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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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BBC ONE Unplaced Week 16

Reggie Perrin

Friday 24 April
9.30-10.00pm BBC ONE

Martin Clunes stars as Reggie Perrin in this modern-day update of the classic Seventies sitcom
Martin Clunes stars as Reggie Perrin in this modern-day update of the classic Seventies sitcom

A modern-day update of the classic British sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, starring Martin Clunes in the title role, comes to BBC One. He leads an impressive cast including Fay Ripley (Cold Feet), Wendy Craig (Butterflies, The Royal), Geoffrey Whitehead (Worst Week Of My Life), Neil Stuke (Game On) and Lucy Liemann (Moving Wallpaper).

Reggie Perrin retells the story of a sales executive on the edge – an average man finding it increasingly difficult to put up with the monotony of life, the disappointing marriage, the office grind as head of disposable razors at male-grooming firm Groomtech and the daily commute. Rebellion begins to build in his mind, in the form of increasingly surreal flights of fancy, and slowly, Reggie begins to say what he really thinks – to his wife, his boss, his fellow commuters ... and, most dangerously of all, to his new colleague, Jasmine Strauss.

As the series begins, Reggie is feeling increasingly frustrated and alienated as he realises that he has worked at Groomtech for 10 years. Reggie's boss, Chris Jackson, introduces him to the beautiful Jasmine Strauss, the new head of balms and lubricants. His wife, Nicola, is too busy for him, so Reggie becomes a little besotted with Jasmine and even has a peek in her office.

The series is written by Simon Nye, the writer behind Men Behaving Badly, and David Nobbs, the writer and creator of the original Seventies show.

Reggie Perrin is played by Martin Clunes; Nicola Perrin by Fay Ripley; Vicky, the secretary, by Kerry Howard; Anthony, one of Reggie's colleagues, by Jim Howick; Steve, another colleague, by Nick Mohammed; Chris Jackson by Neil Stuke; Marion, Reggie's mother, by Wendy Craig; Jasmine Strauss by Lucy Liemann; Monty, Reggie's friend, by Justin Edwards; and William, Nicola's father, by Geoffrey Whitehead.


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Ashes To Ashes

Monday 20 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Keeley Hawes and Philip Glenister return as DI Alex Drake and DCI Gene Hunt in the time-travelling police drama
Keeley Hawes and Philip Glenister return as DI Alex Drake and DCI Gene Hunt in the time-travelling police drama

Alex Drake was shot in 2008 and was stunned when she woke up in 1981. Confronted by the politically incorrect DCI Gene Hunt and his right-hand men, DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton, Alex was determined not to hang around in the past for long.

It's now 1982, the Falklands War has started, corruption in the force is rife and Alex is no nearer to finding the key to returning to the future, as Ashes To Ashes, starring Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes, returns for a new series.

In the opening episode, when a man is found dead in a Soho strip club, it looks like a sex game gone wrong. But, when it turns out the deceased is PC Sean Irvine, Gene and Alex are ordered to keep the case under wraps and get to the bottom of it as quickly as possible by force legend, Detective Superintendent "Supermac" Mackintosh.

Sean was supposed to be clearing the streets of vice, but it seems he became seduced by it. Gene, Ray and Chris think the evidence speaks for itself, but Alex is troubled by the victim's wife, Ruth, who insists Sean was a good, honest man. Much to Gene's displeasure, when the pathology report shows that Sean was murdered, he has to face the fact that Alex was right and the killer could be one of their own...

Meanwhile, Alex believes she finally understands how the world around her works, but when she starts hearing news from the future, she realises nothing is as it seems. Clinging on to fast-fading hope, she discovers she may not be alone in her predicament, and a mysterious stranger, who also seems to be stuck in 1982, is making Alex doubt that her current world is merely a figment of her imagination...

