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DIRECTOR DAVID LYNCH is one of the most astute observers of smalltown middle America. In works such as Twin Peaks, he captures the seething violence that often lurks behind the most innocent-looking suburban facade. In Blue Velvet (10pm Sky Cinema) Kyle MacLachlan (right) plays a young man who discovers a severed ear and becomes drawn into a world of sado-masochistic sexuality. Dennis Hopper turns in a definitive performance as the local psycho who gets his kicks with Isabella Rossellini's torch singer while sucking on an oxygen mask.

Critics say that a broken heart has had a positive effect on Damon Albarn's contributions to Blur's latest album. The band are featured in Blur - Showtime (10pm VH-1), a recording of them in concert at London's Alexandra Palace.

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