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What's worth watching on the box: TV picks

We've picked out the best of the week's TV for you to enjoy...

We've got witches, killers, bankers, and Tudors, plus lots lots more for you to cast your discerning eyes over.

*One Off* Branded A Witch – Monday BBC3 9.00pm
It is somewhat horrifying to learn that within the Congolese community in Britain there are violent, dangerous exorcisms of children suspected of witchcraft being performed and, these murders are on the increase. Last year a couple were found guilty of murdering a teenage boy, and many are laying the blame with money-eager pastors who are profiting from performing such rites.

Kevani Kanda travels from London to Kinshasa where she meets a minister who believes in expelling demons through prayer, while once back in Kinshasa she is shocked to discover that priests and her own relatives treat these abusive deliverances as normal.

*One Off* Hillsborough: How they Buried The Truth – Monday BBC1 10.35pm
This tragedy is no doubt destined to create headlines and documentaries for years to come as not only is it so distressing to think of all those mostly young football fans heading off to watch a game, never to return.

The shock of the second inquiry’s (brought on by pressure from the families) findings which claimed that police officers had deliberately concealed the truth of what happened, that police statements had been altered, and that many people might have been saved has led to further public outrage over the events of that day and since. Tonight’s Panorama film covers all of the above, points out the shortcomings of the investigations, and includes previously unseen footage which suggests that the emergency services were also at fault. Very sad viewing.



*New Series* Town – Tuesday BBC2 9.00pm
Geographer Nicholas Crane believes that Britain’s towns are the communities of our future and he is going to take us through some of them with his great enthusiasm whilst analysing them and identifying any problems. The towns he’s tackling in this returning series are Saffron Walden, Huddersfield, Oban, and Enniskillen.

He starts, though, with Oban in Argyll & Bute – a vibrant harbour town which sells itself as “the gateway to the Western Isles.” Crane argues that perhaps the port risks being seen only as a gateway and that it should be able to recover its Victorian “sense of purpose.” If you fancy being a sofa tourist of some of our great towns then this is the show for you.

*Film* The Fighter – Tuesday Film Four 9.00pm
Mark Wahlberg dons his boxing gloves to play the hero of this great boxing film based on a true story. He plays underdog Micky Ward, a journeyman boxer in early-1990s Massachusetts whose career is on the ropes because of his family who are more than a little messed up.

Christian Bale won an Oscar for his brilliant acting as Micky's crack-addicted elder half-brother, who insists on being his trainer, while Melissa Leo also won an Oscar as the brothers' scary mother, who serves as his manager. Eventually Micky hooks up with a local barmaid who persuades him to break away from his family and give himself a good shot at success. A great film with a great cast.

*Last In Series* Bankers – Wednesday BBC2 9.00pm
The final episode of this eye-opening series explains the fallout from the mis-selling of financial products. Banks were once seen as reliable but this programme asks whether the effects of the crash and the financial scandals have destroyed that image and whether we as customers will ever trust them again. Revealing how the rise of investment banking shifted attitudes that they are merely there to serve shareholders rather than to serve customers, and even the introduction of cashpoints has led to customers feeling that they are no longer being served as individuals.

The Archbishop of Canterbury discusses how the days of abusing customer trust for quick profits have to surely be over. If all else fails we advise that you stash your money under the mattress!

*One Off* Path To Violence – Wednesday PSB America 9.00pm
We are all aware of the sudden rise in school shooters and this programme argues that these people do not suddenly snap but that their actions are the result of unnoticed processes which have been simmering for a long time.

Extensive research has been carried out in America over the last few years concluding that something sets them off on the wrong path, and without some kind of intervention we can expect to see more horrifying examples like Adam Lanza’s killing spree at Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

This programme argues that the solution is to create the right climate in schools, forging connections between responsible adults and students. Both enlightening and disturbing.

*One Off* Mind Of A Rampage Killer- Thursday PBS America 7.50pm
If you haven’t had quite enough of watching about student killers then here is another look at what makes these people tick. This programme asks whether there is something different about the brains of young killers who appear to go berserk one day and wreak havoc on their fellow students and teachers. We soon discover that it isn’t quite as simple as faulty brain chemistry but that nurture also plays a huge part.



*New Series* The Last Days Of Anne Boleyn – Thursday BBC2 9.00pm
This documentary is the first in BBC2’s Tudor Season and it sees Historians, experts, and writers, including David Starkey, and Philippa Gregory, putting forward their theories on Boleyn’s life.

Portrayed as a feminist, scheming opportunist, wronged wife, and adulteress this programme looks at her sudden and unexpected downfall and what caused it. This vibrant hour of historical investigation also includes staged reconstructions of Henry’s court, and illustrates Boleyn’s explosive story which still fascinates to this day.  We hope we’re not spoiling the ending for you when we say that she gets her head chopped off.

*One Off* The Hunt For Britain’s Sex Gangs – Thursday Channel 4 9.00pm
This grim film was filmed over three years and claims unprecedented access to a live investigation. In Operation Chalice, Telford police attempted to stop the problem of white girls who were groomed for sex by predominantly Pakistani men.

Although they managed to gather a lot of compelling evidence, securing convictions proved difficult, with the 2011 trial collapsing before seven men received jail sentences last year.

This unsettling film shows the whole legal process, including harrowing testimony from young victims which leads to the case being argued that there should be a change in the legal process whereby abused teens should be questioned in judges’ chambers rather than being accused of lying and promiscuity in court, so as to encourage them to come forward and testify.

*One Off* The Hunt For Britain’s Sex Gangs – Thursday Channel 4 9.00pm
This grim film was filmed over three years and claims unprecedented access to a live investigation. In Operation Chalice, Telford police attempted to stop the problem of white girls who were groomed for sex by predominantly Pakistani men.

Although they managed to gather a lot of compelling evidence, securing convictions proved difficult, with the 2011 trial collapsing before seven men received jail sentences last year.

This unsettling film shows the whole legal process, including harrowing testimony from young victims which leads to the case being argued that there should be a change in the legal process whereby abused teens should be questioned in judges’ chambers rather than being accused of lying and promiscuity in court, so as to encourage them to come forward and testify.

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