TV highlights 23/08/2013

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Rugby Union: Toulon v Racing Metro | Proms On Four: Friday Night At The Proms | Paul Merton: World's Biggest Cruise Ship | Reading Festival | How To Be A World Music Star: Buena Vista, Bhundu Boys And Beyond | Big School | The Burrowers: Animals Underground | A League Of Their Own

Rugby Union: Toulon v Racing Metro

7.45pm, Espn

The dosh-splashing French teams are transforming the European club game – and putting noses out of joint – with Heineken Cup-holders Toulon leading the way. Toulon boast Bryan Habana, Bakkies Botha, Matt Giteau and rugby's best-paid player Jonny Wilkinson. Not to be outdone, Racing have their own dream team, with Lions heroes Jamie Roberts and Jonny Sexton spearheading an all-star attack. The two meet in this highly-anticipated early season clash. Lanre Bakare

Proms On Four: Friday Night At The Proms

7.30pm, BBC4

Nigel Kennedy performs Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. It was his 1989 recording of these concertos
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Comrade Kim Goes Flying: it's North Korea as you've never seen it before

The Stalinist state is the unlikely source of an internationally successful rom-com

It is a "light, refreshing, fun rom-com" about "girl power", according to its British co-director, a tale of a working-class lass drawn to the stage amid the bright lights of the metropolis. Comrade Kim Goes Flying – in which a beautiful coalminer inveigles her way into becoming a circus trapeze artist – may have as familiar a story arc as Billy Elliot, but this 81-minute film was shot in North Korea, a land known for being a starving Stalinist state on the edge of the world, not for producing fluffy chick flicks.

Comrade Kim – which stars Han Jong-sim, a well-known trapeze artist who learned to act for the film – appears to have gone down a storm in North Korea itself. Han is now a celebrity who is stopped in the street for her autograph. Pyongyang's state circus is inundated with
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Notes & Queries: Did cowboys have American accents?

Plus: MI5 and my 'enemy alien' granny; When a glass half empty is a good thing

Did cowboys have American accents? Seeing as they were only recently settled in America from Britain, should Hollywood think more Colin Firth than Clint Eastwood?

The American accent, like the British, consists of several regional variations. Some of these are likely to have evolved in part from English regional accents (eg the southern American accent has echoes of archaic Yorkshire pronunciations). A distinctive American accent was almost certainly established by the late colonial era (1750s to the 1770s); this is borne out by accounts from English travellers.

During the period covered in most westerns (1860-90), large numbers of recent immigrants from Europe and elsewhere had moved into the west. But to be fair to Hollywood, this is reflected in a lot of cowboy movies: John Ford, in particular, included Irish, German and Scottish characters in his films,
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