Paul Schofield is Thomas More, wearing a football boot on one leg and a cricket pad on the other, telling a drumstick-tossing Robert Shaw where to stick his decree nisi. Leo McKern is Thomas Cromwell, Orson Welles takes the Terry Scott part, and Susannah York, John Hurt, Corin ‘zero fame’ Redgrave and Yootha Joyce pitch in for a by-the-book slice of historical pageantry, complete with that early parliament set that looks like a cattle market.Read More
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When Ali Came To Britain
Friday, 23.00, ITV
As the obituaries have mentioned, while his home country was often cool towards him, mostly thanks to his views on Vietnam, in Britain Ali was always hugely popular, and he appreciated that as well, coming back as frequently as he could. Often that would be to appear on TV but he also did lots of work to help charities and promote the value of sport, the most famous man in the world thinking nothing of nipping off to a grotty gym or boys’ club to meet his adoring and often unsuspecting public, as this repeat illustrates.
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