Culture Vulture: our guide to the week’s entertainment

Saturday, 13 November 2021

More ABBA mania this week from 8 pm on BBC Two starting with ABBA, continuing with The Joy of ABBA and finishing off with ABBA in Switzerland.

Sunday 14th of November

Antiques Roadshow, BBC Two 8:30 pm A special episode filmed at a military cemetery and presenting a selection of emotive and poignant items from the end of World War I.

Vice, BBC Two 10 pm A biographical drama chronicling the remarkable rise to power of Dick Cheney which chronicles his transformation from a Yale dropout and alcoholic in the sixties to the evil warmonger who influenced politics under George W Bush as the 46th vice president of the United States. Christian Bale does a remarkable job playing Cheney.

They Shall Not Grow Old, BBC Four 9 pm Peter Jackson brings to life the story of World War I by transforming century-old footage.

Art of WWII, BBC4 A culture show special exploring the often overlooked history of Britain’s wartime Art Renaissance

As a big Bowie fine I’ll be watching both Discovering David Bowie at 11:00 pm and Beside Bowie (about guitarist Mick Ronson) at 11:30 pm on Sky Arts.

Thursday 18th of November

Social Care: the true cost, ITV 10:45 pm Reporter Fiona Foster looks at whether the government plans to reform social care can address the challenges facing the sector or if the system needs a complete overhaul.

Friday 19th of November 2021

The Wild Gardener, BBC Two 8:30 pm

I’m looking forward to watching the first part of two of the wild Gardner in which Colin Stafford-Johnson returns home to Ireland on a personal quest to transform’s his old childhood garden into a haven for native plants and animals and shows how gardeners really can make a difference to our environment.

A wealth of treats for Country fans starting at 9 pm on BBC Four with Kenny Rogers: cards on the table. Then at 10:00 pm, it’s followed by the Country Music Awards and at 11 pm the innovative country legend Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band perform a special concert recorded for the Old Grey Whistle test in 1977. At 11:40 Arena looks at Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl in which the singer-songwriter looks back at her long and eventful life.

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