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The Times Saturday Review — 20 January 2018

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Saturday January 20 2018
7-DAY
TV & RADIO
T
GUIDE
page 23
Nancy Durrant
The art of the
ocean liner
at the V&A 8
Scoop!
The real story
behind Spielberg’s
The Post
art books theatre film music television what’s on puzzles
the times | Saturday January 20 2018
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everyone’s talking about
The Goldfinch movie
Contents
Why?
Cover story 4-5
Music 10
The Goldfinch, as in the
upcoming film version of
Donna Tartt’s 2015 Pulitzer
prizewinning novel, is
already this year’s most
talked about page-to-screen
adaptation,
particularly
given that it’s the first that the
enigmatic American author
has permitted (Tartt stomps
on attempts to movie-fy her
1992 debut smash The Secret
History). News that it will
co-star Finn Wolfhard further
ups the “must-see” factor.
Better known to Netflix viewers as
Stranger Things’ endearingly geeky hero,
Mike Wheeler, Wolfhard (real name),
possesses a tangle of dark hair, a Dungeons
& Dragons pallor and androgynous features too generous for his delicate face that
have made him an Insta “alternative” icon.
He joins a cast that includes fellow tween
pin-up Ansel Elgort (also real name). He
will play the younger incarnation of Boris,
the wild Ukrainian boy, with an alcoholic
father and a dead mother, who attempts
to lead astray The Goldfinch’s hero, Theo
(Elgort), into drink and drugs and generally feckless behaviour. The film is directed by John Crowley, whose 2015 movie
Brooklyn earned three Oscar nominations.
The Goldfinch provides an exciting new
testing ground for Wolfhard, who had previously taken the leap from TV’s Stranger
Things, a 1980s-set ensemble scenario in
which middle-school “losers” try to face
down a supernatural horror, to doing pretty much the same thing, albeit to the same
memorably Spielbergian effect, on the big
screen in the 2017 adaptation of Stephen
King’s It. He will, of course, come to The
Goldfinch trailing clouds of teenage fans.
That the 15-year-old Canadian fronts
a garage band called Calpurnia, named
after a character in To Kill a Mockingbird,
is a positive sign re his literary interests,
although whether Wolfhard will actually
read Tartt’s bildungsroman based around
the theft of a small painting by Carel Fabri-
The Post screenwriter
Liz Hannah on how
the story of The
Washington Post’s
legendary
publisher Kay
Graham inspired
her to become a
full-time writer
The band First Aid Kit
talk to Will Hodgkinson
about their new
album and the
pressures of
early fame
tiusis unlikely, given that he failed to finish
It. “I got two chapters in and thought,
‘Yeah, it’s really long, and I don’t know if I’ll
have time to finish this’,” he told Vice. A full
784 pages of Tartt may prove a step too far.
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
What they say
“The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes
along perhaps half a dozen times per
decade, a smartly written literary novel
that connects with the heart as well as the
mind.” Stephen King in his New York
Times review of Donna Tartt’s book
“One of the most famous middleschoolers in the world right now.”
Dazed magazine on Finn Wolfhard
The Land
We Live In —
The Land We
Left Behind
Hauser & Wirth
Somerset, Bruton
Rachel CampbellJohnston, page 21
exhibition
The Birthday
Party
Harold Pinter Theatre,
London
Ann Treneman, page 21
film
Coco
On general release
Kevin Maher, page 20
Exhibition
8-9
What’s on
20-21
Nancy Durrant sails
through the history of
ocean liners in a new
show at the V&A
What the critics would pay to see
theatre
There are druids,
but they don’t look
like Asterix told us
they would
How Russian spies
made modern
Britain, why Trump
won’t destroy
American
democracy and the
verdict on Julian
Barnes’s new novel
Hugo
Rifkind 6
Finn Wolfhard will star
in the film adaptation
of Donna Tartt’s
The Goldfinch
dance
Autobiography
Laban Theatre, London
Debra Craine, page 21
Books 11-19
Our critics on the
week’s best films,
theatre, exhibitions
and more
TV & Radio 23-51
A new series of Call the
Midwife, Andrew
Graham-Dixon on stolen
Van Goghs and foreign
literature on Radio 4
Puzzles 52-55
Crossword, sudoku,
Scrabble and your
favourite brain teasers
Cover photograph
New York Times/Redux/
Eyevine
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Saturday January 20 2018 | the times
cover story
‘The Post is about
an outsider standing
up to the bullies’
Liz Hannah explains how the memoir of Katharine Graham, the
legendary publisher of The Washington Post, inspired her to write
Steven Spielberg’s new blockbuster. The story resonates today, she says
I
never met Katharine Graham. By
the time I learnt of her, the icon of
The Washington Post was dead.
Now Graham is being played by
Meryl Streep in The Post, the new
film by Steven Spielberg that I
co-wrote. Back then I knew very
little about this extraordinary woman. I’d
heard that she used to be the publisher of
the paper, but didn’t know that her father,
Eugene, was the one who bought it; that
she was raised with “ink in her veins”; that
her father left the paper to her husband,
Philip Graham, instead of her; and she
inherited it only because of his unexpected
death in 1963.
I knew nothing of Graham being the
first female chief executive of a Fortune
500 company. I didn’t know that, in the
week the newspaper floated on the stock
exchange in 1971, she was faced with the
momentous decision of whether to publish
the Pentagon Papers, a confidential study
of American involvement in Vietnam
from 1945 to 1967. One chilling passage
suggested that America’s continued presence in the region was 10 per cent to help
the South Vietnamese, 20 per cent to
defeat communism and 70 per cent to avoid
the humiliation of defeat. President Nixon
tried to suppress their publication; defying
him put Graham in jeopardy of losing her
company and her legacy, and there was a
likelihood she would go to prison.
The Pentagon Papers had been published by The New York Times, the Post’s
bitter rival, leaked by Daniel Ellsberg, a
former military analyst (played by Matthew Rhys). The New York Times ran the
story, but an injunction barred them from
publishing more. The Post tracked down
Ellsberg, who provided them with the
same material that he had leaked to the
Times. The Post’s lawyers advised Graham
not to publish. She had a dilemma.
When I first read about Graham, I was in
my early twenties and working for a film
production company, but dreaming of being
a screenwriter. Writing was a way of articulating the insecurities that we share, but
don’t mention. Mine drove many decisions:
the fear of not being smart or talented
enough. Then I found Graham’s 1997 memoir, Personal History. She let fear drive her
for years. Once she let it go, she blossomed
into the strong, astute woman that she was
for the rest of her life. A year after I read
her memoir, I left my job to write full-time.
Five years passed and my career was
floundering. But I had continued to read
‘Like Graham,
I know what
it’s like to be
surrounded
by people who
won’t let you
speak’
about Graham, Ben Bradlee, her editor at
the Post (played by Tom Hanks), and the
Pentagon Papers. It was a great subject for
a screenplay, but I was burnt out from the
grind. My boyfriend (now husband) told
me to give it one last shot, to write the story
I’d been talking about since he’d met me.
I had been thinking about it for so long
that it poured out of me in three months.
Biopics need to choose a climactic
moment in a life. That, for Graham, was
having to decide: to publish or not to publish. That was when she turned from the
fear and ignored those who had told her
she wasn’t good enough. Like Graham, I’ve
often been the only woman in a room. I
know what it’s like to be surrounded by
people who won’t let you speak, who turn
their backs on you to talk to someone they
think is smarter.
A production company, Star Thrower,
read the script and saw something in it. I
had been in the industry long enough to
keep my hopes in check. But then, in October 2016, I got a call to tell me that Amy
Pascal had bought the script. I knew who
Pascal was. The former chairwoman of
Sony Pictures had been responsible for
Groundhog Day and The Social Network.
Ten days after I sold the script to Pascal,
the first female president of the United
States was not elected. Hillary Clinton’s
loss made me wonder if anyone wanted to
see a film about a woman winning, but
working on The Post gave me hope. It
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Paper tigers: the press on film
Ed Potton on the films that best describe the world of news
Most supersonic
banter
His Girl Friday (1940)
Thanks to tight deadlines
and copious amounts of
caffeine, journalists have
a tendency to speak rather
quickly. This trait is
heightened to heroic levels
in Howard Hawks’s screwball
comedy, in which the
exchanges between Rosalind
Russell’s star reporter, below,
and her editor/ex husband,
played by Cary Grant,
proceed at warp speed. Has
any other film recreated the
adrenalised hysteria of a
newsroom quite so
gloriously? She purrs:
“You’re wonderful, in a
loathsome sort of way.”
Most ruthless
sub-editor
turned out that the political upheavals of
late 2016 and early 2017 ignited years of
buried feelings: about women leaders; the
free press; moral leadership; the truth.
Then came a momentous call from Pascal: Spielberg was considering directing
the film. A week later he signed, bringing
Hanks and Streep with him. He wanted to
start shooting in ten weeks. I grew up in the
age of Spielberg. Raiders of the Lost Ark is
why I wanted to make movies. His first
question to me was: “What is this movie
about?” After calming my nerves, I said:
“It’s about a woman finding her voice.” He
said: “Good.” They say never meet your
heroes. I’m happy I met this one.
Josh Singer (The West Wing) joined me
to work on the script. This was a relief: I
had never had a movie produced, let alone
one with this amount of talent and expectation. Singer and I spoke to Ellsberg; Graham’s children, Don and Lally; Bradlee’s
widow, Sally Quinn, and people at the Post
who had known Graham and Bradlee.
They gave the script a new authenticity.
Meanwhile, the world of 2017 was beginning to look eerily like the world of 1971.
The attacks on the press, the suggestions
of “fake news” and, more recently, the
“cease and desist” order — things I had
never thought would hapen now. The Post
is about an outsider standing up to the bullies; I never thought that once again the
bully would be in the West Wing.
The Post is on general release
truth to power Tom
Hanks as Ben Bradlee
and Meryl Streep as
Katharine Graham in
The Post
The Post (2018)
The reporter
creates the raw
material but
the subeditor chisels
it into shape,
and it’s a
process with
no room for
sentiment. In
one scene in
The Post, Ben
Bradlee and his team
are preparing their earthshattering story about the
Pentagon Papers, a story that
President Nixon himself has
tried to suppress and for
which their publisher, Kay
Graham, has put her career
on the line to run. It’s the
biggest article the sub-editor
will read, a piece that his
colleagues have poured their
hearts, souls and reputations
into. He receives the proof
— and immediately crosses
out the first sentence. It got
a cheer in the hack-heavy
screening I attended.
Creepiest interview
Bob Woodward and Deep
Throat in All the
President’s Men (1976)
As if those Seventies
fashions weren’t disturbing
enough in Alan J Pakula’s
dramatisation of the
Watergate affair. Woodward
and Bernstein’s star source is
a spooky government official
(nicknamed “Deep Throat”
after the porn film) who
insists on meeting Woodward
(Robert Redford), far right
with Dustin Hoffman as
Bernstein, in a dark
underground car park. He
whispers cryptic advice, such
as, “If you shoot too high and
miss everybody feels more
secure,” and his catchphrase:
“Follow the money.” A cosy
chat this is not.
PRESS MAGNATE Orson Welles in Citizen Kane in 1941
adultery and heavy drinking
(haven’t we all, mate). He’s so
desperate to return to the big
time that he sabotages the
rescue of a man trapped in
a cave, so his story about the
disaster can stay on the front
pages. Selling his granny?
That’s entry-level stuff
for this dude.
Scariest
boss
A tie between
J Jonah
Jameson in
Spider-Man
(2002) and
Perry White in
Superman (1978)
Newspaper editors
in comic-book movies
are invariably hot-tempered
sadists who delight in
abusing their underlings —
yes, it’s one aspect of the
superhero genre that cleaves
close to reality. Jameson of
the Daily Bugle is played by
JK Simmons, every director’s
go-to guy when it comes to
portraying psychopathic
figures of authority, while
Jackie Cooper’s White is a
beetle-browed tyrant who
roars at Jimmy Olsen, “Why
am I paying you $40 a week
when I should have you
arrested for loitering?” and
witheringly reminds
Lois Lane that “there’s
only one p in ‘rapist’ ”.
Nuttiest idea
for a scoop
Hildy Johnson in
The Front Page
(1974)
Billy Wilder’s
black comedy
takes the
fourth estate to
new depths.
Reporter Hildy
(Jack Lemmon)
conspires to
hide an accused
murderer escaped
from death row, in
order to gain the
exclusive on his
capture.
Most amoral hack
Worst
hatchet job
Chuck Tatum in Ace in
the Hole (1951)
In Billy Wilder’s film noir,
Tatum (Kirk Douglas) is a
reporter who has been fired
from 11 newspapers for libel,
JJ Hunsecker in
Sweet Smell of
Success (1957)
Burt Lancaster’s
monstrous Manhattan
gossip columnist
(“I love this dirty town”) uses
his influence to destroy his
sister’s relationship with a
musician who he thinks
is unworthy of her.
Hunsecker’s vile methods
(he plants drugs on the
musician, gets him beaten
up by police and physically
attacks Jack Lemmon’s PR
stooge) drive his sister to
the brink of suicide. And
you thought Katie Hopkins
was bad.
Most larger-thanlife publisher
Charles Foster Kane in
Citizen Kane (1941)
Megalomaniacal, outrageous,
vindictive, unscrupulous:
Orson Welles’s tycoon has it
all. Taking control of the
New York Daily Inquirer, he
conquers America with his
“yellow journalism”, an
equivalent to the British
tabloids, builds a castle,
humiliates and fires his best
friend and encourages war in
Spain to increase circulation.
Citizen Kane was co-written
by Herman J Mankiewicz,
himself a former journalist
for The New York Times and
the Chicago Tribune. He
imbued Kane with elements
of real-life newspaper men,
including
Joseph
i
Pulitzer, who gave
P
his name to the
h
ffamous prizes;
Viscount
Northcliffe, the
British owner
of the Daily Mail;
and
a Herbert
Bayard
Miranda
Richardson
as Rita
Skeeter in
Harry Potter
and the
Goblet of Fire
Swope, Mankiewicz’s former
editor at The New York World.
Kane was most famously
inspired by William
Randolph Hearst, the
media magnate whose New
York Enquirer later became
the National Enquirer. Hearst
did his best to sabotage the
film, trying to prevent its
release, banning coverage
of it in his papers, getting it
pulled from some cinemas
and ordering his journalists
to attack Welles in print.
His efforts are generally
seen as having played a
big role in the film’s
disappointing commercial
performance and Welles’s
troubled subsequent career.
Moguls don’t like being
mocked.
Most scurrilous
reporting tool
Rita Skeeter’s Quick
Quotes Quill in Harry
Potter and the Goblet of
Fire (2005)
Harry Potter gets a
first-hand look at magical
journalistic subterfuge when
he is interviewed by Skeeter
(Miranda Richardson), a
reporter at the Daily Prophet.
Her enchanted quill writes
on its own, spinning quotes
into something much more
sensational. Many suspect
that Skeeter was inspired by
JK Rowling’s brushes with
the press, but she insists that
the character predated her
fame. When asked if Skeeter
was still reporting, Rowling
said: “I imagine she
immediately dashed off a
biography of Harry after
he defeated Voldemort.
One-quarter truth to
three-quarters rubbish.”
Noblest scoop
The exposé of abuse by
priests in Spotlight (2015)
It can be grubby, but
occasionally journalism hits
honourable heights. Based
on the dogged investigation
into abuse by Catholic
priests that won The Boston
Globe the Pulitzer prize for
public service, Tom
McCarthy’s Oscar-winning
drama shows the Globe’s
staff (played by Mark
Ruffalo, Michael Keaton,
Rachel McAdams and more)
as decent, hardworking,
tenacious and moral. As Liev
Schreiber’s editor tells them:
“All of you have done some
very good reporting here.
Reporting that I believe is
going to have an immediate
and considerable impact on
our readers. For me, this
kind of story is why we do
this.” Cue lump in throat.
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Saturday January 20 2018 | the times
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Hugo Rifkind on TV
There wasn’t much message here,
just rich people being peculiar
CAMILLA GREENWELL/BBC
Millionaires’
Ex-Wives Club
(BBC Two)
Britannia
(Sky Atlantic)
‘O
ne of my friends,”
says Lisa Tchenguiz, a 51-yearold multimillionaire
divorcee,
“her
husband
went back to an
ex-mistress from 15 years ago. He’s not
talking to his wife any more. They were
married for 27 years! This is the life. This is
what is happening to the world today.”
Am I the only one who spots something
a little awry in the chronology there? It was
a clue, one of many clues, that the world of
Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club was not the
world in which most of us live. Assuming we
marry, divorce can happen to any of us. Not
these divorces, though. Nor these lives.
Generally speaking, the super-rich divorce a lot. Possibly because their natural
pairing — such as between a smoking-hot
woman who can spend half a day on a manicure and a loaded, haunted-looking man
who sleeps three hours a night and is often
mistaken for his own dentist — involves
two people who don’t really have anything
in common beyond their child, who has her
looks and his brains, if they’re lucky. And
so, in time, the man starts to think, “I have
nothing left to say to this person and must
get a new one,” and the woman thinks: “I
might as well be shagging the dentist.”
The wives of the Millionaires’ Ex-Wives
Club, though, didn’t quite fit into this mould.
Really, this documentary was a fascinating
and sad portrait of two epic divorce battles.
Both portraits were one-sided, because the
men were nowhere to be seen. Both stories,
though, were extraordinary.
Tchenguiz, the child of another multimillionaire, from Iran, married Vivian
Imerman, the former owner of Del Monte,
who was even richer. It was a second
marriage for both, but he ditched her and
went back to wife number one. She wanted
£120 million, he offered her £2 million, and
she fought for four years. Clearly, given her
pre-existing worth, it wasn’t about the
money. At the risk of psychoanalysing, she
may have just not had anything else to do.
Intertwined was the story of Michelle
Young, which was stranger and sadder.
When she split from her husband, Scot, he
didn’t give her a penny, even though she
was convinced that he was worth billions
from his work with Russian oligarchs. A
court ordered him to pay her £20 million
and disclose his assets, and he just . . . didn’t.
He was jailed for defying the court, and
came out again, and still didn’t. Meanwhile,
still pleading poverty, he starred in a reality
TV show about how rich he was. Some time
later he offered his ex-wife a settlement of
£25 million. Before he could pay, though, he
was found dead. It has since been suggested
that his Russian money was dodgy. The
divorce cost her £17 million. She’s bankrupt
now, and lives in a basement flat.
There wasn’t much message here, beyond
rich people being peculiar and top-end
bitter end Lisa
Tchenguiz describes her
divorce in Millionaires’
Ex-Wives Club
Assuming
we marry,
divorce can
happen to
any one of
us. Not these
divorces,
though
divorce lawyers, a tribe of bloodless parasites, being the very worst people there are.
Although I suppose it’s easy to say that until
you need one. Tchenguiz has a boyfriend
now, who sells jets. They’re not getting
married. I mean, you wouldn’t, would you?
Britannia is Jez Butterworth’s new drama
about the Roman invasion of Britain, and
it’s so weird that even after watching half
the series I can’t figure out if it’s any good.
Bits of it are. All of it might not be. The oddest thing about it is the way it’s dripping in
cultural references, but none of them
seems to be to a culture we actually have.
David Morrissey is Aulus, a psychopathic Roman general come to suppress the
Brits. Zoë Wanamaker is a tribal leader and
Ian McDiarmid is a rival one. Everybody is
covered in tattoos. There are druids, but
they don’t look like Asterix told us they
would. Instead they’re like rank and pervy
Gollums. Mackenzie Crook is almost unrecognisable as the head druid, who has
pierced fingertips. Meanwhile, a host of
strange warrior princesses lurk in the
background, foremost among them being
Kerra (Kelly Reilly), who is quite formidable but has massive blow-dried hair as
though she’s about to go clubbing in 1983.
Britannia has been hyped as the new
Game of Thrones, which strikes me as nonsense. Far less epic, it is also far cleverer, and
perhaps too clever for its own good. Sometimes it’s funny on purpose. Sometimes you
just aren’t sure. Still, there’s a neat double
act going on between an outcast druid
(Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and an orphaned girl
(Eleanor Worthington Cox), and Julian
Rhind-Tutt is a fun, hapless, cuckolded
prince, albeit often seeming as if he is in a
different show from everybody else.
At times the creepiness works, but at
others you feel as if Spinal Tap are about to
burst out singing about demons around a
tiny polystyrene Stonehenge.
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Saturday January 20 2018 | the times
exhibition
Grab a martini and hop aboard for
A new V&A exhibition glides through the story of the 20th
century as told by the great ocean liners, says Nancy Durrant
T
he novelist Jules Verne
was known for his “voyages extraordinaires” —
20,000 Leagues Under the
Sea took his characters
to Atlantis, Around the
World in Eighty Days
took a very roundabout route to the
Reform Club. You might expect a man with
such a rampant imagination for transport
to be difficult to impress, but that’s without
reckoning on the sheer wonder of a
transatlantic voyage on an ocean liner.
“This steamship is indeed a masterpiece
of naval construction,” he wrote in 1876,
describing his trip on the Great
Eastern, Isambard Kingdom
Brunel’s mighty passenger
ship. “More than a vessel it
is a floating city, part of the
country, detached from
English soil . . . the Great
Eastern is not merely a nautical engine, but rather a microcosm, and carries a small world
d
with it. An observer will not be astonished
to meet here . . . all the instincts, follies and
passions of human nature.”
It was a perceptive analysis, says
Ghislaine Wood, the co-curator of a new
exhibition soon to open at the V&A, Ocean
Liners: Speed and Style. We all know about
The ever-increasing
speed and agility of
liners was essential
in times of conflict
the martini-swilling glamour of the ocean
liner’s heyday, but, says Wood, the show
isn’t just about wood panelling and glamorous bathing gear. (Although there’s a fair
bit of that, including a cheeky Pucci bikini
with a matching headscarf, and some
serious chunks of lush art deco interiors.)
“Liners provide this prism on to the 19th
and 20th centuries,” she says. “They are
about expanding empires, millions of
people emigrating to new lives, a new
network of communications — all sorts of
stories are told through the story of liners.”
The show will comprise about 250 items
from or related to some of the most
celebrated ocean liners built across the
world, including the Queen Mary, the
Queen Elizabeth (and the QE2), the
Normandie (France), the SS United States,
the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (Germany)
and the Italian liner the Michelangelo —
and the Titanic. Wood estimates that 70
per cent of the pieces in the show are loans.
“This material is all over the place,” she
says. “Quite often it hasn’t been collected
[by institutions, because] it hasn’t been
seen as important examples of design, so a
lot of it is in private collections.”
The show’s diverse highlights include a
1909 Cartier diamond and pearl tiara that
belonged to Lady Marguerite Allan (it was
rescued from the sinking Lusitania by one
of her maids, who escaped alongside her,
although tragically Lady Allan’s two
daughters, who were in another part of the
ship, were lost); a 16ft-high set of gold
lacquered wall panels depicting scantily
luxe liners Cartier
tiara rescued from the
Lusitania. Below: Lanvin’s
Salambo dress, owned
and worn on liners by
Miss Emilie Grigsby.
Right: Empress of Britain
advertising poster for
Canadian Pacific
Railways by JR Tooby, 1920
clad sportsmen and women from the Normandie’s first-class smoking room; an 18ft
scale model of the Queen Elizabeth (that’s
about the size of a small cabin cruiser),
made in 1948 for display in the travel
agent’s office; and Stanley Spencer’s vast
canvas Shipbuilding on the Clyde: Riveters
(1941) from the Imperial War Museum,
which shows in loving detail the division of
skilled labour in the dockyard that created
these monumental vessels.
Appropriately for a borderline-fantasy
world untethered from dry land, there’s
also a note of whimsy, such as a
perfume bottle in the shape of
the Normandie and a 1934
chair from that ship’s
first-class
children’s
playroom, its legs painted to look like horses.
But how did travelling
by liner become, as it was
for a period
od in the 20th century, one of the
most aspirational leisure activities? After
all, until the mid-19th century, says Wood,
it was “something dirty, dangerous and
sickening that you didn’t do unless you
absolutely had to because you were fleeing
persecution”. Most liners in the earlier 19th
century were mail carriers — passengers
were an afterthought, accommodated
with all the comfort that suggests.
That all began to change with Brunel’s
Great Eastern. Completed in 1859, she was
the most famous — and by far the largest,
with a capacity of 4,000 passengers — of
the early passenger vessels that “changed
the scale of ships on which people were
travelling cross the Atlantic”, says Wood,
although possibly due to cost (she bankrupted a succession of owners), her tonnage and length wouldn’t be matched for
the best part of another four decades.
Steerage — the lowest class of travel —
grew rapidly, but towards the early 20th
century, as immigration quotas began to
take effect, shipping companies redirected
their attention towards wealthier leisure
passengers, a shift that plays out in the
design of the promotional material in
the show. It moves from simple text and
graphics trumpeting cheap passage
towards more sophisticated images such
as the Orient Line advertisements by the
designer Abram Games that play up the
idea of amenities and deck space — something lacking on earlier ships.
“The great age of ocean travel coincides
with the emergence of colour lithography,” says Wood, “so there’s huge activity
around the new ships alongside this new
approach to advertising. You get these
leading graphic designers like Games and
Cassandre being employed to create the
identities for ships.” You can see in much of
the promotional material the influence of
the avant garde, which itself was inspired
by the thrilling sense of modernity and
progress that the ships embodied.
There are several modernist paintings in
the show, including Charles Demuth’s
Paquebot “Paris” (1921-22), on display in
the UK for the first time in more than 50
years. Other items show how the world of
liners inspired architects and designers:
Eileen Gray’s Transat chair (1925-30) is
modelled on the classic deckchair; archi-
tects such as Archigram or Le Corbusier
(whose residential development Unité
d’habitation of 1947-52 in Marseilles has a
rooftop exactly like the deck of a liner)
were fascinated by the utopian concept of
a serviced megastructure — the ship as an
exercise in large-scale communal living
that still strikes horror into the hearts of
cruise refuseniks today.
That progress was of immense interest
to the great maritime nations. Investment
in liners didn’t just come from adventurous
capitalists — they were heavily subsidised
by government loans, and competition to
build the largest, the fastest, the safest was
fierce. “Not only were liners important
forms of travel, but they were also armaments in war — they fulfilled a central
function as troop carriers,” Wood says (the
Normandie’s elegant fixtures and fittings
survive only because they were stripped
out days before she caught fire in New
York harbour while being refitted for that
purpose). Their ever-increasing speed and
agility were essential during times of conflict — the Queen Mary, which carried
close to 750,000 troops over the course of
the Second World War, was fast enough to
evade a torpedo attack.
In the uneasy peace between the wars,
liners played a vital political role. “There’s
increasing political investment and the
ships coming to represent the idea of the
modern nation,” Wood says. Through the
interiors of the liners the show traces the
way that countries used them to express
their national identities. The competition
between Britain and Germany plays out
here: “There is a strong propagandistic element in decoration on the ships,” says
Wood, showing me a 1901 mural painting
by Arthur Heinrich Wilhelm Fitger from
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a stylish cruise through this show
the smoking room on the Kronprinz
Wilhelm. Its title, Our Future Lies upon the
Water, is a quote from the Kaiser. “This is
the personification of that statement, that
political ambition,” says Wood.
Britain’s Queen Mary flexed the muscles
of an empire — it was known as the ship of
woods, with practically every available
inch of it exquisitely inlaid with the exotic
woods of Britain’s overseas territories.
However, it was France that excelled at
this game, employing great styles of the
past to give a sense of heritage and to
express the idea of France as the centre of
luxury production. The Normandie, which
Wood calls “the greatest art deco object
ever created”, was a dazzling floating fragment of France. The show includes a large,
intricate verre églomisé (reverse-painted
mirror glass) panel from the ship’s firstclass grand salon — more than 400 sq m of
all at sea Top: glass
panel from the first-class
grand salon on the
Normandie by Jean
Dupas, 1934. Above: a
chair from the first-class
children’s playroom on
the Normandie, by Marc
Simon and Jacqueline
Duche, 1934. Above right:
detail from Stanley
Spencer’s Shipbuilding
on the Clyde: Riveters,
1940s. Far right: the
Normandie in New York,
1935-39
it clad the walls in an explicit reference to
that other trumped-up room of mirrors,
the Galerie des Glaces at Versailles. As the
windows at the palace look out on to the
gardens, so the windows of the grand salon
looked out on to the promenade deck.
As leisure travel grew, that deck would
have accommodated a wider range of
people, and shipping companies had to
consider that. A 1934 painting by Kenneth
Shoesmith, The Madonna of the Atlantic,
was created for the Queen Mary and
speaks of the multifunctionality of spaces
on board. Hidden behind a screen in the
ladies’ salon in the week, the Madonna
would be revealed on a Sunday, transforming it into a Catholic chapel. Also on display will be the Torah ark from the ship’s
synagogue.
Perhaps the most enduring design
legacy of the golden age of liners, however,
is its fashion. High-end labels still churn
out a “cruise” collection every year, but
they’d be hard-pressed to match the glamour of some of the garments in this exhibition. “We’re lucky to have this collection in
the V&A that was given in 1969 by Emilie
Grigsby, who was a Kentucky socialite,”
says Wood. “She seemed to live on ships,
but she had the most exquisite taste and
she bought the best stuff.” Grigsby’s heavily embellished green silk georgette “Salambo” dress by Lanvin will be one of the
stars of the show.
Grigsby also gave her luggage, labelled
with all the ships she went on. The curators
have done some detective work to find
other items worn on liners, including a red
silk crepe dress by the French couturier
Lucien Lelong that was worn on the maiden voyage of the Normandie by the wife of
one of the French shipping magnates. It
has never been shown in public, she says,
“and I had quite a lot of trouble getting the
Musée des Arts Décoratifs to acknowledge that they had it — they didn’t know”.
There’s also a fabulous blue patterned
suit worn with a frothing lavender cravat
by one Geoffrey Osmint at the captain’s
table on the QE2, which was designed for
the trip by the screamingly fashionable
tailor Tom Gilbey in 1969. Unfortunately
for Osmint, when he got to the dining
room he found everyone else was in black
tie. Even in utopia there are rules.
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style is at the
V&A, London SW7 (020 7942 2000)
from February 3 to June 17, then at the
V&A Dundee (01382 305665) from
September 15 to February 24, 2019
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LAUREN DUKOFF
music
‘The band
was the only
life we knew’
The Söderberg sisters were teenagers when
they left school to tour the world as First Aid
Kit. A decade on, they’re back with their most
heartfelt album yet, says Will Hodgkinson
C
lose to a decade ago, First
Aid Kit made their UK
debut at the tiny, grimy,
much-missed 12 Bar Club
in central London. The
Söderberg sisters, Johanna and Klara, had made a
splash after posting on YouTube a film of
themselves singing Fleet Foxes’ Tiger
Mountain Peasant Song in a forest near
their native Stockholm. Then they were
two adolescent girls on their school holiday, playing country-folk songs before a
handful of bearded men. It was sweet and
accomplished and it marked the end of the
Söderbergs’ lives as normal teenagers.
“Around that time there was an article in
The Guardian about us, and it was so
mean,” says Johanna, now a fashionable
27-year-old in a smart camel coat and a
black patent-leather skirt. “I was 17, Klara
was 15, and it was, like, these girls are just
poseurs, rich kids from Sweden who only
like folk music because it is trendy and
they’re most likely to do Britney Spears
songs next. I was so upset. I’m still upset. It
hurt so much. You have to wonder what
effect being written about like that has on
you at such a young age.”
We’re in a Scandi-chic café in Stockholm and a lot has happened since the
Söderbergs discovered what it is like to
have people you’ve never met forming
opinions about you. First Aid Kit have
been fêted by Jack White, Robin Pecknold
of Fleet Foxes and even David Cameron,
who snuck into one of their gigs when he
was prime minister. They are a household
name in Sweden, although the Nordic
ethos of jantelagen — not getting ideas
above your station — means that none of
the cool-looking people around us openly
acknowledges the famous sisters in their
midst. Two days after our interview First
Aid Kit appear on the Graham Norton
Show alongside Tom Hanks and Maisie
Williams. Over the past decade they have
toured the world, experienced heartbreak,
fallen out with each other and documented it all on a new album, Ruins. And they’re
yet to do a Britney song.
“As teenage girls we got laughed at and
not taken seriously,” says Johanna. “Maybe
men are more comfortable when women
are pop stars, singing and dancing. It’s a bit
uncomfortable when women make music
occupied by bearded men. We were entering this territory of folk and country, trying
to get space in the genre of Townes Van
Zandt and Gram Parsons . . . the holy grail.
Here we were, two young women from
Sweden, and it was almost offensive.”
It seems like a straightforward case of
sexism; the idea that young women could
not be a part of a genre in which grizzled
masculinity is equated with authenticity.
First Aid Kit might have since proven their
worth, but the objectification continues.
“If we post a picture of ourselves on Instagram looking great in cute outfits, we’ll get
1,000 likes,” says Klara. “We’re not in the
fashion industry, but it starts affecting
your brain and you can’t escape it. You just
don’t see that with male bands. Then there
is the comment: ‘I wish that fat bitch would
shut up.’ And you think: ‘Ahhh, great.’ ”
None of this, say the Söderbergs, was
planned. Klara picked up the guitar at the
‘I wanted to push
the stop button, but
Johanna kept us
going the whole time’
age of 12 and began writing songs soon
after. When the sisters discovered that
their voices worked well together they
used the home-recording equipment of
their father, who had been in bands before
becoming a teacher, to make a handful of
tracks. Although their parents, more partial to the Clash and the Sex Pistols than
Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, were
confounded by their daughters’ love of folk
and country, they encouraged them to take
it seriously. After posting the songs on Myspace in 2007 they found their first public
success, and Johanna and Klara turned pro.
“Our brother is now 14, the same age
that Klara was when we started. I can’t
imagine telling him to quit school and go
on the road,” says Johanna. “I can’t believe
our parents did that. Most parents
wouldn’t. I wouldn’t.”
“But you have to remember, it wasn’t a
big decision,” says Klara. “The plan was to
do it for a year and go back to school. It just
never ended.”
After Stay Gold became their second
No 1 album in Sweden and their first UK
hit in 2014, it all got too much. Johanna,
who claims she would have been a great
office manager had she not become a
singer, pushed the band hard. Klara, the
more free-spirited of the two, found that
the pressure to write songs all the time,
coupled with the self-consciousness that
comes with being photographed and
written about, meant she was no longer
living naturally. A world tour ended up
with the sisters lying on the floors of venues, crying and fighting constantly.
“I wanted to push the stop button, but
she kept us going the whole time,” says
Klara, pointing at her sister.
“I’m not the only one like that. It was our
manager too,” says Johanna.
“I’m not blaming you.”
“Ooh, let’s have a fight right now! You
forgave me, but it took a while.”
Klara shakes her head. “I wasn’t saying
how I was feeling.”
“I was burnt out too,” adds Johanna,
consolingly. “I was crying on stage. I didn’t
want to do the shows.”
So the sisters took a break, from the
band and from each other. Klara moved to
Chorlton in Manchester to be with her
boyfriend at the time, a musician called
Jo Rose, while Johanna returned to
Stockholm and learnt the bass guitar, took
lessons in Japanese and renewed her ties
to old school friends she had long lost
touch with. Klara says she loved her life in
Manchester, going to pubs and falling in
with the city’s musical community, but
Johanna says returning to Stockholm and
being without purpose for the first time
was extremely hard.
“The band was the only life we knew,”
says Johanna. “Neither of us have ever had
a job. When you’re on tour there is always
someone telling you where to go and what
to do. You are always going to a new city, so
you escape from yourself. Now I was at
home for the first time and I got restless
and depressed. I was lost. Who am I? First
Aid Kit was my whole life.”
FIRST AID KIT Johanna
(top) and Klara Söderberg
When Klara split with her boyfriend,
normal service was resumed. “It was terrifying and sad because I was very young
when I entered that relationship, and I had
moved to the UK,” she says. “I had all these
ideas on what my life would be like and it
didn’t end up that way. But it did feel natural to write about it.”
The result is Ruins, their most heartfelt
and accomplished album yet. One song,
It’s a Shame, takes a philosophical approach
to the misery of heartbreak with a blend of
melancholy and jauntiness. Klara wrote
another, Fireworks, after realising that
things weren’t going to plan. And To Live a
Life is about being alone.
“How do you live alone?” asks Klara,
more to herself, or possibly to Johanna,
than to me. “What is the right way? It’s
scary because you are never by yourself in
a band. It is part of growing up, I guess.”
That evening First Aid Kit perform a
low-key show at a concert hall in Stockholm before a politely respectful audience.
The new songs get as big a cheer as the old
favourites, which augurs well. Klara and
Johanna, stylish young women making
a successful career out of doing what they
love, have settled down with new boyfriends in a country that seems to have
reached the pinnacle of civilisation. And
yet, as documented on Ruins, they are just
as confused as the rest of us.
“I tend to think everyone else has it
figured out,” says Johanna. “There’s a line
in Rebel Heart [from Ruins] about trying to
be everyone but yourself. I can understand
why you might come here and think us
Swedes have got the right idea, but really,
we’re just good at cafés.”
Ruins is out now on Columbia
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books
Toffs, traitors, lies and spies
Book of the week
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This history of Soviet
espionage reveals
that British politicians
and press had an
inglorious role, says
David Aaronovitch
T
he Cambridge Spies are the JFK
assassination story of Britain:
not so much well-trodden
ground as trampled. There are
probably more nonfiction writers in this country who have offered publishers some variation on the Philby/
Burgess/Maclean/Blunt/Fifth Man saga
than those who haven’t.
Fortunately, this book, despite its subtitle, is not just another one of them. It is
rather a history of Soviet espionage in
Britain, examining it more from an institutional perspective than a personal one.
What were the Russians up to and how did
they go about it? And how did Britain’s
response to this evolve? Its time frame is
from the end of the First World War, when
Bolshevism supplanted the Hun as our
No 1 enemy, to Operation FOOT, the mass
expulsion of Soviet spies in 1971, which
effectively ended “the golden age” of Russian spying in Britain (as the defector Oleg
Gordievsky, cited by Richard DavenportHines, once put it).
Davenport-Hines has read all the best
histories of Soviet espionage and supple-
In 1938 Russian
spies killed a target
with an exploding
chocolate cake
mented them with his own visits to the
National Archives, where, steadily, more is
being released all the time on the subject.
He is strong on retelling the spy stories
here. However, the chief virtue of the book
is the almost revisionist judgments he feels
able to make based on his research.
But stories first. In the period after October 1917 Moscow was in its “spreading the
revolution” phase and the Communist
International, or Comintern, was hyperactive abroad. Russian and other revolutionaries went like Mormon missionaries to
help the workers of the world to unite. The
creed was attractive enough in the interwar world, where capitalism was failing
and fascism was rising, to attract many to
its banner.
The 1920s, then, was the period when
Soviet espionage, aided by domestic revolutionaries, became active and when British institutions were shaped to counter
them. What I hadn’t realised was the
appeal of communism to many in the
respectable classes. Take the case of Norman Ewer. Born in 1885, Ewer was a senior
journalist on the Labour-supporting Daily
Herald, for whom he had covered postrevolutionary Russia and interviewed
Trotsky. The paper (which became The
Sun) was given secret subsidies by the Russians, under the aegis of Lev Kamenev, a
leading Bolshevik, later shot after one of
the infamous Moscow trials.
Ewer was put in touch with Inspector
Hubert van Ginhoven and Sergeant
Charles Jane, former members of an outlawed police officers’ union and members
of the anti-subversive Special Branch of
the Metropolitan Police. Together they
tipped off communists and Russian agents
to Special Branch surveillance and warned
of raids. I knew one of Ewer’s contacts in
the Communist Party of Great Britain —
Andrew Rothstein was an old man in my
parents’ party branch when I was a child.
He didn’t look much like a spy.
At least one of Russia’s most important
British agents was motivated less by ideology than a lofty sense of duty to mankind.
The Brummie atom spy Alan Nunn May
was a physicist working on the British
atomic project and then on the Manhattan
Project. On the day that the American
atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki,
Nunn May stole a piece of foil coated with
the isotope U-235 from a lab in Toronto,
which was then sent to Russia. He believed
knowledge of atomic science should be
shared for the benefit of humanity.
The Russians had idealism working in
their favour, but as Davenport-Hines
explains, they had their own paranoid
mentality working against them. Conspirators themselves, they saw conspiracies
everywhere. Although credited sometimes with incredible sophistication,
tradecraft and ruthlessness, the Russians
were often really bad at intelligence. Their
early operatives, says Davenport-Hines,
were “ill-educated with the guile and
brutality that fitted them for suppressing
dissidents in provincial Russia and harassing counter-revolutionaries overseas, but
less apt for collecting foreign intelligence
red alert Kim Philby,
“the third man”, denies
he is a communist to the
British press in 1955
Enemies
E
i With
Within
Communists, the
Cambridge Spies
and the Making
of Modern Britain
by Richard
Davenport-Hines
William Collins, 672pp; £25
material”. So they could manage spectacular events such as the killing of a Ukrainian
nationalist in Rotterdam in 1938 with an
exploding chocolate cake, but then disbelieved vital intelligence concerning Hitler’s military intentions. They also had a
habit of shooting their best spymasters.
By contrast, MI5’s first graduate recruit
in 1914 spoke four languages and “gave his
recreations as trout-fishing, rowing, rugby,
walking, poultry-farming, gardening, history, ethnology, palaeontology and biology”. Furthermore, although limited by its
prejudices about foreigners and race, and
by its masculine ethos, it was entirely sensible in its priorities when it came to dealing
with miscreants. Rather than the long
business of trials and punishments, the
services “preferred to identify traitors, establish understandings with them, draw
information from them and amass knowledge of their procedures and contacts”.
No one was executed and trials, such as
there were, were uncontested, with the
evidence to be presented in court agreed
between defence and prosecution.
Davenport-Hines is very much a friend,
albeit a clear-eyed one, of MI5. What riles
him, as we get into the modern era, is the
way the press and the politicians combined to depict the spy scandals as being
the result of a toffs’ revolt against the strictures of the class system. Indeed, the story
as told in books such as Andrew Boyle’s
sensational The Climate of Treason, published in 1979, and the 1984 film Another
Country was itself subversive. “The preoccupation with class loyalties and social
exclusion, which has dominated histories
of communist espionage in Britain,” he
writes sternly, “is a species of self-serving
Marxism, which relies on illusory or falsified readings of the English class system.”
For him most of the traitors were “not
upper-class or descended from the traditional ruling orders”.
The true villains in his book are the politicians who leaked about the traitors and
the security services to the press, and the
scribblers who wrote articles and books
based on the leaks. He approvingly quotes
the (Marxist) historian EP Thompson describing “a kind of official urinal in which,
side by side, high officials of MI5 and MI6,
Sea Lords, Permanent Under Secretaries,
Lord George-Brown, Lord Wigg stand
patiently leaking in the public interest”.
The result was publications that “gulled
millions of readers in Britain and abroad,
and demeaned the men and women of
intelligence and moral purpose who had
joined the secret services”.
If this seems harsh on a press that was
working in a country where the government wouldn’t even acknowledge the existence of the security services, where the
Official Secrets Act blanketed all disclosures big and small, and where Bletchley
Park was still a well-kept secret, then try
this conclusion: “The Cambridge spies failed in their aim to achieve the dictatorship
of the proletariat; but by the 1960s they had
helped to discredit and destabilise the government apparatus of Russia’s historic adversary. SIS, MI5 and the Foreign Office
were all weakened. The wrecking of the
Establishment was a gift to the Kremlin.”
Blimey. And they couldn’t have done it
without help, infers Davenport-Hines, in
this rich, detailed and entertainingly irascible book. Who needs traitors when you
have the press and parliament?
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nonfiction
ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Stuck in the
quagmire
US infighting proved
fatal to the Afghan
war effort, says
Sherard Cowper-Coles
S
ixteen years ago this month, America won the war in Afghanistan. Or
rather, it won the war it should have
fought. The bases from which
al-Qaeda had planned the 9/11
attacks had been destroyed. Its people had
been killed, captured, or driven out, across
the Durand Line into Pakistan. A wise
America, a calm America, would have
declared victory and moved on.
Directorate S
The CIA and America’s
Secret Wars in
Afghanistan and
Pakistan, 2001-2016
by Steve Coll
Allen Lane, 784pp; £25
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lost horizon America has fought itself as well as the Taliban in Afghanistan — fatal to a serious war effort
Instead, in the flush of victory, egged on
by an obsequious British ally, President
Bush plunged America into its longest war,
one matched in folly and cost only by
the decision to invade and try to remake
a second large and dangerous Muslim
country — Iraq — just over a year later.
Steve Coll’s Directorate S is the sequel to
his magisterial Ghost Wars. Both books
rest on a foundation of serious scholarship
and Coll’s extraordinary access, to individual CIA officers mostly, but also to many
others. These notably include members of
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)
agency, where Directorate S was the name
given to the branch of the agency “devoted
to secret operations in support of the Taliban, Kashmiri guerrillas, and other violent
Islamic radicals”. Every assertion is carefully sourced and checked. This book is in
the finest traditions of American investigative journalism. Coll is the thinking
man’s Michael Wolff.
Ghost Wars told the story of how the
CIA, working with its Pakistani allies,
ramped up the anti-Soviet jihad in
Afghanistan in the 1980s and thus helped
to create Osama bin Laden. Directorate S
is the second act of the same tragedy. Coll
picks up the thread in the weeks before
9/11. The CIA’s al-Qaeda watchers knew
that something awful was about to
happen, but had not detected the clues
that would have told them when, where
and, most importantly, how.
From there Coll plots a carefully constructed course, describing the four stages
of America’s Afghan adventure. Early and
easy victory first, in the weeks after 9/11,
then the gradual unravelling over four
years of the flimsy peace that prevailed in
the wake of al-Qaeda’s expulsion from
Afghanistan in early 2002.
The third movement of this symphony
of self-delusion was the one in which I
played a small part, as Britain’s ambassador and later Afghan envoy: the attempt,
from 2006 until 2009, to reassert control
by pouring resources into the country and
putting Nato in charge.
That well-meant, but ill-founded
attempt to defy political, historical and
geographic gravity has been followed
since 2009 by the final stage of Coll’s story:
the growing realisation, which should
have been obvious to every serious western player from the start, that stabilising
and pacifying a broken Afghanistan, and
preparing it for self-government, was the
work of a generation. And that it was work
that could not, and should not, be done by
America and its allies alone.
Only by involving every neighbour with
a dog in the fight — Pakistan, above all, but
also India, China, Iran, Russia and others
too — could the project have had any hope
of success. And only if America had been
prepared to engage with all the internal
parties to the conflict, including, but
ranging far beyond the Taliban.
Coll does not pretend to relate the whole
history of the war, but rather focuses on
the war less visible: that waged by the CIA
and its paramilitary units, by the ISI and its
agents inside and outside Afghanistan,
and by Afghanistan’s surprisingly effective
intelligence and security service, with its
powerful Soviet legacy.
In many ways, what the CIA and Directorate S were each up to in Afghanistan’s
Taliban-infected badlands and in the tribal
areas of Pakistan’s northwest frontier were
mirror images of each other. Each was
Chemical Bill pushed
hard to spray the
whole of Helmand
Valley with weedkiller
arming, sponsoring, training and directing
local militias and tribal levies of various
kinds, in a proxy war. Only very occasionally did officers of the CIA’s paramilitary
wing and of Directorate S engage in combat. The only exception to this was the
CIA’s drone force — the modern equivalent of what the interwar RAF used to call
“imperial air policing” — taking out highvalue Taliban targets.
Mostly, however, the two agencies,
nominal allies and bitter rivals, were and
probably still are the controllers of a
ground war fought by others. I remember
Britain’s MI6 officers in Afghanistan
speaking enviously of the resources available to their American cousins: about 15
bases across Afghanistan, as well as an air
force and a tribal army of their own.
The officers of the CIA emerge with
great credit from the fog of this long and
unhappy war. Patriots, above all, as analysts and operators they have a better
grasp of reality than eager-to-please civilian colleagues in other branches of
government. And they are brave too, in
running agents and in fighting small wars
with their tribal levies, as well as in bureaucratic battles in Washington.
Historians of America’s self-accelerated
and relative decline will find much
material for further analysis in this book’s
700 unflagging pages. The central truth,
which leaps out from almost every chapter, is that, by entering Afghanistan without the faintest idea of how it was going to
get out, a chaotic American Republic
broke the basic rules of military success:
unity of purpose and unity of command.
In Kabul, in the provinces, in Washington, America was fighting not only the
Taliban, but itself. Agency against agency,
army against Marines, embassy against
CIA station, the National Security Council
against the Pentagon, no one was — is —
in charge. Brutal inter-agency bureaucratic warfare is in the DNA of American
democracy. But it can be fatal to a serious
war effort.
Just one egregious example: the US
ambassador, Karl Eikenberry, sent top
secret cables to only a handful of senior
people in Washington. They described the
folly of a counter-insurgency “strategy”
founded on supporting Hamid Karzai’s
unconvincing Afghan government. They
were leaked to The New York Times.
In cameo, this disarray came out in my
first weeks as Britain’s ambassador in
Kabul. My American colleague, fresh from
Colombia, nicknamed “Chemical Bill”,
had drunk the Drug Enforcement Administration Kool-Aid. He pushed hard for us
to spray the whole Helmand valley from
the air with Roundup weedkiller,
destroying not only the opium poppies,
but every other plant as well. Helicopter
gunships would keep the crop-dusting
planes safe. Hercules transport planes
would follow close behind, dropping seed
and shovels to the farmers in time for them
to plant a second and less noxious crop.
Bush urged an eager Tony Blair to
support the idea, saying: “Ah’m a sprayin’
kinda guy.” Karzai and some embarrassed
Brits pushed back, pointing out that such
crazy chemical warfare would turn insurgency into insurrection. Common sense
prevailed. But “sprayin’ kinda guys” don’t
win wars, at least not ones such as that still
rolling on in Afghanistan.
Sherard Cowper-Coles was British
ambassador to Afghanistan 2007-09,
and UK special representative for
Afghanistan and Pakistan 2009-10. He
is the author of Cables from Kabul.
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Beware Trumpologists
peddling their gloomy
predictions. There’s
hope, says Roger Boyes
H
How
Democracies
D
Die
D
W History
What
T
Tells Us About
O
Our Future
bby Steven Levitsky
aand Daniel Ziblatt
Viking, 320pp; £16.99
V
T
here is a histrionic tone to
US political discourse at the
moment. Partly it is set by the
president who came to power
with scattergun invective, by
feeding grievances and polarising voters.
The response of his critics sometimes
matches this style, and the result is a kind
of rhetorical arms race.
Here’s a fragment from a recent New
Yorker article: “Future scholars will sift
through Trump’s digital proclamations the
way we now read the chroniclers of Nero’s
Rome — to understand how an unhinged
emperor can make a mockery of republican institutions, undo the collective
nervous system of a country, and degrade
the whole of public life . . . ”
Nero, really? How about Hitler, Mussolini and Hugo Chávez, all held up in recent
weeks as possible points of comparison
with Donald Trump? Even the fine writer
David Frum claims (in his book Trumpocracy) that the “spirit of thuggery, crookedness and dictatorship” has crept into the
very core of the American state. It seems a
little overheated for a president who has
been in office for a year, much of it apparently spent shouting at three television
sets. Books are being produced too fast
about a work in progress. Premature
ejaculation, it seems, is also possible in
political writing.
Perhaps that is why Steven Levitsky and
Daniel Ziblatt are being so generously
reviewed in the US. How Democracies
Die takes apart the idea of American exceptionalism, suggests ways
in which other democracies have
gone astray and examines how it
could run aground in the US.
They are political scientists —
Ziblatt is the author of a good
book, Conservative Parties and
the Birth of Democracy — and
use dry, orderly prose. Their
most emotional outburst is to
describe Trump as a “serial norm
breaker”.
The sobriety is welcome and it
adds a quiet, understated chill to the
text. Yet beneath the scholarship
there is a dull throb of anxiety. Chapters such as Trump’s First Year: an
Authoritarian Report Card end up in the
same place as the pamphleteering chestbangers — full of dread.
When I was a war-studies student
decades ago, democracies usually died
when a bunch of frustrated officers parked
their tanks in front of a palace. Coups still
happen, of course. The freely elected
trump thumping
Donald Trump may
enrage New York
protesters but he is no
Hugo Chávez, below
Mohamed Morsi was toppled in Egypt in
2013, Yingluck Shinawatra was chucked
out of power by Thai generals in 2014.
For the most part, though, officers are
staying in their barracks nowadays,
having been allowed to become rich in a
process known as khaki capitalism. They
have been co-opted to protect democracy.
Instead, it is freely elected leaders who
are using their apparent popularity to
change the democratic rules and institutions in their favour. They bully independent media, place loyalists in the courts,
make oligarchs subservient, sap the opposition — and win the next election. Think
Chávez or Vladimir Putin, think Turkey,
Ecuador or the Philippines.
Or think Hitler: after the 1923 failed
Munich beer hall putsch, he was jailed for
nine months (which turned out to be a
Mein Kampf-writing sabbatical); he then
resolved to gain power at the ballot box. By
1933, with Germany unable to break a
political logjam, a cabal of conservatives
decided they would place a popular rabblerousing outsider as head of government on
the assumption that they would be able to
control him.
The point being made by Levitsky and
Ziblatt is that populists and demagogues
rise to power when the party grandees
neglect their gatekeeper function and fail
to keep them in check. Franz von Papen,
one of the supposed puppetmasters in
Hitler’s rise, bragged in 1933: “We’ve
engaged him for ourselves . . . Within two
months we will have pushed him so far
into a corner that he’ll squeak.”
