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When punk rock wiped ev­ery­thing clean in the late 70s, it opened a space for ideas that had sim­ply been too odd for the mu­sic in­dus­try to bother with. But even

Vir­gin Records didn’t know quite what to do with XTC, a group from un­fash­ion­able Swin­don whose mem­bers didn’t want to be rock’n’roll and had in­ter­na­tional hits al­most de­spite them­selves. Much of XTC: This is Pop (Prime, Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm) fo­cuses on the per­sonal chal­lenges of front­man Andy Par­tridge and his re­la­tion­ship with fel­low

XTC: This is Pop, Wed­nes­day.

song­writer Colin Mould­ing. If you want to know what hap­pened af­ter Mak­ing Plans for Nigel, you’ll discover that the an­swer is quite a lot – and not all of it pretty.

The com­plex­i­ties of polyg­a­mous life have had a fair airing on US TV in re­cent years, as both drama ( Big Love) and re­al­ity ( Sis­ter Wives). But War­ren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil (CI, Sky 071, Satur­day, 9.30pm) is some­thing else again. Jeffs

was the prophetic leader of the Fun­da­men­tal­ist Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints (FLDS) – not to be con­fused with the es­tab­lish­ment Mor­mon church (LDS) – who is said to have at least 78 wives and 50 chil­dren. He went into hid­ing af­ter child-sex al­le­ga­tions, but was even­tu­ally cap­tured, con­victed and sen­tenced to life plus 20 years. This first of two parts looks at how the mon­ster was made.

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