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Thursday 14 December 2017

Staying in tonight? Here's what to watch on the box

The Secret Life of Four-Year-Olds
The Secret Life of Four-Year-Olds
The Secret Life of Four-Year-Olds
Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra

The secret life of children, ALex Polizzi gets busy and a guide to Cleopatra

Alex Polizzi: The Fixer

BBC2, 8pm

Wakefield events company Balloonin Marvellous is run by husband-and-wife team Jo and Giuseppe, but they are struggling to pay the rent and have been forced to move their showroom into their own family lounge. Alex tries to get this small business to stand out by tapping into the very customer it’s trying to attract, and puts Jo’s flower-arranging skills to the test at a luxury florist.

 

The Secret Life of Four-Year-Olds

Ch4, 8pm

Documentary exploring the world of ten four-year-olds as they meet in a nursery rigged with cameras that capture every glance, whisper, tussle and emotion. With their parents watching on monitors, the children encounter one another for the first time in October and then again in May. Overseeing the action are two experts, educational neuroscientist Paul Howard-Jones and developmental psychologist Sam Wass, as the youngsters make and break friendships and find their place in this new social group.

 

Cleopatra: A Timewatch Guide

BBC4, 9pm

Vanessa Collingridge explores how the public’s view of Egyptian queen Cleopatra (played by Elizabeth Taylor, below) has changed over the years, from Roman propaganda through to Shakespeare’s portrayal and in the golden age of Hollywood, where she became a doomed romantic heroine. The presenter seeks the views of academics and refers to BBC

archives to explore Cleopatra’s personal life and role as a politician, charting how the leader’s image has been subject to myths and cliches.

 

The Gift

BBC1, 9pm

Mel Giedroyc and Matt Baker meet people who would like to find someone after many years so they can say thank you or sorry. In 1987, soldier Patrick Provis was left fighting for his life after being hit by an IRA mortar. But despite the danger, an Army helicopter crew flew in to rescue him, and Patrick can’t rest until he has thanked the person who took the decision to save him. Grace Bates has spent almost 60 years wanting to apologise to Herman, the first man she ever loved. They met as teens in the 1950s, but a terrible mistake by Grace left Herman heartbroken and he emigrated to America

 

Uncle

BBC3, 10pm

Return of the odd-couple comedy starring Nick Helm about the dysfunctional relationship between an uncle and his nephew, beginning one year on with 13-year-old Errol unable to pluck up the courage to ask Ben to drop the restraining order. Meanwhile, Sam is now a therapist while Andy is still stuck in a dead-end job and has lost his enthusiasm for songwriting.

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