Does this shed light on the elevation of Trump? Not really. Apart
from the fact that Trump plainly
has nothing of Hitler about him,
there is no sensible comparison
between Germany in the 1920s
and 1930s and today’s America.
Germany was in no sense a
developed
democracy.
Its
multiple parties blocked the par-
liamentary system. The country was
reeling with the pain of the Great
Depression. The lost 1914-18 war was still a
recent memory and a source of festering
resentment.
There is, then, an obvious problem with
a comparative approach to Trumpology
studies. Although democracies are bound
by norms and habits of tolerance and
forbearance, they are informal and
unwritten. A politician from outside the
establishment can ignore them at will.
There is a constitution, but Latin Amer-
Populists rise to
power when party
grandees neglect
their gatekeeper role
ican societies that have essentially copyand-pasted the US text have not been
inhibited by it. The rules of democracy
may seem universal, but they are in fact
negotiable. Every democracy is unhappy
in its own way.
The Republican Party gatekeepers miscalculated when they thought that Trump
would burn himself out; they were wrongfooted by the momentum of his campaign
and unable to imagine that someone could
rewrite the rules so fast. In the end they
were caught in a zugzwang: abandoning
Trump would mean an unacceptable
victory for Hillary Clinton. Partisan politics made that prospect unthinkable. In
France, the defeated conservative François Fillon could urge his voter base to
elect a politician of the centre-left, Emmanuel Macron, rather than give France a
far-right president. That option no longer
existed for a US Republican leadership
that had swallowed up the radicals of the
Tea Party, and whose rallies were punctuated with calls to imprison Clinton.
Social media is better at capturing the
shifts in allegiance than academic tomes.
The Republican senator Lindsey Graham
(@LindseyGrahamSC) tweeted at 9.03pm
on May 3, 2016: “If we nominate Trump,
we will get destroyed . . . and we will
deserve it.” Fast-forward to December
2017 and @LindseyGrahamSC was in an
altogether better frame of mind: “Trump
International Golf Club is a spectacular
golf course. Great day of fun playing
@POTUS @realDonaldTrump.”
The collusion of parties certainly
contributes to the empowerment of demagogues. They then, in a process of cognitive dissonance, often go on to support a
leader’s repressive measures or abrasive
language, even when his popularity dips.
That is, there comes a time when they
cease to act out of self-interest. In Trump’s
case he seems to have retained Republican
support because he has generated some
results, such as tax reform legislation, or
because he has not driven over a cliff by
declaring war. Republican elders may
believe they still have some measure of
control and that he will mature in office.
Levitsky and Ziblatt draw up the warning signs for a leader who may tip towards
authoritarianism. There are four: a weak
commitment to democratic rules; denying
the legitimacy of an opponent; the toleration of violence; and a willingness to curb
civil liberties. Trump, it could be argued,
breached all those guidelines during the
election campaign. As president, the
authors say, “he made efforts to capture
the referees, sideline the key players who
might halt him, and tilt the playing field”.
It is, in short, not pretty. But does this
behaviour presage the death of democracy? Not if America’s long-established
institutions function as they should, if
judges speak out, if the FBI probes irregularities and resists political meddling, if the
press uses its freedoms to investigate and
not just preach, and if Senator Graham
and his buddies find a less compromising
place to play 18 holes. Democratic America? It’s not dead yet, not by a long chalk.
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Mindfulness?
this is just
mindlessness
How did Ruby Wax’s weird memoir-cum-history
of the world get published, asks Roger Lewis
H to Be
How
Human
H
T Manual
The
bby Ruby Wax
Penguin, 272pp; £14.99
P
I
remember seeing Ruby Wax stealing
scenes at Stratford or at the Aldwych
40 years ago, when she was with the
Royal Shakespeare Company. She
was only a wench, or a shepherdess, or
a strand of seaweed in the background
when Michael Hordern played Prospero,
but I still recall the way that Wax rolled her
eyes, traversed the stage with an exaggerated gait, or mouthed along to other
people’s lines. I loved her.
Wax was hilarious and subversive. Her
hyper-manic style made her quickly
famous on the “alternative comedy” scene
of the Eighties: her gobby, pushy chat
shows and documentaries; her travel
programmes and campy specials about
Imelda Marcos or Shelley Winters.
By the turn of the century, however,
Wax began to turn away from zany
comedy to explore issues of psychology
and mental health — subjects that she
went to study as a mature student at
Kellogg College, Oxford. It came as no
surprise, I suppose, for anyone to discover
that Wax’s bouncy, vibrant public
persona concealed deep insecurity and
anxiety. In her numerous books Wax has
not been slow to discuss her negative
thoughts, self-loathing and “addictive
drive to achieve”. This new one, How to Be
Human: The Manual promises to “find out
exactly what happened to make us who we
are today” in order to help its readers in the
hunt for “contentment”. Chapters include
Evolution, Thoughts, Sex and Addiction. It
is best described as a megalomaniacal
autobiography-cum-history of the world,
taking in everything from shopping malls
to Marcus Aurelius, with gnomic lifestyle
advice thrown in.
Wax never switches off or shuts up. She
worries too much — her neural networks
are too busy. She spews forth statistics
throughout the book. More people
commit suicide than are killed by “soldiers,
terrorists and criminals combined”.
Obesity kills more people than famines.
Over an average lifespan the fingernails
grow 8.2 miles and we produce 561 barrels
of urine. The brain processes 11 million bits
of information a second. Wax is keen to
catalogue each and every one.
She attempts to define fear, rage, disgust,
shame and guilt, and gives us the benefit of
her experience of raising children. She
says that in the future (and “you can’t stop
the future from arriving”) we may be no
more than “a brain floating in a jar”. She
tells us about her dreams (elephants
and hot-air ballooning) from which she
wakes up wailing, and takes to a Freudian
psychiatrist for an interpretation. A moose
once chased her down Kensington High
Street in her sleep. I wish it had happened
in reality.
How did this eccentric, burbling,
stream-of-consciousness memoir get published? Wax has a point when she complains that Facebook and social media
isolate people, rendering everything
trivial and enhancing ignorance and
superficiality. A victim of the frantic mode
is Wax herself, who describes her efforts
“to cold-turkey off my addiction to emailing”. Yet she was scatty without any help
from computers. It’s a sign of the comic
mind for one idea or reference to ping
instantaneously off another, creating
(with luck) a cathedral of surreal imagery.
Hence Lewis Carroll, the Goons, the
Pythons and Robin Williams.
Although Wax goes on at length about
spiritual wellbeing and tranquillity, as a
person she comes over as a crotchety
ratbag — growling if handed a parking
ticket, having panic attacks when trying on
spotted leggings in Selfridges. (“I remembered that when I was about eight or fourteen [one of those] I was bitten by a Dalmatian.”) She gives publicity people a hard
time and boasts about being good at
queue-jumping, which says a lot about her
rudeness. But then she is an American.
The book contains interjections, not
particularly helpful or insightful, from “a
brilliant neuroscientist” — who thinks it is
impressive to teach his toddler Latin —
and a Buddhist monk. I quite liked the
Buddhist monk, who belongs to the Kagyu
Samye Ling Tibetan monastery, which
isn’t in Tibet but in Scotland. He became
a monk after his ambition to be a jazz
pianist on cruise ships fell through. He
spent years on a solitary retreat before
getting a gig as “mindfulness adviser” on
the set of Disney films.
The conclusion and solution to all of this
angst and history is “mindfulness”. “All the
topics in the prior chapters lead to the
practice of mindfulness,” she explains. To
me, “mindfulness” seems to be the most
resounding balls, along with Pilates,
bottled water, militant vegetarianism and
a belief in flying saucers. She thinks that
“mindfulness” is the big way to master the
human condition, and “mindfulness”
techniques are included here for the bene-
WANING CHARMS
Writer Ruby Wax
Some people
are put out if
they are not
happy and
contented
every hour
that they
are alive
fit of the susceptible reader. “Take your
focus to the breath, zooming in at the tip of
the nose, the throat, the chest or the abdomen,” etc. I fear that if I attempted this
I’d go blue in the face and drop dead from
hysterical laughter.
If I am sceptical and scornful then it is
because the people I know who advocate
self-help regimes and spout mantras such
as “the ocean is bigger that its waves” or
“send your focus to the sound of the fountain” are always without exception horribly full of themselves, smell of patchouli
and are more mad than a monkey let out of
a box. And I mean “mad” in the American
sense of angry, not in the old-fashioned
sense of clinically mentally ill. As regards
Wax’s tantrums: “If I’m in a bitchy state
and I tell him,” ie her husband, “he knows
not to tell me the boiler’s broken and needs
fixing. He knows I’ll go into a rampage.”
This woman can’t be easy to live with.
The origin of this sort of rage is that
some people, and I’m not talking about the
mentally ill, are put out if they are not
happy and contented every hour that they
are alive. They are always well-off too; the
poor can’t afford it. Something must be
wrong, the cosmos is out of joint, and they
get down, or anyway sulk.
Unlike Wax in this unleavened tome,
where she mentions “our minds, which
hopefully we’ll be able to consciously
upgrade”, it is my belief that it is an immature mistake to get in a knot if one is merely
not happy. How to be human, surely, is to
accept that contentment is not a right. If
you exterminate your demons, what will
happen to the angels?
The man dying to cure himself
The science of immunology may one day beat cancer, Tom Whipple discovers
R
alph Steinman had months to
live. Just as his research was
entering its most exciting phase,
he learnt that he had advanced
pancreatic cancer. The prognosis was so bad, he said to his children:
“Don’t google it.” Then he called his
colleagues around the world to tell them
that they had a test subject.
Professor Steinman, then aged 64, was
the world expert on dendritic cells, which
he had shown to be a crucial part of our
immune system. More than that, he was
convinced that they could be used to hack
our body’s natural defences, to attack
and defeat cancer. Now he had the opportunity to prove his theory, with one of the
greatest self-experiments in the history of
medicine. He could do this thanks to a
revolution in our understanding of the
immune system.
You probably think you know how the
immune system works. A foreign germ
gets into the body, your immune cells
spot it, make other cells attack it, then
store a few of those cells afterwards as
He learnt
that he had
pancreatic
cancer and
said to his
kids: ‘Don’t
google it’
a template to make more in the future.
As Daniel Davis, professor of immunology
at the University of Manchester, points
out, there are a few flaws in that
description. “Food isn’t part of your body,”
he writes in The Beautiful Cure. You wouldn’t
want your immune system to attack that.
There are other problems. “More subtly,
your immune system must be able to tell
the difference between friendly bacteria
that live in your gut and dangerous bacteria that might make you sick.”
If you are ashamed not to have consid-
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Women’s lives served up on a plate
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Asked to say
something
positive
about herself,
Gurley Brown
yelped:
‘I’m skinny!’
“Not a heavy case, just a little one!” Reading her bizarre meals — “Serenity
Cocktails” of pineapple chunks, soybean
oil, powdered milk and brewer’s yeast —
you wonder if she might have been really
quite unwell. Her favourite dish was sugarfree diet Jell-O with a dollop of Dannon
light yogurt: “Fifty Cals — heaven!” Asked
by the feminist writer Gloria Steinem to
say something positive about herself —
not flirty, not sound-bitey — Gurley
Brown thought for a moment, then yelped:
“I’m skinny! I’m skinny!”
If Gurley Brown was obsessed with
minimum calories for maximum slimness,
then for Roosevelt it was maximum calories for minimum cost. She was first lady
during the Depression and intended to set
an example, starting with the White
House kitchen.
Her menus, says Shapiro, “were
designed to help the poor, not impress
the rich”. To visiting dignitaries she served
cheap meals at seven and a half cents a
serving. “Shrimp Wiggle” was shrimp and
canned peas in a white sauce. “Pear salad”
was canned pears, cream cheese, mayonnaise, chives and candied ginger. “Eggs
Mexican” was rice topped with bananas
and fried eggs. “Victuals to her,” said
Roosevelt’s son, “are something to inject
into the body as fuel to keep it going,
much as a motorist pours gasoline into an
auto tank.”
Of the six, Pym had the easiest relationship with food. Her chapter is all private
pleasure and careful cooking. This supper
she cooked for Philip Larkin in 1977
sounds delicious: “We ate kipper paté
then veal done in a casserole with peppers
and tomatoes — pommes Anna and
celery-cheese (he didn’t eat any brie and
we thought that perhaps he only likes plain
food?) then summer pudding.”
My enthusiasm for the book’s women
varied: I gobbled Pym and picked at Braun;
pitied Wordsworth and winced at Gurley
Brown. Whether you warm to the subject
or not, Shapiro sets each woman satisfyingly in her time and social class, giving us
food fads, changing tastes and did-theyreally-eat-like-that curios. She has a fine
eye for the telling detail and choice quote.
You can just picture Pym, writing while
wolfing, in this diary entry from 1954:
“Today finished my 4th novel. Typed from
10:30am to 3:30pm sustained by, in the
following order, a cup of milky Nescafé, a
gin and French, cold beef, baked potato,
tomato-grated cheese, rice pudding and
plums.” Yum.
that is still under way to understand “the
complexity, delicacy and elegance of our
immune system”.
And that is how we get to dendritic cells
— the cells to which Steinman devoted his
career. These spiky cells stand guard
wherever our body meets the outside
world — the skin, the lungs, the gut —
helping to transmit the details of any
invaders that need to be destroyed.
Steinman thought that they could be
tricked — taken out of the body, activated
with an adjuvant, taught to recognise
cancer cells, then injected back in. He even
knew the title of the paper he would publish when his army of trained dendritic
cells had swept his pancreatic cancer away.
“My Tumour and How I Solved It.”
And did he? There was no fairytale ending. He lived for another four years, far
longer than his prognosis, but still, as Davis
says, not long enough that we can draw anything useful from this single case. The idea
was probably right — many scientists are
working on developing such theories —
but with cancer and the immune system, it
turned out not to be that simple. In a way
this is apt. If anything can be taken from
this book it is that life and its mechanisms
are too complex for neat stories, however
satisfying those stories may be.
Except, there was a fairytale ending of
sorts after all. Steinman died on September 30, 2011, but the family did not spread
the news widely. Three days later his wife
got up in the night to get a glass of water
and saw his BlackBerry blinking. She read
the message, and Davis recounts what
happened next. It began: “ Dear Dr Steinman, I have good news for you . . . ” She
shouted up to her daughter, who was
asleep: “Dad won the Nobel!”
Laura Freeman finds
that challenging
relationships with
food can be revealing
What She Ate
W
S Remarkable
Six
W
Women and the
F
Food That Tells
T
Their Stories
bby Laura Shapiro
4th Estate, 320pp; £14.99
4
W
hen Auguste Escoffier
cooked for King Edward
VII he poached quails in
Château d’Yquem and
stuffed chicken with truffles and foie gras. Escoffier had judged it
wrong. Rosa Lewis, the king’s cook, friend
and possibly lover (she never denied it —
good publicity for Brand Rosa) knew what
Edward really wanted. “Let me whisper it,”
she told a journalist when asked the king’s
favourite meal. “It was boiled bacon and
broad beans. He loved them.” On Sunday
nights, under Rosa’s supervision, Buckingham Palace served roast beef and Yorkshire puds. Once in a while, though, she
would out-scoff even Escoffier. Her speciality was a whole truffle, boiled in champagne or madeira, and served in a napkin
— one truffle per guest. The king hated
truffles meanly cut into pieces.
Lewis, born in 1867, was the finest
“woman chef” of her generation. She was
an Eliza Doolittle figure who never lost her
cockney accent, called jeroboams “cherrybums” and wheeled vegetables back from
the market in her own barrow. She inspired the TV series The Duchess of Duke
Street and was sent up by Evelyn Waugh as
the garrulous Lottie Crump, the owner of
Shepheard’s Hotel in Vile Bodies.
She is one of the hungry heroines in
Laura Shapiro’s What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their
Stories. Shapiro, an American food historian and essayist for The New Yorker, takes
Brillat-Savarin’s maxim, “Tell me what you
eat, and I shall tell you what you are” and
demands to know more: “Tell me whether
you like to eat alone and if you really taste
the flavours of food, or ignore, or forget all
ered that, don’t be. Even in the medical
community it is only in the past 30 years
that scientists really began to understand
the astonishing complexity of our immune
system, and also the potential within its
systems to cure the incurable.
Davis dates the revolution to 1989, when
Charles Janeway, from Yale University,
was investigating what he called the “dirty
little secret” of immunology. The popular
understanding of vaccination is based on
the popular understanding of the immune
system. In this version, the vaccine introduces a harmless analogue of the disease.
This is then used to teach your body to
fight the disease. Et voilà: you’re immune.
If that is so, though, then why are many
vaccines effective only when mixed with
an adjuvant (or “helper molecule”) such as
aluminium hydroxide? Janeway realised
that no one knew the answer — we used
about them a moment later . . . Tell me
where you buy food, and how you choose
it, and whether you spend too much.
Tell me what you ate when you were a
child, and whether the memory cheers you
up or not.”
Her nosily inquisitive approach yields
six absorbing lives — of Lewis, Dorothy
Wordsworth, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva
Braun, Barbara Pym and Helen “Sex and
the Single Girl” Gurley Brown — told
through mutton chops and diet Jell-O.
There’s also a lovely closing chapter on
Shapiro’s faltering attempts to cook
white-picket-fence, all-American-mom
recipes while an expat wife in India, a
touching portrait of homesickness and
what food can do to cure it.
Wordsworth, we discover, was slavishly
devoted to her brother, William, and his
mate Samuel Taylor Coleridge, holed up
together in a cottage in Grasmere. She
remembers every breakfast bowl and castoff apple core. “With his Basin of Broth
before him untouched & a little plate of
Bread & butter he wrote the Poem to a
Butterfly! . . . He ate not a morsel, nor put
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Natural Defences
by Daniel M Davis
Bodley Head, 272pp; £20
on his stockings but sate with his shirt
neck unbuttoned, & his waistcoat open
while he did it.”
She really is dotty about him (“Oh the
darling! here is one of his bitten apples! I
can hardly find it in my heart to throw it
into the fire”) and she waits selflessly on his
lounge-about friends: “I broiled Coleridge
a mutton chop which he ate in bed.”
In those happy Lake District days she
walked miles and ate lightly. “We got no
dinner, but Gooseberry pie to our tea.”
Dorothy’s early vigour and sparing appetite contrasts sadly with her later illness. In
the last 26 years of her life she became
grossly fat and almost immobile. William
battled with her appetite and her “fits”:
“She has a great craving for oatmeal porridge, principally for the sake of the butter
that she eats along with it.”
Appetite is often fraught and unhappy in
these brief biographies. Wordsworth ate
to what her brother called “bilious” excess;
Gurley Brown, the pin-thin editor of
Cosmopolitan, starved. “I think you may
have to have a tiny touch of anorexia nervosa to maintain an ideal weight,” she said.
adjuvants because they helped, and that
was that. The more he looked into it, the
more he realised that in this small quirk
of medicine there lay a deep truth — a
truth that would eventually lead to a revolution in our understanding of the “innate
immune system”, showing that there was a
complex first line of defence able to identify threats long before our specialised
attack cells latched on.
Davis’s book is about this. It is about the
history and future of immunology. It is a
sweeping tour d’horizon that never shies
from complexity but manages, impressively for a science book by a scientist, to
remain lucid and entertaining enough to
take the reader with it. Much as Siddhartha Mukherjee did in his book The Gene,
Davis expertly weaves together human
stories and scientific endeavour to give a
sense of the grand global collaboration
slim pickings Former
Cosmopolitan editor
Helen Gurley Brown
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Fighting the slave trade for fun
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Britain’s anti-slavers
were not all saintly
abolitionists, says
Gerard DeGroot
nonfiction
Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the
Building of Britain by Julian Glover
Bloomsbury, 416pp; £10.99
Today Brunel is fêted as one of the
greatest Britons, while the architect and
engineer Thomas Telford is perhaps
known best for having a Shropshire
town named after him. Julian Glover
aims to remedy that. Telford worked on
184 big projects, including 93 large
bridges and aqueducts, 17 canals and 37
docks and harbours. He opened up the
Highlands of Scotland with 1,200 miles
of road and more than 1,000 bridges.
Penetrating his private life is difficult,
but Glover digs in the archives with
Telfordian energy to produce a readable
book about an overlooked man.
Damian Whitworth
SSquadron
E
Ending
the African
SSlave Trade
bby John Broich
Duckworth, 288pp; £20
D
W
hat makes an abolitionist? George Sullivan was
driven by an evangelical
sense of racial equality.
Philip Colomb was a
white supremacist who opposed slavery
because it muddled the purity of free trade.
He also loved the macho thrill of hunting
down slave traders. Edward Meara was
driven by a simplistic sense of humanity
and justice: slavery was wrong and therefore needed to be eradicated.
These three men commanded sloops in
a squadron, led by Commodore Leopold
Heath, which in 1868 was stationed off east
Africa. Heath was a renegade, a man of
supreme self-confidence who resented
governmental interference. He took for
granted that fighting slave traders was the
“duty of England” and embarked on a
personal mission to eradicate the trade.
As John Broich shows, these Royal Navy
officers represented in microcosm the
often hypocritical British attitude towards
slavery in the 19th century. In 1807 the
slave trade was abolished in the British
Empire, but total abolition of slave ownership was not passed until 1833 and not fully
implemented until six years later. By
the mid 19th-century British anti-slavery
efforts were concentrated on cajoling
other countries to abolish the trade
through favourable trade agreements.
Not all abolitionists believed in racial
equality. Many opposed slavery not
because it was immoral, but because of the
disruption it caused to trading patterns.
The doctrine behind British anti-slavery
policy was free trade; it was felt that slavery
would eventually be brought to an end by
the civilised instrument of market forces.
The east African slave trade was centred
on Zanzibar. Slaves kidnapped in the
interior of the continent passed through
middlemen on the way to the Zanzibar
market. Traders brought as many as
20,000 slaves to the island every year and
taxes on human merchandise provided
the main source of income for the
Zanzibari sultans. Under agreements
reached between the sultanate and the
British Crown, restrictions were placed
on the trade, particularly concerning
re-exportation. These rules were, however, widely flouted, because it was profitable to do so. A kidnapped boy or girl could
be bought for 11 to 14 silver dollars (£2 to £3)
in Zanzibar, then sold for ten times that if
transported illegally to the Persian Gulf.
The British turned a blind eye towards
these violations. The goal of the Foreign
Office was to keep the sultan sweet in
order not to disturb trade relations. An
aggressive policy towards the slavers was
seen as dangerous, expensive and not
paperbacks
IN CHAINS Slaves on the
island of Zanzibar in the
mid 19th century
Heath’s
men were
essentially
pirates,
although
they served a
good cause
likely to be effective. Slavery, it was felt,
would eventually wither on the vine. “For
25 years we have followed the same dull
routine,” a frustrated Heath wrote of this
policy. That routine was, he felt, designed
to reinforce the pretence of opposing the
trade, without doing much to stop it.
Slaves were transported in dhows, small
ships with triangular sails. Below deck, in a
space measuring perhaps 40ft by 25ft, up
to 80 men, women and children would be
crammed in. “They were in the dark,” writes
Broich, “under a bamboo deck, in airless
heat — bent, crouched, huddled. Limbs
welded stiff, they could not have stood even
had the deck above their heads disappeared.” Starved and deprived of water,
some would die en route, but they were
tiny debits in the ledger of profit and loss.
Heath’s squadron was on routine mission;
only one of its duties was to police the
slave trade. In the decades before he
arrived, apprehension of slave traders in
the area by the Royal Navy was rare. Heath
received no direct orders from the British
government to escalate action against the
traders but figured that, in an era when
communication was slow, he had a short
window of opportunity to cripple the
trade. He placed his ships at strategic
points along the slaver routes, where
geography favoured the hunter. When a
dhow was spotted, a warning shot was
fired, whereupon cutters would be dispatched to board and inspect the trader’s
cargo. If slaves were found they would be
confiscated and the dhow burnt.
Heath’s men were essentially pirates,
although they served a good cause. The
slavers did not always surrender willingly.
At times they made for the beach, deliberately crashing on to the rocky coast. The
slaves, effectively paralysed after days in
the cramped hold, invariably drowned.
Colomb was struck by “that horrible outpouring . . . of men, women and children”.
The dark bodies seemed to him like oozing
blood. In retrospect, he thought perhaps
that the fate of the slaves “was many times
worse than if [he] had never found them”.
The issue of what to do with those rescued was the flaw in Heath’s grand plan.
The British lacked the resources to return
them to their homes. The luckiest were
transported to Mauritius or the Seychelles,
where sometimes they found employment
as farm labourers. The less fortunate ended up in Aden or Bombay, where opportunities were scarce and exploitation rife. A
good many became indentured servants, a
legal form of slavery. As Colomb wondered, what exactly was this freedom that
he was “thrusting upon” these people?
Broich is an academic historian who
aspires to be a storyteller. He eschews the
practices of the historian: awkwardly presented evidence, endless footnoting and
cumbersome source criticism. This is a true
story, backed by meticulous research, but
as the author admits, “my aim was to hide
the archival work behind this book” so that
it should read like a naval adventure. He
succeeds, but only partially.
Squadron is an interesting book, but the
emotion and drama sometimes seem contrived. Broich tries too hard to be lyrical.
The main problem, however, is the subject
itself. Heath’s battle against the slavers was
a campaign of attrition, and struggles of
this sort lack the narrative progression
necessary to a rollicking good story.
Broich presents the men of this squadron as heroes, despite their sometimes suspect motivation. The squadron destroyed
scores of slave ships and confiscated more
than 1,000 slaves in 1869 alone. The author
claims that this effort was instrumental in
ending the slave trade on the east coast of
Africa, but I’m not convinced. The British
government certainly did not appreciate
the disruption Heath caused, and assumed
commerce and peaceful negotiation
would more effectively bring slavery to a
harmonious end. That assumption was
probably right. Heath may have hastened
slightly the end of slavery, but in truth, politics proved a more effective instrument of
abolition than did righteous passion.
Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh
in the Age of Decorum by Kathryn
Hughes 4th Estate, 414pp; £9.99
Kathryn Hughes feels that the smelly,
squidgy, soiled reality of life in a
19th-century body is a story that needs
to be told. Hughes focuses on what she
calls “five corporeal conundrums”. For
example, “Charles Darwin’s Beard”,
which wasn’t there simply to cover up
his eczema. He believed that “our male
ape-like progenitors acquired their
beards as an ornament to charm or
excite the opposite sex”. Hughes’s
digressions into, say, the price of cheese
are a little wearying but the chapter on
“Fanny Cornforth’s Mouth” is so
rivetingly pervy that quibbles are
forgiven. Richard Morrison
fiction
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman HarperCollins,
385pp; £8.99
Eleanor Oliphant is nearly 30. She lives
alone, enjoys crosswords, has a dull job,
and everything in her life is perfectly
under control. Gail Honeyman’s Costa
prizewinner is about the modern
scourge of urban loneliness, and it’s not
long before Eleanor is dropping ghastly
revelations casually into her story.
Things take an unexpected swerve
when she is unwillingly roped into an
act of kindness. The warmth and
humour of this first novel cut through
the grim subject matter. It’s a touch
melodramatic, but entertaining, with
an eccentric heroine who is somehow
always likeable. Kate Saunders
Crimes of the Father by Thomas
Keneally Sceptre, 382pp; £8.99
Thomas Keneally tackles the Catholic
Church sex abuse scandal in Australia.
Father Frank Docherty, a well-meaning
liberal priest, discovers that a powerful
church bureaucrat, Monsignor Leo
Shannon, is a prolific abuser. Going
after Shannon could ruin Docherty’s
career, but he rolls up his sleeves and
takes the fight to Mother Church. The
book is an impressive panorama of the
church’s greatest scandal, but the plot
feels predictable. Too often Keneally
seems to have put the narrative on
autopilot, leaving the thinly sketched
forces of Good and Evil to duke it out
between themselves. James Marriott
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ROBERT VIGLASKY
fiction
A love game
for the lonely
in suburbia
This is Julian Barnes
at the height of his
powers, says Robert
Douglas-Fairhurst
‘I
don’t feel constrained by what I have
written in the past,” Julian Barnes
said in an interview with the Paris
Review in 2000. “I don’t feel, to put it
crudely, that because I’ve written
Flaubert’s Parrot I have to write ‘Tolstoy’s
Gerbil’. I’m not shut in a box of my own
devising.”
Given the title of his latest novel, it’s
tempting to point out that actually most of
Barnes’s fiction works through variations
on the same themes: the slipperiness of the
past; the difficulty of knowing where lines
of responsibility lie; the infinite permutations of that little four-letter word “love”.
The focus of The Only Story, an affair
between a 19-year-old student and a
48-year-old housewife, is like a
drawn-out meditation on the events
of his Man Booker-winning The
Sense of an Ending. Barnes plants
some specific echoes to tease his
readers: in both novels an older
woman gives £500 to the narrator;
both are partly set in a sleepy part of
the stockbroker belt with “tile-hung”
houses and a church called St Michael’s.
The decision to make the student tell his
story with increasing levels of detachment,
moving in stages from “I” to “you” to “he”,
puts into practice something Barnes said
in an interview around the time of Levels of
The Only Story
by Julian Barnes
Jonathan Cape
224pp; £16.99
booker winner
Novelist Julian Barnes
first love revisited Julian Barnes’s new novel is like a drawn-out meditation on The Sense of an Ending, filmed last year
Life (2013): “To look at ourselves from afar,
to make the subjective suddenly objective:
this gives us a psychic shock.”
But these are constraints only in the way
that handcuffs were constraints for Houdini, because although The Only Story contains some familiar elements, it deals with
them in consistently surprising ways. It is a
novel that quietly sinks its hooks into the
reader and refuses to let go.
The story begins in the 1960s at a
tennis club, where Paul, a student —
charming, curious and desperate to
shock his parents — meets Susan
Macleod, who is much older than him,
married but almost as innocent in
matters of sex. They start an affair
that develops into a long-term relationship, but as he leaves university
and becomes more conventional,
training to be a solicitor, her life slowly
disintegrates.
Susan’s occasional “little nip of sherry”
descends into full-blown alcoholism, and
eventually she is a mere husk of the
woman with smiling eyes he fell in love
with. Henceforth he decides to adopt a
policy of “moving on — from place to
place, woman to woman”.
Towards the end of the novel we are told
that Paul has started to copy down definitions of love and cross out all those that
aren’t true. “Perhaps love could never be
captured in a definition,” he concludes, but
Susan’s occasional
‘little nip of sherry’
descends into fullblown alcoholism
only “in a story”. It turns out that, as so
often in Barnes’s fiction, while stories may
capture the truth of a relationship, they are
fundamentally deficient when it comes to
discovering what actually happened.
Unlike the crossword puzzles of Susan’s
husband, there are no words that perfectly
fit the shifting patterns of an affair. Love is
a puzzle with many possible solutions.
Nor is Paul’s memory a reliable guide,
as small narrative details (such as the
“unsteady brick path” leading to the
Macleods’ front door) start to bump into
each other (years later Susan’s walk home
from the pub is also “unsteady”). Above all,
because Susan has “marked his life in so
many ways, some for the better, some the
worse” it becomes apparent that he can’t
move on. That passing echo of the
marriage service is like a sad confession of
the fact that they will remain inextricably
entwined in his head, long after they have
stopped sleeping together.
“I was fastidious with my gearchanging,” Paul informs us early on. He is
talking about his handling of an Austin,
but much the same is true of Barnes’s skill
at moving imperceptibly between scenes
of domestic farce and the slow-motion
trauma of alcoholism. As a feat of narrative
control it shows a novelist at the height of
his powers. As an exploration of whether
love is indeed “the only story”, and if so
whether that word “only” may reveal itself
to mean miserably restrictive rather than
happily unique, it is quietly devastating.
© TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM
And thereby hangs a tail
This richly imagined
story really is as
good as all the hype,
says Hilary Rose
The Mermaid and
Mrs Hancock
by Imogen Hermes
Gowar
Harvill Secker
486pp; £12.99
S
et in 1785, The Mermaid and Mrs
Hancock tells the story of Jonah
Hancock, a widowed London merchant and ship owner. Hancock is a
decent, unassuming man trying
to earn a living and perhaps one day find
a happiness that could fill the void left in his
life by the death of his wife and baby son.
One night the captain of his ship returns
from a long voyage not, as Hancock hoped,
with a nice fat profit, but with the news that
he has swapped the ship, lock, stock, and
valuable cargo, for a mermaid (and not a
beautiful one either — it is “the size of an
infant”, “brown and wizened” with claws
and fangs). The ensuing story swirls
around Georgian London, from the dock-
yards of Deptford to the brothels of Soho,
following Hancock’s attempts to capitalise
on his new-found curiosity. Hancock’s
story moves from wittily observed scenes
with his domineering sister, desperate that
her daughters should inherit his sudden
wealth, to his encounters with one of
London’s most famous and beguiling courtesans, Angelica Neal.
Usually when there’s a lot of hype about
a book, as there is around this one, I mentally consign it to a box marked “hyperbole” and forget it. The publisher promises
“a spellbinding story of curiosity, love and
obsession from an astonishing new talent”.
And you know what? It’s not wrong.
With its richly imagined Georgian
London setting, The Mermaid and Mrs
Hancock is a cracking historical novel —
with a twinge of the surreal — about
passion and obsession, dreams and reality.
Imogen Hermes Gowar may be a firsttime author, but she has a distinctive voice
so assured and so readable that she could
be a veteran. The novel immerses you in a
something fishy The British Museum’s mummified “mermaid”
world in a way that reminds me of Susanna
Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
The story is by turns intriguing, touching, funny, sad and heartwarming. It will
make you laugh and it may make you cry.
Mostly, though, the cast of endlessly
engaging characters will keep you turning
the pages until you get to the wholly satis-
fying ending. It’s long, at almost 500 pages,
but if there’s a jarring sentence anywhere
then I didn’t find it.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is
superb. I think so. The publisher thinks so.
I imagine the various awards and prizegiving committees will think so. Don’t let
any of that put you off.
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Saturday January 20 2018 | the times
BRIDGEMAN ART LIBRARY
historical fiction
The fighting stops but
the war is never over
Tales of traumatised soldiers, a heroic Jewish doctor and
sinister events on the Yorkshire moors grip Antonia Senior
W
alking Wounded tells the
story of a young veteran
called David Reece who is
admitted to a military
psychiatric hospital in
1947. He is deeply traumatised by the war,
which he spent fighting the Japanese in
the jungles of Burma.
Sheila Llewellyn follows Reece’s relationship with his psychiatrist, Dr Daniel
Carter. The doctor is wrestling with his
own experience of the war — long years of
trying to make terrified, traumatised boys
seem well enough to return to battle.
Carter is also caught in a medical battle
between those who believe in talking
therapies and those who want to use
extreme physical treatments.
This was an age in which lobotomies
were performed on the mentally ill. The
idea was that severing some of the nerve
fibres in the frontal lobe of the brain could
cure post-traumatic stress as well as a
range of other psychiatric ailments.
Carter, on witnessing a horrifying demonstration of a lobotomy on a depressed,
still-conscious housewife, asks: “Can it
really be as easy as that — to scrape out
someone’s depression, their anxiety, their
melancholy? To scrape out someone’s
emotions?”
Llewellyn’s background is in treating
post-traumatic stress disorder and her
expertise shines through in the creation of
Reece — the traumatised, sad and utterly
human protagonist. His best friend in
the hospital is the real-life figure Vernon
Scannell, a poet whose charisma and anarchic spirit leaven the narrative.
Writing about a hospitalised and traumatised poet is to invite comparisons to
Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy about
shell-shocked First World War poets.
Llewellyn’s shocking and moving debut
Walking Wounded
by Sheila
Llewellyn
Sceptre
272pp;
£16.99
Book
of the
month
The Good Doctor
of Warsaw
by Elisabeth Gifford
Corvus, 368pp; £14.99
Nucleus
by Rory Clements
Zaffre, 384pp; £12.99
The Optickal
Illusion
by Rachel Halliburton
Duckworth, 352pp; £16.99
The Coffin Path
by Katherine Clements
Headline, 384pp; £18.99
‘Can it really
be as easy as
that — to
scrape out
someone’s
depression?’
can hold its own even in that celebrated
company.
In The Good Doctor of Warsaw, Elisabeth Gifford tells the true story of two
students, Misha and Sophia, who live in
the Warsaw ghetto under Nazi occupation.
Misha’s mentor is the historical author and
humanitarian Dr Janusz Korczak, who
struggles to protect and feed the 200 children in the orphanage he runs. The two
young people do what they can to help.
Misha and Sophia are torn apart by the
war, suffering privation and constant fear.
Dr Korczak, meanwhile, becomes a symbol of hope in the ghetto, where half a
million Jewish Poles struggle to retain
their lives and their humanity.
Dr Korczak was a brilliant man and a
persuasive advocate for the rights of children. His story has been fictonalised recently in Jim Shepard’s 2015 masterpiece, The
Book of Aron. But this is a story that should
be told and retold, and Gifford’s version is
readable and extremely powerful.
Nucleus is the new thriller from Rory
Clements, whose beguiling protagonist is
Tom Wilde, an American historian working
at the University of Cambridge in the 1930s.
In this second outing, Tom, our amateur
spook, is once again drawn into a murky
word of espionage and murder. This time
the plot revolves around the race to be the
first country to create a nuclear weapon.
Tom is tasked to watch the Cavendish
Laboratory in Cambridge by a shady character close to President Roosevelt. When
one of the brilliant nuclear scientists at the
lab is murdered, Tom tries to find the truth
amid a cast of beautiful film stars, suspicious millionaires and batty scientists.
Meanwhile, his girlfriend is enmeshed in a
mystery involving an old German friend’s
missing son.
The historical setting is fascinating —
fiction
Watch out for
curious women
Here’s another befuddled sleuth with
a wrong to right, says Andrew Billen
T
The
W
Woman
iin the
W
Window
bby AJ Finn
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HarperCollins
4
448pp; £12.99
T
he journalist AJ Finn’s debut
novel, The Woman in the
Window, topped the New York
Times bestseller list in its first
week. The noir thriller’s
success has doubtless been aided by
a generous endorsement on its cover
by Finn’s homophonous rival, Gillian
Flynn, the author of Gone Girl. Like
new boy of noir The debut from
AJ Finn has been a big American hit
that, and like Paula Hawkins’s The Girl
on the Train, which it more closely
resembles, it features an unreliable female
narrator, either wronged or in the wrong.
It is a tale toxic with paranoia, particularly
about men, but also about one’s own
mind.
The woman in the window is a mystery.
Well, actually there are two of them.
old-school The artist Benjamin West appears in The Optickal Illusion
the race for nuclear armament and the
complicated loyalties of the scientists
involved — but the plot is driven by too
many coincidences to make it entirely
convincing. In 1797 a young female painter
called Ann Jemima Provis claimed that
she possessed a secret manuscript that revealed the long-lost secrets of the Venetian painters. How did Titian and his peers
achieve their mastery of colour?
Provis demonstrated her technique —
supposedly based on the lost manuscript
— to Benjamin West, the president of the
Royal Academy. The Optickal Illusion by
Rachel Halliburton follows the real scandal unleashed by this meeting between the
fading old man of British art and the
young, talented Provis.
Halliburton’s portrayal of West is sharp
— the second president of the Royal
Academy after Sir Joshua Reynolds and an
American, he struggles with the contradictions of being an outsider embedded in
the establishment. There is also the constant question of talent; who has it and
who is faking.
As cultural history this is utterly absorbing, but as a novel The Optickal Illusion
suffers from Halliburton’s tendency to
fill her characters’ dialogue with heavy-
handed exposition. That aside, this is an
assured and enjoyable debut that asks
some uncomfortable questions about
women’s erasure from the history of art.
In The Coffin Path Katherine Clements
spirits the reader to the Yorkshire moors in
the 17th century. Mercy Booth is the only
child of the owner of Scarcross Hall.
Tough and plain, Mercy runs the sheep
farming on the moor for her father,
a man haunted by his role in the Civil
War. The book starts with the violent
birthing of a lamb out on the bleak, windscoured tops.
A stranger comes to the hall looking for
work and Mercy reluctantly takes him in.
As sheep begin to die and ghostly noises
echo in the night, the atmosphere in
the already bleak hall begins to darken.
This is a superstitious age, where demons
and witches and ghosts are part of the
landscape.
Clements has written a wonderfully
sinister novel. Mercy is a unique heroine,
who clings to the unloveable Scarcross
Hall with a chilling tenacity. But the real
star here is Clements’s beautiful, unsparing
evocation of a bygone life on these unforgiving moors. Best read with the central
heating turned on full.
The description may refer to the woman
whom Anna sees being attacked from her
Harlem townhouse, or Anna herself.
Anna is a therapist in her late thirties; she
has survived a car accident and is
estranged from her family. She lives alone,
confined to her home by agoraphobia —
she has not left the house for ten months.
That condition mainly contains the story
within a few rooms.
She self-medicates with merlot, prescription drugs and dangerous quantities
of black-and-white thrillers while trying to
discover, using little more than the zoom
lens on her camera, who, if anyone, has
been murdered and by whom.
An objection to The Girl on the Train
was that its woozily miserable heroine was
90 per cent victim and only 10 per cent
protagonist. Anna at least keeps a tenuous
grip on her professional life by giving
online advice to fellow agoraphobes,
and these lively computer encounters sustain the narrative’s longueurs.
The first big twist comes surprisingly far
in, after which the story, previously sludgy
with Anna’s internal life, clarifies and
accelerates. What really fuels the novel
is Finn’s excellent turn of phrase. Index
fingers on a keyboard are, for example,
“flamingos picking their way through the
shallows”.
If you have clocked a sudden vogue for
the term “gaslighting”, be prepared for
more once The Woman in the Window
takes off. Gaslighting means to manipulate
She self-medicates
with prescription
drugs, merlot
and thrillers
someone into believing that they are mad,
and originates from the 1944 George
Cukor film Gaslight, which, naturally, gets
a mention. As the story progresses, one becomes pretty sure that Anna is being gaslighted. It is much harder to guess which
dodgy male has lit the lamp.
It is lovingly done, but one wonders how
many more befuddled, victimised woman
sleuths the market can take.
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bestsellers
audiobook
of the
week
Birdcage Walk by Helen
Dunmore, read by
Emma Fenney, 10hr
9min; audible.co.uk
£34.99
Set when the elegant
terraces above Bristol’s
Clifton Gorge were being
built, Birdcage Walk is
narrated by Lizzie Fawkes,
the daughter of a feminist
writer married to a radical
pamphleteer (think Mary
Wollstonecraft and
William Godwin). But
Lizzie is no Mary Shelley.
Against her mother’s
advice, she marries John
Diner Tredevant, a
speculative builder who
soon finds himself facing
ruin as revolutionary
France knocks the bottom
out of the property
market, leaving him
unable to complete his
splendid terrace. He is
also a violently jealous
man, whose first wife has
mysteriously disappeared,
and when a young poet
begins to admire Lizzie
his manic depression
intensifies.
Like Helen Dunmore’s
other historical novels,
domestic arrangements
are minutely detailed and
the characters feel rounded
and alive. Dunmore was a
poet as well as a novelist
and every line has a
musicality, something that
is the more evident when
we hear her novel read
aloud. Emma Fenney’s
alert, slightly hurried
narration nicely reflects
Lizzie’s growing panic as
the story unfolds.
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4 (3) Sapiens: A Brief History of
Humankind Yuval Noah Harari
Vintage £9.99
5 (5) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely
Fine Gail Honeyman
HarperCollins £12.99
5 (6) Homo Deus: A Brief History of
Tomorrow Yuval Noah Harari
Vintage £9.99
6 (4) Origin Dan Brown
Bantam £20
6 (4) Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur
Andrews McMeel £9.99
7 (3) Munich Robert Harris
Hutchinson £20
7 (5) The 4 Pillar Plan
Rangan Chatterjee
Penguin £16.99
4 (3) Women & Power: A Manifesto
Mary Beard Profile £7.99
5 (6) Good Night Stories for Rebel
Girls Elena Favilli & Francesca
Cavallo Particular £20
6 (2) Private Eye Annual: 2017
Ian Hislop Private Eye £9.99
7 (8) The Life-Changing Magic of Not
Giving a F**k Sarah Knight
Quercus £12.99
8 (10) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a
F*ck Mark Manson
HarperOne £16.99
8 (5) Magpie Murders
Anthony Horowitz
Orion £8.99
8
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
(new) Heather Morris
Zaffre £12.99
8 (8) Happy Fearne Cotton
Orion £7.99
9 (7) A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
Windmill £8.99
9 (6) A Legacy of Spies
John le Carré Viking £20
9 (—) A History of Britain in 21 Women
Jenni Murray Oneworld £9.99
9 (—) The Secret Life of Cows
Rosamund Young
Faber £9.99
10
Life of Crime
(new) Kimberley Chambers
HarperCollins £12.99
10 (—) Prisoners of Geography
Tim Marshall
Elliott & Thompson £9.99
10 (9) This is Going to Hurt: Secret
Diaries of a Junior Doctor
Adam Kay Picador £16.99
10
Then She Was Gone
(new) Lisa Jewell Arrow £7.99
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Children’s book
of the week
Terrorist grooming
makes a potent theme,
says Alex O’Connell
I Am Thunder and I
Won’t Keep Quiet by
Muhammad Khan
(13+), Macmillan,
£7.99, 304pp
Young adult books set
in secondary schools
are ten a penny — but
this one is special.
Muhammad Khan, a maths teacher,
has created a powerful, sophisticated and
intensely likeable female narrator in this
thrilling novel, which punches well
above the weight of most debuts.
Khan has a rare ear for authentic
teenage dialogue and manages to bring
humour and lightness to a heavy subject.
He has said that he was inspired to write
the book by news reports about the three
teenage girls who, in February 2015, left
Bethnal Green Academy in east London
to join Islamic State.
Muzna, a likeable north Londoner, is a
clever, creative Year 11 student with
aspirations to be a novelist and the usual
teenage issues with unwanted hair and
puppy fat. Her parents are firstgeneration Muslim immigrants from
Pakistan: her father is a social worker
and her mother a housewife. They
are strict in their expectations for
Muzna — she must become a doctor —
but liberal in their religious practice
(they barely attend the mosque and
don’t wear the hijab).
When her father loses his job Muzna’s
family move to south London and she is
forced to cut contact with her best
friend, Salma, who is caught with a boy.
Muzna’s dad gets lowly work at a family
restaurant and Muzna transfers to an
academy with bullies (like queen bee
Tallulah) and benefits (Mr Dunthorpe,
an inspiring English teacher; Sarabi, a
Sikh girl who becomes her best friend;
and heartthrob, Arif, a fellow Muslim).
The class is amazed when Arif takes a
shine to frumpy Muzna — he calls her
“fam” as in family. It’s mutual and it’s
not long before Muzna starts bunking
off school with him to attend meetings
organised by his radicalised brother,
Jameel.
Her studies slip, she gives loyal,
concerned Sarabi the proverbial
finger and — in the summer term —
she starts wearing a hijab to school.
Her parents are incensed. “It’s not
part of our Islam,” says her dad.
“Only extremist idiots take verses
from the Koran literally.” Khan is
good and clear on how very many
different kinds of Muslims there.
Soon Muzna is forced to make the
decision of her life when she becomes
party to the plotting of a terror attack. It
is a tribute to Khan that we know
Muzna well enough by then to be sure
of the outcome.
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the critics’ choice
Films Kevin Maher
Top pick
Coco
Lee Unkrich, Adrian
Molina, PG (104min)
{{{{(
Pixar’s latest animation is
a rousing phosphorescent
tear-jerker about fame
and family that’s set
during Mexico’s Day of
the Dead. Kevin Maher
The Post
Steven Spielberg, 12A
(116min)
{{{{(
Spielberg’s love letter
to newspapers stars a
compelling Tom Hanks
and Meryl Streep as the
journalists who published
the explosive Pentagon
Papers in 1971. KM
The Final Year
Greg Barker, 12A
(90min)
{{{{(
Absorbing account of
Obama’s last 12 months
in the White House.
Heartbreak, as Trump
nears, guaranteed. KM
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh, 15
(115min)
{{{{{
Frances McDormand plays
a no-nonsense mum out
to avenge her daughter’s
murder in a film full of
melancholy, violence,
gags and richly complex
characters. KM
Darkest Hour
Joe Wright, PG (125min)
{{{{(
Lathered in facial latex,
but expertly alive within
it, Gary Oldman plays
Winston Churchill in the
run-up to Dunkirk. KM
Eric Clapton: Life in
12 Bars
Lini Fini Zanuck, 15
(135min)
{{{{(
An honest, devastating
documentary about the
tragedy-strewn life of
the guitarist known as
Slowhand. Ed Potton
Hostiles
Scott Cooper, 15 (133min)
{{{{(
Savage western starring
Christian Bale as a bigoted
soldier charged with
taking a dying Cheyenne
chief (Wes Studi) to his
homeland. KM
All the Money in the
World
Ridley Scott, 15 (132min)
{{{{(
Scott’s best film in years, a
nailbiter about the kidnap
of John Paul Getty III,
starring Mark Wahlberg
and Christopher Plummer,
taking over from Kevin
Spacey as Getty Sr. KM
Brad’s Status
Mike White, 15 (102min)
{{{{(
Ben Stiller stars in a sweet,
awkward portrait of a
man’s midlife crisis set
against the successes of
his old buddies. EP
Jupiter’s Moon
Kornel Mundruczo, 15
(129min)
{{{((
Bonkers but impressive
Comedy Dominic Maxwell
Top pick
Adam Riches
The award-winning,
audience-bothering
character comic returns
with another bout of
rugged ridiculousness.
Also at the Soho Theatre
this week: Rob Newman,
Alex Edelman, Chris
Washington, the sketch
trio Daphne, and a terrific
debut from Darren
Harriott. Soho Theatre,
London W1 (020 7478
0100), Mon-Feb 3
Sarah Millican: Control
Enthusiast
The biggest thing to come
from South Shields since
Ridley Scott returns with
a huge new tour. The
Core, Corby (01536
470470), today; Wyvern
Theatre, Swindon, Sun;
The Marlowe, Canterbury,
Mon; Customs House,
South Shields, Thur & Fri
Chris Rock: Total
Blackout
The US stand-up returns
to wrong-foot us in style
with routines about Trump,
the upsides of bullying,
and divorce. Motorpoint
Arena, Nottingham (0844
4124624), Tues; SSE
Hydro, Glasgow, Wed;
Birmingham Arena, Thur;
Wembley Arena, Fri
Book now
Radio Active
Angus Deayton, Helen
Atkinson-Wood, Mike
Fenton Stevens and Philip
Pope revive their 1980s
spoof radio show. Norwich
Playhouse (01603
598598), April 20, then
touring to May 19;
socomedy.co.uk
Héctor voiced by Gael García
Bernal and Miguel voiced by
Anthony Gonzalez in Coco
Hungarian drama about a
Syrian refugee who gains
the ability to fly. KM
Molly’s Game
Aaron Sorkin, 15 (140min)
{{{{{
The true-life tale of a
poker boss (Jessica
Chastain), told with smarts
and heart by Aaron
Sorkin, the creator of The
West Wing, making his
directorial debut. KM
Pitch Perfect 3
Trish Sie, 12A (93min)
{{{((
The a cappella girls return
in a romp in the south of
France. Still entertaining,
but at times straining. KM
Call Me By Your Name
Luca Guadagnino,, 15
(132min)
{{{{{
Exquisite coming-of-age
gay romance, set over a
sleepy summer in Eighties
Italy. Timothée Chalamet
and Armie Hammer are
both outstanding. EP
Battle of the Sexes
Valerie Faris, Jonathan
Dayton, 12A (121min)
{{{{(
Emma Stone is Billie Jean
King and Steve Carell is
Bobby Riggs in a rousing
drama about tennis,
feminism and fame. KM
Happy End
Michael Haneke, 15
(108min)
{{{{(
Superbly bleak portrait of
a posh French family. KM
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson, 12A
(152min)
{{{{{
The best one so far, a
film of wit, spectacle
and emotion. KM
Also showing
Suggs: My Life Story (15)
{{{((
Madness singer is sainted
The Commuter (15)
{{(((
Train-based action hokum
with Liam Neeson
Attraction (12A)
{{(((
Russian alien invasion flick
Classical & opera Richard Morrison
Top pick
Bernstein: Stage and Screen
In his centenary year the many-faceted
genius of Leonard Bernstein is
celebrated by John Wilson’s
ebullient musicians and the
Broadway star Kim Criswell.
Includes extracts from
On the Town, 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue
and Wonderful Town.
