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By The Sentinel  |  Posted: January 17, 2015
Josie Cunningham, who had a breast enlargement operation on the NHS
Martin Freeman, left, and Anthony LaPaglia in The Eichmann Show
The stars of Call the Midwife
Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Ceallach Spellman, and Julie Hesmondhalgh in
Josie Cunningham, who had a breast enlargement operation on the NHS
Martin Freeman, left, and Anthony LaPaglia in The Eichmann Show
DESCRIBED as the trial of the century, it was shown on TV in 37 countries
and was the first time the horrors of the Nazi death camps had been heard
directly from their inmates.
Adolf Eichmann's trial became the world's first ever global TV event, and
this one-off drama, starring Martin Freeman, tells the extraordinary story
of the production team that overcame enormous obstacles to capture the
testimony of one of the war's most notorious Nazis.
The Eichmann Show (BBC2, Tues, 9pm) takes us back to 1961 Jerusalem, as
groundbreaking TV producer Milton Fruchtman (Freeman) hires director Leo
Hurwitz (Anthony LaPaglia) to film the trial of the man charged by the SS
hierarchy with facilitating and managing the mass deportation of Jews to
ghettos and extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe during the
Second World War.
A momentous job, together Milton and Fruchtman must quickly train up an
inexperienced camera team and persuade the judges to let them film the
During the next four months, the hastily cut together highlights would have
a profound effect as day after day Holocaust survivors shared their shocking
testimony, and day after day Adolf Eichmann stunned the world with his
apparent lack of contrition.
People fainted when they saw it on TV and, for the first time, many began
sharing their Holocaust experiences.
And yet the extraordinary story of how the trial came to be televised and
the team that made it happen has never been told.
The Eichmann Show, screened as part of the BBC's commemoration of the 70th
anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, also stars Rebecca Front and
Peaky Blinders' Andy Nyman, as the hideous realities of a pivotal event are
brought to a new generation.
The contrast couldn't be greater, but Josie: The Most Hated Woman In
Britain? (C4, Thurs, 10pm) reveals how the fame hungry Josie Cunningham,
described more generally as 'NHS boob job scrounger Josie' became one of the
tabloids' favourite subjects after having a breast enlargement on the NHS.
Cunningham has attempted to stay in the spotlight by creating as much
controversy as she possibly can, posting a regular stream of outrageous
tweets, and even selling tickets to the birth of her baby.
Does she sum up everything wrong with modern shameless Britain? Or is she
simply a young mum grabbing her chance to provide a better life for her
We follow Josie and her agent as they try to play the media at their own
game, but at what cost?
Sixteen years after Queer As Folk exploded on to the screen, award-winning
writer Russell T Davies returns with Cucumber (C4, Thurs, 9pm), this time
exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life.
Forty-six-year-old Henry and long-suffering boyfriend Lance are happy and
settled, but when they embark on a disastrous date night, life will never be
the same again. At work, meanwhile, Henry is drawn to the enigmatic Freddie,
while Lance is intrigued by newcomer Daniel, but both new friendships are
set on a course to explode.
The cast for the eight-part series includes ex-Corrie actress Julie
Hesmondhalgh, Rufus Hound, and Ardal O'Hanlon.
Finally, fetch the towels and hot water as Call The Midwife (BBC1, Sun, 8pm)
returns, with freshly qualified nurse Barbara Gilbert arriving to take up
her position at Nonnatus House.
Extremely anxious to prove herself, a late night drinks party proves
disastrous and she's upset at having got off on the wrong foot.
Later, however, Barbara comes up with a clever scheme to help a new mother
overcome difficulties feeding her baby and earns the respect of her
Trixie, meanwhile, faces one of the most emotionally draining cases of her
career when a family of severely neglected children are discovered.
As she strives to restore the children's health and bring happiness into
their lives, Tom is filled with admiration for the woman he loves.
Altogether now - ah!

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