The Honourable Woman stars Maggie Gyllenhaal; Inside Asprey: Luxury by Royal Appointment looks at the famous London store and part two of Louis Theroux: Miami Mega-Jail goes out late.
The Honourable Woman
9.00pm, BBC Two
Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a powerful Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who heads up the Stein Foundation with her brother Ephra. Nessa's father was an arms procurer, and as children, she and Ephra witnessed his assassination. Inheriting her father's company, she dramatically changes the business from arms supply to data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Her sudden appointment as a life peer - apparently due to her work for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians - creates trouble. As she is ennobled, Samir Meshal - a Palestinian businessman with connections to the family - is killed, forcing Nessa and her family to become super-vigilant.
Louis Theroux: Miami Mega-Jail, part two
12.15am, RTÉ Two
Theroux is always good, so set the recorder. Tonight, he goes deeper into the Miami jail system when he meets an alleged triple murderer, in solitary confinement at TGK, who faces a possible death sentence if convicted. The journalist also follows a group of 40 or so younger inmates who have escaped imprisonment by pleading guilty and agreeing to attend a four-month military-style programme at Boot Camp. Amongst them is a 14-year-old boy facing a possible 10-year sentence for armed robbery if he cannot survive the boot camp's brutal training and indoctrination programme. Many will drop out and receive prison sentences, but for a handful this will be their second chance at life.
Inside Asprey: Luxury by Royal Appointment
"The kind of client that we get here, I'm not sure that it's product that people actually need. Sometimes, yes. A couple of Christmases ago, Paul McCartney came in and he needed a couple of dozen wine glasses, because it was Christmas. But generally, who would need a stag-head decanter? You don't need one, but it's beautiful, so why would you not want it? I don't need one, but I want one." Thus Asprey Visual Merchandise Manager Martin explains the peculiar allure of the store, which is spread over five Georgian houses in central London. "The most famous people I've made jewellery for include the Queen, Prince Charles, Elton John, the Beckhams," says craftsman Stuart. "And yet nobody knows us, we're hidden away." Luxury British goods have been made at Asprey and sold to mega-wealthy clients for more than two centuries.