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Saturday October 14 2017
7-DAY
TV & RADIO
GUIDE
page 27
Light brigade
How the French
Impressionists fell in
love with London 8
40
shows for
Christmas
Our critics pick
the best tickets
Ashley Shaw and
Andrew Monaghan
in Matthew Bourne’s
Cinderella at
Sadler’s Wells
art books theatre film music television what’s on puzzles
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everyone’s talking about
THE BIGFOOT STUDIO/PERFECTLY NORMAL PRODUCTIONS
The return of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Contents
Cover story4-6
Our critics pick the best
Christmas shows to book
for all the family — from
children’s theatre to
opera and dance
Hugo Rifkind 7
Times have changed —
and not for the better.
The new-look Dynasty
Exhibition 8
A Tate Britain show asks
how the impressionists
coped in foggy
Britain
Theatre 10
Why?
Holy Zarquon! Forty years after it first
appeared on Radio 4, Douglas Adams’s
world-conquering comedy sci-fi quest is
returning to the mothership. It was March
1978 when the first episode of Adams’s serial
took the bold step of demolishing planet
Earth halfway through, leaving our tealoving hero Arthur Dent to wander around
the universe with only his alien friend Ford
Prefect to guide him. Well, Ford and his
ultra-informative handheld device, The
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, an
electronic book with “Don’t Panic” written
on its cover. We know the rest: five radio
series, a television series, five novels and a
heart-sappingly so-so film released in 2005,
four years after Adams’s fatal heart attack in
a Santa Barbara gym.
The new Radio 4 series is the work of Dirk
Maggs, the producer who also adapted
Adams’s third, fourth and fifth Hitchhiker’s
books for radio in 2003. He was also behind
the 2012 stage show starring Simon Jones,
The gang is reunited
for The Hitchhiker’s
Guide to the Galaxy:
Hexagonal Phase
What they say
“We’ve got the band back
together and it’s like no
time at all went by.”
Dirk Maggs
“It seems extraordinary
that it’s been 40 years
since we recorded the first
pilot episode for BBC
Radio. I never expected to
still be searching for a
decent cup of tea and
some kind of answer to
Life, the Universe and
Everything almost a
lifetime later.”
Simon Jones
the original Arthur Dent. He was — and will
be again — joined by fellow originals Mark
Wing-Davey, as the hyper-hip Zaphod
Beeblebrox, and Geoffrey McGivern (David
Mitchell’s funny uncle in the recent Channel
4 sitcom Back), as Ford. Sandra Dickinson,
who was Trillian in the TV series, will play
her again here; the original radio Trillian,
Susan Sheridan, died in 2015. Jane Horrocks
returns as Arthur’s girlfriend, Fenchurch,
having first played her in 2003, while the late
Peter Jones’s role as the voice of the book will
be played by the creator of QI, John Lloyd,
who was Adams’s friend, flatmate and
occasional co-writer.
Maggs has adapted The Hitchhiker’s Guide
to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase, as the sixth
series will be called, from the 2009 sequel
And Another Thing . . . by the Irish writer Eoin
Colfer. He will also be smuggling in some
previously unused Adams material from his
archive. Time for a celebratory pan-galactic
gargleblaster, then? Sure, but don’t go crazy:
you’ll need to sober up in time for next spring,
when these six episodes will be broadcast.
Dominic Maxwell
What the critics would pay to see
dance
Elite Syncopations
The Lego
Ninjago
Movie
film
On general release
Ed Potton, page 24
Royal Opera House
Debra Craine, page 25
theatre
music
Zara Larsson
Young Frankenstein
Garrick Theatre, London
Ann Treneman, page 25
On a UK tour
Will Hodgkinson,
ppage 24
Tom Kempinski
talks about the
anguish that
spawned his
best-known play
Music 11
Ten things Lucy
Worsley has learnt
about opera while
making her new show
Poetry 13
As her new verses are
published, the Scots
poet laureate Jackie Kay
speaks to Mike Wade
What’s on 24-25
Our critics on the week’s
best exhibitions, gigs,
comedy, film and more
Six of the best 14 TV & Radio 27-55
The historian Charles
Spencer chooses his
favourite exiles in art
and film
Books 15-23
B
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How
a six-minute
meeting put
m
Churchill in
C
No 10; a gory
N
history of
h
Victorian
V
medicine;
and this
m
m
month’s best
c
crime
fiction
H is for Hawk: A New
Chapter, Chris Packham:
Asperger’s and Me
and a tribute to
George Michael
Puzzles 56-59
Crossword, sudoku,
Scrabble and your
favourite brain teasers
Cover photograph
Hugo Glendinning. Saint
Anne’s Church at Kew,
1892 by Camille Pissarro
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what’s on
Book it, see it, love it: 40 treats for
From panto to opera,
comedy to dance, our
critics pick the best
shows around the
country over the
festive period
Theatre
Hamilton
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop
extravaganza arrives from Broadway
just in time for Christmas after a delay
due to building works, ready to spread
the word about America’s founding
father. Jamael Westman, a 2016 Rada
graduate, plays the man in his West End
debut. Ages 10+. Victoria Palace Theatre,
London SW1 (hamiltonthemusical.co.uk),
Dec 21-June 30
Barnum
Roll up, roll up! This production of “the
Greatest Show on Earth” stars Marcus
Brigstocke as the man himself. It’s bound
to be a three-ring circus of the best kind,
directed by the brilliant Gordon
Greenberg. Menier Chocolate Factory,
London SE1 (020 7378 1713), Nov 25-March 3
Guys and Dolls
This new production by Royal Exchange
and Talawa Theatre relocates Frank
Loesser’s brilliant musical to Harlem
during its renaissance. Sultry and
seductive. And, don’t forget to sit down,
you’re rocking the boat. Ages 12+.
Royal Exchange, Manchester
(0161 833 9833), Dec 2-Jan 27
The Twilight Zone
Do-do doo-do, doo-do doo-do. That’s
the intro, as you may remember, to the
phantasmagorical TV series. Anne
Washburn adapts the stories by Rod
Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard
Matheson. Bound to be out of this world.
Ages 12+. Almeida, London, N1
(020 7359 4404), Dec 5-Jan 27
Barber Shop Chronicles
This new offering from the poet and
playwright Inua Ellams is an absolute
delight that flits around barber shops in
five African cities and London, finding
out about just what men have to talk
about. Dancing is optional. For older
teenagers and up. Dorfman, National
Theatre, London SE1 (020 7452 3000),
Nov 20- Jan 9
Imperium, Parts I and II
This new two-parter, based on Robert
Harris’s Cicero novels, has been adapted
by Mike Poulton, who also did
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the
Bodies. Gregory Doran directs
Richard McCabe in the role
of Cicero. The event is staged
as six plays, presented in two
performances, each with two
intervals. For older teenagers and
up. Swan Theatre, Stratford-uponAvon (01789 403493), Nov 16-Feb 10
Family & panto
The Jungle Book
This new adaptation of Rudyard
Kipling’s family classic is by the Olivier
The Nutcracker at
Birmingham. Below:
Faith Omole in Jack and
the Beanstalk
award-winning Jessica Swale and is
directed by Max Webster, who did
The Lorax at the Old Vic. So prepare
for a roar of an event. Ages 6+. Royal and
Derngate, Northampton (01604 624811),
Nov 28-Dec 31, then touring
Pinocchio
This production is a bit of
a coup for the National, with
permission to use the music and
songs from the Disney film.
John Tiffany directs this version
written by Dennis Kelly, of
Matilda fame. When you wish
upon a star, this is what you’ll
find. Ages 8+. Lyttelton,
National Theatre, London SE1
(020 7452 3000), Dec 1-April 7
The Arabian Nights
A world premiere by Suhayla
El-Bushra set in the
wondrous market square of
old Baghdad, where we hear
stories that feature Aladdin,
Sinbad, Ali Baba and the like.
Carpets fly and birds talk in this
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Christmas — and no turkeys
ANDREW ROSS; MANUEL HARLAN; JOAN MARCUS; JAY BROOKS
adaptation for younger audiences of
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s
picture book. Ages 3+. Lyric, London
W1COR (0330 3334812), Nov 22-Jan 7
The Snowman
Celebrating 20 years in the West End
this Christmas, this modern-classic
Raymond Briggs adaptation will also
be walking in the air (translation:
schlepping around the country)
before and after the holiday season.
Peacock, London WC2 (020 7863 8222),
Nov 23-Dec 31. Also: Opera House,
Manchester, Nov 8-12; Theatre Royal,
Glasgow, Nov 15-19; Mayflower,
Southampton Jan 10-14; Milton Keynes
Theatre, Jan 17-20; Theatre Royal,
Brighton, Jan 24-28.
La Petite Soirée
The grown-up alternative-circus cabaret
spectacular is back again this year — but
so, for the first time, is its rather less
outré younger sibling. All ages. Aldwych,
London WC2 (0845 2007981), Nov 25-Feb
3, Sats 3pm, extra perfs Dec 27-30, Jan 2
The Velveteen Rabbit
Back for the third time after a New York
transfer, the Unicorn revives its hit show
based on the 1922 book about a shy toy
rabbit who longs to be real. Ages 6+.
Unicorn, London SE1 (020 7645 0560),
Nov 17-Dec
17 Dec 31
plus Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot)
and everything-but-the-kitchenhensink showmanship. Ages 5+.
London Palladium, W1 (020 7087
087
7747), Dec 9-Jan 14
Beauty and
an the Beast
seen in Cambridge last year,
First see
New IInternational Encounter’s
retelling is performed in a simple,
retel
evocative,
sometimes comical
evo
style
sty by a cast of actormusicians.
Ages 5+. Tobacco
mu
Factory
Theatres, Bristol (0117
Fa
902
90 0344), Nov 30-Jan 14
Jack and the Beanstalk
Hackney Empire’s pantos
(Cinderella this year) are
still formidable, but in the
past few years Joel
Horwood’s shows have
risen up to rival them as
one of London’s best. Ages
6+. Lyric Hammersmith,
London W6 (020 8741 6850),
Nov 18-Jan 6
abracadabra of a show. Ages 5+. Royal
Lyceum, Edinburgh (0131 2484848),
Nov 25-Jan 6
A Christmas Carol
Matthew Warchus directs the Dickens
classic in a new adaptation by Jack
Thorne. Rhys Ifans may be perfectly
cast as Scrooge. Prepare for ghostly
arrivals. Ages 11+. Old Vic, London, SE1
(0844 8717628), Nov 20-Jan 20
The Little Matchgirl
Emma Rice’s exquisite production comes
to Bristol after its much-praised run at
Shakespeare’s Globe last year. Includes
the fairytales The Princess and the Pea,
The Emperor’s New Clothes and
Thumbelina. Ages 8+. Bristol Old Vic
(0117 987 7877), Nov 30-Jan 14
Wilde Creatures
A live band of storytelling musicians
bring characters from Oscar Wilde’s
classic fairytales to life, including
those from The Happy Prince and
The Nightingale and the Rose. It’s just
an hour long. For ages 5 to 105.
Vaudeville Theatre, London, WC2
(0330 3334814), Dec 15-31
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
An ambitious new take on CS Lewis
from Sally Cookson, the director
whose devised-in-therehearsal-room
reinventions of stories
such as Peter Pan,
Cinderella, 101
Dalmatians and Hetty
Feather have offered
some of the best family
theatre of the past few
years. Ages 7+. West
Yorkshire Playhouse,
Leeds (0113 213 7700),
Nov 29-Jan 31
Dick Whittington
The team behind last
year’s megabucks,
megalong but megafun
Cinderella return with
another mix of stars
(Elaine Paige joining last
year’s dame, Julian Clary,
Cinderella
The giant one! Albeit the same
me mob
are now doing even larger-scale
cale shows
at the London Palladium. Nonetheless,
the Hippodrome shows are usually
big, bawdy and great fun. The cast
includes Danny Mac, Beverley Knight
and the Grumbleweeds. Ages 5+.
Birmingham
Hippodrome (0844
Dec 19-Jan 28
33385000),
3
Peter Pan — An
P
Arena Spectacular
Will this be an awfully big adventure?
Awfully big, certainly: Martin Kemp
is Captain Hook, Bradley Walsh
is Smee, the rest of the 100-plus
performers include a team of
BMX stunt riders, all displayed
on the 20m LED screens dotted
around. All ages. Birmingham Arena,
Dec 20-24; SSE Arena, Wembley,
Dec 29, 30 (worldsbiggestpanto.com)
Stick Man
Sally Cookson (see also The Lion,
The Witch and the Wardrobe) has
brought plenty of music and real
stage magic to this popular
Dance
D
Cinderella
C
in
Matthew
Bourne struck gold with
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Sadler’s Wells, London EC1 (020 7863
pilot. Sadle
8000), Dec 9-Jan 27, then touring to June 23
Top: The Velveteen
Rabbit. Above:
Pinocchio. Left:
Hamilton comes to
London. Below left:
Martin Kemp
in Peter Pan
Royal Nutcracker
Peter Wright’s elegant and sophisticated
— yet highly romantic — staging of
Tchaikovsky’s festive favourite returns to
the Royal Ballet for Christmas. Royal
Opera House, London WC2 (020 7304
4000), Dec 5-Jan 10
BRB Nutcracker
Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates the
festive season with Peter Wright’s other
staging, filled with magic and wonder.
After the season in its home theatre, it
moves — in an enhanced version — to
the Royal Albert Hall from December
28-31. Birmingham Hippodrome
(0844 3385000), Nov 24-Dec 13
ENB Nutcracker
English National Ballet’s production,
with lovely Edwardian designs by Peter
Farmer and child-friendly choreography
by Wayne Eagling, keeps packing them
in. Mayflower, Southampton (023 8071
1811), Nov 29-Dec 2; Coliseum, London
WC2 (020 7845 9300), Dec 13-Jan 6
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EMMA KAULDHAR; BILL COOPER
what’s on
Continued from page 5
Nutcracker
Scottish N
Scottish Ballet reaches back to 1973
revive Peter Darrell’s sparkling,
to revi
chocolate-box production, with
choc
fresh designs from the clever
fres
Lez Brotherston. Festival Theatre,
Edinburgh (0131 529 6000),
Ed
Dec 9-30, then touring to Feb 3
D
The
Th Little Mermaid
David
Da Nixon’s production for
Northern Ballet reimagines
No
Hans
Han Christian Andersen’s
with the help of a score
ffairytale
airy
by
by Sally
Sal Beamish. Theatre Royal,
Newcastle
N
ewcast (0844 112121), Oct 31-Nov 4,
th touring
then
th
tourin to Dec 17
Opera/classical
Opera/
Rigoletto
Verdi’s tragedy, soaked with great tunes,
is an ideal opera for the newbie. Parents
should note that the Royal Opera’s
production includes nudity. The tenor
Michael Fabiano sings the philandering
Duke. Royal Opera House, London WC2
(020 7304 4000), Dec 14-Jan 16
Die Fledermaus
Always a regular in Austria for
Christmas, Strauss’s classic Viennese
operetta is presented by Welsh National
Opera in John Copley’s cosy production,
with Mark Stone as Eisenstein and
Judith Howarth as Rosalinde. New
Theatre Oxford (0844 8713020), Dec 1-2
David Nixon’s The Little
Mermaid. Above left:
Die Fledermaus. Below:
Natalie Palamides
in Laid
Opera Holland Park
Christmas Concert
Having scored a big hit with Will Todd’s
family opera, Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland, Opera Holland Park
presents an abridged, semi-staged
version of Todd’s newest work, an
adaptation of A Christmas Carol directed
by Martin Duncan. The concert includes
carols and other seasonal music.
St Columba’s Church, London SW1
(operahollandpark.com), Dec 7
Sing We Yule
The lively early-music group Joglaresa
launches a new Christmas-themed
album and show mixing medieval, folk
and contemporary seasonal music and
featuring the guest soloist Emma Kirkby.
The Lights, Andover (01264 368368),
Nov 23, then touring
RSNO Christmas Concerts
Scotland’s national orchestra leads a
fun-filled musical celebration of the
festive season, including a screening of
the perennially popular The Snowman
with live accompaniment. Concert Hall,
Perth (01738 621031), Dec 20, then touring
Messiah
Nobody does Handel’s great oratorio
more thunderously or joyously than
the Huddersfield Choral Society,
which presents its annual
performances on consecutive nights in
its gloriously ornate home. Town Hall,
Huddersfield (01484 225755), Dec 19 & 20
Comedy
Natalie Palamides: Laid
The deserving winner of Best Newcomer
at this year’s Edinburgh Comedy
Awards, Palamides is part clown, part
awful parody of motherhood, part
Tennesse Williams heroine and part
short-order chef in this compelling piece
of comedy theatre. “Sui generis”, as
they’ll surely put on the posters if she
ever gigs in ancient Rome. Soho Theatre,
London W1 (020 7478 0100), Nov 6-18;
Dec 22-30; Jan 2-13
Adam Riches: The Beakington
Town Hall Meetings
Something different from the Edinburgh
Comedy Award-winning character
comedian: not his excellent recent
Edinburgh show, but instead dramatic
reconstructions of a calamitous civic
gathering. Battersea Arts Centre, London
SW11 (020 7223 2223), Dec 4-9
Jeff Garlin
Back in business as co-star (as Jeff the
manager) and co-deviser of Larry
David’s improvised sitcom Curb Your
Enthusiasm, Garlin returns to Soho for
his longest London run as a stand-up
yet. Soho Theatre, London W1
(020 7478 0100), Dec 18-30
Contributors: Dominic
Maxwell, Ann Treneman,
Debra Craine, Richard
Morrison, Neil Fisher
Spencer Jones: The Audition
On the rise after appearing in Upstart
Crow and getting his own BBC Comedy
Playhouse, this disarming physical
comedian brings a highly enjoyable show
to London after making the shortlist for
an Edinburgh Comedy Award this
summer. Suitable for 10+. Soho Theatre,
London W1 (020 7478 0100), Dec 11-Jan 6
Russell Brand: ReBirth
The messiah of ill-judged revolutionary
gestures is back to tear into the status
quo — and, most hilariously, his own
berkishness as a political agitator — in
this hugely entertaining return to standup. Touring to Dec 20 (russellbrand.com)
Slightly Fat Features
The internationally experienced sevenman variety troupe return for an all-new
blast of comedy, magic, music and stunts.
It’s not a kids’ show, but you can bring
the kids: the short run includes two
matinees. Leicester Square Theatre,
London (020 7734 2222), Dec 20-23
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Hugo Rifkind on TV
Dynasty reminds you of all the
bad ways the world has changed
Dynasty
(Netflix)
Celebrity Hunted
(Channel 4)
I
mprobably, Dynasty was the first
TV show I watched religiously. No
idea what that was about. It probably made more sense to Saddam
Hussein. I was a small boy in Edinburgh, though, watching with my
older sister before bed, so quite
what appeal the melodramatic adventures
of a billionaire oil family in Colorado held
for me, I could not say.
Not that I understood much about oil or
Colorado. Or anything else. I didn’t understand why Krystle was always walking
down a staircase, or why all the women
had funny shaped shoulders, or why
Steven always had a friend and a room
with twin beds. I sort of understood why
other people were always climbing into
bed with each other, but not why the
women were usually doing it naked while
the men were always doing it in suits. Still
don’t, actually. I liked Dex Dexter because
he was basically an action hero, although I
didn’t know why he was married to Joan
Collins who was already aged about 100.
I must have come in around the middle
somewhere, maybe a season before the infamous Moldavian wedding massacre
season finale, which I remember very
clearly. I even watched The Colbys, that insane spin-off, which ended with a woman
in massive earrings getting abducted by
aliens. No, I swear it did. It’s the sort of
thing people today simply don’t believe,
even if they remember the show. A bit like
Boy George being on The A Team.
Anyway, it’s back now. Isn’t everything?
Completely rebooted, it started this week
on Netflix. It is nothing like it was, but quite
a lot like Ugly Betty, just without the jokes.
“This feels so much like Ugly Betty,” I told
myself, watching it, “that Jim Robinson
from Neighbours will probably be along in
a minute!” And, lo and behold, he was, as
Blake Carrington’s butler.
Elizabeth Gilles seems to be the star
now, playing Fallon Carrington, the patriarch’s daughter. She’s half Rich Kid of Instagram, half scheming business bitch
waiting to happen. Steven, her brother, is
still gay, only it’s 2017 now so we’re allowed
to totally know about it. I dimly recall that
the old Steven was briefly married to Sammy Jo, a role played by the very beautiful
Heather Locklear, who had presumably
been cast in the role of “wife gay man
leaves” to show just how damn gay he was.
There’s a new Sammy Jo too, but he’s a gay
man this time too. So, I’ve no idea what
happens there. Will Steven turn out to be
secretly straight? How will we tell the kids?
The old Krystle, Linda Evans, I remember mainly for being blowdried to within
an inch of her life and having to take an
earring off every time she used the phone.
She was about as sexy as Prince Charles.
The new one is Nathalie Kelley, who was
oil slick Dynasty is back, but can a slightly low-budget drama do justice to today’s super-wealthy?
in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. So
that’s a bit different. She’s all modern and
progressive, being a mere vice-president of
a huge American oil company, which
apparently makes her very different from
her new husband, Blake Carrington, who
is traditional and stuffy, although not so
stuffy that he won’t bang her on a desk.
Jim Robinson from Neighbours sees her
as a gold-digger, anyway, and so does Fallon, who is secretly sleeping with her dad’s
black driver, a relationship that seems to
have been written in to establish a “Fallon
is into black guys” plotline, so as to set up
her (presumably) pending marriage to at
least one of the Colby family, who are black
now too. I say “at least one” because Wiki-
It’s not interesting
now to have a soap
about people who are
undeservedly loaded
pedia reminds me that last time she married at least two of them (obviously Colbys;
there were no black guys), one of whom
was Maxwell Caulfield from Grease 2.
Until then, though, she promises to be . . .
Actually, who cares? I don’t. I’ll never
watch this again. Dynasty reminds you of
all the bad ways in which the world has
changed. It’s not niche or interesting to
have a soap opera about people who are
merely undeservedly loaded any more.
Undeservedly loaded people are everywhere, for real, forcing themselves down
our throats. There’s one of them in the
White House, for God’s sake. The world
has Kardashians coming out of its armpits,
and the one thing that makes the Iraq war
feel worthwhile is that it happened too
soon for Uday Hussein to open an Instagram account. These days, true, massive
wealth is too truly, massively wealthy for a
slightly low-budget drama to do justice.
Plus, Alexis hasn’t turned up yet. Even last
time, apparently it took until series two.
Speaking of Arab dictators’ sons and the
pointlessly wealthy, I bring you a fine story
from Spencer Matthews of Made in Chelsea, about the first time he shaved his head.
He was in the Caribbean and had somehow managed to offend one of the sons of
Muammar Gaddafi. So the son came looking for him, with henchmen, and Spencer
hid under the bed. Then, when the death
squad had gone, he shaved off his hair as a
disguise. “And the amazing thing,” reports
Spencer, “is that I ended up getting introduced to him that night, and got away with
it! At a party! Which turned out to be his
party.” That’s right, folks. One of the most
infamous murderers in the world is looking for you, and you know exactly how
much danger you are in, and what do you
do that very night? Yep. You gatecrash his
party. By mistake. Because that’s just how
much of a faffing arse you are.
This story, by the way, comes to you via
Celebrity Hunted, which is brilliant. The
normal Hunted, which is also brilliant, puts
contestants on the run and gets a variety of
ex-law enforcement bods to track them,
using phone data, CCTV and good oldfashioned detective work. Celebrity Hunted is the same, but different.
One contestant here is Anneka Rice.
Stop the clock! Remember her? When, at
the beginning, they have a clip of Piers
Morgan saying, “Members of the public
are reporting multiple sightings of Anneka
Rice!” on Good Morning Britain, one does
rather think: “Really? Quite old ones?”
Rice, though, seems to have been dropped,
perfectly preserved, from the era in which
I was last watching Dynasty. Plus her big
plan is to hide out in the home of the bass
player from Dire Straits, which is about the
1980s-ish-est thing you can imagine. It’s a
mighty sort of satire, Anneka Rice and a
member of Dire Straits trying to disappear.
Don’t they realise they already have?
Other contestants include two members
of pop group the Wanted, who are boring,
and Steph and Dom from Gogglebox, who
own a hotel and plan to hide in the hotels
of other people who own hotels. It’s the
two from Made in Chelsea, Matthews and
Jamie Laing, who are the best telly.
Yes, they’re idiots, but they’re quite
clever idiots. Bear in mind that true toffs
always have friends who have been in the
Special Forces, some damn fine chap
called Bufty. So perhaps having taken
advice from such people, Jamie and Spencer aren’t even trying to disappear. Instead,
they’re just trying to call in favours from
their loaded mates until the show’s budget
can’t keep up. First there’s a helicopter ride
to the Isle of Wight, then a speedboat, then
another speedboat, all provided by a
shadowy fraternity of incredibly wellresourced men who say “yah” and have
jumpers over their shoulders. It works too.
Ever wondered what Lord Lucan did?
Wonder no more. This.
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exhibition
Frills and fog: why
the French loved
painting Britain
A show at Tate Britain explores how exiled Impressionists
responded to their new home, says Rachel Campbell-Johnston
W
hen you think of
the impressionists you most
probably think of
the sun: shining
on lily ponds,
shimmering amid
poplars, dancing across rivers, sparkling
over poppy fields. So who wouldn’t look
forward to a big new impressionist exhibition? As autumn draws in, we are offered
an antidote to the descending gloom. Or at
least that’s what you might assume. But
don’t bet on it. Tate Britain’s upcoming
show of impressionist masterpieces has an
awful lot of fog.
A gathering of paintings by Claude
Monet will lie at the heart of Impressionists
in London. Like so many of his most
famous pictures, they are less about variety of subject matter than studying the
same scene, painting it over and over to
capture the shifting effects of the light.
And the scene in this case is the pinnacled
silhouette of the Palace of Westminster, its
shadowy bulk lying low beside lapping
waters, its gothic towers half-dissolving in
gloomy winter mists.
“What I like most of all in London is the
fog,” Monet wrote. “It’s the fog that gives
London its marvellous breadth. Its regular
massive blocks become grandiose in this
mysterious cloak.” English painters had
tried to depict buildings “brick by brick”, he
said, but were trying to paint a fabric they
could not see.
He was not the only French painter of
that period to be entranced by our British
weather. Here, in a show that mixes up
world-famous artists with the lesser
known, is Camille Pissarro painting slush
in the suburbs and Alfred Sisley looking at
the “damp-looking dirty blackness” of
a Charing Cross river scene. CharlesFrançois Daubigny takes the fog-shrouded dome of St Paul’s as his subject.
Giuseppe de Nittis observes people in a
wet Piccadilly, and Tissot watches daytrippers reclined on a launch in the Pool of
London. The steamers in the background
belch clouds of black smoke. So forget the
pristine frilled parasols you might associate with impressionist pictures. Their
black umbrellas fend off the damp.
What were all these French painters doing in London? In 1973, to mark Britain
joining the EEC, the Hayward Gallery
staged a show about the impressionists in
London. It was a celebration, presenting
works in which several perennially popular painters — Monet, Sisley and Pissarro
among them — found in our British capital
a subject worth recording. The Hayward
was simply inviting its visitors to take
pleasure in the artistic relationship that, a
century or so earlier, had flourished
between Britain and France.
Now, almost 45 years later, another
show returns to the subject. It might seem
an irony that, this time, it should be opening as we break with the EU. But when the
exhibition was planned, curators had no
idea what lay in store politically.
“What the Hayward show didn’t explain,”
says Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, the lead
curator of the show, “is what all these artists were doing in London. They had come
here at a particularly traumatic moment.
In the 1870s their country was in chaos.”
The Franco-Prussian War and the consequent insurrection in Paris had plunged
a nation into crisis. The people of Paris,
under siege, had already cooked their pets
and zoo animals. They were now eating
rats. This new show will begin with images
that capture the destruction in Paris, its
monuments in ruins. Most graphically, a
little-known Tissot watercolour depicts a
dozen slaughtered communards lying at
Forget the pristine
frilled parasols —
black umbrellas
fend off the damp
london air Monet
paints parliament, a
regular subject from
1899 to 1901
the foot of a wall. A flung body falls limp as
a rag doll through the air to join them. Nor
do the accompanying diaries of the artist
flinch from the brutal facts. “There is very
little blood on the spot where they were executed but lots of brains as a result of the
coup de grâce in the ear,” he notes.
What Tissot witnessed may have
prompted his decision to leave Paris for
London. Certainly, during a long period of
violence, repression and censorship,
several artists decided to join the flood of
refugees seeking safety over the Channel.
Monet came with his wife and four-yearold son, but had scarcely the money to feed
them, let alone buy materials. He wanted
to avoid conscription. Pissarro, finding his
house had been seconded by the army and
all his paintings destroyed (as well as
works by Monet, which, ironically, had
been left there for safety) soon followed.
“French art has for the moment found a
home in England,” The Times reported in
1870. The prime minister, William Gladstone, expressed his delight that “our
countrymen should have the opportunity
of seeing and bearing testimony to how
noble a development the art of painting
and the art of sculpture have taken among
those who are suffering so grievously in
their public and national capacity”.
The exiled French artists, though often
very different, formed a community in
London. And this will be the first exhibition to explore it in depth. It looks at their
experiences in the capital, at the friend-
ships they forged, not just with one
another, but with British artists, and patrons and dealers. It will look at how their
time in London shaped their work, and the
way in which they, in turn, influenced the
British art scene.
Monet, for instance, was fascinated not
just by the fog, but by the vibrant industrial
atmosphere of our capital. It was at that
time the world’s largest city, and Paris, in
comparison, would have felt provincial. He
was amazed by the noise and the crowds
and the lights, which he captured in a
series of sketches done in Leicester Square
at night. One of these will be coming on
loan to this exhibition. Bold colours applied in a strong brushy rhythm evoke the
bustling crush of people, garishly lit by the
gleam of the Empire Theatre’s façade. Tissot was intrigued by the social customs.
His 1873 Too Early captures the blushing
embarrassment of the rich, but not highborn, young heiress who turns up prematurely for the grand society ball.
There is no work by British artists in this
show. Instead we see a picture of Britain,
its capital and its suburbs, its riverbanks
and parks, the pleasures and pastimes of its
people (prominently, their flag-festooned
regattas), their costumes and social customs, through the French outsider’s eyes.
And it was not just our landscapes and
lives that interested these French artists.
They also found inspiration in our
national collections. At the National Gallery the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
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TATE, PRESENTED BY THE TRUSTEES OF THE CHANTREY BEQUEST; COLLECTION FONDATION JEAN ET SUZANNE PLANQUE/MUSÉE GRANET, AIX-EN-PROVENCE; NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, US; MUSEE D’ORSAY, PARIS, FRANCE
shipshape James Tissot
recorded fashionable
Victorian social life, as in
The Ball on Shipboard.
Top right: St Anne’s
Church, Kew, by Camille
Pissarro. Left: Charing
Cross Bridge by Pissarro.
Right: Leicester Square
by Monet
developed his love of Correggio. Pissarro
discovered Constable and Turner. His
painting of a slow train setting off from the
suburbs is a take on the latter’s Rain, Steam
and Speed. And Monet too studied this
painter and his atmospherics closely,
‘How awful modern
British painting is,’
declared an appalled
Daubigny
although he later denied it. But mostly the
French were dismissive of the contemporary. “How awful modern British painting
is,” declared an appalled Daubigny.
Overall, this will be a show less about individuals than about relationships, Corbeau-Parsons says. Two key figures — Alphonse Legros and Paul Durand-Ruel —
stand at its heart. It will look at how the
former acted as a key figure in an exiled
artistic community, the first port of call for
the arriving Frenchman, among them the
dealer Durand-Ruel, who, after their first
meeting in Britain, was such a force in
Monet’s career. Durand-Ruel turned him
into one of the most coveted talents of the
day. But two years before he met him the
poverty-stricken painter had tried to
throw himself into the Seine in despair.
Tate Britain often faces a challenge finding subjects that can fulfil its British remit
and draw in the crowds. This exhibition
should succeed at both. As Brexit talks
grind on, here is a show to reassure us that
there will always be connections and cultural collaborations between our county
and the Continent. And, as the gloom of
winter descends on our capital, here is an
exhibition to show us quite how beautiful
the London fog can be.
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in
London, French Artists in Exile (18701904), Tate Britain, London SW1 (020
7887 8888), November 2 to May 7
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theatre
‘You fear you will
go berserk and
murder everyone’
Tom Kempinski tells Dominic Maxwell about
the mental anguish that spawned his hit play
I
f you know nothing else about
Duet for One, the Tom Kempinski
play that was a big hit in the early
1980s before becoming a film
starring Julie Andrews in 1986,
you probably know this: it was
inspired by the life story of
Jacqueline du Pré. Du Pré was the British
cellist whose brilliant career came to a premature end in the 1970s after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. And
Kempinski’s heroine Stephanie, first
played by his then-wife Frances de la Tour,
now being played in a touring revival by
Belinda Lang, is a violinist whose brilliant
career has come to a premature end
because of multiple sclerosis. The play is
made up of six fractious meetings with a
German psychiatrist who strives to convince her that life is still worth living. It was
most recently revived in the West End in
2009, starring Juliet Stevenson and Henry
Goodman, when, as usual, reviews — my
own rave included — touched on Du Pré.
There is only one problem with that
interpretation, though, Kempinksi tells
me as we sit the conservatory of his north
London home. It’s not true. “It doesn’t
relate to Jacqueline du Pré at all. It’s purely
coincidental.” This is extraordinary. It’s
like hearing that Phil Collins’s first few
albums had nothing to do with his divorce.
‘It became the play
about Jacqueline du
Pré. Except it’s not.
It’s a play about me’
So how does Kempinski explain his play’s
reputation as a veiled portrait? He shrugs.
“Because she had already had multiple
sclerosis. And you can see it, woman musician — OK, she’s a violinist not a cellist, but
people jumped to conclusions. It was an
idea put about by people who were very
angry that I had used her life to make a
famous play. Might there be some jealousy
behind it? Who am I to say? But it became
‘the play about Jacqueline du Pré’. Except
it’s not. It is a play about me.”
It was only in the years after the play first
opened, says Kempinski, 79, that he realised the play was about him. He didn’t have
multiple sclerosis, he was an actor turned
playwright not a musician, and at the time
he wrote it, he had never had psychotherapy. He has made up for lost time since;
indeed, he still goes once a week.
Yet in the years that followed, he figured
out that Stephanie’s paralysis — she is
increasingly confined to a wheelchair as
the play goes on — was a metaphor for his
own mental paralysis. It took him a while
to work through the causes for his lifetime
of mental difficulties. He was born in north
London in 1938, the child of German-Jewish
refugees. His father was an actor; his
mother ran a restaurant. At the start of the
war his mother’s parents fled to Holland,
where they were captured by the Nazis.
They died in a concentration camp. His
parents, worried that Hitler would invade
Britain, decided to send their two-year-old
son to America with his paternal grandparents. “You may ask why they didn’t
come with me. I don’t know.”
Once there, though, Kempinski’s grandfather died within six months. Hiss grand
grandmother couldn’t cope and had
ad him
fostered. At the end of the war,
r, yet
another upheaval, as he was sent back
ack
to his parents. Two years later, his
is
father dropped dead. A lifetimee
punctuated by depression and
agoraphobia ensued.
“Now, as was explained to me
by my analyst, these were a
series of unfortunate things. But
a child doesn’t believe in unfortunate things. A child believes that
people are getting at him, that theyy
are hurting him.”
And so there built up inside him,
m, he
says, terrible feelings: “Rage, ideas
deas of
sexual perversion, ideas of torturing
orturing
people, ideas that I had to suppress.
ress. Or
paralyse. And that’s the woman, paralysed
l d
in the play.”
The upside to trauma, he says, is what it
does to your imagination: it gets you thinking how things might have been different.
The downsides: he had his first breakdown
when he was ten. He survived being sent
away to boarding school at Abingdon —
then a grammar school, now a public
school — but lasted only ten weeks at
Cambridge University. “I was just anxious
all the time.”
Back in London, after ten weeks in the
Maudsley psychiatric hospital, he went to
Rada. He had a successful acting career
throughout the 1960s; in 11 years, he notes,
he was out of work for only ten weeks. Yet
acting was never the ideal lifestyle for
someone who needed to feel in control of
his own space. In the 1970s his first marriage, to the actress Margaret Nolan (who
played James Bond’s poolside girlfriend,
Dink, in Goldfinger), ended. He started
writing plays: his first one, an agitprop
socialist musical called The Sellout, had a
brief run at the National in 1971. Yet Duet
for One in 1980 was his one bona fide
smash. Plenty of theatres rejected it: “Who
wants to see two people sitting down talking for two hours?” he was told. Yet after it
played at the Bush in west London it went
on to a West End run, with De la Tour
T
the hurting Tom
Kempinski, writer of
Duet for One, above,
starring Juliet Stevenson
and Henry Goodman at
the Almeida in 2009
playing opposite David de Keyser. The
Broadway
Broadw run in 1981 was less successful:
first, its
it intended star, Ellen Burstyn, left
the show.
Anne Bancroft and Max von
s
Sydow
Syd ended up playing the violinist
and
psychiatrist, but William
an
Friedkin’s
restless production didn’t
Fr
go
g down a storm. “The producer
rang
ra me up — f***ing decent of
him
h — and he said, ‘We f***ed up a
wonderful
play.’ ” Mind you, it was a
w
masterpiece
compared with the film
ma
version
with Julie Andrews. “They
vers
turned
turne it into an episode of Dallas.”
Still, the
t £250,000 he earned from selling the rights
and writing the script would
ri
go to fund
fun his psychoanalysis and his contribution to buying the house we are sitting
in,
i which
hi h he moved into with his third wife,
Sarah Tinge, a now-retired media lawyer,
in 1991. The period before that had been
difficult: De la Tour, the mother of his first
two children, left. He ballooned to 25st,
couldn’t leave the house for a while. (Now
he keeps in trim with three hoovering sessions a week.) He wrote at a prodigious
rate, and has had more than 40 plays
staged — Helen Mirren starred in one, Sex
Please, We’re Italian, which earned terrible
reviews at the Young Vic in 1991. None had
the success of Duet for One.
He stopped playwriting in 2002, after
the critics ignored a season of his plays at
the New End in Hampstead. One of them,
High Jumpers, he still considers his best
play. Yet he felt he was writing in a vacuum,
got depressed, gave up. Until now, anyway;
just recently he has had what he feels is his
first really good idea for a while. He will try
to turn it into a play.
The agoraphobia is still an issue, though
he points out that he is able to pop out to the
shops, to drive a little and has just
enrolled in a writing course at the University of the Third Age. He has been on a foreign holiday most years with Sarah and
their daughter, Antonia. Yet, in his own
back room at least, smoking a cigarette and
surrounded by some of the abstract art he
started painting when he gave up writing —
full of swirls and spatters: “They’re all violent” — he is garrulous, generous and
knows how to spin an anecdote.
He thinks people misunderstand
agoraphobia. “I stand to be corrected by
any analysts reading this, but you are afraid
you are going to go berserk and murder
everyone outside. So you imprison yourself.
People think that you are afraid of something outside. You are afraid of yourself.”
Will Duet for One be what he is remembered for? “I’m afraid it will, yes.” When the
Almeida revived it in 2009 in the production that later transferred to the West End,
he read it for the first time in years.
“I don’t want to sound like a brag. But it
had been so long that I literally couldn’t
‘I sat down and read
the play again, in my
sitting room. I was
knocked out’
remember what the characters were called.
I sat down and read it, in my sitting room
here. And I was knocked out. It’s a f***ing
good play. I was shocked.”
Yet he didn’t go to the rehearsals, and
nor did he go to see it, despite hearing that
Stevenson was astonishing. He won’t go to
see this new revival either, though he hears
good things about Lang and her co-star
Oliver Cotton. In fact, he hasn’t seen it
since the West End in 1980. Alas, my own
attempts to psychoanalyse any mixed feelings about this enduring masterwork peter
out. Is it just the agoraphobia? Or does he
fear being intimidated by his own work as
a younger man? “No, I don’t mind. Especially since I have a higher opinion of High
Jumpers.” Is it too close to home, then? He
shrugs. “No. It’s too long ago, mate. I have
led so much other life. I barely know the
fella who wrote it.”
Duet for One is at the Cambridge Arts
Theatre (01223 503333) today, then
touring to Richmond, Edinburgh,
Malvern and Chichester, to November 18
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music
Ten things I’ve learnt about opera
IAN SALVAGE/BBC
As Lucy Worsley tells
the story of opera on
TV, here’s what the
historian discovered
1
Opera came alive thanks to dead
Romans
Seventeenth-century Venetians wanted
to see real people in their operas — not
mythical figures, gods, goddesses, or personifications of nature. So although it
doesn’t sound all that exciting that dead
Romans appeared on stage in opera for the
first time in pieces such as Monteverdi’s
The Coronation of Poppea, it was important for Venice, and for the history of
opera. Nero, who is the antihero in Poppea,
does horrendous things in the drama. The
city of Venice thought it was better than
Imperial Rome in every way, so watching
bad Emperor Nero at the opera house also
made them feel better about themselves.
2
If you wave a pair of castration
scissors in the air, all the men in
the room cross their legs
The singer playing Nero in Poppea would
originally have been a castrato. We had to
source a pair of 18th-century scissors, so I
asked my colleagues at Hampton Court.
One of the state apartment warders there
is a medical history nut, and he’s got a
whole collection of medical instruments.
They looked pretty crude — the same type
of scissors are still used for sheep today.
The shocking thing about the baroque
practice of castration on boys is that before
people sent their sons for the chop they
didn’t know whether their castrato voice
was going to be any good or not — so you
may have gone through the procedure and
then still not have had an opera career.
3
It doesn’t pay to insult your
patrons
I’m thinking off Mozart. He
had a healthy subscription
ption list
for his concerts, which
were packed full of
counts and countesses,
es,
and which allowed
d
him to rent a lovely
flat in the centre of
Vienna. Then he
wrote The Marriage
of Figaro with a bad
count in it — and obviously
all
“his””
counts were offended
ed
and refused to comee to
his concerts any more.
e. Mozart had to move beyond
eyond the
city walls. That wass the financiall
price he paid for hiss revolutionary criticism of the aristocracy, although he does
have the compensation of immortality.
4
When you’re premiering your
only opera, timing is everything
Beethoven’s opera Fidelio opened in
1805 — it was terrible timing because the
French had just invaded Vienna. They
turned up at the opera house, they heard
an opera that was a massive complaint
against tyranny, they thought: “Are we the
tyrants here? We don’t like this opera.”
And it got taken off after three nights.
Beethoven went on working on the piece
and it had its third outing in 1814. The timing was perfect: Napoleon had just been
defeated and everyone had come to the
Austrian capital for the Congress of Vienna. Now they were ready to hear an opera
about overcoming tyranny.
5
It takes a midwife from Nottingham
to explain Wagner
I was a Wagner virgin before I made
this documentary. Wagner seemed difficult to me. One argument opened things
up for me — made by Catherine Foster,
who is from Not
Nottingham and used
to be a m
midwife. Now she
sings Br
Brünnhilde in Bayreuth and is so unlike
what I expected a diva
to be.
b She said that
you
can actually
yo
read
re Brünnhilde as
a feminist, sacrificing
herself to
fic
bring
down the
br
system
of gods and
sys
goddesses
so that,
god
essentially,
a new age
essen
can
can begin
beg where sensible
people
from Nottingham
people fr
take
ta over. I did dress up as
ta
Brünnhilde
for the
Br
Br
th series. I had a
really good costume: gladiator-type
sangl
dals, a spear, a shield and a sort of silver
breastplate, with a long white gown underneath. I felt very powerful, in a ridiculous
and camp way.
6
Parisian opera buffs came for the
girls, not the opera
In the 19th century the Garnier
opera house in Paris hosted the Jockey
Club, which was like a Parisian Bullingdon
Club. The aim of opera-going for club
members was to look through their opera
glasses at the ballet girls and then go backstage afterwards and have an “introduction” to a dancer of their choice. They were
upset when Wagner put on his opera Tan-
she’s a fan Lucy Worsley
as Carmen. Below left:
Angel Blue and David
Butt Philip sing in
La Bohème. Below:
Mark Stone and Anna
Devin in The Marriage
of Figaro
nhäuser at the Garnier because he put the
ballet in the first half, so they arrived at the
interval expecting the ballet — and the
girls — and they’d missed it. Wagner went
back to Germany disgusted.
7
The best Puccini sopranos can
“die” absolutely anywhere
The singer Angel Blue has been Mimì
in La Bohème, I think, 36 times in different
productions, so she was a very good person
to get tips on how to die. Mimì contracts
tuberculosis, which was a weirdly sexy
disease in the 19th century because of the
pallor it led to. Angel said you should always ask the director if you can perform
your death without the comfort of a sofa,
because if you’re dying from tuberculosis
you would squirm about. Then you have to
roll your eyes in search of your boyfriend,
Rodolfo, start a tremor in your hand, and
in your final sighs keep fluttering your eyelids. And it’s very important that you stay
dead until the end of the act, and for the
really long pause you’re hopefully going to
get before the audience starts clapping.
Even though she acted out the scene for
me in a pub in Camden Town, it was
tremendously affecting.
8
Carmen, the unlikely
revolutionary
The idea that Bizet’s Carmen may
have a secret political message hints back
to the Paris Commune of 1871, when the
city was taken over by communards —
radical socialists and revolutionaries.
Among them were these slightly mythical
communard women called pétroleuses
who would throw firebombs. The character of Carmen is herself a very revolutionary, socially unconventional person. She
wears red, the colour of the communards,
and she behaves in a sexually liberated
way. And Carmen keeps using the word
“liberty”, watchword of the commune.
There is an argument that Bizet was bringing memories of the commune to life when
Carmen was premiered in 1875. By then
any mention of the commune was banned.
9
You can get away with an
onstage striptease if it’s from
the Bible
Richard Strauss managed this with the
aide of Oscar Wilde’s play, Salome, which
he turned into an opera in 1905. At the first
performance Marie Wittich, who was
playing Salome, said to the composer that
she wasn’t doing the infamous Dance of the
Seven Veils because she was a respectable
woman. They had to get a body double, but
since the substitute was much thinner, it
can’t have been that convincing.
10
Opera singers have the best
retirement homes
When I’m old I want to live in
the Casa Verdi in Milan. The composer’s
former house is now a home for former
divas. They sang Verdi’s Va pensiero, for
me. They all had careers and now live together in this community. I might have to
get better at singing to be allowed in.
Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera begins
tonight on BBC Two at 9pm
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interview
The poet who’s up for a fight
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there were, briefly, difficulties with her
parents. Her mother found it hard, and for
a while there was a distance between them.
But not her father? “It’s more that she
admitted to it,” Kay says.
Outside her home the experience of
coming out in mid-Seventies Glasgow was
tough and the prejudices of others eventually sent her to live in England. After she
graduated she had hoped to be actress, but
was told in Glasgow: “You’re really good,
dear, but you’re the wrong colour.”
By her late twenties she had a son by the
writer Fred D’Aguiar — “He saw me
broody one day and just offered, which was
great” — but being a mixed-race, lesbian
mother in Glasgow was at the time not an
experience to relish.
She settled in Manchester in 1996, and
for years lived with the poet laureate Carol
Ann Duffy, before they split in 2003. “Why
does everyone ask me about Carol Ann?”
As her latest work
appears, Jackie Kay,
Scots poet laureate,
talks to Mike Wade
‘Y
ou always remember your bad reviews!” says the
poet Jackie Kay,
laughing. It was
about 1980, when
she was 18 or 19 and
a member of the women’s group at Stirling
University, that she recalls becoming the
object of hatred for the campus fascists.
“They put up posters that said, ‘The
Women’s Collective is an ugly bunch of degenerate bastards. Would you be seen with
that Irish Catholic wog called Jackie
Kay?’ ” she says. “For some reason they
thought I was an Irish Catholic!”
She’s laughing now, sitting in the living
room of her parents’ home, but back then
it was a chilling incident. Her persecutors,
from the National Front or the British
Movement, had pasted razor blades behind the posters — to shred the hands of
anyone who tried to remove them.
A meeting with the university principal
followed; the police were called; Kay was
offered their protection. But after the initial terror, she just got on with her “fantastic” student life.
Everything about this anecdote attests
to what her publisher defines as the “fighting spirit”, the quality that shines through
Bantam, Kay’s latest collection.
There are poems about war, and our
memories of war, channelled through
memorials and family stories. There are
verses about bereavement, the Brontës,
about Brexit, and some very funny lines
dedicated to Nigel Farage.
As befits Scotland’s makar, or poet laureate, some of these works celebrate Scotland, its parliament and landscape (some
written in Scots) and there’s a brilliant interlude in a remote Highland grocers shop:
“Nothing can be hidden from Lochaline
Stores,/. . . Not an addiction to scratch
cards or whisky,/ Not a partiality to a bottle
of Chianti . . .”
There’s a poem about a leisure centre in
Moss Side, Manchester, and another,
funny and profound, about all, or nearly
all, the people called Smith in Salford. One
poem, conjuring up Palestine, is inspired
by a journey made by Matthew, her son.
Most movingly, Bantam deals with family
and love.
The disparate parts of Kay’s backstory
have featured in her work before. Her first
collection of poems told the story of her
adoption, as a mixed-race baby, by a white
Scottish couple. Red Dust Road, a memoir,
recounted her meeting with her Nigerian
father and finding her ancestral village.
Yet, as she makes abundantly clear, in this
new collection and in conversation, it is
the love she was cocooned in as a child that
made her who she is.
We are sitting the semi-detached house
in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow, that her
adoptive parents bought in the late 1950s.
It’s here they brought Kay and Maxwell,
her elder brother, to live, when both were
newborn babies. More than 50 years later
John, 92, and Helen, 86, are here now, both
dozing, at the other end of the living room,
surrounded by their books and pictures.
life lines Jackie Kay
writes about the Brontës,
Brexit and Nigel Farage
‘The most
important
thing that
gives a person
a sense of
identity is
actually love’
Bantam is published on
Thursday by Picador
The poet, who is chancellor of Salford
University, spends about two weeks of
every month at home in Chorlton, Manchester, or on tour, reading her work. The
rest of the time she sleeps here, and her
presence ensures that her parents don’t
have to live in a care home. John is a former
full-time organiser for the Communist
Party; Helen was Scottish secretary for
CND. Some of the book’s most beautiful
poems are about the pair, “comrades,
compadres, companions”.
The family tree allows Kay to explore
the past. The title poem is taken from her
father’s description of his father in 1917: “It
wisnae men they sent tae war./ It wis boys
like the Bantams/ — wee men named efter/ sma’ chickens.” Margaret’s Moon is a
sonnet addressed to her birth mother, a
nurse. Kay was by Margaret’s bedside last
year, an hour before her death, and, in the
words of the poem, “kissed her head in a
strange room” before she died.
Kay, 56, feels blessed to have been
adopted. For some children, she accepts,
“transracial adoption” was traumatic, but
the poet looked askance at the recent controversy in Tower Hamlets, east London,
in which the circumstances surrounding
the fostering by a mixed-race couple of a
white baby were widely aired.
“People lose sight of practical and commonsense [things],” Kay says. “They lose
the most important thing that gives someone the biggest sense of identity. That’s actually love. If you feel love, you will have a
sense of your own identity. It’s quite
simple.” Matching children and foster
families by race, religion and language is
“pretty strange”.
At 16, when she came out as a lesbian,
she complains, sick of the prurience. Kay
has been with her partner, Denise Else, a
television technician, for the past decade.
During that time attitudes to sexuality
have been transformed in Scotland. Manchester, though, and parts of London are
much suited to her lifestyle. “Where I live
in Chorlton is awash with vegan lesbians,”
she says with a laugh. Glasgow lags behind.
Bantam reflects all these places and
people. It is, she says, “a cross-border
book”, reflecting where she is now. And for
a woman who so easily smiles and laughs,
suddenly she sounds more sombre.
“I feel very Scottish — but where is my
actual home?” Kay says. “What’s to the
past, what’s to the future — what is now?
The past is rooted, the future might have
some roots — but that middle moment is
quite rootless. That doesn’t mean it is without wonderful things, but right now I am
living with a suitcase.”
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six of the best
Exiles by Charles Spencer
The Greek playwright
Aeschylus wrote: “I
know how men in exile
feed on dreams.” It is a
brilliant thought coined
by a man who — legend
insists — was summoned
by divine forces to devote
his genius to composing
tragedy.
Aeschylus had a feel for
what moved his audience
most. He observed that
separation from home
will stir up a feeling of
nostalgia and longing.
This extreme vulnerability
then encourages exiles to
feast on a hope that
restoration is round the
corner, often leading to
dangerous delusion and
rash decisions. It is rich
territory for a tragedian to
play in, particularly given
the examples history
offers of real-life exiles.
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X isabel archer, the portrait
of a lady, henry james (1881)
Isabel moves from Albany, New
York, to England. Far from
finding freedom in her exile, she
discovers that her chosen course
has left her trapped, and at the
mercy of convention. Isabel
shows she has the qualities
of forbearance, and selfknowledge, and the reader can
only hope that Henry James’s
ambiguous ending leads to
escape from her grim marriage.
The future Charles II
made the tragic mistake
of “feeding on dreams”,
soon after his father’s
beheading. He endured
years of humiliating exile.
In 1651 he lunged at what
he thought was a chance
to regain the throne.
Defeat led to flight. His six
weeks on the run is a true
story so startling that it
remains worthy of any
fanciful, fictional tale.
When the writers of
imagined exiles add a
splash of injustice to the
narrative, indignation and
outrage bring further
spice to a subject that
gains its power from
primal fear.
To Catch a King: Charles
II’s Great Escape by
Charles Spencer is
published by
William Collins
meursault, l’étranger,
albert camus (1942)
Not many school set texts still
resonate with me, but Camus’
The Outsider, about a
Frenchman in Algeria who
shoots dead an Arab, has stayed
with me for nearly 40 years.
Meursault’s real crime is
presented as his refusal to
conform to society’s demands.
People are shocked by the
lack of emotion he shows at
the death of his mother. Once
he is accused of murder
(and later convicted) he shows
a disturbingly easy acceptance
of death.
W denisovich, one day
in the life of ivan
denisovich, alexander
solzhenitsyn (1962)
One of its best English
translations was by my late,
wonderful, literary agent, Gillon
Aitken, for whom the phrase
“gentleman and scholar” would
seem to have been minted.
Denisovich’s ten-year sentence to
a gulag, after being unjustly
condemned as a spy, is set
against unimaginable suffering.
Vcolonel kurtz, apocalypse
the count of monte cristo,
alexandre dumas (1845)
I was given a richly illustrated
copy of Dumas’ wonderful tale
of treachery and revenge by my
young nanny when I was seven.
The injustice of Edmond Dantès’
suffering, when wrongly
condemned to a terrible
imprisonment, and the
ingenuity of the payback after
his clever escape, make this the
most satisfying exile tale that I
know.
the marquess of marchmain, brideshead revisited,
evelyn waugh (1945)
One of my favourite books, even before the beautiful mini-series
(above, the 2008 film). His exile is self-imposed, eschewing his
family, his inheritance, and his Roman Catholicism, for a life in Italy
with his mistress, Cara. We learn that Marchmain has always had a
tendency to run away — as a younger man, through drink. Waugh
lends this lost man, with “a frame of malevolence under his urbanity”,
a heroic air in the end, for breaking his exile from God just in time.
now (1979)
The transformation of Kurtz
from Joseph Conrad’s character
in Heart of Darkness into the
apparently insane special forces
officer of the Vietnam War is
brilliantly done. The “heart of
darkness” that the colonel
divines at the centre of human
nature is p
presented
through his
is
admiration
n
of the
ruthless
ways of
the Viet
Cong.
Marlon
Brando
has Kurtz
deliver an
exquisite blend of
menace and conviction before
his blood-soaked death.
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books
How Winston won the day
Book of the week
Stung by British
defeat in Norway,
MPs demanded a new
warrior leader. It’s a
gripping drama, says
Lawrence James
S Minutes
Six
iin May
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How
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B
Became Prime
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Minister
bby Nicholas Shakespeare
Harvill Secker, 528pp; £20
H
N
icholas Shakespeare is a
successful novelist who has
turned historian. The result is a
superbly written drama in three
acts that tells how Winston
Churchill became prime minister on May
10, 1940. He gives a kaleidoscopic view of
events that got out of hand, the men who
tried to control them and those individuals
who were the victims of their fallibility.
Shakespeare’s research is thorough and
he has a novelist’s flair for depicting the
characters and motives of great and lesser
men. He also finds time for those wayward
counterparts of Boy’s Own Paper adventurers, who are on hand whenever Britain goes
to war, and who have added immeasurably
to the nation’s store of martial anecdotes.
Foremost among the eccentrics is
Adrian Carton de Wiart, VC. During the
First World War he had lost an eye fending
off fanatic Somalis with a broken polo stick
and then his left hand during the Passchendaele campaign. He appeared to
relish a good scrap, although he denied
that he enjoyed war, and had little truck
with foreigners. When a French unit
suddenly skedaddled during an action in
Norway in 1940, he lit a cigarette and commented: “Damn Frogs — they’re all the
same. One bang and they’re off.” Readers
will recognise him as the model for Evelyn
Waugh’s Brigadier Ritchie-Hook in the
Sword of Honour trilogy.
Naval quirkiness is represented by the
monocled admiral, the Earl of Cork and
Orrery, a veteran of the Boxer Rebellion,
short of stature and temper, who was
known to the ratings as “Cork-n-horrible”.
Carton De Wiart and Cork and Orrery
were senior commanders in the Norwegian campaign in the spring of 1940 which
forms the first act of this drama.
It was a disaster, so much so that the
Admiralty subsequently mislaid some
vital files to hide its mistakes from
posterity. Among the beneficiaries of this
carelessness was the first lord of the
Admiralty, Churchill, who had been on his
most erratic form throughout a campaign
that aimed to deny Norwegian iron ore
and ports to the Germans.
From the start, the Germans held the
initiative and enjoyed air superiority. By
the end of April British forces were compelled to make a humiliating withdrawal
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from their first campaign of the war. Someone had blundered and a demoralised and
furious country wanted the blunderers
exposed and kicked out of office.
The post mortem in the House of Commons began on May 2 and soon mutated
into a trial of Neville Chamberlain, the
prime minister. Shakespeare rightly portrays him as a worthy man for whom
waging war was an uncongenial task and a
reminder that his efforts to avert it had
failed. He was an uninspiring speaker, vain
and easily shaken by criticism.
Chamberlain’s conceit and prickliness
were his undoing. As the emphasis of
the debate shifted away from national
strategy towards the inadequacy of his
leadership, he became piqued and petulantly appealed to his “friends” to support
him in the lobby. This was a costly error, for
it revealed that he placed his career and
party before country in what was a
national emergency. Chamberlain was
pinning his hopes on the loyalty of Tory
MPs, in particular the compliant but occasionally flammable deadwood massed on
the back benches.
Ranged against the prime minister were
the Labour and Liberal opposition and a
knot of disaffected Conservatives who had
been hostile to appeasement and looked
towards Churchill as an instinctive and
inspirational war leader. These dissidents
found allies in the press, which sensed the
disgruntled national mood; even the hitherto sycophantic Daily Mail questioned
Chamberlain’s leadership.
Carton de Wiart had
lost an eye fending off
Somali fanatics with a
broken polo stick
Inside the Commons, what had begun as
a dull debate (the Egyptian ambassador
fell asleep in the gallery) was dramatically
transformed as MPs from all parties became enthused by angry and vengeful passions. Their target, Chamberlain, was
stunned by the fury of many speakers and
the jeering. Hecklers mocked him as the
man who had “missed the bus”, a banal
phrase he had once used to describe Hitler.
The parliamentary big guns weighed in.
Leo Amery, a former Tory minister,
attacked with characteristic, terrier-like
tenacity, and tore apart the government’s
handling of operations in Norway. He concluded with a flourish: “This is what Cromwell said to the Long Parliament
when he thought it was no longer fit
to conduct the affairs of the nation.
‘You have sat for too long here for
any good you are doing. Depart, I
say, and let us be done with you. In
the name of God, go!’ ”
The former prime minister David
Lloyd George followed up with his
famous eloquence and passion in
what one listener called his “best and
most deadly speech”. When Churchill
interrupted to defend Chamberlain,
Lloyd George riposted that he should
not allow himself to be “converted into an air-raid shelter to keep the splinters from hitting his colleagues”.
Saving Churchill from opprobrium
was central to the strategy of Churchill’s allies. They succeeded. Equally
telling were contributions from some
fortunes of war
Winston Churchill and
the man he replaced,
Neville Chamberlain.
Below: Adrian Carton de
Wiart, VC, an old-school
warrior beaten in Norway
of the 62 MPs serving in the forces. When
an officer in the Household Cavalry asked
for leave to attend the debate, his colonel
gave it happily once he heard that the MP
intended to vote against the government.
The most formidable and influential of
the servicemen who spoke was Admiral Sir
Roger
Keyes (Tory MP for PortsR
mouth
North), who, contrary to cusm
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to wore his full-dress uniform bedecked
with medals, including a Vicde
toria
Cross won during the
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raid in the previous war.
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officer who would back a govyo
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that “neglected and beer
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from
men who knew what they
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were
w talking about gave heart to Tory defectors, despite arm twisting by
the whips. Chamberlain’s majority fell from
213 to 81 in a tense and acrimonious division. When the results were declared, a
chorus of “Go! Go! Go!” ran through the
chamber mingling with “Resign!” The
prime minister did, just as the news of
Hitler’s attack on the Low Countries was
announced.
The noisy drama in the Commons was
followed by the subdued, six-minute private meeting that settled the succession of
Churchill. It was attended by the Tory
chief whip, Chamberlain, and the two contenders: the foreign secretary, Lord
Halifax, and Churchill. Shakespeare gives
a penetrating analysis of what was said or
what the participants thought was said. He
rightly stresses the key points: Halifax was
diffident, unsure whether he possessed the
talent, or whether Labour would support
him, and unhappy about having to forgo
the pleasures of a country gentleman.
By contrast, and this swung the matter,
Churchill had the stomach for a fight and
opposition backing. Afterwards, he would
say that the forces of destiny had propelled
him forwards, but as this fascinating book
shows, they needed to be harnessed and
guided.
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nonfiction
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Rescuing Conrad from
the heart of darkness
‘Bloody racist’ or
visionary? This study
shows why he matters,
says John Sutherland
L
iterary scholarship is a sedentary
line of work (I plead guilty). Occasionally a scholar gets off their
rump and ventures into the real
world to see how their scholarship
stands up. Norman Sherry, notably, decided to go to the places Joseph Conrad
describes in Heart of Darkness. He made
the journey that the 1899 novella maps, to
the interior, up the huge “snake” of the
The Dawn Watch
Joseph Conrad in a
Global World
by Maya Jasanoff
William Collins, 375pp, £25
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Congo River. Sherry discovered a wealth
of what is thinly fictionalised in Heart of
Darkness. It produced what is still the most
readable introduction to the novelist, Conrad’s Western World (1966).
Maya Jasanoff follows Sherry’s lead. Her
book begins: “It was hard to get to Congo.”
She concludes: “I ended up coming closest
to Conrad on board ships.” A bit like saying
I came close to Ernest Hemingway by
fighting bulls. A young Harvard scholar,
Jasanoff could have stayed put on campus
burnishing an already stellar career, but
she has taken to heart one of the stern
maxims of the Conrad universe: “In the
destructive element immerse.” Unless you
take the physical risks, you’ll never know
the truth.
There was indeed some destruction for
Jasanoff. “I lamed myself in Poland following in Conrad’s footsteps and got violently
seasick on a tall ship following in his wake,”
she recalls. There is only one polite passing
reference to Sherry in The Dawn Watch.
It’s not disrespect. She is doing something
different. He was recovering Conrad’s past.
She aims to import Conrad into the
present world, “a global world”, as she
sees it.
Conrad’s reputation took a hard knock
in 1973 when Chinua Achebe, the greatest
African novelist never to have won the
Nobel prize, anathematised Heart of Darkness as the work of a “bloody racist”. Why,
asked Achebe, should his continent (not a
single African identified as a real person in
it) be used as the background for a corrupt
European’s nervous breakdown?
Achebe’s comment is not the kind of
endorsement, slapped on the back cover,
that would help sales. There was a loud
clang: the sound of the bloody racist dropping from syllabuses all over the Englishspeaking world. Students probably
breathed a sigh of relief. Nostromo (1904),
Lord Jim (1900), or Victory (1915) may be
great fiction, but they’re hard reading.
Conrad, bluntly, needs rescue. Enter
Jasanoff. One should be aware she does
not much like the man. His fiction contains no “plausible female characters”, she
says. “It seemed like he barely realised that
women were people too. As a half-Asian, I
winced at Conrad’s exoticised and often
denigrating portrayals of Asians; as a halfJew I bridled at his occasional but undeniable antisemitism.”
I don’t suppose “undeniable antisemitism” would look too good splashed on the
dust jacket either. There is another intractable problem. Of all great novelists Conrad
is the hardest to crack biographically. His
inner life is one long enigma.
His love life is the prime example. Letters record that he had a number of platonic relationships with French-speaking cosmopolitan ladies of high culture. But when
he finally married, at just short of 40 years
old, he chose an 18-year-old working-class
“typewriter girl” from Peckham whom he
had met perhaps six times. Was Conrad a
40-year-old virgin? A closet gay? We shall
never know.
All we can know, Jasanoff accepts, is the
outside of Conrad’s life, its narrative not its
core. Yet, of all novelists, she believes, Conrad is the one who matters in our global
world. He is globalism incarnate. He was
gone with the wind Joseph Conrad worked as a sailor until steam power took over
born in 1857 in Berdychiv, in what is
now Ukraine, to aristocratic and literaryminded parents. Konrad Korzeniowski
was by birth a patriotic Slav who became
by choice the loyal Englishman Joseph
Conrad. He was a master of the English
language but he thought most readily in
French and in the delirium of fever
babbled wildly in his natal Polish.
Conrad sailed the seven seas as a young
mariner rising slowly to the rank of captain
in the merchant navy. Sail was
the trade he loved. He left seafaring in the
mid-1890s to become a writer, when canvas
gave way to steam. The romance had gone.
At any number of points, Jasanoff
believes, one can see Conrad’s fiction resonating with our present. Who, walking the
streets of a great city today, does not worry
Was Joseph Conrad
a 40-year-old virgin?
A closet gay? We
shall never know
a little about a big bang, hoping it won’t be
too close. Recall the “Professor”, the anarchist terrorist in The Secret Agent (1907),
who has his hand forever grasped around
a rubber bulb in his pocket. If he presses it,
he will blow himself and all around him to
smithereens:
“He was a force. His thoughts caressed
the images of ruin and destruction. He
walked frail, insignificant, shabby, miserable — and terrible in the simplicity of his
idea calling madness and despair to the
regeneration of the world. Nobody looked
at him. He passed on unsuspected and
deadly, like a pest in the street full of men.”
Jasanoff spends several pages on The
Secret Agent, demonstrating it as a novel at
its deepest level about fear of immigration.
Sound familiar?
Why is Kurtz, in Heart of Darkness,
raping Africa of its white gold (ivory) and
red gold (rubber)? Balls and bikes: the turn
of the 20th century billiard saloon and the
pneumatic tyre are why. Elephants and
natives died to supply it. The western
world, let’s admit it, still rapes Africa.
The African bush elephant, if things go
on as they are, will be extinct in less than
a decade. They were once so numerous
that Theodore Roosevelt could, between
presidential campaigns, go on African
safari and kill half a dozen of them. Not any
more. The rise of China as a superpower
has sealed the fate of that magnificent
animal. Chinese sculpture loves ivory:
plastic won’t do. Farewell Jumbo.
We will find other things to plunder in
the heart of darkness. We always do. The
coltan in capacitors of mobile phones may
have been dug by miners in eastern Congo,
where millions have died in wars for conflict minerals. It is not pretty, Conrad said,
to think too deeply about where the everyday objects in our lives come from. He
thought about it.
There are many good biographies of
Conrad. Why then do we need The Dawn
Watch? One reason is that Jasanoff does
something different. Another, more persuasive, reason is that it is so well written.
“ ‘Ahoy on the Starboard watch, Ahoy!’
A shout in the dark, banging on the scuttle.
‘Do you hear the news there, sleepers?’
Ordinary Seaman Konrad Korzeniowski
opened sticky eyes to a stack of bunks and
slumbering bodies. Faint light dropped
from a glass prism overhead. He breathed
in the mould and sour breath and registered where he was. On board the Duke of
Sutherland, six weeks out from London,
four days over the Line, seven bells into the
morning watch.”
This is a biographer who has done her
homework and her legwork for a book that
creates a Conrad for our time. Enjoy it —
and how rarely can one say that about a
work of scholarship?
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From laughing gas to the guillotine
SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY/GETTY IMAGES
The French Revolution
inspired bizarre
experiments with
human feelings,
says Gerard DeGroot
A Revolution
of Feeling
The Decade that
Forged the Modern
Mind
by Rachel Hewitt
Granta, 560pp; £25
T
he Gaelic word sgriob describes
the itchiness felt on the upper lip
in anticipation of a sip of whisky.
Hiraeth describes a particularly
Welsh form of homesickness.
The Danes talk of hygge, the feeling of cosy
contentment derived from friends, food
and logs on the fire.
Feelings, in other words, are shaped by,
and expressions of, culture. “Our emotions,” writes Rachel Hewitt, “are a principal means by which our culture’s imperatives are imprinted on to our most
private nooks of experience.” Emotions
are also shaped by the great events that
rock our lives. We have feelings, but we
also have feelings about feelings. At the
end of the 18th century, for instance, the
word “emotion” carried negative connotation — feelings seemed the enemies of
reason, the fuel of political conflagration.
A Revolution of Feeling is an extraordinary book about how the French Revolution shaped British perceptions of emotion. The book is packed with insight,
revelations and weird anecdotes. Hewitt is
a talented juggler of ideas — she covers a
vast volume of material without losing
sight of her central thesis. Every once in
awhile a book defies effective summary —
this one is too fat to condense meaningfully into a short review. But here goes.
Hewitt concentrates on five people
whose hopes were fired by the French
Revolution: the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the philosophers William Godwin
and Mary Wollstonecraft, the physician
Thomas Beddoes and the pottery heir
Thomas Wedgwood.
Each saw an opportunity, in 1789, to improve the world through emotional reform. Ten years later, each experienced
what Wedgwood called “the weariness of
eternal disappointment”. With skill and
sensitivity, Hewitt chronicles their
progress through four phases: Hope, Hope
Discouraged, Disappointment Sore and
Despair. By the end of the century their
ambitions were shredded, but Britain’s culture of feeling had changed radically.
“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,”
wrote Wordsworth of the revolution, “but
to be young was very heaven!” Hewitt’s five
radicals possessed that certainty that the
young always display — that they can
change the world. They shared a faith in a
revolution of feeling, out of which would
come a more emotionally healthy society.
That faith inspired a cacophony of hopes
and plans.
The famous five believed in the hydraulic
theory of emotion, namely that feelings
take physical form inside the body, like a fluid. If feelings are inhibited by government
stricture, pressure grows, leading to an explosion of envy, hatred or violence. The solution, it was thought, was to remove those
inhibitions to give emotional energy positive expression as kindness, charity or love.
The hydraulic theory has long been disproved, but its footprint remains. We still
talk of pent-up emotion, of outbursts of
anger and of sexual frustration erupt-ing into rape. The notion remains
strong because its reasoning remains
convenient, particularly as an explanation for male aggression.
Wollstonecraft thought that the
solution to inconvenient emotion lay
in removing the institutional restraints that govern relationshipss
between men and women, chief among
ng
them marriage. Removal would not only
encourage more therapeutic feelings,, but
would also promote sexual equality.
Her solution was general, but its effect
was personal. Betrayed by her lover Gilbert
Imlay, she discovered what the author calls
“the great lie of the sexual free market: the
myth that it set everyone free, as equals, in
an evenly accessible landscape of opportunity”. Women in the 1960s made the same
discovery that free love gives men greater
opportunity to exploit women. No freedom, no philosophy, no pill can shield a
woman from a broken heart.
The five believed in what Coleridge
called “the purifying alchemy of education”, that the individual can be trained
towards mental health. We believe the
same thing today, as shelves of self-help
blast-off Gillray depicts
the explosive effects of
laughing gas. Below:
Mary Wollstonecraft
At upper-class
parties bags
of laughing
gas were the
new craze
books attest. Back then, the belief in education inspired a plethora of bizarre
schemes.
Wedgwood thought that children could
be taught to deal with misfortune by exposure to it. They should be taken to prisons,
hospitals
and insane asylums. Terrifying
p
experiences could be engineered, like proexperie
voking a bull to charge a child. In one experiment, two girls from a foundling hospital
imen
were trained to be perfect wives, using
wer
Rousseau’s male-centred principles of
Ro
female education. Tolerance was enfe
couraged by firing pistols at them and
co
dropping hot wax on their skin. The
d
experiment failed — one girl revolted,
ex
the other was rejected for improperly
th
using a handkerchief.
usi
Beddoes thought that emotion could
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bee m
managed with medicine. Beneficial
b
ffeelings
eelings could be encouraged and toxic
quashed by tinkering with the body’s
ones qu
hydraulics. At his Pneumatic Institute he
hydrau
started by treating subjects with oxygenrich air. When that didn’t work he
switched to nitrous oxide — laughing gas.
That also failed, but it did create lovely
states of euphoria attractive in themselves.
Before long, at upper-class parties, bags of
nitrous oxide were the new craze.
By his failure, Beddoes proved that the
hydraulic theory was a load of tosh. William
Pitt and his government proved that even
more conclusively when their repressive
measures put a lid on revolutionary fervour.
In other words, contrary to what the five
believed, dangerous emotions could be
curbed without causing explosions of unrest.
Beddoes and his friends were surprised
at how the workers colluded in their own
oppression, how willingly they swallowed
the soporific medicine of propaganda.
When a barrel of frogs bound for the Pneumatic Institute burst open at Bristol quay,
dockworkers obligingly bought the
rumour that the amphibians, intended for
medical experiments, were in fact food for
the French revolutionaries that Beddoes
was hiding.
“Thou bleedest my poor Heart!” wrote
Coleridge, rebuking himself for once listening to “Hope’s whisper”. He found
poetic ways to hide the betrayal of his
dreams. As for Wollstonecraft, she gave in
to the good sense of marriage. “How am I
altered by disappointment,” she moaned.
Each of the five found their own way to
accommodate despair. In a wider sense,
that brief liberation of feeling that the
revolution fostered gave way to a distrust
of emotion, expressed most profoundly in
the evangelical movement and its talent
for fostering guilt. Henceforth, according
to Hewitt, a research fellow at Queen
Mary, University of London, emotions
were divorced from politics and became
much more individual, as we know them
today. Private contentment took precedence over the wider revolution of feeling.
During one highly publicised demonstration of hydraulic theory, the politician
Sir John Coxe-Hippisley inhaled a huge
quantity of nitrous oxide and then
promptly blew out the seat of his trousers
with an enormous fart. While youthful
hopes of a revolution in feeling had by that
stage exploded, it’s difficult not to see that
fart as a metaphor.
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nonfiction
The strongman father of ‘Führer democracy’
JUAN CARLOS LUCAS/NURPHOTO/PA
Hungary is run by an
illiberal autocrat —
who wins elections,
says Roger Boyes
Orban
O
E
Europe’
s New
SStrongman
bby Paul Lendvai
Hurst, 274pp; £20
H
V
iktor Orban is the bugbear of
Brussels, the power-crazed
champion of what he calls
illiberal democracy, a fierce
opponent of Angela Merkel’s
policy of open borders, a fan of Vladimir
Putin — and in spite of, or because of this,
one of the most successful leaders in
Europe. The riddle is posed, but not entirely solved in a new biography of the Hungarian prime minister.
Paul Lendvai, a veteran eastern Europe
watcher, tracks the career of a man who
started out as an anti-communist rebel
and gradually turned into an autocrat. In a
moving early passage he describes how in
June 1989 the remains of the reformer
Imre Nagy, executed after a secret trial 31
years earlier, were transferred from an
unmarked grave to a place of honour in
Budapest’s Heroes’ Square. The communists were still in power, and tens of thousands of Soviet troops were stationed in
Hungary, but the event, an act of protest,
was staged before a huge crowd who had
lost their fear.
Suddenly a 26-year-old student stepped
forward and with the kind of clarity rarely
heard during the communist decades declared: “If we trust our own strength, then
we will be able to put an end to the communist dictatorship. If we are determined
enough, then we can compel the ruling
party to face free elections . . . we will vote
for a government which will at once enter
into negotiations on the immediate beginning of the withdrawal of Russian troops.”
That was Orban’s arrival on the political
stage and it had quite an impact. He had
been a founding member of Fidesz, a youth
organisation that aimed to stick pins in the
communists, but until then he wasn’t in the
front line of the revolution. Since the days of
the 1981 military crackdown in Poland, foreign correspondents travelled frequently to
Budapest and Prague to get a sense of
where communism was going. When the
Soviet-backed regime put tanks on the
streets of Warsaw, it had become clear that
there was no such thing as reformist communism, only a system that was ready to
use force against its own people.
In Hungary we found a “liberal communist” country where most people were
ready to muddle through and keep their
heads down. We met dissidents such as
Miklos Haraszti and Laszlo Rajk, who
were frustrated with the conformism of
the Hungarians and were hungry for the
modern world. Yet the young Orban, in
1989, was a new voice for a new era. Within
months the Iron Curtain had been
breached and for me the penny dropped: it
was free spirits such as Orban who were
about to become the new political class.
Orban came from a modest background
— he was 15 before he used a bathroom for
the first time, marvelling at warm-water
plumbing; he was a turbulent, argumentative pupil who was capable of switching on
the charm. There was no hint of privilege
about him, just a raw physicality. He need
read my lips Protests
against Viktor Orban in
Budapest this April
The closing
of Hungary’s
borders to
refugees
turned Orban
into Europe’s
pariah
to win: at football, and in politics. The
bearded and bejeaned Fidesz was transformed into an efficient vote-winning
machine. At the first free elections in 1990,
it won 22 of the 386 seats. At fast pace
Orban and a close band of brothers turned
it into a party that now dominates the
Hungarian political scene. “Untroubled by
any sense of scruple,” writes Lendvai, “Viktor Orban, not yet 30, single-mindedly and
quite openly pursued his goal of seizing
total control over Fidesz.” In 1990 he was
elected to the national assembly and has
served as prime minister from 1998 to 2002
and then from 2010.
Budapest-born Lendvai fled to Vienna
after the bloody Soviet-led crushing of the
1956 Hungarian uprising. Since then, writing for the British and Austrian press, he
has become the doyen of central European
analysis; his book Eagles in Cobwebs on
nationalist currents in the Balkans was
particularly prescient.
Lendvai is no fan of Orban. In this political biography Orban ticks all the boxes to
qualify as a proto-dictator: Fidesz controls
a media committee with wide press powers; the independence of the judiciary has
been undermined, judges are hired and
Terror, gulags, madness: a family’s story
This is a
moving
memoir of
life, death and
exile in the
20th century,
says Ben
Macintyre
M
ark Mazower’s elegiac and
arresting family memoir
starts in the violence and
tumult of pre-revolutionary
Russia and comes to rest in
the quiet suburbs of north London. It
encompasses the Vilna ghetto, the siege of
Stalingrad, brutal Stalinist purges, flight
from the Holocaust, escape and exile, but
at its heart is Mazower’s father, and his
gentle affection for Hampstead Heath.
How, the book asks insistently, did we get
here from there? Mazower’s paternal
grandparents were Russian-Jewish immi-
grants who settled in Britain after the revolution of 1917 and civil war. Max, his grandfather, a revolutionary socialist turned
successful bourgeois typewriter salesman,
is the central witness, but a shadowy one.
A member of the Bund, the secular Jewish socialist party that was a powerful force
in Imperial Russia, he was undoubtedly an
active revolutionary who fell foul of the
tsarist authorities and then the Bolshevik
secret police. How active is never clear,
because Max was almost pathologically
discreet about his past. He may have been a
spy, but never admitted it. He may have
W
What
You Did
N
Not Tell
A Russian Past and
tthe Journey Home
bby Mark Mazower
Allen Lane, 379pp; £20
A
fired. Lendvai leaves no doubt as to where
he thinks this is going; he borrows the sinister term “Führer democracy”, authoritarian rule that renews its mandate at the
ballot box with large majorities and low
turnouts. And that is largely the view of the
European Commission and the western
liberal consensus. The commission tries to
threaten and punish Orban, but he surfs
each crisis and with the help of uncritical
local media depicts himself as a plucky
David facing down Goliath.
The closing of the Hungarian borders in
autumn 2015 was for Lendvai proof positive that Orban had turned his back on
western European values. In 1956 200,000
refugees left Hungary for the West. In 1989
Hungary helped to bring down communist rule on the Continent by allowing
thousands of East Germans to cross the
country and the barbed-wire border to
freedom.
In Orban’s Hungary in 2015, however,
those fleeing war in the Middle East were
turned back or thrown out. Lendvai claims
that his biography is dispassionate, but in
Orban’s treatment of refugees it is anything but. It was the moment when
Orban’s strongman pose, when his accumulated domestic powers, turned him into
Europe’s pariah.
Yet large chunks of Orban’s policy on
refugees — reinforcing the EU’s external
borders, faster processing of asylum
requests followed by speedy deportation
— have been adopted by the rest of the EU.
His readiness to take the argument to
Brussels and fight his corner has won the
respect of other central Europeans. In
Orban they see not a Putin or an Erdogan,
but simply a practitioner of realpolitik.
Many Britons too would agree on Orban’s
view of the right balance between the
nation state and the EU.
One can take this Orban, a stubborn
resistance fighter against the mush of globalised politics, and declare him a success.
There is little doubt that he will be re-elected next year. But I share Lendvai’s judgment that in his rush to increase his power,
Orban has trampled on too much. There is
a darkness to a government that singles out
the philanthropist George Soros for a propaganda campaign, as fierce and as misguided as the two-minute hate sessions against
Goldstein in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
If Orban were truly a strong leader, he
would find the courage to put an end to
such venomous nonsense among his supporters. The younger Orban, the man who
denounced the Russian troop presence in
Hungary, would never have put up with it.
known some of the great revolutionaries of
the day, but if so there is no record.
The title of the book is primarily aimed at
this buttoned-up, tight-lipped grandfather,
who did not tell, but around the enigmatic
Max, and his “iron wall of silence”, emerges
a diaspora of memorable characters: the
grandmother’s first husband, a tsarist medical officer then Red Army recruit captured
by the White Guards, dying of cholera and
typhus in Crimea; the economist uncle, a
dutiful communist intellectual arrested,
locked in the Lubyanka, exiled, and finally
executed in 1937, like so many thousands of
others, as an “implacable enemy opponent
of the Soviet Union”, which he never was.
From the appalling choices forced on
citizens amid the moral chaos of Stalin’s
Russia, the family emerge on both sides.
Alongside the innocent victims of Stalin’s
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How surgery
stopped being
butchery
The story of Victorian
medicine is told with
buckets of gore,
says Melanie Reid
W
e think they lack beds
now, but in the mid-1800s
most London hospitals
had one “taking-in day” a
week. To be admitted as
an inpatient, the sick had to beg a ticket —
like those from a supermarket deli counter
— from a wealthy subscriber, who often
allocated them first to friends. Preference
was given to acute cases, but incurables —
cancer and TB — were turned away, as
were those with contagious fevers and
venereal infections.
Cases of life-threating injuries were
different. A ticketless Julia Sullivan was
admitted as an emergency one night in
1851 to University College Hospital. Her
husband had stabbed her and eight inches
of her intestines were hanging out. The
injury was a challenge for a young medical
student called Joseph Lister, who, acting
more on instinct than knowledge, washed
and sutured the damaged coils of intestine,
pushed them back in and sewed her up.
Against all the odds, she lived; he went
on to revolutionise medicine. The need
was great. Hospitals were houses of death,
plagued by pyemia (pus-filled abscesses),
gangrene, septicaemia, and erysipelas, a
deadly skin infection. These were the four
unstoppable “hospitalisms” — the hospital-acquired infections of their day.
Nobody knew where they came from or
how they spread. Contagionists believed
they were communicated person to person, non-contagionists believed they generated from decay and transmitted as
miasma. Lister, a thoughtful Quaker, son
of an expert in microscopes, saw it as an
intellectual challenge to find out. Meanwhile, he wore shoes with thick soles, fearing the consequences of wet feet.
Terror is an aunt, a medical officer working
for the NKVD (predecessor to the KGB).
She worked as personal physician to the
German Field Marshal Paulus, who was
imprisoned after surrendering at Stalingrad. She also supervised prisoners in the
Gulag, then married one. Another cousin
winds up in the ranks of the Wehrmacht.
These people stand on the margins of
great events. They do not change history,
but reflect it, as observers, victims, survivors and occasional participants. As one
relative puts it, they are the “flotsam from
the remote shipwreck of imperial Russia”.
One of the most intriguing is Max’s first
child, André, his son (probably) by Sofia
Krylenko, a revolutionary so radical and
reckless that she regarded Lenin’s Bolsheviks as softies and fomented revolution
against the revolution. Having developed
The Butchering
Art
Joseph Lister’s Quest to
Transform the Brutal
World of Victorian
Medicine
by Lindsey Fitzharris
Allen Lane, 286pp; £16.99
Surgeons
resisted the
idea that
tiny, invisible
creatures
were killing
patients
going under Ether is administed in 1846 at a Massachusetts hospital — the first use of anaesthesia during surgery
He began researching wounds microscopically. In 1852, examining the slough
from gangrene, he identified materies morbi, morbid substances. As he made his name
as a surgeon, he continued to seek answers;
his breakthrough came with Louis Pasteur’s
discovery of germs, microbial life everywhere. In 1865, using carbolic acid as an
antiseptic for the first time, Lister took the
historic decision to try to save the crushed,
filthy leg of an 11-year-old boy called James
Greenlees, run over by a cart. The safer
choice might have been to amputate. Six
weeks later the child walked out of hospital.
It took many years to convince his medical colleagues about antiseptics. The Lancet refused to use the word “germs”. Many
surgeons resisted the suggestion that they
had been inadvertently killing patients by
allowing wounds to become infected with
tiny, invisible creatures.
Of course Lister won the day, and it is
with suitable irony that his name was
immortalised in Listerine mouthwash. A
young man called Robert Wood Johnson,
so inspired by the doctor’s lectures on antisepsis in Philadelphia, persuaded his two
brothers to found Johnson & Johnson to
make sterile dressings.
The story is a remarkable one, and
should carry special resonance as we fight
the “protective habit of actually going
crazy”, Sofia was consigned to the
unspeakable Kazan psychiatric hospital
in 1938. A month earlier her brother was
shot by the NKVD. Nikolai Krylenko had
been the people’s commissar for justice
(and chief sponsor of the Soviet chess
federation), Stalin’s ardent revolutionary
prosecutor, until he too fell victim to the
system of persecution he had helped to
build and administer.
André shared his mother’s ideological
extremism, but shot to the opposite pole,
as an antisemitic Catholic in Franco’s
Spain, claiming to be the son of a gentile
Habsburg army officer. “Andrei Krylienko” wrote a dreadful book called The Red
Thread that claimed the existence of a
Jewish occult conspiracy running from
Rome to the Rockefellers. The book has an
enigma Grandfather Max
and his family in 1914
new battles against germs, but sadly this is
less a serious biography of Joseph Lister
than a breezy romp through 19th-century
medicine as charnel house entertainment.
The French composer Hector Berlioz
once studied as a medical student. The first
time in a dissection room, however, he
jumped out of a window and ran home,
marked for life by “the limbs scattered
about, the heads smirking, the skulls gaping, the bloody cesspool underneath . . .
and the repulsive stench of the place”. On
the floor, rats and sparrows fed from the
leftovers. Clearly, chirps Lindsey Fitzharris, the profession was not for everyone.
Nor is her book, if only because of the
sea of gratuitous gore it includes. The
more enthusiastic Fitzharris becomes in
her pursuit of the macabre, the more my
sympathies for Berlioz increased. I think
we knew 19th-century medicine was no
picnic, but Fitzharris gives it to us with
relish: the blood-stiffened aprons, the
screams, rotting corpses, the 60-second
amputations. This is the story of germs for
the Pirates of the Caribbean generation.
To fit as much of this in as possible, there
are lots of excursions away from Lister. Her
description of another fabled surgeon,
Robert Liston (“who reportedly had the
fastest knife in the West End”), removing a
bladder stone by dint of ramming a wooden
stick up his patient’s penis, then cutting
through from the rectum, all without
anaesthetic, almost stopped me at page 12.
There are mushrooms and maggots thriving in the sheets of a hospital patient with a
compound fracture, a detailed dissection
on a dead dwarf — the “Gnome Fly” —
from Barnum’s circus (the surgeon was
killed by pyemia after cutting his hand and
becoming infected by the cadaver), and an
unnecessary description of vivisection and
various tales of faces and penises rotting off.
All this in a style that owes little to finesse.
Pus is foetid, nightmares are waking, surgeons see things in a room of total darkness,
Lister is both “dazzled and enthralled”, and
the sentence “word had gotten back to
London about his [Lister’s] newfound
friendship with the quarrelsome Scotsman”
made me come over all faint.
Perhaps I’m being a snob. I suspect the
book is aimed at a fresh market. Fitzharris,
an American who did a doctorate at
Oxford, is a young internet blogger whose
speciality is the macabre. She is described as
“a purveyor of the weird and gruesome”
on Twitter and Instagram, and presents
the jokey YouTube series Under the Knife.
Bless them, it’s how the snowflake generation like it.
acknowledgement to Max, “my Jewish
foster father”, a final rejection of his Russian-Jewish socialist biological father.
Others of Mazower’s family rejected history in different ways. His aunt Ira, who
had arrived in Britain speaking no English,
eschewed every trace of her Russian past,
became a fashion journalist and romantic
novelist, and retreated into a Mills & Boon
fairyland of wenches of rakes — “her own
riposte to revolutionary self-righteousness”. She married an Englishman with
money and a hound’s tooth jacket, and
lived a suburban life revolving around the
drinks trolley. Three days after his death
in car crash, she took an overdose.
As many people discover when constructing a multigenerational family
saga, Mazower runs into empty spaces,
which he plugs with such tell-tale construc-
tions as “it seems probable”, “it was easy to
imagine” and “it would not be odd if ”. As for
his grandfather’s adamant taciturnity, he
writes: “Silence invites speculation.” It does,
but in a work of nonfiction, by a first-class
historian (Mazower teaches at Columbia
University), such speculation undermines
an otherwise compelling account.
From the trauma of his family’s past,
Mazower extracts a tale “not so much about
suffering . . . as about resilience and tenacity”, summed up in a loving portrait of his
late father, a man who found peace in Highgate, blending the culture of exiled Russian
Jewry with the values of interwar England.
Bill Mazower, his son writes, had a capacity
for taking “pleasure in small things”. In the
wake of the vast things that rent his Russian
family and sent his forebears into flight,
that is a fine and moving epitaph.
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nonfiction
The spotty
schoolboy
who became
a metal god
Bruce Dickinson, a howling everyman
in Spandex, turned Iron Maiden into a
mega-band, says Will Hodgkinson
I
f you have ever wondered why Bruce
Dickinson, Iron Maiden lead singer,
airline pilot, fencing master, beer
brewer and all-round action man, is
such an overachiever, the early chapters of his autobiography provide some
answers.
Born in 1958, the only child of a shotgun
marriage between a would-be ballet
dancer and a former soldier, Dickinson
was brought up by his ferocious, disapproving grandmother in Sheffield while
his parents toured Britain with a performing dog act. By the time they settled down
long enough to look after their son themselves, swapping canine showbusiness for
house sales and car dealerships, they
packed him off to Oundle private school.
There he was routinely bullied by the
older boys, apart from when he was being
caned by the masters. Attempts to escape
this chalky hellscape included ordering
two tonnes of horse manure to be delivered outside his housemaster’s door and,
when that didn’t work, urinating into a
saucepan of runner beans intended for the
masters’ dinner.
“There’s nothing I can do to save you,”
announced the housemaster after that expulsion-worthy transgression, by which
point Dickinson could be forgiven for concluding that nobody else was going to save
him either, so he might as well do the job
himself.
“I was spotty, wore an anorak, had Biroengraved flared blue jeans with ‘Purple’
and ‘Sabbath’ written on the thighs and
rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped,”
writes Dickinson on his early days as a
would-be heavy metal superstar. Metal
has never been cool and it never will
be, which is part of its appeal. It
belongs to an unpretentious
world of Dungeons & Dragons,
real ale festivals and people who
cannot stop quoting from Monty
Python.
It is also a product of alienation, of being shut out from the
party, making Dickinson ideally
suited to its ranks. After a spell in
the Territorial Army he travelled
to London to study history at
Queen Mary College and be a
metaller, first in the almostfamous Samson and then in Iron
Maiden. He was their lead vocalist
from 1981 to 1993 and again from
1999.
Iron Maiden did not invent
What Does This
Button Do?
An Autobiography
by Bruce Dickinson
HarperCollins, 371pp; £20
wildest band in the vest Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Janick Gers blast Wembley in 1993. Below: Dickinson skewered
heavy metal — that accolade goes to Black
Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple —
but they helped to turn it into a commercial powerhouse. Hits such as Run to the
Hills in 1982 and 2 Minutes to Midnight in
1984 are essentially pop songs, albeit ones
with squealing guitars and vocals from a
man who sounded as if his testicles were
snagged on a fence.
The band’s comic horror image, with its
malevolent skeletal mascot, Eddie, proved
hugely appealing to adolescent rock fans.
Ninety million albums were sold, with
Dickinson key to the appeal. An everyman
in Spandex who was at once relatable and
fantastical, he perfected a howl of glory
while sporting the look of a codpieced
medieval knight on a trip to the disco. Stardom was inevitable.
As is usually the way with rock biographies, the early struggle proves more interesting than the years of success,
which began in 1982 when Iron
Maiden’s album The Number of the
Beast went to No 1, and the band
barely let up until Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
There are plenty of boy’s own adventures along the way, such as
vomiting all over Ian Gillan of Deep
Purple, sharing a hot tub with a
groupie with her arm in a cast, and
getting so drunk at a festival in Germany that he attempted to insert
his penis into the ear of the singer of
fellow metallers Quiet Riot. Among
the avalanche of anecdotes there is
frustratingly little on the details,
the relationships, the rivalries that
develop on those long hours spent
going from one stadium to another.
We do get clues that Dickinson is a misfit among misfits. “It’s not good to be in a
minority of one in a five-piece band,” he
writes. Early on in his career with Iron
Maiden he makes a stand against the
bassist and chief songwriter Steve Harris,
who wants to take centre stage and sideline the singer.
“I think we had all fallen under the spell
of [Harris’s] papal infallibility,” he says of
his reasons for (temporarily) leaving the
band. “Why is the pope always right?
Because he is the pope, and can never be
wrong. Well, what if he actually is wrong?”
This seems like the beginning of a tale of
interpersonal drama, but it never comes.
The artwork to Iron Maiden’s 1993 single
At school he ordered
two tonnes of manure
to be delivered to his
housemaster
Hallowed Be Thy Name shows a ferocious
Eddie skewering Dickinson on a spike,
which gives more insight into the band’s
relationship with the departing singer
than his memoir does.
Harris remains a shadowy figure, as do
the other band members. Wives, girlfriends and children are not mentioned at
all. Only Rod Smallwood, Iron Maiden’s
truculent manager, emerges from the
pages of the book with something resembling a character.
Dickinson is more interested in telling
us about the noble art of fencing, his
second career as an airline pilot and aviation entrepreneur, and the intricacies of
brewing beer than he is in discussing the
human story of being in a huge band.
His rugged, Andy McNab-like approach
does come into its own when real danger
strikes. Offered a solo gig in Sarajevo at the
height of the Bosnian conflict, he travels
with an NGO into the ravaged city, dodging land mines and snipers’ bullets. “As we
passed rows of semi-demolished houses,
children scuttled between them like rats.
In streets strewn with rubble, cars stood
like colanders, hundreds of bullet holes
ventilating them.” A passage on visiting a
chaotic orphanage, where the killing of so
many adults had left the older boys in
charge, is heartbreaking.
Dickinson’s strength is in not taking
himself seriously. Even when he is diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck,
gallows humour prevails. On being asked
to give a reason for postponing a tour, he
says to his manager: “Tell them the
reasons are too tumorous to mention.”
When chemotherapy makes his beard
moult one evening in the pub, he considers
the protocol for having your face fall out in
front of drinking companions.
You end up admiring Dickinson for his
tenacity, and liking him for his good
humour in the face of adversity. I could
have done with more evocation of the
sights, sounds and smells of a hard-working rock band on the road. However, it succeeds as an inspirational tale of a spotty
misfit achieving through sheer graft and
determination. What Does This Button Do?
makes it seem as if fencing, flying planes,
brewing beer and fronting one of the
biggest bands in the world is something
we could all do, if only we weren’t so
damned lazy.
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crime/fiction
Miss Mitford
investigates
Nancy, of the infamous
society sisters, stars in
a lively crime caper,
says Marcel Berlins
The Mitford Murders
by Jessica
Fellowes
J
After the Fire
by Henning Mankell,
trans. Marlaine Delargy
essica Fellowes’s debut is set in the
world of the Mitford sisters. It’s not
easy to have a mystery plot that has
real people in it, albeit deceased. To
make it more difficult for herself,
Fellowes has promised a series of six
books, each involving a different Mitford
sister (including, presumably, Unity, who
worshipped Adolf Hitler). In The Mitford
Murders, the first spotlight is on the vivacious Nancy. It is 1920 and 16-year-old
Nancy together with Louisa Cannon, a
poor but bright young woman with an allpurpose job at the Mitford family manor,
investigate the murder of Florence Nightingale’s goddaughter (Florence Nightingale Shore was murdered on a train and
the crime was unsolved in real life).
Fellowes, niece of Julian Fellowes and
author of the books that accompanied his
TV series Downton Abbey, knows her toffs
of the 1920s. This is a lively, well-written,
entertaining whodunnit of the old-fashioned school — and that is meant as a
compliment.
Henning Mankell’s last novel, After the
Fire, was first published in Sweden in 2015,
the year he died. Inspector Wallander is
not in it, though its mood is not far from
Sphere,
415pp;
£12.99
Book
of the
month
Harvill Secker,
399pp; £17.99
The Mountain
by Luca D’Andrea, trans.
Howard Curtis
MacLehose, 393pp; £12.99
The Other Woman
by Laura Wilson
Quercus, 359pp; £14.99
Deadlier: 100 of the
Best Crime Stories
Written by Women
selected by Sophie
Hannah
Head of Zeus, 1,069pp; £25
larger than life Unity, Diana and Nancy Mitford, now to appear in crime fiction
that of the great detective’s final appearance in The Troubled Man. The fire of the
title destroys the isolated Swedish archipelago home of 70-year-old Dr Fredrik
Welin, the narrator. The police think him
responsible, but later there are similar
fires. The trauma of his loss brings him
closer to a daughter he hardly knew and
opens a friendship with a local journalist.
After the Fire is full of regret, loneliness
and the melancholy of growing old, but
there is also hope and love.
Creepy, sleazy or just nuts
Middle-aged
men get a bad
press here,
says James
Marriott
Fresh Complaint
by Jeffrey Eugenides
4th Estate, 285pp; £16.99
N
obody will have sex with you;
younger colleagues are overtaking you at work; you haven’t
got enough money to do up the
house. But mainly, nobody will
have sex with you. Jeffrey Eugenides’s
entertaining new collection of short
stories, Fresh Complaint, deals with the
problems of middle-aged men.
And what a bunch of men they are, running the gamut from the merely creepy to
the downright nuts. His heroes seduce
college students and hitchhikers, they
embezzle vast sums of money, they
break restraining orders; one of
them accepts sexual favours from a
prepubescent native from a remote
jungle tribe.
Eugenides, best known for The
Virgin Suicides and The Marriage
Plot, is a very good short story
writer, but he does not belong
in the premier league. Each
story pulls you in with an
intriguing conceit by at least
the second page: a man
stuck in a tiny room playing
a clavichord, say, or another
chap encountered breaking
into the house of his former
wife.
They are a breeze to read
and Eugenides inhabits
each new consciousness with easy confidence. Yet overall, they feel curiously
blunted. Novels allow writers plenty of
time to build character; to set a character
going in the space of only 20 pages requires a different order of expertise. The
best short story writers work with a scalpel;
detail needs to be so sharp it almost stings.
Eugenides deploys something more like a
cotton bud. Characters and scenes feel
smudgily defined.
We get a glimpse of Eugenides at his best
in the story Capricious Gardens. Creepy
Sean (he’s middle-aged, obviously) has
picked up two hitchhikers and brought
them back to his house. He has romantic designs on one of the young
women, exiling his old friend Malcolm
to the garden to pick artichokes for dinner. Malcolm becomes mesmerised,
running “his hands up the thick
stems of the artichokes,
snapping off the bulbs”. In
the dark, mystically “the artichokes seemed to go on
for ever . . . he didn’t want
the picking to end”. This is
more like it: original, exact,
mysterious. More artichokes, please.
coming up short
Jeffrey Eugenides
This is a well-written,
entertaining
whodunnit of the
old-fashioned school
A canyon in the Italian Dolomites,
beautiful yet sinister, provides a stunning
setting for Luca D’Andrea’s exciting first
thriller, The Mountain. There, in 1985,
following a violent storm, the mutilated
bodies of three students were uncovered.
The murderer was never found. Thirty
years later, Jeremiah Salinger, an overworked and manic documentary filmmaker from New York, full of his own
demons, comes to the area with his wife,
who was born there, and young daughter.
He hears about the killings, and becomes
unhealthily obsessed with finding out the
truth. The residents of the village where
the victims lived resent his questioning
and turn against him. D’Andrea piles on
the action and the atmosphere with the
confidence and panache of a seasoned
crime writer.
Original gems are rare in the avalanche
of books bearing the description “domestic
noir”. The Other Woman is a lesson in
brilliant pacing. Just when the reader
thinks there can be no further twist to the
story, Laura Wilson provides one. Sophie,
in her forties, married to the dependable
Leo, with three teenage children, receives
a scrawled message in large red capitals:
“Leo and I have been having an affair for
over two years, and now he’s going to leave
you.” He has behaved strangely of late, so
Sophie starts believing in his infidelity. But
with whom? There follows a wonderful
procession of mishaps and disasters as she
tries to identify her husband’s lover, and do
something about it. A delightful read.
A reviewer does not usually admit to
having read only a small portion of what
he recommends, but I feel safe in doing so.
Deadlier is more than 1,000 pages long
and contains 100 crime and suspense short
stories, all written by women. And what a
terrific line-up it is, from Louisa May Little
Women Alcott in 1865, through the whole
20th century (including Enid Blyton), to
many of our finest writers today. Sophie
Hannah has dug deep and spotted a host of
lesser-known but high-quality stories.
Slavery and bravery
SSugar Money
bby Jane Harris
Faber, 391pp; £14.99
F
I
n 1765 a group of French mendicant
surgeon-monks, struggling to survive
on the Caribbean island of Martinique,
hatched a plan to restore their fortunes. They had once had a hospitalplantation on nearby Grenada but were
expelled for mismanaging it and left
everything behind, including 42 slaves.
Grenada had subsequently been invaded
by the British, and the monks’ appeals for
the return of their “property” had come to
naught. So the plan was to send one of their
remaining slaves to retrieve/steal all those
left behind. It was a “reckless venture” for
the poor soul chosen for the task — and a
command that he could not refuse.
Jane Harris’s previous novels — The Observations (shortlisted for the Orange prize
in 2007) and Gillespie and I — have had
narrator-protagonists from the margins of
society, so it’s little wonder that this true
story, recorded only sketchily in history
books, appealed to her. For her fictionalised version she creates not one man but a
pair of brothers who are given the task.
The older, wiser Emile is cynical and bitter from his experiences and his separation
from the woman he loved, but fiercely,
defiantly protective of those he cares for.
Meanwhile, our hotheaded narrator,
Lucien, is half his brother’s age and full of
bluster, heroics and optimism, which
keeps making a bad situation worse for the
pair. His lively account, constructed in the
style of the “slave narratives” of Olaudah
Equiano and the like, mixes English,
French and Creole, and owes an acknowledged debt to Robert Louis Stevenson.
Harris builds a lush sense of place, and
the pace and tension of a rip-roaring adventure here, with derring-do and doublecrossing and a looming sense of threat from
the start. There is also a carefully drip-fed
sense of the appalling violence of the
slavery-era Caribbean, with the brutality of
the British becoming horribly apparent. But
what is most striking is the irrepressible
voice of Lucien — whose highly original
multilingual turns of phrase bring a spark
and tingle to the telling of his tale — and the
fractious but deep relationship he has with
the desperate, damaged Emile.
Siobhan Murphy
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fiction
Tom Hanks, an American dreamer
CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER
The actor turns his
hand to short stories
and he’s pretty good,
says Melissa Katsoulis
Actors as authors
Tom Hanks is not the first Hollywood
actor to try his hand at fiction.
