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would be “pushed to the limits of human endurance” during their four-week stay.
Oh, come on, Bear lad. The group are left to their own devices with only camera operators in attendance, but they can contact the programme makers if they want to leave and no one seriously expects them to come to any real harm, although Jo Wood’s hair was in a right 999 state come the end of the first week. The most trying element for the celebs was putting up with Eric Roberts (brother of Julia), who spent the first few days getting the men’s names wrong.
Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp was the hero of the first of six hours, followed by Pete Wicks from fellow reality show The Only Way is Essex. The women, save for Wood, mostly moaned about the rain, the sun and the sand that got everywhere. “My nipples are exfoliated to **** ,” said one young lady you had never heard of. My, that Swiss finishing school must have been so proud.
Black Earth Rising (BBC2, Monday) had the accessory of the week, a movie star, John Goodman, plus an English national treasure, Harriet Walter, and a talented newcomer (Michaela Coel) to recommend it. Written and directed by Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman), it is the story of a lawyer (Walter) prosecuting a suspected Rwandan war criminal at The Hague. With her adopted daughter (Coel) having been rescued from the genocide in the country, the case is uncomfortably close to home.
Coming in the same week when the Trump administration threatened sanctions against the international criminal court if it tried to prosecute Americans, Black Earth Rising had the merit of being blisteringly relevant. Otherwise, the first instalment set out its stall in a quietly elegant way. Coel, who was required to go from 0-90 emotionally at several points, had the hardest hill to climb. What a talent she is.
glamour, as Amelia notices with mounting dread. The adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel about an amoral woman who cunningly manoeuvres her way to the top of Georgian high society stars Olivia Cooke.