As far as theme nights go, Clint Night is a bit thin - consisting of the above programme (a bit cheesy, but they include all the great clips), a rather silly sounding debate about who was the greatest - Clint or John Wayne - an episode of Rawhide (which Channel 4 shows on Sunday mornings, anyway) and a couple of his movies. There doesn't seem to be any peg for it except that BBC2 is having a theme evening tonight - its excuse being the 40th anniversary of the BBC's Natural History Unit.
The centrepiece of this affair is a programme called The Restless Year (Sat BBC2), in which the four seasons in the Cotswolds countryside are captured using time-lapse photography. My personal highlight was the sight of a marrow growing at this exaggerated speed, but on the whole the result is strangely dull. I think we're all too used to this time-lapse business.
Also a bit of a disappointment is the BBC's canny combining of costume and detective dramas in a two-part adaptation of Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone (Sun BBC2). Maybe the problem is with Collins's source book, which I haven't read but of which I have heard many excellent things. On this evidence, the dramatisation is very much sub-Conan Doyle.
The moonstone of the title is a large diamond stolen by a British army officer from a Hindu temple. The priests of this sacred building are very keen to get it back - and indeed turn up disguised as travelling jugglers on said army officer's descendents' Yorkshire doorstep with that very intention. But did they steal it from heiress Keeley Hawes's dressing- table drawer? Enter Antony Sher hamming it up rotten as the detective on the case. They ought to give him a series. Only, just as long as they don't give Richard Wilson a series to make further films in the likeness of Way Out West (Sun BBC1), in which the star of One Foot in the Grave is sent along to a working cattle ranch in Wyoming, USA to see if they can't make a cowboy out of him. They can't.
Women at Play (Sun C4) exchanges its usual Thursday night slot for a Sunday one and takes a look at the women involved in the casino gaming business - as punters and as croupiers - and then further up the hierachy. Apparently, more and more women are taking to gambling at roulette and blackjack - attracted by the tightly regulated (and therefore unthreatening) world offered by casinos.
Just Dancing Around? (Sun C4), Channel 4's short series in which film- makers spy on the creative processes of a leading international choreographer, has director Mark James on former avant-garde "doyenne" (ie she's over 60) Trisha Brown. James's film finds Brown embarking on a new piece entitled MO, a typically fluid and inventive creation set to Bach's Musical Offering.Reuse content