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The story of the band that broke through, fell apart and wound up pen­ni­less is not a new one, but in the case of UB40, it’s par­tic­u­larly sad, be­cause it’s fam­ily. Char­lie Thomas’ Prom­ises and Lies: The Story of UB40 (Prime, Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm) doesn’t tip­toe around its topic – in the open­ing min­utes brothers Ali and Robin Camp­bell, who now tour the world in two dif­fer­ent bands, both called UB40, say the most aw­ful things about each other. Even if you don’t like UB40, this is a story of how the es­sen­tial joy of form­ing a band with your mates can go ter­ri­bly, ter­ri­bly wrong.

Jonathan Gold, the only restau­rant re­viewer to win a Pulitzer Prize, died in July, just weeks af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic cancer. As trib­utes to his writ­ing and his ethos flowed in, the most im­por­tant one was al­ready

in the can. Laura Gab­bert’s 2015 doc­u­men­tary City of Gold (Māori TV, Mon­day, 8.30pm) casts the writer as a cham­pion of the di­verse com­mu­ni­ties of his na­tive Los An­ge­les and the food at the cen­tre of their iden­ti­ties. Where the city’s restau­rant cul­ture has so of­ten been pro­jected in the me­dia as one of celebrity chefs and power-gam­ing for ta­bles, Gold’s LA was a town of great, unglam­orous din­ers and myr­iad tiny restau­rants where im­mi­grants cooked the food of home.

Prom­ises and Lies: The Story of UB40, Wed­nes­day.

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