Pick of the Week: Monday 21st July

July 21, 2008 by  
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Monday 21st July – Sunday 27th July

Dispatches: The Jab That Can Stop CancerDISPATCHES: THE JAB THAT CAN STOP CANCER
Channel 4 Monday 21st July 8pm Alert Me!

In the next few weeks every girl aged 12 to 13 in Britain will be offered a vaccination to help protect her against cervical cancer. It’s the first time a jab has been developed that can prevent a cancer. The vaccine works by stopping women contracting the virus that causes cervical cancer. But while some hail it as a medical breakthrough, it has provoked controversy. Journalist Jane Moore, who has two daughters, sets out to find answers to the questions every parent will ask before deciding whether to allow their daughters to have the vaccination. Will it work? Is it necessary? And is it safe? The Jab That Can Stop Cancer sets out some of the key facts about the sexually-transmitted virus that causes the cancer and examines how the Government arrived at its decision to give it to all girls. And as this new vaccine is the most expensive the NHS has ever bought, Jane Moore investigates whether the new mass inoculation is value for money.

The Wire: Season 5 PremiereTHE WIRE
FX Monday 21st July 10pm

The fifth and final season of this excellent police drama begins on Monday on FX. Mayor Carcetti struggles to keep his pre-election promises, and is forced to choose between education and law and order. Meanwhile, McNulty keeps Marlo under surveillance. Morale is low in the force and Detective Jimmy McNulty returns to the homicide department.

ZoolanderZOOLANDER
Film 4 Tuesday 22nd July 2008  9pm Alert Me!

Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is the world’s top model. Then Hansel (Owen Wilson) arrives. The new face du jour wins Male Model of the Year and usurps the throne, while Zoolander’s world implodes when his friends are killed, and the media start a feeding frenzy. Avant-garde designer Mugatu (Will Ferrer) steps in to play saviour, offering Derek a chance to model his new ‘derelicte’ range of couture inspired by the homeless. But Mugatu has another agenda: to assassinate the Malaysian PM, whose child labour laws threaten his business. Zoolander is brainwashed to carry out the deed, but the plan hasn’t figured on interfering reporter Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor) and some unexpected allies…Stiller’s previous efforts as director – Reality Bites and The Cable Guy – were brave and trenchant. Zoolander ‘s satire is blunt and broad-brush, but develops the idiot-made-good persona which has seen Stiller in perpetual employment. As were his family: wife Christine Taylor gets a major role, while mother, sister and brother-in-law get a scene each. Even the pet labrador gets a turn. But it’s veteran comic Jerry Stiller (Ben’s father) that walks away with the movie as Derek’s agent, Maury, dressed as mutton and spouting Catskill-friendly shtick.

Burn UpBURN UP
BBC 2 Wednesday 23rd July 9pm Alert Me!

Rupert Penry-Jones, Marc Warren, Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell star in this new, two-part, provocative drama set in the real-life context of climate change, written by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty).

Burn Up is an emotionally powerful story of love, commitment and divided loyalty – a thriller in which the stakes couldn’t be higher. Oil company executives, environmental activists and politicians collide in the battle between economic success and ecological responsibility.

As the drama begins, a team of geologists is murdered in the Saudi desert. One of the team – Masud – survives, and sets in motion a chain of events which will pit friend against friend and country against country.

Sir Mark Foxbay, CEO of Arrow Oil, resigns abruptly and is succeeded by his son-in-law, Tom McConnell, a choice approved by Arrow’s pro-oil lobbyist and Tom’s best friend, Mack. Within days, Tom is handed a writ by Mika – a climate-change activist who alleges Arrow Oil has rendered her Inuit homeland uninhabitable.

To stem bad publicity, Tom and Mack plan to raise the profile of Arrow’s head of renewables, Holly Dernay. But positive PR becomes redundant when, after her writ is thrown out, Mika sacrifices herself in an act which has a devastating impact on Tom, who begins to question his convictions, something hastened by his growing closeness to Holly.

BenicassimBENICASSIM
ITV 2 Friday 25th July 11:15PM Alert Me!

Benicassim festival, or Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, is Europe’s largest outdoor rock festival and is held in Benicassim, near Valencia in Spain in the height of summer. ITV2 has exclusive access to this year’s festival, which can be seen in this one hour programme.

Topping the bill on this year’s main stage are Irish rock band My Bloody Valentine, Brit Award-winning pop sensation Mika, dynamic duo Gnarls Barkley, American rock band The Raconteurs, Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles and guitar hero Jose Gonzalez.

Brit bands The Courteeners, The Rumblestrips, and The Ting Tings have burst on to the music scene in the past year and will be performing at this year’s festival.

Performances in the dance tent include Hot Chip, Justice, Booka Shade and Calvin Harris.