Plus APOLLO: Missions to the Moon & Moon Landing Liveby Chris Harvey / June 12, 2019 / Leave a comment
Catch-22, Channel 4
George Clooney co-produced, part-directed and acts in this ambitious six-part adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Second World War novel. Any fears of this being a flawed passion-project vanish early, as Christopher Abbott grabs the role of Yossarian and makes him relatable, likeable and convincingly horrified by his experience of dropping death from above while on B-25 bomber sorties in the Mediterranean. It captures the book’s mix of fear, fun, humour, loss and creeping madness.
APOLLO: Missions to the Moon & Moon Landing Live, National Geographic & Channel 4
It’s 50 years since homo sapiens, after 350,000 years of staring at the moon, planted several pairs of heavy boots and an American flag on its surface. This epochal shift in human possibility will be chewed over at length on many mediums, but two of the most interesting reflections will be award-winning director Tom Jennings’s Nat Geo documentary, which examines all 12 crewed missions of Nasa’s Apollo Space Programme, and Channel 4’s attempt to recreate 1969’s great leap, from six days out, as though in real time.
Dark Mon£y, BBC One
The writer and the star of the Bafta-winning Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Levi David Addai and Babou Ceesay, are reunited for this four-part drama on a very hot topic—sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. It follows the Mensa–h family in North London, whose youngest son has recently appeared in a Hollywood movie, but who reveals he has been abused by a famous filmmaker. Should they accept a pay-off to keep silent and avoid publicity?