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.