Symphony Hall,
Birmingham (0121 780
3333), Wed
London Sinfonietta 50th
Anniversary Concert
A Janus-like celebration
of this great new-music
ensemble’s first half-century. It
looks back to 20th-century classics
such as Stravinsky’s Octet and Ligeti’s
Chamber Concerto, then premieres new
pieces by Deborah Pritchard, Samantha
Fernando and Hans Abrahamsen. Royal
Festival Hall, London SE1 (020 3879
9555), Wed
Tosca
Jonathan Kent’s naturalistic Puccini
production, left, is triple-cast for this
revival. The first cast proved to be
an inert bunch, but the show may
pick up when Plácido Domingo
takes over the conducting. Royal
Opera House, London WC2 (020
7304 4000), Sun & Wed, to
March 3
Turangalîla
Olivier Messiaen’s erotically
charged, voluptuously
orchestrated symphony is
played by the Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic under
Vasily Petrenko. Philharmonic
Hall, Liverpool (0151 709 3789),
Thur
The Magic Flute
OperaUpClose offers a typically spirited
updating of Mozart’s dream-like comedy,
incorporating Glyn Maxwell’s poetry. G
Live, Guildford (01483 369350), Thur;
Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone (01622
758611), Fri
Filarmonica della Scala
The orchestra of Milan’s great opera
house plays a popular programme
directed by the lively Riccardo Chailly
and including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony
No 4. Barbican, London EC2 (020 7638
8891), Wed
Joshua Bell
The virtuoso American violinist is soloist
and director in this tour of Vivaldi’s The
Four Seasons, plus music by Edgar Meyer
and Beethoven. Usher Hall, Edinburgh
(0131 228 1155), Sun (3pm); Bridgewater
Hall, Manchester (0161 907 9000), Mon;
Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121 780
3333), Tues; Colston Hall, Bristol (0117
203 4040), Thur
Book now
Sounds and Visions
A “marathon weekend” featuring
contemporary music of all genres,
complemented by films. Dozens of
events, curated by Max Richter and Yulia
Mahr. Barbican, London EC2 (020 7638
8891), May 11-14
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Lover for a Day (15)
{((((
Dated French drivel
Jumanji: Welcome to the
Jungle (12A)
{{(((
The Rock in a dull reboot
The Greatest Showman
(PG)
{((((
Weak PT Barnum musical
starring Hugh Jackman
Breathe (12A)
{{{{(
Polio tear-jerker
Stronger (15)
{{(((
Over-ripe Oscar bait
Menashe (U)
{{{{(
Hasidic custody drama
Wonder (PG)
{{{((
Weepy with Julia Roberts
Paddington 2 (PG)
{{{{(
Superlative sequel
Suburbicon (15)
{{(((
Middling comedy directed
by George Clooney
Ferdinand (PG)
{{{{(
Silly, poignant animation
A Woman’s Life (12A)
{{{((
French period flick
Mudbound (15)
{{{{{
Moving Netflix drama
starring Carey Mulligan
Top pick
Top pick
Andreas Gursky
Turning a spotlight on the
acclaimed German
photographer who shows
us the architectural ants’
nest of our capitalist
world, right. Hayward
Gallery, London SE1 (020
3879 9555), Thur-Apr 22
The Birthday Party
This 60th anniversary
revival of Pinter’s funny
and very dark play about
the ultimate party fail has
a stellar cast with a standout performance by
Stephen Mangan, who
plays the nice but nasty
Goldberg. Pinter-tastic.
Harold Pinter Theatre,
London SW1 (0844
8717627), to April 14
The Land We Live In —
The Land We Left Behind
An ambitious survey of
work by more than 50
international artists
looking at the
contradictory nature of
society’s relationship to
the rural. Hauser & Wirth
Somerset, Bruton (01749
814060), to May 7
William Blake in Sussex:
Visions of Albion
Celebrating the three
challenging, but prolific
years in which Blake lived
in Sussex. This evocative
exhibition features more
than 50 loans. Petworth
House, Sussex (0344 249
1895), to March 25
From Life
The Royal Academy looks
at the history of life
drawing, from traditional
nudes from the earliest
archives to Jeremy
Deller’s Iggy Pop Life
Class. Royal Academy,
London W1 (020 7300
8090), to March 11
Soutine’s Portraits:
Cooks, Waiters and
Bellboys
The last chance to see this
superlative painter so
fascinated by the bold
Everybody’s Talking
About Jamie
This wonderful blast of a
show, originally in
Sheffield, about a 16-yearold who wants to go to his
prom in a (very sparkly)
dress has extended its
run. Terrific songs by Dan
Gillespie Sells of the
Feeling. Apollo Theatre,
London W1 (0330
3334809), to Oct 6
Bahrain I by Andreas Gursky at the Hayward Gallery
faces and bright uniforms
of French waiting staff.
Courtauld Gallery, London
WC2 (020 7848 1194),
to Sun
LAND | SEA | LIFE
A wide selection of work
from among the most
important private
collections of modern
British art goes on show in
this wonderfully diverse
exhibition. Abbot Hall Art
Gallery, Kendal (01539
722464), to Feb 17
Basquiat: Boom for Real
A show of works by the
American artist that looks
at his relationship with
music. Barbican, London
EC2 (020 7638 8891),
to Jan 28
Opera: Passion, Power
and Politics
The story of opera from
its start in Renaissance
Italy. V&A, London SW7
(020 7942 2000), to Feb 25
Book now
The New Kettle’s Yard
Originally the Cambridge
home of the collector Jim
Ede, the gallery prepares to
open its doors again after
redevelopment. Kettle’s
Yard, Cambridge (01223
748100), from Feb 10
Twilight: Los Angeles,
1992
A bracing piece of
documentary theatre by
Anna Deavere Smith that
looks at the 1992 Los
Angeles riots from all
points of view — victims,
neighbours, rioters, police,
jurors. Nina Bowers
dazzles playing all the
roles. Gate, London W11
(020 7229 0706), to Feb 10
Guys and Dolls
Only a few weeks left to
catch this thrumming
production by Talawa
Theatre Company of the
classic New York musical
about petty criminals and
their “dolls”. The action
has moved to Harlem in
1939. They are rockin’ the
boat. Royal Exchange,
Manchester (0161 833
9833), to Feb 3
Girl from the North
Country
Conor McPherson has
created an American
tapestry with Bob Dylan’s
songs interwoven with a
story of a boarding house
in Minnesota living
through hard times in the
Depression. Atmospheric
and unforgettable. Nöel
Coward Theatre, London
WC2 (0844 4825140), to
March 24
Rita, Sue and Bob Too
This 1982 play by Andrea
Dunbar tells an
autobiographical tale
from her Bradford estate
of two 15-year-old girls
who think it’s a hoot to
have a joint affair with
Bob, aged 27, who drives
them home after
babysitting. Hilarious if
bittersweet. Royal Court,
Pop Will Hodgkinson
Top pick
Top pick
Autobiography
The choreographer Wayne McGregor
offers a reflection on his life and work,
in a fascinating piece that zigzags in and
out of clever physical permutations.
Laban Theatre, London SE8 (020 8305
9400), Fri & Jan 27
Starcrawler
New York Dolls-style
trashy rock’n’roll from
an LA quartet led by the
towering 18-year-old
Arrow de Wilde, one of
the most outrageous and
arresting frontwomen in
years. Thekla, Bristol (0117
929 3301), today
Cinderella
Matthew Bourne’s production places
Prokofiev’s masterpiece in London during
the Blitz, where the man of Cinders’s
dreams is an RAF pilot. Lez Brotherston’s
designs evoke a vibrant portrait of
London at its most imperilled. Sadler’s
Wells, London EC1 (020 7863 8000),
to Jan 27
Richard Alston Dance Company
Alston’s new piece, Carnaval, is performed
with a revival of his Gypsy Mixture. Theatre
Royal, Bath (01225 448844), Fri & Jan 27
Book now
Windrush: Movement of the People
Phoenix Dance Theatre marks the
70th anniversary of the arrival of the
SS Empire Windrush to the UK, with a
new piece by Sharon Watson. West
Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (0113 213
7700), Feb 7-10, then touring
Autobiography by
Wayne McGregor is
at the Laban Theatre,
London
Steel Panther
Eighties hair metal lives
on, sort of, in the
Spandex-clad world of
a not entirely serious
motley crew. O2 Academy
Glasgow (0844
4772000), today; O2
Shepherd’s Bush Empire,
W12 (0844 4772000),
Mon; Rock City,
Nottingham (0845
4134444), Tues; O2 Apollo,
Manchester (0844
4777677), Wed; Eventim
Pinocchio
A magic, if spooky, staging
by director John Tiffany
that combines puppetry
and special effects to tell
the tale of the puppet who
wants to be a real boy. The
Disney songs are brilliant
and so is that whale.
Lyttelton, National
Theatre, London SE1 (020
7452 3000), to April 10
Book now
Othello
It is a bit of a coup for
Michelle Terry, the
incoming artistic director
of Shakespeare’s Globe, to
have signed Mark Rylance
to play Iago in this new
production directed by
Claire van Kampen. André
Holland stars as the big O.
Tickets go on general sale
on January 29 — be
prepared. Shakespeare’s
Globe, London SE1 (020
7401 9919), July 20-Oct 13
Zoë Wanamaker and Toby Jones in The Birthday Party
Dance Debra Craine
Giselle
Love and betrayal fuel the 19th century’s
most tragically romantic ballet, here
performed by the Royal Ballet in Peter
Wright’s luminous version. Adolphe
Adam’s famous score sets the scene
perfectly. Royal Opera House, London
WC2 (020 7304 4000), to March 9
London SW1 (020 7565
5000), to Jan 27
Apollo, London W6 (020
8563 3800), Fri
Trembling Bells
This unique, sophisticated,
oddly undervalued
Glasgow five-piece
combine Incredible
String Band-style folk,
psychedelic garage and
Dylanesque songwriting.
Hug and Pint, Glasgow
(0141 331 1901), today
The Cribs
Stripped-down, no-sell-out
punk and indie from
the Jarman brothers,
celebrating the tenth
anniversary of their third
album, Men’s Needs,
Women’s Needs, Whatever.
Foundry, Sheffield
(0114 222 8777), today;
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
(0131 668 2019), Mon;
Fat Sam’s, Dundee
(tropicanadundee.instantr
each.biz) Tues; Empire,
Middlesbrough (01642
253 553), Thur; Asylum,
Hull (01482 466284), Fri
Paramore
Once the emo band of
choice for angst-ridden
teenagers, Hayley
Williams’s crew made a
successful transition into
shiny, colourful pop on
their latest album, After
Laughter. SSE Hydro,
Glasgow (0844
3954000), today
Book now
Björk
The endlessly inventive
Icelandic art-pop
polymath heads an
all-dayer that also features
Father John Misty and
Beck. All Points East,
Victoria Park, London E9
(020 3481 5509), May 27
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Critic’s choice
Call the Midwife
Radio choice
Reading Europe
Sun, BBC One, 8pm
Sun-Fri, Radio 4,
various times
As the voice of Jennifer Worth,
Vanessa Redgrave croaks out
a lyrical introduction to the
latest series of an institution of
Sunday sentimentality:
“Nineteen sixty-three began
not as a bright green shoot
unfurling from a seed, but as
the germ of something frozen,
locked like a crystal . . . ” Or
rather, the famous big freeze is
still encasing Britain in snow
and ice, just as it was during
Christmas Day’s ratingsbusting episode. Aside from a
new Caribbean nurse, Lucille,
it’s business as usual: the
young midwifes are being
perky, Jenny Agutter is being
beatific, a couple of local poor
people are stoically facing
social hardship (first up, slum
clearances) and, of course,
there’s a mother-to-be in a
dilemma (a Soho dancer who’s
finding gestation unconducive
to a life stripping for dirty old
men). And there’s the perfectly
judged streak of tea and
sympathy that makes all this
so much more than a period
soap, as an elderly Jewish
mother faces her terminus at
her home of 30 years. Is there
another series that so
mercilessly jerks our tears?
Leonie Elliott, left,
and Jennifer Kirby
in Call the Midwife
James Jackson
Best of the rest
Obama: The President Who
Inspired the World
Today, More4, 9pm
“The future rewards those who
press on,” Barack Obama once
said. Matt Frei takes a look at
how an articulate young man
pressed on all the way to the
White House.
McMafia
Sun, BBC One, 9pm
The wary dance between Alex
(James Norton) and Semiyon
(David Strathairn) is thrown
off balance in a thriller serial
that throbs with intrigue.
Stealing Van Gogh
Wed, BBC Two, 9pm
Andrew Graham-Dixon dials
On demand
down the fervour a touch and
turns true-crime presenter in a
360-degree look at how stolen
Van Goghs were recovered in
2016 from the Naples mafia.
Morrissey’s Roman general
crucifies the locals. Vae victis.
Kiri
Wed, Channel 4, 9pm
The embattled Miriam (Sarah
Lancashire, superb) remains in
the line of fire as the bleakly
powerful drama continues.
Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens
Fri, BBC Two, 9pm
With his customary style of
restrained enthusiasm, Don
wanders amid oceans of tulips
in Istanbul and rides elephants
to Indian palaces as he finds
the heavenly within the Islam
world’s lush desert oases.
Britannia
Thur, Sky Atlantic, 9pm
Jez Butterworth’s Romans-inBritain saga continues to
operate at the bonkers end of
history drama, as Mackenzie
Crook’s black-eyed druid talks
to a severed head and David
Hits, Hype & Hustle
Fri, BBC Four, 9pm
Some great classic-rock clips —
Jethro Tull at the Isle of Wight,
Genesis at their proggiest,
U2’s immense spectacles — in
a lively overview of how live
rock music got so lucrative. JJ
The best of Netflix, Amazon, iPlayer and beyond
Grace and Frankie
Netflix
Series four of the cheerful
comedy in which Jane Fonda
and Lily Tomlin, right,
show effortless comic
chemistry as women
thrown together in
later life and finding
the wit in ageing.
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe
in Friends) joins the fun
as a ditzy manicurist.
Stacey Dooley Investigates
BBC Three, from Wed
Stacey Dooley has already
clocked up 60 documentaries
since 2009, and while her
ingenuous approach can sail
close to self-parody, it works
wonders in getting to the
heart of a difficult matter. In
her latest, Second Chance
Sex Offenders, she’s in
Florida, where
paedophiles face
legal restrictions for
life. “Do some of
these men deserve a
second chance?” she
asks as she visits offenders
who have formed a
community in the middle of
nowhere. It’s a problematic
investigation that becomes
increasingly heated as it
goes on. JJ
Radio 4 continues its mission
to lead the horse of the British
public to the water that is
foreign literature. Britain —
famously monoglot in its
linguistic abilities — is just as
famously averse to reading
foreign words when they’ve
been translated (unless
they’re Scandinavian thrillers).
Hence this very virtuous, and
very good, Radio 4 series of
literature in translation.
This week the country we’re
encouraged to dip a toe into
is Turkey. Which means we’re
looking at Turkey’s two
authors, Orhan Pamuk and Elif
Shafak. Doubtless Turkey does
have more than two authors,
but these are the only ones
who make it on to the BBC.
As Shafak’s book, The Bastard
of Istanbul (Sun, 3pm) opens,
Zeliha, a young, unmarried
woman in Istanbul, discovers
she is pregnant and goes for
an abortion.
Zeliha’s family are horrified.
“You slaughtered a baby,” her
mother says in whispered
horror. It’s not a baby, Zeliha
retorts. It’s a droplet of cells.
Zeliha eventually decides to
keep the baby — whereupon
the family recriminations
change. “You’re going to bring
into this world a bastard.”
Which does give a vivid
window into one aspect of
Turkish life — and also
sounded a lot like my Catholic
Irish relatives. We read to know
that we are not alone. Even
when we read in translation.
Catherine Nixey
Podcast choice
Mo-Joe
audible.co.uk
George Lamb and his lustrous
locks are learning to run a
marathon in 17 weeks. He’s
being trained by Mo Farah and
Joe Wicks. If you’re the sort
who likes marathon running
and chat about “anaerobic
respiration” and “lactate
curves”, you’ll like this. CN
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Critic’s choice Obama: The
President Who Inspired the World
More4, 9pm
“If there is anyone out there
who still doubts that America
is a place where all things are
possible, who still wonders if
the dream of our founders is
alive in our time, who still
questions the power of our
democracy, tonight is your
answer.” It is only a year since
Barack Obama’s presidency
ended, but his words on the
evening of his election victory
in 2008 seem distant, even
slightly comical. The spectre
of Donald Trump looms over
Matt Frei’s profile of Obama’s
life and career. Inevitably, the
44th president’s achievements
will be seen through the prism
of what came next, but this
documentary is a reminder of
just what a remarkable figure
Obama is. Frei begins with his
unusual upbringing (black
Kenyan father, white Kansan
mother, born in Hawaii) and
his sparkling academic career
(“when he opened his mouth
at Harvard, the professors
listened”), before detailing
Obama’s years as president.
It’s something of a highlights
package — Yes We Can;
singing Amazing Grace in
Charleston; the bromance with
David Cameron; the tears at
Sandy Hook — but it is a
reminder that Obama is a
man of piercing intellect and
genuine wit. Elected amid an
economic crisis, he received,
according to the economic
adviser Austan Goolsbee,
“the worst briefing that any
incoming president has had
since Franklin Roosevelt in
1932”. Obama’s response:
“Goolsbee. That isn’t even my
worst briefing this week.” Frei
clearly admires Obama, but
he is too shrewd to peddle a
hagiography and the mood
at the end is sombre, as an
exhausted Obama faces one
tragedy, at home and abroad,
after another. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
With Donald Trump just over a year into his presidency, James
Naughtie asks Is Trump Re-making America? (Sun, Radio 4, 1.30pm)
Hugh’s Wild West
Spiral
Hard Sun
Performance Live
BBC Two, 6pm
BBC Four, 9pm
BBC One, 9.30pm
BBC Two, 11.15pm
While we wait for
Winterwatch to return, Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall is doing
a very nice job of giving us our
fix of tranquil British nature.
Tonight he is on Dartmoor,
although at first we find him in
his back garden, where he is
“catering for the regulars at
my bird table breakfast bar”.
One recent arrival has caught
his eye — the long-tailed tit.
Fearnley-Whittingstall heads
into the woods to see if he
can spot a rare sight: a group
of the songbirds roosting
together for warmth. He also
hunts for sleepy dormice and
gets too close for comfort to a
colony of wood ants. Ouch. CB
After the disastrous raid at the
Roma camp — and the recovery
sex for Laure and Gilou — this
gritty French thriller has
another shock in store.
Josephine’s lust for revenge is
out of control, and the results
are dire, a chance for Audrey
Fleurot’s fabulous barrister to
take centre stage. Meanwhile,
the cops are homing in on
corruption — a slow process —
and much to their surprise the
investigation is coming full
circle. Workaholic Laure (who
never seems to sleep or
shower) takes time out to bond
with her baby in hospital. How
is she going to cope when
Romy finally comes home? CB
There may be a high-concept
science-fiction subplot
dangling around in the
background (the sun is poorly),
but Hard Sun is a bog-standard
gratuitous modern murder
drama at heart. The London
rain hammers down in a
manner seen only during
monsoon season in
Bangladesh; suspects talk to
police officers in short, gnomic
sentences; police officers talk
to suspects like, well, cops in a
cop drama. Richard Coyle
pops up tonight as a nihilistic
psychopath who has a point to
make about God. It’s paperthin. Warning: blood and sharp
objects feature heavily. CB
Julie Hesmondhalgh
introduces I Told My Mum I
Was Going on an RE Trip, a
piece of verbatim theatre from
20 Stories High, first performed
in February last year. The
technique used here is
bracingly direct: four excellent,
versatile young actresses wear
earpieces that are relaying to
them first-hand testimonies
about abortion. The troupe
performs the words, pause by
pause, each “uh” and “erm” in
place. The effect is
conspiratorial and engaging.
There is a slight edge of “issue
theatre” here, but when the
issue affects so many and is
talked about so little, bravo. CB
Catch
up
Fargo
Netflix
Season three of Noah
Hawley’s imaginative
riff on the Coen
brothers’ film comes
to Netflix today,
fresh from Ewan
McGregor being
awarded the
Golden Globe for
best actor in a
limited series for
his performance.
McGregor is the
lucky beneficiary of
Hawley’s singular
vision (this time loosely based
on Peter and the Wolf),
adopting the Fargo accent
(“ooh-kee then”) to play
the siblings Emmit and Ray
Stussy. Slick Emmit, pictured,
the slightly older brother,
is known as “the parking
lot king of Minnesota”,
while schlubby Ray is
a balding, pot-bellied,
down-on-his-luck
parole officer.
McGregor is
good, but
no match
for David
Thewlis’s
show-stealing
VM Varga,
a monstrous,
bulimic loan shark.
Joe Clay
Variations
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
5.00pm-5.30 Final Score from Northern
Ireland. Round-up of the day’s action
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
5.30pm Hugh’s Wild West. Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall learns about the family life
of the long-tailed tit in Dartmoor
6.30-7.00 Getaways (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
12.00midday Live Sportscene 2.20pm
Live Snooker: The Masters. Hazel Irvine
presents coverage of the opening
semi-final, played over the best of 11
frames on day seven at Alexandra Palace
in London 4.30-5.30 Sportscene.
Classified results and a round-up of the
afternoon’s football news 10.30
Sportscene 11.50 Match of the Day
1.20am The NFL Show 1.50 Weather for
the Week Ahead 1.55-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
12.00midday Football Focus. Dan Walker
and guests review the week’s headlines
1.00pm BBC News; Weather 1.15 Home
Away from Home (r) 2.00-3.00 Back to
the Land with Kate Humble (r)
● STV As ITV except: 12.30am
Teleshopping 1.30 After Midnight 3.00
Babushka (r) 3.50-6.00 ITV Nightscreen
● UTV As ITV except:
12.30am
Teleshopping. Buying goods from home
2.00-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw (r) 8.00 Stwnsh
Sadwrn 10.00 Dathlu: Tina Evans (r) 10.30
Cymry’r Cant (r) 11.00 Croeso i Gymru (r)
11.30 Ward Plant (r) 12.00 Cynefin (r)
1.00pm Ffermio (r) 1.30 Chwaraeon y Dyn
Bach (r) 2.00 Iolo: Deifio yn y Barrier Reef
(r) 3.00 O’r Galon: Byd Enlli a Gwenno (r)
3.30 Ceffylau Cymru (r) 4.00 Jude Cissé:
Y Wag ar Wyliau (r) 4.45 News a
Chwaraeon 5.00 Live Sgorio: Cardiff Met
v The New Saints (Kick-off 5.15). The
Nathaniel MG Cup final from Park Avenue
in Aberystwyth. With Dylan Ebenezer and
Nicky John 7.30 3 Lle: Ryland Teifi. The
actor Ryland Teifi revisits three places
that have played an important part in his
life — Llechryd, the west coast of Ireland,
and Barry (r) 8.00 Noson Lawen. An
evening of entertainment at the Bryn
Terfel Theatre in Pontio, Bangor 9.00
Priodas Pum Mil. A couple from Deinolen
entrust their wedding to family and
friends (r) 10.00 Parch (r) 11.00 Stand Yp
(r) 12.00-12.35am Hansh (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
The Abyss (12, 1989)
Film4, 9pm
James Cameron’s well-documented need to dump his actors in
thousands of gallons of water every day first manifested itself
in this close encounter of the damp kind. A couple of engineers
(Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) and some gung-ho
military types are drafted into a top-secret operation to recover
a nuclear submarine that has mysteriously sunk. This first-rate
adventure was one of the earliest films to employ the CGI effects
that Cameron would later rely on so heavily. Trivia buffs know it
as the film that nearly drowned Harris, during a notoriously
punishing shoot for the actors. (145min) Wendy Ide
Sicario (15, 2015)
Channel 4, 9pm
The thrilling opening sequence of
the drugs cartel movie Sicario is a
humdinger — and a stomach
churner. Emily Blunt, pictured, is
Kate Macer, an FBI agent in a team
raiding an Arizona bungalow in a
kidnap search. Walls are smashed,
revealing the grisliest of finds,
followed by an explosion that shows this film will not play by the
rules, and neither will the drugs barons on the American-Mexican
border. Moral certainty is shaky by the time we meet a government
drugs agent (Josh Brolin) and his mysterious “consultant” sidekick
(Benicio del Toro). In buddy-cop mode, the two recruit the idealistic
Macer, and with contemptuous irony suggest that her job will be
“to overreact dramatically”. (121min) Kate Muir
Papadopoulos and Sons (15, 2012)
BBC One, 12.30am
The playwright Marcus Markou mines his Greek-Cypriot roots
for this comedy, which follows on from films such as The Full
Monty and Bend It Like Beckham, blending feather-light Brit
larks with serious social commentary. Stephen Dillane doesn’t do
light-hearted too often, so it is novel to see him as the self-made
millionaire Harry Papadopoulos. However, he gets a shock when
the recession hits and he loses everything. Almost everything —
what the banks can’t take is the family chip shop that he
co-owns with his estranged brother. The family have no choice
but to move in with Uncle Spiros, and Papadopoulos reluctantly
reconnects with his Greek heritage. (105min) Chris Bennion
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ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 10.00 Saturday
Kitchen Live. With the screenwriter
Kay Mellor 11.30 Mary Berry Everyday
(r) 12.00 Football Focus 1.00pm BBC
News; Weather 1.15 Live Snooker:
The Masters. Hazel Irvine presents
coverage of the opening semi-final,
played over the best of 11 frames on
day seven at Alexandra Palace in
London. At the corresponding stage
of last year’s tournament, Ronnie
O’Sullivan booked his place in the
final with a 6-4 victory over Hong
Kong’s Marco Fu. With commentary
and analysis by Steve Davis, Stephen
Hendry, John Parrott, Dennis Taylor
and John Virgo 4.30 Final Score 5.30
BBC News 5.40 BBC Regional News;
Weather 5.50 And They’re Off for
Sport Relief. With Michael Vaughan
6.30 Pointless Celebrities
6.10am The Wonder of Animals (r)
6.40 Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature
7.10 The Pets Factor 7.30 Matilda
and the Ramsay Bunch 8.00 The
Dengineers 8.30 Deadly Top 10 (r)
9.00 Robot Wars (r) 10.00 Steve
Backshall’s Extreme Mountain
Challenge (r) 11.00 The Snow Wolf
Family and Me (r) 12.00 The Hairy
Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure (r)
1.00pm A Vicar’s Life (r) 1.30 Back to
the Land with Kate Humble (r) 2.30
Trust Me, I’m a Doctor (r) 3.00 Tennis:
Australian Open 2018 4.30 Live
Snooker: The Masters. Coverage of
the opening semi-final 5.30 Tom
Kerridge: Lose Weight for Good (r)
6.00 Hugh’s Wild West. Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall learns about
the family life of the long-tailed tit in
Dartmoor. See Viewing Guide
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled!
9.25 ITV News 9.30 James Martin’s
Saturday Morning. The TV chef invites
Chris Tarrant and Aggi Sverrisson to
join him in his kitchen, where he
prepares beef stew and dumplings
11.20 The Hungry Sailors (r) 12.20pm
Countrywise (r) 12.50 ITV News;
Weather 1.00 Dancing on Ice (r) 3.00
Celebrity Catchphrase. David Haye,
Andrea McLean and Louis Walsh join
Stephen Mulhern (r) 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 (r) 5.00
The Chase. Quiz show (r) 6.00
Regional News; Weather 6.05 ITV
News; Weather 6.20 New You’ve
Been Framed! Harry Hill narrates
6.00am 3rd Rock from the Sun (r)
6.50 The King of Queens (r) 7.40
Everybody Loves Raymond (r) 9.05
Frasier (r) 10.35 The Big Bang Theory
(r) 12.00 The Simpsons (r) 12.30pm
The Simpsons. Bart misbehaves once
too often (r) 1.00 The Simpsons. Lisa
tries to convince her family of the
evils of the town’s annual snakeclubbing ritual (r) 1.25 Come Dine with
Me. More contestants hope to host
the most popular dinner in Edinburgh
(r) 2.25 Coast vs Country. A couple
looking to move to Cornwall (r) 3.25
A Place in the Sun. A Brighton-based
couple seek a holiday home on Ibiza
(r) 4.30 A Place in the Sun. A couple
search for a house in Florida’s
Sarasota Keys (r) 5.30 The Secret Life
of the Zoo. Black rhino Kitani is due to
give birth (r) 6.30 Channel 4 News
6.00am Milkshake! 10.00 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles 10.40 Pets Make
You Laugh Out Loud 2. Animal antics
(r) 11.05 Police Interceptors (r)
12.05pm Police Interceptors: Fatal
Four (r) 1.05 The A-Team (r) 2.05 The
A-Team. BA befriends a Mexican girl
who puts the team on the trail of a
smuggling ring (r) 3.05 Nightmare
Tenants, Slum Landlords. A Yorkshire
landlord calls in eviction specialists (r)
4.05 Nightmare Tenants, Slum
Landlords. A woman visits her tenant
in prison to retake possession of her
flat (r) 5.05 Rich House, Poor House.
Families from opposite ends of the
wealth and class divide swap homes
for a week (r) 6.05 The Wonderful
World of Puppies. An insight into
how young canines get to grips with
the complex language of dogs
Richard Coyle in Hard Sun (9.30pm)
Performance Live (11.15pm)
Thriller sequel Jaws 3 (10.45pm)
Penelope Keith presents (8pm)
A Cardigan Welsh corgi (6.05pm)
7.00 Live Snooker: The Masters
— 2018 Second Semi-Final
Hazel Irvine presents coverage
of the second semi-final, played
over the best of 11 frames on
day seven at Alexandra Palace
in London. Despite being an
invitational event, this
tournamentt is consiidered
d one
of the more prestigious on the
snooker calendar, and with the
winner set to claim a cheque for
£200,000, both of the players
in this contest will be eager to
progress to tomorrow’s final.
With commentary and analysis
by Steve Davis, Ken Doherty,
Stephen Hendry, John Parrott,
Dennis Taylor and John Virgo
6.45 Take Me Out A model from
the Wirral, a caricaturist from
Blackpool, a student from
London, and a musician from
Brighton all hope to impress
a selection of single ladies
7.00 Great Canal Journeys
Timothy West and Prunella
Scales explore the Norfolk
Broads, discovering the unique
way of life that has developed
around the network of rivers,
fens and marshes (3/4) (r)
7.00 Greatest Ever Celebrity Wind
Ups Joe Pasquale narrates
more pranks, including
Caroline Flack’s terrifying
driverless car journey,
courtesy of Olly Murs (4/6)
8.00 The Voice UK Emma Willis
presents as the coaches preside
over the third round of Blind
Auditions. As always, Jennifer
Hudson, Will.i.am, Tom Jones
and Olly Murs are tasked with
assessing the star power of
each contestant based on
nothing but the power of their
singing, only catching sight of
each performer once they have
delivered their verdict
8.00 Village of the Year Alex
Langlands, Juliet Sargeant
and Patrick Grant assess the
merits of five villages from the
Western Zone, all of which are
in with a chance of claiming a
place in the grand final
8.00 Blind Date A dental manager
must choose between a picture
framer, a health care worker
and a sausage maker, and in a
Blind Date first, past contestant
Conor from Preston is stood
up by his date (4/6); followed
by 5 News Weekend
9.00 FILM Sicario (15, 2015) An FBI
agent is recruited to join an elite
government task force based
on the border between the US
and Mexico, charged with
preventing drugs being
smuggled into the country.
The team is sent on a secret
mission, and the new recruit is
forced to question everything
she believes in order to survive.
Crime drama starring Emily
Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio
Del Toro. See Film Choice
9.00 Football on 5: The
Championship Colin Murray
introduces highlights from the
weekend’s games in the
Championship
7.20 Wedding Day Winners Couples
from Ascot and Swansea
compete for the chance to win a
televised wedding and a dream
honeymoon. Lorraine Kelly and
Rob Beckett present (3/6)
8.20 Casualty Elle and Jacob realise
they must tackle Blake’s
problems head-on when his
friend Miles is admitted to the
ED — having been beaten
unconscious in his flat
9.10 BBC News; Weather
9.30 Hard Sun A spree killer
confesses his sins to a priest,
but the seal of the confessional
means he is unable to
adequately help the police.
Sci-fi thriller starring Agyness
Deyn. See Viewing Guide (3/6)
10.30 Match of the Day Gary Lineker
presents highlights of the latest
Premier League matches,
including Brighton & Hove
Albion v Chelsea at the AMEX
Stadium and Burnley v
Manchester United at Turf Moor
12.00 The NFL Show. Mark
Chapman looks ahead to the
Conference Championship games.
12.30am FILM Papadopoulos & Sons
(15, 2012) Comedy starring Stephen
Dillane. See Film Choice 2.15 Weather
for the Week Ahead 2.20 BBC News
9.30 Through the Keyhole
With guest panellists
Paddy McGuinness, Gregg
Wallace, and Scarlett Moffatt.
Presented by Keith Lemon
10.30 QI XL Aisling Bea, Russell Brand
and Noel Fielding join Alan
Davies and host Sandi Toksvig
for the panel quiz, this time
focusing on “T
The Occult”
11.15 Performance Live: I Told My
Mum I Was Going on an RE Trip
Drama exploring Britain’s
many attitudes to the topic of
abortion. Includes contributions
by health professionals.
See Viewing Guide
12.00-2.00 Snooker: The Masters:
Extra. Hazel Irvine presents extended
highlights of the opening semi-final.
Featuring commentary and analysis
by Steve Davis, Ken Doherty, Stephen
Hendry, John Parrott, Dennis
Taylor and John Virgo
10.30 ITV News
10.45 FILM Jaws 3 (12, 1983) A
ferocious mother shark comes
looking for her dead baby,
causing havoc in a Florida
marine centre. Thriller sequel
originally released in cinemas
in 3D, starring Dennis Quaid,
Simon MacCorkindale, Louis
Gossett Jr and Bess Armstrong
12.30am Jackpot247 3.00 Babushka.
Game show hosted by Rylan ClarkNeal in which contestants answer
questions to open a set of Russian
nesting dolls, with some empty and
others containing prizes up to
£10,000 (r) (SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
9.55 Football on 5: Goal Rush
Including highlights of AFC
Wimbledon v Blackpool
10.25 Celebrity Big Brother
Highlights of the housemates’
past 24 hours under the
all-seeing eye of Big Brother, as
they try to get used to living
alongside one another
11.25 FILM Salt (12, 2010) A CIA agent
goes on the run after she is
accused of being a sleeper
assassin sent to murder the
Russian president. Action
thriller starring Angelina Jolie
11.25 The X-Files Former FBI agents
Mulder and Scully are reunited
to investigate a sinister
organisation (1/6) (r)
1.10am Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
USA. A visit to an Italian restaurant in
Woodland Park, Colorado (r) 2.05 The
Lie Detective (r) 2.45 Hollyoaks.
Omnibus edition (r) (SL) 4.50 The
Autistic Gardener (r) 5.45 Draw It!
With John Thomson (r)
12.15am SuperCasino 3.10 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors. A vicar is
concerned about a bloodshot eye (r)
4.00 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink (r)
4.45 House Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10
Wildlife SOS. Documentary (r) (SL)
5.35 Divine Designs (r) (SL)
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Spiral
Saturday 20 | Primetime digital guide
Audrey Fleurot and LouisDo de Lencquesaing star
in the French crime drama
BBC Four, 9pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
FV 9, FS 107, SKY 116, VIRGIN 107
FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
FV 15, FS 300, SKY 315, VIRGIN 428
SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm Shipwrecks: Britain’s
Sunken History A look at
how the Victorians tried
to tackle high mortality
rates at sea (R)
8.00 Alaska: Earth’s Frozen
Kingdom The challenges
faced by the state’s animal
and human inhabitants
during the eight harsh
months of winter (R)
9.00 Sp
piral Josep
phine faces the
repercussions of her
vengeful actions. See
Viewing Guide (7/12)
9.55 Spiral The detectives find
themselves monitoring a
large pool of suspects.
See Viewing Guide (8/12)
10.55 The Vietnam War The
Watergate scandal forces
President Nixon to resign.
Last in the series (10/10) (R)
11.50-12.30am Top of the Pops:
1985 From Jan 17 of that
year, Foreigner, Prince, the
Limit and Russ Abbot (R)
7.00pm Midsomer Murders
Mysterious lights are seen in
the sky over Cooper Hill,
and when a forest ranger
suffers a strange death, the
visiting UFO spotters are
convinced aliens are
responsible (R)
9.00 Midsomer Murders When
an international cycling
competition comes to
Midsomer and the race
leader is murdered, DCI
Barnaby and DS Nelson are
drawn into a world of
blackmail, bribery and
bloodshed (R)
11.00-1.00am Lewis A middle-aged
Oxford graduate is found
murdered, setting in motion
an investigation that leads
Lewis and Hathaway to one
of the university’s most
senior dons, whose
respectable exterior
conceals a strange past.
Kevin Whately stars (1/3) (R)
6.50pm Come Dine with Me
A triathlete serves up a
Spanish-themed menu (R)
7.25 Come Dine with Me A social
worker plans a chilled-out
slumber party (R)
7.55 The World’s Wildest
Weather Unusual weather
from around the world (R)
9.00 Obama: The President
Who Inspired the World
Matt Frei examines the life,
career and political legacy
of Barack Obama, one year
after he left office as the first
African-American President
of the United States.
See Viewing Guide
10.15 Meet the Trumps: From
Immigrant to President
Exploring the roots of US
President Donald Trump (R)
11.25-12.25am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Does Countdown
Sean Lock and Stephen
Mangan take on Noel
Fielding and Fay Ripley (R)
5.00pm FILM Congo (12, 1995)
Action adventure with Dylan
Walsh and Laura Linney
7.15 FILM Source Code (12, 2011)
A pilot investigates a
bombing by having his mind
transferred into a victim for
the last eight minutes of his
life. Sci-fi thriller starring
Jake Gyllenhaal and
Michelle Monaghan
9.00 FILM The Abyss (12, 1989)
A rescue team encounters
aliens living in the depths
while searching for
survivors after a submarine
sinks. James Cameron’s
sci-fi thriller starring Ed
Harris and Michael Biehn.
See Film Choice
11.45-1.55am FILM The Piper (15,
2015) A man makes a deal
to rid a mountain village of
rats, but he is doublecrossed and vows revenge.
South Korean horror
starring Ryu Seung-ryong
7.00pm The Simpsons
Dracula, the Wolf Man, the
Mummy and Frankenstein’s
monster gatecrash a
Hallowe’en party at 742
Evergreen Terrace (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Marge
becomes a sex symbol after
posing for a calendar (R)
8.00 NCIS: Los Angeles Sam is
sent undercover as a
financier when the daughter
of a counterfeiter arrives in
Los Angeles, while Callen
teams up with Anna (R)
9.00 FILM Mission: Impossible 2
(15, 2000) A secret agent
battles a former spy-turnedcriminal mastermind intent
on stealing a deadly
man-made virus. John Woo’s
action thriller sequel
starring Tom Cruise and
Dougray Scott
11.25-12.25am Hawaii Five-0
A former Navy Seal asks to
join the task force (R)
7.00pm Without a Trace The team
investigates the
disappearance of a man
who has been searching for
his son for six years (R)
8.00 Without a Trace The
disappearance of a flight
attendant suspected of
having an affair with a pilot _
it also transpires she had
met a man through an
internet dating service (R)
9.00 Spielberg Documentarian
Susan Lacy’s film examines
Steven Spielberg’s
filmography in depth,
revealing how his
experiences fed his work
and changed it over time (R)
11.40-1.15am FILM Unseen (2016)
A documentary looking into
the murders of 11 women in
2009, whose bodies were
discovered near the home
of a known sex offender,
and how they went
unnoticed for so long (R)
Drama
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ITV4
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6.30pm FILM The Lord of the
Rings: The Two Towers (12, 2002)
Fantasy adventure sequel starring
Elijah Wood and Sean Astin
9.00 FILM Fast & Furious (12,
2009) A fugitive and an FBI agent
are forced to work together once
again to bring a killer to justice.
Thriller sequel, with Vin Diesel, Paul
Walker and Michelle Rodriguez
11.10 Family Guy Chris’s artistic
talents come to light
11.35-12.05am Family Guy
Brian falls in love with Lois
6.45pm Pawn Stars
7.15 FILM Police Academy 3: Back
in Training (PG, 1986) Comedy
sequel with Steve Guttenberg
9.00 FILM The Blues Brothers (15,
1980) Two criminal brothers cause
mayhem when they re-form their
blues band to raise the funds to
save their old orphanage from
closure. Comedy starring John
Belushi and Dan Aykroyd
11.40-1.35am FILM Beetlejuice (15,
1988) Supernatural comedy
starring Michael Keaton
7.00pm The Big Bang Theory
Bernadette receives her PhD
7.30 The Big Bang Theory The
boys take up fencing
8.00 FILM The Karate Kid (PG,
2010) Martial arts drama,with
Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan
10.40 Gogglebox Capturing the
households’ reactions to show
from October, 2017
11.40-12.50am Gogglebox
Shows from October 2017,
including The X Factor and The
Ganges with Sue Perkins
6.50pm FILM The Last Airbender
(PG, 2010) Fantasy adventure
starring Noah Ringer
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother
Highlights from the compound
10.00 FILM Scary Movie 2 (18,
2001) The teenage survivors of an
encounter with a ghost-faced killer
face yet more danger in a haunted
house. Spoof horror with Marlon
and Shawn Wayans and Anna Faris
12.00-2.20am FILM The Green
Hornet (12, 2011) Comic-book
adventure starring Seth Rogen
6.00pm FILM Never Let Go (PG,
1960) Crime drama starring
Richard Todd and Peter Sellers
7.50 FILM Nobody Runs Forever
(PG, 1968) A detective is sent to
arrest a diplomat suspected of
murder, but ends up protecting
him from an assassination plot. Spy
thriller starring Rod Taylor
9.50 FILM The Purple Plain (PG,
1954) Drama with Gregory Peck
11.50-1.40am FILM Sleeping Car to
Trieste (PG, 1948) Spy thriller
starring Jean Kent
7.00pm Sue Thomas: FBEye
An agent is killed
8.00 Hetty Wainthropp
Investigates A concerned mother
hires Hetty to find out who is
stalking her daughter
9.00 Wallander In One Step
Behind the detective (Kenneth
Branagh) becomes convinced that
the murder of a colleague is linked
to the shooting of three teenagers
in a secluded wood
11.00-1.00am Dalziel & Pascoe
Dalziel has an eventful holiday
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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7.00pm Sounds of the Sixties
7.30 Britpop Now Compilation of
live performances
8.30 The Rolling Stones at the BBC
A selection of the band’s
performances from the BBC
archives, with songs including The
Last Time and Get Off of My Cloud
9.30 Love Songs at the BBC A
selection of romantic songs
10.30 Sounds of the Seventies
11.00 Churchill’s Bodyguard (9/13)
12.00-1.05am Churchill’s
Bodyguard (10/13)
7.00pm World’s Craziest Police
Pursuits Unusual police chases
8.00 Police Interceptors: Out of
Control Ortis Deley rides along on
two night shifts
9.00 It Takes a Thief to Catch a
Thief Featuring advice for a north
London charity shop and a
Glasgow off-licence
10.00 Idiot TV
11.00-12.05am FILM Enemies
Closer (15, 2013) Action adventure
starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
and Tom Everett Scott
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
In Stoke, a suspected stolen car
leads to a high-speed chase in the
early hours of the morning
8.00 Dynamo: Magician
Impossible The illusionist dives
from the roof of the LA Times
headquarters in Los Angeles
9.00 FILM Knight and Day (12,
2010) Comedy adventure with
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz
11.10-12.10am Dave Gorman:
Modern Life Is Goodish Dave
invents a newish game show
5.30pm Churchill’s First World
War Winston Churchill’s
experiences during the conflict
7.30 Lusitania: 18 Minutes That
Changed World War One
Docudrama about the sinking of
British ocean liner RMS Lusitania
by a U-boat in 1915
8.35 Beyond A Year in Space
Exploring the effects of spending
12 months on the ISS
9.50 Medal of Honor
10.55-12.55am Churchill’s First
World War Docudrama
6.30pm Spandau Ballet: The
Reformation Tour 2009
9.00 Pet Shop Boys: A Life In Pop
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe talk
about their early days in the 1980s,
and artists including Robbie
Williams and Jake Shears discuss
the influence of the pop duo
10.15 Pet Shop Boys: Live at the O2
A London concert from 2009 by
the synthpop duo
11.15-12.15am The Music Videos
That Shaped the 80s The effect of
music videos on the industry
7.00pm Nothing to Declare
9.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
An insight into the crimes of Ian
Huntley, who was convicted of
murdering two 10-year-old
schoolgirls in a case that changed
the face of British policing
10.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
An insight into the case of Dennis
Nilsen, the London-based killer
who murdered at least 12 men
11.00 Criminal Minds A district
attorney’s daughter is kidnapped
12.00-1.00am Criminal Minds
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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7.00pm Bones
8.00 American Dad!
8.30 American Dad!
9.00 American Dad!
9.30 American Dad!
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 The Orville
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Gold Rush Todd gets a
chance to open up a third
operation in Colorado
8.00 Wheeler Dealers Restoring a
1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1
9.00 The Vietnam War
10.00 Faking It: Tears of a Crime
11.00 The Interrogation Room
12.00-1.00am Wheeler Dealers
7.00pm Bugging Hitler’s Army
8.00 Wild South Africa (3/3)
9.00 World War II: The Apocalypse
The story of the Second World War
10.00 World War II:
The Apocalypse
11.00 World War II:
The Apocalypse
12.00-1.00am Hitler the Junkie
7.00pm FILM You, Me and Dupree
(12, 2006) Comedy starring Owen
Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson
and Michael Douglas
9.00 Live at the Apollo
10.00 Jimmy Carr: Laughing &
Joking Stand-up comedy
11.00 RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race
12.00-12.30am 8 Out of 10 Cats
7.00pm Only Fools and Horses
9.00 Citizen Khan
9.40 Citizen Khan
10.20 Citizen Khan
11.00 Monty Python’s Best Bits
(Mostly) The comedy troupe’s
most popular sketches
11.40-12.55am Monty Python:
Live at Aspen Reunion show
7.00pm My Family Susan throws
away Ben’s favourite clothes
7.40 My Family Ben discovers
Nick is taking Viagra
8.20 My Family
9.00 FILM Wild Wild West
(12, 1999) Sci-fi western
comedy starring Will Smith
11.10-12.10am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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6.10pm Get Out (15, 2017) After a
photographer and his girlfriend
visit her parents, he suspects there
is more to the locals than meets
the eye. Thriller starring Daniel
Kaluuya and Allison Williams
8.00 Pirates of the Caribbean:
Salazar’s Revenge (12, 2017)
Swashbuckling sequel starring
Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem
and Geoffrey Rush
10.10-12.40am A Cure for Wellness
(18, 2016) Psychological thriller
starring Dane DeHaan
6.00pm Split (15, 2016) After being
abducted by a kidnapper, three
young women are soon engaged in
a fight for survival. Thriller with
James McAvoy and Betty Buckley
8.00 X-Men: Apocalypse (12, 2016)
After the re-emergence of the
world’s first mutant worlddestroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men
must unite to defeat his plan. Sci-fi
adventure starring James McAvoy
10.25-1.00am Inglourious
Basterds (18, 2009) Second World
War adventure starring Brad Pitt
6.20pm Ice Age: Collision Course
(U, 2016) Animated sequel
featuring the voice of Ray Romano
8.00 Kubo and the Two Strings
(PG, 2016) Animated adventure
with the voice of Charlize Theron
9.50 The Huntsman: Winter’s War
(12, 2016) Fantasy adventure
starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize
Theron and Emily Blunt
11.50-1.50am The Water Horse:
Legend of the Deep (PG, 2007)
Children’s fantasy adventure
starring Alex Etel
6.00pm The Legend Of Tarzan (12,
2016) Adventure with Alexander
Skarsgard and Margot Robbie
8.00 Captain America: Civil War
(12, 2016) Superhero adventure
starring Chris Evans, Robert
Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson
10.30-1.30am Braveheart (15,
1995) Medieval Scottish hero
William Wallace fights to drive the
English from his country. Historical
epic, directed by and starring Mel
Gibson. With Patrick McGoohan
and Sophie Marceau
5.30pm The Darjeeling Limited
(15, 2007) Comedy drama starring
Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody
7.10 Election (15, 1999) A teacher
develops an irrational dislike for an
overachieving pupil and tries to
stop her becoming school
president. Satirical comedy
starring Matthew Broderick
9.00 Sideways (15, 2004) Comedy
drama starring Paul Giamatti
11.10-1.00am Snatch (18, 2000)
Comedy drama starring Jason
Statham and Brad Pitt
The documentarian Susan Lacy’s
profile of the director Steven
Spielberg (Sky Atlantic, 9pm)
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Saturday 20
Sports guide
Live Football
BT Sport 1, 5pm
Radio 1
Manchester City’s unbeaten
run finally came to an end
with that thrilling 4-3 reverse
against Liverpool at Anfield
last Sunday. However, Pep
Guardiola, pictured, would
have been happy to see
his side launch a spirited
fightback in the last ten
minutes of that match to
almost force a draw. Their
opponents at the Etihad are
struggling Newcastle United
(kick-off 5.30pm). Joe Clay
Sky Sports Main Event
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6.00am LIVE ICC Under-19s
World Cup Cricket: New
Zealand v South Africa
8.45 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The Abu Dhabi
HSBC Championship
11.30 LIVE Premier League:
Brighton & Hove Albion v
Chelsea (Kick-off 12.30)
2.55pm-5.00 LIVE PRO14
Rugby Union: Cheetahs v
Southern Kings
7.40 LIVE La Liga Football
9.45-12midnight LIVE
PGA Tour Golf
Sky Sports
Premier League
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11.30am-3.15pm LIVE
Premier League: Brighton &
Hove Albion v Chelsea
Sky Sports Football
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11.55am-2.00pm LIVE La Liga
Football: Espanyol v Sevilla
5.15 LIVE EFL: Sheffield
Wednesday v Cardiff City
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Las Palmas v
Valencia (Kick-off 7.45)
Sky Sports Cricket
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6.00am-8.45 LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket:
New Zealand v South Africa
Sky Sports Golf
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8.30am-1.00pm LIVE
European Tour Golf
8.00-Midnight
LIVE PGA Tour Golf
Sky Sports Action
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12.30pm LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup
3.00 LIVE PRO14 Rugby
Union: Cheetahs v Southern
Kings (Kick-off 3.00)
4.55-7.45 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup
Sky Sports Arena
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3.15pm-5.15 LIVE
Netball: Quad Series
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.00am Dev 10.00 Matt
Edmondson 1.00pm Alice
Levine 4.00 MistaJam
7.00 DJ Target 9.00 Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Diplo and Friends
1.00am Kan D Man and DJ
Limelight 4.00 David Rodigan
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
5.45-7.45 LIVE Netball: Quad
Series — England v New
Zealand (Centre-pass 6.00)
BT Sport 1
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6.30am LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Newcastle Jets v
Wellington Phoenix
8.45-11.00 LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Sydney FC v
Central Coast Mariners
12.00-2.45pm LIVE
Vanarama National League:
Sutton United v Dagenham &
Redbridge (Kick-off 12.30)
5.00-8.00 LIVE Premier
League: Manchester City v
Newcastle United
3.00am-6.00 LIVE ODI
Cricket: Australia v England
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
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
7.00am LIVE Cricket:
Big Bash League:
Melbourne Stars v
Melbourne Renegades
10.15-2.00pm LIVE
Cricket: Big Bash League:
Perth Scorchers v
Hobart Hurricanes
3.00 LIVE European Rugby
Champions Cup: Clermont
Auvergne v Ospreys
5.15-7.30 LIVE Bundesliga:
Hamburg SV v FC Cologne
8.30-11.00 LIVE NBA:
Cleveland Cavaliers v
Oklahoma City Thunder
1.00am LIVE UFC
3.00-7.00 LIVE UFC: Stipe
Miocic v Francis Ngannou
7.00am Breakfast
9.00 News
9.03 Record Review
12.15pm Music Matters
1.00 News
1.02 Saturday Classics The
Norwegian trumpeter Tine
Thing Helseth shares music
that has inspired her
3.00 Sound of Cinema
Film scores inspired by the
pursuit of power
4.00 Jazz Record Requests
5.00 Jazz Line-Up The vocalist
Anthony Joseph and his band
in performance at the 2017
London Jazz Festival
6.30 Opera on 3 from the Met
A recording of John Cox’s
production of Thaïs,
Massenet’s romance that tells
the story of a forbidden
passion between an Egyptian
courtesan and a monk in
fourth century Alexandria
10.00 Hear and Now Tom
McKinney presents new music
from the north west of England
12.00 Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz
1.00am Through the Night
BT Sport 3
Radio 4
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FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
BT Sport 2
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12.30pm LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup
3.00 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup
5.15 LIVE European Rugby
Champions Cup
8.00-10.00 LIVE European
Rugby Challenge Cup
1.30-4.00 LIVE NBA
Eurosport 1
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7.45am-1.30pm LIVE
Australian Open Tennis
2.45-4.45 LIVE Ski Jumping
12.00 LIVE Australian
Open Tennis
2.00am-7.45 LIVE Australian
Open Tennis
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 iPM Interactive debate
6.00 News and Papers
6.07 Open Country (r)
6.30 Farming Today This
Week Farming news
7.00 Today
9.00 Saturday Live
10.30 The Kitchen Cabinet
11.00 The Week in
Westminster
11.30 From Our Own
Correspondent
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Money Box
12.30 The News Quiz (r)
1.00 News Headlines
Today’s picks
Archive on 4: The Medium
Is the Message
Radio 4, 8pm
World Questions: Madrid
World Service, 7.06pm
Have you heard of Marshall
McLuhan? You might not be
familiar with the name, but
you will probably be aware
of his work. Or rather we less
know it than are living it. For
McLuhan was the Canadian
academic and philosopher
who, more than 60 years ago, coined the phrases “the
medium is the message” and “the global village”. His
prescience didn’t end there: the controversial academic also
posited the end of print media. Instead, in this new,
electronically powered global village, conversation would
become the ways in which we got our information.
Or, as he put it: “The new electronic interdependence
recreates the world in the image of a global village.”
