Pay TV: Tuesday, February 5
The Conversation, Style, 8.30pm
British TV presenter Amanda de Cadenet gets some big names to join her on the couch in her intimate talk show – tonight’s first two guests are Jane Fonda and Gwyneth Paltrow. The show is filmed one-on-one, with no audience, and it’s clearly conducive to thoughtful and personal conversation. Unfortunately, de Cadenet seems too keen to immediately agree with everything her guests say. Tonight she agrees (as you’d hope) with Sarah Silverman’s thoughts about the way popular culture demeans women and tells young girls that being a bimbo is the way to go. But minutes later she’s even more enthusiastically agreeing with Zoe Saldana that breast implants empower women. When deCadenet goes as far as to assert that getting your boobs done is ‘‘a healthy response’’ to middle age, she gives even Saldana pause. It might be possible for an intelligent person to agree with both Silverman and Saldana to some degree. But articulating such a position would require nuance and qualification, neither of which de Cadenet seems interested in, despite having created the perfect setting in which to tease them out. Anyway, Fonda is fascinating talking about how what people need from relationships changes over the course of a long life, and Paltrow is also engaging talking about postnatal depression.
Bid & Destroy, National Geographic, 8.30pm
The antiques-hunting caper goes blue-collar as demolition contractors look for hidden treasures in buildings they’re about to demolish. There’s more in a similar vein in Abandoned at 9pm.