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What's worth watching on the box: Something for the weekend

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What's worth watching on the box: Something for the weekend

It's been a long week for us all so sit back, kick off your shoes, and relax.

Here's some treats we've handpicked for you...

*New Series* Life Of Crime – Friday ITV 9.00pm

We’re sure you’re all desperate for another police drama (heavy dose of irony) but despite there are many on our screens we have high hopes for this one. We’re quite excited that it’s set in the 80s as we’re hoping it will fill us with nostalgia for our youth, and the first part of this three-part drama follows WPC Denise Woods (Hayley Atwell) as she tried to negotiate the streets of Brixton.

The WPC has to deal with sexism within the force, and her own emotional involvement in a girl’s murder. Not only is she tired of being asked to make the tea by her male colleagues but her inner conflict and complicated life sees her becoming increasingly determined to take the law in to her own hands. We just hope we see a few dodgy perms, crazy outfits and a great 80s soundtrack to make us feel young and carefree again.

*One off* Pride And Prejudice – Having A Ball – Friday BBC2 9.00pm

This is a lovely programme to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, where all the accoutrements of an early 19th –century ball are re-created to mark the Netherfield ball , a key event in the story as this is where Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy performed the courtship dance. Experts are led by Amanda Vickery to try and stage an accurate Regency event.

Dance students don the appropriate clothing and act as guests at the ball performing such things as Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz. It is a fascinating insight in to what a ball would have been like in these times, capturing both its pleasures and the anxieties the guests would have felt.

*Film* Mansfield Park – Friday BBC2 11.05pm

If the above programme has whetted your appetite for a bit of Jane Austen then we thought you may wish to watch this film adaptation of one of her lesser known novels. Adapted by Patricia Rozema and starring Frances O’Connor, it tells the story of a woman who goes to live with wealthy relatives and soon hones her skills at writing while observing human nature.

*First Round* The Voice – Saturday BBC1 8.35pm

This weekend sees a double bill of our favourite singing show with the first being aired on Saturday and the next shown on Sunday. Tonight’s show sees the coaches pitting their acts against each other for the first time as they begin their battle performances live in front of the studio audience and the nation. Let the battle commence…

*One Off* The Many Faces Of Robbie Coltrane – Saturday BBC2 9.00pm

This programme is an in-depth profile of the great actor and comedian who has graced our screens for many years with television hits such as, Cracker and Tutti Frutti while achieving world-wide fame in the Harry Potter films playing Rubeus Hagrid.

There are interviews with the man himself and contributions from many others such as, Keith Allen, JK Rowling, John Sessions, and Rupert Grint. If you’ve ever wanted to get to know the man behind the character better then this might be the show for you.

*Film* Minority Report – Saturday BBC1 11.30pm

Another classic film from Steven Spielberg but this time set in the future in 2054 and starring Tom Cruise as a cop who has to go on the run when a trio of supposedly infallible psychics foresee him committing a murder. If you love action and clever plots twists then you will definitely love this but its other strength is the way in which it tries to predict the future and show us what may or may not be to come.

*New Series* The 80s-The Decade That Made Us – Sunday National Geographic 8.00pm

Wow, we’re so excited for this new series which will cover all the interesting events that happened in the 80s and shaped the world. Beginning tonight with Newsman Sam Donaldson offering a graphic account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981, while Dr David Adleberg recalls cradling the president’s heart in his hands during surgery.

But, it’s not all doom and gloom as the programme also looks at the huge marketing giants of the time such as, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Steve Jobs, and media guru Ted Turner. Again, we’re just hoping to hear some great tunes.





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