Television: IF PASSIONTIDE is all about
being at the mercy of others, then last Thursday was a good time
for Panorama to screen Don't Cap My
Benefits (BBC1). A film crew followed the fortunes of
families in Brent, as the Government's new benefits policy begins
Television: MAUNDY THURSDAY would have been a
far more appropriate day to screen Kim Philby: His most
intimate betrayal, with its theme of betraying your closest
Television: WHY am I the only member of
the Church of England not to consider that Rev
(BBC2, Mondays) is the wittiest and most profound depiction of
inner-city ministry that can be imagined?
Television: THE Reformation never took place -
or so you might reasonably conclude from the first episode
of A Very British Renaissance. James Fox is eager to
tell us that, from the early 16th century, there was, in these
islands, a remarkable flowering of every aspect of culture -
painting, architecture, literature, science - which, he considers,
is popularly underrated,
Television: In Mind The Gap:
London vs the rest, Evan Davis explored the difference between
the growth and prosperity of the capital and the stagnation of
economy elsewhere. He then travelled north to see whether something
could be done about it.
Television: THE First Sunday of Lent, with
its themes of temptation, and the tussle between good and evil,
provided a surprisingly appropriate context for Good Swan,
Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake
Television: A couple of clergy turned up
in Brushing Up On . . . Miniature Britain, a
compilation of TV archive material which last week looked at our
national obsession with making models. But the presenter, Danny
Baker, wrecked what could have been enjoyable.
Television: AS LONG as you think it is real,
does it matter whether it is actually real or not? Religion in
general has long been accused of making a fat living by pedalling
something that does not exist, which made the phenomena explored in
Horizon's The Power of the Placebo fascinating,
but also somewhat close to home.
Gillean Craig takes a look at Bible
Hunters: "a tale of the courage of those who sought the oldest
Television: Alas! Inside the
Animal Mind demonstrated that some of our fellow species
share the ability to consider a problem and work out a solution far
more complex than can be categorised as reflex action.
Television: THERE is no call for my
customary cheap opening gag designed to catch your attention when
my first subject is Britain's Great War, Jeremy
Paxman's documentary series.