In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 5 November

Published every Sunday morning, here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

New York Daily News Front Page 31 October 2017
New York Daily News Front Page 31 October 2017

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

As these are picked primarily from UK sources, many programmes will not be available for download or streaming from outside the UK. All should be available for the next 30 days from the date of broadcast.  Some press articles may require a registration/subscription.

It has of course be an extraordinary week in politics on both sides of the atlantic. Special Counsel Robert Mueller served his first indictments in his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election. On this side of the pound the Westminster sex scandal continues to unfold and, on the basis of Sunday’s newspaper front pages, has a long way to go.

It is often said that people do their best work when they have something to fight against.  The Trump administration has prompted some excellent work by many American news outlets journalists.  Particular mention goes to the Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker and CNN’s Reliable Sources.  Though the same cannot be said for the likes of Fox News (prop: Rupert Murdoch) and The Wall Street Journal (prop: Rupert Murdoch). Some particular articles and sources of note from the past week:

Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments (The Washington Post)

Pod Save America: Indictments!

‘I want to quit’: Fox News employees say their network’s Russia coverage was ‘an embarrassment’ (CNN)

‘A Different Level Of Crazy’ Civil War at The Wall Street Journal (Vanity Fair)

“You can’t go any lower”: Inside The West Wing” (Vanity Fair)


The BBC’s blockbuster natural history series Blue Planet returned for a second series last week.  It’s impossible to criticise the scale of the project and stunning photography, though it’s a little frustrating that whilst it was filmed in UHD, it is only available in HD on the iPlayer.

Also returning last week, the eminently watchable Nigella Lawson in At My Table.

Channel 4’s First Dates returns with a celebrity special for Stand Up To Cancer.

BBC4 also premiers Queen Rock The World featuring previously unseen footage of Queen from the late 1970s.


The Modern Mann podcast meets former cabin crew Daisy White

The Media Masters podcast speaks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4 News

Also of note, Global Radio which owns some of the biggest commercial radio brands in the UK such as Capital, Heart and Smooth has soft-launched a new app which offers live streams of its radio stations and on-demand playlists to suit your mood / activity.

Printed Matters

The joke’s over – how Boris Johnson is damaging Britain’s global stature (New Statesman)

The Story of the Face by Paul Gorman review (The Guardian)

Kathy Burke: ‘Lifelong member of the non-pretty working classes’ (The Observer)

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