were seeping
into my brain and anaesthetising my faculties until I was left with no option but
sleep.” His work suffered and when he
attended lectures he dozed off.
The first time he collapsed was a little
later. He was watching TV with a friend,
and a weather presenter came on who had
“somewhat exaggerated incisors”. “I let
out a gentle neigh.” Then, so pleased was
he with his joke, he “slumped back into the
beanbag”, unable to move. None of it, he
confesses, was edifying. What he had
experienced was a little like the muscle
paralysis that happens during dreaming —
but while awake.
To understand what is going on, he
invites us to consider a pack of narcoleptic
dogs, bred for more than a decade in a
laboratory in California. One had the disconcerting (and messy) habit of having a
sleeping partner
River Phoenix, right,
plays a street hustler
with narcolepsy in
My Own Private Idaho
Sleepyhead
Narcolepsy,
Neuroscience and
the Search for a
Good Night
by Henry Nicholls
Profile, 352pp; £16.99
cataleptic attack every time he did a poo.
Several had the even more inconvenient
habit, for the breeders at least, of collapsing mid-coitus — overwhelmed by the
thrill of it all. (This doesn’t, Nicholls
assures us, happen to him.)
All, it was found, shared a particular
mutation — in a gene responsible for making a substance called hypocretin.
The genetic pathways are nowhere near
so simple for most narcoleptics, but the
result is the same. Nicholls falls asleep in
the day because he is missing hypocretins.
These chemicals act like fireworks in the
brain, sending a signal of wakefulness. “If
the hypocretin neurons keep on firing, it’s
like sending up rocket after rocket, so fast
that the sky remains ablaze,” he writes, in
a typically engaging analogy. Narcolepsy,
however, is a fireworks display where “a
few kids are waving sparklers, someone
lights a Roman candle and a Catherine
wheel inspires a half-hearted ‘ooh’ and a
reluctant ‘aah’ before spinning off into the
bushes.”
So why does this matter to those of us
blessed with exciting neurological fireworks displays?
There is a telling passage in the preface
to the book, where Nicholls said he had
planned to write a book solely about narcolepsy. “My agent and publisher encouraged me to go further.” I bet they did.
Those parts of the book about his
personal experience, where he expertly
weaves anecdote and science, are definitely the strongest. Luckily, even when the
book is broadened out to wider sleep problems, these passages are still the majority
of the book.
Because with narcolepsy comes almost
everything else. There are night terrors
(“The thing — the personification of pure
evil — stops at the bedside and theatrically
draws an axe from beneath his cloak”).
There is, ironically, insomnia; at a support
group for the condition, he embarrasses
himself by missing out on instructions
after nodding off. “‘How did that feel?’ asks
[the doctor]. ‘I fell asleep,’ I say, before I
consider how annoying that must sound.”
Most importantly, there is the promise
that, even for narcoleptic Nicholls, the
knowledge in the book has helped him to
overcome many of his difficulties. Which
is something his agent and publisher definitely want you to ponder as you reach for
your Amazon one-click at 3am.
‘We went to the Café de Paris. I was in peacock organza’
A long lost world of
poshness is recalled
in this memoir,
says Kate Saunders
L
ives like this don’t happen any
more. The upbringing that Angela
Huth describes in her enjoyable
memoir was not merely well-off,
not merely posh, but also clever,
unconventional and culturally privileged
to an almost ridiculous extent.
There are lovely old houses, devoted
servants, finishing schools in Switzerland
and galaxies of famous people. Liberace
drops in for dinner. Princess Margaret
sings at her parties. Approaching 80, Huth
is looking back at a world as lost as the one
described by Lampedusa in The Leopard.
In her time Huth has been a painter, a
photographer, a shopkeeper and a television presenter. She is best known now as a
novelist; the bestselling Land Girls (1995)
was made into a film, and she adapted
Virginia Fly Is Drowning (1972) into a television play, with a luminous central performance by her old friend Anna Massey.
It would be wrong, however, to assume
that this is a life without the usual share of
friction. In the time-honoured manner
of the English gentlewoman, Huth doesn’t
go on about the horrid parts. “This could
be my last book . . . and it is not the whole
story,” she says briskly, “but it’s all I’m
prepared to tell.” The tragedies are hurried
through and told with ladylike reticence.
What we get is a series of vividly written
chapters, like snapshots in a high-end
album. Most of these are fascinating, some
Not the Whole
Story
A Memoir
by Angela Huth
Constable, 311pp; £20
hilarious; all are shot through with sparkling asides, such as: “We went to the Café de
Paris. I was dressed in peacock organza.” I’d
be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous. This is the
life I would have designed for myself. And
she was also good-looking — very, very
pretty, which is better than being beautiful.
Angela Huth was born in 1938 to glamorous parents. Her father, Harold Huth, was
a well-known actor who became a screenwriter, director and producer of classic
British films (Pimpernel Smith, The Trials of
Oscar Wilde). Her mother, Bridget, was a
beauty who had come to the marriage
trailing clouds of highly coloured scandal.
At 21 she had met Manuel II, the last king
of Portugal, and he had fallen madly (and
rather sadly) in love with her, despite being
42, married and having a long affair with
the actress Gaby Deslys. Huth grew up in
the mind-boggling knowledge that the
king of Portugal had called her mother his
“ray of sunshine”. The ray of sunshine went
on to marry and divorce a baronet before
settling down with Harold and giving birth
to two daughters.
Angela’s first memory is a single,
dazzling picture of a sunlit market in Santa
Monica, California. Bridget has taken her
tiny children away from the war. This was
a difficult and expensive thing to do, but
the difficulty must have been far greater in
1943, when she decided to come back to
England. By then the marriage was over.
Bridget ran off to live with a French diplomat named Alec. The little girls survived
and thrived because their “near-saintly”
nanny provided security and unconditional love. They also had their father, “the
great inspiration of my life”. Harold was a
charmer and a marvellous teller of stories.
Reading between the lines, however, it is
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It’s illogical, but ‘stretchy’ brains are best
ELLIOTT MARKS/PARAMOUNT/KOBAL/REX SHUTTERSTOCK
A book stuffed with
odd factoids makes the
case for flexi-thinking,
says Hugo Rifkind
Elastic
E
F
Flexible
Thinking
iin a Constantly
Changing World
C
bby Leonard
Mlodinow
M
A
Allen
Lane,
2252pp; £16.99
I
used to know a guy who sold drugs,
and he said the hardest bit of the job
was the conversations. They’d come
around to his flat, the stoners, hand
over the cash, get the hash, and always
want to roll their first joint on his sofa and
have a suitably 1990s pothead chat. About
what, though? His go-to conversational
standbys were the Roswell alien landing
(obviously), bears (more dog or more ape?)
and Maltesers (just how do they make
them so round?). I mention this because,
while reading Elastic by Leonard Mlodinow, my recurring thought was how helpful it would have been for the dealer guy to
have read it.
Mlodinow loves a trippy factoid. The
one about the invention of the jumbo
movie popcorn bag (David Wallerstein, a
1960s cinema executive, realised that
people were too embarrassed at looking
piggish to buy two small ones); the one
about the Second World War American
planes having to crash-land after bombing
Tokyo (they did not have enough fuel to
get there and back to safety); the one about
there being only 600 humans left alive
after some manner of climate disaster
135,000 years ago (adventurous ones,
apparently; the risk-averse were “culled”);
the one about your 30-day survival rate
after a visit to A&E being better if all the
top doctors are on holiday; the one about
it taking Google 1,000 computers networked together to be able to recognise an
animal, even though a child “can do it by
age three, and while eating a banana, and
smearing peanut butter on the wall”.
Woah, dude, roll another.
On and on they come. By the middle of
the book he’s telling you about Roger
Sperry, an American neuropsychologist
who in the 1950s split the brains of cats into
two halves (OK . . .), made them wear eye
patches (good luck) and realised he could
teach one half of these cleaved cat brains
to distinguish triangles from squares (wait,
what?), while the other half remained in
feline oblivion. Then we’re on to how Mary
Shelley wrote Frankenstein by stopping
trying to write a horror story, and why this
is basically the same as the Israelis not
expecting the Yom Kippur war. You get the
feeling that this is the sort of book that will
just go on talking to itself, for ever, even
after you close it and go to lie down in
another room to stare at the wall.
There is a point. It’s a good point and not
even all that complicated. It is basically
that humans are at their very best when
golden oldie Angela Huth in 2015
easy to see why Angela was never homesick when she went to boarding school. The
school sounds heavenly, with hardly any
maths or sciences taught, oodles of Shakespeare and musical visits from the matron’s
cousin Benjamin Britten.
The bolting mother returned in 1950,
when the French diplomat committed
suicide, and quickly acquired a new lover.
“Her affair with Fred,” Huth says, “must be
one of the dullest liaisons on record.” It was
fuelled, increasingly, by alcohol — in those
days consumed in industrial quantities
by practically everyone. Angela and her
sister learnt to monitor Mum’s intake of
booze. Five martinis were “all she could
accommodate before sliding into tottering
wooziness which we hated to witness”.
Young Angela was clever, but university
was vetoed because her mother did not
want a “bluestocking” in the family. Reading between the lines again, you see an
admirable drive and determination; during a miserable sojourn in Paris she took
the equivalent of A levels via a correspondence course that she paid for (£5) herself.
they can escape established patterns of
thinking and instead let their thoughts
become stretchy (elastic) and left-field. No
other animal can do this, and it is the secret
to our success. “Robins’ nests don’t have
bathrooms and squirrels don’t store their
acorns in safes,” he reminds us. Yes.
To advance this point, by means of
many, many examples, he distinguishes
between top-down analytical “tree”
thought and bottom-up insightful “pattern” thought. When Garry Kasparov was
beaten by the chess machine Deep Blue in
1997, he notes, this was inevitable, due only
to processing speed, and the way the
machine could decide between a billion
moves in the time it took Kasparov to contemplate one. Yet the manner in which the
rivals thought was vitally different.
The bot, being top-down, would analytically consider literally every available
option, even terrible ones, following the
branch of the tree that led to the best.
Kasparov, being bottom-up, was doing
Five martinis
were all her
mother could
accommodate
‘before sliding
into tottering
wooziness
which we
hated to see’
can’t compute
An android such as Data
in Star Trek: The Next
Generation is not much
good at “bottom-up”
creative thinking
Google
needs 1,000
computers
to be able to
recognise an
animal. A
child can do
it aged three
Before she could begin a career, however, there was one final ritual to be got
through. “For many years in my working
life I kept very quiet about ever having
been a debutante.” She was one of the last
proper debs, and her chapter about doing
a “season” is one of the best in this book —
packed with intriguing forgotten details.
At the end of the 1950s Huth worked
for Queen magazine, as a writer and
photographer, and it was here that she met
her first husband. Quentin Crewe was
a charming and charismatic journalist,
increasingly disabled with muscular
dystrophy. Their wedding in 1961 was the
last time he walked. The photograph
shows Huth as a radiant bride, in a
wedding dress of her own design.
A daughter was born — Candida Crewe,
who grew up to be a well-known journalist
in her own right. For a few glorious years
the couple lived beyond their means in a
blizzard of famous people (Huth’s pleasant
recollections of Princess Margaret are a
nice, understated counterweight to Craig
Brown’s hilarious, but savage biography,
something far more ineffable, and it’s a
testament to the power of human thought
that it could give sheer number-crunching
heft a run for its money. Ultimately, it’s
the difference between maths and
thought. Or, to put it another way, “Where
is Paris?” is a question a computer could
answer. “Where do you like to vacation?”
is not. To grapple with the latter we need
to think not only in a linear fashion, but
also sideways, setting our own parameters
and then satisfying them. Lordy, but we’re
complex.
Mlodinow is dismissive of the determinist idea that brains, in the end, are just flicking switches. Rather than merely asserting
this, though, he goes deep into neuroscience, hence all that madness about the
cats in eye patches. It is our left brain that
analyses and our right brain that creates.
Or, in the case of one of the little tests that
pepper this book, ask yourself which other
word could go with “pine”, “crab” and
“sauce”. Your left brain could flick through
a Rolodex of options and test them, whereas it is your right brain that may, in a flash
of insight from nowhere you can place,
offer the solution “apple”.
The book drifts into self-help with its
various, all quite vague suggestions for
escaping the tyranny of your left brain and
embracing the creativity of your right. In a
nutshell, stop trying so hard (like Mary
Shelley) and you may suddenly find that
your problems are solved. Mlodinow is
an exhaustingly perky writer at times,
and his CV as a bestselling author, theoretical physicist and, um, Star Trek screenwriter perhaps confirms the impression
that his right brain is exercising a tyranny
of its own.
Sometimes his enthusiasm runs away
with him, such as his musing about the
impossibility of doing imaginative work to
a daily deadline (try getting a job, mate) or
his heartfelt belief that cannabis genuinely
makes people more interesting (hard to
believe if you have ever spent time with a
stoned person who wasn’t yourself).
His core message, though, whenever he
calms down, is well worth hearing.
Perhaps his quotation of John Maynard
Keynes captures it best. “The difficulty,” he
wrote, “lies not in the new ideas, but in
escaping from the old ones.”
Ma’am, Darling). The divorce from
Quentin was obviously sad and messy,
but is mentioned only briefly. Huth then
married James Howard-Johnston, an
Oxford don who specialised in the Byzantine empire, produced another daughter
and lived happily ever after.
Not the Whole Story is a delightful memoir. I was going to describe it as “gorgeous”,
but that is one of the modern vulgarisms to
which Huth objects. There is a list of these
at the back of the book, which made me
feel every inch of my own vulgarity.
“Munching” and “leafy” are both sniffed
at, as are “floral tributes” and “passed
away”, but fair enough — as a former deb
and hobnobber with royalty, you’d expect
Huth to be la-di-da. It adds to the fun. She
is a creature of delicate sensibilities, like
the princess in The Princess and the Pea.
During the war she took nasty medicine
with a tiny sliver of Mars bar, and now she
gets upset when she sees anyone gobbling
a Mars bar in huge, gross mouthfuls. I
will never again gobble a Mars without
remembering this.
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nonfiction
Where have
all the rare
flowers gone?
Finding Britain’s most elusive plants can be a
risky business, Stephen Anderton discovers
‘R
emarkably few botanists seem
to have died for their hobby; at
least not since 1861, when the
plant collector William Wilkins was found at the bottom of
a cliff with a tuft of Alpine Woodsia in the
clutch of his stiffened fingers.” So writes
Peter Marren after he is almost marooned
on a mudbank while searching for an
elusive mudwort.
One expects to hear tales of dangerous
natives and fatal bear pits in the diaries of
19th-century explorers, fighting through
uncharted jungle, but plant hunting in
Britain is assumed to be safe, polite, a lark.
Still, as Alfred Wainwright, that great
chronicler of craggy places, quipped about
Hobcarton Crag in Cumbria: “The silence
is interrupted only by the croaking of the
resident ravens — and the occasional thud
of a falling botanist.”
Chasing the Ghost is only partly about
plants; it’s also a story, a documentary,
about the naturalist Peter Marren’s quest
(to use television’s favourite word) to see
those remaining species that would allow
him, after a lifetime botanising, to say that
he had seen all 1,500 of Britain’s native wild
plants. Quite a quest. And if a risk to life
and limb sounds far-fetched, I should add
that the book explained to me why the
eminent botanist David McClintock walked with a stoop: reaching for a rare heather
on a cliff, he fell headlong on to the rocks.
The spur to Marren’s adventure was
William Keble Martin’s game-changing
The Concise British Flora in Colour, published in 1965, with flower paintings by the
author. It was an inspiration to a generation of young people who were used to
exploring the living delights of botany through older, conservative and
monochrome tomes. By 1980 Keble
Martin (as the book is still known)
had sold a million and a half copies
worldwide. Not bad for the efforts of
a country vicar.
Marren’s plan was to find all the
plants in Keble Martin and tick them
like a birdwatcher, as only a few people
had done before him. There were 50 species Marren still had to find and the most
elusive of those would be the ghost orchid
Epipogium aphyllum, which, according to
botanical experts, may or may not be extinct. Needless to say, the 50 plants that a
field botanist of Marren’s experience had
not already seen were going to be hard to
find.
Marren had to rely on the help and companionship of other botanists and naturalists too numerous to mention here, and so
in each of his 50 chapters, his mini-quests,
Marren takes up with other experts — old
friends and new — who can help him to
find that elusive broomrape or rare cotton
grass. He didn’t quite find them all, but
still, it’s the story that counts. “The twin
summits of field botany,” he writes, “are
finding a flower and making a friend.”
Knowledge and a sense of adventure are
indeed everything when it comes to track-
field of dreams Peter Marren is fascinated by Britain’s native wild plants, including common broomrape, below
Chasing the Ghost
My Search for All the
Wild Flowers of Britain
by Peter Marren
Square Peg, 310pp; £16.99
ing down elusive species. Some of Marren’s
50 were on busy roadsides, with the traffic
swooshing by, others were to be found
only in certain years in the middle of
rainswept boggy moorlands. It has to
be emphasised too that these are not
in the least glamorous plants and
many are evolutionary wimps that
would struggle to survive in any environment, never mind one threatened by man. “We had come to Borrowdale,” says Marren, “to nail the
Thread Rush, Juncus filiformis. I
thought Few-flowered Sedge was a
minimalist plant but, compared to the
Thread Rush, it is a rose.”
Not only did Marren have 50 plants to
find, he set himself the task of finding them
in one year through a series of countrywide excursions. It was a road trip. Marren
also had personal problems to enliven the
journey. To his astonishment, he finds
himself suddenly stricken by diabetes. His
mother dies while he is away plant hunting
in Scotland. Curiously, one begins to miss
some backstory on the author, because we
go through so much with him. What was
he doing before his quest? What does he
look like? Where does he live, this man
we’re getting to know? Sometimes you
could wish this plant detecting would
tip over into a fictional style, like Susan
Orlean’s 1998 The Orchid Thief. Sometimes it’s so nearly there.
Plant hunting here or abroad has always
pulled in great enthusiasts. In Marren’s
case it is a quiet enthusiasm, not academic,
but companionable and intimate. He
delivers easily all kinds of fascinating
thoughts and information about the natural world: the ghastlinesses of lyme disease
contracted through ticks while hunting
wild gladioli in the New Forest; how Diapensia thrives (to minus 58C) on virtually
bare rock by taking nutrition from fungi
that can digest quartz; and the niceties of
pronouncing botanical Latin.
Then there are more human observations: the relative popularity in Britain of
birds versus wild plants (RSPB more than
a million members, Plantlife about
10,000), the great benefits to botany
We learn where to see
the Tintern Spurge
without coming
across doggers
gained by the early retirement of a generation of amateur experts and, most curiously, where to see the Tintern Spurge without
encountering doggers.
There is philosophy too. He understands
that no ecosystem has a perfect moment to
which it ought always to be restored. Environments change for better and worse,
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wane. Ecology is flux. And does he find the
ghost orchid? Well, he’s philosophical
about that.
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A man on the border of despair
JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES
Should a border
guard feel so guilty
about intercepting
Mexican illegals,
asks Robbie Millen
nonfiction
Other Minds: The Octopus and the
Evolution of Intelligent Life
by Peter Godfrey-Smith
William Collins, 255pp; £9.99
Peter Godfrey-Smith is a professor of
philosophy of science who became
intrigued by the intelligence of
octopuses while diving off Australia.
There are about 300 known species,
ranging from an inch in length to the
giant Pacific octopus that can weigh
100lb and span 20ft from arm tip to
arm tip. Aside from its eyes and beak,
an octopus has few hard parts, but this
has advantages such as an ability to
squeeze through holes the size of its eye
ball. Other Minds is a fascinating and
often delightful study of this unusual
creature. Damian Whitworth
‘T
hat’s the worst part, the senior
agents would always say, the
smell. During my first week
at the station, one of them
suggested I carry a small tin of
Vicks VapoRub with me wherever I went.
If you come upon a dead body, he said, rub
that shit under your nose, or else the smell
will stay with you for days.”
Useful advice for a rookie border patrol
agent. Crossing the desert in Arizona or
Texas in 115-degree heat is a mortal risk;
murderous narco gangs another. Between
2000 and 2016, more than 6,000 deaths
were reported by agents along America’s
border with Mexico.
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco
Cantú is about his four years, 2008-12,
working as a guard on that border. The
most powerful parts of the book are when
he describes what he saw.
Once he was called out to question two
teenagers who had set out from their Mexican village with an uncle who had died in
the desert heat. By the time Cantú arrived
“his skin was turning purple with dependent lividity”, his limbs stiff with rigor mortis.
The older man had taken caffeine uppers to
give him energy, washed down with homemade liquor. A few hours later he was staggering around like a drunk. “Alone at the
edge of the road, they walked for several
miles in the August heat until the dead man
finally lay down to die.” An everyday story
about death in the desert.
More tragic still, the boys had wanted to
stay with their dead companion, but had to
be taken away to be processed and deported. The corpse, which came under the jurisdiction of the tribal police, had to be left
overnight. It’s a terrible image, a man alive
only a few hours earlier, mouldering alone
in the midnight desert.
There are many tales that add a human
face to the great flow of illegal migrants —
Cantú has to translate for two bewildered
and frightened girls, nine and ten, desperate to call their mother; he finds two young
men, lost and wandering aimlessly — they
share their bag of grasshoppers and dried
fish before he arrests them. He detains a
young man, hysterical and blubbing after
getting lost; when he recovers he declares
that his dream is to sell heroin in America.
Later Cantú is moved to a border patrol
intelligence centre. Each day an email
arrives from the Drug Enforcement
Administration containing information and photographs of cartel
activity on both sides of the border.
“Acapulco, Guerrero: Two dismembered bodies found cut into
23 pieces near entrance to karaoke bar, decapitated heads
hanging from velvet ropes, faces
peeled off and draped on poles.
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas: Four
mutilated bodies left on display in heavily
trafficked downtown area, accompanying
narco message — ‘This happened to me
for being a snitch and a pussy, but I swear,
I’ll never do it again’ ” . . . and so bloody on.
At one point his boss tells him: “I need to
paperbacks
keep out Undocumented immigrants held in Texas after crossing the border patrolled by Francisco Cantú, below
The Line Becomes
a River
by Francisco Cantú
Bodley Head, 247pp; £14.99
know who’s a scumbag and who’s just a
PoW . . . a plain old wet.” Narcotic and
people smuggling go hand in hand. Cantú
says that, as border crossings have been
made more difficult, traffickers have
increased their smuggling fees — and the
cartels have moved in, smelling profits.
These gangs also have a lucrative line in
extortion and ransom. Migrants are shepherded to “drop houses” in southwestern
cities. In Phoenix, Arizona, the authorities
discovered 169 such houses in 2008 and
194 the year before. Twenty-two men were
found sleeping in one small bedroom; some
had been beaten and ordered to reveal
phone numbers for their relatives in America who were then menaced for ransoms.
“Border guard” conjures a notion of a
grizzled, whiskey-voiced tough guy — Lee
Marvin, maybe. Cantú looks like a hipster
in a bolo tie. While most of his colleagues
were ex-soldiers, cops or blue-collar men,
Cantú joined the force aged 23 after graduating from a Washington DC university,
where he studied border security, immigration and international relations.
“When I made the decision to apply for
this job, I had the idea that I’d see things in
the patrol that would somehow unlock the
border for me,” he says. One is left with the
dishonourable thought that he became a
border agent to find material for a book. It
made this old cynic a mite more suspicious
of his testimony and conclusions.
Alas, Cantú does not stick to reporting his experiences. After leaving the
force he got an MFA in creative
writing. It shows. He weaves into
his narrative descriptions of his
bad dreams, as well as visits to the
dentist — he is grinding his teeth
at night. He also gives space to a
discussion of Carl Jung and the
nature of dreams. It’s like the joke
about the creative-writing graduate
t — “I’ve finished the book, but I’m
just going back to add in the symbolism.”
Cantú’s musings occasionally slip into
the mind-mush of modern academic
bollocks. He quotes approvingly one essayist: “Pain is a complex phenomenon which,
in the first place, calls into question our
most basic notions of what constitutes reality . . .” and “the ‘social languages’ of pain are,
in fact, ‘political languages’ as well, languages in which bodies decipher their power
relationships with other bodies.” Does it
mean anything? Answers on a postcard.
His disillusionment with his old job
becomes stark in part three, the most moving section. While Cantú is working as a
barista, a colleague, José, an illegal immigrant, is detained while trying to return to
America after visiting his dying mother in
Mexico. A hardworking husband and
father of three sons (8, 10 and 15), José is a
decent man; you root for him.
Cantú feels ashamed of his old job. He
confesses to José when he visits him in
prison that he had arrested criminals, but
mostly people looking for a better life.
Cantú’s mother, his very own Polly Toynbee, scolds him that “you are no longer
severed from what it means to send someone back across the border”. She thinks the
border police cruel and racist. Thanks
mum. It’s not a directly political book, but
the tone is liberal self-flagellatory.
José, speaking from jail, is more sensible.
“I am still grateful to the United States,” he
says. “If I am arrested crossing the border,
I understand it’s part of the system . . . I
don’t want to cause harm to the country,
but I have to break the law.” The dilemma
is captured. It is undoubtedly the right
thing, morally and financially, for José and
his family, for him to live illegally in the US.
Yet illegal immigration carries obvious
dangers for America. There are at least
11 million illegal immigrants, swelling the
size of the black economy. In such shadows
la violencia, la corrupción of Mexico can
grow, allowing the gangs to flourish.
There is no easy answer to how to police
1,954 miles of border, but someone has to
do it — there are 130 million Mexicans
with every reason to leave their ill-starred
country . “I’ll eat grass, I’ll eat cactus,” says
José, “I’ll drink filthy cattle water . . . I will
keep coming back. I will keep crossing,
again and again, until I make it, until I am
together again with my family.”
The Moor’s Last Stand: How Seven
Centuries of Muslim Rule in Spain
Came to an End by Elizabeth Drayson
Profile, 206pp; £9.99
In 1492 Boabdil, the last Sultan of
Granada, surrendered to King
Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. As he
gazed back towards his city, he burst
into tears. That brought his mother’s
scorn: “You do well, my son, to cry like
a woman for what you couldn’t defend
like a man.” Historians have echoed her
judgment. Elizabeth Drayson describes
instead a refined young man who had
the courage to reject martyrdom — and
saving his Moorish subjects from
slaughter at the hands of their Christian
conquerors. It’s an enthralling and
tragic story. Gerard DeGroot
fiction
Soot by Andrew Martin
Corsair, 342pp; £8.99
It is 1799 and silhouette paintings are all
the rage in fashionable York. One of the
city’s foremost shade painters is found
dead in his studio. One of his sitters is
likely to be the culprit — but there
are no names to track down, just the
mysterious black profiles. Fletcher
Rigge, a young debtor, is hired to track
the suspects. He has one month to find
the killer, otherwise his employer —
the dead man’s raffish son — will have
him thrown back into debtors’ prison.
The novel’s many voices are written
with skill, and York’s parallel worlds of
fashion and poverty are vividly created.
An enticing and clever book.
Antonia Senior
Defectors by Joseph Kanon
Simon & Schuster, 290pp; £8.99
In 1949 Frank Weeks, a top official in
the CIA, shocked the US by defecting
to Stalin’s Russia. It is now 1961. His
brother Simon, who had to abandon his
career in the State Department because
of Frank’s treachery, has become a
publisher. Simon arrives in Moscow
with the task of editing Frank’s memoirs.
Simon worries that the book will be
KGB propaganda, but cannot resist the
chance to meet his brother for the first
time since his flight. Simon soon finds
that the invitation is a smokescreen for
a risky plan. Joseph Kanon is up there
with the very best of the present crop of
spy thriller writers. Marcel Berlins
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crime/fiction
ALAMY
The detective
who won’t die
A spy taking on Isis, noir thrills in
smalltown America and a crime fighter
reborn. Marcel Berlins tips top reads
T
hat James Wolff is a pseudonym
should come as no surprise to
the reader of Beside the Syrian
Sea, his superb debut. The writer
has obviously been somewhere
or something in the spy business. This
emerges not so much in the main storyline, but in the fascinating surrounding
details. Moreover, Wolff has written a
work that seems not to have depended on
copying the style and structure of the
usual tales of espionage.
His flawed spy hero, Jonas Worth, is out
of his depth when confronted with news
that his aged father has been kidnapped by
Islamic State and will be soon executed if
a large ransom is not paid. Her Majesty’s
government refuses to pay up and Worth’s
spy service bosses treat his desire to free his
father more as a hindrance than as something they ought to be doing. Worth
muddles away, stealing secret documents
that he tries to use to bargain with Isis.
Much happens along the way.
Laura Lippman’s Sunburn grips like
those classic Hollywood black-and-white
movie thrillers of the 1930s and 1940s. A
man and a woman meet in the lazy bar of
a small, shabby American town. The
woman is escaping, the man chasing, but
Beside the Syrian
Sea
by James Wolff
Bitter Lemon,
318pp;
£13.99
Sunburn
Book
of the
month
by Laura Lippman
Faber, 290pp; £12.99
Name of the Dog
by Élmer Mendoza,
trans. Mark Fried
MacLehose, 255pp; £14.99
Money in the
Morgue
by Ngaio Marsh and
Stella Duffy
HarperCollins, 299pp; £14.99
Girl on Fire
by Tony Parsons
Century, 410pp; £12.99
as seen on tv Patrick Malahide plays Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn
we do not know why. Things happen
between them that were not planned.
Elsewhere, the manipulator of their meeting begins to show dissatisfaction. Gradually, we’re told what’s at stake. Shady pasts
are revealed, betrayals flourish and sudden
deaths occur. Profoundly atmospheric,
Sunburn unsettles from its first page.
Élmer Mendoza, a much-respected
Mexican novelist, is now widely known as
the “godfather of narco-lit”, a sub-genre of
crime fiction where the villains are usually
members of vicious drug cartels. Set in the
city of Culiacan, Name of the Dog is the
third appearance by the likeable detective
Edgar “Lefty” Mendieta. The story mixes
his dangerous police duties with his personal problems, such as the appearance of
a teenaged son of whose existence he was
ignorant. Other characters include an
infiltrator of the drug lords, a killer of dentists and Samantha Valdés, the boss of the
Pacific Cartel, with whom Lefty has an
ambiguous link. He’s witty, cynical and
despairing, but never less than entertaining. Readers may occasionally have to
check the useful cast list to remind themselves who’s who. It’s worth the effort.
Ngaio Marsh wrote 32 novels featuring
the CID detective Roderick Alleyn; the last
one appeared in 1982, the year she died.
During the 1940s she began a novel, but
gave up after three chapters, leaving a list
of ideas on how it was to continue. Stella
Duffy, a prolific author with several
excellent crime novels to her name, has
completed Money in the Morgue — the
33rd Alleyn thriller. Most writers of “continuation novels” — follow-up books of
well-known dead authors — are given
freedom to invent their own plots. It is
much more difficult to follow instructions
from the grave. Duffy was faced with
Marsh’s insistence that the entire action
must take place over one night. Inspector
Alleyn is in a hospital, unreachable from
outside, at which a lot of money is stolen.
Duffy captures Marsh’s style, dialogue and
mood brilliantly.
What impresses about Girl on Fire is
Tony Parsons’s almost old-fashioned
mastery of storytelling. Moreover, he raises real issues of today and accompanies
them with intelligent debate. His sympathetic hero, DC Max Wolfe, is caught up in
a controversial raid in east London that
ends in the death of two terrorist brothers,
but also of a policewoman. Others are
killed. Is he partly to blame? The question
is asked: how much are parents responsible for their children turning to terror? A
side plot of Wolfe fighting for the custody
of his seven-year-old daughter is remarkably moving.
The lords of the butterflies Crass, clichéd, classy
Hillbilly
lepidopterists
make for an
entertaining
and eccentric
tale, says
James
Marriott
The Killing of
Butterfly Joe
by Rhidian Brook
Picador, 383pp; £14.99
F
ictional cliques are a good way to
catch readers. All children (and a
distressing number of adults)
want to go to Hogwarts. Everyone
who has read Donna Tartt’s book
The Secret History wants to hang out with
her gang of haughty classicists. And now
I’d quite like to be mates with a gang
of hillbilly butterfly salesmen from
upstate New York, the heroes of
Rhidian Brook’s novel The
Killing of Butterfly Joe. Brook
is a novelist and screenwriter; his previous book,
the bestselling The Aftermath, will be released as
a film this year.
Llew Jones, a slacker and
a Welshman, is staying in
America with his aunt while
he “writes” (ie doesn’t write) his
novel. Our story opens as he
dreams by a waterfall. He looks up and
encounters Joe, an enormous redneck
butterfly salesman. Then Joe’s sister
Mary-Anne emerges, mythologically
naked, from the water. Llew is hooked.
He wants in on the butterfly-selling gig —
and on Mary-Anne’s nudity.
Llew (whom Joe rechristens “Rip”) is
vetted by the company’s boss, Joe’s insane,
fire-scarred mother. She finds him honest
and dispatches him on the team’s megamission, to sell a collection of the world’s
rarest butterflies to the fantastically
wealthy Mr Roth (nicknamed “The
Wizard”). What’s the dig at Philip Roth?
Does Brook think he’s a pathetic con
man like the wizard in The Wizard of Oz?
Is this Brook’s stab at writing a Great
American Novel?
Well, it’s not that. But it is a wonderful
entertainment. Llew bombs around
America, flogging butterflies.
Meanwhile, he’s forced to
choose between Joe’s two
sisters: chaste, academic and
good Isabelle, or beautiful,
busty and bad Mary-Anne.
That slightly sexist dynamic will doubtless cause a fair
number of readers to roll
their eyes; it’s hard to escape
the feeling that Mary-Anne is
being punished for being sexy.
As the book progresses, the
spectre of Joe’s absent father, a monomaniacal academic lepidopterist, looms
portentously. Will Joe really die? Will the
team’s precious deal collapse?
Brook could have fleshed out his
eccentric heroes rather more. They’re
as brightly painted as butterflies, but
sometimes feel almost as insubstantial.
Although if you’re just along for the jaunt,
I imagine you would scarcely notice. This
is a thoroughly readable and appealingly
eccentric book.
It may be a formulaic
beach read, but this
thriller is riveting,
says Melissa Katsoulis
Tangerine
by Christine Mangan
Little, Brown,
320pp; £14.99
T
angier, 1956. Newlywed Alice
Shipley, a willowy American,
has moved to the city with her
husband, but finds the heat and
crowds overwhelming. Travelling to meet her is Lucy, a friend from the
Virginia college where they were roommates. Alice wears pretty frocks and stays
indoors, but bold Lucy dresses in trousers
and relishes the sights and smells of north
Africa. When Lucy turns up unannounced,
it’s unclear at first whether Alice’s reluctance to let her in is because of her frail
mental state, or something more sinister.
Well, it would be unclear if you’d missed
the massive quote on the cover from Joyce
Carol Oates comparing Tangerine to
Highsmith and Hitchcock. Or the notice
that the film rights to this debut novel have
been bought by George Clooney, with
Scarlett Johansson to star.
This is Girl on a Train meets The Talented
Mr Ripley under the Moroccan sun. The
friendship between Alice and Lucy turns
out to be severely unstable, mirrored by
political unrest on the streets. One of the
women is unhealthily obsessed with the
other and there’s a secret in their past that
haunts their wanderings through the
heady backstreets of Tangier and emerges
in a nasty finale.
The story is so formulaic and the prose
so basic that it’s a wonder the book is as unputdownable as it is. Easy beach reads such
as this are fascinating things: predictable,
insubstantial and full of cliché (swarthy
gentlemen in funny hats, the surprising
refreshingness of mint tea on a hot afternoon, or the dizzying debauchery of a jazz
club where expats mingle with locals). Yet
that’s why they are as popular as horror
films and nursery rhymes: because they
speak to our primitive need to hear the
same, dark tales over and over again.
Tangerine is an old travel poster in literary form. Actually, it’s a screengrab of an
Instagram post of a vintage travel poster:
so filtered and cropped that its artificiality
is a given, yet that doesn’t spoil the fun.
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bestsellers
audiobook
of the
week
Travels with a Donkey in
the Cévennes by Robert
Louis Stevenson, read by
Billy Hartman, Naxos,
2hr 38min, 2 CDs £10.99,
download £7
In 1878 Robert Louis
Stevenson had published
only one book, An Inland
Voyage, the tale of a
canoeing trip through
France. So in that year he
set off for his next foray —
touring the mountainous
Cévennes region in the
Midi, sleeping under the
stars and wandering at
will. “I travel not to go
anywhere, but to go,”
he says in his opening
chapter. “The great affair
is to move.”
Like all novice
travellers, he took too
much with him, stuffed
into a sheepskin-lined
sleeping bag of his own
design. To carry it he
acquired Modestine, a
“she-ass not much bigger
than a dog, the colour
of a mouse, with a kindly
eye and a determined
under-jaw [and] a faint
resemblance to a lady of
my acquaintance”. His
120-mile journey took
him a dozen days, much
of it spent cursing and
goading the recalcitrant
Modestine. The result is a
romantic, funny classic of
travel literature that Billy
Hartman’s soft Edinburgh
accent suits very well. It
inspired John Steinbeck’s
Travels With Charley,
which became, to my
mind, the best travel
audiobook yet.
Christina Hardyment
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children’s book
of the week
Why mess with a
blockbusting format,
asks Alex O’Connell
Good Night Stories
for Rebel Girls 2 (5+)
by Francesca Cavallo
and Elena Favilli,
Timbuktu, 212pp; £25
It’s hard not to
celebrate this
follow-up to last
year’s publishing
phenomenon, which
has brought in a tide of
copycat titles about strong/
overlooked/fabulous women.
The first Rebel Girls sold
more than a million copies
in 2017 and was a Sunday
Times and New York Times
bestseller.
The writers, Italians
living in California, have
returned triumphant with
100 more stories about
women who have rocked our world.
As before — why mess with a winning
format? — each subject gets a single
page of biography and a portrait by a
woman illustrator, overlaid with a
personal quote cum motto.
The choices are excellent, ranging
IT BEGINS, THEY SAY,
WITH A WOMAN
SCREAMING…
‘A fabulous Gothic thriller’
‘Pure edge-of-the-seat stuff’
K AT E M O S S E
JULIE MYERSON
‘Atmospheric, spellbinding.’
‘A genuinely terrifying read!’
A . J. F I N N
bestselling author of TheWoman in theWindow
from the familiar to the
fr
unknown, historical figures
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(Nefertiti and Boudicca) to
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the present (Chimamanda
th
Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian
N
novelist and feminist, and
n
the Italian fencer Beatrice
th
Vio). There’s a good dose of
V
glamour too: Madonna,
gl
Oprah and Beyoncé. And
O
JK Rowling has Pottered in.
Quite right too.
Q
It’s a feat of editing to make
a page out of
o lives such as these, and
mostly the important achievements are
put down. Yet writing each in the style
of a bedtime story becomes samey.
“Once upon a time” or “Once there
was a girl” lead us into most tales. If the
stories are read one after the other — as
my ten-year-old did — this can pall.
Another minor gripe or two. Most
girls reading this in 2018 will have been
told they can do anything and the trope
throughout — that these women
couldn’t despite being brilliant (until
they just about could) — may act as
negative conditioning for some younger
girls, not yet sophisticated enough to
grasp fully their place in history.
Elsewhere, some of the stories (that
of Audrey Hepburn, pictured, is one)
can feel a little too sanitised. I’m not
suggesting that brutal details are
included, but kids can cope with
later-life struggles. I expect readers will
be more honest with their own mini
memoirs: there is a “write your story”
page at the back as well as a glossary and
a beautiful map for your bedroom wall.
£5
OUT
NOW
AMY ENGEL
bestselling author of The Roanoke Girls
Selected stores. Excludes Express. While stocks last.
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the critics’ choice
Films Kevin Maher
Top pick
You Were Never
Really Here
Lynne Ramsey, 15
(90min)
{{{{{
A dark, disturbing and
often abstract crime
movie that features
Joaquin Phoenix on
career-high form as a
brutal avenger hunting
down paedophiles.
Kevin Maher
Wonder Wheel
Woody Allen, 12A
(101min)
{{{{(
Kate Winslet is incendiary
as a frustrated actress,
married to a slob (Jim
Belushi) in Allen’s tricksy
period yarn, set in 1950s
Coney Island, co-starring
Justin Timberlake. KM
Sweet Country
Warwick Thornton, 15
(113min)
{{{{(
Grim but beautful outback
counterpart to the recent
Hostiles — white farmers
abuse Aboriginals under
the harsh sun of 1920s
Australia. Ed Potton
Gringo
Nash Edgerton, 15
(110min)
{{{((
A winning turn from David
Oyelowo as a Nigerian
businessman trapped in
Mexico lifts this above
sub-Tarantino tosh. KM
The Divine Order
Petra Volpe, 12A (96min)
{{{((
A sweet if formulaic
comedy about women
campaigning for the vote
in 1970s Switzerland. EP
Game Night
John Francis Daley,
Jonathan Goldstein, 15
(100min)
{{{{(
Jason Bateman stars in a
fun comedy-thriller in
which a murder-mystery
evening is hijacked by real
criminals. EP
A Fantastic Woman
Sebastián Lelio, 15
(104min)
{{{{(
An exquisite Chilean
Oscar-winner about love,
grief and familial conflict
that also packs a political
wallop. KM
Joaquin Phoenix, left, in You Were Never Really Here
The Nile Hilton Incident
Tarik Saleh, 15 (111min)
{{{{(
A film noir set among
corrupt Cairo cops on the
eve of the fall of President
Mubarak. KM
Kate Winslet stars
in Wonder Wheel
Dark River
Clio Barnard, 15 (89min)
{{{{(
A saturnine Yorkshire
drama, with Ruth Wilson
as a woman returning
to the family farm and
painful memories. EP
I, Tonya
Craig Gillespie, 15
(120min)
{{{{(
Margot Robbie plays the
disgraced American ice
skater Tonya Harding in a
thriller-cum-postmodern
comedy. KM
Finding Your Feet
Richard Loncraine, 12A
(111min)
{{{((
Improbable grey-pound
comedy — Calendar Girls
meets Strictly Ballroom,
but with steel. KM
Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig, 15 (94min)
{{{{(
Saoirse Ronan plays a
schoolgirl dreaming of
New York in this sweet but
substantial comedy. EP
Loveless
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 15
(127min)
{{{{(
Gripping tale of a Russian
marital meltdown, with
runaway child and
manhunt. KM
Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson,
15 (130min)
{{{{(
Daniel Day-Lewis plays a
couturier in 1950s London
in a film that entrances
and infuriates. KM
Black Panther
Ryan Coogler, 12A
(134min)
{{{{(
A black superhero movie
that springs vividly to life,
with a charismatic cast —
especially Michael B
Jordan — and loving faith
to the Marvel brand. KM
Coco
Lee Unkrich, Adrian
Molina, PG (104min)
{{{{(
Pixar’s rousing tear-jerker
about family and fame, set
during Mexico’s Day of
the Dead. KM
The Post
Steven Spielberg, 12A
(116min)
{{{{(
Tom Hanks and Meryl
Streep play the journalists
who defied Nixon. KM
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh, 15
(115min)
{{{{{
Frances McDormand won
the Oscar for best actress
as an avenging mum
in this film full of
melancholy, violence and
gags. KM
Darkest Hour
Joe Wright, PG (125min)
{{{{(
The Oscar-winning,
latex-lathered Gary
Oldman plays Winston
Churchill on the eve of
Dunkirk. KM
Classical & opera Richard Morrison
Top pick
La traviata
Can English National Opera’s artistic
director, Daniel Kramer, lift his
company’s variable fortunes with this
Verdi production? It is said to be
“ultra-romantic”, which is a good start.
Coliseum, London WC2 (020 7845
9300), Fri, in rep to April 13
Hallé
Shostakovich’s superb Eighth Symphony
is conducted by Mark Elder, preceded by
Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D minor
(Charles Owen the soloist). Bridgewater
Hall, Manchester (0161 907 9000), Thur;
Sage, Gateshead (0191 443 4661), Fri
Don Giovanni
Alessandro Talevi’s Mozart production
has the libertine hopping through
different eras. Excellent Opera North cast.