Creepy, isn’t it? He is championed here by the Generation X
author Douglas Coupland, pictured. Catherine Nixey
1.10 Any Questions? (r)
2.00 Any Answers? Phone-in
2.30 Drama: Moll Flanders
By Daniel Defoe. Dramatised
by Nick Perry. Lusty,
resourceful Moll Flanders uses
any means necessary to rise
from rags to riches (r)
3.30 Moving Pictures (r)
4.00 Weekend Woman’s Hour
5.00 Saturday PM
5.30 iPM (r)
5.54 Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.15 Loose Ends With Jack
Jones, Warwick Davis, Sarah
Hadland and Tim Cowbury
7.00 Profile
7.15 Saturday Review
8.00 Archive on 4: The
Medium is the Message
The extraordinary prescient
ideas of 1960s media thinker
Marshall McLuhan. See Choice
9.00 Drama: The Vital Spark
— The Driver’s Seat
Adaptation of Muriel Spark’s
novel. A woman travels alone
to a European city in search of
an elusive man, adopting a
series of outlandish personas
along the way (r)
10.00 News Headlines
10.15 Across the Red Line (r)
11.00 Round Britain Quiz (r)
11.30 Blast (r)
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Short Works (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
3.00-5.20 (LW) Live Test
Match Special: Australia v
England Commentary on the
third one-day international of
the five-match series, held at
Sydney Cricket Ground
5.20 Shipping Forecast
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Boxing 5.30 The
Friday Football Social (r) 6.00
Breakfast 9.00 The Danny
Baker Show 11.00 Fighting Talk
12.00 5 Live Sport 12.30pm
Live Premier League Football:
Brighton & Hove Albion v
Chelsea (Kick-off 12.30)
2.30 5 Live Sport 3.00 5 Live
Sport: Premier League
Football. Commentary of a
3pm kick-off in the Premier
League 5.00 Live Sports
Report 5.30 Live Premier
League Football: Manchester
City v Newcastle United
(Kick-off 5.30) 7.30 Live 6-0-6
8.30 Kermode and Mayo’s
Film Review (r) 9.30 Dotun
Adebayo 12.00 5 Live in Short
(r) 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am Seven Days of
Talksport 7.00 Georgie
Bingham and Tony Cascarino
11.00 Warm Up 1.00pm
Live Match Day Live 7.30 The
Full Time Phone-in 10.00
Fight Night 12.00 Extra Time
with Tom Latchem
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Archive on 4: The
Devil’s Horn 9.00 The Lives
and Work of Somerset
Maugham 12.00 1835
12.30pm Ring Around the
Bath 1.00 How to Survive the
Roman Empire, by Pliny and
Me Omnibus 2.10 Inheritance
Tracks 2.15 Down Your Way
3.00 Archive on 4: The Devil’s
Horn 4.00 Gracie 5.30
Michael Bentine: The
Reluctant Jester 6.00 Doctor
Who 7.00 The Lives and Work
of Somerset Maugham 10.00
Comedy Club: Four at the
Store 10.30 The Jason Byrne
Show 10.55 Interview 11.00
Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the
Nation 11.30 Mark Watson
Makes the World Substantially
Better 12.00 Doctor Who
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The
World This Week 9.30 The
Cultural Frontline 10.00
Sports Hour 11.00 News
Spain suffered a national
crisis last year when, in
October, the province of
Catalonia made its unilateral
declaration of independence.
And what does one need at
such moments of momentous
national import and peril?
Someone to peer in and, in
sonorous tones, pick apart
what has gone on and gone
wrong. One needs, in short, a
Dimbleby. Here, the World
Service lends Spain one of
our finest Dimblebys
(Jonathan, to be precise) who
goes to Madrid to hear the
opinions of politicians, opinion
leaders and the public. CN
11.06 The Newsroom 11.30 In
the Balance 12.00 Newshour
Extra 1.00pm Newshour
2.00 News 2.06 Global Beats
3.00 News 3.06 Sportsworld
4.00 News 4.06 Sportsworld
5.00 News 5.06 Sportsworld
6.00 The Newsroom 6.30
The Cultural Frontline 7.00
News 7.06 World Questions.
See Choice 8.00 News 8.06
The Forum 8.50 Over to You
9.00 Newshour 10.00 News
10.06 The Newsroom 10.20
Sports News 10.30 In the
Balance 11.00 News 11.06
The World This Week 11.30
Boston Calling 12.00 News
12.06am The Cultural
Frontline 12.30 Trending
12.50 Over to You 1.00 News
1.06 The World This Week
1.30 Click 2.00 News 2.06
Newsroom 2.30 Discovery
3.00 News 3.06 From Our
Own Correspondent 3.30
Living with the Gods 3.50
Witness 4.00 News 4.06 The
Documentary
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Mary Anne Hobbs
10.00 The Huey Show
1.00pm Liz Kershaw 3.00
Erol Alkan 6.00 Craig Charles
9.00 Tom Robinson 12.00
The Freak Zone Playlist
1.00am The Joy of 6 2.00
6 Music Recommends: The
New Music Playlist 3.00
6 Music Live Hour 4.00 The
First Time with Neneh Cherry
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
7.00am Alan Titchmarsh
10.00 Bill Turnbull 1.00pm
Alexander Armstrong 3.00
Nicholas Owen 5.00
Saturday Night at the Movies
7.00 Cowan’s Classics 9.00
The Sound of Music 10.00
Smooth Classics. A selection
of music for the late evening
1.00am Katie Breathwick
4.00 Jane Jones
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Sunday 21 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice McMafia
BBC One, 9pm
The shift around the
schedules didn’t do McMafia’s
ratings any favours (overnight
viewing figures for the third
episode, settling into its
regular Sunday night slot,
fell below five million), but
this superior thriller deserves
a wider audience. James
Norton’s James Bond
audition is going smoothly,
with his character, the
investment banker Alex
Godman, equally adept at
munching caviar in a tuxedo,
looking buff in skimpy
swimming trunks, attending
martial arts classes and
remaining poker-faced while
lying to the women in his life.
Rebecca (Juliet Rylance),
knows that her fiancé isn’t
squeaky clean and has been
taking Semyon Kleiman’s “bad
money” to prop up his hedge
fund. She also knows that the
shadowy Kleiman had “a
very unsavoury reputation”
before he became a politician
(surely that’s a prerequisite?),
but is still in the dark about
Alex’s motivation — the
revenge plot against his
uncle’s murderer, Vadim. Last
week Alex and Kleiman’s plot
kicked up a gear with the
theft of Vadim’s shipment of
heroin. Vadim knew that
there was a link between
Kleiman and the Czech fixer
Benes, and now he has good
reason to suspect that he
was behind what happened
in Mumbai. “I’ve stopped
believing in coincidences,”
says Vadim. After their early
successes Kleiman wants to
hold back for a bit. “Mourn
your uncle, go back to the
life that you led,” he advises
Alex. Then the Israeli is
arrested and Alex travels to
Tel Aviv. It’s tense, expertly
plotted and the only thing
missing is witnessing Alex
put that martial arts training
into practice. Then we’ll really
know if Norton, pictured,
can give Daniel Craig a run
for his roubles. Joe Clay
Further recommendations
In a wide-ranging interview for HARDtalk, Sarah Montague meets
Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s ambassador to the EU (BBC iPlayer)
Call the Midwife
BBC One, 8pm
As a new series of the period
drama begins, it is 1963 and
Poplar is still in the grip of the
Big Freeze. Filling the Barbarashaped hole at Nonnatus
House is Lucille Anderson
(Leonie Elliott), the first West
Indian midwife of the series,
who brings a much-needed
different cultural point of view.
Lucille gets off to a shaky start
by arriving two days late, and
soon falls ill, but she rises from
her sickbed to assist Trixie
when an exotic Soho dancer
has a difficult breech birth.
Elsewhere, Nurse Crane cares
for a Jewish woman with cancer
who is facing eviction. See
pick of the week, page 23. JC
Catch
up
Michael Palin:
A Life on Screen
BBC iPlayer, to Feb 6
This Bafta-sponsored
tribute to the Monty
Python star is a luvvie-fest
of epic proportions.
However, Michael
Palin comes across
as one of the nicest
chaps in showbiz,
so you can forgive
the stream of
platitudes from his
friends and
colleagues,
including John
The Biggest
Little Railway
in the World
Channel 4, 8pm
It’s becoming clear to Dick
Strawbridge and his cohorts
why the Victorians gave up
on a trans-Caledonian railway.
They’re only doing a model
version and it has been one
headache after another. With
Inverness still 65 miles away
(that’s 1,200 miles for their
model train) they must tackle
some of the steep forest roads
to Invermoriston — the highest
point on their route. “If there’s
one thing I know about steam
engines,” says Strawbridge,
“it’s that they hate hills.” JC
Cleese and David Jason. Palin
is also interviewed, discussing
his childhood in Sheffield and
his relationship with his father.
It covers the Python years, his
many acting roles and his
award-winning
travelogues. Cleese
does his best to
subvert the format,
though, describing his
old mucker as an
“ambitious, ruthless,
vicious bastard”.
There’s a triple
bill of Palin’s
post-Python
comedy
Ripping Yarns
on Yesterday
tonight
from 9pm.
Joe Clay
Vera
I Am Heath Ledger Films of the day
ITV, 8.10pm
Sky Arts, 9pm
On a quiet suburban street
(“Good schools, low crime
rate,” according to Aiden), a
43-year-old mother of two is
found dead in her garden. Her
skull has been cracked open
by a rock (those house prices
will take a tumble), but there
are no signs of a struggle or
defence wounds, suggesting
she was attacked from behind.
With no sign of forced entry,
it points to Alison knowing her
killer. “Everyone liked Alison,”
says her husband, a prison
officer. Not everyone,
obviously. But who? Maybe the
aforementioned hubby, who
wasn’t at work on the night
his wife was murdered . . . JC
The Australian actor was 28
when he died in 2008 after
taking a fatal overdose of
prescription drugs, months
after filming his Oscar-winning
performance as the Joker in
The Dark Knight. This tender
but superficial tribute, made
by his family and friends, paints
a picture of an intense, driven,
talented individual, without
trying to unpick its subject’s
demons. A treasure trove of
old personal videos and lo-fi
behind-the-scenes footage
gives the film authenticity,
but Michelle Williams,
Ledger’s former partner and
the mother of his daughter,
is a notable absentee. JC
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
11.00am-12.15pm Sunday Politics Wales
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
11.00am-12.15pm Sunday Politics
Northern Ireland. Presented by Sarah
Smith and Mark Carruthers
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
11.00pm Sunday Politics Northern
Ireland. The week’s events from around
the Province with Mark Carruthers (r)
11.25-11.30 Wild on Water: Coastal
Guardians. Karen Patterson joins Coastal
Guardians in Portaferry, County Down (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
11.00am-12.15pm Sunday Politics
Scotland 2.15-3.15 River City (r) 11.20
Sportscene (r) 12.20am Man Like Mobeen
12.40 Man Like Mobeen 1.00 Weather for
the Week Ahead 1.05-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
6.00pm-7.00 Sportscene 11.00 Tennis:
Australian Open 2018. Day seven 12.00
The Mash Report (r) 12.30am Insert
Name Here (r) 1.00-2.20 FILM Good
Morning Karachi (2013)
● Channel As ITV except:
1.10am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except:
1.00pm-1.30 Newsweek Wales
● STV As ITV except: 4.35pm-4.45 STV
News 12.20am Teleshopping 1.20 After
Midnight 2.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05-6.00
The Jeremy Kyle Show (r)
● UTV As ITV except: 1.10am
Teleshopping 2.40-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw (r) 8.50 Penblwyddi
Cyw 8.55 Pen-Blwydd Pwy? 9.00 Dal Ati:
Dal Ati 10.00 Dal Ati 11.00 Rownd a
Rownd (r) 11.30 Rownd a Rownd (r) 11.55
Calon: Pont y Twll, Pwllpeiran (r) 12.00
Cerys Matthews a’r Goeden Faled (r)
12.30pm Rygbi Pawb (r) 1.15 Priodas Pum
Mil (r) 2.10 Loriau Mansel Davies a’i Fab (r)
2.40 Cegin Bryn (r) 3.05 Y Castell (r)
4.00 Ras yn Erbyn Amser (r) 4.30 Ras yn
Erbyn Amser (r) 5.00 Ffermio (r) 5.30
Pobol y Cwm (r) 7.20 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 7.30 Adre 8.00 Cynefin 9.00
Craith. Cadi and her sister Elin have an
opportunity to discuss their father’s
future, and Dylan and Megan’s lives
collide when they are in the same place at
the same time 10.00 Beti George: Colli
David. The broadcaster Beti George
tackles the issue of Alzheimer’s disease
(r) 11.00-11.35 Ward Plant (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
One Fine Day (PG, 1996)
Film4, 2.35pm
It is odd to think it now, but during his peak TV fame in ER,
George Clooney’s stock with cinema-goers was low. That’s
because, while he was mending/breaking hearts as Dr Ross,
Clooney was also starring in low-end fodder such as Batman &
Robin, The Peacemaker and this screwball rom-com set over
a single day. The first two are best forgotten, but this is worth
revisiting, primarily because of the chemistry between Clooney
and Michelle Pfeiffer. Both are single parents — she a
control-freak supermom, he a clueless manchild — who crash
into one another one hectic morning. (108min) Chris Bennion
All Good Things (15, 2010)
BBC Two, midnight
The documentary-maker Andrew
Jarecki turned his hand to feature
film-making for this drama
inspired by the life of the accused
murderer Robert Durst (himself
the subject of Jarecki’s gripping
documentary series, The Jinx).
Ryan Gosling, pictured, and
Kirsten Dunst star as David Marks and his wife, Katie. David
is the son of a New York property tycoon (Frank Langella); Katie
is a beautiful young student from a less gilded background.
The film examines their increasingly troubled relationship. The
tension builds as Katie becomes more independent — she goes
back to college to study medicine. Then, mysteriously, she
disappears and is never seen again. According to Dunst,
Durst visited the set during filming. (101min) Wendy Ide
Before the Winter Chill (15, 2013)
BBC Four, 10pm
The third feature film from the French novelist-turned-director
Philippe Claudel, Before the Winter Chill reunites him with Kristin
Scott Thomas, the star of his debut film, I’ve Loved You So Long.
She has rather less to do in this film, playing Lucie, the wife of
the neurosurgeon Paul (Daniel Auteuil, going all out in a rather
unsympathetic role), who begins to suspect that her husband is
having an affair. The truth is rather more complicated. There is a
frosty elegance to this study of the crushing claustrophobia of
privilege. However, despite an unsettling climax, this drama is
too slow-burning to deliver any sustained tension. (103min) WI
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Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 7.30 Match of the
Day (r) 9.00 The Andrew Marr Show
10.00 The Big Questions 11.00
Sunday Politics 12.15pm Bargain Hunt
(r) 1.00 BBC News; Weather 1.15
Money for Nothing (r) 2.15 Escape to
the Country. Jules Hudson helps a
city-lover find a countryside home (r)
3.15 Lifeline. An appeal on behalf of
the Sick Children’s Trust 3.25 Big Cats.
How cats adapt to different
environments (r) 4.25 Songs of Praise.
Hymns from the Methodist Central
Hall in Westminster 5.00 The
Coronation. Documentary about the
Queen’s coronation in 1953 (r) 6.00
BBC News 6.20 BBC Regional News;
Weather 6.30 Countryfile. Anita Rani
visits Leicester to discover why spring
plants are flowering in winter and
learns about Britain’s rare plants
6.15am A to Z of TV Gardening (r)
6.35 The Instant Gardener (r) 7.20
Gardeners’ World (r) 7.50 Greatest
Gardens (r) 8.20 Monty Don’s
Paradise Gardens (r) 9.20 Countryfile
(r) 10.15 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites
11.45 Food & Drink (r) 12.15pm MOTD2
Extra 1.00 Live Snooker: The Masters.
Hazel Irvine presents coverage of the
opening eight frames of the final from
Alexandra Palace, London, where the
best-of-19-frames match takes place
5.15 Ski Sunday. Action from the men’s
World Cup event in Kitzbuehel,
Austria, plus the women’s downhill
discipline staged in Cortina, Italy 6.00
Tennis: Australian Open 2018. Kat
Downes presents action from day
seven of the opening Grand Slam
tournament of the year, which
takes place at Melbourne Park
6.00am CITV 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25
ITV News 9.30 River Monsters (r)
10.00 Peston on Sunday 11.00 The
Martin Lewis Money Show (r) 11.25
The Voice UK (r) 12.55pm ITV News;
Weather 1.00 Britain’s Best Walks
with Julia Bradbury (r) 1.30 Britain’s
Brightest Family (r) 2.00 The Cruise:
Return to the Mediterranean.
Tensions rise in the galley of the Royal
Princess as a health inspection looms
(r) 2.30 FILM Kindergarten Cop (12,
1990) An undercover cop poses as
a preschool teacher to catch a drug
dealer whose son is one of the pupils
in his class. Comedy starring Arnold
Schwarzenegger 4.35 Regional News;
Weather 4.45 ITV News; Weather
5.00 The Chase: Celebrity Special.
With Kian Egan, Sharron Davies,
Matt Johnson and Larry Lamb (r)
6.10am Jamie’s Comfort Food (r) 6.20
The King of Queens (r) 6.45 The King
of Queens (r) 7.10 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 7.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.00 Frasier (r) 8.30
Frasier (r) 9.00 Frasier (r) 9.30 Sunday
Brunch. With guests Kerry Howard,
Ross Noble and Kara Tointon 12.30pm
Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast
(r) 1.30 The Simpsons (r) 2.00 The
Simpsons (r) 2.30 The Simpsons (r)
3.00 FILM Capture the Flag (PG,
2015) A young surfer tries to stop a
billionaire from erasing the moon
landings from history. Animated sci-fi
adventure with the voice of Sam Fink
4.50 FILM Aladdin (PG, 1992) A street
urchin happens across a magical
lamp. Disney animated adventure
with the voices of Robin Williams and
Scott Weinger 6.35 Channel 4 News
6.00am Milkshake! 9.35 Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles 10.10 Football
on 5: The Championship (r) 11.00
Football on 5: Goal Rush (r) 11.30
Police Interceptors (r) 12.30pm FILM
Pixels (12, 2015) Former video games
champions are recruited to defend
Earth from an invasion of 1980s
arcade game characters. Sci-fi
comedy starring Adam Sandler
2.25 FILM Big Daddy (12, 1999) An
immature man takes care of his
flatmate’s son to prove to his former
girlfriend he can handle responsibility.
Comedy starring Adam Sandler 4.10
FILM Mr Deeds (12, 2002) A pizza
parlour owner who inherits $40billion
is used by greedy opportunists and
exploited by an unscrupulous
reporter. Romantic comedy remake
with Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder
Helen George is Trixie (8pm)
Men’s World Cup skiing (5.15pm)
Another case for Vera (8.10pm)
SAS: Who Dares Wins (9pm)
Life As We Know It (10.05pm)
7.00 Live Snooker: The Masters:
2018 Final: Second Session
Hazel Irvine presents
concluding coverage of the final
from Alexandra Palace, London,
where a maximum of 11 frames
will be played to decide this
year’s champion. Last year’s
sh
howpiiece mattch
h was a clloselly
fought contest, with Ronnie
O’Sullivan claiming a 10-7
victory over Joe Perry to win
the competition for a recordbreaking seventh time, putting
him ahead of Stephen Hendry
in the all-time list. With
commentary and analysis by
Steve Davis, Ken Doherty,
Stephen Hendry, John Parrott,
Dennis Taylor and John Virgo
6.00 Dancing on Ice Phillip Schofield
and Holly Willoughby present
disco week, as the remaining
11 contestants perform to
impress the judges and avoid
having to compete in a skate-off
7.00 Posh Pawn New series.
Memorabilia expert Lawrence’s
knowledge of cars is put to the
test as James gets his hands on
an E-Type Jaguar worth over
£100,000. Plus, Lawrence goes
to Hertfordshire to appraise
some unusual artwork
8.10 Vera A mother of two is found
murdered in her back garden.
Vera and Aiden investigate
the case, and delve into the
disturbing secrets and ongoing
conflicts that lurk beneath
the surface of the victim’s
seemingly peaceful suburban
community. The case takes a
more complicated turn when
the dead woman’s estranged
family make an unexpected
reappearance. Guest starring
Rita Tushingham. See
Viewing Guide (3/4)
8.00 The Biggest Little Railway in
the World The train struggles to
cross the first hill on the line —
which is only a gentle incline
compared to the vast rises to
come. The team also needs to
build a track-stabilising device.
See Viewing Guide (3/5)
6.00 FILM Robin Hood: Prince of
Thieves (PG, 1991) An English
nobleman returns home from
the crusades to find his father
has been murdered and the
local people are repressed by
the tyrannical rule of the Sheriff
of Nottingham. Branded an
outtlaw, he recruiits a group off
bandits to fight for justice and
protect the downtrodden.
Action adventure starring
Kevin Costner, Alan Rickman,
Morgan Freeman and Mary
Elizabeth Mastrantonio
7.30 Still Open All Hours Gastric
enters an art contest (4/7)
8.00 Call the Midwife New series.
A new midwife joins the team
as the area is rocked by power
cuts and blizzards, but she falls
ill as soon as she arrives and
soon has to assist with a difficult
birth. See Viewing Guide (1/8)
9.00 McMafia Semiyon’s fortunes
seem to be on the rise — until
he is arrested in Tel Aviv. Alex
and Rebecca announce their
engagement, and a despairing
Lyudmilla sees a chance to
regain her freedom. See
Viewing Guide (5/8)
10.00 BBC News
10.10 ITV News
10.20 BBC Regional News; Weather
10.30 Match of the Day 2 Mark
Chapman reviews the day’s
Premier League action,
featuring highlights of Sunday’s
only game — Southampton
v Tottenham Hotspur
at St Mary’s Stadium
11.20 Man Like Mobeen Eight learns
that his father is dying (3/4)
11.40 Man Like Mobeen An anti-Islam
march comes through the
neighbourhood, and an
outraged Aks responds by
throwing a flask at the leader’s
face. Mobeen takes the
blame and is arrested (4/4)
12.05am Weather for the
Week Ahead 12.10 BBC News
10.25 Peston on Sunday Political
magazine, presented by Robert
Peston, with Allegra Stratton (r)
11.00 The Mash Report Satirical
news show presented by
Nish Kumar (1/6) (r)
11.30 Insert Name Here Comedy
panel game, hosted by Sue
Perkins, with Richard Osman
and Josh Widdicombe (r)
11.25 Next of Kin Mona travels to
Lahore to identify Kareem’s
body, but the trip leads her into
grave danger in a remote
corner of the city (2/6) (r)
12.00 FILM All Good Things (15,
2010) Crime drama with Ryan Gosling
and Kirsten Dunst. See Film Choice
1.35am FILM Good Morning Karachi
(12, 2013) Drama starring Amna Ilyas
3.00 Sign Zone: Question Time (r)
(SL) 4.00-4.55 Holby City (r) (SL)
12.20am Great Art. Tim Marlow
explores the life of Michelangelo (r)
1.10 Jackpot247 3.00 Sunday Night at
the Palladium. With Lionel Richie, the
Script, Duplic8 and the Umbilical
Brothers (r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
8.55 5 News Weekend
9.00 SAS: Who Dares Wins The
recruits’ teamwork is put to the
test. They must undertake a
time trial run across the Sahara
Desert, transport equipment
across sand dunes, and cross
a remote river valley at night
while being tracked (3/5)
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother
Highlights of another day for
the illustrious inhabitants as
they cope with the day-to-day
complications of life under the
all-seeing eye of Big Brother
10.00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown Jimmy Carr hosts
as Jon Richardson and Joe
Wilkinson take on guest
captain Kevin Bridges and
Jessica Knappett (1/4) (r)
10.05 FILM Life As We Know It
(12, 2010) A couple try to
matchmake the godparents
of their baby daughter,
resulting in a disastrous date.
When the devoted parents are
killed in a tragic accident, the
mismatched duo are named
as the child’ss legal guardians,
forcing them to try to put their
differences aside and live
together. Comedy starring
Katherine Heigl, Josh
Duhamel and Josh Lucas
10.55 FILM Season of the Witch (15,
2011) Two knights escort a
suspected witch to trial during
the Black Death, but are not
prepared for the powers she
possesses. Fantasy adventure
starring Nicolas Cage, Ron
Perlman and Claire Foy
12.45am Obsessive Compulsive
Cleaners (r) 1.40 The Lie Detective
(r) 2.25 Grand Designs Australia (r)
3.20 Location, Location, Location (r)
(SL) 4.15 KOTV Boxing Weekly 4.45
Coast vs Country (r) 5.40 Kirstie’s
Handmade Treasures (r) (SL)
12.10am FILM That’s My Boy (15,
2012) Comedy starring Adam
Sandler and Andy Samberg 2.15
SuperCasino 4.00 Get Your Tatts
Out: Kavos Ink (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r)
(SL) 5.35 Divine Designs (r) (SL)
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James Hunt
Sunday 21 | Primetime digital guide
The British driver clashes
with Nikki Lauda for the
1976 F1 championship
BBC Four, 9pm
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BBC Four
ITV3
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Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
FV 9, FS 107, SKY 116, VIRGIN 107
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7.00pm Only Connect The
Cricketers take on
the Escapologists (R)
7.30 University Challenge
Jeremy Paxman presents
the academic quiz show (R)
8.00 The Tea Trail with Simon
Reeve The adventurer
examines the tea industry
in eastern Africa (R)
9.00 Hunt v Lauda: F1’s Greatest
Racing Rivals Documentary
charting the battle for the
1976 world drivers’
championship (R)
10.00 FILM Before the Winter
Chill (15, 2013) A surgeon’s
encounter with a mysterious
former patient leads his wife
to suspect he is keeping
secrets from her. Drama
starring Daniel Auteuil and
Kristin Scott Thomas.
See Film Choice
11.40-12.40am Natural World
Exploring London’s
secret wildlife (14/14) (R)
6.00pm Agatha Christie’s Marple
A couple build their dream
home on supposedly
cursed land (R)
8.00 Paul O’Grady: For the Love
of Dogs Meeting an
overweight dog with
a love of cheese (R)
8.30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love
of Dogs The comedian
meets a shih-tzu with
wobbly back legs (R)
9.00 Tonight at the London
Palladium With stars
including Nathan Sykes,
and the West End cast of
Guys and Dolls (R)
10.00 Birds of a Feather Dorien
takes Sharon and Tracey to
the Canary Islands (R)
10.35 Birds of a Feather Dorien
wants Sharon to star in
her next book (R)
11.00-1.30am FILM The Sting (PG,
1973) Depression-era
comedy drama with Robert
Redford and Paul Newman
6.55pm Come Dine with Me
An Edinburgh company
manager tries to create a
homely, relaxed night (R)
7.25 Come Dine with Me A pilot
plans a high-flying menu (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Australia
Peter Maddison visits the
building of a beach shack
near Adelaide constructed
of lightweight pavilions
that float on sand dunes
9.00 Father Ted A raunchy
novelist visits the island (R)
9.35 Father Ted Dougal and Ted
try to claim their share
of Jack’s estate (R)
10.05 The IT Crowd Jen tries to
escape Bill Crouse’s
amorous advances (R)
10.35 The IT Crowd Moss and
Roy start displaying
curious symptoms (R)
11.10-12.15am It Was Alright in the
1980s Matt Lucas narrates a
look back at the decade’s
television shows (R)
6.40pm FILM A Good Year
(12, 2006) A city trader
reassesses his priorities in
life when he travels to
France to sell off a vineyard
he has inherited. Ridley
Scott’s comedy drama
based on Peter Mayle’s
novel with Russell Crowe
and Albert Finney
9.00 FILM Avatar (12, 2009)
A paraplegic soldier uses a
genetically engineered body
to help an alien tribe fight
off a corrupt mining
corporation. James
Cameron’s sci-fi adventure
starring Sam Worthington
and Zoe Saldana
12.10-1.55am FILM Priest (12, 2011)
A holy man in a postapocalyptic future breaks
his vows to the church and
sets out to rescue his niece
from vampires. Fantasy
thriller with Paul Bettany
and Karl Urban
7.00pm The Simpsons Bart
befriends a former
schoolboy prankster (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Lisa accepts
an invitation to join a
Wiccan coven (R)
8.00 MacGyver The team goes
undercover in a casino to
steal diamonds from a vault
before a terrorist group
gets there first and trades
the jewels for a weapon
of mass destruction
9.00 Hawaii Five-0 The team
enlists the help of an old
friend when the boss of a
crime family is murdered
10.00 NCIS: Los Angeles The
team investigates the
murder of a lieutenant
11.00 The Blacklist Red tries to
rebuild his criminal
reputation (R)
12.00-1.00am The Force: North
East Documentary shining
a light on modern policing
in the region (3/10) (R)
7.00pm Blue Bloods While
investigating a gang-related
murder, Danny and Baez
learn the accused shooter
is an ex-con who is
romantically linked to
his parole officer (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny and
Baez feel torn when they
investigate a murder and
find the victim was a
suspect in a deadly DWI
incident years earlier (R)
9.00 Blue Bloods When Linda’s
brother Jimmy gets into
trouble with the mob, he
begs Danny to help him (R)
10.00 Real Time with Bill Maher
The comedian invites three
guests from different parts
of the political spectrum to
discuss the week’s events
11.10-12.20am Active Shooter:
America Under Fire An
examination of cases of
mass shootings across
America (1/8) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
5.05pm FILM The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King (12,
2003) As Frodo and Sam near the
end of their quest, their friends
face a final battle with the forces of
darkness. Climax of the fantasy
trilogy starring Elijah Wood
9.00 Ibiza Weekender
David tries to take charge after
Deano’s departure (3/10)
10.00 Family Guy
10.30 Family Guy
11.00 Family Guy
11.30-12.05am American Dad!
6.45pm Hornblower The seafaring
hero hijacks a French vessel (3/8)
9.00 FILM Unknown (12, 2011)
A doctor wakes up from a coma to
find another man is claiming to be
him, and any evidence of his real
identity has disappeared. Thriller
starring Liam Neeson
11.20-2.35am FILM Scarface (18,
1983) A Cuban immigrant to Miami
becomes a powerful drug baron,
but his empire is threatened by his
paranoia and cocaine addiction.
Thriller remake starring Al Pacino
7.00pm The Big Bang Theory
7.30 The Big Bang Theory
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 FILM Lockout (15, 2012)
A government agent must rescue
the president’s daughter from a
space station prison where the
convicts have taken over. Sci-fi
thriller starring Guy Pearce,
Maggie Grace and Vincent Regan
10.55 The Big Bang Theory
11.25 The Big Bang Theory
11.55-1.00am Gogglebox
7.00pm Greatest Celebrity
Wind-Ups Ever!
8.00 FILM Green Lantern (12,
2011) A pilot joins a galactic
peacekeeping force with incredible
powers and defends Earth from an
alien attack. Sci-fi adventure with
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
10.15-12.20am FILM Due Date (15,
2010) An uptight architect trying
to get home before his wife gives
birth makes a disastrous journey
with an oddball actor. Comedy
starring Robert Downey Jr
6.00pm FILM Who Goes Next?
(PG, 1938) First World War drama
starring Barry K Barnes
7.45 FILM Danger By My Side (PG,
1962) Mystery with Maureen
Connell and Anthony Oliver
9.00 The Human Jungle Guest
starring Sylvia Syms (1/13)
10.00 FILM Encore (PG, 1952)
Three W Somerset Maugham
stories starring Nigel Patrick
11.50-1.35am FILM Saturday Night
and Sunday Morning (PG, 1960)
Drama starring Albert Finney
7.00pm A Place to Call Home
Olivia is disconcerted by
James’s continued distance
8.00 Mercy Street Dr Foster
wrestles with his marriage and
career. Emma is overwhelmed by
her friend Tom’s mental state
9.00 Taggart Two skulls are found
during the construction of a new
bypass, and the detective
investigates a possible link to the
theft of poisonous snakes
11.55-2.00am Elizabeth I Two-part
drama starring Helen Mirren
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7.00pm Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Bomber receives disturbing news
8.00 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Dennis faces up to his divorce
9.00 Ripping Yarns A public
school pupil rises in status (1/6)
9.40 Ripping Yarns The story of
the world’s most boring man (2/6)
10.20 Ripping Yarns A British PoW
tries to escape his captors (3/6)
11.00 Churchill’s Bodyguard
The prime minister falls ill (11/13)
12.00-1.00am Churchill’s
Bodyguard (12/13)
6.40pm FILM Bronco Billy (PG,
1980) Comedy Western starring
Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke
9.00 FILM Trespass (15, 2011)
A couple are held hostage in their
own home by four criminals, which
forces them to confront the secrets
in their marriage. Thriller starring
Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman
10.50-12.40am FILM Age of
Heroes (15, 2011) An elite British
commando unit is sent on a
mission into occupied Norway.
Action adventure with Sean Bean
7.00pm Jay Leno’s Garage
With actor Laurence Fishburne
8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
A suspected stolen car leads
to a high-speed chase
9.00 Have I Got a Bit More News
for You Satirical quiz
10.00 QI XL An extended edition of
the show celebrating 2012’s
Cultural Olympiad
11.00 Live at the Apollo Dara O
Briain presents the show, with
Greg Davies and Stewart Francis
12.00-12.40am Room 101
6.50pm Air Warriors The
C-17 Globemaster III (1/3)
7.55 Air Warriors A profile of
the CH-47 Chinook (2/3)
9.00 American Lawmen
Lawlessness runs rampant in a
notorious Texas outpost (5/8)
10.00 American Lawmen
The career of Oklahoma City
policeman Delf “Jelly” Bryce (6/8)
11.00 American Lawmen A look at
frontier marshal Tom Smith (7/8)
12.00-1.00am American Lawmen
Tom Tunney (8/8)
7.00pm Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 Frank Skinner and Joan
Bakewell launch another
talent search (1/11)
8.00 The Eighties Part one of two.
An insight into a decade that had a
profound impact on America (1/8)
9.00 I Am Heath Ledger
Celebrating the life and work of
the Australian actor, who died
in 2008. See Viewing Guide
11.00-1.00am We Remember
Marilyn Profile of the
actress Marilyn Monroe
7.00pm UK Border Force
The UK Border Agency carries
out a mass deportation (6/10)
8.00 America’s Next Top Model
Reality series in which aspiring
models compete for a contract
9.00 Chicago Fire Kidd is surprised
to hear she is being transferred
10.00 Criminal Minds Members of
a family are murdered at home
11.00 Criminal Minds An
undercover policeman disappears
12.00-1.00am The Good Doctor
The twins suffer complications
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
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7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS
9.00 The Gifted Polaris learns
more about her past (12/13)
10.00 The Gifted The X-Men
spin-off series concludes (13/13)
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Deadliest Catch
8.00 Mysteries of the Missing
9.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier
Reality show following the lives of
Alaskan family the Kilchers
10.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier
11.00 Gold Rush
12.00-1.00am Alaska:
The Last Frontier Reality show
7.00pm World War II: The
Apocalypse Documentary (3/6)
8.00 Nazi Death Camp: The Great
Escape The escape in 1943
9.00 The Story of Us with
Morgan Freeman New series
10.00 Apocalypse WWI: Verdun
11.00-12.00 Apocalypse
WWI: Verdun
6.00pm FILM 13 Going on 30 (12,
2004) Romantic comedy
8.00 Friends
8.30 Friends
9.00 FILM Grown Ups (12, 2010)
Comedy starring Adam Sandler
11.00 Impractical Jokers
12.00-12.30am The Cleveland
Show Cleveland Jr gets a job
6.35pm Only Fools and Horses
7.40 Only Fools and Horses
Christmas special from 1989
9.30 Only Fools and Horses
Del visits the doctor
10.45 Citizen Khan Mr Khan tries
to meet Prince Charles
11.20 Citizen Khan
11.55-12.35am Citizen Khan
7.00pm Dynamo: Magician
Impossible The illusionist levitates
8.00 Dynamo: Magician
Impossible Visiting Miami Beach
9.00 Happy Valley Catherine’s life
hangs in the balance
10.20 Happy Valley Tommy lies in
wait, ready to make his move
11.40-12.40am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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6.10pm Get Out (15, 2017) Thriller
starring Daniel Kaluuya
8.00 Pirates of the Caribbean:
Salazar’s Revenge (12, 2017) Ghost
scavengers are determined to kill
every pirate at sea. Swashbuckler
starring Johnny Depp
10.10 First Kill (15, 2017)
A desperate father is blackmailed
into helping a criminal gang. Action
thriller starring Bruce Willis
11.55-2.25am A Cure for Wellness
(18, 2016) Psychological thriller
starring Dane DeHaan
6.00pm The Lego Batman Movie
(U, 2017) The Caped Crusader
swings into action to save Gotham
City from the Joker. Animated
comedy featuring the voices of
Will Arnett and Michael Cera
8.00 Suicide Squad (15, 2016)
A ragtag team of villains are
strong-armed into doing good
by a government agent. Fantasy
adventure starring Will Smith
10.15-12.30am The Untouchables
(15, 1987) Gangster thriller starring
Kevin Costner and Sean Connery
6.10pm The Angry Birds Movie (U,
2016) Animation with the voices of
Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad
8.00 Sing (U, 2016) A theatreowning koala sets up a singing
competition in a last-ditch bid to
stay afloat. Animation with the
voice of Matthew McConaughey
9.50 Arthur & Merlin (12, 2015)
Fantasy adventure starring Kirk
Barker and Stefan Butler
11.45-1.25am Space Jam (U, 1996)
Live action and animated comedy
with Michael Jordan
7.00pm xXx: The Return Of
Xander Cage (12, 2017) The spy is
brought out of exile to retrieve
a powerful weapon known as
Pandora’s Box. Action thriller
starring Vin Diesel and Donnie Yen
9.00 Fantastic Beasts and Where
to Find Them (12, 2016) A wizard
arrives in 1920s New York with a
bagful of magical creatures that
cause chaos. Harry Potter prequel
starring Eddie Redmayne
11.15-12.55am Army of Darkness
(15, 1992) With Bruce Campbell
5.30pm Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
(15, 2016) Fact-based comedy
drama starring Tina Fey
7.30 Forrest Gump (12, 1994)
Robert Zemeckis’s comedy
drama with Tom Hanks
10.00 Nocturnal Animals (15,
2016) Tom Ford’s psychological
thriller starring Amy Adams, Jake
Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon
12.00-2.10am Mississippi Burning
(18, 1988) Alan Parker’s drama
set in the 1960s starring Gene
Hackman and Willem Dafoe
Terry Jones and Michael Palin
star in the classic comedy series
Ripping Yarns (Yesterday, 9pm)
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Sunday 21
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 4pm
Radio 1
The last time Tottenham
Hotspur faced Southampton
was at Wembley Stadium on
Boxing Day 2017. Spurs ran
out 5-2 winners with Harry
Kane, pictured, grabbing
another hat-trick as he broke
the record for the most
Premier League goals scored
in a calendar year. The sides
meet again at St Mary’s today
(kick-off 4pm), with Kane fresh
from a brace in last weekend’s
4-0 win over Everton. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
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8.30am LIVE European
Tour Golf: The Abu Dhabi
HSBC Championship
11.30 LIVE Scottish Cup
Football: Fraserburgh v
Rangers (Kick-off 12.00)
2.00pm LIVE Scottish Cup
Football: Hearts v Hibernian
4.00-6.30 LIVE Nissan Super
Sunday: Southampton v
Tottenham Hotspur
7.00 LIVE NFL: New England
Patriots v Jacksonville
Jaguars (Kick-off 8.05)
11.00 LIVE NFL: Philadelphia
Eagles v Minnesota Vikings
3.00-6.00am LIVE
International T20 Cricket:
New Zealand v Pakistan
Sky Sports
Premier League
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3.30pm-6.30 LIVE Nissan
Super Sunday: Southampton
v Tottenham Hotspur
Sky Sports Football
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11.30am LIVE Scottish Cup
Football: Fraserburgh v
Rangers (Kick-off 12.00)
2.00pm-4.30 LIVE Scottish
Cup Football: Hearts v
Hibernian (Kick-off 2.05)
5.25-7.30 LIVE La Liga
Football: Real Sociedad v
Celta Vigo (Kick-off 5.30)
7.40-9.45 LIVE La Liga
Football: Real Betis v
Barcelona (Kick-off 7.45)
Sky Sports Cricket
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2.55am-6.00 LIVE
International T20 Cricket:
New Zealand v Pakistan
Sky Sports Golf
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8.30am-1.00pm LIVE
European Tour Golf: The Abu
Dhabi HSBC Championship
8.00-Midnight
LIVE PGA Tour Golf
Sky Sports Action
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12.45pm LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
Munster v Castres
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.00am Dev 10.00 Matt
Edmondson 1.00pm Alice
Levine 4.00 Cel Spellman and
Katie Thistleton 6.00 Radio 1’s
Most Played 7.00 Daniel P
Carter 10.00 Phil Taggart
1.00am Monki 3.00 Radio 1’s
Artist Takeover 4.00 Adele
Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
3.00-5.45 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
La Rochelle v Harlequins
7.00 LIVE NFL: New England
Patriots v Jacksonville
Jaguars (Kick-off 8.05)
11.00-3.30am LIVE NFL:
Philadelphia Eagles v
Minnesota Vikings
Sky Sports Arena
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12.45pm-3.15 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
Leicester Tigers v Racing 92
BT Sport 1
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6.00am-11.15 LIVE ODI
Cricket: Australia v England
1.45pm-4.00 LIVE Serie A:
Lazio v Chievo (Kick-off 2.00)
5.00-7.00 LIVE Serie A:
Cagliari v AC Milan
7.30-9.45 LIVE Serie A:
Inter Milan v AS Roma
BT Sport 2
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11.30am-1.30pm LIVE
Serie A: Atalanta v Napoli
(Kick-off 11.30)
3.00-5.30 LIVE European
Rugby Champions Cup:
Wasps v Ulster (Kick-off 3.15)
8.30-11.00 LIVE NBA: Los
Angeles Lakers v New York
Knicks (Tip-off 8.30)
BT Sport 3
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8.00am-10.00 LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Melbourne City v
Adelaide United
(Kick-off 8.00)
2.15pm-4.30 LIVE Bundesliga:
Bayern Munich v Werder
Bremen (Kick-off 2.30)
5.00-7.00 LIVE Bundesliga:
Schalke 04 v Hannover 96
(Kick-off 5.00)
7.45-10.00 LIVE Ligue 1:
Lyon v Paris Saint-Germain
(Kick-off 7.45)
Eurosport 1
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7.45am-1.30pm LIVE
Australian Open Tennis
3.00-4.45 LIVE Ski Jumping:
12.00 LIVE Australian
Open Tennis
2.00am-7.45 LIVE
Australian Open Tennis
5.00am Huey on Sunday 6.00
The Sunday Hour 7.00 Good
Morning Sunday 9.00 Steve
Wright 11.00 Michael Ball
1.00pm Elaine Paige 3.00
Johnnie Walker 5.00 Len
Goodman 7.00 Claudia 9.00
Clare Teal 11.00 Don Black
12.00 Sounds of the 60s (r)
2.00am Radio 2 Playlists
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
7.00am Breakfast
9.00 News
9.03 Sunday Morning
12.00 Private Passions
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert A recital by the
soprano Fatma Said and the
pianist James Vaughan (r)
2.00 The Early Music Show (r)
3.00 Choral Evensong From
Exeter Cathedral (r)
4.00 Choir and Organ
5.00 The Listening Service
5.30 Words and Music
6.45 Sunday Feature:
Select, Copy, Paste How
technology has changed
audience’s experience of art
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert
Brahms: (Variations on a
Theme by Haydn, Op.56a);
Haydn (Symphony no.26 in
D minor ‘Lamentatione’
Netherlands); and Brahms
(Piano Concerto no.1 in
D minor, Op.15)
9.00 Drama on 3:
Transformations Ovid’s
Metamorphoses. See Choice
10.30 Early Music Late
Highlights from last year’s
Poblet Early Music Festival
11.15 BBC Philharmonic
12.30am Through the Night (r)
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am-11.30 (LW) Live Test
Match Special: Australia v
England Commentary on the
third One-Day international of
the five-match series
5.30 News Headlines
5.43 Bells on Sunday
5.45 Profile (r)
6.00 News Headlines
6.05 Something Understood
6.35 On Your Farm
6.57 Weather
7.00 News Headlines
7.00 Sunday Papers
7.10 Sunday
Today’s picks
Drama on 3: Transformations
Radio 3, 9pm
Brilliant though Ovid is, you
wouldn’t want to do a feminist
analysis of him. Take this line,
from his infamous Ars Amatoria,
about sexual positions: “Let the
girl with a pretty face lie supine,
let the lady/ Who boasts a
good back be viewed/ From
behind.” Heartwarming, isn’t it?
This selection from the Metamorphoses is aired to celebrate
the 2,000th anniversary of Ovid’s death and is read by Jim
Norton, pictured, with a gravelliness reminiscent of Ted
Hughes. It’s a charming selection, but the translations and the
introduction by Jonathan Bate are slightly humourless for
Ovid, a writer almost incapable of not making a joke. Among
the stories is the tale of Pygmalion, the sculptor who made a
marble statue so beautiful that he fell in love with her and
spent his evenings dressing her up in rings and then kissing
her till she woke up. Pygmalion: #MeToo. Catherine Nixey
7.55 Radio 4 Appeal
7.57 Weather
8.00 News Headlines
8.00 Sunday Papers
8.10 Live Sunday Worship
8.48 A Point of View (r)
8.58 Tweet of the Day (r)
9.00 Broadcasting House
10.00 The Archers (r)
11.15 Desert Island Discs With
journalist Christina Lamb
11.30 (LW) Desert Island Discs
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 The Museum of
Curiosity (r)
12.30 The Food Programme
1.00 The World This Weekend
1.30 Is Trump Remaking
America?
2.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Horticulture (r)
2.45 The Listening Project (r)
3.00 Drama: Reading Europe:
Turkey — The Bastard of
Istanbul (1/2)
4.00 News Headlines
4.02 Open Book
4.30 Poetry Please
5.00 File on 4 (r)
5.40 Profile (r)
5.54 Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.15 Pick of the Week
7.00 The Archers Jennifer
issues an apology
7.15 Rich Hall’s (US)
Breakdown (r)
7.45 The Poet and the Echo
8.00 More or Less (r)
8.30 Last Word (r)
9.00 Money Box (r)
9.26 Radio 4 Appeal (r)
9.30 In Business (r)
10.00 The Westminster Hour
11.00 The Film Programme (r)
11.30 Something Understood
Life’s big questions (r)
12.00 News Headlines
12.15am Thinking Allowed (r)
12.45 Bells on Sunday
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am 5 Live Science
6.00 Sunday Breakfast
9.00 SportsWeek 10.00
Pienaar’s Politics 11.00 5 Live
Investigates 12.00 5 Live
Sport 12.15pm Live MOTD2
Extra 1.00 5 Live Sport
6.00 Live 6-0-6 7.30 Peter
Allen and Caroline Barker
10.00 Dotun Adebayo
1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am Fisherman’s Blues
7.00 Georgie Bingham and
Tony Cascarino 11.00 Warm
Up 1.00pm Sunday Exclusive
3.30 The Full Time Phone-in
5.00 The Final Word
8.00 Trans Europe Express
10.00 The Two Mikes
1.00am NFL Sunday Night
Football with Will Gavin
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Lines from My
Grandfather’s Forehead 8.30
Harry Worth in Things Could
Be Worse 9.00 In Search of
Mary Shelley Omnibus 10.10
The Listening Project 10.15
Desert Island Discs Revisited
11.00 Podcast Radio Hour
12.00 Lines from My
Grandfather’s Forehead
12.30pm Harry Worth in
Things Could Be Worse 1.00
Further Tales of the City
Omnibus 2.15 What Women
Want 2.30 The Vital Spark:
A Far Cry from Kensington
Omnibus 3.45 Painted for
Posterity 4.00 The Belgian
Nurse 5.00 Poetry Extra 5.30
Clare in the Community 6.00
Frankenstein 7.00 Podcast
Radio Hour 8.00 In Search of
Mary Shelley Omnibus 9.10
The Listening Project 9.15
Desert Island Discs Revisited:
Business 10.00 Comedy Club:
Clare in the Community 10.30
Cabin Pressure 11.00 What
Does the K Stand For? 11.30
James Acaster’s Findings
11.45 Jigsaw 12.00
Frankenstein
The Documentary:
Trump — A Year In Tweets
World Service, 2.06pm
President Trump has said that
“Twitter is a wonderful thing
for me, because I get the word
out”, and that he thinks that
“maybe I wouldn’t be here if
it wasn’t for Twitter”, which
is something for Silicon
Valley to think about. This
month marks a year of tweets
from Donald Trump in his role
as the most powerful man in
the world — and it has been a
busy one. It’s estimated that
he posts about seven tweets
a day. Here, the BBC’s
Anthony Zurcher analyses
the impact of Trump’s
electronic bon mots. CN
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 Compass
9.30 Heart and Soul 10.00
News 10.06 Correspondent
10.30 Trending 10.50 Over to
You 11.00 News 11.06
Newsroom 11.30 Boston
Calling 12.00 News 12.06pm
World Questions 1.00
Newshour 2.00 News 2.06
Documentary. See Choice
3.00 News 3.06 Arts Hour
4.00 News 4.06 Sportsworld
5.00 News 5.06 Sportsworld
6.00 News 6.06 Sportsworld
7.00 Newsroom 7.30 Living
with the Gods 7.50 More or
Less 8.00 News 8.06 Global
Beats 9.00 Newshour 10.00
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Heart and Soul
11.00 News 11.06 History
Hour 12.00 News 12.06am
Arts Hour 1.00 News 1.06
Business 1.30 Outlook 2.00
News 2.06 Newsroom 2.30
Healthcheck 3.00 News 3.06
HARDtalk 3.30 Conversation
4.00 News 4.06 Trending
4.30 The Cultural Frontline
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Mary Anne Hobbs
10.00 Cerys Matthews
1.00pm Gemma Cairney
2.00 Guy Garvey 4.00 Amy
Lamé 6.00 Now Playing
8.00 Stuart Maconie 10.00
Don Letts 12.00 Guy Garvey
2.00am The BBC Introducing
Mixtape 3.00 Live Hour 4.00
The First Time with Dr John
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
7.00am Aled Jones 10.00 Bill
Turnbull 1.00pm Alexander
Armstrong 3.00 Charlotte
Hawkins 5.00 The Classic FM
Chart 7.00 David Mellor 9.00
Everything You Ever Wanted
to Know About Classical
Music 10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Sam Pittis
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Monday 22 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Surgeons:
At the Edge of Life
BBC Two, 9pm
Surgery in British hospitals
has hit the headlines, with
Theresa May having to
apologise to patients for
thousands of cancelled
operations. Alongside these
dispiriting stories, many of
you will have been watching
this remarkable series on the
pioneering surgeons of the
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham. One thing is
clear — any problems within
our operating theatres are not
down to a lack of skill, care,
courage, heart or ingenuity
from the scalpel-wielders.
One way, as we see in tonight’s
final episode, to skip the
queues and ensure that your
operation is performed in
double-quick time is to sign
up for clinical trials. We rarely
react with horror these days
to experimental surgery
(although head transplants
will take some getting used
to), but it still carries huge
risk for surgeon and patient.
“You are sticking your head
above the parapet,” says the
surgeon Richard Irving, as he
guides a drill into a patient’s
skull to make a 0.6mm hole,
in which he will put a tiny
hearing aid. A year’s
planning, a lot of money, his
reputation and the patient’s
health are at stake. “You have
to be very careful,” he says,
drily. Also shown: Richard
Laing pioneering a method
of rehabilitating donor livers;
the plastic surgeon Steven
Jeffery using a way of
checking for harmful bacteria
on burn victims’ skin that
gives an instant diagnosis;
and the urological surgeon
Prashant Patel, pictured,
injecting a prostate cancer
patient with a genetically
modified virus. One of few
professions where you can
confidently say they deserve
every penny. Chris Bennion
Further recommendations
An 83-year-old woman with suspected sepsis is rushed to St
George’s hospital in 24 Hours in A&E (Tues, Channel 4, 9pm)
Great American
Railroad Journeys
Silent Witness
Next of Kin
Active Shooter
BBC One, 9pm
ITV, 9pm
Sky Atlantic, 9pm
BBC Two, 6.30pm
The “special relationship” is put
to the test when an American
embassy diplomat is shot dead
in London. Nikki (Emilia Fox)
and her forensic pathology
chums can barely get near the
corpse as it is squabbled over
by the Metropolitan Police,
British counterterrorism,
the FBI and the embassy.
Working together might be
the best bet, however, as our
killer has a few more victims
on his checklist. Nikki,
meanwhile, develops a special
relationship of her own with
the embassy’s chief of mission
(Michael Landes). In other
news: how awful is that new
theme music? Excruciating. CB
The dynamic of the Shirani/
Harcourt family is so nicely
done in Next of Kin that I
rather wish they hadn’t got
involved in a convoluted
terrorism plot. The bickering
siblings, the chain-smoking
gran, the family dance-alongs;
it’s all rather lovely. But, hey ho,
this is a fast-paced (200mph)
thriller so we are compelled to
hectically jiggle through streets
to a thumping soundtrack.
Last time we saw Mona
(Archie Panjabi) she had just
been shot, courtesy of a cackhanded Lahore policeman.
