Murdoch Mysteries is pretty much Midsomer Murders in a petticoat. You get a murder per episode, with the mystery solved by a canny detective and his entourage of lovable sidekicks. The setting is Toronto, Canada, at around the turn of the 20th century, but the show is gleefully anachronistic. Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is a 19th century tech head who solves his cases using the most advanced technology of his day (fingerprinting) and quite a bit of technology of the future (night-vision goggles). Meanwhile, the good detective's wife, Julia Ogden (Helene Joy), is a blue-stockinged suffragette who, despite her sex, has somehow managed to become a pathologist and psychiatrist. (This is not as far-fetched as it might seem – in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from medical school in the US.) But realism isn't the point here; Murdoch Mysteries is a romp. However grisly the crime of the week, things always work out all right in the end – except, of course, for the corpse and the crim. LS
Finding Escobar's Millions
Thursday, Discovery, 8.30pm
It's the most fascinating reality-TV idea in ages: two former CIA agents head to Colombia to see whether they can unearth some of the countless millions of dollars of cash and gold that drug lord Pablo Escobar buried about the place in the 1990s. Under Colombian law, 95 per cent of anything they find must be handed over to the government, but that other 5 per cent could still be a very sizeable amount – and could provide some serious motivation for the locals they promise to share it with. Tonight the CIA men, Douglas Laux and a chap going by the fake name of Ben Smith, head to Medellin to see whether any of Escobar's old minions can lead them to a stash. When their excavation of a field in which Escobar reportedly had people murdered and buried with their motorcycles starts turning up motorcycle parts you'll get chills. BN
The Truth about Fussy Eaters
The idea that fussy eating might be a psychological disorder rather than a childish whim will doubtless be greeted with scepticism in many quarters. According to this documentary, that's part of the problem for sufferers of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, a recently listed condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The parents interviewed tell stories of doctors who dismissed their concerns about their children's eating habits. "They'll grow out of it," they were told again and again. Jake, one of the documentary's young subjects, didn't grow out of it. He survived into his teens on a diet of chicken nuggets, white bread and chips. Then he went permanently blind from malnutrition. We hear from medical specialists and counsellors working on ways of tackling the issue. It's an interesting examination of the line between problem and pathology. LS
Bad Neighbours (2014)
Bad Neighbours begins with a pair of young parents, Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne), who are still adjusting to a home in the suburbs, traditional family roles and the responsibility of a baby, learning that the home next door has been leased by a party-obsessed university fraternity. The couple are both excited by their proximity to youthful excess and worried about disruption, and the relationship soon sours with chief frat boys Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco) turning pranks into tit-for-tat sabotage. What's particularly notable about Nicholas Stoller's madcap but sharply observed comedy is how it thankfully portrays Kelly as a woman who embraces the battle, partially because it provides a means of escape from a stay-at-home life that is slowly driving her crazy. It's Kelly, not Mac, who escalates the situation, and Byrne's eruptive comic energy tightens up a broad comedy. CM
007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.
Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.
"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.
"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."
Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".
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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.
Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship
Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..
Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.
The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.
But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.
The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.
Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".
"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.
"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.
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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman
Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..
Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.
The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.
Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.
On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.
Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.
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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.
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