The Hounourable Woman (BBC2, Thursday, 9pm) looks to be the saviour of terrible summer TV scheduling- unless of course you are a massive sports fan in which case you must be in the throws of ecstasy at the wall to wall sports coverage. An eight part political drama staring Maggie Gyllenhaal, set against the backdrop of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, the story has a tense narrative involving assasinations, kidnapping and impenetrable secrets. Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein ,the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer, who takes over the running of her father’s company and changes its purpose from supplying arms to laying data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Her appointment as a life peer creates an international political maelstrom. If you have disregarded cable TV altogether for the fruits of Netflix, you may be interested to know that Season 2 of the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove, produced by horror auteur Eli Roth, is premiering on 11th July. The original series which stars Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron and Dougray Scott, garnered an Emmy nomination for special effects. The show examines the strange happenings in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania. Roman Godfrey, heir to the town’s wealthy Godfrey family, befriends the town’s newcomer, Peter Rumancek. Recent brutal murders in the town have stirred up rumors, and the two work together to shed light on the case while also hiding their own dark secrets. Season 2 continues with the town coming to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures.
There was sad news this morning on the passing of Bobby Womack , so the timing of Jackie Brown, (Film 4, Wednesday, 11.10pm) is bittersweet with it’s use of Womack’s classic Across 110th Street in it’s soundtrack. Adapted from Elmore Leonard’s work, Pam Grier IS Jackie Brown trying to make a living in LA’s gangsterland. A great movie with a soulful soundtrack and a fantastic supporting cast including Samuel L Jackson, Robert De Nero, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton.
The Culture Show on Monday, BBC2, 10pm is playing homage to the First Ladies of punk, in their documentary Girls will be Girls. Featuring interviews with Chrissie Hynde and Viv Albertine of The Slits about the challenge the faced to break through in a male dominated stage and how it changed the cultural landscape forever. LAW