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Glastonbury: 50 Years and Counting | BBC Two 19 June 2022

Glastonbury: 50 Years and Counting | BBC Two 19 June

In a film three years in the making, producer/director of the acclaimed David Bowie Five Years trilogy Francis Whately creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of Glastonbury for this social and musical history of (probably) The World’s Greatest Music Festival, as told through the testimony of its principal curators, Michael and Emily Eavis, and the artists who’ve appeared there over the years.

This is not a chronological plod through the festival’s evolution, so much as a thematic and story-driven exploration of the peaks and troughs, the agonies and the ecstasies, that have shaped its many eras. Balancing the driving forces of social conscience and hedonism, Glastonbury has always been both a world apart and a barometer of the state of the nation. Cameras take viewers backstage and deep into the archive to reveal the forces that have driven this alternative nation between utopia and dystopia, the Greatest Night Of Your Life and a Muddy Field In The Middle Of Nowhere.

Opening with Billie Eilish and Stormzy backstage in 2019, viewers are almost immediately plunged into the nuclear threat that drove Glastonbury’s alliance with CND in the early 1980s, before meeting Johnny Marr and Mike Joyce of The Smiths who share how their 1984 slot reconnected this hippie gathering with the musical zeitgeist.

The template of Glastonbury’s combination of social conscience and musical immediacy has been set. The film then journeys back in time to the first Glastonbury festivals – the inspirations of dairy farmer Max Yasgur’s Woodstock in 1969 and the nearby Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music down the road in Shepton Mallet in June 1970 – swiftly followed by Michael Eavis’ pastoral village fete in Pilton a couple of months later, which was intended to pay off the mortgage on Worthy Farm and trade upon the Utopian vibes of the mystic Vale of Avalon. Then it’s onto 1971’s free Glastonbury festival of liberty and lawlessness, as recalled by singer-songwriter Linda Lewis, who hung out with David Bowie and sang with Terry Reid that year.

Talking in the film, Michael Eavis says: “It’s an unusual model really that we’re running here but that’s why it works I think. Three million people want to come to this event, which is a huge number, because of what it offers them I suppose… isn’t that enough for me? Don’t you think so? I think that’s plenty, come on, for a chap that’s 86, 87… to be satisfied with my life, surely.”

The rollercoaster ride escalates as Glastonbury takes on Maggie Thatcher, embraces the travellers then eventually drives them off, while keeping the determined talents that will enrich the festival’s extracurricular offering at Lost Vagueness, Block9, Arcadia, Pangea, and Carhenge.

Dance culture, drugs, Britpop and Blair, Radiohead and rain, The Fence, Jay Z, the arrival of television and identity politics are woven into a tapestry told by the Eavis family, the event’s many curators, and the musicians – Thom Yorke, Florence Welch, Dua Lipa, The Levellers, Aswad, Orbital, Fatboy Slim, Linda Lewis, Noel Gallagher, Ed O’Brien, Chris Martin, and Stormzy all tell it like it is.

Throughout, unfolding events are orchestrated by a Greek chorus of apposite stage performances from the likes of Dave, Sinead O’Connor, Massive Attack and Arthur Lee & Love, which often float free from the year they were given to soundtrack the politics and the emotions of Glastonbury’s struggles with a wider Britain.

The film dramatizes the forces that have kept Glastonbury Festival moving forward despite the threats that have sought to destroy its magic. So much has changed in the 50 years and counting of the festival’s journey, yet so much has remained constant. At the heart of the film is an emerging portrait of dairy farmer and impresario Michael Eavis – who CND’s Bruce Kent describes as “a funny little man”, Cinemageddon’s Joe Rush as “an anarchist”, and Block9’s Gideon Berger as “fantastically open-minded” – and his daughter, Emily.

Glastonbury Festival began as Michael’s money-spinner and has morphed into a vast wonderland where he’s brave enough to enable all kinds of music and all manner of fun which don’t always sit easy, either with his personal taste or his Methodist conscience; while Emily now curates the diverse artist bookings and drives the festival’s progressive environmental approach.

