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A Great Bri­tish In­jus­tice: The Maguire Story

BBC TWO, 10.00PM; NI, 11.30PM

On 5 Oc­to­ber 1974, the IRA det­o­nated bombs in two pubs in Guild­ford, Sur­rey. Two months later, An­nie Maguire was ar­rested (along with her hus­band Pa­trick, sons Vin­cent and Pa­trick, and three oth­ers), on sus­pi­cion of in­volve­ment. Their ar­rests came as a re­sult of al­leged con­fes­sions made by Paul Hill and Gerry Con­lon (An­nie’s nephew). De­spite a search of the Maguires’ home, no bomb-mak­ing equip­ment was found and the “Maguire Seven” were charged due to the dis­cov­ery of what was claimed to be ni­tro-glyc­er­ine on their hands. They were all con­victed and served their sen­tences (ex­cept for Gerry’s dad “Giuseppe”, who died in prison). Their con­vic­tions were quashed by the Court of Ap­peal in 1991 when the foren­sic ev­i­dence was dis­cred­ited. This doc­u­men­tary by Stephen Nolan tells the story of what judge John May de­scribed as the worst mis­car­riage of jus­tice he had ever seen. Warn­ing: this con­tains har­row­ing scenes and strong lan­guage. Sarah Hughes

Dy­nas­ties BBC ONE, 8.00PM

David At­ten­bor­ough’s en­thralling se­ries hits a high point this week as the team fol­lows the Marsh Pride of lions in Kenya through an ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult year in which the ragged group find them­selves un­der at­tack. SH

Mon­day Ba­bies: Their Won­der­ful World BBC TWO, 9.00PM

Any ex­hausted new par­ents should try to watch this en­gross­ing sing three-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries about child de­vel­op­ment, pre­sented nted by pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Guddi ddi Singh. Gath­er­ing more than n 200 ba­bies and par­ents at a “Baby by Lab”, Singh over­sees some e am­bi­tious and fun ex­per­i­ments s as ex­perts in­ves­ti­gate the he na­ture-ver­sus-nur­ture re de­bate by find­ing out t if tem­per­a­ment is some­thing ething ba­bies are born with. . One par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing ng test, by a US sci­en­tist, t, shows how in­cred­i­bly ly well-at­tuned very small mall chil­dren are to the con­cept of fair­ness and how they form bi­ases. At each stage the sci­en­tists dis­cuss the im­por­tance of the tests in a man­ner that’s il­lu­mi­nat­ing and easy to di­gest. Vicki Power

The Truth About the Menopause BBC ONE, 9.00PM; SCOT­LAND, 10.45PM

Mariella Frostrup aims to break taboos about the menopause by shar­ing her own story in this doc­u­men­tary. She dis­cusses the risks of HRT with Woman’s Hour’s Jenni Mur­ray and pays a visit to her gy­nae­col­o­gist. VP

Tues­day Tue Mrs Wil Wil­son BBC ONE, 9.0 9.00PM

“The sto­ries just kind of fell out of him.” The truth of these throw­away words by Ali­son Wil­son be­comes clear over the course of this grip­ping drama. It tells the story of Ali­son (Ruth W Wil­son, in a drama based on her grand­mother’s mem­oirs) and her hus­band Alexan­der’s (Iain Glen) many se­cret lives. The rev­e­la­tion comes early, when Mr Wil­son, an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer, passes away, and a woman knocks on Ali­son’s door claim­ing to be his wife. Cut­ting be­tween the For­ties, when Ali­son and Alexan­der first met, and the Six­ties, as the fall­out from his half-truths be­come clear, Mrs Wil­son is a well-judged col­li­sion of but­toned-up Bri­tish re­serve and pri­vate in­dul­gence, of drab quo­tid­ian life and the thrill of es­pi­onage and dual ex­is­tences. Adapted by Anna Sy­mon ( In­dian Sum­mers), it’s sub­dued, but with high emo­tion roil­ing un­der the sur­face. Wil­son is su­perb: Ali­son veers be­tween dis­be­lief, anger and de­fi­ance, as she grap­ples with her hus­band’s hazy iden­tity. Gabriel Tate

How to Spend It Well at Christ­mas with Phillip Schofield

ITV, 8.00PM

This Morn­ing’s co-host is joined by an ar­ray of celebri­ties to test the lat­est prod­ucts tar­geted at the fes­tive mar­ket, be­gin­ning with toys. Chris Ka­mara tries ride-on elec­tric cars, Sally Phillips scru­ti­nises com­puter con­soles and Coro­na­tion Street’s Si­mon Greg­son plays new board games. GT

