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.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 3 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 4 Scottish independence: Andy Murray backs Yes campaign in eleventh hour decision
- 5 Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now
Laurie Lee's Rosie: What is it like to inspire a writer's work and be immortalised forever on the page?
Metal detectors object to digs by Mackenzie Crook about ‘dysfunctional’ hobby in BBC4's 'Detectorists'
Doctor Who series 8: Time Heist pictures revealed ahead of episode 5
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Star Wars 7 leaked set photo of Adam Driver changes everything
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'