Theatre Royal, Nottingham (0115 989
5555), Wed & Fri
London Symphony Orchestra
John Eliot Gardiner conducts Schumann
and Berlioz (Sun) and Schumann and
Mozart (Thur). Barbican, London EC2
(020 7638 8891) Sun & Thur
Flight
The Royal Academy of Music inaugurates
its new theatre with Jonathan Dove’s
bittersweet comedy about strangers
trapped in an airport. Royal Academy of
Music, London NW1 (020 7873 7300),
Mon, Thur & March 17
La Mer
Debussy’s briny masterpiece, plus
Schumann and Stravinsky, played by the
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla.
City Hall, Sheffield (0114 278 9789), Fri
Maurizio Pollini
Veteran Italian pianist plays to his
strengths with a Chopin and Schumann
programme. Royal Festival Hall, London
SE1 (020 3879 9555), Tues
The Marriage of Figaro
English Touring Opera presents an
excellent cast of rising black and minority
Opera
North’s
Don
Giovanni
ethnic singers in Mozart’s comedy. Hall
for Cornwall, Truro (01872 262466), Tues;
Lighthouse, Poole (01202 280000), Fri
Book now
Mass
In his centenary year Leonard Bernstein’s
enormous work — part music theatre,
part ritual — is staged by the National
Youth Orchestra and several other
ensembles. Marin Alsop conducts Jude
Kelly’s production. Royal Festival Hall,
London SE1 (020 3879 9555), April 6 & 7
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Top pick
Top pick
Mute (15)
{((((
Berlin-set Netflix sci-fi dud
Tacita Dean: Still Life
and Portrait
Taking over two
neighbouring galleries,
the artist looks at the
legacy of the still life and
focuses on portraiture
that takes film as its
medium. National Gallery,
London WC2 (020 7747
2885), and National
Portrait Gallery, London
WC2 (020 7306 0055),
Thur-May 28
Summer and Smoke
Patsy Ferran is sensational
as Miss Alma, the uptight
minister’s daughter torn
apart by her attraction to
the sexy unruly boy next
door. Rebecca Frecknall
directs Tennessee
Williams’s play about love
and lust with astonishing
confidence. Almeida,
London N1 (020 7359
4404), to April 7
Mom & Dad (15)
{{(((
Tedious schlock with
Nicolas Cage
Walk Like a Panther (12A)
{((((
Woeful wrestling comedy
Bombshell: The Hedy
Lamarr Story (12A)
{{(((
Formulaic film-star doc
Veronica (n/a)
{{(((
Disappointing Netflix
horror from Spain
Red Sparrow (15)
{((((
Jennifer Lawrence in a
queasy Russian spy flick
The Shape of Water (15)
{{(((
Drippy yet Oscar-winning
fish-man fantasy
Monster Family (PG)
{((((
Charmless kids’ animation
Den of Thieves (15)
{{(((
Heat-lite cop caper
Call Me By Your Name
(15)
{{{{{
Coming-of-age romance
Maze Runner: The Death
Cure (12A)
{{{((
Silly yet satisfying finale
Joan Jonas
Landmark installations
by the pioneering
performance artist go on
show in Tate Modern’s
galleries, cinema and
“tanks” spaces. Tate
Modern, London SE1 (020
7887 8888), Wed-Aug 5
Anthony McCall Solid
Light Works
A survey of the artist who,
using light as a medium,
works at the point where
cinema, sculpture and
drawing overlap.
Hepworth Wakefield
(01924 247360), to June 3
Charmed Lives in Greece:
Ghika, Craxton, Leigh
Fermor
A look at a friendship
formed amid the bright
landscapes and history of
Greece. British Museum,
London WC1 (020 7323
8299), to July 15
Another Kind of Life:
Photography on the
Margins
Gender, sexuality,
addiction, youth culture:
Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika’s Study for a Poster, 1948,
is on show in the British Museum’s exhibition
all are subjects broached
by photographers who
focus on minority groups.
Barbican Art Gallery,
London EC2 (020 7638
8891), to May 27
Virginia Woolf: An
Exhibition Inspired By
Her Writings
Woolf’s modernist novels
are the prism through
which to look at feminist
perspectives on
landscape, domesticity
and identity. Tate St Ives
(01736 796226), to
April 28
Pop Will Hodgkinson
Top pick
Sigrid
The Nordic pop star, right,
whose Don’t Kill My Vibe
was the hit of the summer,
finds the space between
cool indie and pure pop.
Concorde 2, Brighton
(01273 673311), Mon; O2
Shepherd’s Bush Empire,
London W12, Wed
Belle & Sebastian
Long written off as a bunch
of duffel coat-wearing
weeds, the Glasgow band
have developed into a tight
group, best showcased on
new album How to Solve
Our Human Problems.
Rock City, Nottingham
(0845 4134444), today;
Bridgewater Hall,
Manchester, Mon;
Cambridge Corn Exchange,
Tues; Brighton Dome,
Thur; Troxy, London E1, Fri
Superorganism
The hipster collective with
a clutch of shallow, but
entertaining songs has a
star in their 17-year-old
Japanese singer,
Orono. Centre
for Contemporary Arts,
Glasgow
(0141 352
4900),
Sun;
Belgrave
Music Hall,
Leeds, Mon
Morrissey
Even after doing his
level best to shed fans
with belligerent interviews
and the ho-hum new
album Low in High School,
Moz the cultural icon
remains a fantastic
performer. Palladium,
London W1 (020 7087
7747), today
Book now
America’s Cool
Modernism
Looking at work from the
roaring Twenties and the
Depression-era Thirties,
this show will bring a
host of big loans to this
country, many for the first
time, to explore the rise
of “cool” in American art,
ranging from Georgia
O’Keeffe to Edward
Hopper. Ashmolean
Museum, Oxford
(01865 278000),
March 23-July 22
Everybody’s Talking
About Jamie
The Olivier nominations
were out this week and so
here’s a shout out for my
homegrown favourite,
which is up against
Hamilton and the like
for best musical. John
McCrea (also nominated)
dazzles in the story of a
16-year-old who yearns to
wear a dress to his prom
— in Sheffield. Apollo,
London W1 (0330 333
4809), to Oct 6
Love from a Stranger
The director Lucy Bailey
turns Agatha Christie’s
short story, dramatised in
1936 by Frank Vosper, into
a prickly, perverse treat.
Sex, sadism and dark and
deranged laughter.
Christie has never been so
much sinister fun. Royal
Theatre, Northampton
(01604 624811), to March
17, then touring
Frost/Nixon
This is a superb revival of
Peter Morgan’s 2006 play
about David Frost’s TV
interviews with former
President Nixon. Jonathan
Hyde is spookily like
Tricky Dicky and Daniel
Rigby bounces along,
smiling away, as Frostie.
Crucible, Sheffield (0114
249 6000), to March 17
War Horse
The National’s five-star
production of Michael
Morpurgo’s moving drama
about a horse and his
owner in the First World
The Best Man
Gore Vidal’s 1960 drama
about two men battling
it out for the Democratic
presidential nomination
is a razor-sharp look at
politics in the raw.
Martin Shaw and
Jeff Fahey are both
excellent, but it is
the grand dame
Maureen Lipman who
steals the
show more than
once. Playhouse
Theatre, London
WC2 (0844
8717631), to
May 26
War is playing in
Nottingham as part of its
puppet festival. If you
haven’t seen it, don’t miss
it. Royal Concert Hall,
Nottingham (0115 989
5555), Wed-April 7
The York Realist
Robert Hastie’s revival of
Peter Gill’s 2001 play is
a gloriously funny and
evocative show about
two men from different
worlds falling in love in
the Sixties. Riveting
performances from Ben
Batt and Jonathan Bailey.
Donmar Warehouse,
London WC2 (020 3282
3808), to March 24
Book now
As You Like It
It’s (almost) spring and
even thinking about
theatre in the park makes
me feel warmer. Of course
in Shakespeare’s magical
Forest of Arden anything
is possible, especially love
and sibling rivalry (not to
mention revelry). Max
Webster directs this
open-air production with
new music from Charlie
Fink, formerly of Noah
and the Whale.
Regent’s Park
Open Air Theatre,
London NW1
(0844
8264242), July
6
-28
-2
6-28
Patsy Ferran
and Forbes
Masson in
Summer and
Smoke at the
Almeida
Dance Debra Craine
Rae Morris
With the upbeat new
album, Someone Out
There, the Blackpool
singer finds the sweet
spot between the
avant-garde of
Kate Bush
and the
balladeering
of Adele. O2
Academy
Newcastle
(0844
4772000),
Thur; Glasgow
School of Art, Fri
Book now
Citadel
Tame Impala, Chvrches
and Fat White Family help
to make this all-dayer
an alternative music
spectacular. Gunnersbury
Park, London W3 (020
7688 9000), July 15
Top pick
Royal Ballet
To mark the centenary of
Leonard Bernstein’s birth,
the Royal Ballet presents
an all-Bernstein triple bill
that features new works
by Wayne McGregor
(Yugen) and Christopher
Wheeldon (Corybantic
Games), and a revival of
Liam Scarlett’s The Age
of Anxiety, performed to
the composer’s elegiac
Second Symphony. Royal
Opera House, London
WC2 (020 7304 4000),
Thur, in rep to April 9
Ballet Black
A pair of storytelling
ballets from this engaging
troupe. Cathy Marston’s
premiere is based on Can
Themba’s South African
fable The Suit; Arthur
Pita’s A Dream Within a
Nottingham (0115 989
5555), today; Lowry,
Salford (0843 2086000),
Tues-March 17
The Age of
Anxiety is
revived by the
Royal Ballet
Midsummer Night’s
Dream is a sideways look
at Shakespeare’s play.
Barbican, London EC2
(020 7638 8891),
Thur-March 17
The Sleeping Beauty
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s
wonderful fairytale
production, courtesy of
Peter Wright, is filled with
spectacle and a wealth of
classical display. Wales
Millennium Centre,
Cardiff (029 2063 6464),
Wed-March 17
Cinderella
Matthew Bourne’s rewrite
of Prokofiev’s ballet sets
the story during the Blitz,
when poor Cinders falls in
love with a wounded RAF
pilot. Gorgeous designs by
Lez Brotherston enhance
the witty choreography.
Theatre Royal,
A Celebration of Sir
Kenneth MacMillan
To mark the 25th
anniversary of the
choreographer’s death,
Northern Ballet performs
his Las Hermanas, Gloria
and Concerto. Grand
Theatre, Leeds (0844
8482700), Fri & March 17
Book now
Elizabeth
Zenaida Yanowsky
reprises her awardwinning role as Queen
Elizabeth I in Will Tuckett’s
chamber work, a blend of
dance, music text and
song. Barbican, London
EC2 (020 7638 8891),
May 16-19
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tv & radio Full seven-day listings & previews
Critic’s choice
Hitchcock’s
Shower Scene:
78/52
Radio choice
Mums and Sons
Sun, Radio 4, 1.30pm
Tonight, BBC Two, 9pm
Alfred Hitchcock’s best films
weren’t just cracking movies,
they reshaped the way we
respond to stories on screen.
None more so than Psycho, in
which the director’s delight in
putting the audience through
the wringer reached its peak:
the shower scene with Janet
Leigh. Hitch later said: “I made
a movie that was intended to
cause people to scream and
yell, but I was horrified to find
that people took it seriously.”
Tonight’s feature documentary
has everyone from Martin
Scorsese to Bret Easton Ellis
to Jamie Lee Curtis (Leigh’s
daughter) poring over this
single scene of 78 camera
setups, 52 edits — stabbed
melons provided the
squelches, chocolate sauce
the blood, Bernard Herrmann’s
strings did the rest — musing
on how it changed everything.
Suddenly slaying in cold blood
was murderous entertainment.
In a good TV week for
cineastes, there’s also a film on
one of Hitch’s leading ladies,
Ingrid Bergman (see below).
James Jackson
Alfred Hitchcock and
Janet Leigh prepare
for Psycho’s famous
shower scene
Best of the rest
Below the Surface
Tonight, BBC Four, 9pm
Your next Saturday Scandi
double bill is a promising one
with a simple premise: 15
people held hostage in a
Copenhagen subway train. As
a media and political frenzy
erupts, it’s Borgen meets The
Taking of Pelham 123.
Being Blacker
Mon, BBC Two, 9pm
After a ten-year absence, the
film-maker Molly Dineen (The
Ark, The Lords’ Tale) returns
with a long, rich profile of a
Brixton reggae-shop owner
over three years — and it really
sucks you in as a portrait of
togetherness in a community.
On demand
Imagine: Ingrid Bergman in
Her Own Words
Mon, BBC One, 10.45pm
From Swedish schoolgirl to
Hollywood icon, a history of
Bergman that’s completely in
love with her. The screen tests
and home movies help to
show why.
The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very
British Crime Story
Tues-Thur, BBC Four, 9pm
The cool blonde image of Ruth
Ellis has become as much a
symbol of mid-1950s Britain as
smog and Suez, but did the
last woman to be hanged in
Britain get the justice she
deserved? Film-maker Gillian
Pachter turns sleuth.
Saving the British Bulldog
Wed, BBC One, 9pm
The bulldog is in crisis.
Breeding has led to serious
health problems — dog-lover
Catherine Tate looks at what
can be done in a sad,
important report.
Pilgrimage: The Road to
Santiago
Fri, BBC Two, 9pm
Faith can move mountains,
Jesus said, but it doesn’t
necessarily make the Camino
de Santiago hike much easier
for the seven famous faces in
this three-parter. They sweat,
they bond, but do they find
any spiritual enlightenment?
JJ
The best of Netflix, Amazon, iPlayer and beyond
Flint Town
Netflix
As a cop’s-eye view of
America in crisis, this
excellent deep dive of a
documentary series
(right) is, at times,
almost like a real-life
The Wire. Flint,
Michigan, already
had a poverty
problem and a mistrust
between police and the
black community, but then it
was plunged into a state of
emergency after poisonous
lead was found in the water
supply. This series does not
preach, rather just shows it as
it is — and is surprisingly
involving with it.
This Country
BBC iPlayer
The Office-style village
mockumentary
continues to win fans
as it satirises and
highlights what it’s
like to be a young
adult in an English
village, where a Greasethemed film screening is the
big event of the month. The
second series (showing
Tuesdays on BBC One) is
being leaked on to iPlayer, but
the first series is up in full. JJ
“There is an enduring
tenderness in the love of
a mother to a son that
transcends all other affections
of the heart.” That quote, from
the writer Washington Irving,
is one of the more positive
on the relationship between
mums and sons in literature
(think Oedipus).
In a poignant programme
for Mother’s Day, the 6 Music
DJ Lauren Laverne — a mother
to two boys — explores how
the maternal bond with sons
is celebrated in the arts.
Laverne meets the creators
of the West End musical
Everybody’s Talking About
Jamie, which was inspired by
the true story of a teenage
boy who wants to dress as a
girl. He is encouraged by his
unconventional mother, and
Laverne celebrates the idea of
“the Mama bear”, stepping in
to protect her vulnerable child.
The musical features the song
He’s My Boy, which is sure to
become a mother-son karaoke
favourite.
She has an emotional
encounter with Patrick Ness,
the author of A Monster Calls,
the story of a boy dealing
with the imminent death of his
mother from cancer, and swaps
examples of the irritating
assumptions people make
about raising boys with the
pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor,
who has four sons. Those
assumptions make Laverne so
angry that “it makes me go full
Sunderland — which I just can’t
do on Radio 4”.
Joe Clay
Podcast choice
Chart Music
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If watching BBC Four’s repeats
of archive Top of the Pops
isn’t enough for you, in Chart
Music a revolving trio of
opinionated music journalists
take a random episode of the
music show and “wring every
drop of juice out of it”. Funny,
profane and informative. JC
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Saturday March 10 2018 | the times
Saturday 10 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Below the Surface
BBC Four, 9pm
Your latest Saturday night
BBC Four double bill of
Scandinavian crime drama is
not the usual Nordic noir. For
a start it is set almost entirely
in central Copenhagen —
mainly underneath central
Copenhagen in a dingy
railway tunnel — so there are
no soaring shots of pine
forests or crystal-clear lakes.
There are no chunky
sweaters, very little in the way
of hygge and, remarkably,
there are no corpses (yet).
Below the Surface instead has
a thrilling conceit ripped
straight from the pages of
a Hollywood screenwriters’
manual: three jack-booted
terrorists hijack a metro train
carriage, taking the 15
passengers on board hostage.
From their underground lair
the balaclava-wearing baddies
demand €4 million for the
hostages’ release and the
eight episodes unfold over
eight increasingly fraught
days of negotiation. Standing
in the terrorists’ way is the
moody Danish beefcake Philip
Norgaard (Johannes Lassen,
pictured, whom keen Scandi
watchers will recognise from
Follow the Money), a
counterterrorism expert
who is a leading hostage
negotiator. His training was
in the field — in flashbacks
we see Norgaard getting a
going-over during his six
months as a hostage in an
unknown country. Into the
mix are pitched his colleague
and on-off lover, Louise
(Sara Hjort Ditlevsen), and
a fiercely ambitious news
anchor (Paprika Steen,
Modus). Norgaard’s past will
undoubtedly be tangled up
in all this, although you start
to suspect that the hostages —
pretty blonde student,
grumpy businessman, pair of
old codger pals, an old woman
from central casting etc — are
not quite as randomly chosen
as they first appear. A solid
start. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
A Hijacking, the Danish thriller about a crew of a cargo ship held
hostage by Somali pirates, is available on iPlayer (to April 2)
Live Six
Nations Rugby
Troy: Fall of a City
ITV, 1.25pm/BBC One, 4pm
There are two big problems
with David Farr’s take on the
Trojan War — Paris and Helen.
They’re so dreary. Not only is
it hard to care about their
relationship, which has caused
untold suffering for thousands,
it is also hard to care about
them as individuals. Luckily, in
the Greek encampment, we
have two compelling figures —
Johnny Harris’s increasingly
unpleasant Agamemnon and
David Gyasi’s mercenary,
Achilles. Neither are nice
chaps, but Harris and Gyasi
give them a depth sorely
lacking in the lovestruck
newlyweds of Troy. I hope the
Greeks win (no spoilers!). CB
Gregor Townsend hailed his
side’s magnificent 25-13 win
over England at Murrayfield
two weeks ago, but warned
that Scotland’s away form must
improve. Here, then, Gregor, is a
chance show what you’re made
of — a Six Nations match-up
against unbeaten Ireland at the
Aviva Stadium. Mark Pougatch
hosts live from Dublin (kick-off
2.15pm), before John Inverdale
welcomes BBC One viewers to
Paris, where England take on a
decidedly wonky France (kickoff 4.45pm). Tomorrow Wales
host Italy at the Principality
Stadium (BBC One, 2.30pm). CB
Catch
up
Strike: Career of Evil
BBC iPlayer, episode one
expires on March 27
You couldn’t accuse
Cormoran Strike (Tom
Burke, pictured) of
being a private
detective without
original quirks
and hidden
depths. Not
only does he
have that false
leg, it now
turns out that
he has a
knowledge of
BBC One, 9pm
lyrics by rock band Blue Öyster
Cult. He and his sidekick, Robin
(Holliday Grainger), have been
sent a severed woman’s leg in
the post, a grisly delivery that
starts a convoluted, darker
than usual case — the suspects
being a child abuser, a wife
torturer and a vile rock
star. However, this is a bit
different from your usual
noir whodunnit, even if
the rainy Soho streets are
a well-used backdrop.
The most pleasing
thing about this
two-parter is the way
that it lingers on the
relationship
between shambling
Strike and wellheeled Robin.
James Jackson
Hitchcock’s Shower Piers Morgan’s
Scene: 78/52
Life Stories
Films of the day
BBC Two, 9pm
ITV, 9.50pm
BBC Two, 1pm
The infamous shower scene in
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho gets
taken apart, dissected, then
reassembled for this expansive
documentary named after the
scene’s 78 camera set-ups and
52 edits. It is built around some
entertaining Hitchcockian
analysis from an excitable and
chattery roll call of contributors,
including Peter Bogdanovich
and Guillermo del Toro. It
traces everything from 1950s
nuclear paranoia to American
social anxiety to Hitchcock’s
Catholicism right back to this
one short, disturbing but
profound scene. Kevin Maher
It is probably fair to describe
Jim Davidson as the Brexit of
entertainers — rarely has a
comic been so loved and
reviled in equal measure by the
British public. Those who find
Davidson’s humour distasteful
probably won’t be won over by
the testimonies of his friends
that pepper his chat with Piers
Morgan, given that they
include Peter Stringfellow,
Nigel Farage and Dappy from
N-Dubz. Here Davidson
discusses his long career, his
five marriages, his various
addictions and his arrest
during Operation Yewtree. CB
Variations
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
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Journeys Goes to Ireland. Michael Portillo
heads to Westport (r) 7.00 Mastermind.
Specialist subjects include Manchester
music and the Giordano Bruno novels of
SJ Parris 7.30-8.00 Gardeners’ World.
New series. Monty Don reveals his new
plans for the year
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
5.00pm-5.30 Final Score from Northern
Ireland. Round-up of the day’s action
6.00 Getaways. Vogue Williams and Joe
Lindsay find out what is on offer in Dubai
(r) 6.30 Hugh’s Wild West. How the
people and animals of Dartmoor live
alongside each other 7.30 Amazing
Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby. Giles
Coren and Monica Galetti visit Oman’s
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar (r)
8.30-9.00 David Attenborough’s Natural
Curiosities. The eccentricities of birth in
the animal kingdom
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
1.00pm Escape to the Country. Golf
enthusiasts search for a home in the
Cotswolds (r) 1.30 Me and My Dog: The
Ultimate Contest. Dog owners and their
pets compete in challenges to test their
levels of trust (r) 2.30 Live Conference
2018: Scottish Labour Party. Coverage
from the Caird Hall, Dundee 4.00 Flog It!
(r) 4.30 Sportscene. Classified results
5.30 Hugh’s Wild West. How the people
and animals of Dartmoor live alongside
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reports focusing on Scandinavia
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Jonathan (r) 11.30-12.05 Hansh (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
The Caine Mutiny (U, 1954)
Humphrey Bogart stars as Lieutenant-Commander Queeg in this
famous adaptation of Herman Wouk’s Second World War
courtroom drama. Queeg is the new captain of the destroyer
USS Caine. He’s a man racked with insecurities, in spite of his many
years of exemplary service, and these manifest themselves in a
series of grave mistakes. Encouraged by the manipulative
Lieutenant Keefer (Fred MacMurray), the first officer, Lieutenant
Maryk (Van Johnson), comes to believe that Queeg is unstable
and relieves his command. However, can he persuade a court
martial that he was right to do so? (124min) Wendy Ide
45 Years (15, 2015)
Channel 4, 9pm
This devastating, glinting miniature
of a drama stars Charlotte Rampling
and Tom Courtenay, pictured, as
a retired English couple who
discover their solid 45-year-old
marriage has rickety foundations.
In performances that draw on the
extraordinary depths of both actors,
Rampling (as Kate) and Courtenay (as Geoff) reverberate with muted
shock after the body of a young woman, killed half a century
previously in a mountain accident, resurfaces perfectly preserved
in a melting glacier. Time stops and restarts with disturbing
repercussions. Much of this film’s agony and veiled confrontation
takes place almost beyond human hearing as Geoff and Kate come
to terms with infidelity from beyond the grave. (93min) Kate Muir
Dial M for Murder (PG, 1954)
BBC Two, 11.15pm
“Do you really believe in the perfect murder?” The former British
tennis star Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) certainly does, and when
he discovers that his wife is having an affair, he decides to plan it.
However, the best-laid plans, as we know all too well from Robert
Burns, Gang aft agley. Alfred Hitchcock’s detective thriller, adapted
by Frederick Knott from his hit stage play, delights in the
unravelling of Wendice’s scheme, as well as the ingenuity of his
plan B. Grace Kelly is marvellous as Wendice’s spouse, who fights
against her would-be killer (Anthony Dawson), while Hitchcock
uses staging to great effect. Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes
(U, 1938) follows at 12.55am. (105min) Chris Bennion
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6.00am Breakfast 10.00 Saturday
Kitchen Live. Michel Roux Jr is joined
by chefs Andy Oliver and Florence
Knight, and Birds of a Feather star
Lesley Joseph faces her food heaven
or hell 11.30 Classic Mary Berry (r)
12.00 Football Focus 1.00pm BBC
News; Weather 1.15 MasterChef (r) 2.15
MasterChef (r) 3.15 Coast and Country
Auctions. A three-day sale at the
Royal Welsh Showground in Builth
Wells, which sees horse enthusiasts
gathering to buy and sell Welsh cobs
4.00 Live Six Nations Rugby Union.
France v England (Kick-off 4.45).
Coverage of the match from the Stade
de France, as the sides play their
penultimate fixture of this year’s
tournament. With analysis from
Jeremy Guscott, Martyn Williams and
Paul O’Connell. See Viewing Guide
6.10am The Wonder of Animals (r)
6.40 Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature
(r) 7.10 The Pets Factor 7.30 The
Dengineers 8.00 Absolute Genius:
Monster Builds 8.30 Beyond Bionic
9.00 Robot Wars (r) 10.00 Gorilla
Family and Me (r) 11.00 Homes Under
the Hammer (r) 12.00 Cats v Dogs:
Which Is Best? Chris Packham puts
cats and dogs head to head (r)
1.00pm FILM The Caine Mutiny (U,
1954) Second World War naval drama
starring Humphrey Bogart. See Film
Choice 3.00 Escape to the Country (r)
3.30 Me and My Dog: The Ultimate
Contest (r) 4.30 Final Score 5.30
Flog It! The team searches for
valuable finds in Ashridge House,
Hertfordshire (r) 6.00 Hugh’s Wild
West. How the people and animals of
Dartmoor live alongside each other
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25
James Martin’s Saturday Morning.
Dishes on today’s menu include
prawn skewers with naan and pizza
11.20 Dancing on Ice. Four famous
faces compete in the semi-final (r)
1.15pm ITV News; Weather
1.25 Live Six Nations Rugby Union:
Ireland v Scotland (Kick-off 2.15). The
opening match in the fourth round of
fixtures, which takes place at the
Aviva Stadium in Dublin. See Viewing
Guide 4.30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love
of Dogs. A puppy is rushed to the
clinic when an injury comes to light
just days after arriving at Battersea,
while Paul pampers a Yorkshire terrier
that has been given up by its owner
(r) 5.00 The Chase (r) 6.00 ITV News;
Weather 6.15 Regional News; Weather
6.30 New You’ve Been Framed!
6.00am Live Winter Paralympics.
Coverage of day one, featuring Great
Britain v Norway in wheelchair curling
at Gangneung Curling Centre 8.00
Winter Paralympics Breakfast 9.00
Frasier (r) 10.30 The Big Bang Theory
(r) 11.00 The Big Bang Theory (r) 11.30
The Big Bang Theory (r) 11.55 The
Simpsons (r) 12.25pm The Simpsons
(r) 12.55 The Simpsons (r) 1.25 Come
Dine with Me. A battle of culinary
oneupmanship in Preston (r) 2.25
Coast vs Country. A retired couple in
search of a quieter life in Devon (r)
3.25 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun.
Five properties on the Costa del Sol (r)
4.30 Crufts Extra with Alan and Clare.
Alan Carr and Clare Balding present
a round-up of the dog show 5.30
Channel 4 News. Including weather
6.00 Winter Paralympics Today (SL)
6.00am Milkshake! 9.50 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles (r) 10.25 The
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Interceptors (r) 12.15pm Police
Interceptors (r) 1.15 Police
Interceptors (r) 2.15 Can’t Pay? We’ll
Take It Away. The agents chase up
more than £2,000 in unpaid parking
fines (r) 3.10 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away. Agents Matt and Garry chase
£1,700 owed by an accountant to a
client (r) 4.05 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away. Agents head to Manchester to
recover more than £400,000 owed to
a builder (r) 5.00 The Secret Life of
Kittens. Following cats from birth to 12
months old. Last in the series (r) 6.00
Cruising with Jane McDonald.
Travelling aboard the Viking Sky, the
presenter visits Estonia, Russia,
Finland and Sweden (r)
Louis Hunter is Paris (9pm)
Dial M for Murder (11.15pm)
Paul Walker stars (11.05pm)
Coverage of Crufts 2018 (7pm)
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (7pm)
7.00 BBC News; followed by BBC
Regional News and Weather
7.00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond
the Lobby Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti visit Oman’s
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, the
highest five-star hotel in the
Middle East and a resort
blending local tradition with
modern tastes (2/6) (r)
7.00 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night
Takeaway The entertainment
variety show continues, with
James Corden taking time out
from his busy schedule across
the Atlantic to join the Geordie
duo as this week’s star guest
announcer. Plus, there is more
spooff mysttery as Antt and
d Dec
put their OBEs to use as part of
a task force of famous secret
agents with honours (3/7)
7.00 Crufts 2018 Clare Balding
presents live coverage of the
judging of the Vulnerable
Breeds, Utility and Hound
Groups and highlights of the
Agility and Flyball competitions.
Plus, a selection of reports
involving rescue dogs, taking a
look
k att the renovattion off
Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’
Home following a fire and
revealing why foreign rescue
dog charities are growing in
popularity. Plus, training tips
with Carolyn Meneteith and
advice on canine health
from Noel Fitzpatrick
7.00 Brunel’s Britain: Master of
Bridges Rob Bell explores the
work of the Victorian engineer
Isambard Kingdom Brunel,
exploring his complex
personality as well as his
prolific achievements (1/2) (r)
9.00 FILM 45 Years (15, 2015)
A woman prepares to celebrate
her 45th wedding anniversary,
but one week beforehand, her
husband receives a letter
revealing that the body of his
previous partner has been
found frozen in the Swiss Alps.
The message exposes the
cracks in their relationship.
Drama with Charlotte Rampling,
Tom Courtenay and Geraldine
James. See Film Choice
9.00 Football on 5: The
Championship Colin Murray
introduces highlights from
the weekend’s games in the
Championship, including
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton
Wanderers and Cardiff
City v Birmingham City
7.20 Pointless Celebrities With Bob
Harris, Chris Difford, Kerry
Godliman, Miles Jupp, Jenny
Eclair, Linda Robson, Debbie
McGee and Angelos Epithemiou
8.10 Casualty Jac Naylor arrives in
the ED and sets an ultimatum.
Meanwhile, CEO Serena
Campbell wants the Rage in
Resus blog to be shut down by
the end of the day or its author
— and Ethan — will be fired
9.00 Troy: Fall of a City Achilles’
shock attack on Troy’s ally
devastates the Trojans and puts
the spotlight on Helen, while
a bitter dispute erupts between
Agamemnon and Achilles.
See Viewing Guide (4/8)
10.00 BBC News; Weather; followed
by National Lottery Update
10.20 Match of the Day Gary Lineker
presents highlights of the latest
Premier League matches,
including Manchester United v
Liverpool at Old Trafford and
Chelsea v Crystal Palace at
Stamford Bridge
11.45 FILM A Few Best Men (15, 2011)
An Englishman proposes to his
Australian girlfriend, but the
antics of his three best men
turn the wedding into a
disaster. Comedy starring
Xavier Samuel and Laura Brent
1.15am Weather for the Week
Ahead 1.20 BBC News
8.00 David Attenborough’s Natural
Curiosities A look at birth in the
animal kingdom (3/6)
8.30 Dad’s Army Captain
Mainwaring welcomes the
first American troops to
Walmington-on-Sea (2/7) (r)
9.00 Hitchcock’s Shower Scene:
78/52 Documentary taking a
look at the enduring legacy of
the infamous and iconic shower
scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s
Psycho — in which Janet Leigh’s
character Marion Crane is
stabbed to death — a segment
that arguably changed the
course of world cinema.
See Viewing Guide
10.30 QI XL Quiz show with Deirdre
O’Kane, Richard Osman
and David Mitchell
11.15 FILM Dial M for Murder
(PG, 1954) A tennis player’s plan
to arrange the death of his
socialite wife goes wrong when
she kills her would-be assassin.
Thriller with Ray Milland and
Grace Kelly. See Film Choice
12.55am FILM The Lady Vanishes
(U, 1938) Alfred Hitchcock’s mystery
starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael
Redgrave and May Whitty. See Film
Choice (b/w) 2.30-3.25 Civilisations.
Mary Beard looks at images of the
human body in ancient art (r)
8.30 The Voice UK Tom Jones,
Will.i.am, Olly Murs and Jennifer
Hudson take their places on the
spinning chairs once again.
As ever, the coaches are also
armed with “saves”, which give
them a chance to recruit any of
their colleagues’ knocked-out
performers to their own teams
9.50 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
The host talks to the comedian
Jim Davidson about his life,
from presenting The Generation
Game to alcohol addiction and
domestic violence allegations.
See Viewing Guide (4/4)
10.40ITV News
11.05 FILM 2 Fast 2 Furious (12, 2003)
A disgraced cop is given a
chance to redeem himself by
going undercover to bring a
drug trafficker to justice. Thriller
sequel with Paul Walker, Tyrese
Gibson and Eva Mendes
1.05am Jackpot247 3.00 Babushka.
Game show hosted by Rylan ClarkNeal in which contestants open
a set of giant Russian nesting dolls,
with some empty and others
containing prizes up to £10,000 (r)
(SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
10.50 First Dates A woman keen to
settle down and start a family
has a date with an adventurer
who has climbed the
Matterhorn and swum oceans,
while a 73-year-old has her first
date for 44 years (13/13) (r)
8.00 Brunel’s Britain: King of the
Sea The story of Brunel’s two
masterpieces of ship design,
the SS Great Britain and the
SS Great Eastern (2/2) (r)
8.55 5 News Weekend
The day’s headlines
10.00 Football on 5: Goal Rush
Highlights of AFC Wimbledon v
Oxford United
10.30 Jane McDonald & Friends
A mixture of some favourite
songs. In this edition, Jane is
accompanied by Alexander
O’N
Neal and Shane Filan (1/5) (r)
11.55 The Inbetweeners Will gets
work at a garage (2/6) (r)
11.25 Celebrity 5 Go Motorhoming
Lesley Joseph, Don Warrington,
Melvyn Hayes, Nick Heyward
and Cleo Rocos experience life
in campsites and the freedom
of the open road (1/4) (r)
12.30am Live Winter Paralympics.
Day two from South Korea, featuring
the men’s and women’s Super-G
events from Jeongseon Alpine Centre
5.00 Food Unwrapped (r) 5.30
Streetmate (r) 5.55 Kirstie’s Fill Your
House for Free. From Wembley (r)
12.15am SuperCasino 3.10 Cowboy
Builders. Laura Hamilton returns to
Oldham to catch up with serial DIY
bodger Maggie Hurley (r) 4.00
Cowboy Builders (r) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 House Busters (r)
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7.00pm Lost Kingdoms of
Central America (R)
8.00 Masters of the Pacific
Coast: The Tribes of the
American Northwest
How American Northwest
culture survived (R)
9.00 Below the Surface
New series. Danish thriller
with Johannes Lassen.
See Viewing Guide (1/8)
9.45 Below the Surface
Journalist Naja begins a
national fund-raising
campaign to meet the
terrorists’ demands.
See Viewing Guide (2/8)
10.30 Roy Orbison: One of the
Lonely Ones Biography of
the singer and musician (R)
11.30 TOTP2: Wham! Special
A selection of performances
by the duo (R)
12.00-1.30am FILM Janis:
Little Girl Blue (15, 2015)
Documentary about the
blues singer Janis Joplin
7.00pm Midsomer Murders
A dairy worker is crushed to
death by a giant round of
cheese at the home of
the world-famous
Midsomer Blue (R)
9.00 Midsomer Murders
A prestigious golf club is the
setting for murder when a
player is bludgeoned to
death on the 13th hole.
Barnaby and Jones discover
gambling, illegal moneylending and assault are rife
among the snobbish
members, who are also
dismissive of the local
villagers and only allow
them on the course for a
few hours a week (R)
11.00-1.05am Lewis A religious
fanatic is found dead in his
bath. When it turns out the
victim had been jailed for
attempted murder,
suspicion falls on the
man he tried to kill (R)
6.55pm Come Dine with Me
The fourth dinner
party in Glasgow (R)
7.25 Come Dine with Me Yvonne
Finlayson hosts the final
night in Glasgow (R)
7.55 Britain at Low Tide
An insight into how
Britain’s exposed coastlines
detail the nation’s rich
maritime history (R)
9.00 Japan’s Tsunami: Caught on
Camera Amateur footage
and eyewitness accounts
telling the story of the
earthquake and subsequent
tsunami that caused
devastation in Japan in
March 2011 (R)
10.20 Japan’s Tsunami: How It
Happened Analysing the
earthquake and tsunami
that struck Japan on
March 11, 2011 (R)
11.25-12.30am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown
With Dara O Briain (R)
5.15pm FILM Rio (U, 2011)
A domesticated rare bird
gets lost in Rio de Janeiro,
and has to learn to fly to
get back to his owner.
Animated comedy with the
voices of Jesse Eisenberg
and Anne Hathaway
7.05 FILM Crocodile Dundee (15,
1986) An Australian hunter
with a larger-than-life
reputation accompanies a
reporter from the Outback
to the urban jungle of
Manhattan. Comedy
starring Paul Hogan and
Linda Kozlowski
9.00 FILM Pitch Perfect (12,
2012) A new student joins
an a cappella singing group
made up of social misfits to
compete in campus music
competitions. Comedy
starring Anna Kendrick
11.10-12.45am FILM Carnage Park
(18, 2016) Horror starring
Ashley Bell and Pat Healy
7.00pm The Simpsons
Musical highlights (R)
7.30 The Simpsons The family
is brainwashed (R)
8.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
The team questions CIA
Agent Joelle Taylor’s back
story after she escapes from
a kidnapping and turns to
Callen for help (R)
9.00 A League of Their Own:
Unseen James Corden
introduces out-takes and
unseen footage from the
series 11 of the sports-based
comedy quiz, featuring
regulars Jamie Redknapp,
Andrew Flintoff and
Jack Whitehall (R)
10.00 Carpool Karaoke Special
With Katy Perry and
Jennifer Lopez (R)
11.00 Russell Howard’s Hour
With Greg Davies (R)
12.00-1.00am Football’s Funniest
Moments Comical incidents
from the Premier League (R)
7.00pm Without a Trace Jack’s
wife tells him she wants a
divorce and the team
searches for a blind girl and
her mobility instructor, who
were abducted during a
camping trip (R)
8.00 Without a Trace A hospital
worker disappears, and the
detectives’ investigation
reveals she is wanted in
connection with the
bombing of an
abortion clinic (R)
9.00 Blue Bloods A case turns
personal for Danny when he
works to protect a nurse
10.00 Mosaic Joel’s New Year’s
Eve whereabouts come
under increased scrutiny
11.00 Last Week Tonight with
John Oliver A satirical look
at news and pop culture (R)
11.35-12.20am Pharmacy Road
Spoof documentary
about drug-taking in
professional cycling (R)
Drama
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6.45pm FILM Jack the Giant Slayer
(12, 2013) A farm boy accidentally
rebuilds the link between the
human world and a kingdom of
man-eating giants in the sky,
resulting in a princess being
trapped in the monsters’ realm.
Fantasy adventure starring
Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor
9.00 FILM The Expendables (15,
2010) Action thriller directed by
and starring Sylvester Stallone
11.05 Family Guy
11.35-12.05am Family Guy
7.00pm Storage Wars
7.25 Storage Wars
7.55 The Celebrity Chase
9.00 FILM The Chronicles of
Riddick (15, 2004) A galactic
fugitive fleeing from bounty
hunters battles a sinister cult. Sci-fi
adventure sequel with Vin Diesel
11.20-1.30am FILM This Is the End
(15, 2013) The apocalypse
interrupts a raucous party being
thrown by LA actors. Comedy with
James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah
Hill and Emma Watson
6.30pm FILM Captain America:
The First Avenger (12, 2011)
Second World War superhero
adventure with Chris Evans
9.00 FILM Salt (12, 2010) A CIA
agent goes on the run after she is
accused of being a sleeper
assassin sent to murder the
Russian president. Action thriller
starring Angelina Jolie, Liev
Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor
11.05-12.05am Gogglebox
The households’ opinions on
television from May, 2017
7.00pm Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away Documentary
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
9.00 FILM Carrie (15, 2013)
A teenage girl finally snaps and
uses her psychic powers to avenge
herself on the bullies who
tormented her. Horror remake
starring Chloë Grace Moretz
and Julianne Moore
11.05-1.00am FILM What Happens
in Vegas (12, 2008) Romantic
comedy starring Cameron Diaz
and Ashton Kutcher
6.00pm FILM Campbell’s
Kingdom (U, 1957) Canada-set
adventure starring Dirk Bogarde
8.00 FILM The History of Mr Polly
(U, 1949) Comedy with John Mills
10.00 FILM The Shout (15, 1978)
A wanderer believes he can kill by
shouting. Supernatural drama
starring Alan Bates
11.45-1.35am FILM The Final
Programme (18, 1973) Billionaire
playboy Jerry Cornelius searches
for a blueprint that will save
mankind. Cult sci-fi with Jon Finch
7.00pm Sue Thomas: FBEye The
agent tries to help a dying mother
8.00 Rizzoli & Isles The duo
investigate the death of a baseball
team coach
9.00 Wallander The detective
goes to South Africa to investigate
the disappearance of a Swedish
woman. Kenneth Branagh stars
11.00-12.55am An Inspector Calls
The 2015 BBC adaptation of JB
Priestley’s play starring David
Thewlis as the title character. Also
with Ken Stott, Miranda Richardson
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7.00pm Sounds of the Sixties
Music by Procol Harum, the
Foundations and the Bee Gees
7.30 Sounds of the Sixties
8.00 Sounds of the Seventies
8.30 Sounds of the Seventies
9.00 TOTP2: Genesis
Archive performances by
the band and its members
10.00 TOTP2: Status Quo
11.00 The Nazis: A Warning from
History Documentary
12.00-1.00am The Nazis:
A Warning from History
7.00pm All New Traffic Cops
An insight into the working life of
officers patrolling Yorkshire’s roads
8.00 Police Interceptors Two
known offenders end up in trouble
again after a high-speed chase, a
gang of hoodies causes trouble for
one officer, while another goes in
pursuit of a four-legged fugitive
9.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
10.00-12.40am FILM Enemy at the
Gates (15, 2001) Second World War
drama starring Jude Law, Ed Harris,
Rachel Weisz and Joseph Fiennes
7.00pm Not Going Out
7.40 Not Going Out
8.20 Not Going Out
9.00 Would I Lie to You?
9.40 Would I Lie to You?: The
Unseen Bits A compilation of
unseen material from the comedy
panel show, in which David
Mitchell, Lee Mack and guests try
to dupe their opponents
10.20 Would I Lie to You?
11.00 Dave Gorman:
Modern Life Is Goodish
12.00-1.00am QI XL
6.40pm Secrets of Stonehenge
Researchers explore a dig site to
investigate the cryptic origins of
the stone circle that has mystified
mankind for thousands of years
7.50 Building the Great Cathedrals
Exploring the origins of cathedrals
built in the gothic style
9.00 The War Four American
communities recall the
Second World War
10.15 The War Americans’ fears of
defeat in the early months
11.30-12.50am The War
6.00pm Elvis: The Final Hours
Documentary exploring the highs
and lows of Elvis Presley’s life
7.05 Genesis: When in Rome
The rock band perform at
the Circo Massimo in 2007
9.00 Classic Artists: Yes
The work of the prog rock band
11.10-1.35am Rick Wakeman: The
Six Wives of Henry VIII A look at
the Yes keyboard player’s concept
album which was based on his
musical interpretations of the
characters of Henry VIII’s six wives
7.00pm Nothing to Declare
Four episodes. The work of
customs officers in Australia
9.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
The serial rapist Stephen Port, who
murdered at least four men using
social networks to find his victims
— for which he earned himself the
nickname “the Grindr Killer”
10.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
The case of Levi Bellfield
11.00 World’s Most Evil Killers
The crimes of the killer Fritz Honka
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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7.00pm The Mentalist
8.00 The Mentalist
9.00 Family Guy
9.30 Family Guy
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 American Dad!
