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Telly Today: From guitar riffs to witchcraft


Telly Today: From guitar riffs to witchcraft

TV Highlights for Friday, November 24th…


Unreported World visits a coven of self-proclaimed witches who are determined to open Romania’s first-ever witch school.

Ashionye Ogene examines whether their novel approach could help thousands of women left behind by Romania’s education system. On the outskirts of Bucharest lies the family home of a woman claiming to be Europe’s most powerful witch. It’s here that Miheale Minca is planning an ambitious but controversial school that she hopes will give women from her minority Roma community a new chance at life.

Half of the Roma gypsy community live below the poverty line, and most drop out of education due to poverty, discrimination and early marriage.

In a deeply superstitious country, Ogene meets one of the school’s first trainees, who is learning the art of rituals and potions that she hopes will win her wealthy clients at home and abroad. But not everyone is convinced by the magic the school offers. Witchcraft was forbidden during the communist era, and some politicians have tried to ban the practice altogether.

The school also flies in the face of the Orthodox Christian church which believes that witchcraft is an abomination. Ogene meets one priest who has been exposing what he believes are the disingenuous practices of so-called witches.

Channel 4, 7.30 pm


Based on Claudia Piñeiro’s renowned novel, Elena Knows tells the spellbinding story of a mother trying to understand her daughter’s death while she battles the physical challenges caused by her rapidly advancing disease.

Elena searches for the person responsible for her daughter Rita’s sudden death. Despite the fact that she has a terminal diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, she assumes the role of detective when she doesn’t get any answers. Seeking help from an old friend of her daughter’s, she travels by train from the suburbs to the capital. As she searches for the truth, memories inevitably force her to confront the type of mother she was.

Streaming on NETFLIX from today


Sky Arts today reveals which iconic guitar solo takes the top spot according to the UK public. The survey results celebrate Greatest Guitar Riffs, a three-part documentary series which begins tonight. Among the more modern tunes to feature in the top 40 were Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under, Pharell Williams and his track Happy and Arctic Monkeys with Do I Wanna Know.

The episodes each unpick the workings of some of the most famous riffs in musical history, taking audiences on an exhilarating journey which tracks the personal impact of the guitar riff on three legendary guitarists – Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, The Police’s Andy Summers and Heart’s Nancy Wilson.

In this first episode, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi pulls back the curtain on the creation of Sabbath’s classic riffs and the creation of heavy metal, delving into tracks including Paranoid, War Pigs and Iron Man. He’s also joined by Queen’s Brian May for an exclusive jam session.

In a Sky Arts poll, Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns n’ Roses was deemed the best guitar riff of all time – more than 35 years after it was released. A poll of 2,000 music fans saw Prince’s Purple Rain voted in second place, with Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits taking third.

Sky Arts, 9 pm


Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker return for another episode in the 29th series of The Last Leg.

Offering their unmatched satirical insight into current world events, Adam, Josh and Alex are joined by weekly guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment and politics to help dissect the biggest news stories of the week.

As ever, the hashtag #isitok paves the way for the gang to round up, examine and explain the week’s leading and most entertaining news stories via their acerbic wit, enlightening discussions and unique sketches. This week, they’re joined by Katherine Ryan, Martin Lewis and Nabil Abdulrashid.

Channel 4, 10 pm

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