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Pick of the Day The River

Chan­nel 4, 10.35pm

The lat­est Scandi-noir to reach Bri­tish screens is a slow-burn­ing Nor­we­gian drama set on the snowy Rus­sian bor­der, where lit­tle girl Silja finds a sev­ered hand be­side a frozen river. De­tec­tives are called in to in­ves­ti­gate, but soon Silja dis­ap­pears and the race is on to find her in a sub-zero wilder­ness where a killer may be lurk­ing. To make mat­ters more dif­fi­cult, much of the search area is off lim­its ow­ing to a mil­i­tary ex­er­cise. Stark but in­trigu­ing – your pa­tience will be re­warded.

The Pas­sage

FOX, 9pm

Based on Justin Cronin’s pop­u­lar tril­ogy, this am­bi­tious US drama con­cerns a se­cret med­i­cal fa­cil­ity where sci­en­tists are de­vel­op­ing a virus that could ei­ther cure all dis­ease or wipe out the hu­man race. When a young or­phan (Saniyya Sid­ney) is cho­sen to be a test sub­ject, a fed­eral agent is or­dered to bring her in, but winds up be­com­ing her sur­ro­gate fa­ther. Aw shucks. Worth watch­ing for Sid­ney alone.

Is This Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment?

BBC One, 10.45pm

In the wake of the “We­in­stein Ef­fect”, which saw the down­fall of fa­mous names ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct, Ben Zand hosts a thought­pro­vok­ing so­cial ex­per­i­ment in which 20 peo­ple aged 18-30 are brought to­gether to see whether they un­der­stand the rules of be­hav­iour in the work­place. In­tel­li­gent tele­vi­sion. MB


Field of Dreams

(Phil Alden Robin­son, 1989)

Sky Cin­ema Greats, 9.55am & 6pm

Pure Amer­i­can corn, quite lit­er­ally. Kevin Cost­ner plays an Iowa farmer fac­ing hard times who finds him­self haunted by the ghost of a base­ball leg­end, and pur­sues his dream of build­ing a ball­park in his corn­field. Its cal­cu­lated naivety and re­lent­lessly af­fir­ma­tive cod-spir­i­tu­al­ity make it the epit­ome of “Hol­ly­wood New Age”, yet the con­vic­tion with which writer-di­rec­tor Robin­son tells this sim­ple, if pre­pos­ter­ous story, to­gether with Cost­ner’s mus­cu­lar sin­cer­ity, make for a strangely com­pelling magic. They don’t make ’em like this any more – per­haps just as well – but as an af­fir­ma­tion of nos­tal­gia-driven Amer­i­can val­ues, it’s com­pelling and re­veal­ing. Co-star­ring Burt Lan­caster in his fi­nal role. JR

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