Television: Today's pick
Wednesday 21 January 1998
The Force (9.50pm BBC2) Reporter David Rose spent six months with the Thames Valley Police trying to discover some of the reality of policing today. This first film finds the coppers heavily tied up at a local farm which breeds cats for vivisection, and which animal rights protesters are campaigning to close down. Can the police justify the cost?
On Air (11.15pm BBC2). TV dissects itself in this new magazine fronted by The Independent's David Aaronovitch. Under discussion are "docu-soaps" and news as info-tainment, and there's an interview with Kelvin MacKenzie.
Lethal Weapon 2 (9pm ITV) Patsy Kensit's finest moment, until Liam Gallagher got on the telephone, finds her murdering a South African accent in this tale of apartheid-era diplomats with a sideline in drug- running. She is nominally Mel Gibson's love interest, but, this smash- bang-wallop 1989 sequel being another buddy-buddy bonding session for Mel and mismatched cop partner Danny Glover, she doesn't really stand a chance. Fun, of sorts, with Joss Ackland enjoying himself as chief villain.
Life & Style blogs
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
- 3 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Q&A by Simon Calder: How far could it have travelled? Who was responsible and what would their plans be? And how can a plane just vanish?
- 4 California man Christopher Viatafa surrenders to police after googling own name and discovering himself listed as ‘most wanted’
- 5 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers
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