She wants answers, but so too
do the police. Where, they ask,
is her nephew, Danish? CB
HBO’s series on recent mass
shootings in America is terrific,
high-class documentary
making. But, boy, do you need
a strong constitution to watch
it. Tonight’s episode provides
a detailed account of the
San Bernardino shooting of
December 2, 2015, when Syed
Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen
Malik, a married couple who
had been radicalised online,
opened fire on a work
Christmas party at the
Inland Regional Center. The
survivors and members of the
emergency services speak with
courage and restraint, but it is
hard not to feel blind anger at
such a cowardly act. CB
“I’ve crossed the Atlantic!”
booms Michael Portillo at the
beginning of another railroad
odyssey in North America. This
time he is travelling from
Boston to Toronto, charting
the story of US independence.
He begins in the “cradle of the
American revolution”, Boston,
where he samples oysters,
explores the streetcar system
and dumps bags of East India
Company tea in the harbour. He
also visits Lowell, birthplace of
the Industrial Revolution. But I
know what you really want to
know. The answer: pastel
yellow jacket, blue chinos. CB
Catch
up
Fighting for Air
BBC iPlayer, to February 9
It may be largely invisible,
but air pollution cuts
short the lives of about
50,000 Brits every year.
So is it possible to
improve the quality
y
of the air we
breathe in just
one day? The
man with a
plan is Dr Xand
van Tulleken,
pictured, who
is enlisting the
help of the good
folk of Kings Heath in
Birmingham to stage the
first large-scale experiment
of its kind: using people
power to try to bring about
a real improvement in air
quality. With pollution levels
q
on the high street at the
o
cusp of legal limits,
the odds are stacked
against the doctor
and his team,
which includes
ssome of the best
experts in
pollution
p
science.
Can
they
succeed
where
governments
have failed? JC
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 The River Wye with Will
Millard. The writer and angler concludes
his journey (3/3)
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 Getaways 10.40 Beauty
Queen and Single 11.10 Have I Got Old
News for You (r) 11.40 New Tricks (r)
12.40am The Graham Norton Show (r)
1.30-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Ulaidh Faoi Thalamh.
New series. Cormac Ó hÁdhmaill explores
unique spaces hidden underground
11.15 Insert Name Here 11.45-12.15am
The Mash Report. Satirical news show,
presented by Nish Kumar (r)
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
7.30pm-8.00 The Forest. Bill Fisher
surveys the vast forest in a helicopter
● Channel As ITV except:
1.00am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except: 6.00pm-6.30
ITV News Wales at Six 10.45 Sharp End
11.15 River Monsters (r) 11.45 Britain’s Best
Walks with Julia Bradbury. Pen-y-ghent,
the smallest fell on the Yorkshire Three
Peaks Challenge (r) 12.15am Fishlock’s
Choice (r) 12.45-1.00 Wales on TV (r)
● ITV Westcountry As ITV except:
10.30pm-10.45 ITV News West Country
● STV As ITV except: 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight 11.05 Britain’s Favourite Dogs:
Top 100 (r) 1.20am Teleshopping 2.20
After Midnight 3.50 Alphabetical (r)
4.40-5.05 ITV Nightscreen
● UTV As ITV except: 10.45pm View from
Stormont 11.45 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest
Airport (r) 12.45am Lesser Spotted
Journeys (r) 1.15 Teleshopping
2.45-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Ar y Lein (r) 12.30 Beti
George: Colli David (r) 1.30 Ar y Dibyn (r)
2.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05
Prynhawn Da 3.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
3.05 Pengelli (r) 3.30 Bywyd y Fet (r) 4.00
Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05 Ci Da (r)
5.25 Pengwiniaid Madagascar (r) 5.35
Sgorio 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05
Iolo: Deifio yn y Barrier Reef (r) 7.00 Heno
8.00 Pobol y Cwm 8.25 Ward Plant 9.00
News 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Ffermio 10.00
Cynefin. Heledd Cynwal, Iestyn Jones and
Siôn Tomos Owen visit Merthyr Tydfil (r)
11.00-11.35 Chwaraeon y Dyn Bach (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Sahara (PG, 1943)
Film4, 3.10pm
Humphrey Bogart chews the scenery, as well as the Saharan sand,
in Zoltan Korda’s entertaining Second World War drama. Bogie, as
US army Master Sergeant Joe Gunn, has to lead a ragtag band of
Allied soldiers, plus two prisoners of war, across the Libyan desert
to find water and avoid pursuing Nazi troops. Bookmarked by
real events of the previous year — Gunn and his men are
retreating from the Battle of Gazala at the start and the film
closes with news of Allied victory at El Alamein — the film has no
interest in being even-handed, but Gunn’s battle of wills with a
German commander is expertly handled. (97min) Chris Bennion
Sorry, Wrong Number
(12, 1948)
Film4, 5.10pm
Lucille Fletcher (who wrote The
Hitch-Hiker, which would become
one of The Twilight Zone’s most
famous episodes) adapted her own
enduringly popular radio play for
this clever film noir directed by
Anatole Litvak (Anastasia). Set in
real time over one evening, the simple premise has the spoilt,
bedridden daddy’s girl Leona Stevenson, played by Barbara
Stanwyck, pictured, accidentally eavesdrop on a phone call
between two men. All she hears is that they are planning to kill a
woman at 11.15pm. But who? And how is her husband, Henry
(Burt Lancaster), involved? As the clock ticks towards the fated
hour, Leona gets on the blower to find some answers. (89min) CB
Love & Other Drugs (15, 2010)
Film4, 1am
Jake Gyllenhaal’s salesman, Jamie Randall, is a smirking sleazeball
who pimps out his perfect smile to sway the credulous into
buying stuff they don’t need. Jamie is one half of the romantic
pairing at the heart of the film, and while he is without doubt the
more irritating of the two, I can’t say I was exactly grief-stricken
by the revelation that the feisty-but-vulnerable Maggie (Anne
Hathaway) had a degenerative disease. This being a Hollywood
movie, her condition is largely asymptomatic until a convenient
plot point 70 minutes in. Where the film deviates from other
terminal disease romances is the sex. There’s an awful lot of it.
You have to admire the actors’ stamina. (112min) Wendy Ide
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12.15pm Bargain Hunt 1.00 BBC News
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Escape to the Country. A couple
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3.45 The Farmers’ Country
Showdown. From the Gransden Show
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Road Trip. Raj Bisram and Catherine
Southon compete 5.15 Pointless. Quiz
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6.00am Flog It! Trade Secrets (r) 6.30
The Farmers’ Country Showdown (r)
7.15 Antiques Road Trip (r) 8.00 Sign
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1.00pm Live Bowls: World Indoor
Championships. Coverage of the
men’s pairs final from the Potters
Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea,
Norfolk, followed by Paul Foster v Lea
Blackham, in the first round of the
open singles draw 4.45 Tennis:
Australian Open 2018. Action from
day eight of the tennis Grand Slam
5.30 Flog It! From National Museum
Cardiff (r) 6.00 Eg
ggheads. Quiz show
6.30 Great American Railroad
Journeys. New series. Michael Portillo
returns to explore more of the US rail
network. See Viewing Guide
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 Judge Rinder. Cameras follow
the criminal barrister Robert Rinder
as he takes on real-life cases in a
studio courtroom 3.00 Dickinson’s
Real Deal. David Dickinson and the
team are in Dunstable, Bedfordshire,
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Victorian pipe and candlesticks with
lustres catching Helen Gardiner’s eye
4.00 Tipping Point. Arcade-themed
quiz show in which contestants drop
tokens down a choice of four chutes
in the hope of winning a £10,000
jackpot 5.00 The Chase. Quiz show
6.00 Regional News; Weather
6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Countdown (r) 6.45 3rd Rock
from the Sun (r) 7.10 3rd Rock from
the Sun (r) 7.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.30 Frasier (r) 9.00
Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Sun, Sea and Selling Houses (r)
12.00 Channel 4 News Summary
12.05pm Couples Come Dine with Me
(r) 1.05 Posh Pawn (r) 2.10 Countdown
3.00 Village of the Year 4.00 A Place
in the Sun: Winter Sun 5.00 Four in a
Bed. The competition kicks off at
Laskill Country House in Helmsley,
North Yorkshire 5.30 Extreme Cake
Makers. Molly creates a teddy bears’
picnic-themed children’s cake 6.00
The Simpsons. Bart becomes Nelson’s
friend (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks. Mandy and
her hens prepare for her wedding day
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 Cowboy Builders (r)
12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector (r) 1.05 Access 1.15
Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours
2.15 NCIS. An assassin targets a
government witness on a flight (r) 3.15
FILM A Stranger with My Kids (PG,
TVM, 2017) Single mother Karen hires
male nanny Alex to help with her two
young sons, but he has other plans
and wants her family as his own.
Thriller starring Ashley Scott and
Mitch Ryan 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30
Neighbours. David discovers that
Aaron and Rory met up in Paris (r)
6.00 Home and Away. Justin is beaten
and left tied up in the garage by
Willow, who takes Buddy hostage
when she learns that the police have
her money (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Panorama: Divided Britain (8.30pm)
Railway buff Michael Portillo (6.30pm)
Next of Kin continues (9pm)
Is Daniel Undateable? (9pm)
Extraordinary People (10pm)
7.00 The One Show Hosted by Matt
Baker and Angela Scanlon
7.00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond
the Lobby Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti work at Giraffe
Manor, where staff, guests and
wildlife co-exist in a 1930s
Scottish-style hunting lodge
on the edge of Kenya’s Nairobi
National Park (3/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Debbie enacts a
dangerous plan
7.00 Channel 4 News Including
sport and weather
7.30 Coronation Street Trouble
awaits Gary when he follows
Bethany to work
7.30 Channel 4 Dispatches
Current-affairs series
7.00 Car Crash TV Events caught on
film by dashboard-mounted
cameras, featuring close
encounters that only excellent
driving prevented damage to
the individuals and vehicles
involved (9/10); followed
by 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders The men involved
in the heist come out of hiding
8.00 Only Connect The Meeples
take on the Inquisitors
8.00 The Martin Lewis Money Show
A look at credit scores (6/10)
8.30 White Fright: Divided
Britain — Panorama Racial
segregation in Blackburn
8.30 University Challenge Two
teams battle it out for the last
place in the quarter-finals
8.30 Coronation Street Anna awaits
the jury’s verdict
8.00 How to Lose Weight Well
Xand van Tulleken, Hala
El-Shafie and Stacie Stewart
oversee proceedings as three
more pairs road test some of
the most popular and talked
about diets (3/4)
8.00 Police Interceptors Dog
handler Darren has to call on
all his powers of persuasion to
try to end a rooftop stand-off,
while Tasers are drawn in a
tense situation with a man who
is armed with a knife (9/12);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Silent Witness (1/2)
An American diplomat is
shot dead and an argument
quickly ensues between the
police and the US embassy,
which claims the crime falls
under its jurisdiction.
See Viewing Guide (5/10)
9.00 Surgeons: At the Edge of Life
Medical staff and patients
venture into uncharted territory
with clinical trials, including a
surgical team attempting a new
kind of liver transplant.
See Viewing Guide (3/3)
9.00 Next of Kin Mona returns to the
UK determined to investigate
Danny’s suspected links to
radical Islam, but her efforts to
get her nephew to safety have
dire consequences for the
family. See Viewing Guide (3/6)
9.00 The Undateables
A 27-year-old with a learning
disability is determined to find
his true love, while a woman
who suffered a major stroke
eight years ago feels ready to
seek out a boyfriend again (3/4)
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother
Marcus Bentley narrates
as the housemates lie in their
beds, chat on the sofas and
argue in the kitchen —
all for the enjoyment
of the viewing public
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 Insert Name Here With Tom
Davis, Kate Williams, Robert
Peston and Aisling Bea (8/8)
10.00 ITV News at Ten
10.30 BBC Regional News
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events with by Kirsty Wark
10.30 Regional News
10.00 First Dates Hotel School
science technician Esther and
electrician Lawrence bond over
parenting, his life as a widower
and her eight years of being
single, and exchange a couple
of thoughtful gifts
10.00 Extraordinary People: 30
Inches Tall and Turning 18
Following a young woman with
dwarfism from her 18th to her
19th birthday, including a trip
to America to meet a medical
expert to finally get her
condition diagnosed
11.05 Derry Girls The girls are
convinced they are going to
fail a big exam (3/6) (r)
11.05 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on
the Side Rylan Clark-Neal
presents the CBB companion
show, including guests’
thoughts on the latest
developments and
behind-the-scenes insights
7.30 Inside Out Regional
documentary
10.45 Have I Got Old News for You
Kirsty Young hosts (2/9) (r)
11.15 New Tricks Sasha is asked to
prove a crime boss was
convicted on false evidence,
even though she is certain the
same man killed her CID
partner eight years before
(10/10) (r)
11.15 Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club
A glimpse into the world of
high-profile divorce cases for
the super rich, following two
women as they battle with their
former husbands for a share of
their fortunes (r)
12.15am The Graham Norton Show.
The host is joined by actors Liam
Neeson, Jamie Dornan and Helen
Mirren, each of who are appearing in
new movies. Plus Sigrid performs
Strangers (r) 1.00 Weather for the
Week Ahead 1.05 BBC News
12.15am Bowls: World Indoor
Championships Highlights. Action
from the first round of the open
singles draw, and the men’s pairs final
1.15 Sign Zone: Countryfile. The team
reports from the Somerset Levels (r)
(SL) 2.10-3.10 Big Cats (r) (SL)
10.45 Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top
100 Sara Cox and Ben Fogle
reveal the top 100 dog breeds
in Britain, having surveyed
10,000 people on the type of
canine they own (r)
11.40 Hunted Sandra and Mella hitch
a lift with an undercover agent
in Scotland (3/6) (r)
1.00am Jackpot247. Viewers get the
chance to participate in live
interactive gaming from the comfort
of their sofas 3.00 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. Guests air their differences (r)
(SL) 3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
12.40am SAS: Who Dares Wins (r)
1.30 The Supervet (r) 2.25 The Lie
Detective (r) 3.10 Cabins in the Wild
with Dick Strawbridge (r) 4.05
Location, Location, Location (r) (SL)
4.55 Coast vs Country (r)
5.50 Jamie’s Comfort Food (r)
12.05am Celebrity Botched Up
Bodies (r) 1.00 SuperCasino 3.10
Secrets of the National Trust (r) 4.00
Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink (r) (SL)
4.45 House Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10
Wildlife SOS (r) (SL) 5.35 Divine
Designs (r) (SL)
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Lonesome George
Monday 22 | Primetime digital guide
David Attenborough meets
the world’s last giant Pinta
Island tortoise
Sky One, 8pm
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BBC Four
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More4
Film4
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Sky Atlantic
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7.00pm Beyond 100 Days
News and analysis
7.30 Egyptian Journeys with
Dan Cruickshank The
culture of the ancient
Egyptians (1/6) (R)
8.00 Highlands: Scotland’s Wild
Heart The Highlands’
animals struggle to
survive the region’s frigid
winter (3/4) (R)
9.00 The Queen Mary: Greatest
Ocean Liner Documentary
exploring the history of the
Clyde-built ship (R)
10.00 Hidden Killers of the
Victorian Home The
dangerous products in
Victorian homes (R)
11.00 The Victorians
Jeremy Paxman examines
the British Empire’s
power through
Victorian art (3/4) (R)
12.00-1.00am Rule Britannia!
Music, Mischief and Morals
in the 18th Century (1/3) (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote
One of Jessica’s former
students publishes a
best-selling novel, much to
the excitement of the
citizens of Cabot Cove —
but soon the fiction begins
to mirror reality (R)
8.00 Lewis When a housewife is
found hanged in her home,
the police initially mark it
down as suicide. However, a
meeting with an Oxford law
professor prompts a
sceptical Lewis and
Hathaway to believe
something more sinister is
afoot — a suspicion
confirmed by the death of
another woman (3/3) (R)
10.00-12.10am Foyle’s War
When a woman is killed
in an explosion in a
munitions factory, Foyle is
asked by one of her
co-workers to investigate
the death (3/4) (R)
6.55pm The Supervet A
Staffordshire bull terrier
requires attention when
it suffers complete paralysis
in its back legs (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud follows a couple
who discovered that a
Suffolk barn they were
about to restore is one of
the smallest surviving
medieval guildhalls in
the country (R)
9.00 Car SOS Fuzz Townshend
and Tim Shaw restore a
1960s Sunbeam Alpine
two-seater convertible,
which belongs to a former
mechanic who suffered a
brain injury six years
previously (3/10)
10.00 The Lost Lotus: Restoring a
Race Car Restoring a
1950s Lotus Elite (R)
11.05-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E A
16-year-old is airlifted in with
suspected spinal injuries (R)
6.55pm FILM The Way Way Back
(12, 2013) An awkward
teenager starts to assert his
independence when he
befriends a water park
employee during a family
holiday. Comedy drama
starring Liam James
and Sam Rockwell
9.00 FILM Taken 2 (12, 2012)
Former CIA agent Bryan
Mills fights to rescue his
ex-wife from an Albanian
gangster whose son he
killed. Action thriller starring
Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace
and Famke Janssen
10.50-1.00am 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
starring Dylan O’Brien,
Kaya Scodelario and
Patricia Clarkson
7.00pm The Simpsons Mr Burns
cuts costs at the nuclear
plant by taking away the
staff’s free doughnuts (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Homer wins
$1million on the lottery (R)
8.00 David Attenborough’s
Galapagos The broadcaster
reveals the differences
between the islands and
encounters giant Pinta
Island tortoise Lonesome
George, which died a few
weeks after filming (3/3) (R)
9.00 A League of Their Own The
former footballer John
Barnes, the Britain’s Got
Talent judge Amanda
Holden and the comedian
Aisling Bea join regulars
Andrew Flintoff, Jamie
Redknapp and Jack
Whitehall (6/13) (R)
10.00-12.10am FILM Fearless
(15, 2006) Fact-based
martial arts adventure
starring Jet Li
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Grissom is
stunned when he finds
another miniature crime
scene in a mysterious
package left on his desk,
leading the shocked
team to accept that the
killer is not dead (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Jamie and
Eddie suspect foul play
when they respond to a
distress call (R)
9.00 Active Shooter: America
Under Fire The December
2015 terrorist attack at a
government building
in San Bernardino,
California, where 14
people were murdered
and 22 were injured.
See Viewing Guide (2/8)
10.10 Real Time with Bill Maher
The comedian invites
three guests to discuss the
week’s events (R)
11.20-12.20am Hotspots (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Comical clips
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Superstore Jonah refuses
to sell guns in the store
9.00 Family Guy
9.30 Family Guy
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am The Cleveland
Show Cleveland is head-hunted
7.00pm Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
8.00 River Monsters Jeremy Wade
hunts for the goliath tigerfish
8.30 River Monsters Jeremy Wade
searches for the giant freshwater
stingray in Thailand
9.00 River Monsters
Jeremy Wade investigates a
mystery sea monster in a
remote lake in Malaysia
10.00-12.15am FILM The Bank Job
(15, 2008) Fact-based crime thriller
starring Jason Statham
7.00pm Hollyoaks Darcy makes
her move on Jack
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
The tourists try wakeboarding
and breakdancing
8.00 FILM The Chronicles of
Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn
Treader (PG, 2010) Fantasy
adventure based on the CS Lewis
novel. Starring Georgie Henley
10.15 Gogglebox
11.15 The Big Bang Theory
11.45-12.10am The Big Bang
Theory Leonard confronts a bully
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 FILM 10,000 BC (12, 2008)
In prehistoric times, a young
mammoth-hunter bravely combats
ferocious creatures as he journeys
across the wilderness to rescue his
captive lover and her fellow
villagers from brutal slave raiders.
Fantasy adventure starring Steven
Strait, Camilla Belle and Cliff Curtis
10.05-12.15am FILM Pompeii (12,
2014) Roman-era disaster movie
starring Kit Harington
6.55pm FILM Supersonic Saucer
(U, 1956) Sci-fi adventure
starring Marcia Manolescue
8.00 FILM Floods of Fear (PG,
1958) A wrongly imprisoned man
escapes during a flood and sets
out to prove his innocence.
Drama starring Howard Keel
9.45 Tell Me Another
10.15 Dick Powell Theatre
Cat-and-mouse drama
11.15-1.20am FILM Capone (18,
1975) Fact-based crime drama
starring Ben Gazzara
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Compo bags a jumble sale bargain
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary takes on an assistant
8.00 Ashes to Ashes
Animal rights activists injure a girl
in a petrol bomb attack
9.00 Death in Paradise Humphrey
investigates when the president of
the local military re-enactment
society dies mid-battle
10.20 New Tricks
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
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7.00pm David Starkey’s Monarchy
The Norman invasion
8.00 Royal Murder Mysteries
Crimes involving members of royal
families from around the globe
9.00 Goodnight Sweetheart Ron
persuades Gary to return to 1940
9.40 Goodnight Sweetheart
Yvonne wants to move house
10.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
Gary appears in court
11.00 Porridge Fletcher yearns
for peace and quiet
11.40-12.20am Porridge
7.00pm Police Interceptors:
Deadly Pursuits 2
8.00 It Takes a Thief to Catch a
Thief Richard Taylor and
Will Davies show staff at a
London music shop and a
Bedfordshire garden centre ways
to deter the thieves who are
reducing their profits
9.00 Fights, Camera, Action!
Footage of brutal incidents
10.00 Spartacus: Blood and Sand
11.00 The X-Files
12.00-1.00am The X-Files
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
The squad is called to investigate a
hair-raising skirmish at a nightclub
8.00 James May’s Cars of the
People Advances in motoring
that never caught on
9.00 Live at the Apollo
With Dara O Briain, Greg Davies
and Stewart Francis
10.00 Taskmaster Nish Kumar
pretends he is Robin Hood
11.00 QI Jo Brand and
Bill Bailey guest
11.40-12.20am QI
6.45pm Air Warriors
A profile of the versatile UH-60
Black Hawk helicopter
7.50 How Mad Was King George?
The life of George III
9.00 Prohibition A look at the
wave of ideological fervour that
swept America in the years leading
to 1920, resulting in plans to
outlaw alcohol in the 18th
amendment to the constitution
10.15 Annie Oakley
11.35-12.45am How Mad Was King
George? The life of George III
7.00pm Auction New series.
Return of the programme
7.30 André Rieu: Live in Maastricht
IV The Dutch violinist performs
10.00 Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 Talent search
11.00 The South Bank Show
Originals Melvyn Bragg revisits his
1999 meeting with Cher
11.30 The South Bank Show
Originals Revisiting an edition
featuring Gilbert and George
12.00-1.15am Carole King:
Tapestry Live from Hyde Park
7.00pm Criminal Minds
8.00 Elementary Holmes and
Watson look into the murder of a
lab technician who led a secret life
9.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers The
murder of Tia Sharp at the hands of
her grandmother’s boyfriend
10.00 Britain’s Most Evil Killers
Michael Ryan’s killing spree in
Hungerford, Berkshire, in 1987
11.00 Criminal Minds A paranoid
schizophrenic runs amok on a train
12.00-1.00am CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
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7.00pm NCIS Double bill
9.00 The Walking Dead Negan’s
latest weapon causes problems for
Rick and his allies (4/16)
10.00 American Dad!
10.30 American Dad!
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Wheeler Dealers
9.00 Wheeler Dealers Restoring
a 1973 Saab to its former glory
10.00 Bitchin’ Rides A 1955 Lincoln
Continental offers the mechanics
a new challenge
11.00 Street Outlaws
12.00-1.00am Wheeler Dealers
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Wicked Tuna: North v South
The underdogs of the Outer Banks
fleet band together
9.00 Highway Thru Hell
10.00 Banged Up Abroad
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster A plane crash in 1989
7.00pm Friends
9.00 Russell Howard’s Good News
9.30 8 Out of 10 Cats
10.00 Impractical Jokers
The guys try to sabotage one
other at a dating event
10.30 Impractical Jokers
11.00 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am Ali G in Da USAiii
6.40pm My Family
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Only Fools and Horses
8.40 Only Fools and Horses
9.20 Citizen Khan
10.00 Mrs Brown’s Boys
10.40 The Fast Show
11.20 The Fast Show
12.00-12.35am Peep Show
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
8.00 Inside the Ambulance
9.00 Gavin & Stacey
10.20 John Bishop:
In Conversation with
Louise Redknapp The pop star
discusses life in the public eye
11.20 EastEnders
12.00-1.00am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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6.15pm First Kill (15, 2017) Action
thriller starring Bruce Willis
8.00 Pirates of the Caribbean:
Salazar’s Revenge (12, 2017) Ghost
scavengers escape from the Devil’s
Triangle, determined to kill every
pirate at sea, including Captain
Jack Sparrow. Swashbuckler
starring Johnny Depp
10.10 Kicks (15, 2016) Coming-ofage drama with Jahking Guillory
11.45-2.15am A Cure for Wellness
(18, 2016) Psychological thriller
starring Dane DeHaan
5.55pm Spider-Man (12, 2002)
Comic-book adventure
starring Tobey Maguire
8.00 Red Dragon (15, 2002)
An FBI agent seeks imprisoned
killer Hannibal Lecter’s help in
capturing a maniac who murders a
family at every full moon.
Thriller prequel with Anthony
Hopkins and Edward Norton
10.05 RoboCop (18, 1987) Sci-fi
thriller starring Peter Weller
11.55-1.45am Misery (18, 1990)
Thriller starring James Caan
6.15pm The Great Gilly Hopkins
(PG, 2016) A foster kid comes up
with a scheme to be reunited with
her birth mum. Coming-of-age
drama starring Kathy Bates
8.00 Alice Through the Looking
Glass (PG, 2016) Alice returns to
the magical world of Underland
and takes a journey back in time
to save her friends. Fantasy
adventure sequel starring Mia
Wasikowska and Johnny Depp
10.00-12.10am Jurassic Park (PG,
1993) Adventure starring Sam Neill
6.00pm Doctor Strange (12, 2016)
Fantasy adventure starring
Benedict Cumberbatch
8.00 Logan (15, 2017) Wolverine
and an ailing Professor X find their
worlds turned upside down by a
young mutant pursued by enemy
forces. Fantasy adventure
starring Hugh Jackman
10.20-12.20am Ghostbusters (12,
2016) Fantasy comedy starring
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy,
Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones
and Chris Hemsworth
5.40pm Moneyball (12, 2011)
Fact-based drama starring
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and
Philip Seymour Hoffman
8.00 Jarhead (15, 2005) A newly
enlisted Marine endures a gruelling
tour of duty in the Gulf War in 1991.
Drama based on the book by
veteran Anthony Swofford starring
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx
10.05-12.10am Battle for Moscow
(12, 2016) Wartime drama starring
Maksim Abrosimov, Sergey
Agafonov and Pavel Aseev
John Bishop is In Conversation
with the former Strictly star
Louise Redknapp (W, 10.20pm)
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Monday 22
Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7pm
Radio 1
Liverpool will still be on cloud
nine after beating the runaway
league leaders Manchester City
at Anfield last Sunday. Jürgen
Klopp’s side were irrepressible
at times as they pressed and
harried the Citizens into
making mistakes, with Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain, pictured,
excelling in a central role.
Tonight Liverpool travel to the
Liberty Stadium to take on
relegation-threatened Swansea
City (kick-off 8pm). JC
Sky Sports Main Event
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10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Transfer Centre
11.30 Sky Sports Daily
12.00 Sky Sports News
3.00pm Transfer Centre
3.30 Sky Sports News
7.00 LIVE MNF: Swansea City
v Liverpool (Kick-off 8.00).
Coverage of the Premier
League match from the
Liberty Stadium
11.00-5.15am LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Sky Sports
Premier League
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10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Transfer Centre
11.30 PL Greatest Games
12.00 PL 100 Club
12.30pm PL Highlights
3.00 Transfer Centre
3.30 PL Highlights
5.00 Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
5.30 PL Greatest Games
6.00 PL 100 Club
6.30 PL Highlights
7.00 LIVE MNF: Swansea City
v Liverpool (Kick-off 8.00)
11.00 PL Legends
11.30 Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
12.00-1.00am MNF Pre Match
Sky Sports Football
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9.00am La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
9.15 La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
9.30 La Liga Greatest Games
10.00 La Liga Football
2.10pm La Liga Icons
3.00 La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
3.15 La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
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 Ronaldo:
A Sensational Season
6.30 La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
6.45 La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
7.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
7.30 La Liga Greatest Games
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.00am Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Dev
4.00 Greg James 5.45
Newsbeat 6.00 Greg James
7.00 Annie Mac 9.00 Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens
1.00am René LaVice 3.00 Phil
Taggart 4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
7.55 LIVE La Liga Football:
Eibar v Malaga (Kick-off 8.00)
10.00 Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
10.30 Ronaldo:
A Sensational Season
11.00 La Liga Highlights:
Barcelona
11.15 La Liga Highlights:
Real Madrid
11.30 La Liga Icons
12.00-12.30am SPFL Greatest
Games Archive action
Sky Sports Cricket
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6.00am-6.15 LIVE
International T20 Cricket:
New Zealand v Pakistan
9.25pm-5.15am LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Coverage of the tournament
in New Zealand
Sky Sports Arena
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7.30pm-9.30 LIVE Netball:
Quad Series — England v
Australia (Centre-pass 7.45)
1.00am-4.15 LIVE
WWE Late Night Raw
BT Sport 1
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7.30pm-9.45 LIVE Serie A:
Juventus v Genoa
12.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Virginia Tech
Hokies v North Carolina Tar
Heels (Tip-off 12.00)
2.00am-4.00 LIVE College
Basketball: TCU Horned
Frogs v West Virginia
Mountaineers (Tip-off 2.00)
BT Sport 2
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8.30am-12.30pm LIVE
Cricket: Big Bash League
— Melbourne Renegades v
Adelaide Strikers
Eurosport 1
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7.45am-1.30pm LIVE
Australian Open Tennis
Further coverage of day eight
from Melbourne Park
12.00 LIVE Australian Open
Tennis The opening quarterfinals from Melbourne Park
2.00am-6.00 LIVE
Australian Open Tennis
The singles quarter-finals
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce.
With the US singer-songwriter
Jimmy Webb 12.00 Jeremy
Vine 2.00pm Steve Wright
5.00 Simon Mayo. Three
listeners review Joanna
Cannon’s new book Three
Things About Elsie 7.00 The
Blues Show 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 Gary Osborne: Paul
Williams Special 11.00 The
Russell Davies Archive 12.00
Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the
70s 2.00am Radio 2’s Jazz
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlists
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Lutoslawski
1.00pm News
1.02 Live Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert The pianist Inon
Barnatan performs. Bach
(Toccata in E minor, BWV914);
Franck (Prelude, Choral &
Fugue); and Barber (Piano
Sonata in E flat minor, Op 26)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Weber (Overture to Oberon,
J 306); Tchaikovsky (Variations
on a Rococo theme, Op 33;
Pezzo capriccioso, Op 62);
Beethoven (Symphony No 7
in A, Op 92); Elgar (Serenade
in E minor for String
Orchestra, Op 20); Ravel (Piano
Concerto in G) and Bartok
(Divertimento Sz 113)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Live Radio 3 in Concert
The BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra performs. Debussy
(Prélude à l’après-midi d’un
faune); Mozart (Concerto for
Two Pianos in E flat, K.365);
and Tippett (Symphony No 4)
10.00 Music Matters (r)
10.45 The Essay: Forgetting.
See Choice
11.00 Jazz Now
12.30am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
9.00 Start the Week
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
Today’s picks
Reading Europe — Turkey:
The Red-Haired Woman
Radio 4, 10.45pm
The Essay
Radio 3, 10.45pm
Radio 4 continues its struggle
to encourage the British public
to do that most un-British of
things: read literature first
written in another language.
This week the language in
question is Turkish. Which
inevitably means Elif Shafak
(yesterday) and the Nobel prizewinner Orhan Pamuk,
pictured, (today), Turkey’s two novelists. Or at any rate the two
we hear of on Radio 4. Today begins a ten-part adaptation of
Pamuk’s novel, novella almost, The Red-Haired Woman. This
book, about a young man called Cem, is about many things,
but chief among them is father-son relationships. An epigraph
from Oedipus Rex hints that this is not going to be a father-son
book in the jolly vein. Very listenable, though. As this episode
opens Cem’s father has vanished and he is taken under the
wing of a well digger called Mahmut. Catherine Nixey
9.45 Book of the Week:
Reading Europe — Geert
Mak’s In Europe Nicholas
Farrell reads from the
travelogue (1/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 the Drama:
Oliver Emanuel’s The Truth
About Hawaii (1/10)
11.00 The Untold
11.30 Tom Wrigglesworth’s
Hang-Ups (r)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Two Thousand Years of
Puzzling New series (1/5)
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Sweetness and Desire:
A Short History of Sugar
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: 4/4 New series.
By Robin Brooks. Comedy
drama about the exploits of
the members of a string
quartet (1/4)
3.00 Round Britain Quiz
3.30 The Food Programme (r)
4.00 It’s Just a Joke, Comrade:
100 Years of Russian Satire (r)
4.30 The Infinite Monkey
Cage Comedy
5.00 PM
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The Museum of Curiosity
7.00 The Archers Toby is
overjoyed
7.15 Front Row
7.45 The Truth About Hawaii
(1/10) (r)
8.00 The Cameron Years (3/3)
8.30 Crossing Continents
Documentary (9/9)
9.00 In Their Element (r)
9.30 Start the Week (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
Reading Europe: Turkey —
The Red-Haired Woman.
See Choice (1/10)
11.00 Word of Mouth (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Reading Europe — Geert
Mak’s In Europe (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 The Emma Barnett
Show 1.00pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 8.00 5 Live Sport:
Premier League Football 201718 — Swansea City v Liverpool
10.00 Flintoff, Savage and the
Ping Pong Guy 10.30 Phil
Williams 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
5.00am Will Gavin 6.00 Alan
Brazil 10.00 Jim White
1.00pm Hawksbee and
Jacobs 4.00 Adrian Durham
and Darren Gough 7.00 Live
Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1.00am Will Gavin
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Hancock’s Half Hour
8.30 Dad’s Army 9.00 The
99p Challenge 9.30 The Party
Line 10.00 Strangers and
Brothers 11.00 Short Works:
The World of Somerset
Maugham 11.15 Sirens of Fleet
Street 12.00 Hancock’s Half
Hour 12.30pm Dad’s Army
1.00 Agatha Raisin 1.30 Laugh
Out Loud 2.00 The Girls of
Slender Means 2.15 In Search
of Ourselves: A History of
Psychology and the Mind
2.30 Tales of the City:
Babycakes 2.45 Muriel Spark:
The Biography 3.00 Strangers
and Brothers 4.00 The 99p
Challenge 4.30 The Party Line
5.00 Millport 5.30 The
Museum of Curiosity 6.00
Undone 6.30 A Good Read
7.00 Hancock’s Half Hour
7.30 Dad’s Army 8.00 Agatha
Raisin 8.30 Laugh Out Loud
9.00 Short Works: The World
of Somerset Maugham
9.15 Sirens of Fleet Street
10.00 Comedy Club: The
Museum of Curiosity
Of all the things that amaze
modern readers about
Homer’s Iliad — the nuance,
the narrative boldness, the
sheer gore of it — one of the
most astonishing is what a
feat of memorisation it
represents. In ancient Greece
there were rhapsodes who
could remember all 15,693
lines of hexameter. As
Professor Francis O’Gorman
shows here, we have little
need of such feats today.
Technology, which demands
endless passwords and gives
us the means to record and
thus forget them, encourages
us all to early amnesia. CN
10.30 Ross Noble Goes
Global 11.00 News Quiz Extra
11.45 Hearing with Hegley
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 Arts
10.00 World Update 11.00
Newsroom 11.30
Conversation 12.00 News
12.06pm Outlook 1.00
Newsroom 1.30 Why Factor
1.50 More or Less 2.00
Newshour 3.00 News 3.06
HARDtalk 3.30 Business 4.00
BBC OS 6.00 News 6.06
Outlook 7.00 Newsroom 7.30
Sport Today 8.00 News 8.06
Why Factor 8.30 Discovery
9.00 Newshour 10.00
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Business 11.00
News 11.06 HARDtalk 11.30
Conversation 12.00 News
12.06am Forum 12.50
Sporting Witness 1.00 News
1.06 Business Matters 2.00
News 2.06 Newsroom 2.30
Why Factor 2.50 More or
Less 3.00 News 3.06 World
Hacks 3.30 In the Studio 4.00
News 4.06 Outlook
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe 4.00
Tom Ravenscroft 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12.00
Lauren Laverne 1.00am The
First Time with Giorgio
Moroder
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am More Music
Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet
1.00pm Anne-Marie Minhall
5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Jane Jones turns attention to
the music of Gustav Holst
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Sam Pittis
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Tuesday 23 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice
National Television Awards 2018
ITV, 7.30pm
“Hundreds of stars and
thousands of fans,” we are
told, “will join Dermot O’Leary
at the O2 in London for the
biggest night in British TV.”
It might lack the A-list talent
and glamour of other awards
ceremonies, but try telling Ant
and Dec that the NTAs ain’t
worth a hill of beans; the duo
have won the TV presenter
award for 16 consecutive
years. Could this be the year
they finally lose their crown(s)?
It would be a huge shock if
the pint-sized presenting duo
didn’t win, but according to
some bookies, bets are being
placed for This Morning’s Phillip
Schofield and Holly Willoughby
to end their reign. Elsewhere,
best drama will be the most
fiercely contested category,
with last year’s surprise winner,
Casualty, going up against Call
the Midwife, Game of Thrones
and Doctor Foster, plus the
newcomer Liar (if the latter
wins, I’ll eat the
aforementioned hill of beans).
The best crime drama will also
be closely fought, with Line of
Duty, Broadchurch, Sherlock
and Little Boy Blue nominated.
The former Doctor Who costars David Tennant and Jenna
Coleman face off in the best
drama performance category
for their roles in Broadchurch
and Victoria respectively, but
will come up against stiff
competition from Tom
Hardy’s committed grunting
in the dark drama Taboo and
Suranne Jones’s vengeful
Medea in Doctor Foster. The
awards will also pay tribute to
Bruce Forsyth, who died last
August aged 89. The new
Bruce Forsyth entertainment
award has been launched in
his memory, with All Round to
Mrs Brown’s and Celebrity
Juice in contention. It’s what
he would have wanted.
Joe Clay
Further recommendations
Bruce Forsyth is one of the great lives remembered in 2017: We
Remember, a look at those we lost last year (iPlayer, to Jan 31)
Impossible
Railways
House of Saud
Yesterday, 8pm
Michael Rudin’s three-part
series taking a discursive look
at Saudi Arabia’s most revered
family concludes by exploring
how they have managed to
stay in power. There are
interviews with those who
have worked for Saudi princes,
who describe how their almost
limitless wealth has enabled
them to lead lives of privilege
and pleasure out of the
spotlight. However, recent
developments could threaten
this, because the growth of
social media has meant that
the Saudi people are gaining
insight into the behaviour of
their rulers — including their
many transgressions. JC
Impossible Railways begins
with urban challenges faced
by engineers in London, New
York, Lisbon and the German
city of Wuppertal. London’s
Crossrail aside (saturated by
another documentary) this
is a neat insight into some
complex problems. In Lisbon,
hills are the snag; in New York,
water. And how does one
build, in 1901, a railway in the
cluttered city of Wuppertal
without tunnelling or
demolition? With an inverted
monorail in the sky, of course.
Impossible? No. Impressive?
Absolutely. Chris Bennion
Catch
up
Attenborough and the
Sea Dragon
BBC iPlayer, to
February 6
In January
2016 the
well-preserved
fossilised
bones of an
ichthyosaur —
the top predator
of the early
Jurassic ocean —
were found locked
away in the crumbling cliffs
of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
David Attenborough joins a
BBC Two, 9pm
team of scientists using stateof-the-art imaging technology
and cutting-edge CGI to create
the most detailed animation
of an ichthyosaur, pictured.
They place their computerised
creation into its world,
revealing what life
was like in the
oceans 200
million years
ago. The
painstaking
work has
an exciting
twist as
the scientists
realise that
they might be
looking at a
200 million-year-old murdermystery — what fate befell
their sea dragon? Joe Clay
Will Jenna Coleman
be crowned best
actor at the NTAs?
Art, Passion &
Power
Inside No 9
BBC Four, 9pm
A wedding photographer
called Adrian (Steve
Pemberton) and his wife,
Harriet (Nicola Walker), are in
a marriage that has become
dead behind the eyes. It isn’t
loveless, just completely stale;
a flat mishmash of jigsaws,
small talk and Pot Noodles.
She longs for him to “touch up”
their marriage, as he touches
up images for newlyweds. As
ever with the supreme Inside
No 9, there is something dark
lurking beneath the surface.
And just when you think you
have worked it out . . . This
series has been notable for
its lack of the macabre so far.
Not any more. CB
What’s a royal family to do
when a rabble of republicans
sell their art collection and melt
down their finery? The answer,
under Charles II, was buy more,
buy big. It helped Charles that,
when the royal family returned
to the throne in 1660, people
fell over themselves to make
peace (the Dutch gave a stack
of Renaissance masterpieces
and the city of Exeter gave the
fanciest salt cellar on Earth).
Andrew Graham-Dixon’s series
continues, taking in delights
of the Royal Collection such
as the Gold State Coach and
600 drawings by Da Vinci. CB
BBC Two, 10pm
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
8.00pm-9.00 Make Wales Happy 10.40
Holby City 11.40 Love and Hate Crime
12.40am The Cannabis Smugglers:
Stacey Dooley Investigates 1.35-1.40
Weather for the Week Ahead
● BBC Two Wales As BBC Two except:
1.00pm Vintage Antiques Roadshow (r)
1.45 First Minister’s Questions 2.35-4.45
Live Bowls: World Indoor Championships
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
10.40pm Survivors 11.10 Love and Hate
Crime. Investigating a murder in Jackson,
Mississippi 12.10am The Cannabis
Smugglers: Stacey Dooley Investigates
1.10-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Beauty Queen and Single.
Selfie-loving Karen tries to find romance
(r) 11.15 Inside No 9 11.45 NFL This Week
12.35am-1.05 BBC News
● BBC1 Scotland As BBC One except:
8.00pm-9.00 River City 10.45 Holby City
11.45 Love and Hate Crime 12.45am The
Cannabis Smugglers: Stacey Dooley
Investigates 1.45 Weather for the Week
Ahead 1.50-6.00 BBC News
● Channel As ITV except:
12.40am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● STV As ITV except:
10.35pm Scotland
Tonight 11.10 Girlfriends. Linda is
questioned on suspicion of murdering
her husband Micky (r) 12.10am
Teleshopping 1.10 After Midnight
2.40-5.05 ITV Nightscreen
● UTV As ITV except: 12.40am
Teleshopping 2.10-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Dudley: O’r Gât I’r Plât.
Dudley Newbery visits the farmers’
market at Haverfordwest (r) 12.30
Cynefin (r) 1.30 Ward Plant (r) 2.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00
News S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 Pen Llyn Harri
Parri (r) 3.30 Dathlu: Tina Evans (r) 4.00
Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05
Dreigiau: Marchogion Berc (r) 5.25 Pat a
Stan (r) 5.35 Pwy Geith y Gig? 6.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05 Prosiect Z 6.30
Rownd a Rownd 7.00 Heno 7.30 Pobol y
Cwm 8.00 Priodas Pum Mil 9.00 News 9
a’r Tywydd 9.30 Ein Byd. New series. In
the first of a current affairs strand, Sion
Jenkins travels to the USA to discover
why so many Americans are obsessed
with guns 10.30-11.35 Noson Lawen (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Patton (12, 1970)
Film4, 3.15pm
It’s a mystery why this 1970 Oscar winner is so ignored. George
C Scott is magnificent as the war-loving General George S
Patton, a man more gung-ho than a cannonball and twice as
tough, and the opening scene — in which Patton delivers a
profanity-laden speech in front of a huge US flag to a group of
unseen soldiers — is a classic of American cinema. The film
follows the Second World War manoeuvres of “Old Blood and
Guts” (“Our blood, his guts,” remarks a soldier) as he blazes a
trail through north Africa and Europe. One of the great
Hollywood war movies. (170min) Chris Bennion
Akira (15, 1988)
Viceland, 9pm
Not just one of the most influential
anime films made, but also one of
the most important sci-fi films.
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and
based on his bestselling manga
comic, this is the film that
introduced “Japanimation”
to British audiences. In the
intervening period the animation style has dated a little, but the
film has lost none of its visceral power. Set in a futuristic, postapocalyptic Tokyo, the film tells of Tetsuo and Kaneda, biker
gang members who fall foul of a secret government project that
imbues Tetsuo with supernatural powers. It is bold, beautiful and
very, very bloody. The production budget was about $10 million,
a record sum for a Japanese animated film. (124min) Wendy Ide
Top Five (15, 2014)
Film4, 11.15pm
Chris Rock approaches directing with the same energy he brings
to stand-up. And while a short attention span and a taste for filthy
set pieces doesn’t sound like a recipe for success, here it coalesces
into a satisfying comic package. Andre Allen (Rock), a comedian
turned film star, is simultaneously promoting a “serious” film about
a Haitian slave rebellion and preparing for a televised marriage to
Erica (Gabrielle Union), a reality star. Into his world bursts a
journalist, Chelsea (Rosario Dawson). She’s smart, funny and down
to earth. And during a day roaming New York together, Andre
starts to reconnect with the man he once was. Like a hip-hop
Woody Allen, Rock taps into the city’s comic pulse. (102min) WI
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6.00am Breakfast 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Holidays (r) 10.00 Homes Under the
Hammer 11.00 Wanted Down Under
11.45 A1: Britain’s Longest Road
12.15pm Bargain Hunt (r) 1.00 BBC
News at One; Weather 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather 1.45
Doctors. Rob and Heston deal with an
unexpected issue at the men’s group
2.15 Father Brown (r) 3.00 Escape to
the Country. Jonnie Irwin is tasked
with a property-searching mission in
the Forest of Dean 3.45 The Farmers’
Country Showdown. Farmers from
Bedfordshire and Hampshire compete
4.30 Antiques Road Trip. Catherine
Southon and Raj Bisram continue
their adventure in eastern England
5.15 Pointless. Quiz show 6.00 BBC
News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
6.00am Flog It! Trade Secrets (r) 6.30
The Farmers’ Country Showdown (r)
7.15 Antiques Road Trip (r) 8.00 Sign
Zone: Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (r)
(SL) 9.00 Victoria Derbyshire 11.00
BBC Newsroom Live 12.00 Daily
Politics 1.00pm Live Bowls: World
Indoor Championships. Coverage of
the mixed pairs final from the Potters
Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, plus
action from the second round of the
open singles draw. Coverage
continues on the interactive service
4.45 Tennis: Australian Open 2018.
Action from day nine of the opening
Grand Slam tournament of the year
5.30 Flog It! Looking for bargains at
the Coventry Transport Museum (r)
6.00 Eggheads 6.30 Great American
Railroad Journeys. Michael Portillo
visits Boston, Salem and Concord
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. The team is joined by James
Bulger’s mother, Denise Fergus 1.30
ITV News; Weather 1.55 Regional
News; Weather 2.00 Judge Rinder.
Cameras follow the criminal barrister
Robert Rinder as he takes on real-life
cases 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal.
David Dickinson and the dealers
are in York, where Henry Nicholls
examines a letter from a king, and
Tim Hogarth tries to pocket a novelty
golf ball watch 4.00 Tipping Point.
Ben Shephard hosts the 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 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Countdown (r) 6.45 3rd Rock
from the Sun (r) 7.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.30 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Sun, Sea and Selling Houses (r)
12.00 Channel 4 News Summary
12.05pm Couples Come Dine with Me
(r) 1.05 Posh Pawn (r) 2.10 Countdown
3.00 Village of the Year. Penelope
Keith explores Goudhurst in Kent
4.00 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun.
Scarlette Douglas shows two
potential buyers five properties on St
Lucia 5.00 Four in a Bed. The second
visit is to The Swan Hotel in Telford
5.30 Extreme Cake Makers.
Manchester United, Chihuahuas and
peanut butter inspire a birthday bake
6.00 The Simpsons. Homer becomes
a fisherman (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks.
Darcy makes her move on Jack
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 Cowboy Builders (r)
12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector (r) 1.05 Access.
Showbiz news and gossip 1.15 Home
and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 NCIS.
Terrorists threaten to detonate a
crude nuclear device (r) 3.15 FILM
Dance Night Obsession (PG, 2016)
A professional dancer on a popular
TV competition is murdered and one
of her colleagues becomes the next
target. Thriller starring Sabrina Bryan
5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours.
David tells Aaron that their
relationship is over, Piper asks Ben to
change his statement to help Tyler
and Dipi promises to help Sheila win
back Clive (r) 6.00 Home and Away.
Ash feels his only option is to flee the
country (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
A plough horse in Bucks (3.45pm)
Another trip Inside No 9 (10pm)
Dermot O’Leary hosts (7.30pm)
An aardvark at Chester Zoo (8pm)
Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire (7pm)
7.00 The One Show Magazine show
presented by Matt Baker
7.00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond
the Lobby Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti work at the
Royal Mansour in Marrakesh,
Morocco, which was built by
royal decree to showcase the
area to world leaders and
billionaires (4/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Robert claims that
Rebecca has shown signs of
coming out of her coma
7.00 Channel 4 News
Including sport and weather
7.00 Secrets of the National Trust
with Alan Titchmarsh The host
visits an 18th-century cotton
mill in Cheshire, uncovering the
stories of the child workers of
the Industrial Revolution (4/6)
(r); followed by 5 News Update
8.00 The Secret Life of the Zoo
Cameras follow nocturnal
animals at Chester Zoo,
including Koos, an aardvark,
and mouse-deer Una,
who must leave her
parents and meet a mate
8.00 Diet Secrets & How to Lose
Weight A team of doctors and
dieticians examine high and
low carbohydrate diets, and
ask if carbs are really to blame
for making the nation fat (4/4);
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 24 Hours in A&E A man is
brought into St George’s
hospital by ambulance after a
garage collapsed and fell on his
legs. Meanwhile, a pensioner
with lung cancer and suspected
sepsis is also treated
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother: Live
Eviction The latest action from
the house, and Emma Willis
announces the newest evictee.
Narrated by Marcus Bentley
10.00 Inside Bentley: A Great British
Motor Car Documentary going
behind the scenes at the car
company’s plant as work gets
underway on a range of 4x4s,
from the factory floor to the
world’s most exclusive car
showroom (r)
10.00 One Night with My Ex Former
couples, including Tim and
Hannah, reflect on their
relationships. She ended things
after discovering his secret life
with another woman, but he is
still in love with Hannah (4/6)
11.05 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on
the Side Rylan Clark-Neal
presents the CBB companion
show, including guests’
thoughts on the latest eviction
and behind-the-scenes insights
11.50 Transformation Street
Documentary (r)
11.00 Before We Die Hanna and Bjorn
are on the kidnappers’ case, but
their attempts to rescue Sven
are foiled. Meanwhile, Christian
becomes more involved in the
Mimica crime family’s business,
but a new assignment nearly
shatters him. In Swedish (2/10)
12.40am Jackpot247 3.00 Loose
Women. The team is joined by James
Bulger’s mother, Denise Fergus. Plus,
more topical debate from a female
perspective (r) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show. Guests
air their differences (r) (SL)
12.15am Naked Attraction (r) 1.10
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
2.00 How to Lose Weight Well (r) 3.00
The Secrets of Sleep (r) 3.55 Coast vs
Country (r) 4.50 Location, Location,
Location (r) 5.45 Kirstie’s Handmade
Treasures. Flower arranging (r)
12.05am Celebrity Big Brother: Live
from the House 1.00 SuperCasino
3.10 Nightmare Tenants, Slum
Landlords (r) 4.00 Get Your Tatts Out:
Kavos Ink (SL) 4.45 House Doctor (r)
(SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL) 5.35
Divine Designs (r) (SL)
7.30 EastEnders Martin refuses to
let Stacey see the children, so
Sonia tries to reason with him
8.00 Holby City Torn between guilt
and duty, Hanssen is pushed to
the brink, Jac turns to an old
friend for support, and Lofty is
thrown when an unexpected
patient turns up on Keller
8.00 Sue Perkins and the Chimp
Sanctuary The comedian
travels to America to meet a
group of female chimpanzees
previously used in medical
research as they arrive at
Chimp Haven, the US national
sanctuary for the primates (r)
9.00 Silent Witness Nikki and her
colleagues uncover a secret
that has been held by those
at the very top of the US
government. Drama starring
Emilia Fox (6/10)
9.00 House of Saud: A Family at War
Examining how Saudi Arabia’s
most revered family stays in
power, featuring interviews
with those who have worked
for Saudi princes. See
Viewing Guide (3/3)
10.00 BBC News at Ten; followed by
BBC Regional News, Weather
and National Lottery Update
10.00 Inside No 9 A photographer
tries to spice up his marriage.
See Viewing Guide (4/6)
10.45 Love and Hate Crime
When a black man is murdered
in Jackson, Mississippi, an FBI
investigation uncovers a
campaign of attacks by
local white kids (2/3)
11.45 The Cannabis Smugglers:
Stacey Dooley Investigates The
presenter travels to Swaziland
to witness how powerful strains
of cannabis are being grown
and smuggled into Britain (3/3)
12.45am Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.50 BBC News
7.30 The National Television
Awards 2018 Famous faces
gather at the O2, London,
for a ceremony honouring the
bestt off
fferiings to grace TVs over
the past year. Shows such as
Doctor Foster, Liar, Call the
Midwife and Casualty compete
for honours. Tom Hardy, David
Tennant, Sheridan Smith, Jenna
Coleman and Suranne Jones
are also in with a chance of
taking home NTAs, and 2018
sees the launch of the Bruce
Forsyth Entertainment Award.
