Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV Choice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV Choice

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Byline: JANE SHILLING

A CULTURE SHOW SPECIAL -- BBC SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 11.20PM, BBC2 The BBC sponsors the Samuel Johnson Prize, so it seems a pity that Andrew Graham-Dixon's report on the winners and runners-up is scheduled to go out at this graveyard hour. Evan Davis chairs the ceremony. The shortlist includes A Gambling Man, Jenny Uglow's account of the first decade of Charles II's Restoration, and Blood Knots, Luke Jennings's wonderful memoir.

SHANGHAI TALES 9PM, BBC4 In a practice hall in Shanghai, a man is bellowing at a little girl, standing on a platform high above him. "Hi! Xu Lu!" he yells. "Pull yourself together! If you're not caught, fall in the right way! Don't close your eyes!" Obediently, the child launches herself off the trapeze rig. Again she falls into the safety net. And again. And again. If you ever dreamed of running away to join the circus, this film about the Shanghi Circus school will make you glad you didn't. …

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