TV review Sisters are doing it for themselves in divorce court
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.
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