Best on the Box highlights for Sunday, November 3rd and there is more coming-of-age adventures with The Young Offenders, an escape to the chateau and a look at Britney Spears’ very public breakdown.
ONE TO WATCH: BRITNEY AT BREAKING POINT, CHANNEL 5 at 9pm
In 2007, pop princess Britney Spears was at the centre of one of the most public high-profile celebrity meltdowns of all time. Using first-hand accounts from witnesses, this documentary reveals the barely believable sequence of events that became the most talked-about media story of the decade.
Stressed by the relentless press attention over her divorce and children, Britney Jean Spears embarked on an extraordinary series of events that created headlines across the world. This film explores the dramatic events of the time, up to her eventual hospitalisation and finally rehabilitation.
At the heart of the action were the paparazzi, dozens of whom followed her every move on the lookout for the perfect photo op. This was the era before social media took hold, so the paps were the gateway to celebrity access—and they struck tabloid gold with Britney on a descending spiral of erratic behaviours.
A beloved aunt’s death from cancer. The dramatic split from husband Kevin Federline. The custody battle over their children. The escape from rehab after less than a day. The shaved head, the spontaneous tattoo parlour visit, shaving her legs in public at the pool on the top of the Mondrian Hotel, assaulting a paparazzo with an umbrella, running over another pap’s foot, drawing the emergency services to her home, and much more.
For several months this behaviour created a media frenzy with few parallels in modern tabloid history. With contributions from some of the key players and celeb commentators, including gossip queen Perez Hilton and the model who played Britney’s boyfriend in her steamy video for “Make Me…”, Love Island’s hunky Paul Knops, this film reveals the truth behind the shocking headlines.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SUSAN COX POWELL, SKY CRIME at 9pm
It’s an unsolved mystery that’s steeped in tragedy as this two-part Sky Crime documentary reveals.
Susan was 28-years-old when she disappeared from her Utah home in 2009. Upon her disappearance, her husband Josh Powell was named as a suspect. However, more than two years later, and after an unsuccessful police investigation, the unthinkable happened: Josh took his own life along with the lives of his two sons.
This documentary mini-series attempts to uncover new details of the final years ofSusan’s life and contains home recorded footage taken by her father-in-law, Steven Powell, which paints a disturbing picture of aman with an unnatural and dangerous obsession.
ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU, CHANNEL 4 at 8pm
It’s winter at the chateau and the start of the Strawbridge family’s fifth year living in France.
With more weddings and events booked in than ever, Dick and Angel prepare for their busiest year yet. In order to feed a total of 1500 guests, Dick and Angel begin renovating the back of the basement, creating a brand-new state-of-the-art events kitchen.
Engineer Dick faces a complicated plumbing issue and there’s a kitchen design challenge for Angel. Not to mention how to lift a half-ton oven into place. All this must be done in a few weeks. ?But it’s not just the basement that demands Dick and Angel’s time, as there’s a delivery of a new colony of bees for the walled garden.
They also organise a magical birthday party for daughter Dorothy, and Dick and his son Arthur go on a boys’ shopping trip to the most famous kitchen shop in Paris.?
SEVEN WORLDS ONE PLANET, BBC ONE at 6.15pm
Asia – the most varied and extreme continent – stretching from the Arctic Circle to the equator.
Walrus gather in huge numbers in the frozen north and brown bears roam remote Russian volcanoes. This is a world of the rarely seen, from yeti-like monkeys in the mountain forests of China to the most bizarre predator in the baking deserts of Iran.
Asia is the largest of all continents. but it seems there’s not enough space for wildlife. The deep jungles provide sanctuary for the last few Sumatran rhinos.
THE YOUNG OFFENDERS, BBC THREE from TODAY ON THE iPLAYER
Created by Peter Foott, The Young Offenders tells the coming-of-age adventures of Conor (Alex Murphy) & Jock (Chris Walley) and their mother/guardian Mairead (Hilary Rose) as she tries to keep them on the straight and narrow.
The best friends navigate their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school, with the new complications of sustaining relationships and an impending new arrival!