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A beautiful but inexperienced young woman walks into the office of a powerful businessman named Mr. Grey, and the two embark upon a steamy sadomasochistic affair together. Photos: Stars Misaligned: Charlie Hunnam Quits 'Fifty Shades' and 15 Other Casting Near Misses That logline applies as much to Universal's massively anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation as it does to Secretary, the 2002 indie sleeper in which James Spader plays E. Edward Grey (yes, Grey), a sexually dominant attorney who falls for his submissive secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal). How similar are the two films? To find out, we placed their trailers side by side. The results are strikingly
- Seth Abramovitch
BBC2's first world war drama 37 Days was a march over very familiar territory. Spoiler alert: negotiations didn't work
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As Russia's forces gathered on its western border last week, we were reminded once again that history repeats itself. First as tragedy, then as a three-part BBC series.
The particular section of history dramatised in 37 Days has been repeating itself of late like a pub bore on a baked bean diet. We may have our educational lacunae in this country, but surely most viewers could now gain an Oxford history first on the causes of the first world war.
Written by Mark Hayhurst, who scripted 2011's The Man Who Crossed Hitler, 37 Days covered the period between the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914 and Britain's declaration of war against Germany on 4 August. »
- Andrew Anthony
The Voice UK: BBC One, 7pm
The battle rounds conclude tonight as the remaining contestants fight for their place in the next stage of the competition.
In this episode there are a total of 12 new pairs all ready to battle it out and impress the juges, including twin act Gemyni against Jade Mayjean Peters, who got all four judges to turn around for her in her blind audition. Will her luck continue tonight?
True Detective: Sky Atlantic, 9pm
Hunt and Cohle embark on a manhunt for a tall man with scarring who they believe is their killer, against pressure to turn the case over to the official force. Their investigations lead them to a religious school - but before they can explore further, new evidence puts Lange back in the spotlight.
In his personal life, Hart sees Lisa out on a date with a new man and his jealousy gets the better of him. »
This forensic political thriller about the countdown to the Great War is as much about the people as the momentous events
Causes of the first world war? I test a few colleagues. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand, they say (Alex Kapranos say the ones who think they're funny). Austria-Hungary, Serbia, Russia, Germany of course. Militarism, nationalism, imperialism, all sorts of isms. Basically they don't really know, apart from a few smartarses who watched Max Hastings and/or Niall Ferguson the other day. It's not surprising, it is bloody complicated, the culmination of decades of hostility, conflict and alliances. How the hell do you turn all that into drama?
By boiling it down to 37 Days (BBC2), the ones between the Austrian archduke and his missus's demise at the hands of a Serbian nationalist, and the outset of one of the bloodiest conflicts in history. The immediate causes in other words, and »
- Sam Wollaston
Golf: Wgc-Cadillac Championship
6pm, Sky Sports 4
Opening day's coverage from Doral, Florida of the elite event featuring top ranking players from the Official World Golf Ranking, PGA and European tours. PGA world number one Tiger Woods was victorious here last year, and will be looking to continue an impressive run of form on this course – the 2013 championship was his seventh overall. Stiff competition should be provided by Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, who won the tournament in 2013. Gwilym Mumford
Angela Rippon, Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley return, donning their factor 40 and heading off in search of pressing consumer issues for holidaymakers. The perils of hotel balconies are given startling illustration from Lee Charie, who survived a fall in Thailand, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Rachel Aroesti, Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs
Birds of a Feather: ITV, 8:30pm
This final episode brings the tenth series to a close tonight and Sharon and Tracey are given an unpleasant glimpse of their future.
Meanwhile, Dorien appears in court and attempts to save her reputation after losing her job last week.
37 Days: BBC Two, 9pm
This three-part political thriller series written by Mark Hayhurst begins tonight, and centres on the movements of those in power in the unpredictable days leading up to the outbreak of the First World War.
In Berlin, the Kaiser (Rainer Sellien) attempts to use this assassination and the subsequent unsteady political climate to his own advantage.
The Big Reunion: ITV2, 9pm
In this week's show two more bands - Damage and »
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Outnumbered: Wednesday (March 5) at 9pm on BBC One
We've been dreading this day, the day when we finally have to cut the apron strings and let go of the kids from Outnumbered. Sorry, we thought we'd be able to stay strong but it's just too...*dabs eyes with hankie*
Yes, after five series, the show's child stars Tyger Drew-Honey (Jake), Daniel Roche (Ben) and Ramona Marquez (Karen) are starting to dwarf their on-screen parents Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner, meaning it's time to bring the beloved BBC sitcom to an end. In this final episode, Auntie Angela (Samantha Bond »
7 items from 2014
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