Welcome to our weekly What To Watch television and streaming guide. This week features coverage of Glastonbury Festival, the opening day of Wimbledon, Aids: The Unheard Tapes, The Offer and more.
BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds, 23-26 June
After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, Glastonbury Festival finally makes its long-awaited comeback. But if you weren’t one of the lucky few to secure a ticket to the belated 50th anniversary of the festival, fear not, as you can still catch the likes of headliners Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, and Kendrick Lamar from the comfort of your home. The BBC has promised to deliver over 35 hours of coverage throughout the festival, marking the first time the BBC has broadcast any music event in Ultra High Definition.
Charged – How the Police Try to Suppress Protest
Conway Hall Online, Sunday 26 June at 3 pm
As the UK government tries to suppress all forms of dissent, in their pursuit of more control, how do the police manage crowds, provoke violence and even break the law? Since the 1980s, under successive governments, the police have been allowed to suppress protests using aggressive tactics. Over the next forty years, those protesting against racism, unfair job losses, or draconian laws were subject to brutal tactics. Join Matt Foot, a criminal defence Solicitor, and Morag Livingstone, an award-winning documentary maker, as they discuss this highly controversial topic. Get tickets here.
Today at Wimbledon
BBC Two, Monday 27 June at 8:30 pm
Clare Balding presents the highlights of the opening day’s play at the All England Club, where the first round will get underway in the men’s and ladies’ singles. Novak Djokovic is scheduled on Centre Court to begin the defence of the title he has won in the last three stagings of the event.
Aids: The Unheard Tapes
BBC Two, Monday 27 June at 9:30 pm
Forty years ago, a mysterious disease first appeared in Britain’s gay community. As the Aids crisis grew, a group of pioneering researchers began recording audio interviews with infected gay men and their friends. The stories of men, including David, Pete, Tony and John, recorded at the time, are lip-synched by actors, giving first-hand insight into their lives.
Paramount+, available now
At the start of the 1970s, during the innovative New Hollywood film movement, Paramount Pictures decided they wanted to adapt Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. And what a journey that was. Miles Teller plays the producer Albert S. Ruddy, responsible for joining all the elements of the prospective film together. But many forces turn against him, including schisms over casting, directorial conflicts, and tensions with the real-life mafia.
V&A Online, Thursday 30 June at 4 pm
Join exhibition curators Christine Checinska and Elisabeth Murray for this talk as they explore the new exhibition, which features the work of iconic mid-20th century to contemporary African creatives through photographs, textiles, music, and the visual arts. Get tickets here.