February 2015 highlights
Antiques Roadshow Series 34 (28 episodes)
Sundays at 10:35 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv
A national and international treasure, Antiques Roadshow has been thrilling the public for more than 30 years, attracting large crowds intent on finding out what their possessions are worth.
This series introduces “Basic, Better & Best”, a guessing game to identify three seemingly identical antiques – one being a commonly owned antique, another of greater value and one which is the most prized piece sought after by collectors.
From stunning Hever Castle, to the All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon, the team continue their search for precious heirlooms in Britain’s most beautiful and iconic venues.
Star finds include a six-figure silver travelling case, once owned by the Spencer and Churchill family, a priceless collection of compacts and a precious paperweight, once used for juggling!
The Honourable Woman Series 1 (8 episodes)
Double bills from Sunday 8 February at 21:15 on BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DStv
Written and directed by Bafta winner Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, this series is a fast-paced thriller set against an international backdrop.
As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the armed wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Now in her late thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. An independent entrepreneur, equal parts idealist and pragmatist, she has worked tirelessly to help cultivate an atmosphere of reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Ennobled for her campaigning work, the newly-made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her as she awards a highly lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman. When he is subsequently killed, Nessa and her brother Ephra come under the renewed close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service.
Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage, this is the story of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life. From the corridors of governmental power to the sibling dynamic that bonds the Stein family’s private purpose, Whitehall and MI6, Washington and the CIA, The Palestinian Authority and a Gaza safe-house – the visual backdrop of Hugo Blick’s compelling drama is as stunning and refined as the story that drives it.