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The Sunday Telegraph - - Television & Radio -

W1A BBC TWO, 10.00PM; NOT NI

This is a wel­come re­turn turn for John Mor­ton’s acid-tipped BBC in­sider der sit­com that has spent t two se­ries mock­ing the Cor­po­ra­tion’s cul­ture of bu­reau­cracy, back­stab­bing and re­lent­lessess right-on-ness. The third hird run finds the cam­eras s back in Broad­cast­ingg House at a time of anx­i­et­ynx­i­ety in the year of Char­ter re­newal, a process de­scribed as “giv­ing the BBC an op­por­tu­nity to ques­tion ev­ery­thing it does and ask the ques­tion whether there’s any point to any of it at all any more”. We be­gin with the ev­er­con­founded Head of Val­ues, Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bon­neville), chair­ing yet an­other box-tick­ing meet­ing with the usual man­age­ment sus­pects (in­cluded in the ter­rific cast are Sarah Par­ish and Ja­son Watkins) and scram­bling to avert a PR disas­ter when a cross-dress­ing for­mer foot­baller com­plains of dis­crim­i­na­tion when he fails to get a pun­ditry job on Match of the Day. Ger­ardOGer­ard O’Dono­van

Let­ters f from Bagh­dad BBC FOUR,FOU 9.00PM

Thi This richly de­tailed do doc­u­men­tary, na nar­rated by Tilda Sw Swin­ton, gives a voice to the let­ters of the co colour­ful and ch charis­matic fig­ure of Ge Gertrude Bell, writer, dip diplo­mat and ex­pert in mat mat­ters Ara­bian. The mos most pow­er­ful woman in th the Bri­tish Em­pire in her d day, Bell had a huge in­flu­ence over Bri­tish pol­icy-mak­ing in the Mid­dle East, and was a key fig­ure in the cre­ation of Iraq. GO

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