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MondayMasterChef: The Professionals
The kitchen is as brutal a place as ever as 10 professionals compete for the title of Masterchef, and it's straight down to business for the first five hopefuls: a skills test. Gregg looks on with a mixture of admiration and lust as telly's greatest woman Monica Galetti butterflies a sardine and whips up a pommes dauphine. No one's heard of it, so what chance have they got to cook it with the pair looking on with their critical eyebrows? Just when they think the hard bit's over, they must then poach chicken in front of Michel Roux Jr. Hannah Verdier
Miracles Of Nature is boys' toys meets nature, pointing out where science has taken »
- Martin Skegg, David Stubbs, Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall, John Robinson, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Ben Arnold, Phelim O'Neill, Mark Jones
Charming Peter Llewellyn Davies in Finding Neverland. Plucky, kind Charlie Bucket in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. A young Nigel Slater in Toast. Heroic Astro Boy. After a career largely spent playing friendly, good-hearted types, it appears Freddie Highmore was harbouring a dark secret full of murderous impulses and disturbing mommy issues. Either that, or he’s just decided to try something very different, as he’s signed to play the young Norman Bates in TV prequel Bates Motel.Us telly network A&E has developed the show, and appears so enthusiastic about it that it jumped straight to ordering 10 episodes of the show, with the first script written by Anthony Cipriano and the show itself to be overseen by former Lost man Carlton Cuse, who recently tweeted about the attention-grabbing construction of the Bates Motel and house on a road in Vancouver.So Highmore will be the younger Norman Bates, »
Si and Dave's mission to get healthy tells us that tightening our belts – literally as well as fiscally – is the order of the day
It struck me, watching the Hairy Dieters, which kicks off on Thursday evening on BBC2, that the calorie-counting theme of this new series from our biker friends might say something about the depth of economic gloom in this country.
Allow me to explain. Back in the glory days of the noughties, when we were all rolling around in as much gold as we could eat, Britain couldn't get enough of Nigella's silk dressing gowns and "naughty" puddings. Then the financial crisis hit, and the nation sought comfort in simple food, courtesy of Nigel Slater and the homely attractions of the Great British Bake Off.
Now it's become clear that the government won't be doing much to help us out of this mess, it's seems it's finally »
- Felicity Cloake
David Lynch, London & Edinburgh
Has Lynch really retired? Maybe not, but you get the feeling he has done all he can and he's created a body of work that only gets stronger with age. Even "failures" like Dune are worth revisiting, while triumphs such as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man or Mulholland Drive can be watched over and over – with the help of this retrospective. Lynch's influence has seeped into not just cinema but advertising, design and music, where his new disguise as "Lana Del Rey" seems to be working out just fine.
BFI Southbank & Edinburgh Filmhouse, Wed to 11 Mar
Barbara Hammer, London
"Radical content deserves radical form," says Hammer and, since the late 1960s, the American experimental film-maker has been pushing the boundaries of both film language and sexual politics with a steady succession of works focusing on lesbian identity, both personal and political. The titles »
- Steve Rose, Katrina Dixon
4 items from 2012
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