It’s one of those weeks which might have you thinking ‘Is there anything right the world?’
The Week kicks off with documentarian Adam Curtis’ new three part series which is in the beeb. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace shows how we have all become slaves to machines and as with his previous work The Power of Nightmares & The Century of the Self; Curtis both produces, directs and narrates each documentary using a mixture of chilling facts and archive footage to make his points. Trust me after watching this, you’ll never look at your iPod again in quite the same way.
Over on Channel 4 things get very dark indeed with a look into the Police investigation at the Plymouth nursery Little Ted’s paedophile gang in Breaking a Female Paedophile Ring. Sticking with Channel 4 they also give us an in-depth look into the recent events which lead to the Ivory Coast elections crisis costing 1500 people their lives and also led to one million to flee the country in Battle For Ivory Coast.
Anyone familiar with the first two seasons of The Wire should appreciate More4’s Crack House which uses ATF surveillance to show the lives of drug dealers working of a ‘house’ in Rockford in the USA. Sticking with crime, on Monday night there’s another chance to watch Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail which finds him investigating life in inside on of the largest correctional facilities in America – Miami’s mega-jail.
Also this week Channel 4 have a new series starting which can only be described as part Antiques roadshow meets Dragons’ Den peppered with a little Dickinson’s Real Deals in Four Rooms were contestants try to sell items to dealers set up in various rooms. I know what your thinking: Monkey Tennis but hey you can never tell what’ll prove popular.
Film wise there are a few good films to look out for. Wall-E which is on, on Bank Holiday Monday is my personal pick of the week. You can also catch Sophie Okenedo, Queen Latifah & Alicia Keys in The Secret Life of Bees and the 1950s film Bell, Book and Candle starring James Stewart and Kim Novak which was loosely remade into 60’s TV series Bewitched.
Monday 23 May
Adam Curtis’s new series about how machines & automation hasn’t liberated us but distorted and simplified our view of the world around us.
Produces, Directed and Narrated by Adam Curtis
Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail, Part 1
The bespectacled journalist spends time at one of America’s largest prisons where where dangerous inmates awaiting trial live 24 to a room and fight each other under a violent gladiatorial code.
Series Producer – Emma Cooper
Presenter – Louis Theroux
Director – Emma Cooper
Executive Producer – Nick Mirsky
Tuesday 24 May
A new series in which people who believe they have a valuable artefact get a chance to sell it to four of the country’s leading buyers.
Producer: Arabella Newnham
Exec producers: Charlie Bunce, Camilla Lewis
Series director: Andy Devonshire
Series producer: Claudia Lewis
Commissioning Editor: Tanya Shaw
Production company – TalkBack Thames
Later Live … with Jools Holland
The true story of a gang of young drug dealers, told using surveillance footage to provide a fascinating insight into their lives, those of their customers, and the ATF operation to convict them.
Wednesday 25 May
Film 4 11pm
One of the best films about going to work and its everyday drudgery in this comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Thursday 26 May
Cutting Edge goes behind the scenes of the police investigation into the criminal network that provoked widespread revulsion and made international headlines in 2009.
Executive Producer: Sarah Murch, Blakeway North
Friday 27 May
Battle For Ivory Coast
Unreported World visits Abidjan, the commercial capital of the Ivory Coast in West Africa, to report on the escalating political crisis and finds a city torn apart by terrifying violence.
Director: Alex Nott
The Secret Life of Bees
Set 1964 South Carolina its the story of 14 year old Lily Owens who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely & troubled life she flees home with house maid Rosaleen, ending up in meeting the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, who might be able to shed light on her mother via their world of beekeeping.
Saturday 28 May
Bell, Book and Candle
A 1950s set tale of a witch likes her neighbour but hates his fiancee, so she puts a spell on him to love her instead only to fall in love with him for real.
Sunday 29 May
Monday 30 May
Pixar: 25 Magic Moments
Wall-E Film of week
In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.