Producer/Director: Francis Whately; Executive Producer: Mark Cooper for BBC Studios

June 19 @ 21:00
21:00 — 22:45 (1h 45′)

BBC Two

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Cryptocurrency : Has The Bubble Burst ? | Channel 4 9 August 2022

Junior Bake Off | Channel 4 28 January 5:00pm
Ade Adepitan finds out how to make money in the high-stakes crypto market – and how easy it is to lose it all. An estimated three million Brits have invested in cryptocurrency. But many of us – like Ade – don’t really understand how it works. To discover how crypto can make you rich and how to avoid its many pitfalls, Ade seeks advice from people with very different experiences of the crypto world – the believers and the sceptics. Ade even invests some of his own hard-earned cash, unaware that the cryptocurrency market is about to undergo a massive crash. Is this the end of the cryptocurrency dream? Or is it just a temporary downturn in this volatile new market? On a country estate in the Cotswolds, Ade meets multi-millionaire Jon Joseph Bourgerie, who is so convinced that crypto is the future of money, he’s sunk $1 million into it. In east London, Ade visits 23-year-old grime artist Tarm, who says crypto changed his life. But not everyone is convinced that crypto is a force of good. Ex-City trader Gary Stevenson thinks crypto is a dangerous pyramid scheme: ‘People who buy Lamborghinis with crypto, they put it on Instagram; and people who lose their life savings don’t.’ And lawyer Charlotte Hill warns of the high risk of being scammed in the crypto market. Prod/Dir: Sam Palmer; Prod: Beth Read; Exec Prod: David Wise; Prod Co: Parable

August 9 @ 22:00
22:00 — 23:05 (1h 5′)

Channel 4

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The Supervet : Noel Fitzpatrick | Channel 4 12 August 2022

The Supervet : Noel Fitzpatrick | Channel 4 12 August
Series 17 Episode 4

The brand-new series of The Supervet concludes, showcasing the extraordinary work of veterinary surgeon Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and his team at his unique veterinary specialist practice. In this episode, we meet one-year-old bouncy golden retriever Bertie, who has a special relationship with mum Rachel, who found him eight months after being widowed. Bertie developed a dislocated hip joint and curvature of his spine at just 10 weeks old and is in a lot of pain. Noel faces two challenges: to find an implant to treat Bertie’s arthritis and prevent his hip from dislocating, and to manage the effect of Bertie’s spinal deformity over time. Noel creates a custom-made hip socket to fit Bertie’s unusual shape, but the stakes are high. If surgery fails, Rachel may have to face saying goodbye to her soulmate. Trusty Tibetan terrier, nine-year-old Sunny, originally came to Fitzpatricks after previous knee surgery elsewhere had failed. Noel identified multiple problems affecting the connective tissue of both Sunny’s knee and wrist joints, rendering him almost immobile. Noel performs a total knee replacement on the right side using an implant system he developed, called a rotating hinge. The initial operation is successful, and a second procedure is planned after a three-month recovery period. But suddenly, on the verge of the operation, Noel discovers a flare-up of the auto-immune inflammatory arthritis in Sunny’s carpi, which casts a dark cloud over his future once again. Edith, an enthusiastic four-year-old springer spaniel and sock stealer extraordinaire, hurt her back two years ago and, despite no definitive diagnosis from numerous other vets, mums Val and Tara are convinced she is masking a problem. With the aid of a unique mechanism of performing dynamic MRI scans, which Noel developed, the team at Fitzpatricks can mimic the position of her lower back when she is in a jumping position, which reveals the cause of the problem: a bulging disc is compressing nerve roots in Edith’s spine and causing significant sciatic nerve pain. Val and Tara decide to opt for surgery, and one of Noel’s hugely successful inventions, a Christmas tree-shaped spacer screw, opens up the disc space between the vertebrae at the lumbosacral junction. Noel uses screws, clamps and rods to fuse Edith’s vertebrae, keeping the holes for the nerves open. Val and Tara have an anxious wait to find out whether Edith may be finally free from pain. Prods/Dirs: Leon Dean, David Harris; Series Prod/Dir: Freddie Foss-Smith; Exec Prods: Alex Sutherland, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick; Prod Co: Blast! Films

August 12 @ 20:00
20:00 — 21:00 (1h)

Channel 4

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My Life is Murder | Alibi 10 August 2022

My Life is Murder | Alibi 10 August 2022
Ex-cop Alexa Crowe (Lucy Lawless) returns to her New Zealand roots with her partner-in-crime-solving (Ebony Vagulans), but she must face her past for a true fresh start.

Series 2 Episode 2

Ocean’s Apart: Alexa’s investigation into the death of a surfing champion brings her back to an old childhood haunt. She tries to uncover what the victim’s influencer girlfriend is trying to hide.

August 10 @ 22:00
22:00 — 23:00 (1h)

Alibi

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