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.
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber reach almost £154,000 on eBay
- 3 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 4 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 5 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories