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Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism
BBC One, 9 p.m.
When presenter Paddy McGuinness found out that each of his three children had autism, he struggled to come to terms with the news, troubled by his own misconceptions and fears for the future. This moving documentary follows the comedian and his wife, Christine, as they explore the challenges of raising children with autism and reflect on how it has personally affected them. The couple meet with experts, parents and people with the autism spectrum to discuss the nature of the disorder, including clinicians who first diagnosed their children.

But it’s the unsupervised moments between structured interviews that are most telling. Paddy is bursting with excitement, but he’s clearly suffering from some untreated distress related to the diagnoses. Reassuringly, the process has a restorative and calming effect and the couple gets closer together over the months of filming. Towards the end, Paddy meets Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, who offers a simple and deeper way of thinking about the disorder: “Autism is what it is, with its unique blend of strengths and challenges. Just let people be who they are. JT



The big jump
Disney +
This jaw-dropping American comedy series about a bunch of disgruntled wannabes entering a reality dance competition might be the most Disney thing ever. If you can handle the stench of cheese, there’s some schmaltzy fun to be had, but be aware that there are several half-baked pandemic jokes. JT

Walk with Shappi Khorsandi
BBC Two, 7 p.m. not NI / Wales
This stripped-down series that follows the picturesque strolls of celebrities is full of beautiful shots of the British countryside from above. In the Peak District, the actress (now using her full name, Shaparak) reflects on motherhood, mental health and the meaning of life. JT



New Forest: The Crown’s Hunting Ground
Smithsonian, 8 p.m.
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville takes a romantic look at one of the UK’s most remarkable national parks: the New Forest, a former royal hunting ground that has delighted visitors since the days of William the Conqueror . Bonneville’s commentary is a bit trite, but the camera work is gorgeous. JT

Universe
BBC Two, 9 p.m.
Brian Cox returns to the beginning of time himself – the Big Bang – in the final episode of this awe-inspiring and somewhat terrifying look at the great mysteries of the universe. Cox explains that light is the key to uncovering the past and examines “time machines” that can take us back to the dawn of the universe. If science is sometimes lost in poetry, it is compensated by the sheer beauty of images. JT



The hot zone: anthrax
National Geographic, 9 p.m.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the paranoid state of American public life escalated when anthrax-filled letters were mailed to a series of newsrooms and political offices, killing five people and infecting 17 others. . This second season of the anthology drama series follows the investigation of FBI Special Agent Matthew Ryker (Daniel Dae Kim) as he tries to find the killer. JT

Positive
Sky Documentaries, 9 p.m.
As we emerge from a pandemic, this important documentary on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s reminds us of the dangers of health inequalities and social stigmas that can prevent people from getting the help they need. . It is in part a joyous love letter at a time of sexual liberation for homosexuals; also, a tragic memorial to lives devastated by the virus. JT

The Power of the Dog (2021) ★★★★★
Netflix
Jane Campion’s first film since Bright Star in 2009 is a brilliant “psychological western”. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons play mismatched brothers, guardians of a cattle ranch in the Montana wilderness. Cumberbatch is slender and wild; Plemons is demanding and courteous. Their tension peaks when George de Plemons marries a widow and adopts his fey and gangly son (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

Lifeboat (1944, b / w) ??
Talking Pictures TV, 3:05 p.m.
Alfred Hitchcock generously deploys suspense in this war thriller, adapted from a short story by John Steinbeck. When an Allied WWII ship and a German submarine sink each other, the Allied survivors gather in a lifeboat. But then they pull a survivor out of the water, which turns out to be from that same submarine … Tense and claustrophobic, it’s a tense race. Walter Slezak and Tallulah Bankhead are the stars.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) ★★★★
Film4, 4:30 p.m.
This is Alfred Hitchcock’s exceptional remake of his 1934 film. Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart) and his wife, Jo (Doris Day, three years after Calamity Jane), are forced to remain silent about a murder planned policy. The previous black and white version is a more sinister shade, but this take is still great – just a lot more glitzy. The film also won an Oscar, one of the few Hitchcock films to do so, for the song Que Sera, Sera.