Hosted by Dermot O’Leary.
See Viewing Guide
10.00 ITV News at Ten; followed by
Regional News and Weather
10.30 Newsnight The day’s events
presented by Emily Maitlis
11.15 NFL This Week Mark Chapman
is joined by the former NFL
stars Osi Umenyiora and Jason
Bell to review the Conference
Championship games, as well
as look ahead to the Super Bowl
12.05am Bowls: World Indoor
Championships Highlights 1.05
Surgeons: At the Edge of Life (r)
2.05 Sign Zone: The Real Marigold on
Tour (r) (SL) 3.05 The Truth About
Looking Good (r) (SL) 4.05-4.45
Canvey: The Promised Island (r) (SL)
10.50 Girlfriends Linda is questioned
on suspicion of murdering her
husband Micky, and Gail and
Sue desperately try and help
her before it is too late (3/6) (r)
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Shailene Woodley
Tuesday 23 | Primetime digital guide
The Big Little Lies actor stars
with Ansel Elgort in weepie
The Fault in Our Stars
Film4, 6.30pm
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 Egyptian Journeys with
Dan Cruickshank The life of
the British archaeologist
Howard Carter (R)
8.00 Andrew Marr’s The Making
of Modern Britain (R)
9.00 Art, Passion & Power:
The Story of the Royal
Collection Andrew
Graham-Dixon tells the
story of the Royal
Collection’s resurrection.
See Viewing Guide (2/4)
10.00 The Stuarts The impact of
the Wars of the Three
Kingdoms (R)
11.00 Catching History’s
Criminals: The Forensics
Story The examination
of murder weapons. (R)
12.00-1.00am Battle for the
Himalayas: The Fight to
Film Everest How
film-makers used the
Himalayan mountains for
propaganda (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote
Jessica visits Montana to
celebrate the publication of
a dead fellow author’s final
novel and embarks on yet
another murder
investigation, forcing
her to read between
the lines to discover the
identity of the culprit (R)
8.00 Midsomer Murders A
prominent resident is
robbed and battered to
death with her walking stick,
and suspicion soon falls on
the members of her reading
club - which turns out to be
a front for a lucrative
investment portfolio (R)
10.00-12.10am Foyle’s War The
detective’s god-daughter
and her son — who is
severely traumatised by a
bombing at his school
— come to stay. Wartime
crime drama starring
Michael Kitchen (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Professor
Noel Fitzpatrick treats a
German shepherd puppy
that needs surgery on its
hips and front leg using
groundbreaking cell
treatment (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud follows Robert and
Milla Gaukroger as they set
out to add three extensions
to a property overlooking
Lake Windermere in the
Lake District (R)
9.00 FILM The Best Exotic
Marigold Hotel (12, 2011)
Seven English pensioners
decide to make a fresh start
by moving to India to live in
a dilapidated hotel. Comedy
drama starring Judi Dench,
Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith
11.30-12.30am Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA Gordon
Ramsay improves standards
at a restaurant in Carlstadt,
New Jersey (R)
6.30pm FILM The Fault in Our
Stars (12, 2014) Two
American teenagers bond at
a cancer support group and
go on a literary pilgrimage
to Amsterdam. Romantic
drama starring Shailene
Woodley and Ansel Elgort
9.00 FILM Taken 3 (12, 2014)
Ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills’
efforts to finally live a quiet
life are shattered by the
death of his ex-wife. Just
when things seemingly can’t
get any worse, he is framed
for her murder and must
fight to clear his name.
Action thriller sequel
starring Liam Neeson
11.15-1.20am FILM Top Five (15,
2014) A comedian and
movie star reflects on his
past while spending a day
being interviewed by a
journalist. Comedy starring
Chris Rock and Rosario
Dawson. See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons Lisa
investigates her ancestry (R)
7.30 The Simpsons
Bart plays his parents off
against each other (R)
8.00 The Simpsons Bart spends
time with Springfield’s
grandmothers (R)
8.30 Harry Hill’s Tea-Time Call
the Midwife star Jenny
Agutter joins Harry
9.00 The Blacklist Tom’s quest to
identify the bones takes a
murderous turn
10.00 Trollied Valco 24 is
launched
10.30 A League of Their Own
Highlights from series nine
of the comedy quiz (R)
11.00 The Force: North East The
hunt is on for a missing
schoolboy (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World The
thousands of migrants in
Calais looking for passage
to the UK (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation The
disappearance of a
high-school cheerleader
and her basketball player
boyfriend leads to truths
being uncovered about the
couple’s relationship (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Danny
investigates when an
ex-NYPD officer goes
missing, after she revealed
she wished to make amends
to a woman she wrongfully
convicted (R)
9.00 Meth Storm An examination
of the impact that
methamphetamine
addiction has in a rural
Arkansas community,
following police as they deal
with the devastation this
drug causes (R)
11.00-12.35am FILM Unseen (2016)
How the murders of 11
women in 2009 went
unnoticed (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Comical clips
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men
Walden worries that his new
girlfriend is cheating on him
8.30 Superstore Glenn worries
about how little he knows his
employees when the company
spokesman is accused of a crime
9.00 FILM American Pie (15, 1999)
Coming-of-age comedy with Jason
Biggs and Chris Klein
11.00-12.05am Family Guy
6.35pm The Car Chasers
7.05 Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
8.00 The Chase: Celebrity Special
9.00 Britain’s Busiest Airport:
Heathrow A passenger goes
missing after check-in
10.00-12.10am FILM Death Race
(15, 2008) A crooked warden
coerces a falsely imprisoned
convict into taking part in a deadly
car race to win his freedom. Sci-fi
thriller starring Jason Statham,
Joan Allen and Ian McShane
7.00pm Hollyoaks
Nancy thinks that Darren should
consider counselling
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
The tour continues its stopover in
Porto, where the tourists get tipsy
on the local tipple
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 Tattoo Fixers Alice creates a
treat for ex-chef Melody
10.00 8 Out of 10 Cats
10.50 The Big Bang Theory
11.20 The Big Bang Theory
11.50-12.55am Gogglebox
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 FILM The Time Machine (PG,
2002) A 19th-century scientist
travelling through time to change
the course of history encounters a
terrifying future. Sci-fi adventure
starring Guy Pearce, Samantha
Mumba and Mark Addy
10.00 FILM Scary Movie 2 (18,
2001) Spoof horror sequel starring
Anna Faris and Tim Curry
11.55-1.00am Gypsy Kids: Our
Secret World Documentary
6.00pm FILM Between Heaven
and Hell (PG, 1956) Second World
War drama starring Robert Wagner
7.50 FILM The Captive Heart (PG,
1946) Second World War drama
starring Michael Redgrave
9.50 Tell Me Another Stories of
mistaken identity
10.20-12.20am FILM Arthur’s Dyke
(15, 2001) Three middle-aged men
embark on a 170-mile trek along
Offa’s Dyke – but their break takes
an unexpected turn. Comedy
drama with Pauline Quirke
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart Gary
has trouble with forged currency
8.00 Death in Paradise Humphrey
investigates when the president of
the local military re-enactment
society dies mid-battle — and it
turns out someone slipped
poison into his stew
9.00 New Tricks The team
investigates a golfer’s death
10.20 New Tricks
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
FV 19, FS 159, SKY 537, VIRGIN 245
FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Abandoned Engineering
Exploring ship graveyards (4/6)
8.00 Impossible Railways New
series. Documentary exploring
unusual rail networks from around
the world. See Viewing Guide (1/6)
9.00 Porridge Fletcher yearns for
peace and quiet
9.40 Porridge Blanco ends up in
the prison hospital
10.20 Porridge Godber enters the
prison boxing championships
11.00 Open All Hours
11.40-12.20am Open All Hours
7.00pm Police Interceptors
8.00 World’s Craziest Police
Pursuits Unusual police chases
9.00 Idiot TV Featuring a man
riding on a Segway whilst
balancing a tablet on his nose
10.00 Six Drama with Barry Sloane
11.00-12.50am FILM Trespass (15,
2011) A couple are held hostage in
their own home by four criminals,
which forces them to confront the
secrets in their marriage. Thriller
starring Nicolas Cage, Nicole
Kidman and Ben Mendelsohn
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
A man smashes his way through a
shop front with an axe
8.00 Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is
Goodish Dave takes a
sledgehammer to an irksome
printer, and Christine Hamilton
receives a gift
9.00 Live at the Apollo
With Kevin Bridges, Shappi
Khorsandi and Jack Whitehall
10.00 Taskmaster Mark Watson
tries to open an unlocked briefcase
11.00-12.20am QI Double bill
6.40pm Air Warriors Examining
the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
7.50 Britain’s Lost Colosseum
Exploring the history of Chester’s
Roman amphitheatre
9.00 Prohibition The introduction
of prohibition on January 17, 1920
10.10 Butch Cassidy and the
Sundance Kid Documentary about
the 1890s Wild West duo who
robbed trains and banks
11.15-12.20am Britain’s Lost
Colosseum The history of
Chester’s Roman amphitheatre
7.00pm The Eighties Part one of
two. Documentary giving an
insight into a decade that had a
profound impact on America (1/8)
8.00 Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 With Noel Fielding, Reggie
Yates and Daphne Selfe (2/11)
9.00 Art of the Prank
Documentary about New York
artist Joey Skaggs
10.45-12.15am FILM Through the
Repellent Fence The creation of an
artwork that straddles the
US-Mexico border
7.00pm Criminal Minds
Part one of two. Prentiss’s
connection with Doyle is revealed
8.00 Elementary Holmes and
Watson investigate an
archaeologist’s murder
9.00 Chicago Fire Brett attempts
to make a decision in the field to
save someone close to the team
10.00 How to Get Away with
Murder Annalise takes on a case
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Crime drama
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
SKY 124, VIRGIN 157
SKY 520, VIRGIN 250, BT 316
SKY 526, VIRGIN 266, BT 327
SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
SKY 110, VIRGIN 124, BT 310
SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS DiNozzo must help
old flame Jeanne Benoit rescue her
kidnapped husband
8.00 NCIS A petty officer is
suspected of murder
9.00 The Orville (6/12)
10.00 The Gifted (12/13)
11.00 The Gifted (13/13)
12.00-12.30am Family Guy
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Gold Rush
9.00 Gold Rush Men from Oregon
head to Alaska to dig for gold
10.00 Gold Rush: White Water
New series. Fred and Dustin Hurt
return to continue their operation
11.00 Wheeler Dealers
12.00-1.00am Gold Rush
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
How pilots landed an airliner that
was leaking fuel
8.00 Hitler’s GI Death Camp
9.00 Hitler’s Last Year
10.00 Hitler’s Last Year
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster Documentary
7.00pm Friends
9.00 Russell Howard’s Good News
10.00 The Cleveland Show
10.30 The Cleveland Show
11.00 8 Out of 10 Cats
11.30 Impractical Jokers: Inside
Jokes Behind the scenes
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers:
Inside Jokes Behind the scenes
6.40pm The Good Life
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Only Fools and Horses
8.40 Only Fools and Horses
9.20 Mrs Brown’s Boys
10.00 Live at the Apollo With Joe
Lycett, Ivo Graham and Phil Wang
11.00 Gimme Gimme Gimme
11.40-12.15am Peep Show
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
8.00 Inside the Ambulance
Paramedics assist a woman who is
feeling suicidal
9.00 Educating Essex
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Ken Loach
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
SKY 301, VIRGIN 431, BT 501
SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 303, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.15pm First Kill (15, 2017) A
desperate father is blackmailed
into helping a criminal gang evade
a corrupt police chief. Action
thriller starring Bruce Willis
8.00 Pirates of the Caribbean:
Salazar’s Revenge (12, 2017) Ghost
scavengers escape from the Devil’s
Triangle, determined to kill every
pirate at sea. Swashbuckler
starring Johnny Depp
10.10-12.40am A Cure for Wellness
(18, 2016) Psychological thriller
starring Dane DeHaan
5.50pm Spider-Man 2 (PG, 2004)
Comic-book adventure starring
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst
8.00 The Huntsman: Winter’s War
(12, 2016) Two warriors try to
conceal their forbidden love as
they fight to survive the intentions
of the ice Queen Freya and her
sister Ravenna. Adventure
starring Chris Hemsworth
10.00 Snatch (18, 2000) Comedy
drama starring Jason Statham
11.50-1.30am Hallowe’en (18, 1978)
Horror starring Jamie Lee Curtis
6.20pm Ice Age 3: Dawn of the
Dinosaurs (U, 2009) Animation
with the voice of John Leguizamo
8.00 Monster Trucks (PG, 2016)
Fantasy adventure starring Lucas
Till, Jane Levy and Rob Lowe
9.50-12.05am The Lost World:
Jurassic Park (PG, 1997) A scientist
reluctantly joins a research team
on an island where genetically
engineered dinosaurs roam.
Steven Spielberg’s adventure
sequel starring Jeff Goldblum
and Julianne Moore
6.00pm The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen
(12, 2003) Comic-book fantasy
adventure starring Sean
Connery and Shane West
8.00 Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles: Out of the Shadows
(12, 2016) Action comedy
sequel starring Megan Fox
10.00 GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
(12, 2009) Action adventure, with
Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller
12.00-1.55am Wanted (18, 2008)
Adventure with James McAvoy
6.00pm The Good, the Bad and
the Ugly (15, 1966) Three rival
gunfighters hunt for a cache of
hidden gold during the American
Civil War. Sergio Leone’s spaghetti
western starring Clint Eastwood,
Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach
9.00 The Birth of a Nation (15,
2016) Drama starring Nate Parker
11.05-1.50am 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
Judi Dench and Celia Imrie
arrive in India: The Best Exotic
Marigold Hotel (More4, 9pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7.30pm
Radio guide
Radio 1
Bristol City welcome
Manchester City to what is sure
to be a raucous Ashton Gate
for the second-leg of their
Carabao Cup semi-final. The
Championship side put up a
good fight in the first leg at the
Etihad Stadium, losing 2-1 to a
last-gasp winner from Sergio
Agüero, pictured. The Robins
defence, led by Aden Flint,
were superb, and it will take
another monumental effort
if they are to go through. JC
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Dev 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Charlie Sloth 11.00 Huw
Stephens 1.00am Annie
Nightingale 3.00 BBC Radio 1
and 1Xtra’s Stories: Music By
Numbers — Kings of Leon
4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
Sky Sports Main Event
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
10.00am PL Daily
11.00 Transfer Centre
11.30 Sportswomen
12.00 Sky Sports News
3.00pm Transfer Centre
3.30 Sky Sports News
5.00 Sky Sports News at 5
6.00 Sky Sports News at 6
7.00 Transfer Centre
7.30 LIVE Carabao Cup:
Bristol City v Manchester
City (Kick-off 7.45)
10.00 The Debate
11.00-5.00am LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Coverage of the tournament
in New Zealand
Sky Sports
Premier League
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512 BT VISION+ 406
9.30am MNF Hlts
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 MNF
3.00pm Transfer Centre
3.30 PL Highlights
7.00 Transfer Centre
7.30 MNF Hlts
8.00 PL Review
9.00 PL Best Goals 94/95
10.00 The Debate
11.00 PL Review
12.00-1.00am PL Best Goals
94/95 Memorable strikes
Sky Sports Football
SKY 403 VIRGIN 513
10.15 Revista De La Liga
10.45 La Liga World
11.15-12.15am Eredivisie
Round-Up
9.25pm-5.15am LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Coverage of the tournament
in New Zealand
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Steve Wright 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00 Jo
Whiley 10.00 Barry Humphries
11.00 Nigel Ogden 11.30 Listen
to the Band 12.00 Sounds of
the 80s (r) 2.00am Folk
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist
Sky Sports Arena
Radio 3
SKY 408 VIRGIN 518
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
1.00am-3.00 LIVE
WWE Late Night Smackdown
Spectacular wrestling action
8.30am-12.30pm LIVE
Cricket: Big Bash
League — Sydney Sixers v
Melbourne Stars
12.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Oklahoma
Sooners v Kansas Jayhawks
(Tip-off 12.00)
2.00am-4.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Kentucky
Wildcats v Mississippi State
Bulldogs (Tip-off 2.00)
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the
Week: Lutoslawski
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Mozart (Variations for
piano on Mio caro Adone from
Salieri’s La fiera di Venezia,
K180); Sibelius (String Trio in
G minor); and Brahms (Trio in
A minor, Op 114 — version for
viola, cello and piano) (r)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Verdi (Overture — La Forza del
destino; Four Pezzi sacri; Ave
Maria — Otello; La Vergine
degli angeli — La Forza del
destino; Tacea la notte placida
— Il Trovatore; Sempre libera
— La Traviata); Respighi
(Pini di Roma); Beethoven
(Symphony No 4 in B flat,
Op 60); and Liszt (Prometheus
— symphonic poem, S99)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert Iannis
Xenakis (Thallein for chamber
orchestra); Colin Matthews
(Contraflow); Pérotin (Viderunt
omnes); Wolfgang Rihm
(Chiffre ii — Silence to Be
Beaten); and Harrison
Birtwistle (Silbury Air)
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay: Forgetting
11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through the Night (r)
Eurosport 1
Radio 4
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FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
Sky Sports Cricket
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BT Sport 1
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6.45pm Live Scottish Football
Extra A look at all the key
issues and talking points in
Scottish football
7.15-10.00 LIVE Scottish
Professional Football
League: Partick Thistle v
Celtic (Kick-off 7.45).
Coverage of the Scottish
Premiership clash at Firhill
1.00am LIVE NBA: San
Antonio Spurs v Cleveland
Cavaliers (Tip-off 1.00)
3.30-6.00 LIVE NBA: Los
Angeles Lakers v Boston
Celtics (Tip-off 3.30)
BT Sport 2
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9.00am Revista De La Liga
9.30 Eredivisie Round-Up
10.30 La Liga Greatest Games
11.00 One2Eleven:
Hector Bellerin
11.15 One2Eleven:
Ruben Baraja
11.30 SPFL Greatest Games
12.00 Revista De La Liga
12.30pm Soccer AM: The Best
Bits Highlights
1.00 La Liga Icons
2.00 Revista De La Liga
2.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
3.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
4.00 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Archive action
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 Football Years
5.30 Football Countdowns
6.00 SPFL Greatest Games
6.30 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
7.00 Ronaldo:
A Sensational Season
7.30 LIVE Carabao Cup:
Bristol City v Manchester City
(Kick-off 7.45)
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
8.00am-11.30 LIVE
Australian Open Tennis
The singles quarter-finals
12.00 LIVE Australian Open
Tennis The latest quarterfinals from Melbourne Park
2.00pm-6.00am LIVE
Australian Open Tennis The
latest quarter-finals from
Melbourne Park
5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.30 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 The Life Scientific
9.30 One to One (r)
Today’s picks
The Forum:
The Periodic Table
World Service, 9am
Sweetness And Desire:
A Short History Of Sugar
Radio 4, 1.45pm
The very brilliance of the
periodic table can sometimes
lead us to forget how brilliant it
is. That design we know so well
from countless posters, T-shirts
and pencil cases seems so
elemental that it feels less man’s
construction than a discovery.
It is as if the table had always been waiting to be found, and it
just happened to be Mendeleev who unearthed this lump of
ready-formed intellectual gold. But, as Quentin Cooper,
pictured, and his guests show, it was nowhere near so
immutable. Since Mendeleev’s table was formulated in the
1860s, 700-odd alternative ways of displaying the elements
have been trialled. But Mendeleev’s was better. Cooper speaks
to Mendeleev’s biographer Michael D Gordin, the professor
Eugene Babaev and the author Hugh Aldersey-Williams
about the table’s history and its brilliance. Catherine Nixey
It is apparently the only taste
that humans recognise from
birth. While all other tastes
have to be learnt, if you give
a baby from any culinary
background sugar, they will
instantly smile (and then
presumably shout until you
give it to them again). For the
author Bee Wilson, the sugary
passion is a deep one. In a
recent book she wrote: “Sugar
is not love, but it feels like it.”
This is not just hyperbole:
sugar activates the dopamine
centres in our brain, the
same areas that are
activated by being in love. CN
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Reading Europe — Geert
Mak’s In Europe It is 1999, and
the Dutch journalist is
retracing Lenin’s journey from
Zurich to Petrograd by way of
Stockholm and Helsinki (2/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 Drama:
Oliver Emanuel’s The Truth
About Hawaii (2/10)
11.00 In Their Element
Examining uses of phosphorus
11.30 Moving Pictures
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Two Thousand Years of
Puzzling Documentary
12.15 Call You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Sweetness and Desire:
A Short History of Sugar.
See Choice
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: How Success
Ruined Me The story of the
music hall star Fred Barnes
3.00 The Kitchen Cabinet (r)
3.30 Making History
4.00 Word of Mouth
4.30 Great Lives (7/8)
5.00 PM With Eddie Mair
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Simon Evans Goes to
Market Comedy
7.00 The Archers Peggy says
goodbye, and Ruth is won over
7.15 Front Row
7.45 The Truth About Hawaii
By Oliver Emanuel (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 Reading Europe: Turkey
— The Red-Haired Woman
By Orhan Pamuk (2/10)
11.00 The Infinite Monkey
Cage Comedy (r)
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Reading Europe — Geert
Mak’s In Europe (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
10.55 Interview 11.00 Seekers
11.30 Consultants 11.45
Where Did it All Go Wrong?
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 5 Live
Breakfast 10.00 The Emma
Barnett Show 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 7.45
Live Carabao Cup Football
2017-18: Bristol City v
Manchester City 10.30 Phil
Williams 1.00am Up All Night
talkSPORT
MW: 1053, 1089 kHz
6.00am Alan Brazil 10.00 Jim
White 1.00pm Hawksbee and
Jacobs 4.00 Adrian Durham
and Darren Gough 7.00 Live
Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1.00am Extra Time
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Ken Dodd 8.30 Men
from the Ministry 9.00 News
Quiz Extra 9.45 Hearing with
Hegley 10.00 Strangers and
Brothers 11.00 Short Works:
World of Somerset Maugham
11.15 Sirens of Fleet Street
12.00 Ken Dodd 12.30pm
Men from the Ministry 1.00
Daughter of Time 1.30
Grandfather of Self-Help 2.00
Girls of Slender Means 2.15
In Search of Ourselves: A
History of Psychology and the
Mind 2.30 Tales of the City:
Babycakes 2.45 Muriel Spark:
Biography 3.00 Strangers and
Brothers 4.00 Food Quiz 4.30
Ballylenon 5.00 1835 5.30
Simon Evans Goes to Market
6.00 Scarifyers: The Thirteen
Hallows 6.30 Pioneers 7.00
Ken Dodd 7.30 Men from the
Ministry 8.00 Daughter of
Time 8.30 Grandfather of
Self-Help 9.00 Short Works:
The World of Somerset
Maugham 9.15 Sirens of Fleet
Street 10.00 Comedy Club:
Simon Evans Goes to Market
10.30 Lionel Nimrod’s
Inexplicable World
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am News 9.06 The
Forum. See Choice 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 8.00 News 8.06 The
Documentary 8.30 Click
9.00 Newshour 10.00 The
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Business 11.00
News 11.06 BBC World Hacks
11.30 In the Studio 12.00
News 12.06am The
Documentary 1.00 News
1.06 Business Matters 2.00
News 2.06 The Newsroom
2.30 The Documentary 3.06
HARDtalk 3.30 The Compass
4.00 News 4.06 Outlook
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7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe 4.00
Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe
12.00 Tom Ravenscroft
1.00am The First Time with
Courtney Love
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 John
Suchet 1.00pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics 8.00
The Full Works Concert.
Brahms’ Symphony No 2, as
performed by the London
Philharmonic 10.00 Smooth
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Wednesday 24 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Stealing Van Gogh
BBC Two, 9pm
On December 7, 2002, the art
thief Octave “Okkie” Durham
and his accomplice Henk
Bieslijn scaled the roof of the
Van Gogh Museum in
Amsterdam using a stolen
ladder, smashed a window
with a sledgehammer and
made off into the night with
two of Van Gogh’s priceless
early works, View of the Sea
at Scheveningen (1882) and
Congregation Leaving the
Reformed Church in Nuenen
(1882-84). It was one of the
art world’s most audacious
heists (one that figures on
the FBI’s top ten art crimes
list), although the paintings
were the two smallest Van
Goghs in the gallery. In late
2016 the paintings were
finally discovered during a
police raid on the home of
Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged
drug trafficker with ties to
the Camorra in Naples. They
were wrapped in cloth and
hidden in a wall at the home
of Imperiale’s mother. He is
Andrew Graham-Dixon
explores the criminal
underworld in Naples
believed to have bought the
paintings from Durham (who
served time for the theft in
2003 after DNA from a
baseball cap he left in the
museum during the robbery
helped to convict him) and
Bieslijn in 2003 for about
$380,000. In this tense and
absorbing documentary
that is part Crimewatch, part
Fake or Fortune?, Andrew
Graham-Dixon, pictured,
pieces together the story of
the two paintings and looks
at the wider world of art
crime. The art historian,
looking not unlike a Camorra
don at times with dark
glasses and a grey overcoat,
flits between the dizzyingly
wealthy world of the
international art market and
the clandestine world of
Neapolitan crime, meeting
the detectives, art crime
experts, curators and
restorers who tried to
track the works down.
Joe Clay
Further recommendations
Alastair Sooke investigates more audacious heists in The World’s
Most Expensive Stolen Paintings (iPlayer, to January 28)
Miriam’s Big
American
Adventure
BBC One, 9pm
Miriam Margolyes is in rural
Arkansas on the final leg of
her road trip through Middle
America. The state is home to
the so-called forgotten
Americans who turned to
Donald Trump in the last
presidential election. It is here
that she feels the stark divide
between city and country folk.
She has an unsavoury
encounter with a member of
an alt-right group in Harrison,
but is buoyed in Texas, where
she meets the state’s first
African-American sheriff. JC
Catch
up
England’s Forgotten
Queen: The Life and Death
of Lady Jane Grey
BBC iPlayer,
to February 8
Over three episodes
the historian Helen
Castor, pictured, is
telling the story of
our most overlooked
monarch — Lady
Jane Grey, the
Queen who sat on
the throne for a
shorter length of
time than the
average Premier
Girlfriends
Kiri
ITV, 9pm
Channel 4, 9pm
The problem with the plotline
in Kay Mellor’s drama about
the mysterious death of Linda’s
husband on board the cruise
ship was that it had nowhere
to go other than into the realm
of the unreal. We are plunged
deep into that world from the
get-go tonight, as the fantasist
who claimed it was Linda
(Phyllis Logan) who pushed
Micky overboard turns out to
be a knife-wielding psychopath
straight from central casting.
Sadly, this implausibility starts
to seep into all aspects of the
drama and the talented cast are
powerless to prevent Girlfriends
unravelling faster than a ball
of wool in a cattery. JC
Jack Thorne’s drama is a tense
mystery and an attempt to
unpick racial identity in Britain.
That it manages to do justice
to these strands is testament
to Thorne’s skill as a writer
(assisted by Rachel De-lahay,
who wrote Miriam’s
impassioned speech to the
journalists in last week’s
episode). As the investigation
into Kiri’s murder continues,
the police are staging a
re-enactment, as “the details
of Kiri’s day are becoming
more complicated”. The main
complication is that the prime
suspect, Kiri’s birth father and
a violent drug dealer, is no
longer in the frame. JC
League manager’s tenure.
What is the truth behind
our “Nine-Day Queen”?
Using first-hand documents,
and with the help of a few of
her historian chums, Castor
explains how Jane became
Edward VI’s chosen heir
(despite his extreme
reluctance: the first eight
heirs to the throne were
female and she was the
most palatable) and
why a cabal of rich
and powerful men
led by the Duke of
Northumberland —
aka the “Wicked
Duke” — was
so keen to
see Jane on
the throne.
Chris Bennion
Maestros of
the Camps
Films of the day
Sky Arts, 9pm
Film4, 6.50pm
For more than 30 years the
pianist and composer
Francesco Lotoro has been
archiving and performing
music composed in prison
camps from 1933 to 1953, a
period that covers the opening
of the first Nazi concentration
camps to the closing of the last
Allied PoW camps. The director
Alexandre Valenti follows
Lotoro as he uncovers music
by Jews imprisoned by Nazis,
soldiers of the Wehrmacht
captured by the Allies, and US
and British troops held by the
Japanese, all of whom found
consolation in music. JC
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
9.00pm-10.00 Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up to
Shyness. The comedian Rhod Gilbert
discusses social anxiety and what can be
done to tackle it 10.30 BBC Wales Live
11.05 Miriam’s Big American Adventure
12.05am And They’re Off for Sport Relief.
With contestants Una Healy, Michael
Vaughan, Michelle Ackerley, Mike Bushell
and Penny Lancaster (r) 12.45-12.50
Weather for the Week Ahead
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
8.30pm-9.00 Spotlight 10.40 The Top
Table 11.40 Would I Lie to You? 12.10am A
Question of Sport 12.40 And They’re Off
for Sport Relief (r) 1.25-6.00 BBC News
● BBC2 N Ireland As BBC Two except:
10.00pm-10.30 Survivors (r)
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
2.30pm Politics Scotland 3.30-4.45
Live Bowls: World Indoor Championships.
Including coverage of a semi-final
in the ladies’ singles draw
● Channel As ITV except:
12.55am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● STV As ITV except: 6.25pm-6.30 Party
Political Broadcast 10.30 Scotland
Tonight. Analysis of the day’s main news
stories 11.05 Transformation Street (r)
12.05am Teleshopping 1.05 After
Midnight 2.35 Storage Hoarders. Helping
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military memorabilia (r) 3.25 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05-6.00 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. Guests air their differences (r)
● UTV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30 Rare
Breed: A Farming Year 10.45 Eamonn
Mallie: Face to Face With 11.15 FILM The
Danish Girl (2015) 1.20am Teleshopping
2.50-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 12.05pm Crwydro (r) 12.30
Priodas Pum Mil (r) 1.30 Cerys Matthews
a’r Goeden Faled (r) 2.00 News S4C a’r
Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 Pengelli (r) 3.30
Cledrau Coll (r) 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00
Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05 Y Dyfnfor 5.25 Dewi a’r
Ditectifs Gwyllt (r) 5.35 Ffrindiau am Byth
(r) 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05
Cwpwrdd Dillad (r) 6.30 Mwy o Sgorio
7.00 Heno 8.00 Pobol y Cwm
8.25 Darren Drws Nesa 9.00 News 9 a’r
Tywydd 9.30 Chwaraeon y Dyn Bach
10.00 Rygbi Pawb 10.45-11.50 Elfyn
Evans: Tu Ôl I’r Olwyn (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
The Madness of King George (PG, 1995)
Nicholas Hytner directed this adaptation of Alan Bennett’s
successful tragicomic stage play. The result is an entertaining
costume drama about an embattled king who comes close to
losing his crown and his marbles. What elevates the film is an
astonishing performance from Nigel Hawthorne, who reprises
the role of King George III that he played in the stage version of
the story. The first-rate supporting cast includes Helen Mirren as
Queen Charlotte, Rupert Everett as the Prince of Wales, and Ian
Holm as the unconventional Dr Francis Willis, who attempts to
treat the increasingly demented monarch. (110min) Wendy Ide
The Danish Girl (15, 2015)
ITV, 10.45pm
Eddie Redmayne makes another
astounding transformation
after his Oscar-winning turn as
Stephen Hawking. This time he
changes gender, beginning the
film as the male Danish landscape
artist Einar Wegener and ending
it as a woman, Lili Elbe. Tom
Hooper’s drama, adapted from a novel by David Ebershoff,
opens in Copenhagen in the 1920s, in the apartment
of Einar and his wife, Gerda (Alicia Vikander, pictured, with
Redmayne), two ambitious artists who seem wildly attracted
to each other. There is no clue about the impending implosion
until Gerda asks him to pose as her model in silk stockings
and ballet shoes. Soon the female force is within him,
unstoppable. (117 min) Kate Muir
What Richard Did (15, 2012)
Film4, 1.55am
Privileged Dublin teenager Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor) is
blessed. He’s a star rugby player, possessed of crystalline blue
eyes and an effortless charm that feels like distilled sunshine. He
has everything going for him. Until one night, when he commits
one thoughtless, violent act. This challenging, provocative
drama is a shift in tone for the Irish director Lenny Abrahamson
(Frank, Room). He moves away from the wry, darkly comic
portraits of outsiders with which he made his name and crafts
a taut film that is part morality tale and part psychological
thriller. It’s acutely tense and morally complex. (88min) WI
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3.00 Escape to the Country. In North
Wales (r) 3.45 The Farmers’ Country
Showdown. Young farmers compete
at The British Farming Awards 4.30
Antiques Road Trip. Catherine
Southon and Raj Bisram visit East
Anglia 5.15 Pointless. Quiz hosted by
Alexander Armstrong 6.00 BBC News
at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather 6.55 Party Political
Broadcast. By the Liberal Democrats
6.00am Flog It! Trade Secrets (r) 6.30
The Farmers’ Country Showdown (r)
7.15 Antiques Road Trip (r) 8.00 Sign
Zone: Fern Britton Meets Rev Rose
Hudson-Wilkin (r) (SL) 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire 11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
11.30 Daily Politics 1.00pm Lifeline. An
appeal on behalf of the Sick Children’s
Trust (r) 1.10 Live Bowls: World Indoor
Championships. Coverage from the
second round of the open singles,
plus a semi-final in the ladies’ singles
draw 4.45 Tennis: Australian Open
2018. Action from day 10 of the
opening Grand Slam tournament of
the year 5.30 Flog It! At London Zoo
in Regent’s Park (r) 6.00 Eggheads.
Quiz show with Jeremy Vine 6.30
Great American Railroad Journeys.
Michael Portillo travels from
Plymouth to the island of Nantucket
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. Featuring an interview with
the Dragons’ Den regular Deborah
Meaden 1.30 ITV News; Weather 1.55
Regional News; Weather 2.00 Judge
Rinder. Cameras follow the criminal
barrister Robert Rinder as he takes on
real-life cases in a studio courtroom
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal. David
Dickinson and the team are in
Newport, South Wales, where Tony
Geering puts down big money for
a tiger 4.00 Tipping Point. Ben
Shephard hosts the arcade-themed
quiz show 5.00 The Chase. Quiz show
hosted by Bradley Walsh 6.00
Regional News; Weather 6.25 Party
Political Broadcast. By the Liberal
Democrats 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Countdown (r) 6.45 3rd Rock
from the Sun (r) 7.10 3rd Rock from
the Sun (r) 7.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.30 Frasier (r) 9.00
Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Sun, Sea and Selling Houses (r)
12.00 Channel 4 News Summary
12.05pm Couples Come Dine with Me
(r) 1.05 Posh Pawn (r) 2.10 Countdown
3.00 Village of the Year 4.00 A Place
in the Sun: Home or Away. From
Menorca 5.00 Four in a Bed. The third
visit of the week is to the Scalford
Hall Hotel in Melton Mowbray,
Leicestershire 5.30 Extreme Cake
Makers. Ben mixes his love of tattoos
and baking in a romantic wedding
cake 6.00 The Simpsons. Three
stories of revenge (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 Cowboy Builders (r)
12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector (r) 1.05 Access.
Showbiz news and gossip 1.15 Home
and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 NCIS.
An Iraq war veteran asks Gibbs to
investigate the killing of another
former marine, who was murdered
while working as a lorry driver, so Ziva
hits the road to catch the culprit (r)
3.15 FILM Her Evil Twin (PG, TVM,
2014) A man having marital problems
begins an affair with his wife’s
long-lost twin sister. Thriller starring
Sonya Walger 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30
Neighbours. Xanthe makes Piper
realise that asking Ben to lie was
wrong (r) 6.00 Home and Away.
Diana realises she has outstayed her
welcome (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Miriam’s Big US Adventure (9pm)
The chef Tom Kerridge (8pm)
Tense times for Linda (9pm)
Alice and Jim are shocked (9pm)
Bristol City’s Bobby Reid (10.35pm)
7.00 The One Show Matt Baker
and Alex Jones present the
live magazine show featuring
topical reports from around the
UK and big-name studio guests
7.00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond
the Lobby Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti work at Fogo
Island Inn, which is sited off the
coast of Newfoundland in
Canada and pays homage to
the settlers who arrived from
Ireland and Devon (5/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Lachlan fears an
incriminating message will be
discovered
7.00 Channel 4 News Including sport
and weather
7.00 Police Interceptors Dog
handler Darren has to call on all
his powers of persuasion to try
to end a rooftop stand-off,
while Tasers are drawn in a
tense situation with a man who
is armed with a knife (9/12) (r);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 EastEnders Mick turns to
Vincent for financial help
8.00 Tom Kerridge: Lose Weight
for Good Creating low-calorie
alternatives to fast foods (4/6)
8.00 Britain’s Brightest Family
Families from Gloucestershire
and Kent compete in the third
heat of the tournament
8.30 Would I Lie to You? Previously
unseen material from the latest
run. Last in the series (10/10)
8.30 Trust Me, I’m a Doctor Michael
Mosley finds out which foods
are best for providing iodine
8.30 Coronation Street Toyah is
stunned by Eva’s pregnancy
8.00 Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List
It Phil Spencer and Kirstie
Allsopp meet the Pogsons in
Harrogate, Yorkshire and offer
advice to the family who are
unsure whether to renovate
their property or move (4/8)
8.00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
A young boy is treated after
falling down the stairs and
landing on his head, and a
woman suffering from stomach
pains visits the surgery;
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Miriam’s Big American
Adventure Miriam Margolyes
journeys to rural Arkansas,
where she meets cattle farmers
and emporium owners, before
reaching her final destination of
New Orleans. Last in the series.
See Viewing Guide
9.00 Stealing Van Gogh Andrew
Graham-Dixon examines the
world of high art and organised
crime, as he uncovers the true
story behind the greatest art
heist of the 21st century.
See Viewing Guide
9.00 Girlfriends Gail reaches
breaking point and sets out to
find her grandson and bring
him home. Meanwhile, Linda is
horrified to find out that Carole
has broken into her home.
See Viewing Guide (4/6)
9.00 Kiri Alice and Jim are shocked
that the case against Nate may
not be straightforward, and the
social worker Miriam is once
again in the firing line when
Alice goes on the offensive.
See Viewing Guide (3/4)
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother
Highlights of the housemates’
past 24 hours under the
all-seeing eye of Big Brother
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.00 Mock the Week With Angela
Barnes, Ed Byrne, Milton Jones
and Nish Kumar (4/13) (r)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather
10.05 Celebrity Big Brother: Behind
the Scenes A glimpse at the
work that goes on behind the
scenes of Celebrity Big Brother
10.30 BBC Regional News; Weather;
National Lottery Update
10.45 A Question of Sport With CJ
Ujah, Anthony Ogogo, Matthew
Upson and Becky Downie
10.30 Newsnight Analysis of the day’s
events with Emily Maitlis
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.00 999: What’s Your Emergency?
PC Luke Hobbs leads his first
drugs raid on a suspected
heroin and crack supplier
in Swindon’s city centre,
discovering the property has
been commandeered by a
dealer from London (r)
11.15 And They’re Off for Sport Relief
Una Healy, Michael Vaughan,
Michelle Ackerley, Mike Bushell
and Penny Lancaster tackle the
sporting challenge, while
members of the public try to
predict who will win (3/6) (r)
11.15 Inside the Factory Gregg
Wallace explores Ribena’s
Gloucestershire factory, and
Cherry Healey lends a hand
harvesting berries on a farm in
Kent. Last in the series (r)
12.00 Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.05am BBC News
12.15am Bowls: World Indoor
Championships Highlights. Including
action from the ladies’ singles
semi-finals 1.15 Sign Zone: Michael
Palin: A Life on Screen. The actor and
writer looks back on his career (r) (SL)
2.15-3.15 Six Robots & Us (r) (SL)
7.30 Coronation Street Eva backs
out of sharing her baby news
with Aidan
10.45 FILM The Danish Girl (15, 2015)
An artist in 1920s Copenhagen
decides to become one of the
first people to undergo gender
reassignment surgery. Period
drama with Eddie Redmayne,
Alicia Vikander and Amber
Heard. See Film Choice
11.05 24 Hours in A&E The team
treats a man injured in a
collapsed garage incident, as
well as a pensioner with lung
cancer and suspected sepsis (r)
10.35 Football on 5: The Carabao
Cup Bristol City v Manchester
City and Arsenal v Chelsea.
Colin Murray presents
highlights of the semi-final
second-leg matches
11.50 Traffic Cops: Under Attack
A cannabis stash is found (r)
12.55am Jackpot247. Viewers get
the chance to participate in live
interactive gaming from the comfort
of their sofa 3.00 Tenable. Five naval
officers from HMS Queen Elizabeth
take part (r) (SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r) (SL)
12.05am Pokerstars Championship
Cash Challenge 1.00 FILM A Fantastic
Fear of Everything (15, 2012) Comedy
starring Simon Pegg 2.40 Dispatches
(r) 3.10 Walking Through Time (r)
4.10 Location, Location, Location (r)
5.05 Coast vs Country (r)
12.50am Criminals: Caught on
Camera. The use of CCTV to fight
crime (r) 1.15 SuperCasino 3.10 One
Night with My Ex (r) 4.00 Britain’s
Greatest Bridges (r) (SL) 4.45 House
Doctor (r) (SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r)
(SL) 5.35 Divine Designs (r) (SL)
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Wednesday 24 | Primetime digital guide
Richard III
Laurence Olivier stars
in the 1955 adaptation of
the Shakespeare play
Talking Pictures, 6pm
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 Egyptian Journeys with
Dan Cruickshank The truth
about Akhenaten (R)
8.00 Handmade: By Royal
Appointment The making
of an engraved gold and
diamond pendant (R)
8.30 A Stitch in Time Exploring
the life of Dido Belle (4/6)
9.00 Six Wives with Lucy
Worsley The rise and fall of
Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII’s
affections (R)
10.00 Queen Elizabeth I: A
Timewatch Guide Looking
at the life of Elizabeth Tudor,
with a focus on television
has looked at her legacy (R)
11.00 The Brecon Beacons with
Iolo Williams The scenery
of the Brecon Beacons over
a year (1/2) (R)
12.00-1.00am Timeshift: Flights of
Fancy — Pigeons and the
British Cameras explore the
life of pigeons (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
is delighted to run into an
old friend while on a
shopping expedition in
Boston — until he
unaccountably denies
knowing her (R)
8.00 Endeavour The sleuth
investigates a hit-and-run
that claimed the life of an
Oxford professor who had
been at odds with his peers
over the fate of some
potentially lucrative
college-owned land, and the
case is complicated by the
appearance of Thursday’s
old gangland enemy (R)
10.00-12.10am Foyle’s War When
an RAF officer is found
hanged in a wood, the new
chief superintendent is
quick to dismiss it as a
straightforward suicide.
However, a photo in the
dead man’s pocket leads
Milner to suspect murder (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Professor
Noel Fitzpatrick performs a
risky procedure to save the
life of an 18-week-old
cockapoo puppy that has
fractured its neck following
an accident in the garden (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud follows the interior
designer Kathryn Tyler as
she tries to fulfil her dream
of creating a Scandinavianstyle eco house (R)
9.00 Location, Location,
Location Kirstie Allsopp and
Phil Spencer are househunting in and around
Bristol (R)
10.00 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud meets a young
architect who plans to
transform an old agricultural
building in County Down (R)
11.10-12.10am 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown Jon Richardson
and Jayde Adams play Sean
Lock and Joe Wilkinson (R)
6.50pm FILM The Madness of
King George (PG, 1994)
British monarch George III’s
erratic behaviour leads to a
plot in Parliament to have
him declared insane and
removed from the throne.
Period drama starring Nigel
Hawthorne and Helen
Mirren. See Film Choice
9.00 FILM The Last Witch Hunter
(12, 2015) An immortal
warrior faces a showdown
with an evil sorceress who
tried to wipe out the human
race in the Middle Ages.
Fantasy adventure with Vin
Diesel and Elijah Wood
11.05-1.55am FILM Man on Fire
(18, 2004) A former US
government operative
exacts revenge on the
kidnappers who have
abducted the girl he was
hired to guard. Action thriller
with Denzel Washington and
Christopher Walken
7.00pm The Simpsons With the
guest voice of Sacha Baron
Cohen (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Mr Burns is
sent to prison (R)
8.00 A Plastic Whale A report on
the effects of plastic on
ocean wildlife, after a
post-mortem confirmed a
whale’s intestines were
clogged with plastic (R)
9.00 A League of Their Own: US
Road Trip 2.0 Jamie, Jack
and Andrew race across
New York City (R)
10.00 The Russell Howard Hour
The comedian Greg Davies
joins Russell (R)
11.00 The Force: North East Police
are on high alert as rival
football fans gather at the
Stadium of Light (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World Ross rides
along with some of
Australia’s notorious
motorcycle clubs (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation The team is
called to a house where five
showgirls have been killed,
and Sara blames herself for
not saving a sixth victim (R)
8.00 Ocean Rescue: Dirty
Business Highlighting the
problems Britain may face
as China bans the import of
plastic waste from the UK
9.00 Happening: A Clean Energy
Revolution The filmmaker
Jamie Redford embarks on a
personal journey across
America to meet pioneers of
clean energy technology in
some very unlikely places
10.30 The Sopranos Tony grows
suspicious of Christopher’s
behaviour in the car and
his nephew is left badly
injured by a crash (R)
11.40-12.45am The Sopranos AJ
tries to end his misery as he
drifts deeper into
depression (R)
Drama
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Narrated by Harry Hill
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Superstore Glenn and Amy
give Cheyenne and Bo vastly
different parenting advice
9.00 FILM Fast & Furious (12,
2009) A fugitive and an FBI agent
are forced to work together once
again to bring a killer to justice.
Thriller sequel starring Vin Diesel
11.10 Family Guy
11.40-12.10am Family Guy
6.35pm The Car Chasers A family
takes an interest in a 1957 Chevy
7.05 Pawn Stars Rick learns a
secret about his staff
7.30 Pawn Stars Rick gets the
chance to buy a jetpack
8.00 River Monsters Jeremy Wade
investigates a mystery sea
monster in a lake in Malaysia
9.00 FILM Unknown (12, 2011)
A doctor wakes up from a coma to
find another man is claiming to be
him. Thriller starring Liam Neeson
11.20-12.20am Lethal Weapon
7.00pm Hollyoaks Zack and Holly
fall out with each other over Harry
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
The group arrive in Coimbra
8.00 The Goldbergs
8.30 The Goldbergs Adam and
Jackie fall out over which
Hallowe’en costumes to wear
9.00 Don’t Tell the Bride A groom
plans an underwater wedding
10.00 Body Fixers
11.05 The Big Bang Theory
11.35 The Big Bang Theory
12.00-1.05am Gogglebox
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 Fresh Off the Boat Louis and
Jessica search for a new car at
Shaquille O’Neal Motors dealership
8.30 Will & Grace
9.00 FILM V for Vendetta (15,
2005) A masked anarchist sets out
to undermine Britain’s totalitarian
government. Futuristic action
thriller with Natalie Portman
11.00-1.00am FILM Drive Angry
(18, 2011) Fantasy thriller starring
Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard
6.00pm FILM Richard III (U, 1955)
Adaptation of Shakespeare’s play
starring Laurence Olivier
9.00 Tell Me Another Personal
anecdotes as told to Dick Hills
9.30 Dick Powell Theatre
Drama starring Charles Boyer
10.30 FILM Time Is My Enemy (PG,
1954) A small-time crook tracks
down his estranged wife. Crime
drama starring Dennis Price
11.45-1.55am FILM Hell Drivers (U,
1957) Crime drama starring Stanley
Baker and Patrick McGoohan
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Compo gets jealous
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
The women in Gary’s lives feel they
are being taken for granted
8.00 Inspector George Gently
Bacchus and Gently investigate the
suspicious death of a miner
10.00 New Tricks The squad
investigates a barrister’s death
11.20 Birds of a Feather Sharon,
Tracey and Dorien prepare for
royal neighbours to arrive
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
FV 19, FS 159, SKY 537, VIRGIN 245
FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Impossible Railways
Exploring unusual rail networks
from around the world, beginning
with a look at trains in cities
8.00 Hidden Traces
Archaeological findings from the
First World War
9.00 Open All Hours Arkwright
needs a new suit
9.40 Open All Hours Arkwright
decides to expand his empire
10.20 Open All Hours
11.00 The Two Ronnies
12.00-12.55am The Two Ronnies
7.00pm World’s Deadliest
Weather: Caught on Camera
Capturing the destruction caused
by severe weather conditions
8.00 Police Interceptors
9.00 FILM The Last Stand (15,
2013) The sheriff of a small town
on the Mexican border tries to stop
a drug lord from fleeing the US.
Action thriller starring Arnold
Schwarzenegger
11.05-12.05am Spartacus: Blood
and Sand Plans are made for
Licinia’s visit to the ludus
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
8.00 Yianni: Supercar Customiser
The owner of a P1 asks Yianni to
wrap it in his signature colour
8.30 Yianni: Supercar Customiser
A fitness freak wants his car to
match his own look
9.00 Live at the Apollo With
Stephen K Amos, Jon Richardson
and Micky Flanagan
10.00 Taskmaster
11.00 QI With Rich Hall, Josie
Lawrence and John Sessions
11.40-12.20am QI
6.40pm Air Warriors A profile of
the CH-47 Chinook
7.50 The Mysteries of the
Medieval Ship The discovery of a
merchant ship in the alluvial banks
of the River Usk in Newport
9.00 Prohibition The violent
territorial grabs for power in cities
such as Chicago and Detroit
10.10 Billy the Kid The story of the
American outlaw, a gunman who
repeatedly escaped capture
11.15-12.20am The Mysteries of the
Medieval Ship A merchant ship
7.00pm Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 With the sitters Noel Fielding,
Reggie Yates and Daphne Selfe
8.00 A Plastic Voyage
9.00 Maestros of the Camps Music
composed in Second World War
PoW camps. See Viewing Guide
10.00 Spielberg and Williams:
The Adventure Continues
10.30 Pet Shop Boys: A Life In Pop
11.45-1.00am Free to Rock: How
Rock & Roll Brought Down the
Wall The role of rock music in
ending the Cold War
7.00pm Criminal Minds Prentiss’s
colleagues finally realise her
connection to Ian Doyle
8.00 A Plastic Tide A documentary
exposing the impact that plastic
waste is having on the planet
9.00 Criminal Minds Morgan
investigates a mass murder
10.00 Criminal Minds Two
skeletons are found in a garden
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Grissom investigates
the shooting of a photographer
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 The secretary of the
US Navy seeks to save the life of a
sailor with leukaemia
8.00 NCIS
9.00 NCIS
10.00 Bull
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Mythbusters Jonathan Lung
and Brian Louden tackle tall tales
from the Wild West era
9.00 Street Outlaws Oklahoma
street racers spread their renown
10.00 Moonshiners
11.00 Gold Rush
12.00-1.00am Street Outlaws
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Lawless Island: Alaska The
community builds a greenhouse
9.00 Wicked Tuna: North v South
Greg Mayer suffers bad fortune
10.00 Gold Diggers
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster The Zeebrugge tragedy
7.00pm Friends
8.00 Friends
9.00 Impractical Jokers
9.30 Impractical Jokers
10.00 Roast Battle
10.30 Roast Battle
11.00 The Cleveland Show
11.30 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am Bob’s Burgers
6.40pm The Good Life Perky the
pig gives birth to her litter
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Only Fools and Horses
8.40 Only Fools and Horses
9.20 The Royle Family
10.00 Live at the Apollo
11.00 Absolutely Fabulous
11.40-12.15am Peep Show
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
8.00 Inside the Ambulance
9.00 Louis Theroux: Transgender
Kids Children undergoing
gender-reassignment treatment
10.20 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Davina McCall
11.20 EastEnders
12.00-12.50am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
SKY 301, VIRGIN 431, BT 501
SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 303, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.25pm Kicks (15, 2016) A misfit
teen embarks on a perilous
journey to retrieve a pair of stolen
sneakers. Coming-of-age drama
starring Jahking Guillory
8.00 Pirates of the Caribbean:
Salazar’s Revenge (12, 2017) Ghost
scavengers escape from the Devil’s
Triangle, determined to kill every
pirate at sea. Swashbuckler
starring Johnny Depp
10.15-12.15am Gueros (15, 2014)
Comedy drama starring Sebastián
Aguirre and Tenoch Huerta
5.35pm Spider-Man 3 (12, 2007)
An alien parasite causes the
web-slinging crimefighter’s dark
side to surface. Superhero
starring Tobey Maguire
8.00 Split (15, 2016) A kidnapper
with multiple personalities abducts
three young women. Thriller
starring James McAvoy
10.00-1.00am The Patriot (15,
2000) A retired soldier seeks
revenge for the unprovoked
murder of his son. Action
adventure starring Mel Gibson
6.20pm Ice Age: Collision Course
(U, 2016) Animated sequel
featuring the voice of Ray Romano
8.00 Kubo and the Two Strings
(PG, 2016) A boy embarks
inadvertently summons vengeful
spirits. Animated adventure with
the voice of Charlize Theron
9.50 Jurassic Park III (PG, 2001)
Action adventure sequel starring
Sam Neill and William H Macy
11.30-1.15am Babe: Pig in the City
(U, 1998) Family comedy sequel
starring Magda Szubanski
6.00pm The Incredibles (U, 2004)
A superhero’s wife and children use
their powers to save him. Animated
adventure with the voices of Craig
T Nelson and Holly Hunter
8.00 Independence Day (12, 1996)
The US president leads the fight
against aliens intent on conquering
Earth. Sci-fi adventure with
Will Smith and Bill Pullman
10.35-1.25am Watchmen (18,
2009) Former superheroes
discover a conspiracy. Comic-book
drama starring Patrick Wilson
6.50pm Loving (12, 2016) An
interracial couple are targeted by
the authorities in 1950s Virginia.
Fact-based drama starring Ruth
Negga and Joel Edgerton
9.00 Ronin (15, 1998) A team of
mercenaries is hired to steal a
briefcase from a gang of criminals.
Action thriller with Robert De Niro
11.05-12.55am The Beguiled (15,
1971) A wounded soldier given
refuge in a girls’ school arouses
sexual jealousy. Drama with Clint
Eastwood and Geraldine Page
Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation
of the graphic novel Watchmen
(Sky Heroes, 10.35pm)
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Sports guide
Live Football
Sky Main Event, 7.30pm
Radio guide
Radio 1
Arsenal and Chelsea meet at
the Emirates Stadium in the
second-leg of their Carabao
Cup semi-final (kick-off 8pm).
The first-leg finished 0-0 with
neither side able to take their
chances, but Chelsea’s Alvaro
Morata, pictured, particularly
culpable for fluffing a number
of golden opportunities.
Chelsea also had two penalty
claims turned down by the
use of the video assistant
referee (VAR) system. 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 Charlie Sloth 11.00 Huw
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Tez Talks
Radio 4, 11pm
The Human Zoo
Radio 4 Extra, 6.30am
Perhaps stand-up comedians
are like novelists: they have to
work that first autobiographical
material out of themselves first,
before they can tackle the
really interesting stuff. Perhaps
the urge goes. Certainly there
are a drearily large number of
superannuated egotists on
Radio 4 who seem to want to talk largely about their own
dreary lives and their cats. And now here is another comic to
talk about himself, Tez Ilyas, pictured. However, for once you
feel inclined to forgive him; partly because he is amusing and
partly because he has a background that is a bit different
from your usual stand-up. Ilyas grew up as a working-class
boy in Blackburn. He was clearly bright, but his poor mother
had a tough time at parents’ evenings and often came in to
be told that her son was messing about. To which his loving
mother replied: “Hit him.” Catherine Nixey
The zoologist Desmond
Morris is a painter as well
as a scientist, and this eye
for the visual was, in part,
what makes his writing so
readable. Take this
description, from The Naked
Ape, of a man sitting in an
open-topped red sports
car. Such a man is, wrote
Morris crushingly, “like a
piece of highly stylised
phallic sculpture”. In this
interview, recorded in 1969,
Morris talks about the great
human achievement that
is living together in a city
(and not killing each other).
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Thursday 25 | Viewing guide
Critic’s choice Big Cats
BBC One, 8pm
“I wish I could write as
mysterious as a cat,” said
Edgar Allen Poe, who knew
a thing or two about crafting
enigmatic prose. This
magnificent three-part series
has helped to increase our
understanding of a family
of animals that we know
remarkably little about,
despite inviting some of
them to share our homes.
Tonight’s final episode
focuses on the passionate
folk who have devoted their
lives to learning more about
cats, going to extraordinary
lengths to get close to them.
People such as Professor
Alan Wilson from the Royal
Veterinary College in
London, who has spent the
past five years studying
the cheetah, pictured, in an
effort to find out what these
speedsters — said to be the
world’s fastest land animal
with acceleration quicker
than a Ferrari and a top
speed twice that of Usain
Bolt — are really capable of.
Wilson has developed a
high-tech collar that records
the cheetah’s speed, position
and G-force while they’re
hunting. He tracks them in
a plane he built and learnt
to fly, packing it with
state-of-the-art equipment
to record the data. Now
that’s dedication to the
cause. We also meet the
woman trying to prove
that lions aren’t only the
strongest big cats, but also
the cleverest; we meet the
species of cat that thrives in
the shadow of the biggest
industrial complex in Africa;
and we find out about the
challenges involved in
tracking the elusive smaller
members of the cat family,
such as ocelots. And at a
time when nearly half of all
wild cats are threatened with
extinction, there is also a
conservation slant to the
episode. The message is
cautionary, but also positive
— the tide may be turning.
Joe Clay
Further recommendations
Spend time with cheetahs on the Central Plateau in Namibia in
Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah: A Slow Odyssey (iPlayer, to January 27)
Death in Paradise
BBC One, 9pm
During a sermon delivered by
the charismatic faith healer
Steadman King, a 56-year-old
woman with failing eyesight
dies after taking a sip of holy
water. “Poor woman,” says DI
Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon). “She
came here expecting a new
lease of life. She ends up dead.”
There’s evidence to suggest
that the woman was poisoned,
but other members of the
congregation who drank from
the goblet are alive and well. “I
give them their lives back,” says
King. “I do not on any account
take them away.” There’s a new
member of the team helping
out — a police dog with a
serious lack of work ethic. JC
Catch
up
My Astonishing Self:
Gabriel Byrne on
George Bernard
Shaw
BBC iPlayer, to
February 7
It only takes
about two
minutes of this
documentary
on George
Bernard Shaw by
the actor Gabriel
Byrne, pictured, to
realise that you are about to
watch something very good.
Byrne, marvelling at a puppet
A House
Through Time
Britannia
Great Art
Sky Atlantic, 9pm
ITV, 10.45pm
BBC Two, 9pm
Jez Butterworth’s anachronistic
romp through our ancient
history is deliciously overblown,
a heady brew of mysticism,
quality actors delivering fruity
dialogue and extreme violence.
Tonight’s second helping begins
with Mackenzie Crook’s spooky
druid, Veran, conversing with
the severed head of a Roman
legionnaire. Like Game of
Thrones, it’s hard to keep track
of the warring tribes as David
Morrissey’s Roman army realise
that Britannia is very much
divided. Game of Thrones fans
may also recognise something of
the dynamic between Arya and
the Hound in the relationship
between Cait and druid Divis. JC
Rembrandt: The Late Works
was a 2014-15 exhibition 15
years in the making, organised
by the National Gallery in
London and the Rijksmuseum
in Amsterdam, examining the
themes that preoccupied
Rembrandt as he grew older:
self-scrutiny, experimentation,
light, observation of everyday
life and the work of other
artists. The Great Art cameras
had exclusive access to the
work that went into preparing
the exhibition, interwoven with
Rembrandt’s life story. This film
explores the exhibitions’ works
through contributions from art
critics including The Times’s
Rachel Campbell-Johnston. JC
The house at 62 Falkner Street
in Liverpool gives up its final
secrets as the historian David
Olusoga explores its history
from 1945 to the present. The
area of L8 in which the house
was situated was a mixed
neighbourhood, in ethnicity
and income. The house was
divided into rented rooms and
Olusoga follows the stories of
those who lived there, meeting
the son of a couple who
stayed in the attic. He also
reveals the arrival of a famous
neighbour in the 1960s and
how the house survived the
threat of demolition. JC
of the playwright, quotes one
of Shaw’s self-aggrandising
statements with wicked relish.
Byrne is terrific company as
he visits Shaw’s old haunts
to get a measure of “the
forgotten man of Irish
literature”. He’s
a fascinating,
slippery character
— Shaw called
GBS “the most
fictitious
character
I have ever
created” —
and Byrne’s
passion for
the man he believes
to be a revolutionary figure —
“a literary anarchist “ —
radiates off the screen.
Chris Bennion
Variations
● BBC One Wales As BBC One except:
6.55pm-7.00 Party Political Broadcast
8.00-9.00 Charlotte Church: Inside My
Brain. The singer investigates the science
behind mental health conditions
● 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:
9.00pm Burns an’ Mair. Musical
celebration of Robert Burns from Belfast
10.00-10.30 Spotlight (r) 11.15 A House
Through Time 12.15am The Mash Report
12.45-1.15 Mock the Week (r)
● BBC2 Scotland As BBC Two except:
12.00midday-1.00pm First Minister’s
Questions 7.00 Fergusson: Burns’
Forgotten Hero. The life and story of the
18th-century poet Robert Fergusson (r)
7.30-8.00 Timeline 9.00-10.00 The
Family Doctors. The GPs take over
another surgery — but it proves costly
11.15-12.15am A House Through Time
● Channel As ITV except:
8.30pm-9.00 CI Sports Awards 2017
10.45 CI Sports Awards 2017 11.15 Great
Art 12.15am The Cruise: Return to the
Mediterranean 12.45 Joanna Lumley’s
Postcards (r) 1.00-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except:
6.25pm-6.30 Party Political Broadcast
● STV As ITV except: 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight 11.05 FILM The Danish Girl (2015)
1.15am Teleshopping 2.15 After Midnight
3.45 Bargain Holidays: What’s the Truth?
Tonight (r) 4.10 ITV Nightscreen
5.05-6.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show (r)
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Teleshopping 2.30-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw 12.00 News S4C a’r
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Matthew Rhys (r) 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00
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Kung Fu Panda (r) 5.45 Rygbi Pawb
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Aled Samuel visits architect Iwan Thomas
at his home in Aberaeron (r) 6.30 Rownd
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8.00 Iolo: Deifio yn y Barrier Reef
8.55 Darllediad Gwleidyddol gan Ukip
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Straeon o’r Strade (r) 10.30 Hansh
11.00-11.35 Mwy o Sgorio (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Pulp Fiction (18, 1994)
Film4, 9pm
Quentin Tarantino is as profligate with his flowery dialogue as he
is with the baroque violence in this hugely influential American
crime picture. Convoluted in structure and playfully non-linear, if
the film is occasionally a little too pleased with its own wit, that’s
perhaps a small price to pay for writing and direction of this
distinctive quality. John Travolta’s career was rehabilitated by his
role as the heroin addict hitman Vincent Vega and a legendary
dance sequence with Uma Thurman. His co-stars include Samuel
L Jackson, Harvey Keitel and Bruce Willis. Tarantino is yet to top
it, but there’s no shame in that. (154min) Wendy Ide
Look Back in Anger
(PG, 1958)
Talking Pictures, 11.35pm
Richard Burton’s casting as the
angry young man Jimmy Porter has
generally been seen as a misstep.
While Tony Richardson wanted to
keep Kenneth Haigh, who played
Porter with aplomb in Richardson’s
Royal Court production of John
Osborne’s play, the money men wanted someone with a name.
Thus, Burton, pictured, too old, too handsome, too physically
imposing for Porter, took the role. However, there is undisputed
pleasure in seeing a great British actor in one of the great British
roles. Mary Ure remained from the stage as his downtrodden
wife, Alison, while Claire Bloom is the bourgeois Helena, to
whom Porter takes an instant dislike. (98min) Chris Bennion
Sexy Beast (18, 2000)
Film4, midnight
Just when you thought you couldn’t take another generic
British gangster movie, along came the debut feature film
from Jonathan Glazer. Ray Winstone is suitably sun-baked as
Gary, a former gangster who has retired to rural Spain. His
peaceful existence is interrupted by Ben Kingsley, delivering
a huge, scene-stealing performance as Gary’s former colleague
Don Logan. Don is planning a bank job and he needs Gary
on his team. He is not a man who takes no for an answer.
Kingsley is magnificent, a ball of sociopathic malice. It’s his
nerve-shredding turn that elevates this movie from a good
film to a great one. (88 min) WI
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his urine-powered generator (r) 6.00
Home and Away. Concern mounts
over Ryder (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Another Death in Paradise (9pm)
A final visit to Falkner Street (9pm)
Rembrandt’s later years (10.45pm)
A home in a plane cockpit (8pm)
Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun (8pm)
7.00 The One Show Topical stories
from around the UK
7.00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond
the Lobby Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti travel more than
120 miles north of the Arctic
Circle into Swedish Lapland to
work in Icehotel in the village of
Jukkasjarvi (6/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Lachlan tries to
destroy incriminating evidence
7.00 Channel 4 News
Including sport and weather
7.00 The Wonderful World of
Puppies Revealing how dogs
learn to communicate with
each other, via everything from
barks to squeaks and yelps,
and subtle gestures with the
ears, eyes, tail and snout (3/6)
(r); followed by 5 News Update
8.00 George Clarke’s Amazing
Spaces George visits an airline
enthusiast planning to
transform a cockpit into a
summer house. Plus, an indoor/
outdoor space with moveable
walls and a multi-coloured
apartment in Tokyo (3/8)
8.00 Bargain-Loving Brits in
the Sun New series. West
Midlander Paul has high hopes
for his recently opened cafe
bar in the city’s old town,
while a Scottish couple’s
caravan has gone missing (1/8);
followed by 5 News Update
7.30 EastEnders Mick does all he
can to find the money that
would allow his family to
stay at the Queen Vic
7.30 Bargain Holidays: What’s the
Truth? Tonight A look at the
potential pitfalls while booking
a cheap summer holiday
8.00 Big Cats Research into wild
cats, including discoveries
about the cheetah, and
conservation programmes,
which have brought animals
from the brink of extinction.
See Viewing Guide (3/3)
8.00 The Hairy Bikers’
Mediterranean Adventure
The duo explore the culinary
delights of southern France,
trying pastry with spicy
octopus and barbecued snails
as they travel from Marseille to
Catalan country (4/6)
8.00 Emmerdale Rhona finds an
unexpected confidante, and
Charity’s plan backfires
9.00 Death in Paradise A blind
woman dies live on stage while
being treated by a faith healer
— and when it turns out she has
been poisoned, all eyes turn to
the man’s cup of holy water.
See Viewing Guide (4/8)
9.00 A House Through Time David
Olusoga concludes the house’s
story, revealing how it was once
almost demolished, then
became a home for creative
people and meeting the current
owner. See Viewing Guide (4/4)
9.00 Transformation Street
A patient at the beginning of
her transition from male to
female prepares to explain to
her small son that his father is
now a woman. Narrated by
Lesley Sharp (3/3)
9.00 Hunted The hunters have
former police firearms officer
Jamie in their sights, while
Sheffield deputy mayor Magid
Mah riles the team with a series
of cheeky taunts (4/6)
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother
Highlights of another day
with the famous residents,
revealing who is playing up
for the benefit of the cameras
and who is taking a more
laid-back approach
10.00 BBC News at Ten; followed by
Regional News and Weather
10.00 The Mash Report
Satirical news show presented
by Nish Kumar (2/6)
10.00 ITV News at Ten; followed by
Regional News and Weather
10.00 Derry Girls The Quinns play
host to a house guest from
Ukraine (4/6)
10.00 Celebrity 100 Per Cent
Hotter: The BIG Challenge
The stylists provide makeovers
for two famous faces known
for their flamboyant fashions
— Gemma Collins and
Christopher Biggins (4/4)
10.45 Question Time Topical debate
from Dumfries, chaired by
David Dimbleby
11.45 This Week Andrew Neil
introduces a round-table chat,
in which he, Michael Portillo
and other guests take a look
back at the past seven days’
political and parliamentary
developments
12.30am Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.35 BBC News
10.30 Newsnight The day’s events
presented by Evan Davis
11.15 Stealing Van Gogh Andrew
Graham-Dixon examines the
world of high art and organised
crime, as he uncovers the true
story behind the greatest art
heist of the 21st century (r)
12.15am Bowls: World Indoor
Championships Highlights. The ladies’
singles final 1.15 Sign Zone: A House
Through Time. David Olusoga focuses
on the 1850s to the 1890s (r) (SL)
2.15-3.15 The Hairy Bikers’
Mediterranean Adventure (r) (SL)
8.30 The Cruise: Return to the
Mediterranean The staff
compete for the employee of
the month award (3/6)
10.45 Great Art Tim Marlow tells the
story of the 17th-century Dutch
master Rembrandt, focusing on
work exhibited at London’ss
National Gallery and
Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
See Viewing Guide (4/5)
11.45 Joanna Lumley’s Postcards
The actress recalls her journey
along the Nile (6/6) (r)
12.10am Lethal Weapon. Riggs and
Murtaugh investigate the death of a
plastic surgeon (r) 1.00 Jackpot247
3.00 Bargain Holidays: What’s the
Truth? Tonight (r) 3.25 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. Talk show (r) (SL)
10.30 The Undateables A 27-year-old
with a learning disability is
determined to find his true love,
while a woman who suffered a
major stroke eight years ago
feels ready to seek out a
boyfriend again (3/4) (r)
11.30 The Super Orgasm A new
scientific study into the
phenomenon (r)
11.05 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on
the Side Rylan Clark-Neal
presents the CBB companion
show, including guests’
thoughts on tomorrow night’s
double eviction and other
developments
12.30am Obsessive Compulsive
Cleaners (r) 1.25 The Secret Life of the
Zoo. Documentary (r) 2.20 The
Supervet (r) 3.15 Location, Location,
Location (r) 4.10 Coast vs Country (r)
5.05 China: Between Clouds and
Dreams. Documentary (r)
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10am GPs:
Behind Closed Doors. Doctors treat a
woman struggling with anxiety and
depression (r) 4.00 Britain’s Greatest
Bridges (r) (SL) 4.45 House Doctor (r)
(SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL) 5.35
Divine Designs (r) (SL)
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Walks with My Dog
Thursday 25 | Primetime digital guide
Reverend Richard Coles
takes his daschund for a
stroll along the Galloway coast
More4, 9pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
FV 9, FS 107, SKY 116, VIRGIN 107
FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
FV 15, FS 300, SKY 315, VIRGIN 428
SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm Beyond 100 Days News
7.30 Top of the Pops: 1985
Featuring Big Sound
Authority, Art of Noise,
Bruce Springsteen and
Foreigner (R)
8.00 How We Got to Now with
Steven Johnson Innovations
in the measurement of time,
including the developments
made by a railway clerk who
fought to standardise time
zones and the cobbler who
invented the first cheap
watch (R)
9.00 Forces of Nature with Brian
Cox The physicist charts the
Earth’s journey through
space (R)
10.00 Prehistoric Autopsy
A reconstruction of
Homo erectus (R)
11.00 Lost Land of the Volcano
Discoveries in the New
Guinea crater (R)
12.00-12.30am Top of the Pops:
1985 Shown earlier (R)
7.00pm Murder, She Wrote Jessica
visits her nephew — but
soon has to put on her
thinking cap to solve the
murder of a television
sports personality (R)
8.00 Agatha Christie’s Marple
The sleuth investigates the
murder of her old friend
Father Gorman, using a list
of names sent by the priest
moments before his death
to bring the guilty party
to justice (1/4) (R)
10.00-12.05am Foyle’s War When
an unpopular employee at a
military psychiatric hospital
is found murdered, there is
no shortage of suspects, but
a colleague of the man, an
exiled Polish Jew, holds
himself responsible for the
death. Foyle is convinced
there is another explanation,
but his priorities shift when
news of a missing boy
reaches Hastings (R)
6.55pm The Supervet A five-yearold Great Dane is rushed to
Fitzpatrick Referrals after
losing the use of its back
legs, while a woman brings
her dog to the practice after
it is hit by a car (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud meets a couple
trying to convert the old
lifeboat station in Tenby,
Pembrokeshire, into a
contemporary home, and
preserve the historic
building for posterity (R)
9.00 Walks with My Dog The Rev
Richard Coles and his
dachsund explore the
Galloway coast (3/6)
10.00 The Yorkshire Dales and
the Lakes John and William
Dawson must gather in
2,000 sheep (R)
11.05-12.10am 24 Hours in A&E
A builder falls at work and
dislocates his shoulder
in an unusual way (R)
6.35pm FILM Cowboys & Aliens
(12, 2011) A mysterious
stranger leads the people of
a Wild-West town to fight
back against an invasion
from another world. Sci-fi
western with Daniel Craig
and Harrison Ford
9.00 FILM Pulp Fiction (18, 1994)
A series of interlinked
stories about the Los
Angeles underworld.
Quentin Tarantino’s crime
drama starring John
Travolta, Samuel L Jackson,
Uma Thurman and Bruce
Willis. See Film Choice
12.00-1.45am FILM Sexy Beast (18,
2000) A retired safebreaker living in Spain is
visited by his former
gangland boss, who needs
his help with a bank job in
London. Crime thriller
starring Ray Winstone, Ben
Kingsley and Ian McShane.
See Film Choice
7.00pm The Simpsons (R)
7.30 The Simpsons (R)
8.00 Duck Quacks Don’t Echo
Lee Mack is joined by
Jason Byrne, Alex Jones
and Harry Enfield, whose
favourite facts are tested
to see if they are
scientifically accurate (R)
9.00 A League of Their Own With
Jimmy Carr, Claudia
Winkleman and Micah
Richards (R)
10.00 Delicious Sam and Gina tell
the family the truth about
Adam. Last in the series (R)
11.00 The Force: North East New
homeowners get a shock
when they discover a
cannabis farm in their loft,
while officers investigate
after getting a tip-off about
some forged cash (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World Ross
investigates racial
segregation in Memphis (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Grissom takes
Greg off an investigation
into a shooting when it
becomes clear the case
involves the brother of a
man Greg killed in
self-defence just months
previously (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods Erin faces off in
court against Jack, her
ex-husband, when he
represents someone
she is attempting to
convict of murder (R)
9.00 Britannia Aulus sends
envoys to parlay with the
tribes of Britannia. See
Viewing Guide (2/9)
10.00 Active Shooter: America
Under Fire The 2015
terrorist attack at a
government building in San
Bernardino, California (R)
11.10-12.10am Britannia Aulus
sends envoys to parlay with
the tribes of Britannia (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
FV 6, FS 113, SKY 118, VIRGIN 115
FV 24, FS 117, SKY 120, VIRGIN 118
FV 28, FS 122, SKY 136, VIRGIN 106
FV 30, FS 131, SKY 176, VIRGIN 151
FV 81, FS 306, SKY 343, VIRGIN 445
FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Two episodes
8.00 Two and a Half Men
Walden receives an invitation to
the opening of his ex-girlfriend
Kate’s boutique
8.30 Superstore Dina investigates
a theft on Hallowe’en
9.00 Release the Hounds
With Joe Swash, Vicky Pattison
and George Shelley
10.00 Celebrity Juice
10.50 Family Guy
11.45-12.15am American Dad!
6.35pm The Car Chasers
7.05 Pawn Stars
8.00 The Chase: Celebrity Special
9.00 FILM The Shawshank
Redemption (15, 1994) A banker
wrongly jailed for his wife’s murder
forms an extraordinary friendship
with a fellow inmate over the
course of their sentences.
Drama with Tim Robbins
11.55-2.15am FILM Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
(18, 2008) Musical horror starring
Helena Bonham Carter
7.00pm Hollyoaks Milo shuts the
door on Dirk when he returns
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
An emergency leads to a change of
plans in Portugal
8.00 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 2 Broke Girls Caroline and
Bobby have their first argument
9.30 2 Broke Girls Caroline
discovers Bobby’s secret
obsession with bowling
10.00 The Inbetweeners
11.05-12.05am The Big Bang
Theory Double bill
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 Extreme Hair Wars New
series. Stylists compete in a fight of
hairdressing supremacy (1/6)
9.00 FILM RocknRolla (15, 2008)
A Russian mob boss sets up a
profitable real-estate scam, and
soon all London’s criminals are
after their share. Guy Ritchie’s
crime comedy with Gerard Butler
11.05-1.00am FILM Hummingbird
(15, 2013) Crime thriller starring
Jason Statham and Agata Buzek
6.00pm FILM The Lost Moment
(U, 1947) A publisher insinuates
himself into the household of an
elderly recluse to recover a series
of love letters by a famous poet.
Drama with Susan Hayward
7.45 Terminus Short documentary
8.20 FILM The Prime of Miss Jean
Brodie (15, 1969) Drama starring
Maggie Smith and Robert Stephens
10.35 Dick Powell Theatre
11.35-1.35am FILM Look Back in
Anger (PG, 1958) Drama starring
Richard Burton. See Film Choice
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart
8.00 A Place to Call Home Sarah’s
annoyance at the invasion of her
privacy turns to anger when she is
questioned by Jack about her real
name, causing her to do the one
thing he never expected
9.00 The White Queen
Margaret Beaufort joins Warwick’s
rebellion against Edward
10.20 New Tricks
11.20 Birds of a Feather
12.00-1.00am The Bill
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
FV 19, FS 159, SKY 537, VIRGIN 245
FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Hidden Traces
Archaeological findings from the
First World War
8.00 Wartime Crime Racial
tensions in 1940s California
9.00 The Two Ronnies
Vintage comedy including another
episode of Death Can Be Fatal
10.00 The Two Ronnies
Vintage comedy including part six
of Death Can Be Fatal
10.50 Men Behaving Badly
11.30-12.10am Men Behaving
Badly British sitcom
7.00pm Police Interceptors
Officers come under attack from a
gang of violent armed robbers
8.00 Ice Road Chaos: Winter Road
Rescue A car is left hanging
precariously above a motorway
9.00 World’s Deadliest Weather:
Caught on Camera Footage
capturing the destruction caused
by severe weather conditions
10.00 Fights, Camera, Action!
11.00 The X-Files Evil spirits
cause the death of a child
12.00-1.00am The X-Files
7.00pm Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Inebriated locals in Burton cause
problems on the night shift
8.00 QI XL With Sandi Toksvig, Bill
Bailey and Susan Calman
9.00 Live at the Apollo Lenny
Henry welcomes the Canadian
comedian Mike Wilmot and the
Irish stand-up Tommy Tiernan to
the Hammersmith Apollo
10.00 Taskmaster Sally Phillips
faces an amorous watercooler
11.00 QI With Linda Smith
11.40-12.20am QI
6.40pm Air Warriors
Exploring the development and
application of drones
7.50 The Mystery of the Black
Death Investigation into the
causes of the lethal disease
9.00 Prohibition Exploring the rise
of gang culture
10.05 Last Stand at Little Big Horn
Documentary exploring the 1876
battle known as Custer’s Last Stand
11.15-12.25am The Mystery of the
Black Death Investigation into the
causes of the lethal disease
7.00pm Matilda & Me Charting
Tim Minchin’s long-term
fascination with Roald Dahl
8.00 The Eighties An insight
into a decade that had a profound
impact on America
9.00 I Am Heath Ledger
Celebrating the life and work of the
Australian actor
11.00 Portrait Artist of the Year
2018 With Noel Fielding
12.00-1.15am California Dreamin’:
The Songs of the Mamas and the
Papas Documentary
7.00pm Criminal Minds
Two bodies are found with nearly
50 stab wounds each
8.00 Elementary Morland offers to
act as one of his son’s consultants
9.00 Conviction Hayes reviews the
case of a political activist who
bombed a mosque
10.00 Madam Secretary Elizabeth
accepts she may have to
compromise with the Taliban
11.00 Criminal Minds
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Crime drama
W
Fox
Discovery
Nat Geographic
Comedy Central
Gold
SKY 124, VIRGIN 157
SKY 520, VIRGIN 250, BT 316
SKY 526, VIRGIN 266, BT 327
SKY 112, VIRGIN 132, BT 307
SKY 110, VIRGIN 124, BT 310
SKY 109, VIRGIN 125, BT 311
7.00pm NCIS
8.00 NCIS: New Orleans
9.00 The Orville Two Union
anthropologists go missing on a
planet a lot like 21st-century Earth
10.00 Family Guy
11.00 American Dad!
11.30 American Dad!
12.00-12.30am Family Guy
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
9.00 Mysteries of the Missing
10.00 The Interrogation Room
An interview covering a domestic
dispute that turned deadly
11.00 Ed Stafford: Into the
Unknown Documentary
12.00-1.00am Mysteries of the
Missing Documentary
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 To Catch a Smuggler: JFK
Airport Documentary
9.00 Banged Up Abroad A
marijuana smuggler is imprisoned
10.00 Banged Up Abroad
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster Kobe earthquake of 1995
7.00pm Friends Four episodes
9.00 FILM Role Models (15, 2008)
After a brush with the law, two
irresponsible men have to look
after troubled kids as community
service. Comedy with Paul Rudd
11.00 The Cleveland Show
12.00-12.30am Impractical Jokers:
Inside Jokes Behind the scenes
6.40pm The Good Life
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Only Fools and Horses
8.40 Only Fools and Horses
9.20 Absolutely Fabulous
10.00 Game On
10.40 Game On
11.20 Peep Show
11.55-12.35am Inside No 9
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
8.00 Inside the Ambulance West
Midlands paramedics tend to a
schoolboy who has had a seizure
9.00 Murder Made Me Famous
10.00 John Bishop: In
Conversation with Ellie Simmonds
11.00 EastEnders
11.40-12.40am Code Black
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
SKY 301, VIRGIN 431, BT 501
SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 303, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
6.20pm Nina (15, 2016) Music
biopic starring Zoe Saldana
8.00 Pirates of the Caribbean:
Salazar’s Revenge (12, 2017) Ghost
scavengers escape from the Devil’s
Triangle, determined to kill every
pirate at sea, including Captain
Jack Sparrow. Swashbuckler
starring Johnny Depp
10.10 First Kill (15, 2017) Action
thriller starring Bruce Willis
12.00-2.45am A Cure for Wellness
(18, 2016) Psychological thriller
starring Dane DeHaan
5.30pm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(U, 1968) An inventor finds an old
car has magical powers, and a
greedy tyrant will do anything to
get hold of it. Children’s musical
adventure with Dick Van Dyke
8.00 Rogue One: A Star Wars
Story (12, 2016) A scientist’s
daughter tries to steal plans for a
lethal battle station. Sci-fi prequel
starring Felicity Jones
10.25-12.35am Cape Fear (18, 1991)
Thriller remake starring Robert De
Niro as a vengeful ex-convict
6.30pm Louis & Luca: The Big
Cheese Race (U, 2015) Animation
with the voice of John F Brungot
8.00 The Angry Birds Movie (U,
2016) 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 voice of Jason Sudeikis
9.45 The Huntsman: Winter’s War
(12, 2016) Fantasy adventure
starring Chris Hemsworth
11.45-1.20am The Dragon Spell
(U, 2016) Animated fantasy
5.35pm Guardians of the Galaxy
Vol 2 (12, 2017) The team must
fight to stay together as they
unravel the mystery surrounding
Peter Quill’s father. Fantasy
adventure starring Chris Pratt
8.00 The Lego Batman Movie (U,
2017) The Caped Crusader swings
into action to save Gotham City
from the Joker. Animated comedy
featuring the voice of Will Arnett
10.00-12.05am Assassin’s Creed
(12, 2016) Video game adaptation
starring Michael Fassbender
7.00pm Braveheart (15, 1995)
Medieval Scottish hero William
Wallace fights to drive the English
from his country. Historical epic
directed by and starring Mel
Gibson. With Patrick McGoohan
10.00 T2: Trainspotting (18, 2017)
After 20 years abroad, Mark
Renton returns to Scotland and
reunites with his old friends Sick
Boy, Spud, and Begbie. Drama
starring Ewan McGregor
12.00-1.30am Iona (15, 2015)
Drama starring Ruth Negga
Felicity Jones stars in the
prequel Rogue One: A Star
Wars Story (Sky Villains, 8pm)
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Sports guide
Live Golf
Sky Main Event, 5pm
Radio 1
Tiger Woods is scheduled to
make his season debut at
Torrey Pines in San Diego for
the Farmers Insurance Open.
Last month he showed us he
can still hit the ball (in an event
in the Bahamas) and he has
enjoyed huge success at Torrey
Pines, where his nine total
victories include seven at the
Farmers (including four straight
from 2005-08); the 2008 US
Open; and the Junior World
Championship aged 15. JC
Sky Sports Main Event
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
6.00am-9.00 LIVE European
Tour Golf: The Omega Dubai
Desert Classic
9.15-3.15pm LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v India
5.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf: The
Farmers Insurance Open
8.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf: The
Farmers Insurance Open
12.00-5.15am LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Sky Sports
Premier League
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512 BT VISION+ 406
9.00am PL World
9.30 PL Legends
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 Transfer Centre
11.30 The Debate
12.30pm PL World
1.00 PL 100 Club
2.00 PL Best Goals 02/03
3.00 Transfer Centre
3.30 PL Years
5.30 PL Greatest Games
6.00 PL 100 Club
7.00 Transfer Centre
7.30 PL World
8.00 PL Review
9.00 PL 100 Club
9.30 PL World
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Best PL Goals:
Liverpool v Man Utd
11.30 Best PL Goals:
Chelsea v Man Utd
12.00-1.00am
PL Best Goals 96/97
Sky Sports Football
SKY 403 VIRGIN 513
9.00am Scottish Cup
Greatest Games
9.15 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Archive action
9.30 La Liga Greatest Games
10.00 Carabao Cup Football
1.00pm La Liga Icons
2.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
3.00 Carabao Cup Highlights
4.00 Scottish Cup Greatest
Games Double bill
4.30 La Liga Greatest Games
5.00 Football Years
5.30 Football Countdowns
6.00 Eredivisie Round-Up
7.00 EFL Matters
7.30 Carabao Cup Highlights
8.30 EFL Matters
9.00 The Best La Liga Goals
2016/17 Archive action
10.00 La Liga Show
10.30 EFL Matters
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Charlie Sloth 11.00 James
Blake 12.00 Mura Masa
1.00am Toddla T 3.00 Wolf
Alice 4.00 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
11.00 La Liga Icons
12.00-12.30am La Liga Show
Sky Sports Cricket
SKY 404 VIRGIN 514 BT 403
6.00am LIVE
International T20 Cricket:
New Zealand v Pakistan
9.15-3.15pm LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v India
9.25-5.15am LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Sky Sports Golf
SKY 405 VIRGIN 515
6.00am-9.00 LIVE
European Tour Golf: The
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
11.30-1.30pm LIVE European
Tour Golf: The Omega
Dubai Desert Classic
4.45 LIVE PGA Tour Golf:
The Farmers Insurance Open
8.00-Midnight LIVE PGA
Tour Golf: The Farmers
Insurance Open
BT Sport 1
SKY 413 VIRGIN 531 BT 408
8.45am-11.00 LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Melbourne City FC
v Newcastle Jets
Midnight-2.30am
LIVE PSA Squash
3.00-6.00 LIVE ODI Cricket:
Australia v England
BT Sport 2
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8.30am-12.30pm LIVE
Cricket: Big Bash League —
Perth Scorchers v
Adelaide Strikers
3.30am-6.00 LIVE NBA:
Golden State Warriors v
Minnesota Timberwolves
BT Sport 3
SKY 417 VIRGIN 533 BT 410
Midnight LIVE College
Basketball: Purdue
Boilermakers v Michigan
Wolverines (Tip-off 12.00)
2.00am LIVE College
Basketball: Wichita State
Shockers v UCF Knights
4.00-6.00 LIVE College
Basketball All the action
Eurosport 1
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7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show with Anneka Rice
12.00 The Craig Charles House
Party (r) 2.00am Radio 2’s
Tracks of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Lutoslawski
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Grieg (Andante con
moto in C minor for piano trio
— 1878); Grainger (Folk Songs
from the British Isles for piano);
and Clarke (Sonata for viola
and piano — 1919) (r)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
Rossini (Moses in Egypt); and
Haydn (Symphony No 92 in G,
Oxford). See Choice
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Live Radio 3 in Concert
The Academy of St Martin in
the Fields performs from
Colston Hall, Bristol. Vivaldi
(The Four Seasons); Edgar
Meyer (Overture for Violin and
Orchestra); Beethoven
(Symphony No 2)
10.00 Free Thinking
10.45 The Essay
11.00 Exposure
12.00 Late Junction Mixtape
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FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
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5.30am News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.30 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00 In Our Time
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Reading Europe — Geert
Mak’s In Europe The Dutch
writer travels through Kiev,
Odessa and Istanbul (4/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Including at 10.45 the Drama:
The Truth About Hawaii by
Oliver Emanuel (4/10)
Today’s picks
Opera Matinee: Rossini’s
Moses in Egypt
Radio 3, 2pm
Assignment: Paralympic
Sport — Fair Play?
World Service, 8pm
The Old Testament has many
strengths, but as Rossini
spotted, one of its weaknesses
is that it is light on love stories.
So when the composer came to
adapt the story of Moses and
the Exodus from Egypt, he
introduced a little operatic
va-va-voom in the form of a love story between Pharaoh’s
son Amenofi and the Israelite Elcia. He loves her so much that
he tries to prevent the Israelites from leaving. Imagine how
different history might have been had he succeeded. The
premiere in Naples was not an unmitigated success: if parting
the Red Sea is tricky for a prophet, it’s almost as hard for a set
designer, and the Neapolitans made their disdain for Rossini’s
version clear. Here, Enrique Mazzola conducts the Vienna SO
and chorus; Andrew Foster-Williams sings Pharoah, pictured,
and Clarissa Costanzo sings Elcia. Catherine Nixey
Classification in paralympic
sport has become a fraught
issue, with some describing it
as akin to doping. The idea of
paralympic classification is
simple: all athletes should
compete against those with
similar disabilities. But its
implementation is fiendish:
how do you measure such
things? And are some athletes
exaggerating their disability
— as is claimed — to get into a
more favourable class? Here,
Jane Deith speaks to athletes,
coaches and officials who are
concerned that the system is
being abused. CN
11.00 From Our Own
Correspondent
11.30 Art for the Millions (r)
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Two Thousand Years of
Puzzling Documentary
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Sweetness and Desire:
A Short History of Sugar
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Freezing to Death
(and How to Avoid It)
By Abigail Youngman
3.00 Open Country
3.27 Radio 4 Appeal (r)
3.30 Open Book (r)
4.00 The Film Programme
4.30 BBC Inside Science
5.00 PM With Carolyn Quinn
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme
7.00 The Archers Lexi faces
some difficult choices
7.15 Front Row
7.45 The Truth about Hawaii
By Oliver Emanuel (4/10) (r)
8.00 The Briefing Room
8.30 In Business (9/9)
9.00 BBC Inside Science (r)
9.30 In Our Time (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
Reading Europe: Turkey —
The Red-Haired Woman
By Orhan Pamuk (4/10)
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12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Reading Europe — Geert
Mak’s In Europe
12.48 Shipping Forecast
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3.00-5.20 (LW) Live Test
Match Special:
Australia v England
5.20 Shipping Forecast
Souvenir Programme
10.30 Sketchorama
11.00 Start/Stop 11.30 Facts
and Fancies 11.45 For One
Horrible Moment
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5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 Emma Barnett 1.00pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.30 5 Live Cricket 8.30 5 Live
Sport: Matt Dawson’s Rugby
Show. A look ahead to the Six
Nations 9.30 5 Live Tennis
10.00 Question Time Extra
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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. With Mark
Saggers 10.00 Sports Bar
1.00am Extra Time with
Adam Catterall
Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
8.00am Marriage Lines 8.30
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Unbelievable Truth 9.30 King
Street Junior 10.00 Strangers
and Brothers 11.00 Short
Works: The World of
Somerset Maugham 11.15
Ae Fond Kiss: The Love
Letters of Robert Burns and
Clarinda 12.00 Marriage Lines
12.30pm The Goon Show 1.00
The Daughter of Time 1.30
Robert Burns’s iPod 2.00 The
Girls of Slender Means 2.15
In Search of Ourselves: A
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and Brothers 4.00 The
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The Scarifyers: The Thirteen
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Show 8.00 The Daughter of
Time 8.30 Robert Burns’s
iPod 9.00 Short Works: The
World of Somerset Maugham
9.15 Ae Fond Kiss: The Love
Letters of Robert Burns
and Clarinda 10.00 Comedy
Club: John Finnemore’s
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Digital only
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Thought Show 10.00 World
Update 11.00 The Newsroom
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News 12.06pm Outlook
1.00 The Newsroom 1.30
Assignment 2.00 Newshour
3.00 News 3.06 The Inquiry
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6.00 News 6.06 Outlook
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Sport Today 8.00 News 8.06
Assignment. See Choice 8.30
Science in Action 9.00
Newshour 10.00 The
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Business 11.00
News 11.06 The Inquiry
11.30 The Food Chain 12.00
Newshour Extra 1.00am
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2.00 News 2.06 The
Newsroom 2.30 Assignment
3.00 News 3.06 HARDtalk
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Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12.00
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Time with Chrissie Hynde
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 John
Suchet 1.00pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics 8.00
The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott revisit
Handel’s Arrival of the Queen
of Sheba 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1.00am Jane Jones
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Saturday January 20 2018 | the times
Friday 26 | Viewing guide
ROB VERHORST/REDFERNS
Critic’s choice Hits, Hype & Hustle
BBC Four, 9pm
Part two of this insiders’
guide to the music business
looks at how live rock
performance has become
a multimillion-dollar
industry. Appropriately
enough, the first ten minutes
are all about U2, innovators
in the art of the stadium
show and who, on their 360°
tour, were pulling in
£5 million a night. Clips of
their gargantuan PopMart
staging of 1997 and their
latest tour, the Joshua Tree,
demonstrate how huge live
shows have become. The
veteran promoter John
Giddings — our guide here —
muses with the bassist
Adam Clayton on the band’s
early days playing at the
Hope and Anchor in
Islington compared with the
vast crowds today. Why
Giddings? Because, as
Clayton puts it: “People don’t
realise what promoters do;
they protect the audience
and they protect the band
and make sure no one gets
ripped off.” The first big
shows Giddings attended
were at the original Isle of
Wight festival and he
recounts how the backstage
chaos of unpaid artists and
frantic last-minute
negotiations (the Who
demanded a fee to match
Bob Dylan’s) were part of
a broad transformation of
the music industry. The hour
is best for its anecdotes: in
tracing the live rock show
from the 1970s to today, we
hear from Phil Collins on
Peter Gabriel’s eccentricities
(turning up wearing a fox’s
head) to Stewart Copeland
of the Police, pictured, on
how the band, while at their
peak, played to a local
women’s organisation in
India. Alex James recalls
Blur’s chaotic early tours: at
one gig he ended up with
two black eyes, each from
different band members.
James Jackson
Further recommendations
Glastonbury Golden Greats features artists who have occupied
the festival’s “legends” slot, including BB King (BBC Four, 10pm)
The Wine Show
Channel 5, 7pm
Idling around their sunbaked
“Provençal villa of fun”, Matthew
Goode says to his fellow actor
James Purefoy: “If Joe doesn’t
bring us something refreshing
soon I’m just going to climb
into the fridge.” Joe is the wine
master Joe Fattorini, who is
soon on hand to quench poor
Goode’s thirst with elixirs
from . . . Armenia and Georgia.
For, as Fattorini explains on his
trip to eastern Europe later, the
countries have the oldest wine
cultures in the world. Jancis
Robinson then shows up to
referee on wines for the Michelin
chef Stéphane Reynaud’s divine
squid stew. So much to learn
from this amiable hour. JJ
Catch
up
Hansa Studios:
By the Wall 1976-90
Sky On Demand
Hansa Studios in Berlin
is where David Bowie
recorded his classic
albums Heroes and Low
during a self-imposed
exile in the city
from 1976 to 1979.
Located in a
wasteland in what
was West Berlin,
“on the outpost
of western
civilisation”, a few
hundred yards from
Live Match of the
Day: The FA Cup
Monty Don’s
Paradise Gardens
Lethal Weapon
BBC One, 7.30pm
BBC Two, 9pm
David and Goliath has nothing
on this: Yeovil Town, who are
facing a battle to stay in the
Football League, welcome
titans Manchester United, who
have won the Cup 12 times, to
their Huish Park fortress in
deepest Somerset hoping for
a famous victory. Well, they —
and we — can but dream for
such an irresistible upset.
Either way, passions will be
worn on sleeves and there will
be a terrific sense of occasion
to enjoy from one’s armchair.
Consider this: the entire town
has a population of 45,000, not
enough to fill Old Trafford. JJ
Monty’s odyssey through
heavenly Islamic gardens
reaches Istanbul, where he
walks amid a gaudy carpet of
tulips (“I’m really not sure how
to react,” he admits) and hears
about the sacred relevance of
the flower. There is something
enriching about a programme
that finds the intersection
of religious history and
green-fingered travelogue. And
it looks wonderful, not least at
Humayun’s tomb, a domed
Mughal palace in Delhi, or the
Taj Mahal. Heat, dust and
dazzling colours — these are
places to seduce your soul. JJ
In tonight’s episode, a
threatened LA pop superstar
is having a fling with her
bodyguard — in homage to
the Whitney Houston movie
The Bodyguard, perhaps? —
but, as ever, the crime set-up
is merely a conduit for the
soppy banter between those
loveable maverick detectives
Riggs and Murtaugh, both so
casually witty one suspects
they’re having the lines
written by a team of
scriptwriters. As they’re
tasked with babysitting the
diva-in-peril, their boss warns
them through gritted teeth:
“I want you to drop no one off
a balcony for 24 hours.” JJ
the remains of the Berlin
Wall, the studio has a global
mystique, up there with
Abbey Road and Muscle
Shoals. It has also hosted
Iggy Pop, U2, Depeche Mode,
Nick Cave and REM. This
meticulous, feature-length
documentary traces the
historical, cultural and
artistic significance of
the studio and the
music recorded there,
with contributions
from Bowie
(from the
archive), his
producer
Tony Visconti
and Michael
Stipe,
pictured.
Joe Clay
ITV, 9pm
Variations
● BBC1 N Ireland As BBC One except:
10.35pm Give My Head Peace. Cal finds a
new skill, but ends up annoying a top
sports star 11.05 The Graham Norton
Show 11.55 Witless 12.20am Hailmakers
12.40-6.00 BBC News
● Channel As ITV except:
12.50am-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● ITV Wales As ITV except:
8.00pm-8.30 The Strait. Life during early
summer around the Menai Straits, the
stretch of sea that separates the isle of
Anglesey from mainland Wales
● STV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30 Peter
& Roughie’s Friday Football Show
12.50am Teleshopping 1.50 After
Midnight 3.20 Tenable (r) 4.10 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05-6.00 The Jeremy Kyle
Show. Talk show (r)
● UTV As ITV except: 8.00pm-8.30 UTV
Life 10.45 Britain’s Brightest Family
11.15-11.45 River Monsters 12.50am
Teleshopping 2.20-3.00 ITV Nightscreen
● S4C 6.00am Cyw: Hafod Haul (r) 6.15
Cwpwrdd Cadi (r) 6.30 Blero yn Mynd i
Ocido (r) 6.40 Tomos a’i Ffrindiau (r) 6.50
Meripwsan (r) 7.00 Rapsgaliwn (r) 7.15
Digbi Draig 7.30 Twm Tisian (r) 7.35
Ysbyty Cyw Bach (r) 7.50 Sara a Cwac (r)
8.00 Octonots (r) 8.15 Ty Mel (r) 8.20 Y
Dywysoges Fach (r) 8.30 Guto Gwningen
(r) 8.45 Marcaroni (r) 9.00 Popi’r Gath (r)
9.10 Stiw (r) 9.25 Ben a Mali a’u Byd Bach
O Hud (r) 9.35 Holi Hana (r) 9.45 Bach a
Mawr (r) 10.00 Hafod Haul (r) 10.15
Cwpwrdd Cadi (r) 10.30 Blero yn Mynd i
Ocido (r) 10.40 Tomos a’i Ffrindiau (r)
10.50 Meripwsan (r) 11.00 Ysbyty Cyw
Bach (r) 11.15 Digbi Draig (r) 11.30 Twm
Tisian (r) 11.35 Rapsgaliwn (r) 11.50 Sara a
Cwac (r) 12.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
12.05pm Pobol Porthgain (r) 12.30 Iolo:
Deifio yn y Barrier Reef (r) 1.30
Chwaraeon y Dyn Bach (r) 2.00 News S4C
a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 News
S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 Pengelli (r) 3.30 Byd
Pws (r) 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil
5.05 Cic 5.25 SpynjBob Pantsgwâr (r) 5.35
Cog1nio (r) 6.00 News S4C a’r Tywydd
6.05 Cwpwrdd Dillad (r) 6.30 Darren
Drws Nesa (r) 7.00 Heno 8.00 Pobol y
Cwm 8.25 Ar y Dibyn 9.00 News 9 a’r
Tywydd 9.30 Cerys Matthews a’r Goeden
Faled 10.00 Adre. Nia Parry visits the
home of the artist Cefyn Burgess (r)
10.30-11.35 Craith (r)
(r) repeat (SL) In-vision signing
Films of the day
Our Man in Havana (PG, 1959)
Film4, 2.55pm
Graham Greene adapted his novel for his third collaboration with
the director Carol Reed. Alec Guinness was born to play James
Wormold, the vacuum cleaner salesman in pre-revolutionary Cuba
who is recruited into British Intelligence and digs himself into
trouble. Wormold invents Cuban plots and fabricates agents to
satisfy his bosses in London — it works rather too well. The film
was well received. Our critic wrote in December 1959: “If the film is
less ambitious than some of Sir Carol’s earlier work, it is masterly
in accomplishment and richly human. Some people will say that it
is slow; some people are never satisfied.” (111min) Chris Bennion
The Innocents (12, 1961)
Talking Pictures, 9pm
The Innocents creeps slowly up on
the viewer: a drip-feed of fear fed
by creaks, eerie children and
shadowy demonic figures. Directed
by Jack Clayton, the film’s Victorian
horror comes from the deathly
atmosphere of Bly House, a
crenellated country mansion where
Miss Giddens, played by Deborah Kerr, pictured, is sent to be the
nanny for two rich orphans. The children’s previous nanny and her
manservant lover met mysterious deaths. An adaptation of Henry
James’s The Turn of Screw, the black-and-white drama cranks up
the psychological horror, and we are no longer sure whether the
innocent children are possessed by the previous occupants of the
house or the new nanny is losing her mind. (100min) Kate Muir
Drive (18, 2011)
BBC Two, 11.05pm
Adapted from a novel by James Sallis, Drive pays loving homage
to past movies. With extensive use of a twanging synthesizer on
the soundtrack, it references the pulpy B-movie action flicks of
the 1980s, but the obvious allusion is to Walter Hill’s The Driver.
The central character, called Driver, is a stunt driver for
Hollywood movies by day and a talented getaway driver by
night. It could be the premise for any number of mediocre
car-chase films, but Drive is superior. Ryan Gosling plays Driver;
Carey Mulligan is the young mother and neighbour for whom
Driver falls. Like most films about fast cars, the sexual subtext is
unavoidable. (100min) Wendy Ide
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BBC One
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00am Breakfast 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Holidays (r) 10.00 Homes Under the
Hammer (r) 11.00 Wanted Down
Under 11.45 A1: Britain’s Longest Road
12.15pm Bargain Hunt 1.00 BBC News
at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather 1.45 Doctors. Heston
is shocked to discover the cause of
an old friend’s psychotic episode 2.15
Father Brown. Sid vows vengeance
on his former defence barrister (r)
3.00 Escape to the Country. From
Norfolk (r) 3.45 The Farmers’ Country
Showdown. A potato farmer hopes to
attract interest in his premium crisp
products 4.30 Antiques Road Trip.
Raj Bisram and Catherine Southon
head from East Anglia to Bristol.
Last in the series 5.15 Pointless. Quiz
show 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather
6.30 BBC Regional News; Weather
6.00am Flog It! Trade Secrets (r) 6.30
The Farmers’ Country Showdown (r)
7.15 Antiques Road Trip (r) 8.00 Sign
Zone: MasterChef: The Professionals
(r) (SL) 9.00 Victoria Derbyshire 11.00
BBC Newsroom Live 12.00 Daily
Politics 1.00pm Live Bowls: World
Indoor Championships. Coverage of
two of the open singles quarter-finals
from the Potters Leisure Resort in
Hopton-on-Sea, as the players
attempt to progress to tomorrow’s
semi-finals. Coverage continues on
the interactive service 5.00 Tennis:
Australian Open 2018. Action from
day 12 of the opening Grand Slam
tournament of the year 6.00
Eggheads. Quiz show 6.30 Great
American Railroad Journeys. Michael
Portillo heads north through the
scenic New England states
6.00am Good Morning Britain 8.30
Lorraine 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show
10.30 This Morning 12.30pm Loose
Women. Celebrity interviews and
topical debate from a female
perspective 1.30 ITV News; Weather
1.55 Regional News; Weather 2.00
Judge Rinder. Cameras follow the
criminal barrister Robert Rinder as
he takes on real-life cases in a studio
courtroom 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal.
David Dickinson and his dealers head
to Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, where a
carboot teddy bear has words with
Debbie Serpell, and Stuart Hofgartner
fights for a military watch 4.00
Tipping Point. Ben Shephard hosts
the arcade-themed quiz show 5.00
The Chase. Quiz show hosted by
Bradley Walsh 6.00 Regional News;
Weather 6.30 ITV News; Weather
6.00am Countdown (r) 6.45 3rd Rock
from the Sun (r) 7.10 3rd Rock from
the Sun (r) 7.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (r) 8.30 Frasier (r) 9.00
Frasier (r) 9.35 Frasier (r) 10.05
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (r)
11.00 Sun, Sea and Selling Houses (r)
12.00 Channel 4 News Summary
12.05pm Couples Come Dine with Me
(r) 1.05 Posh Pawn (r) 2.10 Countdown
3.00 Village of the Year 4.00 A Place
in the Sun: Winter Sun. A couple seek
their first ever home together on the
island of Tenerife 5.00 Four in a Bed.
The B&B owners meet up to settle
some scores 5.30 Extreme Cake
Makers. Penzance bakers Phil and
Christine attempt their tallest bake to
date 6.00 The Simpsons. With the
voice of Eric Idle (r) 6.30 Hollyoaks
6.00am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.15 Cowboy Builders (r)
12.10pm 5 News Lunchtime 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector (r) 1.15 Home and
Away. Axel seems intent on driving a
wedge between Olivia and Hunter
1.45 Neighbours. Piper sets up an
online vlog to help Tyler 2.15 NCIS.
