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The Guide: Television: Thursday 31

July 26, 2014

Bim Adewunmi John Robinson Mark Jones Jonathan Wright Julia Raeside Huw Oliver Hannah J Davies Lanre Bakare



Kids And Guns

10pm, Channel 4

The "right to bear arms" is one of the more baffling (to many British eyes, at least) elements of American culture, and here its intersection with children is examined. There's Kaylin, born into a hunting family in Kentucky and given her first gun on her fourth birthday. In Texas, Gia, nine, goes "zombie-hunting" with her dad Spyder, and is competing in the junior state shooting championship. Inevitably there are the kids who have died by their guns, too, and their stories are heartbreaking and shocking. Sobering stuff. BAA

BBC Proms Masterworks: Bach's St John's Passion

7.30pm, BBC4

Here the Guardian's Tom Service does on TV much the same kind of strong job he does in print: unlocking classical music's forbidding doors for a more general listener. In this series he's exploring in greater detail works from this year's Proms: this week he'll be explaining the background to Bach's oldest passion from 1724. He also introduces a performance by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Zurcher Sing-Akademie, with tenor James Gilchrist, and led by conductor Roger Norrington. JR

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Natural World: Beavers Behaving Badly

8pm, BBC2

Jackson Hole might seem a typically sedate Wyoming backwater, but

a beast lurks within, toppling trees, blocking waterways and generally causing bucktoothed bedlam. As cute as they may be, beavers using the region as a personal interpretation of Sim City have become a constant nuisance for the local population. Here, we follow tactics employed in combating the semi-aquatic scallywags in as humane a manner

as possible. A Mountain State take

on the Dambusters, if you will. MJ

The Yorkshire Ripper: Born To Kill?

8pm, Channel 5

Between 1975 and 1980, Peter Sutcliffe murdered 13 women. What motivated him? And how did a man interviewed an astonishing nine times by the police evade being arrested for so long? The former, argues this documentary, would seem to lie in sexual humiliation (for all that Sutcliffe claimed to be on a mission from God). As for Sutcliffe staying at large for so long, at least in part blame the sheer amount of paperwork the manhunt generated

in a pre-networked world. JW

The Honourable Woman

9pm, BBC2

We're now at episode five and every week the tension builds like air pressure thickening before a storm. Tonight we flash back eight years to see the full truth of Kasim's origins. A simple, brilliant twist played astonishingly by the actors involved. Every new development adds another layer to the story, a new way of seeing it. Stephen Rea stalks the screen like a self-contained thunder cloud as he gets closer to unraveling the Steins' secrets. And every scene between him and Janet McTeer is a small, precise masterclass. JNR

Scandal

9pm, Sky Living

Shonda Rhimes'sWhite House thriller reaches all new suspenseful climes in season three's opening episode. Crisis management advisor to the political elite Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) hits the headlines after her affair with the president is leaked. As evidence mounts, Pope has to decide between forced "disappearance" and a truthful, public confession. Of course, if she goes down, so does her whole team. To survive, they must collaborate with chief of staff Cyrus and first lady Mellie, each with their own scheming intentions. HO

Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy 2

10pm, E4

It's been two years since Noel's last foray into stream of consciousness surrealism and felt-tip drawings, and little has changed. Andy Warhol (Tom Meeten) is still on the scene, as is Noel's real life bro Michael, who reprises his half-man, half-anteater role. This time around they've relocated to a coffee shop perched on a Hawaiian volcano, where the cast of Magnum PI attempt to sacrifice Noel. Sadly it's more economy than luxury, with the weirdness cranked up to 11 in the hope that no one will twig. HJD

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Golf: Bridgestone Invitational

7pm, Sky Sports 4

Akron, Ohio is best known in the world of sport for being where Lebron James first learned to slam dunk, but today golf rolls into town. The Bridgestone Invitational is a tournament which Tiger Woods still manages to dominate (he's won here eight times and took the title last year) and after a tough time on the links during The Open, the wide fairways of the Firestone Country Club will be welcome relief for the tour pros with Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth all in the field. LB


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Source: Guardian (UK)


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