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am Family Guy
7.00pm Garage Rehab
8.00 James May’s Toy Stories
9.00 Chaos Caught on Camera
9.30 Chaos Caught on Camera
10.00 Murder on CCTV
11.00 Killing Fields The detectives
turn their attention to two cold
case homicides from 2004
12.00-1.00am Wheeler Dealers
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
9/11: The Plane That Hit the
Pentagon Documentary
8.00 Air Crash Investigation
9.00 Air Crash Investigation
10.00 Air Crash Investigation
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation Documentary
7.00pm Friends
7.30 Friends
8.00 Impractical Jokers
8.30 Impractical Jokers: Inside
Jokes Behind the scenes
9.00 Lee Evans: Monsters
10.00 Lip Sync Battle
10.30-12.30am FILM Pineapple
Express (15, 2008) Action comedy
6.35pm Only Fools and Horses
7.20 Only Fools and Horses
8.00 Only Fools and Horses
8.40 Only Fools and Horses
9.20 The Royle Family
10.00 The Royle Family
10.40 The Royle Family
11.20-12.30am Michael McIntyre’s
Comedy Roadshow
7.00pm My Family Susan feels
outnumbered
7.40 My Family The Harpers
star in a documentary
8.20 My Family
9.00 Russell Howard’s Good News
9.40 Russell Howard’s Good News
10.20 Inside the Ambulance
11.20-12.20am 999 Rescue Squad
Sky Premiere
Sky Oscars
Sky Family
Wonder Women
Sky Select
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6.15pm Snatched (15, 2017)
A hapless mother and daughter are
kidnapped while holidaying in
Ecuador. Comedy starring Amy
Schumer and Goldie Hawn
8.00 Wonder Woman (12, 2017)
An Amazon princess leaves home
to fight a war, discovering her full
powers and true destiny along the
way. Fantasy adventure starring
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine
10.25-12.20am City of Tiny Lights
(15, 2016) London-set crime thriller
starring Riz Ahmed
5.30pm Braveheart (15, 1995)
Historical epic directed by
and starring Mel Gibson
8.30 Forrest Gump (12, 1994)
A slow-witted man has a series of
bizarre adventures but the love of
his life constantly eludes him.
Robert Zemeckis’s comedy drama
with Tom Hanks and Sally Field
10.55-12.40am The French
Connection (18, 1971) Fact-based
thriller starring Gene Hackman,
Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
and Tony Lo Bianco
6.25pm The Secret Life of Pets
(U, 2016) Animated adventure
featuring the voice of Louis CK
8.00 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
10.25 The Land Before Time
(U, 1988) Animated adventure with
the voice of Gabriel Damon
11.40-1.25am The Muppets Take
Manhattan (U, 1984) Puppet
comedy with Liza Minnelli
6.00pm Ghostbusters (12, 2016)
When supernatural disturbances
occur in New York city, four experts
in the paranormal and their dim
assistant investigate. Fantasy
comedy starring Kristen Wiig
8.00 The Shallows (15, 2016)
Survival horror starring Blake
Lively and Óscar Jaenada
9.30 Wanted (18, 2008) Action
with James McAvoy, Angelina
Jolie and Morgan Freeman
11.30-1.30am Hanna (12, 2011)
Action thriller with Saoirse Ronan
5.55pm Notorious (15, 2009)
Drama about Notorious BIG, who
rose from street hustler to
respected rap artist before his
murder at the age of 24. With
Jamal Woolard and Derek Luke
8.00 Jarhead (15, 2005) A newly
enlisted US Marine endures a
gruelling tour of duty in the Gulf
War in 1991. Drama starring Jake
Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx
10.05-12.05am T2: Trainspotting
(18, 2017) Drama starring Ewan
McGregor and Ewen Bremner
David Thewlis plays the title
character in a 2015 adaptation of
An Inspector Calls (Drama, 11pm)
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Saturday 10
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 11.30am
Radio 1
Manchester United and
Liverpool clash at Old Trafford
(kick-off 12.30pm). The Red
Devils leapfrogged their fierce
rivals to reclaim second place
in the Premier League table
with a thrilling last-gasp
victory over Crystal Palace
on Monday night. José
Mourinho’s men were 2-0
down, but fought back to
win 3-2, with Nemanja Matic,
pictured, scoring a stunning
winning goal. Joe Clay
Sky Sports Main Event
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6.30am-8.30 LIVE Super
Rugby: Hurricanes v
Crusaders (Kick-off 6.35)
11.30-3.15pm LIVE Premier
League: Manchester United v
Liverpool (Kick-off 12.30)
5.15 LIVE EFL: Aston Villa v
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7.55-10.00 LIVE Women’s Six
Nations Rugby Union: France
v England (Kick-off 8.00)
11.00-1.10am LIVE MLS:
Chicago Fire v Sporting
Kansas (Kick-off 11.00)
2.00-6.00 LIVE Fight Night:
Oscar Valdez v Scott Quigg
Sky Sports Premier
League
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League: Manchester United v
Liverpool (Kick-off 12.30)
Sky Sports Football
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11.55am-2.00pm LIVE La Liga
Football: Eibar v Real Madrid
5.15 LIVE EFL: Aston Villa v
Wolverhampton Wanderers
(Kick-off 5.30)
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Málaga v Barcelona
11.00-1.10am LIVE MLS:
Chicago Fire v Sporting
Kansas (Kick-off 11.00)
Sky Sports Cricket
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7.55am-3.30pm LIVE Test
Cricket: South Africa v
Australia
Sky Sports Golf
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European Tour Golf
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Golf: Valspar Championship
5.00-6.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf
Sky Sports Action
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6.30am-8.30 LIVE Super
Rugby: Hurricanes v
Crusaders (Kick-off 6.35)
8.40-10.30 LIVE Super
Rugby: Reds v Bulls
1.00pm-2.50 LIVE Super
Rugby: Sharks v Sunwolves
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.00am Dev 10.00 Maya Jama
1.00pm Matt Edmondson
4.00 MistaJam 7.00 Asian
Network Live 2018: The Warm
Up! 8.00 Asian Network Live
11.00 Diplo and Friends
1.00am Kan D Man & DJ
Limelight 4.00 David Rodigan
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
3.10-5.00 LIVE Super Rugby:
Lions v Blues (Kick-off 3.15)
5.20 LIVE HSBC Sevens World
Series The Vancouver Sevens
7.55 LIVE Women’s Six
Nations: France v England
10.00 LIVE HSBC Sevens
World Series
2.00am-6.00 LIVE
Fight Night: Oscar Valdez v
Scott Quigg
Sky Sports Arena
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1.40pm-3.30 LIVE Top 14
Rugby Union: Montpellier v
Racing 92 (Kick-off 1.45)
4.55 LIVE Betfred Super
League: Catalan Dragons v
Hull Kingston Rovers
7.00-5.00am LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis
BT Sport 1
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Noon-2.00pm LIVE
Bundesliga 2: Darmstadt 98 v
FC Ingolstadt 04
5.00-8.00 LIVE Premier
League: Chelsea v Crystal
Palace (Kick-off 5.30)
1.30am-4.00 LIVE NBA:
Oklahoma City Thunder v
San Antonio Spurs
BT Sport 2
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8.45am LIVE Hyundai
A-League Two matches
5.15pm LIVE Bundesliga:
Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia
Monchengladbach
7.30-9.45 LIVE Serie A:
Hellas Verona v Chievo
10.00-1.00am LIVE NCAA
Indoor Track & Field
2.00-4.00am LIVE College
Basketball
BT Sport 3
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5.00pm-6.00 LIVE World
Rally Championship
7.00-3.00am LIVE WTA
Tennis The BNP Paribas Open
4.30-6.30 LIVE WTA Tennis
Eurosport 1
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8.15am LIVE Alpine Skiing
9.30 LIVE Alpine Skiing
11.30 LIVE Alpine Skiing
12.30pm-3.30 LIVE Cycling:
Tirreno-Adriatico
5.00am Huey on Saturday
6.00 Sounds of the 60s
8.00 Ricky Wilson 10.00
Graham Norton 1.00pm Pick of
the Pops 3.00 Melanie C
6.00 Shane Richie 8.00
Country 2 Country 2018 11.00
Ana Matronic 2.00am Radio
2’s Showtunes Playlist 3.00
Radio 2 Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
7.00am Live Breakfast at Free
Thinking Music and news
9.00 News
9.03 Live Record Review
Andrew McGregor presents
from the Free Thinking
festival at Sage, Gateshead
12.15pm Music Matters
1.00 News
1.02 Live Saturday Classics
Jane Glover presents a special
programme of music on
the theme of “The One
and the Many”. See Choice
3.00 Sound of Cinema
Matthew Sweet rounds
up a mob to explore crowd
scenes in film. See Choice
4.00 Live Jazz Record
Requests Special
performances and requests,
live from Sage, Gateshead
5.00 Jazz Line-Up Highlights
of a performance by the
Euroradio Jazz Orchestra
6.30 Opera on 3 A recording
of Barrie Kosky’s current
production of Bizet’s Carmen,
performed at the Royal
Opera House in London’s
Covent Garden
10.00 Hear and Now
12.00 Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz (r)
1.00am Through the Night (r)
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 iPM Interactive debate
6.00 News and Papers
6.07 Ramblings (r)
6.30 Farming Today This
Week Farming news
7.00 Today
8.51 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 Saturday Live
10.30 The Slogan Warrior (r)
11.00 The Week in
Westminster
11.30 From Our Own
Correspondent
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Today’s picks
The Advance Guard
of the Avant-Garde
Radio 4, 8pm
Live at Free Thinking
Radio 3, from 7am
“Experimental” is a word that
seems to have lost its true
meaning over the years. In the
art world it is used to describe
anything that falls outside the
narrow mainstream remit,
rather than work that is radical
and innovative. In the 1960s a
group of writers set about shaking up the polite conventions
of the British realist tradition through a range of genuinely
experimental approaches. The novelist BS Johnson, for example,
made William Burroughs look conventional by cutting holes
in the pages of his novels, and in the case of his book The
Unfortunates, publishing the unbound chapters in a box for the
reader to mix up and read in whatever order they wished. The
critic DJ Taylor, pictured, using some experimental techniques
of his own, tells the story of Johnson and his contemporaries,
using the rich archive that the writers left behind. Joe Clay
Forecast
12.04 Money Box
12.30 The Now Show (r)
1.00 News Headlines
1.10 Any Questions? (r)
2.00 Any Answers? Phone-in
2.30 Drama: The Chosen One
By Avi Garvi. Dangerous
rumours abound as a
young initiate into a secretive
Indian cult resists being
stripped of her freedoms
3.15 In Another Country (r)
3.30 Tales from the Stave (r)
4.00 Weekend Woman’s Hour
5.00 Saturday PM
5.30 The Bottom Line (r)
5.54 Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.15 Loose Ends With guests
Penelope Wilton, Willard
White, Nigel Planer and Ayesha
Hazarika
7.00 Profile
7.15 Saturday Review
8.00 Archive on 4: The
Advance Guard of the
Avant-Garde DJ Taylor
celebrates the work of the
1960s writers who challenged
the conventions of the British
realist tradition. See Choice
9.00 Drama: Foreign Bodies
— The Bethlehem Murders
The first of two adaptations of
Matt Rees’ murder mystery
novels set in Palestine (r)
10.00 News Headlines
10.15 The Moral Maze (r)
11.00 Brain of Britain (r)
11.30 The Poetry of Instagram
Documentary (r)
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Short Works (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am 5 Live Boxing with
Costello & Bunce 5.30 Fit &
Fearless 6.00 Saturday
Breakfast 9.00 The Danny
Baker Show 11.00 5 Live Sport
12.30pm 5 Live Sport: Premier
League Football 2017-18 —
Manchester United v Liverpool
2.30 5 Live Sport 3.00 5 Live
Sport: Premier League
Football 2017-18 4.45 5 Live
Sport: Six Nations 2018 —
France v England (Kick-off
4.45). Commentary on both
teams’ penultimate match of
the championship 7.00
Live 6-0-6 8.00 Kermode and
Mayo’s Film Review (r)
9.00 Stephen Nolan 12.00
Brexitcast 12.30am Arts Club
with Will Gompertz
1.00 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 1.00pm
Live Match Day 7.30 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:
Wheeler — The Final Word
9.00 Motherhood: Bump,
Birth and Beyond 12.00
Flywheel, Shyster and
Flywheel 12.30pm Turf Wars
1.00 The Citadel Omnibus
2.10 Inheritance Tracks 2.15
Down Your Way 3.00 Archive
on 4: Wheeler — The Final
Word 4.00 The Sheffield
Picasso 5.30 Freedom Pass
6.00 The Lair of the White
Worm 7.00 Motherhood:
Bump, Birth and Beyond
10.00 Comedy Club: My
Teenage Diary 10.30 Irish
Micks and Legends 10.45
Terry Alderton’s All Crazy
Now 10.55 The Comedy Club
Interview 11.00 That Mitchell
and Webb Sound 11.30 Alice’s
Wunderland 12.00 The Lair of
the White Worm
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News
9.06 World This Week
In its 13th year, the Free
Thinking Festival brings
together about 100 speakers
for a weekend of free events
at Sage Gateshead. There are
a series of live programmes
from the festival on Radio 3
today, broadcasting from the
pop-up studio in the foyer,
including an edition of
Saturday Classics (1pm) in
which Jane Glover presents a
special programme of music
on the theme of “the one and
the many”. At 3pm, Matthew
Sweet presents a live edition
of the Sound of Cinema
exploring the concept of
the crowd scene in film. JC
9.30 The Cultural Frontline
10.00 Sports Hour 11.00
News 11.06 The Newsroom
11.30 Global Business 12.00
The Real Story 1.00pm
Newshour 2.00 News 2.06
BBC Music on the World
Service 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
World Questions 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
Global Business 11.00 News
11.06 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 World This Week 1.30
Click 2.00 News 2.06 The
Newsroom 2.30 Discovery
3.00 News 3.06 From Our
Own Correspondent 3.30
Living with the Gods 3.50
Witness 4.00 News 4.06
The Documentary
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Mary Anne Hobbs
10.00 The Huey Show
1.00pm Liz Kershaw 3.00
Gilles Peterson 6.00 Craig
Charles 9.00 Tom Robinson
12.00 The Freak Zone Playlist
1.00am The Joy of 6 2.00
6 Music Recommends 3.00
6 Music Live Hour 4.00 The
First Time with Thom Yorke
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
7.00am Alan Titchmarsh
10.00 Bill Turnbull 1.00pm
Alexander Armstrong 3.00
Nicholas Owen 5.00
Saturday Night at the Movies
7.00 Cowan’s Classics 9.00
Turning Points 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1.00am Katie
Breathwick 4.00 Jane Jones
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Critic’s choice
Sir Bruce: A Celebration
BBC One, 9pm
The London Palladium hosts
a celebration of the life and
career of Sir Bruce Forsyth,
one of the country’s bestloved entertainers, who died
last August of bronchial
pneumonia at the age of 89.
Forsyth’s later career was all
about Strictly Come Dancing,
where he will be remembered
for his terrible jokes and
slightly awkward banter
with his co-host Tess Daly.
However, Forsyth was a lot
more than Strictly. Born
on February 22, 1928, in
Edmonton, Middlesex, he
started in showbusiness when
he was 14, with a song, dance
and accordion act called “Boy
Bruce: The Mighty Atom”. His
career was slightly derailed in
1947 when he was called up
for National Service; he served
as a pilot in the Royal Air
Force. His big break came in
1958 when he was invited to
compere ITV’s Sunday Night at
the London Palladium. He
never looked back, going
on to dominate weekend
television light entertainment
(“I call it heavy entertainment
because it’s a damn sight
harder to get a laugh than
deliver a straight line,” he
once said) for more than half
a century. He was famed for
his jutting chin (“like an
airstrip”, one critic said) and
catchphrases — “Nice to see
you, to see you nice”, “Didn’t
she do well?”, etc. Recorded
on February 21 (the day
before what would have been
his 90th birthday), Sir Bruce:
A Celebration features
appearances from Ant and
Dec, Strictly’s Len Goodman
and Shirley Bassey, as well as
performances of his favourite
songs, dance routines and
tributes, with Dave Arch and
his Strictly Come Dancing
band and vocalists providing
accompaniment. Joe Clay
Further recommendations
At 10pm tonight ITV3 has An Audience with Victoria Wood from
1988, where the comedian performs songs and monologues
Call the Midwife
BBC One, 8pm
Fans of the period drama are
put through the emotional
wringer on a weekly basis, but
last Sunday’s episode, as lovely
Nurse Barbara succumbed to
septicaemia, was particularly
emotional. The series has lost
key characters before and
continued to thrive. Life goes
on in Call the Midwife, and the
closure of a maternity home
brings an influx of expectant
mothers on to the team’s
books. Then JFK gets shot. It’s
up to birthday girl Sister Monica
Joan to rally the troops. “We
have mourned enough,” she
says. “If you do not cherish
what remains, you will all
become as nothing.” JC
Catch
up
Collateral
BBC iPlayer, to April 4
David Hare recent fourpart political thriller
split audiences but it
certainly isn’t short of
ambition nor superb
performances —
not least Carey
Mulligan as the
spiky DI Kip
Glaspie,
investigating the
shooting of a pizza
delivery man in
London. It is dark
and brooding.
Life and
Death Row
Endeavour
BBC Two, 9pm
The fifth series of the Inspector
Morse prequel concludes and
Endeavour (Shaun Evans) is
sent undercover to a private
school to investigate the
disappearance of a teacher.
The young Morse makes quite
a convincing head of lower
sixth, and this new vocation
could come in handy because
the big news elsewhere is that
Cowley police station is to
close. Before this happens,
Detective Inspector Fred
Thursday (Roger Allam) is
desperate to collar Eddie Nero.
The writer, Russell Lewis,
cleverly finds a way to link the
two cases in a fitting finale for
this excellent police drama. JC
In the final part of this hardhitting series, two more men
are scheduled to die. Jason
McGehee was part of a group
of teenagers convicted of the
murder of John Melbourne Jr
in 1996. McGehee’s lawyers
argue that the death sentence
is unjust — the person who
took John’s life is eligible for
parole in 2025 — but John’s
parents want the execution to
go ahead. “It’s justice for my
son,” says his father. By
contrast, Kayla Greenwood, the
daughter of the man murdered
by death row inmate Kenneth
Williams, is more forgiving. JC
Everyone has demons. There’s
a joshing sidekick, a resultsdriven boss, a quirky forensics
guy . . . in fact it initially seems
that Hare has swallowed the
Modern Crime Drama 101
Handbook? But if the
surface is every bit the
21st-century murder
caper, Hare’s interest is
in the underbelly.
The victim is an illegal
immigrant from Syria and
soon Glaspie and her
colleagues have
fallen down a
rabbit hole of fake
papers, people
smugglers and
draconian
immigration
laws.
Chris Bennion
ITV, 8pm
Picasso: Live
from Tate Modern
Films of the day
Sky Arts, 10pm
BBC Two, 2.45pm
Sky Arts has access to Tate
Modern’s blockbuster show
about one passionate year in
the life of Pablo Picasso.
Drawing on 100 works,
including an unprecedented
array of loans, Picasso 1932:
Love, Fame, Tragedy explores a
year in which artistic, personal
and political problems were
held in potentially explosive
balance by the great modern
pioneer. Kate Bryan is your
host for this live broadcast,
joined by an impressive cast
of contributors including the
Picasso fan Jim Moir (aka Vic
Reeves) and David Bailey. JC
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
11.00am-12.15pm Sunday Politics Wales.
The week’s events 5.05 Iolo’s Snowdonia
(r) 5.35-6.05 Iolo’s Snowdonia (r)
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
11.00am Lorraine Pascale: How to Be a
Better Cook (r) 11.30 Countryfile (r) 11.35
Live Scrum V 1.40pm-2.00 Coast (r) 4.10
Saving Lives at Sea (r) 5.10 Flog It! (r)
6.00 Scrum V Six Nations Special
7.00-8.00 The Rugby Codebreakers
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
11.00am-12.15pm Sunday Politics
Northern Ireland
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.20pm Rothai Mora an tSaoil 10.50
Sunday Politics Northern Ireland (r)
11.15-11.45 The Mash Report (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
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Canu Dechrau Canmol (r) 12.30pm
Perthyn (r) 1.00 Arfordir Cymru: Sir
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Rhyngwladol 5.30 News a Chwaraeon
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Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol 8.00
Alex Jones: Y Fam Gymreig 9.00 Parch
10.00 Y Byd ar Bedwar (r) 10.30 Ward
Plant (r) 11.00-11.35 Ffasiwn Mecanic (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Laura (PG, 1944)
Otto Preminger’s outstanding film noir, based on a novel by Vera
Caspary, stars Dana Andrews as a New York detective, Mark
McPherson, who falls in love with the femme fatale whose murder
he is investigating (it would never happen to Taggart). He learns
more and more about the vivacious life of the socialite Laura Hunt
(Gene Tierney) — via her waspish mentor, Waldo Lydecker (Clifton
Webb, acid dripping from his every word), her grasping fiancé,
Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), and her housekeeper, Bessie
(Dorothy Adams). It leads McPherson, like every man who crossed
Laura’s path, to becoming infatuated. (88min) Chris Bennion
Deep Impact (12, 1998)
BBC Two, 6.10pm
A giant comet is heading for Earth,
threatening to wipe out all life on
the planet. A team of astronauts are
sent into space to try to destroy it.
However, even though the leader
of the mission is called Spurgeon
Tanner (Robert Duvall) and must be
a force to be reckoned with, they
fail. Faced with imminent destruction, the chances for survival
in an underground shelter are raffled through a kind of lottery
system. Elijah Wood is the teenage astronomer who discovers the
comet; Morgan Freeman, pictured, is the president trying in vain to
keep his people calm. Freeman wanted his character to have an
earring, but the director, Mimi Leder, turned him down. However,
she left in a scene where one of his tattoos is showing as she felt
it gave the president an everyman look.(120min) Wendy Ide
Captive (12, 2015)
Film4, 11pm
There are only two reasons to watch Jerry Jameson’s dubious reallife crime thriller — the leads, Kate Mara and the excellent British
actor David Oyelowo. The story it tells is distasteful enough — in
2005 Brian Nichols (Oyelowo) escaped his rape trial in Atlanta
before going on a killing spree that left four dead, including the
judge. In this dreamlike movie we see him hide from the police in
the flat of the recovering methamphetamine addict Ashley (Mara),
whom he takes hostage. This is an unusual drama and although
Mara and Oyelowo are hemmed in by a narrow script, both eke
out powerful, understated performances. (97min) CB
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6.00am Breakfast 7.30 Match of the
Day. Highlights of Manchester United
v Liverpool (r) 9.00 The Andrew Marr
Show 10.00 The Big Questions 11.00
Sunday Politics 12.15pm BBC News;
Weather 12.30 MasterChef (r) 1.00
Homes Under the Hammer (r) 1.55
Songs of Praise. Katherine Jenkins
meets new parents at Basildon
Maternity Unit 2.30 Live Six Nations
Rugby Union: Wales v Italy (Kick-off
3.00). Gabby Logan introduces
coverage of the final match in the
fourth weekend of fixtures, which
takes place at the Principality Stadium
in Cardiff 5.05 Earth’s Natural
Wonders (r) 6.05 BBC News 6.20
BBC Regional News; Weather 6.30
Countryfile. The team heads to the
Scottish Lowlands to explore the
Lothians and the Borders
6.10am Coast (r) 6.55 A to Z of
TV Gardening (r) 7.15 The Instant
Gardener (r) 8.05 Gardeners’ World (r)
8.35 Countryfile (r) 9.30 Saturday
Kitchen Best Bites 11.00 Spring
Kitchen with Tom Kerridge (r) 11.45
Lorraine Pascale: How to Be a Better
Cook (r) 12.15pm MOTD2 Extra
1.00 The Ladykillers: Pest Detectives
(r) 2.00 Money for Nothing
2.45 FILM Laura (PG, 1944)
A detective tries to find out the real
identity of a dead woman after a
supposed murder victim turns up
alive. Mystery with Dana Andrews and
Gene Tierney. See Film Choice (b/w)
4.10 Back in Time for Tea. The Ellises
sample life in the 1980s and 1990s (r)
5.10 The World’s Most Extraordinary
Homes. Exploring unusual homes
around the world (r)
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25
ITV News 9.30 Love Your Garden (r)
10.00 Peston on Sunday 11.00 The
Voice UK. The contest edges closer to
its conclusion with the final battle
round (r) 12.20pm ITV News; Weather
12.30 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night
Takeaway. With star guest announcer
James Corden (r) 2.00 Britain’s
Brightest Family. Two families
compete for a place in the quarterfinals (r) 2.30 Catchphrase Mother’s
Day Special. With Kimberley Walsh,
David Walliams and Emma Willis (r)
3.30 Tipping Point. Ben Shephard
hosts the arcade-themed quiz show
(r) 4.30 ITV News; Weather 4.45
Regional News; Weather 5.00
The Chase: Celebrity Special. With
Ranvir Singh, John Sergeant, Ugo
Monye and Mariella Frostrup (r)
6.10am 3rd Rock from the Sun (r)
7.00 Tennis: Tie Break Tens 8.00
Winter Paralympics Breakfast.
Highlights of the Super-G skiing, 15km
cross-country and wheelchair curling
9.00 Frasier (r) 9.30 Sunday Brunch.
With guests Jenny Eclair, Sam
Thompson and Mr Eazi 12.30pm
Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food (r) 1.05
The Simpsons (r) 1.35 The Simpsons
(r) 2.05 The Simpsons (r) 2.35 The
Simpsons (r) 3.05 The Great Celebrity
Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer.
With Harry Hill, Martin Kemp, Roisin
Conaty and Bill Turnbull (r) 4.25
Crufts Extra with Alan and Clare.
Alan Carr and Clare Balding present
a round-up of the dog show 5.30
Channel 4 News 6.00 Winter
Paralympics Today. Action from day
two of the Games in South Korea (SL)
6.00am Milkshake! 10.05 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles (r) 10.40 Football
on 5: The Championship (r) 11.30
Football on 5: Goal Rush (r) 12.00
Britain’s Greatest Bridges 12.15pm
Police Interceptors (r) 1.15 Police
Interceptors (r) 2.15 FILM Open
Season 2 (PG, 2008) Animated
comedy sequel with the voice of Joel
McHale 3.45 FILM Cloudy with a
Chance of Meatballs 2 (U, 2013)
A scientist discovers a machine he
invented has accidentally created
animals made out of food. Animated
comedy sequel with the voice of Bill
Hader 5.25 FILM Journey 2: The
Mysterious Island (PG, 2012)
A teenager follows a distress signal
to an undiscovered island full of
strange creatures. Fantasy adventure
sequel starring Dwayne Johnson
Call the Midwife concludes (8pm)
Top Gear goes to Japan (8pm)
Shaun Evans in Endeavour (8pm)
Claire Danes stars (9pm)
Cloudy with Meatballs 2 (3.45pm)
7.30 Hold the Sunset Edith confronts
a ghost from the past when the
house is broken into at night.
James Cosmo guests (4/6)
6.10 FILM Deep Impact (12, 1998)
A reporter investigating a
presidential misdemeanour
stumbles on evidence that a
comet is on a collision course
with Earth. Sci-fi drama starring
Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni and
Elijah Wood. See Film Choice
6.00 Dancing on Ice: The Final
The grand final of the
competitive figure-skating
contest arrives, as the final
three couples compete to claim
the title of Champion of the
Rink. Last in the series
8.00 Top Gear Matt LeBlanc and
Chris Harris take second-hand
sports cars on a road trip across
the Japanese island of Honshu.
Meanwhile, Rory Reid is given
one night to get to grips with
Tokyo’s weirdest car-based
subculture (3/6)
8.00 Endeavour Morse investigates
the disappearance of a teacher
from a secretive public school,
and begins to question who he
can trust when a body is
discovered. Thursday wrestles
with the imminent closure of
Cowley Station as he tries to
find the vital evidence that will
connect Eddie Nero to a series
of unsolved murders, and
assigns Fancy to track down
the man who may be the key
to cracking the case.
See Viewing Guide (6/6)
7.00 Crufts 2018: Best in Show Clare
Balding presents live coverage
of the dog show as an overall
champion is chosen from the
six finalists. Plus, highlights of
the Agility and Flyball finals
and the gundog group
judging, and a look back at the
finallistts’’ journey through
h the
competition. Noel Fitzpatrick
selects his favourite moments
from this year’s contest and
there is a report on the
benefits of raw dog food
8.00 Call the Midwife As the nurses
and midwives prepare for Sister
Monica Joan’s birthday, they
face an influx of new patients
when a nearby maternity
home suddenly closes.
See Viewing Guide (8/8)
9.00 Sir Bruce: A Celebration
Tess Daly pays tribute to the
veteran entertainer, who died in
August last year, with a special
variety programme celebrating
his life filmed at the London
Palladium. See Viewing Guide
9.00 Life and Death Row: The Mass
Execution A look at capital
punishment through the eyes of
young people whose lives have
been shaped by it, including
interviews from those on death
row. See Viewing Guide (4/4)
10.00 ITV News
10.05 BBC News
10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.35 Match of the Day 2 Mark
Chapman presents highlights of
the day’s two Premier League
matches — Arsenal v Watford at
the Emirates Stadium and
Bournemouth v Tottenham
Hotspur at the Vitality Stadium
11.35 FILM Fright Night (15, 2011)
A teenager realises his
neighbour is a vampire, and
seeks the aid of a foul-mouthed
Las Vegas magician in slaying
him. Comedy horror remake
starring Anton Yelchin, Colin
Farrell, David Tennant, Toni
Collette and Imogen Poots
1.15am Weather for the Week
Ahead 1.20 BBC News
10.20 The Mash Report Satirical news
show with Nish Kumar (1/4) (r)
10.15 Peston on Sunday Political
magazine, presented by Robert
Peston, with Allegra Stratton (r)
10.50 Top Gear: Extra Gear Visiting
a secret stash of cars in Japan
11.15 Women’s Six Nations
Highlights Action from the
fourth round of fixtures
11.45 Sign Zone: Question Time
Topical debate from
Westminster (r) (SL)
12.45am Immigration: Who Should
We Let In? — Panorama. Investigating
public concerns about immigration,
and addresses some of the big
unanswered questions about how a
new system could work after Brexit
(r) (SL) 1.15-2.10 Holby City (r) (SL)
11.15 Six Nations Highlights
Action from the fourth round of
fixtures, featuring Ireland v
Scotland, France v England
and Wales v Italy
12.15am 100 Year Old Driving School.
A 91-year-old Yorkshire woman takes
a mature driving test (r) 12.40
Marcella. Crime drama starring Anna
Friel (r) 1.30 Jackpot247 3.00 Take on
the Twisters (r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
7.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
Agents Max and Steve head to
London to try to recover more
than £21,000 in court costs (r)
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
The debt collectors take action
to serve a writ issued for the
organiser of a music festival (r)
8.55 5 News Weekend
9.00 Homeland Carrie’s mission
to free the 200 imprisoned
members of the intelligence
community looks up as she
follows a new lead, while
Saul’s situation goes from
bad to worse (4/12)
10.00 The Last Leg Winter
Paralympic Special Adam Hills,
Josh Widdicombe and Alex
Brooker round-up action from
the 2018 Winter Paralympics in
PyeongChang, with help from
Noel Fielding, Kadeena Cox and
Hannah Cockroft (9/10) (SL)
9.00 FILM Olympus Has Fallen
(15, 2013) A secret service
operative is reassigned from
Presidential Protection after a
tragic accident. As he prepares
to leave his assignment,
terrorists take control of the
White House and hold the
president hostage. The agent is
trapped in the building, and
uses his inside knowledge to
rescue the head of state. Action
thriller starring Gerard Butler,
Aaron Eckhart, Morgan
Freeman and Angela Bassett
11.00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown Jimmy Carr hosts
the panel show’s version
of the words-and-numbers
quiz, as Jon Richardson and
David Mitchell take on guest
captain Joe Wilkinson and
Roisin Conaty (5/6) (r)
11.15 FILM Rise of the Krays (18,
2015) Biopic of the gangsters,
charting their rise from
amateur boxers to becoming
the most feared criminals in
London’s underworld. With
Kevin Leslie and Simon Cotton
12.00 Married at First Sight.
Last in the series (r) 1.00am The
Inbetweeners (r) (SL) 1.30 Live Winter
Paralympics. Coverage of day three
from South Korea, featuring the men’s
and women’s snowboardcross events
from Jeongseon Alpine Centre
1.15am SuperCasino 3.10 Cowboy
Builders. Dan Lobb and Laura
Hamilton meet the Oakes family in
Halesowen (r) 4.00 Now That’s
Funny! (r) (SL) 4.45 House Doctor
(r) (SL) 5.10 House Busters (r)
(SL) 5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
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7.00pm Only Connect (R)
7.30 University Challenge
Jeremy Paxman presents
the quiz show (R)
8.00 Ancient Greece: The
Greatest Show on Earth
Michael Scott travels to
Greece to find out how
drama first began (1/3) (R)
9.00 FILM Michael Jackson’s
Journey from Motown to
Off the Wall (12, 2016)
Documentary charting the
path of the King of Pop’s
earlier career, from his work
with his brothers through to
Off the Wall in 1979
10.30 Sings Motown
A compilation of covers.
Includes Dusty Springfield
performing Nowhere to Run
and Kim Wilde’s take on You
Keep Me Hanging On (R)
11.30-12.30am I’m Not In Love:
The Story of 10cc
The band members
recall their success (R)
7.00pm The Durrells Aunt
Hermione returns to Corfu,
and she is accompanied by
a medium, who claims to be
able to contact Louisa’s
husband (4/6) (R)
8.00 Paul O’Grady: For the Love
of Dogs A Labrador-lurcher
that cannot swallow food
properly (R)
8.30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love
of Dogs Paul tries to cheer
up the home’s longestserving resident (R)
9.00 Joanna Lumley’s
Trans-Siberian Adventure
The actress embarks on a
journey using the TransSiberian Railway (1/3) (R)
10.00 An Audience with Victoria
Wood The comedian
entertains a starstudded audience (R)
11.10-1.10am Lewis The detective
suspects rock band veterans
are mixed up in the murder
of an orphan (4/4) (R)
6.55pm Come Dine with Me
A barber hosts the fourth
night in Manchester (R)
7.25 Come Dine with Me
The final dinner party in
Manchester (R)
7.55 Grand Designs New
Zealand A retired architect
plans to build an energyefficient home in Nelson
on the South Island
9.00 Walks with My Dog Caroline
Quentin follows the Helford
estuary in Cornwall, Dom
Joly is on Hadrian’s Wall and
Gareth Thomas explores the
Brecon Beacons (R)
10.00 Father Ted Dougal takes
over as Craggy Island’s
new milkman (R)
10.35 Father Ted Dougal and
Ted bump into the actor
Richard Wilson (R)
11.05-12.05am Micky Flanagan’s
Out Out Tour
A performance by
the comedian (R)
6.05pm FILM The Karate Kid (PG,
2010) An American boy
living in China falls foul of
bullies, until a kindly kung fu
master teaches him the
skills to defend himself.
Martial arts drama with
Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan
and Taraji P Henson
9.00 FILM The Mechanic
(15, 2011) A solitary hitman
teaches his murdered
mentor’s son the tricks of
the trade so they can join
forces to seek vengeance.
Action thriller remake
starring Jason Statham, Ben
Foster and Tony Goldwyn
11.00-1.00am FILM Captive
(12, 2015) A fugitive takes a
recovering addict hostage
in her own home, but the
two troubled souls form
an unexpected bond.
Fact-based drama starring
Kate Mara and David
Oyelowo. See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Lisa
discovers Bart’s demented
twin in the attic (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Krusty spices
up his act. With the guest
voice of Jay Leno (R)
8.00 MacGyver Angus develops
an emotional connection to
the leader of a group of
students stranded on a ship
as he relays how to stay
alive via a video link
9.00 Hawaii Five-0 Danny is shot
while quarantined in
hospital with McGarrett,
Tani and Junior, leaving
him clinging to life
10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles The team
tracks a highly skilled
assailant out for revenge
11.00 The Blacklist Red takes
action when a good friend
is framed for a crime (R)
12.00-1.00am The Force: North
East The cells fill up during
a busy Saturday night in
Newcastle (10/10) (R)
7.00pm Blue Bloods Frank is asked
to publicly downplay the
significance of the murder
of an event organiser (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny’s actions
are closely scrutinised by
Internal Affairs after he
shoots an undercover
cop who failed to
identify himself (R)
9.00 Save Me Claire and Barry
stage a press conference to
appeal for help in the search
for Jody. Elsewhere, Nelly
decides to pursue his own
lines of enquiry (2/6) (R)
10.00 Real Time with Bill Maher
The comedian Bill Maher
invites three guests from
different parts of the
political spectrum to discuss
the week’s events
11.10-12.20am Active Shooter:
America Under Fire
An examination of the mass
shooting in 1999 at a high
school in Colorado (8/8) (R)
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5.15pm FILM Evan Almighty (PG,
2007) Comedy sequel starring
Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman
7.10 FILM Gravity (12, 2013) Two
astronauts left stranded in orbit
make a perilous journey to reach a
space station. Thriller with Sandra
Bullock and George Clooney
9.00 Ibiza Weekender
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 Family Guy
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 American Dad!
11.55-12.30am American Dad!
6.50pm Hornblower The seafaring
hero’s resourcefulness turns
the tide of a battle (2/2)
9.00 FILM Firefox (15, 1982) A US
pilot comes out of retirement to
steal a Soviet hi-tech fighter plane
that is invisible to radar. Action
adventure starring Clint Eastwood
11.45-2.00am FILM Falling Down
(18, 1993) A stressed motorist
cracks under the pressures of
everyday life and goes on an ever
more violent journey across LA.
Urban thriller with Michael Douglas
6.55pm FILM I, Robot (12, 2004) A
detective is convinced a robot has
killed its creator. Sci-fi thriller with
Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan
9.00 Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Daisy decides she will make an
attempt to rescue Simmons
10.00-12.10am FILM The World’s
End (15, 2013) Five childhood
friends reunite for a pub crawl in
their home town, only to stumble
on a threat to the entire human
race. Sci-fi comedy starring
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
7.00pm FILM Pixels (12, 2015) Four
former video games champions
are recruited to defend Earth. Sci-fi
comedy starring Adam Sandler
and Peter Dinklage
9.00 FILM Divergent (12, 2014)
A teenager in a strictly ordered
future society discovers a
conspiracy to wipe out a group of
outsiders. Sci-fi adventure starring
Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet
11.45-2.05am FILM Parker
(15, 2013) Action thriller with Jason
Statham and Jennifer Lopez
6.00pm FILM Millions Like Us (U,
1943) Second World War drama
with Patricia Roc and Eric Portman
8.00 A Family at War David
tries to track down Grace
9.00 The Human Jungle
Dr Corder treats a woman who
tried to kill herself (8/13)
10.00 FILM The Criminal (12,
1960) Prison drama starring
Stanley Baker and Sam Wanamaker
12.00-2.00am FILM Bigger Than
Life (PG, 1956) Fact-based drama
starring James Mason
7.00pm A Place to Call Home
James struggles with his emotions,
while Sarah and George begin an
affair and meet at the cottage
8.00 Maisie Raine Maisie rescues
Gavin McKay, a man who borrowed
£2,000 from a pair of villains
9.00 Taggart A war begins
between rival taxi firms
confronting the team with a series
of coincidences to investigate
12.00-2.10am Silent Witness
An eager medical student helps
Harry with his latest case
Yesterday
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7.00pm Bob Monkhouse: Million
Joke Man A look at Monkhouse’s
many television quiz shows (2/3)
8.00 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Oz hits it off with a classy lady
9.00 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Oz decides to kidnap his son
10.00 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet The
boys’ flight to Spain is delayed
11.00 The Nazis: A Warning from
History Why the Germans fought
on despite disastrous military
defeats between 1942 to 1943 (6/6)
12.00-1.00am Inquisition (2/4)
4.35pm FILM The Devil’s Brigade
(PG, 1968) Second World War
adventure starring William Holden
7.15 FILM Hondo (PG, 1953)
Western starring John Wayne
9.00 FILM Space Cowboys (PG,
2000) An ageing former test
pilot is called on to stop a
malfunctioning Soviet satellite
from crashing to Earth. Adventure
starring Clint Eastwood
11.35-1.45am FILM Flight of the
Phoenix (12, 2004) Action
adventure starring Dennis Quaid
7.00pm Cop Car Workshop The
work taking place in one of Britain’s
leading police car workshops
8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
The challenges of combating crime
9.00 Have I Got a Bit More News
for You Victoria Coren Mitchell
hosts, with Adam Boulton and
the Rev Richard Coles
10.00 Unspun with Matt Forde
Political comedy show
10.30 Live at the Apollo With
Russell Howard and Jo Brand
11.30-12.10am Room 101
6.40pm Secrets of the Dinosaur
Mummy Well-preserved dinosaur
remains are recovered
7.50 The Hobbit Enigma Exploring
the discovery of a prehistoric
species of miniature humans
9.00 Hitler’s Holocaust An insight
into how the concentration
camps operated (4/6)
10.15 Hitler’s Holocaust Forms
of Jewish resistance (5/6)
11.30-12.50am Hitler’s Holocaust
Examining the Allied liberation
of concentration camps (6/6)
7.00pm Portrait Artist of
the Year 2018 (8/11)
8.00 The Eighties A look at
technological innovations (8/8)
9.00 The Gardens of Pompeii How
the gardens of Pompeii played an
integral role in ancient Rome
10.00 Picasso Live from Tate
Modern A look at Tate Modern’s
Pablo Picasso exhibition.
See Viewing Guide
11.00 The Art of the Joy of Sex
12.00-1.00am The Music Videos
That Shaped the 80s
7.00pm America’s Next Top Model
8.00 Send in the Dogs
Two of Europe’s most famous
canine detectives (2/12)
9.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
The story of Raoul Moat, who went
on the run after shooting his
ex-girlfriend and her lover
10.00 Criminal Minds Several
bodies are found in Central Park
11.00 Blindspot Jane teams up
with a mysterious man from her
past in a missing persons case
12.00-1.00am The Good Doctor
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7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 American Dad!
9.30 American Dad!
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 Family Guy
11.00 American Dad!
11.30 American Dad!
12.00-12.30am Family Guy
7.00pm Deadliest Catch
8.00 Tesla’s Death Ray:
A Murder Declassified
9.00 Blowing Up History An
insight into the discoveries made
at giant pyramid sites in Mexico
10.00 How the Universe Works
11.00 Gold Rush
12.00-1.00am Blowing Up History
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Air Crash Investigation
9.00 Air Crash Investigation
The crash of a German plane
flying over the French Alps
10.00 Chain of Command
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air
Crash Investigation
7.00pm Friends
7.30 Friends
8.00 Friends
8.30 Friends
9.00 FILM Austin Powers: The Spy
Who S*****d Me (12, 1999) Comedy
sequel starring Mike Myers
11.00 Lee Evans: Monsters
12.00-12.30am Lip Sync Battle
6.05pm Only Fools and Horses
7.40 Only Fools and Horses
8.20 Only Fools and Horses
9.00 The Royle Family
9.40 The Royle Family
10.20 The Royle Family
11.00 Bottom
11.40-12.20am Men Behaving
Badly Gary ponders fatherhood
7.00pm Inside the Ambulance
8.00 Inside the Ambulance
9.00 Louis Theroux: Behind Bars
The journalist spends time in
San Quentin State Prison
10.00 999 Rescue Squad
11.00 Motorway Cops
12.00-1.00am Inside
the Ambulance
Sky Premiere
Sky Oscars
Sky Family
Wonder Women
Sky Select
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6.25pm Snatched (15, 2017)
Comedy starring Amy Schumer
8.00 Wonder Woman (12, 2017)
An Amazon princess leaves home
to fight a war, discovering her full
powers and true destiny. Fantasy
adventure starring Gal Gadot
10.25 Cult of Chucky (18, 2017) The
killer doll from Child’s Play returns
to terrorise more victims. Horror
thriller starring Fiona Dourif
12.00-2.00am Baby Driver (15,
2017) Action thriller starring
Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey
4.35pm The Godfather: Part II (18,
1974) A Mafia don’s rise to power is
threatened by a traitor. Francis
Ford Coppola’s gangster drama
sequel starring Al Pacino
8.00 A Beautiful Mind (12, 2001)
Charting the life of the brilliant
mathematician John Nash.
Biopic starring Russell Crowe
10.20-1.35am Schindler’s List (15,
1993) A German businessman
employs Jews in his factory to save
them from the Holocaust. Factbased drama with Liam Neeson
6.15pm Matilda (PG, 1996) Fantasy
comedy starring Mara Wilson
8.00 Night at the Museum: Battle
of the Smithsonian (PG, 2009)
A nightwatchman must stop a
reanimated pharaoh from taking
over the world. Fantasy comedy
sequel starring Ben Stiller
10.00 Pele: Birth Of A Legend
(PG, 2016) Fact-based drama
starring Kevin de Paula
11.50-2.05am Willow (PG, 1988)
Fantasy adventure starring
Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer
5.40pm Rogue One: A Star Wars
Story (12, 2016) A maverick
scientist’s daughter and the Rebel
Alliance attempt to steal plans for a
lethal battle station. Sci-fi prequel
starring Felicity Jones
8.00 Ghost in the Shell (12, 2017)
A cyborg agent goes in search of a
mysterious hacker. Sci-fi fantasy
with Scarlett Johansson
10.00-12.15am Suicide Squad (15,
2016) A ragtag team of villains are
strong-armed into doing good.
Fantasy adventure with Will Smith
5.45pm Children of Men (15, 2006)
Thriller starring Clive Owen
7.45 Erin Brockovich (15, 2000) A
single mother takes on a company
suspected of contaminating a
small town’s water supply. Factbased drama starring Julia Roberts
10.00 Raising Arizona (12, 1987)
A thief and his wife kidnap one of a
tycoon’s five babies. Comedy with
Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter
11.40-2.15am Inglourious Basterds
(18, 2009) Second World War
adventure starring Brad Pitt
A look at Michael Jackson’s
Journey from Motown to Off the
Wall (BBC Four, 9pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 2pm
Radio 1
A double bill from the Premier
League begins with Arsenal
taking on Watford at the
Emirates Stadium (kick-off
2pm). The visitors will be
hoping to inflict more misery
on the beleaguered Arsenal
manager Arsène Wenger,
pictured — the Gunners have
lost three in a row in the
league. Then, Bournemouth
welcome Tottenham Hotspur
to the Vitality Stadium
(kick-off 4pm). JC
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.00am Dev 10.00 Jordan
North 1.00pm Matt Edmondson
4.00 Cel Spellman and Katie
Thistleton 6.00 Most Played
7.00 Daniel P Carter 10.00 Phil
Taggart 1.00am Monki 3.00
Mabel 4.00 Jordan North
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Arena
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8.00am LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v Australia
11.30 LIVE SPFL: Rangers v
Celtic (Kick-off 12.00)
2.00pm LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Arsenal v Watford
3.30 LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Bournemouth v
Tottenham Hotspur
(Kick-off 4.00)
7.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The Valspar Championship
10.00-4.00am LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The BNP
Paribas Open Day four
2.30pm-5.00 LIVE Show
Jumping: The Dutch Masters
6.00-4.00am LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The BNP
Paribas Open Day four
Sky Sports Premier
League
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12.30pm LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Arsenal v Watford
(Kick-off 1.30)
3.30-7.00 LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Bournemouth v
Tottenham Hotspur
(Kick-off 4.00)
Sky Sports Football
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11.30am LIVE SPFL: Rangers
v Celtic (Kick-off 12.00)
2.15pm-5.00 LIVE EFL:
Nottingham Forest v Derby
County (Kick-off 2.30)
5.25-7.30 LIVE La Liga
Football: Las Palmas v
Villarreal (Kick-off 7.45)
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Athletic Bilbao v
Leganés (Kick-off 7.45)
Sky Sports Cricket
BT Sport 1
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11.15am-2.15pm LIVE
Vanarama National League:
Wrexham v Chester
(Kick-off 12.00)
4.00 LIVE World Rally
Championship Rally Mexico
5.00-7.00 LIVE Serie A:
Genoa v AC Milan
(Kick-off 5.00)
7.30-9.45 LIVE Serie A: Inter
Milan v Napoli (Kick-off 7.45)
1.00am-3.30 LIVE NBA: Los
Angeles Lakers v Cleveland
Cavaliers (Tip-off 1.00)
BT Sport 2
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12.30pm-3.15 LIVE AngloWelsh Cup: Exeter Chiefs v
Newcastle Falcons
(Kick-off 1.00)
4.00 LIVE Ligue 1: Lyon v
Caen (Kick-off 4.00)
6.00-2.00am LIVE WTA
Tennis: The BNP Paribas
Open Day five at Indian Wells
3.30-5.30 LIVE WTA Tennis:
The BNP Paribas Open
Day five at Indian Wells
BT Sport 3
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6.00am-9.30 LIVE European
Tour Golf: Hero Indian Open
5.00pm-10.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: Valspar Championship
11.30am-1.30pm LIVE Serie A:
Fiorentina v Benevento
(Kick-off 11.30)
2.30-4.30 LIVE Bundesliga:
VfB Stuttgart v RB Leipzig
(Kick-off 2.30)
5.00-7.00 LIVE Bundesliga:
Borussia Dortmund v
Eintracht Frankfurt
(Kick-off 5.00)
7.30-10.00 LIVE NBA:
Minnesota Timberwolves v
Golden State Warriors
(Tip-off 7.30)
Sky Sports Action
Eurosport 1
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11.25am-1.15pm LIVE Top 14
Rugby Union: Stade Francais
v Castres (Kick-off 11.30)
4.20am-2.00 LIVE HSBC
Sevens World Series
9.15am-11.00 LIVE Alpine
Skiing The men’s super-G
race in Kvitfjell, Norway
12.30pm-3.30 LIVE Cycling:
Tirreno-Adriatico
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Test Cricket: South Africa v
Australia
Sky Sports Golf
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Radio guide
5.00am Huey on Sunday 6.00
Good Morning Sunday 9.00
Steve Wright 11.00 Michael Ball
1.00pm Elaine Paige 3.00
Johnnie Walker 5.00 Paul
O’Grady 7.00 Claudia 9.00
Clare Teal 11.00 Don Black
12.00 Sounds of the 60s (r)
2.00am Radio 2 Playlists
Today’s picks
Sunday Feature: Concerto
Radio 3, 6.45pm
Mums and Sons
Radio 4, 1.30pm
On a trip to the theatre you may
find yourself wondering how
it feels for the lead actor to be
tearing their emotions apart
on stage. Take Simon Russell
Beale’s King Lear at the
National, a portrayal that
ranged from padding around in
his underpants to battering the
Fool to death in a deranged fit. Beale, pictured, sees parallels
between the demands of theatrical performance and those of
the concerto soloist. The violinist Margaret Faultless agrees,
telling him: “With the Shostakovich First Violin Concerto I feel
completely ruined by the end of it. I think if you don’t, you’ve
protected yourself and kept something in reserve. If you don’t
come off the stage feeling like you’ve spent some of your soul,
I think you’ve short-changed the music.” Beale also looks at
how the role of the concerto soloist has evolved from the
baroque period to now. James Jackson
An interesting angle for a
Mother’s Day programme, this
explores the relationship
between mothers and their
sons as shared by writers and
musicians. The pop star
Sophie Ellis-Bextor describes
having a music career as a
mum of four boys (she
recorded songs with a baby
in her arms) while, most
interestingly, Patrick Ness
explains how his novel
A Monster Calls — about
a boy dealing with his mum’s
imminent death — was
conceived by another author,
Siobhan Dowd, who died
before completing it. JJ
9.00 Broadcasting House
10.00 The Archers (r)
11.15 Desert Island Discs
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Just a Minute (r)
12.30 The Food Programme
1.00 The World This Weekend
1.30 Mums and Sons
2.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Horticulture (r)
2.45 The Listening Project (r)
3.00 Drama: Foreign Bodies
— The Samaritan’s Secret
By Matt Rees (2/2)
4.00 News Headlines
4.02 Open Book
4.30 Two Poets
5.00 File on 4 (r)
5.40 Profile (r)
5.54 Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.15 Pick of the Week
7.00 The Archers
Shula is left disappointed
7.15 In and Out of the Kitchen
Comedy (3/6) (r)
7.45 Man About the House (r)
8.00 Feedback (r)
8.30 Last Word (r)
9.00 Money Box (r)
9.26 Radio 4 Appeal (r)
9.30 Analysis (r)
10.00 The Westminster Hour
11.00 The Film Programme (r)
11.30 Something Understood
Documentary (r)
12.00 News Headlines
12.15am Thinking Allowed (r)
12.45 Bells on Sunday (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
10.00 News 10.06 From Our
Own Correspondent
10.30 Trending 10.50 Over to
You 11.00 News 11.06 The
Newsroom 11.30 Boston
Calling 12.00 News 12.30pm
World Questions 1.00
Newshour 2.00 News 2.06
The Documentary 3.00 News
3.06 The Arts Hour 4.00
News 4.06 Sportsworld 5.00
News 5.06 Sportsworld 6.00
News 6.06 Sportsworld 7.00
The Newsroom 7.30 Living
with the Gods 7.50 More or
Less 8.00 News 8.06 BBC
Music on the World Service
9.00 Newshour 10.00 The
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Heart and Soul
11.00 News 11.06 The History
Hour 12.00 News 12.06am
The Arts Hour 1.00 News
1.06 Business 1.30 Outlook
2.00 News 2.06 The
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
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
7.00am Live Breakfast at Free
Thinking With Elizabeth Alker
9.00 News
9.03 Sunday Morning
at Free Thinking
12.00 Private Passions
1.00pm News
1.02 The One and the Many
2.00 The Early Music Show
at Free Thinking
3.00 Choral Evensong From
Chichester Cathedral (first
broadcast June 1972), featuring
Canticles: Watson in E. Anthem:
Why Rage Fiercely the
Heathen? (Mendelssohn) (r)
4.00 Live Choir and Organ at
Free Thinking Performances
from Musical Originals and
Voices of Hope
5.00 Live The Listening
Service at Free Thinking
Tom Service explores the
idea of polyphony
5.30 Words and Music
at Free Thinking
6.45 Sunday Feature:
Concerto. See Choice
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert The
Basel Chamber Orchestra
9.00 Drama on 3 at Free
Thinking: Suffrage Dramas
Compilation of plays written in
support of the Suffragettes
10.30 Early Music Late
11.30 Wigmore Hall Mondays:
Leon McCawley (r)
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 Bells on Sunday
5.45 Lent Talks (r)
6.00 News Headlines
6.05 Something Understood
6.35 Living World (r)
7.00 News Headlines
7.00 Sunday Papers
7.10 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)
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Science 6.00
Breakfast 9.00 SportsWeek
10.00 Pienaar’s Politics 11.00
Investigates 12.00 Sport
12.15pm Live MOTD2 Extra
1.00 Sport 1.30 Live Premier
League Football: Arsenal v
Watford (Kick-off 1.30). 3.30 5
Live Sport 4.00 Live Premier
League Football: Bournemouth
v Tottenham Hotspur (Kick-off
4.00). 6.00 Live 6-0-6 7.30
Peter Allen and Caroline
Barker 10.00 Stephen Nolan
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 2.00pm Live Sunday
Exclusive 4.00 The Full Time
Phone-in 5.00 The Final Word
8.00 Trans Europe Express
10.00 Mike Parry 1.00am
Extra Time with Will Gavin
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Ray’s a Laugh 8.30
Harry Worth in Things Could
Be Worse 9.00 Spirals in
Time: The Secret Life and
Curious Afterlife of Seashells
10.10 The Listening Project
10.15 Desert Island Discs
Revisited 11.00 Podcast Radio
Hour 12.00 Ray’s a Laugh
12.30pm Harry Worth in
Things Could Be Worse 1.00
The Old Curiosity Shop
Omnibus 2.15 Algebra 2.30
The Past Omnibus 3.45 The
BBC and All That 4.00 Who
Was Emily Davison? 5.00
Poetry Extra 5.30 Reception
6.00 The World of Daphne Du
Maurier 6.30 Voices from the
Grave 7.00 Podcast Radio
Hour 8.00 Spirals in Time:
The Secret Life and Curious
Afterlife of Seashells 9.10 The
Listening Project 9.15 Desert
Island Discs Revisited 10.00
Comedy Club: Reception
10.30 Meet David Sedaris
10.55 The Comedy Club
Interview 11.00 Newsjack
11.30 2000 Years of Radio
11.45 Quando, Quando,
Quando 12.00 The World of
Daphne Du Maurier 12.30am
Voices from the Grave
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The
Compass 9.30 Heart and Soul
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Mary Anne Hobbs
10.00 Cerys Matthews
1.00pm Paperback Writers
2.00 Michael Kiwanuka 4.00
Amy Lamé 6.00 Now Playing
@6Music 8.00 Stuart
Maconie 10.00 Don Letts
12.00 Michael Kiwanuka
2.00am The BBC Introducing
Mixtape 3.00 6 Music Live
Hour 4.00 The First Time
with Philip Selway
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
7.00am Aled Jones 10.00 Bill
Turnbull 1.00pm Alexander
Armstrong 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 12 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Being Blacker
BBC Two, 9pm
The Bafta-winning film-maker
Molly Dineen (The Ark, The Lie
of the Land) returns from a
ten-year absence, and the
world of documentaries is all
the richer for it. Not that she
intended to return. An old
friend, Blacker Dread (also an
old subject — he featured in a
student film that Dineen made
when she was 19), asked
Dineen to film his mother’s
funeral. She did so, but then
events caused Dineen to keep
her camera rolling for three
more years. The result is this
marvellous film, which begins
as a portrait of Dread, pictured,
a legend of Brixton, south
London, for decades thanks to
his record shop, and evolves
naturally into a subtle essay
on black Britain, race relations
in the UK, the British
education system and the
success or otherwise of our
courts and prisons. Born in
Jamaica, Dread came to
Britain as a young boy (“It
was cold”) and would go on
to become a leading figure in
the Jamaican dancehall scene
before establishing his reggae
music label. When Dineen,
who has a remarkable nose
for a story, finds Dread
dismantling his record shop,
she begins to subtly dig into
why this “column” of Brixton
society is packing up and
moving on. “I’ve allowed some
things to happen in my life
that I should not have
allowed,” he says. Via Dread’s
network of family and friends,
Dineen uncovers a very
worrying trend in British
society that, to put no finer
point on it, boils down to
downright racism. Dread, who
lost his son Solomon to a
drive-by shooting a decade
ago, has sent his youngest
son, JJ, to live in Jamaica. His
school in England had given
up on him; in Kingston he is a
straight-A student. “So what
does that tell me as a father?”
asks Dread. A really clever bit
of film-making. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
Heart of the Angel, Molly Dineen’s 1989 documentary on 48
hours in the life of London’s Angel tube station, is on iPlayer
The Repair Shop
Marcella
BBC Two, 6.30pm
ITV, 9pm
The Antiques Roadshow’s
scruffier sibling returns as Jay
Blades and his gang try to
repair more of the nation’s
battered and bruised
heirlooms. Inside their twee
barn the team get to grips with
a wooden screen created by
the Finnish designer Alvar
Aalto, a plate camera that
survived the trenches of the
First World War and a violin
that saved its owner’s life in
Auschwitz. Can any of them
be restored to their former
glory? There is something
wonderfully soothing about
watching these bits and bobs
being transformed into
treasured objects. CB
Could this crime drama get
any more bonkers? Well, yes,
actually. Last week ended on a
cliffhanger as young Adam
escaped the clutches of the
unknown psycho and hopped
into a passing car. Before you
can say “stranger danger”
events take another turn for
the plain mad thanks to an
unfortunately placed level
crossing. Meanwhile, Phil
Dawkins is blaming Marcella
(Anna Friel) for his girlfriend’s
miscarriage and Marcella
learns just how far her exhusband, Jason, will go to
be rid of her (I am Team
Jason all the way). A truly
bananas series. CB
Catch
up
The British Garden: Life
and Death on Your Lawn
BBC iPlayer, expires
on Thursday
Now here’s a lovely
programme. Chris Packham,
with a team from the Natural
History Museum in
London, takes the
BBC’s superb natural
history approach to the
Great British back
garden in this 90-minute
special, first shown in 2017.
No racing snakes or snow
leopards here — this is all
about snails, worms, foxes,
woodlice and frogs. Spending
a year examining five back
gardens in Welwyn Garden City
in Hertfordshire, Packham
delves deep beneath the
manicured lawns and
flowerbeds to reveal a world
teeming with life, turning our
mundane gardens into
something that wouldn’t be out
of place with an Attenborough
voiceover. Children will love it.
Chris Bennion
Electric Dreams:
Safe and Sound
Imagine . . .
Ingrid Bergman
Films of the day
Channel 4, 10pm
BBC One, 10.45pm
Talking Pictures, 7.45pm
In a disappointing series of
Philip K Dick adaptations, this
is one of the better efforts. Set
in a future America — divided
between an aggressive,
surveillance-heavy west and a
free-living east — it stars Maura
Tierney (of ER) as a leading
eastern anti-surveillance
campaigner who takes her
teenage daughter west to fight
the good fight. It ain’t subtle:
children at school are taught to
conform and given lessons on
how to spot and dob in
“terrorists”. But Annalise
Basso is great as the teenager
seduced by her new city life. CB
Stig Björkman’s intimate and
poignant film raids Bergman’s
personal archive to excellent
effect. Using the actress’s
diaries and letters (read with
pleasing melancholy by the
actress Alicia Vikander), as well
as her 16mm home video
footage, the documentary
works as a haunting, intimate
autobiography. “I have lived
with a bird of passage inside
me,” she says, and it is her
restlessness that strikes, as
she pours her passion into
each film and relationship.
“I have seen so much and yet
it is never enough.” CB
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
10.40pm The Hour. A debate from
Wrexham on the approach to crime in
Wales 11.40 Imagine. A profile of
Hollywood icon Ingrid Bergman
1.25am-1.30 Weather for the Week Ahead
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 Dancing Back in Time.
Residents of Strabane are taught how to
swing dance (r) 10.40 True North: My
Injured Brain 11.10 Imagine 12.50am Have
I Got a Bit More Old News for You (r)
1.35-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
11.15pm Rothai Mora an tSaoil. Conclusion
of the documentary following passengers
on a Donegal bus 11.45 Putin: The New
Tsar. The story of Russian President
Vladimir Putin’s rise to power (r) 12.45am
Women’s Six Nations Highlights (r)
1.15-1.40 BBC News
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 Orkney: When the Boat
Comes In. Documentary (r)
● Channel As ITV except: 1.05am-3.00
ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except: 10.45pm
Sharp End. Political discussion 11.50
Rachel Nickell: The Untold Story. Fiona
Bruce investigates the 1992 murder (r)
12.40am-1.05 The Kyle Files (r)
● STV As ITV except: 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight. Analysis of the day’s main news
stories 11.05 Rachel Nickell: The Untold
Story (r) 12.05am Teleshopping 1.05 After
Midnight 2.35 Alphabetical (r) 3.25 ITV
Nightscreen 4.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(r) 5.30-6.00 Teleshopping
● UTV As ITV except: 10.45pm View from
Stormont 11.50 Rachel Nickell: The Untold
Story (r) 12.40am The Kyle Files (r) 1.05
Teleshopping 2.35-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Teithiau Tramor Iolo (r)
12.30 Ar Werth (r) 1.00 Celwydd Noeth (r)
1.30 Codi Hwyl (r) 2.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 Pengelli (r) 3.30
Dilyn y Don (r) 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00
Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05 Mwy o Stwnsh Sadwrn
5.25 Pengwiniaid Madagascar (r) 5.35
Sgorio 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05
Gwaith/Cartref (r) 7.00 Heno 8.00 Pobol
y Cwm 8.25 Ward Plant 9.00 News 9 a’r
Tywydd 9.30 Ffermio 10.00 Ralïo+
10.30-12.15 Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Hobson’s Choice (U, 1954)
David Lean’s impeccable adaptation of Harold Brighouse’s comedy
play features terrific turns from Charles Laughton, John Mills and
Brenda de Banzie. Part social realism, part fairytale, it tells the story
of Henry Hobson (Laughton), a tight-fisted bootmaker and
tyrannical widower with three daughters. They want to marry, but
the old skinflint doesn’t want to pay for the weddings so embarks
on a mission to torpedo their relationships. It was Alexander Korda
who suggested that Lean should adapt Brighouse’s 1915 stage
play for the cinema and it paid off. Hobson’s Choice won the
Bafta for best film in 1955. (108min) Joe Clay
Universal Soldier (18, 1992)
Sony Movie Channel, 9pm
Jean-Claude Van Damme is these
days more likely to be found
parodying his roundhouse-kickexecuting, ponytailed persona
(see the brilliant JCVD or the droll
Amazon Video series Jean-Claude
Van Johnson) than starring in fullblown, schlocky action movies. We’ll
forgive him because a) the man’s 57
and b) he has a hefty back catalogue of martial arts B-movie
beauties for us to enjoy. This is one of his finest. Here Van Damme
is Luc Deveraux, a US army soldier who died fighting in Vietnam
and is brought back to life many decades later as an elite killer
cyborg. Dolph Lundgren, playing his sworn enemy from his ’Nam
days, has been too. Yes, it’s that silly. Enjoy. (102min) Chris Bennion
The Guest (15, 2014)
Film4, 11.25pm
The US war machine gets a human face in The Guest. David (Dan
Stevens looking markedly buffed up since his Downton Abbey
days), a former soldier, turns up at the door of the Peterson family
claiming to be a friend of their son, who died in action. He’s a
perfect house guest: charming, respectful and happy to maim or
kill anyone who wrongs the relatives of his comrade at arms. Yet
as the twitchy, synth-heavy score to this enjoyable horror-lite
suggests, David is not all he seems. It’s not an original premise, but
with its liberal layers of John Carpenter homage, and humour that
seeps through the deadpan delivery, The Guest is a welcome
addition to the retro-horror canon. (99min) Wendy Ide
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12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15 The
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The Repair Shop returns (6.30pm)
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Annelise Basso stars (10pm)
Extreme Winter Road Rescue (8pm)
7.00 The One Show Presented by
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7.00 Top Gear Matt LeBlanc and
Chris Harris take second-hand
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the Japanese island of Honshu,
while Rory Reid explores
Tokyo’s weirdest car-based
subculture (3/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Devastating news
places Rebecca’s future
with Seb in jeopardy
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 Coronation Street Gemma and
Tyrone resolve to forget their
night together, while Peter
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7.30 Winter Paralympics Today
Clare Balding and Jonnie
Peacock present action from
day three in South Korea (SL)
7.00 Anglo-Welsh Cup Highlights
Action from the semi-finals
— Bath v Northampton Saints
at the Recreation Ground and
Exeter Chiefs v Leicester
Tigers at Sandy Park (5/6);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders Keegan’s dad Mitch
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8.00 Only Connect Round three
losers the Detectives and
the Beaks compete
8.00 The Kyle Files Examining the
effect of the overstretching
of public services (2/6)
8.00 Undercover: Who’s Policing
Your Bank? Channel 4
Dispatches
8.30 Classic Mary Berry A range of
recipes inspired by produce
grown in Britain, including
a tarte Tatin (3/6)
8.30 University Challenge Jeremy
Paxman hosts as the quarterfinal matches continue
8.30 Coronation Street Fiz forces a
confession from Tyrone, and
Audrey’s new client challenges
her natural scepticism
8.30 Food Unwrapped Matt Tebbutt
finds out about baby carrots
in the Netherlands (5/6)
9.00 MasterChef Seven more
contenders compete in the
cookery challenge, with their
first task being to invent and
then cook one dish using
ingredients from the
MasterChef Market
9.00 Being Blacker Molly Dineen’s
documentary about Blacker
Dread, a Jamaican-born reggae
producer, businessman, father,
son and pillar of the community
in Brixton. The film focuses on a
tumultuous time in his life as he
deals with the death of his
mother and the prospect
of his first prison sentence.
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9.00 Marcella The detective
confronts Reg and Alan about a
stolen binder, while Phil heads
to Marcella’s house — where
Edward is home alone — to
exact his revenge on her.
See Viewing Guide (4/8)
9.00 24 Hours in Police Custody
Cameras follow as police dig up
the back garden of a house in
Luton searching for the body of
Natalia Wilkanowska, who
disappeared in 2003
9.00 Panic at 30,000 Feet: Airline
Emergency New series.
Exploring what happens when
flights lose control, including a
packed passenger jet that
burst into flames just moments
from take-off (2/3)
10.00 ITV News at Ten;
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10.00 Electric Dreams: Safe and
Sound A small-town teenager
moves to a big city with her
mother and is exposed for the
first time to urban society’s
emphasis on security and
terrorism prevention.
See Viewing Guide (9/10)
10.00 Armed and Deadly: Police UK
New series. Following
operations carried out by the
UK’s armed police officers,
combining real footage from
the missions with news
coverage of the aftermath (1/4)
11.00 The X-Files Mulder and Scully
find themselves targets in a
deadly game of cat and mouse,
in a world of ever-increasing
artificial intelligence (7/10)
11.50 The Kyle Files The effect
of the overstretching of
public services (2/6) (r)
11.00 Winter Paralympics Highlights
Clare Balding and Jonnie
Peacock present further action
from day three of the Games,
including more analysis of the
snowboardcross and Great
Britain’s wheelchair curling
match against Canada
12.15am 100 Years Younger in 21 Days.
The famous faces face a liquid diet
and a two-hour trek up a mountain (r)
1.05 Jackpot247. Interactive gaming
3.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show. Talk show (r) (SL)
12.15am Live Winter Paralympics.
Coverage of day four, featuring the
men’s and women’s super combined
alpine skiing events from Jeongseon
Alpine Centre, and Team GB’s Scott
Meenagh in the 12.5km biathlon
at Alpensia Biathlon Centre
12.55am Britain’s Greatest Bridges.
Rob Bell considers London’s Tower
Bridge 1.10 SuperCasino 3.10 Cowboy
Builders. From Lancashire (r) 4.00
Now That’s Funny! (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 House Busters
(r) (SL) 5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
7.30 Inside Out Regional
documentary
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of
the day’s events
10.45 Imagine Stig Björkman’s film
profiles the Swedish schoolgirl
who became one of the most
celebrated actresses of
American and World cinema
— Ingrid Bergman. With
contributions from her
daughters, while Alicia Vikander
reads from the Hollywood
icon’s letters and diaries.
See Viewing Guide
11.15 Putin: The New Tsar The story
of Vladimir Putin’s rise to power.
Contributors include former
confidante Sergei Pugachev,
chess grandmaster Garry
Kasparov, Jack Straw and
William Hague (r)
12.25am Have I Got a Bit More Old
News for You. Tom Hollander hosts,
with Hal Cruttenden and Suzanne
Evans joining captains Ian Hislop
and Paul Merton to poke fun at the
week’s news (r) 1.10 Weather for
the Week Ahead 1.15 BBC News
12.15am Odyssey. Odelle and Luc
head to Algeria, hoping to lead a quiet
life (r) 12.55 Odyssey. Odelle is
blackmailed by Colonel Glen.
Last in the series (r) 1.40 Sign Zone:
Countryfile. The theme of water (r)
(SL) 2.35-3.20 Royal Recipes (r) (SL)
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.45 Rachel Nickell: The Untold
Story Fiona Bruce looks into
year-o
old
the murder of 23-y
Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon
Common in July 1992, talking
to people whose lives were
changed by the crime (r)
8.00 Extreme Winter Road Rescue
A vehicle technician rushes to
help a driver who has broken
down on the hard shoulder,
while a heavy recovery crew
frees lorries that have got stuck
in snow on the A1M (3/4);
followed by 5 News Update
11.55 Traffic Cops: Under Attack
A murder suspect is pursued (r)
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7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Great Irish Journeys with
Martha Kearney The
broadcaster follows in the
footsteps of the 19thcentury artist George
Victor Du Noyer (1/4) (R)
8.00 Treasures of the Indus
The history of the Indian
subcontinent through
its people, places and
dynasties (1/3) (R)
9.00 The Art of Spain The history
of Spanish art (1/3) (R)
10.00 Caligula with Mary Beard
An insight into the life of
the Roman emperor (R)
11.00 Mothers, Murderers and
Mistresses: Empresses of
Ancient Rome The lives of
Caligula’s sisters Messalina
and Agrippina (2/3) (R)
12.00-1.00am On Camera:
Photographers at the BBC
A revealing insight into
several great modern
photographers (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote
Jessica learns her former
boss, who was previously
jailed for murder, has been
accused of stabbing a man
to death (R)
8.00 Vera The detective
investigates when the
charred remains of a
colleague are found in an
abattoir furnace (1/4) (R)
10.00 DCI Banks Part one of two.
The detective is drawn into
the criminal underworld of
Soho when he accepts an
unofficial request from
Rydell to find his missing
daughter (5/6) (R)
11.00 DCI Banks Part two. The
investigation into the
murders of Charles McKay
and Barry Clough uncovers
a conspiracy (6/6) (R)
12.00-1.05am Scott & Bailey
Janet moves a step
closer to tracking down
Veronica’s killer (5/6) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Treating a
puppy which has difficulties
with walking, and a lurcher
with a collapsed joint (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud follows Sarah and
Dean Berry, who bought an
18th-century folly — a castle
perched on a hilltop —
near their home town of
Newport, Gwent (R)
9.00 Car SOS Fuzz Townshend
and Tim Shaw restore a 1941
Austin 10 utility truck owned
by a former soldier who has
used it as an all-purpose
vehicle on his farm (10/10)
10.00 Inside Bentley: A Great
British Motor Car
Documentary going behind
the scenes at the car
company’s plant in
northwest England (R)
11.05-12.10am 24 Hours in A&E
Doctors fear a 25-year-old
with a genetic disorder may
have suffered a stroke (R)
6.40pm FILM Crocodile Dundee II
(PG, 1988) The Australian
adventurer lures the drug
dealers who kidnapped his
girlfriend to the Outback for
a showdown. Comedy
adventure sequel starring
Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski
and John Meillon
9.00 FILM The Wolverine (12,
2013) The former member
of the X-Men travels to
Japan, and protects a
tycoon’s granddaughter
from assassins. Superhero
adventure spin-off starring
Hugh Jackman and
Tao Okamoto
11.25-1.25am FILM The Guest (15,
2014) A couple invite an old
friend of their dead son to
stay with them, but begin to
wonder if he is what he
appears to be. Thriller
starring Dan Stevens, Maika
Monroe and Brendan Meyer.
See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Bart is
forced to befriend Ralph (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer goes
undercover for the
government (R)
8.00 David Attenborough’s Wild
City The broadcaster
examines the wildlife of
Singapore (3/3) (R)
9.00 FILM Ghostbusters (12,
1984) Three eccentric
scientists set up a
ghost-catching business
together and end up having
to save the world.
Supernatural comedy
adventure starring Bill
Murray, Dan Aykroyd
and Sigourney Weaver
11.00 The Force: Essex Police deal
with fans at a Colchester
United match (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World Ross rides
along with some of
Australia’s notorious
motorcycle clubs (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation A bomber is
terrorising the Las Vegas
business community (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods A bank robbery
turns into a hostage
situation (R)
9.00 Alan Partridge’s Scissored
Isle Suspended after an
on-air tirade, the
broadcaster goes on a
journey of atonement
around the north of
England, exploring the
“schasm” (schism and
chasm) that now splits our
society. Spoof documentary
with Steve Coogan (R)
10.00 Last Week Tonight with
John Oliver A satirical look
at news and pop culture
10.35 Our Cartoon President The
President tries to win back
Ivanka Trump (4/10) (R)
11.10-12.20am Real Time with
Bill Maher Discussing the
week’s events (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Harry Hill narrates
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Two and a Half Men
9.00 Family Guy Brian mutilates
Stewie’s teddy bear Rupert
9.30 American Dad!
10.00 Action Team Logan is
attacked by an assassin (3/6)
10.35 Family Guy
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 American Dad!
11.55-12.25am Plebs (5/8)
6.35pm Storage Wars
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.35 Pawn Stars
8.00 River Monsters A creature
said to be attacking people on
the sunny Florida Keys
9.00 River Monsters Jeremy Wade
investigates accounts of a 20ft
Canadian lake monster
10.05-12.10am FILM Above the
Law (18, 1988) A cop with martial
arts skills risks his life to destroy
a drugs cartel. Thriller starring
Steven Seagal and Pam Grier
7.00pm Hollyoaks Sienna ends
up in a dangerous situation
7.30 My Hotter Half Two
married couples take part
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 Young Sheldon
9.00 Made in Chelsea New series.
The reality show returns (1/12)
10.00 Five Star Hotel New series.
Famous faces take over a luxury
Greek hotel for a season (1/15)
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.10am First Dates
7.00pm Last Man Standing Mike
tries to track down a missing
homeless man via his vlog
7.30 Last Man Standing Mike and
Vanessa ruin Mandy’s plans
8.00 FILM Dirty Dancing (12, 1987)
Romantic drama with Patrick
Swayze and Jennifer Grey
10.00 Bad Teen to Ballroom
Queen Mick and Lorna focus on
their charges’ appearances
11.05-12.05am FILM Hot Pursuit
(12, 2015) Comedy starring Reese
Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara
6.35pm The Edgar Wallace
Mystery Theatre
7.45 FILM Hobson’s Choice (U,
1953) A boot-maker is incensed by
his daughter’s decision to marry a
member of his staff. Comedy with
John Mills. See Film Choice
9.55 FILM Broken Journey (PG,
1948) The survivors of a plane
crash find themselves stranded.
Drama with Phyllis Calvert
11.40-1.25am FILM Best Friends
(15, 1975) Drama starring
Richard Hatch and Doug Chapin
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
News of an imminent death rocks
the friends. Henry McGee guests
7.20 Last of the Summer Wine
Barry seeks a new hobby
8.00 Hetty Wainthropp
Investigates Hetty looks into
a suspected kidnapping
9.00 New Tricks Gerry fights to
clear his name
10.00 New Tricks Brian enters an
addiction centre run by monks
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
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Dave
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Sky Arts
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7.00pm Who Do You Think You
Are? With Tamzin Outhwaite (3/10)
8.00 Forbidden History Exploring
the possibility that Jesus was
married with children (3/6)
9.00 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary’s godson disappears
9.40 Goodnight Sweetheart Gary
plans a holiday with Phoebe
10.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Yvonne’s absence causes problems
11.00 One Foot in the Grave
11.40-12.20am One Foot in the
Grave A job offer leads to disaster
7.00pm Police Interceptors The
work of Cheshire’s high-speed
police interception unit
8.00 Mobs & Yobs: Caught on
Camera The use of CCTV in
bringing rioters to justice
9.00 Car Crash TV New series.
Events caught on film by
dashboard-mounted cameras
10.00 Spartacus: Gods of the
Arena Crixus tries to prove his
potential, while Batiatus’
father Titus returns
11.05-12.05am Six
7.00pm Road Cops A dangerous
stand-off with an armed offender
7.30 Road Cops Officers race to a
rolled truck with an explosive load
8.00 Cop Car Workshop A BMW
X5 armed response vehicle build
9.00 Live at the Apollo With
Russell Howard and Jo Brand
10.00 Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit With
Jonathan Ross and Suzi Ruffell
11.00 Taskmaster Comedians
complete a series of tasks
12.00-1.00am Dave Gorman:
Modern Life Is Goodish
7.00pm FBI Takedowns
A missing persons investigation
leads the FBI to Virginia (1/6)
7.55 Naval Aviation: Angle of
Attack The development of naval
aviation in the United States (1/2)
9.00 Ancient Rome: The Rise and
Fall of an Empire The Visigoth
army sacks Rome (6/6)
10.15 The War Recalling how
Marines took the Pacific atoll
of Tarawa in 1943 (5/14)
11.30-12.50am Naval Aviation:
Angle of Attack (1/2)
7.00pm Auction Marble lions
7.30 California Dreamin’: The
Songs of the Mamas and the
Papas The success of the group
8.45 Frank Sinatra: A Man and His
Music A television special
10.00 Portrait Artist of
the Year 2018 (8/11)
11.00 The South Bank Show
Originals Gore Vidal interview
11.30 The South Bank Show
Originals John le Carre interview
12.00-1.00am The History of
Comedy Documentary (1/8)
7.00pm The Real A&E
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary Watson and
Holmes look for a doctor
writing illegal prescriptions
9.00 Criminal Minds A killer is
leaving cryptic messages inside
the victims’ mouths
10.00 Blindspot Weller reunites
with his former FBI partner
11.00 Criminal Minds Gideon
interrogates a serial killer
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation
W
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Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
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SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 The Walking Dead Daryl finds
himself in bad company as he
heads to Hilltop (11/16)
10.00 Talking Dead Discussion
of the latest episode (11/16)
11.00 The Walking Dead (11/16)
12.00-1.00am Talking Dead (11/16)
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers A search
for a rust-free Pontiac GTO
8.00 Fast N’ Loud Daytona 500
champion Kurt Busch asks Richard
Rawlings to build a 1972 Pantera
9.00 Fast N’ Loud Work on a 1972
Pantera is incomplete — and the
big race day approaches
11.00-1.30am Street Outlaws
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Air Crash Investigation
9.00 FILM Jane (PG, 2017)
Documentary charting the life
and work of trail-blazing
primatologist Jane Goodall
10.30 Air Crash Investigation
11.30-12.30am Air Crash
Investigation
7.00pm Friends
9.00 Russell Howard’s Good News
10.00 Impractical Jokers
10.30 Impractical Jokers:
Inside Jokes
11.00 Impractical Jokers:
After Party
11.30 Impractical Jokers
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
6.40pm Only Fools and Horses
7.20 Only Fools and Horses
8.00 dinnerladies
8.40 dinnerladies The staff
await an important royal visit
9.20 Only Fools and Horses
The Trotters lose their millions
10.55 Gavin & Stacey
11.35-12.15am Come Fly with Me
7.00pm MasterChef Junior USA
The chefs are given a mystery box
challenge by Michelle Obama
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 One Born Every Minute
10.00 Babies: Special Delivery
11.00 The Catherine Tate Show
11.40-12.20am The Catherine Tate
Show Lauren gets a tattoo
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Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action Men
Sky Select
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6.10pm Wheeler (PG, 2017)
Drama starring Stephen Dorff
8.00 Wonder Woman (12, 2017) An
Amazon princess leaves home to
fight a war, discovering her full
powers and true destiny. Fantasy
adventure starring Gal Gadot
10.25 Snatched (15, 2017)
A hapless mother and daughter
are kidnapped while in Ecuador.
Comedy starring Amy Schumer
12.00-1.35am Cult of Chucky (18,
2017) Horror thriller starring Fiona
Dourif and Allison Dawn Doiron
6.00pm Beverly Hills Cop (15,
1984) Comedy thriller starring
Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold
8.00 Say Anything (15, 1989)
A teenager sets out to woo the
most beautiful girl in his class, in
spite of her father’s objections.
Romantic comedy drama starring
John Cusack and Ione Skye
9.45 The Bourne Identity (12,
2002) Thriller starring Matt Damon
11.55-1.55am The Bourne
Supremacy (12, 2004) Action
thriller sequel starring Matt Damon
6.25pm Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs (U, 2009) Animated
comedy with the voice of Bill Hader
8.00 The Simpsons Movie (PG,
2007) Springfield faces
destruction by the US government.
Animated comedy with the
voice of Dan Castellaneta
9.35 Zathura: A Space Adventure
(PG, 2005) Family sci-fi adventure
starring Josh Hutcherson
11.20-1.00am Barnyard (PG, 2006)
Animated comedy with the voices
of Kevin James and Courteney Cox
7.00pm Top Gun (12, 1986) An
arrogant pilot causes conflict when
he joins an elite US Navy fighter
school, and falls for his civilian
instructor. Aerial action adventure
with Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis
9.00 The Mummy (15, 2017)
An adventurer is haunted by a
resurrected ancient Egyptian
princess who wreaks havoc on
modern-day England. Thriller
starring Tom Cruise
11.00-1.15am Jack Reacher (12,
2012) Action thriller
6.15pm Lost in Translation (15,
2003) An actor visiting Japan has
his life turned around by a younger
woman he meets at his hotel. Sofia
Coppola’s comedy drama starring
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson
8.00 Christine (15, 2016) The story
of Christine Chubbuck, a news
reporter who committed suicide
live on air in 1974. Fact-based
drama with Rebecca Hall
10.05-12.35am The Doors
(18, 1991) Fact-based drama
starring Val Kilmer
Primatologist Jane Goodall is
the subject of the documentary
Jane (Nat Geographic, 9pm)
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Monday 12
Sports guide
Live Cricket
Sky Mix, 7.25am
Radio 1
The qualifying matches for the
2019 World Cup (to be held in
England and Wales) continue
with a match between West
Indies and the Netherlands at
the Harare Sports Club. The
Windies got off to a fine start
with Chris Gayle, pictured,
smashing 123 from 91 balls
(including 11 sixes) in their
opening group match
against United Arab Emirates.
Of the ten teams competing,
only two can qualify. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
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8.00am LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v Australia
Day four of the second Test
in the four-match series
3.30pm Sky Sports News
5.00 Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 LIVE MNF: Stoke City v
Manchester City (Kick-off
8.00) Coverage of the
Premier League encounter
at the Bet365 Stadium
11.00-5.30am LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The BNP
Paribas Open Coverage
from day five
Sky Sports Premier
League
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Adele Roberts 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 René LaVice 3.00 Cel
Spellman 4.00 Jordan North
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
10.00 SPFL Round-Up
10.15 La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
10.30 MLS Round-Up Show
11.00 Soccer AM:
The Best Bits
11.30 La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
11.45 La Liga Icons
12.00-12.15am SPFL
Round-Up
Sky Sports Cricket
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7.55am-3.30pm LIVE Test
Cricket: South Africa v
Australia Coverage of day
four of the second Test in
the four-match series
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10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Goals on Sunday
12.30pm PL Highlights
4.30 Best PL Goals:
Manchester Derby
5.00 Soccer AM:
The Best Bits
5.30 PL Greatest Games
6.00 PL Best Goals 15/16
7.00 LIVE MNF: Stoke City v
Manchester City (Kick-off
8.00) Coverage from the
Bet365 Stadium
11.00 Soccer AM:
The Best Bits
11.30 PL Legends
12.00-1.00am MNF Pre Match
7.25am-3.30pm LIVE Cricket:
West Indies v Netherlands
The World Cup qualifier
Sky Sports Football
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9.00am La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
9.15 La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
9.30 La Liga Greatest Games
10.00 SPFL Highlights
12.45pm EFL
3.30 La Liga Highlights: Real
Madrid
3.45 La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
4.00 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 Football Years
5.30 Football Countdowns
6.00 Football Years
6.30 Football Countdowns
7.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
7.30 La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
7.45 La Liga Greatest Games
7.55 LIVE La Liga Football:
Alaves v Real Betis (Kick-off
8.00) Coverage from Estadio
Mendizorrotza
Radio guide
Sky Sports Arena
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6.00pm-5.30am LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The BNP
Paribas Open Coverage
from day five
BT Sport 1
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6.00pm-4.00am LIVE WTA
Tennis: BNP Paribas Open
Day six at Indian Wells.