James Franco His debut Actors
Anonymous (2013) was a postmodern
look at celebrity. At one point a
character called “James Franco” has
sex with a groupie — naturally, she loves
it. The novel was widely derided as
cobblers. The Times noted that “Franco
strives for clever and ends up shallow”,
concluding that “he thinks he’s playing
with us by playing himself. But he is just
playing with himself.”
W
hen movie stars write
novels, the world rubs its
hands in schadenfreudian anticipation. Getting
published when you’re a
money-printing household name is as
easy as it is hard to produce a decent book.
Yet being an actor-slash-novelist is
a time-honoured occupation. Some, like
Dirk Bogarde, made a decent second
career out of popular fiction, whereas
ambitious literateurs such as Ethan
Hawke and James Franco — kings of
pseudy noir whose work is bought only
by people who fancy them — are better
loved for their day jobs.
The multi-Oscar winner Tom Hanks,
collector of vintage typewriters and allround nicest guy in Hollywood, never
seemed like a closet intellectual, but is certainly not Gumpish.
In the press he has spoken and written
eloquently of the transformative power of
movies and of their antidote to the
loneliness he felt in childhood. Yet his
debut collection of stories, Uncommon
Type, is surprisingly uplifting. It covers
everything from immigration to space
travel via bowling, sex and Father Christmas. All American life is here.
The opening story, Three Exhausting
Weeks, is a comic millennial romance, in
which a slacker dude hooks up with a
turbo-charged woman who works, plays
and does everything hard. The story is
carried along by its narrator’s increasingly
bewildered voice to a conclusion that is
both a bang and a whimper.
Next we are taken back to Christmas Eve
1953, a slice of purebred Americana that
could be written only by someone who
experienced the tinselly wonder of postwar Christmases at a time when the
country was booming but still shadowed
by the scars of war in Europe.
It soon becomes clear that these aren’t
the sort of stories to have shocking twists
in their tails. We are spared the corny revelation that all the characters were actually
dead or monkeys. Hanks resists the temptation to sensationalise; he understands
paperbacks
nonfiction
The Marches: Border Walks with my
Father by Rory Stewart
Vintage, 368pp; £9.99
The title is a play on words. A march
is a boundary and Rory Stewart, soldier,
diplomat and now government
minister, set out along Hadrian’s Wall,
before the independence referendum of
2014, to test his anthropological theory:
that the march between Scotland and
England is arbitrary and meaningless.
Instead he sought what he calls the lost
Middleland, defined by prehistory, as
unaffected by Roman invasions as it
is by modern nationalism. Yet it isn’t
Macaulay Culkin The Home Alone child
actor wrote Junior (2006) about a child
star, Monkey-Monkey Boy, with daddy
issues. “With this audaciously empty
mishmash of poems, letters, comics
etc, Culkin has managed to lower
the already low bar set for celebrity
fiction,” said Kirkus.
Robert Shaw The shark-hunting actor
from Jaws wrote a number of novels,
including The Hiding Place (1960),
about two British airmen imprisoned in
a cellar for years after the war who
think Germany has won. The critic John
Sutherland thought it a “masterpiece”
and that “Peter Benchley [author of
Jaws] was nowhere near as good”.
type cast Tom Hanks’s fascination with vintage typewriters only occasionally disturbs the flow of his prose
Uncommon Type
Some Stories
by Tom Hanks
Heinemann, 416pp; £16.99
that human drama exists more tellingly in
the details: the look of a cheating husband
in Welcome to Mars or the tears of a lonely
actress in Who’s Who.
Two stories stand out as being real prizefighters, and inescapably cinematic. The
Past is Important takes place in a future
where recreational time travel is available
to the super-rich. A billionaire goes back to
the 1939 world fair — fabulously realised
by Hanks — for 24 hours at a time, repeating the same day over and over in which he
falls in love with Carmen, whose optimism
and curvy body put his scrawny, golddigging ex-wives to shame. But his ageing
molecules can tolerate only a few of these
trips. Their days together are the happiest
of his life and he implores the time-travel
salesman to accompany him back to
this wonderful prewar idyll. Being African-
about that. Really, the heart of the book
is love; the story of Stewart’s intensely
close relationship with his father.
Brian Stewart, a distinguished Black
Watch officer, diplomat and for many
years one of the top men at MI6,
accompanies his son for a few hundred
yards in the morning and rejoins him at
the end of the day. He died two years
ago aged 93, a relic from another
century. As the book unfurls, the march
along the marches turns into a eulogy
to his father, part memoir, part
biography, always a love story. It also
contains one of the most unflinching,
moving descriptions of death I have
read. Melanie Reid
Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee
by John Bew Riverrun, 688pp; £12.99
John Bew sets out to claim a place
among the greats for his subject and
undervalued
Clement Attlee
American, however, the guy is not
so keen, a reminder of Hanks’s grounding
in reality, however delightful his flights
of fantasy.
Go See Costas is a painfully gritty immigrant story about a Bulgarian stowaway on
a ship bound for New York. The humiliation and crushing isolation of the illegal
American is conjured up with deep pathos,
yet redemption glimmers on the horizon.
As with any collection, there are a few
duff notes. One story written in screenplay
form is unintelligible to anyone who
doesn’t read scripts for a living. And the
theme of his beloved vintage typewriters,
examples of which pop up in each story
with varying relevance, is clunky.
Overall Hanks’s prose is impressive,
with a strong voice and stylistic flair. Dialogue flows naturally, with an ear for idiom
succeeds. The claim that Attlee was a
great figure rests on two things. The
first is the choice he makes as Labour
leader in the last half of the 1930s.
Under pressure to create a popular
front with communists, he decides that
the more important split is between
democrats and totalitarians, not
between capitalism and socialism. This
decision had huge consequences
for Britain. It helped to win
the war by uniting Labour
behind Churchill. The second
claim to greatness is the
record of Attlee’s
government. Bew has
written with verve and
confidence a first-rate
life of a man who he
correctly argues has
been under-appreciated.
Daniel Finkelstein
(“you knothead!”), and the cityscapes and
suburban landscapes are artfully done.
Each story presents a different version
of the American Dream. You want to
be an astronaut? A family man? A time
traveller? Or just someone with a place to
sleep other than a bench in Central Park?
You got it. Hanks’s optimism is no abstract
ideology. It’s a fully fleshed out conviction
that there are, and always have been, a lot
of good people around who love their
neighbours and would welcome more into
their homeland, even if they disagree with
them. This could be the least doom-laden
voice to come out of liberal America since
the presidential election. And it’s so
fluent, convincing and confident that you
forget it belongs to Tom Hanks, movie star.
He’s just a writer. And he’s going to write
a great novel one day.
fiction
Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
Quercus, 560pp; £13.99
It is hard to believe that Bernie Gunther,
Philip Kerr’s detective, is on his 12th
novel and is still as insubordinate,
combative and entertaining as ever. In
Prussian Blue two strands of his life
combine; what he did in Germany in
1939 suddenly forces him to leave the
France of 1956, where he lives. As a
highly regarded detective just before
the outbreak of war, Gunther is called
to Hitler’s Berchtesgaden retreat, where
he is ordered to find a sniper who is
putting Hitler’s safety at risk. Gunther’s
detection work is told in parallel with
his attempt to flee France and his
pursuers. It’s another Kerr triumph.
Marcel Berlins
the times | Saturday October 14 2017
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bestsellers
classic
read
Black Earth City by
Charlotte Hobson,
Faber, 244pp; £9.99
Charlotte Hobson could
have gone to Moscow.
Studying Russian at
Edinburgh University in
1991, she instead spent her
year abroad in Voronezh,
a remote city in Russia’s
“potato belt”. Hobson
wanted the real Russia.
Published ten years
later in 2001 and reissued
this month by Faber,
Black Earth City is her
memoir of a remarkable
period in Russian history.
Gorbachev was booted
out just weeks before
Hobson arrived and the
population was giddy with
freedom. Western films in
the cinema, gaudy plastic
bags on the streets and
sex. Lots of sex. Hobson
recalls a mini sexual
revolution, with rutting
couples stalking her
university looking for
shagging spots.
Indeed Black Earth City
is as much about being
young as it is about being
Russian. Hobson sweetly
records her affair with a
student called Mitya.
It’s a very funny book
too, full of absurd
characters. Most
memorable is Edik, a
foppish would-be
intellectual who claims
talking to uncultured
people gives him physical
pain. Nevertheless, he’s
more than happy to have
himself classified as a
“Grade Three Idiot” to
evade military service.
James Marriott
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Homegoing
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Ken Follett
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Naomi Alderman
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Jamie Oliver Michael Joseph £26
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Why We Sleep: The New Science
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Matthew Walker Allen Lane £20
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children’s book
of the week
Judith Kerr’s magical
new cat casts a spell
over Alex O’Connell
Katinka’s Tail by
Judith Kerr (2+)
HarperCollins,
32pp; £12.99
Someone tell Mog.
There’s a new cat in
Judith Kerr’s
fictional universe
and she definitely
looks more cheerful than her famously
gloomy predecessor. In fact, Katinka, the
feline heroine of this picture book, is the
author and illustrator’s beloved cat, who
lives with her at home in west London,
as a real Mog did many years ago.
If Mog’s character was defined by
her chaotic loyalty, dislike of change
and a deep love of eggs, Katinka’s
trope is her tail — tabby coloured
on an otherwise all-white puss —
which is special.
“People always notice Katinka.
Then some say, ‘That tail is really
magic,’ ” writes Kerr with her
trademark precision (Kerr treats
word flab as her cat might a
tree bark: she scratches it).
Kerr, 94, draws herself as a
little old lady in a pink
dressing gown, with slippers and white
bed hair.
The first half of the book describes
their domestic routine together. It’s
peaceful mundanity, pet-owner bliss:
Katinka climbs the creepers; Kerr gives
her a “nice brush” (although she
won’t
let her groom her tail),
w
disposes of mice gifts and praises
her when she lands on her feet
(don’t
we all need a bit of that).
(
Then, as with many of Kerr’s
picture books, the night brings
p
its thrills and allows her to
exercise the Cartesian
question: how can we be sure
we’re not dreaming our lives?
Waking in the dark, Kerr
ventures downstairs to find the
cat basket empty. Then she
sees Katinka out of the window. “There
is something wrong with her tail. And
the street was full of animals running
after her.” She follows the cat into the
woods and finds her on a tree stump
surrounded by admiring animals; she is
waving her magical tail (now a beautiful
gold) as Kerr and the other animals
float into the air and on to the moon,
where Katinka “caught a moon mouse
and ate it”.
When the old lady wakes up in the
morning she remembers her “dream”.
She must tell Katinka, she thinks. When
she does find the cat on the windowsill
her tail is still sprinkled with gold. “And
I said, ‘Oh!’ ”
Beautiful drawings, precise language:
Katinka’s tale has all the magic we have
come to expect of Kerr.
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the critics’ choice
Films Kevin Maher
Top pick
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher,
Bob Logan, U (101min)
{{{{(
More arch Lego anarchy,
an animated adventure
with kung-fu mayhem and
giant robots for the kids,
knowing gags for the
parents and a giant cat for
everyone. Ed Potton
The Meyerowitz Stories
(New and Selected)
Noah Baumbach,
15 (112min)
{{{{(
Bittersweet, savagely
funny New York family
drama, showing on Netflix
and at Curzon cinemas.
Dustin Hoffman stars as
an egotistical, yet failed,
sculptor; Adam Sandler
and Ben Stiller are his
sons. Kevin Maher
The Party
Sally Potter, 15 (71min)
{{{{(
A dinner party from hell
(betrayals, cocaine, guns),
with Kristin Scott Thomas
and Cillian Murphy. Very
funny. KM
Loving Vincent
Hugh Welchman, Dorota
Kobiela, 12A (93min)
{{{((
Visually sumptuous
animation, exclusively
based on the works of Van
Gogh. A threadbare plot
detracts somewhat. KM
Boy
Taika Waititi, 15 (87min)
{{{{(
Deadpan, gawky coming-
Model pupils go mad in
The Lego Ninjago Movie
of-age tale from New
Zealand — imagine a Kiwi
Napoleon Dynamite. EP
Double Date
Denis Villeneuve, 15
(163min)
{{{((
Two sisters lure men back
to their mansion, where
they stab them to death to
the strains of Yazoo’s Only
You. Lurid, violent and
pretty funny. EP
School Life
Neasa Ni Chianain, David
Rane, 12A (100min)
{{{((
A year in the life of an
eccentric Irish boarding
school. Fascinating but
veers close to being a
promo video. KM
Comedy Dominic Maxwell
Top pick
Mat Ewins:
Adventureman 7: The
Return of Adventureman
Spoof Indiana Jones-style
multimedia adventure
meets cheeky-chappie
stand-up with a canny
sprinkle of manifesto (he’s
all for escapist fun, can’t
be doing with whingeing).
One of the funniest shows
of the year. Also at Soho
this week: Tim Key,
Desiree Burch, Aditi Mittal,
Joseph Morpurgo, Ivo
Graham. Soho Theatre,
London W1 (020 7478
0100), to Oct 21
Austentatious: An
Improvised Jane Austen
Novel
The world’s premier
Regency literature improv
team continue their tour.
City Varieties, Leeds (0113
243 0808), today; Lowry,
Salford, Sun; Lakeside Arts
Centre, Nottingham, Tues;
Cornerstone Arts Centre,
Didcot, Thur
Tony Law and Friends in
the Battle for Icetopia
The Canadian comic leads
the cast in a comedy play
staged on ice. Ice disco
afterwards. Seriously.
Alexandra Palace Ice Rink,
London N22
(alexandrapalace.com), Sun
Book now
Kathy Griffin
The American comic
returns after the run-in
with Trump that erupted
earlier this year after she
was pictured holding his
severed head. Palladium,
London W1 (0844 4124655),
Nov 10; Playhouse,
Edinburgh, Nov 11
Blade Runner 2049
Denis Villeneuve, 15
(163min)
{{{((
The replicants are back!
And so is Harrison Ford,
teaming up with Ryan
Gosling in a truly beautiful,
if dramatically flaccid, scifi blockbuster. KM
The Glass Castle
Destin Daniel Cretton,
12A (126 min)
{{{{(
Drama about an eccentric
alcoholic father (Woody
Harrelson) and his
daughter (Brie Larson). KM
Gerald’s Game
Mike Flanagan (103min)
{{{{(
A deftly executed Stephen
King adaptation, showing
on Netflix, about a woman
(Carla Gugino) imprisoned
in a deserted cabin. KM
The Mountain Between Us
Hany Abu-Assad, 12A
(103min)
{{{{(
Cheesy but satisfying
survival movie/romance
with Idris Elba and Kate
Winslet. Ed Potton
Goodbye Christopher
Robin
Simon Curtis, PG
(107min)
{{{{(
A robust biopic about the
creation of Winnie-thePooh and the father-son
relationship that almost
died in the process. KM
Daphne
Peter Mackie Burns, 15
(86min)
{{{((
Dreamy portrait of a
hard-drinking, fast-talking
but lonely Londoner,
boldly played by Emily
Beecham. KM
Our Souls at Night
Ritesh Batra, PG (101min)
{{{{(
Delicate film, showing on
Netflix, about ageing and
regret. Robert Redford
and Jane Fonda star. KM
On Body and Soul
Ildiko Enyedi, 18 (116min)
{{{{(
A beguiling Hungarian
slaughterhouse romance
(no, really) about a
Pop Will Hodgkinson
Top pick
Marc Almond
This strangely underrated singer puts his
rich voice in front of an orchestra for
songs from his new album, Shadows &
Reflections. Ipswich Regent (01473
433100), today; New Theatre,
Oxford, Sun; Symphony Hall,
Birmingham, Tues;
Bridgewater Hall,
Manchester, Thur;
Colston Hall, Bristol, Fri
The Pretenders
Chrissie Hynde and
fellow founder member
Martin Chambers are
going strong after four
decades. Guildhall,
Portsmouth (02393 870200),
today; Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Sun;
Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, Tues; New
Theatre, Oxford, Wed
Zara Larsson
Glamorous Swedish pop star, above,
tours her hit-filled second album, So
mismatched couple
who meet in their
dreams. KM
In Between
Maysaloun Hamoud, 15
(101min)
{{{{(
Two heavy-drinking
Arab-Israeli women adjust
to a prim flatmate. Like
Gossip Girl in the Middle
East. KM
Victoria & Abdul
Stephen Frears, PG
(112min)
{{{{(
Judi Dench reprises her
Queen Victoria rolefrom
Mrs Brown, this time
falling for the charms of
an Indian servant (Ali
Fazal). KM
God’s Own Country
Francis Lee, 15 (104min)
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A young farmer finds
love in this Yorkshire
take on Brokeback
Mountain. Bleak, muddy
and moving. EP
Wind River
Taylor Sheridan, 15
(107min)
{{{{(
Brutal but ultimately
humane tale of a murder
hunt in snowbound
Wyoming. EP
American Made
Doug Liman 15 (115min)
{{{{(
Tom Cruise, the proper
actor, returns in a hugely
entertaining thriller. KM
Classical Richard Morrison
Good. Belfast Waterfront (028 9032
5913), Sun; O2 Academy Glasgow, Wed; O2
Academy Newcastle, Thur
Dizzee Rascal
After grime’s resurgence rediscover the
man who planted it in the national
consciousness in the first place; a
determined, charismatic
performer with a superb new
album, Raskit. Manchester
Academy (0161 275
2930), today; O2
Academy Bristol, Mon;
Rock City, Nottingham,
Tues; Cliffs Pavilion,
Southend-on-Sea,
Thur; O2 Academy
Birmingham, Fri
Book now
Kendrick Lamar
Forward-thinking rapper does a rare UK
tour. Genting Arena, Birmingham (0121
780 4141), Feb 9; Manchester Arena, Feb
10; SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Feb 11; O2 Arena,
London SE10, Feb 12, 13
Top pick
Semele
One of Handel’s most
enchanting masterpieces
brought to life by a fine
cast including the rising
soprano Louise Alder and
the Orchestra of the Age
of Enlightenment. Ivor
Bolton conducts. Royal
Festival Hall, London SE1
(020 7960 4200), Wed
Oxford Lieder
Top-notch song festival
with events all week.
Includes Shadwell Opera
presenting Schoenberg’s
Pierrot Lunaire today.
Various venues, Oxford
(01865 305305), to Oct 28
London Symphony
Orchestra
Bernard Haitink conducts
Adès’s Three Studies from
Couperin, Mendelssohn’s
Violin Concerto (with
Veronika Eberle the
soloist) and Brahms’s
Symphony No 2. Barbican,
London EC2 (020 7638
8891), Sun, Thur
Scottish Chamber
Orchestra
Bach, Schumann and
Haydn with conductor
Robin Ticciati and pianist
Igor Levit. Queen’s Hall,
Edinburgh (0131 668 2019),
Thur; City Halls, Glasgow
(0141 353 8000), Fri
Book now
Britten Sinfonia
Start of Brahms symphony
cycle using smaller forces
than usual. Mark Elder
conducts. St Andrews Hall,
Norwich (01603 660352),
Nov 8; Barbican, London
EC2, Nov 9; Saffron Hall,
Saffron Walden, Nov 10
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6 Below (12A)
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The Ritual (15)
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Bitch (15)
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A downtrodden housewife
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documentary
On the Road (18)
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Dull music docudrama
Home Again (12A)
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Mother! (18)
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Silly psycho-horror
Top pick
Giulio Cesare
English Touring Opera are
touting Handel’s 1724
masterpiece as a twoparter, The Death of
Pompey and Cleopatra’s
Needle, in an uncut
edition. It’s a risky
decision, but worth it for
the detailed stagecraft
and affecting
performances. Check
theatres for individual
fixtures. New Theatre
Royal, Portsmouth (023
9264 9000), today;
Theatre Royal, Norwich,
Mon & Tues
The Barber of Seville
Thirty years have passed
(along with umpteen chief
executives of English
National Opera) but
Jonathan Miller’s Rossini
show still charms
audiences. Alan Opie is
bumbling Dr Bartolo this
time around. London
Coliseum (020 7845
9300), Wed & Fri, to Oct 30
Così fan tutte
Glyndebourne is giving its
Mozart staging by
Nicholas Hytner a
welcome spin around the
country. Glyndebourne
Opera House, Lewes (01273
815000), Tues & Fri, to
Oct 26. Then touring
Eugene Onegin
Fast-rising Welsh soprano
Natalya Romaniw takes
the role of Tatyana in this
Welsh National Opera
Tchaikovsky revival, part
of the autumn Russian
season. Mayflower
Theatre, Southampton
(02380 711811), Wed
Book now
Semiramide
The Royal Opera promises
a feast of fine bel-canto
singing as Joyce DiDonato
returns to Covent Garden
in Rossini’s drama. Royal
Opera House (020 7304
4000), from Nov 19
(general booking opens
Oct 18)
Top pick
Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and
Bellboys
Fascinated by the bold faces and bright
uniforms of French waiting staff, Chaïm
Soutine captured their characters in his
vividly awkward portraits. Courtauld
Gallery, London WC2 (020 7848 1194),
Thur-Jan 21
Pioneers of Pop
Newcastle University reopens its
revamped gallery space with a show that
claims the city as the birthplace of pop
art. Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (0191 222
6059), to Jan 20
Degas: A Passion for Perfection
The centenary of the great modernist’s
death is marked with a show as
wonderful as it is informative. Fitzwilliam
Museum, Cambridge (01223 332900), to
Jan 14
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone
Will Be Taken Into The Future
An artistic duo best known for their
massive installations and their fictional
personas look at anything from their
Soviet Russian roots to their dreams of
failed utopias. Tate Modern, London SE1
(020 7887 8888), Wed- Jan 28
Land, Sea, Life
Work from one of the most important
private collections of modern British art
goes on show in this wonderfully diverse
exhibition. Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
(01539 722464), Fri-Feb 17
First They Killed
My Father (15)
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The Reagan Show (PG)
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Wry Ronald Reagan doc
Annabelle: Creation (15)
{{{{(
Top-tier horror
Rebecca Warren: All That Heaven
Allows
Tate St Ives reopens with a sculpture
exhibition and permanent display of
work by the painters who put a tiny
Cornish fishing port on the cultural map.
Tate St Ives (01736 796226), to Jan 7
Baby Driver (15)
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Ace car-chase musical
Joseph Beuys
Installations, documents, photographs
and drawings recording the philosophical
The Barber of Seville at the London Coliseum
Dance Debra Craine
Top pick
Kenneth MacMillan:
A National Celebration
The 25th anniversary of
the death of the great
British choreographer is
marked at Covent Garden
with a programme that
brings together five
companies — Birmingham
Royal Ballet, Scottish
Ballet, Northern Ballet,
English National Ballet and
the Royal Ballet — on a
single night in a mixed bill
of MacMillan’s key works,
including the ragtime
romp Elite Syncopations.
Royal Opera House,
London WC2 (020 7304
4000), Wed, Thur
English National Ballet
Kenneth MacMillan’s
masterpiece Song of the
Earth shares the bill
with Frank Andersen’s
re-creation of the beloved
classic La Sylphide. Palace
Theatre, Manchester
(0844 8472275), today;
Milton Keynes Theatre
(0844 8717652),
Tues-Oct 21
Trois Grandes Fugues
Three choreographers —
Lucinda Childs, Maguy
Marin and Anne Teresa De
Keersmaeker — create
three dance works to the
same piece of music,
Beethoven’s Great Fugue
Op 133. The evening is
performed by Lyon Opera
Ballet. Sadler’s Wells,
London EC1 (020 7863
8000), Thur, Fri
Acosta Danza
The Havana-based
company, formed by
Carlos Acosta, performs
its debut programme, with
works from two Spanish
Mark Lancaster’s
Post-Warhol Souvenir
series features in
Pioneers of Pop at the
Hatton Gallery,
Newcastle
viewpoints of the artist and activist. Leeds
Art Gallery (0113 247 8256) to Jan 21
Dalí/Duchamp
Two artistic giants make competitive
companions in a show that leads the
spectator into a mad world of eroticism,
games and optics. Royal Academy of Arts,
London W1 (020 7300 8000), to Jan 3
Book now
Bomberg
On the 60th anniversary of David
Bomberg’s death, explore the vibrantly
colourful contribution of this inspiring
modernist painter. Pallant House,
Chichester (01243 774557), Oct 21-Feb 4
Theatre Ann Treneman
choreographers, one
American, one Belgian
and a Cuban. Lowry,
Salford (0843 2086000),
today; Birmingham
Hippodrome, Wed-Oct 21
Bayadere: The Ninth Life
A radical rethink of
Petipa’s classical ballet of
love, betrayal and
redemption in a mythical
India is re-examined and
contextualised by the
choreographer Shobana
Jeyasingh. Sadler’s Wells,
London EC1 (020 7863
8000), Mon & Tues
Book now
Rambert
The spirit of the Brazilian
carnival meets the music
of Nina Simone in a
Rambert mixed bill.
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
(020 7863 8000), Nov 21-25
Top pick
Young Frankenstein
Prepare for some monster
laughs as Mel Brooks
brings his mad scientist
musical based on his
adored 1974 film to the
West End, below. Hadley
Fraser stars. The
comedian Ross Noble is
lurchingly good as Igor,
and Lesley Joseph makes
a brilliant battleaxe. Howl?
I think so. Garrick Theatre,
London WC2 (0330
3334811), to March 15
(The Fall of) The
Master Builder
The Scottish
playwright
Zinnie Harris
continues her
astonishing
run (she had
three plays
at the
Edinburgh Festival this
year) by rebuilding Ibsen’s
strange sexual story to
striking effect. West
Yorkshire Playhouse,
Leeds (0113 213 7700), to
Oct 21
King Lear
Ian McKellen gives a
nuanced and powerful
performance as
Shakespeare’s tragic king,
and the supporting cast,
led by Sinéad Cusack, are
just as good. In this small
theatre it feels very
special indeed. Avoid the
front row as the rain does
fall. Minerva, Chichester
(01243 781312), to Oct 28
Labour of Love
James Graham has done it
again with this political
rom-com starring Tamsin
Greig and Martin Freeman
on tip-top form. Noël
Coward Theatre, London
WC2 (0844 4825140), to
Dec 2
The Lie
The French
playwright
Florian Zeller is
back with this
sharp and
sassy look at
whether it’s
ever a good
idea to tell your friend that
you have seen his or her
husband/wife cheating
with another. Samantha
Bond and Alexander
Hanson spar with the best
of them. Menier Chocolate
Factory, London SE1 (020
7378 1713), to Nov 18
Book now
The Jungle Book
Olivier award-winning
Jessica Swale has turned
her inventive mind to
adapting Rudyard
Kipling’s family classic.
This is directed by Max
Webster, who also brought
us The Lorax at the Old
Vic and which is enjoying
a much-deserved second
run there. Ssssseriously
fun, as Kaa would ssssay.
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Northampton (01604
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Critic’s choice
H is for Hawk:
A New Chapter
Radio choice
The Essay:
Stories that Sing
Helen Macdonald’s 2014
memoir H is for Hawk detailed
her path through the grief of
losing her father, Alisdair (an
acclaimed photojournalist), via
an unconventional therapy:
falconry. The book had the
literary world doing backflips,
winning prizes and
nominations galore — and here
we have its sequel of sorts, no
longer a despairing catharsis,
instead a love letter to the
wonders of the goshawk. It is
quite probably the most
unusual edition of Natural
World you’ll see. When
Macdonald visits an English
forest that’s home to these
rare, cold-eyed killers and
chooses a new young hawk to
train, her voiceover is lyrical:
“On a thick, gloamy summer’s
evening I returned to the nest.
The forest was dim and
vaulted green. It felt like an
underwater cathedral.” Her
obsession with these birds
borders on peculiar, but her
articulation of deeper emotions
— from bereavement to
newfound optimism — gives a
vivid sense of the spell that the
natural world can cast on us.
Who couldn’t feel at least a
flicker of recognition at Julian
Barnes’s description of opera
as “bad theatre set to good
music”? There may be many
too who recognise his slightly
adolescent grumpiness at the
medium — and especially at
those who listen to it.
Art, Barnes says in this
lovely essay, the first (and
best) of five on opera by
authors including Rachel
Cooke, had always seemed to
him to be something that was,
at heart, democratic. Opera,
with its dressing up and
champagne picnics, seemed
the reverse. It was “both
excluding and exclusive. Its
patrons seemed to be saying
to me, ‘Bugger off. We know
what opera is. And how it
ought to be enjoyed.’ ”
Then something happened
that changed his mind. Or
rather, as he put it: “The worst,
the most catastrophic thing
that could have happened.
After a sudden, short illness,
my wife of 30 years died.” His
world — and with it his view on
opera — is reconfigured.
Here, he explains how, in
words that haven’t the least
dash of operatic melodrama.
Barnes’s art is indeed
democratic; this is less writing
than thinking — George Orwell’s
prose as a window pane, but
more funny than old Eric
Arthur. His description of the
man who squired his wife to
the opera as a “tuxedoed
chum” manages to be at once
anodyne and acid.
Thur, BBC Two, 9pm
Radio 3, Mon-Fri, 10.45pm
Helen Macdonald
brings her love of
hawks to television
James Jackson
Best of the rest
Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for
the Ages
Sun, BBC Four, 9pm
An adoring profile of the tenor
— from fly-on-the-wall insights
backstage at the Last Night of
the Proms to watching him
roar at his football team,
Bayern Munich — is followed
by his Otello at the Royal
Opera House at 10.30pm.
George Michael: Freedom
Mon, Channel 4, 9pm
The A-listers come out in force
for a feature-length film about
the late superstar, stuffed with
“never-seen” archive home
movie footage and soul-baring
from the man himself. A
top-notch pop doc.
On demand
Chris Packham: Asperger’s
and Me
Tues, BBC Two, 9pm
A strikingly personal film in
which Packham explains his
life with Asperger’s syndrome.
From being a teen obsessed
with a kestrel to his suicidal
lows as an adult, this casts the
presenter in a whole new light.
The Ganges with Sue Perkins
Thur, BBC One, 9pm
Pilgrim Perkins searches for
serenity along the great sacred
river, starting by puking near
its source, then getting into
guru culture in Rishikesh.
It’s better than that sounds,
with Perkins a funny and
thoughtful guide.
Lucy Worsley: Elizabeth I’s
Battle for God’s Music
Tues, BBC Four, 9pm
The ubiquitous historian looks
into a remarkable creation
that emerged from the
Reformation: choral evensong,
a form of music full of
polyphonic wonder, as many
Radio 3 listeners will attest.
Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine
Thur, ITV, 9pm
The title conjures a disturbing
image, but Ramsay is actually
getting on the cocaine trade’s
case. In a lively hour he lifts
the toilet lid on coke use in his
restaurants and the trail of
problems it’s feeding — all the
way back to the Amazon. JJ
The best of Netflix, Amazon, iPlayer and beyond
Lore
Amazon Prime
Lore is the most chilling
podcast out there. Each short
edition is Aaron Mahnke’s
simple retelling of an
old folk story that
informs enduring
myths: tales of
bodies found in pits,
of sinister things in
the woods and so on.
Now here’s the TV version
— the same, but with added
gothic animation and
dramatic scenes. It starts with
the origins of the vampire
legend. Remember, the
scariest stories are true . . .
Twin Peaks
Sky Box Sets/Now TV
If you’ve ever loved David
Lynch’s work, the recent TV
comeback is unmissable.
By turns maddening,
hypnotic, comic and
horrific (mainly all at
once), this 18-hour
work of rule-breaking
surrealism plunges
back into the story of
FBI agent Dale Cooper, left,
freed from Black Lodge limbo
in two guises: a black-eyed
killer and a Nevada idiot. All
Lynch roads lead to this dream
world, where being baffled is all
part of its bizarre pleasure. JJ
Catherine Nixey
Podcast choice
The History of Rome
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was? Or what those Roman
geese got up to? This epic
series will take you from
Aeneas to Augustulus, via
some impressive bloodshed
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Critic’s choice Lucy Worsley’s
Nights at the Opera
BBC Two, 9pm
The jolliest historian in town
returns for a two-parter on
“how opera and history go
hand in hand”. Zipping around
Europe, Lucy Worsley visits
the cities where some of the
most famous operas were
written, and explores the
specific circumstances that
informed and inspired the
works. She is aided by the
conductor Antonio Pappano,
who enthuses from his piano
stool about the “nuts and
bolts of the arias”. It is a treat
— whether you’re an opera
buff or otherwise. In Venice
Worsley tells the story of the
“first modern opera”, The
Coronation of Poppea, written
in 1637. Monteverdi was fed
up of writing operas about
gods and myths, so he wrote
about the emperor Nero,
which meant the composer
could put human emotions on
the stage. The public loved it,
although that might have
been down to the raunch.
In Vienna, in the late 18th
century, Mozart cocked a
snook at the feudal order with
The Marriage of Figaro, while
Beethoven channelled the
French Revolution in Fidelio.
In Milan, Verdi’s Nabucco
would help a nation to find
its voice and its identity. The
programme spends much of
its time justifying its presence
on BBC Two. Worsley likens
opera’s latter-day popularity
to modern-day football,
suggests that the viewer
might have heard some opera
while watching Apocalypse
Now, and describes the art
form as the 18th century’s
equivalent to blockbuster
movies. However, Worsley is
great company, whether
explaining Viennese society
with a cake or ransacking the
V&A’s costume store (how on
earth did they get her out of
there?). Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
Lucy Worsley is back on Tuesday with a fascinating look at
the birth and history of choral evensong (BBC Four, 9pm)
Best Laid Plans
Channel 4, 4.30pm
Not another property show!
This one focuses on design
dilemmas in ambitious
projects, with the architect
Charlie Luxton and the
property developer Sophie
Morgan on hand to offer
solutions to couples at war over
the blueprints. The “problems”
could not be more first world —
will the magazine publishers
Sam and Adam finish their
luxury two-storey extension
before the birth of their third
child? Will Sarah and (another)
Adam agree on a style of
concrete? — but Channel 4
knows how to make these
shows work, and it doesn’t
take long to get sucked in. CB
Catch
up
The Last Pirates: Britain’s
Rebel DJs
BBC iPlayer, to October 29
Most of us will know the
story of Radio Caroline in
the 1960s, when Tony
Blackburn, Johnnie Walker
and their poptastic
colleagues swung on
the high seas, to the
wrath of Whitehall.
Pleasingly, then, the
title of this film
refers to an
entirely
different era of
pirate radio
Strictly Come
Dancing
Britain’s Ancient
Tracks
Journey’s End
BBC One, 6.45pm
Channel 4, 8pm
The Rev Richard Coles became
the second celebrity to leave
the dancefloor last week, which
puts the TV chef Simon Rimmer
and the comedian Brian Conley
in the line of fire. This week,
which is unthemed, Rimmer
and his partner, Karen Clifton,
will be dancing the samba to
Barry Manilow’s Copacabana,
while Conley and Amy Dowden
will perform a paso doble to
the Darkness’s rock anthem I
Believe in a Thing Called Love.
Expect to see the two chaps
performing again tomorrow
on the elimination show
(Sun, BBC One, 7.15pm). CB
Dere Street was the Roman
road that ran north from
Eboracum (York) to Veluniate
(Bo’ness) near the Antonine
Wall. Large parts of the route
exist today, under the less
romantic name of the A68.
Tony Robinson finishes off
his thoroughly pleasant series
with a stroll up the more
picturesque stretches of Dere
Street, heading north through
Hadrian’s Wall, where he
encounters the roar of a
Celtic horn, some medieval
potions and a rabble of
ancient invaders. Tall tales
and long walks — lovely. CB
RC Sherriff’s enduring 1928
play has been given the
big-budget film treatment,
with Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany
and Toby Jones among the star
names attached. That version
will hit cinemas in February,
but in the meantime here is the
BBC’s excellent adaptation
from 1988, starring Jeremy
Northam, in his first screen
role, as the brave but inebriate
Captain Stanhope. Set in the
claustrophobic trenches of
northern France in 1918, the
action takes place in the days
before Germany launched the
spring offensive. Timothy Spall,
Edward Petherbridge and Clive
Swift are among the cast. CB
buccaneering: the Thatcher
years. And it’s just as vivid a
snapshot of British social
history. In 1980, as rioting
began to engulf Brixton,
Britain’s first multicultural
generation was coming of
age, and pirate radio
stations were
bringing together
cultures under the
banner of soul and
club culture. This
programme, fronted
by the rapper Rodney P,
pictured, is less
about the music,
more the tension
between a
community and the
government in a
decade of turmoil.
James Jackson
Yesterday, 9pm
Variations
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
5.00pm Anglesey: Island Life (r)
5.30-6.30 The Big Family Cooking
Showdown (r) 9.00 Hinterland. A local
man is identified as the chief suspect for
a fatal shooting 10.30 Lucy Worsley’s
Nights at the Opera 11.30 Later: with Jools
Holland 12.35am FILM The British Guide
to Showing Off (2011) 2.05-3.05 The
Detectives: Murder on the Streets (r)
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
5.00pm-5.10 Final Score from Northern
Ireland. A round-up of the day’s action
along with the classified results
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
6.00pm Made in Northern Ireland (r)
6.30 Anglesey: Island Life 7.00
Gardeners’ World (r) 8.00 Front Row
8.30-9.00 Britain Afloat
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
4.00pm-5.10 Sportscene. Classified
results and a round-up of the
afternoon’s football news
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
1.30pm-2.30 The Big Family Cooking
Showdown (r) 5.00 Grand Tours of
Scotland’s Lochs (r) 5.30 The Beechgrove
Garden (r) 6.00-6.30 Landward (r)
8.00-8.30 Anglesey: Island Life
● STV As ITV London except:
1.30pm-4.15
Racing on STV: Live from Newmarket.
Coverage of today’s race meetings
1.30am Teleshopping. Buying goods from
home 2.30 After Midnight 4.00 ITV
Nightscreen 5.30-6.00 Teleshopping
● UTV As ITV London except: 1.30am
Teleshopping 2.30-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw (r) 8.00 Stwnsh
Sadwrn 10.00 Y Cosmos (r) 11.00 Byd o
Liw: Cestyll (r) 11.30 Dylan ar Daith (r)
12.30pm Cefn Gwlad (r) 1.00 100 Lle (r)
1.30 100 Lle (r) 2.00 Her yr Hinsawdd (r)
2.30 Becws (r) 3.00 Ysgol Ddawns Anti
Karen (r) 3.30 Tân (r) 4.00 Mike Phillips
a’r Senghenydd Sirens (r) 4.30 Mike
Phillips a’r Senghenydd Sirens (r) 5.00
Bywyd y Fet (r) 5.25 Bywyd y Fet (r) 5.50
Ffwtbol a Fflêrs: Cofio Arwyr ’76 (r) 6.50
Seiclo: ParisTours 7.20 News a
Chwaraeon 7.30 Ysgoloriaeth Urdd
Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel 2017 10.00
Noson Lawen. An edition from 2005, in
which Dai Jones presents from
Bronymaen Farm in Meifod,
Montgomeryshire (r) 11.00 Nigel Owens:
Wyt ti’n Gêm? (r) 11.30-12.05am Hansh (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
The British Guide to Showing Off (15, 2011)
BBC Two, 11.35pm
The subject of this documentary is the underground artist Andrew
Logan, the guiding light of the Alternative Miss World competition.
Logan floats through the film in a cloud of mirrored tiles and Silly
Putty, nursing an air of benign disdain for modern life and its lack
of alternative culture. The footage of previous years’ competitions
is hysterical, but the film’s emphasis is on shots of Logan looking
pained because people fail to comprehend his creative vision.
There are contributions from Brian Eno, Zandra Rhodes, Richard
O’Brien and Grayson Perry. The film was treated to a cinema
release, but its home is the small screen. (97min) Wendy Ide
A Bridge Too Far (15, 1977)
Channel 5, 5.40pm
Chosen by Richard Dannatt, the
former head of the British Army, as
one of his favourite war films in The
Times last year, Richard
Attenborough’s Second World War
epic accurately retells the failure in
September 1944 of Operation
Market Garden — an Allied attempt
to seize several bridges occupied in the Netherlands. Despite the
mission’s lack of success (a result of poor planning), according to
Dannatt it shows “British soldiers at their best . . . the bravery of the
British airborne division was legendary”. The cast is something to
behold — Michael Caine, James Caan, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery,
pictured, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Gene Hackman,
Elliott Gould and Robert Redford. (175min) Joe Clay
The Last Boy Scout (18, 1991)
ITV, 11.40pm
Not a reference to Bear Grylls, but a serviceable Bruce Willis action
movie. Two men, both down on their luck, team up to try to solve
a murder case in this interracial buddy movie. Willis plays Joe
Hallenbeck, formerly a highly trained investigator, now barely able
to investigate anything other than the contents of a liquor bottle.
Damon Wayans plays the disgraced American footballer Jimmy
Dix, who, in a run of terrible luck, is thrown out of the league for his
addiction to prescription drugs and then loses his girlfriend to
murder — a girlfriend who was meant to be under the protection
of Joe. The director, Tony Scott, and the screenwriter, Shane Black,
claim Willis and the producers hijacked their film. (105min) WI
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Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 10.00 Saturday
Kitchen Live. Matt Tebbutt is joined in
the kitchen by Rhod Gilbert and the
chefs Cyrus Todiwala and Chantelle
Nicholson 11.30 The Hairy Bikers’
Comfort Food (r) 12.00 Football Focus
1.00pm BBC News; Weather 1.15
Bargain Hunt (r) 2.15 Money for
Nothing (r) 2.45 FILM Gnomeo &
Juliet (U, 2011) Two gnomes fall in
lovebut their romance is threatened
by a bitter feud between their houses.
Animated comedy with the voices of
James McAvoy and Emily Blunt 4.00
Final Score 5.10 Escape to the
Country. Properties in Wiltshire (r)
5.40 BBC News 5.50 BBC Regional
News; Weather 6.00 Pointless
Celebrities. Quiz show with Robert
Lindsay, Richard Blackwood and
Merrill and Jay Osmond
6.15am How We Won the War (r) 6.45
Animal Park Summer Special (r) 7.30
Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature (r)
8.00 Deadly 60 (r) 8.30 Show Me
What You’re Made Of 9.00 Saturday
Mash-Up! 11.00 Mountain Lions: Big
Cats in High Places — Natural World
(r) 12.00 Rick Stein’s Long Weekends
(r) 1.00pm Coast (r) 1.30 Grand Tours
of the Scottish Islands 2.30 India:
Nature’s Wonderland (r) 3.30 Flog It!
(r) 4.30 Mastermind. John Humphrys
hosts the quiz show (r) 5.00 The Big
Family Cooking Showdown. Zoe Ball
and Nadiya Hussain present the first
semi-final (r) 6.00 Anglesey: Island
Life. Two descendants of the first
Marquess of Anglesey revisit their
childhood home 6.30 Gardeners’
World. Advice on the best bulbs to
plant for cut flowers next year (r)
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25
ITV News 9.30 Saturday Morning with
James Martin. Judy Murray and Jun
Tanaka join James as he prepares a
slow-roast shoulder of pork, meringue
roulade and a classic lasagne with a
twist in his kitchen 11.25 Gino’s Italian
Escape: Islands in the Sun. Gino
D’Acampo explores Sardinia (r) 11.55
ITV News; Weather 12.00 The X
Factor: Six Chair Challenge (r) 1.30pm
Live ITV Racing. Ed Chamberlin and
Francesca Cumani present coverage
of two meetings. From Newmarket,
races start at 1.50, 2.25, 3.00, and
3.40. From York, at 2.05, 2.40 and
3.15 4.15 Thunderbirds Are Go (r)
4.45 Little Big Shots. A 12-year-old
ventriloquist (r) 5.45 Regional News;
Weather 5.55 ITV News; Weather 6.15
Cannonball. With Andrew Flintoff
6.15am Marathon: Yorkshire 7.10
Everybody Loves Raymond (r) 7.35
Everybody Loves Raymond (r) 8.00
Frasier (r) 8.25 Frasier (r) 8.55 Frasier
(r) 9.30 The Big Bang Theory 9.55 The
Big Bang Theory 10.25 The Big Bang
Theory 10.50 The Simpsons (r) 11.20
The Simpsons (r) 11.50 Come Dine
with Me (r) 12.25pm Come Dine with
Me (r) 12.55 Come Dine with Me (r)
1.25 Come Dine with Me (r) 1.55 Come
Dine with Me (r) 2.30 A Place in the
Sun: Winter Sun (r) 3.30 A Place in the
Sun: Winter Sun. Property advice (r)
4.30 Best Laid Plans. New series.
Charlie Luxton and Sophie Morgan
help homeowners complete largescale renovation projects. See
Viewing Guide 5.35 Location,
Location, Location. Properties in
Edinburgh (r) 6.30 Channel 4 News
6.00am Milkshake! 10.20 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles (r) 10.55 The
Gadget Show (r) 11.45 Police
Interceptors (r) 12.40pm Police
Interceptors. Officers stop an
uninsured driver who is known
to have a violent past (r) 1.40 The
Nightmare Neighbour Next Door.
A man whose hobby caused upset
when he erected a 30ft radio mast (r)
2.40 The Nightmare Neighbour Next
Door. A pensioner who faced months
of vandalism and abuse from his
neighbour (r) 3.40 Can’t Pay?
We’ll Take It Away. Agents head to
Manchester to recover more than
£400,000 owed to a builder (r) 4.40
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away. The
agents evict a large group of
squatters barricaded into a disused
nursery (r) 5.35 5 News Weekend
Reasonable Doubt (12.15am)
Classic comedy Dad’s Army (8.30pm)
Stormzy performs live (10.15pm)
Moore & Neeson in Non-Stop (9pm)
Presenter Colin Murray (9pm)
7.00 Rivers with Jeremy Paxman
The presenter travels along
England’s greatest rivers,
meeting local people and
exploring the history, traditions
and wildlife. The first episode
focuses on the Tweed (1/4) (r)
5.40 FILM A Bridge Too Far
(PG, 1977) Allied forces try to
capture a series of strategically
important bridges and cut off
the Germans from their retreat
through Europe. Fact-based
Second World War drama with
Dirk Bogarde, James Caan,
Mich
haell Caiine, Sean Connery,
Edward Fox and Laurence
Olivier. See Film Choice
6.45 Strictly Come Dancing Shirley
Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Bruno
Tonioli and Craig Revel
Horwood share their thoughts
on another set of performances,
as the 13 remaining couples
take to the stage once more.
See Viewing Guide
7.15
7.30 Front Row Samira Ahmed
interviews Kate Winslet about
The Mountain Between Us
8.00 Britain Afloat How narrow
boats helped to power Britain’s
industrial revolution (3/6)
8.40 Casualty Ethan learns the truth
about Connie’s illness, and she
blackmails him into performing
an urgent surgical procedure
on her. Meanwhile, Alicia panics
ahead of her driving test
9.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys Agnes is
excited about Rory’s big day —
until she meets the flamboyant
wedding planner (6/6) (r)
10.00 BBC News; Weather; followed
by National Lottery Update
10.20 Match of the Day Gary Lineker
presents all the action from
the latest Premier League
matches, including Liverpool
v Manchester United at
Anfield and Crystal Palace v
Chelsea at Selhurst Park
8.30 Dad’s Army Sergeant Wilson
is appointed manager of the
Eastgate branch of the bank (r)
The Chase: Celebrity Special
New series. A star-filled version
of the quiz show. Christian
O’Connell, Carrie Grant, Naomi
Wilkinson and Dave Johns take
on one of the Chasers (1/8)
8.15 The X Factor: Six Chair
Challenge Dermot O’Leary
presents as the Six Chair
Challenge phase continues,
with each contestant hoping to
claim — and retain — one of the
six places in the Judges’ Houses
round of the competition
9.00 Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the
Opera The history of some of
the world’s greatest operas,
beginning with the political
climate behind famous works
by Monteverdi, Mozart,
Beethoven and Verdi.
See Viewing Guide (1/2)
10.00 Live at the Apollo Featuring
routines by Joe Lycett, Ivo
Graham and Phil Wang (6/6) (r)
10.30 Later: with Jools Holland
Robert Plant and the
Sensational Space Shifters
play tracks from new album
Carry Fire and there are
performances by St Vincent,
Nick Mulvey, Kelela and
John Moreland (3/6)
10.15 The Jonathan Ross Show
The host is joined by guests
Stormzy, Annette Bening, Jamie
Bell, Bradley Walsh and Vince
Vaughn. Singer Jamie Lawson
performs live in the studio (7/12)
11.20 ITV News
11.45 The NFL Show Major stories
shaping the NFL world
11.35 FILM The British Guide to
Showing Off (15, 2011)
Part-animated documentary.
See Film Choice
11.40 FILM The Last Boy Scout
(18, 1991) Thriller starring
Bruce Willis. See Film Choice
12.15am FILM Reasonable Doubt (15,
2014) An attorney tries to bring to
justice a killer he allowed to go free
because of guilt over his own crimes.
Thriller starring Dominic Cooper and
Samuel L Jackson 1.35 Weather for
the Week Ahead 1.40 BBC News
1.05-3.00am FILM The Hunters
(18, 1996) A policeman returns to his
home village from Stockholm, but
discovers his brother is caught up in
the case he is investigating. Crime
drama starring Rolf Lassgard and
Lennart Jahkel. In Swedish
1.30am Jackpot247. Live gaming 3.00
The Hungry Sailors. Dick and James
Strawbridge explore Newquay in
Cornwall, where they try their hand
at surfing and James goes fishing for
sea bass, before cooking a feast on
the beach (r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
8.00 Britain’s Ancient Tracks with
Tony Robinson The Time Team
presenter travels along the
ancient Roman road of Dere
Street. Last in the series.
See Viewing Guide (4/4)
9.00 FILM Non-Stop (12, 2014) An air
marshal on a transatlantic flight
receives mysterious messages
in which an anonymous
terrorist threatens to kill one
passenger every 20 minutes
unless a ransom is paid. He
searches the plane for the
criminals responsible, but his
investigation is threatened
when he is framed as being the
mastermind behind the plot.
Action thriller starring Liam
Neeson, Julianne Moore
and Lupita Nyong’o
11.05 FILM Tower Heist (12, 2011)
The manager of an apartment
complex recruits a thief to steal
back his friends’ pension fund
from a Wall Street fraudster.
Crime comedy starring Ben
Stiller and Eddie Murphy
1.00am The Last Leg. Adam Hills,
Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker
are joined by Armando Iannucci and
Sue Perkins (r) 1.55 Hollyoaks. Tony
receives some devastating news (SL)
4.05 Building the Dream (r) 5.00 Best
of Both Worlds (r) 5.55 Kevin Can Wait
9.00 Football on 5: The
Championship Highlights
from the weekend’s games,
including Wolverhampton
Wanderers v Aston Villa
9.45 Football on 5: Goal Rush
From Leagues One and Two
10.15 Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit The drama returns with a
case about a youngster who
appears to have been
abducted, a fate that befell her
adoptive parents’ biological
daughter 10 years ago (r)
11.10 Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit Benson and Stabler are
called to the hospital after the
reported rape of a 10-year-old
girl, and a media frenzy
is sparked when another
victim comes forward (r)
12.05am SuperCasino. Live
interactive gaming 3.10 The
EastEnders Murderers: True Crime,
Real Tragedy (r) 4.00 Gypsy Kids: Our
Secret World (r) 4.50 Divine Designs
(r) (SL) 5.20 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL) 5.45
Chinese Food in Minutes (r) (SL)
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Lethal Weapon 2
Saturday 14 | Primetime digital guide
Patsy Kensit and Mel Gibson
star in the sequel to the
classsic action drama
Dave, 9pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
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Sky Atlantic
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7.00pm The Incredible Human
Journey Alice Roberts
follows the trail of
humankind to Australia,
asking how it managed to
reach the Outback before
making it to Europe (4/5) (R)
8.00 Wild China Meeting tribes of
Chinese reindeer herders
dwelling outside the Great
Wall on the Siberian border,
and exploring the ruined
cities that once marked the
legendary Silk Road (5/6) (R)
9.00 Beck: Buried Alive The body
of a District Attorney is
found in a playground and
another is found in a similar
situation. In Swedish (R)
10.25 Beck: Room 302 The body
of a woman is found in a
hotel room, and it appears
that she has been strangled
after partying with two
young men. In Swedish (R)
11.55-12.35am Top of the Pops:
1984 (R)
7.00pm Midsomer Murders A
sparkling wine launch ends
in disaster when a critic
gives it a scathing review
before guests sampling the
vintage start to collapse,
and Barnaby investigates a
possible connection to the
death of a child in a
hit-and-run (4/4) (R)
9.00 Midsomer Murders
Bentham DeQuetteville falls
to his death from a roof
after seeing a headless
horseman, and Barnaby
and Jones’s investigation
uncovers shocking secrets
about the victim’s
aristocratic family (1/6) (R)
11.00-1.05am Lewis The detective
discovers his favourite rock
band are on the verge of a
comeback — but suspects
they may be mixed up in the
murder of an orphan whose
body was found on the
other side of town (4/4) (R)
6.55pm Come Dine with Me
The fourth dinner party
in Eastbourne (R)
7.30 Come Dine with Me The
final night of dinner
parties in Eastbourne (R)
8.00 Britain’s Killer Storms
Documentary-drama telling
the story of five major
storms that battered the
nation during 2012,
hearing from people
who survived them (R)
9.35 Snowstorm: Britain’s Big
Freeze Possible factors
behind the extreme weather
in February 2009 (R)
10.45 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown Jimmy Carr
hosts, with Sarah Millican,
Bill Bailey, Rob Delaney, Paul
Foot, Romesh Ranganathan
and Nina Conti (R)
11.45-12.50am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown With
panellists Bob Mortimer
and Holly Walsh (R)
6.15pm FILM The Hunger Games
(12, 2012) A totalitarian
future-America holds an
annual nationally televised
event in which two children
from each of its regions
fight to the death until
only one remains. Sci-fi
adventure starring Jennifer
Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
and Woody Harrelson
9.00 FILM Wild (15, 2014) After
a series of devastating
personal traumas, a woman
attempts to turn her life
around by embarking on an
epic, solo trek along
America’s Pacific Crest Trail.
