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Mike Leigh, Al Kennedy, Mark Wallinger speak out for the Lpo Four

22 September 2011 2:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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TV highlights 12/08/2011: BBC Proms 2011: Film Music Night | Sex, Lies and Parkinson's | The Path To 9/11 | Chilean Miners: 17 Days Buried Alive | Dexter | How Hip-Hop Changed the World

11 August 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC Proms 2011: Film Music Night | Sex, Lies and Parkinson's | The Path To 9/11 | Chilean Miners: 17 Days Buried Alive | Dexter | How Hip-Hop Changed the World

BBC Proms 2011: Film Music Night

7.30pm, BBC4

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.

Andrew Mueller

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

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TV highlights 05/08/2011

4 August 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Superheroes of Suburbia | Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son | BBC Proms 2011: Human Planet Prom | America's Got Talent | Big Love | Alan Carr: Chatty Man | The Rob Brydon Show

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

9pm, ITV1

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

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TV highlights 21/07/2011: Torchwood: Miracle Day | The Killing | John Oliver's New York | BBC Proms 2011: Mark Elder Conducts The Hallé | Art Of Survival | Shameless Us

20 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Torchwood: Miracle Day | The Killing | John Oliver's New York | BBC Proms 2011: Mark Elder Conducts The Hallé | Art Of Survival | Shameless Us

Torchwood: Miracle Day

9pm, BBC1

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

The Killing

9pm, »

- Phelim O'Neill, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside

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TV highlights 15/07/2011: The Good Cook | Double Lesson | BBC Proms 2011 | Tim Marlow On Tracey Emin | Kinks Night | Dexter

15 July 2011 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Good Cook | Double Lesson | BBC Proms 2011 | Tim Marlow On Tracey Emin | Kinks Night | Dexter

The Good Cook

7.30pm, BBC1

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

Double Lesson

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

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The Observer Summer Arts Calendar

30 April 2011 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Our critics pick the season's highlights: From Lady Gaga to Harry Potter, Coppélia to Tony Cragg, this summer has something for all

May

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

Opera North's production of Janáek's final work, directed by John Fulljames and conducted by Richard Farnes. Stars Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Alan Oke and Roderick Williams. Leeds and touring

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

Nigel Lindsay plays the lime-coloured, lovelorn ogre, with Amanda Holden as Princess Fiona and Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad, »

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