Extreme Wives with Kate Humble
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What to watch this weekend

The Florida Project, Kate Humble meets some extreme wives and Paddington returns to the cinema

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By Emily Baker on

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, more Oscar-worthy films appear in the cinemas – and, this week, it’s the turn of The Florida Project. In many ways, Florida seems like the perfect place to raise children – Disneyland is just down the road; the weather is good for most of the year. What more could you want? Sean Baker, the director responsible for indie hit Tangerine, has created another beautiful film, this time exploring the freedom of childhood and how adult life crashes in far too early. For the kids in The Florida Project, the somewhat rundown motel they call home is one big pink playground, where they’re free to roam and do as they please. Star of the show is Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a confident six-year-old and leader of the pack of other children living at the motel, whose mum (Bria Vinaite) has to go through many different jobs to stay afloat. 

If you're after something a little more family-friendly, there's Paddington 2... too. In between helping out Father Christmas in the M&S advert, the marmalade-loving bear has been saving some money to buy Aunt Lucy a book for her 100th birthday. As we were made aware in the first film, Paddington isn't exactly the most aware of bear, so when the book gets stolen from right under his nose, he has to set off on a quest across London to catch the thief. Hugh Grant and Julie Walters join Hugh Bonneville and Ben Whishaw in the British ensemble cast – and you'll be smiling all the way through.

Friday

Tonight, Kate Humble introduces us to some "extreme wives" (BBC Two, 9pm) and the term is not used lightly. In this opening episode of the documentary series, she travels to Kenya to meet the women of the Kuria tribe. Here, it quickly becomes apparent that FGM is still practised regularly among the tribe, despite being illegal across the country. What follows is a harrowing and revealing series of events, as Humble teams up with the women trying to save young girls from the circumcision practice. Each week, the presenter will be meeting a different set of women, such as the women of the extremely orthodox Haredi branch of Judaism in Jerusalem.

Saturday

At 9pm on BBC One, there's the now-annual TV event to commemorate and remember those who have fought and those who lost their lives through the course of war. It's always a moving affair and this year's performers – including Emeli Sandé, Alfie Boe and Mel C – are sure to deliver a respectful and emotional show. There will also be tributes to personnel who helped the victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria earlier this year.

At the same time over on BBC Two, Dakota Fanning stars as Effie Gray, in the film of the same name. It's the (almost) true story of the 19-year-old who married art critic John Ruskin, but then had a scandalous affair with a painter. It's the perfect watch for anyone who's still struggling through Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms.

Sunday

Carrying on the Downton Abbey vibes through to Sunday evening, the latest adaption of Howards End (BBC One, 9pm) starts with a gentle, but interesting pace. If you haven't read the book or seen the film, the main women – Margaret and her sister, Helen – are very modern for their times in that they believe in the liberation of women. One day, Helen sends her sister a worrying letter from the summer house she's staying in – Howards End – which sees another family, the Wilcoxes, thrust into the girls' lives. Of course, being a Victorian novel, there is a traditional love story running throughout, but it's the relationships between Margaret, her sister and the Wilcox matriarch that add true magic to the story.

@emilyrbakes

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