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.