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Wonderland: The Man Who Eats Badgers and Other Strange Tales

BBC 2 at 9:50pm (Other show times...)

Wonderland: The Man Who Eats Badgers and Other Strange Tales

This eclectic, observational documentary series has been quite a hit with the critics. Described as "fascinating" and "brilliant", tonight's episode - about residents on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, is especially noteworthy.

To most people, the A and B roads scored across the bleak and lonely grassland of Bodmin are a way of getting from one side of the Moor to the other, but, to Arthur Boyt, they are more like a chain of exotic delicatessens. Unlike most meat-eating Britons, Arthur never goes into a butcher's shop. He gets his meat by scooping up the carcasses of animals crushed under the wheels of passing traffic. It is a diet as varied as it is strange, and he boasts a taste for the meat of cat, barn owl, squirrel and hedgehog, as well as badger.

However, after years of harvesting the Cornish tarmac, his lifestyle is suddenly under attack. His wife - a vegetarian - is not impressed. And Arthur has started receiving abusive and threatening nuisance calls at their isolated moorland cottage. But, as the bizarre phone siege of their property mounts, it is clear there is one thing Arthur will never contemplate: changing his diet.

As well as Arthur, film-maker Daniel Vernon meets Clifford (the self-appointed guardian of the Moor and a man who spends much of his life following up reports of panther sightings); father-and-son farmers Peter and Simon; and local detective Barry. Vernon finds surprising patterns in the lives and behaviour of the men who have chosen to live in such a remote outpost of Britain.

Highly recommended.

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Wonderland: The Man Who Eats Badgers and Other Strange Tales

Wonderland: The Man Who Eats Badgers and Other Strange Tales

BBC 2 at 9:50pm

This eclectic, observational documentary series has been quite a hit with the critics. Described as "fascinating" and "brilliant", tonight's episode - about residents on Bodmin Moo...

Afghan Heroin: The Lost War

Afghan Heroin: The Lost War

National Geographic at 9:00pm

One of the most world's most addictive drugs, heroin is now stronger, purer and easier to get than ever before. Afghanistan produces 90 per cent of the world's opium. This document...

Reaper

Reaper

E4 at 9:00pm

First episode of the keenly awaited hit US comedy. The show follows Sam, a life-long slacker who, on his 21st birthday, discovers his parents sold his soul to Satan before he was b...

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Sky Movies Aliens at 9:00pm

James McTeigue's futuristic action thriller, starring Hugo Weaver, Natalie Portman and John Hurt. In an Orwellian future, England has purged itself of all "undesirables". The count...

Torchwood

Torchwood

BBC 2 at 9:00pm

The second series of Torchwood continues, with an episode described by some critics as "enjoyable, but rather silly", while others feel that the story veers - with scenes of...

Ramsay‘s Kitchen Nightmares USA

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA

Channel 4 at 10:00pm

This American version of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares show has picked up reasonable critical acclaim. It's a fairly simple format, as less-than-polite Ramsay storms in...

9/11: The Falling Man

9/11: The Falling Man

more4 at 10:35pm

It's one of the most unforgettable images from 9/11 - a photograph of a falling man his body perfectly parallel with the twin towers. The photo ran in newspapers across the world t...

Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth

Sky1 at 10:00pm

Jerry Springer is back as he challenges more contestants to tell the truth, the whole truth and Nothing But The Truth. Would you reveal all for the chance to win £50,000?...

Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State

Sky Movies Crime and Thriller at 10:15pm

We are all being watched - that's the message of this blockbusting paranoia thriller, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman. Smith plays Robert Dean, an ordinary attorney who, by bu...