Best on the Box highlights for Sunday September 22nd.

One to Watch: Tories at War, Channel 4 at 10pm

Who needs Dallas or Dynasty when you have the Conservative Party. Tories at War is a landmark documentary from director Patrick Forbes.

Filmed over the last nine months, it tells the inside story of the bitter hatreds that mark the Conservative Party’s struggle over the defining issue of the day – Brexit – with extraordinary access to Cabinet ministers, Brexiteers and Remainer rebels.

One minister sums up the story of the film, ‘The sadness of this documentary is that you are mapping the day-to-day slow death of the most successful political party in democratic history – and it’s entirely self-inflicted.’

Or as another put it, ‘It’s a shitstorm.’ Its cast includes Leader of the House, and arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, Remain rebels Sir Nicholas Soames and Anna Soubry, bitter critic Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan, outspoken Brexiteer backbencher Andrew Bridgen, and cabinet minister Nicky Morgan – her loyalties tested by the Prime Minister’s drive toward Brexit: ‘Do or Die’.

The documentary starts in January as Prime Minister Theresa May battles to sell her hard withdrawal agreement to an increasingly sceptical House of Commons. It ends as new Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces defeat after defeat in the courts and Parliament as he fights to save his vision of Brexit.

Sir Alan Duncan: ‘Boris is the architect of our difficulty. So I’m inclined to say to him: “you got us into this mess, mate. Now get us out of it”.’


McDonald’s vs Burger King, Channel 5 at 7pm

Another chance to see this documentary from earlier in the week. There was a time in the UK when Wimpy was the burger restaurant everyone flocked to. Then came the golden arches of McDonalds and the crown of Burger King to, frankly, kick Wimpy into the recycle bin.

From the Big Mac to the Whopper, its been a hard fought battle to be the best fast food outlet in the country, with McDonald’s dominating the market since the 1970s, however in recent years health-conscious foodies have been turning their backs on the fried fries and McNuggets. Burger King taking the opportunity to flaunt their flame-grilled burgers.

Having already looked at Aldi and Lidl in the series, this coming week the forthcoming episode takes a look at Pepsi V Coke-a-Cola – fizzy stuff.


Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, now streaming on Netflix

From director Davis Guggenheim comes Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, a new three-part documentary that explores the mind and motivations of celebrated tech visionary, business leader, and philanthropist Bill Gates.

After stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, Gates began what is undeniably one of the greatest professional second acts in modern history when he shifted his time and considerable intellect toward solving some of the world’s most persistent problems.

The series, in-depth and unfiltered in its depiction of a man’s life journey, both his triumphs and setbacks, offers unprecedented access to Gates as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems with the same level of optimism, curiosity, and fervor that inspired his original vision for Microsoft.

Interweaving these endeavors with personal moments, Inside Bill’s Brain draws on interviews with Bill and Melinda Gates in addition to their friends, family, and partners in philanthropy and business, creating an innovative and revealing portrait of a man who, after changing the world, might just change the way others see it.


Sanditon, ITV, STV and UTV at 9pm

Inspired by Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel, Sanditon is a compelling depiction of a developing Regency seaside town at the forefront of the great social and economic changes of the age. When a carriage accident introduces the young Charlotte Heywood to the Parker family, she embarks on a journey from the only home she has ever known to the seaside idyll of Sanditon.

Carried along by the enthusiasm of entrepreneur Tom Parker for the development of the once small fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, Charlotte quickly finds herself at the heart of a diverse and unexpected community.

Tonight in the fifth instalment tensions between Tom and his labourers erupt during the Sanditon cricket match. Charlotte and Sidney continue to clash resulting in Miss Lambe being placed in terrible danger. Lord Babington offers Esther a glimpse of a better future.


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