Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Riddle of Killer's Porn Confession

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Riddle of Killer's Porn Confession

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Byline: TERRY RAMSEY

Ted Bundy: Natural Porn Killer 10.50pm, Channel 4

YES, I know this is a rather unsavourysounding documentary - mixing, as it does, serial murder and pornography - but, really, there's not a lot else on TV tonight (I am thinking of keeping those words as a savestring for the rest of August).

Of course, the tale of Ted Bundy, who brutally murdered and mutilated a string of women in the Seventies, is not exactly new. As America's most notorious serial killer, his case is well documented.

But we're in the middle of television's low season, and Channel 4 obviously thinks it's a good time to revisit the famously gruesome story.

A well-trodden path it may be, but this presents a watchable account, trying to concentrate on the question of exactly what made Bundy do what he did. He was a good-looking, articulate law student who seemed to "have it all". Yet he secretly killed between 30 and 100 women (no one knows for sure).

Hours before his execution in 1989 he granted a TV interview to just one man: Dr James Dobson, a Christian evangelist.

And during the interview he "confessed" that his crimes were the result of an addiction to hardcore pornography (hence the low-rent title of this programme).

But Bundy was a well-known manipulator. So, was he telling the truth or simply playing one last game? And was his idea of pornography anything more than the harmless majorette magazines found among his possessions? The programme doesn't come to any firm conclusion (how could it?), but it is an intriguing account.

Emmerdale 7pm, ITV1

Rodney is going fullsteam ahead with his plan to buy half the pub - despite the fact that it means being partners with his exwife. "Diane is a shedevil I know," he says confidently. Meanwhile, the younger she-devil, Jo (Roxanne Pallett, pictured), is putting temptation in the way of Andy by flaunting herself in short shorts and a plunging top. And Andy, as we know, can be led by the nose. Although, actually, in this case it's probably not his nose that's involved.

Coronation Street 7.30pm, ITV1

If Charlie had a moustache, surely he would twirl it like a silent-film villain who is about to tie a damsel to a railway track. …

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