The Week Middle East - - Arts -

Pro­grammes In­spec­tor Mon­tal­bano

In the first of a new se­ries, the dogged Si­cil­ian de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gates the mur­der of a 70-year-old pros­ti­tute. Sat 19 Aug, BBC4 21:00 (115mins).

Astro­nauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

In this 60th an­niver­sary year since Sput­nik launched the Space Race, 12 ex­cep­tional can­di­dates are put through the gru­elling tests faced by astro­nauts. Sun 20 Aug, BBC2 21:00 (60mins).

The State

Writer-di­rec­tor Peter Kos­min­sky’s pow­er­ful new drama se­ries, about a group of young Bri­tish peo­ple join­ing Daesh in Syria, airs over four con­sec­u­tive nights. Sun 20 Aug, C4 21:00 (60mins).

In­dia’s Par­ti­tion: The For­got­ten Story

Bri­tish film-maker Gurinder Chadha ex­plores the divi­sion of the sub­con­ti­nent that led to re­li­gious strife and hor­rific vi­o­lence. Tue 22 Aug, BBC2 21.00 (60mins).

Dead­li­est Place to Deal

Hard-hit­ting doc­u­men­tary ex­plor­ing the bloody war be­ing waged against drugs by Ro­drigo Duterte, the pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines. Thur 24 Aug, BBC1 22:45 (60mins).

Films Far from the Madding Crowd

(2015) Thomas Vin­ter­berg’s grip­ping adap­ta­tion of Thomas Hardy’s novel of ru­ral life. With Carey Mul­li­gan, Sun 20 Aug, BBC1 20:05 (115mins).


(1984) Clas­sic 1980s sci-fi about a be­nign alien (Jeff Bridges) who takes the form of the hus­band of a Wis­con­sin widow (Karen Allen). Wed 23 Aug, Film4 16:35 (135mins).

New to Ama­zon Prime

Com­rade De­tec­tive pur­ports to be a gen­uine Ro­ma­nian cop se­ries from the 1980s, un­earthed from the ar­chives and dubbed into English. In fact, the show – which fol­lows the ex­ploits of trou­bled Bucharest po­lice de­tec­tive Gre­gor Anghel and his part­ner – is an elab­o­rate, note-per­fect spoof, boast­ing the vo­cal tal­ents of the likes of Kim Basinger and Joseph Gor­donLe­vitt. Weird, but well worth a look. Stream­ing now.

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