With his deeply sad life - which culminated in his cutting his own ear off - Vincent Van Gogh is often seen as the archetypal tortured artist. His life and works are anatomised on tonight's Biography (8pm History Channel).Reuse content
FILMFOUR'S clever "Icons" season is showing Taxi Driver (10pm) - and it's easy to see why. Robert De Niro's disaffected cabbie (right) - the central figure in Martin Scorsese's nihilistic, corruscating vision of urban decay - is one of cinema's most memorable characters. The scene in which the mohican-clad De Niro- sickened by the depravity he sees around him on the streets of New York - threatens his reflection in the mirror is rightly regarded as a modern classic. Famous for the depth of his research, De Niro reportedly gained a taxi driver's licence so he could carry it around in his pocket and bring a greater sense of authenticity to the role.