Television: Pick of the day
Wednesday 09 February 2005
When drugs multinational Pfizer was testing a new treatment for angina, subjects reported a pleasant, if unexpected, side effect. Heart disease's loss was the male libido's gain, as the drug was swiftly reinvented as Viagra. Pfizer's share price almost doubled in the year after Viagra's launch and, to broaden its appeal, the company enlisted the help of people as diverse as former US presidential candidate Bob Dole and football legend Pele. It's a fascinating history of an iconic drug, although there are too many contributions from people of your grandparents' vintage testifying to its success. "It was like going from diesel to five-star," one notes.
FOOTBALL England vs Netherlands (7.30pm BBC1)
Putting Shaun Wright-Phillips, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney (above centre) up front in England's friendly against the Netherlands tonight is a bold riposte by manager Sven Goran Erikkson to claims that his weakness is his conservatism.
ARTS Absolute Rubbish with Jonathan Miller (7.15pm Five)
This engaging profile of the cultural polymath Jonathan Miller (above) introduces his current muses, these being items of scrap metal that he angle-grinds and welds into shapely mutations.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food