John Robinson is a freelance writer and editor. He is an Associate Editor at Uncut, a UK music monthly, where he edits the album reviews section. He is a weekly contributor to the Guardian Guide, where he writes about music and television.
With John Williams’s sideboard at home groaning under the weight of awards – the only individual nominated for more Academy Awards is Walt Disney – there’s a large canon of work to be sampled in this celebration of the composer’s 85th birthday. Williams’s Boston Pops collaborator Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra. Expect Jaws, Superman and Star Wars.
Is the subtitle of this show “More Money Than Sense”? It should be, for that is the unspoken subtext about every pet-owner on the programme. Joanna’s rescue beagles are starting therapy, while a Chelsea-based cockapoo is getting out of the city for a spot of “doggy detox”. And it’s not just dogs that warrant this level of pampering. Janey is equally potty about her pigs, though she would prefer them to be a little more portable.
Channel 4’s answer to Waterloo Road – about an academy in West Yorkshire – reaches its season finale. Clearly there has been common ground with the BBC1 show, but the original setting (cows grazing on council estate verges etc) and strong characters – Jordan is a less cool, more downtrodden and believable version of Grange Hill’s Tucker Jenkins – make it a cut above. Tonight, the plot’s chickens come home to roost at an open day for parents of prospective pupils.
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