Drama based on a true story
starring Reese Witherspoon
11.20-1.10am FILM Everly (18,
2014) A woman forced into
prostitution by a criminal
overlord fights back against
her oppressor. Action thriller
starring Salma Hayek, Akie
Kotabe and Laura Cepeda
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer and
Lisa both discover that they
have hidden talents (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer
begins to suspect that Bart’s
new friend may be involved
in a terrorist plot (R)
8.00 A League of Their Own
Piers Morgan, Paul Merson
and Roisin Conaty join
Jamie Redknapp, Andrew
Flintoff and Jack Whitehall
on the comedy quiz,
with host James Corden
asking the questions (R)
9.00 FILM Terminator Salvation
(12, 2009) In the future,
resistance fighter John
Connor leads a war against
the deadly robots that have
taken over the world. Sci-fi
thriller sequel, with Christian
Bale, Sam Worthington
and Anton Yelchin
11.10-12.10am The Russell Howard
Hour Topical comedy and
entertainment show (R)
7.00pm Without a Trace Jack
and the team search for a
family man who was left
distressed by the ravages
of Hurricane Katrina. (R)
8.00 Without a Trace Jack goes
undercover at a poker club,
but is taken prisoner by a
woman convinced he is
there to kill her (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones Tyrion
assumes a new role, Jon is
taken to the imposing Fist of
the First Men, Jaime strikes
a deal with his captors and
Daenerys meets with the
slavers (3/10) (R)
10.10 Game of Thrones Arya
faces the commander of
the Brotherhood Without
Banners (4/10) (R)
11.20 Last Week Tonight with
John Oliver A satirical look
at news and pop culture (R)
11.55-12.30am Vice Principals
Russell tests out a kindness
strategy at school (2/9) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 144
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
5.45pm FILM Liar Liar (12, 1997)
A boy makes a wish to prevent his
lawyer father from telling lies.
Comedy starring Jim Carrey
7.30 FILM The Hobbit: The Battle
of the Five Armies (12, 2014) Dwarf
king Thorin descends into
madness as his homeland stands
on the brink of war. Fantasy
adventure starring Martin Freeman
10.15 Celebrity Juice Comedy
11.05 Family Guy Cartoon
11.30 Family Guy Animation
11.55-12.25am Family Guy
6.50pm Hornblower The newly
promoted lieutenant accepts a
diplomatic commission (4/8)
9.00 FILM Pale Rider (15, 1985) A
preacher with lethal gunfighting
skills helps a mining community
battle a ruthless landowner.
Western starring Clint Eastwood
11.20-2.00am FILM Se7en (18,
1995) Two detectives hunt a killer
who has committed a series of
murders as punishment for the
seven deadly sins. Thriller starring
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman
7.00pm The Big Bang Theory
Leonard is upset by an article
7.30 The Big Bang Theory Leonard
and Sheldon try to meet an idol
8.00 The Big Bang Theory Howard
finds out that he has a half-brother
8.30 The Big Bang Theory Sheldon
and Amy spend the night together
9.00 FILM The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (12, 2012)
Romantic fantasy sequel,
with Kristen Stewart, Robert
Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
11.20-12.25am Gogglebox
6.00 FILM Jack the Giant Slayer
(12, 2013) A farm boy joins a band
of knights on a mission to rescue a
princess. Fantasy starring Nicholas
Hoult and Ewan McGregor
8.10 FILM Jackie Chan’s The
Forbidden Kingdom (12, 2008) An
American teenager is sent back in
time to ancient China where he
takes on a quest with the aid of two
warriors. Martial arts adventure
starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan
10.15-12.50am FILM PS I Love You
(12, 2007) Romantic drama
6.00pm FILM The Adventurers
(PG, 1950) Action adventure
7.40 Comedy Cocktail Comedy
8.00 FILM The Sand Pebbles (PG,
1966) Action with Steve McQueen
and Richard Attenborough
9.45 Glimpses: The Power We
Need A 1962 documentary
10.00 FILM An Alligator Named
Daisy (U, 1955) Comedy starring
Donald Sinden and Diana Dors
11.50 Glimpses: V.1 Documentary
12.00-2.00am FILM She (U, 1965)
Fantasy starring Peter Cushing
7.00pm Sue Thomas: FBEye Sue is
tasked with catching a terrorist
before a visiting dignitary arrives
8.00 Murdoch Mysteries A spate
of diamond thefts occurs in which
the perpetrators manage to
tunnel into shops and banks
9.00 Shetland The investigation
takes Perez and Tosh to Glasgow,
where they try to uncover details
behind Maguire’s violent death
10.20-12.55am Waking the Dead
Feature-length episode. The team
investigates a terrorist attack
Yesterday
Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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FSAT 156, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Impossible Engineering
Exploring a fully relocatable polar
research station in Antarctica
8.00 Ultimate Covers at the BBC
Sixty years of cover performances
from the Corporation’s archive
9.00 Journey
y’s End Feature-leng
gth
First World War drama starring
Timothy Spall. See Viewing Guide
11.20-12.20am The Great War in
Numbers A look at how machine
guns changed the nature of
warfare and the increased
use of planes and U-boats
7.00pm Police Interceptors The
unit’s hi-tech helicopter pursues a
motorcyclist speeding at 130mph
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
Gareth and Craig investigate a case
of mistaken identity in Shropshire
9.00 Criminals Caught on Camera
A gang of armed robbers are
filmed terrorising shop staff
10.00 FILM Kickboxer (18, 1989)
Martial arts thriller starring
Jean-Claude Van Damme
12.00-1.00am Criminals Caught
on Camera Footage of a robbery
7.00pm Not Going Out Lee
imagines a perfect life with Lucy
7.40 Not Going Out Tim becomes
part of a band at work and Lucy
ends up falling for the guitarist
8.20 Not Going Out Lee’s dad turns
up. Bobby Ball guest stars
9.00 FILM Lethal Weapon 2 (18,
1989) Action thriller sequel
starring Mel Gibson, Danny
Glover and Joss Ackland
11.15-12.15am Dave Gorman
Goodish Hits Best bits from series
two of Modern Life Is Goodish
6.50pm Plane Resurrection
Enthusiast Peter Brueggemann
attempts to build a full-size replica
of a Fokker Dr 1 triplane
7.55 Annie Oakley Chronicling
the life of the sharpshooter
9.10 Buffalo Bill The life of the
showman and frontier hero
10.25 Plane Resurrection The
enthusiasts restore a Hawker
Hurricane fighter aircraft
11.40-12.50am Plane Resurrection
Rex Ford restores a Percival Q6
twin-engined monoplane
6.00pm Tony Visconti’s Unsigned
Heroes The unsigned artists take
to the stage. Last in the series (6/6)
7.30 Video Killed the Radio Star
A behind-the-scenes look at a
selection of Billy Idol videos
8.00 Classic Albums The singer
Lou Reed discusses the making of
his 1972 album Transformer
9.00 Punk: Attitude Documentary
charting the history of punk rock
11.00-12.45am Punk ’76: Fashion Is
Never Wrong Exploring the birth
of the UK punk movement
7.00pm Nothing to Declare
7.30 Nothing to Declare
8.00 Nothing to Declare
8.30 Nothing to Declare
9.00 Criminal Minds Several male
victims are being found with all
identifying body parts removed
10.00 Criminal Minds Reid is
incarcerated in Mexico with little
memory of how he got there.
11.00 Criminal Minds A series of
fatal car crashes involving drivers
and pedestrians are investigated
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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7.00pm Body of Proof (4/13)
8.00 The Gifted (1/10)
9.00 American Dad!
9.30 American Dad!
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 Family Guy
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Gold Rush
8.00 Wheeler Dealers
9.00 Lennon Murder: Crimes of
the Century A look back at the
events of December 8, 1980
10.00 Science of Interrogation
11.00 People Magazine
Investigates Documentary
12.00-1.00am Street Outlaws
7.00pm Lost Civilisation
8.00 China’s Mystery Mummies
9.00 China’s Ghost Army
10.00 China’s Megatomb
Revealed Documentary exploring
the tomb of China’s first Emperor
and its army of Terracotta Warriors
12.00-1.00am Saxon Gold: Finding
the Hoard Documentary
6.00pm FILM Mr Deeds (12, 2002)
Romantic comedy remake
8.00 Impractical Jokers
8.30 Impractical Jokers: Inside
Jokes Behind the scenes
9.00 FILM White Chicks (15, 2004)
Comedy with the Wayans brothers
11.10 Lip Sync Battle
11.40-12.10am Your Face or Mine
7.00pm Only Fools and Horses
The first episode of the comedy
7.40 Only Fools and Horses
8.20 Harry Enfield and Chums
9.00 Absolutely Fabulous
9.40 Absolutely Fabulous
10.20 Absolutely Fabulous
11.00 The Fast Show Comedy
11.35-12.10am The Fast Show
6.40pm My Family Comedy
8.00 John Bishop: In Conversation
with Melanie C Interview
9.00 Doctor Foster Repeat of the
first series of the drama. Suranne
Jones is the GP who suspects her
husband of having an affair
10.20 Doctor Foster
11.40-1.00am Doctor Foster
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Animation
Sky Action
Sky Select
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6.10pm Monster Trucks (PG, 2016)
Fantasy adventure starring Lucas
Till, Jane Levy and Rob Lowe
8.00 Split (15, 2016) After being
abducted by a kidnapper with
multiple personalities, three young
women face a fight for survival.
Thriller starring James McAvoy
10.00 Resident Evil: The Final
Chapter (15, 2016) Action horror
sequel starring Milla Jovovich
11.50-1.50am T2: Trainspotting
(18, 2017) Sequel starring Ewan
McGregor and Ewen Bremner
5.45pm Dreamgirls (12, 2006)
Musical drama starring Jamie
Foxx and Beyoncé Knowles
8.00 I Am Legend (15, 2007)
A Manhattan-based scientist tries
to find a cure for a viral plague
that has turned all other humans
into vampire-like creatures.
Sci-fi thriller with Will Smith
10.00 Snatch (18, 2000) Comedy
drama starring Jason Statham
11.50-2.30am American Gangster
(18, 2007) Fact-based crime drama
starring Denzel Washington
6.30pm The Secret Life of Pets
(U, 2016) Animated adventure
8.00 The Angry Birds Movie (U,
2016) Outsider Red does not fit in
among his island community, but
he is the only one to smell a rat
when a fleet of green pigs pitch up.
Animation with the voices of Jason
Sudeikis and Danny McBride
9.45 Throne of Elves (PG, 2016)
Animated fantasy featuring the
voice of Ashley Boettcher
11.30-1.00am Mulan (U, 1998)
Disney animated adventure
6.00pm Jack Reacher: Never Go
Back (12, 2016) When the
commander of his old military unit
is arrested on trumped-up charges,
the vigilante investigates. Action
sequel starring Tom Cruise
8.00 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
10.20-12.55am Independence Day
(12, 1996) Sci-fi adventure
6.10pm Dirty Harry (15, 1971) A
maverick San Francisco detective
vows to end a deranged sniper’s
reign of terror. Thriller starring
Clint Eastwood and Andy Robinson
8.00 The Revenant (15, 2015) A
frontiersman left for dead by his
hunting party goes on a gruelling
journey through the wilderness
seeking revenge. Western starring
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy
10.40-1.15am The Departed (18,
2006) Thriller starring Leonardo
DiCaprio and Matt Damon
Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel
star in the first series of the
drama Doctor Foster (W, 9pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 11.30am
Radio 1
The Premier League is
back with a bang after the
international break as
Liverpool and Manchester
United clash at Anfield (kickoff 12.30pm). The Reds will be
looking to Philippe Coutinho,
pictured, named on the Ballon
d’Or shortlist, to inspire them
to victory over their Mancunian
rivals. In the teatime match,
Watford welcome Arsenal to
Vicarage Road (BT Sport 1,
5pm). Joe Clay
Sky Sports Main Event
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6.00am-8.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CIMB Classic
11.30 LIVE Premier League:
Liverpool v Manchester
United (Kick-off 12.30)
3.15pm-5.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The Italian Open
5.15 LIVE EFL:
Wolverhampton Wanderers
v Aston Villa
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Atlético Madrid v
Barcelona (Kick-off 7.45)
12.30am-6.00 LIVE Fight
Night International
Sky Sports
Premier League
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12.30pm-3.15 LIVE Premier
League: Liverpool v
Manchester United
Sky Sports Football
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.00am Dev 10.00 Radio 1’s
Greatest Hits 1.00pm Alice
Levine 4.00 Radio 1’s Dance
Anthems 7.00 MistaJam
10.00 The Rap Show with
Charlie Sloth 1.00am DJ Target
4.00 Diplo and Friends
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
5.00-7.45 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup
12.30am-6.00 LIVE Fight
Night International
Sky Sports Arena
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1.00pm-3.00 LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis
5.25-7.30 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup: Bath
v Benetton Treviso
BT Sport 1
Sky Sports Cricket
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Noon-3.40pm LIVE
International T20 Cricket:
India v Australia
Sky Sports Golf
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6.00am-8.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CIMB Classic
11.30-5.00pm LIVE European
Tour Golf: The Italian Open
4.00am-6.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CIMB Classic
Sky Sports Action
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7.00am-11.00 LIVE
WTA Tennis
12.00-2.00pm LIVE
Bundesliga 2
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9.00-12.30am LIVE MLB
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BT Sport 2
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3.00pm LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
Racing 92 v Leicester Tigers
5.30 LIVE Bundesliga:
Borussia Dortmund v RB
Leipzig (Kick-off 5.30)
7.30 LIVE European Rugby
Champions Cup: Exeter
Chiefs v Glasgow Warriors
10.00 LIVE PSA Squash
12.30-2.15am LIVE MotoGP
2.30 LIVE MotoGP
4.15 LIVE MotoGP
5.45-7.15 LIVE MotoGP
BT Sport 3
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7.30am LIVE
Hyundai A-League
9.45-12.00 LIVE
Hyundai A-League
5.15pm-7.00 LIVE Serie A:
Juventus v Lazio
7.30-9.45 LIVE Serie A
12.00 LIVE CFL
3.00-9.30am LIVE FIA World
Endurance Championship
Eurosport 1
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7.30am-9.20 LIVE New
Zealand NPC Rugby:
Counties Manukau v Tasman
9.30-11.30 LIVE ATP
Masters Tennis: The
Shanghai Masters
12.30pm-3.15 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
Leinster v Montpellier
5.00am Huey on Saturday
6.00 Sounds of the 60s 8.00
Saturday Breakfast with
Dermot 10.00 Graham Norton
1.00pm Pick of the Pops 3.00
The Zoe Ball Show 6.00 Liza
Tarbuck 8.00 Trevor Nelson’s
Rhythm Nation 10.00 The
Craig Charles House Party
12.00 Ana Matronic’s Disco
Devotion 2.00am Radio 2’s
Showtunes Playlist 3.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Love Songs
4.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Easy
Radio 3
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11.55am-2.00pm LIVE La Liga
Football: Athletic Bilbao v
Sevilla (Kick-off 12.00)
5.15 LIVE EFL:
Wolverhampton Wanderers
v Aston Villa
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Atlético Madrid v
Barcelona (Kick-off 7.45)
Radio guide
8.15am LIVE FIA World
Touring Cars
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Touring Cars
1.00pm-3.00 LIVE Cycling:
Tour of Turkey
3.15-5.15 LIVE Fifa Under-17s
World Cup Football
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London’s Wellcome Collection
9.00 News
9.03 Live Record Review
Andrew McGregor presents
from London’s Wellcome
Collection
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Igor Levit plays Beethoven
The acclaimed pianist Igor
Levit performs Beethoven’s
Diabelli Variations
12.15pm Live Music Matters
A special edition featuring
a psychological experiment
into the comprehension and
enjoyment of music
1.00 News
1.02 Live Saturday Classics
Lesley Garrett discusses
music that evokes powerful
memories for her
3.00 Live Sound of Cinema
The importance of memory in
the use of music in film
4.00 Jazz Record Requests
5.00 Live Jazz Line-Up The
theme of music and memory
6.30 Live Beyond Memory:
Music in the Moment The
results of a research project
into music and its ability to
enhance the lives of people
with dementia
8.00 Live In Search of Proust’s
Music Hahn (Nocturne);
Debussy (Fêtes galantes);
Beethoven (Adagio espressivo
— Violin Sonata in G, Op 96);
Hahn (À Chloris; La Barcheta;
L’heure exquise); Schumann
(Mondnacht — Liederkreis, No
5, Op 39); Massenet (Pensée
d’automne); Fauré (Nocturne
No 1 in E flat minor, Op 330;
Saint-Saëns (Violin Sonata No 1
in D minor, Op 75)
10.00 Live Hear and Now
Experimental music on the
theme of memory
12.00 Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz
1.00am Slow Radio: Music,
Life and Dementia
Today’s picks
Archive on 4: Travels
in North Korea
Radio 4, 8pm
Skios
Radio 4 Extra, 6am/4pm
Picking your summer holiday
for next year? How about a nice
spell in the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea? What could
be more fun? Well, for those
4,000 western tourists who
travelled there last year,
apparently nothing. Here, Sara
Jane Hall talks to some of those visitors and asks them what it
was like. In short, not easily confused with St Tropez. Sure, you
get to visit such hot-ticket places as the Arch of Triumph in
Pyongyang, pictured, as well as museums, schools and (wait for
it) parks. But it’s not all fun. You are not, for one thing, allowed
to stroll about the place without a guide. And while
the presence of a guide makes you safe, it might endanger
them; discuss what you think of their home too freely and
they could be punished. And now, for added zest, there is the
threat of nuclear apocalypse. Catherine Nixey
Radio 4
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1.10 Any Questions? (r)
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2.30 Drama: Rebus —
Fleshmarket Close By Ian
Rankin. Rebus and Clarke close
in on the people-trafficking
gang. Ron Donachie stars (2/2)
3.30 Passing Dreams (r)
4.00 Weekend Woman’s Hour
5.00 Saturday PM
5.30 The Bottom Line (r)
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6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.15 Loose Ends With guests
Jessica Raine, Kevin Bridges,
Bedouine and Siv Jakobsen
7.00 Profile
7.15 Saturday Review
8.00 Archive on 4: Travels in
North Korea. See Choice
9.00 Drama: Reading Europe:
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Premier League Football 201718: Liverpool v Manchester
United 2.30 Live 5 Live Sport
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Sports Report 5.30 Live
Premier League Football 201718: Watford v Arsenal 7.30
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2.10 Inheritance Tracks 2.15
Pam Ayres’ Open Road 2.45
Tales From the Brigadier 3.00
An Hour with Sir Ranulph
Fiennes 4.00 Skios. See
Choice 5.30 Britain in a Box
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Comedy Club: The Mark Steel
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Six in the morning isn’t the
obvious time for airing a
farce. Then again, when is a
good time for a farce, a genre
that was big in 2nd-century
BC Rome, but feels as though
it ought to have gone the
same way as gladiators and
orgies? However, one can
probably make an exception
for Michael Frayn, and
certainly when his books
are made into adaptations
starring Hugh Bonneville and
Tom Hollander. If not, it is
repeated at 4pm. Bonneville
plays the hapless Dr Wilfred,
Hollander the handsome
chancer Oliver Fox. CN
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Gilles Peterson 6.00
Craig Charles 9.00 Tom
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Zone Playlist 1.00am The Joy
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Hour 4.00 Hitsville USA:
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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 Alex James’s Date Night
10.00 Smooth Classics
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4.00 Jane Jones
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Sunday 15 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Jonas Kaufmann:
Tenor for the Ages
BBC Four, 9pm
There isn’t another opera
singer in the world who gets
audiences quite as worked
up as Jonas Kaufmann does
— worked up enough to toss
their underwear at him at
concerts, for example, which
is what happened at the Last
Night of the Proms in 2015.
The German tenor, blessed
with swarthy good looks and
tousled locks, somehow
seems to reach the parts that
other singers don’t. The flip
side is that with every
appearance expectations rise
another notch, and just as
Kaufmann has taken on a
heavier repertoire in recent
years, so there have also
been some knockbacks,
more than a smattering of
cancellations and some
disappointed fans. Some
critics felt that his summer
performances at the Royal
Opera House of another new
role, Verdi’s Otello, fell short
of what the part demands.
The title of the BBC’s new
documentary about
Kaufmann, Tenor for the
Ages, doesn’t exactly
promise even-handedness,
but the film-maker John
Bridcut — highly regarded for
his composer-portraits of
Delius, Britten and Elgar —
has had two years on the
road with Kaufmann to gain
deeper insight. He focuses,
however, on that tricky buildup to Otello, a period during
which the singer took a long
time out because of injury.
Opera singers aren’t
renowned for their piercing
insights, but Kaufmann is a
thinker and it’s a luxury to
be able to get this deep an
insight into a singer’s career.
Don’t switch off after the
documentary, because what
follows is a taped broadcast
of the Covent Garden Otello
(10.30pm). Neil Fisher
Further recommendations
Tomorrow’s Tunes for Tyrants looks at how popular classics
were used for far darker purposes during WWII (BBC Four, 9pm)
The Last Post
BBC One, 9pm
It’s Christmas Eve under the
blazing sun in Aden, but there
is not much festive cheer to
go around, unless you count a
drunken Alison (Jessica Raine)
bellowing carols from the roof.
The capture of “Starfish”, aka
the NLF leader Abdul-Kadir
Hakim, by another regiment is
the one bright spot. However,
Markham (Ben Miles) is
concerned that the photos of
Corporal Dimarco’s head on a
stake taken by the American
reporter Martha Franklin will
be published, so he sends
Joe to get the film from her.
She agrees to give it to him
on the proviso he gives her
something in return. Joe Clay
Catch
up
Sex, Chips and Poetry: 50
Years of the Mersey Sound
BBC iPlayer, to November 2
The day after the release of
Sgt Pepper’s in May 1967, the
tenth volume of Penguin
Modern Poets was published,
and Merseybeat was joined
by the Mersey Sound in the
Summer of Love. Britain’s
“first rock’n’roll poetry
book”, as this terrific
documentary
dubs it, blew
away the stuffy
preconceptions of
what poetry was
Louis Theroux:
Dark States
Electric Dreams
Snowfall
Channel 4, 9pm
BBC Two, 10pm
BBC Two, 9pm
Now we know where the
majority of the budget for this
series went — the rendering
of the Blade Runner-esque
future world we find ourselves
in as the latest (and best yet)
sci-fi drama based on the
stories of Philip K Dick begins.
In Real Life, Anna Paquin plays
a cop struggling to get over
a traumatic mass shooting.
She is offered an escape in
the form of a virtual reality
device that enables her to
take a break from her life and
be someone based “on your
thoughts and dreams”.
However, it’s not quite the
relaxing vacation she was
promised. JC
A cloud of paranoia hangs
heavily over the second
episode of the crime drama,
with most of it radiating from
the coke baron Avi. Only one
notch down from Al Pacino
in the closing scenes of
Scarface, Avi is a dangerous
man, as CIA operative Teddy
finds out the hard way. Also
watching his back is the
Mexican wrestler Oso, and he
wants answers from Lucia.
The only person oblivious to
it all is freewheeling Franklin,
the novice dealer, riding
around on a stolen motorbike,
beaming, with 2kg of Avi’s
cocaine in his backpack.
When he falls, he falls hard. JC
Anyone expecting a certain
amount of levity from a Louis
Theroux documentary won’t
find any in his latest batch of
films. Theroux travels to
Houston, Texas, the epicentre
of America’s sex-trafficking
industry. He doesn’t shy away
from asking the difficult
questions and finds that the
line between choice and force
isn’t always clear. “It makes
me sick how much he can
control me,” says one young
prostitute of her pimp. There
are good Samaritans trying
to make a difference, but the
situation seems hopeless. JC
and could be — the poet Attila
the Stockbroker calls it the
“missing link between Hilaire
Belloc and the first Clash
album”. The poetry of Roger
McGough, Brian Patten and
Adrian Henri was working
class, it was everyday and it
had a regional accent. Fab.
Chris Bennion
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Newsweek Wales
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Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol 8.00
Dylan ar Daith. Dylan Iorwerth retraces
the footsteps of Timothy Richard 9.00
Bang. Gina and Luke try to find the
thieves who targeted the bar 10.00 Y Byd
ar Bedwar. International current affairs
reports (r) 10.30 Eldorado (r) 11.00-11.35
Corff Cymru: Bywyd (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Possession (12, 2002)
BBC One, 11.30pm
Directed by the playwright Neil LaBute, this handsome
adaptation of AS Byatt’s 1990 Booker prizewinner is a glossy,
but slightly passionless mix of period romance and literary
detective story. Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart star as
shy scholars united by their shared discovery of a secret
century-old love affair between two poets. LaBute struggles
to wring drama from Byatt’s more nuanced exploration of
courtship rituals and forbidden love, but Possession still
has a classy cast and a smart, engaging premise. (102min)
Wendy Ide
Fences (12, 2016)
Sky Movies Premiere, 8pm
Denzel Washington and Viola
Davis, pictured, are outstanding
in this adaptation of an August
Wilson play set in Pittsburgh in
1957. Washington directs and
also stars as Troy Maxson, a man
who has a way with words, but
who has lost his way in life. Troy
is the patriarch of a clapped-out house with a back porch, a
home run by his ever-loving wife, Rose (Davis), who makes
chicken and collard greens on a Friday night. It’s a tale of
frustrated ambition and a fractured family. Ever-present racism
means an African-American man can load the rubbish, but
only whites can drive the truck. All of this leaves Troy lashing
out, not at the unreachable institutions that have crushed his
soul, but at his family. (139min) Kate Muir
Surviving Life (15, 2010)
Film4, 1.10am
The veteran Czech animator Jan Svankmajer returned with this
film after an absence that resulted in him losing his main
collaborator, his wife and art director Eva, who died in 2005. It
seems that, in the intervening period, Svankmajer lost none of
his irreverent spirit, nor his fondness for surrealism, perversity
and animated meat products. This psychoanalytical comedy is
mostly created from cut-out animation — a decision, the director
explains, that was financially expedient and nothing more. In fact,
it brings the film a visual anarchy that gels well with the theme
of the analysis of one man’s all-involving dream life. (109min) WI
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Sunday Politics 12.15pm Bargain Hunt
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refugees 4.50 Eat Well for Less?
Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin come
to the aid of a woman with five
daughters, two of whom have Coeliac
disease (r) 5.50 BBC News 6.05
BBC Regional News; Weather 6.15
Countryfile. Ellie Harrison visits
Wakefield Place in Sussex that was
devastated in the 1987 hurricane, and
discovers how the estate became a
showcase for global conservation
6.05am Great British Garden Revival
(r) 7.05 Gardeners’ World (r) 8.05 The
Beechgrove Garden 8.35 Countryfile
(r) 9.30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites
11.00 Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking
(r) 11.30 My Life on a Plate (r) 12.15pm
MOTD2 Extra 1.00 FILM The World’s
Fastest Indian (12, 2005) Fact-based
drama starring Anthony Hopkins 3.00
Northern Italy Unpacked. Andrew
Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli
tour the north of the country (r) 4.00
Coast. The team presents stories
about the wild waters of Britain’s
coast, finding out about the first
lifeboat station, and the jellyfish of
Dublin Bay (r) 5.00 Flog It! (r) 6.00
Top Gear. Chris and Matt compete in a
race across the Arabian peninsula,
pitting a Bugatti Chiron against an
assortment of other transportation (r)
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled!9.25
ITV News 9.30 Australian Wilderness
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Sunday 10.55 Amazing Animal Births
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News; Weather 1.00 The X Factor: Six
Chair Challenge (r) 3.00 FILM Black
Beauty (U, 1994) A stallion recalls
how events led to his ending up as
a hackney-cab nag in Victorian
England. Drama with Sean Bean and
David Thewlis. With the voice of Alan
Cumming 4.40 Victoria. After a series
of assassination attempts, the queen
seeks sanctuary in the Scottish
Highlands — but finds it is not the
romantic retreat she had fantasised
about (r) 5.40 Regional News;
Weather 5.50 ITV News; Weather
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6.20am Kevin Can Wait 6.45 Kevin
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Frasier (r) 9.30 Sunday Brunch
12.30pm Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food
(r) 1.00 The Simpsons (r) 1.30 The
Simpsons (r) 2.00 The Simpsons.
Brazilian football legend Ronaldo
guest stars (r) 2.30 FILM Antz (PG,
1998) An ant sets out to prove his
love for a princess and help her
escape their brutal colony to find a
promised land. Animated comedy
with the voice of Woody Allen 4.10
The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Specials.
Action game show hosted by Richard
Ayoade (r) 5.15 The Great British Bake
Off. The cooks take part in Italian
week (r) 6.30 Channel 4 News
6.00am Milkshake! 10.00 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles (r) 10.35 Football
on 5: The Championship (r) 11.10
Football on 5: Goal Rush (r) 11.45 FILM
Fletch Lives (PG, 1989) Comedy
sequel starring Chevy Chase 1.35pm
FILM The ’Burbs (PG, 1989) Black
comedy starring Tom Hanks and
Bruce Dern 3.25 FILM National
Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (PG,
1993) A pair of mismatched cops
must foil an evil plot to get America
hooked on cocaine-flavoured cookies.
Cop movie spoof starring Emilio
Estevez and Samuel L Jackson 5.15
FILM Get Smart (12, 2008) A clumsy
office worker at a secret intelligence
agency is sent into action against a
sinister terrorist organisation. Spy
comedy starring Steve Carell, Anne
Hathaway and Dwayne Johnson
The Last Post continues (9pm)
Louis Theroux in Houston (9pm)
Black Beauty and friends (3pm)
Ewan McGregor in Impossible (11pm)
Jim Carrey is Ace Ventura (7.20pm)
7.00 Russia with Simon Reeve
Simon journeys from Crimea to
St Petersburg, meeting the
owner of a safari park and an
inspirational doctor, before
joining the fighters at a martial
arts club. Last in the series (r)
7.00 The X Factor: Six Chair
Challenge Dermot O’Leary
hosts the conclusion of the
Six Chair Challenge stage.
Each of the judges must make
their final decisions about
which of the contestants will
win one of the coveted seats
and
d mak
ke it through
h to the
next stage — but they are still
free to change their mind right
up until the last moment
7.00 Secrets of China’s Forbidden
City Documentary exploring
the palace that housed Chinese
emperors for 600 years,
revealing current conservation
work and examining how
the structure was built to
withstand earthquakes (r)
7.15
Strictly Come Dancing: The
Results The public and the
judges’ scores determine
which duos will be competing
in the dance-off. Featuring
music from Gregory Porter
8.00 Antiques Roadshow Fiona
Bruce presents a second
episode from Nymans gardens
near Crawley, where the experts
examine items including a
jewelled locket that was a gift
from Queen Victoria
8.00 Dragons’ Den Entrepreneurs
pitch money-making ideas for a
home sensor system for the
elderly, protein shake bottles
and gluten-free cakes to the
panel. Presented by Evan Davis
8.00 Escape Five engineers must
build an escape boat from
wreckage from a number of
vehicles left drifting in
crocodile-infested waters
following a flash flood
7.20 FILM Ace Ventura: When
Nature Calls (PG, 1995)
The eccentric pet detective
is coaxed out of exile in a
Buddhist monastery to search
for a missing sacred bat in
the Afriican junglle. Comed
dy
sequel with Jim Carrey, Simon
Callow and Bob Gunton
8.55 5 News Weekend
9.00 The Last Post Joe is sent
to recover incriminating
photographs taken by Martha,
but finds himself attracted to
her. Ed tries to reconnect with
Alison after the recent tragedy.
See Viewing Guide (3/6)
9.00 Louis Theroux: Dark States:
Trafficking Sex Exploring the
sex trade in Houston, examining
how the city has become a
centre for people trafficking and
uncovering the dynamic
between prostitutes and pimps.
See Viewing Guide (2/3)
9.00 Victoria Albert resents Lehzen’s
influence over the queen, and
unwittingly makes life difficult
for Peel, who is facing the most
important battle of his political
career. Last in the series (8/8)
9.00 Electric Dreams: Real Life A
detective and a games designer
both seek solace from the
challenges of their life in a
virtual reality device that lets
them experience each others’
world. See Viewing Guide (5/10)
10.00 BBC News
10.00 Snowfall Franklin lets success
go to his head, and Oso makes
demands of Pedro and Lucia
after a job goes wrong. See
Viewing Guide (2/10)
10.05 ITV News
10.05 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown Jimmy Carr hosts
as Jon Richardson and Sara
Pascoe take on Sean Lock
and Vic Reeves. David
O’Doherty joins Susie Dent
in Dictionary Corner (r)
10.20 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 Match of the Day 2 A review
of the latest Premier League
action, featuring Brighton &
Hove Albion v Everton at
the AMEX Stadium and
Southampton v Newcastle
United at St Mary’s Stadium
11.30 FILM Possession (12, 2002)
Two rival academics become
attracted to each other while
investigating two Victorian
poets they believe were
having an affair. Drama with
Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron
Eckhart. See Film Choice
1.05am Weather for the Week
Ahead 1.10 BBC News
10.50 Mock the Week Topical
comedy panel show (8/13) (r)
10.20 Peston on Sunday Political
magazine, presented by Robert
Peston and Allegra Stratton,
featuring reports on the
latest issues and interviews
with topical guests (r)
11.20 FILM Leave to Remain (15,
2013) An Afghan living in Britain
faces a dilemma as the decision
over whether he can claim
refugee status approaches.
Drama starring Noof Ousellam
11.20 Liar Laura enlists Tom’s help in
her plan to bring Andrew to
justice, but when a deception in
her personal life comes to light
she uses dangerous methods to
force a confession (5/6) (r)
12.45am Sign Zone: Question Time.
David Dimbleby chairs the topical
debate from Belfast, where panellists
include Theresa Villiers (r) (SL)
1.45-2.45 Holby City. Fletch is forced
to deliver bad news as he settles into
life as director of nursing (r) (SL)
12.15am Jackpot247. Viewers get
the chance to participate in live
interactive gaming from the comfort
of their sofas 3.00 Motorsport UK.
Richard John Neil presents from
Rockingham 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
11.00 FILM The Impossible (12, 2012)
A family spending Christmas in
Thailand are separated in the
2004 tsunami and struggle to
find each other in the ensuing
chaos. Drama starring Naomi
Watts and Ewan McGregor
1.05am The Secret Life of the Zoo.
Zebras prepare to give birth (r) 2.00
Britain’s Ancient Tracks with Tony
Robinson (r) 2.55 Grand Designs
Australia (r) 3.50 Building the Dream
(r) 4.45 Gillette World Sport 5.10 KOTV
Boxing Weekly 5.35 Countdown (r)
9.00 FILM We’re the Millers (15,
2013) A drug dealer is hired
to pick up a shipment of
marijuana in Mexico and
bring it back over the border.
To make himself look less
suspicious, he recruits a
stripper and two teenagers to
pose as a perfect all-A
American
family on holiday, only to end
up getting on the wrong side
of a drug cartel. Comedy with
Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer
Aniston and Emma Roberts
11.25 FILM Grown Ups (12, 2010)
Five friends attend the funeral
of their high-school basketball
coach, and decide to relive
their childhood. Comedy with
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock
1.15am SuperCasino. Viewers get the
chance to take part in live interactive
gaming 3.10 Paddington Station 24/7
(r) 4.00 My Mum’s Hotter Than Me!
(r) (SL) 4.50 Divine Designs (r) (SL)
5.20 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL) 5.45
Chinese Food in Minutes (r) (SL)
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7.00pm Only Connect A team of
Sherlock Holmes fans take
on three theatre workers (R)
7.30 University Challenge
Jeremy Paxman presents
the student quiz show (R)
8.00 The French Revolution:
Tearing Up History The
history of the French
Revolution through art,
telling the story of the
turbulent conflict through
examples of iconoclasm (R)
9.00 Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for
the Ages Documentary
following the German opera
as he prepares to return to
the stage after a vocal injury
left him unable to perform.
See Viewing
g Guide
10.30 Kaufmann’s Otello at the
Royal Opera House
Performance of the opera.
See Viewing Guide
12.00-2.00am Dancing Cheek to
Cheek: An Intimate History
of Dance (2/3) (R)
7.00pm Agatha Christie’s Marple
A former policeman helps
Miss Marple investigate a
series of suspicious deaths
in a peaceful village (3/5) (R)
9.00 Sunday Night at the
Palladium Rob Brydon
introduces music by Neil
Diamond, Paloma Faith and
Texas, and comedy from
Milton Jones and Daniel
Sloss, plus the cast of Jersey
Boys and more (6/6) (R)
10.00 Honest Determined to lead
her wayward family by
example, Lindsay takes a job
at a garden centre — where
new boss convinces himself
she is behind the theft of a
lorry-load of goods (2/6) (R)
11.00-12.05am Hilda Ogden’s Last
Ta-ra: A Tribute to Jean
Alexander A tribute to
former Coronation Street
star Jean Alexander, with
contributions from former
colleagues and fans (R)
7.00pm Come Dine with Me
Richard Harris hosts
the fourth night in the
Clacton-on-Sea area (R)
7.30 Come Dine with Me Kerrie
Brinkley-Whittington hosts
the final night in Essex (R)
8.00 The Secret Life of the Zoo
Cameras follow giraffe Orla
who is about to give birth,
and Chester Zoo experts try
to save mountain chicken
frogs from extinction (R)
9.00 Car SOS Fuzz Townshend
and Tim Shaw restore a
BMW 2002 Turbo for a man
who has owned it for 30
years, but has been too
ill to maintain it (R)
10.00 24 Hours in A&E A builder is
rushed into A&E after falling
18 feet onto concrete (R)
11.05-12.05am 999: What’s Your
Emergency? Examining
what happens when
members of the public act
as judge and jury (R)
6.45pm FILM The Devil Wears
Prada (PG, 2006) A fashion
magazine editor’s
unforgiving personality
and outrageous demands
make her trainee assistant’s
life a nightmare. Comedy
drama starring Meryl Streep,
Anne Hathaway, Stanley
Tucci and Emily Blunt
9.00 FILM The Maze Runner
(12, 2014) A teen with no
memory in an isolated
community must find his
way through a deadly
labyrinth in search of
freedom. Sci-fi adventure
with Dylan O’Brien and
Kaya Scodelario
11.15-1.10am FILM Cuban Fury (15,
2014) An overweight former
salsa dancer tries to regain
his confidence so he can
return to the dance floor
to sweep his boss off her
feet. Comedy starring Nick
Frost and Chris O’Dowd
7.00pm The Simpsons Lisa’s
imagination runs wild when
she makes a new friend (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer
finds out a distressing fact
about his schooldays (R)
8.00 Duck Quacks Don’t Echo
Lee Mack hosts, with Rob
Beckett, Victoria Coren
Mitchell and Melanie C (R)
9.00 The Last Ship Disturbing
details about Dr Vellek’s
plans are revealed when the
team goes undercover in
the Land of the Dead (8/10)
10.00 The Force: North East A
samurai sword attack, a dog
abduction, and a domestic
dispute give police plenty to
deal with in Northumbria
11.00 The Russell Howard Hour
Topical comedy and
entertainment show (R)
12.00-1.00am NCIS: Los Angeles
Deeks and Kensi get closer
when they go undercover
at a rehab centre (R)
7.00pm Blue Bloods A news
reporter in NYPD gear is
targeted by a shooter (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Erin’s attempt
to convict a mob boss
faces difficulties when
her informant leaves
witness protection (R)
9.00 Tin Star Whitey visits the
Worth home with revenge
on his mind, but finds
himself on the back foot,
and Elizabeth confronts
Gagnon about his interest in
bringing down Jim (6/10) (R)
10.00 FILM Warning: This Drug
May Kill You (2017)
Documenting the effects of
addiction through stories
of families whose lives
have been decimated by
situations that began with
legitimate prescriptions (R)
11.15 Dice Carmen’s parents visit,
but Carmen is arrested
before they arrive (3/7)
11.50-12.25am Room 104 (3/12) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
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FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
6.35pm FILM The Lord of the
Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(PG, 2001) An unassuming hobbit
must destroy a magical ring before
it falls into evil hands. Fantasy
adventure starring Elijah Wood,
Viggo Mortensen and Ian McKellen
10.00 Family Guy Behind the
scenes of the animated comedy
10.30 Family Guy The criminal
who paralysed Joe breaks free
11.00 Family Guy Animation
11.30 American Dad! Cartoon
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
6.55pm Pre-Historic River
Monsters Jeremy Wade tries to
track down super-sized piranhas
8.00 River Monsters Jeremy
Wade investigates the deaths of
fishermen in Alaska, and seeks the
creature believed to be responsible
9.00 FILM Conan the Destroyer
(15, 1984) The mighty swordwielding warrior embarks on a
quest to find a mystical artefact.
Fantasy adventure sequel starring
Arnold Schwarzenegger
11.05-12.10am Car Crash Global
7.00pm The Big Bang Theory
7.30 The Big Bang Theory
Amy struggles to answer
Sheldon’s marriage proposal
8.00 FILM Ice Age: Continental
Drift (U, 2012) The prehistoric
animals get stuck on a drifting
iceberg, and try to find a way
home. Animated comedy sequel,
with the voice of Ray Romano
9.40 The Inbetweeners
10.15 The Inbetweeners
10.55 Naked Attraction
11.55-1.00am Tattoo Fixers
7.00pm Can’t Pay? We’ll Take
It Away Documentary
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
9.00 FILM A Walk Among the
Tombstones (15, 2014) An ex cop
helps a drug trafficker find the men
who killed his wife, and discovers a
link to several previous killings.
Crime thriller starring Liam Neeson
11.20-12.20am FILM The Other
Guys (12, 2010) Two deskbound
cops are given a chance to prove
their worth. Action comedy, with
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg
6.00pm FILM The Battle of the V1
(PG, 1958) Polish resistance
fighters risk their lives to obtain
blueprints of a secret German
rocket installation. Second World
War adventure with Michael
Rennie and Patricia Medina
8.00 A Family at War Michael
wrestles with his conscience
9.00 The Human Jungle Drama
series about a psychiatrist (1/13)
10.00-12.25am FILM Quartet (PG,
1948) Drama anthology starring
Basil Radford and Dirk Bogarde
6.40pm New Tricks
8.00 Father Brown The priest
hopes that a broken leg will not
prevent him from solving the
mystery surrounding the death of
a member of Kembleford’s WI
9.00 Silent Witness Feature-length
episode. The team deals with a
hit-and-run, a woman killed in a
house fire, and a bride-to-be
who dies on her hen night
11.30-2.20am Taggart Featurelength episode. A charred corpse is
discovered in a disused tunnel
Yesterday
Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
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SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm The Secret Life of Queen
Victoria A look at the lesser-known
side of Queen Victoria (4/14)
7.35 Journey’s End The 1988 TV
adaptation of RC Sherriff’s First
World War play, starring Timothy
Spall. Shown last night
9.20 The Great War in Numbers
The history of the First World War
10.00 The Monocled Mutineer
First World War drama,
starring Paul McGann (1/4)
11.45-12.45am The Great War in
Numbers Documentary
6.40pm FILM The Bridge at
Remagen (PG, 1969) American
soldiers are sent to capture a
strategically important bridge over
the Rhine. Second World War
adventure starring George Segal
9.00 FILM The Expatriate (15,
2012) An ex-CIA operative
discovers his former employers
want him dead. Action thriller
starring Aaron Eckhart
11.05-12.05am FILM Highlander
(15, 1986) Fantasy adventure
starring Christopher Lambert
7.00pm Motorway Cops Traffic
police enforce the law on Britain’s
most dangerous highways
8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Documentary following the work
of the Staffordshire Police force
9.00 Have I Got a Bit More News
for You Gary Lineker hosts an
extended edition of the quiz
10.00 Taskmaster Sally Phillips
faces an amorous watercooler
11.00 Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit
With Sara Cox and Daniel Sloss.
12.00-1.00am Live at the Apollo
6.35pm Robert E Lee A portrait of
the celebrated Confederate
American Civil War general
8.25 Mount Rushmore The story
behind the depiction of four US
presidents in South Dakota
9.35 Life Without Parole The
release of prisoners convicted of
first degree murder as juveniles
10.40 Plane Resurrection
Enthusiasts restore fighter planes,
beginning with a P-51 Mustang
11.50-12.55am Plane Resurrection
The AT6-D Texas training aircraft
5.45pm André Rieu: Fiesta
Mexicana Performances from
South Africa, Germany and Mexico
7.30 Tony Visconti’s Unsigned
Heroes The unsigned artists take
to the stage. Last in the series
9.00 Blondie: Song by Song Tracks
that defined the career of the band,
starting with One Way or Another
9.30 Blondie: Song by Song
10.00 Blondie: Song by Song
10.30 Blondie: Song by Song
10.55 The History of Comedy
11.55-12.50am The Sixties
7.00pm UK Border Force
A flight is delayed when a pregnant
woman boards a plane to America
8.00 Chicago Fire The situation
turns dire when members of
Firehouse 51 are split up
9.00 Criminal Minds Several
government employees succumb
to symptoms of a heart attack
10.00 Criminal Minds Reid fears
his mother has been abducted
11.00 Criminal Minds Drama
12.00-1.00am How to Get Away
with Murder Documentary
W
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Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
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7.00pm NCIS American drama
8.00 NCIS Flemming tries to
persuade Vance to go into politics
9.00 The Gifted Blink exerts her
powers beyond their limits (2/10)
10.00 Lucifer Drama starring Tom
Ellis as the devil in LA (7/13)
11.00 Family Guy Cartoon
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Tanked Documentary
8.00 Wildest Islands of Indonesia
9.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier
10.00 Edge of Alaska Jeremy and
his sons search for a lost bulldozer
in the frozen wilderness
11.00 Gold Rush Reality show
12.00-1.00am Alaska: The Last
Frontier Documentary
7.00pm Herod’s Lost Tomb
Exploring the architectural
genius of the tyrannical ruler
8.00 Templars: The Last Stand
The military group’s demise
9.00 Head of John the Baptist
10.00 Secret Lives of the Apostles
11.00 Viking Apocalypse
12.00-1.00am Finding Atlantis
7.00pm FILM Transformers:
Revenge of the Fallen (12, 2009)
The shape-changing robots fight
for control of an evil machine. Sci-fi
adventure starring Shia LaBeouf
10.00 Kevin Hart Live: Laugh at
My Pain A stand-up performance
11.00 Joel & Nish vs the World
12.00-12.30am Broad City
5.20pm Only Fools and Horses
7.20 We Have Been Watching
8.20 Not Going Out Tim and Lee
plan a surprise party for Lucy
9.00 Not Going Out
9.40 Not Going Out
10.20 Live at the Apollo
11.20 Little Britain
12.00-12.40am Little Britain
6.40pm Outnumbered
7.20 Outnumbered
8.00 The Secret Life of the
Ballroom Dancing the waltz
9.00 John Bishop: In Conversation
with Melanie C Interview
10.00 The Davina Hour
11.00 Inside the Ambulance
12.00-1.00am Motorway Cops
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6.10pm Monster Trucks (PG, 2016)
A gas-guzzling creature takes up
residence in the half-built truck of a
downtrodden high-schooler.
Fantasy adventure with Lucas Till
8.00 Fences (12, 2016) A workingclass dad raises his family in the
1950s, and deals with the events of
his life. Drama starring Denzel
Washington. See Film Choice
10.25-12.30am Split (15, 2016)
Three women are abducted by a
man with multiple personalities.
Thriller starring James McAvoy
5.40pm Love Actually (15, 2003)
Interlinked tales of several people
in search of love. Richard Curtis’s
romantic comedy with Hugh
Grant, Martine McCutcheon,
Emma Thompson, Colin Firth,
Bill Nighy and Liam Neeson
8.00 Transformers: Revenge of
the Fallen (12, 2009) Sci-fi
adventure sequel starring Shia
LaBeouf and Megan Fox
10.35-12.25am Lost in Translation
(15, 2003) Comedy drama starring
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson
6.25pm Snoopy and Charlie
Brown: The Peanuts Movie (U,
2015) Animated comedy with
the voice of Noah Schnapp
8.00 Ice Age: Collision Course
(U, 2016) A cosmic blunder leaves
Earth in the path of an asteroid.
Animated sequel with the voices of
Ray Romano and Denis Leary
9.40 The Sword in the Stone (U,
1963) Disney animated adventure
with the voice of Rickie Sorenson
11.05-12.30am Tinker Bell (U,
2008) Disney animated adventure
6.25pm Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice (12, 2016) The two
superheroes’ mutual distrust leads
them into a battle to the death
manipulated by an evil billionaire.
Action adventure starring Ben
Affleck and Henry Cavill
9.00 Braveheart (15, 1995) Scottish
hero William Wallace fights to drive
the English from his country.
Historical drama with Mel Gibson
12.00-1.35am Rambo (18, 2008)
Action sequel starring Sylvester
Stallone and Julie Benz
5.45pm Moneyball (12, 2011) The
manager of a baseball team unable
to afford star players comes up
with a new approach to forming a
winning side. Fact-based drama
with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill
8.00 American Honey (15, 2016)
A poor teenager leaves home and
hits the road with a crew of
hard-partying magazine sellers.
Drama starring Sasha Lane
10.45-12.35am The Beguiled (15,
1971) Period drama starring Clint
Eastwood and Geraldine Page
Paul McGann stars in the First
World War drama The Monocled
Mutineer (Yesterday, 10pm)
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Sports guide
Live Rugby Union
BT Sport 3, 5pm
Radio 1
The first pool matches in the
European Rugby Champions
Cup continue as Ospreys
welcome last year’s beaten
finalists, Clermont Auvergne,
to the Liberty Stadium. The
sides have met six times
before, each winning three
times. In their last meeting in
the tournament, in January
2016, Ospreys won 21-13, with
Alun Wyn Jones, pictured,
inspirational as they fought
back from a losing position. JC
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Greatest Hits 1.00pm Alice
Levine 4.00 Cel Spellman
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7.00 Rock Show 10.00 Phil
Taggart 1.00am Monki
4.00 Adele Roberts
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Golf: The CIMB Classic
9.30 LIVE ATP Masters
Tennis: The Shanghai
Masters final
12.00 LIVE European Tour
Golf: The Italian Open
1.00pm LIVE EFL: Derby
County v Nottingham Forest
3.30 LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Southampton v
Newcastle United
6.30 LIVE NFL
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12.45pm LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
Castres v Munster
3.00 LIVE European Rugby
Champions Cup: Toulon v
Scarlets (Kick-off 3.15)
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Giants (Kick-off 1.30)
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10.00 PL Highlights
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Jamie Vardy
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3.30 LIVE La Liga Football:
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WTA Tennis
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Bundesliga: Bayer
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1.45-4.00 LIVE Serie A:
Sampdoria v Atalanta
5.00-7.30 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
Ospreys v Clermont
Auvergne (Kick-off 5.30)
7.45 LIVE Ligue 1: Strasbourg
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The Generali Ladies Linz final
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The Sunday Hour 7.00 Good
Morning Sunday 9.00 Sunday
Love Songs 11.00 Richard
Madeley 1.00pm Elaine Paige
3.00 Johnnie Walker 5.00 Paul
O’Grady 7.00 Ore Oduba 9.00
Clare Teal 11.00 Moira Stuart
12.00 Sounds of the 60s
2.00am Radio 2’s Playlists
Today’s picks
The Reservoir Tapes
Radio 4, 7.45pm
My Father’s Israel
Radio 4, 1.30pm
A girl has disappeared in
this series by Jon McGregor,
pictured, and, over the course
of 15 programmes, her
disappearance is being picked
over. In this episode we see it
refracted through Deepak, the
paperboy. The police have told
people to be alert and Deepak
considers himself an observant sort. “DCI Deepak” he
calls himself, as he goes on his paper round, taking mental
notes on his customers. Mostly he finds he has nothing
to report. Until the chain of his bike comes off and a man
comes out of his house, helps him to fix it — then invites
him into his house to wash his hands. DCI Deepak isn’t
too sure about this, but he can’t think of a way out of it.
