6 items from 2011
Writers, film-makers, artists and academics 'dismayed' at suspension of four musicians, and urge the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider
A letter to the Telegraph (scroll down) expresses what so many people in the audience at the London Philharmonic Orchestra's excellent opening concert were saying privately last night: that the measures against the four musicians who signed a letter to the Independent protesting against the Israel Phil's appearance at the BBC Proms were absurdly draconian.
Those who signed today's Telegraph letter include filmmakers Mike Leigh and Ken Loach; actors Sam West, Simon McBurney and Miriam Margolyes; writers Al Kennedy, Philip Hensher, Kamila Shamshie and Ahdaf Soueif; artists Cornelia Parker and Mark Wallinger; composer Steve Martland; playwright Lee Hall and others, including many academics and scholars.
The Lpo has certainly made a crisis out of a drama. I'm not sure it could have stoked the flames of this episode more effectively if it had tried. »
- Charlotte Higgins
BBC Proms 2011: Film Music Night
It's film music night at the Proms, an act of arrant populist bone-throwing which is nonetheless terrific fun. Keith Lockhart leads the BBC Concert Orchestra through a riotously varied programme including the lament of Cinema Paradiso, the stately anthem from Star Wars and the chilling screech of the shower scene from Psycho – guest solo violinist Chloë Hanslip must be looking forward to this one, especially. Quite rightly there is also a tribute to prolific Bond theme composer John Barry, who died in January.
Sex, Lies and Parkinson's
7.35pm, Channel 4
On Valentine's Day, 2007, paediatric nurse Vicki discovered that she had young-onset Parkinson's disease. It's a cruel condition: not only is it degenerative, but the drugs that »
- Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, Phelim O'Neill
Superheroes of Suburbia
7.35pm, Channel 4
It's doubtful that Lois Lane or Mary Jane ever waved off Superman or Spider-Man with the words "Bye, be safe, don't do anything I wouldn't do", as wife Julie does for her husband The Dark Spartan, aka 27-year-old Will from Torquay. Like the others in this fabulously quirky documentary, Will takes his costumed superhero duties entirely seriously – despite the fact that he has yet to stop any crime. There is darkness and melancholy here, rumbling quietly below the surface, but it never threatens to unbalance Christian Watt's funny, original and very English film. Superb. Ali Catterall
Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son
Just because a documentary is hard-hitting (such as the fly-on-the wall Strangeways earlier this year »
- Ali Catterall, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Sian Rowe, Phelim O'Neill
Perhaps as a comment on the distance between the UK and the Us, a distance that is bugging the hell out of Torchwood fans who have to wait about a week for the episodes to cross the pond, tonight's action is mostly set on a cross-Atlantic air journey. Gwen and Jack are being transported to Us soil by gormless CIA agent Rex, but their flight isn't without a few dangerous obstacles. Meanwhile, on the ground, child murderer Oswald Danes gets an opportunistic PR (Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose). Still, Captain Jack gets to loosen up but the most interesting aspects of the story are still confined to off-camera events. Come on, Torchwood . . . show, don't just tell.
- Phelim O'Neill, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside
The Good Cook
In his wonderfully unfussy, unhurried way, former Bibendum chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson prepares "restaurant-quality" dishes you can make at home. Tonight, tandoori chicken (or maybe that should be "Tender"-oori chicken, judging by the Blur song that accompanies it); a simple but extremely effective coffee granita; and the perfect quiche Lorraine ("a voluptuous thing, this – it's bliss"). While watching, you may gradually become aware of groaning and perhaps almost lustful sounds emanating from somewhere close by. Don't worry – it's you. Ali Catterall
7.30pm, Channel 4
First Cut, the documentary strand for new directors, returns. Using accounts of real-life cases and other factual research, George Kay has made a film about the fictional story of David De Gale – performed as a monologue by Phil Davis. De Gale »
- Ali Catterall, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Phelim O'Neill
Our critics pick the season's highlights: From Lady Gaga to Harry Potter, Coppélia to Tony Cragg, this summer has something for all
4 Film The Tree of Life
The much-delayed fifth feature from director Terrence Malick, snapped up by Icon for UK release ahead of its Cannes showing, is a multi-generational drama featuring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn – and, reportedly, dinosaurs.
5 Classical From the House of the Dead
Dance By Singing Light/Romance Inverse
National Dance Company of Wales bring Stephen Petronio and Itzik Galili's arresting double bill to Dance City in Newcastle, with the former set to the poetry of Dylan Thomas.
6 Theatre Shrek
6 items from 2011
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