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It’s rare for a tele­vi­sion crew to be al­lowed in­side the Vat­i­can. This doc­u­men­tary starts at the huge mass held in St Peter’s Square to mark the canon­i­sa­tion of two popes — John XXIII and John Paul II — by Pope Fran­cis. The film then, for the first time, records the ac­tual canon­i­sa­tion cer­e­mony and tells sto­ries of past mir­a­cles and vi­sions. This of­fers a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to peek into a se­cret world that’s closed to most of us, but one that has a pro­found im­pact on hun­dreds of mil­lions of be­liev­ers. The mourn­ful howl of a beau­ti­ful white snow wolf opens this stun­ning pro­gram. Wildlife cam­era­man Gor­don Buchanan trav­els to Ellesmere Is­land, Canada, to doc­u­ment a pack of wild wolves that has never seen hu­mans. Three pups win his heart, but he knows they won’t all sur­vive their first year in this harsh, re­mote en­vi­ron­ment. Like all good ad­ven­tures, it has a chase scene. You want the adult wolf to catch the cute bunny be­cause the pack is starv­ing; on the other hand, you can’t watch. The pho­tog­ra­phy is spec­tac­u­lar and Buchanan’s nar­ra­tion em­pa­thetic to the sub­ject; lit­tle won­der he’s be­ing touted as the next David At­ten­bor­ough. But per­haps not yet. Hem­s­ley + Hem­s­ley: Healthy & De­li­cious Mon­day, 8.30pm, Life­style Food (127) Jas­mine (34) and Melissa (28) Hem­s­ley grew up with their Filip­ina mother and army father in bar­racks in Eng­land and Ger­many. Their mother taught them to cook cheaply but with flavour and love. Now the sis­ters are the hottest thing on the UK foodie scene. They run a blog and a be­spoke food de­liv­ery ser­vice; have re­leased their first cook­book, The Art of Liv­ing Well, and opened a cafe in Sel­f­ridges; and they host a TV se­ries. The pair uses only or­ganic, nu­tri­tious in­gre­di­ents in their adap­ta­tion of pop­u­lar com­fort foods. They cer­tainly look the pic­ture of health as they share their recipes for gluten-free cau­li­flower tabouli, an acai berry break­fast bowl and car­rot meat­balls. The Leisure Class Wed­nes­day, 6.35pm, Show­case (115) The scene is a sprawl­ing es­tate in Con­necti­cut, where sprawl­ing es­tates are sim­ply di­vine, dar­ling. Charles (Ed Weeks) is a charm­ing English gent who is about to marry a US sen­a­tor’s daugh­ter, Fiona (Brid­get Re­gan). Charm­ing he may be, but Charles he is not. He is con artist Wil­liam Rooney look­ing for a meal ticket. Out of the blue his real brother Leonard (Tom Bell) turns up. In or­der to main­tain the mas­quer­ade, they hatch a plot. Su­per­model Rachel, it tran­spires, not only has long legs but a great sense of hu­mour. This se­ries, which sees the lucky duck trav­el­ling the world in search of the se­crets of beauty and eter­nal youth, has her pop­ping up all over the place. She’s game enough to try camel milk ice cream in Dubai, but in Asia de­clines any­thing that re­quires surgery. Here in episode six she searches China for tips on ex­er­cise and achiev­ing the per­fect skin. She also dis­cov­ers the an­cient se­crets of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicines and teas. It’s a fun se­ries. JFK Stan You may be up to pussy’s bow with Amer­i­can pol­i­tics right now, but this fas­ci­nat­ing two-parter nar­rated by Oliver Platt goes back to a time when can­di­dates in the race for the White House had depth and style. There’s over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence that John Fitzger­ald Kennedy’s wealthy father bought him the pres­i­dency, but at least the young, in­tel­li­gent, hard­work­ing Mas­sachusetts sen­a­tor had lead­er­ship qual­i­ties. Us­ing old fam­ily videos, pho­tos and news footage, this calm appraisal of an ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer ex­plores JFK’s life from sickly child and glam­orous bach­e­lor to un­faith­ful hus­band and the pres­i­dent who al­most took the world to war. The cere­bral Jackie — “the woman who made the world safe for brunettes again” — comes across as a saint. A les­son in his­tory told well.

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