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Alan Bennett’s Diaries This Christmas Eve on BBC-2

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A one off documentary looking at Alan Bennett’s life, using his diaries as a springboard, airs on BBC-2 on Christmas Eve at 8.00pm

At 82 Alan Bennett shows no signs of slowing down. Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, this 60 minute film shows Bennett as he’s never been seen before: following him to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond The Fringe, to accept an award from the city’s Public Library; to Shepherd’s Bush to record an episode of Private Passions for Radio 3 and open up about the importance of music in his life; to his local community-run library in Primrose Hill which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a Pizza Hut; to the East Coast railway line, which he’d like to see renationalised, and the village in Yorkshire he calls home.

Intimate encounters, filmed over the course of a year, reveal a writer who is bemused by his own popularity and is still as angry and irreverent in his 80s as he was in his 20s. Bennett speaks about his relationship with his partner of 23 years, Rupert Thomas, describes a recent trip to his barber in Camden Town, and confesses that he’s always wanted to keep a donkey.

Leafing through private photographs he reflects on his modest beginnings and his enduring gratitude to a Welfare State that paid for his education and looked after his parents in their old age. With a satirical force that has never left him, Bennett also attacks the politics of today.

Alan Bennett’s Diaries is directed by Bafta and Emmy Award-winning director Adam Low, produced by Martin Rosenbaum for Lone Star Productions, and commissioned for BBC Two by Mark Bell, Head of Arts Commissioning BBC.

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Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: Solo (ABC Jan 9, 2018)

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Kevin (Probably) Saves The World

Solo: As the newest substitute teacher at La Salle High School, Kevin tries to help an introverted student named Adam become more self-assured and popular. However, to do so, he must first pull off the second greatest freshman prank in the school’s history.

Meanwhile, Yvette contemplates life after the mission, and Amy and Nate struggle to plan the perfect first date.

Series: Kevin (Probably) Saves The World Season 1 Episode 11
Airdate: Tuesday January 2018 on ABC

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Bull: Grey Areas (CBS Jan 9 2018)

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Bull E.J.

Grey Areas: Bull takes a psychologist friend, Dr. Donovan Benanti, as a client when the therapist is sued for malpractice following a patient’s deadly rampage.

As Bull worries a trial loss could set new precedent regarding doctor-patient confidentiality, he aims to convince the jury that clinicians aren’t directly responsible for their patients’ actions.

Series: Bull Season 2 Episode 12
Airdate: Tuesday January 9, 2018

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NCIS: New Orleans – Identity Crisis (CBS Jan 9 2018)

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NCIS New Orleans

Identity Crisis: Sebastian receives a plea for help from his high school friend Adrian Conner after her business partner is killed at the Crescent City Gaming Convention. Also, FBI Special Agent Raymond Isler believes Adrian is a hacker the Cyber Crimes division has been tracking for years.

Series: NCIS New Orleans Season 4 Episode 12
Airdate: Tuesday January 9, 2018

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