Previous winners here include
Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf,
Martina Hingis, Martina
Navratilova and Serena
Williams
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Midnight-2.30am LIVE NBA:
Houston Rockets v San
Antonio Spurs (Tip-off 12.00)
BT Sport 3
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7.15pm-9.30 LIVE Bundesliga:
Werder Bremen v FC Cologne
(Kick-off 7.30) All the action
from Weserstadion
Eurosport 1
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12.30pm-3.30 LIVE Cycling:
Tirreno-Adriatico Coverage
of stage six
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon
Mayo. Gary Brooker on a
special anthology released to
celebrate Procol Harum’s 50th
anniversary 7.00 Paul Jones
8.00 Ana Matronic 10.00 Six
Decades of British Soul 11.00
David Rodigan 12.00 Johnnie
Walker 2.00am Radio 2’s Jazz
Playlist 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: Haydn
1.00pm News
1.02 Live Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Mozart (Divertimento
in F, K138); Caroline Shaw
(First Essay — Nimrod);
and Shostakovich (String
Quartet No 9 in E flat, Op 117)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Mozart (Overture, Don
Giovanni); Beethoven (Piano
Concerto No 5 in E flat , Op 73,
Emperor; and Overture,
Egmont); Brahms (Symphony
No 2 in D, Op 73); Haydn (Cello
Concerto No 1 in C, Hob.VIIb/1);
and Berlioz (Symphonie
fantastique, Op 14)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
The Royal Birmingham
Conservatoire’s Royal
Opening Gala Concert
10.00 Free Thinking Festival
10.45 The Essay: New
Generation Thinkers
11.00 Jazz Now
12.30am Through the Night (r)
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
9.00 Start the Week
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 An Alternative History
of Art Hans-Ulrich Obrist
examines the work of
Ibrahim El-Salahi
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 Drama: The
11th series of Scott Cherry’s
A Small Town Murder (1/5)
Today’s picks
Analysis: What Are
Universities For?
Radio 4, 8.30pm
Mind the Gender
Pay Gap
Radio 4, 8pm
In 1945, 2 per cent of us went to
university. By 1999 Tony Blair
was declaring, “I set a target of
50 per cent of young adults
going into higher education in
the next century,” and today
we’re close to meeting that
figure. Taxpayers and students
are paying for it, but is that money well spent? The old joke
goes: “What do you ask a philosophy graduate? Big Mac and
fries please.” But perhaps it depends on where you study. Read
economics at LSE and you should be in line for a £55,000-ayear job at least; go to Central Lancashire University and you
may be earning just under £19,000 (it is claimed here). If there
really is such a university pecking order reproducing an
inequality in those leaving education, how can this be
redressed? The journalist Sonia Sodha looks at a system that, it
is argued, works better for some than others. James Jackson
Protesting the gender pay
gap is nothing new. Go back
to the 16th century and there
are examples of work pay
divided along gender lines,
while in 1888 the London
matchgirls of Bow in east
London brought their factory
to a halt amid much publicity.
Professor Emma Griffin
explores this history of wage
inequality, from the Bryant
and May Match Girls’ strike of
1888 to the Ford machinists’
strike 80 years later,
bringing things up to date,
as a way of examining
the politics of it. JJ
11.00 What Are the Odds?
11.30 To Hull and Back (4/4)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Home Front
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Horse Story New series.
Clare Balding explores the
changing bond between
humans and horses (1/5)
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Community
Service By Jonny O’Neill.
Drama about a young man in
court for the first time and
facing consequences that risk
putting his life in jeopardy
3.00 Brain of Britain
3.30 The Food Programme (r)
4.00 The Piano Man
4.30 The Digital Human
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Just a Minute
7.00 The Archers
Toby has a cunning plan
7.15 Front Row
7.45 A Small Town Murder (r)
8.00 Mind the Gender Pay
Gap Professor Emma Griffin
takes a historical look at the
gender pay gap. See Choice
8.30 Analysis. See Choice
9.00 Aftermath (r)
9.30 Start the Week (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The
Long Drop By Denise Mina.
The Glasgow underworld is
roused to anger by William
Watt’s enquiries into the
murder of his family (6/10)
11.00 Something of the Night
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am An Alternative
History of Art (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Show 11.30 The Museum
of Everything
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 5 Live Breakfast
10.00 Emma Barnett Show
1.00pm Afternoon Edition
4.00 Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
8.00 Live Premier League
Football 2017-18: Stoke City v
Manchester City 10.00
Flintoff, Savage and the Ping
Pong Guy 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
Jim White 1.00pm Hawksbee
and Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham and Darren Gough
7.00 Live Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Hancock’s Half Hour
8.30 Flywheel, Shyster and
Flywheel 9.00 We’ve Been
Here Before 9.30 King Street
Junior 10.00 The Raj Quartet
11.00 Five Stories by
Penelope Fitzgerald 11.15
Keeping Anne-Marie 12.00
Hancock’s Half Hour 12.30pm
Flywheel, Shyster and
Flywheel 1.00 Sherlock
Holmes with Carleton Hobbs
1.30 Fifty Years Around the
Clock 2.00 A Delicate Truth
2.15 Grimm Thoughts 2.30
The Old Curiosity Shop 2.45
Perilous Question: The Drama
of the Great Reform Bill 1832
3.00 The Raj Quartet 4.00
We’ve Been Here Before 4.30
King Street Junior 5.00
Winston in Love 5.30 Just a
Minute 6.00 Pattern
Recognition 6.30 A Good
Read 7.00 Hancock’s Half
Hour 7.30 Flywheel, Shyster
and Flywheel 8.00 Sherlock
Holmes with Carleton Hobbs
8.30 Fifty Years Around the
Clock 9.00 Five Stories by
Penelope Fitzgerald 9.15
Keeping Anne-Marie 10.00
Comedy Club: Just a Minute
10.30 A Short Gentleman
10.55 The Comedy Club
Interview 11.00 The Now
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 Tom
Ravenscroft 7.00 Vic
Galloway 9.00 Gideon Coe
12.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00am The First Time with
Thurston Moore
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am More Music
Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet
1.00pm Aled Jones 5.00
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
A celebration of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Sam Pittis
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Critic’s choice The Ruth Ellis
Files: A Very British Crime Story
BBC Four, 9pm
Like so many of us, the
American film-maker Gillian
Pachter is clearly a fan of
real-life crime podcasts. Her
three-part investigation into
the trial of Ruth Ellis — the
last woman to be hanged in
Britain — has all the hallmarks
of Serial, S-Town and the like:
the first-person narrative; the
insistence on placing the
investigator at the heart of
everything; the predilection
for psychogeography; the
grandstanding statements
(“I’ve arrived at the scene of
the crime . . . only 60 years too
late.”). The only thing missing
is a good dose of vocal fry.
It’s a distracting technique
for a TV documentary —
the research done by Laura
Ricciardi and Moira Demos
for Making a Murderer, for
instance, was prodigious, but
they kept themselves out of it
— yet behind all that noise is a
fascinating story. On April 10,
1955 Ellis, a 28-year-old model
and nightclub hostess,
approached the Magdala pub
in Hampstead and shot dead
her lover, the racing driver
David Blakely. It was an openand-shut case. However, Ellis’s
execution was greeted with
howls of outrage and her trial
would lead to the creation of
the plea of diminished
responsibility in British law
and the eventual abolition of
the death penalty in the UK. In
this first episode Pachter
delves deep into the police
files, discovering that Ellis’s
statement of guilt was
mystifyingly short on detail
and that the police, seemingly,
were keen to close the case
as quickly as possible. What
emerges is a web of domestic
and sexual abuse, love rivalry,
class snobbery and a nation
keen to paint Ellis as a
cold-blooded femme fatale.
Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
Both seasons of Serial are available from serialpodcast.org,
while the Emmy award-winning Making a Murderer is on Netflix
The Great
Amazing Hotels
Celebrity Bake Off BBC Two, 9pm
Channel 4, 8pm
Another entertaining trip to
the Bake Off tent as four more
celebrity bakers brave Paul’s
and Prue’s picky taste buds to
raise money for Stand Up 2
Cancer. Tonight we have the
singer and presenter Stacey
Solomon, Ricky Wilson of the
Kaiser Chiefs and Perri Kiely
from the dance group Diversity.
The undoubted star of the
show, however, is Countdown
host Nick Hewer, who, at 74, is
baking for the first time. “I’ve
entered the unknown here,” he
says, peering at yet another
floppy bake. “I want to lie down.
What have I done?” CB
Catch
up
Hannibal’s
Elephant Army
All4, to March 24
Hannibal Barca
was a general
from ancient
Carthage, a
kingdom in what
is now Tunisia. The
story of his invasion
of the Roman
Republic in 218BC, when
he marched an army
that included war
elephants from Spain
over the Alps into Italy,
is one of the most
It can be difficult creating a
programme about the world’s
most expensive hotels without
it being a queasy showcase for
how the super-rich live. Usually,
however, Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti offset wealthogling with fascinating human
interest stories, such as the
tribespeople who help to run a
luxury resort in Kenya. Tonight,
however, they are in the Grand
Resort Bad Ragaz in the Swiss
Alps, where the moneyed
rejuvenate in the thermal
waters. An interrogation of the
“health benefits” of the resort’s
magical healing water wouldn’t
have gone amiss. Still, you can’t
beat those Alpine views. CB
enduring legends in history. No
hard evidence of Hannibal’s
epic journey has been found.
What route did he take? How
did they conquer the
treacherous mountain terrain?
War elephants? A team
of scientists, including
the palaeobiologist
Dr Tori Herridge
and the
historian
Dr Eve
MacDonald,
pictured, are
travelling to the
Alps to search for
clues in the soil
and the Secret
History cameras
are on hand to
record what they
find. Joe Clay
Wild Britain
Mum
Channel 5, 9pm
BBC Two, 10pm
Britain’s forests, according to
Hugh Bonneville’s over-egged
voiceover, are “wild, tangled
places that keep their secrets
close”. Shut your eyes and you
would think he was describing
Narnia. I would recommend
keeping them open, however,
because the footage in this
natural history series is
beautiful. In the “peek behind
the canopy” tonight we see
wild boars gobbling up
bluebells, goshawks swooping
after their prey and badger
cubs emerging from their sett.
Perhaps most remarkable is
the exquisite close-up footage
of “the lord of the forest” — the
purple emperor butterfly. CB
In terms of anything that could
be called a “plot” in Stefan
Golaszewski’s sublime comedy
series, we are essentially
waiting for Cathy (Lesley
Manville) and Michael (Peter
Mullan) to admit their feelings
to each other, or for either of
these lovely people to snap
and lash out at the insensitive
clots around them. Both
scenarios edge closer than
ever tonight. Jason and Kelly
are going on holiday, which
means an unwanted crack-ofdawn wake-up call for Cathy.
Michael, meanwhile, has had
the roughest of nights. You’ll
laugh, you’ll cry. Another
superb episode. CB
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
9.00pm-10.00 Keeping Faith. Shaken by
the break-in at her home, Faith buries
herself in work 10.40 Shetland 11.40 This
Country 12.10am Inside Britain’s Moped
Crime Gangs 12.55 Drugs Map of Britain
1.20-1.25 Weather for the Week Ahead
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
1.45pm First Minister’s Questions 2.35 Yes
Chef (r) 3.20 Planet Earth. The world’s
highest peaks (r) 4.20 Into the Wild with
Gordon Buchanan (r) 5.20-5.30 Coast (r)
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
10.40pm Spotlight. Social and political
issues 11.10 This Country 11.40 Inside
Britain’s Moped Crime Gangs.
Documentary 12.20am Drugs Map of
Britain 12.50-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 True North: My Injured
Brain (r) 11.15 Mum 11.45 Top Gear: Extra
Gear 12.10am-12.15 Wild on Water:
Strangford Seals (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
8.00pm-9.00 River City 10.45 Holby City
11.45 This Country 12.15am Inside Britain’s
Moped Crime Gangs 12.55 Drugs Map of
Britain 1.25 Weather for the Week Ahead
1.30-6.00 BBC News
● Channel As ITV except: 12.15am-3.00
ITV Nightscreen
● STV As ITV except: 1.00pm-4.30 Live
Racing on STV 10.30 Scotland Tonight
11.05 Sunday Night at the Palladium. With
Olly Murs, Madness and Alfie Boe (r)
12.05am Joanna Lumley’s Postcards (r)
12.35 Teleshopping 1.35 After Midnight
3.05 ITV Nightscreen 4.35 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (r) 5.30-6.00 Teleshopping
● UTV As ITV except: 12.15am
Teleshopping 1.45-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Dudley ar Daith (r)
12.30 Pobol y Cwn (r) 1.30 Ward Plant (r)
2.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05
Prynhawn Da 3.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
3.05 John Ac Alun (r) 3.30 Popeth ar Ffilm
(r) 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05
Pigo Dy Drwyn (r) 5.30 Gwboi a Twm
Twm (r) 5.45 FI: Cwmni Llechen Lan 6.00
News S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05 04 Wal (r) 6.30
Rownd a Rownd 7.00 Heno 7.30 Pobol y
Cwm 8.00 Cefn Gwlad 9.00 News 9 a’r
Tywydd 9.30 Y Byd ar Bedwar 10.00 Alex
Jones: Y Fam Gymreig (r) 11.00-11.35
Pobol y Rhondda (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
The Way Back (12, 2010)
Film4, 6.20pm
Peter Weir directs an epic adventure that is taken from a factbased novel by Slavomir Rawicz. The year is 1941. Three men arrive
in India, having trudged 4,000 miles from Tibet after escaping
from the Siberian gulag in which they were imprisoned. Jim
Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Ed Harris star as the trio who, with four
other men, set out on this gruelling journey. Simple maths would
seem to suggest that the inhospitable terrain took a toll on the
escapees; the story rewinds to recount a tale of incredible bravery
and sacrifice. It’s all very inspiring, but, like the journey itself, it’s a
bit of a slog. (133min) Wendy Ide
A War (15, 2015)
BBC Four, 11pm
Propulsive action drama meets
philosophical rumination in this
superlative Danish take on the
Middle East-set soldier story.
Written and directed by Tobias
Lindholm, it opens with company
commander Claus Pedersen (Pilou
Asbaek) bravely leading troops
through Helmand province. It’s an oppressive place where the
prospect of instant death seems ubiquitous. Landmines — we soon
learn — are everywhere. Yet Lindholm is not interested in doing the
gritty Euro version of a Hollywood war. He repeatedly returns to
Pedersen’s troubled home in Copenhagen and to his wife, Maria
(Tuva Novotny), and the destructive effect that Pedersen’s absence
creates for his three children. (115min) Kevin Maher
The Killer Shrews (PG, 1959)
Talking Pictures, 1.10am
No, that is not a typo. This really is a 1950s B movie about killer
shrews and it is every bit as silly, camp and downright enjoyable as
that sounds. On a remote island off the coast of Texas a scientist,
Marlow Cragis (Baruch Lumet, father of Sidney), has been
experimenting on shrews in an attempt to solve world hunger. His
brain wave? Make humans half their size so they consume less.
Somehow he gets this wildly wrong and his lab shrews mutate into
man-eating creatures. Good luck getting any more funding, Dr
Cragis. James Best stars as a handsome sea captain, with Ingrid
Goude doing fine “scream queen” work as the beasties gnaw their
way into the house. (69min) Chris Bennion
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Yes Chef (r) 2.30 Your Home in Their
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Warrington 6.00 Eggheads. Quiz
show hosted by Jeremy Vine 6.30 The
Repair Shop. Lucia Scalisi restores a
landscape painting to its former glory
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine. Entertainment and fashion
news 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning. Chat and lifestyle
features 12.30pm ITV News; Weather
12.55 Regional News; Weather 1.00
Live ITV Racing: Cheltenham Festival.
Coverage of the opening day of the
prestigious festival, including feature
race the 3.30 Unibet Champion
Hurdle Challenge Trophy. Plus, further
races at 1.30, 2.10, 2.50 and 4.10
4.30 Britain’s Best Walks with Julia
Bradbury. The presenter chooses six
of her favourite and accessible family
treks, starting with one of the most
famous landmarks on the Jurassic
Coast — Old Harry Rocks in Dorset (r)
5.00 The Chase. Quiz show hosted by
Bradley Walsh 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Live Winter Paralympics.
Further coverage, featuring alpine
skiing, biathlon and wheelchair
curling 8.00 Winter Paralympics
Breakfast. The latest news from South
Korea 9.00 Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r)
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
USA (r) 11.00 Undercover Boss USA (r)
12.00 Channel 4 News Summary
12.05pm Come Dine with Me (r) 1.05
Posh Pawnbrokers (r) 2.10 Countdown
3.00 A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun
(r) 4.00 A New Life in the Sun 5.00
Four in a Bed. Breakfast proves
controversial at the Beaumont
Hotel in Louth, Lincolnshire (r) 5.30
Extreme Cake Makers. A wedding
cake that is personal to both bride
and groom (r) 6.00 The Simpsons (r)
6.30 Hollyoaks. Sienna ends up in a
dangerous situation
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (r) 12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime
12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors (r) 1.10
Access 1.15 Home and Away 1.45
Neighbours 2.20 NCIS: Naval Killer.
A suspected drug-smuggler is
apparently killed by his own dog (r)
3.20 FILM Missing Daughter (PG,
TVM, 2017) A couple hire a nanny to
care for their adopted daughter, but
she turns out to be intent on wrecking
their marriage and lives. Thriller
starring Wes Brown, Austin
Highsmith, Erin Cahill and Valerie
Azlynn 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30
Neighbours. Karl wavers from legal
action against Izzy (r) 6.00 Home and
Away. Ash fights with Robbo after
Justin takes him to the cottage
(r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Shetland continues (9pm)
A snow leopard (3.30pm)
Julia Bradbury is in Dorset (4.30pm)
The Great Celebrity Bake Off (8pm)
Waddesdon Manor (8pm)
7.00 The One Show Live chat and
reports presented by Matt
Baker and Angellica Bell
7.00 Saving Lives at Sea In south
west Wales, the Tenby lifeboat
crew races to a kayaker with
suspected back and neck
injuries. Cornish crews must
join forces to stop a 3,600-ton
trading vessel breaking up
on the rocks (5/12) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Gabby and Liv
realise they have accidentally
spiked Lisa’s drink. Joe
discovers the truth about the
acid attack on Ross, and the day
of the big launch approaches
for Belle and Lachlan about
the acid attack on Ross
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.00 FIA World Rally Championship
Highlights The Rally Mexico.
Action from the competition, as
the third round of the season
took place in the mountains
north of Mexico City (3/13);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 Holby City Roxanna tries to
cure Oliver, but in the process
opens old wounds. Donna and
Fletch race to save Ric when
they discover a possible clue to
his case. Meanwhile, Dom and
Lofty find themselves at
odds over Sheilagh’s care
8.00 Back in Time for Tea The
Ellis family reflects on their
time-travelling adventure, and
explores how the legacy of
100 years of history lives on in
the northern diet today (6/6)
8.00 What Would Your Kid Do?
Parents guess what their
children will do in a variety of
entertaining situations, with
winners going through to the
final. Jason Manford hosts (6/6)
8.00 The Great Celebrity Bake Off
for Stand Up to Cancer
Countdown’s Nick Hewer, the
television presenter Stacey
Solomon, the Kaiser Chiefs’
Ricky Wilson and Diversity’s
Perri Kiely take part.
See Viewing Guide (2/5)
9.00 Shetland Following Jo’s assault,
the team is devastated. While
Sandy feels guilty for not
protecting her more, Jimmy
tries to keep everyone focused,
but pressure mounts on him to
re-arrest Malone, while Tosh
grows sceptical of Lars (5/6)
9.00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond
the Lobby Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti head to the
foothills of the Swiss Alps to
experience health and wellness
tourism at the Grand Resort Bad
Ragaz. See Viewing Guide (3/6)
9.00 100 Years Younger in 21 Days
The group learn about their
brains and how they are key to
ageing well. Mindfulness and
meditation are led by Bill
Roache. Meanwhile, nutritionist
Thor inspects the famous
faces’ food selection (3/4)
10.00 BBC News at Ten; BBC
Regional News; Weather
10.00 Mum Michael has had a terrible
night. See Viewing Guide (4/6)
10.00 ITV News at Ten;
followed by Weather
7.30 EastEnders Karen finds it
difficult to resist Mitch’s charm
and invites him over for dinner
— angering Keegan and Keanu
10.25 The Archiveologists (4/6)
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events with Evan Davis
10.45 This Country Kerry receives
some threatening letters (2/6)
11.15 Inside Britain’s Moped Crime
Gangs Livvy Haydock meets
thieves who commit their
crimes using mopeds
11.55 Drugs Map of Britain Cameras
follow Andy, Phil and other
seriously ill people who all
believe that cannabis can — if
not cure their condition — give
them pain relief (4/9)
12.25am Weather for the
Week Ahead 12.30 BBC News
7.30 Winter Paralympics Today
Clare Balding and Jonnie
Peacock with the latest
news from Pyeongchang
9.15 Seven Year Switch Newly
switched couples Rachel
and George, Nikki and Tony,
Gemma and Simon, and
Michelle and Tom head out on
their first dates together —
where they open up about their
failures at home and hopes
for the experiment (2/6)
8.00 Secrets of the National Trust
with Alan Titchmarsh The host
explores Waddesdon Manor in
Buckinghamshire, a French
Renaissance-style chateau
which was a magnet for the
great and the good of the 19th
century (3/12); 5 News Update
9.00 Wild Britain: Our Wondrous
Woodlands Cameras explore
some of Britain’s forests, reveal
the wild boar population boom
in the Forest of Dean, and
examine the rise of fierce birds
of prey, Goshawks.
See Viewing Guide (2/8)
10.20 Gogglebox The households’
opinions on recent television (r)
10.00 The Crown In Crisis: Elizabeth
— Our Queen Examining the
monarch’s troubled years
during the nineties, and how
the 1997 death of Diana,
Princess of Wales presented
the Queen with the gravest
challenge of her reign (6/8)
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.45 The Cruise: Voyage to Alaska
Visiting Glacier Bay (2/3) (r)
11.15 The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes Piers
Taylor and Caroline Quentin
travel to Switzerland in search
of four extraordinary homes,
beginning their journey in a tiny
hamlet called Jeurs (2/8) (r)
11.15 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
The host talks to comedian Jim
Davidson about his life, from
presenting The Generation
Game and Big Break to alcohol
addiction and domestic
violence allegations (4/4) (r)
11.00 Winter Paralympics Highlights
Clare Balding and Jonnie
Peacock present further action,
focussing on the super
combined alpine skiing and
12.5km biathlon. Plus, the
best moments from USA v
Korea in para ice hockey
11.05 The Yorkshire Steam Railway:
All Aboard The start of the
Easter timetable at the North
Yorkshire Moors Railway finds
marketing manager Laura
devising a stunt to capitalise
on the Tour de Yorkshire
cycling race (2/3) (r)
12.15am Sign Zone: MasterChef. The
first seven hopefuls compete as the
cookery challenge returns (r) (SL) 1.15
An Island Parish: After the Hurricane.
Cameras return to of Anguilla in the
aftermath of Hurricane Irma (r) (SL)
2.15-3.00 Royal Recipes (r) (SL)
12.15am Jackpot247. Viewers get
the chance to participate in live
interactive gaming from the comfort
of their sofas 3.00 ITV Nightscreen.
Text-based information service
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show. Guests
air their differences (r) (SL)
12.15am Live Winter Paralympics.
Coverage of day five, which features
alpine skiing, cross-country skiing
and wheelchair curling. The men’s
slalom, and the men’s sprint classic
discipline. Elsewhere, the British
curling team faces Germany
12.05am Left for Dead: Weather
Terror. Recalling being caught in
a hurricane (r) 1.00 SuperCasino
3.10 Cowboy Builders (r) 4.00 Now
That’s Funny! (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 House Busters
(r) (SL) 5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
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Hulk
Tuesday 13 | Primetime digital guide
Eric Bana stars in Ang Lee’s
2003 adaptation of the
popular Marvel comic
Film4, 11.25pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
FV 9, FS 107, SKY 116, VIRGIN 107
FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
FV 15, FS 300, SKY 315, VIRGIN 428
SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Great Irish Journeys with
Martha Kearney Martha
considers the development
of Victorian Belfast (2/4) (R)
8.00 Immortal Egypt with Joann
Fletcher The story of the
civil war that fractured
Egypt in the wake of the
“Pyramid Age” (2/4) (R)
9.00 The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very
British Crime Story New
series. Re-examining the
case of the last woman to
be hanged in Britain.
See Viewing Guide (1/3)
10.00 The Prosecutors: Real
Crime and Punishment
Behind-the-scenes of
The Crown Prosecution
Service (1/3) (R)
11.00-12.45am FILM A War (15,
2015) An officer makes a
decision that has grave
consequences for his family.
Drama starring Pilou Asbæk.
See Film Choice
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote
A missing manuscript
proves to be only the first
chapter in a story of forgery,
arson and murder (R)
8.00 Vera The detective
investigates when a
seemingly beloved resident
of a coastal community is
fatally driven off the road,
and digs up the victim’s past
in the hope of unmasking
the killer (2/4) (R)
10.00 Scott & Bailey The badly
burned body of a disabled
man turns up in remote
woodland (1/8) (R)
11.00 Scott & Bailey Despite
arresting four people,
the detectives face
a wall of silence in their
investigation (2/8) (R)
12.00-2.00am A Touch of Frost
Jack returns to duty and
investigates the murder of a
man who had been leading
a double life (1/2) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Treating a
Staffordshire bull terrier
with a badly broken pelvis,
and a Jack Russell that
has a mysterious problem
with its back legs (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud follows the
progress of Barry and
Julie Surtees as they try
to build a four-storey
mansion in Brighton (R)
9.00 Hunt for the Arctic Ghost
Ship Cameras follow the
multimillion-dollar 2014
expedition that discovered
the Victorian ship HMS
Erebus, intact and upright
on the Arctic sea floor (R)
10.00 Titanic: The New Evidence
Senan Molony examines
new theories on the reason
the Titanic sank (R)
11.05-12.10am 24 Hours in A&E The
team keeps a close eye on a
75-year-old who has had a
suspected heart attack (R)
6.20pm FILM The Way Back
(12, 2010) Soviet gulag
escapees embark on a
4,500-mile journey to
freedom during the Second
World War. Drama starring
Ed Harris, Colin Farrell,
Saoirse Ronan and Jim
Sturgess. See Film Choice
9.00 FILM Terminator Genisys
(12, 2015) A time traveller
sent on a rescue mission
discovers a plot to change
history beyond recognition.
Sci-fi adventure sequel with
Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke
and Jai Courtney
11.25-2.05am FILM Hulk (12, 2003)
Exposure to a huge dose of
gamma radiation transforms
a scientist into a formidable
green monster. Comic-book
adventure from the director
Ang Lee starring Eric Bana,
Jennifer Connelly, Sam
Elliott and Josh Lucas
7.00pm The Simpsons Bart and
Lisa co-host a kids’ news
programme (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer is
appointed Springfield’s new
sanitation commissioner (R)
8.00 The Flash Ralph and Cisco
get caught in the firing line
of a meta, while Cecile
realises her pregnancy
has given her the ability to
hear people’s thoughts
9.00 The Blacklist Red goes
on the hunt for a fabled
stash of money
10.00 The Late Late Show with
James Corden: Best of
the Week Chat and
entertainment show
11.00 The Force: Essex A taxi
driver is beaten up by two
drunk men (1/10) (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World How a
boom in cheap foreign
holidays has affected British
seaside towns (7/7) (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Grissom and
Catherine investigate the
discovery of a sawn-up
human skeleton scattered
across the desert (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Erin reopens an
18-year-old rape case that
was originally investigated
by Frank. Danny and Jackie
are baffled by the murder of
three teenagers in a park (R)
9.00 Here and Now Audrey and
Greg go looking for funding
for the Empathy Initiative,
Layla is displeased with
Farid’s behaviour, and
Hayley throws a party (4/10)
10.10 Divorce Frances finds
herself inspired by an
unknown artist (3/10)
10.45 Crashing Pete and Leif
spend the day together (2/8)
11.20-12.20am Gomorrah Genny is
forced to put a plan into
action with a number of
risky outcomes (11/12) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Narrated by Harry Hill
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Two and a Half Men
9.00 FILM The 40 Year-Old Virgin
(15, 2005) A middle-aged man who
has never had sex is set up on a
series of dates, but when he finds
his ideal woman he’s too nervous
to admit his predicament. Comedy
starring Steve Carell
11.25 Family Guy
11.55-12.20am Family Guy
6.40pm Storage Wars
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.35 Pawn Stars
8.00 River Monsters A mysterious
sea creature in Mexico
9.00 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest
Airport A flight is cancelled
10.00-12.30am FILM Full Metal
Jacket (15, 1987) Raw recruits
undergo harsh training under a
domineering Marine drill sergeant
before their first clash with enemy
forces. Vietnam War drama
starring Matthew Modine
7.00pm Hollyoaks Sienna tells
one of her biggest lies yet
7.30 My Hotter Half Participants
include James and Annabelle
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 Tattoo Fixers Meeting a man
who lost his arm in a mincer
10.00 Five Star Hotel Ashley Cain
gets a warning due to “after-hours
antics” with a hotel guest (2/15)
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am First Dates
7.00pm Last Man Standing Mandy
changes her mind about accepting
a promising fashion internship
7.30 Last Man Standing Kristin is
convinced Ed is undermining her
8.00 Dumb Builders
9.00 Car Crash TV Dashboardmounted camera film (2/10)
10.00 Celebrity Ghost Hunt:
Tunnels of Terror Conducting
paranormal investigations (6/6)
11.00-1.05am FILM Bulletproof
Monk (12, 2003) Martial arts
thriller starring Chow Yun-Fat
6.35pm The Edgar Wallace
Mystery Theatre The Police
investigate a jewel theft
which has led to murder
7.45 FILM The Square Peg (U,
1958) Second World War comedy
starring Norman Wisdom
9.30 FILM Guilt Is My Shadow (PG,
1950) Crime drama starring
Elizabeth Sellars and Patrick Holt
11.15 Glimpses: Glimpses of 1967
11.25-1.10am FILM Lulu Belle (12,
1948) Period drama with Dorothy
Lamour and George Montgomery
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Marina unwittingly buys
Howard a life-like gorilla
7.20 Last of the Summer Wine
Tom and Smiler arrange an
interesting blind date
8.00 The Inspector Lynley
Mysteries Feature-length episode.
A horse trainer is found hanged
10.00 New Tricks A conspiracy
theory implicates the American
government in a journalist’s death
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 Impossible Engineering
A look at the Airbus A380 (6/6)
8.00 Full Steam Ahead The golden
age of steam railways (1/6)
9.00 One Foot in the Grave
Margaret comes into money
9.40 One Foot in the Grave
10.20 One Foot in the Grave
11.00 The Best of Tommy Cooper
Comedy highlights (1/11)
11.30 The Best of Tommy Cooper
Comedy highlights (2/11)
12.00-12.30am The Best of Tommy
Cooper Comedy highlights (3/11)
7.00pm Police Interceptors
Two officers use their Tasers
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
Paul and Steve call for police backup at a flat in London’s Docklands
9.00 World’s Wildest Flights
10.00 World’s Deadliest Weather:
Caught on Camera
11.00-1.40am FILM Space
Cowboys (PG, 2000) An ageing
former test pilot is called on to stop
a malfunctioning Soviet satellite
from crashing to Earth. Adventure
starring Clint Eastwood
7.00pm Road Cops
7.30 Road Cops
8.00 Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is
Goodish Witty stand-up
9.00 Room 101 Frank Skinner
hosts, with Jonathan Ross, Michael
Vaughan and Sara Pascoe
9.40 Room 101 With Christian
Jessen, Warwick Davis and
Victoria Coren Mitchell
10.20 Room 101 Guests
include Brendan O’Carroll
11.00 Live at the Apollo
12.00-1.00am QI XL
6.55pm FBI Takedowns An IED is
found in Washington (2/6)
7.50 Naval Aviation: Angle of
Attack The technological
evolutions that continue to
transform the field (2/2)
9.00 Julius Caesar’s Greatest
Battle The Battle of Alesia
10.15 The War The Allied invasion
of Italy in early 1944 (6/14)
11.30-12.50am Naval Aviation:
Angle of Attack The technological
evolutions that continue to
transform the field (2/2)
7.00pm The Eighties
Technological innovations made
during the decade (8/8)
8.00 Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 Lily Cole and Simon Callow
are the famous sitters for
the semi-final (9/11)
9.00 Picasso Live from Tate
Modern A look at Tate Modern’s
Pablo Picasso exhibition
10.00 Discovering: Robert
Redford The life of the actor
11.00-12.15am Dennis Hopper:
Uneasy Rider A profile
7.00pm The Real A&E
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary Holmes and
Watson race to find a woman who
has been held captive for years
9.00 Chicago Fire Casey and
Severide make the front
page after a heroic rescue
10.00 How to Get Away with
Murder Details involving a past
murder come to light (10/15)
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
SKY 124, VIRGIN 157
SKY 520, VIRGIN 250, BT 316
SKY 526, VIRGIN 266, BT 327
SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
SKY 110, VIRGIN 124, BT 310
SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 Family Guy
9.30 Family Guy
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Cooper’s Treasure
9.00 Gold Rush Todd desperately
tries to prevent his crew falling
apart. Last in the series
10.30 Gold Rush: White Water The
Dakota Boys dig to bedrock gold
11.30 How It’s Made
12.00-1.30am Gold Rush
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Area 51: The CIA’s Secret Files
9.00 Chain of Command Rooting
out corruption in the Afghan army
10.00 My Fighting Season
Combat footage from Afghanistan
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation A 1978 accident
7.00pm Friends
7.30 Friends
8.00 The Middle
8.30 Life in Pieces
9.00 FILM My Super Ex-Girlfriend
(12, 2006) Superhero comedy
starring Uma Thurman
11.00 The Chris Ramsey Show
11.30-12.30am 8 Out of 10 Cats
6.40pm Only Fools and Horses
7.20 Only Fools and Horses
8.00 dinnerladies
8.40 dinnerladies
9.20 Gavin & Stacey
10.00 Live at the Apollo
11.00 Gimme Gimme Gimme
11.40-12.20am Gimme Gimme
Gimme Linda’s sister visits
7.00pm MasterChef Junior USA
A pistachio pudding pie challenge
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 Inside the Ambulance
10.00 999 Rescue Squad The crew
deals with a suspected acid attack
11.00 The Catherine Tate Show
11.40-12.20am The Catherine Tate
Show With guest star Peter Kay
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action Men
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 Custody (12, 2016) Three
women are brought together when
a hard-working single mother has
her children taken away.
Courtroom drama with Viola Davis
8.00 Wonder Woman (12, 2017)
An Amazon princess leaves home
to fight a war, discovering her full
powers and true destiny along the
way. Fantasy adventure starring
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine
10.25-12.20am City of Tiny Lights
(15, 2016) London-set crime
thriller starring Riz Ahmed
6.00pm Beverly Hills Cop II (15,
1987) A wisecracking detective
returns to LA to investigate the
shooting of an old friend. Comedy
thriller sequel with Eddie Murphy
8.00 Cast Away (12, 2000)
A courier service manager is
forced to fend for himself.
Adventure drama with Tom Hanks
10.25-12.15am Doom (15, 2005)
Soldiers investigating a problem
on a Mars research station find it
overrun with monsters. Sci-fi
thriller starring Dwayne Johnson
6.20pm Monster Family (PG, 2017)
Animated comedy with the voices
of Emily Watson and Jason Isaacs
8.00 Jurassic Park III (PG, 2001)
A couple searches for their missing
son on a dinosaur-infested island.
Action adventure sequel with
Sam Neill and William H Macy
9.40 The Spiderwick Chronicles
(PG, 2008) Fantasy adventure
starring Freddie Highmore
11.20-1.15am Pete’s Dragon (PG,
2016) Adventure starring Bryce
Dallas Howard and Oakes Fegley
6.15pm Independence Day (12,
1996) The US president leads the
fight against a force of seemingly
indestructible aliens. Sci-fi
adventure with Bill Pullman
9.00 Hancock (12, 2008) A PR
executive decides to transform the
image of a drunken superhero.
Comedy starring Will Smith
10.45-12.55am Bad Boys (18, 1995)
Two detectives are forced to swap
identities as they hunt for stolen
heroin. Action thriller with Will
Smith and Martin Lawrence
5.40pm Stand By Me (15, 1986)
Coming-of-age drama starring
River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton
7.15 Moon (15, 2009) An astronaut
working alone at a base on the
moon discovers the disturbing
truth about his identity. Sci-fi
drama starring Sam Rockwell
9.00 2001: A Space Odyssey
(U, 1968) Stanley Kubrick’s
mysterious science-fiction opus
starring Keir Dullea
11.30-2.10am Boogie Nights (18,
1997) Drama with Mark Wahlberg
The 1970s porn industry in LA is
explored in the drama Boogie
Nights (Sky Select, 11.30pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Radio guide
Radio 1
Manchester United take on
Sevilla in the second leg of
their Champions League last-16
match at Old Trafford (kick-off
7.45pm). The first leg at the
Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Stadium finished 0-0, thanks
largely to heroics from the Red
Devils’ goalkeeper David De
Gea, pictured, who made a
string of fine saves to deny the
Spanish side. Also tonight,
Roma take on Shakhtar
Donetsk (BT Sport 3, 7.30pm). JC
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Adele Roberts 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 Charlie Sloth 11.00
Huw Stephens 1.00am Annie
Nightingale 3.00 Radio 1
Comedy: Ed & Lauren Get On
4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
8.00am LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v Australia
3.30pm Sky Sports News
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Today’s picks
Sara Pascoe: The
Modern Monkey
Radio 4, 6.30pm
Aftermath
Radio 4, 11am
“Have I ever told you about the
time God spoke to me?” asks
Sara Pascoe, pictured. “It wasn’t
just me, it was everybody in
Sainsbury’s.” It’s the final part
of the series exploring how
evolution is affecting us in
the present day, and Pascoe is
looking at charity. That question is the start of a very funny riff
revealing why God is sad about the state of humankind. “Even
though human nature contains elements of self-preservation
and competition, your species are also built to care and nurture
each other,” God intones, via Pascoe. Having been pretty
down on the human race in previous episodes, Pascoe is
accentuating the positive. Kind of. It’s hard to be a good person
when good is a subjective term — it means different things to
all of us. “Most people agree, Stalin was very bad,” she says.
“But if you were a gulag-maker . . . you’d be into him.” Joe Clay
10.00 Woman’s Hour At 10.45
Drama: A Small Town Murder
by Scott Cherry (2/5)
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talkSPORT
In 1999 the right-wing
extremist David Copeland
planted a nail bomb in the
Admiral Duncan pub in Soho,
London, that killed three
people. In the weeks leading
up to the attack he had left
devices targeting minorities
in Brixton and Brick Lane that
caused multiple injuries.
Copeland, who had links to
British far-right groups, said
after his arrest that he wanted
to spark a race war. Alan Dein
investigates the long-term
after-effects for those caught
up in the bombing, as well as
describing how Soho’s gay
community responded. JC
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Critic’s choice
Saving the British Bulldog
BBC One, 9pm
Vets and animal charities have
issued warnings about the
health and welfare issues of
flat-faced dog breeds such as
bulldogs, yet their popularity
and visibility continues to rise,
fuelled by the media (where
they are used to advertise
tissues, cars, snacks and
insurance) and events such as
Crufts. Through an association
with Winston Churchill
brachycephalic breeds have
become part of British culture
and heritage, but at the start
of the year the British
Veterinary Association
launched a campaign urging
people not to buy them. The
squashed noses for which
they are prized and their
being bred to conform to an
extreme body type have led to
the loss of genes regulating
the immune system, which
means they are plagued by
severe health conditions. They
are also unable to breathe
properly, which leads to
chronic flatulence and
belching as they gulp for air.
Lovely. Yet as a nation we are
still bonkers for bulldogs and
over the past 15 years their
numbers here have
quadrupled. The dog-owning
comedian Catherine Tate,
pictured, puts on her serious
face and gets among the
bulldog-lovers of Blighty
to front this documentary
exploring what can be done to
improve the long-term health
of these popular dogs. She
meets some of the world’s
leading experts, who explain
the latest controversial
scientific research that could
fix the breed, and the
breeders fighting to save the
dog they love. Tate also asks
Bill Lambert of the Kennel
Club, the leading authority in
charge of pedigree dogs, to
ask whether his organisation
is doing enough. Joe Clay
Further recommendations
In tonight’s edition of The Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick performs
spinal surgery on a Staffordshire bull terrier (Channel 4, 8pm)
dinnerladies diaries The Assassination
Gold, 8pm
of Gianni Versace
Save Me
Damned
Sky Atlantic, 9pm
Channel 4, 10pm
To celebrate the 20th
anniversary of Victoria Wood’s
immensely popular sitcom
about canteen workers in a
factory, this three-part series
tells the story of how it came
to be. The main interest is an
archive interview with Wood in
which she explains the process
she went through to make her
first sitcom, which was
broadcast between 1998 and
2000. “Most people’s working
days will not be very eventful,”
she explains. “I wanted that
non-eventfulness.” As an extra
treat, four of the original cast —
Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati,
Anne Reid and Thelma Barlow
— are reunited. JC
As Nelly (Lennie James,
incendiary) continues his
search for his daughter, he has
a confrontation with “convicted
nonce” Melon (Stephen
Graham). Nelly is convinced
that Melon groomed his
daughter online and will go
to extreme lengths to get
information from him.
Meanwhile, Claire (Suranne
Jones) has an emotional
encounter with the girl playing
Jody in the TV reconstruction
of her disappearance. Like all
the best TV dramas, the
mystery element plays second
fiddle to well-drawn characters,
convincing dialogue and
accomplished acting. JC
The laughs are in short supply
in tonight’s episode, but the
series should be applauded for
its grimly realistic portrayal of
a young family in the grip of
heroin addiction. Rose’s clients,
a pair of drug-addicted parents,
are reported after their
daughter, Ellie, arrives at
school hungry and dirty. “I
agreed to let them alternate
the weeks they use so we
didn’t have to take Ellie into
care,” Rose (Jo Brand) explains
to Al (Alan Davies). “Doesn’t
really work though, does it?” Al
says. “Part-time junkie. Like a
Nazi, it’s all or nothing.” “I’m a
shit dad, but a f***ing great
junkie,” says the father. JC
Catch
up
Girls on the Edge
BBC iPlayer, to March 26
In the past decade there
has been a 68 per cent rise
in teenage girls being
admitted to hospital
for self-harm. This
documentary follows
three families whose
daughters have
been sectioned
as a result. The
teenagers,
including
17-year-old
Jade,
pictured,
BBC Two, 9pm
Before murdering Versace,
Andrew Cunanan had already
killed four men, and the third
episode of Ryan Murphy’s “true
crime” drama focuses on his
third and fourth victims — the
Chicago property tycoon Lee
Miglin and William Reese, a
caretaker. Miglin is portrayed
as a closeted gay client of
Cunanan and is murdered in a
sadistic scene, while Reese is
killed for his truck. If Murphy’s
motivation with this Versacefree episode was to add depth
to Cunanan, it fails — we still
know very little about why he
went on his murder spree. JC
who has been sectioned for 18
months, are being treated at
FitzRoy House in Northampton,
a secure psychiatric hospital
that looks after some of the
most unwell children in the
country. The parents want their
children home, but are terrified
that they won’t be able to
keep them safe. The
working title for this
emotive and raw film
was Recovery, which
is less sensationalist,
but was perhaps
considered too
optimistic given
that there
are no
guarantees
for the girls
we meet.
