It's not truly feasible to "do" Prince in under 60 minutes, especially when recent George Harrison and Tom Petty documentaries have proved that with optimum footage, excellent witnesses and an edit born of love, even four hours doesn't quite nail a life less ordinary. Still, Prince: A Purple Reign (Fri, 9pm, BBC4) has a good go, despite not featuring a single word from the lilac imp himself.
There's a single frame in the opening moments, an old publicity shot from 1979 which I could stare at happily for 60 minutes. Prince is but a kid, him and friends Andre, Dez and Bobby Z pose in a grotty Minnesota bar, resplendent with flyaway proto-Princess Di hairdos, statement blusher, smudged guyliner, flasher macs and bare chests, in a mostly
I don’t know what the solution is because it’s impossible to please everyone. This year they obviously tried to appeal to the younger generations by having Anne Hathaway and James Franco host. I’ll give them points for trying, but in the end it all fell a bit flat. It’s a shame really. But c’est la vie, there’s always next year.
The highlights for me consisted of:
Christian Bale’s beard. And seeming to forget his wife’s name. Say what
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Espn: '2010 NFL Draft' -- Rounds 2 and 3
8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Wife Swap'
The CW: 'Smallville'
NBC: 'Who Do You Think You Are?' -- Two Hours
Cartoon Network: 'Ben 10: Ultimate Alien' and 'Generator Rex'
Disney: 'The Suite Life on Deck'
Nick: 'Big Time Rush' and 'Victorious'
9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' -- Season (series?) finale
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive'
Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
Cmt: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
Discovery: 'Swamp Loggers'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and 'The Life & Times of Tim'
National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
TeenNick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
Tlc: 'Say Yes to the Dress' -- Season premiere.
- If you look at the sort of politically charged docu films his film festival programs then it comes as little surprise that Robert RedfordRobert Redford
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