“What would he say? ‘I don’t want to come in in case
you’re some kind of massive nonce?’ ” Unbearably tense.
Catherine Nixey
In the summer of 1967 Israel
had just won the Six Day War
and occupied new territory.
In two neighbouring Tel Aviv
cafés declarations were
drawn up reflecting on this.
One, signed by more than
50 of the country’s elite,
encouraged settlement of
the occupied territories. The
other, written by two friends,
declared that holding on to
the territories “will make us
a nation of murderers and
murdered”. One of its
authors, Shimon Tzabar,
received death threats. Here,
his son reflects on what
happened next. CN
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the novelist Jane Gardam
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1.00 The World This Weekend
1.30 My Father’s Israel.
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2.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Horticulture tips (r)
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Italy — The Story of a Lost
Child By Elena Ferrante (3/3)
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7.00 The Archers Pip admits
her faux pas
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5 Live Sport 12.15pm Live
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Allen 10.00 Stephen Nolan
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Matthews A special live show
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Concert A performance of
Schubert’s String Quintet and
the world premiere of a new
work by Martin Suckling
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Watson’s recordings of the
natural world from the
Northumbrian Coast
3.00 The Early Music Show
The harpsichordist Mahan
Esfhani discusses shared
memory works in music
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The Fellowship Octet performs
four world premieres
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Literary musings on forgetting
and forgetfulness
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Memory: Round-Up
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Haydn (Symphony No. 82 in C,
Hob. I:82 “The Bear”); Mozart
(Fantaisie in C minor, K.475)
Gliere (Coloratura Concerto);
and Shostakovich (The Bolt,
Op.27a — ballet suite)
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Critic’s choice
George Michael: Freedom
Channel 4, 9pm
Nailing its A-list colours to the
mast from the get-go, this
feature-length documentary
about the singer George
Michael wheels out no less
than Kate Moss to give a short
introduction. She explains that
a few days before he died, on
Christmas Day 2016, Michael
had been putting the finishing
touches to this film and that
this is his final work. On that
front, this is something
important — particularly given
that Michael narrates the
documentary, giving the
endeavour a slightly spooky
feeling, as if hearing someone
narrate their own obituary.
What it is not, however, is
anything surprising. With the
first-person perspective,
personal insight and kicking
against the pricks narrative, it
comes across rather like a
televisual autobiography; with
the mega-famous queueing
up to gush about Michael, it
often splashes messily into
hagiography. Does it matter?
Not particularly. Michael was
an enormous talent and there
are worse ways to spend an
evening than being reminded
of his back catalogue. Many
of the celebrity fans are great
value too. Liam Gallagher and
Ricky Gervais are particularly
droll, while the line of the
night goes to the former
supermodel Naomi Campbell:
“I’ll be very honest, I was a
Culture Club fan and we used
to throw eggs at Wham fans.”
The film charts Michael’s rise
to stardom, his battle with his
record label, Sony, and the
tragedy that shaped his life —
the death of his partner, the
Brazilian designer Anselmo
Feleppa, from Aids. Straight
after, at 10.50pm, is George
Michael: Live in London, a
recording of the singer’s final
two dates of this 25 Live tour
of 2008. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
No George Michael in it, but the fine doc EMI: The Inside Story
has the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Pet Shop Boys and more (BBC iPlayer)
Abortion on Trial
Liar
Tunes for Tyrants
The Vietnam War
BBC Two, 9pm
ITV, 9pm
BBC Four, 9pm
BBC Four, 10pm/10.55pm
Fifty years after the Abortion
Act of 1967 was established,
Anne Robinson asks what
our nation thinks of
abortion, whether the law is
still fit for purpose and how
we might rewrite it to better
reflect British society in 2017.
This one-off special is
underpinned by a wide-scale
poll conducted on British
attitudes towards abortion,
and Robinson will chew over
the findings with a panel of
guests who, in true BBC style,
have wildly different opinions.
Everything will be up for
debate, from the 24-week
rule to a father’s right to a
say in the matter. CB
Of the two Monday night
dramas written by the Williams
brothers, Liar (5.7 million
viewers last week) has roundly
trounced BBC One’s Rellik (1.5
million) in the ratings over the
past few weeks. Both come to
an end tonight, and while Liar
has certainly proved to be a far
less baffling viewing experience
than Rellik, it is just as
ludicrous. The only remaining
question in the showdown
between Ioan Gruffudd’s
rapist and Joanne Froggatt’s
avenging victim is how she is
going to ensure that he gets
his comeuppance once and
for all. The ending will likely
satisfy those still invested. CB
Suzy Klein finishes her
excellent series with the music
of the Second World War, when
the battle between Britain and
Germany seeped on to the
airwaves. It is no surprise that
the Nazis curated the country’s
radio output, but the British
government were at it too. The
dance-music policy committee
was set up to quash “insincere,
slushy and oversentimental”
music, which meant a ban on a
certain forces’ sweetheart. It is
another fascinating hour from
Klein, who also looks at how
the Germans used “Nazified”
cover versions of popular
swing numbers to destroy
British morale. CB
Sitting down and ploughing
through ten hours of
documentary on the Vietnam
War isn’t everyone’s idea of
a good time, but Ken Burns
and Lynn Novick’s series is
absolutely essential. Tonight’s
double bill opens with the US
army veteran Vincent Okamoto
recalling an encounter in
Vietnam in which he merrily
ate rice with an old woman,
marvelling that she had
enough to feed an army. And
then realising that she had
enough to feed an army. “That
is the first time I knew I had
killed people,” he says. “It
wasn’t something you could
say had glory in it.” CB
Catch
up
Stop All the Clocks:
WH Auden in the Age
of Anxiety
BBC iPlayer,
to October 30
The film-maker Adam
Low explored WH
Auden in his 1982
documentary The
Auden Landscape and
now he returns to his
subject to ask why
Auden is the perfect
poet for the 21st
century. “The great
poet is a product of
their moment,” says
Paul Muldoon. “If they are true
to their moment, they will be
true to all moments.” This
somewhat gnomic statement —
cut him some slack, he’s a
poet — sums up the tenor of
the film as a group of highly
lucid guests discuss what
Auden means to them.
The documentary,
happily, does not obsess
over its thesis, instead
letting Auden’s words
speak for themselves.
Actually, better
still, it allows
Alan Bennett
to read
Auden’s
words.
Wonderful.
Chris
Bennion
Variations
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Week Ahead 1.20-6.00 BBC News
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1.05am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV London except:
6.00pm-6.30 ITV News Wales at Six
8.00-8.30 Wales This Week. Treatment
for obsessive compulsive disorder
10.45 Sharp End. Political discussion 11.15
After the News 11.45 An Hour to Catch a
Killer with Trevor McDonald (r)
12.40am-1.05 Wales on TV (r)
● ITV Westcountry As ITV London
except: 10.30pm-10.45
ITV News West Country
● STV As ITV London except:
8.00pm-8.30 The People’s History Show
10.30 Scotland Tonight 11.10 An Hour to
Catch a Killer with Trevor McDonald (r)
12.10am Teleshopping 1.10 After Midnight
2.40 ITV Nightscreen 4.35 The Jeremy
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● UTV As ITV London except:
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10.45 View from Stormont 11.45 An Hour
to Catch a Killer with Trevor McDonald (r)
12.45am After the News 1.10
Teleshopping 2.10-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
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10.30-11.35 Y Dyn Gwyllt: Tri Thymor (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Sunshine (15, 2007)
Sony Movie Channel, 9pm
Even within the consistently interesting career of Danny Boyle, this
exceptionally stylish sci-fi thriller stands out. The only thing more
dazzling than the angry star throbbing at the centre of our dying
solar system is the production design on this visually arresting
futuristic thriller. Our first glimpse of Icarus II, the last hope of
humanity, cowering behind its massive heat-reflecting shield,
is breathtaking. With its eerie beauty and ambitious scale, this
British production can match anything that Hollywood has
churned out. Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh and
Chris Evans are among the crew members. (107min) Wendy Ide
Pale Rider (15, 1985)
ITV4, 10.05pm
Clint Eastwood (who directed and
stars) pays tribute to the classic
westerns Shane and High Noon
with this frontier adventure with
metaphysical overtones. A small
community is terrorised by a band
of hired guns who hope to drive the
townspeople out. A young girl called
Megan (Sydney Penny) prays for
help and is rewarded by the arrival of the Preacher (Eastwood),
a mysterious man on a pale horse who orchestrates resistance
to the invaders. Perhaps not Eastwood’s best western, but it’s
stylish, confident and very watchable. The title refers to the
Book of Revelation: Megan is reading the verse when the
Preacher first appears in the lives of the townsfolk. (115min) WI
Smashed (15, 2012)
Film4, 11.25pm
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Kate, a teacher who wakes up in
some unpleasant spots — in an abandoned building lot, lying
beside a river, and in a very wet bed. Kate is an alcoholic and so,
quite possibly, is her twentysomething husband, Charlie (Aaron
Paul). They have been having far too much fun together and the
strain is starting to show in their funky relationship in a grungy
Los Angeles house filled with empty bottles. Kate joins Alcoholics
Anonymous, but as she dries out so does her life, and her marriage
rocks with the strain. Winstead plays the hammered hippy-chick
part with strength and subtlety, and the script is sufficiently funny
and twisted to give the odyssey some edge. (85min) Kate Muir
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Live 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer
(r) 11.00 A Matter of Life and Debt
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. Zara visits the
hospital after the stabbing 2.15
Impossible. New series. Game show
hosted by Rick Edwards 3.00 Escape
to the Country. Margherita Taylor
helps a woman find a new family
home in Rutland (r) 3.45 Money for
Nothing. Sarah Moore salvages three
more items from a tip in Witley, Surrey
4.30 Antiques Road Trip. Arusha
Irvine and Philip Serrell search for
items 5.15 Pointless. Quiz show hosted
by Alexander Armstrong 6.00 BBC
News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
6.00am Real Lives Reunited (r) 6.30
Rip Off Britain (r) 7.15 A Matter of Life
and Debt (r) 8.00 Sign Zone: The Big
Family Cooking Showdown (r) (SL)
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live 12.00 Daily Politics
1.00pm The Code (r) 1.45 Restoration
Home. A couple renovating a
Georgian property in Shropshire (r)
2.45 Family Finders. Two sisters
discover their grandmother was a
music hall star 3.15 Full Steam Ahead.
Reliving the golden age of steam
railways (r) 4.15 This Farming Life.
Martin prepares two bulls for the
Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh (r)
5.15 Flog It! From Layer Marney Tower
in rural Essex (r) 6.00 Eggheads. With
Jeremy Vine (r) 6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing: It Takes Two. Zoe Ball chats
to the third couple to be voted out
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. The actor, comedian and
writer Matt Lucas joins the panel for
topical studio discussion 1.30 ITV
News; Weather 1.55 Regional News;
Weather 2.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal.
David Dickinson and the team are in
Bingham, Nottinghamshire, where
Aidan Pass dithers over a gold pocket
watch, and a pair of candlesticks
attracts Tim Hogarth’s attention (r)
3.00 Alphabetical. Quiz in which
contestants answer questions based
around letters of the alphabet. Hosted
by Jeff Stelling 4.00 Tipping Point.
Ben Shephard hosts the arcadethemed quiz show 5.00 The Chase.
Quiz show 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.20am The King of Queens (r) 7.40
Everybody Loves Raymond (r) 9.05
Frasier (r) 10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (r) 11.05 Undercover
Boss USA (r) 12.00 Channel 4 News
Summary 12.05pm Come Dine with
Me (r) 1.05 A New Life in the Sun (r)
2.10 Countdown. With Michael
Whitehall in Dictionary Corner 3.00
Find It, Fix It, Flog It. Max McMurdo
and Henry Cole visit a motorbike
fan 4.00 My Kitchen Rules. The
competition moves to the Midlands
and Wales 5.00 Four in a Bed. The
competition kicks off at the White
Horse Inn in Malden, Essex 5.30 Steph
and Dom’s One Star to Five Star. The
Parkers head to the Dalehurst in
Paignton, Devon 6.00 The Simpsons
(r) 6.30 Hollyoaks. Glenn and Grace
are alarmed by recent findings
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 The Gadget Show (r)
12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15
The Hotel Inspector (r) 1.10 Access.
Showbiz news and gossip 1.15 Home
and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.20 NCIS.
The team investigates what at first
appears to be a straightforward
robbery (r) 3.15 FILM The Deadly
Dress: Garage Sale Mystery 4 (PG,
TVM, 2015) Amateur sleuth Jennifer
Shannon investigates the decades-old
disappearance of a groom on his
wedding day. Crime drama with Lori
Loughlin and Cheryl Ladd 5.00
5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours.
Toadie accepts that Sonya has
stood him up (r) 6.00 Home and
Away. The boat is revealed to have
been owned by Robbo’s former
girlfriend (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Richard Dormer in Rellik (9pm)
W1A’s Ian and Anna (10pm)
Joanne Froggatt as Laura (9pm)
The reporter Dan Hughes (8pm)
Michelle Rodriguez stars (11.05pm)
7.00 The One Show Hosted by
Matt Baker and Angelica Bell
7.00 MOTD: FA Cup 1st Round Draw
Mark Chapman presents
coverage of the draw
7.00 Emmerdale Vanessa feels
confused after spending the
night with Charity
7.00 Channel 4 News
Including sport and weather
7.30 Inside Out Documentary series
focusing on regional stories
7.30 Coastal Path Paul Rose walks
630 miles of the South West
Coast Path (1/5) (r)
7.30 Coronation Street Chesney
pushes himself beyond his limit
7.00 MotoGP Highlights The
Japanese Grand Prix. Action
from the feature race of the
15th round of the season,
held at Twin Ring Motegi;
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders The Fowlers’ world
is turned upside down when
Stacey is rushed to hospital
8.00 University Challenge The
academic quiz’s first-round
matches continue
8.00 Countrywise: Guide to Britain
Walking part of the Thames
Path through Oxfordshire (r)
8.00 How to Get a Pay Rise: Channel
4 Dispatches Investigating the
current era of stagnant wages
8.30 How Safe is Your Operation?
Panorama Darragh Macintyre
investigates safety standards
in private hospitals
8.30 Upstart Crow Will finally
manages to finish his teen
romance Romeo and Juliet.
David Mitchell stars (6/6)
8.30 Coronation Street Simon’s
confession creates conflict
between Peter and Billy
8.30 Tricks of the Restaurant Trade
New series. Sophie Morgan
examines the buzzwords
used to sell food (1/6)
9.00 Rellik Following Gabriel’s
discovery of crucial evidence,
the hunt is on to track down the
killer as the truth is finally
pieced together (6/6)
9.00 Abortion on Trial
Fifty years after the Abortion
Act was passed, Anne Robinson
brings together a group of nine
people with conflicting views
on the subject to ask if the
law is fit for purpose in 2017.
See Viewing Guide
9.00 Liar Andrew enlists Luke’s
help to set up an alibi, but
Laura does not give up easily
and the final confrontation
between the two may have
violent consequences. See
Viewing Guide (6/6)
10.00 BBC News at Ten; followed by
BBC Regional News; Weather
10.00 W1A Rumours spread that
Claudia Winkleman is
leaving the BBC (5/6)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; followed by
Regional News and Weather
9.00 George Michael: Freedom
The singer-songwriter narrates
a documentary charting his life
and career, focusing on the
period around the release of his
1990 album Listen Without
Prejudice Vol 1. The star opens
his heart about his great love
and loss, as well as the
well-documented High Court
battle with his record label.
See Viewing Guide
7.55 The Political Slot The
importance of sign language
10.30 Newsnight The day’s events
presented by Emily Maitlis
10.45 Have I Got a Bit More News for
You Richard Ayoade hosts
the satirical quiz, with Andy
Hamilton one of the guests
joining team captains Ian Hislop
and Paul Merton (2/10)
11.30 The Graham Norton Show The
Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman
and Colin Farrell discuss their
big-screen horror-thriller,
The Killing of a Sacred Deer.
Bryan Cranston, Jane Fonda
and Matt Lucas also guest (r)
12.15am Weather for the Week Ahead
12.20 BBC News
10.45 After the News Discussion on
the issues of the day
11.15 Billion Dollar Deals and How
They Changed Your World
Jacques Peretti looks at how
working habits have changed
since the 1980s, and the
legislative deals that did little to
improve job security (3/3) (r)
11.15 An Hour to Catch a Killer with
Trevor McDonald Following
Northumbria murder detectives
as they set out to solve the
killing of a 24-year-old woman
from Gateshead, in the crucial
first hour of the investigation (r)
12.15am Sign Zone: Hate on the Street
— Panorama. A report on the eve of
Hate Crime Awareness Week (r) (SL)
12.45 Countryfile. Anita Rani and Matt
Baker visit Dumfries House in East
Ayrshire (r) (SL) 1.40-2.40 The
Apprentice. With Alan Sugar (r) (SL)
12.10am The Jonathan Ross Show.
Guests include Stormzy, Annette
Bening and Jamie Bell (r) 1.05
Jackpot247 3.00 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. Guests air their differences (r)
(SL) 3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
10.50 George Michael: Live in
London Footage from the
singer-ssongwriter’ss two shows
at London’s Earls Court in
August 2008, including
performances of I’m Your Man,
Faith, Freedom! ’90 and
Outside. See Viewing Guide
12.10am Celebrity Hunted (r) 1.20
How’d You Get So Rich? (r) 2.00 The
Secret Life of the Zoo (r) 2.55 FILM
Ida (12, 2013) Drama starring Agata
Trzebuchowska (b/w) 4.15 Best of
Both Worlds (r) 5.10 Too Many
Cooks (r) 5.35 Countdown (r)
8.00 Police Interceptors Rick
Edwards and Ortis Deley join
officers from Durham and
Cleveland as they tackle the
difficult night shift, finding out
the sorts of incidents dealt with
between 7pm and 7am (6/12);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Paddington Station 24/7
A driver raises the alarm when
he suspects that his train has
hit something on the line, while
rain brings down a tree that
closes the tracks between
Banbury and Oxford (6/8)
10.00 Hunted & Confronted:
Crooks and Cowboys New
series. Paul Connolly and his
team unmask Britain’s dodgiest
traders and expose scams run
by businesses, using secret
filming to gather evidence
before nailing the villains (1/4)
11.05 FILM Resident Evil: Retribution
(15, 2012) Zombie fighter Alice
faces an old friend under her
enemies’ control as she tries
to escape from a secret base.
Sci-fi thriller sequel with Milla
Jovovich and Sienna Guillory
12.45am SuperCasino 3.10 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (r) 4.00 Tattoo
Disasters UK (r) (SL) 4.25 Tattoo
Disasters UK (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor. A cottage in Worcestershire
(r) (SL) 5.10 Divine Designs (r) (SL)
5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
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Supergirl
Monday 16 | Primetime digital guide
Melissa Benoist stars
in the third season of
the fantasy drama
Sky One, 8pm
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 Pagans and Pilgrims:
Britain’s Holiest Places
Britain’s journey from
paganism to Christianity (R)
8.00 Ocean Giants Documentary
exploring the vocal ranges
of whales and dolphins.
Last in the series (R)
9.00 Tunes for Tyrants: Music &
Power with Suzy Klein The
use and manipulation of
music in the Second World
War. See Viewing Guide
10.00 The Vietnam War Richard
Nixon wins the presidency.
See Viewing Guide
10.55 The Vietnam War President
Nixon begins withdrawing
American troops.
See Viewing Guide
11.50-12.50am Lost Kingdoms of
Central America The history
of Central America’s ancient
civilisations (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote
Jessica is upset when she
learns that a short story of
hers will appear in a seedy
magazine, but ends up
investigating when the
publisher is murdered (R)
8.00 Agatha Christie’s Marple
The sleuth teams up with a
friend and a socialite to
solve the riddle of a dying
man’s last words. Julia
McKenzie, Sean Biggerstaff
and Rik Mayall star (R)
10.05 Lewis Hathaway and Lewis
investigate a murder
committed on the first night
of a quiz weekend held at
Chaucer College. Alan
Davies guest stars (R)
12.00-2.10am Inspector Morse
An attractive woman ruffles
Morse’s feathers, while a
murder at a car park unveils
a crime of passion involving
a jealous husband, his wife
and her lover (R)
6.55pm Car SOS Tim Shaw and
Fuzz Townshend travel to
Lincoln to renovate a Ford
Cortina GT that has seen
better days (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Update
on a couple who built a
minimalist house of
concrete and glass two
years earlier. They pursued
their dream despite having
little money and even less
building experience (R)
9.00 The Crossrail Discovery:
London’s Lost Graveyard
The discovery of a lost
17th-century burial site
in London (R)
10.00 999: What’s Your
Emergency? A burglar
is caught red-handed
stealing food from
someone’s freezer (R)
11.05-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E
A three-year-old is airlifted
to hospital after being
run over by a car (R)
6.35pm FILM Vertical Limit
(12, 2000) A wildlife
photographer masters his
fears and climbs the world’s
second highest mountain to
rescue his sister. Action
adventure starring Chris
O’Donnell, Bill Paxton
and Robin Tunney
9.00 FILM Southpaw (15, 2015)
A former boxing champion
who has lost everything
turns to a trainer in a
run-down gym for help
in returning to the ring.
Drama starring Jake
Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker
and and Rachel McAdams
11.25-1.05am FILM Smashed (15,
2012) A marriage between
two alcoholics is strained
when one gives up drinking,
while the other denies he
has a problem. Drama
starring Mary Elizabeth
Winstead and Aaron Paul.
See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Ned
Flanders buys the Simpsons’
home when they are unable
to pay their mortgage (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Lisa
disguises herself as a nun to
infiltrate a convent (R)
8.00 Supergirl New series.
Return of the comic-book
adventure starring Melissa
Benoist. Kara focuses
all her energy on dealing
with a mysterious new
threat and Alex confesses
a secret to Maggie.
9.00 FILM Mission: Impossible III
(12, 2006) A former secret
agent ends up in a struggle
to save his fiancée from a
ruthless arms dealer. Action
thriller sequel starring Tom
Cruise, Philip Seymour
Hoffman and Ving Rhames
11.30-12.30am A League of Their
Own With Kevin Nolan,
Micky Flanagan and
Gabby Logan (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Catherine
gets embroiled in a
kidnapping (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny helps
search for two escaped
convicts (R)
9.00 Big Little Lies Celeste looks
for independence.
Meanwhile, Madeline’s past
catches up with her, and
Jane learns the identity of
the school bully (R)
10.10 Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry seeks advice from a
writer. Later, Larry is
ticketed by a police officer
10.45 Last Week Tonight with
John Oliver A satirical look
at news and pop culture
11.20 Vice Principals Russell
tests out a kindness
strategy at school (R)
11.55-1.05am The Deuce Vincent
is blindsided by the
sudden appearance of an
unexpected partner (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 144
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
9.00 Family Guy
9.30 American Dad! Steve joins his
high-school water polo team
10.00 Timewasters Lauren tries to
integrate into 1920s high society
by befriending Victoria
10.30 Family Guy
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 American Dad!
12.00-12.45am Celebrity Juice
7.00pm Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
8.00 River Monsters A freshwater
giant said to inhabit Russia’s
remote Amur River
9.00 Car Crash Global: Caught on
Camera Featuring footage from
China and Eastern Europe
10.05-12.25am FILM Pale Rider (15,
1985) Western directed by and
starring Clint Eastwood, alongside
Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress
and Richard Dysart, Sydney Penny
and Chris Penn. See Film Choice
7.00pm Hollyoaks Diane is furious
when she finds out about Tony’s
financial lie. Meanwhile, Zack loses
out on a massive opportunity
7.30 Extreme Cake Makers
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 Made in Chelsea Charlie
finds himself in an awkward love
triangle with Mimi and Tiff
10.00 Tattoo Fixers
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am Rude Tube
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Will begins dating one of
his aunt’s students
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 World’s Scariest Flights
Hair-raising aviation incidents
caught on camera
9.00 World’s Scariest Holidays
10.00 World’s Scariest Plane
Landings Documentary
11.00 FILM The One (15, 2001)
Futuristic martial arts adventure
starring Jet Li and Jason Statham
12.00-12.05am Access
6.30pm FILM The Hijackers
(PG, 1963) Crime drama starring
Anthony Booth and Jacqueline Ellis
7.50 FILM Inner Sanctum (PG,
1948) Thriller with Charles Russell
9.05 Cross-Roads Short thriller
starring Christopher Lee
9.25 Scotland Yard
10.00 FILM Death is a Woman
(15, 1966) Crime thriller starring
Mark Burns and Shaun Curry
11.40 Listen to Britain
12.00-1.45am FILM The Shout
(15, 1978) Supernatural thriller
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Foggy plans to make a water taxi
7.20 As Time Goes By Sandy
walks out on her boyfriend
8.00 Life on Mars Sam is offered
the chance to go home. Last-ever
episode of the drama
9.00 Death in Paradise The host of
a charity fundraiser is shot dead
10.00 New Tricks Brian becomes
embroiled in a battle of wits
with a magician
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-12.30am The Bill
Yesterday
Spike
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
FSAT 156, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Nazi Hunters Exploring
attempts by Allied forces to
capture Joachim Peiper
8.00 David Starkey’s Monarchy
The Tudor and Stuart dynasties
9.00 Prince Philip: The Plot to
Make a King Documentary telling
the story of the future Queen’s
romance with Prince Philip
10.00 Open All Hours
10.40 Blackadder II
11.20 Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em
12.00-1.00am Abandoned
Engineering Ship graveyards
7.00pm Police Interceptors Jim
and the team spring a trap on
suspected drug dealers
8.00 Criminals: Caught on Camera
Extreme situations
9.00 Criminals Caught on Camera
Footage captures a collection of
violent assaults on police officers
10.00 Traffic Cops Enforcing
motoring laws
11.00 The X-Files
12.00-1.00am Can’t Pay? We’ll
Take It Away Two agents face
death threats from a debtor’s dad
7.00pm Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson,
Richard Hammond and James May
attempt to improve the ambulance
8.00 Dave Gorman: Modern
Life Is Goodish Dave takes a
sledgehammer to a printer
9.00 Live at the Apollo With
Lenny Henry and Mike Wilmot
10.00 Red Dwarf The crew visits a
pioneering space station.
10.40 Zapped Brian must prove his
innocence through trial by combat
11.20 QI With Alan Davies
12.00-12.40am Would I Lie to You?
6.35pm Ultimate Restorations
The rescue of important pieces
of machinery, beginning with
an 1891 steam locomotive
7.55 Plane Resurrection
Enthusiasts restore fighter planes
9.00 American Lawmen The story
of how NYPD bomb squad leader
Tom Tunney uncovered a plot by
a German terror cell in 1915 to
sabotage ships in the Big Apple’s
ports. Last in the series
10.10-12.35am Jack Johnson:
Unforgivable Blackness
7.00pm Master of Photography
The return of the competition to
find Europe’s best photographer
8.00 André Rieu: Live in Sydney
Dame Edna Everage joins the
violinist for an evening of music as
he performs in Sydney, Australia
11.00 Discovering: Ernest
Borgnine A profile of the
Oscar-winning actor (3/13)
12.00-1.45am FILM Gore Vidal: The
United States of Amnesia (12,
2013) Documentary exploring the
author and critic’s work
6.45pm My Kitchen Rules:
Australia The last team serve up in
the final ultimate instant restaurant
round. Hosted by Manu Feildel
8.00 Criminal Minds Reid squares
off with an old enemy
9.00 Criminal Minds New series.
The agents set out to save one of
their own. Joe Mantegna stars
10.00 The Killer Clown:
World’s Most Evil Killers
11.00 Law & Order True Crime:
The Menendez Murders
12.00-1.00am Stalker
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 Talking Dead Season Eight
Preview Special
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Fast N’ Loud Revved Up
8.00 Gear Dogs
9.00 Misfit Garage The crew tracks
down a rare 1965 Ford Sunliner
10.00 Garage Rehab A hot-rod
enthusiast in Nashville seeks help
from Richard Rawlings
11.00 Diesel Brothers
12.00-1.00am Misfit Garage
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Airport Security: Colombia
9.00 Air Crash Investigation
10.00 Science of Stupid
10.30 Science of Stupid Accidents
involving bikes and water slides
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Nazi
Megastructures
7.00pm Friends Four episodes
9.00 Joel & Nish vs the World
The duo head to Brazil
10.00 Impractical Jokers
10.30 Impractical Jokers: Inside
Jokes Behind-the-scenes details
11.00 South Park
11.30 Rick and Morty
12.00-12.30am Workaholics
7.00pm The Good Life Tom
gains two disciples
7.40 Keeping Up Appearances
8.20 Miranda
9.00 The Vicar of Dibley
9.40 Absolutely Fabulous
10.20 Live at the Apollo
11.20 Mrs Brown’s Boys
12.00-12.40am Miranda
7.00pm Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals
7.30 MasterChef Australia
9.00 The Davina Hour Davina
McCall investigates stress
10.00 Inside the Ambulance A
baby with suspected meningitis
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am Babies: Special
Delivery Documentary
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Animation
Sky Action
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
5.35pm Fences (12, 2016) Drama
starring Denzel Washington
8.00 Split (15, 2016) After being
abducted by a kidnapper with
multiple personalities, three young
women are soon engaged in a fight
for survival. Thriller starring James
McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy
10.00 The Escorts (15, 2016)
Comedy starring Jason Biggs
11.40-1.45am Resident Evil: The
Final Chapter (15, 2016) Action
horror sequel starring Milla
Jovovich and Ali Larter
6.00pm The Frighteners (15, 1996)
A psychic conman and his ghostly
sidekicks tackle a supernatural
serial killer. Peter Jackson’s
comedy horror with Michael J Fox
8.00 Independence Day (12, 1996)
The US president leads the fight
against a force of seemingly
indestructible aliens intent on
conquering Earth. Sci-fi adventure
with Will Smith and Bill Pullman
10.35-1.00am True Lies (15, 1994)
Action comedy starring Arnold
Schwarzenegger
6.20pm Ozzy: The Great Furscape
(U, 2016) Animation featuring the
voice of Jacob Tremblay
8.00 Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG, 2016)
Animated comedy sequel with the
voices of Jack Black, Bryan
Cranston and Angelina Jolie
9.40 Tinker Bell and the Secret of
the Wings (U, 2012) Animation
with the voice of Mae Whitman
11.00-12.15am The Land Before
Time (U, 1988) Animated
adventure featuring the voice
of Gabriel Damon
6.00pm The Bourne Ultimatum
(12, 2007) Spy thriller sequel
starring Matt Damon Julia Stiles
and David Strathairn
8.00 Underworld: Blood Wars (15,
2016) Undead warrior Selene
fights to end the war between the
Lycans and the Vampire faction
that betrayed her. Action-horror
starring Kate Beckinsale
9.40 Beowulf (12, 2007) Animated
fantasy with Ray Winstone
11.40-2.00am The Rock (15, 1996)
Action thriller with Sean Connery
6.15pm A Fistful of Dollars (15,
1964) A nameless gunslinger rides
into a town split by feuding
families, and plays them off against
each other. Western starring Clint
Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte
8.00 Steve Jobs (15, 2015) Drama
about the technology
entrepreneur, exploring the impact
his creative drives had on his
personal life. Starring Michael
Fassbender and Kate Winslet
10.05-12.05am Goldstone (15,
2016) Thriller with Aaron Pedersen
The story of the romance
between Prince Philip and
the Queen (Yesterday, 9pm)
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Monday 16
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7pm
Radio 1
Leicester City have got off to a
disappointing start this season,
picking up only five points
from their first seven games.
The visitors to the King Power
Stadium tonight are West
Bromwich Albion, who threw
away a two-goal lead in their
match against Watford before
the international break.
Leicester will be sweating on
the fitness of striker Jamie
Vardy, pictured, who has been
playing with a hip injury. JC
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The Deathwatch Journal
Radio 4, 10.45pm
Opera never much appealed
to Julian Barnes, pictured. It
seemed like “bad theatre set
to good music’’. However,
something happened. Or rather,
the worst thing of all happened
— in 2008 his wife, the literary
agent Pat Kavanagh, died. Grief,
he says in this wonderful essay,
“reconfigures your world completely’’. Things that you loved
suddenly become unbearable. Things that you couldn’t see the
point of suddenly start to take on meaning. For him, one such
thing was opera. Once, opera’s plots and emotions had seemed
melodramatic and preposterous. Now, such primal misery
seemed perfectly natural. And those silly plots? Take L’Orfeo:
all Orfeo had to do was walk out of Hades and not look round
and his wife, Eurydice, would be saved. Who would look? But,
says Barnes, the “miraculous trickery” of operatic art makes
you ask: “How can Orfeo not turn?” Catherine Nixey
This Ian Rankin five-parter
leaves behind the usual
psychopaths of thrillers — the
serial killers and the oddballs
— and instead looks at one of
the most chilling psychopaths
of all: the state. What other
murderer would trap their
victims in a room, tell them
they are going to be killed —
then log their behaviour? This
particular death-row prisoner
is incarcerated in Edinburgh
in 1962, due to be executed
for the murder of his wife. His
impassive guard fills in the
“deathwatch journal” every
day. “Prisoner chatting
normally. He ate well.” CN
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Tuesday 17 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Chris Packham:
Asperger’s and Me
BBC Two, 9pm
“I have spent 30 years on the
television trying to act
normal,” says Chris Packham,
“and it’s been immensely
difficult.” Packham, as he
explains in this moving
documentary, has a brain that
is “different from yours” — the
nature presenter is autistic,
a condition he has lived with
his whole life, yet he did not
have his Asperger’s diagnosed
until his forties. Any regular
viewer of Springwatch will
have picked up on Packham’s
idiosyncrasies. What few of us
would have guessed is just
how many hurdles Packham
had overcome just to be
standing in front of the
camera. Here he explores his
condition, talking us through
his childhood, how he lives
now and the significant, often
traumatic moments in his life
when his autism threatened to
derail him entirely. As a child
he was a merry “obsessive”
about the natural world,
curious to the extent that he
ate tadpoles and licked a
beetle’s bum, but, as a
teenager, when other boys
were going to parties, his
autism singled him out as
awkwardly different — “They
didn’t want to hear about the
life cycle of the kestrel.” And
then there’s that kestrel, which
provided Packham with the
best and worst moments of
his life. Travelling to America,
Packham delves into various
“treatments” for children with
autism, but what really stands
out are the moments when
Packham lets us into his life,
showing us how he copes with
the world. It sounds trite, but
this is an extraordinarily brave
film — Packham talks about
suicidal thoughts and his most
intimate relationships — and
one with a noble purpose. You
will have profound respect for
the man. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
Packham recalls his love for his kestrel as a boy, a theme movingly
portrayed in Ken Loach’s classic 1969 film Kes (available on DVD)
Our Girl
BBC One, 9pm
Last week we left the British
Army medic Georgie Lane
(Michelle Keegan) and the
handsome Nepalese engineer
Milan (Rudi Dharmalingam)
beneath a pile of rubble, as
the earthquake’s aftershocks
continue to wreak havoc in
the village. Will they escape?
Well, yes, clearly they will.
Thankfully, after the more
soapy plotlines have been
indulged, tonight’s episode
moves up a gear when the
unit are forced into a race to
the border to stop a group of
young girls being sold as sex
slaves. A gripping episode,
although the strained “army
banter” is exhausting. CB
Catch
up
Boris Johnson:
Blond Ambition
channel4.com, to October 31
It’s hard to keep track of Boris
Johnson’s U-turns and verbal
indiscretions — this is the
man who wrote
a limerick
suggesting
that the
Turkish
president was a
“wankerer” who
had relations with a
goat — so Channel 4
has compiled them for
us in a handy go-to
Elizabeth I’s Battle
for God’s Music
Reformation
Valley Cops
BBC Four, 10pm
BBC One, 10.45pm
BBC Four, 9pm
If you prefer your history
lessons to be on the dramatic
side, this two-part German
biopic of Martin Luther might
be just the ticket. Uwe Janson’s
drama begins with Luther
(played by Maximilian
Brückner as a tough, athletic,
straight-talking hero) being
cajoled into beginning
a “dispute” with the Catholic
church over their proliferation
of indulgences (ie, paying the
church for salvation) and
charts the years that follow his
Ninety-five Theses moment. It
isn’t the most subtle, but it’s
educative and has flashes of
wit: “It’s 42 theses . . . it might
end up being a bit more.” CB
This lively new series, which
follows the officers of South
Wales police as they deal with
the miscreants of the notorious
Gurnos Estate in Merthyr Tydfil,
Mid Glamorgan, offers a vivid
reminder of the poverty that
exists in this country. It also
offers a crash-course in
empathetic, hands-on policing.
In a nutshell, everyone knows
everyone in Merthyr and that
makes for excellent — if
occasionally awkward when
family members are involved —
policing. About the prime
suspect for a post office
robbery, drug cop “Rhino” says:
“He’s a nice lad — he just lets
himself down occasionally.” CB
Choral Evensong, says Lucy
Worsley, is the quintessential
sound of England. Yet how
many of us were aware that
evensong was forged in the
fires of the Reformation? Henry
VIII may well have wanted to
split from the Catholic church,
but he had a passion for choral
polyphony — something
dismissed by Protestant
theologians — and was loath
to part with it. Worsley charts
how the religious music he
adored was shaped, first by his
children Edward and Mary, and
ultimately by his music-loving
daughter, Elizabeth. CB
digest. This film, wryly named
after a Madonna tour, trails the
foreign secretary from July
2016, but there is plenty of
filling for a 45-minute pie, plus
analysis from Gary Gibbon. For
a man who loves the limelight,
Boris isn’t exactly thrilled to
see the cameras. “It’s some
Channel 4 guys who’ve been
stalking me for months,” he’s
overheard muttering. Jacob
Rees-Mogg appears as
a talking head and
described him as a
“colossus”. Crikey.
Carol
Ca Midgley
Variations
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11.15-11.45 Diabulimia: The World’s Most
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12.00-12.30am Diabulimia: The World’s
Most Dangerous Eating Disorder
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Abuse Kids — Panorama (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
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11.45 Valley Cops 12.30am Diabulimia:
The World’s Most Dangerous Eating
Disorder 1.00 Weather for the Week
Ahead 1.05-6.00 BBC News
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Nightscreen 4.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
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Heno 7.30 Rownd a Rownd 8.00 Pobol y
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10.30-11.35 Deuawdau Rhys Meirion (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
3:10 to Yuma (PG, 1957)
Film4, 2.25pm
Based on Elmore Leonard’s brilliantly simple short story, this
verbose western stars Van Heflin as the impoverished rancher Dan
Evans, who hopes to cash in on a $200 reward for the capture of
the murderous outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford). The kicker is that
Evans has to get Wade on the train of the title, while evading the
eager attentions of Wade’s gang and angry townsfolk, so that he
can stand trial. What follows is a tense, claustrophobic tussle of
wills between the two men, with Evans having to act as Wade’s
captor and protector. The 2007 remake with Christian Bale was
decent enough, but this is the one to watch. (92min) Chris Bennion
Die Hard (18, 1988)
E4, 9pm
The film that took Bruce Willis from
Moonlighting to megastardom, Die
Hard is an exemplary action picture
that ticks all the right boxes and
kicks all the right asses. Willis plays
John McClane, a maverick New
York cop, in Los Angeles at
Christmas to visit his estranged wife.
When, during their office Christmas bash, she and her colleagues
are taken hostage by terrorists (headed by Alan Rickman, pictured,
at the time a surprise choice to play a Hollywood baddie, but an
inspired bit of casting), McClane takes action, armed with a small
gun and a lot of attitude. A film that spawned a host of imitators
and several sequels with increasingly diminishing returns, this is
a thoroughly enjoyable romp. (131min) Wendy Ide
Paratrooper (PG, 1953)
Movies4Men, 5.15pm
The James Bond producer Albert R “Cubby” Broccoli cut his teeth
on this Second World War drama (aka The Red Beret), directed by
Terence Young. The duo presumably enjoyed the experience — it
was a box office hit — as Young would go on to direct Dr No, From
Russia with Love and Thunderball. Alan Ladd stars as the American
soldier, Steve “Canada” McKendrick. That somewhat odd nickname
derives from the fact that McKendrick has lied about his country of
origin so he can join the British Parachute Regiment and escape
his past. However, his obvious experience and expertise arouses
suspicion in those around him. Superior fare, released just four
months after Ladd’s career-defining Shane. (88min) CB
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Away (r) 12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime
12.15 The Hotel Inspector (r) 1.10
Access 1.15 Home and Away 1.45
Neighbours 2.15 NCIS. Gibbs asks
Tony’s father to join them on a
murder investigation (r) 3.15 FILM
Damaged (TVM, 2014) A teacher’s life
is turned upside down when a new
student moves into the area and they
develop a mutual attraction for each
other. Thriller starring Chris Klein
5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours.
Following the explosion, the
community bands together to save
Diwali (r) 6.00 Home and Away.
Scarlett works on Brody’s case, but is
alarmed by a fresh development
when a man claims that Brody
stabbed him (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Michelle Keegan is Our Girl (9pm)
Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell (10pm)
Trouble for Cilla and Bobby (9pm)
The Great British Bake Off (8pm)
A new life on Wilderness Island (9pm)
7.00 The One Show Presented by
Matt Baker and Alex Jones
7.00 Coast: The Great Guide Tessa
Dunlop and Neil Oliver explore
the Irish Sea shoreline fringing
the coasts of England, Scotland,
Wales and Northern Ireland.
Last in the series (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Vanessa feels
mortified after Charity exposes
their secret during her date
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.00 Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast
The presenter reaches the
North York Moors and takes to
the skies for a bird’s-eye view
of the journey ahead from the
cockpit of a glider from the
Sutton Bank gliding club (5/6)
(r); followed by 5 News Update
8.00 Holby City Fredrik and Sara
need to convince Hanssen to
give them his professional
backing and an impromptu
visit from a loved one gives Raf
food for thought. Meanwhile,
Oliver and Matteo go head to
head to win over Damon
8.00 Saving Lives at Sea As the
summer sun comes out, so do
the funseekers, and in Southend
a family of five sightseeing
a mile off shore are caught
out by the tide (10/12)
8.00 Robson Green’s Coastal Lives
The North Yorkshire coastline.
Last in the series
8.00 The Great British Bake Off The
remaining five bakers step back
in time for Forgotten Bakes
Week, baking with unfamiliar
recipes, with places in the
semi-final at stake (8/10)
8.00 The Yorkshire Vet Julian
tries to help a heifer that is
struggling to give birth
naturally and Peter meets one
of the UK’s most endangered
species — an orphaned
baby hedgehog (4/8);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Our Girl A frantic search ensues
in the wake of the aftershock
when 2-section realise Georgie
is missing, while intelligence
discovers that De Chand is
part of a terrorist network.
See Viewing Guide (2/4)
9.00 Chris Packham: Asperger’s
and Me The naturalist and
broadcaster offers a brutally
honest account of his life
with Asperger’s Syndrome,
reflecting on the devastating
struggles of his adolescence.
See Viewing Guide
9.00 Cilla A failed attempt to crack
the US, a rocky relationship
with Bobby and the unravelling
of Brian’s private life all threaten
to derail Cilla’s success.
Last in the series (r)
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 Later Live: with Jools Holland
With Wolf Alice, Grizzly Bear,
Sza and RL Boyce (4/6)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events, with Evan Davis
10.30 Regional News; Weather
7.30 EastEnders Ian breaks the news
of his plans to leave Walford,
and Stacey pushes Martin away
and refuses to see their baby
10.30 BBC Regional News; followed
by National Lottery Update
10.45 Valley Cops Following the
South Wales Police. A drugs cop
is called to help at the scene of
a robbery, using his knowledge
of the area to find the culprits.
See Viewing Guide (1/2)
11.35 Diabulimia: The World’s Most
Dangerous Eating Disorder
The stories of three young
Type 1 diabetics with an eating
disorder who misuse their
insulin in a bid to lose weight —
risking their eyesight, limbs,
fertility and their lives
12.30am FILM I Am Number Four
(12, 2011) 1.45 Weather for the Week
Ahead 1.50 BBC News
7.30 Save Money: Good Health The
winner of the best value-formoney diet is revealed.
Last in the series
8.30 Call the Cleaners Yvonne and
Angela help an artist whose
nine-bedroom house in Stafford
is overrun with clutter (5/6)
9.15 Celebrity Hunted All seven
celebrities remain at large, but
it is a scramble for survival for
Steph and Dom, who believe
that the hunters are closing in
after information is elicited
from their manager (2/4)
10.40After the News Hosted by
Emma Barnett and Nick Ferrari
10.20 Gogglebox Fly-on-the-wall
series capturing households’
instant reactions to this week’s
television, with the critics
passing judgment from the
comfort of their own sofas (r)
11.15 NFL This Week Action from the
sixth round of games, including
Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay
Packers, Kansas City Chiefs v
Pittsburgh Steelers, and Denver
Broncos v New York Giants
11.15 Lethal Weapon When a million
dollar casino heist takes a
deadly turn, Riggs befriends
the only credible witness —
an eight-year-old boy — and
takes him into his care.
Clayne Crawford stars (r)
11.25 Parenting for Idiots Sally
Phillips, Frankie Boyle, Shappi
Khorsandi and Carrie Fisher
discuss the importance of rules,
from behaviour charts to
public tantrums (3/3) (r)
12.05am Sign Zone: The Apprentice.
The candidates are challenged to
make-over a bedroom in a five-star
hotel, before pitching their ideas to
the hotel manager and a leading
interior designer (r) (SL) 1.05-2.05
Russia with Simon Reeve (r) (SL)
12.05am Jackpot247. Viewers get
the chance to participate in live
interactive gaming from the comfort
of their sofas 3.00 Loose Women.
Topical debate from a female
perspective (r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
12.25am Music on 4 12.50 Escape (r)
1.45 The Supervet (r) 2.45 FILM
Pyaasa (PG, 1957) A failed poet meets
a prostitute and an old flame who
vow to help him. Indian musical
starring Guru Dutt (b/w) 5.05 Too
Many Cooks (r) 5.35 Countdown (r)
9.00 Ben Fogle New Lives in the
Wild: Down Under New series.
Ben begins his travels in the
remote Wilderness Island, off
Australia’s north-western cape,
to meet a man whose story
is as remarkable as the
landscape he inhabits (1/8)
10.00 When Game Shows Go
Horribly Wrong Dale Winton
narrates a compilation of
disastrous game show
moments. Featuring
contestants on The Million
Pound Drop failing to pay
attention to a question with
a fortune at stake, the least
successful player to appear on
The Chase, and the woman
who broke her leg on
The Krypton Factor and
still finished third (r)
12.55am SuperCasino. Live
interactive gaming 3.10 Can’t Pay?
We’ll Take It Away (r) 4.00 Tattoo
Disasters UK (r) (SL) 4.25 Tattoo
Disasters UK (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Divine Designs (r)
(SL) 5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
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The Flash
Tuesday 17 | Primetime digital guide
Grant Gustin stars as the
superfast superhero in
season four of the drama
Sky One, 8pm
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 Pagans and Pilgrims:
Britain’s Holiest Places
Ifor ap Glyn sets out to
understand the appeal
of shrines (R)
8.00 The Real White Queen and
Her Rivals Part two of two.
The influence three women
had on the monarchy (R)
9.00 Lucy Worsley: Elizabeth I’s
Battle for God’s Music
The presenter investigates
the story of choral
evensong, which was
instigated by Henry VIII
during the violent era of the
English Reformation.
See Viewing Guide
10.00 Reformation The story
of Martin Luther. See
Viewing Guide
11.30-12.30am The Most
Dangerous Man in Tudor
England William Tyndale’s
mission to translate the
Bible into English (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote The
amateur sleuth investigates
the murder of a tennis
player’s boyfriend, who was
killed by a bomb planted in
the sportswoman’s car (R)
8.00 The Booze Cruise III The
gang return for a third
adventure, this time tagging
along on a trip to scatter
Grace’s mother’s ashes on
the Yorkshire Moors. Neil
Pearson, Mark Benton and
Anne Reid star (R)
10.05 Lewis A professor is found
dead on Halloween with a
stake through her heart and
it turns out she was an old
student friend of Hobson.
Rupert Graves stars (R)
12.00-2.15am Inspector Morse A
highly respected scientist is
murdered just before he is
about to deliver a
controversial lecture on the
environment. John Thaw
and Geoffrey Palmer star (R)
6.55pm Car SOS Tim Shaw and
Fuzz Townshend head to
Cheshire to answer an SOS
call about a 1938 MG TA,
whose owner is unable to
restore it due to illness (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud revisits Denise
Daniel and Doug Ibbs, who
set out three years
previously to turn an
18th-century house in
central France into a B&B (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
New theories on the reason
the Titanic sank (R)
11.05-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E
A woman’s false eyelashes
leave her with abrasions
to her eyes (R)
7.00pm FILM Step Up 4: Miami
Heat (12, 2012) An aspiring
dancer comes to Miami to
pursue her dreams, and falls
in love with the leader of a
street performance crew.
When she learns the group’s
neighbourhood is to be
demolished, driving the
residents from their homes,
she joins forces with them
to organise a protest show.
Dance drama sequel
starring Kathryn McCormick
and Ryan Guzman
9.00-12.40am FILM The Green
Mile (18, 1999) A prison
guard amazed by the
healing power and gentle
nature of a man on death
row comes to doubt his
guilt. Supernatural drama
based on a novel by
Stephen King starring Tom
Hanks, Michael Clarke
Duncan, David Morse and
Harry Dean Stanton
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer and
Marge get married for a
second time (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Moe joins an
online dating agency (R)
8.00 The Flash New series.
A powerful armoured villain
threatens to level Central
City if the Flash does not
appear, so Cisco makes a
risky decision to break Barry
out of the speed force
9.00 Carpool Karaoke Special
With the singers Katy Perry
and Jennifer Lopez (R)
10.00 The Russell Howard Hour
Topical comedy and
entertainment show (R)
11.00 The Simpsons
Homer returns from a
nuclear convention a
changed man (R)
11.30 The Simpsons The greatest
love stories of all time (R)
12.00-1.00am A League of Their
Own With Bradley Wiggins,
Jimmy Carr and Sara Cox (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Grissom
investigates the shooting of
a Vegas photographer (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Frank must
turn a case about police
brutality involving Jamie
over to Internal Affairs (R)
9.00 A Plastic Voyage A crew of
women embark on a sailing
expedition around Britain,
determined to find out more
about the damage being
done by single-use plastics
in the waters close to home.
10.00 The Deuce Vincent is
tempted by a lucrative offer
from Rudy, Candy attracts
some unwanted attention
and is intrigued by a
legitimate suitor
11.10 Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry is ticketed by a
police officer (R)
11.50-1.00am Ray Donovan
Natalie’s fame puts Ray’s
career in jeopardy (9/12) (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 144
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 Fast & Furious 5 (12,
2011) A fugitive assembles a team
of criminals for a heist in Rio, but
the FBI’s top manhunter is on their
trail. Action adventure sequel
starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne
Johnson, Paul Walker, Jordana
Brewster and Tyrese Gibson
11.35-12.05am Family Guy
7.00pm Pawn Stars An item
signed by British royalty causes a
great deal of interest when it
appears in the shop
7.30 Pawn Stars
7.55 The Chase: Celebrity Special
Celebrity version of the quiz show
hosted by Bradley Walsh
9.00 Benidorm Tiger and Joey
have a run in with a hiker
10.00 Car Crash Global: Caught on
Camera Documentary
11.00-1.10am FILM Payback (18,
1999) Thriller starring Mel Gibson
7.00pm Hollyoaks A day in the life
of teenagers, Peri, Yasmine and Lily
7.30 Extreme Cake Makers
Michelle Wibowo creates a
five-foot edible Wizard of Oz mural
out of Genoese sponge
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon must work with Kripke
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 FILM Die Hard (18, 1988)
Action thriller starring Bruce Willis.
