Rus­sia with Si­mon Reeve 9pm, BBC2

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The fi­nal part of Reeve’s en­ter­tain­ing trek sees him meet­ing big-cat wran­glers in Crimea and pro­test­ers and mar­tial artists in Moscow – where cel­e­bra­tions for the cen­te­nary of the rev­o­lu­tion are oddly muted, be­cause, well, “Putin doesn’t want to en­cour­age rev­o­lu­tion”. And while Reeve is warm to a fault, it’s nev­er­the­less hard to shake off the pres­i­den­tial chill that has per­me­ated this se­ries through­out.

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