TV re­view Sis­ters are do­ing it for them­selves in di­vorce court

The Herald Magazine - - TELE­VI­SION | ARTS - AL­I­SON ROWAT

Daniel Kalu­uya has been hitting the head­lines over the past few months thanks to his Os­car-nom­i­nated ap­pear­ance in the in­ven­tive chiller Get Out. He first made peo­ple sit up and take no­tice in TV se­ries Psy­choville and Skins, and now he’s back on the small screen to in­tro­duce this per­for­mance by hip hop artist and writer Akala. It’s an abridged ver­sion of his epic poem of the same name, which charts the course of man’s evo­lu­tion while ex­plor­ing the rise and fall of var­i­ous em­pires. The half-hour pro­gramme com­bines an­i­ma­tion and emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy with the work of talented artists, dancers and ac­tors, all un­der the creative lead­er­ship of Andy Serkis, star of The Lord of the Rings tril­ogy and the re­vamped Planet of the Apes fran­chise.

SUN­DAY

Rachel Allen: A Cook’s Ad­ven­ture (More4, 8pm)

Pro­fes­sional chef Rachel Allen has been de­light­ing au­di­ences in her na­tive Ire­land for nearly 15 years. In this new se­ries, she goes in search of the is­land’s finest culi­nary de­lights us­ing locally sourced in­gre­di­ents, and meets the fish­er­men, bak­ers and farm­ers who pro­duce them. The first episode fea­tures an off-grid farm in North­ern Ire­land’s high­est and most dra­matic moun­tain range, the Mourne Moun­tains, and an ap­ple or­chard with a dif­fer­ence in Por­ta­d­own, County Ar­magh.

DI­VORCE. It’s about as much fun as DIY tooth ex­trac­tion. How then to tackle the sub­ject in a prime­time drama and not send the na­tion to bed de­pressed? Ig­nore it as much as pos­si­ble was the an­swer pro­vided by The Split (BBC1, Tues­day, 9pm). The open­ing episode fea­tured war­ring cou­ples in so­lic­i­tors of­fices, but they were largely there as props around which the main char­ac­ters could op­er­ate. A bit like the pa­tients in Ca­su­alty, clients did the suf­fer­ing while the doc­tors, or in this case the di­vorce lawyers, dashed around in nice clothes, bick­er­ing, flirt­ing, lunch­ing and try­ing to steal clients from each other be­fore go­ing back to their fab­u­lous Lon­don homes.

Ni­cola Walker played cen­tral char­ac­ter Han­nah, who used to be a se­nior part­ner in her fam­ily’s all-fe­male firm of di­vorce lawyers. From Spooks to Last Tango in Hal­i­fax, Walker usu­ally plays bor­ing, sen­si­ble sorts. Not any more. Han­nah has a new blonde hairdo to mark her jump­ing ship from the fam­ily firm. Oo-er.

Mean­while, Han­nah’s hus­band might or might not be be­com­ing too friendly with her sis­ter; mother is up­set that her es­tranged hus­band (An­thony Head) has turned up af­ter decades away; and the baby of the fam­ily is pre­par­ing to wed. One would think, given the way the rest of the fam­ily earn a crust, she would have taken her­self to a nun­nery, but hope springs and all that.

Writ­ten by Abi Mor­gan (The Hour), The Split is Ally McBeal meets Lit­tle Women by way of Doc­tor Fos­ter: un­be­liev­able but very mor­eish.

The Cancer Hos­pi­tal (BBC1, Wed­nes­day, 9pm) fol­lowed sev­eral women through their treat­ment for breast cancer at the Beat­son in Glas­gow, the sec­ond big­gest cen­tre of its kind in

The Dur­rells (STV, 8pm)

Henry Miller comes to stay with the fam­ily, and stirs up ten­sion among Louisa and her chil­dren with his strange be­hav­iour and the con­tro­ver­sial con­tent of his books. Sven is ar­rested af­ter the govern­ment an­nounces a crack­down on what it con­sid­ers “im­moral be­hav­iour” and Larry rushes to his aid, ac­quir­ing books on fas­cism and mis­car­riages of jus­tice from the count­ess to help him take mat­ters into his own hands.

Home­land (C4, 9pm)

Was Keane’s pres­i­dency doomed from the out­set? Even be­fore the as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt at the end of the previous sea­son, things had al­ready started to crum­ble and it has be­come Deb­o­rah Find­lay is the mother of three daugh­ters, played by Annabel Sc­ho­ley, Ni­cola Walker and Fiona But­ton, in new BBC drama The Split the UK. This was a no-fuss doc­u­men­tary, the first of three, that told its sto­ries straight and was all the more com­pelling for it. It was the quiet, small mo­ments that spoke vol­umes, like a pa­tient and nurse hold­ing hands at a con­sul­ta­tion, or the face of a fa­ther on hear­ing the best pos­si­ble news about his daugh­ter.

Bri­tain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearn­ley-Whit­tingstall (BBC1, Wed­nes­day, 10.45pm) found the celebrity chef who once de­clared war on food waste spoil­ing for an­other bat­tle. With two-thirds of Bri­tons over­weight, we are on the way to be­com­ing the

in­creas­ingly clear over time that the leader (El­iz­a­beth Mar­vel) and her staff were not equipped to run a coun­try, let alone an­other big in­sti­tu­tion at the same time. Af­ter sack­ing four of her cabi­net’s mem­bers so they couldn’t vote against her, the clock con­tin­ues to tick on the Keane ad­min­is­tra­tion tonight.

The Woman in White (BBC1, 9pm)

Laura is forced into mar­riage to Sir Per­ci­val in spite of her love for Wal­ter and soon comes to re­alise that her fi­ance has a dark side to his na­ture, lead­ing to a se­ries of dis­turb­ing re­cur­ring dreams. A heart­bro­ken Wal­ter ac­cepts a po­si­tion in Hon­duras and pre­pares to bid farewell to Laura – but the jeal­ous Sir Per­ci­val in­ter­venes. Mar­ian is struck by a mys­te­ri­ous

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