TV Choice: Louis Theroux, Terminator Salvation & Ewan McGregor's missionBy Jon Nurse
April 26, 2012
Every week our square-eyed reporters take a look at what’s on TV – the highlights and the lowlights – and pick what they think you should watch or avoid.
Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Dementia, BBC Two, Thursday, 9pm
Louis Theroux has made some classic documentaries over the years, spending time with the late Sir Jimmy Savile, PR guru Max Clifford and Neil and Christine Hamilton.
His approach is like Marmite to viewers, some love it and some hate it, but there’s no denying his calm and understanding approach does bring a lot out in the characters he meets.
His new Extreme Love series examines mental disorders and Thursday’s episode explores the topic of dementia.
Louis travels to Phoenix, Arizona, to learn more about the condition that wears away the personality of its sufferer. It’s fascinating, although not easy viewing as he meets 69-year-old Gary who believes he’s serving in the military and denies ever marrying his wife.
Have I Got News For You, BBC One, Friday, 9pm
What's a good run for a TV programme? Three series? Five? How about 43?
Have I Got News For You is now 365 episodes young and is still as funny as the day it first aired.
Many have tried to emulate its success and humour, but few have come close. BBC Two’s Mock the Week is heavily scripted, while Channel Four’s 10 O’Clock Live feels more like a politicised whinge than the sharp satirical banter of Hislop and company.
It’s still the original and best comedy news quiz on the box. And, as is tradition, Paul Merton will probably win.
Terminator Salvation, Channel 4, Saturday, 9.30pm
Special effects have come a long way since Arnold Schwarzenegger murmured “I’ll be back” in 1984’s The Terminator.
The sci-fi film was an instant cult hit with its nightmarish vision of a world at war with machines.
James Cameron gave us a glimpses of the hellish war that man was left to battle after a nuclear holocaust.
Three sequels and 28 years later, Christian Bale picks up the lead in Terminator Salvation.
The bombs have fallen, the world is warped and it's there for all to see.
Make sure the surround sound is set up properly as this blockbuster really packs a punch.
Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission, BBC Two, Sunday, 9pm
It's eight years since Ewan McGregor teamed up with best friend Charley Boorman to travel the Long Way Round to New York.
The motorbike-based adventure proved the Scottish actor has true character to go with his charm and Ewan won over viewers with his endearing honesty.
The duo followed the journey up with a successive series, Long Way Down, which saw them hop aboard their bikes again to travel from John O'Groats to Cape Town.
This time McGregor is heading along to Congo River to deliver vaccines to some of the world’s remotest areas.
His travels bring him in contact with locals following extraordinary religions and he goes deep into the jungle looking for Pygmy tribes.