Digital, Cable and Satellite Television: Today's Choices

By Rampton, James | The Independent (London, England), November 2, 2001 | Go to article overview
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Digital, Cable and Satellite Television: Today's Choices


Rampton, James, The Independent (London, England)


SURGEON SIR Magdi Yacoub has undertaken more heart transplants than anyone else in the world and has turned Harefield Hospital into one of the world's leading heart centres. Eric Morecambe dubbed him the Omar Sharif of the scalpel, while Princess Diana described him as the "king of hearts". Magdi Yacoub: King of Hearts (9pm Discovery Channel), a new fly-on-the-operating-theatre wall documentary, profiles the great surgeon during his final week working for the NHS. It focuses on the work he does for the Chain of Hope charity, which brings children from war-torn countries to Britain for treatment. The film also broaches the thorny issue of whether the NHS is right to make surgeons retire at the age of 65, when many still have a great deal to offer.

FOR THOSE of a robust constitution, The Studio is mounting an evening devoted to that master of the schlock-horror genre, Wes Craven, in its "Real to Reel" season. It opens with the premiere of The Directors (9pm). Contributors to this thorough documentary charting the film-maker's 30- year career in chillers include Robert Englund, who made his name as Freddy Krueger in Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street cycle, Meryl Streep, as well as Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette from the Scream franchise. The director himself contends that his films have an uplifting effect on their audiences, explaining that "Something has been released in a way that has scared the bejesus out of them, but also lifted something off them.

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