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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 10/11/2009 - 08:19

I've always secretly divided people into two groups - those you can't shut up and those you can't get two words out of.* The ability to speak is one of the things that sets us apart from other species and one that has also occupied the scientists for a very long time. Tonight's Horizon (BBC2, 9pm), subtitled Why Do We Talk, explores some of the theories behind speech - whether it's a genetic trait or simply learned. Renowned linguistics professor and deep thinker, Noam Chomsky, is on hand to share his knowledge and theories.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 09/11/2009 - 09:27

Should paedophiles be hanged? It's an emotive question, given that sexual crimes against children arouse such understandably strong feelings. And it's the big issue that Channel 4 is tackling tonight in its one-off play, The Execution of Gary Glitter at 9pm.

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Armchair Viewing: An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 09/11/2009 - 07:48

"Beware the moon."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two American students are on a backpacking holiday through Europe. While walking through the damp, bleak and blisteringly cold English countryside, they are attacked by a werewolf.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 08/11/2009 - 09:38

If you like that sort of thing, Ray Mears’s Northern Wilderness is very probably brilliant (BBC1, 8pm). It’s the third episode of six, and it’s called ‘The Unknown Pioneer’; Ray retraces the explorative steps of Samuel Hearne, who trekked a thousand miles and set the bar for survival techniques.

Then, of course, Garrow’s Law: Tales from the Old Bailey continues (BBC1, 9pm), and it really is as classy as everybody hoped and hyped. With all its grubby energy and dimly lit court scenes and elegant acting at every turn, it will definitely have done a lot to improve audience perception of the Sunday night BBC drama as one big yawn (yes, Emma, that means you.)

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London Turkish Film Festival Opening Gala Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 07/11/2009 - 11:14

I attended the London Turkish Film Festival last year, and was surprised at the wealth of quality films on offer in their programme. Some of those films, such as Dot (Nokta) and Times and Winds (Bes Vakit) were among my favourite films of the year. So it was with great anticipation that I boarded the 53 bus, in black tie, to attend the suitably swanky Opening Gala for this year's iteration of the festival, held at the venerable venue of BAFTA Piccadilly.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 07/11/2009 - 09:59

I still haven’t bought my poppy. Shame on me. If one still hasn’t graced my lapel by the opening of The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance this evening, I will truly hang my head. I intend to watch BBC1 at 9.15pm, fully bepoppied, as the soldiers not just of the 20th century wars but of the conflicts that are happening right now, today, are honoured in the annual Royal Albert Hall service of song, silence and sobriety. Among those contributing to the service are Hayley Westenra, singing a version of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, Jamie Cullum, and the group The Soldiers who are indeed soldiers. The solemnity and celebration will be confidently tied together by Huw Edwards.

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Armchair Viewing: Groundhog Day (1993)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 06/11/2009 - 09:25

"I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank pina coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?"

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 06/11/2009 - 08:57

Tonight's two main attractions are both musical. Robbie Williams has barely been out of the news of late and puts in a special appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 10.35pm on BBC1. Robbie will be discussing his addiction problems, explaining his disastrous comeback performance on the X Factor the other week and dropping heavy hints about the Take That reunion, in what has been touted as an "extraordinarily frank" interview. What marks out Robbie's slot, though, is the exclusive mini-gig on the show - two tracks before the credits roll, then another three songs that can be seen only on the red button afterwards. Wossy's other guests - tennis champ Serena Williams and stand-up Jimmy Carr - should pale in comparison.

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INTERVIEW | Jon Ronson, The Men Who Stare at Goats

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 05/11/2009 - 21:21

I was lucky enough to get some time with journalist and author Jon Ronson, who wrote the non-fiction book that the new film The Men Who Stare at Goats is based on. You can watch and enjoy it below ...

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Hey guys: Brüno's offering a free sack and crack wax!

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 05/11/2009 - 16:19

By Lizzie Husher

"You can do it yourself, but ze last time ich tried ich glued mein arshenhalle to ze bed"

Of all the events and stunts that marketers have come up with to promote a film's release on DVD, this has to be the funniest and potentially most uncomfortable yet. In the manner of the controversial comedian himself, Sasha Baron Cohen's outrageous comedy Brüno is getting its home-viewing launch by an offer from Universal Pictures' to foot the bill of any man who fancies a little personal grooming next week.

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