|BBC ONE Unplaced Week 49|
– Sidetracked Ep 1/3
Sunday 30 November
9.00-10.30pm BBC ONE
Wallander (Kenneth Branagh)
has a heavy workload with
three murders and an apparent
suicide to deal with
Kenneth Branagh returns to BBC One to play Swedish detective Kurt Wallander in three new single dramas based on the best-selling books by Henning Mankell – an international publishing phenomenon with over 25 million copies sold worldwide.
The dramas follow Inspector Kurt Wallander – a middle-aged everyman – as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the apparently sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in Skane, southern Sweden.
In this first film, Sidetracked, a girl is seen wandering alone in a rapeseed field. Inspector Wallander is called to investigate. Before his eyes, the girl douses herself in petrol and burns to death – the event is both shocking and baffling for Wallander. A hunt for the girl’s identity begins.
On the home front, Wallander, recently estranged from his wife, has moved into his own place. Linda, his grown-up daughter, is keeping an eye on her dad as he adjusts to bachelor life. Wallander’s relationship with his own father, Povel, is difficult and, as it becomes clear that Povel’s health is in decline, Wallander strives for a reconciliation with him.
Meanwhile, Wallander’s workload soars as three apparently motiveless murders are committed. The victims are all male: a former minister of justice, a small-time criminal and a rich playboy. All are viciously killed, their scalps inexplicably taken. Wallander and his team investigate, determined to discover who the killer is and how these murders are connected.
Kenneth Branagh stars as Kurt Wallander with
Jeany Spark as Linda Wallander,
David Warner as Povel Wallander,
Sarah Smart as Anne-Britt Hoglund,
Sadie Shimmin as Lisa Holgersson,
Tom Beard as Svedberg,
Richard McCabe as Nyberg and
Nicholas Hoult as Stefan Fredman.
Tuesday 2 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
(Website available closer to transmission)
Tom (Max Beesley) searches
Abby stumbles across a community that could hold the key to everyone’s future, as Adrian Hodges’s re-imagining of the classic Seventies BBC drama series, based on the novel by Terry Nation, continues.
The group is led by Samantha Willis – the last surviving member of the Government. She has set up a community that still boasts light, hot water, food and power, all drawn from sustainable sources. Abby and Samantha hit it off immediately and Abby is full of hope that Samantha might lead the remaining population to build a new and better society. Samantha sees that Abby could become a trusted ally, but Abby’s illusions are shattered when she sees the lengths Samantha will go to in order to maintain control of her fledgling community.
Meanwhile, Greg and Tom are out searching for supplies when they encounter a family stranded on an isolated farm. The father has successfully sheltered his children from the virus by keeping them imprisoned in their own home. When the daughter of the family reaches out to Tom and Greg to set her free, they are faced with a terrible dilemma – any contact with them could kill the family.
Abby is played by Julie Graham, Samantha Willis by Nikki Amuka-Bird, Greg by Paterson Joseph, Tom by Max Beesley and the father obsessed with sheltering his children from the virus by Neil Dudgeon.
|BBC TWO Unplaced Week 49|
| Louis Theroux – Law And Disorder In Philadelphia Ep 1/2
Sunday 30 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO
Louis Theroux experiences
front line policing American-style
with Philadelphia's Police
Louis Theroux presents the first of two films looking at the issue of law and disorder in two volatile and crime-ridden cities – Philadelphia and Johannesburg.
In this film, Louis joins the Philadelphia Police Department to experience front line policing American-style. In the most dangerous areas of the city, there are approaching 400 homicides a year and drug dealers on every corner. It is also considered part of normal life to carry a gun.
Embedded within the Philly rapid-response teams, Louis feels a palpable sense of adrenalin mixed with frustration as police take on gangs and dealers night after night. He sees a world in which battle-hardened officers cruise the streets on constant gun alert, chase down dealers and patrol a community they feel they can never afford to trust. Day in, day out, this life inevitably takes its toll on officers who, just like those they are policing, find it very difficult to ever feel truly safe in the city they are supposed to make safe.
Louis also meets the victims of crime and people on the other end of hard-line police tactics: drug users, dealers and an increasingly cynical public who, with every police raid, grow more determined not to cooperate or "snitch".
This is a community in which the more the police try to contain lawlessness, the more they alienate the very community they are trying to protect. It is also one in which a new drug dealer rises up to replace each one that is arrested. But Louis also finds a police officer – with years of experience – who seems to have won the trust and confidence of the people on the street, and a local street boss who has imposed his own strange version of law and order on his corner of the city.
Rome – Holy War And Conquest Ep
Saturday 29 November
8.05-9.05pm BBC TWO
Boris Johnson travels around the Mediterranean to investigate the early beginnings of the long-running, if intermittent, antagonism between Christianity and Islam. It has often been said that the two religious cultures are locked in a never-ending cycle of mutual antipathy, distrust and violence. In this series, Boris explores whether this is actually true and if it has to be this way.
He not only looks at the clashes between the two civilisations, but also at the many periods of tolerance, interchange and co-operation. "There is the Christian world and the Muslim world and, for 1,400 years, relations between the two have been marked by rivalry, mistrust, incomprehension and a simmering mutual antipathy that still afflicts us today," says Boris.
Over more than seven centuries before 1492 – when Spain was "reconquered" by the Catholic monarchs – there were many conflicts between the two faiths. But the true historical picture reveals a far more complex relationship.
In the two-part series, which was filmed before Boris became Mayor of London, he travels to Spain, France, Turkey, Syria, Israel and Egypt. He examines the early history of Islam and the extraordinary chain of conquests in which it swept across the territories of Rome.
"In just 80 years, the Arabs conquered half of the old Roman Empire, colonising the grain fields of Egypt and surging though North Africa to Spain. And the crucial difference between the Arabs and all previous invaders was that the Arabs were not seduced by that intoxicating Roman brand. And they didn’t adopt Christianity. They were to develop their own distinct culture," explains Boris.
He also documents the rich and sophisticated civilisation Islam produced; the relationships between Muslims, Jews and Christians; and the background to the Crusades – a conflict, according to some commentators in the Muslim world, that is still being played out today.
During his travels from Europe to the Middle East, Boris uncovers the flashpoints in relations between Christianity and Islam, and also reveals those precious moments of harmony and interchange between the faiths.