Culture Vulture: our guide to the weeks’ entertainment

Saturday 5 March 2022

Inn of the Sixth Happiness Great Movies Classic 5.40pm A tenacious British woman becomes a missionary and runs an inn for travelling merchants in China during the Japanese invasion and the tumultuous years leading up to the Second World War.

Riot Girls : Susan (1/3) BBC RADIO 4 9pm First of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. Birmingham, 1975. Susan tries to forge a new life for herself in a commune. By Lucy Catherine.

Mr Dynamite: The rise of James Brown Sky Documentaries 9pm
A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956.

Sunday 6 March 2022

Passport to Pimlico Sky Arts 3pm
Residents of a part of London declare independence when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a “Passport to Pimlico”.

Leonard Cohen Sky Docs 5pm
A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced.

The Birth of British Music – Haydn (2/4) BBC4 7pm
Charles Hazlewood explores great composers’ lives and music. He looks at the fascinating two-way relationship Haydn, an astute businessman, had with Britain.

A timely re-invention as a new Cold War with Russia begins

The Ipcress File (1/6) ITV1 9pm
As the Cold War rages, ex-smuggler turned reluctant spy Harry Palmer finds himself at the centre of a dangerous undercover mission, on which he must use his links to find a missing British nuclear scientist. An appropriate return to screen as we enter a new Cold War with Russia.

Nixon by Nixon Sky Documentaries 11.10pm
Emmy-nominated documentary examining the different sides of President Nixon through thousands of hours of declassified audiotapes recorded during his administration.

Monday 7 March 2022

The Real Peaky Blinders (1/2) 9pm BBC2
The origins of the real Peaky Blinders, a mass street gang phenomenon that arose in Birmingham at the end of the 19th century.

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Tianamen: The People Against the Party (1/2) PBS America 11.50am
On June 4, 1989 the world’s biggest, longest, and most famous pro-democracy demonstration was brought to a tragic end. The images from those final bloody days still burn bright in our imaginations; the death toll — from the Chinese official figure of 300 to estimates as high as 15,000 — is still disputed.

The Wars of Coco Chanel Sky Arts 3pm
An iron will, a perpetual need to take revenge on society, an unquenchable thirst for freedom and independence, Gabrielle Chanel, the world’s most famous fashion designer, embodiment of Parisian chic, was also a pitiless and determined warrior. To build her empire, she used every possible means, including the most shameful…

Jane Fonda in five acts Sky Arts 9pm
A look at the life, work, activism and controversies of actress and fitness tycoon, Jane Fonda. I love ‘Hanoi Jane’ as she was once cruelly called. It started with Cat Balou and Barberella and continued from there.

All My Sons Great Movies Classic 9pm
During WW2, industrialist Joe Keller commits a crime and frames his business partner Herbert Deever but years later his sin comes back to haunt him when Joe’s son plans to marry Deever’s daughter.

Wednesday 9 March 2022

Our Man In Havana Great Movies Classic 4.55pm
Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

A Bloody Legacy (1/2) PBS America 6pm
The End of the Ottomans Part one of two. Examining conflicts past and present between eastern Europe and the Middle East. Part two of two. With the outbreak of the First World War, the Ottoman Empire joins forces with the Central Powers of Germany and Austro-Hungary to fight against the British Empire. The Allies persuade the Arabs to rise up against the Ottomans, and in return, they are promised their own kingdom

Thursday 10 March 2022

The Cannabis Question PBS America 7.25pm As state-legalised cannabis spreads, NOVA investigates the latest scientific evidence for its potential benefits and risks, and how criminalisation has disproportionately harmed communities of colour.

A Bloody Legacy(2/2) PBS America 6.15pm (See above)

Friday 11 March 2022

Crowd Science – the virtues of massage BBC WORLD SERVICE 8.30pm

John Denver: Country Boy BBC4 9pm
A profile of the life and career of singer/songwriter John Denver.

Film: The Batman
Riddle us this: when a city’s in turmoil and a mysterious killer emerges, leaving only a trail of cryptic clues, what do you get? Crooked cops, scheming mobsters, a cat, a penguin – and, of course, a bat.

A dazzlingly dark detective story with superhero style and a superb new caped crusader in Robert Pattinson, The Batman flew into UK cinemas on Friday 4 March 2022.

Film: The Godfather: 50th Anniversary

Cinemas are making you an offer you can’t refuse: another chance to see Coppola’s mafia masterpiece on the big screen.

Francis Ford Coppola’s epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family.

Detailing a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan’s rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone’s family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged.

Theatre: Julius Caesar

The countdown is on until #JuliusCaesar begins its tour Cumbernauld Theatre on Thursday 17 March before touring until May to OneRen Tron Theatre The Byre Theatre Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre Ceòlas An Lanntair Seall The Barn Eden Court Theatre and Cinema Universal Hall Promotions Lyth Arts Centre The Gaiety Summerhall.

Company of Wolves take Julius Caesar on tour

Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face?

Brutus and Cassius fear Caesar will crown himself king. But when they kill Caesar to prevent him taking the throne, they unleash forces that threaten to tear their world apart.

What happens when we trust the wrong people? When we confuse conspiracy and reality? What happens when we cannot see ourselves?

Five actors immerse us in Shakespeare’s play, creating a world on the brink of crisis, teeming with crowds and politics: a wild ride from the streets of Rome to the steps of the Capitol, from whispers in the night to outright war.

With their signature physicality, Company of Wolves breathe new life into Shakespeare’s masterpiece, exposing the thin line between trust and deceit, conspiracy and reality, civilisation and mob rule.

Selections by Pat Harrington and Henry Falconer

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