Best of the box: River, The Runaways and Gary Numan - Android in LA LA Land

Tom Dunne and Sue Murphy bring you the best of the box for the week ahead…

Not quite sure of what the best picks of the box are for this week? Or will you regret that you didn't record something when all of a sudden it's the talk of the town?

Fear not, the Tom Dunne Show has you covered.

Sue Murphy joined Tom to pick out the best of the box for the week ahead. You can find a link to the full podcast at the bottom of the page.

 

Online pick of the week

River, Netflix

John River is a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind - a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. A man who must walk a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that would cure him of his gift.

 

 

Picks of the week

Gary Numan - Android in LA LA Land, Friday, BBC4, 11pm

 

 

Gary Numan The Godfather of electronic pop music has moved home, lock stock and apparel to embark on a one-way trip to California, in search of a new life in the sun and new challenges in Hollywood. Android In La La Land explores life for Gary and his Numanoid family as they set up home in California and as Gary records his eagerly anticipated new album Splinter. With exclusive access to the Numan family as they unpack in California, the story unfolds at home, in the studio and on the road.

 

The Brits who designed the Modern World, Saturday, BBC2, 10pm

Arts reporter Brenda Emmanus meets and profiles Britain's 'Top 10' designers, to find out what inspires them to make such phenomenal objects. She reveals how designers have responded to society's evolving tastes, from the brash 60s modernism of Margaret Calvert's road signs through to the colourful technology of Rick Dickinson's ZX Spectrum. She also meets Britain's most prolific designer, Sir Kenneth Grange (Intercity 125, bus shelters, the Kenwood Chef...), as well as Andrew Ritchie, who gave the world the Brompton Bike.

 

Film of the week

The Runaways, Wednesday, Channel 4, 2am

This film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, as they rise from rebellious Southern California teens to rock stars of the legendary group that paved the way for future generations of all-girl bands. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley, who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself and so does its two leads: Joan is the band's pure rock 'n' roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

 

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