Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Must-See Shows

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Must-See Shows

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Joe Orton LAID BARE TONIGHT, BBC2, 9PM PLAYWRIGHT Joe Orton's career essentially only lasted four years - from 1963, when the BBC bought his breakthrough radio play The Ruffian On The Stair, to 1967 and his tragic death at the hands of his lover, Kenneth Halliwell.

Yet in that short space of time, he created a unique comic voice, played a significant role in the culture of 'swinging London', and left behind influential plays such as Loot and Entertaining Mr Sloane.

Fifty years on from his death, this documentary charts his meteoric rise and the circumstances surrounding his murder. It also features contributions from Kenneth Cranham, Michael Codron, Christopher Hampton, Patricia Routledge and Orton's sister, Leonie.

BLUE PLANET II TOMORROW, BBC1, 8PM FOOTAGE of wildlife inhabiting underwater kelp forests, including thousands of giant cuttlefish spawning along a restricted area of rocky reef off the south coast of Australia is on offer tonight.

Males outnumber females 11 to one, which leads to fierce competition.

SUPERSHOPPERS MONDAY, CHANNEL 4, 8.30PM NEW series. The consumer advice show returns with Anna Richardson joined by new co-presenter Sabrina Grant to provide the lowdown on favourite brands and retailers, as well as tips on how to get the best deals. In the first edition Anna and Sabrina look at supermarkets' own ranges. Plus, they offer advice on how to buy cheaper car insurance.

HOW TO SPEND IT WELL AT CHRISTMAS WITH PHILLIP SCHOFIELD TUESDAY, ITV, 8PM Christmas Phillip THE presenter reveals the must-have toys for Christmas 2017, and Jonathan Ross investigates this year's festive craze - the unicorn, as well as examining the revival of nostalgic toys from the past.

WALLIS: THE QUEEN THAT NEVER WAS WEDNESDAY, CHANNEL 5, 9PM SHE was the woman behind the biggest royal crisis of the 20th century, which saw her branded as a gold-digging social climber who set out to steal a king. …

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