Pick of the week: Monday 28th July

July 28, 2008 by  
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Monday 28th July- Sunday 3rd August

Film 4 Tuesday 29th July 10:45pm Alert Me!

On the first anniversary of his death, Film4 presents a short season of films by Ingmar Bergman. One of cinema’s seminal films, Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece passes the test of time. A knight and his squire (Max Von Sydow and Gunnar Bjornstrand), returning home from the Crusades through a plague-ridden land, meet Death (Bengt Ekerot) who engages the knight in a chess game as the pair debate the mysteries of life, faith and death itself.

House of SaddamHOUSE OF SADDAM
BBC TWO Wednesdaay 30th July 9pm Alert Me!

Igal Naor plays the ruthless dictator Saddam Hussein in a gripping, new, four-part drama series that charts the rise and fall of one of the most significant political figures in recent history.
As war wages, Saddam faces troubles at home; the death of his domineering mother; the youthful nonchalance of his son and heir, Uday; and the deterioration of alliances with Barzan Ibrahim, his half-brother and former deputy. Saddam finds solace in the beautiful, married, Samira Shahbandar, who becomes his mistress much to the chagrin of his glamorous wife – Sajida.

Thursday 31st July 9pm Alert Me!

Amy Heckerling, who directed the superb Fast Times at Ridgemont High , scores again with this high-school take on Jane Austen’s Emma . Alicia Silverstone plays Cher Horowitz who, thanks to her rich lawyer daddy, has it all. She and her school friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) decide to take new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy) under their wing and make sure she finds a date. They succeed, only to find they’ve created a monster…

Channel 4 Wednesday 30th July 10pm Alert Me!

What happens when high-flying career women, who think there’s nothing they can’t do, meet men who think women aren’t up to the job? In the flood plains of Brazil, the forests of north-west Canada, the grasslands of South Africa, and the Southern oceans of Australia, there are jobs so dangerous that they’ve been done by men alone for generations – until now. In a new documentary adventure series, four teams of high-achieving British women travel to four far-flung corners of the world to take on tough, physical jobs. Can the women beat the boys at their own game? In tonight’s opening episode three women head to Brazil to work as cowboys.

Channel 5 Thursday 31st July 11pm Alert Me!

This brand-new documentary series explores unusual neurological conditions. The first instalment profiles four people with different disorders that affect their memories and sleeping patterns. One woman was struck down by a virus that has erased all her recollections of the last 20 years, while another woman is unable to record new memories. The film also meets a man who loses his muscle tone every time he experiences heightened emotions.