Culture Vulture: Our guide to the week’s entertainment

Saturday 5 February 2002

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History 11pm Sky Arts

The Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism charted through music. This looks like a very interesting series which I’ve missed. There are eight episodes in Season 1 and I will definitely catch up on them all. One that particularly interests me is Episode 3, Kent State and the Vietnam War: “The politically driven songs of Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield take on new meaning following the Kent State massacre.”

Sunday 6 February 2020

An Inspector Calls 1.45 pm Drama Channel

A classic. An Inspector interrupts a wealthy family’s dinner party to tell them that a young woman has committed suicide.

Hampstead 6.55 pm Film 4

I’m a big fan of Brendan Gleeson who stars in this alongside Diane Keaton. When a widow meets a man living wild on the Heath romance blooms but then his shack comes under threat.

Sorry We Missed You 10 pm BBC 2

After taking a job as a delivery driver, Ricky ends up trapped in a vcious circle.

Versus: the life and films of Ken Loach BBC Two 11:30 pm

A biographical documentary in which Ken Loach reflects on his often controversial career with comments from colleagues friends and family.

Monday 7 February 2020

Mysteries of mental illness 1/4 PBS America 7:35 pm

The attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness, including its causes and treatments.

This episode, Evil or Illness, examines ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry. People living with mental illness also tell their stories.

The Outsiders 9 pm Talking Pictures TV

A story of rivalry and hardship between two gangs of young men. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Tuesday, February 8 2002

Mysteries of mental illness 2/4 PBS America 7:35 pm

This episode, Whose normal?, explores how science and societal factors are deeply entwined with shifting definitions of mental health.

White Riot Sky Arts 9 pm

The film tells the story of Rock Against Racism formed in 1976 as part of a drive by the Socialist Workers Party and others to combat the rise of the National Front.

Wednesday 9 February 2022

Mysteries of mental illness 3/4 PBS America 7:35 pm

This episode, The rise and fall of the asylum, follows the origin and downfall of mental asylums in America.

Thursday February 10 2022

Mysteries of mental illness PBS America 1230 am 4/4

This episode, The New Frontiers, looks at modern treatments.

Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art BBC2 9 pm 2/2

I missed the first episode of this two parter (Vile Bodies, which concerned how artists have shown ‘forbidden’ aspects of the human body) so I am playing catch up using BBC Iplayer. In this episode Mary Beard explores how artists challenged viewers to confront ideas and opinions which for all sorts of reasons we would rather not face up to. She examines artwork ranging from the etchings of Otto Dix (banned by the Nazis) to the paintings of artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman. With the culture wars and censorship so prevalent in our own society it will be interesting to compare and contrast then and now.

Selected by Pat Harrington with assistance from Henry Falconer

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