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Walter Presents: Mr Avila – Surprise Party premieres 21 Nov on Channel 4

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Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this dark crime drama from Mexico. Mr Avila tells the story of a middle-class family man who is a life insurance salesman, husband and father, but leads a double life as a hitman for hire in a criminal organisation.

At first glance, Avila’s life is no different from that of any other citizen in a big city. But creating this illusion of normality has not been easy, and preserving it is about to become even harder. Avila is married to Maria and they have a teenage son, Emiliano. Avila even has a mistress, Maggie, who works with him at the insurance office. Yet this disguise as a commonplace individual conceals a ruthlessly efficient executioner: a professional hitman. To keep up appearances, Avila prepares a surprise party for Maria, who is gradually being devoured by anxiety and marital tedium. The festivities turn out to be brief, as she is overwhelmed by the surprise and passes out cold.

Meanwhile, teenager Ismael visits an undertaker to ask the mysterious Mr Moreira to arrange the funeral of someone who isn’t dead yet. Hitman Ibarra is getting ready to execute a contract, but the years are about to present him with a long overdue bill, one that will put his friendship with Avila to the test.

Starring Tony Dalton, Nailea Norvind, Carlos Aragon, Adrian Alonso, Jorge Caballero, Hernan Mendoza, Emilio Guerrero, Veronica Falcon and Fernando Becerril. In Spanish with English subtitles.

After the premiere of episode one on Channel 4, the full series will be immediately available, free to view or download, on All 4.

Walter Presents: Mr Avila – Surprise Party airs Wednesday 21 November from 11.05pm-12.10am 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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