Pick of the Week: Monday 4th August

August 4, 2008 by  
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Arena Underground ReviewARENA: THE UNDERGROUND
BBC 4 Monday 4th August 10:20pm Alert Me!

The extraordinary subterranean world of the Tube is the subject of the final part of Arena’s London Transport Trilogy. The London Underground is the world’s oldest underground railway system and is used by a staggering 3m passengers every day. Arena – Underground travels through 150 years of tube history, using literature, music and film inspired by it. The film tells the story of a mother and child through 150 years of ordinary underground journeys, beginning with a public hanging in 1863. The reconstruction and archive is interwoven with the stories of passengers and train drivers, from Margaret, who sheltered at Hampstead Station during the war, to Ted from the Lost Property Office. Psychologist Peter Collett provides comment on the unique and peculiarly British behaviour to be found on the Tube.

The Player ReviewFILM: THE PLAYER
Film Four Tuesday 5th August 11:10pm Alert Me!

In the Films to See Before You Die strand, Paul Kaye introduces Robert Altman’s satire on Hollywood mores. Tim Robbins stars as Griffin Mill, a studio exec who commits the ultimate sin and forgets to call a writer back. Suddenly, threatening faxes and mail start arriving just as his job is under threat from slimy Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) and girlfriend Bonnie Sherow (Cynthia Stevenson) is showing just a tad too much intelligence for the trophy wife he planned. This is a classic satire with a wonderful performance from Robbins.

Fiver Wednesday 6th August 8pm Alert Me!

If you think the fashion industry is all about glitz, glamour and celebrity-packed parties, you would be 100% correct. But it’s not all haute couture, schmoozing with the stars and partying till the early hours for the men and women who are trying to make it in this cut throat business. Fashionista Diaries follows six young hopefuls as they are given the opportunity to work in different aspects of the fashion world. Can they handle the sky high rent, long hours and hectic social life that blurs the lines between work and play? Working towards the fashion industry’s biggest event, New York Fashion Week, the interns compete for the ultimate prize – who will be given a full-time job?

BBC3 Sunday 10th August 9pm Alert Me!

Spooks – Code 9 is a new six-part drama for BBC Three, allowing viewers to see the future of Spooks and to get even closer to the world of conspiracy and espionage.

The year is 2013. Thames House is gone and regional MI5 Field Offices have sprung up in its place. London has been evacuated following a nuclear bomb and the country’s power base has shifted north Are six young new recruits tough, moral and clever enough to protect Britain’s future?

As the team prepare to move in on a dangerous Assassin who is after the Prime Minister, they realise the signs just don’t add up. Realisation hits that the PM may not be the target – and that one member of Field Office 19 is walking straight into a trap.

Thursday 7 August 2008 at 21:00 Alert Me!

The body of a man dressed as Santa is discovered, kicking of this Christmas special of Bones. The case becomes stranger when Booth and Brennan discover thousands of dollars stashed in a dresser at the victim’s house. Brennan tries to organise Christmas with her father and brother in prison, and Brennan agrees to kiss Booth under the mistletoe.