As the movie Saving Mr Banks opens, The Secret Life of Mary Poppins (8.30pm, BBC Two) investigates an author's battle with Walt Disney. The Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards 2013 ceremony is on RTÉ One at 10.55pm, and gritty drama Borgen continues with a double bill on BBC 4 at 9.00pm.
The Secret Life of Mary Poppins
8.30pm BBC Two
In 1964, the Mary Poppins film premiered in Hollywood to world acclaim. But one person loathed it. She was PL Travers, the author of the books on which the film was based. To coincide with the release of the movie Saving Mr Banks – which deals with this very story (still below) - tonight’s Culture Show Special explores the dark and complex life of the writer in question. We learn of Travers' 20-year battle with the Walt Disney corporation, the strange adoption of her child (he was one of twins), and how the film version overshadowed her writings yet made her very wealthy indeed. The documentary features contributions from Emma Thompson, one of the stars of Saving Mr Banks - the movie also stars Tom Hanks - Cameron Mackintosh and PL Travers’ grand-daughter.
Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards 2013
10.55pm RTÉ One
Highlights from Tuesday night’s gala event, when Michael Harding's celebrated memoir, Staring at Lakes, won the John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice award and the Non-Fiction Book of the Year award. Roddy Doyle scooped the Novel of the Year award for The Guts, concerning the return of his creation, Jimmy Rabbitte. Paul Howard won Popular Fiction Book of the Year for the latest in the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series, Downturn Abbey. Fintan O’Toole’s A History of Ireland in 100 Objects won Best Irish Published Book of the Year. Derek Landy won the Senior Children’s Book of the Year for Last Stand of Dead Men, his most recent instalment in the Skulduggery Pleasant adventure. Benji Bennett won in the Junior category for When You Were Born. John Banville (pictured) received the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2013.
9.00pm BBC Four
There is unrest amongst the New Democrats in the first episode of the double bill tonight when the sex trade is placed on the agenda. In Copenhagen, police have found three women who have been locked up and forced to have sex against their will. The case causes the political parties to discuss the need for a law prohibiting the purchase of sex in Denmark. During the negotiations on the bill, however, Birgitte requests time for reflection when she becomes in doubt about what prostitutes themselves actually want or need. The New Democrats finally have enough signatures to run for Parliament, but need more candidates. Birgitte suggests economics professor Søren Ravn, but not all of the candidates in the party share her enthusiasm about him as he is very left-wing, and had previously been a member of the Communist Party.The press dig up his past and put him under intense personal pressure. Meanwhile, Birgitte receives bad news from the doctor, which she tries to conceal from those around here. In Danish with English subtitles.