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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

My Big Fat Greek Wed­ding (Chan­nel 4, Satur­day, 7.10pm)

What’s It About? Toula Por­toka­los runs the risk of in­cur­ring the wrath of her Greek fam­ily when she quits her job at the fam­ily res­tau­rant to work as a travel agent. She’s also thrilled to land the man of her dreams af­ter a dra­matic makeover, and be­gins to plan her wed­ding - but her crazy fam­ily look set to en­sure noth­ing goes to plan. Is It Any Good? This was the un­her­alded suc­cess story at the box of­fice in 2002. The perky ro­man­tic com­edy, which was adapted by Nia Varda­los from her au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal one-woman stage show, is sub­lime and, while she and John Cor­bett (who plays her love in­ter­est) are adorable, it’s Toula’s mad­cap fam­ily who steal the show. Star­ring: Nia Varda­los, John Cor­bett Star Rat­ing: **** (2002)

Cho­co­lat (BBC Two, Sun­day, 6.05pm)

What’s It About? Vianne Rocher and her young daugh­ter move to ru­ral France but are met with skep­ti­cism when they open a choco­late shop across the road from the lo­cal church - dur­ing Lent. As the mayor does ev­ery­thing in his power to shut the shop down, the lo­cals quickly warm to Vianne as her per­son­al­ity and de­li­cious choco­lates win them around. Is It Any Good? While some crit­i­cized the film for hav­ing a plot about as pre­dictable as le­mon bar­ley, this is a warm­hearted story about the finer things in life - love, sin­cer­ity and choco­late. The film won, and was nom­i­nated for, a se­lec­tion of awards more var­ied than the choice in a box of Roses. This is de­li­cious, if a lit­tle cheesy, view­ing. Star­ring: Juli­ette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp Rat­ing: *** (2000)

Reser­voir Dogs (Five, Mon­day, 11pm)

What’s It About? Small-time crime boss Joe Cabot as­sem­bles five strangers, each with a rep­u­ta­tion of hav­ing been a good thief and or­ders them to steal a hefty amount of di­a­monds. They’re each given a fake name so they can­not iden­tify each other - how could this per­fect crime go wrong? But that it did - as po­lice showed up right at the moment of the heist. In fact they’d turned up so quickly that im­me­di­ately each rob­ber sus­pects the other of be­ing an un­der­cover cop. Is It Any Good? Fans still put this on a pedestal as be­ing Tarantino’s best work. A time­less clas­sic, the lack of chronol­ogy works well to­wards giv­ing the viewer an all-round un­der­stand­ing of the un­fold­ing events. The one-to-watch of an al­readys­tel­lar cast is most cer­tainly Har­vey Kei­tel. Granted he’s play­ing res­o­lutely to type but un­der Tarantino’s golden touch, this film re­cov­ered his flail­ing ca­reer. Rat­ing: **** (1992)

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