This week's top TV: 15 - 21 February

This week's top TV: 15 - 21 February

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Monday, 15th February 2016
The Night Manager
Danish director Susanne Bier showcased her skills from the movie business in The Night Manager (credit: BBC)


The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story



Cuba Gooding Jr as O.J. Simpson

When American football legend O.J. Simpson was accused of double homicide in 1994, the nation was gripped by the ensuing court case.

An all-star cast retells the story of the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings of the prosecution and defence teams investigating the murder of Simpson’s wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Cuba Gooding Jr plays the sporting hero at the centre of the story, with John Travolta as defence attorney Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer as defence attorney Robert Kardashian (dad of Kim).



Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters

Sky Atlantic


Alan Partridge, king of the airwaves, is back discussing hard-hitting topics as diverse as Jimmy Saville and corner shops unscrupulously selling multipack cans of fizzy drinks.

Partridge’s suffering colleague Sidekick Simon is also back, having been rehired (on a probationary basis). This week the DJ will face the big question of who are more efficient hunters: the North Norfolk Hunt or Alan’s LazerQuest team?



Midsomer Murders



It’s the annual harvest fair in the Midsomer village of Whitcombe Mallet and the daredevil riders of the Wall of Death are in town for the occasion.

However, when the owner of an equestrian centre is trampled by his horse, DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson have to unravel a complex feud from the past, where nothing is what it seems.



Keeping Up with the Khans

Channel 4


Channel 4’s Keeping Up with the Khans explores the impact of immigration on the community of Page Hall in Sheffield.

This week’s episode looks at Page Hall’s Pakistani residents, many of who arrived in Sheffield in the 1960s and 1970s, going on to set up their own shops, restaurants and houses in the town.

The cameras follow Rehman Khan to his home village of Dadyal in Azad Kashmir as he takes his 23-year-old son Bilal to marry his first cousin whom he hasn’t met before.



Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury



Keen walker Julia Bradbury heads out on Britain’s footpaths to showcase some of the nation’s most spectacular views.

This week she’s in Anglesey exploring the North Wales coast where she meets local mussel and oyster pickers and visits the birthplace of the Land Rover.



Kipling’s Indian Adventure



Author and former soldier Patrick Hennessey follows the journey of a young Rudyard Kipling who, in 1882, made the voyage from Tilbury docks to his birthplace of Bombay.

In India, the young “Ruddy” experimented with opium and sex, and Hennessey will learn how these experiences went on to influence Kipling’s Nobel Prize-winning literature.



The Night Manager




Based on the novel by John le Carré and adapted by acclaimed writer David Farr, The Night Manager sees former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddlestone) working as the night manager at Cairo’s luxurious Nefertiti Hotel amid the chaos of the Arab Spring.

Pine is approached by Sophie Alekan (Aure Atika), the mistress of the hotel’s owner, Freddie Hamid, who has files showing an arms deal taking place between Hamid and a man named Richard Roper.

This information turns Pine’s life around, as he forms a fragile and complex partnership with Angela Burr of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

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