Joe Clay
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
10.30pm Wales Live. Hard-hitting stories
11.05 A Question of Sport. Guests include
Rebecca Adlington and Mark Selby 11.35
Film 2018. Reviews of Peter Rabbit, Mary
Magdalene and The Square 12.10am FILM
The Artist (2011) (b/w) 1.45-1.50 Weather
for the Week Ahead
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
10.40pm Nolan Live 11.40 A Question of
Sport 12.10am Film 2018 12.40 FILM The
Artist (2011) (b/w) 2.15-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
9.50pm The Archiveologists. Diane
Morgan stars 10.00-10.30 Spotlight (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
9.00pm-10.00 Battle for Scotland’s
Countryside 10.45 Saving the British
Bulldog 11.45 A Question of Sport 12.15am
Film 2018 12.50 FILM The Artist (2011)
(b/w) 2.25 Weather for the Week Ahead
2.30-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
1.30pm Planet Earth (r) 2.30 Politics
Scotland (r) 3.30-4.15 Yes Chef (r)
● Channel As ITV except: 12.40am-3.00
ITV Nightscreen
● STV As ITV except: 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight 11.05 Uefa Champions League
Highlights. Action from the concluding
last-16 second leg fixtures 12.05am The
Cruise: Voyage to Alaska (r) 12.35
Teleshopping 1.35 After Midnight 3.05 ITV
Nightscreen 4.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(r) 5.30-6.00 Teleshopping
● UTV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30 Rare
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Garden. With Alan Titchmarsh 12.15am
Play to the Whistle (r) 1.05 Teleshopping
2.35-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
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Gwlad (r) 1.30 Mamwlad gyda Ffion
Hague (r) 2.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05
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Dewi a’r Ditectifs Gwyllt (r) 5.35 Fi yw’r
Bos (r) 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
6.05 Her yr Hinsawdd (r) 6.30 Mwy o
Sgorio 7.00 Heno 7.30 Pobol y Cwm
8.25 Celwydd Noeth 9.00 News 9 a’r
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Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Juggernaut (PG, 1974)
Film4, 11am
Richard Lester directed this film about a blackmailer demanding
a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm
the bombs he has planted on board the transatlantic liner
Britannic. Captain Omar Sharif’s liner is in mid-Atlantic, so
bomb-disposal men Richard Harris and David Hemmings are
parachuted in to disable the devices. Lester’s taut direction
means that this is streets ahead of your average disaster movie,
with dialogue from Alan Plater lending the script real depth.
Anthony Hopkins, also in the cast, feels that this box-office flop
is underrated. (109min) Joe Clay
The Artist (PG, 2011)
BBC One, 11.45pm
No wonder this French production
was an unprecedented Oscar
success story — it won five,
including best picture, best actor
and best director in 2012. This
black-and-white, almost entirely
silent movie turned out to be one of
the most potent and heartfelt love
letters that Hollywood has inspired. Michel Hazanavicius’s crowdpleasing tale starts in 1927, just before the advent of sound
revolutionised the film industry. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is
a dapper silent-movie star with a toothy grin and a canine sidekick.
He literally bumps into charming young actress Peppy Miller
(Bérénice Bejo, pictured with Dujardin) and although neither realise
it, their fates and their careers are destined to be intertwined.
Witty, engaging and joyous, this is a delight. (100min) Wendy Ide
Thor (12, 2011)
Film4, 9pm
Make no mistake, Thor is a mess. After a decade of development
hell, the film that emerged is directed by Kenneth Branagh with
something close to sprightly resignation. It cross-cuts endlessly
between life on Earth, where the titular Norse god (Chris
Hemsworth) has landed in New Mexico, and life in the kitschy
world of Asgard, where Thor’s father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), is
dealing with the seditious Loki (Tom Hiddleston). However, there
is some charm. In the Earth sequences Hemsworth does a fine job
as a fish-out-of-water demi-god, while Natalie Portman gamely
injects her love-fluff role with sincerity. (115min) Kevin Maher
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follow the Dover RNLI crew as
they race to a Channel swimmer
who has collapsed within
eyesight of the French coast,
while the Tenby team are called
to a runaway yacht (6/12) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Lisa takes a turn for
the worse at the hospital, and
Ross seeks some support
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 Coronation Street Summer’s
search for Billy leads her into
danger. Meanwhile, Chesney
learns of Tyrone’s fling
7.30 Winter Paralympics Today
A round-up of action from
day five in Pyeongchang,
South Korea (SL)
7.00 Extreme Winter Road Rescue
A vehicle technician rushes to
help a driver who has broken
down on the hard shoulder,
while a heavy recovery crew
frees lorries that have got stuck
in snow on the A1M (3/4) (r);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 DIY SOS: The Big Build Nick
Knowles and team, together
with West Bromwich volunteers,
helps a grieving grandmother
and her family who are making
do in a small house (3/8)
8.00 The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes
Piers Taylor and Caroline
Quentin head to Japan, where
they discover four
extraordinary homes
combining high tech and a
deep respect for tradition (3/8)
8.00 Britain’s Brightest Family
Two families compete in the
first of the quarter-finals
8.00 The Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick
tries to save a tortoiseshell cat’s
leg by cutting out a tumour
that has developed and
replacing its knee with a
unique bionic implant (3/6)
8.00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
Teenager Sam talks to Dr
Alison Bolam about the raised
glands in his neck, and Dr Alex
McLaren tries to help Stephen,
who has been suffering with a
large hernia for months;
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Saving the British Bulldog
The comedian, actress and
dog lover Catherine Tate
investigates the serious health
problems affecting the British
bulldog and what people can do
to save it. See Viewing Guide
9.00 The Assassination of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story
Marilyn Miglin discovers that
her husband is missing.
See Viewing Guide (3/9)
9.00 Benidorm The Dawsons
continue to speculate about
Cyd’s motives, but Rob pops the
question anyway, while both
Kenneth and Callum have
romantic entanglements (3/9)
9.00 One Born Every Minute
Parents-to-be include
29-year-old Ben, who has been
experiencing sympathy pains
and cravings, and thinks he
needs to “man-up” for his
partner Amy (2/10)
9.00 Violent Child, Desperate
Parents Laverne Antrobus tries
to help Emma and Adrian, who
are struggling to cope with
eight-year-old son Ioan, whose
violent behaviour means
getting him to bed can
take up to six hours (3/4)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; followed by
Regional News and Weather
10.00 Damned Rose and Dennis wake
up in bed in Denise’s house.
See Viewing Guide (5/6)
10.00 When Talent Shows Go
Horribly Wrong Kate Thornton
introduces a countdown of
disastrous moments from
television talent shows,
featuring first-hand
contributions from stars
including Pete Waterman,
Arlene Phillips, Brenda Edwards
and Nicola Ward, the Popstars:
The Rivals contestant who
walked away from the chance
to be in Girls Aloud. Plus, Marie
Osmond fainting on air in
Dancing with the Stars and the
Dancing on Ice contestant who
nearly got a skate in the eye (r)
1.00am SuperCasino 3.10 Cowboy
Builders. Alison Cork and John
Russell help the Mockbill family in
Birmingham (r) 4.00 Now That’s
Funny! (r) (SL) 4.45 House Doctor (r)
(SL) 5.10 House Busters (r) (SL) 5.35
Wildlife SOS. Documentary (r) (SL)
7.30 Taking on Putin: Panorama
John Sweeney reports on
the forthcoming Russian
presidential elections
9.50 Live at the Apollo Dara O Briain
hosts, with guests Zoe Lyons
and Paul Chowdhry (2/7) (r)
10.00 BBC News at Ten; followed by
BBC Regional News, Weather
and National Lottery Update
10.45 A Question of Sport
Guests include Rebecca
Adlington and Mark Selby
11.15 Film 2018 Reviews of Peter
Rabbit, Mary Magdalene
and The Square (3/5)
11.45 FILM The Artist (PG, 2011)
A 1920s movie actor gives an
actress her big break, but his
career suff
ffe
ers with the advent
of sound. Silent drama starring
Jean Dujardin and Bérénice
Bejo. See Film Choice (b/w)
1.20am Weather for the Week
Ahead 1.25 BBC News
8.30 Coronation Street Adam admits
to plotting Billy’s downfall.
Meanwhile, Tyrone’s shame
becomes public knowledge
10.30 Newsnight The day’s events
presented by Evan Davis
10.45 Uefa Champions League
Highlights Action from
the concluding last-16 second
leg fixtures, which were
Manchester United v Sevilla,
Barcelona v Chelsea, AS Roma
v Shakhtar Donetsk and
Besiktas v Bayern Munich
10.30 8 Out of 10 Cats With Joel
Dommett, James Acaster, Joe
Swash and Roisin Conaty.
Jimmy Carr hosts (10/11) (r)
11.15 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond
the Lobby Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti head to the
foothills of the Swiss Alps
to experience health and
wellness tourism at the Grand
Resort Bad Ragaz (3/6) (r)
11.45 Play to the Whistle With
Andrew Johnston, Rob Beckett
and Scarlett Moffatt (6/6) (r)
11.00 Winter Paralympics Highlights
Clare Balding and Jonnie
Peacock review the best of the
action from day five in
PyeongChang, South Korea,
which included alpine skiing,
cross-country skiing and
wheelchair curling
12.15am David Attenborough’s Natural
Curiosities. The eccentricities of birth
in the animal kingdom (r) 12.45 Sign
Zone: MasterChef. The amateurs aim
to book a place in the quarter-final (r)
(SL) 1.45-2.45 The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes (r) (SL)
12.40am Jackpot247 3.00 Tenable.
The Gandhi family answer questions
on EastEnders, The Jungle Book and
Formula One (r) (SL) 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. The host invites guests to air
their differences (r) (SL)
12.15am Live Winter Paralympics.
Alpine skiing and wheelchair curling
events from Pyeongchang, South
Korea. 4.30 Coast vs Country.
A couple seek a property in
Northumberland (r) 5.25 Food
Unwrapped (r) 5.50 Streetmate (r)
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Wednesday 14 | Primetime digital guide
Last of the Mohicans
The French and Indian war of
1757 is brought to life by Daniel
Day-Lewis in the 1992 drama
5Spike, 9pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
FV 9, FS 107, SKY 116, VIRGIN 107
FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
FV 15, FS 300, SKY 315, VIRGIN 428
SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm Beyond 100 Days News
and analysis from
Washington DC and London
7.30 Great Irish Journeys with
Martha Kearney Martha
visits places of power in
Ireland (3/4) (R)
8.00 The Secret History of Our
Streets The Footdee
housing scheme in
Aberdeen (3/3) (R)
9.00 The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very
British Crime Story Gillian
Pachter focuses on
revelations regarding the
other man in Ruth’s life
10.00 Timeshift: Crime &
Punishment — The Story of
Capital Punishment
The history of the death
sentence (9/9) (R)
11.00 Blues America The early
years of blues music (R)
12.00-1.00am Island at the BBC
Archive performances by
Cat Stevens, Roxy Music
and Bob Marley (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
takes a break from Cabot
Cove to pay a visit to a
country music star —
but before long a feud
results in murder (R)
8.00 Vera The detective
investigates when a mother
of two is found dead in her
garden — but the case is
made more complex when
the victim’s estranged family
put in an appearance (R)
10.00 Law & Order: UK When a
jeweller is found dead with
no hands or teeth, there are
many suspects, but the case
takes a shocking turn when
the victim’s sister receives a
gruesome delivery (1/8) (R)
11.00 Law & Order: UK
A psychiatrist is stabbed
to death (2/8) (R)
12.00-1.00am Unforgotten
Sir Phillip makes a difficult
decision to salvage his
reputation (5/6) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet A Basset
hound has surgery on its
vertebrae using 3D-printed
implants, a giant mastiff with
severe arthritis needs
surgery on its elbows and a
puppy is treated for a
fractured foot (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud looks at the
transformation of a mill
cottage in Northumberland,
the longest-running project
ever featured on the
programme (R)
9.00 Vet on the Hill A border
collie must overcome his
fear of the vet, a pug may
have a fatal tumour and
Scott takes a trip to help out
at a donkey sanctuary (2/8)
10.00 24 Hours in A&E
A schoolboy is brought in
after being hit by a car (R)
11.05-12.05am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown With
guest Kevin Bridges (R)
6.20pm FILM The Karate Kid (PG,
2010) An American boy
living in China falls foul of
bullies, until a kindly kung fu
master teaches him the skills
to defend himself. Martial
arts drama with Jaden Smith
and Jackie Chan
9.00 FILM Thor (12, 2011)
The Norse god of thunder is
banished to present-day
Earth, which he must defend
from his evil brother.
Fantasy adventure starring
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie
Portman, Tom Hiddleston
and Anthony Hopkins.
See Film Choice
11.15-1.15am FILM Legion (15, 2010)
The Archangel Michael turns
his back on Heaven and
travels to Earth to protect an
unborn child from God’s
wrath. Action fantasy
starring Paul Bettany, Dennis
Quaid, Lucas Black, Tyrese
Gibson and Adrianne Palicki
7.00pm The Simpsons Lisa
persuades Homer to let her
visit the museum (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer and
Marge try to spice up their
love life, while Bart and Lisa
use Grampa’s metal
detector to hunt for
hidden treasure (R)
8.00 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The team ends up in
1717 on a hunt for
Blackbeard’s lost treasure
9.00 A League of Their Own
With guests Andros
Townsend, Laura Whitmore
and Micky Flanagan (R)
10.00 Bliss Andrew runs into one
of Kim’s friends during a day
out with Denise and Kris
10.30 A League of Their Own:
Unseen (10/14) (R)
11.00 The Force: Essex Officers go
off in search of a bagsnatcher (2/10) (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World (1/5) (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation The team
struggles to piece together
events leading to the
murder of a showgirl (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny tries to
juggle work and his love life
as he spends a romantic
weekend with Linda while
keeping one eye on an
investigation (R)
9.00 Save Me Residents of The
Towers come out in force to
stage a reconstruction of
Jody’s abduction. See
Viewing Guide (3/6)
10.00 SMILF New series.
A young mother struggles
to balance her dreams with
the realities of being a single
parent. Comedy starring
Frankie Shaw (1/8)
10.35 SMILF Bridgette fantasises
about living the life of a stayat-home mother (2/8)
11.10-12.10am Alan Partridge’s
Scissored Isle (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 A squirrel steals a mobile
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Two and a Half Men
9.00 Hell’s Kitchen USA The teams
attempt to build a gourmet
seafood tower (3/15)
10.00 Hell’s Kitchen USA Fourteen
all-star chefs compete in a letter
lottery challenge (4/15)
10.55 Family Guy
11.25 Family Guy
11.50-12.20am American Dad!
6.40pm Storage Wars
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.35 Pawn Stars
8.00 Britain’s Busiest Motorway
Traffic officers Keith and Andy and
Team Manager Kevin deal with the
effects of a flood at junction 21 of
the M25, covering one carriageway
8.30 Britain’s Busiest Motorway
9.00 FILM The Chronicles of
Riddick (15, 2004) Sci-fi adventure
sequel starring Vin Diesel, Judi
Dench and Alexa Davalos
11.15-12.10am Lethal Weapon
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 My Hotter Half
8.00 The Goldbergs Erica is livid
when Geoff arranges for them to
go out to dinner with her family
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 Don’t Tell the Bride A groom
plans a funfair-themed wedding
10.00 Five Star Hotel Tensions
flare between Joey Essex and
Spencer Matthews
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am First Dates
7.00pm Last Man Standing
Vanessa plays matchmaker for Eve
7.30 Last Man Standing Ryan and
his dad Victor go hunting
8.00 100 Per Cent Hotter Reality
show in which people with
over-the-top styles are scored on
their look by the general public
9.00 Riverdale Archie’s secret
weighs on him more heavily
than ever (2/13)
10.00-12.05 FILM Carrie (15, 2013)
Horror remake starring Chloë
Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore
6.35pm The Edgar Wallace
Mystery Theatre A suspect in a
jewel robbery and an ensuing
murder vanishes
7.45 The Midlands in the 1960s:
Glimpses Short documentary
about landmarks in the Midlands
8.00 A Family at War David
attempts to track down Grace
9.00-12.05am FILM Peyton Place
(15, 1957) A woman recalls the
scandal hidden behind closed
doors in her small New England
town. Drama with Diane Varsi
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
7.20 Last of the Summer Wine
Barry wins a competition
8.00 Dalziel & Pascoe A car crash
leaves Dalziel suspended from
duty pending an investigation into
drink-driving allegations
10.00 New Tricks Gerry and the
team agree to help a man who
believes his wife is still alive
11.20 Birds of a Feather The sisters
face up to their situation
12.00-1.00am The Bill Carver has a
chance to leave Sun Hill
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 Full Steam Ahead (1/6)
8.00 The Day When Hitler Lost the
War How the Nazi invasion of
Russia in 1941 would lead directly
to Hitler’s ultimate downfall
four years later (4/5)
9.00 The Best of Tommy Cooper
9.30 The Best of Tommy Cooper
10.00 The Best of Tommy Cooper
10.30 The Best of Tommy Cooper
11.00 The Two Ronnies Music by
Elkie Brooks and sketches
including Gropery Shop
11.55-12.50am The Two Ronnies
7.00pm Police Interceptors
8.00 World’s Deadliest Weather:
Caught on Camera
9.00 FILM The Last of the
Mohicans (15, 1992)
A frontiersman falls for a British
officer’s daughter who is being
hunted by a vengeful war chief
during the Anglo-French War.
Adventure with Daniel Day-Lewis
and Madeleine Stowe
11.10-12.15am Spartacus: Gods of
the Arena Batiatus’ attempts to
gain rank are endangered
7.00pm Road Cops
7.30 Road Cops
8.00 Yianni: Supercar Customiser
The team customise a Jaguar
F-Type sports car
8.30 Yianni: Supercar Customiser
Yianni lets his children decide what
colour he should customise his
Lamborghini. Last in the series
9.00 QI XL
10.00 Dave Gorman:
Modern Life Is Goodish
11.00 Unspun XL with Matt Forde
12.00-1.00am QI XL
6.55pm FBI Takedowns
Agents go undercover in Dallas to
stop a terrorist
7.55 Rome: What Lies Beneath?
Dan Snow uses satellite technology
to reveal the secrets of ancient
Rome, tracking down lost cities,
amphitheatres and forts with the
help of archaeologist Sarah Parcak
9.50 The War Servicemen from
four American communities recall
the events of D-Day
10.55-12.55am Rome: What Lies
Beneath? Documentary
7.00pm Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 Lily Cole and Simon Callow
are the sitters for the semi-final
8.00 National Treasures: The Art
of Collecting Frank Cohen gives a
tour of his warehouse
9.00 Discovering: Leslie Caron
A profile of the actress and dancer
10.00 Tarzan: The Man Behind the
Legend A look at the evolution
of the character
11.00-12.15am Bettie Page Reveals
All The life and cultural influence of
the 1950s pin-up model
7.00pm The Real A&E The team
provides assistance when a
13-year-old cyclist is hit by a car
7.30 The Real A&E
8.00 Elementary
Holmes and Watson investigate
the murder of a clown
9.00 Grey’s Anatomy
The doctors meet two members
of Seattle Fire’s Station 19
10.00 The Good Doctor
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Crime drama
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 A stolen drone is
linked to an elusive terrorist
8.00 NCIS The team attempts to
find the terrorist Parsa
9.00 NCIS
10.00 Bull
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Tanked NFL player Adrian
Peterson orders a classy aquarium
9.00 Street Outlaws The final list
race of the season arrives
10.00 Moonshiners Reality show
following people who illegally
produce whiskey
11.00-12.30am Gold Rush
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Airport Security: Peru
9.00 Airport Security: Colombia
A smuggler’s life is at risk when his
plan to hide cocaine goes wrong
10.00 Border Wars
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation Documentary
7.00pm Friends Four episodes
9.00 Impractical Jokers
9.30 Impractical Jokers: Inside
Jokes Behind the scenes
10.00 The Chris Ramsey Show
Topical comedy chat show
10.30 Lee Evans: Monsters
11.30 Impractical Jokers
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
6.40pm Only Fools and Horses
7.20 Only Fools and Horses
8.00 dinnerladies diaries
New series. See Viewing Guide
9.00 dinnerladies
9.40 Victoria Wood’s Midlife
Christmas Festive skits
11.00 Absolutely Fabulous
11.40-12.40am Live at the Apollo
7.00pm MasterChef Junior USA
Two chicken challenges
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 Embarrassing Bodies
10.00 Dr Christian Will See You
Now Medical issues
11.00 Stacey Dooley Investigates
12.00-1.20am The Secret of
Crickley Hall Eve looks for answers
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action Men
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
7.00pm Wonder Woman (12, 2017)
An Amazon princess leaves home
to fight a war, discovering her full
powers and true destiny along the
way. Fantasy adventure starring
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine
9.25 Snatched (15, 2017) A hapless
mother and daughter are
kidnapped while holidaying in
Ecuador. Comedy starring Amy
Schumer and Goldie Hawn
11.00-12.35am Scribe (15, 2016)
Thriller starring François Cluzet
and Denis Podalydès. In French
7.00pm Beverly Hills Cop III (PG,
1994) Maverick cop Axel Foley’s
investigation of a murder leads
him to a counterfeiting ring
operating from a theme park.
Comedy adventure sequel with
Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold
9.00 Inside Man (15, 2006) Thriller
with Denzel Washington, Clive
Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher
Plummer and Willem Dafoe
11.15-1.15am Coming to America
(15, 1988) Comedy starring Eddie
Murphy and Arsenio Hall
6.10pm Kubo and the Two Strings
(PG, 2016) Animated adventure
with the voice of Charlize Theron
8.00 Annie (U, 1982) An orphan
wins the affections of a billionaire,
but someone is out to ruin her
chances of happiness. Musical,
based on the stage play starring
Aileen Quinn and Albert Finney
10.10 Aquamarine (PG, 2006)
Fantasy comedy with Sara Paxton
12.00-1.40am Space Jam (U, 1996)
Live action and animated comedy
starring Michael Jordan
6.00pm The Bourne Supremacy
(12, 2004) The amnesiac assassin
is framed for a botched CIA
operation and faces a fight for
survival as he tries to uncover his
past. Action thriller sequel with
Matt Damon and Brian Cox
8.00 The Great Wall (12, 2016)
Fantasy adventure starring Matt
Damon and Willem Dafoe
10.00-12.10am Jason Bourne (12,
2016) Action thriller starring Matt
Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia
Vikander and Julia Stiles
5.55pm The Birth of a Nation (15,
2016) Biopic of Nat Turner, the
plantation preacher who led a
slave rebellion in 1831 starring Nate
Parker and Armie Hammer
8.00 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 Midnight Express
(18, 1978) Alan Parker’s fact-based
drama starring Brad Davis, John
Hurt and Randy Quaid
The history of the jungledwelling character is explored
in Tarzan (Sky Arts, 10pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Radio guide
Radio 1
Barcelona and Chelsea meet
at the Camp Nou for the
second leg of their Champions
League last-16 encounter
(kick-off 7.45pm). The first leg
finished 1-1, with Lionel Messi,
pictured, punishing a
misplaced pass from the
Blues’ defender Andreas
Christensen to level the match
after Willian had given Chelsea
the lead. Also tonight, Besiktas
take on Bayern Munich
(BT Sport 3, 7.30pm). 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 Huw Stephens 1.00am
Benji B 3.00 Radio 1 Comedy:
Niki and Sammy’s Peachy
Podcast 4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
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10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 Sky Sports News
5.00pm Sky Sports News at 5
6.00-5.30am LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The BNP
Paribas Open Day seven
Sky Sports Premier
League
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512
9.00am PL Legends
9.30 PL Legends
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 The Debate
12.00 PL Review
1.00pm PL 100 Club
2.00 PL Best Goals 94/95
3.00 PL Years
5.00 PL Greatest Games
6.00 PL Review
7.00 PL World
7.30 PL 100 Club
8.00 PL Review
9.00 PL 100 Club
9.30 PL World
10.00 The Debate
11.00 PL World
11.30 PL Legends
12.00-1.00am PL Best Goals
95/96
Sky Sports Football
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9.00am Scottish Cup
Greatest Games
9.15 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games
9.30 La Liga Greatest Games
10.00 Revista De La Liga
10.30 La Liga World
11.00 One2Eleven:
Jesus Navas
11.15 One2Eleven:
Steven N’Zonzi
11.30 SPFL Greatest Games
12.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
1.00pm La Liga Icons
2.00 Revista De La Liga
2.30 La Liga World
3.00 Football’s Greatest
Players Franco Baresi
3.30 Football’s Greatest
Teams Celtic
4.00 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Dundee v Rangers
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 Football Years
5.30 Football Countdowns
6.00 Revista De La Liga
6.30 La Liga World
7.00 Football Years
8.00 Revista De La Liga
8.30 La Liga World
9.00 Capital One Cup Final
2015/16 Action from Wembley
10.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
11.00 La Liga Icons
12.00-1.00am Eredivisie
Round-Up
Sky Sports Arena
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6.00pm-5.30am LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The BNP
Paribas Open Day seven
BT Sport 1
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4.00pm-6.00 LIVE Ligue 1:
Paris Saint-Germain v Angers
(Kick-off 4.00)
8.00-10.00 LIVE WTA Tennis:
The BNP Paribas Open
The second quarter-final
2.00am-4.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The BNP Paribas
Open The third quarter-final
BT Sport 2
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3.00pm-5.00 LIVE UEFA
Youth League: Manchester
City Under-19s v Liverpool
Under-19s (Kick-off 3.00)
7.00-10.30 LIVE UEFA
Champions League:
Barcelona v Chelsea
(Kick-off 7.45)
12.00 LIVE NBA: Boston
Celtics v Washington Wizards
(Tip-off 12.00)
2.30am-5.00 LIVE NBA:
Golden State Warriors v Los
Angeles Lakers (Tip-off 2.30)
BT Sport 3
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5.00pm-7.00 LIVE UEFA
Youth League: Real Madrid v
Chelsea U19 (Kick-off 5.00)
7.30-10.00 LIVE UEFA
Champions League: Besiktas
v Bayern Munich (Kick-off
7.45) Last-16 second-leg clash
Eurosport 1
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9.00am LIVE Alpine Skiing
From Åre in Sweden
10.45-12.15pm LIVE Alpine
Skiing From Åre in Sweden
2.00-4.00 LIVE Cycling:
Nokere Koerse Coverage of
the one-day race
4.15-5.30 LIVE Ski Jumping
World Cup qualifying from
Trondheim in Norway
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show with Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Ana Matronic
10.00 Carla Bruni’s C’est La Vie
11.00 Old Grey Whistle Test 40.
See Choice 12.00 Pick of the
Pops (r) 2.00am Playlists
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Haydn
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert A recital performed
by Trio Apaches
2.00 Live Afternoon Concert
From the BBC Philharmonic
at MediaCityUK in Salford,
featuring music by the
Spanish composer Juan
Crisostomo Arriaga, with the
soprano Ruby Hughes
3.30 Choral Evensong Introit:
Adoro te devote (Cecilia
McDowall). Responses: Ralph
Allwood. Psalms 73, 74 (Lang,
Brooksbank, Parratt). First
Lesson: Jeremiah 13 vv 20-27.
Office Hymn: O Kind Creator
Bow Thine Ear (plainsong).
Canticles: Service for Trebles
(Weelkes). Second Lesson: 1
Peter 1 v 17 — 2 v 3. Anthem:
Media Vita (Sheppard). Hymn:
Ah, Holy Jesus (Herzliebster
Jesu). Organ Voluntary:
Voluntary in A minor
(Benjamin Cosyn)
4.30 New Generation Artists
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert Dvorák
(The Golden Spinning Wheel);
Mendelssohn (Piano Concerto
No 1 in G minor); and Brahms
(Symphony No 1 in C minor)
10.00 Free Thinking Festival
10.45 The Essay: New
Generation Thinkers
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
Today’s picks
Old Grey Whistle Test 40
Radio 2, 11pm
On and Off the Valleys Lines
Radio 4, 11am
The absence of Annie
Nightingale from the recent live
programme to mark 40 years
of The Old Grey Whistle Test
was baffling. According to
Nightingale, her request to
co-host the programme with Bob
Harris was turned down, which
meant that the era she is most
associated with — the transition of the show from the 1970s
into the 1980s — didn’t get much coverage. However, she
features heavily in the ninth episode of the radio series
celebrating OGWT’s anniversary. Nightingale, pictured,
introduces a 1980 performance from Public Image Limited,
which she describes as her favourite from her four years of
presenting the show. Also in this episode Harris talks to Debbie
Harry about Blondie’s 1979 New Year’s Eve concert from Glasgow,
broadcast on OGWT, and Greg Lake reminisces about the reports
of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s 1978 American tour. Joe Clay
Train travel offers a window
into other worlds: a glimpse
into a stranger’s back garden;
frozen street scenes; snatches
of conversations. This new
three-part series, set on the
Valley Lines — the rail
network that fans out from
Cardiff up into the South
Wales Valleys — provides an
opening to the people of this
region. These tight-knit
communities have a strong
sense of identity, but are also
very deprived. One proposed
solution is a clearance of large
parts of the area to create a
tourist-focused nature reserve,
but what about the people? JC
8.30 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 Only Artists
9.30 You’re Doing it Wrong
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 An Alternative History
of Art Documentary
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.41 the Drama:
A Small Town Murder
by Scott Cherry (3/5)
10.56 The Listening Project
11.00 On and Off the Valleys
Lines New series. See Choice
11.30 Boswell’s Lives
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Home Front
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Horse Story
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: School Drama
By Andy Mulligan (1/4) (r)
3.00 Money Box Live
3.30 Inside Health (r)
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4.30 The Media Show
5.00 PM With Eddie Mair
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 It’s Not What You Know
7.00 The Archers Alistair’s
world collapses
7.15 Front Row
7.45 A Small Town Murder (r)
8.00 The Moral Maze
8.45 Lent Talks
9.00 Costing the Earth (r)
9.30 Only Artists (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
The Long Drop
By Denise Mina (8/10)
11.00 Domestic Science (4/4)
11.15 The John Moloney Show
Comedy (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am An Alternative
History of Art
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
11.30 The Remains of Foley
and McColl
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 with Anna Foster
1.00pm Live The Cheltenham
Festival 4.00 5 Live Drive
6.30 5 Live Sport 7.45 5 Live
Sport: Champions League
Football 2017-18: Barcelona v
Chelsea (Kick-off 7.45) 10.00 5
Live Football Social 10.30 Phil
Williams 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast 10.00 Jim
White 1.00pm Hawksbee
and Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham and Darren Gough
7.00 Live Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1.00am Extra Time
with Adam Catterall
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Five Stories by Penelope
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Doors 12.00 The Navy Lark
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1.00 Sherlock Holmes with
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You Know 6.00 Pattern
Recognition 6.30 The Tingle
Factor 7.00 The Navy Lark
7.30 Round the Horne 8.00
Sherlock Holmes with
Carleton Hobbs 8.30 Hip Hop
China-style 9.00 Five Stories
by Penelope Fitzgerald 9.15
Behind Closed Doors 10.00
Comedy Club: It’s Not What
You Know 10.30 The Secret
World 10.55 The Comedy
Club Interview 11.00 Danny
Robins Music Therapy
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Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The
Documentary 10.00 World
Update 11.00 The Newsroom
11.30 Documentary 12.00
News 12.06pm Outlook 1.00
The Newsroom 1.30 The
Compass 2.00 Newshour
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
3.30 Business 4.00 BBC OS
6.00 News 6.06 Outlook
7.00 The Newsroom 7.30
Sport Today 8.00 News
8.06 The Compass 8.30
Healthcheck 9.00 Newshour
10.00 The Newsroom
10.20 Sports News 10.30
Business 11.00 News 11.06
HARDtalk 11.30 Documentary
12.00 News 12.06am The
Thought Show 1.00 News
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2.30 Documentary 3.00
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3.30 The Food Chain 4.00
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Ravenscroft 7.00 Vic
Galloway 9.00 Gideon Coe
12.00 Mary Anne Hobbs
1.00am The Radiohead Story
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 John
Suchet 1.00pm Aled Jones
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Critic’s choice
Four Days That Shook Britain
ITV, 9pm
Last year Britain was hit by
four terrorist attacks in quick
succession — car and knife
atrocities at Westminster
Bridge (March 22) and London
Bridge (June 3); a suicide
bombing at an Ariana Grande
concert in Manchester (May
22); and a car attack outside
Finsbury Park Mosque, north
London (June 19). The first
three were described by the
prime minister, Theresa May,
as “bound together by the
single, evil ideology of Islamist
extremism”, while the fourth
was a revenge attack against
Muslims by a white male
influenced by far-right
propaganda. With the
anniversary of the first of
those attacks nearing, the
Bafta award-winning Minnow
Films (7/7: One Day in London;
Damilola: Our Loved Boy) has
made this harrowing 90minute film that tells the
stories of people who were
caught up in the atrocities.
“I don’t remember hearing
any bang,” recalls Lucy Jarvis,
who was injured in the
Manchester bombing.
“Suddenly I was on the floor
and couldn’t see properly . . .
I felt like I wanted to sleep.”
John McAvoy, an endurance
athlete, was in the courtyard
when Khalid Masood attacked
the Houses of Parliament,
stabbing PC Keith Palmer
to death. “It was so much to
take in, because it didn’t seem
real,” he says. Doorman Ozzie
Gandaa describes the scene
in Borough Market after the
attack on London Bridge:
“There were people running
everywhere. You could just
see panic and fear in people’s
eyes.” And Imam Mohammed
Mahmoud was at the mosque
in Finsbury Park when Darren
Osborne ploughed a van into
Muslims. “They are innocent
men and women who did
nothing to deserve this
attack,” he says. Joe Clay
Further recommendations
I Took On the London Bridge Attackers meets a man who risked
his life during the terrorist attack on June 3 (iPlayer Radio)
Great Continental
Railway Journeys
Not Going Out
Civilisations
BBC One, 9pm
BBC Two, 9pm
BBC Two, 8pm
In the worst on-screen birthday
celebration since Cathy
Brener’s 11th birthday party in
The Birds, Lucy is celebrating
Lee’s special day by inviting
their family and friends to join
them in an Escape Room. For
those unfamiliar with the
concept, you are locked in a
room and can only get out by
solving a series of puzzles and
riddles. “This is the worst lockin ever,” says Lee’s dad (Bobby
Ball). Frank turns out to be
an aspiring Columbo, amid all
the bickering and Lee’s rising
panic when he finds himself
padlocked to a “bomb”. “Is it
a wind up?” Lee asks. “Must be
if it’s ticking,” replies Toby. JC
Even the staunchest advocate
of Kenneth Clark’s original
series should watch Simon
Schama’s compelling analysis
of one of humankind’s deepest
artistic urges — to depict
nature. According to Schama,
landscape art is “rarely a
depiction of the way the world
is, but a vision of the way we
would like it to be”. Most
importantly, for the purposes
of this series, it is a way “to
understand our civilisation”.
He starts in 10th-century China
with the scrolls of the Song
dynasty, before taking in
country villas of the
Renaissance and the photos
of Ansel Adams. JC
It’s a great night for Reithian
values on the BBC tonight, with
Simon Schama’s illuminating
art history lecture (BBC Two,
9pm), and another edifying
railway journey with Michael
Portillo, who follows the route
of the Transcaucasus Railway,
built to haul oil from the
landlocked Caspian Sea at Baku
to the Black Sea at Batumi. He
journeys in reverse, tasting tea
in Ozurgeti, learning about the
early years of Georgia’s most
famous son, Joseph Stalin,
and attending a traditional
Georgian wedding, respectfully
muting his garish wardrobe. JC
Catch
up
Earth’s Natural Wonders
BBC iPlayer, episode one
expires on March 27
While other natural
history films focus on
the fauna and flora,
Earth’s Natural
Wonders puts people
front and
centre. The
three-part
series
accentuates
the drama and
means there
is rarely a
dull
moment. We are taken all
over the world, meeting a
yak herder as he tries to guide
his 200 animals down a
treacherous 700m mountain
pass in the Nepalese
Himalayas; rangers risking their
lives to collect crocodile eggs
in the wetlands of Arnhem
Land in northern Australia;
a 63-year-old Inuit
grandmother venturing
beneath the shifting frozen
sea to gather mussels from
the sea bed; and Ethiopia
mothers scaling
sheer, 400m-high
cliff faces to carry
their babies to
church to be
baptised by an
orthodox priest.
Joe Clay
My Baby’s Life:
Who Decides?
Films of the day
Channel 4, 9pm
Talking Pictures, 7.45pm
Based at Southampton
Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric
Intensive Care Unit, this twopart documentary provides a
heartbreaking insight into the
lives of sick children, who can
be kept alive but never cured.
Medicine’s ability to prolong
life has huge cost implications
for a financially stretched NHS,
raising questions about quality
of life. We meet parents trying
to keep their children alive, but
also the family of a young girl
with a fixable heart defect,
who have taken the difficult
decision to withdraw her
from treatment. JC
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
9.30pm-10.00 The Big Six Nations Kick
Off with Gabby and Gareth
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Still Game 11.15 MOTD:
The Premier League Show 11.45-12.45am
Top Gear (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 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Soft Border Patrol (r) 11.15
MOTD: The Premier League Show
11.45-12.15am Mock the Week (r)
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
12.00-1.00pm First Minister’s Questions
6.30 Saving Lives at Sea (r) 7.30-8.00
Timeline
● Channel/Meridian As ITV except:
11.15pm-11.45 Last Word 1.30am-3.00 ITV
Nightscreen
● ITV Anglia As ITV except: 11.15pm-11.45
Anglia Late Edition
● ITV Border/Tyne Tees As ITV except:
11.15pm-11.45 Around the House
● ITV Central As ITV except: 11.15pm-11.45
Central Lobby
● ITV Granada As ITV except:
11.15pm-11.45 The Granada Debate
● ITV London As ITV except:
11.15pm-11.45 The Late Debate
● ITV Wales As ITV except: 11.15pm-11.45
Love Your Garden (r)
● ITV West/Westcountry As ITV except:
11.15pm-11.45 The Westcountry Debate
● ITV Yorkshire As ITV except:
11.15pm-11.45 Last Orders
● STV As ITV except: 1.00pm-4.30 Live
Racing 11.05-11.45 Scotland Tonight
1.30am Teleshopping 2.30 After Midnight
3.30 Tonight (r) 3.55 Nightscreen 4.35
Jeremy Kyle (r) 5.30-6.00 Teleshopping
● UTV As ITV except: 11.15pm-11.45
Britain’s Brightest Family 1.30am
Teleshopping 2.30-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw: 12.00 News 12.05pm
Darn Bach o Hanes (r) 12.30 Alex Jones: Y
Fam Gymreig (r) 1.30 Sion a Siân (r) 2.00
News 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 News 3.05
Yr Ynys (r) 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh:
Ffeil 5.05 Hendre Hurt (r) 5.15 Tref a Tryst
5.45 Edi Wyn (r) 6.00 News 6.05 Ar Werth
(r) 6.30 Rownd a Rownd 7.00 Heno 7.30
Pobol y Cwm 8.00 Gwaith/Cartref 9.00
News 9.30 Pawb a’i Farn 10.30 Hansh
11.00-11.35 Mwy o Sgorio (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Desk Set (U, 1957)
The eighth collaboration between Spencer Tracy and Katharine
Hepburn is a jolly piece of fluff from Henry and Phoebe Ephron.
However, jolly fluff in Tracy and Hepburn’s hands is irresistible.
Hepburn stars as the head of a research department in a New York
broadcasting company, Tracy is the “efficiency expert” brought in
to help the staff cope with an increased workload. His idea? To
bring in two quite enormous computers, leading to predictable
Luddite outpourings from the threatened staff. Hepburn and Tracy
lock horns, spar and bicker. And, then, well, you know what
happens next. (103min) Chris Bennion
Godzilla (12, 1998)
Sony Movie Channel, 9pm
What has the director Roland
Emmerich got against New York?
He got aliens to blow it to
smithereens in Independence Day
and a tsunami to drown it in 2012.
Here, in a remake of the classic
Japanese monster movie, he has a
giant lizard wreaking havoc on
downtown Manhattan. This big-budget remake was mauled by
the critics on its release in 1998, but there remains something
undeniably compelling about the sight of Godzilla tearing his
way through office blocks or overturning tankers in the South
Pacific. Matthew Broderick stars as the boffin who must save
the day; Maria Pitillo is his newshound ex. But the lizard’s
the star. (139min) CB
RoboCop (12, 2014)
Film4, 9pm
While not the lean, mean beast that the Paul Verhoeven original
film was, this remake has a few lethal weapons all of its own, not
least an impressive cast. The Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman takes
the role of good cop Alex Murphy, who, after getting blown to bits
by a car bomb, is patched up and returned to the streets of Detroit
as “Robocop”. Kinnaman is not wholly convincing as a Detroit cop,
but works pretty well as the emotionally clouded cyborg. The
support cast are stronger: Gary Oldman is excellent as the genius
who rebuilds Alex, as is Michael Keaton as the billionaire funding
the project, and Jay Baruchel’s knack for providing comic relief.
(118min) Wendy Ide
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Western Isles of Scotland (r) 5.15 Put
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Jonty Hearnden and Danny Sebastian
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6.00 Eggheads. Quiz show hosted by
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The team takes on the restoration
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6.00am Good Morning Britain. With
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Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning. Chat and lifestyle
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12.55 Regional News; Weather 1.00
Live ITV Racing: Cheltenham Festival.
Coverage of the third day of the
prestigious festival, including feature
race the 3.30 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle
Race. Plus, further races at 1.30, 2.10,
2.50 and 4.10 4.30 Britain’s Best
Walks with Julia Bradbury. Julia
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Scottish loch that crosses the
Highland Boundary Fault and is the
largest inland stretch of water in
Great Britain by surface area (r) 5.00
The Chase. Quiz show hosted by
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Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.15am 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
Winter Paralympics Breakfast. Action
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Nightmares USA (r) 11.00 Undercover
Boss USA (r) 12.00 Channel 4 News
Summary 12.05pm Come Dine with
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5.30 Extreme Cake Makers.
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inks (r) 6.00 The Simpsons (r) 6.30
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Thriller starring Ashley Scott and
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Neighbours. Susan is pleased when
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parenting skills (r) 6.00 Home and
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but tries to keep it a secret from Ziggy
and Coco (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Lee Mack in Not Going Out (9pm)
Simon Schama’s Civilisations (9pm)
Cruise: Voyage to Alaska (8.30pm)
My Baby’s Life: Who Decides? (9pm)
Bargain-Loving Brits (8pm)
7.00 The One Show With Matt
Baker and Angellica Bell
7.00 Saving Lives at Sea A climber
falls in a remote cave on the
Gower Peninsula, so the
Mumbles crew are called in, and
in Portreath, lifeguards battle
to save a teenager who is
determined to surf (7/12) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale A difficult day lies
ahead for both Paddy and Chas,
while Joe confronts Debbie
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 Undercover: Rough Sleeper
— Tonight Adam Holloway
investigates the rise of
homelessness in Britain
7.30 Winter Paralympics Today
Clare Balding and Jonnie
Peacock round-up the
action from day six (SL)
7.00 The Secret Life of Kittens
Concluding part of the
documentary following kittens
from birth to 12 months old,
revealing how the sights and
sounds they experience shape
their personalities (4/4) (r);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 MasterChef Seven more
amateur cooks create a dish
from a selection of poussin,
beef cheeks, pork mince,
mackerel and tiger prawns,
before cooking for the 2012
and 2006 champions
8.00 Great Continental Railway
Journeys Michael Portillo takes
in Georgia and Azerbaijan as he
journeys through the former
Russian empire, including visits
to a tea plantation and a
museum dedicated to Joseph
Stalin. See Viewing Guide (2/6)
8.00 Emmerdale Debbie finds
herself backed into a corner.
Aaron is stunned by a revelation
8.00 Location, Location, Location
New series. Kirstie Allsopp and
Phil Spencer search York for
first-time buyers expecting their
first child and a Yorkshire
couple moving from London
to be near their family
8.00 Bargain-Loving Brits in the
Sun Cabaret star Mark films
a video to play as part of his
show, sisters Vina and Nilam
sell spice kits and tattoo artists
Blane and Mark need more
customers (7/8); followed
by 5 News Update
9.00 Not Going Out Lucy arranges
a surprise for Lee’s birthday.
See Viewing Guide (2/7)
9.00 Civilisations Simon Schama
explores the depiction of
nature, and how landscape
painting is seldom a
straightforward description of
observed nature but rather a
projection of dreams and idylls.
See Viewing Guide (3/9)
9.00 My Baby’s Life: Who Decides?
Observational documentary
about children on life support,
and the difficult decisions
facing their parents and the
doctors who care for them.
