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BBC ONE Unplaced Week 50
Wallander – Firewall Ep 2/3
Sunday 7 December
9.00-10.30pm BBC ONE

     

A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim of heart attack, in the second Wallander story adapted from the best-selling novels by Henning Mankell, starring Kenneth Branagh.

 

Later, two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime and show no remorse whatsoever, and Wallander appears to have two open-and-shut cases. At first, these two incidents seem to have nothing in common but, as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more complicated than he initially suspected.

 

The two cases become one and lead to a conspiracy that stretches to encompass a world larger than the borders of Sweden.

 

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 Tom Hiddleston as Martinsson.

 

IJ

 

BBC TWO Unplaced Week 50
The Hairy Bakers' Christmas Special
Thursday 11 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC TWO

       

Dave Myers and Simon King gobble their way through a festive feast in their Christmas Special
Dave Myers and Simon King
gobble their way through a
festive feast in their Christmas
Special

As the nation tightens its economic belt, the UK is seeing a return to traditional home baking. David Myers and Simon King love everything about the festive season. They are travelling the length and breadth of the UK cooking up some traditional Christmas goodies as well as demonstrating some baking biker originals.

 

From mince pies stuffed with spicy homemade mincemeat in a mouth-watering orange crust, to sideboard-bending, overstuffed turkey and ham pies; homemade bagels with smoked salmon; giant cheese straws with warming chestnut and apple soup; and the delicate chocolate artistry that is the traditional yule log, they will be cooking up the perfect Christmas fare.

 

Dave and Si have also decided to throw a party for some very special people. Across Britain, work commitments mean that not everyone can share their Christmas meal with their families; doctors, nurses, soldiers and firemen are just some of the people who give up their day so that we can enjoy ours. For these people in one particular community, Christmas will come early, courtesy of the Hairy Bakers.

 

Si says: "Christmas is a time of comfort and joy, and there is this aplenty in our Christmas special. We're going to some interesting places and meeting some amazing people. In Haverigg Prison, we learn how to smoke salmon in their smoke house and we teach them how to make bagels."

 

Dave adds: "We make Christmas cookies with schoolchildren as we devour the spirit of Christmas. We want to take our viewers on a rollicking good feast of Christmas travels, biking and baking."

 

MJ

After Rome – Holy War And Conquest Ep 2/2
Saturday 6 December
8.10-9.10pm BBC TWO

 

Boris Johnson concludes his investigation into the relationship between Christianity and Islam
Boris Johnson concludes
his investigation into the
relationship between
Christianity and Islam

Boris Johnson continues his travels through France, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Syria and Turkey as he concludes his investigation into the history of the complex relationship between Christianity and Islam.

 

He begins by looking at the crusades, and the way they are viewed – in sharply differing ways – in the West and in the Muslim world today. But Boris finds that the realities of the crusades are far more subtle than modern attitudes to them. He also finds that they are often the result of a re-writing of history in light of later events.

 

Commenting on the call for the Crusades by Pope Urban II in 1095, Boris says: "Pope Urban thereby launched two centuries of intermittent mayhem featuring greed, treachery, sadism and religious mania. And he created a symbol of Western aggression in the Middle East – a symbol so potent that some Muslims believe the crusades have never actually ended."

 

Boris examines the Sack of Constantinople, when Latin Christians fought Eastern Christians, leading eventually to the fall of the city to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. He looks, too, at the Reconquista in Spain, which culminated in the wholesale expulsion of Jews and Muslims by the Catholic rulers. At every turn of his journey, Boris finds that the real history is a good deal more interesting than the fiction that has grown up around it.

 

BR/LS2

Louis Theroux –
Law And Disorder: Johannesburg
Ep 2/2
Sunday 7 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO

     

Louis Theroux travels to Johannesburg, where the residents find themselves increasingly besieged by crime, as he concludes his look at the issue of law and disorder in two volatile and crime-ridden cities (the other being Philadelphia).

 

Despairing of the capability of the police and the courts to protect them, many have turned to an industry of private security offering protection for a price. Are the sometimes brutal methods of these private police really a solution, or just another part of the problem?

 

The first stop for Louis is a meeting with William Mayangoni, the local co-ordinator for a security firm known as Mapogo. Based on the outskirts of Diepsloot, one of the squatter camps that rings Johannesburg, William investigates thefts for his mainly white clients. When he catches a suspect, he gives them "medicine": the alleged offender is beaten with a leather whip known as a sjambok.

 

Although his clients seem to support what they see as "an African solution to an African problem", William's methods alienate the people of Diepsloot. Finally, their patience snaps, and William has to call out the real police in order to protect himself from the vicious threat of the mob.

 

In the centre of Johannesburg, a security company called Bad Boyz works in an area called Hillbrow, notorious for its high crime rate. Louis meets company director Hendrik De Klerk, who explains that much of their activity involves reclaiming and securing buildings that have been taken over – or hijacked – by criminal gangs who illegally take rent from tenants. Louis watches dramatic evictions unfold, in which the police and security companies aren't afraid to use force to kick out the protesting residents, and progress often involves turfing families out onto the streets.

 

While on patrol, Bad Boyz introduce Louis to an unseen Johannesburg underworld. Here, he meets the gang boss known only as "The Chairman" and is escorted into a hijacked skyscraper to meet residents who have lived for years without electricity or water. As he watches Bad Boyz protect their buildings and tenants, Louis begins to wonder about their readiness to use violence, and witnesses the compromises that are made to keep order in a violent city.

 

KA



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