See Film Choice
11.40-12.10am The Big Bang
Theory American comedy
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Carlton accepts a challenge
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 FILM Jackie Chan’s The
Forbidden Kingdom (12, 2008)
A teenager takes on a quest with
two legendary warriors in ancient
China. Martial arts adventure
starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan
10.05-12.25am FILM Killer Elite (15,
2011) A former secret agent takes
on one last mission to save his
mentor. Action thriller starring
Jason Statham and Clive Owen
6.00pm FILM Seven Days to Noon
(PG, 1950) Thriller starring Barry
Jones and Andre Morell
7.50 FILM Barbados Quest (U,
1955) Crime drama starring Tom
Conway and Delphi Lawrence
9.10 Village School Documentary
9.25 Scotland Yard
10.00 FILM What a Crazy World
(12, 1963) Drama with Joe Brown
11.45 Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
12.00-1.50am FILM The Final
Programme (18, 1973) Sci-fi drama
with Jon Finch and Jenny Runacre
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Foggy has a get-rich-quick idea
7.20 As Time Goes By Jean and
Lionel make wedding plans
8.00 Death in Paradise The host of
a charity fundraiser is shot dead
9.00 Father Brown The priest tries
to solve a puzzling murder
10.00 New Tricks The team
investigates the death of a student
11.15 Birds of a Feather The girls
have a cash-flow problem
12.00-12.30am The Bill Ramsey
befriends a pregnant woman
Yesterday
Spike
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
FSAT 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Unearthing WWII
Exploring a famous battlefield near
the Dutch city of Groningen
8.00 Impossible Engineering
Building and maintaining the
international space station
9.00 Abandoned Engineering
Exploring ship graveyards
10.00 Open All Hours Granville
places a lonely hearts ad
10.40 Blackadder II
11.20 Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em
12.00-1.00am Impossible
Engineering Documentary
7.00pm Police Interceptors
Officers go in pursuit of a
dangerous disqualified driver
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
The officers try to recover £13,000
owed by a Birmingham car dealer
9.00 Nightmare Tenants, Slum
Landlords Tenants leave a landlord
behind with his mortgage
10.00 The X-Files Aliens plot to
take away Scully’s baby (1/2)
11.00-1.00am FILM The Legend of
Hercules (12, 2014) Mythological
adventure starring Kellan Lutz
7.00pm Top Gear James May takes
the LaFerrari hypercar for a spin
8.00 QI XL With Phill Jupitus, Josh
Widdecombe and Sara Pascoe
9.00 Live at the Apollo With Jason
Manford and Michael McIntyre
10.00 QI XL David Mitchell, Phill
Jupitus, Jo Brand and Alan Davies
answer questions on intelligence
11.00 Taskmaster Sally Phillips
faces an amorous watercooler
12.00-12.40am Would I Lie to You?
With Greg Davies, Alex Jones, John
Cooper Clarke and Rick Edwards
6.35pm Ultimate Restorations
The restoration of a Westland
Lysander reconnaissance plane
7.50 Great Irish Journeys with
Martha Kearney Following in
the footsteps of the 19th-century
artist George Victor Du Noyer
8.25 Great Irish Journeys with
Martha Kearney How Belfast
was shaped by the Victorians
9.00 Becoming the Beatles The
early days of the Fab Four
10.10-12.20am Jack Johnson:
Unforgivable Blackness
7.00pm The Sixties The changing
social landscape of America
8.00 Too Young to Die Profiles of
celebrities who died prematurely,
beginning with Heath Ledger
9.00 My Beatles Black Album with
Charles Hazlewood The conductor
creates a compilation of solo tracks
by members of the Beatles
10.00 The History of Comedy
Tracing comedy’s evolution
11.00 Urban Myths: Bob Dylan
Comedy starring Eddie Marsan
11.30-1.00am Rock and Roll
6.45pm My Kitchen Rules:
Australia The quarter-finals begin
8.00 Children’s Hospital A threeyear-old with a rare brain disease
8.30 Children’s Hospital Staff treat
an 18-year-old with cystic fibrosis
9.00 Chicago Fire A harrowing
blaze puts many lives in danger
10.00 Criminal Minds The team is
questioned about its retaliation to
Prentiss’s disappearance
11.00 Criminal Minds Five women
are found dead in Oklahoma
12.00-1.00am Stalker
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 Murder in the First Terry
questions his true feelings for Hildy
10.00 The Gifted Blink exerts her
powers beyond their limits (2/10)
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Gold Rush: The Story So
Far The series’ characters reflect
on key scenes from the past
8.00 Gold Rush Miners answer
questions from the show’s fans
9.00 Gold Rush New series. The
reality documentary returns
11.00 Railroad Alaska
12.00-2.00am Gold Rush
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Apocalypse World War I
9.00 Dark Secrets of the Lusitania
Exploring four potential theories
surrounding the ship’s sinking
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
An autopilot malfunction
12.00-1.00am Nazi
Megastructures The rail network
7.00pm Friends
8.00 Friends
9.00 The Middle New series
9.30 Life in Pieces
10.00 Lip Sync Battle
10.30 Lip Sync Battle
11.00 Broad City New series
11.30 Bad Education
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
7.00pm Open All Hours
7.40 Only Fools and Horses
8.20 Citizen Khan
9.00 Mrs Brown’s Boys
9.40 Bottom The gas man visits
10.20 Live at the Apollo With Gina
Yashere and Sam Simmons
11.20 Only Fools and Horses
12.00-12.40am Citizen Khan
7.00pm MasterChef Australia
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 The Secret Life of the
Ballroom Mastering the waltz
10.00 Inside the Ambulance
Medics help a man who is in agony
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am One Born Every
Minute Screams trouble a woman
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Animation
Sky Action
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
6.10pm Monster Trucks (PG, 2016)
A gas-guzzling creature takes up
residence in a half-built truck.
Fantasy adventure with Lucas Till
8.00 Split (15, 2016) Three women
are engaged in a fight for survival.
Thriller starring James McAvoy
10.00 Let Her Out (15, 2016) A
young woman recovering from an
accident is plagued by visions.
Horror starring Alanna LeVierge
11.40-1.25am The Escorts (15,
2016) Comedy starring Jason
Biggs and Janet Montgomery
5.45pm Girl, Interrupted (15, 1999)
A would-be writer is committed to
a psychiatric ward. Fact-based
drama starring Winona Ryder
8.00 The Mummy (12, 1999) A
soldier of fortune battles the spirit
of an ancient Egyptian high priest.
Fantasy action adventure starring
Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz
10.10-12.20am The Silence of the
Lambs (18, 1991) A trainee FBI
agent engages in a battle of wills
with a psychopath. Thriller starring
Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
6.10pm Kubo and the Two Strings
(PG, 2016) Animated adventure
with the voice of Charlize Theron
8.00 Storks (U, 2016) Animated
adventure about a world where
storks deliver everything but
babies, until an office mishap that
is. With the voice of Andy Samberg
9.35 Hercules (U, 1997) Disney
animated adventure with the voice
of Tate Donovan and Danny DeVito
11.15-12.50am Top Cat Begins (U,
2015) Animation with the voices of
Jason Harris and Chris Edgerly
5.40pm Spider-Man 3 (12, 2007)
An alien parasite causes the webslinging crimefighter’s dark side to
surface. Superhero sequel with
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst
8.00 Jason Bourne (12, 2016) The
former CIA operative is drawn out
of hiding. Action thriller starring
Matt Damon and Tommy Lee Jones
10.10-12.30am Conan the
Barbarian (15, 1982) A formidable
warrior seeks revenge on a brutal
cult. Fantasy adventure starring
Arnold Schwarzenegger
6.10pm Notorious (15, 2009)
Biopic of Notorious BIG. With
Jamal Woolard and Derek Luke
8.15 Julieta (15, 2016) An
encounter with a childhood friend
of her daughter causes a Madrid
woman to rethink her future.
Drama starring Emma Suarez
10.00-12.30am Born on the Fourth
of July (18, 1989) Fact-based
drama chronicling the life of
Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, from
Marine Corps recruit to disabled
anti-war activist. With Tom Cruise
Titanic: The New Evidence
uncovers theories on what sank
the ocean liner (More4, 10pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Radio 1
Two mouthwatering clashes in
the Champions League tonight,
as Tottenham Hotspur are in
the Santiago Bernabéu to face
the defending champions, Real
Madrid (kick-off 7.45pm). A calf
injury means that Gareth Bale
will miss a reunion with his
former club, but Cristiano
Ronaldo, pictured, will pose
a major threat to Spurs. Also
tonight, Manchester City take
on Serie A high-flyers Napoli at
the Etihad (BT Sport 3, 7pm). JC
Sky Sports Main Event
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
10.00am Premier League
Daily Top flight updates
11.00 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 Sky Sports Today
5.00pm Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 Gillette Soccer
Special Pre-Match
7.30 Gillette Soccer Special
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Through the Night
1.00am-3.00 LIVE WWE Late
Night Smackdown Wrestling
action with the over-the-top
stars of the States
Sky Sports
Premier League
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512 BT VISION+ 406
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.33am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s
Stories 10.02 Huw Stephens
1.00am Annie Nightingale
4.00 Jordan North
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
8.15 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Archive action
8.30 MLS Round-Up Show
9.00 Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
9.30 EFL Derbies:
East Anglian Special
10.00 Revista De La Liga
10.30 La Liga World
11.00 The Best La Liga
Goals 2016/17
12.00-12.30am
Revista De La Liga
Sky Sports Arena
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Sky Sports Football
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9.00am Revista De La Liga
9.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
10.00 La Liga Football
12.05pm La Liga
Greatest Games
12.30 SPFL Round-Up
12.45 Scottish Cup
Greatest Games
1.00 MLS Round-Up Show
1.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
2.00 Revista De La Liga
2.30 SPFL Greatest Games
3.00 Football Years
3.30 Football Countdowns
4.00 Scottish Cup
Greatest Games
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 Revista De La Liga
5.30 Football Countdowns
6.00 SPFL Round-Up
6.15 Scottish Cup
Greatest Games
6.30 MLS Round-Up Show
7.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
7.30 EFL Derbies: East
Anglian Special
8.00 SPFL Round-Up
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Paddy O’Connell
2.00pm Steve Wright 5.00
Simon Mayo. See Choice 7.00
Jamie Cullum 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 Bruce Springsteen: Long
Walk Home 11.00 Nigel Ogden:
The Organist Entertains 11.30
Listen to the Band 12.00
Sounds of the 80s (r) 2.00am
Folk Playlist 3.00 Radio 2
Playlist: 90s Hits 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Wednesday Workout
Radio 3
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1.00am-3.00 LIVE WWE Late
Night Smackdown
Spectacular wrestling action
BT Sport 1
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10.00am Premier League
Daily Top flight updates
11.00 Premier League
Highlights
11.30 MNF
3.30pm Premier League
Highlights
4.00 MNF Hlts
4.30 Premier League
Highlights
7.30 Gillette Soccer Special
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Premier League Review
12.00-1.00am PL Greatest
Games Archive action
Radio guide
9.00am-5.00pm LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Kremlin Cup
6.00-7.30 LIVE WTA Tennis:
The Kremlin Cup
1.00am LIVE NBA: Cleveland
Cavaliers v Boston Celtics
(Tip-off 1.00)
3.30-6.00 LIVE NBA: Golden
State Warriors v Houston
Rockets (Tip-off 3.30)
BT Sport 2
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9.00am-5.00pm LIVE
WTA Tennis Day two of
the BGL BNP Paribas
Luxembourg Open
7.00pm-10.15 LIVE UEFA
Champions League: Real
Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur
BT Sport 3
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3.00pm LIVE UEFA Youth
League: Manchester City U19
v Napoli U19 (Kick-off 3.00)
5.00 LIVE UEFA Youth
League: Real Madrid U19 v
Tottenham Hotspur U19
(Kick-off 5.00)
7.00-10.15 LIVE UEFA
Champions League:
Manchester City v Napoli
Eurosport 1
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12.45pm-5.30 LIVE Snooker:
English Open Coverage
of day two of the tournament
in the Home Series
6.45-10.00 LIVE Snooker:
English Open
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Puccini
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert The pianist Andreas
Staier performs Chopin (Four
Mazurkas, Op 17); Bach (French
Suite No 1 in D minor, BWV812);
Mozart (Suite in C, K399); and
Chopin (Four Mazurkas, Op 24)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
The BBC NOW performs Britten
(Young Persons Guide to the
Orchestra, Op 34); Bruch
(Violin Concerto No 1 in G
minor, Op 26); Dvorák
Symphony No 9); Chadwick
(Symphonic Sketches); and
Elgar (Variations on an Original
Theme, Op 36 —Enigma)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.31 Live Radio 3 in Concert
The Hallé under the conductor
Sir Mark Elder perform
Ravel (Rapsodie Espagnole);
Debussy (Rhapsodie for
clarinet and orchestra);
Ravel (Bolero); and
Mussorgsky orch Ravel
(Pictures at an Exhibition)
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: Stories That
Sing A birthday gift heralds the
start of a passion for opera
11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.30 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
Today’s picks
Simon Mayo Drivetime
Radio 2, 5pm
Planks and a Passion
Radio 4, 11.30am
What will happen to the genre
of biography — not to mention
obituaries — in the coming
century? For the 20th century,
those who write about other
people’s lives have had it easy.
The great upheaval of the
Second World War created lives
that were instantly fascinating.
Death, love, tragedy, despair, travel, absurdity, victory. It
seemed that no life was left untouched by it. Even in its
aftermath, national service meant that people — such as
the mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, pictured — had a tiny
taste of that high drama. He did national service at 18, then in
1957 was posted to Germany where he discovered the Alps.
Three years later, he stood at the summit of Annapurna II in
the Himalayas. As his new book, Ascent, is launched he talks
to Simon Mayo about his childhood and the start of that love
affair with hills. Catherine Nixey
There is a saying, this
programme on Nicholas
Hytner’s new theatre tells us,
that all you need for a theatre
is “two planks and a passion”.
Is there a similar saying in
radio that encapsulates all
you need for a look at some
bigwig’s deeds? All you need
is a wryly self-deprecating
title, perhaps? Publishing is
certainly awash with them.
It’s All News to Me (Jeremy
Vine). That’s Another Story
(Julie Walters). And the
favourite: Trowel and
Error (Alan Titchmarsh).
Libby Purves looks at the
theatre’s creation. CN
9.00 The Life Scientific
9.30 One to One
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 15 Minute Drama: Ten
Days That Shook the World
By John Reed (7/10)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 Book of the
Week: How to Be Champion,
by Sarah Millican (2/5)
11.00 Natural Histories
11.30 Planks and a Passion.
See Choice
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 50 Things That Made
the Modern Economy
12.15 Call You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 How to Have a Better
Brain (r)
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: The Gold Killing
By Paul Sellar. A businessman
gets more than he bargained
for when he invests in a
goldmine (2/2) (r)
3.00 The Kitchen Cabinet (r)
3.30 Costing the Earth
4.00 Word of Mouth
4.30 A Good Read
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The Tim Vine Chat Show
From Greenwich (6/6)
7.00 The Archers Tony is put
in an awkward position
7.15 Front Row
7.45 15 Minute Drama: Ten
Days That Shook the World (r)
8.00 File on 4
8.40 In Touch
9.00 Inside Health
9.30 The Life Scientific (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: Ian
Rankin — The Deathwatch
Journal Crime serial by the
creator of Inspector Rebus. A
prison guard begins to believe
a condemned man is innocent
11.00 Fred at the Stand
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
How to Be Champion (2/5) (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
11.00 Alun Cochrane’s Fun
House 11.30 Shuttleworths
11.45 Hamish and Dougal:
You’ll Have Had Your Tea
Radio 5 Live
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5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 5 Live Daily 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 6.30 5 Live Sport 7.45
Live Champions League
Football 2017-18: Real Madrid
v Tottenham Hotspur 10.00
Live 5 Live Sport: 5 Live
Football Social 10.30 Phil
Williams 1.00am Up All Night
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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
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The Men from the Ministry
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The Tin Drum 11.00 Home
Sweet Home 11.15
Unauthorised History: The
Killing 12.00 Listen to Les
12.30pm The Men from the
Ministry 1.00 You Came Back
1.30 Hearing Ragas 2.00 Jane
Eyre 2.15 A Week at the Pitt
Rivers 2.30 Daunt and
Dervish 2.45 Femme Fatale: A
Biography of Mata Hari 3.00
The Tin Drum 4.00 It’s Not
What You Know 4.30
Ballylenon 5.00 One Foot in
the Grave 5.30 The Tim Vine
Chat Show 6.00 The Blue
Lenses 6.30 That Reminds Me
7.00 Listen to Les 7.30 The
Men from the Ministry 8.00
You Came Back 8.30 Hearing
Ragas 9.00 Home Sweet
Home 9.15 Unauthorised
History: The Killing 10.00
Comedy Club: The Tim Vine
Chat Show 10.30 Tim
FitzHigham: The Gambler
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The
Forum 9.50 Sporting Witness
10.00 World Update 11.00
The Newsroom 11.30 In the
Studio 12.00 News 12.06pm
Outlook 1.00 The Newsroom
1.30 The Documentary 2.00
Newshour 3.00 News 3.06
BBC World Hacks 3.30
Business 4.00 BBC OS 6.00
News 6.06 Outlook 7.00 The
Newsroom 7.30 Sport Today
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Hacks 8.30 Click 9.00
Newshour 10.00 News 10.06
The Documentary 10.30
In the Studio 11.00 The
Newsroom 11.20 Sports News
11.30 Business 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 Documentary 3.00
News 3.06 HARDtalk 3.30
The Compass 4.00 News
4.06 Outlook
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe and
Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 7.00 Marc Riley 9.00
Gideon Coe 12.00 6 Music
Recommends with Tom
Ravenscroft 1.00am Hitsville
USA: The Story of Motown
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 Bill
Turnbull 1.00pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics 8.00
The Full Works Concert
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Emma Nelson
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Saturday October 14 2017 | the times
Wednesday 18 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Army:
Behind the New Frontlines
BBC Two, 9pm
In 2017 the British Army finds
itself in uncharted territory.
After controversial campaigns
in Iraq and Afghanistan,
there’s a political reluctance to
put boots on the ground, and
there’s widespread opposition
to military intervention. As a
consequence, Britain hasn’t
been at war for three years.
The rise of Islamic State, the
threat of a new Cold War in
eastern Europe, and famine
and conflict in sub-Saharan
Africa have given the army a
new role to play in a deeply
unstable world. Filmed over
18 months, this eye-opening
new three-part series takes us
to the heart of the British
Army through the eyes of the
leaders and the rank and file,
revealing the unique
challenge involved in fighting
wars when Britain is not at
war. The first episode focuses
on the Battle for Mosul as the
British Army, which has a
bloody recent history in the
country, helps Iraqi troops to
expel Isis forces from the city
they have occupied since
June 2014. The episode
begins in October 2016 as
British soldiers from 1 Rifles
regiment have only weeks to
prepare a group of Kurdish
recruits for combat. It’s a new
role for soldiers trained to
fight to get their heads round.
It’s also a real challenge,
because most of the new
recruits are ordinary civilians
with no soldiering experience.
Also on the ground is General
Rupert Jones, pictured, the
deputy commander of an
international coalition and the
most senior British Army
officer in Iraq. “It might take
a little longer than if we were
doing it,” he says, “but it lays
the ground for a far more
lasting solution.” That’s the
theory, anyway.
Joe Clay
Further recommendations
Several archive army documentaries are on the iPlayer, including
a 1975 Panorama at Sandhurst, and 1989’s The Officer’s Mess
Ugly House to
Lovely House
The Apprentice
Doc Martin
Trump and Russia
BBC One, 9pm
ITV, 9pm
Channel 4, 10pm
Channel 4, 8pm
The candidates are plunged
into the tech world this week
with a challenge that involves
branding, programming and
selling a prototype toy robot
to independent retailers. With
the boys two down already,
Lord Sugar shifts Michaela,
who has four brothers, on to
Team Vitality and makes her
project manager. “You’d just
better all behave,” she says. As
if. They settle on a robot aimed
at the over-60s, programmed
to deliver reminders of when
to take medication and yoga
moves. The girls, under project
manager Jade, decide to make
a study aid robot for kids. Who
will be exterminated? JC
In tonight’s episode of the
comedy drama, Martin Clunes’s
Men Behaving Badly co-star
Caroline Quentin reprises her
role as Angela Sim, the
eccentric owner of the local
animal sanctuary. Angela is
looking after her nephew for a
couple of weeks. He’s a bit of
a chatterbox, and Angela tells
Louisa that the family think he
might have ADHD. “He might
just be naturally irritating,”
says the Doc. “Lots of children
are.” And he should know —
poor baby James is teething.
Elsewhere, Al gets a big
order for Bert’s whisky, and
Mrs Tishell is behaving even
more oddly than usual. JC
Evidence of Russian
involvement in the presidential
election has overshadowed
the Trump administration since
its first day in office. Trump
has denied any suggestion of
collusion, publicly doubting
the intelligence community’s
conclusion that Putin ordered
a campaign to tilt the outcome
of the election in his favour.
Matt Frei, Channel 4’s former
Washington correspondent,
investigates an epic tale that
reads like a thriller, featuring
spies, models and notorious
political players. It’s the
biggest political scandal of
our time and could eclipse
the fallout of Watergate. JC
In the cluttered property
programme landscape, the
USP of this series is that all the
buildings featured are what
Prince Charles would call
“carbuncles”. First up, a shoddy
building in rural Gloucestershire
bought by Simon and Lisa. It is
so hideous that neighbours
compared it to the house in
The Amityville Horror. Simon’s
first instinct was to bulldoze it
and start again, but George
Clarke ropes in the architect
Laura Clark to see if she can
come up with a plan to
transform it into a warm,
welcoming, modern home. JC
Catch
up
Russia with Simon Reeve
BBC iPlayer, episode one
expires October 31
The presenter’s latest
travelogue, a three-part
adventure across
Russia to mark the
centenary of the
revolution, is his
best yet. He starts
in Kamchatka, a
land of fire and
ice straight from
the pages of a
George RR
Martin novel,
with active
volcanoes jutting out of the
frozen wasteland. In part two
he visits a Putin-themed
restaurant in the industrial
city of Krasnoyarsk, staffed by
besotted young people who
think the Russian president is
“a jolly, interesting and
cheerful guy”, while
in Tuva he is
beguiled by the
otherworldly
sounds of the
Tuvan throat
singers. The final
part takes him
into the troubled
region of
Crimea. It’s an
eventful and
edifying
series. Joe
Clay
Variations
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
10.40pm Nolan Live 11.40 Anthony
Joshua: The Fight Of My Life 12.20am
Ambulance (r) 1.20-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
11.15pm Spotlight. Investigations into
social and political issues (r) 11.4512.15am Mock the Week (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
8.00pm-9.00 Council House Crackdown
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
8.00pm-9.00 Who Will Pick the Berries?
A Landward Special. The summer season
of 2017 in the berry fields of Scotland
● Channel As ITV London except:
12.40am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● STV As ITV London except:
10.30pm-11.20 Scotland Tonight 12.40am
Teleshopping 1.40 After Midnight 3.10
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Nightscreen 4.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
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11.15-12.20am Dylan ar Daith (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
True Grit (PG, 1969)
Film4, 1.15pm
John Wayne won his only Oscar for his portrayal of the portly,
one-eyed Rooster Cogburn in Henry Hathaway’s entertaining
and sprawling western-cum-buddy movie. The curmudgeonly
Cogburn is hired by a spirited teenage girl, Mattie (Kim Darby),
to find the man who killed her father; Cogburn, she has heard,
has “true grit”. They’re joined by a cocky young Texas Ranger, La
Boeuf (Glen “Rhinestone Cowboy” Campbell, who died in August).
Darby and Campbell are no match for Wayne, who burns them
both off the screen, whether gunning down the varmints or
drunkenly falling off his horse. (128min) Chris Bennion
Last Vegas (12, 2013)
Film4, 10.45pm
This is essentially The Hangover
with a hip replacement. Robert De
Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan
Freeman and Kevin Kline creak on
to Vegas’s strip to celebrate
Douglas’s stag do before his
nuptials to a much younger
woman. The undoubted talent of
the cast goes some way towards mitigating the mediocrity of
the material. As Sam, granted a free pass to philander by a wife
who is tired of his griping, Kline mugs for all he’s worth in an
attempt to spice up the drama. He’s so likeable you almost
forgive the fact that his character has only one joke. Freeman,
pictured with De Niro, matches Kline pratfall for pratfall, while
De Niro is the bereaved grouch. (105min) Wendy Ide
Cameraperson (15, 2016)
Film4, 12.55am
In this documentary the film-maker Kirsten Johnson has
created a resonant, revealing kaleidoscope of her life behind
the camera on films from Bosnian war documentaries to the
Edward Snowden film Citizenfour and a portrait of Jacques
Derrida. What matters is not a roving eye, but utter stillness, just
waiting in quiet empathy. Using wonky offcuts from finished
documentaries, Johnson reveals the dangers of filming an
al-Qaeda jail; the post-traumatic stress suffered by the interviewers
as well as the victims in thousands of cases of systematic rape;
and the balm, after the horror, of a sun-dappled blueberry
harvest in the hills beyond the atrocities. (102min) Kate Muir
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show 3.00 Escape to the Country.
Margherita Taylor goes house
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a £300,000 budget 3.45 Money for
Nothing. Sarah Moore salvages more
items from the Altrincham Recycling
Centre 4.30 Antiques Road Trip. Phil
Serrell and Roo Irvine head to an
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Quiz show with Alexander Armstrong
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Family Finders. Denise Wilson and
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3.15 Full Steam Ahead. How the
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Valuing items at Sheffield’s Cutlers’
Hall (r) 6.00 Eggheads. Quiz show
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Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.
Zoe Ball finds out the latest news
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6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women 1.30 ITV News; Weather 1.55
Regional News; Weather 2.00
Dickinson’s Real Deal. David Dickinson
and the dealers are on the hunt for
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Stelling hosts the quiz in which three
new contestants take on the reigning
champion, answering questions
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4.00 Tipping Point. Ben Shephard
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which contestants drop tokens down
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winning a £10,000 jackpot 5.00
The Chase. Quiz show hosted by
Bradley Walsh 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.20am The King of Queens (r) 6.45
The King of Queens (r) 7.10 The King
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Raymond (r) 8.05 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 9.05 Frasier (r) 9.35
Frasier (r) 10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (r) 11.00 Undercover
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Summary 12.05pm Come Dine with
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Four in a Bed. The contestants head
to Pickering, North Yorkshire 5.30
Steph and Dom’s One Star to Five
Star. Steph and Dom challenge the
owners to offer a seafood barbecue
6.00 The Simpsons. Milhouse’s
estranged parents consider a
reconciliation (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
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1.10 Access. Showbiz news and gossip
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that Ziggy and Brody are seeing each
other 1.45 Neighbours. Louise pushes
Hamish to set a departure date 2.20
NCIS. The team investigates the
deaths of a DJ and a naval officer (r)
3.15 FILM Lifetime of Lies (PG, TVM,
2016) A woman returns home for her
brother’s funeral and tries to unravel
the truth about his death. Mystery
starring Shenae Grimes-Beech 5.00
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pushes Hamish to set a departure
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discovers Ziggy and Brody are seeing
each other (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Boxer Anthony Joshua (10.45pm)
Saving Lives at Sea (8pm)
Clunes & Quentin: Doc Martin (9pm)
A Peak District Grand Design (9pm)
GPs: Behind Closed Doors (8pm)
7.00 The One Show Matt Baker and
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UK and big-name studio guests
7.00 Further Back in Time for
Dinner A family experiences life
at the turn of the 20th century,
and discover how the food
helped shape the modern
family. Giles Coren and Polly
Russell present (1/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Jai receives
devastating news, and Daz tries
to make a good impression
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.00 Britain by Bike with Larry &
George Lamb The father-andson duo head for the beach on
the Pembrokeshire coast. Larry
takes a tour of an Iron Age fort
and George tries part of the
Tour of Pembrokeshire (3/4) (r);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 Eat Well for Less? Gregg
Wallace and Chris Bavin head
to Derby to help a family of
fussy eaters who are stuck
in a rut with their eating and
shopping habits (5/8)
8.00 Saving Lives at Sea The
Lowestoft crew help a sailor
who does not want to be
rescued, and a Good Samaritan
is saved after trying to help a
dog which jumped into
the river Thames (11/12)
8.00 Bad Move Steve and Nicky
realise how much they are
missing their old lives (5/6)
8.00 Ugly House to Lovely House
with George Clarke New series.
George is joined by leading
architects to help transform
Britain’s most unloved houses
into desirable properties,
starting in Gloucestershire.
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A patient is treated by the
doctors as she is concerned
her neck-down paralysis may
be returning, and a former
world champion boxer visits
the surgery following a recent
defeat; then 5 News Update
9.00 The Apprentice This week,
Lord Sugar summons the
contestants to London’s new
Design Museum, where they
find out that they are to create,
programme and sell a robot.
See Viewing Guide
9.00 Army: Behind the New
Frontlines New series. A
documentary series going
behind-the-scenes in the British
Army, following soldiers as they
head into uncharted territory
and deal with threats across the
globe. See Viewing Guide (1/3)
9.00 Doc Martin Louisa has
problems at school, Mrs Tishell
seems to be having a delayed
onset of mourning, and Martin
and Louisa decide to try Mel’s
suggestions of amber beads to
help James while he is teething.
See Viewing Guide (5/8)
9.00 Grand Designs Ecologist Fred
and communications manager
Saffron Baker start building
work on their new family home
in a village in the Peak District
9.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
Agents Max and Steve head to
London to recover £21,000 in
unpaid court costs, and officers
Aron and Iain in Middlesex
have a writ of nearly £4,000
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired
Interview with the show’s
freshly rejected candidate (3/12)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather
10.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events, with Kirsty Wark
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.00 Trump and Russia: Sex,
Spies and Scandal Matt Frei
investigates one of the biggest
political scandals of our time,
and explores the alleged links
between Donald Trump and
Russia during his presidential
campaign. See Viewing Guide
10.00 Becky Watts: Killed for Kicks
The story behind the murder
of 16-year-old Becky Watts,
who was killed by her
stepbrother Nathan Matthews
and his 21-year-old partner
Shauna Hoare in Bristol in 2013
11.05 How to Get a Council House
Portsmouth housing officers
help a couple who were left
unable to pay their rent
when their housemate
moved out and the landlord
gave them notice (3/3) (r)
11.05 Notorious: The Philpott Fire: 5
Years On Documentary looking
at the aftermath of the house
fire set by Mick Philpott in May
2012 that killed six children,
which led to him being jailed
for life for manslaughter (r)
12.10am Educating Greater
Manchester (r) 1.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (r) 1.55 FILM Letters
to Juliet (PG, 2010) Romantic drama
(SL) 3.40 Best of Both Worlds (r) 4.35
Building the Dream (r) 5.30 Kirstie’s
Vintage Gems (r) 5.35 Countdown (r)
12.05am Killer Schoolgirl: Countdown
to Murder (r) 1.00 SuperCasino
3.10 The Nightmare Neighbour Next
Door (r) 4.00 Criminals: Caught on
Camera (r) (SL) 4.45 House Doctor
(r) (SL) 5.10 Divine Designs (r) (SL)
5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
10.45 Anthony Joshua: The Fight Of
My Life An insight into the life
of one of Britain’ss major
sporting superstars
11.25 Ambulance The paramedics
deal with the consequences of
Storm Doris, including people
trapped in a car by a fallen tree
and a 94-year-old blown over
feeding the birds (8/8) (r)
12.25am Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.30 BBC News
7.30 Coronation Street Billy
apologises to Peter for losing
his temper and Chesney
impresses Sinead
8.30 Coronation Street Billy’s loss
of control threatens his future,
and Anna causes a rift
between Phelan and Seb
10.45 After the News Discussion
on the issues of the day
11.15 Louis Theroux: Dark States:
Trafficking Sex Louis explores
the sex trade in Houston,
examining how the city has
become a major centre for
people trafficking (2/3) (r)
12.15am Sign Zone: Who Do You Think
You Are? Ruby Wax traces her family
tree, as she journeys to Europe to
learn more about her parents who
fled from Vienna to escape the Nazis.
(10/10) (r) (SL) 1.15-2.15 Astronauts: Do
You Have What It Takes? (r) (SL)
11.20 Uefa Champions League
Highlights A round-up of the
matchday three fixtures, which
included Chelsea v AS Roma,
Benfica v Manchester United,
and Bayern Munich v Celtic
12.40am Jackpot247. Viewers get
the chance to participate in live
interactive gaming from the comfort
of their 3.00 May the Best House Win.
Homeowners on the North Yorkshire
coast (r) (SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
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Wednesday 18 | Primetime digital guide
Hugh Hefner
Tony Palmer’s 1973
documentary about
the founder of Playboy
Sky Arts, 10pm
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 Pagans and Pilgrims:
Britain’s Holiest Places Why
some islands have become
holy retreats (5/6) (R)
8.00 Treasures of Chinese
Porcelain Lars Tharp
explores the enduring
popularity of Chinese
porcelain in European
auction houses (R)
9.00 Britain’s Lost Masterpieces
Dr Bendor Grosvenor and
Emma Dabiri investigate a
mysterious 16th century
portrait. Last in the series
10.00 Reformation Whilst in
hiding, and widely believed
to be dead, Martin Luther
translates the bible into
German, meaning that the
ordinary people can read it
11.30-12.30am The Renaissance
Unchained Waldemar
Januszczak examines the
chaotic climax of the period.
Last in the series (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote
A reveller is murdered at the
New Orleans Mardi Gras —
and suspicion falls on
Jessica’s cousin Calhoun (R)
8.00 Foyle’s War American GIs
arrive in Hastings to a mixed
welcome and Foyle is called
on to calm the locals. But his
attempts to soothe relations
are jeopardised when a
barmaid’s involvement with
a visiting soldier results in
murder, leading Foyle to
defy orders to keep the
peace and solve the case (R)
10.10-12.05am Lewis After a body
is found on an Oxford tour
bus, the detectives are led to
a country estate where
Hathaway spent much of his
childhood. When another
corpse is discovered,
Hathaway’s relationship with
Lewis is tested to breaking
point. Guest starring
Nathaniel Parker (R)
6.55pm Car SOS Tim Shaw and
Fuzz Townshend face a race
against time to restore a
1980s Porsche 911 suffering
from almost terminal rust (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud returns to view the
result of a couple’s project to
convert a farmhouse into a
luxurious eight-bedroom
chalet in the French ski
resort of Les Gets (R)
9.00 999: On the Frontline
Paramedics are called to a
custody suite to deal with an
aggressive prisoner, and a
team are sent to help a man
found unconscious
10.00 Obsessive Compulsive
Country House Cleaners
New series. Cleaners head to
a Regency mansion in
north-east Scotland
11.05-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E A
retired firefighter is treated
after being hit in the face
with a golf club (R)
6.15pm FILM The Core (12, 2003)
A team of scientists embarks
on a risky mission to save
the world from destruction
after the Earth’s core stops
spinning. Sci-fi thriller
starring Aaron Eckhart
9.00 FILM Dracula Untold (15,
2014) A Romanian knight
enters into a dangerous
bargain to gain supernatural
powers to defend his
homeland from invaders
— but the deal could cost
him his humanity. Fantasy
adventure with Luke Evans
10.45-12.55am FILM Last Vegas (12,,
2013) Four sixtysomething
friends decide to relive their
wild youth with a trip to Las
Vegas — but they find that
both the city and each other
have changed since their
glory days. Comedy, with
Michael Douglas, Robert De
Niro, Morgan Freeman and
Kevin Kline. See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Homer
suffers the consequences of
trying to copy a fire-eating
street performer (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Bart and Lisa
go to a new school (R)
8.00 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
New series. Return of the
superhero adventure
starring Brandon Routh
9.00 Stella Last-ever episode.
The day of Stella’s
graduation day arrives.
Last in the series
10.00 Sing: Ultimate a Cappella
Five more vocal groups
compete (2/7) (R)
11.05 The Simpsons Four locals
address their regrets (R)
11.30 The Simpsons Skinner
introduces an incentive to
make pupils behave (R)
12.00-1.00am A League of Their
Own: US Road Trip 2.0
Jamie, Jack and Andrew
race one another across
New York City (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Grissom and
Sara investigate the case of
an amateur ice-hockey
player killed in a match (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny and
Baez investigate the theft
of a famous car that was
driven by Steve McQueen in
a classic film. Elsewhere,
Erin clashes with Frank
when she takes sides
with her boss (R)
9.00 Ray Donovan Jay asks for a
secret meeting with Daryll,
and Ray and Terry put their
differences aside to try and
fix Bunchy’s problem
10.10 I’m Dying Up Here Goldie
forces Cassie to pick a side,
and a shocking event
changes everything.
Last in the series
11.25-12.40am The Sopranos
Johnny Sack suspects Tony
Blundetto was involved in
the Joey Peeps hit (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
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FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
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 Celebrity Showmance Kyle
has a wardrobe malfunction
10.00 Family Guy Brian writes a
play that becomes a hit in Quahog
10.30 Family Guy Quagmire
accidentally marries a prostitute
11.05 Family Guy Brian learns the
cure for cancer is being kept secret
11.30-12.05am American Dad!
7.00pm Pawn Stars
7.30 British Superbike
Championship Highlights The 12th
and final round of the season
9.00 FILM Renegades (18, 1989)
A Native American searching for a
stolen artefact teams up with an
undercover cop. Action adventure
starring Kiefer Sutherland
11.10-1.15am FILM Barb Wire (18,
1996) A leather-clad bounty hunter
becomes a fugitive in a fascist
future America. Sci-fi thriller
starring Pamela Anderson
7.00pm Hollyoaks Tony worries
about Harry’s whereabouts
7.30 Extreme Cake Makers A
gothic two-foot tall wedding cake
8.00 The Big Bang Theory Raj is
upset when Lucy runs away
8.30 The Big Bang Theory The
guys promote science for women
9.00 Don’t Tell the Bride A groomto-be plans a drive-in wedding
10.00 Naked Attraction
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am Rude Tube
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Queen Latifah guest stars
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 The Butcher Surgeon: Why
Wasn’t He Stopped? Profiling the
former surgeon Ian Paterson, who
performed needless operations
9.00 FILM Fifty Shades of Grey
(18, 2015) A naive young literature
student begins an affair with a
billionaire who harbours dark
desires. Erotic drama starring
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
11.35-12.35am Sex Pod
6.00pm FILM The Boy Who Stole a
Million (PG, 1960) Comedy
adventure starring Virgilio Teixeira
7.40 Rover Makes Good
8.00 A Family at War Michael
wrestles with his conscience
9.00 Gillian Hills Interview
9.25 Scotland Yard A tattoo is the
key to identifying a dismembered
body found in a canal
10.00-12.05am FILM Three Came
Home (U, 1950) Fact-based Second
World War drama with Claudette
Colbert and Patric Knowles
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Compo tries to become a celebrity
7.20 As Time Goes By Lionel gets
cold feet as the wedding nears
8.00 Inspector George Gently The
detective discovers a family is
hiding a shocking secret
10.00 New Tricks Strickland and
Jack break the rules to find out
why a soldier died in a medical trial
11.20 Birds of a Feather Sharon
and Tracey think supernatural
forces could be at work
12.00-12.30am The Bill
Yesterday
Spike
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
FSAT 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm WW2 Air Crash Detectives
Investigating the Turweston
Wellington Collision of July 8, 1944
8.00 Clare Balding’s Secrets of a
Suffragette The actions of activist
Emily Wilding Davison on the
occasion of the 1913 Epsom Derby
9.00 The Great War in Numbers
The key events of 1916
10.00 Open All Hours
10.40 Blackadder II
11.20 Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em
12.00-1.00am Clare Balding’s
Secrets of a Suffragette
7.00pm Police Interceptors
8.00 Nightmare Tenants, Slum
Landlords A letting agent who
broke into his clients’ house
9.00 FILM The Siege (15, 1998) An
FBI agent races to stop a terrorist
cell responsible for a series of
bombings. Thriller starring Denzel
Washington and Bruce Willis
11.00 The X-Files Scully goes
into hiding to give birth
12.00-1.00am The X-Files
Doggett’s investigation into
Director Kersh is jeopardised
7.00pm Top Gear James May
competes in a world rallycross race
8.00 Top Gear Winter Olympics
Special The presenters use cars to
compete in Winter Olympic events
9.00 Taskmaster Bob Mortimer
champions sausage meat
10.00 Dave Gorman: Modern Life
Is Goodish Dave invents a newish
game show and examines the
evolution of the Honey Monster
11.00 QI XL With Cal Wilson, Jack
Whitehall and Jimmy Carr
12.00-12.40am Would I Lie to You?
6.20pm Ultimate Restorations A
schooner built in 1885 is restored
7.50 Great Irish Journeys with
Martha Kearney Martha visits
places of power in Ireland
8.30 Great Irish Journeys with
Martha Kearney The Blasket
Islands off the coast of Kerry
9.10 Stauffenberg: The True Story
10.15 FBI Takedowns An IED is
found along a parade route in
Spokane, Washington
11.35-12.15am Great Irish Journeys
with Martha Kearney
7.00pm The Gardens of Pompeii
How the gardens played an
integral role in ancient Rome
8.00 Landscape Artist of the Year
2017 New series. Return of the
search for the nation’s best painter
9.00 Passions Julian Clary reveals
how Noel Coward inspired him
10.00 Tony Palmer’s The World of
Hugh Hefner Documentary from
1973 about the Playboy founder
11.00 Hollywood Censored
12.00-1.00am Landscape Artist of
the Year 2017 Return of the search
6.45pm My Kitchen Rules:
Australia Creating three different
dishes using the same meat
8.00 Children’s Hospital A twoyear-old with a dislocated elbow
8.30 Children’s Hospital A nineyear-old has a tumour removed
9.00 Criminal Minds A mass
murder occurs at an internet
security company
10.00 Criminal Minds A killer
targets the survivors of a massacre
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am Stalker
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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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 NCIS
10.00 Bull The legal consultant
places his business on the line
to take on a corrupt bank
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Fast N’ Loud Revved Up
8.00 Tanked
9.00 Robson Green: Ultimate
Catch The actor finds a shapeshifting octopus near Hawaii
10.00 Diesel Brothers The
mechanics of DieselSellers restore
used or broken-down trucks
11.00-1.00am Gold Rush
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Lost Ships of Rome
9.00 Roman Murder Mystery
10.00 Positive Energy New series.
Scientists working on new ways
of generating energy (1/3)
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Nazi
Megastructures
7.00pm Friends
8.00 Your Face or Mine
8.30 Lip Sync Battle
9.00 Impractical Jokers
10.00 Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up
Central With Tom Lucy
10.30 Bad Education
11.05 Joel & Nish vs the World
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers
7.00pm My Family Nick’s new
girlfriend raises eyebrows
7.40 Gavin & Stacey
8.20 Blackadder II
9.00 The Royle Family
9.40 The League of Gentlemen
10.20 Live at the Apollo
11.20 Gavin & Stacey
12.00-12.40am Blackadder II
7.00pm MasterChef Australia
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 Criminal Minds: Beyond
Borders A girl leaves home
10.00 Inside the Ambulance
11.00 Europe’s Dirty Drugs Secret:
Stacey Dooley Investigates
12.00-1.00am One Born Every
Minute Documentary
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Animation
Sky Action
Sky Select
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SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
5.35pm Fences (12, 2016) A
working-class dad struggles to
raise his family in the 1950s. Drama
starring Denzel Washington
8.00 Split (15, 2016) After being
abducted, three young women are
engaged in a fight for survival.
Thriller starring James McAvoy
10.00 Lolo (15, 2015) A Paris
fashionista’s scheming teenage
son threatens to derail her love life.
Dark comedy starring Julie Delpy
11.45-1.30am Let Her Out (15, 2016)
Horror starring Alanna LeVierge
5.45pm Ghost (12, 1990) A
murdered executive’s spirit enlists
the aid of a fraudulent psychic to
help his girlfriend bring his killer to
justice. Romantic fantasy starring
Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze
8.00 Forrest Gump (12, 1994)
A slow-witted man has a series of
bizarre adventures but the love of
his life constantly eludes him.
Comedy drama with Tom Hanks
10.25-12.25am Wild Things (18,
1998) Thriller starring Neve
Campbell and Denise Richards
7.00pm The Incredibles (U, 2004)
A superhero needs his wife and
children to rescue him. Animation
with the voice of Craig T Nelson
9.00 Blinky Bill: The Movie (PG,
2015) A koala embarks on an epic
adventure to find his missing
father. Animated adventure with
the voices of Billy Birmingham
10.30-12.15am Throne of Elves (PG,
2016) A young hero is drawn into a
conflict between an elf princess
and her rival. Animated fantasy
with the voice of Ashley Boettcher
7.00pm Hanna (12, 2011) A
teenage assassin travels the world
on a secret mission, pursued by the
CIA. Action thriller with Saoirse
Ronan and Cate Blanchett
9.00 Star Trek Beyond (12, 2016)
Kirk, Spock and the crew struggle
for survival on an alien planet. Sci-fi
adventure starring Chris Pine
11.05-12.55am Universal Soldier
(18, 1992) Two dead soldiers are
reanimated in a military
experiment. Sci-fi thriller with
Jean-Claude Van Damme
6.15pm Gran Torino (15, 2008) A
misanthropic Korean War veteran
is drawn into protecting a teenager
and his family from a street gang.
Drama starring Clint Eastwood
8.15 Born to Be Blue (15, 2015) The
musician Chet Baker tries to launch
a comeback. Drama starring Ethan
Hawke and Carmen Ejogo
10.00-12.05am Boys Don’t Cry (18,
1999) A man’s friends turn against
him when they learn that he is
anatomically a woman. Fact-based
drama starring Hilary Swank
Clare Balding profiles the
suffragette Emily Wilding
Davison (Yesterday, 8pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Radio 1
Manchester United take on
Benfica at the Estádio da Luz as
the group stage matches of the
Champions League continue.
The Portuguese side lost their
opening two matches, including
a 5-0 humbling to FC Basel, so
the Red Devils are favourites.
Chelsea welcome AS Roma to
Stamford Bridge (BT Sport 3,
7pm). The Blues beat Atlético
Madrid in their last match, with
Michy Batshuayi, pictured,
scoring a last-gasp winner. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
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9.00am LIVE One-Day
International Cricket: South
Africa v Bangladesh
4.00pm Sky Sports Today
5.00 Sky Sports News
7.00 Sky Sports Tonight
7.30 Gillette Soccer Special
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Through the Night
3.00am-6.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
Sky Sports
Premier League
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.33am 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 The Surgery with
Katie & Dr Radha 10.00 Huw
Stephens 1.00am Benji B
4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
11.00 EFL Championship
Play-Off Finals
12.00-1.00am Eredivisie
Round-Up
Sky Sports Cricket
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8.55am-4.00pm LIVE
One-Day International
Cricket: South Africa v
Bangladesh Coverage of the
second contest in the
three-match series
Sky Sports Golf
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9.00am PL Legends
9.30 PL Legends
10.00 Premier League Daily
11.00 The Debate
12.00 PL Review
1.00pm PL Legends
3.00 Premier League Review
4.00 Best PL Goals
7.00 Premier League World
7.30 Gillette Soccer Special
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Premier League World
11.30-12.30am Best PL Goals
Sky Sports Football
3.00am-6.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
BT Sport 1
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9.00pm-6.30 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Kremlin Cup
12.00 LIVE NBA: Washington
Wizards v Philadelphia 76ers
2.30am-5.00 LIVE NBA: San
Antonio Spurs v Minnesota
Timberwolves
BT Sport 2
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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 EFL Championship
Play-Off Finals
12.00 Revista De La Liga
12.30pm La Liga World
1.00 Championship
Season Reviews
2.00 Revista De La Liga
2.30 La Liga World
3.00 Football’s
Greatest Players
3.30 Football’s
Greatest Teams
4.00 Scottish Cup
Greatest Games
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 EFL Championship
Play-Off Finals
8.00 Revista De La Liga
8.30 La Liga World
9.00 EFL Derbies
9.30 EFL Greatest Games
10.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
Radio guide
9.00am-11.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The BGL BNP Paribas
Luxembourg Open
12.00-4.00pm LIVE WTA
Tennis: The BGL BNP Paribas
Luxembourg Open
4.45 LIVE UEFA Champions
League: Qarabag v Atletico
Madrid (Kick-off 5.00)
7.00-10.15 LIVE UEFA
Champions League: Benfica v
Manchester United
BT Sport 3
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1.00pm LIVE UEFA Youth
League: Chelsea U19s v AS
Roma U19s (Kick-off 1.00)
3.00-5.00 LIVE UEFA Youth
League: Bayern Munich U19s
v Celtic U19s (Kick-off 3.00)
7.00-10.15 LIVE UEFA
Champions League: Chelsea
v AS Roma (Kick-off 7.45)
Eurosport 1
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12.45pm-5.30 LIVE Snooker:
English Open Round two
from Barnsley Metrodome
6.45-10.00 LIVE
Snooker: English Open
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Paddy O’Connell
2.00pm Steve Wright 5.00
Simon Mayo 7.00 Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 Bruce Springsteen:
Long Walk Home 11.00 Little
Steven’s Underground Garage
(r) 12.00 Pick of the Pops (r)
2.00am Country 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:
Puccini
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Seong-jin Cho plays
Beethoven (Piano Sonata No 8
in C minor, Op 13 — Pathétique);
Chopin (Four Ballades: No 1 in
G minor, Op 23; No 2 in F, Op
38; No 3 in A flat, Op 47; and
No 4 in F minor, Op 52)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
The BBC NOW performs.
Glinka (Overture: Ruslan and
Ludmila); Shostakovich
(Cello Concerto No 1 in
E flat); and Rimsky
Korsakov (Sheherazade —
symphonic suite, Op 35)
3.30 Live Choral Evensong
From Gloucester Cathedral on
the Feast of Luke the
Evangelist. Introit: I Sat Down
Under His Shadow (Bairstow).
Responses: John Sanders.
Office Hymn: From Thee All
Skill and Science Flow
(Belgrave). Psalm 103 (Turle,
Walford Davies). First Lesson:
Isaiah 61 vv 1-6. Magnificat
(Finzi). Second Lesson:
Colossians 4 vv 7-18. Nunc
Dimittis for double choir
(Howells). Anthem: And I Saw a
New Heaven (Matthew Martin).
Hymn: Angel Voices Ever
Singing (Angel voices)
(descant — Andrew Carter).
Organ Voluntary: Come Sing
and Dance — Triptych in
Honour of Herbert Howells —
(first movement)
(David Bednall)
4.30 New Generation Artists
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert Kodaly
(Variations on a Hungarian
Folksong — The Peacock);
Britten (Piano Concerto); and
Stravinsky (The Firebird)
Today’s picks
Little Lifetimes
Radio 4, 11pm
It’s Miss Cavendish’s last day at
school. She won’t miss it. The
school isn’t what it used to be.
Once upon a time the smoke
was so thick in the staffroom
that you only knew who was on
the other side of it because you
could hear them coughing. As
she dryly observes: “There’s no
smoking now. It’s all cafetières and NutriBullets, and Mr
Jessop (physics) has filled the windowsill with succulents.”
Miss Cavendish has no time for such things — nor for psalms,
personal notes on the noticeboard, or a colour she describes
as “hen-party pink”. This is written by the comedian and
author Jenny Eclair, pictured. Eclair, perhaps because of her
hair, can make you feel nervous that you might be about to
find yourself in the presence of zaniness, but this is closely
observed and excellent. Performed perfectly by Vicki
Pepperdine. Catherine Nixey
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: Stories That
Sing With David Threlfall
11.00 Late Junction
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
8.31 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 The Gamble
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 15 Minute Drama: Ten
Days That Shook the World
By John Reed (8/10)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.41 the Book of
the Week: How to Be
Champion by Sarah Millican
10.55 The Listening Project
11.00 The British Road to
Bolshevism (r)
11.30 Mrs Sidhu Investigates:
Murder with Masala
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
12.04 50 Things That Made
the Modern Economy
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 How to Have a
Better Brain (r)
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: One Horizon
By Jeremy Hylton Davies
3.00 Money Box Live
3.30 Inside Health (r)
4.00 Thinking Allowed
4.30 The Media Show
5.00 PM
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Andy Hamilton Sort
of Remembers. See Choice
7.00 The Archers Kate
tries to do the right thing
7.15 Front Row
7.45 15 Minute Drama: Ten
Days That Shook the World (r)
8.00 The Moral Maze
8.45 Why I Changed My Mind
9.00 Costing the Earth (r)
9.30 The Gamble (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: Ian
Rankin — The Deathwatch
Journal Crime serial
11.00 Little Lifetimes.
See Choice
11.15 The Hauntening
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
How to Be Champion
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Andy Hamilton
Sort of Remembers
Radio 4, 6.30pm
Given the way that Andy
Hamilton talks on The News
Quiz — staking out his
political territory somewhere
to the left of Trotsky — you’d
imagine that he’d been
brought up by wolves, or
possibly suckled by
Politburo officials in Moscow.
