Penny Woolcock is a gifted film-maker with a notable ability to win the trust of people largely ignored or reviled by society. Think of the brilliant Tina Goes Shopping and Macbeth on the Estate, where she befriended, mentored and encouraged ”real” people to act as a means of shining a light upon their own tough lives.
Woolcock’s work is always challenging and Going to the Dogs won’t send you happily to bed, as she explores the nature of Britain’s increasingly complex relationship with dogs. She focuses particularly on the “status symbol” breeds that are taught to fight.
Woolcock engages with people directly involved in dog fighting, illegal since 1835 but currently undergoing a bloody renaissance in British inner cities.
We’re now a mighty 13 series into the topical panel show, and Dara O Briain remains adept at shepherding his guests’ reactions to the news – part effective quickfire puns, part Radio 4-friendly cleverness and, yes, part borderline offensive nonsense – into a cohesive whole.
For the comedians who stand in front of Mock the Week’s lonely microphone, this isn’t a bad summer in which to start a new series. As expectant silence falls around them, the World Cup, immigration rows and the build-up to the Commonwealth Games and Scottish referendum are all there to be clutched at. Tonight, regulars Andy Parsons, Hugh Dennis and our cerebral host are joined by Milton Jones, Ed Byrne and Romesh Ranganathan, who’s also on tonight’s Playhouse Presents. Katherine Ryan is the solitary woman.
Charlotte and Mark are tired of renting property – they want somewhere of their own. So they’ve bought a lovely silver 1954 American Airstream caravan, which they plan to convert into a family home, spending just £5,000.
George Clarke is both delighted and flabbergasted, but Mark is determined to live the sylvan dream – he imagines living by a woodland stream, with running water and power from solar panels.
In Cornwall, John and Sally have bought a shipping container, which they think is ripe for conversion into a glamorous B&B.