‘The Telegraph is my paper. You won’t be too mean about me?’ It’s a rare moment of weakness. For all his bluster, incisive words and sharp suits, the latest victim of Sir Alan Sugar’s extreme recruitment drive, The Apprentice, is clearly concerned about the public’s perception of him. He appears to know that he is not perfect. Who would have thought it?
If you are worried about having gained a few pounds over Christmas, then this sobering documentary should put things into perspective.
What with reading hundreds of guides about how to make cooking the Christmas dinner a totally stress-free experience, you haven’t actually got round to preparing anything, let alone finding the perfect recipe. But it’s not too late.
With an opening threat sounding more like the tagline to a horror movie – “the summer floods and why you could be next” – this programme follows the conventions of the “disaster-waiting-to-happen” documentary to the letter.
Sarah Beeny can barely contain her disbelief at one of the most ambitious (ie unwise) schemes ever seen on Property Ladder. Wild-eyed Richard and borderline-hysteric Isabelle have had an idea seemingly over far too much coffee) to convert a small house in Chiswick into a luxury family home by digging out an absolutely enormous lower-ground area directly underneath it.
Nothing screams “weirdly British” like the phrase “transport enthusiast”.
Joe Simpson, famous for his remarkable tale of survival in Touching The Void, returns to the mountains to tell the story of one of mountaineering’s great tragedies.
Less a historical narrative about the Wall and more a biography of its creator, this mesmerising documentary tells the story of Qi Jiguang and his rise from lowly foot soldier to general, Chinese hero and creator of the largest man-made structure on the planet.
When its final episode was aired in May 2006, the mighty West Wing left a huge vacuum in the schedules.