Monday, 14 March 2011

Tonight's TV highlights: Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets | Secret War On Terror | The Event | How To Command A Nuclear Submarine | Around The World In 60 Minutes | Twenty Twelve

Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets | Secret War On Terror | The Event | How To Command A Nuclear Submarine | Around The World In 60 Minutes | Twenty Twelve

Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets
8.30pm, BBC2

Tonight, Raymond Blanc, the impenetrably accented culinary genius, shares eez passion for pooo-deengs. His rice pooo-deeng is, of course, way better than any rice pudding you've ever seen. It emits a golden light not dissimilar to the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. He knocks up a tarte tatin and then invites one of his junior chefs to taste it. "I'd have to give it a 10, chef," says the nervous girl, clearly aware which side her bread pudding is buttered. He also goes savoury with steak, kidney and oyster pudding, which requires steaming for five hours. Intense. Julia Raeside

Secret War On Terror
9pm, BBC2

As the 10th anniversary of George Bush's declaration of a global war on terror looms, this series aims to explore, with Peter Taylor's trademark punctiliousness and peerless contacts, the shadowy struggle against al-Qaida. In the first of a two-parter, Taylor establishes the difficult balance of credibility between the undoubtedly extreme, and arguably illegal, methods employed by western intelligence agencies, and the fact that those responsible for 9/11 have been unable to strike with comparable impact again. Andrew Mueller

The Event
10pm, Channel 4

The Event returns from its mid-season hiatus with a double helping tonight, but will it be welcomed back like a confused old friend or tolerated like an uninvited bore who comes round your house and won't leave no matter how many "subtle" hints you make? Like the BBC's Outcasts, it misunderstands the appeal of shows like Lost, thinking audiences just want baffling mysteries that move further away from resolution. We don't. Phelim O'Neill

How To Command A Nuclear Submarine
5pm; 9pm, MilitaryHistory

It sounds like something out of Jim'll Fix It. "Dear Jim, please could you fix it for me to be the captain of a nuclear submarine?" "Now then, as it 'appens . . ." Five contestants compete to take possession of an aquatic bomb, and are subjected to rigorous, gruelling tests (done and dusted in four weeks) before they get the chance to steer the Triumph through the treacherous waters of western Scotland. Stay tuned to see if they end up nuking Greenland. Ali Catterall

Around The World In 60 Minutes
9pm, BBC4

Narrated by David Morrissey, this documentary presents the planet as seen from 200 miles above ground level, as a camera circumnavigates the planet to show the sort of changes that occur on the surface. British-born astronaut Piers Sellers tells us what it is like to live and work in space, while the film also looks at 100-mile-wide storms that reshape continents and cities being built in the middle of deserts. An inspiring, faintly scary study of the mutability of the planet we inhabit. David Stubbs

Twenty Twelve
10pm, BBC4

There will come a time soon, after the cost is tallied and the results examined, when the 2012 London Olympics will be no laughing matter. Until then, it's fair game. Writer/director John Morton previously helmed the great People Like Us, and here the tone is similar and the standard just as high.

Set in the Olympics Deliveries Committee, complete with dreadful logo, we meet the excellent cast ? Hugh Bonneville, Olivia Coleman, Jessica Hynes, Vincent Franklin ? as they prepare to relaunch their website.

A terrific start, mostly stolen by Hynes's spot-on PR agent. Phelim O'Neill © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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