See Viewing Guide (1/2)
9.00 Do the Right Thing with
Eamonn & Ruth Eamonn
Holmes and Ruth Langsford
present the consumer show,
with reports on house fires
caused by dangerous white
goods and conmen targeting
people using their phones (2/4)
10.00 The Job Interview Aston Martin
recruits a group leader, a
position that involves
overseeing production of the
company’s luxury cars, and
Swansea tour operator Cruise
Nation looks for a selfmotivated salesperson (5/6)
10.00 Hunted and Confronted:
Cowboys, Crooks and
Chancers Paul Connolly lifts
the lid on a gang of cold-calling
criminals using a roofing scam
to steal thousands, and also
goes undercover to investigate
a home-letting agency (3/4)
11.00 Winter Paralympics Highlights
Clare Balding and Jonnie
Peacock review the best of
the action from day six in
Pyeongchang, South Korea,
which included alpine skiing
and wheelchair curling
11.05 Panic at 30,000 Feet: Airline
Emergency Exploring what
happens when flights lose
control, including the flight
that ended in disaster when a
mid-air collision left passengers
free-falling through burning
debris at 12,000 feet (1/3) (r)
12.15am Live Winter Paralympics.
Coverage of day seven from
Pyeongchang, South Korea, which
features the banked slalom
snowboarding event, while the
semi-finals of the wheelchair curling
tournament are due to commence
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10am Cowboy
Builders. From Worcester (r) 4.00
World’s Most Pampered Pets.
Australian ducks that are dressed
for the catwalk (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 House Busters
(r) (SL) 5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
7.30 EastEnders Keanu is furious to
learn Karen spent the night with
Mitch. Kathy challenges Ian
about his new positive outlook
9.30 Still Game The news that a
spooky new undertaker has
moved into town causes
commotion (2/6)
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 MOTD: The Premier League
Show Magazine programme
featuring news and highlights
10.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events with Emily Maitlis
10.45 Question Time David Dimbleby
chairs the debate from Dover,
with a panel of politicians and
other guests facing topical
questions from the audience
11.45 This Week Andrew Neil
introduces a round-table chat,
in which he, Michael Portillo
and other guests take a look
back at the past seven days’
political and parliamentary
developments
12.30am Weather for the
Week Ahead 12.35 BBC News
8.30 The Cruise: Voyage to Alaska
Captain Tuvo tries to give the
passengers a front-row view
of the scenery (3/3)
9.00 Four Days That Shook Britain
Documentary telling the story
of people who were directly
affected by the wave of terror
attacks that shook Britain
across a four-month period in
2017. See Viewing Guide
10.30 ITV News at Ten;
followed by Weather
11.00 Regional News; Weather
11.15 Top Gear Matt LeBlanc and
Chris Harris take second-hand
sports cars on a road trip
across Japan, while Rory Reid
explores Tokyo’s weirdest
car-based subculture (3/6) (r)
11.15 Regional Programme
12.15am Sign Zone: MasterChef.
The week’s best amateurs are tasked
to create an exceptional dessert (r)
(SL) 12.45-1.45 Nigel Slater’s Middle
East. The writer visits Turkey,
starting in Istanbul, then heading to
Central Anatolia (r) (SL)
12.45am Lethal Weapon. Riggs and
Murtaugh are drawn into a fatal world
of conspiracy theories (r) 1.30
Jackpot247 3.00 Undercover: Rough
Sleeper — Tonight. Homelessness in
Britain (r) 3.25 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
11.45 Uefa Europa League Highlights
Action from the last-16
second-leg matches
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The Good Fight
Thursday 15 | Primetime digital guide
An unfortunate event
brings the team together in
a new series of the drama
More4, 9pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
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FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
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SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Top of the Pops: 1985 Music
by Bruce Springsteen,
Madonna, Billy Ocean, Sister
Sledge and Marillion (R)
8.00 The Brain: A Secret History
How the study of abnormal
brain activity has helped
reveal the workings
of the organ (3/3) (R)
9.00 The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very
British Crime Story The
three weeks leading up to
Ruth Ellis’s execution (3/3)
10.00 Timeshift: Crime &
Punishment — The Story
of Corporal Punishment
The history of physically
imposed discipline (8/9) (R)
11.00 Blues America Looking
at blues music in the
postwar period (2/2) (R)
12.00-12.30am Top of the Pops:
1985 Music by Bruce
Springsteen, Madonna,
Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge
and Marillion (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
helps reformed jewel thief
Dennis Stanton investigate
the murder of a famous
concert pianist’s wife (R)
8.00 Vera A teenage boy is found
dead in a reservoir near a
remote rural town. Vera
takes on the case, and
uncovers a web of fractured
relationships within the
community (4/4) (R)
10.00 Unforgotten The discovery
of a body in a suitcase
unites detectives Cassie and
Sunny into another historic
murder case. Crime drama
starring Nicola Walker and
Sanjeev Bhaskar (1/6) (R)
11.00-12.05am Unforgotten Cassie
and Sunny build a picture of
their victim by talking to his
ex-wife and son, before
looking back at the original
investigation files — and
very soon they have
a few suspects (2/6) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet The vets
treat a border collie for a
lump on its ankle, and a cat
that has a sore hip (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Revisiting a
couple who bought a peel
tower in Yorkshire,
discovering that the cost of
restoring it has meant the
reality of living there is
nothing like their dream (R)
9.00 The Good Fight New series.
An unfortunate event brings
the law firm together, and
Diane struggles with the
insanity of the world. Legal
drama starring Christine
Baranski, Cush Jumbo and
Delroy Lindo (1/13)
10.00 999: What’s Your
Emergency? The impact on
the emergency services of
the rising number of
homeless people (R)
11.05-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E
A 33-year-old man is rushed
in with knife wounds (R)
6.35pm FILM We Bought a Zoo
(PG, 2011) A widowed
father-of-two takes over
ownership of a struggling
zoo, and tries to restore it to
its former glory. Fact-based
comedy drama starring
Matt Damon, Scarlett
Johansson and Thomas
Haden Church
9.00 FILM RoboCop (12, 2014)
A critically injured police
officer is rebuilt as a
crime-fighting cyborg, but
struggles to retain free will
from his creators’ control.
Sci-fi thriller remake with
Joel Kinnaman and Gary
Oldman. See Film Choice
11.15-1.00am FILM I, Frankenstein
(12, 2014) The scientist’s
monster is caught up in a
war between supernatural
beings who want the secret
of his immortality. Fantasy
adventure with Aaron
Eckhart and Bill Nighy
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer
becomes an inventor (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Bart
accidentally kills a bird with
Nelson’s pellet gun (R)
8.00 Arrow As the war against
Cayden James rages on,
a major disagreement
between Oliver and Dinah
throws a member of the
team’s life into jeopardy
9.00 Carpool Karaoke Special
James Corden takes Katy
Perry and Jennifer Lopez for
a musical spin in his SUV (R)
10.00 Jamestown Rumours
circulate that Samuel has
risen from his grave (6/8) (R)
11.00 The Force: Essex Officers
in Southend-on-Sea deal
with a woman threatening
to kill herself (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World The actor
meets people attempting to
cross into the US illegally
from Mexico (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Sara finds
it impossible to remain
emotionally detached
from a rape case (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods An incident
at a church tests Frank’s
diplomatic skills (R)
9.00 Britannia Rome truly shows
the island of Britannia how it
conducts its business (9/9)
10.00 Our Cartoon President At
the White House’s first State
Dinner, President Trump is
determined to outdo the
Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau (5/10)
10.35 Last Week Tonight with
John Oliver A satirical look
at news and pop culture (R)
11.10 Divorce Frances finds
herself inspired by an
unknown artist (3/10) (R)
11.45-12.45am Britannia Rome
truly shows the island of
Britannia how it conducts
its business (9/9) (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 Harry Hill narrates
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Two and a Half Men
9.00 FILM The Hangover Part III
(15, 2013) Drinking buddies Phil,
Stu and Alan are forced by the Mob
to track down manic gangster Mr
Chow. Comedy sequel starring
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms
and Zach Galifianakis
11.05 Family Guy
11.35-12.05am Family Guy
6.35pm Storage Wars
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.35 Pawn Stars
8.00 FILM On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service (PG, 1969) James Bond is
sent to track down master criminal
Blofeld, who is intent on destroying
world peace. Spy adventure with
George Lazenby and Telly Savalas
10.55-1.00am FILM Born to Raise
Hell (18, 2010) An agent swears
vengeance on those responsible
for the death of his partner. Action
thriller starring Steven Seagal
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 My Hotter Half
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
Leonard’s book raises questions
8.30 Young Sheldon The
youngster fears solid food
9.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jake
must pass an official evaluation
9.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine The team
has their fifth Hallowe’en heist
10.00 Five Star Hotel (4/15)
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am First Dates (3/9)
7.00pm Last Man Standing
New series. American comedy
7.30 Last Man Standing American
comedy starring Tim Allen
8.00 Greatest Celebrity Wind-Ups
Ever! Joe Pasquale narrates (1/6)
9.00 Bad Teen to Ballroom Queen
Edward loses his dance shoes
10.00-12.15am FILM Green Lantern
(12, 2011) A pilot joins a galactic
peacekeeping force with incredible
powers and defends Earth from an
alien attack. Sci-fi adventure with
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
6.35pm The Edgar Wallace
Mystery Theatre A Scotland
Yard superintendent takes
on a murder case
7.45 FILM Desk Set (U, 1957)
Romantic comedy with Spencer
Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
See Film Choice
9.45 FILM The Spaniard’s Curse
(U, 1958) Thriller starring Tony
Wright and Lee Patterson
11.15-1.25am FILM Mine Own
Executioner (12, 1947) Drama
starring Burgess Meredith
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
A famous battle is remembered
7.20 Last of the Summer Wine
Lionel abandons his wife while out
on a drive. Roy Hudd guest stars
8.00 A Place to Call Home
George is asked to host a Japanese
trade delegation on the eve
of Remembrance Day
9.00 Miss Marple Feature-length
mystery. The sleuth solves a
murder at a country house
11.30-12.10am Birds of a Feather
Sharon enjoys Tracey’s hospitality
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 The Day When Hitler Lost
the War How Hitler’s invasion of
Russia led to his defeat (4/5)
8.00 Nazi Victory: The Post-War
Plan How Hitler used recreation
to promote his ideology (5/6)
9.00 The Two Ronnies Featuring
music by Elkie Brooks (5/8)
10.00 The Two Ronnies With
music by Barbara Dickson (6/8)
10.50 Blackadder the Third
Edmund falls foul of Dr Johnson
11.30-12.10am Blackadder the
Third Chris Barrie guest stars
7.00pm Police Interceptors
Officers come under attack from
a gang of violent armed robbers
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
Officers make a shocking discovery
when they break into a home
9.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
Three High Court enforcement
officers face their biggest eviction
10.00 World’s Wildest Flights
Passengers contend with an
emergency sea landing
11.00 The X-Files
12.00-1.00am The X-Files
7.00pm Road Cops Officers have
to dodge fireworks on the road
7.30 Road Cops Officers
hunt for a lost child
8.00 Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit With
Jonathan Ross and Suzi Ruffell
9.00 QI XL With Nina Conti, Alan
Davies, Sean Lock and Bill Bailey
10.00 Josh Geoff helps Josh
10.40 Josh Kate and Owen
organise a fancy dress party
11.20 QI Christmas special
of the show from 2006
12.00-12.40am QI Panel game
6.35pm Ancient Bible Destinations
of Greece A look at the early
days of Christianity (1/2)
7.50 Iceman Reborn Following an
artist as he attempts to build a
model of a Neolithic man
9.00 The Craven Street Bones
An illegal anatomy school that
helped shaped modern medicine
10.15 The War The Allies’ progress
through Europe in 1944 (8/14)
11.30-12.50am Iceman Reborn
Following an artist as he attempts
to build a model of a Neolithic man
7.00pm Tarzan: The Man Behind
the Legend A look at the
evolution of the character
8.00 The Eighties A look at
technological innovations
made during the decade (8/8)
9.00 The Ritchie Blackmore Story
A profile of the guitarist
11.00 Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 The semi-final (9/11)
12.00-1.00am National Treasures:
The Art of Collecting The prolific
collector Frank Cohen gives
a tour of his warehouse (4/8)
7.00pm The Real A&E (9/10)
7.30 The Real A&E (10/10)
8.00 Elementary A kidnapper
threatens to execute hostages
9.00 Conviction The lawyers take
on the case of a woman jailed for
killing an athlete (10/13)
10.00 Scandal Olivia is shocked
when her closest friends
stage an intervention
11.00 Criminal Minds The team
searches for a killer in Portland
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
SKY 124, VIRGIN 157
SKY 520, VIRGIN 250, BT 316
SKY 526, VIRGIN 266, BT 327
SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
SKY 110, VIRGIN 124, BT 310
SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 Family Guy
9.30 Family Guy
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Classic Car Rescue
9.00 Tesla’s Death Ray: A Murder
Declassified The team investigates
the site of Tesla’s former laboratory
10.00 Killing Fields: Murder Isle
11.00 Finding Escobar’s Millions
12.00-1.00am Tesla’s Death Ray:
A Murder Declassified
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Car SOS Tim and Fuzz fix up a
World Rally-winning car
9.00 Air Crash Investigation
10.00 Science of Stupid
10.30 Science of Stupid
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation
7.00pm Friends
8.00 Takeshi’s Castle Game show
8.30 Most Ridiculous: Holidays
9.00 FILM Just Go with It (12, 2011)
Romantic comedy starring Adam
Sandler and Jennifer Aniston
11.00 Impractical Jokers
12.00-12.30am Russell
Howard’s Stand Up Central
6.40pm Only Fools and Horses
Del sets Rodney up on a date
7.20 Only Fools and Horses
8.00 dinnerladies
8.40 dinnerladies
9.20 Absolutely Fabulous
10.00 Live at the Apollo
11.00 The League of Gentlemen
11.40-12.20am The Trip
7.00pm MasterChef Junior USA
The kids cook for 50 scouts
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 Wanted in Paradise
10.00 Dr Christian Will See You
Now Help with on-going hair-loss
11.00 The Catherine Tate Show
11.40-12.20am The Catherine Tate
Show Jools Holland guest stars
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action Men
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
6.15pm Snatched (15, 2017)
A hapless mother and daughter are
kidnapped while in Ecuador.
Fish-out-of-water comedy starring
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn
8.00 Wonder Woman (12, 2017)
An Amazon princess goes to fight a
war, discovering her true destiny.
Fantasy adventure with Gal Gadot
10.25 Numb (12, 2017) Mystery
thriller starring Jamie Bamber
12.00-1.55am City of Tiny Lights
(15, 2016) London-set crime
thriller starring Riz Ahmed
5.40pm Love Actually (15, 2003)
Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy
with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth
8.00 Armageddon (12, 1998)
A drilling team transports a nuclear
device into outer space to destroy
an asteroid on a collision course
with Earth. Sci-fi thriller with Bruce
Willis, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler
10.35-12.20am Mean Machine
(15, 2001) A jailed footballer is
persuaded to form an inmates
soccer team. Comedy drama with
Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham
6.05pm Sing (U, 2016)
Animation featuring the voice
of Matthew McConaughey
8.00 The Simpsons Movie
(PG, 2007) Springfield faces
destruction after pollution
provokes the wrath of the US
government. Animated comedy
with the voice of Dan Castellaneta
9.35 Toys (PG, 1992) Comedy
starring Robin Williams
11.40-1.15am Underdog (U, 2007)
Comedy adventure starring Peter
Dinklage and James Belushi
6.00pm Rocky V (PG, 1990) The
heavyweight champion trains a
young hopeful, only to see his
protégé turn against him. Drama
sequel with Sylvester Stallone
8.00 Rocky Balboa (12, 2006)
The ageing fighter comes out of
retirement to take on the current
champion. Boxing drama sequel
starring Sylvester Stallone
10.00 Rambo (18, 2008) Action
sequel starring Sylvester Stallone
11.35-1.15am Bloodsport
(18, 1988) Action adventure
6.05pm Raising Arizona (12, 1987)
A thief and his wife kidnap one of a
tycoon’s five babies. Comedy with
Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter
7.50 Body of Lies (15, 2008)
A CIA agent in Jordan hunts down
a terrorist leader. Spy thriller
starring Leonardo DiCaprio
10.00-12.05am The Untouchables
(15, 1987) An incorruptible federal
agent forms an elite squad to bring
down gangster Al Capone. Thriller
starring Kevin Costner, Sean
Connery and Robert De Niro
George Lazenby is James Bond
in On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service (ITV4, 8pm)
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Thursday 15
Sports guide
Live Golf
Sky Main Event, 3.30pm
Radio guide
Radio 1
The Arnold Palmer Invitational
is a professional golf
tournament on the PGA Tour.
It is played at the Bay Hill Club
and Lodge, a private golf
resort owned since 1974 by
Arnold Palmer in Bay Hill, a
suburb southwest of Orlando.
Rory McIlroy, pictured, has
committed to playing for the
fourth year running after
narrowly losing last year,
when he finished two shots
behind Marc Leishman. 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: Artwork
12.00 BBC Radio 1’s Residency:
Tokimonsta 1.00am Toddla T
3.00 BBC Radio 1’s Residency:
TQD 4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Action
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7.30am LIVE ICC Cricket
World Cup Qualifier Coverage
of a qualifier for the 2019
Cricket World Cup
3.30pm LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The Arnold Palmer
Invitational
6.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf: The
Arnold Palmer Invitational
7.00 LIVE Premier League
Darts The seventh round
10.30 Sky Sports News at Ten
11.00 Sky Sports News
2.00am-4.00 LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The BNP
Paribas Open Coverage
from day eight
7.00pm-10.30 LIVE Premier
League Darts The seventh
round of the season
Sky Sports Premier
League
Sky Sports Arena
SKY 408 VIRGIN 518
8.00am-10.45 LIVE NRL:
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks v
St George Illawarra Dragons
7.30pm-10.00 LIVE Betfred
Super League: Huddersfield
Giants v Hull Kingston Rovers
(Kick-off 7.45)
2.00am-4.00 LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The BNP
Paribas Open Day eight
BT Sport 1
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9.00am PL World
9.30 PL 100 Club
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 The Debate
12.00 PL World
12.30pm PL Greatest Games
1.00 PL 100 Club
2.00 PL Best Goals 97/98
3.00 PL Years
5.00 PL World
5.30 PL 100 Club
6.00 Premier League Today
6.30 PL 100 Club
7.00 PL World
7.30 Premier League Match
Pack Stats and facts
8.00 Premier League Today
8.30 PL World
9.00 Premier League Match
Pack Stats and facts
9.30 Premier League Today
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Premier League Match
Pack Stats and facts
11.30 Premier League Today
12.00-1.00am PL Best Goals
07/08 Great strikes
Sky Sports Cricket
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7.25am-3.30pm LIVE ICC
Cricket World Cup Qualifier
Coverage of a qualifier for the
2019 Cricket World Cup
Sky Sports Golf
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11.30am LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
Arnold Palmer Invitational
7.00pm-10.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The Arnold Palmer
Invitational
6.00pm-8.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The BNP Paribas
Open The fourth quarter-final
12.00-2.00am LIVE WTA
Tennis: The BNP Paribas
Open The opening semi-final
BT Sport 2
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4.00pm-6.00 LIVE UEFA
Europa League: Lokomotiv
Moscow v Atletico Madrid
7.30-10.30 LIVE UEFA Europa
League: Arsenal v AC Milan
(Kick-off 8.05)
11.30 LIVE NBA: New York
Knicks v Philadelphia 76ers)
2.00am-4.30 LIVE NBA:
Portland Trail Blazers v
Cleveland Cavaliers
BT Sport 3
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6.00pm LIVE UEFA Europa
League: Athletic Bilbao v
Marseille (Kick-off 6.00)
8.00-10.00 LIVE UEFA
Europa League: Red Bull
Salzburg v Borussia
Dortmund (Kick-off 8.05)
Eurosport 1
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9.15am LIVE Alpine Skiing
From Åre in Sweden
10.30-12.15pm LIVE Biathlon
From Oslo, Norway
1.30-3.00 LIVE Biathlon
From Oslo, Norway
3.45-5.45 LIVE Ski Jumping
The World Cup event in
Trondheim, Norway
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
5.00am Vanessa Feltz
6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce. Ricky Gervais with
songs by Death Cab for Cutie
and Neil Young 12.00 Jeremy
Vine 2.00pm Steve Wright
5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 Bob
Harris 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Anneka Rice 12.00 Craig
Charles (r) 2.00am Radio 2’s
Tracks of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Haydn
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Alma Mahler (Die stille
Stadt; Laue Sommernacht; and
Lobgesang); Gustav Mahler
(Kindertotenlieder); and Helen
Grime (Bright Travellers)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
A recording of Donizetti’s
opera La Favorite, from Teatro
Real, Madrid. Sung in French
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Live Radio 3 in Concert
Bach (Keyboard Concerto
No 1 in D minor, BWV 1052);
Mendelssohn (Psalm 114,
Op 51); and Shostakovich
(Symphony No 8 in
C minor, Op 65)
10.00 Free Thinking Festival
The impact of social media on
the way people behave
10.45 The Essay: New
Generation Thinkers
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
8.31 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 In Our Time
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 An Alternative History of
Art A profile Dorothy Iannone
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 Drama:
A Small Town Murder by
Scott Cherry (4/5)
Today’s picks
The Art of Now
Radio 4, 11.30am
The Hitchhiker’s Guide
Radio 4, 6.30pm
What use is art in a warzone?
That is the question posed by
the composer Errollyn Wallen,
pictured, as she embarks on a
journey to meet some of the
people making art, music, poetry
and theatre in places of conflict
around the world. On a balcony
in Beirut, we hear the cartoonist
and free improviser Mazen Kerbaj playing his trumpet in an
uneven duet with the bombs falling on his home town during
the 2006 war in Lebanon. “It’s really difficult to keep sane,”
says Kerbaj. Music is a way of “resisting the insanity of the
situation”. The journalist and poet Bejan Matur describes how
living as a Kurd in southern Turkey has shaped her work, while
the actor Ahmed Tobasi, formerly a member of Palestine’s
Islamic Jihad, explains how Jenin’s Freedom Theatre changed
his life. “The effect of the art is much bigger than the gun,”
says Tobasi. “Gun just can kill, it does not change.” Joe Clay
There is good sport here for
the Douglas Adams fanatics —
try and spot the bits that are
actually Adams. Dirk Maggs’s
adaptation is based on the
book And Another Thing . . . by
Eoin Colfer, with additional
material from Adams’s
unpublished papers. If you’re
not a diehard, there’s some
handy exposition: “Zaphod
Beeblebrox’s two heads and
three arms are as much a part
of Galaxy law as the single,
twitching brain cell hanging
in the dark cavern of the
Ravenous Bugblatter Beast’s
cranial dome or Eccentrica
Gallumbits’s third breast.” JC
11.00 From Our Own
Correspondent
11.30 The Art of Now:
Dangerous Places. See Choice
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Home Front
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Horse Story Clare Balding
discovers the secrets of the
thoroughbred racehorse (4/5)
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: School Drama
By Andy Mulligan. A failing
school brings in has-been TV
star Geoff Cathcart to help
stage a production of
Romeo and Juliet (r)
3.00 Ramblings
3.27 Radio 4 Appeal (r)
3.30 Open Book (r)
4.00 The Film Programme
4.30 BBC Inside Science
5.00 PM With Eddie Mair
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to
the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase
Comedy. See Choice (2/6)
7.00 The Archers Jim is
caught in the middle
7.15 Front Row
7.45 A Small Town Murder (r)
8.00 Law in Action (r)
8.30 The Bottom Line
9.00 BBC Inside Science (r)
9.30 In Our Time (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The
Long Drop By Denise Mina.
William Watt is shocked to be
recalled to the witness box as
Peter Manuel conducts his
own defence (9/10)
11.00 It’s Jocelyn (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am An Alternative
History of Art
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 The Emma Barnett
Show with Chloe Tilley
1.00pm Live Cheltenham
Festival. Day three 4.00 Drive
7.00 5 Live Sport 7.30 5 Live
Rugby 8.30 5 Live Sport 9.30
At Home with Colin Murray
10.00 Question Time Extra
Time 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast 10.00 Jim
White 1.00pm Hawksbee and
Jacobs 4.00 Adrian Durham
and Darren Gough 7.00 Live
Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Marriage Lines 8.30
The Goon Show 9.00 It’s Your
Round 9.30 The Inimitable
Jeeves 10.00 The Raj Quartet
11.00 Five Stories by
Penelope Fitzgerald 11.15
Behind Closed Doors 12.00
Marriage Lines 12.30pm The
Goon Show 1.00 Sherlock
Holmes with Carleton Hobbs
1.30 In Search of Originality
2.00 A Delicate Truth 2.15
Grimm Thoughts 2.30 The
Old Curiosity Shop 2.45
Perilous Question: The Drama
of the Great Reform Bill 1832
3.00 The Raj Quartet 4.00 It’s
Your Round 4.30 The
Inimitable Jeeves 5.00
Double Income, No Kids Yet
5.30 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to
the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase
6.00 Pattern Recognition
6.30 Great Lives 7.00
Marriage Lines 7.30 The Goon
Show 8.00 Sherlock Holmes
with Carleton Hobbs 8.30 In
Search of Originality 9.00
Five Stories by Penelope
Fitzgerald 9.15 Behind Closed
Doors 10.00 Comedy Club:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase
10.30 Newsjack 11.00 Masala
FM 11.30 The Hudson and
Pepperdine Show
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 Thought
Show 10.00 World Update
11.00 Newsroom 11.30 Food
Chain 12.00 News 12.06pm
Outlook 1.00 Newsroom
1.30 Assignment 2.00
Newshour 3.00 News 3.06
Inquiry 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
Assignment 8.30 Science in
Action 9.00 Newshour 10.00
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Business 11.00
News 11.06 Inquiry 11.30
Food Chain 12.00 Real Story
1.00am News 1.06 Business
Matters 2.00 News 2.06
Newsroom 2.30 Assignment
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
3.30 World Football 4.00
News 4.06 Outlook
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Shaun Keaveny With
This Country’s Daisy May and
Charlie Cooper 10.00 Lauren
Laverne 1.00pm Mark
Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie
4.00 Tom Ravenscroft 7.00
Vic Galloway 9.00 Gideon
Coe 12.00 Steve Lamacq
1.00am The Radiohead Story
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 John
Suchet 1.00pm Aled Jones
5.00 Drive 7.00 Smooth
Classics 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Celebrating the
music of the Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Wagner (Ride of the
Valkyres); Beethoven
(Symphony No 2 in D, Op 36);
Strauss (Serenade in E-flat);
Dvořák (Piano Concerto in
G minor, Op 33); and Ravel
(Rapsodie Espagnole)
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Jane Jones
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Friday 16 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Pilgrimage:
The Road to Santiago
BBC Two, 9pm
The notion of a presenter or
contestant going on an
emotional “journey” has
become a defining cliché of
reality TV. This three-part
series, however, can lay claim
to the term more robustly
than most. As an agreeable
travelogue featuring famous
faces on a two-week
pilgrimage from the Pyrenees
to the Camino de Santiago, it’s
a back-breaking two-week
trek, but also one in which
they contemplate their faith
(or lack of it) and even
discover new insights into it.
The participants are a motley
collection of names mainly
from the world of
entertainment, and made up
of a variety of faiths and
beliefs, including Christian,
atheist and humanist. The
actor Neil Morrissey, for
example, says: “Growing up
and having Catholicism
instilled in you kind of makes
you doubt it later on . . . I have
faith in the goodness of
people, but I don’t believe in
God.” Initially, at least, the
arduousness of the hike is not
bringing him “closer to God,
but closer to death”, as he
quips. Debbie McGee, whose
husband, Paul Daniels, died
in 2016, hopes that the
pilgrimage will offer her some
sort of enlightenment to help
her to cope with grief. Others
on the hike include the
journalist Raphael Rowe (who,
while wrongly imprisoned,
relied on hope and not God
to clear his name), singer
Heather Small, priest Kate
Bottley, comedian Ed Byrne
and presenter JJ Chalmers.
The mountain scenery as they
huff and puff along is
impressive, but more so is the
series’ intention to put
questions of religion and faith
at the heart of a primetime
programme. James Jackson
Further recommendations
An Island Parish looks at how the close church community
of Anguilla coped after Hurrican Irma (iPlayer, to March 30)
Scruffts: Britain’s
Favourite Dog
Requiem
Lethal Weapon
BBC One, 9pm
ITV, 9pm
Channel 4, 8pm
The moon is full in Spooksville,
Wales, for the finale of the
supernatural-tinged mystery,
which has built into a drama
that’s pleasingly hard to predict
and with a feel all of its own.
What’s been clear throughout,
though, is that it isn’t going to
end prettily, and tonight the
occult rumblings go the full
Dennis Wheatley as stubborn
heroine Matilda goes deep
under Dean House to find out
answers once and for all. As
with most ghost adventures,
restraint is sacrificed for a
dramatic climax and it may
leave you with as many
questions as answers, but it’s a
higher calibre of hokum. JJ
Detective Murtaugh is in his
best tropical shirt ready for a
family holiday in Hawaii — until
a teenager he once helped is
murdered and he has to rush
off to vie with gun-toting
heavies at a sleazy strip club.
Such is the lot of an all-action
LA detective. Later Murtaugh
and Riggs confront Grant
Davenport, the president of an
upper-crust club, where the
dead teen worked, offering him
their usual maverick wit.
“You’ve got a foot in a hornet’s
nest,” warns Donovan. “If
you’re smart . . . ” “Oh we’re not,”
interrupts Riggs breezily. “Just
ask anyone!” Donovan’s face
ends up in a bowl of eggnog. JJ
After the A-list pageant that is
Crufts comes the dog-eared
everydog version. Every year
about 2,000 crossbreeds
gatecrash Crufts to get down to
brass tacks and compete in the
categories that really matter:
the Child’s Best Friend winner,
the homeless shelter-therapy
dog and so on — and each fourlegged semi-finalist has its own
story, such as the rehomed star
of the stage and screen Golden
Oldie. Barking Alan Carr will
hear all about this before
helping to decide which will
win the Scruffts Family Dog of
the Year. Woof woof! JJ
Catch
up
Arena: Desert Island
Discs
BBC Player, available
for a year
Desert Island Discs
is a reassuring
constant in life,
the quintessence
of Britishness, its
formula barely
tinkered with, bar, by
necessity, its change
of presenters. Kirsty
Young, the
incumbent host
(pictured), here
introduces a playful
1982 edition of Arena, which
looked in on Roy Plomley as he
neared the end of his
remarkable 43-year stint.
As well as showing clips of
his interviews with the
likes of Arthur Askey,
Frankie Howerd, Trevor
Brooking and Paul
McCartney, it
explores the
genesis of the
format. And as
much as Anthony
Wall’s film is an ode
to the simplicity of
Plomley’s creation, it is
also a reminder, in its
own slight dottiness, of
how Arena does things
a bit differently. Long
may they continue.
James Jackson
Legends of
the Canyon
Films of the day
Sky Arts, 9pm
Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm
Laurel Canyon in the lush
Hollywood Hills is a place of
rock music lore. It was where
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
first harmonised, where the
Byrds jammed with the Mamas
& the Papas, and where Joni
Mitchell performed in coffee
shops. From the mid-1960s to
the early 1970s it was home to
a colony of musicians, where
many of the Summer of Love’s
anthems were created. Jon
Brewer’s film evokes a time
and a place where harmony
ruled, in more ways than one.
Imagine the house prices
now . . . Chris Bennion
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
10.35pm Young, Welsh and Pretty Minted.
Erin stars in a rap video. Last in the series
11.05 The Big Six Nations Kick Off with
Gabby and Gareth. Guests include Jake
Ball and Serge Betsen. Last in the series
(r) 11.35 The Young Offenders 12.05am
FILM Shanghai Knights (2003) 1.55-2.00
Weather for the Week Ahead
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Scrum V Classics. A look
back at Wales v France from 1994 (r)
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
8.30pm-9.00 Coast Lives. Barra Best gets
a bird’s-eye view of Belfast Lough. Last in
the series 10.35 Soft Border Patrol. The
patrollers carry out a suspiciously
lengthy strip search on a smuggler. Last
in the series 11.05 The Young Offenders
11.35 Room 101 12.05am FILM Shanghai
Knights (2003) 1.55-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
6.30pm Saving Lives at Sea. A father and
son are in danger after trying to rescue a
dog in Ilfracombe (r) 7.30 Live PRO14
Rugby Union. Edinburgh v Munster
(Kick-off 7.35) 9.30-10.00 Mastermind.
Specialist subjects include Peep Show,
Albert Speer and the X-Men Films
● Channel As ITV except: 12.45am-3.00
ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30
Coast & Country. With Andrew Price
● STV As ITV except: 1.00pm-4.30 Live
Racing on STV 8.00-8.30 Peter &
Roughie’s Friday Football Show. A round
up of the latest action 12.45am The Kyle
Files (r) 1.10 Teleshopping 2.10 After
Midnight 3.10 Tenable (r) 4.00 ITV
Nightscreen 4.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(r) 5.30-6.00 Teleshopping
● UTV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30 UTV
Life. Stories and studio guests 12.45am
Teleshopping 2.45-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Cymoedd Roy Noble (r)
12.30 Band Cymru 2014 (r) 1.30 Llys Nini
(r) 2.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05
Prynhawn Da 3.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
3.05 Pengelli (r) 3.30 Tu Hwnt i’r Tymbl (r)
4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05
SpynjBob Pantsgwâr (r) 5.20 Cog1nio (r)
5.45 News S4C a’r Tywydd 5.50 Live
Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol 8.00 Live Clwb
Rygbi Rhyngwladol 10.15 Jonathan
11.15-12.20 Parch (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Transformers: The Last Knight (12, 2017)
As in the previous four films in the franchise, the Autobots are
forced to do battle with the evil Decepticons over the possession
of a supernatural McGuffin — in this case it’s Merlin’s staff. As
always, the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance until the battered
and almost defeated Autobots discover an 11th-hour mechanism
for outmanoeuvring the Decepticons, but only with the aid of
American military muscle in the shape of Mark Wahlberg’s Texan
inventor and superdad, Cade Yeager. The story has some
Arthurian “lore” thrust upon it, mostly by Anthony Hopkins as
an ageing English eccentric. (140min) Kevin Maher
2012 (12, 2009)
Sony Movie Channel, 9pm
Roland Emmerich, the director of
Independence Day, draws a line
under his disaster-movie career
with this story about the end of the
world. A failed writer-turnedchauffeur, John Cusack, pictured,
ideal as the bewildered, resourceful
Everyman, attempts to survive, with
his family, the earthquakes and tsunamis caused by “Earth crust
displacement”, which is like stuffed-crust pizza, only more
dangerous. This allows Emmerich to show Los Angeles collapsing
in an orgy of minutely detailed CGI destruction. It’s an astonishing
spectacle that is often difficult to watch. Some of the script is hard
to stomach too, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, as a government scientist,
getting the worst of it. (158min) Wendy Ide
Shanghai Knights (12, 2003)
BBC One, 11.05pm
A combination of Jackie Chan’s martial arts expertise and Owen
Wilson’s laidback Californian charm proved a box office hit in 2000
with Shanghai Noon. This sequel inevitably lacks freshness, but the
set pieces are impressive, the pratfalls are amusing and Chan and
Wilson have winning screen chemistry. This time it is 1887 and the
action is transported from the Wild West to Victorian London,
where Chon Wang (Chan) is hunting his father’s murderer, with
the help of his old buddy Roy O’Bannon (Wilson). The London
presented here will raise a smirk — it is London via an American
tourist board fever dream and Madame Tussauds — but don’t
worry about that, enjoy the high jinks. (114min) Chris Bennion
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Friday 16
BBC One
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 9.15 Holding Back
the Years 10.00 Homes Under the
Hammer (r) 11.00 The Sheriffs Are
Coming 11.45 Caught Red Handed (r)
12.15pm Bargain Hunt 1.00 BBC News
at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather 1.45 Doctors. Heston
hopes to help a young couple
affected by a medical emergency 2.15
A Place to Call Home. Sarah learns
from Leah that Regina is back in
Inverness 3.00 Escape to the Country.
A couple desperate to invest
£425,000 in their perfect retreat in
Somerset 3.45 Coast and Country
Auctions. Lincolnshire farmer John
Dix sets out to sell nearly a tonne of
potatoes. Last in the series 4.30 Flog
It! (r) 5.15 Pointless. Quiz show (r)
6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather
6.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
6.00am The Repair Shop (r) 6.30
Holding Back the Years (r) 7.15 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (r) 8.00 Sign
Zone: Back in Time for Tea (r) (SL)
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live 12.00 Daily Politics
1.00pm Two Tribes. Quiz hosted by
Richard Osman (r) 1.30 Yes Chef. The
third final (r) 2.15 Your Home in Their
Hands (r) 3.15 Planet Earth. The
world’s deserts (r) 4.15 Into the Wild
with Gordon Buchanan. The television
journalist John Simpson joins the
naturalist in search of the Scottish
wildcat. Last in the series (r) 5.15 Put
Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Kate Bliss and Caroline Hawley visit
Villeurbanne in Lyon, France (r) 6.00
Eggheads. Quiz show 6.30 The Repair
Shop. The team restores an art deco
lamp in the shape of a woman
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm ITV
News; Weather 12.55 Regional News;
Weather 1.00 Live ITV Racing:
Cheltenham Festival. Ed Chamberlin
and Francesca Cumani present
coverage of the fourth and final day
of the prestigious festival, including
feature race the 3.30 Timico
Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase.
Plus, further races at 1.30, 2.10, 2.50
and 4.10. With analysis from AP
McCoy, Luke Harvey and Mick
Fitzgerald, reports by Matt Chapman,
Brian Gleeson, Oli Bell and Alice
Plunkett, and commentary by Richard
Hoiles and Brough Scott 4.30 Britain’s
Best Walks with Julia Bradbury (r)
5.00 The Chase 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Live Winter Paralympics.
Further coverage of day seven,
which features banked slalom
snowboarding and wheelchair curling
8.00 Winter Paralympics Breakfast
9.00 Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Undercover Boss USA (r) 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary 12.05pm
Come Dine with Me (r) 1.05 Posh
Pawnbrokers (r) 2.10 Countdown 3.00
A Place in the Sun: Home or Away (r)
4.00 A New Life in the Sun. A couple
from Wales struggle to keep afloat on
the Costa del Sol 5.00 Four in a Bed
(r) 5.30 Extreme Cake Makers.
Nastassja produces a salted caramel
cake with waffle pieces. Last in the
series (r) 6.00 The Simpsons (r) 6.30
Hollyoaks. Darcy and Jack make an
announcement to the Osbornes
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (r) 12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime
12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors (r) 1.10
Access. Showbiz news and gossip 1.15
Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours
2.20 NCIS: Naval Killer. A boxer is
killed (r) 3.15 FILM Locked Away (PG,
2010) A pregnant teenager seeks
help from a school counsellor, who
exploits the situation for her own
benefit. Thriller with Kirsten Zien 5.00
5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours. Piper is
distressed at being summoned to
give evidence at Louise’s trial, but
Terese steps in to support her despite
being under pressure at work (r)
6.00 Home and Away. Ash burns
down the cottage before returning to
Summer Bay for Kat and the baby’s
funeral (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Lydia Wilson in Requiem (9pm)
Gardener Carol Klein (8.30pm)
Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.30pm)
Who will win Scruffts? (8pm)
Jane McDonald & Friends (9pm)
7.00 The One Show
Angellica Bell hosts the final
edition of the week
7.00 Saving Lives at Sea A father
and son are in danger after
trying to rescue a dog in
Ilfracombe, while the Minehead
crew must scour the shoreline
when a woman goes missing in
a distressed state (8/12) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Debbie is beside
herself with worry, and Aaron
tries to keep a secret contained
7.00 Channel 4 News
Including sport and weather
7.30 Coronation Street Josh and
David hit the town together, Fiz
makes a discovery about Hope,
and Robert overhears a row
7.30 Winter Paralympics Today
A round-up of action from day
seven, including banked slalom
snowboarding (SL)
7.00 The Gadget Show Jon Bentley
conducts a scientific test by
pitting a brand new model
laser projector against a
top-notch television screen to
see how they compare.
Craig Charles presents (2/12);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 Scruffts: Britain’s Favourite
Dog Alan Carr follows the
stories of the six dogs
competing in the semi-finals of
the Scruffts Family Crossbreed
Dog of the Year competition.
See Viewing Choice
8.00 The Yorkshire Steam Railway:
All Aboard Railway staff realise
the only chance of getting
through the busy summer
season is if they complete the
overhaul of Repton, a 1934
Schools class engine (3/3);
followed by 5 News Update
7.30 MasterChef The week’s best
amateurs are challenged by
Grace Dent to make their
best comfort food dish
8.00 EastEnders Big Mo arrives in
Albert Square with bad news
8.00 Mastermind Specialist subjects
include The Peep Show, Albert
Speer and the X-Men Films
8.00 Love Your Garden
Transforming a retired
serviceman’s garden (5/8)
8.30 Room 101 Bill Bailey, Una
Stubbs and Alice Levine
share their gripes (8/9)
8.30 Gardeners’ World Monty Don
makes plans for a bumper
harvest of fruit when he adds
raspberries to his fruit garden
8.30 Coronation Street Josh takes
a drunken David back to his
flat, and Ali confides his family
troubles to Steve
9.00 Requiem Matilda ignores Sean’s
warning that her life is in
danger in order to protect
Davey, while Trudy pines after
Hal and rues her harsh parting
words. Lydia Wilson stars.
See Viewing Choice (6/6)
9.00 Pilgrimage: The Road to
Santiago New series. Ed Byrne,
Neil Morrissey and Debbie
McGee are among famous faces
donning their backpacks to
find out whether a medieval
pilgrimage still has relevance
today. See Viewing Choice (1/3)
9.00 Lethal Weapon With Christmas
approaching, Murtaugh and
Riggs are called to a homicide
only to find the victim is an old
friend — Diego, whom they
hoped had been keeping out of
trouble. See Viewing Choice
9.00 Gogglebox The armchair critics
share their opinions on what
they have been watching
during the week. The
programme captures their
instant reactions and lively
discussions from the comfort
of their own homes
9.00 Jane McDonald & Friends
The Welsh songstress Bonnie
Tyler and the West End stage
star Kerry Ellis join the host,
her band and dancers for an
all-singing-and-dancing party
to remember (2/5)
10.00 BBC News at Ten; followed by
BBC Regional News, Weather
and National Lottery Update
10.00 QI With Nish Kumar, Holly
Walsh and Cariad Lloyd (r)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; followed by
Regional News and Weather
10.00 Will & Grace Jack celebrates
his “one-month-aversary”
with cute cop Drew
10.35 The Young Offenders An
accidental wild bus ride brings
everyone closer together (6/6)
10.30 Newsnight The day’s stories,
presented by Evan Davis
10.00 The Last Leg Special guest
Claudia Winkleman joins hosts
Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and
Josh Widdicombe as they
round up all the action so far
from the Winter Paralympics in
South Korea (9/10) (SL)
11.05 FILM Shanghai Knights
(12, 2003) A Chinese sheriff and
a reformed bandit hunt for a
killer on the murky streets of
Victorian London. Martial arts
comedy sequel starring Jackie
Chan, Owen Wilson and Aidan
Gillen. See Film Choice
11.05 The Assassination of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story
Entrepreneur Marilyn Miglin
returns home to discover that
her husband is missing (3/9) (r)
11.05 Winter Paralympics Highlights
Clare Balding and Jonnie
Peacock review the best of the
action from day seven in
Pyeongchang, South Korea,
which included banked
slalom snowboarding and
wheelchair curling
11.00 Greatest Celebrity Wind-Ups
Ever! Joe Pasquale narrates a
special documentary
celebrating some of the
greatest pranks famous
faces have managed to
play on each other (2/6) (r)
12.15am Live Winter Paralympics.
