Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Tonight's TV highlights: Windfarm Wars | Pretty Little Liars | Women In Love | V | The British At Work | Love Thy Neighbour

Windfarm Wars | Pretty Little Liars | Women In Love | V | The British At Work | Love Thy Neighbour

Windfarm Wars
7pm, BBC2

Debut of a timely series visiting the frontline of a conflict likely to grow ever more rancorous: the gathering squabble over whether windfarms work, and where, if anywhere, we should put them. This episode outlines the orders of battle. On one side is windfarm developer Rachel Ruffle, who wants to plant nine 120-metre-tall turbines in a valley a few miles from Dartmoor National Park, along with windfarm advocates who believe that the loping propellers are the future of energy production, and landowners who stand to gain. Arrayed against them are a local action group, who think the things are ugly and useless.

Andrew Mueller

Pretty Little Liars
8pm, MTV

Previously shown on Viva, this neat drama should fill Thursday night's Skins-shaped hole, though it's a much more traditional stab at teen TV. In this series opener, four queen bee-ish best friends start to receive messages from another member of the clique, Alison, who disappeared a year before. Along the way, they deal with the usual adolescent issues, but it's all handled with a darkly comic touch, and the creepiness of the central premise makes it well worth sticking with. Rebecca Nicholson

Women In Love
9pm, BBC4

DH Lawrence novels are full of people having sex and feeling guilty about it, so naturally, the first of two parts of this adaptation combining The Rainbow and Women In Love is 90 minutes of people having sex and feeling guilty about it. There are pretty period details in its pre-first world war London/the Midlands setting, as well as an impressive cast, including Rosamund Pike and Rory Kinnear, but these flourishes do little to lift the dank dreariness of it all. RN

9pm, Syfy

Sometimes premature cancellation can actually be a good thing. Take Joss Whedon's Dollhouse ? when they knew they weren't long for the TV world, they condensed several seasons-worth of plot into a few tightly packed episodes. V returns in a second season with only nine instalments (there were supposed to be 13), but here it seems like they've already given up the fight. They don't seem to have the time for any sort of character development so everyone starts acting randomly to serve the rather weak plot: alien Anna develops "human emotions", Ryan kills a Visitor, etc. A saving grace appears in the form of actress Jane Badler, the fearsome Diana from the 80s version. Maybe she can get them back on track? Phelim O'Neill

The British At Work
9pm, BBC2

Kirsty Young follows the workforce into the 1980s, which means Thatcher, Howard's Way, Yuppies and shoulder-pads. For women, it was a time of increased employability; for others, particularly unionised men, it was a decade of devastation. Young is amiable and impressively balanced, but as she gets to the brash bankers of the late-80s, there is a depressing sense of history repeating. RN

Love Thy Neighbour
9pm, Channel 4

As conversational disclaimers go, "I'm not sure it's PC, but . . ." is a guaranteed way to cushion saying something vaguely risible. Or, in the case of Grassington residents mulling the idea of an Asian couple in their rural idyll, something downright stupid. Still, Anup and Sunny are determined to win a cottage in this small, conservative community, competing against salt-of-the-earth types Vicky and Andrew. Battle commences in the shape of a Bollywood night, a dance class, free window-cleaning and a shift at the local pub. Well worth wincing at. Nosheen Iqbal © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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