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poking fun at the beeb

The Beeb continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BBC2 and lets Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have a pop at pretty much every major programme of consequence to have featured on the channel since 1964.

the stars come out for graham
The Graham Norton Show

(Friday. BBC1, 10.35pm)

It’s a startastic night with Norton as Tom Cruise and the great Emily Blunt promote their new sc-fi film Edge of Tomorrow while Seth McFarlane and Charlize Theron are touting A Million Ways to Die in the West. Oh, and Coldplay are on, too.

can’t hold a candle to gemma
The Duchess of Malfi

(Sunday. BBC4, 8pm)

John Webster’s 1614 play is a dark and brooding tale of murder and revenge and here it’s staged in the Sam Wanamaker theatre, a candlelit auditorium within the Globe in London. Gemma Arterton plays the title role and, really, what more could you ask for than Gemma Arterton bathed in candlelight?

Champions League Final

champions league final
(Tonight. RTE2, 7pm)

Estadio da Luz in Lisbon is the venue for the showpiece of world club football. The game itself is a mouthwatering prospect as Real Madrid seek to take the title for the tenth time, while their opponents just happen to be their neighbours and La Liga winners Atletico Madrid. Tasty.

bad medicine
Unreported World

(Friday. Channel 4, 7.35pm)

In Africa’s Drug Scandal’ we get to see harrowing footage from Senegal where cancer sufferers are left in agony due to being deprived of morphine, with doctors reluctant to prescribe the remedy due to fears of it being sold to drug addicts. And you thought things were bad with the HSE?

the butt stops here

Desire : the Seduction of Smoking

(Thursday. BBC2, 930pm)

As far back as the 1970s, Peter Taylor has been the scourge of Big Tobacco and here he weighs in on the subject of packaging and marketing, travelling to Australia to see how TV ads are used to dissuade new smokers.