Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pick of the Night:

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pick of the Night:

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A Class Apart 8.30pm, BBC1 The availability of good-quality secondary education is a serious issue. Alas, it is pretty much impossible to take this one-off drama remotely seriously.

That's not to say it isn't fun, or easy to watch, but it appears to have about as much relevance to current educational issues as Pretty Woman did to the life of a working girl in LA.

Jessie Wallace stars as Candy, a single mum determined to get her son, Kyle, into a decent school. As good fortune would have it, worthy public-school headmaster Anthony (Nathaniel Parker, right, with Wallace) takes an interest in Candy's case.

Before you can say "My Fair Lady", Anthony bets his colleague he can transform Kyle's fortunes and Kyle is enrolled at the posh college.

Kyle finds it hard to combine a life of Latin by day and petty burglary by night; Candy finds it hard to open her mouth without a tirade of shouty cliches spouting forth. Anthony fancies Candy; dark forces conspire to bring down Anthony's lofty aims.

Yes, it's join-the-dots stuff. Wallace and Parker go through their familiar Kat Slater/Inspector Lynley motions, and the story rolls along predictably.

It's diverting for 90 minutes, though, pepped up no end by George Cole's Daley-esque turn as Candy's ex-con grandpa.

Elle: Super Business Model 7pm, BBC2 The Money Programme - these days about as far away from pie charts and worthy reports on interest rates as it's possible to get - follows supermodelturned-entrepreneur Elle MacPherson (below) as she launches her new upmarket lingerie range.

Her established underwear business, Intimates, generates [pounds sterling]40 million a year, but MacPherson is intent on building a company that outlasts her own fame.

As if that wasn't enough, she is also promoting beauty products and relaunching a surf-wear brand. …

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