The week’s tele­vi­sion and ra­dio high­lights – p56-57

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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

ITV, 6.30pm

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

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