Naturally, he was brought up
in that hotbed of left-wing
thought, Fulham (average
house price £1 million), then
went to read English at
Cambridge University. Here
he looks back on 40 years
of life and comedy, and, one
assumes, being a Trot. CN
9.00 Home Sweet Home 9.15
Art & Gadg 10.00 Comedy
Club: John Shuttleworth
10.30 The Harpoon 10.55 The
Interview 11.00 Bridget
Christie Minds the Gap 11.30
At Home with the Snails
BBC World Service
Digital only
6.00am The Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast 10.00 Jim
White 1.00pm Hawksbee and
Jacobs 4.00 Darren Gough
7.00 Live Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1.00am Extra Time
9.00am News 9.06
Documentary 10.00 World
Update 11.00 Newsroom
11.30 Documentary 12.00
News 12.06pm Outlook 1.00
Newsroom 1.30 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 Newsroom
7.30 Sport Today 8.00 News
8.06 HARDtalk 8.30
Healthcheck 9.00 Newshour
10.00 News 10.06 Compass
10.30 Documentary 11.00
Newsroom 11.20 Sports News
11.30 Business 12.00 News
12.06am Documentary 1.00
News 1.06 Business Matters
2.00 News 2.06 Newsroom
2.30 Documentary 3.00
News 3.06 The Inquiry
3.30 The Food Chain 4.00
News 4.06 Outlook
Radio 4 Extra
6 Music
Digital only
Digital only
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Hancock’s Half Hour 9.00 Say
the Word 9.30 Winston 10.00
Alexander 11.00 Home Sweet
Home 11.15 Art & Gadg 12.00
The Navy Lark 12.30pm
Hancock’s Half Hour 1.00 You
Came Back 1.30 Caught on
Film 2.00 Jane Eyre 2.15 A
Week at the Pitt Rivers 2.30
Daunt and Dervish 2.45 A
Biography of Mata Hari 3.00
Alexander 4.00 Say the Word
4.30 Winston 5.00 Electric
Ink 5.30 John Shuttleworth’s
Lounge Music 6.00 625Y
6.30 Musical Genes 7.00 The
Navy Lark 7.30 Hancock’s Half
Hour 8.00 You Came Back
8.30 Caught on Film
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe and
Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 7.00 Marc Riley 9.00
Gideon Coe 12.00 6 Music
Recommends 1.00am From
Edison to iTunes: A History of
the Record Label
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 5 Live Daily 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 6.30 5 Live Sport 7.45
Live Champions League
Football 2017-18 10.00 5 Live
Football Social 10.30 Phil
Williams 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
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Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 Bill
Turnbull 1.00pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics 8.00
The Full Works Concert
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Emma Nelson
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Critic’s choice
Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine
ITV, 9pm
Gordon Ramsay has come
across cocaine a lot in his
career. “I’ve been served it,”
he reveals. “I’ve been given it.
I’ve had my hand shaken and
left with little wraps of foil.
I’ve been asked to dust
cocaine on top of
soufflés . . . coke’s
everywhere.” Global cocaine
use is spiralling out of
control, but, according to
Ramsay, “no one wants to
talk about it, but they all
want to f***ing snort it”.
Except for Ramsay, despite
the clickbait title. That
statement sets the tone for
this powerful offering in ITV’s
Crime and Punishment
season. Once the drug of
choice for millionaires,
cocaine is Britain’s favourite
class-A drug. Thirty tonnes of
it are consumed in the UK
every year, more than in any
other country in Europe. Chefs
have become notorious for
using cocaine owing to the
high-pressure nature of their
jobs, with many needing an
artificial pick-me-up to get
them through yet another a
gruelling late-night shift. It’s
the industry’s “dirty little
secret”. However, Ramsay
also has a personal interest —
in 2003 David Dempsey, the
head chef at Ramsay’s
flagship Chelsea restaurant,
died as a result of taking
cocaine. In the first of a
two-parter, Ramsay delves
into the world of cocaine,
inspecting the toilets of his
own staff kitchens for signs
of use; going on patrol with
officers in Bournemouth; and
travelling to the source in the
jungles of South America,
where he witnesses the
cocaine-making process
first-hand. “I’ve cooked some
serious shit in my life,” he
says, “but nothing quite on
this level. It’s like something
out of f***ing Harry Potter.”
Joe Clay
Further recommendations
Dramas portraying the havoc wreaked by the cocaine business
include Snowfall (BBC Two, Sundays/iPlayer) and Narcos (Netflix)
The Ganges
BBC One, 9pm
The well-known potamologist
Sue Perkins travels down the
“rather pungent” Ganges, all
1,500 miles of it. Perkins
confesses to having had “a
horrible year” preceding this
trip (she later reveals her
father has died) and is hoping
the journey will prove cathartic.
She starts with a trek to the
river’s source, high in the
Himalayas, where she struggles
with altitude sickness and an
outpouring of previously
suppressed grief. “Pilgrimages
aren’t supposed to be easy,”
says an emotionally wrungout Perkins. Yet her spirits are
continually lifted by the
people she encounters. JC
Catch
up
Barbie: The Most Famous
Doll in the World
channel4.com, to
November 3
Barbie remains the
most popular doll
on the planet and
at 58 she’s still
looking
remarkably
youthful.
Mary Portas
presents this
documentary,
which looks
at the origins
of a doll that
H is for Hawk:
A New Chapter
Three Books that
Changed a Nation
Bad Habits,
Holy Orders
Films of the day
BBC Two, 9pm
BBC Four, 9pm
Channel 5, 10pm
Film4, 12.25pm
Helen Macdonald’s 2014
memoir H is for Hawk detailed
the year she spent training a
goshawk, Mabel, after the
sudden death of her father.
Ten years since her father
died and five years since the
death of Mabel, this magical
edition of Natural World
follows Macdonald as she
trains a new goshawk; one that
won’t be “a solution to my grief,
but my wings to somewhere
new”. We’re with Macdonald as
she embarks on the “terrifying”
prospect of learning to live
with a creature that is “half
dragon, half leopard”. JC
Tyndale’s New Testament, The
Book of Common Prayer and
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs are no
longer commonly recognised
titles. Yet for more than 400
years these works formed the
backbone of British life. Their
words shaped the English
language, fuelled religious
division and sparked wars. To
mark the 500th anniversary
of the Reformation, Dr Nina
Ramirez tells the story of the
three books that defined this
radical religious revolution in
England, formed its protestant
identity and “changed the
soul of the nation”. JC
This is one of those
programmes that sounds
like trash, but is actually a
worthwhile experiment. Five
young women whose lives are
a whirl of booze, casual sex
and social media are sent to
the Convent of the Sacred
Heart in Swaffham, Norfolk,
to see if a period of quiet
contemplation can make a
difference. Under the guidance
of Catholic nuns, the girls are
set tasks that challenge their
beliefs. No one’s expecting
them to join the sisterhood,
but can the experience prove
a catalyst for change? JC
has had more than 150
different jobs and outlived six
American presidents (she
once ran for office) and
considers what the future
holds for the blonde
bombshell — one billion sales
and rising. Body image,
gender-neutral toys and
g
social roles are
pondered, while Portas
interviews three to fiveyear-olds at their school.
“Do you think Barbie can
last another 60
years?”
two young
y
girls
g are asked.
“No, she’s going
to die!” they
announce
gleefully.
Catherine
Pearson
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
8.00pm Thief Trackers (r) 8.30 Children’s
Ward 9.00-10.00 Valley Cops
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
7.00pm-8.00 Crackdown 9.00-10.00 The
Ganges 11.15-12.15am H is for Hawk
● 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:
11.15pm Political Broadcast 11.20 Snowfall
(r) 12.10am-12.15 Wild on Water (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
8.00pm Eat Well for Less? 9.00-10.00
The Country Council
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
7.00pm Saving Lives at Sea 8.00 H is for
Hawk 9.00-10.00 Big Family Cooking
● Channel As ITV London except:
11.15pm-11.45 The Last Word 12.45am3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Anglia As ITV London except:
11.15pm-11.45 Anglia Late Edition
● ITV Border/Tyne Tees As ITV London
except: 11.15pm-11.45 Around the House
● ITV Central As ITV London except:
11.15pm-11.45 Central Lobby
● ITV Granada As ITV London except:
11.15pm-11.45 The Granada Debate
● ITV Meridian As ITV London except:
11.15pm-11.45 The Last Word
● ITV Wales As ITV London except:
11.15pm-11.45 Australian Wilderness
● ITV West/Westcountry As ITV London
except: 11.15pm-11.45 Debate
● ITV Yorkshire As ITV London except:
11.15pm-11.45 Last Orders
● STV As ITV London except:
11.10pm-11.45 As Seen on ITV (r) 12.45am
Teleshopping 1.45 After Midnight 3.20
Tonight (r) 3.45 ITV Nightscreen 4.35
Jeremy Kyle 5.30-6.00 Teleshopping
● UTV As ITV London except:
11.15pm-11.45 Australian Wilderness (r)
12.45am Shopping 1.45-3.00 Nightscreen
● S4C 2.00pm News 2.05 Prynhawn
Da 3.00 News 3.05 Gwlad Moc (r) 3.30
Gwlad Moc (r) 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00
Stwnsh 5.05 Pigo Dy Drwyn 5.35 Dennis a
Dannedd (r) 5.45 Rygbi Pawb 6.00 News
6.05 Cwpwrdd Dillad (r) 6.30 Tân (r) 7.00
Heno 7.30 Rownd a Rownd 8.00 Pobol y
Cwm 8.25 Celwydd Noeth 9.00 News
9.30 Nigel Owens 10.00 Hansh 10.30
’Sgota gyda Julian Lewis Jones (r)
11.00-11.35 Low Box (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (PG, 1965)
While Tom Hiddleston and The Night Manager made John le
Carré material feel like James Bond, this 1965 Le Carré
adaptation was working actively against 007’s glamorous thrills
and spills. We’re in classic, seedy espionage circles here as
Richard Burton’s washed-out operative is hung out to dry
(although, ironically, there’s nothing dry about his boozy Alec
Leamas) by his seniors in the West Berlin office. As he hits the
skids, he’s picked up by the East Germans as a potential defector.
Cross, double-cross and triple-cross ensue against a grey and
grimy Berlin background. (112min) Chris Bennion
The Broken Circle
Breakdown (15, 2013)
Film4, 1.05am
This Belgian melodrama tells of
the instant connection between
two different people. Elise runs a
tattoo shop; Didier plays banjo in a
bluegrass band. They have
fundamental spiritual differences
(he’s an atheist, she isn’t), but
despite that, they fall into a passionate relationship. It’s one that
plays out through the music, which is an integral part of their
lives and the film. Then a tragedy strikes their family — their
six-year-old daughter has cancer diagnosed — and nothing is
the same again. It’s a wrenching drama that is elevated by the
honesty of the performances — Veerle Baetens and Johan
Heldenbergh, pictured, are excellent. (111min) Wendy Ide
The Host (12, 2013)
Film4, 6.35pm
If the studio behind The Host was hoping that this big-budget
adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer novel would re-create the
success of her Twilight series, it was to be sorely disappointed.
This romantic science-fiction movie barely recouped its budget
at the box office. Part of the problem is that the premise — the
human race has been taken over by parasitic aliens called
“souls” — lacks the elegant simplicity of Twilight’s vampire/
human forbidden love. The always-excellent Saoirse Ronan plays
Melanie Stryder, a human who is infused with a soul called
Wanderer. Melanie survives and battles for control of her body
in a film that is easy-to-watch popcorn fodder. (125min) WI
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hosted by Rick Edwards 3.00 Escape
to the Country. Jules Hudson helps a
couple looking to move to the Norfolk
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Road Trip. Arusha Irvine and Philip
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hosted by Alexander Armstrong 6.00
BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30
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Restoration Home. A couple
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50-year search for a missing sibling
3.15 Full Steam Ahead. The historians
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4.15 Wild Shepherdess with Kate
Humble. Alpaca herders in southern
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Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.
Ian Waite examines more of the
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6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. The wildlife television
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Dickinson’s Real Deal. David Dickinson
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The Chase. Quiz show hosted by
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2.10 Countdown 3.00 Find It, Fix It,
Flog It 4.00 My Kitchen Rules. Sisters
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compete 5.00 Four in a Bed. The final
stay is in Northborough 5.30 Steph
and Dom’s One Star to Five Star. The
owners are challenged to improve the
Dalehurst guest house’s kerb appeal
6.00 The Simpsons. Marge buys
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6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
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12.15 The Hotel Inspector Returns (r)
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1.15 Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours
2.15 NCIS. Abby becomes personally
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FILM Fatal Friends (15, TVM, 2015)
A quiet teenage musician befriends a
new student — only for things to take
a sinister turn when her pal shows
signs of being possessive. Thriller
starring Kirsten Prout and Jamie
Luner 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30
Neighbours. Mark is called to the
hospital to help track down a contact
for Louise (r) 6.00 Home and Away.
Hunter organises a launch party for
Olivia’s website, but Raffy’s drinks are
spiked (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
The Ganges with Sue Perkins (9pm)
Alpacas in southern Peru (4.15pm)
For the Love of Dogs (8.30pm)
Headteacher Mr Povey (9pm)
Bad Habits, Holy Orders (10pm)
7.00 The One Show Topical stories
from around the UK
7.00 Emmerdale Lawrence arouses
suspicion, Daz plays the hero,
and Jai is in denial
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 EastEnders Stacey and Martin
struggle with the severity of
their baby’s condition
7.00 Further Back in Time for
Dinner The Robshaw family
enters the 1910s and the First
World War turns their lives
upside down, putting Rochelle
back in the kitchen instead of
servant Debbie (2/6) (r)
7.00 Police Interceptors Rick
Edwards and Ortis Deley join
officers from Durham and
Cleveland as they tackle the
difficult night shift, finding out
the sorts of incidents dealt with
between 7pm and 7am (6/12)
(r); followed by 5 News Update
8.00 Council House Crackdown
Local authority housing
investigators confront rogue
tenants, including a highearning executive fraudulently
claiming a two-bedroom
council home (2/3)
8.00 The Big Family Cooking
Showdown Zoe Ball and Nadiya
Hussain present the second
semi-final, which sees three
more teams trying to impress
judges Rosemary Shrager and
Giorgio Locatelli (10/12)
8.00 Emmerdale Lawrence is left
reeling, Jai opens up, and
Dan loses his temper
8.00 The Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick
treats a six-year-old shih-tzu
which can barely walk due to
the severe arthritis in its hip
and a Labrador suffering
osteoarthritis in all four legs
8.00 The Nightmare Neighbour
Next Door Warring families in
Sunderland, a noisy neighbour
who shattered a couple’s peace
in the Cotswolds and a
trouble-causing dog breeder
from Nottinghamshire (3/11);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 The Ganges with Sue Perkins
New series. The comedian
embarks on a journey along the
river, starting out from its
source in the Himalayas and
joining various festivities and
holy ceremonies along the way.
See Viewing Guide (1/3)
9.00 H is for Hawk: A New Chapter:
Natural World Helen
Macdonald, the author of 2014
memoir H Is for Hawk, returns
to the world of the goshawk,
training a new bird and
following a wild goshawk family
at the nest. See Viewing Guide
9.00 Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine
The chef Gordon Ramsay
investigates the cocaine trade,
seeing how the drug is made
and witnessing the arrest of
couriers on their way to a deal.
See Viewing Guide (1/2)
9.00 Educating Greater Manchester
The mock exams prove
disappointing, so the staff do
everything they can to bring
the children up to scratch, and a
Year 8 student has a fight in the
corridor. Last in the series
9.00 Rich House, Poor House
New series. Families from
Royal Wootton Bassett and
Southampton, each from
opposite ends of the wealth
divide, swap homes and
budgets for a week to see how
the other half lives (1/4)
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 MOTD: The Premier League
Show Magazine programme
featuring news and highlights
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events with Emily Maitlis
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.00 The Great British Bake Off: An
Extra Slice Jo Brand is joined by
famous fans to discuss how the
competitors fared with the
Forgotten Bakes week (8/10)
10.00 Bad Habits, Holy Orders New
series. Documentary in which
five party girls move into a
Catholic convent for four
weeks of spiritual guidance
— and they begin by trying to
smuggle in some vodka.
See Viewing Guide (1/4)
10.45 Question Time David Dimbleby
chairs the topical debate from
Dunstable in Bedfordshire,
where the Labour MP Liz
Kendall and Simon Wolfson, the
chief executive of Next, are
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11.45 This Week Andrew Neil
introduces a 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
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Noreena Hertz meets some
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8.30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love
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abandoned Dalmatian cross
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10.40After the News Nick Ferrari is
joined by high-profile guests
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11.45 Uefa Europa League Highlights
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1.15-2.15 This Farming Life. Stevie and
Eddie try to save a buffalo calf (r) (SL)
12.45am Jackpot247 3.00 Work ’Til
You Drop? Tonight. Noreena Hertz
meets pensioners who are still in
employment, investigating the
economic impact of an ageing
workforce (r) 3.25 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
10.50 George Michael: Freedom A
documentary narrated by the
singer-songwriter charting his
life and career, focusing on the
period around the release
of his 1990 album Listen
without Prejudice Vol 1 (r)
12.45am George Michael: Live in
London. Footage from two shows at
Earls Court in August 2008 (r) 1.50
The Supervet (r) 2.50 Trump and
Russia: Sex, Spies and Scandal (r) 3.45
Grand Designs Australia (r) 4.40 Best
of Both Worlds (r) 5.35 Countdown (r)
11.05 Celebrity Botched Up Bodies
Alex Reid has surgery on his
nose to help his breathing,
while Geordie Shore’s Marnie
Simpson discusses how her
breast enhancement went
badly wrong (7/10) (r)
12.00 SuperCasino. Live interactive
gaming 3.10am The Hotel Inspector
(r) 4.00 Criminals: Caught on Camera
(r) (SL) 4.25 Criminals: Caught
on Camera (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Divine Designs (r)
(SL) 5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
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2 Broke Girls
Thursday 19 | Primetime digital guide
Kat Dennings and Beth
Behrs star in the seventh
season of the sitcom
E4, 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
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 Top of the Pops: 1984 Music
by the Cars, Paul McCartney,
the Stranglers, Adam Ant
and Stevie Wonder (R)
8.00 The Hidden Killers of the
Tudor Home Suzannah
Lipscomb explores
the hidden dangers
of Tudor homes (R)
9.00 England’s Reformation:
Three Books that Changed
a Nation Texts that defined
the religious revolution.
See Viewing Guide
10.00 Reformation: Europe’s Holy
War How the Protestant
Reformation unleashed
terror and holy war (R)
11.00 The Mystery of Rome’s X
Tomb A grave in Rome’s
catacombs containing more
than 2,000 skeletons (R)
12.00-12.40am Top of the Pops:
1984 Shown earlier (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
investigates the theft of a
painting and the death of a
friend’s daughter (R)
8.00 Foyle’s War A local woman
is killed when an experiment
in biological warfare goes
tragically wrong. Sam also
falls victim to a potentially
fatal illness as a result of the
project. Foyle is forced to
head into the most secretive
and dangerous areas of
wartime research,
unearthing secrets that
cannot be revealed even to
the prime minister (R)
10.10-12.05am Lewis Hathaway
and Lewis struggle to
determine whether a death
during a college-based
clinical trial for a new
antidepressant was murder
or suicide, and receive little
assistance from the
institution’s evasive
psychiatric professor (R)
6.55pm Car SOS Fuzz Townshend
and Tim Shaw travel to
Cornwall in a bid to restore a
run-down Triumph Herald
that has been housed in a
garage for five years (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud returns to rural
Wales to visit a couple who
had a dream of turning
their cottage into an
eco-friendly farmhouse (R)
9.00 Richard Wilson’s Highland
Fling The actor explores the
Highlands and islands of his
native Scotland in grand
style, from travelling by rail
on the Belmond Royal
Scotsman to cruising on the
Hebridean Princess
10.00 The Handmaid’s Tale Offred
is interrogated about her
knowledge of Ofglen (R)
11.10-12.15am 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown With Johnny
Vegas, Sara Pascoe and
Claudia Winkleman (R)
6.35pm FILM The Host (12, 2013)
Earth is invaded by parasitic
aliens which possess
humans, but one of the
creatures discovers the
consciousness of her host
has not been fully repressed
and falls in with a human
resistance group. Sci-fi
adventure with Saoirse
Ronan. See Film Choice
9.00 FILM Parkland (15, 2013)
The aftermath of the
Kennedy assassination is
explored from the point of
view of various people
affected by it. Fact-based
drama starring Paul
Giamatti and Zac Efron
10.50-1.05am FILM Lawless (18,
2012) Three brothers
running a Depression-era
bootlegging operation
come under threat from a
corrupt sheriff. Crime drama
starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom
Hardy and Jason Clarke
7.00pm The Simpsons Norwegian
immigrants look for work in
Springfield (R)
7.30 The Simpsons There is a
death in Springfield (R)
8.00 Arrow New series. Oliver
deals with the fallout from
the explosion. Return of the
superhero adventure
starring Stephen Amell
9.00 A League of Their Own With
Bradley Wiggins, Jimmy
Carr and Sara Cox (6/9)
10.00 The Russell Howard Hour
Topical comedy and
entertainment show (5/14)
11.00 The Simpsons A radiation
leak at the nuclear plant
causes snow to fall, just in
time for Christmas (R)
11.30 The Simpsons Mr Burns
buys his employees hi-tech
specs to spy on them (R)
12.00-1.00am A League of Their
Own With Aaron Ramsey,
Romesh Ranganathan
and Kate Abdo (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Four Buddhist
monks are murdered and
the team grows suspicious
of evidence at the scene (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny and his
family are threatened by the
killer Thomas Wilder (R)
9.00 Tin Star Whitey and Anna
grow closer, as Angela calls
on Jack to finish what she
asked for. Elsewhere,
Elizabeth uncovers a
dreadful event (7/10)
10.05 Vice Principals Gamby’s
search for his shooter
leads him into a novelist’s
graduate-school class (3/9)
10.40 Room 104 A visitor in Room
104 seeks advice about
marital troubles (4/12)
11.15 Last Week Tonight with
John Oliver A satirical look
at news and pop culture (R)
11.50-12.30am Curb Your
Enthusiasm Larry seeks
advice from a writer (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 144
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 Funniest Ever You’ve
Been Framed! Gold Highlights
from the home video show
8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Two and a Half Men Alan is
encouraged to update his look
9.00 Bromans The citizens visit a
Roman launderette, and training
for the Games intensifies
10.00 Celebrity Juice Comedy
quiz hosted by Keith Lemon
10.50 Family Guy
11.15 Family Guy
11.45-12.15am Family Guy
6.55pm Pawn Stars Corey checks
out a vintage cash register
7.20 Pawn Stars The guys haggle
over a valuable teddy bear
7.45 Hornblower The seafaring
hero saves the Renown from
seemingly certain disaster, but
ends up charged with mutiny
10.00-12.40am FILM GoldenEye
(12, 1995) James Bond goes in
pursuit of a satellite weapon that
has fallen into the hands of a
criminal mastermind. Adventure
starring Pierce Brosnan
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 Extreme Cake Makers
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory Leonard
gives an embarrassing interview
9.00 2 Broke Girls New series. Max
deals with her break-up with Randy
9.30 GameFace Marcella’s brother
Billy comes out of rehab
10.00 The Inbetweeners
10.30 The Inbetweeners
11.00 The Big Bang Theory
11.30 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.00am Rude Tube
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Ashley is bullied at school
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 Dance Moms Part one of two.
The elites leave for rival Erin Babbs
9.00 The Shannara Chronicles
New series. The re-emergence of
magic has terrified the populace of
the Four Lands (1/10)
10.00 Star The band try to raise
funds to pay Derek’s bail (8/12)
11.00-1.00am FILM Taxi (12, 2004)
Comedy adventure remake
starring Queen Latifah
6.00pm FILM My Brother’s Keeper
(PG, 1948) Melodrama starring
Jack Warner and George Cole
7.45 FILM Paul Temple’s Triumph
(U, 1950) Mystery starring John
Bentley and Dinah Sheridan
9.25 Scotland Yard The police go
in search of a fraudster
10.00 FILM What’s Good for the
Goose (PG, 1969) Comedy starring
Norman Wisdom and Sally Geeson
12.00-1.55am FILM Seven Days to
Noon (PG, 1950) Thriller starring
Barry Jones and Andre Morell
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Foggy tries to defy his age
7.20 As Time Goes By Judith’s new
romance seems to have problems
8.00 Rizzoli & Isles A body is
linked to a serial killer
9.00 New Tricks New evidence
sheds light on a criminal’s death
10.00 New Tricks Brian enters an
addiction centre run by monks
11.20 Birds of a Feather Garth’s
ex-girlfriend provides Sharon and
Tracey with some choice gossip
12.00-12.30am The Bill
Yesterday
Spike
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
FSAT 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm World War II: The Price of
Empire History of the conflict
8.00 Secrets of Britain Exploring
the history of Scotland Yard
9.00 Murder Maps Nicholas Day
examines a gruesome 1949 murder
10.00 Open All Hours Arkwright
advertises for a housekeeper
10.40 Blackadder II A bloodthirsty
bishop menaces Edmund
11.20 Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em
Frank causes carpentry chaos
12.00-1.00am Secrets of Britain
The history of Scotland Yard
7.00pm Cowboy Builders A prolific
rogue trader first investigated by
the programme in 2011
8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
An agent is physically assaulted
9.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away
The agents chase up £3,000
10.00 Nightmare Tenants, Slum
Landlords Tenants leave a landlord
behind with his mortgage
11.00 The X-Files Part two of two.
The hybrid seeks Doggett’s help
12.00-1.00am Conspiracy: Drugs,
Punk & Death Outrageous stories
7.00pm Top Gear Richard
Hammond meets a rally team
made up of amputees
8.00 QI XL With David Mitchell,
Noel Fielding and Holly Walsh
9.00 Red Dwarf The team is
arrested by the Mechanoid
Intergalactic Liberation Front
9.40 Zapped Brian takes a crash
course in magic from Howell
10.20 Red Dwarf Rimmer is
tortured by his imagination
11.00 Red Dwarf
11.40-12.20am Would I Lie to You?
6.35pm Building the Alaska
Highway A 1,500-mile highway
through forbidding territory
7.50 Life’s Rocky Start A theory
that rocks played a crucial role in
the emergence of life
9.00 Lawrence of Arabia Part one
of two. TE Lawrence’s life, from
his beginnings in Wales to his
recruitment by British intelligence
10.15 Lawrence of Arabia
Conclusion. Lawrence cements
Arab control in Damascus
11.35-12.50am Life’s Rocky Start
7.00pm Landscape Artist of the
Year 2017 Return of the search for
the nation’s best landscape painter
8.00 Discovering: Albert Finney
9.00 The History of Comedy The
fight against censorship
10.00 Urban Myths: Samuel
Beckett and Andre the Giant
Comedy starring David Threlfall
10.30 Halloween Comedy Shorts
Part one of two. A collection of
chilling comedy shorts
11.30-12.30am Tony Palmer’s
The World of Hugh Hefner
6.45pm My Kitchen Rules:
Australia The teams try to turn
culinary disasters into successes
8.00 Children’s Hospital
8.30 Children’s Hospital
9.00 Law & Order True Crime: The
Menendez Murders Drama about
the 1996 US murder case
10.00 How to Get Away with
Murder Annalise and the Keating 4
see how far they will go to save
themselves. Last in the series
11.00 Stalker
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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SKY 526, VIRGIN 266, BT 327
SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
SKY 110, VIRGIN 124, BT 310
SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS A forged rare
painting is connected to the
murder of a Navy lieutenant
8.00 NCIS A thief’s body is found
in a US Marine’s home
9.00 Lucifer The fallen angel
experiences a bout of jealousy
10.00 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Fast N’ Loud Revved Up
8.00 Robson Green: Extreme
Fisherman Catching grouper fish
9.00 Ed Stafford: Left for Dead
10.00 Naked and Afraid
11.00 Garage Rehab
12.00-1.00am Ed Stafford: Left for
Dead Tackling the Darien Gap in
Panama. Last in the series
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
The crash of United Airlines Flight
232 on Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989
8.00 Border Wars
9.00 Drugs Inc: Best Of
10.00 Drugs Inc
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Nazi
Megastructures
7.00pm Friends
8.00 Friends
9.00 FILM Step Brothers (15,
2008) Comedy starring Will
Ferrell and John C Reilly
11.00 Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up
Central With Tom Lucy
11.30-12.05am Russell Howard’s
Good News First aired in 2012
7.00pm Fawlty Towers
7.45 One Foot in the Grave
8.25 dinnerladies
9.00 The Office A staff training day
turns into a sing-song
9.40 Little Britain
10.20 Live at the Apollo
11.20 One Foot in the Grave
12.00-12.40am dinnerladies
7.00pm MasterChef Australia
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 John Bishop: In Conversation
with John Cleese The comedian
discusses success in America
10.00 Inside the Ambulance
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am One Born Every
Minute Documentary
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Animation
Sky Action
Sky Select
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SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.00pm Split (15, 2016) A man with
multiple personalities abducts
three young women. Thriller
starring James McAvoy.
8.00 Fences (12, 2016) A
working-class dad tries to raise his
family in the 1950s, while coming
to terms with the events of his life.
Drama starring Denzel Washington
10.25-12.10am My Father Die (18,
2016) A deaf mute waits almost
two decades to get his hands on
his abusive father. Action drama
starring Joe Anderson
5.25pm Bowfinger (12, 1999)
Comedy starring Steve Martin
7.15 Groundhog Day (PG, 1993) An
obnoxious television weatherman
is made to relive the same day over
and over again. Comedy with Bill
Murray and Andie MacDowell
9.00 Bad Boys (18, 1995) Two
detectives swap identities as they
hunt for drugs. Action thriller with
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence
11.10-12.50am Hot Shots! Part
Deux (PG, 1993) Spoof action
movie sequel with Charlie Sheen
6.10pm Wreck-It Ralph (PG, 2012)
A video game villain looks for the
chance to be a hero. Animation
with the voice of John C Reilly
8.00 Trolls (U, 2016) A pair of
fuzzy-headed trolls embark on a
daring rescue mission. Animation
with the voice of Anna Kendrick
9.40 The Dragon Spell (U, 2016)
Animated fantasy featuring the
voice of Viktor Andrienko
11.15-1.00am Capture the Flag (PG,
2015) Animated sci-fi adventure
featuring the voice of Sam Fink
4.15pm Troy (15, 2004) Epic
adventure starring Brad Pitt
7.05 Behind Enemy Lines (12,
2001) A Nato naval air commander
leads an unauthorised mission to
rescue a reconnaissance pilot.
Drama starring Gene Hackman
9.00 Doctor Strange (12, 2016)
A surgeon becomes a warrior in an
inter-dimensional battle. Fantasy
with Benedict Cumberbatch
11.00-12.50am The Terminator
(15, 1984) Sci-fi thriller starring
Arnold Schwarzenegger
6.15pm Dirty Harry (15, 1971)
A maverick detective vows to end
a deranged sniper’s reign of terror.
Thriller starring Clint Eastwood
8.00 The Good, the Bad and the
Ugly (15, 1966) Three rival
gunfighters hunt for a cache of
hidden gold. Spaghetti western
classic starring Clint Eastwood
11.00-12.50am The Beguiled (15,
1971) A wounded soldier is given
refuge in a girls’ school during
the American Civil War. Period
drama starring Clint Eastwood
The former Monty Python star
John Cleese is In Conversation
with John Bishop (W, 9pm)
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Thursday 19
Sports guide
Live European Golf
Sky Main Event, 2.30pm
Radio 1
Padraig Harrington will play
on Spanish soil for the first
time in nine years when the
three-time Major winner joins
the Masters champion Sergio
García, pictured, and world
number five Jon Rahm at the
Andalucia Masters, hosted by
the Sergio Garcia Foundation
at Real Clube de Valderrama.
García is the defending
champion of sorts, having
won the event the last time
it was played in 2011. JC
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.33am Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 Artist Takeover
10.02 Residency 1.00am
Toddla T 4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
BT Sport 1
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6.00am-7.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
10.00 Premier League Daily
11.00 LIVE European Tour
Golf: The Andalucia Masters
1.00pm Sky Sports Today
2.30 LIVE European Tour
Golf: The Andalucia Masters
5.00 Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 Sky Sports Tonight
7.30 LIVE European Rugby
Challenge Cup: Gloucester v
Agen (Kick-off 7.45).
Coverage of the second pool
three encounter for both
sides at Kingsholm
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Through the Night
12.00 ATP Tour Uncovered
12.30am LIVE NFL: Oakland
Raiders v Kansas City
Chiefs (Kick-off 1.25).
Coverage of the AFC West
encounter at the OaklandAlameda County Coliseum
4.45-6.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
Coverage of the second day
of the inaugural staging
of the tournament
10.00am-2.00pm LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Kremlin Cup
2.30 LIVE WTA Tennis:
The Kremlin Cup
Coverage of day four
of the Kremlin Cup from the
Olympic Stadium in Moscow
6.30-9.00 LIVE WTA Tennis:
The BGL BNP Paribas
Luxembourg Open The
quarter-finals
3.30am-6.00 LIVE NBA: Los
Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles
Clippers (Tip-off 3.30)
Sky Sports Golf
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6.00am-7.00 LIVE
PGA Tour Golf: The CJ Cup
11.00-1.00pm LIVE
European Tour Golf: The
Andalucia Masters
2.30-5.30 LIVE
European Tour Golf: The
Andalucia Masters
3.00am-6.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
Sky Sports Action
SKY 407 VIRGIN 517
7.30pm-10.00 LIVE European
Rugby Challenge Cup:
Gloucester v Agen
Coverage of the second pool
three encounter for both
sides at Kingsholm
12.30am-4.45 LIVE NFL:
Oakland Raiders v Kansas
City Chiefs (Kick-off 1.25)
Sky Sports Arena
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7.00pm-9.30 LIVE
Greyhound Racing
The William Hill All England
Cup meeting
Radio guide
BT Sport 2
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Noon-4.00pm LIVE WTA
Tennis: The BGL BNP Paribas
Luxembourg Open The
quarter-finals
5.30 LIVE UEFA Europa
League: Red Star Belgrade v
Arsenal (Kick-off 6.00)
8.00-10.15 LIVE UEFA Europa
League: Everton v Lyons
(Kick-off 8.05)
12.00 LIVE MotoGP The first
practice session ahead of the
Australian Grand Prix
2.45am LIVE MotoGP Further
coverage ahead of the
Australian Grand Prix
4.00-7.00 LIVE MotoGP
The second practice
session ahead of the
Australian Grand Prix
BT Sport 3
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6.00pm LIVE UEFA Europa
League: Nice v Lazio
8.00-10.00 LIVE UEFA
Europa League: AC Milan v
AEK Athens (Kick-off 8.05).
Coverage of the group D
encounter, which takes
place at the San Siro
1.00am-4.30 LIVE College
Football: Houston Cougars v
Memphis Tigers
(Kick-off 1.00)
Eurosport 1
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12.45pm-5.30 LIVE
Snooker: English Open
Coverage of round three from
Barnsley Metrodome
6.45-10.00 LIVE Snooker:
English Open
Coverage of round four from
Barnsley Metrodome
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Paddy O’Connell
2.00pm Steve Wright 5.00
Simon Mayo 7.00 Bob Harris
Country 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Radio 2 Arts Show 12.00 The
Craig Charles House Party (r)
2.00am 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:
Puccini
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Vadym Kholodenko
plays Chopin (Two Nocturnes,
Op 37); Ravel (Le tombeau de
Couperin); and Scriabin
(Piano Sonata No. 5, Op 53)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Placido Domingo sings the title
role in Verdi’s Nabucco, in a
2013 performance conducted
by Nicola Luisotti. Followed
by performances from the
BBC NOW, in music by
Copland and Karl Jenkins (r)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Opera on 3: OperaPassion
For OperaPassion Day, Sara
Mohr-Pietsch presents a
performance of an opera
voted for by Radio 3 listeners,
from a choice of The Magic
Flute, Faust, The Flying
Dutchman and Tosca
10.45 The Essay: Stories That
Sing Demystifying going to
the opera. See Choice
11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.30 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 In Our Time
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 15 Minute Drama: Ten
Days That Shook the World
By John Reed. Lunacharsky
despairs that the
revolutionaries’ bombardment
has destroyed the Kremlin,
so Reed and Bryant set out
to see for themselves
Today’s picks
Velvet Blackout
Radio 4, 2.15pm
The Essay
Radio 3, 10.45pm
The start of this is tip-top.
Good dollop of atmospheric
gramophone music; the
thudding of a Blitz bomb and
then plausible hospital sounds.
“Pupils responding to direct
light . . . Pulse normal . . . 169
over 95 . . . ”. And the doctor
treating the patient in the
Maudsley is excellent — slightly sibilant of s; polite verging
on the bloodless; beautifully played by Joel MacCormack,
pictured. All very promising. As is the premise: it’s 1942 and
a bomb has gone off in a brothel over Soho. Then it gets a
teensy-weensy bit less plausible. The person whose blood
pressure is being taken is a prostitute, who was with
someone from (naturally) Bletchley Park when the bomb
hit. The authorities are desperate to know what she knows —
but she has amnesia. Cue tantalising moments of lucidity
interspersed with ellipses. Catherine Nixey
The aim of Radio 3 was,
according to Lord Reith, to
“give the public slightly
better than it now thinks it
likes”. This autumn, it seems,
the BBC has decided that
what the public doesn’t
much like — but should — is
opera. And it is turning its
big programming guns on it
to bring the public into line.
Over on telly there has been
Lucy Worsley learning about
the art form; and this week
there have been a series of
authors thinking about it.
Tonight, the excellent Rachel
Cooke looks at the trappings
of opera-going. CN
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Discussion and interviews,
presented by Jenni Murray.
Including at 10.45 the Book of
the Week: How to Be
Champion, by Sarah Millican
11.00 From Our Own
Correspondent
11.30 Pick a Sky and Name It
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 50 Things That Made
the Modern Economy
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 How to Have a Better
Brain How a good night’s sleep
can help the brain
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Velvet Blackout
By Vincent O’Connell. In 1942
a young woman with amnesia
is pulled from a bombed
building, and a doctor and
policeman believe she may
know something vital to the
British war effort. See Choice
3.00 Ramblings (6/6)
3.27 Radio 4 Appeal (r)
3.30 Open Book (r)
4.00 The Film Programme
4.30 BBC Inside Science
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Lemn Sissay’s Origin
Stories (r)
7.00 The Archers Toby battles
with his feelings and Matt
continues to make trouble
7.15 Front Row
7.45 15 Minute Drama: Ten
Days That Shook the World (r)
8.00 The Briefing Room
8.30 The Bottom Line
9.00 BBC Inside Science (r)
9.30 In Our Time (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: Ian
Rankin — The Deathwatch
Journal The date of execution
is set. Scott and Gracie are
convinced of Telfer’s
innocence — but rumours
begin to spread about their
relationship. Read by Jimmy
Chisholm (4/5)
11.00 Liam Williams: Ladhood
11.30 Today in Parliament
BBC World Service
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
How to Be Champion (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 5 Live Daily 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 8.00 5
Live Cricket 8.30 5 Live Sport
9.00 5 Live Formula 1 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 Darren Gough
7.00 Live Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The
Thought Show 10.00 World
Update 11.00 The Newsroom
11.30 The Food Chain 12.00
News 12.06pm Outlook 1.00
The Newsroom 1.30
Assignment 2.00 Newshour
3.00 News 3.06 The Inquiry
3.30 Business 4.00 BBC OS
6.00 News 6.06 Outlook
7.00 The Newsroom 7.30
Sport Today 8.00 News
8.06 The Inquiry 8.30
Science in Action 9.00
Newshour 10.00 News 10.06
Assignment 10.30 The Food
Chain 11.00 The Newsroom
11.20 Sports News 11.30
Business 12.00 News
12.06am The Thought Show
1.00 News 1.06 Business
Matters 2.00 News 2.06 The
Newsroom 2.30 Assignment
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
3.30 World Football 4.00
News 4.06 Outlook
6 Music
Digital only
8.00am Stop Messing About!
8.30 The Goon Show 9.00
Counterpoint 9.30 Bristow
10.00 Alexander 11.00 Border
Crossings 11.15 The
Waterbucks 12.00 Stop
Messing About! 12.30pm The
Goon Show 1.00 You Came
Back 1.30 Tehrangeles 2.00
Jane Eyre 2.15 A Week at the
Pitt Rivers 2.30 Daunt and
Dervish 2.45 Femme Fatale: A
Biography of Mata Hari 3.00
Alexander 4.00 Counterpoint
4.30 Bristow 5.00 A Certain
Age 5.30 Lemn Sissay’s Origin
Stories 6.00 625Y 6.30 Great
Lives 7.00 Stop Messing
About! 7.30 The Goon Show
8.00 You Came Back 8.30
Tehrangeles 9.00 Border
Crossings 9.15 The
Waterbucks 10.00 Comedy
Club: Lemn Sissay’s Origin
Stories 10.30 Newsjack 11.00
And Now in Colour 11.30
Small Scenes
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe and
Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 6.00 Steve Lamacq’s
Roundtable 7.00 Marc Riley
9.00 Gideon Coe 12.00 6
Music Recommends 1.00am
From Edison to iTunes: A
History of the Record Label
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am More Music
Breakfast 9.00 Bill Turnbull
1.00pm Anne-Marie Minhall
5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics 8.00
The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott continues
Classic FM’s tour of the UK in
Manchester, home of the
Royal Northern College of
Music 10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Jane Jones
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Friday 20 | Viewing guide
ROBROOK REPROS
Critic’s choice Paul Daniels:
My Life in Magic
Channel 5, 10pm
The magician Paul Daniels
died of a brain tumour on
March 17, 2016, aged 77. He
was remembered in a Times
obituary as “a charismatic
conjuror [who] brought
variety and theatre to the
living room with his
incessant comedy banter”.
His catchphrase, “You’ll like
this. Not a lot, but you’ll like
it”, was a retort that he
developed as a put-down to
the hecklers in the pubs
where he first plied his trade.
The big surprise was that the
BBC — where, at his peak in
the 1980s, The Paul Daniels
Magic Show drew audiences
of 15 million — chose not to
mark his death with a tribute
programme. There is even
a petition on change.org
calling for the Beeb to rectify
this. Daniels might represent
a bygone era of light
entertainment (and one that,
post-Savile, the BBC is keen
to sweep under the carpet),
but the man referred to by
the magician Dynamo as
“the master” deserves better.
Instead it falls on Channel 5
to celebrate Daniels’s life and
career. That means this is
pure hagiography, with his
friends and peers, including
David Copperfield, Penn and
Teller, celebrity fans and his
wife, Debbie McGee, paying
homage to the pint-sized telly
colossus. Tommy Cooper once
said that Daniels was to magic
what Muhammad Ali was to
boxing. Another talking head
claims he was “a rock star of
magic”. However, Penn is
probably closer to the mark
when he says: “There’s no
secret to Paul’s success. He
was really good.” There’s
no denying his skill, as the
programme replays some of
the illusions and tricks that
made him Britain’s most
popular magician. Joe Clay
Further recommendations
Channel 4’s online on-demand service All4 has David Blaine
doing his bewildering street magic in Real or Magic
Australian
Wilderness
Travel Man:
48 Hours in . . .
Porridge
Rock and Roll
BBC One, 9.30pm
Sky Arts, 10pm
ITV, 8pm
Channel 4, 8.30pm
Ray Mears’s adventures in
the outback take him to the
wetlands of Kakadu, where he
encounters freshwater crocs
and somehow resists the urge
to say “push pineapple, shake
a tree” each time he utters the
name of the national park.
“This part of Australia,” says
Mears, “has a primeval quality”.
However, the jolly woodsman
is more interested in a
modern development —
humans. He spends time
with the Murrumburrah tribe
and learns about the ancient
craft of fire-stick farming.
Chris Bennion
Richard Ayoade returns for
another run of the travelogue
on which his idiosyncrasies
ensure that even the most
familiar landmarks are given
a fresh twist. The location for
the opening episode is Rome,
and Ayoade’s companion is
fellow comedian Matt Lucas.
They make the most of the
Eternal City’s “peerless phalanx
of the ancient”, with a tour of
the Colosseum, a visit to the
Forum and a stint at gladiator
school. They also hire a Fiat
500 for a white-knuckle
drive and dine in a Michelinstarred restaurant. JC
Dick Clement and Ian La
Frenais’s modern homage
to their much-loved 1970s
sitcom shouldn’t work — the
jokes are very much of the
1970s sitcom variety — but it
is undeniably enjoyable. How
can you take against a comedy
that takes such relish in the
old William Stickers gag?
Tonight, Fletch (Kevin Bishop,
as the grandson of the original
Fletch) is lumbered with the
terrifying lag Scuddsy (Ricky
Grover, the go-to man for
terrifying lags) as “minder,
muscle and confidant”. It is
good timing, however, as Fletch
winds up on the wrong side
of a drug-smuggling ring. CB
“If you’re really mad at
something, then you’re gonna
write some good shit,” says
Ice-T at the start of an episode
on anger. Tom Morello of Rage
Against the Machine discusses
how Killing in the Name,
with its refrain of “F*** you,
I won’t do what you tell me”,
was a “denial of illegitimate
authority” that struck a chord
in the wake of Rodney King’s
beating in Los Angeles in 1991.
Police brutality and sticking
two fingers up at authority
are themes, as contributors
such as Chuck D, Beth Ditto
and Kano, offer their opinions
on anger as a constructive
form of expression in music. JC
Catch
up
War & Peace
Drama, available now
If you’re enjoying the
recent spate of
programmes on the
BBC marking the
100th anniversary
of the Russian
Revolution,
here is a timely
repeat of
Andrew Davies’s
sumptuous,
sexed-up take on
Tolstoy’s story of
love and betrayal
among 19th-
century Russian aristocrats.
Given that there are about
580 characters in the novel,
Davies wisely decided to focus
on three. Pierre Bezukhov
(Paul Dano), the debauched
illegitimate son of a rich count
(considered the novel’s
mouthpiece for Tolstoy’s
philosophical views),
is friends with the
cynical, dashing
Prince Andrei
Bolkonsky
(James Norton).
Despite already
being married,
both will fall
under the spell of
the beautiful,
idealistic Natasha
Rostova (Lily
James). Joe Clay
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
6.55pm-7.00 Party Political Broadcast
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
7.00pm-8.00 Further Back in Time for
Dinner. The Robshaw family enter the
turbulent 1910s (r)
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
6.55pm-7.00 Party Political Broadcast
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 W1A. Rumours spread
that Claudia Winkleman is leaving the
BBC 11.05 QI 11.35 Late Licence. Teresa
Livingstone hits a seasonal note with her
“How to be Happy” song (r) 11.55-12.55am
Sign Zone: The Apprentice (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 Landward
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
7.00pm-8.00 Further Back in Time for
Dinner. Documentary (r)
● Channel As ITV London except:
12.40am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV London except:
6.25pm-6.30 Party Political Broadcast
8.00-8.30 Coast & Country
● STV As ITV London except:
8.00pm-8.30 Animal 999 10.45-11.20
Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories (r) 12.40am
Teleshopping 1.40 After Midnight
3.10 ITV Nightscreen 4.35 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (r) 5.30-6.00 Teleshopping
● UTV As ITV London except:
6.25pm-6.30 Party Political Broadcast
8.00-8.30 UTV Life 12.40am
Teleshopping 1.40-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Heno (r) 12.30 Yr
Anialwch (r) 1.30 Her yr Hinsawdd (r)
2.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05
Prynhawn Da 3.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
3.05 Cyfrinach Oes y Cerrig (r) 4.00 Awr
Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05 Tag 5.45
Gwboi a Twm Twm (r) 6.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 6.05 04 Wal (r) 6.30 Garddio a
Mwy (r) 7.00 Heno 7.30 Pobol y Cwm.
Sioned has offended many people and
there are few in the villiage who do not
hold a grudge against her 8.25 Ysgol
Ddawns Anti Karen. The year ends in a
flood of tears for Anti Karen and several
of her dancers. Last in the series 8.55
Darllediad Gwleidyddol gan Plaid Cymru
9.00 News 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Deuawdau
Rhys Meirion. With the singer-songwriter
Alys Williams, who had success with The
Voice UK 10.30-11.35 Bang (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
The Barefoot Contessa (PG, 1954)
Film4, 1.20pm
This story of a Spanish dancer turned into Hollywood’s greatest
star is not the director Joseph L Mankiewicz’s finest work, but
there is terrific appeal in its OTT glitziness, trashiness and
melodrama. Ava Gardner is the tempestuous beauty Maria Vargas,
who is stumbled upon while in full flamenco by the down-at-heel
movie director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart) and his producer,
Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens). They make Vargas a superstar,
but a passionate, messy private life proves her undoing. It is the
Oscar-winning turn from Edmond O’Brien as a sweaty, devious
PR man that catches the eye. (127min) Chris Bennion
His Girl Friday (U, 1940)
Talking Pictures, 4pm
They no longer make the fizzing,
dangerous compound that is Cary
Grant and Rosalind Russell’s
chemistry in His Girl Friday. These
two, pictured, take the arts of
flirting and fighting to new heights
in this screwball comedy. Russell is
Hildy, “the best newspaperman in
town”, according to her editor Walter, played by Grant with a
devilish charm. Walter and Hildy were married, but Hildy has
returned to the office to tell Walter she is about to marry Bruce
(Ralph Bellamy), a conventional dolt. Walter can’t bear to lose a
story, or a woman. The zingers never stop and the lightness of
touch is such that the lovers don’t pay heed when someone
jumps out of a window. (92min) Kate Muir
Why Him? (15, 2016)
Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm
This is a guffaw-inducing comedy from the Meet the Parents
writer John Hamburg, who brazenly cannibalises his material
with mostly pleasing results. The narrative template, once again,
is resentful father encounters potential son-in-law over vacation
period during which madcap comedy and embarrassment ensues.
The territorial father is a print-factory boss called Ned Fleming
(Bryan Cranston), while the antagonist is Laird Mayhew (James
Franco), a tattooed Silicon Valley multimillionaire. Laird plans to
propose to Ned’s daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) on Christmas
Eve, so he has only days to convince the paterfamilias that there
is moral value beneath his playboy lifestyle. (111min) Kevin Maher
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BBC One
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Live 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer
(r) 11.00 A Matter of Life and Debt
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. Rob starts the
day on a high following a night of
surreal dreams 2.15 Impossible. Game
show 3.00 Escape to the Country. A
creative couple looking to start a new
life in rural Devon (r) 3.45 Money for
Nothing. Sarah Moore seeks buried
treasures at Earlswood Recycling
Centre in Surrey 4.30 Antiques Road
Trip. Arusha Irvine and Philip Serrell’s
challenge ends in Gloucestershire.
Last in the series 5.15 Pointless. Quiz
show hosted by Alexander Armstrong
6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather
6.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
6.00am Real Lives Reunited (r) 6.30
Rip Off Britain: Live (r) 7.15 A Matter of
Life and Debt (r) 8.00 Sign Zone:
Gardeners’ World (r) (SL) 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live 12.00 Daily Politics
1.00pm The Code (r) 1.45 Restoration
Home. A 16th-century castle (r) 2.45
Family Finders. Brothers Fred and
Jimmy O’Donnell are reunited 3.15 Full
Steam Ahead. The dangers involved
in working on the Victorian railways
(r) 4.15 Wild Shepherdess with Kate
Humble. Kate heads to Australia to
work on a sheep station in the
Outback (r) 5.15 Flog It! Paul Martin
and the team value items at Guildford
Cathedral in Surrey (r) 6.00 Strictly
Come Dancing: It Takes Two. The
show’s famous fans share their
thoughts on the dancers’ progress
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. Gok Wan joins the panellists
as they engage in topical debate 1.30
ITV News; Weather 1.55 Regional
News; Weather 2.00 Dickinson’s Real
Deal. David Dickinson and his dealers
head to Penygroes, north Wales,
where Tony Geering heads out to the
Wild West and a stunning necklace
brings a huge result at auction (r)
3.00 Alphabetical. Jeff Stelling hosts
the quiz 4.00 Tipping Point. Ben
Shephard hosts the arcade-themed
quiz show in which contestants drop
tokens down a choice of four chutes
in the hope of winning a £10,000
jackpot 5.00 The Chase. Quiz with
Bradley Walsh 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.20am The King of Queens (r) 6.45
The King of Queens (r) 7.10 The King
of Queens (r) 7.40 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.05 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 9.05 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 A New Life in the Sun (r)
2.10 Countdown 3.00 Find It, Fix It,
Flog It 4.00 My Kitchen Rules 5.00
Four in a Bed. The rival hoteliers
discover just how much their guests
valued their services 5.30 Steph and
Dom’s One Star to Five Star. The
owners of The Dalehurst take back
control of their guest house 6.00 The
Simpsons (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks. Milo is
furious about Cindy being charged
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 The Hotel Inspector Returns (r)
1.10 Access. Showbiz news and gossip
1.15 Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours
2.15 NCIS. Gibbs asks DiNozzo’s father
to join the team in their investigation
of a murder (r) 3.15 FILM Smoke
Screen (TVM, 2010) A reporter
becomes involved in a murder
investigation when she wakes up next
to a corpse and cannot remember a
thing about the night before. Drama
with Jaime Pressly and Currie Graham
5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours.
