Dec 29 – January 4
BBC Two, 9.00pm
This true story is based on the experiences of journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), who helped Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman in her seventies, search for the son whom she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier. Stephen Frears’s film is charming and hardhitting, delivering tough emotional blows as well as some harsh truths about the history of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Ab Fab was weird and spiky, belonging neither to the Thatcher years nor Cool Britannia. Hapless PR Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and her hanger-on Patsy (Joanna Lumley) make a strong comeback here. At a party, they knock Kate Moss into the Thames; she’s presumed dead, igniting a media storm. embarrassment ridiculous and borderline tragic, and he saves the day in this slight but entertaining comedy. Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) blows out a candle for his 12th birthday and initiates a fateful curse so that his family understand how it feels to have a purely maddening 24 hours. to everyone that their marriage isn’t over. Alas, the truth will out when they drive to the Highlands to celebrate the 75th birthday of Tennant’s dad (Billy Connolly, at his least antic and most touching). The script is full of winning sentimentality, and has an Ealing flavour to it too.