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Stop All The Clocks: WH Auden In An Age Of Anxiety Premieres 30 Sep on BBC-2

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One off film WH Auden In A New Age Of Anxiety, airing on Saturday 30 September at 9.00pm on BBC-2, examines why Auden’s poetry still shines through in the 21st century.

Thirty years after his BBC film The Auden Landscape, director Adam Low returns to the poet and his work.

Following surges of popularity – from featuring in Four Weddings And A Funeral to being the poet New Yorkers turned to after 9/11 – Low reveals how Auden’s poetry helps us to better understand the 21st century and the tumultuous political climate in which we now live.

Why does the poet – who began as the golden boy of the 1930s and ended up as the craggy-faced laureate we never had – have a greater hold on our imaginations than ever before? Writers Alan Bennett, Polly Clark, Alexander McCall Smith and Richard Curtis and poets James Fenton and Paul Muldoon share their passion for Auden, and celebrate the potent, moving impact of his work.

During his lifetime, Auden was often an outsider. A gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Britain, he became an American citizen from 1946 and his reputation in Britain suffered disastrously from his decision to leave England in 1939 and to stay in America throughout the Second World War.

However, the popularity of Auden’s work has increased. A poet who coupled technical skill and emotional honesty and was able to engage simultaneously with the everyday and the universal; perhaps this is the reason he has remained relevant.

His particular combination of humanity and scepticism seems to appeal more and more to this generation, one surrounded by political uncertainty and assailed by anxiety about the future. This film probes the peculiar hold that this angry young man of the 1930s still has on our individual psyches.

Stop All The Clocks: WH Auden In An Age Of Anxiety airs on Saturday 30 September 2017 at 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.

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

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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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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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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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