Coverage of day eight, which features
wheelchair curling, alpine skiing, and
cross-country skiing. The wheelchair
curling tournament is due to feature
the bronze-medal match at
Gangneung Curling Centre
12.00 Cruising with Jane McDonald.
The best bits of Jane’s trip along the
Danube (r) 12.15am SuperCasino 3.10
Cowboy Builders (r) 4.00 The X-Files
(r) 4.45 House Doctor. Worcestershire
(r) (SL) 5.10 House Busters (r) (SL)
5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
12.55am Weather for the Week
Ahead 1.00 BBC News
10.45 FILM The Fast and the Furious:
Tokyo Drift (12, 2006) An
American teenager living in
Japan gets involved in illegal
street racing, but ends up owing
money to gangsters. Action
adventure, starring Lucas Black,
Nathalie Kelley and Bow Wow
11.55 Hitchcock’s Shower Scene:
78/52 Documentary
1.20am Sign Zone: Civilisations. Simon
Schama presents the first in a series
of films on the history of art (r) (SL)
2.20-3.10 The Assassination of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story.
Fact-based crime drama starring
Edgar Ramirez (r) (SL)
12.45am Jackpot247 3.00 Take on the
Twisters. Julia Bradbury presents the
quiz show where contestants
compete to take on the eight giant
sandtimers, with the more they keep
in play, the more money they can win
(r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
10.30 Lip Sync Battle UK: Robert
Webb vs Sally Phillips New
series. Melanie Brown and
Professor Green host (1/4)
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Bob Geldof’s band features
in The Irish Rock Story:
A Tale of Two Cities
BBC Four, 9pm
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BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
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FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
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SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm World News Today
7.30 Top of the Pops: 1985
Featuring Sting, Fine Young
Cannibals, China Crisis and
Harold Faltermeyer (R)
8.00 Songs of Ireland Musicians
including Brian Kennedy,
Cara Dillon and Finbar Furey
perform famous songs from
Ireland at the Royal Concert
Hall, Glasgow (R)
9.00 The Irish Rock Story: A Tale
of Two Cities Documentary
exploring 40 years of rock
music in Belfast and Dublin,
including contributions
from U2 and Bob Geldof (R)
10.00 Here Comes the Summer:
The Undertones Story
Profile of the Derry band
behind Teenage Kicks (R)
11.00 Van Morrison Live at Eden
A performance from
Cornwall’s Eden Project,
recorded in July 2017 (R)
11.55-12.25am Top of the Pops:
1985 Shown earlier (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
and old friend Dr Seth
Hazlitt are kidnapped by the
vengeful son of a mobster
who died of his wounds
while in the medic’s care (R)
8.00 Vera The detectives
investigate two murders in
which the victims have been
placed in water and
surrounded by flowers,
and believe the culprit may
be linked to a group of
birdwatchers (1/4) (R)
10.00 The Good Karma Hospital
Ruby makes a shocking
decision as the monsoon
begins. Last in the series (R)
11.00 Killer Women with Piers
Morgan A Florida woman
who was convicted of her
husband’s murder (1/5) (R)
12.00-2.00am A Touch of Frost
Jack Frost’s plans for a quiet
weekend are disrupted by
the discovery of a body
floating in the river (3/4) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet
A mastiff undergoes surgery
on a bone tumour in its
leg, and neurologist Colin
Driver believes spinal
surgery is the only option
for a pug that has lost
control of its hind legs (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud catches up with
Cheryl Robson and Alex
Reay, who were left owing
£500,000 after they rebuilt
their medieval cottage
following a fire (R)
9.00 Rough Justice The bruised
body of Viviane Chen is
found at a farm.
In Flemish (2/13)
10.00 24 Hours in A&E A
50-year-old mechanical
engineer is rushed in with a
suspected heart attack (R)
11.05-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E
A 56-year-old man is put on
life support following a
cardiac arrest (R)
6.50pm FILM Small Soldiers (PG,
1998) A computer chip
brings a squad of toy
soldiers to life, causing
mayhem for their owner.
Children’s adventure mixing
live action and computer
animation, starring Kirsten
Dunst and Denis Leary
9.00 FILM The Mechanic (15,
2011) A solitary hitman
teaches his murdered
mentor’s son the tricks of
the trade so they can join
forces to seek vengeance.
Action thriller remake
starring Jason Statham
and Ben Foster
11.00-12.50am FILM Ghost Rider:
Spirit of Vengeance (12,
2011) The demon biker is
enlisted by a monk to help
protect a boy whom the
Devil has sinister plans for.
Fantasy thriller sequel
starring Nicolas Cage, Idris
Elba and Ciaran Hinds
7.00pm The Simpsons (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer
becomes a hippie (R)
8.00 The Simpsons Homer and
Marge reveal how they
became miserable parents
8.30 Modern Family Phil shares
the secrets of selling houses
on school career day (R)
9.00 Jamestown Maria is driven
to commit a terrible crime,
while Silas and Henry
look to profit from
Massinger’s death, and
Jocelyn forms a pact with
the unlikeliest of allies (7/8)
10.00 The Late Late Show
with James Corden:
Best of the Week Chat and
entertainment show (R)
11.00 The Russell Howard Hour
With Juan Mata (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World
Ross investigates
elephant poaching in
Mozambique (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Inquiries at a
murder scene in a pottery
store provide the team with
clues to an unsolved
kidnapping (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods A case turns
personal for Danny when he
tries to protect nurse Faith
Madson from her violent
ex-boyfriend (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones Margaery
and her grandmother
encourage Sansa to speak
freely about Joffrey, Jaime
finds a way to pass the time,
and Arya encounters outlaw
group the Brotherhood
Without Banners (2/10) (R)
10.15 Game of Thrones Jaime
strikes a deal with his
captors (3/10) (R)
11.25-12.35am Game of Thrones
Arya is brought before the
commander of the
Brotherhood Without
Banners (4/10) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Featuring a seemingly
possessed toddler
8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Two and a Half Men
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 starring Simon Pegg
and Nick Frost
11.10 Family Guy
11.35-12.05am Family Guy
6.35pm Storage Wars Jarrod goes
bidding with a hangover
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.35 Pawn Stars
8.00 Hornblower Newly promoted
Captain Hornblower sets out to
make his mark - but the end of the
war leaves him down and out
10.05-12.50am FILM Firefox (15,
1982) A US pilot comes out of
retirement to steal a Soviet hi-tech
fighter plane that is invisible to
radar. Action adventure starring
Clint Eastwood and Freddie Jones
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 My Hotter Half
Molly allows others to determine
whether her “try-hard fashion
style” is a dateable look
8.00 FILM I, Robot (12, 2004) Sci-fi
thriller starring Will Smith, Bridget
Moynahan and Alan Tudyk
10.00 Five Star Hotel News of
Ashley’s antics reaches the hotel
and all hell breaks loose
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am First Dates
7.00pm Last Man Standing
Vanessa tries to persuade Eve of
the virtues of a female president
7.30 Last Man Standing Mike’s
grandson is suspended
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
9.00 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
11.20-12.20am FILM War (18,
2007) Thriller starring Jet Li
6.35pm The Edgar Wallace
Mystery Theatre Two suspects
emerge after an attempted murder
7.45 FILM Chase a Crooked
Shadow (U, 1957) Thriller starring
Anne Baxter and Richard Todd
9.30 FILM Breaking Away (PG,
1979) Comedy drama with Dennis
Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel
Stern, Jackie Earl Haley, Barbara
Barrie and Robyn Douglass
11.30-1.15am FILM Women of
Twilight (15, 1952) Drama starring
Rene Ray and Freda Jackson
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Billy celebrates his ancestor Robin
Hood’s birthday
7.20 Last of the Summer Wine
Barry is caught acting suspiciously
8.00 Miss Fisher’s Murder
Mysteries A ghostly message
spells death for a war veteran
9.00 WPC 56 Max and Fenton
investigate a spate of counterfeit
notes, and wonder if it is a
coincidence that pickpocket Brody
suddenly seems well-off
10.00-12.25am Waking the Dead
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 Nazi Victory: The
Post-War Plan How Hitler used
recreation to promote his ideology
8.00 Who Do You Think You Are?
Actor and adventurer Brian
Blessed uncovers the life of his
great-great-grandfather
9.00 Blackadder the Third
9.40 Blackadder the Third
10.20 Blackadder the Third
11.00 Royal Murder Mysteries
The euthanasia of George V
12.00-1.00am Hitler’s Women
Hitler’s relationships with women
7.00pm Police Interceptors Jim
leads a raid on a suspected drug
dealer, while Dan and Gordy
respond to reports of an attack
8.00 The A-Team A sheik hires
the team to escort his daughter
safely to her fiancé
9.00 The A-Team A garage
assistant faces persecution
10.00 Wynonna Earp
Wynonna may be confirmed as the
Earp heir, but the town is still a hot
bed of arcane activity
11.00-1.00am Impact Wrestling
7.00pm Road Cops Tempers
flare when an argumentative
driver tries to avoid a ticket
7.30 Road Cops Two brothers give
conflicting statements following a
dangerous collision
8.00 Motorway Cops A car and a
lorry collide on the M6
9.00 Dynamo: Magician
Impossible A visit to Rio de Janeiro
10.00 Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit
11.00 QI With Hugh Laurie and
John Sessions. Stephen Fry hosts
11.40-12.20am Would I Lie to You?
6.35pm Ancient Bible Destinations
of Greece The concluding part
visits the ancient city of Corinth,
where the apostle Paul lived for 18
months, before heading to Patmos
7.50 The Bible’s Buried Secrets
Documentary investigating the
creation of the Bible
10.15 The War The plan to end the
war by winter 1944 founders
11.30-2.00am The Bible’s Buried
Secrets Documentary
investigating the origins of the
ancient Israelites
7.00pm Last Shop Standing
Documentary examining the rise
and fall of record shops in the UK
8.00 Discovering: The Mamas &
the Papas Documentary
8.30 Discovering: Crosby, Stills,
Nash & Young
9.00 Legends of the Canyon
Documentary exploring the
musical legacy of Laurel Canyon in
Los Angeles. See Viewing Guide
11.15-12.30am California Dreamin’:
The Songs of the Mamas and the
Papas Documentary
7.00pm The Real A&E
Paramedics help a motorcyclist
trapped under a lorry
7.30 The Real A&E A free runner
with a broken heel
8.00 America’s Next Top Model
Reality series
9.00 The Good Doctor Shaun
bonds with a young patient
10.00 Nashville Juliette becomes
involved in a self-help movement
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Crime drama
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 NCIS
10.00 Bull The legal aide
unexpectedly becomes the
guardian of a young girl seeking to
“divorce” her parents
11.00 Family Guy Double bill
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Robson Green: Extreme
Fisherman The actor visits
Japan’s southern islands
9.00 Robson Green:
Extreme Fisherman
10.00 Gold Rush
11.30 How It’s Made
12.00-12.30am How It’s Made
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
Investigating the reason for the
1989 Kegworth air disaster
8.00 Car SOS
9.00 Car SOS
10.00 Air Crash Investigation
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Air Crash
Investigation Documentary
7.00pm Friends
8.00 FILM My Super Ex-Girlfriend
(12, 2006) Superhero comedy
starring Uma Thurman
10.00 Bob’s Burgers
10.30 Rick and Morty
11.00 South Park
12.00-2.00am FILM Pineapple
Express (15, 2008) Action comedy
6.40pm Open All Hours
7.20 Open All Hours
8.00 dinnerladies
8.40 dinnerladies
9.20 The Vicar of Dibley
10.05 The Vicar of Dibley
11.15 Smack the Pony The 1990s
all-female sketch show
11.50-12.25am Smack the Pony
7.00pm MasterChef Junior USA
The kids cook a beef wellington to
avoid elimination
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 999 Rescue Squad
10.00 Embarrassing Bodies
11.00 The Catherine Tate Show
11.40-12.20am The Catherine Tate
Show Patsy Palmer guest stars
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Family
Sky Action Men
Sky Select
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5.30pm Wonder Woman (12, 2017)
Fantasy adventure starring
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine
8.00 Transformers: The Last
Knight (12, 2017) Mechanic Cade
Yeager continues his fight against
the evil Decepticons in a battle
which takes him to England.
Fantasy adventure starring Mark
Wahlberg. See Film Choice
10.40-12.15am Snatched (15, 2017)
Fish-out-of-water comedy, starring
Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan
Cusack and Ike Barinholtz
6.20pm The Waterboy (12, 1998)
The coach of an American football
team spots the talent of their
put-upon waterboy and gives him
the chance to prove himself on the
pitch. Comedy starring Adam
Sandler and Kathy Bates
8.00 Men of Honor (15, 2000)
Fact-based drama starring Cuba
Gooding Jr and Robert De Niro
10.15-12.45am Strange Days (18,
1995) Sci-fi thriller starring Ralph
Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette
Lewis and Tom Sizemore
6.15pm Matilda (PG, 1996) Fantasy
comedy starring Mara Wilson
8.00 Alice Through the Looking
Glass (PG, 2016) Fantasy
adventure sequel starring Mia
Wasikowska and Johnny Depp
10.00 Pelé: Birth of a Legend (PG,
2016) Drama about the Brazilian
footballer starring Kevin de Paula
11.50-1.50am The Water Horse:
Legend of the Deep (PG, 2007)
Children’s fantasy adventure
starring Alex Etel, Emily Watson
and David Morrissey
5.30pm Last Action Hero (PG,
1993) Comedy adventure with
Arnold Schwarzenegger
7.45 Conan the Barbarian (15,
1982) Fantasy adventure with
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Max von
Sydow and James Earl Jones
10.00 The Terminator (15, 1984)
Sci-fi thriller starring Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Linda
Hamilton and Michael Biehn
12.00-2.00am Collateral Damage
(15, 2002) Action thriller with
Arnold Schwarzenegger
4.45pm Schindler’s List (15, 1993)
Steven Spielberg’s fact-based
drama starring Liam Neeson, Ben
Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes
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, Kim
Basinger and Mekhi Phifer
10.00-12.05am Collateral (15,
2004) Thriller starring Tom Cruise,
Jamie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith stars in I, Robot, the
sci-fi thriller based on Isaac
Asimov’s short story (E4, 8pm)
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Sports guide
Live Rugby Union
Sky Main Event, 5pm
Radio 1
The Women’s Six Nations
continues with defending
champions England taking
on Ireland at the Ricoh Arena
in their final match of the
championship. England look
a good bet to retain their title
after winning their opening
three matches in the
tournament. The trio of wins
included a 52-0 thumping of
Wales. The victory featured
eight tries, including two for
Poppy Cleall, pictured. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
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6.30am LIVE NRL: Sydney
Roosters v CanterburyBankstown Bulldogs
8.45 LIVE NRL: Brisbane
Broncos v North Queensland
Cowboys (Kick-off 8.50)
10.45 LIVE ICC Cricket World
Cup Qualifier A qualifier for
the 2019 Cricket World Cup
3.30pm Football Centre
5.00 LIVE Women’s Six
Nations Rugby Union:
England v Ireland
(Kick-off 5.30)
7.30 LIVE Betfred Super
League: St Helens v Leeds
Rhinos (Kick-off 7.45)
10.00 The Debate
11.00-6.00am Sky Sports
News
Sky Sports Football
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7.55pm-10.00 LIVE La Liga
Football: Levante v Eibar
(Kick-off 8.00)
Sky Sports Cricket
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7.25am-3.30pm LIVE ICC
Cricket World Cup Qualifier
Coverage of a qualifier for the
2019 Cricket World Cup
Sky Sports Golf
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11.30am LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
Arnold Palmer Invitational
7.00pm-10.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The Arnold Palmer
Invitational
Sky Sports Action
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6.30am-8.30 LIVE Super
Rugby: Chiefs v Bulls
5.00pm LIVE Women’s Six
Nations Rugby Union:
England v Ireland
(Kick-off 5.30)
7.45-10.00 LIVE Under-20s
Six Nations Rugby Union:
England v Ireland
(Kick-off 8.00)
Sky Sports Arena
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6.30am LIVE NRL: Sydney
Roosters v CanterburyBankstown Bulldogs
(Kick-off 7.00)
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 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1.00am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1’s Essential Mix
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
8.45-10.45 LIVE NRL:
Brisbane Broncos v North
Queensland Cowboys
(Kick-off 8.50)
7.00pm LIVE ATP Masters
Tennis: The BNP Paribas
Open Coverage from day nine
7.30 LIVE Betfred Super
League: St Helens v Leeds
Rhinos (Kick-off 7.45)
10.30-11.00 LIVE ATP Masters
Tennis: The BNP Paribas
Open Further coverage
from day nine
BT Sport 1
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8.45am-11.00 LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Adelaide United v
Melbourne City
(Kick-off 8.50)
7.30pm-10.00 LIVE Scottish
Professional Football
League: St Johnstone v
Hibernian (Kick-off 7.45)
2.00am LIVE WTA Tennis:
The BNP Paribas Open The
opening semi-final
4.00-6.00 LIVE WTA Tennis:
The BNP Paribas Open The
second semi-final
BT Sport 2
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9.45am-5.15pm LIVE MotoGP
The opening day of the Grand
Prix of Qatar at the Losail
International Circuit,
featuring coverage of both
free practice sessions
7.15 LIVE Bundesliga: SC
Freiburg v VfB Stuttgart
(Kick-off 7.30)
9.30-11.30 LIVE NCAA:
Swimming & Diving (F)
Day three of the NCAA
Women’s Swimming and
Diving Championships at the
McCorkle Acquatic Pavilion in
Columbus, Ohio
BT Sport 3
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7.45pm-9.45 LIVE Ligue 1:
Monaco v Lille (Kick-off 7.45)
Eurosport 1
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2.45pm LIVE Alpine Skiing
The World Cup meeting
from Åre in Sweden
4.30-5.30 LIVE Ski Jumping
Qualifying for the World Cup
meeting from Vikersund in
Norway
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night (r) 10.00 Sounds
of the 80s. See Choice 12.00
Anneka Rice: The Happening
2.00am Funky Soul Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Haydn
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Sinding arr Røsth
(Suite in the Old Style, Op 10);
Enescu (Concertpiece); Bridge
(Pensiero and Allegro
Appasionata); Ravel (Piece en
forme de Habanera); and
Rebecca Clarke (Sonata for
viola and piano)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Elgar (Overture — Cockaigne;
The Pipes of Pan);
Rachmaninov (Piano Concerto
No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1);
Sibelius (Symphony No 1 in
E minor, Op 39); Berlioz
(Overture — Le Carnaval
Romain); Beethoven (Piano
Concerto No 2 in B flat, Op 19);
and Tchaikovksy (Symphony
No 4 in F minor, Op 36)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Live Radio 3 in Concert
Beethoven (Overture — The
Creatures of Prometheus;
Piano Concerto No 3; and
Symphony No 3 — Eroica)
10.00 The Verb at Free
Thinking. See Choice
10.45 The Essay: New
Generation Thinkers
11.00 World on 3
1.00am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.31 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 Desert Island Discs (r)
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 An Alternative History
of Art Documentary
Today’s picks
Sounds of the 80s
Radio 2, 10pm
The Verb at Free Thinking
Radio 3, 10pm
Def Leppard were the Sheffield
rockers who ruled the Eighties
with their corkscrew perms,
one-armed drummer and
singalong anthems such as
Animal, Pour Some Sugar on Me
and Let’s Get Rocked, with its
immortal aside: “I suppose a
rock’s out of the question?”. In a
special rock-flavoured edition of Sounds of the 80s, Joe Elliott
(vocals) and Rick Savage (bass) join Sara Cox to discuss their
riotous ride through the decade, while Cox will also be playing
some of the hairiest rock anthems from the decade. Even if
you’re not a big fan of Def Leppard, the band, especially Elliott,
pictured, have always been good value for an anecdote. In an
interview with The Times in 2015 Elliott revealed how, while in
Tokyo in 1983, they almost formed a drunken supergroup with
members of Duran Duran and how they were once drunk
under the table by Bananarama in New York. Joe Clay
The theme of this year’s
Free Thinking festival is the
fast-changing relationship
between the individual and
the crowd. The bestselling
novelist Joanna Trollope’s
latest novel, City of Friends,
examines “the bumpy journey
towards harmony for blended
families” and she joins Ian
McMillan for tonight’s edition
of The Verb, recorded live at
Sage Gateshead, to explore
the idea of “the many”. Also
joining the discussion is The
Verb New Voice Kirsty Taylor,
whose work focuses on the
untold stories of children
growing up in care. JC
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Discussion and interviews.
Including at 10.45 the Drama:
A Small Town Murder
by Scott Cherry (5/5)
11.00 The Charity Business
11.30 A Charles Paris Mystery:
Dead Room Farce (4/4)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Home Front (10/40)
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Horse Story (5/5)
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: School Drama
By Andy Mulligan (r)
3.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Horticulture
3.45 From Fact to Fiction
4.00 Last Word
4.30 Feedback
4.55 The Listening Project
5.00 PM With Eddie Mair
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The Now Show
7.00 The Archers Emma is
concerned and Brian tries to
do the right thing
7.15 Front Row
7.45 A Small Town Murder (r)
8.00 Any Questions?
Topical discussion from the
English Martyrs Catholic
School in Leicester
8.50 A Point of View
9.00 Home Front Omnibus
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The
Long Drop By Denise Mina.
The verdicts are due to be
returned in small-time crook
Peter Manuel’s trial (10/10)
11.00 A Good Read (r)
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Answers
Friday’s solutions
KenKen No 4271
Sudoku No 9717
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Killer No 5904 — Deadly (55min)
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Our five-grid Sudoku will
test your powers of logic
and deduction — against
the clock.
Fill each 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. The
interlocking nature of the
grid gives you more clues
— and more complexity.
Remember — don’t try to
solve each Sudoku grid in
turn; the puzzle has to be
tackled as a whole.
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Sudoku No 9718
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Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every
3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. Each set of cells
joined by dotted lines must add up to the target
number in its top-left corner. Within each set of cells
joined by dotted lines, a digit cannot be repeated.
For solutions to KenKen, Sudoku & Killer see
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Tredoku
No 1516 — Hard
Tredoku is similar to Sudoku:
the digits 1 to 9 must appear once
only in each 3x3 box and in each
line of nine consecutive cells.
However, since the puzzle is
three-dimensional, the lines may
be straight or bent around angles.
Follow each line’s direction in
search of clues.
All the digits 1 to 6 must appear in every row and column.
In each thick-line “block”, the target number in the top
left-hand corner is calculated from the digits in all the cells
in the block, using the operation indicated by the symbol.
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Botox
The two
versions of
HOTEL in 21dn
and DELTA in
11ac allow E, T,
L, D to be
deduced; then
13ac gives O = 5
and so on. The
cipher encodes
a letter to the
last digit of its alphabetic position, so A/K/U = 1,
B/L/V = 2 etc. Grid B is a diagram of a HOTEL
in which there is no room number 13. More
details at listenercrossword.com. The winners
are Benjamin Lovering of Southsea, Hampshire,
Brian and Carole Green of Perton, Staffordshire,
and Adrian Budd of Camelford, Cornwall.
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Cryptic Quintagram® Word Watching
Solve all five cryptic clues using
Josephine Balmer
each letter underneath once only
Adscititious
a. Good at arithmetic
b. Over-anxious
c. Supplemental
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beliefs (5)
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In my previous column, I reported on the Cape Town International where Philips Owolabi was
on the verge of victory, and he
made no mistake in the closing
stages, clinching the tournament
with two rounds remaining. Early in the title-winning game, Owolabi played RELOANED from
the following rack:
Adeenor
Argus-eyed
a. Short-sighted
b. Vigilant
c. Addicted to shopping
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Scrabble® Paul Gallen
Amphibology
a. An ambiguity
b. The study of pond life
c. Two-handed
What eight-letter word was
also available with the S in JILTS
in the board excerpt below?
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Later in the game, Owolabi led
by four points on the board position below holding the following
vowel-free rack:
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There are 44 tiles unseen from
Owolabi’s viewpoint with an
even split of 22 consonants and
22 vowels including two Ss. Both
blanks have been played. What
would you do?
Chess Raymond Keene
Exchanging tiles is a reasonable option but there are still a
large number of vowels in the
bag, so it would be ideal if possible
to play through this rack. If we do
not exchange tiles, the only realistic candidate plays are in row E,
through the A of OUVRAGES,
due to the lack of available vowels on the board. Therefore, the
main choice is between WARN
and WARNS (both E7a) which
score 12 and 21 points respectively. Owolabi eventually chose
WARN which computer analysis
supports. Even though it scores
nine points less than WARNS,
WARN sets up the S hook for a
potentially high-scoring play covering the two double-word score
squares. It was a risky move, as
his opponent may have held one
of the two remaining Ss, but was
an example of the aggressive play
that was key to Owolabi’s tournament success.
After WARN, Owolabi picked
three new tiles and held the following rack:
Today the FIDE World Chess
Candidates Tournament starts
in Berlin. Games can be followed via the 2seeitlive link on
the header of The Times Twitter feed @times_chess. For
regular updates, direct to your
twitter account, just click on
the “follow” button. Naturally,
all the important decisive
games will be appearing with
my notes in this column.
The contestants in Berlin
with ratings are as follows:
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2814),
Vladimir Kramnik (2800), Wesley So (2799), Lev Aronian (2797),
Fabiano Caruana (2784), Ding
Liren (2769), Alexander Grischuk (2767) and Sergei Karjakin (2763).
Meanwhile, the game this
week is a fierce creative battle
from Bunratty between the
fearless and aggressive grandmaster Simon Williams and
the reigning British champion
Gawain Jones.
ACENRST
White: Simon Williams
Black: Gawain Jones
Bunratty Masters 2018
King’s Indian Defence
Can
you
find
Owolabi’s
game-winning bonus word beginning with S which he hooked
onto WARN?
Definitions
OUVRAGE work
INVAR
an alloy of iron and
nickel
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)
2L
Solution to times2
Jumbo 1310
The winner is
Connie and Mark
Croasdale of
London SW6
Cell Blocks 3162
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square (dw)
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square (tw)
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3L
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cuiteÿed
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SCRABBLE® is a registered trademark of J. W. Spear & Sons Ltd ©Mattel 2018
Polygon carat, caret, cart,
carte, carter, cater, cert, crate,
crater, karat, karate, kart,
kata, racetrack, racket, rata,
rate, react, tack, tacker,
taka, take, taker, tare, teak,
tear, trace, tracer, track,
tracker, trek.
Scrabble REASONED (E8d)
for 61 points was also available
to Owolabi. On the main
board position, Owolabi
played SCANTER (E11d) for
102 points.
Literary quiz 1 Charles
Dickens. 2 Charles Reade.
3 Cynthia Harnett. 4 Percy
Bysshe Shelley in Ode to the
West Wind.
Brain Trainer
Easy 93; Medium 432;
Harder 2714.
Cryptic Quintagram
1 Soft. 2 Credo. 3 Thirty.
4 Daughter. 5 Constable.
Polygon Roger Phillips Cell Blocks 3163
3
Using the given letters no more than
once, make as many words as possible of
four or more letters, always including
the central letter. Capitalised words,
plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense
etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives
and superlatives are disallowed.
How you rate: 19 words average; 26,
good; 30, very good; 35, excellent.
Answers to Friday’s Polygon are to the
left. Today’s answers are printed in
MindGames on Monday
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Mindset 1 Sets are {OVER,
PAR, STOCK, SWEEPS,
WAPEN} - can precede Take
(Take Five); {AGED,
MATTING, TRESS, TUNE} can succeed FOR (homophone
of “four”); {MASS, MOB,
SCRUM} - synonyms for
“crowd” (Three’s a crowd);
{NERK, OURN} - neTWOrk,
ouTWOrn; {LYON} - anagram
of ONLY. 2 In the 88th
position. Sequence is the
number of letters in I, II, III,
IV, V, VI etc. 88 is LXXXVIII.
3 pelARGONium,
envIRONment, sTINt,
mariGOLD, pLEADing,
maRADONa.
Word Watching: Adscititious
(c) Added or supplemental.
Appetency (a) A strong desire
or craving. Argus-eyed
(b) Vigilant. Amphibology
(a) An ambiguity or
ambiguous statement.
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Divide the grid into square
or rectangular blocks, each
containing one digit only. Every
block must contain the number
of cells indicated by the digit
inside it.
Yesterday’s solution, left
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4
e4 d6 5 f4
In keeping with his bellicose
style, Williams chooses one of
the most overtly incendiary
methods of attack against the
British champion’s habitual
King’s Indian Defence.
5 ... c5 6 d5 0-0 7 Nf3 e6 8 e5
dxe5 9 fxe5 Ng4 10 Bg5 Qa5
11 Be2 exd5 12 cxd5 Nxe5 13
0-0 Qb4 14 Qc1 Nxf3+ 15 Rxf3
In previous play 15 Bxf3 has
been tried. The protagonists
now find themselves in terra
incognita. Black’s extra pawn is
balanced by White’s dangerous
passed pawn in the centre and
his superior development.
15 ... Re8 16 Bb5 Bd7 17 a3
Qd4+ 18 Kh1 a6 19 Rf4
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19 ... axb5
Black resolves on a strategic
queen sacrifice to defuse the
white initiative.
20 Rxd4 cxd4 21 Na2
An unfortunate square for
the knight but there is no alternative.
21 ... Na6 22 Qf4 Bf5 23 Rf1
Re4 24 Qf3 Rae8 25 d6 Nc5
26 Nb4 h6 27 Be7 d3 28 Nd5
d2 29 Ne3 Re5 30 b4 Nd7
Even stronger is 30 ... Ne4.
31 Qf2 h5
Black is prepared to give up
his pawn on d2 in order to activate his dark-squared bishop.
Black’s 31st move has the additional virtue of preventing any
counterattack by White based
on g4.
32 Qxd2 Bh6
Twitter: @times_chess
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á D DrDkD]
àDpDnGpD ]
ß D ) Dpg]
ÞDpD 4bDp]
Ý ) D D D]
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ÚD D DRDK]
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Now Black exploits a variety
of pinning motifs against the
white knight on e3 both diagonally with his dark-squared
bishop and along the e-file.
33 Re1 Rc8 34 h3 Rc2 35 Qd4
Rc4 36 Qa7 Rce4 37 Qa8+
Kh7 38 Qxb7 Rxe3
White’s knight falls victim
to the massed force of Black’s
pinning pieces.
39 Rxe3 Rxe3 40 Qd5 Re1+
41 Kh2 Bf4+ 42 g3 Re2+ 43
Kg1 Be6 44 Qxb5 Be3+ 45 Kf1
Rc2 White resigns
A curiosity in this year’s
Bunratty tournament was the
game Martin Kelly-Desmond
Martin, which went 1 e4 c6 2
d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7
5 Qe2 Ngf6 (5 ... Ndf6 is fine) 6
Nd6 mate. This is the quickest
win in 25 years at Bunratty.
Winning Move
White to play. This position is
from Prilleltensky-Wallace, Bunratty 2018.
It seems unlikely that White
can save the bishop on g8. How
did he achieve this?
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à0pD gpD ]
ß DpDqhbD]
ÞD DpG ! ]
Ý D ) D D]
ÜD H )PD ]
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ÚD DRI H ]
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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:
After 1 ... Rxb3+! White collapses as 2 Nxb3 Qxd3 wins.
The winner is David Wise of
London SW1
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1 to 26. Each letter of the alphabet appears at least once. Use the letters already
provided to work out further letters. Enter letters in the main grid and the
smaller reference grid. Proper nouns are excluded. Yesterday’s solution on page 53
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times2 Crossword No 7596
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1 Mischievous children (7)
5 Printing machine (5)
8 Muscle pain (5)
9 Shorten (7)
10 Perspicacious (5-7)
12 Make larger (6)
14 Plum-like fruit (6)
17 Official verse writer (4,8)
21 Group of followers (7)
Solution to Crossword 7595
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2♦(1) 2♠(2)
Pass(3) Pass
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22 Narrow crack (5)
23 Perform duties for (5)
24 Rental period (7)
Down
1 Glancing bullet (8)
2 Trap; drum (5)
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Half of the clues are of the Printer’s Devilry type. The rest, having been affected by 25ac, each have
a misprint of one letter in the definition; solvers must heed the correct letters. The Chambers
Dictionary (2016) is the primary reference.
A Printer’s Devilry clue is a passage from which a hidden answer has been removed, closing the
gap and sometimes taking liberties with punctuation and spacing but preserving the order of the
remaining letters. The restored passage makes some sort of sense. Example: Boys bet on means —
parents must economise (8) Answer: INGATE. Undevilled version: Boys being at Eton means parents
must economise.
Across
1 Random act involved savage push? (7)
7 24 fast tours in a quiet area, east of ancient
city (6)
12 Landlord wants those boarding to rule out
trips (5)
13 Inspector found venerating protection racket (7)
14 Rejected sum, about 101 rand, that might be used
for backing costs (6)
15 Sound of cat discovering fun places to take a
kip? (4)
16 Jerry dummies and launches a surprise attack (5)
17 Many find the war tasty — thing to see in
Africa (5)
18 Being an easily tempted Christian saves me a lot
of trouble (5)
19 At high tea, brought up small fish (4)
21 Fliss compiles puzzles in Times feature (7)
23 No carrier has taken apart Ely, so the warehouse
is full (5)
28 Feeling for US lady-killer, we visited Heathrow
(5)
30 Religious vigilantes nabbed Sikh in Tring (7)
31 We’re a gents’ outfitter but we alter for ladies (4)
33 Hold in the deep may affect skipper’s knock (5)
37 For presenting our PE, Titans end my fleetest
runner (5)
38 Grind bar, releasing vanadium and sulphur (5)
39 As a parade drops into enemy terrain (4)
40 There’s no escaping at end of work, times being
changed (6)
41 Scots fires back in station, travellers having
pinched one (7)
42 Your unit of force always holds (5)
43 Judge getting wind up caught what Chicagoans
call flu (6)
44 A good means of reaching lasses set to arrive
shortly? (7)
Down
2 Chap loves his hat providing mirth in cinema
(5, two words)
3 Zany verses, primarily Lear’s, one adopted by
Goons (7)
4 Aged hosts in city regularly sat down (8)
5 Plane’s wing riven by appalling heat (7)
6 Script editing left supporting actor spare (5)
7 You can see Favourites in Findon by fans (6)
8 Gasp in Perth — Cliff, there briefly, popped into
school (7)
9 Was chicken soured by vegetarian at feast? (5)
10 Drunken old lecher ignoring fourth letter from
one of France’s cuties (8)
11 Not getting enough? Chat up another dish! (4)
12 Territory held by retreating clans where RAs
gather in Italy (8, two words)
20 Dedicated vessels help here, as rising river
breaching city’s ground (8)
22 Two seconds remaining, making lass uneasy (8)
24 Danish church supports Welshman, with English
chipping in (8)
25 Many men weed by mortar where poppies now
grow (7)
26 Rector pinched by mischievous child spoke (7)
27 Close, timid types, last to start, having vocal
limitations (7)
29 In the 19th century, a felon left for India (6)
32 The specialist mediated my GP’s tests (5)
34 Discontented retailers invested in supply at the
outlet (5)
35 This is Lemnos, of which we find Greek mu
silent (5)
36 Model Satanist continued his work (4)
4♥
4♠
Dbl
end
(1) Weak Two in diamonds.
(2) Theoretically, you shouldn’t bid
over an opposing (mini) pre-empt
unless you have opening bid values
(or it is hard for your partnership to
bid constructively). However, passing
with East’s shapely hand and fine
spade suit does feel wrong.
(3) Should North bid on to 5♥ given
his singleton spade and ♥Qx support? The (lousy) result (defending
4♠ doubled) speaks for itself.
South led the ace of hearts v
East’s 4♠ doubled and was not
thrilled to see dummy — to
put it mildly. Declarer ruffed,
played a spade to the king and
ace and tabled his cards, conceding the ace-king of clubs
and cross-ruffing. Doubled
game made and E-W +590.
Table Two
S
Mindset by 700
5 Make dry with heat (5)
1 The following words can be divided into five sets of size
5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. What are the sets?
(Hint: the size of each set provides an oblique clue to its theme)
AGED LYON
MASS MATTING MOB
NERK OURN
OVER PAR
SCRUM
STOCK SWEEPS TRESS TUNE
WAPEN
6 Interminable (7)
7 Slow-cooked dish (4)
11 Keyboard return (5,3)
13 Conspirator (7)
15 One type of elephant (7)
16 Most recent (6)
18 Stretched tight (5)
19 Put into a straight row (5)
20 Weapons (4)
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3 Which elements have been removed from the following words
or names?
PEL*IUM, ENV*MENT, S*T, MARI*, P*ING, MA*A
Answers and today’s Word Watching on page 53
Literary Quiz
Josephine Balmer
Hearth
Who wrote the following:
1 The 1845 novella The Cricket
on the Hearth?
2 The 1861 historical novel
The Cloister and the Hearth?
3 The 1971 children’s book
The Writing on the Hearth?
4 The 1819 poetic lines:
“Scatter, as from an
unextinguish’d hearth/Ashes
and sparks...”
Answers on page 53
N
Pass(1)
5♥
Pass
E
2♠(2)
Pass
Pass
4♠
4♥
Pass
5♠
6♥(3) end(4)
(1) Not playing a Weak Two in diamonds. Although the inability to open
2♦ was to work well on this occasion, I think the ability to describe a
hand that otherwise has to pass is a
clear point-winner in the long run.
(2) Weak Two.
(3) May make if partner has the right
club holding; defending 5♠ (doubled)
looks unlikely to generate a huge
penalty (indeed — just one down).
(4) West considers saving in 6♠ but
he has some defence to 6♥ — and
South was prepared to play in 5♥.
West led the jack of spades v
6♥, declarer winning the ace
and leading up his singleton
diamond. West won the ace
and switched to a club (best).
Declarer beat East’s queen of
clubs with the ace, crossed to
the queen of hearts (West discarding), finessed the ten of
hearts and cashed the ace-king,
drawing East’s trumps. He led
out his three remaining hearts,
squeezing West on the last.
3 Common painkiller (7)
4 Unmoving, unchanging (6)
W
♠♥♦Q7
♣J9
♠♥♦ K 10
♣K7
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W
S
E
♠♥ 5 (led)
♦♣ 10 5 2
♠KQ9
♥♦♣4
West chose his poison, a
club, but dummy threw the ten
of diamonds, declarer winning
the last three tricks with the
king of clubs, king of diamonds and long club. Slam
made and N-S +1,430.
andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk
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Jumbo crossword No 1312
Cryptic clues
1
Across
1 Flowers thrive around spring and
summer primarily (7)
5 Clangers? Hard work must be
restricted for servants (8)
9 Composer needing help with
English language initially (6)
13 Game faced with temporary
stoppage — one brings two sides
together (10,6)
14 A solicitor holding case finally
dined in restaurant? (3,3)
16 Notice one horse going round less
agitated (8)
17 Squandering half away? Reminder
given (4)
18 A potential point-scorer for the
team? (9)
20 Disorder in London thoroughfare,
ending in trouble for area
repeatedly (4-4)
21 Like chemical reaction bringing
death to different chap shortly (11)
24 What actor finds difficult to learn?
Bad luck! (4,5)
25 Excess praise is given to monarch
returning (8)
26 Appeal for help and love just about
acceptable? (2-2)
29 Rose admired strange animals in
zoo? (11)
31 Hesitation about small smell that’s
providing a jog to the memory (11)
33 Small room has power unit —
there’s hesitation to end trapped
inside (5,6)
36 Coppers in coloured glassware (11)
38 Goes down, having lost heart, and
fades away (4)
39 Hate a man unduly — becoming
this? (8)
41 A number of chaps having drug
injected by back-street
accommodation (9)
44 Prison kids? They may grow up in
a dank environment (11)
45 Conservative resigning maybe or
holding tight? (8)
48 The Spanish form of therapy given
examination with people voting (9)
49 Bar charging nothing, beginning
to end (4)
50 Torch made of iron and gold
carried by Mary’s companion (8)
52 Good old-fashioned verses for
operatic character (6)
53 Complete the circle maybe to stay
within budget? (4,4,4,4)
54 Article by upright character, good
person who believes in God (6)
55 Group lying in grass, back to
remember the good old days? (8)
56 Situation in which bishops may
have been done away with (7)
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times2 clues
Train
Tracks
No 352
Lay tracks
to enable
the train to
travel from
village A to
village B.
The numbers
indicate
how many
sections of
rail go in
each row
and column.
There are
only straight
rails and
curved rails.
The track
cannot
cross itself.
Solution
on Monday
Down
1 A son tucked into cream — most
disgraceful! (6)
2 Boy’s terrified — just a bit pink?
(6)
3 Plant appetite-suppressing drug?
Fancy that! (9)
4 What could make a cinema sell
lots of bits and pieces? (11)
5 Wardrobe malfunction exposes it?
A mistake! (4)
6 Intellectual studies? Brits are all at
sea (7,4)
7 Barnet worker in hotel bearing
furniture (11)
8 Obstinate and conceited, wanting
power for British (3-6)
10 A knight works to secure Eastern
islands (8)
11 Briefly communicate help before
winching to safety? (4,7,1,4)
12 Actual mistake made by
keyboarder (7)
15 Crouch with head hidden having
come down to produce some
poetry (8)
19 Little animals endure for the most
part dirty homes (8)
22 Thus, inwardly deceived, gets
married, beset by gloom? (8)
23 Troublesome head interferes, so
play it cautiously (3,2,3,4,4)
27 Most stupid old boy, American
absorbed by cricket match? (8)
28 Note placed on street that can
attract a person's attention (4)
30 Make gear, nice clothes (4)
32 After short time, removes
restriction on police force (8)
34 Learner with book that describes a
significant event (8)
35 Outdoor operator — one who
takes ... (4,7)
36 ... this expands business (8,3)
37 Bill's friend beginning to expect
savagery, one denied kindness (11)
40 Tease flighty creature, unkind
female creating trouble (9)
42 Severely cut-down note is finished
by editor (9)
43 Beasts, those out of breath getting
hot inside (8)
44 Cunning form of winter transport
arriving on time (7)
46 Girl trailing after dope in city (6)
47 Crafty additional label — it gets
missed (6)
51 Country fellow who peered over
wall (4)
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1 Very loyal; stop (a flow of blood)
(7)
5 Character in The Tempest (8)
9 College estate (6)
13 In which particles can be regarded
as waves (7,9)
14 Ferocious; intense (6)
16 Test of election opinion (4,4)
17 — Rabbit (Uncle Remus) (4)
18 Former item of confectionery (9)
20 Don’t remain silent (5,3)
21 Profound thinker (11)
24 Eg, a TA member (9)
25 Ornament; where the hammer
hits (8)
26 Leave; resign (4)
29 Visage; accept as possible (11)
31 Jukebox (11)
33 Swedish-style hors d’oeuvres (11)
36 Fool’s gold (4,7)
38 Hit; garment (4)
39 Detailed examination (8)
41 Rich biscuit; American dessert (9)
44 Not practical; speculative (11)
45 Bright red mineral containing
mercury (8)
48 Height indicator (9)
49 Corrosive liquid (4)
50 Predict (8)
52 Be unlike (6)
53 Reduced ability to protect the
body against infection (16)
54 Be greater than (6)
55 Woodland plant (8)
56 Acrobat; glass (7)
Down
1 Something following an earlier
event (6)
2 Gum —, ingredient of glue and
incense (6)
3 Sheets for writing (9)
4 Loss of dignity (11)
5 Long and arduous walk (4)
6 Item received through a will (11)
7 Strange machine (11)
8 Maker of security devices (9)
10 Aircraft operating business (8)
11
12
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19
22
23
27
28
30
32
34
35
36
37
40
42
43
44
46
47
51
Thick cut from a sirloin (11,5)
Long-sleeved pullover (7)
Award a medal to (8)
Baroque bass line (8)
Spring flowers (8)
(Of knowledge) not based on
rigorous investigation (16)
Element with symbol W (8)
Male pig (4)
Roman garment (4)
Traversing (8)
Holiness (8)
Annoyance; disapproval (11)
Animal such as a hedgehog or
shrew (11)
Leading character (11)
Of tears or weeping (9)
Quadrilateral with a parallel pair
of sides (9)
First performance (8)
Senseless talk (7)
Core of a nut (6)
Actor; sportsman (6)
Very; without difficulty; bore (4)
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