Magazine article The Spectator

Telly-Turn-Offs: Jaspistos

Magazine article The Spectator

Telly-Turn-Offs: Jaspistos

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IN COMPETITION NO. 2035 you were invited to recommend, in typical TV critic's style, three programmes which nothing would induce you to watch.

Here's my contribution, from last week's Times Choice (12.25 a.m.):

An exotic rarity, the first film by Tunisian director Moufida Tiatli is mainly set in the female servants' quarters of the grandly faded palace of the last king of Tunisia, with murmurs of nationalist revolt outside. The feudal oppressions are recalled by a singer remembering her childhood among the women, sexually exploited but wise and resigned.

The prizewinners, printed below, get 10 for each item, and the bottle of The Macallan The Malt Scotch whisky goes to

W.J. Webster, the only entrant to pull off a trio.

Five Sharing: When Chiv finds Dec under the bed with Snoo, sparks fly - but where do they land? One of the delights of this wryly observed series is its unpredictability. Postmodern mores go under the spectroscope to produce a dazzling, many-hued vision of how life gets lived now. …

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