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TV review: Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me; Why Poverty? The Great Land Rush

4 December 2012 4:02 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Winterson's passion and eloquence was exhilarating. By the end, I felt as refreshed as if I had been bathing in a rough sea

There are so many mindboggling vignettes in Jeanette Winterson's story, each one precision-engineered by the extraordinary mental tools at her disposal, that the temptation is simply to list them for readers who have not yet had the pleasure or good fortune to read her roman à clef, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal or watch Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me (BBC1), and then just leave them to boggle too at Winterson's awful and awe-inspiring story. But they are told too perfectly by Winterson in her books and to Alan Yentob in last night's documentary for me to want or dare to summarise them here. Read and watch at your leisure and be astounded by them all. »

- Lucy Mangan

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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 3-7 December

2 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Your chance to be a fly-on-the-wall at some exclusive London locations – plus another tango in Halifax and a nationwide Shakespeare-off

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MondayInside Claridge's

9pm, BBC2

You don't have to have a mixture of a sunny disposition, infinite patience and obsessive attention to detail to work at Claridge's, but it helps. Why? Because, as this fly-on-the-wall series reveals, everything at the hotel has to be perfect. It takes days of work, for example, to transform an entire floor to a temporary palace for foreign royals who haven't even confirmed their stay. Sharp questions from behind the camera and humour prick the how-to-spend-it bubble. General manager Thomas Kochs on the perils of jotting a note to U2's guitarist: "You can't write, 'Dear Mr The Edge…'" Jw

The Real Man's Road Trip: Sean And Jon Go West

9pm, Channel 4

More amusing culture-clash frolics as liberal city-slicker-type »

- Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Mark Jones, Andrew Mueller, Gwilym Mumford, Phelim O'Neill, Louis Pattison, Julia Raeside, Sam Richards, John Robinson, Martin Skegg, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright

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