Wed­nes­day Death and Nightin­gales BBC TWO, 9.00PM

Au­thor Eu­gene McCabe is of­ten tagged as “the great­est Ir­ish writer you’ve never heard of ”. He’s a su­perb stylist, whose lit­er­ary ter­ri­to­ries are the bleak bor­der­lands be­tween North­ern PICK OF THE WEEK Ire­land and the Repub­lic, Protes­tants and Catholics, past and present, and the good and bad in ev­ery hu­man heart. This new drama is a haunt­ing three-part adap­ta­tion of McCabe’s 1993 novel is a spell­bind­ing tale of love, op­pres­sion and prej­u­dice, set in ru­ral Co Fer­managh in 1885. Jamie Dor­nan stars as Liam Ward, the mys­te­ri­ous out­sider to whom Beth Win­ters (Ann Skelly) gives her heart – and with whom she plans to es­cape the man who calls him­self her fa­ther, landowner Billy Win­ters (Matthew Rhys). This opener gets off to a star­tling start and the at­mos­phere be­comes more poi­sonous as the story plays out in mul­ti­ple flash­backs. It’s brood­ingly ro­man­tic, full of smallscale en­mity and de­sire, and an in­tense but very re­ward­ing watch. Ger­ard O’Dono­van

Su­perkids: Break­ing Out of Care CHAN­NEL 4, 10.00PM

Writer Lemn Sis­say spent his first 18 years mov­ing be­tween fos­ter fam­i­lies and chil­dren’s homes, a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence that per­me­ates much of his work. Here he em­barks on a mis­sion to help seven young peo­ple in Coven­try ex­press their care ex­pe­ri­ences in words and to per­form them in front of an au­di­ence of lo­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ers – who may be able to make a real dif­fer­ence to their lives. GO


A Ho­tel for the Su­per Rich & Fa­mous BBC ONE, 8.00PM; NOT WALES

It must be Lux­ury Ho­tel Week in the land of the TV ex­ec­u­tives, as Chan­nel 4’s doc­u­men­tary on life at Clive­den House is fol­lowed by this new BBC se­ries on Lon­don’s five-star Corinthia Ho­tel. It’s ini­tially tempt­ing to see this as no more than an ad­ver­tise­ment, but as the episode pro­gresses it be­comes clear that it’s a far more in­ter­est­ing prospect. Yes, there are the usual mini-crises – this week is all about gen­eral man­ager Thomas Kochs and his at­tempts to re­vi­talise the ho­tel’s af­ter­noon tea – but the pro­gramme’s strength lies in the in­ter­views with staff mem­bers, whose sto­ries sub­tly re­mind us of how di­verse the ho­tel in­dus­try is. We meet Bul­gar­ian house­keeper Yvette, who started her life in the UK as a straw­berry picker and lov­ingly refers to the rooms she over­sees as “my daugh­ters”. There’s also Si­cil­ian Louis, for whom ho­tels are “in my DNA”, and room at­ten­dant Elena, who speaks mov­ingly about her pre­vi­ous life. And there’s charm­ing 16-year-old Max, the ho­tel’s youngest em­ployee, who talks about how his job has trans­formed his self-es­teem. It adds up to a doc­u­men­tary that, just like a good ho­tel, is more than the mere sum of its parts. Sarah Hughes

Kirstie’s Hand­made Christ­mas CHAN­NEL 4, 8.00PM

Chan­nel 4 get their fes­tive pro­gram­ming off to an early start, as Kirstie All­sopp guides us through how to make ev­ery­thing from pop-up Christ­mas cards to fes­tive win­dows. SH

Fri­day Sir Cliff Richard: Ra­dio 2 in Con­cert BBC TWO, 11.05PM; SCOT­LAND, 11.35PM

With any luck, this con­cert may sig­nal an end to hos­til­i­ties be­tween Cliff Richard and the BBC, after the ill-ad­vised cov­er­age by the lat­ter of a po­lice raid on the for­mer’s home – and the con­se­quent le­gal judg­ment. This show­case, recorded at the BBC Ra­dio Theatre, should cap­ture the Peter Pan of Pop in rude health. With Sir Cliff ’s lat­est con­certs span­ning the decades from early hits ( Move It, Liv­ing Doll) to re­cent ma­te­rial ( Rise Up, Re­born), there should be some­thing for every­one here. And it’s a win­ner for the BBC too – es­pe­cially after Richard’s re­cent Royal Al­bert Hall con­cert, at which he imp­ishly en­cour­aged the crowd to “have a boo” at the Cor­po­ra­tion. Even those less keen on Richard may find it hard to deny the pop nous of such songs as We Don’t Talk Any­more, and while the idea of him cov­er­ing Michael Jack­son’s Beat It has a per­verse ap­peal, all but the diehard fans will hope he isn’t tempted to roll out Mil­len­nium Prayer or Mistle­toe and Wine. He’s been play­ing the lat­ter live, oddly, since this tour kicked off in July. Gabriel Tate

Un­re­ported World CHAN­NEL 4, 7.30PM

Kr­ish­nan Guru-Murthy trav­els to El Sal­vador to meet vic­tims of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s in­dis­crim­i­nate at­ti­tude to­wards the de­por­ta­tion of il­le­gal im­mi­grants. Os­ten­si­bly aimed at the MS-13 street gang, Trump’s poli­cies have of­ten swept up those who ar­rived in Amer­ica as chil­dren over two decades ear­lier. GT

Aoib­heann Mul­lan and Va­lene Kane in Death and Nightin­gales (above); Ruth Wil­son in Mrs Wil­son (be­low left)


A Ho­tel for the Su­per Rich & Fa­mous

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