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G2: TV and radio: Watch this

February 19, 2014

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall and Bim Adewunmi



Brit Awards 2014

8pm, ITV

Last year's gangshow of "great" British music felt very tame indeed - Ben Howard won two awards. But this year's looks somewhat more fun, with Bruno Mars following up his barnstorming Super Bowl performance, Pharrell getting Happy, and Disclosure and Lorde teaming for something or other. Even Bastille, nominated four times, are set to be at least a fluorescent shade of beige. James Corden presents like a

toddler who has discovered jelly for the first time; that is, endearingly.

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Line Of Duty

9pm, BBC2

As episode two of the coppers-investigating-coppers procedural plays out, it's clear that the character of Lindsay Denton is going to be central to events. At moments she comes across like a spider descending on prey, at other times she has the air of a stroppy but good-natured teenager, and Keeley Hawes brilliantly makes the most of such ambiguities. To say much more is to risk spoilers, such are the switchbacks here, but why is

Denton so obsessed with one

particular missing

persons case?

Jonathan Wright

Infested: Living

with Parasites

9pm, BBC4

Hands-down the most disgusting programme of the week. Dr Michael Mosley deliberately and cheerfully turns himself into a mobile science lab to investigate the lifecycles of everything from nits to metre-long tapeworms. Frankly,

Morgan Spurlock had it easy. (Although, amusingly, Mosley opts to let his production crew contract crabs in his stead.) Yet it's fascinating, too: a study of "extraordinary creatures" who actually want to be eaten, and may even benefit us. Don't blame BBC4 if your supper repeats on you.

Ali Catterall

The Truth About Webcam Girls

10pm, BBC3

The most popular category on adult webcam sites is "solo women", and so this documentary - largely free of cliche - looks at just three of them. Sammie charges pounds 3.50 a minute (the host site takes 30%) and wants to leave it behind as soon as possible to study psychology. "I'm

going to be helping people instead of just emptying their balls," she says. Porn actor Carla offers crucial advice: "Never give them too much too quick"; and glamour model Olivia draws a strict line on nudity.

Bim Adewunmi


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Source: Guardian (UK)


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