Culture Vulture: our guide to the week’s entertainment

Saturday June 11 2022

Putin’s Way PBS America 6.25pm

Tracing the career of Vladmir Putin over the past two years.

Putin’s Road to War PBS America 7.35pm

The “inside story” of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ziggy Stardust at 50 BBC RADIO 4 20:00

How David Bowie’s creation of the androgynous Ziggy Stardust had a profound effect on his career and allowed him to emerge as a pop prophet, gay rights champion and cultural icon.

Also Next Friday 12:04

Sunday 12 June 2022

Desert Island Discs: Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC BBC RADIO 4 FM 11.15am

Inspiring union leader Frances O’Grady

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, shares the eight discs, book and luxury item she would want if cast away on a desert island. With Lauren Laverne.

Picture attribution for Frances O’Grady – Johninnit, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Also Next Friday 09:00

Grenfell Channel 4 10.30pm (1/2)

This is based on the not-for-profit production, entitled Grenfell: Value Engineering, which was on stage in London (at The Tabernacle) and Birmingham (at the Birmingham Rep).

The play – which was called “mesmerising, informative and alarming” in one review – is based on the words of those involved in the inquiry into the 14 June 2017 blaze, which killed 72 people.

Grenfell was created by producer and director Nicolas Kent and the creative team responsible for the dramatisation of The Colour Of Justice: The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, which ran at the Tricycle Theatre and the National Theatre in 1999.

Kent said: “In the heart of one of the richest boroughs in Europe 72 people died in the horrific circumstances of the Grenfell Tower fire, and this play looks at the causes, failures and those responsible for this tragedy, and how we can try to ensure that it never happens again.

“When last autumn we produced the play close to the Grenfell site the production was welcomed by the four main Grenfell support organisations.

“We were regularly told by residents that they hoped it would have a future life as they believed it’s important that people kept talking about the systemic failures which led to the fire.”

Monday 13 June 2022

The People Vs J Edgar Hoover BBC RADIO 4 (1/8) 1.45pm

Emily Maitlis tells how Hoover built and ran the FBI and helped create today’s fears of a “deep state”

Listen to the teaser here

Grenfell Channel 4 11.05pm

The conclusion of the stage play based on evidence from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Sherwood BBC1 9pm (1/6)

A divided police force, a relentless manhunt and a killer tormenting an already fractured Nottinghamshire community. In Episode 1 DCS Ian St Clair is called to investigate a tragic and unexpected murder in an ex-mining town as news of the crime threatens to inflame historic tensions. Powerful drama starring Joanne Froggatt and David Morrissey.

Tuesday 14 June 2022

The People Vs J Edgar Hoover continues on BBC RADIO 4 continues (see Monday).

Wednesday 15 June 2022

The People Vs J Edgar Hoover continues on BBC RADIO 4 continues (see Monday).

Thursday 16 June 2022

The People Vs J Edgar Hoover continues on BBC RADIO 4 continues (see Monday).

The Real Derry: Jamie-Lee O’Donnell Channel 4 10pm

Best known as the gutsy Michelle Mallon, now the Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell is bringing the real city to our screens. Channel 4’s The Real Derry: Jamie-Lee O’Donnell explores the Troubles and how they shaped the Northern Irish city we know today, especially for younger generations “who still live with the impact of the Troubles”. The actress will look back at her Catholic upbringing in the ‘90s during the 45-minute documentary special, while students from her former high school will speak on today’s Derry.

Friday 17 June 2022

The People Vs J Edgar Hoover concludes on BBC RADIO 4 continues (see Monday).

Look Away Sky Documentaries 9pm

As the documentary’s synopsis explains: “Look Away confronts the darker side of rock and a subject the music industry has glossed over for years: statutory rape and abuse against women.

For the first time, women – coerced, groomed or mistreated; many in their teens – offer an unfiltered account of their experiences as they share some of the abuses and harassment that were tolerated in the music industry in the 70s and 80s. These women share their encounters with powerful music names like front men Steven Tyler and Axl Rose, and Kim Fowley, manager of fledgling teen group The Runaways.”

“Look Away addresses how the music industry fostered a culture where relationships with underage girls were normalised and aggressive sexual behaviour was ignored.”

Selections from Henry Falconer and Pat Harrington


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