Television choices: Getting to the roots of sexual discrimination across India


TV pick of the week: India: a Dangerous Place to Be a Woman

Thursday 9pm & 2am BBC3

It may surprise some that the best documentary this week is being broadcast on BBC3, but then the youth channel has been building a strong documentary arm in recent years, led by the Stacey Dooley Investigates series. Radha Bedi's eye-opening report is inspired by last year's gang-rape of a medical student in Delhi that caused global headlines, angry protests in India itself and the death of the unfortunate woman involved. Bedi travels undercover to investigate the constant low-level sexual harassment (known as "eve-teasing"), to meet the 14-year-old victim of an acid attack, and to look at how the roots of this violence lies in the general discrimination against women in India that begins at birth.

The Americans

Saturday 9.45pm ITV

I like this drama's interplay with real events, and this week it's John Hinckley's 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan that gets the action rolling as the Feds try to ascertain whether the KGB is involved, and our two Russian sleepers, Mr and Mrs Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell), are told that they must activate "Operation Christopher".

The White Queen

Sunday 9pm BBC1

"It's a girl", smirks Lord Warwick (James Frain), as Elizabeth – now Queen Elizabeth – gives birth, his enmity to the new consort (played by Rebecca Ferguson) coming to the boil in this second episode of BBC1's Philippa Gregory adaptation. Despite some clunking lines ("You must attend to the peace treaty with France"), Emma Frost's script is clear and involving.

Wimbledon 2013

Monday 11.30am BBC2

A fortnight of tortured patriotism (can Andy Murray/Laura Robson/the British weather do it?), strawberries-and-cream clichés and world-class tennis begins here with Sue Barker and team (John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Boris Becker, Lindsay Davenport and Virginia Wade) re-uniting on Centre Court, as Roger Federer begins his defence of the men's title.

Imagine: Vivian Maier – Who Took Nanny's Pictures?

Tuesday 10.35pm BBC1

The story of a mysterious Chicago nanny with an extraordinary talent, having taken 150,000 photographs of street life during the Fifties and Sixties. Unseen during her lifetime, with most never even being developed, Vivian Maier's negatives were discovered in a storage locker, and now fetch thousands of dollars apiece.

Why Am I Still Single?: First Cut

Wednesday 10.35pm Channel 4

Thirtysomething singletons Naomi and Lex are given access to each other's lives to discover where they're going wrong in their search for love. Meeting each other's friends, family and former lovers, Lex's only serious ex-girlfriend describes him as "a child in a man's body" (ouch) while Naomi, it transpires, is still sleeping with her ex.

Glastonbury 2013

Friday 7pm, 8pm & 9pm BBC3

While some have criticised the vast resources thrown by the BBC at this festival, music fans could counter that the Corporation spends even more on a certain tennis competition. Anyway, it all kicks off down at Worthy Farm in Somerset with Jake Bugg and Rita Ora on the Pyramid Stage, followed by Professor Green, Bastille, Dizzee Rascal and Foals.

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