The team makes a surprising
discovery (r) 3.15 FILM Amish
Abduction (PG, TVM, 2015) When a
young Amish woman visits her cousin
for the summer and discovers
another world, she has to choose
which life she wants. Drama starring
Trevor Donovan 5.00 5 News at 5
5.30 Neighbours. Piper sets up an
online vlog to help Tyler (r) 6.00
Home and Away. Axel seems intent on
driving a wedge between Olivia and
Hunter (r) 6.30 5 News Tonight
Jesse Lingard in action (7.30pm)
Monty Don at the Taj Mahal (9pm)
A snakehead fish in Nepal (8pm)
Craig David is the guest (8pm)
Big Brother’s Emma Willis (9pm)
7.00 The One Show Hosted by Alex
Jones and Ade Adepitan
7.00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond
the Lobby Giles Coren and
Monica Galetti join the staff
working in some of the most
extraordinary hotels around the
world, beginning with Marina
Bay Sands in Singapore (1/6) (r)
7.00 Emmerdale Brenda makes a
declaration, and Pete struggles
7.00 Channel 4 News Including sport
and weather
7.00 The Wine Show Matthew
Goode and James Purefoy visit
the Palme D’Or restaurant in
Cannes, while Joe Fattorini
learns about labour shortages
at a Californian vineyard.
See Viewing Guide (3/7);
followed by 5 News Update
8.00 Mastermind Subjects include
Red Dwarf, the history of
Kentucky and Emperor Tiberius
8.00 River Monsters A possible
goonch catfish in Nepal (4/6)
8.30 A Vicar’s Life The new curate
Fr Matthew Cashmore drums
up interest in his church (3/6)
8.30 Coronation Street Phelan
celebrates his good fortune
8.00 Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast The singersongwriter Craig David swaps
Miami pier for Southend as he
rolls up his sleeves for a shift in
Jamie Oliver and Jimmy
Doherty’s cafe (10/12)
8.00 Costa Del Celebrity Anne
Diamond, Nick Owen, Ainsley
Harriott, Vicki Michelle and
Christine Hamilton end their
adventure at a family-run
vineyard during the grape
harvest. Last in the series;
followed by 5 News Update
9.00 Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens
In Turkey, Monty is dazzled by
tulips and in India discovers the
spirituality of tomb gardens. He
then learns the influence of
paradise gardens in the UK.
See Viewing Guide (2/2)
9.00 Lethal Weapon The duo
investigate the mysterious
death of a famous singer’s
bodyguard, while Riggs learns
about the responsibilities that
come with being in a
relationship. See Viewing Guide
9.00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown Jimmy Carr
hosts the comical words-andnumbers game, with Alan Carr
and Josh Widdicombe taking on
Joe Wilkinson and Sara Pascoe.
Bill Bailey helps out in
Dictionary Corner (2/4)
9.00 Celebrity Big Brother: Double
Eviction Emma Willis
announces which of the
nominees have proved least
popular with the voting public
10.00 QI With Josh Widdicombe,
Stephen K Amos and Cally
Beaton. Sandi Toksvig hosts
10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather
10.00 Will & Grace A young boy
claims Jack is his grandfather
10.30 Newsnight With Kirsty Wark
10.30 Regional News; Weather
10.00 The Last Leg New series. Adam
Hills, Josh Widdicombe and
Alex Brooker are joined by
guests for a comic review
of the significant moments of
the past seven days (1/10)
7.30 Live Match of the Day: The
FA Cup — Yeovil Town v
Manchester United (Kick-off
7.5
55). Coverage off the fourtthround match, which takes place
at Huish Park, as the League
Two strugglers host Jose
Mourinho’s Red Devils. The
sides last met in the third round
of the 2014/15 competition, with
Louis van Gaal’s side winning
2-0 thanks to second-half goals
from Ander Herrera and Angel
Di Maria. See Viewing Guide
10.00 BBC News at Ten
10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather;
National Lottery Update
10.35 The Graham Norton Show The
actor Tom Cruise chats about
his latest projects, including the
forthcoming sixth instalment in
the Mission: Impossible film
series. Plus, Paloma Faith
performs Til I’m Done
11.25 Witless Leanne and Rhona seek
to bump off Willy Whelan (3/5)
11.50 Hailmakers One-off comedy
about a pair of enthusiastic
entrepreneurs who are eager
for success. With Akemnji
Ndifornyen and Samson Kayo
12.10am Weather for the Week
Ahead 12.15 BBC News
7.30 Coronation Street Phelan gets
a shock when Nicola pays a visit
10.45 Through the Keyhole Keith
Lemon invades another three
celebrities’ homes and invites
Paddy McGuinness, Gregg
Wallace and Scarlett Moffatt to
guess who lives there (r)
11.05 FILM Drive (18, 2011) A
stuntman-turned-getaway
driver tries to protect a
criminal’s family, only to get
drawn into a conflict with the
Mafia. Crime drama starring
Ryan Gosling and Carey
Mulligan. See Film Choice
11.45 Take Me Out A model, a
caricaturist, a student and a
musician take part (3/9) (r)
12.40am Bowls: World Indoor
Championships Highlights. Action
from the open singles quarter-finals
1.40 Sign Zone: White Fright: Divided
Britain — Panorama (r) (SL) 2.10
Rome Unpacked (r) (SL) 3.10-4.10
Inside the Factory (r) (SL)
12.50am Jackpot247. Viewers get the
chance to participate in live
interactive gaming from the comfort
of their sofas 3.00 Alphabetical. Quiz
in which contestants answer
questions based around letters of the
alphabet (r) (SL) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
10.30 Celebrity Big Brother: Double
Eviction Emma Willis chats to
the unlucky two evictees
11.05 First Dates Hotel A school
science technician and an
electrician bond over parenting,
his life as a widower and her
eight years of being single, and
exchange a couple of
thoughtful gifts (r)
11.05 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit
on the Side Rylan Clark-Neal
presents the CBB companion
show, including guests’
thoughts on tonight’s eviction
and behind-the-scenes insights
12.10am FILM Machete (18, 2010)
Action thriller starring Danny Trejo
2.00 Kiri (r) (SL) 2.55 The Lie
Detective (r) 3.40 Location, Location,
Location (r) 4.35 Coast vs Country (r)
5.30 Draw It! (r) 5.55 Kirstie’s
Handmade Treasures (r)
12.00 SuperCasino. Live interactive
gaming 3.10am Celebrity Big Brother:
Double Eviction (r) 4.25 Criminals:
Caught on Camera. The use of CCTV
to fight crime (r) 4.45 House Doctor
(r) (SL) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (r) (SL) 5.35
Divine Designs (r) (SL)
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Dolly Parton
Friday 26 | Primetime digital guide
The country singer is
part of a compilation of
Glastonbury’s Golden Greats
BBC Four, 10pm
FV Freeview FS Freesat
BBC Four
ITV3
More4
Film4
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
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FV 10, FS, 115, SKY 119, VIRGIN 117
FV 14, FS 124, SKY 138, VIRGIN 195
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SKY 106, VIRGIN 110
SKY 108
7.00pm World News Today
7.30 Top of the Pops: 1985
Featuring King, Bryan
Adams, Phil Collins and
Kirsty MacColl (R)
8.10 The Good Old Days
Performers include Roy
Hudd, Lorna Dallas and
Richard Stilgoe (R)
9.00 Hits, Hype & Hustle: An
Insider’s Guide to the Music
Business The story of how
live performance has
become a billion-pound
industry. See Viewing Guide
10.00 Glastonbury Golden Greats
A reflection on some of the
most popular acts to appear
in the “legends” slot on
Sunday, including Dolly
Parton, Shirley Bassey, Neil
Diamond and BB King (R)
11.00 Guitar Heroes at the BBC
Performances by the Who,
Judas Priest and ZZ Top (R)
12.00-12.40am Top of the Pops:
1985 Shown earlier (R)
7.00pm Paul O’Grady: For the
Love of Dogs As Battersea
prepares for a visit from the
Queen, who is arriving to
open the new kennels, corgi
Beama is chosen for a
special audience with the
royal visitor (R)
7.25 Rosemary & Thyme The
duo investigate when an
actor is killed during a
rehearsal for a play — and
his gun is found to be
loaded with live ammunition
instead of blanks (R)
8.25 Rosemary & Thyme The
duo are called in to tackle a
stubborn weed at a
vineyard, but find
themselves investigating a
murder when a body is
found on the premises (R)
10.00-12.05am Foyle’s War A
murder puts paid to Foyle’s
preparations for the Victory
Day Celebrations
Committee (R)
6.55pm The Supervet Noel
Fitzpatrick tends to a
Newfoundland that needs
treatment on its legs, and a
Yorkshire terrier that has a
deformity in its neck (R)
7.55 Grand Designs Kevin
McCloud meets a couple
trying to build a
contemporary mansion on a
south London estate (R)
9.00 Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic
Murders A woman is found
dead at an ice-fishing camp
on a frozen lake and
investigations lead into a
tangled web of local mining
companies. In Swedish
10.00 24 Hours in A&E Nineteenyear-old Josh is flown in
with a possible penile
fracture following a canal
barge accident (R)
11.05-12.05am 24 Hours in A&E A
21-year-old on her first trip
to London may be having
kidney failure (R)
5.05pm FILM Fantastic Voyage (U,
1966) A medical team is
miniaturised and injected
into a scientist’s
bloodstream to repair his
brain. Sci-fi adventure
starring Raquel Welch
7.05 FILM Unstoppable (12,
2010) Two train operators
must stop a runaway
locomotive before it causes
a major disaster. Tony
Scott’s action thriller with
Denzel Washington
9.00 FILM The Abyss (12, 1989)
A rescue team encounters
aliens living in the depths
while searching for
survivors after a submarine
sinks. James Cameron’s
sci-fi thriller with Ed Harris
11.45-1.40am FILM Resident Evil:
Apocalypse (15, 2004)
A zombie-fighter battles
through hordes of the living
dead. Sci-fi horror sequel
starring Milla Jovovich
7.00pm The Simpsons (R)
7.30 The Simpsons Moe is
approached by a television
agent to join the American
Idol judging panel (R)
8.00 The Simpsons Grampa gets
a hearing aid and finally
discovers what everyone
has been saying about him
8.30 Modern Family Cam’s sister
Pameron shares a secret
9.00 Carpool Karaoke Special
James Corden takes Katy
Perry and Jennifer Lopez for
a musical spin in his SUV (R)
10.00 A League of Their Own With
Paula Radcliffe, Chris Ashton
and Richard Ayoade (R)
11.00 The Russell Howard Hour
Greg Davies joins Russell
and there is stand-up by
Desiree Burch (R)
12.00-1.00am Ross Kemp:
Extreme World How a
boom in cheap foreign
holidays has affected British
seaside towns (R)
7.00pm CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Hodges
convinces Archie, Henry and
Mandy that Grissom wants
them to analyse the four
murders linked to the
miniatures killer (R)
8.00 Blue Bloods After a witness
in a former case of Erin’s
asks her for help shutting
down a drug operation in
his apartment building, she
makes it her mission to
make the building safe (R)
9.00 Game of Thrones Lord
Eddard Stark faces a
dilemma when he is asked
to serve at the side of King
Robert Baratheon (1/10) (R)
10.20 Game of Thrones Bran
suffers another attempt on
his life as Ned prepares to
head south (2/10) (R)
11.35-12.50am Game of Thrones A
weary Ned struggles to deal
with the politics of the king’s
court (3/10) (R)
ITV2
ITV4
E4
5STAR
Talking Pictures
Drama
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FV 20, FS 158, SKY 158, VIRGIN 128
7.00pm You’ve Been Framed!
Gold Top 100 Shockers
8.00 Two and a Half Men Walden
impulsively decides he wants to
spend the rest of his life with Kate
8.30 Superstore The company
sends out biased voter pamphlets
9.00 FILM American Pie 2 (15,
2001) The teenage friends set out
to broaden their sexual horizons
over the summer. Comedy sequel
with Jason Biggs and Chris Klein
11.05 Family Guy
11.35-12.05am Family Guy
7.00pm Live Darts: The Masters
Jacqui Oatley presents coverage of
day one from Arena MK in Milton
Keynes, where the opening
first-round matches get under way,
including Rob Cross v Ian White
11.00-12.05am FILM The Blues
Brothers (15, 1980) Two criminal
brothers cause mayhem when they
re-form their blues band to raise
the funds to save their old
orphanage from closure. Comedy
starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd,
John Candy and Carrie Fisher
7.00pm Hollyoaks
7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
The tourists explore Lisbon
8.00 The Big Bang Theory Howard
has the chance to return to space
8.30 The Big Bang Theory
9.00 FILM Lockout (15, 2012) A
government agent must rescue the
president’s daughter from a space
station prison. Sci-fi thriller starring
Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace
10.55 The Big Bang Theory
11.25 The Big Bang Theory
11.55-1.00am Gogglebox
7.00pm Last Man Standing
7.30 Last Man Standing
8.00 Diet Secrets & How to Lose
Weight Examining high and low
carbohydrate diets
9.00 FILM Sleepy Hollow (15,
1999) An 18th-century detective
takes on a headless horseman who
decapitates his victims. Tim
Burton’s horror with Johnny Depp
11.10-1.00am FILM Tower Block
(15, 2012) The residents of a tower
block are picked off by a sniper.
Thriller starring Sheridan Smith
6.00pm FILM The Bulldog Breed
(PG, 1960) Navy comedy starring
Norman Wisdom and Ian Hunter
8.00 Dick Powell Theatre Apples
Don’t Fall Far starring Michael Kane
9.00 FILM The Innocents (12, 1961)
A governess suspects two orphans
in her care are under the influence
of evil spirits. Horror starring
Deborah Kerr. See Film Choice
11.00-1.00am FILM Capone (18,
1975) Fact-based crime drama
about the rise and fall of the 1920s
crime boss starring Ben Gazzara
6.40pm Last of the Summer Wine
Truly’s Aussie sweetheart returns
7.20 Goodnight Sweetheart Gary
considers giving up his double life
8.00 The Inspector Lynley
Mysteries Havers takes drastic
action to save a child’s life — which
leaves her career in jeopardy
10.00 New Tricks A missing
teenager reappears
11.20 Birds of a Feather Tracey
becomes an agony aunt
12.00-1.00am The Bill Boulton is
accused of murder
Yesterday
5Spike
Dave
PBS America
Sky Arts
Sky Living
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FV 31, FS 141, SKY 160
FV 12, FS 157, SKY 111, VIRGIN 127
FV 94, FS 155, SKY 534, VIRGIN 276
SKY 121, VIRGIN 122
SKY 107, VIRGIN 112
7.00pm Wartime Crime Racial
tensions in 1940s California
8.00 Harry’s South Pole Heroes
Prince Harry joins wounded
soldiers on a trek to the South Pole
9.00 Men Behaving Badly Gary
gets a visit from his father
9.40 Men Behaving Badly Gary
makes Dorothy a special video
10.20 Men Behaving Badly Gary
plays nurse to Dorothy
11.00 Annihilation
12.00-1.00am WW2 Air Crash
Detectives Airmen’s deaths
7.00pm Police Interceptors Tim
and Tom team up with Merseyside
police to raid a house in Liverpool
8.00 The A-Team Tawnia asks the
soldiers to find her fiancé, an
archaeologist last seen on an
Amazon expedition
9.00 Six The SEAL team attempts
to detain a courier for Boko Haram
10.00 Impact Wrestling
12.00-1.35am FILM Assassin
(15, 2014) A hitman falls for the
daughter of a man he killed. Crime
thriller starring Danny Dyer
7.00pm Motorway Cops Traffic
police enforce the law on Britain’s
most dangerous highways
8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad
Following the Staffordshire Police
9.00 FILM Knight and Day (12,
2010) A woman is dragged into a
rogue secret agent’s mission to
clear his name. Comedy adventure
with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz
11.10 QI With Arthur Smith, Doon
Mackichan and Andy Hamilton
11.50-12.30am QI With Jo Brand,
Sean Lock and Rich Hall
6.35pm B-2 Stealth at War The
story of the B-2 stealth bomber
7.50 The Secrets of the Mary Rose
Henry VIII’s favourite warship
9.00 Prohibition A look at how the
1932 election of Franklin D
Roosevelt as president quickly led
to steps being taken to end the
13-year period of prohibition
10.15 Secrets of the Shining Knight
Ric Furrer and Jeff Wasson try to
recreate a medieval suit of armour
11.35-12.45am The Secrets of the
Mary Rose The story of the ship
7.00pm Simply Red: Live at
Sydney Opera House A concert
from the band’s 2010 farewell tour
8.00 Live from the Artists Den
Alanis Morissette delivers a set in
New York’s Greenwich Village
9.00 The Eighties The evolution of
television throughout the 1980s
10.00 Classic Albums The making
of U2’s album The Joshua Tree
11.00 Soul Power! Musicians reveal
the impact soul has had on them
12.00-1.15am Pet Shop Boys:
A Life In Pop Profile of the band
7.00pm Criminal Minds The
agents go on the trail of a female
serial killer driven by her own grief
8.00 America’s Next Top Model
Reality series hosted by Tyra Banks
9.00 The Good Doctor Drama
starring Freddie Highmore
10.00 Unforgettable A block of
explosive goes missing
11.00 Unforgettable Al becomes
the prime suspect in a murder
12.00-1.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation Four Buddhist
monks are murdered
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 Naval crime drama
8.00 NCIS A deep-sea diver is
murdered by one of his co-workers
9.00 NCIS A sailor is kidnapped
10.00 Bull The legal consultant
crosses paths with a fraternity
11.00 Family Guy
11.30 Family Guy
12.00-12.30am American Dad!
7.00pm Wheeler Dealers
8.00 Gold Rush
9.00 How It’s Made
9.30 How It’s Made
10.00 Wheeler Dealers Mike
Brewer and Ant Anstead restore a
1973 Saab to its former glory
11.00 Mythbusters
12.00-12.30am How It’s Made
7.00pm Air Crash Investigation
8.00 Supercar Megabuild
9.00 Supercar Megabuild
10.00 Strippers: Cars for Cash The
teams tackle all-terrain vehicles
11.00 Air Crash Investigation
12.00-1.00am Seconds from
Disaster A 1989 crash-landing at
Sioux City airport in Iowa
7.00pm Friends
8.00 Impractical Jokers
8.30 Impractical Jokers: After
Party The guys get recognised
9.00 The Cleveland Show
10.00 Bob’s Burgers
10.30 Rick and Morty
11.00 South Park
12.00-12.30am 8 Out of 10 Cats
6.40pm The Good Life Tom and
Barbara talk to their plants
7.20 The Good Life
8.00 Only Fools and Horses
8.40 Only Fools and Horses
9.20 The Vicar of Dibley
10.00 Live at the Apollo
11.00 Smack the Pony
11.35-12.10am Smack the Pony
7.00pm The Great British Bake Off
8.00 Inside the Ambulance
9.00 FILM Wild Wild West (12,
1999) A government agent and a
master of disguise investigate a
plot to kill the president. Sci-fi
Western comedy with Will Smith
11.10-12.10am Kolkata with Sue
Perkins Life in the city
Sky Premiere
Sky Villains
Sky Family
Sky Heroes
Sky Select
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SKY 304, VIRGIN 434, BT 508
SKY 306, VIRGIN 436, BT 505
SKY 303, VIRGIN 437, BT 502
SKY 312, VIRGIN 442, BT 510
5.45pm Pirates of the Caribbean:
Salazar’s Revenge (12, 2017) Ghost
scavengers escape from the Devil’s
Triangle, determined to kill every
pirate at sea. Swashbuckler
starring Johnny Depp
8.00 Ghost in the Shell (12, 2017)
In the near future, a cyborg
government agent goes in search
of a mysterious hacker. Sci-fi
fantasy starring Scarlett Johansson
10.00-12.30am A Cure for
Wellness (18, 2016) Psychological
thriller starring Dane DeHaan
6.20pm Dodgeball: A True
Underdog Story (12, 2004) The
struggling owner of a run-down
gym forms a team for the US
dodgeball championships. Comedy
with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn
8.00 Damien: Omen II (18, 1978)
The Devil’s teenage son unleashes
another series of murders. Horror
sequel with Jonathan Scott-Taylor
10.00-12.15am Hannibal (18, 2001)
A serial killer is hunted by an FBI
agent and a vengeful victim.
Thriller starring Anthony Hopkins
6.10pm The Boss Baby (U, 2017)
Animated comedy featuring the
voice of Alec Baldwin
8.00 Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Road Chip (U, 2015) The
singing rodents try to stop their
human friend from getting
married. Family comedy sequel
starring Jason Lee
9.40-12.05am Hook (U, 1991)
A grown-up Peter Pan returns to
Neverland to rescue his children
from Captain Hook. Fantasy
adventure starring Robin Williams
5.30pm X-Men: Apocalypse (12,
2016) The X-Men must unite to
defeat the world’s first mutant
world-destroyer. Sci-fi adventure
starring James McAvoy
8.00 Deadpool (15, 2016) A
disfigured mercenary develops
superhuman powers, which he
uses to get payback on the man
who ruined his life. Comedy
adventure with Ryan Reynolds
10.00-12.30am Logan (15, 2017)
Fantasy adventure starring Hugh
Jackman and Patrick Stewart
5.50pm Moulin Rouge! (12, 2001)
An idealistic writer arrives in Paris
to join the bohemian revolution.
Romantic musical starring Ewan
McGregor and Nicole Kidman
8.00 Australia (12, 2008) An
aristocratic Englishwoman leads a
cattle drive across 1930s Australia
as the country is drawn into the
Second World War. Romantic
drama starring Nicole Kidman
10.45-12.30am The Smuggler (15,
2014) Comedy drama with Hugo
Weaving and Angus Sampson
Stephen Boyd and Raquel Welch
shrink to microscopic size in
Fantastic Voyage (Film4, 5.05pm)
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Sports guide
Live Rugby
BT Sport 2, 7.15pm
Radio 1
Gloucester welcome Ospreys
to Kingsholm in the AngloWelsh Cup. The Cherry and
Whites had a mixed start to
their campaign. They suffered
a narrow 26-24 loss to Leicester
Tigers in round one of the
competition hammering
London Irish 47-7 the following
week, with tries from Willi
Heinz, pictured, Val RapavaRuskin, Tom Hudson, Jeremy
Thrush, Henry Trinder, Callum
Braley and Jake Polledri. JC.
Sky Sports Main Event
SKY 401 VIRGIN 511 BT 402
6.00am LIVE HSBC Sevens
World Series:
The Sydney Sevens
10.00 LIVE Test Cricket:
South Africa v India
3.15pm Best of Sky Cricket
3.30 Sky Sports News
5.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf: The
Farmers Insurance Open
8.00 LIVE PGA Tour Golf: The
Farmers Insurance Open
12.00-5.15am LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Coverage of the tournament
Sky Sports
Premier League
SKY 402 VIRGIN 512 BT VISION+ 406
9.00am PL Legends
9.30 PL Legends
10.00 PL Daily
11.00 Transfer Centre
11.30 The Debate
12.30pm PL Legends
1.30 PL 100 Club
2.00 PL Best Goals 04/05
3.00 Transfer Centre
3.30 PL Years
5.30 PL Greatest Games
6.00 Best PL Goals:
Merseyside Derby
6.30 Best PL Goals:
Manchester Derby
7.00 Gary Neville’s Soccerbox
10.00 The Debate
11.00 Best PL Goals: North
London Derby
11.30 PL Legends
12.00-1.00am
PL Best Goals 97/98
Sky Sports Football
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7.55pm-10.00 LIVE La Liga
Football: Athletic Bilbao v
Eibar (Kick-off 8.00)
Sky Sports Cricket
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7.55am-3.15pm LIVE Test
Cricket: South Africa v India
9.25-5.15am LIVE ICC
Under-19s World Cup Cricket
Coverage of the tournament
Sky Sports Golf
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7.30am-1.30pm LIVE
European Tour Golf: The
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
4.45 LIVE PGA Tour Golf: The
Farmers Insurance Open
Radio guide
FM: 96.7-99.8 MHz
6.30am Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1.00am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1’s Essential Mix
Radio 2
FM: 88-90.2 MHz
8.00-Midnight
LIVE PGA Tour Golf: The
Farmers Insurance Open
Sky Sports Action
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6.00am-10.00 LIVE HSBC
Sevens World Series:
The Sydney Sevens
BT Sport 1
5.00am Vanessa Feltz 6.30
Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce
12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00pm
Gary Davies 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night (r) 10.00 Sounds
of the 80s 12.00 Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00am Funky
Soul Playlist 3.00 Playlist
Radio 3
FM: 90.2-92.4 MHz
SKY 413 VIRGIN 531 BT 408
6.00am-11.15 LIVE ODI
Cricket: Australia v England
6.45pm Live Scottish Football
Extra All the key issues
7.15-10.00 LIVE Scottish
Professional Football
League: Dunfermline Athletic
v St Mirren (Kick-off 7.45)
12.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Rider Broncs v
Saint Peter’s Peacocks
(Tip-off 12.00)
2.00am-4.00 LIVE College
Basketball: Northern
Kentucky Norse v Oakland
Golden Grizzlies
(Tip-off 2.00)
BT Sport 2
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8.45am-11.00 LIVE Hyundai
A-League: Melbourne Victory
v Sydney FC (Kick-off 8.50)
7.15pm-10.00 LIVE AngloWelsh Cup: Gloucester v
Ospreys (Kick-off 7.45)
1.15am-4.45 LIVE Cricket:
Women’s Big Bash:
Melbourne Stars v
Hobart Hurricanes
5.00-8.15 LIVE Cricket: Big
Bash League: Melbourne
Stars v Hobart Hurricanes
BT Sport 3
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7.15pm-9.30 LIVE Bundesliga:
Eintracht Frankfurt v
Borussia Moenchengladbach
(Kick-off 7.30). Action from
the German top-flight fixture
Eurosport 1
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6.00am LIVE Australian
Open Tennis The women’s
doubles final
8.15-11.30 LIVE
Australian Open Tennis
Coverage of the second men’s
singles semi-final from
Melbourne Park
6.30am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Lutoslawski
1.00pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert Szymanowski
(Trois Caprices de Paganini for
violin and piano, Op 40); and
Dvorák (Piano Quartet No 2
in E flat, Op 87) (r)
2.00 Afternoon Concert
R Strauss (Suite — Der
Rosenkavalier); RimskyKorsakov (Scheherazade);
Tchaikovsky (Francesca da
Rimini — symphonic fantasia
after Dante, Op 32); and
Beethoven (Symphony No.6
in F, Op.68 — Pastoral)
5.00 In Tune
7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 in Concert Haydn
(Piano Sonata in C, H1650);
Beethoven (Six Bagatelles, Op
126); Brahms (Six Pieces, Op 118
— Klavierstücke); and Haydn
(Piano Sonata in G, H1640)
10.00 The Verb
10.45 The Essay: Forgetting
11.00 World on 3
1.00am Through the Night
Radio 4
FM: 92.4-94.6 MHz
LW: 198 kHz MW: 720 kHz
5.30am-8.30 (LW)
Live Test Match Special:
Australia v England
5.30 News Headlines
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet of the Day
6.00 Today
8.31 (LW) Yesterday in
Parliament
9.00-11.30 (LW) Live Test
Match Special:
Australia v England
9.00 Desert Island Discs (r)
9.45 (LW) Daily Service
9.45 Book of the Week:
Reading Europe — Geert
Mak’s In Europe (5/5)
10.00 Woman’s Hour
Today’s picks
All Those Women
Radio 4, 11.30am
Cillian Murphy Sits In
6 Music, 7pm
You have to wonder if this
comedy, about four generations
of women living in the same
house, would get the same title
now; there is something a
teensy bit derisory about it.
Nonetheless, this series is very
amusing. It’s written by the
comedian Katherine Jakeways,
pictured, who has a Victoria Woodish ear for dialogue. In this
episode Jen (the mother) is starting a work placement as a
teacher while her mother, Maggie, is going to lunch with
Nerys, an old friend. Or, to be more precise, frenemy. Nerys is
“a piece of work” and is beautifully portrayed. At their lunch
Nerys says such things as: “Bless you, Maggie” (“I don’t think
I need blessing,” Maggie snaps back). And, when inquiring
about Maggie’s daughter, asks: “How’s poor Jen?” It’s so
lightly and so well done, capturing the countless ways in
which friends crush with concern. Catherine Nixey
It always feels slightly
unexpected to have Cillian
Murphy turn up as a DJ
on 6 Music. He’s far better
known as an actor (he
and his ice-blue eyes
have co-starred in such
period dramas as the film
Dunkirk and television’s
Peaky Blinders). But then
again, Murphy is sitting in
for Iggy Pop, who would
hardly be your first choice
for a radio DJ either; so
perhaps this slot is one
that demands an unexpected
host. Here Murphy picks
two hours of his favourite
tunes. CN
Including at 10.45 Drama:
The Truth About Hawaii by
Oliver Emanuel (5/10)
11.00 Inside the Brain of
Gerald Scarfe (r)
11.30 All Those Women.
See Choice
12.01pm (LW) Shipping
Forecast
12.04 Two Thousand Years of
Puzzling (5/5)
12.15 You and Yours
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Sweetness and Desire: A
Short History of Sugar Sugar’s
heritage as a medicine (5/5)
2.00 The Archers (r)
2.15 Drama: Dangerous
Visions — Culture Al Smith’s
dystopian vision of a world
where antibiotics have
stopped working (r)
3.00 Gardeners’ Question
Time Horticulture advice
3.45 Short Works
4.00 Last Word
4.30 More or Less
4.55 The Listening Project (r)
5.00 PM With Carolyn Quinn
5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The News Quiz
7.00 The Archers Brian faces
the consequences
7.15 Front Row
7.45 The Truth About Hawaii
By Oliver Emanuel (5/10) (r)
8.00 Any Questions? Topical
discussion from the University
of Chester’s Molloy Hall
8.50 A Point of View
9.00 How to Go Straight
A National Prison Radio show
presented by ex-cons (r)
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime:
Reading Europe: Turkey —
The Red-Haired Woman
By Orhan Pamuk (5/10)
11.00 Late Night Woman’s
Hour Lively conversation
11.30 Today in Parliament
11.55 The Listening Project (r)
12.00 News Headlines
12.30am Book of the Week:
Reading Europe — Geert
Mak’s In Europe (r)
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
11.30 Lucy Montgomery’s
Variety Pack
Radio 5 Live
MW: 693, 909
5.00am Reports 5.15 Wake Up
to Money 6.00 Breakfast
10.00 Chiles on Friday
1.00pm Friday Sports Panel
2.00 Kermode and Mayo’s
Film Review 4.00 Drive 7.00
The Friday Football Social
10.00 Nihal Arthanayake
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 Albert and
Me 9.00 Whispers 9.30 After
Henry 10.00 Strangers and
Brothers 11.00 Short Works:
The World of Somerset
Maugham 11.15 Apple
Blossom Afternoon 12.00 I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again
12.30pm Albert and Me 1.00
The Daughter of Time 1.30
Wrecked 2.00 The Girls of
Slender Means 2.15 In Search
of Ourselves: A History of
Psychology and the Mind
2.30 Tales of the City:
Babycakes 2.45 Muriel Spark:
Biography 3.00 Strangers and
Brothers 4.00 Whispers 4.30
After Henry 5.00 Leopard in
Autumn 5.30 Rich Hall’s (US)
Breakdown 6.00 Scarifyers:
The Thirteen Hallows 6.30
Soul Music 7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll
Read That Again 7.30 Albert
and Me 8.00 The Daughter of
Time 8.30 Wrecked 9.00
Podcast Radio Hour 10.00
Comedy Club: Rich Hall’s (US)
Breakdown 10.30 On the
Hour 10.55 Interview 11.00
I’ve Never Seen Star Wars
BBC World Service
Digital only
9.00am Newshour Extra
10.00 World Update 11.00
The Newsroom 11.30 World
Football 12.00 News
12.06pm The 5th Floor 1.00
The Newsroom 1.30 Heart
and Soul 2.00 Newshour
3.00 News 3.06 Tech Tent
3.30 Business 4.00 BBC OS
6.00 News 6.06 The 5th
Floor 7.00 The Newsroom
7.30 Sport Today 8.00 News
8.06 Trending 8.30
CrowdScience 9.00
Newshour 10.00 The
Newsroom 10.20 Sports
News 10.30 Business 11.00
News 11.06 HARDtalk 11.30
World Football 12.00 News
12.06am Correspondent
12.30 CrowdScience 1.00
News 1.06 Business Matters
2.00 News 2.06 The
Newsroom 2.30 Heart and
Soul 3.00 News 3.06 In the
Balance 3.30 Stumped
4.00 Newshour Extra
6 Music
Digital only
7.00am Shaun Keaveny
10.00 Lauren Laverne
1.00pm Mark Radcliffe 4.00
Steve Lamacq 7.00 Cillian
Murphy. See Choice 9.00
Tom Ravenscroft 12.00
Nemone’s Electric Ladyland
2.00 Classic Concert 3.00
Live Hour 4.00 The First
Time with Roger McGuinn
Classic FM
FM: 100-102 MHz
6.00am Breakfast 9.00 John
Suchet 1.00pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics 8.00
The Full Works Concert
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00am Katie Breathwick
4.00 Jane Jones
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Answers
Friday’s solutions
KenKen No 4229
Sudoku No 9605
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Killer No 5827 — Deadly (55min)
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Sudoku No 9606
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Follow standard Sudoku rules, but digits within the
cells joined by dotted lines should add up to the
printed top left-hand figure. Within each dotted-line
“shape”, a digit CANNOT be repeated.
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Train Tracks No 309
For solutions to KenKen, Sudoku & Killer see
Times2 on Monday
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Sudoku No 9607
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Killer No 5825
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Puzzler Media
KenKen™ Puzzles are
used with permission
of Gakken Co Ltd and
Nextoy, LLC
Puzzle content ©
2009 Gakken Co Ltd
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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.
In each thick-line “block”, the target number in the top
left-hand corner is calculated from the digits in all the cells
in the block, using the operation indicated by the symbol.
The Listener 4483
A Little Ray of Sunshine by Jago
The diagonal lines represent the “focusing” of
white light onto a prism, from which the seven
conventional colours of the visible spectrum
emerge. More details at listenercrossword.com.
The winners are Richard Bannister of Riseley,
Berkshire, Chris Kemp of Little Leigh, Cheshire,
and AJ Wright of Stoke Bishop, Bristol.
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Richards’s incredible record in
this tournament with the New
Zealander now having won the
event on eight occasions since
its inception in 2008. Richards
overcame a strong challenge
from England’s Vincent Boyle
and their head-to-head clashes
on the final day were key in deciding the outcome of the tournament. Here are the details of
one of their crucial matches to
play through:
Two important events regularly grace the second part of
January each year. One is the
Tradewise Gibraltar Masters,
which is soon to start and has
regularly been voted the most
outstanding open event on the
world circuit. The other is the
traditional Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the
Netherlands. Starting today,
and for the whole of next
week, I shall be publishing the
best games from Wijk aan Zee
while all Winning Moves will
be devoted to previous exploits
from Gibraltar.
Following his triumph in
the Rapid section at the King
Salman World Chess Championships in Riyadh in December, a new spring is to be detected in ex-world champion
Vishy Anand’s step, as witnessed by this victory against
American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, the Chess Olympiad gold medallist.
(R)ichards: DEIOPT?
POInTED D8d 74 74
Richards had a number of seven-letter words to choose from.
What bonus words were available if he had declared the blank
as a T or V?
(B)oyle: CGINPYZ
COPYING E7a 30 30
R: AEIRSUV
VAURIENS G2a 63 137
B: EEGHOTZ
ZIG
F6d 33 63
R: AAFGILU
GAINFUL B12d 24 161
B: AAEEHOT
HOA
G13d 22 85
R: AFILORT
FOLIAR
I7d 26 187
B: AEEHQTW
THEW
L8d 43 128
R: ELNNNST
NAN
C11a 6 193
B: AAEIOOQ
Exchange AAIOOQ
R: BEILNST
BUSTLINE F4d 72 265
What seven-letter word did
Richards have on his rack?
B: AEEMNRS
RENAMES H14d 77 205
R: EEJLORW
JOLE
E15d 45 310
B: ADEMRSX
EXAM
J3d 47 252
R: ABCEERW
CABRE
J6d 47 357
B: ADEKRS?
KO
F14a 16 268
R: AENOOTW
ENOW
L15d 33 390
B: ADEORS?
cORDAGES B7a 80 348
What are the two other playable
bonuses that Boyle had through
the G of GAINFUL using the
blank as a W?
R: ADIOOQT
DOIT
A8a 32 422
B: DEITTUV
VIRE
E5d 32 380
R: AIOQRUY
The board position is shown below. Richards knew that Boyle’s
remaining tiles were DTTU.
What unblockable set-up did
Richards create using the Q to
maximise his score on his next
move?
Collins Official Scrabble Words is the word authority used.
Word positions use the grid reference plus (a)cross or (d)own.
double letter
square (dl)
2L
Solution to times2
Jumbo 1303
The winner is
John Penfield of
Southampton
Cell Blocks 3120
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Two Brains 1 Anagrams of
Premier League stadiums:
Emirates (Arsenal), Turf Moor
(Burnley), Dean Court
(Bournemouth). 2 Anagrams
of the initial letters of
Shakespeare play titles: A
Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Troilus and Cressida, Romeo
and Juliet, Timon of Athens.
Scrabble TIPTOED and
PIVOTED were also available
from the DEIOPT? rack.
Richards had NIBLETS on his
BEILNST rack. Boyle also had
WORDAGES or DOWAGERS
when he played CORDAGES.
Richards played QUA (K12a)
for 12 points to set up the
unblockable AIRY/AQUA (K11d)
for 40 points on his next move.
Literary quiz 1 Ted Hughes
in Wind. 2 Richard Hughes.
3 The Wind in the Willows by
Kenneth Grahame. 4 Gone with
the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
Brain Trainer Easy 86;
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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: 12 words average;
17, good; 20, very good; 23, excellent.
Answers to Friday’s Polygon are to the
left. Today’s answers are printed in
MindGames on Monday
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Each block must be square or
rectangular and must contain
the number of cells indicated
by the number inside it.
Yesterday’s solution, left
White: Viswanathan Anand
Black: Fabiano Caruana
Wijk aan Zee 2018
Petroff Defence
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6
The Petroff Defence used to
be considered an easy way to
gain equality. However, in recent practice White has found
new ways to maintain an edge.
3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nf3 Nxe4 5 d4 d5
6 Bd3 Bd6 7 0-0 0-0 8 c4
The initial purpose of this
thrust is to help in undermining Black’s knight on e4.
8 ... c6 9 Qc2 Na6 10 a3 Bg4
11 Ne5 Bf5 12 b4 Nc7
A novel idea in place of 12 ...
f6, which was seen, for example, in Karjakin-Meijers, Mainz
2007. Following 13 Nf3 Bg6 14
Nc3 Nxc3 15 Bxg6 hxg6 16
Qxc3, White went on to win.
13 f3 Bg6
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Black has chosen a complicated way to contest White’s
initiative. White now has two
ways to accept the bait of
Black’s exposed knight on e4.
First, if 14 fxe4, then 14 ... Bxe5
is a good reply as after 15 dxe5
dxe4 Black will follow up with
... Qd4+. Second, White can try
14 Nxg6 fxg6 15 fxe4. However,
15 ... dxe4 then works for Black
as 16 Be2 loses to 16 ... Qh4
and 16 Rxf8+ Bxf8 again opens
up the possibility of ... Qxd4+.
14 c5 Bxe5 15 dxe5 Ng5 16
Bb2 d4 17 f4 Nd5
Caruana continues in the
same aggressive sacrificial vein.
He is now ready to trade two
of his minor pieces for White’s
king’s rook.
18 fxg5 Ne3 19 Qd2 Bxd3 20
Qxd3 Nxf1 21 Kxf1 Qxg5 22
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Nd2 Qxe5 23 Nf3 Qh5 24
Qxd4 f6
Although White has a distinct edge here, Black’s position
remains solid.
25 Qc4+ Kh8 26 Bc1
The bishop was biting on
granite on b2 so White relocates it.
26 ... Rfe8 27 Bf4 a5 28 Bd6
axb4 29 Qxb4 Qd5
Wrongly seeking activity. 29
... Qf7 instead would have kept
the former world champion at
bay.
30 Qxb7 h6 31 Kg1 Ra4 32 h3
Rc4 33 Qb2 Qd3 34 Ra2 Qd1+
35 Kh2 Rc1 36 a4 f5
Black’s threats along White’s
back rank appear dangerous
but ultimately White’s extra
material and passed a-pawn
will tell in his favour.
37 Qb7 f4 38 Bxf4 Rxc5 39
Rd2 Qxa4 40 Qf7 Rg8 41 Be5
With Black’s major pieces
dispersed to the edges of the
board, White now homes in on
the black king.
41 ... Qc4 42 Rd6 Black resigns
A beautiful finish, meeting
42 ... Qxf7 with 43 Rxh6 mate
or 42 ... Rxe5 with 43 Qxc4.
Winning Move
Black to play. This position is
from Houska-Mikhalevski, Gibraltar 2015.
How did Black now exploit
White’s lack of development?
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next Saturday.
Solution to last week’s puzzle:
1 Bf4! leads to a decisive material gain, for example 1 ... Rxd1
2 Rxd1 Bxf4 3 Rd8+ Ke7 4
Rxh8 Bxh2 5 Rxh7 with an
easy win.
The winner is Jeff Aronson of
Oxford.
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4 Synthetic material (7)
8 Boffin (9)
9 Ointment; chief difficulty (3)
10 Just like —; — is to say (4)
11 Of private concern (8)
13 German dictator (6)
14 Small (6)
17 Sameness; selfhood (8)
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4 Hedging shrub (6)
5 Showing creative skill (8)
6 Italian city (5)
7 Montserrat —, singer (7)
12 Flexible feeling organ (8)
13 Utterly wicked (7)
15 Russian empress
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1 Smart leaving letters in records (6)
5 Spilling almost 10 litres? 50 fully overturned for
little birds (7)
10 Damon Runyon’s first in American bases (6)
12 Acts going wrong delay old-fashioned
actress (7)
13 Bard penning leader in Sun? Columnist
wanting contents cut (6)
15 A tent, one eagle’s circling (5)
16 Trug carrier’s back, one shaping rocks (6)
17 A fiddler in jacket of silver — a striking
individual? (6)
18 Cry, with Lego getting smashed in scientific
study (7)
20 A junction about to get covered in leaves
creates worries (8)
24 A venal institution in Thailand toured by
gentleman (4)
26 Gatting’s dismissed both sides, it’s related (4)
28 Farmed saplings cultivated without divine
sun (8)
29 Swain with special sheets of paper for
landowner (7)
30 I sob, living like a Shetlander? (6)
33 Loads of almost unbelievable recitals in
numbers about Ring cycle villain (6)
36 Shunted gangsters around Ohio? Gosh!
(5, two words)
38 Caver roughly interrupts echo, sound coming
back (6)
39 Amused a loris, carrying round wild sheep (7)
40 Sit down on one’s isolated ground (6)
41 Skint Scotswoman’s headdress that is making
her squint (7)
42 Flaming girl with ship giving materials for
fishermen (6)
Down
1 Ports initially missing building projections (5)
2 Gloss uncovered in Caledonian Market (4)
3 A jug that’s Irish or French I wrapped in ribbon
from base (5)
4 Eater’s crime, scoffing spree! (7)
5 I pay this for attention from peddlers, drop the
contents on thoroughfare (4)
6 Tie in France — shot scores in game (8)
7 Wishing vessel to rule at sea (6)
8 Prayed in sustained manner to get drug for
old affliction (4)
9 Odd tracks covered by pop star putting scenes
from the past on (8)
11 Arno, in outskirts of Florence, runs miles, note,
and pauses there (7)
14 Petty ultra seizing tungsten sword in India (6)
18 A part liquid once in other packaging one
upended (5)
19 A moss set somehow to form fibrous
material (8)
21 Sower may hold this top heraldic decoration (6)
22 Owl and tan cuckoo found after running
northwards, in theory (8)
23 Ox back in field position when it’s time for
lunch? (7)
25 A lighter from America’s carrying manure
around and too much fibre? (7)
27 Older Queen wearing short dress in Mumbai (6)
31 Dash out and groom landgrave’s coat (5)
32 Steers up north? Ruminant’s disease’s
overwhelming eighty (5)
34 A hood cut from garment by king — it has
black and white fur (4)
35 Place sea serpent’s devoured (4)
37 A monkey’s baby, say, in southern river,
crossing over (4)
Two Brains
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Word Watching
Josephine Balmer
Literary Quiz
Josephine Balmer
Question 1 How might the
following be linked with football?
STEAMIER, FUR MOTOR,
UNDERCOAT
Seringa
a. A dance b. A headscarf
c. A tree
Serang
a. A captain b. Wide-legged
trousers c. A comic punch
Serenata
a. A blossom b. Very placid
c. A musical work
Seriema
a. The day after tomorrow
b. A bird c. A pulse
Wind
1 Which poet wrote of “the
brunt wind that dented the
balls of my eyes”?
2 Who wrote the 1929
adventure tale A High Wind
in Jamaica?
3 In which 1908 book would
you find “The Piper at the
Gates of Dawn”?
4 Which 1936 novel ends with
the words: “tomorrow is
another day”?
Answers on page 53
Question 2
What is the Shakespearean link
between the following?
DAMN, CAT, JAR, OAT
Answers on page 53
Thanks to Robert Stone of Skegness for
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column receive a special mention.
Bridge Andrew Robson
The Allfrey team, representing
England in the European
Champions' Trophy did well,
then poorly. Having won the
round-robin between the 12
competing European countries
(chosen by their finishing position
in the European Championships),
we promptly lost the semifinal then lost the bronze
medal play-off.
The boards were really
exciting and swingy. Take the
last board of the fourth match.
Dealer South
Both Vul
Solution to Listener Crossword
No 4483 on page 52
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Answers on page 53
♠KQ74
♠A98
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♥ A Q 9 8 6 5 4 W E ♥ 10 2
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♦J86
♦974
♣ J974
♣♠J65
♥K7
♦KQ5
♣KQ863
Table One
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1NT(1) 2♥(2) 3NT
(1) “15-17”.
(2) A tad cautious, even vulnerable.
West looked no further than
the fourth highest of his
longest and strongest. Declarer
won his small heart lead with
the king and crossed to the ace
of clubs (correctly gauging East
to be the more likely to have all
four missing clubs). He
returned a club to the nine and
queen, cashed the king-queen
of diamonds, crossed to the ace
(felling East's jack), cashed the
ten, and followed with the ten
of clubs through East's jackseven. The club suit could be
run and that was ten tricks and
game made plus one. N-S +630.
Table Two
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1NT
4♥(1) end
(1) I like it. Fortune favours the bold.
North tried a spade lead.
Declarer won dummy's king and
led the ten of hearts to his
queen. West cleverly dropped
the jack, feigning a singleton.
This caused declarer to waste a
second dummy entry (low to the
queen of spades, blocking the
suit and stopping the overtrick
via a long spade). However, a
second heart from dummy to
the king and ace meant declarer
was soon claiming 10 tricks.
Phooey to the overtrick, that
was still E-W +620.
The best East-West score,
however, occurred at Table
Three. By some distance...
Table Three
S
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N
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3NT
Dbl(2)
1NT(1) 2♥
end
(1) Another 15-17 upgrade (dubious
given the acelessness and intermediatelessness).
(2) “Don’t lead your suit, try the other
major.” (A useful agreement to have.)
West led a low spade v 3NT
doubled. East won the queen
and switched to the ten of
hearts. West won the queen,
cashed the ace, followed swiftly
with five more hearts then
cashed the ace of spades and
led a third spade to East's kingseven. The defence had garnered the first 11 tricks. Down
seven and E-W +2,000.
andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk
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Jumbo crossword No 1305
Cryptic clues
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Across
1 Maybe Mark and Mike defending
American hymns (6,5)
7 Hardworking river threesome, plus
you and I (11)
13 Get this in order to collect dad’s
food (9)
14 Exact helping of chicken for
celebrity (7)
15 Soldiers catch truck to reach target
circle (5)
16 Matches for peers (6)
17 Damnable Republican stopping
person in dock (8)
18 Herald newspapers cut time (7)
20 Don’t eat on holiday in Asia
perhaps? Not even this? (11,9)
23 Twice ring very loudly to cancel
(4,3)
24 Wreck large old exhaust (5,2)
26 Required amount in syringe,
ignoring foreign article (7)
28 Catch Yankee assassin (4)
29 Soldiers once trained actors,
including journalist (8)
32 Abhors boxes on river (9)
35 Show big wheel’s fit to leave
ground (9)
36 Proud chief in Oriental sea (8)
37 Himalayan legend still current? (4)
39 King taking a steer perhaps with
queen’s boatman (7)
41 Section of constabulary organised
in columns (7)
44 Fat salary gets around East End
hump? (7)
45 Propaganda nut reasoned with a
thin female coming in (13,7)
49 Friend and academician touring
this setter’s old city (7)
50 I repeatedly must follow beach
leading to Pacific port (3,5)
51 Roman items are sent back in
rubber (6)
53 Ring theatre about a musical
show (5)
54 Spot first of athletes covering
miles, showing tenacity (7)
55 Casual worker, divine model of
patience in Arab state (3-3,3)
56 Beat cast covering the Spanish
hit (4-7)
57 Offensively salty eels cooked
across the way (11)
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Train
Tracks
No 310
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 Put request in to obtain seal (6)
2 Singular beauty title for
extraordinary torch-bearer (6,2,7)
3 Cross middle of Sahara in
transport emitting smoke? (10)
4 Hand first of these into US
college (4)
5 Part of patient’s hip can allow
artificial passage (4,5)
6 Roughly dodge over a gap in
line (7)
7 Fuel is in jars with boron that’s not
easily melted (9)
8 Lawyer, showing embarrassment,
took risk (5)
9 Warmer second layer covering
humble character (9)
10 With roadie, joiner blended into
city (3,2,7)
11 Pariah has to expose actors (7)
12 Sieve stones at bottom of
mountain (6)
19 Popular outcome? Pretty much
(2,6)
21 Victoria was one alluring woman,
missing time and time again (7)
22 Rank girl provided in case of
custody (8)
23 Fish boxes offering spaces for
wheels (3,5)
25 Frankfurter maybe wanting
Salvation Army employment (5)
27 Following Mrs Thatcher is a
clumsy man with sack (6,9)
30 Keen to delay unfinished glassware
(7)
31 Forecaster succeeded by cutting
Italian article (5)
33 Model former beheaded knight (8)
34 Freakish dry season besets island
for ages (7,5)
38 Heard silly old men are in
possession of no man’s land (6,4)
40 Tries to block genuine preparation
for show (9)
42 Spirit in W African country good
for a start (9)
43 Devout priest and soldier inspired
by endless incense (9)
45 Sell up in recession, including
variable contents of blocks (7)
46 Graphic images the norm in first
of Chinese literature (4,3)
47 Ace actor Herbert fills lead,
showing poise (6)
48 Crack smuggled between Cape
and New York (6)
50 Secret police once cut period of
inactivity (5)
52 Tool for shaping plugs for ears (4)
2
1
5
2
5
4
5
2
3
5
4
A
3
5
1
3
5
1
B
Across
1 Revoke (an order) (11)
7 Study of machine and living control
systems (11)
13 One putting in for a job (9)
14 (Of terrain) gently undulating (7)
15 Portion; component (5)
16 Sum received in an account (6)
17 Yellowing of the skin (8)
18 Substance used in chemical
testing (7)
20 Form of wages negotiation (10,10)
23 Rice dish (7)
24 Speaker’s stand (7)
26 Igneous rock (7)
28 Speak effusively (4)
29 Without foundation (8)
32 Substance blocking movement of
heat or electricity (9)
35 A shop’s customers (9)
36 Showing appropriate behaviour (8)
37 Person who looks down socially on
others (4)
39 Flowering tree, wild cornel (7)
41 Greatly surprising (7)
44
45
49
50
51
53
54
55
56
57
Potential excellence (7)
RSVP in full (8,3,4,5)
Letter (7)
One who runs naked (8)
Look out! (6)
Contempt; disdain (5)
Thin fabric (7)
Open to new ideas (9)
Stage setting (4,2,5)
Burden, impediment (11)
Down
1 Fortuitous, accidental (6)
2 Not appealing to the eye (15)
3 A matter of little importance (10)
4 Look at and understand text (4)
5 Relating to statistics of insurance
risk (9)
6 Make insane (7)
7 Grow (plants) commercially (9)
8 Green felt (5)
9 About, concerning (9)
10 Definitely and clearly (12)
11 Hazard of polar seas (7)
12 Detective (6)
19 Special honour or recognition of
merit (8)
21 Authentic (7)
22 Extremely bad (8)
23 The killing of a king (8)
25 Large strong box (5)
27 Process of making more
concentrated (15)
30 Raise up (7)
31 Japanese dish (5)
33 Habitually sullen person (8)
34 Inability to do something
successfully (12)
38 Football team member (10)
40 Extremely hazardous (9)
42 Certainty (9)
43 Decorated with regular lines and
shapes (9)
45 Very destructive (7)
46 Accidental release of gas or
fluid (7)
47 Objects thrown overboard (6)
48 Deeply admire (6)
50 Follow on without a break (5)
52 Dishonest scheme (4)
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