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Saturday 26 June
Richard Chamberlain Marathon
2pm, CBS Drama
In the 1980s, it was practically TV law that you had to have Richard Chamberlain looking pensive and tangled up in a complicated historical romance if you wanted to make a mini-series. Here, CBS Drama are dedicating a weekend to his work. It's The Thorn Birds today, all forbidden love in the Australian outback; then James Clavell's epic Shogun tomorrow, where he's a 17th-century adventurer in Japan opposite Toshirô Mifune (above) – star of many of Akira Kurosawa's classics.
To recap: Amy's bought a bullet, River's up the creek, and every school bully in the playground has ganged up on our anvil-headed hero and locked him in a cupboard at playtime. However this one resolves itself, it's going to be »
- Richard Vine, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Martin Skegg
5pm, Channel 4
The Iron Chef format comes from 1990s Japan, but it translated well to American television, where both the dubbed original and the inevitable Us version were received warmly. But its bombastic battle style feels ill-suited to a British remake, particularly when there's already a glut of food programming to choose from, and it feels as if there's embarrassment oozing from most of the chefs involved. Host Olly Smith, best known as the Saturday Kitchen wine critic who looks like a Little Britain character, over-enthuses the hour away.
The History Of Safari With Richard E Grant
The idea of an "eco safari" might sound like a paradox, but it was hunters who introduced Africa's first conservation laws – if only to ensure a ready supply of animals to shoot. »
- Rebecca Nicholson, Will Hodgkinson, Julia Raeside, Will Dean
2 items from 2010
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