What's on the box this week?

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 28th October, 2009 2:50pm

'Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop' (BBC 1, Sunday) - Almost everything that ever happens to a rock band has happened to Fleetwood Mac. One of the greatest and most enduring acts in popular music, they began in the 1960s and can still sell out stadiums in 2009, surviving countless personnel changes and inter-band meltdowns.

Featuring new interviews with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, this documentary delves deep into the heart of the band, tracing the relationships, turmoil and changes and unwinding the complex love story between Nicks and former partner Buckingham.

Now, Fleetwood, McVie, Buckingham and Nicks are back onstage together, singing the songs that were fuelled by their 1970s relationships and their fall-out. Together they are Fleetwood Mac, one of the biggest names in rock. But it still hurts.


'The Restaurant' (BBC 2, Thursday) - 'The Restaurant' opens its doors for a third series, as world-renowned chef Raymond Blanc, along with partners David Moore and Sarah Willingham, go on the hunt for a couple to back in a new venture.

This time, all three are investing their own money in the winners' restaurant, so the stakes are high from the off. For the nine couples picked to take part, it is an opportunity to change their lives forever, and among the pairs ready to prove they have the recipe for success are best friends, husband-and-wife teams, a mother and son and army colleagues.

But with the restaurant industry going through tough times, it's going to be harder than ever for the couples to prove they can succeed. Called to Bristol to meet Blanc, they are introduced to the world of the high street restaurant. They are given just one hour to cook a dish that sells their culinary skills as well as their vision for a restaurant. They will all need a strong partnership and a restaurant pitch that stands out if they are going to make it through.


'The Way We Worked: Bogmen' (RTE 1, Friday) - Images of turf-cutting can evoke fond memories of Ireland in the past but it was back-breaking, hard graft. In the 1940s and 1950s, men came from all over Ireland to work on the midlands bogs. Housed in military-style camps, life wasn't easy with the arrival of mechanisation easing the hardest labour but also bringing new dangers for the bog men.


'Beyond The Berlin Wall' (RTE 1, Tuesday) - In this new four-part series commissioned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, RTE's former economics editor, George Lee, goes 'Beyond the Berlin Wall', talking to people who lived behind the Iron Curtain, exploring what life was like for them during that time and contrasting it with the personal and political transformation through which they have lived.

The series also charts the history of the wall from its construction through to its fall and beyond. The night the Berlin Wall came down was one of the most significant events of the last century - the catalyst for the end of communism and, ultimately, the USSR. The 9th November 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the wall's fall, when the Iron Curtain was lifted and hundreds of millions of people were set free.

After four decades in control, communism was brought to its knees by people power.


Movie Of The Week: 'The Queen' (RTE 1, Wednesday) - Helen Mirren won an Oscar for this one, ably abetted by Michael Sheen as Tony Blair. Directed by Stephen Frears, the story charts the monarchy after the death of Princess Diana, and the new world that Queen Elizabeth II struggled with in her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. A winner.

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