BOX SETS AND ON DE­MAND

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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.

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