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This top-class adap­ta­tion of Joseph Con­rad’s pre­scient mas­ter­piece of ter­ror­ism and es­pi­onage is writ­ten by award-win­ning Tony Marchant ( The Mark of Cain, Great Ex­pec­ta­tions), di­rected by Emmy Award-win­ner Charles McDougall ( House of Cards) and stars Toby Jones as busi­ness­man An­ton Ver­loc, pro­pri­etor of a Lon­don sex shop who finds him­self as an un­der­cover agent paid by the Rus­sian em­bassy to spy on an an­ar­chist cell. Fu­ri­ous at Bri­tain’s re­fusal to con­front the an­ar­chist threat sweep­ing across Europe, Ver­loc’s Rus­sian han­dler gives him a mis­sion: or­ches­trate a bomb­ing that will be blamed on the an­ar­chists and pro­voke a Bri­tish crack­down. “The con­tem­po­rane­ity of the book was its ob­vi­ous ap­peal and Con­rad’s almost prophetic view of a Pay TV’s long­est run­ning event (or “stunt”, as they are called in the trade), this favourite piece of sum­mer view­ing re­turns with 14 pre­miere ti­tles at 8.30pm and 9.30pm each night. The line-up in­cludes two do­cos filmed in Aus­tralia and nar­rated by the An­drew “ET” Et­ting­shausen, in­clud­ing Isle of Jaws, which fol­lows marine bi­ol­o­gist Jonathan Werry as he investigates why the con­cen­tra­tion of great whites sharks off the Nep­tune Is­lands in South Aus­tralia has di­min­ished in re­cent times. Who Put the Klan in the Ku Klux Klan Tues­day, 7.30pm, His­tory In this sur­pris­ing doco, arche­ol­o­gist Neil Oliver of Coast fame ex­plores how Scot­tish set­tlers shaped Amer­ica’s racist night­mare. He investigates the links be­tween to­day’s racism in the deep south and the Scots who first oc­cu­pied it, hun­dreds of thou­sands im­mi­grat­ing to Amer­ica through­out the 18th cen­tury. Many be­came slave masters and wealthy plan­ta­tion own­ers and, em­bit­tered by de­feat in the Civil War and fear of newly freed slaves, six Scot­tish-Amer­i­can for­mer Con­fed­er­ate of­fi­cers formed a fra­ter­nal so­ci­ety and clan be­came the Klan. Howard Hawks’s mu­si­cal com­edy Gen­tle­men Pre­fer Blon­des (Tues­day, 8.35pm, Fox Clas­sics) sees Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe in op­u­lent form in her leg­endary dumb-blonde per­sona, star­ring with Jane Rus­sell as a cou­ple of gold-dig­ger show­girls from Lit­tle Rock tak­ing an ocean voyage to France. Joy­ously vi­cious in humour, tone and nar­ra­tive, its sub­lime mu­si­cal num­bers are di­rected and chore­ographed by Jack Cole. Scott Cooper’s Crazy Heart (Wed­nes­day, 2.30pm, Mas­ter­piece) stars Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, a booze-soaked, age­ing coun­try star liv­ing a lonely life of mo­tels and pick-up bands un­til an en­counter brings the pos­si­bil­ity of redemp­tion, along with a sec­ond shot at a fam­ily and re­vival of his ca­reer. Things start look­ing up when an in­ter­view ses­sion with young jour­nal­ist Jean (a charm­ing Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal) turns into some­thing more per­sonal. To Catch a Thief (Thurs­day, 8.35pm, Fox Clas­sics), Hitch­cock’s 1955 ro­man­tic thriller, is set on the daz­zling Cote d’Azur in France — the film won the 1956 Academy Award for best cin­e­matog­ra­phy. It stars Hol­ly­wood royalty Cary Grant as John Ro­bie, a fa­mous cat bur­glar try­ing to go straight, along­side Grace Kelly as the stun­ning heiress Fran­cie.

Jeff Bridges and Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal in Crazy Heart

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