Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jane Shilling's TV Choice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jane Shilling's TV Choice

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SHOW ME THE FUNNY 9PM, ITV1 Clever? Contrarian? Amusing? Let's hope so, as Jason Manford presides over a talent contest for stand-up comedians. Ten would-be entertainers try to raise a titter from a succession of hard-to-please audiences, including squiffy Welsh rugby players, a class of secondary school students and, tonight, a daunting crew of boot-faced ladies from Liverpool. Regular judges Alan Davies and Kate Copstock, and this week's guest judge, Jimmy Tarbuck, decide who to send home.

BRITISH MASTERS 9PM, BBC4 At the mid-point of his series on British art in the 20th century, Dr James Fox argues that in the anxious inter-war years, art helped define our national character (for the purposes of his argument he ignores the entire canon of English literature). So we have the troubled pastoral of John Nash, the optimism and raw truth-telling of Stanley Spencer, the resolute realism of William Coldstream and the extraordinary marriage of surrealism and the English landscape conjured by Paul Nash. …

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