Alex Drake is played by Keeley Hawes, Gene Hunt by Philip Glenister, Supermac by Roger Allam, Ray Carling by Dean Andrews, Chris Skelton by Marshall Lancaster and Ruth by Pooky Quesnel.


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The Omid Djalili Show Ep 1/6

New series
Monday 20 April
10.35-11.05pm BBC ONE
Omid Djalili, "Iran’s answer to Carol Vorderman", returns with a new series of his sketch, song and stand-up show
Omid Djalili, "Iran’s answer to Carol Vorderman", returns with a new series of his sketch, song and stand-up show

The London Olympics, a completely new take on Henry VIII, the credit crunch and darts players' wives are just some of the targets of the multi-talented actor, stand-up, writer and "Iran's answer to Carol Vorderman", in this new series of The Omid Djalili Show. In a series stuffed full of sketches, songs and stand-up, the country's best-loved British-Iranian comedian takes a uniquely adult look at contemporary issues such as race, religion, football and lad culture.

In programme one, the comedian gives some TV favourites a Middle-Eastern makeover as Sheiks In The City and Jihad's Army get the "Look Eastwards" treatment. Next, Omid dons facial hair and hose to bring Henry VIII to life in his own inimitable style, as he campaigns to be divorced from his feisty Spanish wife, Catherine of Aragon.

The comic returns as bouncer, broadcaster and Londoner Steve "The Dragon" Thompson, presenter of a video guide to the "real" London Olympics – with sports including "sitting on a man in a fight" and "eel-fencing". The facial hair continues as Omid plays the part of a heavy-metal bailiff in Credit Crunch – The Rock Opera. Finally, the comedian's stand-up routine takes the audience on a flight of fancy involving Somalian pirates, Gordon Brown doing the lottery and Egyptian taxi-drivers.

Over the past 10 years, Omid's popularity has grown on both sides of the Atlantic, with sell-out tours in the UK and the US, a comedy special on HBO and roles in Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator, The Mummy, Spy Game and Pirates Of The Caribbean – At World's End. His UK TV work includes roles in My Family And Other Animals, Lead Balloon, Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, Annie Griffin´s New Town for BBC Four and the critically acclaimed first series of The Omid Djalili Show.


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BBC TWO Unplaced Week 16

Louis Theroux – A Place For Paedophiles

Sunday 19 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO
Louis Theroux meets patients and therapists at California’s Coalinga Mental Hospital
Louis Theroux meets patients and therapists at California’s Coalinga Mental Hospital

Coalinga Mental Hospital in California houses more than 500 of the most disturbed criminals in America – convicted paedophiles. Most have already served lengthy prison sentences but have been deemed unsafe for release. Instead they have been sent here for an indefinite time. They have only two choices: accept the fact they will never live as free men in society again, or submit to a programme of rehabilitation and therapy run by the hospital's psychologists.

Louis has gained access to Coalinga to film with patients and therapists, and to consider whether these men – whose history of sexual violence is often long and ingrained – could ever be sufficiently changed by therapy to justify their release.

Spending time with those undergoing treatment, Louis wrestles with whether he can ever allow himself to believe men whose whole history is defined by deception and deceit. At times, the honesty of the patients appears disarming and sincere. At others, the language of therapy seems more to mask their true natures than to reveal them.

Among the patients is James. After six years of therapy and a physical castration, he appears to have come to understand the enormity of the crimes he committed. He is determined to prove to society that he can be trusted again, and has been recommended for release by the hospital.

Over the course of Louis's visit, he discovers that, of the hundreds of men the hospital has accommodated, only 13 have ever completed the therapy programme. Most refuse even to participate, and many – fiercely deluded about their crimes – talk bitterly about the programme, arguing that the facilities it offers (therapy, tennis, softball and music) are designed less with the intention of rehabilitation than of the long–term incarceration of men who have already served their time.

Louis explores the dark world of Coalinga, and finds an institution committed to helping and treating people but also a place that ultimately offers society a way of confining its most loathed offenders for the rest of their days.


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