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by Rohin on 15th May, 2006 at 12:49 am    

Just a whistlestop tip off about cool TV this week.

This Friday brings the life of Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan to BBC 2, at 9pm (The Princess Spy). Born in Moscow and brought up in France by an Indian Muslim royal father and a white American mother, Khan was a descendant of the legendary Tipu Sultan…

A Red Cross nurse, she escaped to England when Germany invaded France and from there she was recruited to Churchill’s secret Special Operations Executive. She became the first female agent parachuted into France and she worked as a network radio operator for the Resistance. Betrayed, captured and tortured, she revealed nothing and after ten months of detention she was shot in the neck by an SS officer. She posthumously won the George Cross and the French Croix de Guerre.

Channel 4’s Unreported World, at 7.35pm on Friday, features shocking footage from the first few days of the Nepalese protests. The crew were the first foreign TV team able to spend time with the Maoist militia as the demonstrations kicked off.

But surely the most unmissable event this week is on Thursday, as at 10.15-11.35pm Channel 4 tries to Bring Back The A-Team. Justin Lee Collins runs into mixed fortunes as he tries to re-unite the living cast members of the 80s’ greatest TV show. RIP Colonel, you’ll always be a foo to me.

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  1. Zak — on 15th May, 2006 at 4:29 am  

    Yup the A team is must see TV..George Peppard RIP

    Have you seen the new Battlestar Galactica Dirk benedicts character has been made female in the reimagining..and he was NOT happy about that..

  2. Jai — on 15th May, 2006 at 9:54 am  

    =>”Have you seen the new Battlestar Galactica Dirk benedicts character has been made female in the reimagining”

    Yep he wasn’t too thrilled about it was he, although they’ve actually done a very good job of developing the new Starbuck’s personality. In some ways she’s not that different to the original version, although in line with the new series her character’s a little more conflicted and realistic. She’s quite complex — and, surprisingly, the most religious person out of the main heroic characters.

    When the new BSG first started I was sceptical too about the fact that they made her female, but they’ve managed to pull it off.

  3. sonia — on 15th May, 2006 at 11:12 am  

    she sounds very interesting..

  4. Jai — on 15th May, 2006 at 12:10 pm  

    True, Sonia — she does grow on you a bit ;)

    Like the original version, she does drink & smoke too much (cigars again !) and sleeps around too, but the twist is that she’s very idealistic indeed underneath it all. Without giving away too many plot details if you haven’t seen the new series, it was actually Starbuck who became the most emotional — and figured everything out before everyone else — when the religiously-based answers to the “location of Earth” puzzle finally fell into place.

    The new BSG didn’t come top of the list of Time Magazine’s “Television shows of 2005″ for nothin’, y’know ;)

  5. Sunny — on 15th May, 2006 at 1:47 pm  

    When the story about Noor Inayat Khan first came out, about two years ago I think, I had planned to pitch her life as a documentary. We did some research on her too, believe me when I say she had a very fascinating life. She was the granddaughter of the legendary Tipu Sultan and the only Asian woman in the war to be awarded a post-humous Victoria Cross.

    The BBC page does not do her any justice at all. She fought for the British army and went into France to serve as a spy and got caught by the Gestapo and eventually executed by them. I believe she still has some family left in Germany or India.

    Bloody… I would have sold it as a much better doc than these Timewatch fools!

  6. Rohin — on 15th May, 2006 at 2:02 pm  

    *George Cross Sunny. I believe only 4 women were awarded the George Cross for service in WWII and I think Khan is the only woman to have won both the George Cross and the Croix de Guerre.

  7. Sunny — on 15th May, 2006 at 2:07 pm  

    Doh! I swear I’m blind and didn’t see that above. The woman done well.

  8. sunray — on 16th May, 2006 at 10:35 pm  

    “Born in Moscow and brought up in France by an Indian Muslim royal father and a white American mother,”

    I dont know if you wrote this yourself. But have you noticed how the media segregates Muslims. May its just my thinking. What I mean is if she was a Hindu would you equally write

    “Born in Moscow and brought up in France by an Indian HINDU royal father and a white American mother,”

    Does stressing her religion bear any importance to the article or herself.
    Why was the mother not called American Christian/or Muslim mother?

    Not a dig at you or the article but just a comment in general.
    Should media stop segregating Indians as Hindus and Muslims in their articles.

  9. Rohin — on 17th May, 2006 at 12:03 am  

    “What I mean is if she was a Hindu would you equally write

    “Born in Moscow and brought up in France by an Indian HINDU royal father and a white American mother,””

    Yes, I would. Neither Hindu nor Muslim offspring often become British spies, hence I highlighted it. Makes the story more interesting.

  10. Jay Singh — on 17th May, 2006 at 1:28 am  


    The media takes its cue from what Muslims see themselves as. Over the last 16 years there has been a drift away from Muslim Asians describing themselves as Asian first and priveliging Islam as their primary identity. The media just follows that. That is why the religion is put forward as the most important identifier for stories like this. To a lesser extent the same has happened with Hindus and Sikhs. It is all part of the communalism of British Asian life that has happened since the Rushdie affair. You’ll find that it is the case generally.

  11. justforfun — on 17th May, 2006 at 10:20 am  

    Jay its a positive feedback cycle with the media.

    People, who are indifferent to their religious identity and i think that is the majority for all walks of life and just want to get on life, keep being asked for their opinion and feel somehow they have to make a choice. The media have just constantly picking over this bone and everyone is being worked up into a hypersensitive state. Since Sept 11 2001 - it has been 5 years of relentless comment & drivel (current company excepted :-) ).

    Please can we have a moratorium for just one day when we don’t mention the ‘R’ word. Please, Pretty Please. My copy of Thomas Paine’s ‘The Age of Reason’ is my bullet proof vest and I would like to go out one day without having to wear it.


    PS - Jay - I think the Rushdie affair was just the first manifestation of this creeping religiousity in the West but it had been happening for the decade before in the East in various forms.

  12. justforfun — on 19th May, 2006 at 9:05 pm  

    On BBC 2 now - Friday 19th 9.00 pm


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