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The Truth About Muslim Marriage (Channel 4 21 Nov 2017)

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Myriam François presents the results of a ground-breaking Channel 4 survey, which reveals that many Muslim women in Britain are unaware that their religious marriages are not recognised in British law, so they don’t have the same rights and protections afforded to couples in a legally recognised marriage. Myriam talks to women who – like her – had a nikah religious ceremony without having a civil ceremony as well.

Without this legal protection, women are unable, in the event of a divorce, to go to the Family Court where the judge would then have looked as a starting point at dividing their assets 50/50 depending on the needs of the couple and their children. Instead, if they cannot agree between themselves, couples who are not in a legally recognised marriage have to apply to the civil court for assets to be divided fairly, which can be time-consuming and costly. The programme also looks at why some women may prefer not to have a civil ceremony; and explores attitudes to polygamy. And it hears from academics, lawyers, imams and a group of Muslim women campaigning to update the marriage law to reflect multicultural and multi-faith Britain.

Presenter: Myriam François
Dir: Anna Hall
Exec Prod: Brian Woods
Prod Co: True Vision Aire

The Truth About Muslim Marriage airs Wednesday 21 November 2017 from 10.00pm-11.05pm on Channel 4.

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Feud: Bette And Joan Episode 2 airs 16 Dec on BBC Two

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Hot on the heels of the premiere episode of Feud: Bette and Joan, the story continues with episode 2 airing at 9.55pm.

Episode two. Filming has started on What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? and Joan (Jessica Lange) and Bette (Susan Sarandon) agree on at least one thing: that the very pretty young actress cast as the neighbour will have to go.

Jack Warner (Stanley Tucci) is delighted with the daily rushes and encourages director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) to add fuel to the actresses feud, to enhance their on-screen performances.

Pictured above is B. D. Hyman (played by Kiernan Shipka)

Feud: Bette And Joan Episode 2 (of 8) airs Saturday 16 December 2017 from 9.55pm-10.45pm on BBC Two.

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Feud: Bette And Joan Premieres 16 Dec on BBC Two

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The truly excellent eight part drama Feud: Bette and Joan, from Ryan Murphy and starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, premieres on BBC Two on 16 December at 9.00pm.

Episode one. 1962. Hollywood legend Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) realises that good roles are not being written for women of her age – and decides to find one for herself.

When she comes across the novel What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell, she knows that she has found the perfect part and convinces director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) to champion the movie.

But now she needs to bring her bitter Hollywood rival and star of equal magnitude Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) on board the project. Sparks are about to fly.

Beginning with Davis and Crawford’s collaboration on What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? and continuing long after the cameras stopped rolling, Feud: Bette And Joan explores with great style and wit how the two stars endured ageism, sexism and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.

The eight-part series from Ryan Murphy (The People vs OJ Simpson) also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Havilland, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell, Judy Davis as Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Stanley Tucci as Warner Bros. studio head Jack L. Warner, Jackie Hoffman as Mamacita, Crawford’s housekeeper, and Alison Wright as Pauline, Aldrich’s assistant.

Feud: Bette And Joan Episode 1 (of 8) airs Saturday 16 December 2017 from 9.00pm-9.55pm on BBC Two.

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Michael McIntyre’s Big Show Episode 5 (BBC-1 16 Dec 2017, with Miranda Hart)

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Michael McIntyre Big Show 16 Dec

In the fifth episode of this series, airing on Saturday 16 December at 9.00pm on BBC One, National treasure Miranda Hart bravely gives Michael her phone in Celebrity Send To All.

There’s music from global pop megastar Niall Horan and stand-up comedy from the hilarious Jason Manford.

Plus an A&E doctor is fooled into thinking the theatre is actually a grand hotel, in the most ambitious Unexpected Star surprise ever.

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show Episode 5 (of 6) airs on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC One.

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