Masters of Sex

TV Review: Masters of Sex, Channel 4

In these days of nationally televised sex in boxes, perhaps it's hard to conceive of a time when sex was considered an unsuitable topic for science. According to Masters of Sex, back in 1956 the only people brave enough to mount a serious study of the topic were Dr William Masters and his research assistant, Virginia Johnson.

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Channel 4 is known for broadcasting controversial documentaries about sex. But the channel is now set to showcase a "classy period drama" featuring Michael Sheen as a pioneering sex expert.

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Michael Sheen in <i>The Gospel of Us</i>

Also showing: Blackthorn, Mozart's Sister, The Gospel of Us and Edge

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"Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present." Woody Allen's fixation with the past is explored in this magical-realist fantasy, his loveliest film for quite some time.

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All the world is a madhouse at the Young Vic lately.

Mixed fortunes for UK film industry

The British film industry enjoyed "mixed fortunes" last year with record box office receipts but a decline in the number of cinema visits, according to statistics released today.

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Celebrities. They're everywhere. Packing out Desert Island Discs, emoting on the interview shows, attached like a lucky charm to every programme proposal. Don't you sometimes think, 'What do actors and singers have to say that's so special?' There are times when you wish Celebrity Culture could be replaced by Clerical Culture, or Science Culture or I don't know, Poet Culture. In Shelley's time, poets were the "unacknowledged legislators of the world", but now it's the celebs who rule the airwaves. Given, though, that we must exist in Celebrity Culture, thank heaven for celebrities like Bob Geldof and Michael Sheen.

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Rachel McAdams is inspired by her parents' marriage.

Michael Sheen plays Jesus in hometown Passion play

While most of the nation relaxed, and some of the populace ate their own body weight in chocolate at the Easter weekend, Michael Sheen endured incarceration in a police cell, slept rough up a mountain, and was crucified, then resurrected in front of hundreds of onlookers.

DVD: Tron: Legacy (PG)

Joseph Kosinski's revamp of Disney's 1982 hit has all the potential to make children raised in the age of a real "grid" excited by a digital neverland – namely the return of Jeff Bridges, stunning 3D CGI, a grinning cameo by Michael Sheen and even a Daft Punk soundtrack.

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