The week’s television and radio highlights – p56-57
Pick of the Day Poldark
BBC One, 9pm
As a fourth series begins (with that bare torso in the Cornish surf), the country faces a general election. Having refused the offer to stand, Ross looks on powerless as Cornwall suffers under Truro MP George Warleggan. Demelza’s wandering eye leaves her torn between her husband and Hugh, who is preparing to run against Warleggan. Elsewhere, an insecure Elizabeth contemplates another child and Morwenna finds a way to stave off the depraved attentions of her awful husband.
Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018
Two teams comprising football veterans, sports stars and celebrities unite to raise funds for Unicef at Old Trafford as Team England take on Usain Bolt’s World XI. Robbie Williams’s England team, featuring Mo Farah, Paddy McGuinness, Michael Owen and Freddie Flintoff, take on Bolt and a side that boasts Yaya Touré, Dan Carter, Edwin van der Sar, Gordon Ramsay and Eric Cantona.
Journey in the Danger Zone: Iraq
BBC Two, 8pm
The concluding instalment of former British soldier Adnan Sarwar’s account of his return to Iraq is no less fascinating than the first and, helpfully, includes a clearly explained history of the events that led up to the conflict there. Join him as he visits Fallujah, Baghdad, Babylon and the holy shrines of Karbala. Compassionate and unforgettable. MB
Film High Noon
(Fred Zinnemann, 1952)
Sky Cinema Greats, 6am
Gary Cooper, his career then in the doldrums, got the part that cemented his image and won him an Oscar as best actor – a sheriff who must stand alone against gunmen while the townspeople back away. Its political resonances come in and out of focus with the years and while some American conservatives have warmed to its “man’s-gotta-do” myth, John Wayne considered it un-American, and far-right commentators still rage against it online. Zinnemann, writer Carl Foreman and cameraman Floyd Crosby certainly hit mythic paydirt: with its pared-down narrative and imagery, this remains one of the most vividly iconic westerns. JR