Culture Vulture: our guide to the week’s entertainment

Saturday, 29 January 2020 2BBC

The BBC have lots of treats tonight for fans of musicals

Big Night of Musicals by The National Lottery BBC 7 pm

Jason Manford hosts the special concert featuring performances from the cast of some of the most popular musicals playing in the West and touring around the UK.

Elaine Paige at the BBC BBC Two 8:30 pm

A selection of performances by the West End Star including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Memory and I Know Him So Well featuring really seen clips from he earliest days.

Evita: The Making of a Superstar BBC Two 9:30 pm

Suzy Klein travels into the world of musical theatre and also Argentina to discover the story behind one of the West Ends most celebrated characters. In Argentina she finds out how this champion of poor became an icon.

Elaine Paige: I’m still Here BBC Two 10:30 pm

Highlights of the Farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Apostasy BBC2 11:30 pm

See our review here

Sunday, 30 January 2022

Lilies of the Field BBC2 3:30 pm

Sidney Potier in 1968

Sidney Potier died earlier this month at the age of 94. This is the film which made history as the first black person to win an Oscar for best actor. Homer Smith a good-natured unemployed construction worker. He encounters of group of nuns who believe he was sent by God to build them a chapel.

Sky Arts 7 pm The Beatles, Hippies and Hells Angels

The inside story of Apple Corps the Beatles multimedia corporation that became one of most colourful outlandish and chaotic companies that ever existed

Revolution in Colour 1909 to 1918 PBS 6:25 pm (1/2)

The struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century.

In the Heat of the Night BBC Two 10 pm

Great performances from Sidney Potier as Virgil Tibbs who is accused of murder by a bigoted lawman in the American deep south and Rod Steiger as Gillespie the Sheriff.

Monday 31 January 2022

Channel 4 10 pm

Race and medical experiments: what’s the truth?

Why is there vaccine hesitancy amongst ethnic minorities? This documentary reveals a toxic history of racially charged experiments contributing to a mistrust of science. From enslaved women used in surgical experiments to the CIA’s fake vaccination program to obtain DNA samples.

Friday, 4 February

The story of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive BBC4 9 pm

Background to the relationship break-up hit that became an anthem.

And on Amazon Prime Video…

Reacher is available from Friday, 4 February 2022. When retired Military Police Officer Jack Reacher is arrested for a murder he did not commit, he finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy full of dirty cops, shady businessmen and scheming politicians. With nothing but his wits, he must figure out what is happening in Margrave, Georgia. The first season of Reacher is based on the international bestseller, Killing Floor by Lee Child.

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