|BBC ONE Unplaced Week 22|
Monday 26 May
9.00-10.30pm BBC ONE
Jude Whiley, Dr George Austen, Kay Rousseau,
Dr Clive Morrell, Matt Costello and Miles Trueman
investigate the Kiss Of Death
Louise Lombard, Lyndsey Marshal and Danny Dyer star in Kiss Of Death, an exciting, gritty new one-off crime drama by awarding-winning writer Barbara Machin.
This compelling story is told from the point of view of every character involved – those investigating the crime, as well as the killer and his victims.
Michael Bovery has killed once and kidnapped another victim, challenging the team to work out why. Suddenly everyone's past comes under scrutiny, and everyone's version of the truth comes under suspicion.
Following the death of her child, Kay Rousseau returns to work to head up the crime team. Suspicion about her involvement in this death, however, remains – not least from her own husband. Only Matt Costello, Kay's second-in-command and a dedicated, impassioned copper, is loyal to the core.
Dr George Austen is the team's forensic scientist and worked on Kay's case. She knows things Kay wished she didn't, and this isn't helped by her own fast spiralling addiction to alcohol – which puts her evidential work under unwelcome scrutiny.
Louise Lombard plays Kay Rousseau, Danny Dyer plays Matt Costello and Lyndsey Marshal plays Dr George Austen. The cast also includes: Shaun Parkes, who plays Dr Clive Morrell, whose own mood swings and strange behaviour cause concern within the team; Lenora Chrichlow, who plays young, fresh rookie cop Jude Whiley, who has an energy and passion for the job that verges on obsession; Ace Bhatti, who plays Kay's husband, Miles Trueman, and the lawyer attached to the case; and Brian McCardie, who plays killer Bovery, a man obsessed with one of the team.
|BBC TWO Unplaced Week 22|
| Filth – The Mary Whitehouse Story
Wednesday 28 May
9.00-10.30pm BBC TWO
Julie Walters stars as Mary Whitehouse with Hugh
Bonneville (left) as Sir Hugh Carleton Greene and
Alun Armstrong as her husband, Ernest
In 1963 an unknown housewife and teacher from the Midlands, Mary Whitehouse, embarked on a mission to clean up British television. Her crusade led her into battle with the man she held responsible for a tide of "filth" – Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, Director-General of the BBC, culminating in a bitter fight to broadcast the word "knickers" in The Beatles' song I Am The Walrus.
With Julie Walters starring as Mary Whitehouse and Hugh Bonneville playing her arch-enemy, BBC Director-General Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, Filth – The Mary Whitehouse Story is a 90-minute drama inspired by real events that will bring to life the battle for Britain's morals that raged in the Sixties.
Remarkably, in the middle of such a liberal decade – an era that spawned Carnaby Street, the Profumo scandal and the Fab Four – Mary Whitehouse was the voice of a majority that had no desire to join the permissive age. Armed only with her own sense of good Christian values and a sharp tongue, Mary Whitehouse embarked on a David versus Goliath mission to stop "filth" entering family homes via the television. Backed by her loyal husband Ernest (Alun Armstrong), Mary set out to fight an almighty war with some heroic and surprising victories along the way.
Written by Amanda Coe (Shameless and Elizabeth David – A Life In Recipes) and directed by Andy de Emmony (BAFTA-nominated Fantabulosa! and The Canterbury Tales), the film has at its heart two great, and very strong-willed, characters – Mary Whitehouse who leads her "Clean-Up TV" campaign clad in her best coat and hat, versus BBC Director-General Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, who was determined to modernise British television.
Mears Goes Walkabout – Desert Ep
Sunday 25 May
8.15-9.15pm BBC TWO
Ray Mears Goes Walkabout
through the wilderness of the
Britain's foremost survival expert, Ray Mears, goes walkabout in Australia in his new series.
The aboriginals of Australia have a tradition of travelling their country, maintaining their culture, looking after the land, telling stories and visiting family. They call this practice Walkabout. In this series Ray follows suit as he makes four journeys through the wilderness of the Australian Outback.
He begins in the desert. Deserts have a particular beauty unmatched in the natural world; places of great stillness, life there is reduced to the basics. Ray explains what to take for a journey into the desert and how to pack a vehicle so that it becomes a mobile headquarters. Australia has no large land-based predators, so it's perfect for sleeping out under the stars and there's nowhere better to do that than the desert.
Ray is following in the footsteps of John McDouall Stuart, one of the unsung explorers of Australia. His contemporaries, Burke and Wills, tend to get the attention for their ill-advised, fatal south-to-north crossing of this continent. They were typical of their age, setting out with an army of men, food and equipment, determined to conquer the land rather than work with it. But Stuart had a very different approach, travelling fast and light – much closer to Ray's own attitude to travel.
Stuart's early forays into the Outback provided him with the knowledge to forge a route across the continent. It's the skills that Stuart acquired on these journeys that Ray focuses on, showing how to wring water from these arid lands. He travels this burnt, inhospitable landscape, bringing alive the story of Stuart and his men and gaining ever more respect for those early explorers as he goes.
These journeys represent something very close to Ray's heart: the most important thing that can be learned when travelling is to be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. For Ray, this is the only way to promote understanding and learning. Australia presents a fabulous opportunity to show this, encompassing so many different natural habitats, with a rich indigenous culture and many tales of exploration and survival.