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Cherry's Body Dilemmas, BBC 3

Feminism isn't dead: it's just constantly checking itself out in the mirror "I'm Cherry and I'm a self-confessed body neurotic" says Cherry Healey, kicking off 'Cherry's Body Dilemmas'; a programme dedicated to examining the body issues that face young women today. At...

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Horizon: To Infinity And Beyond, BBC2

Infinity is eternal and bigger than anything you can imagine. And it was this difficulty to quantify something so massive – although nothing comes close to being as massive – and so long – ditto – that made this exploration of infinity disorientating and alienating....

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Lost Land of the Volcano, BBC1

A thriving nirvana to be explored with veneration and awe by a team of intuitive experts, as they probe the flora and fauna of the environs of New Guinea surrounding the dormant volcano Mount Bosavi. That was the plan. Instead we got a bunch of excitable botanists who...

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Last Chance to See, BBC2

The brazen fixation of gluing a celebrity to a show born of a necessity to lure an audience that dumbly follows the lives of the fatuous and feeble to drink at their televisual waterhole is as an objectionable a trend as the spiteful sullying of the altruistic notion...

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Inside Nature’s Giants Channel 4

Looking absurd bedecked in an vivid orange boiler suit amid a half-autopsied giraffe, Richard Dawkins heralded that because the animal’s laryngeal nerve wandered from its throat area, performed a loop-the-loop in the torso and then returned to sit just inches away...

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The Incredible Human Journey, BBC2

Did we like it? An entertaining and enlightening odyssey into the very origins of our species, guided by the charming, erudite and passionate Dr Alice Roberts, but which is however tainted by that recurring blight of BBC natural history of the presenter being clumsily...

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Cloudspotting, BBC4

Did we like it? The TV equivalent of a daydream, as opulent clouds crowded the screen and a genial host provided an unobtrusive commentary about his love of those impassive celestial vessels. It wandered on for perhaps half-an-hour too long, but that felt oddly right...

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Kirstie’s Homemade Home, Channel 4

Kirstie’s Homemade Home, Channel 4

Did we like it? The queen of capitalism (and piggie-faced Tory supporter) delivers a protectionist manifesto dressed in a lousy, gimmicky handy hints format as she suggests we avoid buying foreign muck and instead make our own tat or go back to the make-do-and-mend...

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Around the World in 80 Trades, Channel 4

Around the World in 80 Trades, Channel 4

Did we like it? Breaking free from the pin-striped world of creaming off fortunes from the markets, City market analyst Conor Woodman attempts a more decent lifestyle – logging off from his computer screens and trading face-to-face throughout the world, using £25,000...

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Trophy Kids, Channel 4

Trophy Kids, Channel 4

Did we like it? This should have been called Loser Parents. Horrendous, abusive, appalling species, all exposed in this fascinating but anger-inducing documentary. What was good about it? • Some pushy parents may have seen this and decide to lay off pressurising their...

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Britain’s Best Drives, BBC4

Did we like it? Richard Wilson is a hilarious guide to Britain's byways. What was good about it? • The wood-panelled Morris Traveller Wilson drove around North Yorkshire from Scarborough (“As British as sausage and mash or Winston Churchill”) to Whitby (“Goth capital...

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Michael Smith’s Drivetime, BBC 4

Michael Smith’s Drivetime, BBC 4

Did we like it? Writer Michael Smith brings his lyrical analysis as to how the car has shaped Britain and its cities. What was unusual about this was Smith is a non-driver, so relied on friends and members of the public to ferry him around. This opening episode...

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Nature’s Great Events, BBC1

Did we like it? To counter piracy, record companies have smothered record shops in Remastered & Deluxe versions of existing releases, to coerce the people who still shell out for CDs and listen to them as ‘background music’ to pay even more for the same product...

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It’s Time To Go Nationwide, BBC4

Did we like it? Across our screen paraded skateboarding ducks, record-breaking brickies, Hugh Scully being accosted in MFI, a yacht race powered only by the hot air from Frank Bough’s mouth and Mrs Thatcher squirming – TV highlights all, but was it really enough to...

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Stockwell, ITV1

Stockwell, ITV1

Did we like it? ITV did a competent job of recreating the day the Metropolitan police did such an incompetent job and the innocent Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead. What was good about it? • While Jonathan Rudd’s dramatised documentary remained tense, this wasn't...

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All the Young Dudes, BBC4

Did we like it? Paul Morley takes a look at how male fashions in pop music have changed since he became image-concious in early 70’s, and speaks to some of the leading fashionistas that influenced his dress sense. A fascinating, if flawed, programme ensued as Morley...

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