Culture Vulture: our guide to the week’s entertainment

Saturday 19 March 2022

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency BBC3 11:30pm

Roman Kemp explores the mental health and suicide crisis affecting young men. When Roman lost his best friend, he had no idea he was struggling. Now, Roman is searching for answers.

Bridge Of Spies, C4 11:30pm

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. See our review of this great film here.

Sunday 20 March 2022

Desert Island Discs: Alan Cumming, actor BBC RADIO 4 11:00am

I listen to Desert Island Discs every week. It’s one of the things I love about the BBC. Alan Cumming, actor, shares the eight tracks, book and luxury item he would take with him if cast away to a desert island. With Lauren Laverne.

Glass C4 10:00pm

After pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities that reside within, David Dunn finds himself locked in a mental hospital alongside his archenemy, Elijah Price. Forms a trilogy with Unbreakable and Split. See our review of the Trilogy here.

Monday 21 March 2022

The Court of Putin BBC RADIO 4 20:30

Tim Whewell examines the changing face of decision-making in Putin’s Russia and asks if anyone can say no to its president.

Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip: An emotional history of Britain BBC4 10pm

Ian Hislop asks when and why we British have bottled up or let out our feelings and how this has affected our history.

Tuesday 22 March 2022

The Undiscovered Kenneth Williams Sky Arts 1:55am

Victor Lewis-Smith give a fascinating insight into the life of Kenneth Williams, one of the UK’s best-loved comic performers who starred in more than 20 Carry On films. Also features Stanley Baxter, Robert Chidell, Adam Brand and Robin Sebastian.

Wednesday 23 March 2022

Strangeways Riot 25 Days of Mayhem C5 11:05pm

I can remember watching the riot on the news every night in April 1990. This documentary tells the story of the UK’s worst prison riot.
Inmates seized control of Strangeways prison in Manchester as a protest against inhumane conditions inside Strangeways. The consequences rippled across the prison system and are still with us.

Thursday 24 March 2022

In our time: Antigone BBC RADIO 4 09:00am

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Sophocles’ tragedy of dilemmas, where King Creon threatens death to anyone who buries a traitor and that traitor’s sister, Antigone, defies him. This compelling story raises questions about loyalty and obligation and the cost of defying tyranny. It will be interesting to hear the discussion.

Tonight: Cost of Living What You Need to Know ITV 10:45pm

The cost of living has risen to its highest rate in over 30 years, with families about to be hit by huge hikes in our energy, fuel and food bills, a situation made worse by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Datshiane Navanayagam investigates the impact on household finances, and finds out how we can save money.

Our Friends in the North BBC RADIO 4 2:15pm

Playwright and screenwriter Peter Flannery has rewritten his multi-award winning TV series Our Friends in the North as audio drama for BBC Radio 4. Also available on BBC Sounds.

Friday 25 March 2022

Elton John: Uncensored BBC4 9pm

Sir Elton and Graham Norton sit down for a world-exclusive intimate chat, which sees the legendary ‘Rocket Man’ look back at his extraordinary life and career. I’m a big fan of Elton’s music and also what he has done to benefit our country by paying tax, employing people and speaking out on important issues. I’m looking forward to finding out more about him.

Coming soon…

Halo (2022)

Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. Nobody can save humanity alone-not even the Master Chief. Meet the heroes who will risk losing everything to come together and protect humankind from the universe’s greatest threat in this stunning new trailer for the Paramount+ Original Series, Halo. Stream the premiere of Halo on Thursday, Mar. 24, exclusively on Paramount+.

Selected by Pat Harrington with help from Henry Falconer


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