August 17, 2008
Marie Foy’s Pick of the Week
By MARIE FOY
FILM OF THE WEEK
The Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, reprises his role as the killer android from the future sent back to cause havoc in present day LA. If you missed James Cameron's action-packed adventure the first time around it is a must-see. The 17-year-old film's special effects are outstanding and still stand up today. It is as good as you remember.
THE X FACTOR
It is that time of year again for us to laugh out loud at the talentless hoping for fame and marvel at the voices of the people destined for the final of this talent show. After the much publicised spat with Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell has replaced her with Girls Aloud's Cheryl Cole. Will her experience of talent show fame mean she can pick a winner?
This programme is not as scary as its title might make you think. Kate Humble and Mike deGruy explore the pacific ocean for new marine species. This episode they are in a beautiful Micronesian lagoon which is the resting place of dozens of Second World War shipwrecks. This is a perfect way to explore tropical seas without leaving your armchair or getting wet.
THE MAN WHO CYCLED THE WORLD
This four part documentary follows a University of Glasgow graduate on his record breaking attempt to cycle round the world single handed. He rides from the comfort of Dundee to the arid deserts of Australia. The series continues every night this week except Friday.
Now in its sixth series, there seems to be no stopping this Jerry Bruckheimer forensic spin-off show. This week, under the glare of the Floridian sun, a drug-dealer escapes from jail with three other inmates. It becomes personal for Horatio at CSI because one of the escapees is his son.
BLOOD AND GUTS:A HISTORY OF SURGERY
Not for the faint-hearted with footage of operations on conscious patients, this documentary is nonetheless rewarding. For those with strong stomachs Michael Mosley takes a look at the history of neurosurgery from its bloody past to the everyday miracles happening in our hospitals today.
This could well become the series that people talk about around the water-cooler. Staring Steve Edge of Phoenix Nights as Terry, a footie obsessed dad, the mockumentary shows the dark side of under- 11s football leagues. Maybe not as slick as it predecessor, The Office, it is still entertaining.
AGATHA CHRISTIE'S POIROT
It is always worth revisiting David Suchet's portrayal of Agatha Christie's pernickety Belgian detective. This two hour episode centres around a disastrous flood. The famous sleuth arrives in Warmsley Vale to identify a body found in the river, which leads to revelations of bigamy, theft and, of course, murder.
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