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Last night's television: A pleasing portrait of the polymath

Absolute Rubbish with Jonathan Miller Five The Rotters' Club BBC2

Last night's television: Far too many nits and misses

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Last night's television: For if tomorrow never comes...

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The weekend's television: Death by a thousand decibels

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Last night's television: In the land of nod and wink, wink

PROFESSOR ROBERT Winston's hour-and-a-half-long exploration of the science of sleep, How to Sleep Better, invited its viewers to complete the Epworth Test, a standardised assessment of sleep deprivation. Question Two was "What are the chances of you dozing off while watching TV?", which even this early on struck me as an injudicious enquiry. Quite high, really, since you ask, though obviously filling in the questionnaire and waiting to find out what it said about me helped to stave off unconsciousness for a couple of minutes. My own results revealed that I could do with a little extra shut-eye, so I make no apologies for the short power nap I took in the final half hour of the programme. I also blame the soporific effect of the bleeding obvious, administered at regular intervals here with the usual sugar coating of statistical revelation. Apparently you are "twice as likely to be killed or injured if your driver is sleepy". Well... who'd have thought it? And thank goodness our scientists aren't shying away from the trickier research problems.

Last night's television: Dreams burned at the stake

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Last night's television: A wake-up call for the bigots

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The Richard and Judy way: shifting units from the sofa

Richard and Judy had pulled off a coup: the first British interview with an elected politician who had disgraced himself in office - and secured his survival with a public act of humiliation and contrition.

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