Thursday 2 December

Canceled
Channel 4, 10 p.m.
“Cancel culture” is a phrase open to so many interpretations, and which provokes such strong emotions, that it is easy to lose sight of what it is, how it was born and, sometimes, if it is. even actually exists. Presenter Richard Bacon speaks from experience: When he was 22, he was fired as the presenter of Blue Peter after a News of the World bug where he was caught taking cocaine. The surrounding storm made headlines and Lorraine Heggessey, then head of the BBC’s children’s programming, was forced to explain the situation to viewers at CBBC.

In this unique piece, Bacon explores the evolution (or mutation?) To freedom of expression. Bacon addresses some of those public figures whose reputations have been tarnished, rightly or wrongly; among his interviewees is Jimmy Carr, himself “canceled” for his involvement in tax evasion schemes and who is no stranger to pushing the limits of acceptability in his stand-up shows. With the future of Channel 4 under scrutiny, this sounds like exactly the kind of show it should be commissioning. GT

Radio 2 in concert: Duran Duran
BBC iPlayer
Four decades after their eponymous debut, Duran Duran, the New Romantic survivors perform a set of classics and selections from their recent work, Future Past. With 100 million records sold, two Brit Awards and the largely avoided nostalgic “Back to the 1980s” circuit, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and the Taylors have nothing more to prove. It should be a good one. GT

Luxury Christmas for less
Channel 4, 8 p.m.
After a successful debut last year, the Happy Consumer Show returns with Sophie Morgan alongside Sabrina Grant to reward advice from retail experts on how to have a fun, no-frills festive season on a budget. greenhouse. Tonight’s investigation, the first of two, includes getting smoked salmon, designer scents and diamonds – yes, diamonds – cheaply. GT

The park bench is playing
Sky Arts, 9 p.m.
This quintet of short pieces from the Birmingham Repertory Theater ranges from comics to the tragic and features the work of playwrights such as Bryony Lavery, David Edgar and Tanika Gupta. These made-for-TV versions follow a well-received pop-up tour of city parks, bus stations and squares. GT

Yellow jackets
Sky Atlantic, 9 p.m. & 10:05 p.m.
Smart vanity is carefully handled in this Showtime series: In 1996, the girls of a high school football team were caught in a plane crash and stranded in a wild, wooded nature for over a year. Along with this are the stories of the survivors 25 years later (played by Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis, among others), who still struggle with the unresolved trauma of the gruesome incident. GT

White Christmas (1954) ??
Film4, 4:10 p.m.
Buddies Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye return to the United States after fighting in World War II. They fall in love with two singing sisters, Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen), and agree to perform with them in a Christmas show in the rural snows of Vermont. This Michael Curtiz movie might not be the story of a snowy December month, but Crosby singing the title song makes it a festive treat. Put another log on the fire and make yourself comfortable.

The Conversation (1974) ??
BBC Four, 9 p.m.
Francis Ford Coppola’s mind-boggling thriller centers around a nosy PI (Gene Hackman) who is forced to confront the consequences of his spying when he witnesses a potential murder. Released just months after the Watergate scandal, it skillfully captured the prevailing mood of suspicion and fear of surveillance. The creepy camera work and squirrel piano score create a sickening unease.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) ??
Film4, 9 p.m.
Proving that the “spy parody” is just as safe a bet for filmmakers as the “spy drama,” the lovable Susanna Fogel consignment sees every daughter of Mila Kunis forced into an international conspiracy when her boyfriend ( Justin Theroux) dumps her – and turns out to be a CIA agent. It’s about as subtle as the Europop bangers that make it the soundtrack, but for 90 minutes of stunning it’s more than enough.

Friday 3 December

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