Following the explosion, the
community bands together to save
Diwali (r) 6.00 Home and Away. Raffy
has a heart-to-heart with Roo about
her future (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Hillary Clinton guests (10.35pm)
Ornamental grasses (9pm)
James Nesbitt in Cold Feet (9pm)
Travel Man in Rome (8.30pm)
The Lambs in the New Forest (8pm)
7.00 The One Show Hosted by
Alex Jones and Michael Ball
7.00 Further Back in Time for
Dinner The Robshaw family
enters the 1920s, sampling their
first taste of the racy reputation
of the decade as they host a
jazz-age party fuelled by a
menu of 14 cocktails (3/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Cain and Moira
clash, Daz feels hopeful, and
Lachlan is left seething
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 Coronation Street Mary takes
action to stop her family
from leaving
7.30 Unreported World The
vigilante gangs in India who are
attacking Muslims accused of
killing cows or eating beef (4/8)
7.00 The Gadget Show The team
assesses the most affordable
drone ever from the world’s
biggest drone company, which
possesses obstacle avoidance
technology that normally
costs twice the price (3/12);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders Ian is shocked
by Jane’s announcement
8.00 Mastermind Specialist subjects
include Philip Pullman’s His
Dark Materials and Eva Peron
8.00 Australian Wilderness with Ray
Mears Kakadu’s waterways.
See Viewing Guide (2/7)
8.00 Food Unwrapped New series.
Secrets from the world of food
production are revealed (1/4)
8.30 Would I Lie to You? The Unseen
Bits Previously unseen material
from the ninth series of the
comedy panel show (10/10) (r)
8.30 Only Connect A team of
Vikings takes on a squad of
parishioners
8.30 Coronation Street Mary and
the Appletons await news of
George, while Faye grows
suspicious of Seb and Anna
8.30 Travel Man: 48 Hours in Rome
New series. Richard Ayoade and
Matt Lucas enjoy a frenetic trip
to the city. See Viewing Guide
9.00 Have I Got News for You Martin
Clunes hosts, with Kirsty Wark
and Jon Richardson (3/10)
9.00 Gardeners’ World Monty Don
advises on what plants need
protection and how to nurture
tender plants over the coming
months. Plus, Carol Klein
celebrates ornamental grasses.
Including Weather
9.00 Cold Feet David takes matters
into his own hands after a
threat is made towards his
daughters. Meanwhile, Adam
offers Pete some relationship
advice — with disastrous
consequences. Last in the series
9.00 Gogglebox Capturing the
households’ instant reactions to
what they are watching from
the comfort of their own sofas
9.00 A Celebrity Taste of Italy
Despite Ian Lavender’s
departure, Judith Chalmers,
Johnny Ball, Diana Moran
and Rula Lenska remain
determined to sample more
Italian customs and cuisine.
Last in the series
10.00 QI New series. The comedy
panel game returns
10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather
10.30 Newsnight With Evan Davis
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.00 The Last Leg Adam Hills, Josh
Widdicombe and Alex Brooker
are joined by guests for a comic
review of the significant
moments of the past week
10.00 Paul Daniels: My Life in Magic
Documentary revisiting the
highlights of Paul Daniels’
decades-long career as a
television magician, via
interviews with his friends,
family, contemporaries and
admirers. See Viewing Guide
7.30 A Question of Sport With Tony
Bellew, Andy Sullivan, Jess
Varnish and Ashton Sims (r)
9.30 Porridge Fletch gets on the
wrong side of a new inmate.
See Viewing Guide (3/6)
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather;
National Lottery Update
10.35 The Graham Norton Show
Hillary Clinton takes a seat
on Graham’ss sofa, along with
actors Jeff Goldblum, Gerard
Butler and Jack Whitehall
11.25 Josh Owen tries to teach Josh
how to use the gym (3/6)
11.55 The Apprentice Lord Sugar
summons the contestants to
London’s new Design Museum,
where the teams find out that
they are to create, programme
and sell a prototype robot (r)
12.55am Weather for the Week Ahead
1.00 BBC News
10.45 After the News Hosted by
Emma Barnett
11.05 Dragons’ Den Entrepreneurs
pitch money-making ideas for a
home sensor system for the
elderly, protein shake bottles
and gluten-free cakes to the
panel. With Evan Davis (r)
12.05am Snowfall. Franklin lets
success go to his head, but faces hard
lessons (r) 12.55 Sign Zone: How Safe
Is Your Operation? Panorama (r) (SL)
1.25 Diana: The Last Princess of Wales
(r) (SL) 2.25-3.25 Reformation:
Europe’s Holy War (r) (SL)
11.20 Bad Move Steve and Nicky
realise how much they are
missing their old lives (5/6) (r)
11.45 Tonight at the London
Palladium Featuring Blondie
and Olly Murs (7/8) (r)
12.40am Jackpot247 3.00 Storage
Hoarders. Aggie MacKenzie meets a
man who hopes to get his hands on a
family fortune, and tries to make a
woman see past the sentimentality
she has for her huge book collection
(r) (SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
11.05 Rude Tube Alex Zane presents
a selection of clips featuring
animals, including the “mole
whisperer”, a double dose of
sharks and an unusual delivery
of tropical fish (6/10) (r)
12.10am FILM Instinct (15, 1999)
Drama 2.15 The Great British Bake Off:
An Extra Slice (r) 3.00 Electric
Dreams: Real Life (r) 3.55 Unreported
World (r) (SL) 4.20 Channel 4
Dispatches (r) 4.50 Best of Both
Worlds (r) 5.45 Motor Sport on 4
8.00 Britain by Bike with Larry &
George Lamb The duo cycle
through the New Forest
National Park, where they
encounter the famous little
ponies roaming freely.
Last in the series;
followed by 5 News Update
11.30 TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks
A countdown of illusions that
have stood the test of time
on the small screen (r)
2.00am SuperCasino 4.00 The Hotel
Inspector Returns. Alex Polizzi
revisits the Meudon Country
House Hotel (r) 4.45 House Doctor.
Bedroom and bathroom makeovers
(r) (SL) 5.10 Divine Designs (r) (SL)
5.35 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL)
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The Interviews
Friday 20 | Primetime digital guide
A compilation of chats from
the archive with Dudley
Moore and Peter Cook
Yesterday, 10pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
FV 9, FS 107, SKY 116, VIRGIN 107
FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
FV 15, FS 300, SKY 315, VIRGIN 428
SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm World News Today
7.30 Top of the Pops: 1984
An edition from October 11
featuring Kim Wilde,
Sade and Wham! (R)
8.00 Easy Listening Hits at the
BBC Featuring Burt
Bacharach, the Carpenters
and Andy Williams (R)
9.00 Nile Rodgers: How to Make
It in the Music Business
The musician recalls
working with Daft Punk,
Laura Mvula, Keith Urban
and Avicii. Last in the series
10.00 BBC Introducing: Ten Years
of Finding the Next Big
Thing Highlights from
a concert celebrating ten
years since the inception of
BBC Introducing
11.00 Great American Rock
Anthems: Turn It Up to 11
The story of some of the
greatest rock anthems (R)
11.55-12.35am Top of the Pops:
1984 Shown earlier (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Part
one of two. Jessica sets out
in search of a relative and
ends up investigating a
murder at a circus (R)
8.00 Rosemary & Thyme The
duo are hired to work on a
garden makeover television
show, but Rosemary has an
accident, and Laura realises
someone is trying to
sabotage the series (R)
9.00 Long Lost Family Elizabeth
Wells searches for the son
she gave up for adoption,
and Tracey Collins seeks
a reunion with the brother
she never knew (R)
10.00 Lewis The detective
investigates when an
American female bishop
visiting St Gerard’s College
is found dead after drinking
poisoned wine (R)
12.00-1.00am Mr Selfridge Harry
is left unconscious after the
car accident (6/10) (R)
6.55pm Car SOS Fuzz Townshend
and Tim Shaw surprise the
daughter of an amateur
off-road champion by
restoring her late mother’s
Series 1 Land Rover (R)
7.55 Live Formula 1 United
States Grand Prix Practice 2
Lee McKenzie presents
further coverage from the
17th round of the season at
Circuit of the Americas
9.35 Professor T A man is
accused of murder after he
is found standing over the
body of his dead boss, but
Professor T begins to
suspect Annelies and her
students have made a
mistake. In Flemish (10/13)
10.40 24 Hours in A&E An
85-year-old faces potentially
life-changing injuries (R)
11.45-12.50am 24 Hours in A&E
A train driver is rushed in
with fractured ankles after
falling from a tree (R)
6.45pm FILM The Devil Wears
Prada (PG, 2006)
A magazine editor’s
unforgiving personality and
outrageous demands make
her trainee assistant’s life a
nightmare. Comedy drama
starring Meryl Streep, Anne
Hathaway and Emily Blunt
9.00 FILM Fast & Furious 6 (12,
2013) An FBI manhunter
offers the criminals pardons
in return for their help. They
must go to Europe and
bring down a criminal
syndicate led by a ruthless
London gangster. Action
thriller sequel with Vin
Diesel and Dwayne Johnson
11.35-1.40am FILM Machete (18,
2010) A Mexican mercenary
is hired to assassinate a
politician, but when his
employers betray him, he
goes out for revenge. Action
thriller starring Danny Trejo
and Robert De Niro
7.00pm The Simpsons Marge
starts her own shop (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Marge helps
Homer dress for a
promotion (R)
8.00 The Simpsons Homer ends
up coaching the kids’
lacrosse team with
Milhouse’s dad (R)
8.30 Modern Family Jay tries to
get Gloria to admit she was
in a car accident
9.00 Sing: Ultimate A Cappella
Five more groups compete
for a place in the final
10.05 The Simpsons Another trio
of Hallowe’en stories (R)
10.30 The Simpsons Grampa and
a couple of his pals move in
with the family (R)
11.00 The Russell Howard Hour
Topical comedy and
entertainment show (R)
12.00-1.00am A League of Their
Own With Jimmy Carr,
Claudia Winkleman and
Micah Richards (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation A bus crash
leaves nine people dead,
and the finger of blame
points to the driver (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods When a
homicide case ends in a
hung jury, Erin is forced to
take over the investigation
from her colleague and find
a missing witness (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones The
Hound is judged by the
gods, while Jaime receives a
different form of justice,
Robb is betrayed, and Jon
proves himself (5/10) (R)
10.10 Game of Thrones Robb
weighs up a compromise to
repair his alliance with
House Frey, and Roose
Bolton decides what to do
with Jaime (6/10) (R)
11.20-12.30am Dexter The forensic
expert tries to lure the Brain
Surgeon into a trap with the
help of Dr Vogel (10/12)
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 144
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FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm Totally You’ve Been
Framed!
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
becomes interested in his
22-year-old date’s grandmother
8.30 Two and a Half Men Charlie is
shocked by an old girlfriend’s son
9.00 FILM The 40 Year-Old Virgin
(15, 2005) A middle-aged man is
set up on a series of dates on a
quest for sexual intimacy. Judd
Apatow’s comedy with Steve Carell
11.20 Family Guy
11.45-12.15am Family Guy
7.00pm Live World Series of Darts:
Germany Jacqui Oatley presents
coverage of the opening day of
the inaugural staging of the
tournament, which takes place at
Castello Arena in Düsseldorf, and
features the first-round matches
11.00-12.50am FILM Out for
Justice (18, 1991) A tough Brooklyn
detective sets out on a one-man
quest to avenge the murder of his
partner by a vicious drug dealer.
Action thriller starring Steven
Seagal and William Forsythe
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 Extreme Cake Makers
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 FILM The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (12, 2012)
Vampire couple Edward and Bella
defend their newborn daughter
from the leaders of the undead
race. Romantic fantasy sequel
starring Kristen Stewart, Robert
Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
11.15 The Big Bang Theory
11.45-12.15am The Big Bang Theory
7.00pm The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air Carlton’s pride is dented
7.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8.00 FILM Jack the Giant Slayer
(12, 2013) A farm boy joins a band
of knights on a mission to rescue a
princess from giants. Fantasy
adventure starring Nicholas Hoult
10.15 Murder on the Internet The
dark side of online dating
11.15-12.15am The EastEnders
Murderers: True Crime, Real
Tragedy The deaths of Gemma
McCluskie and Sian Blake
6.00pm FILM Hot Enough for
June (PG, 1964) Spy comedy
starring Dirk Bogarde
8.00 FILM The Limping Man (PG,
1953) Crime thriller starring Lloyd
Bridges and Moira Lister
9.25 Scotland Yard
10.00 FILM Hands of the Ripper
(15, 1971) Hammer horror starring
Angharad Rees and Eric Porter
11.40 Dick Tracy
12.00-1.45am FILM The Beast in
the Cellar (18, 1970) Horror
starring Flora Robson
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Smiler’s wife leaves him
7.20 As Time Goes By Lionel’s
script is radically altered
8.00 The Brokenwood Mysteries
Mike’s favourite country musician
is found electrocuted in what
appears to be a drunken accident
10.00 New Tricks A conspiracy
theory implicates the American
government in a journalist’s death
11.20 Birds of a Feather The girls
are trapped in an empty building
12.00-12.30am The Bill
Yesterday
Spike
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
FSAT 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm After Hitler Part two of
two. The division of Germany, and
founding of the United Nations
8.00 Who Do You Think You Are?
Reggie Yates traces his ancestry
9.00 Who Do You Think You Are?
Billy Connolly traces his family
from Glasgow to India
10.00 The Interviews Chats with
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
11.00 David Starkey’s Monarchy
The Tudor and Stuart dynasties
12.00-1.00am Prince Philip:
The Plot to Make a King
7.00pm Police Interceptors The
unit’s hi-tech helicopter pursues a
motorcyclist speeding at 130mph
8.00 Angry Britain: Travel Rage
The impact of overcrowding on the
UK’s road and rail networks
9.00 Impact Wrestling Innovative
high-risk wrestling matches
11.00-1.05am FILM The Expatriate
(15, 2012) An ex-CIA operative
discovers his former employers
want him dead, and have erased all
records of his existence. Action
thriller starring Aaron Eckhart
6.55pm Top Gear A rally car
competes against a jet-powered
kayak on a frozen lake
8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
9.00 Live Boxing Joe Joyce v Ian
Lewison. Coverage of the
heavyweight contest. Plus, John
O’Donnell v Tamuka Mucha
11.05-1.25am FILM Lethal Weapon
2 (18, 1989) The detectives set their
sights on a South African diplomat
laundering drugs money via his
embassy in the US. Action thriller
sequel starring Mel Gibson
6.35pm The Great Transatlantic
Cable The story of transatlantic
communication in the 19th century
7.50 Secrets Beneath the Ice The
potential impact of Antarctica’s
ice melting on coastal cities
9.00 The Civil War The summer of
1864, which proved to be the Union
Army’s darkest hour, as public
opinion turned against the conflict
10.40-12.40am Stonewall Uprising
Documentary exploring the gay
rights movement that emerged in
New York in the late 1960s
7.00pm Trailblazers: Madchester
The rise of the Madchester scene
of the late 1980s and early 1990s
8.00 The Sixties America’s
changing morality during the
decade. Last in the series
9.00 Passions Gary Kemp explores
the life and legacy of Mick Ronson
10.00 Rock and Roll How rage
and rebellion helped shape the
genre. See Viewing Guide
11.30-12.30am Brian Johnson’s A
Life on the Road Sting reflects on
the Police’s humble beginnings
6.45pm My Kitchen Rules:
Australia The final five teams face
off in a quickfire cook-off
8.00 Children’s Hospital An
11-year-old turns up following an
accident in a needlework class
8.30 Children’s Hospital A
15-year-old’s hayfever is treated
9.00 Bones A wealthy games
developer is murdered
10.00 Bones Hodgins becomes the
prime suspect in a murder case
11.00 Bones
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
W
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SKY 526, VIRGIN 266, BT 327
SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
SKY 110, VIRGIN 124, BT 310
SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS Crime drama
8.00 NCIS DiNozzo has to work
with his girlfriend Zoe on a case
9.00 NCIS Crime drama
10.00 American Horror Story: Cult
Psychological thriller (7/11)
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am Family Guy
7.00pm Gold Rush
9.00 James May’s Toy Stories:
The Great Train Race
10.00 Royal Marines Commando
School The recruits face their
first pass-or-fail test
11.00 Devil’s Canyon
12.00-1.00am James May’s Toy
Stories: The Great Train Race
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
The catastrophic events aboard
Reeve Aleutian Airlines Flight 8
8.00 UFO: Alien Invasion
9.00 UFO: Alien Invasion
10.00 UFO: Alien Invasion
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Nazi
Megastructures
7.00pm Friends
8.00 Your Face or Mine
8.30 Impractical Jokers
9.00 Bob’s Burgers
10.00 South Park
10.30 Rick and Morty
11.00 TripTank
11.30-12.00am Legends of
Chamberlain Heights
7.00pm Porridge
7.40 Last of the Summer Wine
8.20 Outnumbered
9.00 The Fast Show
9.40 Knowing Me, Knowing You:
With Alan Partridge
10.20 Not Going Out
11.00 The Mighty Boosh
11.40-12.20am The Mighty Boosh
7.00pm MasterChef Australia The
contestants face a very personal
elimination challenge in Tokyo
8.00 One Born Every Minute
9.00 Inside Harley Street
10.00 Inside the Ambulance
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am One Born Every
Minute Documentary
Sky Premiere
Sky Greats
Sky Animation
Sky Action
Sky Select
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SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 307, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
5.35pm Fences (12, 2016) A
working-class dad tries to raise his
family in the 1950s. Drama starring
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
8.00 Why Him? (15, 2016) A
protective dad is far from thrilled
when his daughter begins dating a
playboy millionaire. Comedy with
Bryan Cranston. See Film Choice
10.00 Split (15, 2016) Thriller
starring James McAvoy
12.00-1.50am My Father Die (18,
2016) Action drama starring Joe
Anderson and John Schneider
6.25pm Happy Gilmore (12, 1996)
A failed ice-hockey player
discovers he has a gift for golf, and
decides to enter a tournament.
Comedy with Adam Sandler
8.00 William Shakespeare’s
Romeo + Juliet (12, 1996) The
children of two feuding families fall
in love. Modern update of
Shakespeare’s tragic love story
starring Leonardo DiCaprio
10.00-12.15am Air Force One (15,
1997) Action thriller starring
Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman
6.25pm An Eskimo Tale (PG, 2013)
Animated adventure featuring the
voice of Christopher Plummer
8.00 The Secret Life of Pets (U,
2016) Two bickering hounds must
pull together while lost in New
York. Animated adventure
featuring the voice of Louis CK
9.35 Frankenweenie (PG, 2012)
Animated fantasy with the voices
of Charlie Tahan and Winona Ryder
11.10-12.45am A Warrior’s Tail (PG,
2015) Animated fantasy featuring
the voice of Milla Jovovich
5.45pm Fantastic Beasts and
Where to Find Them (12, 2016)
Fantasy starring Eddie Redmayne
and Katherine Waterston
8.00 The A-Team (12, 2010) Four
soldiers jailed for a crime they did
not commit escape and seek
revenge. Action adventure with
Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper
10.00 Death Race (15, 2008) Sci-fi
thriller starring Jason Statham
12.00-2.00am Terminator
Salvation (12, 2009) Sci-fi thriller
sequel with Christian Bale
5.00pm The Thin Red Line (15,
1998) American soldiers serving
on Guadalcanal confront their fears
and beliefs. Second World War
drama starring Sean Penn
8.00 Grosse Pointe Blank (15,
1997) A hitman runs into trouble
when he tries to combine his latest
assassination job with a trip home
for a school reunion. Black comedy
drama starring John Cusack
10.00-12.05am The Birth of a
Nation (15, 2016) Biopic of Nat
Turner starring Nate Parker
John Cusack stars as a hitman in
a crisis in black comedy Grosse
Pointe Blank (Sky Select, 8pm)
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saturday review 55
1GR
Friday 20
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7pm
Radio 1
West Ham United take on
Brighton & Hove Albion at the
London Stadium (kick-off 8pm).
Both sides had seven points
after their first seven games,
with the Seagulls the happier
of the two sides as they adjust
to life in the Premier League.
Javier Hernández, pictured,
was brought in to score goals,
but he hasn’t found his feet yet
and the Hammers boss, Slaven
Bilic, is under pressure to find
a winning formula. JC
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.33am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 The
Official Chart with MistaJam
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 Dance
Anthems with MistaJam
7.00 Annie Mac 10.00 Pete
Tong 1.00am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1’s Essential Mix
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports F1
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
SKY 406 VIRGIN 516
6.00am-7.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
7.30 LIVE New Zealand NPC
Rugby The first semi-final
9.20 Rugby Greatest Games
9.30 Good Morning
Sports Fans
10.00 Premier League Daily
11.00 LIVE European Tour
Golf: The Andalucia Masters
1.00pm Sky Sports Today
2.30 LIVE European Tour
Golf: The Andalucia Masters
3.45 LIVE Formula 1: The
United States Grand Prix
The first practice session
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 LIVE FNF: West Ham
United v Brighton & Hove
Albion (Kick-off 8.00).
Coverage of the Premier
League match, which takes
place at The London Stadium
10.15 Carling In Off the Bar
10.45 PL Greatest Games
11.00 Through the Night
3.00am-6.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
3.45pm-6.00 LIVE Formula 1:
The United States Grand Prix
The first practice session
7.45-10.00 LIVE Formula 1:
The United States Grand Prix
The second practice session
Sky Sports
Premier League
7.00pm-10.00 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
Scarlets v Bath (Kick-off 7.45)
12.00 LIVE MotoGP The third
practice session ahead of the
Australian Grand Prix
3.00am-7.15 LIVE MotoGP:
The Australian Grand Prix
The qualifying session
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512 BT VISION+ 406
7.00pm-10.15 LIVE FNF: West
Ham United v Brighton &
Hove Albion (Kick-off 8.00)
Sky Sports Golf
SKY 405 VIRGIN 515
6.00am-7.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
11.00-1.00pm LIVE
European Tour Golf: The
Andalucia Masters
2.30-5.30 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The Andalucia
Masters Further coverage
of the second day of the
tournament from the Real
Club in Valderrama, Spain
3.00am-6.00 LIVE PGA Tour
Golf: The CJ Cup
Sky Sports Action
SKY 407 VIRGIN 517
7.30am-9.20 LIVE New
Zealand NPC Rugby
Coverage of the first semifinal, as New Zealand’s
domestic competition
continues
5.00am-6.00 LIVE New
Zealand NPC Rugby
The second semi-final
Radio guide
BT Sport 1
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9.45am-12.00 LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Adelaide United v
Melbourne Victory
(Kick-off 9.50)
1.00pm-5.00 LIVE WTA
Tennis: The Kremlin Cup
7.15-9.30 LIVE Bundesliga:
Schalke 04 v FSV Mainz 05
(Kick-off 7.30)
12.00 LIVE NBA: Milwaukee
Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers
(Tip-off 12.00)
2.30am-5.00 LIVE CFL:
Calgary Stampeders v
Saskatchewan Roughriders
5.00am Penny Smith 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Paddy O’Connell
2.00pm Steve Wright 5.00
Simon Mayo 7.00 Tony
Blackburn’s Golden Hour 8.00
Friday Night Is Music Night.
From the 2016 Chichester
Festival (r) 10.00 Sounds of the
80s 12.00 Anneka Rice: The
Happening 2.00am Radio 2’s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New to 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
7.45pm-9.45 LIVE Ligue 1:
St Etienne v Montpellier
(Kick-off 7.45)
12.00 LIVE College Football:
Middle Tennessee Blue
Raiders v Marshall
Thundering Herd
(Kick-off 12.00)
3.15am-6.30 LIVE College
Football: New Mexico Lobos
v Colorado State Rams
(Kick-off 3.15)
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Puccini. See Choice
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Nelson Freire plays
Bach (Prelude in G minor,
BWV535); Schumann (Fantasy
in C, Op 17); and Chopin (Piano
Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58)
2.00 Live Afternoon Concert
Shostakovich (October —
symphonic poem, Op 131);
Mussorgsky arr Denisov
(Songs and Dances of Death);
Mussorgsky arr Stravinsky
(Pesnya Mefistofelya o blokhe
‘Song of the flea’); Liszt
(Mazeppa — symphonic poem
after Hugo, S100); Scriabin
(Le Poeme de l’extase, Op 54);
Sibelius (Symphony No 5 in E
flat, Op 82); and Arnell (Lord
Byron — a symphonic portrait)
5.00 Live In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.31 Live Radio 3 in Concert
Christoph König conducts the
BBCSSO in Brahms (Variations
on a Theme by Haydn); Bruch
(Violin Concerto No 1); and
Strauss (Aus Italien)
10.00 The Verb
10.45 The Essay: Stories That
Sing Garth Greenwell reflects
on his journey towards opera
11.00 World on 3
1.00am Through the Night
Eurosport 1
Radio 4
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LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
BT Sport 2
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BT Sport 3
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11.45am-5.30pm LIVE
Snooker: English Open
Coverage of the quarter-finals
of the ranking tournament at
Barnsley Metrodome
6.45-10.00 LIVE Snooker:
English Open Further
coverage of the quarter-finals
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
Today’s picks
Composer of the Week:
Puccini
Radio 3, noon
CrowdScience: How Can
we Fight Unwanted Noise?
World Service, 8.30pm
Radio 3 continues its noble
struggle to lead the horse that
is the British public to the
water that is opera with this
concluding episode of
Composer of the Week. Donald
Macleod, who has the name
and occasionally the manner
of a slightly fussy Edinburgh music teacher (softly spoken,
but you sense the steel beneath the gentility), has brought in
Antonio Pappano, pictured, for a spot of Puccini show-andtell. The theme of this week’s discussion, recorded at the
Royal Opera House, has been Puccini’s endlessly ill-fated
heroines. Macleod is focusing on the three contrasting female
leads in Il trittico, three one-act operas: Il tabarro’s Giorgetta,
the title character of Suor Angelica and Lauretta in Gianni
Schicchi. It is interspersed with music from the composer;
much of it conducted by Pappano himself. Catherine Nixey
A minor linguistic point: isn’t
all noise unwanted? Isn’t that
what distinguishes it from
sound? Anyway, here Anand
Jagatia heads out to discover
how we can minimise noise,
and speaks to scientists
attempting to improve the
soundscapes of our ever
larger and noisier cities. The
programme also travels to
Mumbai in India — a place
that has more than a nodding
acquaintance with the noisy
— to discover that “sound
mapping” can help to improve
the sound of a city and the
health of its inhabitants. CN
9.00 Desert Island Discs (r)
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 15 Minute Drama: Ten
Days That Shook the World
By John Reed (10/10)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 the Book of
the Week: How to Be
Champion, by Sarah Millican
11.00 When Britain Invaded
Russia
11.30 Big Problems with Helen
Keen New series. A comical
look at the topic of food
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 50 Things That Made
the Modern Economy (15/15)
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 How to Have a Better
Brain The importance
of diet to brain health
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: The Longest
Journey By Peter Whalley.
A man picks up a female
hitch-hiker and discovers they
are both concealing a secret
about a death (r)
3.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Horticulture advice
3.45 Short Works
4.00 Last Word
4.30 Feedback
4.55 The Listening Project
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The News Quiz
7.00 The Archers Lilian gets a
shocking proposition
7.15 Front Row
7.45 15 Minute Drama: Ten
Days That Shook the World (r)
8.00 Any Questions? A debate
8.50 A Point of View
9.00 Streets Apart: A History
of Social Housing
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: Ian
Rankin: The Deathwatch
Journal Telfer’s date with the
hangman is imminent as Scott
is taken to see Edinburgh
gangster Jack Mulholland (5/5)
11.00 A Good Read (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
11.55 The Listening Project (r)
8.30 One of the Three Great
Plots of All Literature 9.00
Border Crossings 9.15 Black
Queen to King’s Castle 10.00
Comedy Club: The Casebook
of Max and Ivan 10.30 Bleak
Expectations 10.55 The
Interview 11.00 Absolute
Power 11.30 World of Pub
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
How to Be Champion
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 5 Live Daily 1.00pm
The Friday Sports Panel 2.00
Kermode and Mayo’s Film
Review 4.00 Drive 7.00 5 Live
Sport 8.00 Live Premier
League Football 2017-18: West
Ham United v Brighton and
Hove Albion 10.00 Stephen
Nolan 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 The Two Mikes
1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 8.30 Brothers in
Law 9.00 The Motion Show
9.30 Kalangadog Junction
10.00 Alexander 11.00 Border
Crossings 11.15 Black Queen to
King’s Castle 12.00 I’m Sorry
I’ll Read That Again 12.30pm
Brothers in Law 1.00 You
Came Back 1.30 One of the
Three Great Plots of All
Literature 2.00 Jane Eyre 2.15
A Week at the Pitt Rivers 2.30
Daunt and Dervish 2.45
Femme Fatale: A Biography of
Mata Hari 3.00 Alexander
4.00 The Motion Show
4.30 Kalangadog Junction
5.00 Hazelbeach 5.30 The
Casebook of Max and Ivan
6.00 Futures 6.30 Soul Music
7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read That
Again 7.30 Brothers in Law
8.00 You Came Back
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am Newshour 10.00
World Update 11.00
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Samurai Sudoku No 581 — Medium (36min)
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Tredoku is similar to Sudoku:
numbers 1-9 should appear only
once in each 3x3 box and
9-square line. But since it is in 3D
space, the 9-square lines could be
straight or bent; follow each line’s
direction in search of clues.
All the digits 1 to 6 must appear in every row and column.
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left-hand corner is calculated from the digits in all the cells
in the block, using the operation indicated by the symbol.
The Listener
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Follow-My-Leader
by Harribobs
Clashing letters
formed the names
of the eight postwar German
chancellors:
Adenauer, Erhard,
Kiesinger, Brandt,
Schmidt, Kohl, Schröder, Merkel. Extra letters
from wordplay spelt out “use bottom row and
left column as indexes”. The grid coordinates
of the chancellors in chronological order
gave Palais Schaumburg, an official residence
of the chancellor. More details at
listenercrossword.com. The winners are
Brian MacReamoinn of Wilton, Wiltshire,
Mrs Alison Ducker of Kenilworth, Warwickshire,
and Mrs HC Macarthur of Epsom, Surrey.
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Spane (a) To wean (Scots).
Spancel (c) To hobble (an
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who is also main local
landowner. Polygon derisive,
derris, desi, desire, devise,
deviser, divers, diverse, iris,
reside, revers, revise, reviser,
rise, riser, riverside, seed, seer,
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The winner is
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of Galashiels,
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Scrabble ® Allan Simmons
Chess Raymond Keene
How would you get on
spotting bonus words with
these racks? Give yourself a
few minutes with each.
Experts in the field widely
regard chess as a means of
keeping the brain healthy as
one ages. In previous columns,
I have referred to the work of
Joe Verghese, a professor at
the Albert Einstein College of
Medicine, New York. Now
fresh ammunition has been
provided (as noted in a report
in The Times of October 2) for
the mental benefits of competitive social games such as chess
during the ageing process.
Dr Thomas Bak of Edinburgh University told The
Times that keeping the brain
agile by taking up a complex
social game is good in warding
off mental decline as you have
to work out what other people
are going to do.
Perhaps the greatest gerontological feat over the chessboard was Emanuel Lasker’s
dominating victory in 1924 in
New York, when he finished in
first place well clear of the
world’s elite including reigning
champion, José Capablanca,
champion-to-be Alexander Alekhine and a host of leading
grandmasters. In this week’s
game the 55-year-old Lasker
overcomes one of the leaders
of the hypermodern school.
Notes are based on those by
Garry Kasparov from his My
Great Predecessors series (Everyman Chess).
Shin turns down QuAD H12a
(69) to invest in keeping the
blank for a bonus and knowing
he has QIN E3a if required.
AEGH MR
DEELMNO
NNORTTU+E
These were some of the
early racks from the thrilling
final game at last weekend’s
National
Championships
between Austin Shin and
Harshan
Lamabadusuriya.
Shin was ahead by half-a-win
(the half being from an earlier
draw) so it was a straight
shoot-out for the title.
Lamabadusuriya thought he
had it in the bag after his
amazing start but Shin had
other ideas. It couldn’t have
been scripted better. Here are
the details to play through:
L:
AAAILOR
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QN?OIOP
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ALEGGLX
S:
N?IOAAS
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S:
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ORARIA
D8a 14 337
QOPH
D1a 28 289
LEX
M15d 34 371
AtONIAS
M2a 70 359
EGGY
A1a 27 398
JURAL
K11a 47 406
L:
ALATIIP
S:
NNOBEIS
PAIL
C12a 20 418
The unplayable TILAPIA was
spotted.
BORES
I13d 41 447
BONNIES and BENISON were
unplayable.
(L)amabad.: EIORTUZ
TOUZIER
H4a 84 84
(S)hin:
ABCEKMR
BUCK
G6d 22 22
L: DEELMNO
LEMONED K3a 83 167
S: AEMR?GH
HoMAGER L8a 93 115
L: CEEHISY
YECHIEST A4d 95* 262
S: AAEFRWY
WAYFARER G14d 105* 220
L: NNORTTU
UNROTTEN B9d 61 323
S: DQN?OOW
DOW
F15d 41 261
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NNEIEFT
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QUITED
D1d 48 466
FENI
F2d 35 482
DIVA
L2a 38 504
With the board as shown, can
you find a play for Shin that
scores enough to win, bearing
in mind he could catch his
opponent with ITV?
NETS
(*including 5 points for an
unsuccessful challenge)
Definitions
FENI
liquor from Goa
QUITED archaic past of QUIT
TILAPIA African freshwater fish
Collins Official Scrabble Words is the word authority used.
Word positions use the grid reference plus (a)cross or (d)own.
2L
double letter
square (dl)
Solution to times2
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The winner is
N Gerrard of
London E17
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sever, side, sieve, sire, siree,
sirree, verse, versed, vise.
Two Brains 1 Anton Bruckner
and Joseph Haydn (early works
not included in the original
numbering of the composers’
symphonies). 2 While all are
homophones of letters of the
alphabet (bee/b etc), unlike the
rest, sea, eye and ewe do not
contain the actual letters they
sound like. Scrabble Shin’s play
that made him 2017 National
Champion was NOTES E8a
23/505 which, after adjustment
for the unused ITV, gave him a
win 511-498. Note that SENT
N4a (25) was another outplay
for two more points.
Literary quiz 1 Scoop by
Evelyn Waugh. 2 The Shipping
News by E Annie Proulx.
3 To Kill a Mockingbird by
Harper Lee. 4 Bel-Ami by
Guy de Maupassant. Brain
Trainer Easy 38; Medium 286;
Harder 3222
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White: Richard Réti
Black: Emanuel Lasker
New York 1924
Réti Opening
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Letter
values
1 point:
AEIOU
LNRST
2 points:
DG
3 points:
BCMP
4 points:
FHVWY
K=5
JX = 8
QZ = 10
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Polygon Roger Phillips Cell Blocks 3037
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Using the given letters no more than
once, make as many words as possible of
four or more letters, always including
the central letter. Capitalised words,
plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense
etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives
and superlatives are disallowed.
How you rate: 13 words average; 18,
good; 26, very good; 34, excellent.
Answers to Friday’s Polygon are to the
left. Today’s answers are printed in
MindGames on Monday
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the times | Saturday October 14 2017
6 4 2 4
4
Divide the grid into blocks.
Each block must be square or
rectangular and must contain
the number of cells indicated
by the number inside it.
Yesterday’s solution, left
1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 c6 3 b3 Bf5 4 g3
Nf6 5 Bg2 Nbd7 6 Bb2 e6 7
0-0 Bd6 8 d3 0-0 9 Nbd2 e5
10 cxd5 cxd5 11 Rc1
11 e4 was better but Réti
carries out his original flank
attack plan.
11 ... Qe7 12 Rc2 a5 13 a4 h6 14
Qa1 Rfe8 15 Rfc1 Bh7 16 Nf1
Nc5 17 Rxc5
This capture shows good
judgement. White seeks his
salvation in this sacrifice by
which he can dispose of one of
Black’s centre pawns.
17 ... Bxc5 18 Nxe5 Rac8 19
Ne3 Qe6 20 h3 Bd6?
A mistake that might have
had unpleasant consequences
and in place of which 20 ... b6
is best in order to safeguard
the queen’s wing as well as the
position of the bishop.
21 Rxc8 Rxc8 22 Nf3?
In turn failing to take his
chance. With 22 N5g4 Nxg4
23 hxg4, White could have
won a second pawn for the
exchange and thereby have
avoided any danger of losing.
22 ... Be7 23 Nd4 Qd7 24 Kh2
h5 25 Qh1
Even for Réti himself this is
almost too “original”. In any
event, this move would have
been ineffective if Black had
been content to protect his
pawn simply by means of 25 ...
Rd8. His next move, however,
is much more energetic.
25 ... h4 26 Nxd5 hxg3+ 27
fxg3 Nxd5 28 Bxd5 Bf6
A very annoying pin.
Twitter: @times_chess
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29 Bxb7
Now White becomes completely uncoordinated. 29 Qf3
was the only chance.
29 ... Rc5 30 Ba6 Bg6 31 Qb7
Qd8 32 b4 Rc7 33 Qb6 Rd7
34 Qxd8+ Rxd8 35 e3
If 35 Nc6 Black has 35 ...
Rd6 36 Bxf6 Rxc6, winning.
35 ... axb4 36 Kg2 Bxd4 37
exd4 Bf5 38 Bb7 Be6 39 Kf3
Bb3 40 Bc6 Rd6 41 Bb5 Rf6+
42 Ke3 Re6+ 43 Kf4 Re2 44
Bc1 Rc2 45 Be3 Bd5 White
resigns
Further exploits of grandmasters in the gerontological
sphere were 62-year-old Vasily
Smyslov’s victory in the World
Championship candidates semifinal in 1983 and the longevity
of Viktor Korchnoi (born 1931)
continuing into his eighties.
Winning Move
White to play. This position is
from the game Korchnoi-Gallagher, Switzerland 2012.
Can you spot the octogenarian’s most accurate finish?
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ÝrD D D D]
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Û D I DPD]
ÚD D D D ]
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The first correct entry drawn
on Thursday will win a copy of
The Collins English Dictionary
and Thesaurus. The two runners-up will receive a book
prize. Answers on a postcard
to: The Times Winning Move,
PO Box 2164, Colchester, Essex
CO2 8LJ, or email to:
winningmove@thetimes.co.uk.
The answer will be published
next Saturday.
Solution to last week’s puzzle:
1 ... Be3! leaves no way to prevent promotion of the c-pawn.
The winner is John Bevan of
London N10
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Codeword No 3154
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The Listener Crossword No 4472 Sharp Work by Puffin
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key with some letters solved. Completing the first word or phrase will give clues
to more letters. Enter them in the key and main grid and check the letters on
the alphabet list as you complete them. Yesterday’s solution on page 57
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times2 Crossword No 7470
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Across
1 Rhododendron subgenus (6)
4 Commercial notice (6)
8 Fellow; become sore (4)
9 In the wings (8)
10 Make biased (9)
13 Locate (5)
15 Strikes roughly (I, not O) (5)
16 Make sore by rubbing (5)
Solution to Crossword 7469
AR T
P H
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18 Marsupial climber (5,4)
21 Impractically idealistic (8)
22 Drug-producing plant (4)
23 Still living (6)
24 Variety of wine grape (6)
Down
1 Take as correct (6)
2 The teaching world (8)
3 So as to be heard (5)
5 Indigestion (9)
6 Energy, style (4)
7 As a consequence (6)
11 Not recognised (9)
12 Below (5)
14 Goodbye (2,6)
16 Money order (6)
17 Not genuine or real (6)
19 Particular position (5)
20 Eating regimen (4)
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♦KJ6
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Table One (New-Zealand E-W)
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14
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Bridge Andrew Robson
Light openers and pre-empts
helped New Zealand to reach
the Bermuda Bowl semi-final.
However, that strategy took a
spectacular fall on this deal
from that fateful (from the New
Zealander’s perspective) semifinal v host nation France.
Dealer North
N-S Vul
Solution to Listener Crossword
No 4469 on page 56
10
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
1
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correct entries drawn will
each receive a copy of
The Chambers Dictionary and
Susie Dent’s Modern Tribes.
Write your name and
contact details in the space
provided and send to:
Listener Crossword No 4472,
63 Green Lane, St Albans,
Hertfordshire AL3 6HE, to
arrive by October 26.
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Saturday October 14 2017 | the times
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W
2NT
Pass
Pass
Dbl
N
Pass
3NT
end
E
2♥(1)
Pass
(1) Weak Two (you can say that again).
Name .....................................................................................................................................................................................
Address ................................................................................................................................................................................
.................................... Postcode ....................................... Phone number..............................................................
8 and 16 are the name of a claimant and where he chose to press his claim. An ensuing incident,
which effectively 24 35, appears in 12 cells that solvers must highlight together with 24 and 35 to
give a symbolic illustration. Each clue contains an extra word that must be removed before solving;
the words’ initial letters spell out an achievement to which the title of the achiever’s autobiography
refers. That title also alludes to a humorous history whose title solvers must enter below the grid
(a number and three words). The Chambers Dictionary (2016) is the primary reference.
Across
1 What a banker may be asking of direct
debit regularly shown (6)
5 Self-contained reflected light avoiders
producing glooms (6)
10 By the sound of it, used force of patella on
little Edgar — tenderness required (6)
13 Privates covering one have bearing (4)
14 Foremost of current interplanetary
reconnaissance craft under control
surrounded Uranus (7)
15 On Her Majesty’s Service, 70 regularly
sacked in charge of resistance (5)
17 Tom maybe leading a marathon lap round
low tree (7)
18 Beloved prayer book auctioned for a
voluntary fee (10)
20 Cross-Channel wit is entertained by Andre’s
inveterate prittle-prattle (6)
25 That woman’s old lady loves English busts,
sometimes two-faced (6)
26 Each case fairly dealt with in taxing period
(10, two words)
27 All young Highland conservationists, say, at
grammar school for earliest forms of
industrious workers (7)
29 Forced male voice drops opening trio for
second row (5)
31 Thick-tongued, scaly creature advanced on
school — term cancelled after Head flees (7)
32 On and off eyesight strained for old Egyptian
cups with more than one handle (4)
33 Perhaps bongo player replacing his partner
with note, not classically inclined? (6)
34 Dewey’s writings somehow had influence
in Ayr (6)
Down
1 Military order about bottling some inky liquid
is gradually absorbed (7)
2 Believe Welsh flower marks conciliation (4)
3 Veterans rose in South, scrambled up
Kilimanjaro (7)
4 Effect of force of poetry (4)
6 Junior cleric holds top of the shortened
tippet (7)
7 Men about to find serial killer (4)
9 First person leaving fond farewell raised
drink (4)
11 Daily Record covering Switzerland’s jointlyrun outmoded government (7)
12 Tailored penal servitude discharges
unexpected levies, purifying reprobates (8)
19 Books state setter’s comprehending soldier’s
problem with Listeners (7)
21 Gestapo formulated immediate charge for
delivery (7)
22 Learned introduction to X-rated subject from
International Society on past goddess (7)
23 A porter stumbled tracking ancient highranking magistrate (7)
27 Henry disrupts leaderless bleats with youthful
expressions of satisfaction (4)
28 Mutton stew’s goodness leads to award in
America (4)
29 Part of ascending scale Iolanthe performed on
her own (4)
30 Composition error found in faulty xenophobic
poetry (4)
Two Brains
Raymond Keene
Word Watching
Josephine Balmer
Literary Quiz
Josephine Balmer
Question 1
Who wrote Symphony No 0
and who wrote Symphony No A?
Question 2
Which three of the following 13
are the odd words out?
Bee, sea, gee, eye, jay, oh, pea,
queue, are, tea, ewe, ex, why
Answers on page 57
Squeteague
a. A dressage movement
b. A fish c. Squeamish
Spane
a. To wean b. Excessively thin
c. Glassware
Spancel
a. A decorative bead b. An
elastic fabric c. To hobble
Squarson
a. A clergyman b. Legitimate
c. Pulped fruit
Hot off the Press
In which novels do these
fictional newspapers appear:
1 The Daily Beast?
2 The Gammy Bird?
3 The Maycomb Tribune?
4 La Vie Française?
Answers on page 57
Answers on page 57
Thanks to Frank Trethewey of Stevenage
for this week’s first question and Anthony
Tibbs of Wells, Somerset, for the second.
Please send your puzzles to
keenebrain@aol.com. All readers who
have contributed to this column receive a
special mention.
West led the ten of diamonds, declarer Frederic
Volcker winning the jack and
leading the king of clubs. West
won the ace and tried the ace
of diamonds, hoping (against
hope) declarer’s king would
fall.
Declarer won West’s third
diamond with the king, cashed
the queen-jack of clubs, discarding hearts from dummy,
and followed with four rounds
of spades. On the last spade,
East was squeezed between
the king-ten-eight of hearts
and the master ten of clubs.
Throw the club and declarer
(from ace-queen-four of hearts
and three of clubs) can discard
the four of hearts, then finesse
the queen of hearts, cash the
ace and enjoy the three of
clubs. When East threw a
heart, declarer could discard
the club and score the last
three tricks by finessing the
queen of hearts, cashing the
ace (felling East’s king) and
leading a heart to the jack.
Eleven tricks and doubled
game made plus two. 1150
points to France.
Table Two (New-Zealand N-S)
S
2♣
4♥
W
N
1♥(1)
2♥(2) Pass
end
E
Pass
2♠(3)
(1) Classic New Zealand light opener.
(2) Five-five in the unbid spades and
diamonds.
(3) Quickly and confidently.
East led his singleton spade
v North’s 4♥. Declarer won in
hand and led a heart to the
queen, West discarding. At
trick three, in a near-hopeless
position, declarer led the king
of clubs.
West won the ace of clubs
and led a spade for East to ruff
(not often that you bid a suit,
then ruff the second round).
East switched to the seven of
diamonds to the jack and
queen and ruffed a third spade.
The three of diamonds went to
the six and nine and West
cashed the ace of diamonds.
East had to score a further
heart trick with his king-ten
and when the dust had settled,
that was down four. France
+400 added to 1150 at the
other table. A Kiwi ouch.
andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk
the times | Saturday October 14 2017
saturday review 59
1GR
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puzzles go to thetimes.co.uk
Jumbo crossword No 1289
Cryptic clues
1
Across
1 What could make me fret —
sinning, transgressions (13)
8 Had to be in need of an exorcist? (9)
13 Thus perhaps more able to move
round, I took the initiative (5)
14 Traveller upset when given small
company car (5,4)
15 No serious patient ultimately wants
peculiar quack medicine (7)
16 It’s difficult to accept this can
accommodate broken-down
motorway vehicle (4,8)
17 Mountain concern — something
sounding warning? (10)
18 Hesitation about sea? Stay
behind (6)
19 Fish going off course with beam of
light shifting eastward (8)
21 Made bed somewhere close to
Oxford (6)
24 Gut I have on reflection “creates”
when disturbed (10)
26 Four children and I accompany
mother full of anger one
Sunday (12)
29 One facing delay regularly in lazy
mode (4)
30 Man is one with dull work, finishing
early, before time (8)
31 Dandy in a vehicle on entering
motorway (8)
34 Unable to escape from noise from
cathedral’s precincts? (6,2)
35 Passionate about stars being most
old and tired? (8)
36 German writer’s miraculous fare,
mostly (4)
39 How disease develops? Way is
shown by old book (12)
40 Second politician joining firm’s
bosses provides illustrated
analysis (10)
43 Ditch a lawyer somewhere in
North America (6)
44 Doctor imports computers etc. at
this place — one uncertain what to
do? (8)
45 One opener for England embracing
another, being philosophical (6)
49 Minor treat, fantastic series of sci-fi
films (10)
51 Ten ace men working with NHS —
they could improve things (12)
53 I’m coming in slightly drunk,
ignoring daughter, nervously (7)
54 Religious type is protected by
someone small after kick (9)
55 Nasty person participating in
ridiculous enterprise (5)
56 A skill not necessarily lacking in
sinister types (9)
57 Something taught in mathematics
class that is by no means pointless
(7,6)
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Name......................................................................................................... Prizes
Address.....................................................................................................
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............................................................ Postcode.....................................
Phone number......................................................................................
The prize for each of the first
correct solutions to the
Cryptic and times2 Jumbo
clues to be opened will be a
collection of Times reference
books — including The Times
Universal Atlas of the World, Collins English
Dictionary & Thesaurus, and Bradford’s Crossword
Solver’s Dictionary published by HarperCollins.
Entries should be marked “Cryptic” or “times2”
and sent to: The Times Jumbo Crossword 1289,
PO Box 2164, Colchester, Essex CO2 8LJ, to arrive
by October 26. The winners and the solutions will
be published on October 28.
times2 clues
Train
Tracks
No 249
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
next week
Down
1 Old puffer in club husky in voice
(4,5)
2 Duck out of nasty cold drink —
what’s the point? (7)
3 Feeling about girl that’s vague (10)
4 Caper that sounds like something
risky (6)
5 A Liberal is enthralled by maiden
speech going on about right and
wrong (12)
6 Modern erection specially
designed (8)
7 Son meeting fate in designated
period (4)
8 Misleading information maybe for
the old man: notice grumbler
turning up (10)
9 State in which fool’s seen sense (6)
10 Mexican verse about old soldier?
(2-10)
11 Control mechanism demanded by
wiser voices (5)
12 Baddy on street serving protest (13)
20 Good little pigs? Without hesitation,
noisy swine! (8)
22 Cold joint with a lot wrong, a small
bit of food (9)
23 Number in favour of second man
being given a hearing (8)
25 Telling off about set of books stolen
from library, say? (3-6)
27 Reason given for driving test failure?
It's certainly not helpful (1,3,4)
28 A beautiful person grabbing male
on getting dress down (8)
29 Disabled old people walked
determinedly, keeping at it
somehow (13)
32 Another bit of cheating for one not
quite fit to be a leader (6,6)
33 Narrowmindedness of firm
embracing Conservative associated
with heresy (12)
37 Fairy very bad, grabbing devil’s tail
in risky manner (10)
38 Sailor with no friend embracing jolly
group in unusual way (10)
41 Sides meet in conflict, showing lack
of respect (9)
42 Rocky island gone round by senior
woman, twitching (8)
46 Stop crusade to get rid of seconds
in dinner party (7)
47 Greek character collects a heap for
burning, mostly old documents (6)
48 A chemist’s first, with others, to
produce a compound (6)
50 Recording of author of farces
entertaining them briefly (5)
52 Captain making joke in the
auditorium? (4)
2
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4
2
5
5
3
2
4
3
4
2
A
7
4
1
4
1
B
Across
1 Evaluation that is too low (13)
8 Children’s pavement game (9)
13 Acidic; smart and stylish (5)
14 Soldier able to be called up (9)
15 Retiree’s income (7)
16 Endless (12)
17 University head (10)
18 Discover the position of (6)
19 Viking craft (8)
21 Forced (a fluid) to move (6)
24 Untrustworthiness (10)
26 Not reacting to stimuli (12)
29 Eastern garment (4)
30 Understood by only a few (8)
31 Giving way (8)
34 Able to be joined up (8)
35 Ancestor (8)
36 Eating regime (4)
39 Underground (12)
40 Established community (10)
43 American DJ (6)
44 Transfer to a lower division (8)
45 Former French province ruled by
England (6)
49 Woman who sews for a living (10)
51 Power-mad individual (12)
53 Ahead (2,5)
54 Stopping sleeping (9)
55 Small arm of the sea (5)
56 Kind of jazz (9)
57 Impartial (13)
Down
1 Requiring no special training (9)
2 Radical, extreme (7)
3 The making of amends for a
wrong (10)
4 Wrench (a ligament) (P, not T) (6)
5 Art exhibit in a gallery (12)
6 Epiphyte absorbing nutrients from
the atmosphere (3,5)
7 Give out (4)
8 One who thumbs a lift (10)
9 Lengths of tube (6)
10 As a result (12)
11 Woven fabric (5)
12
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22
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25
27
28
29
32
33
37
38
41
42
46
47
48
50
52
British unit of 112 pounds (13)
Soldier keeping watch (8)
Undeveloped, rudimentary (9)
Seller of gems and precious
metals (8)
Container for valuables (9)
Something regarded as more
important than others (8)
Citrus drink (8)
Smug (4-9)
Device showing coloured
patterns (12)
Process of slowing down (12)
Perceive the meaning of (10)
Ornamental (10)
Cut short (9)
Heedless, unconcerned (8)
One of three born together
(7)
South African shrub (6)
Language; organ (6)
Attach (to) (5)
Hairless (4)
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