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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NATURAL WORLD: HELIGAN -- SECRETS OF THE LOST GARDENS 8PM, BBC2 It's not just the plants that are spectacular at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Twentyone years ago the 1,000-acre garden in Cornwall lay abandoned. Restored to their former grandeur by ex-record producer Tim Smit and his team, the gardens are now home to a throng of toads, badgers, foxes and owls. Charlie Hamilton James spent a year observing the lives of these secret residents of the gardens in detail.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? 9PM, BBC1 There's a nervous moment in J K Rowling's research into her past, when she has to tell the formidable curator of the National Archives in Paris that she's got the wrong bloke. J K's grandfather was indeed a Frenchman by the name of Louis Volant but the Louis Volant dug out by the archivist isn't him. Zut alors! So it's off to the military archives, where a nice shaven-headed Captain takes one look at the medal in J K's fist, which she thought was the Legion d'honneur, bestowed on Louis for wartime heroism, and announces that it's actually a trade union badge. …

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