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TV FILMS OF THE WEEK.

1 HUNKY DORY Tonight, BBC2, 10.40pm FEEL-GOOD rites-of-passage drama. In 1976 Swansea, teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver) struggles to stage a futuristic rock musical based on Shakespeare's The Tempest set to songs by David Bowie and Electric Light Orchestra. When leading man Davey (Aneurin Barnard) sees his on-off romance with leading lady Stella (Danielle Branch) implode, Vivienne counsels the lad through his heartbreak. Meanwhile, social studies teacher Miss Valentine (Haydn Gwynne) and PE teacher Mr Cafferty (Steve Speirs) voice their discontent with Vivienne and the play.

2 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Tomorrow, Channel 5, 9pm ADAPTATION of EL James' erotic fiction novel. Strait-laced student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson, left) interviews billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for a uni newspaper article. Drawn to the debonair businessman, Anastasia agrees to a date and Christian spirits her away to his red room festooned with S&M toys. Lust ignites as Anastasia explores her darkest desires.

3 SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET Monday, Film4, 6.20pm ARROGANT Aryan Austrian and Nazi party member Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt, left) takes on the Himalayan peak of Nanga Parbat, only to end up in a British POW camp. Harrer manages to escape with fellow climber Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis) and they find sanctuary at the Tibetan city of Lhasa, where their presence is tolerated at the behest of the young Dalai Lama.

4 SHANE Tuesday, Film4, 4.30pm A KINDLY farmer and his family face losing their home and their livelihood when a ruthless cattle baron threatens to force them off their land. Luckily, help arrives in the form of a mysterious gunfighter, who wins the admiration of the farmer's son - and wife. Alan Ladd, left, is fine as Shane, but is often upstaged by the supporting cast, including Jean Arthur, the extraordinary Brandon De Wilde and Jack Palance.

5 THE TREE OF LIFE Wednesday, Channel 4, 1.30am A METEOR strike on Earth sends ripples across the planet and we segue into a child escaping from a submerged room - a metaphor for the birth of baby Jack in the 1950s Midwest. Young Jack and his brothers suffer at the hands of their father, Mr O'Brien (Brad Pitt). Meanwhile, in the present day, grown-up architect Jack (Sean Penn, left) feels disconnected from the jungle of cold, metallic skyscrapers that are now his home.

6 SENNA Thursday, ITV4, 11.05pm ON SUNDAY May 1, 1994, at the San Marino Grand Prix, three-time F1 champion Ayrton Senna's car left the track and collided with a concrete wall. The Brazilian driver died soon after. Made with the blessing of his family and the co-operation of Bernie Ecclestone, this documentary from Asif Kapadia (who went on to make the Oscar-winning Amy) pays glowing tribute to the sportsman, left.

7 GET ON UP Friday, Channel 4, 1.30am BIOPIC of singer James Brown. As a boy, James witnesses violent clashes between his parents. He's consequently delivered into the care of Aunt Honey (Octavia Spencer). James (Chadwick Boseman, left) develops his passion for music and forms a group called The Famous Flames. When Ben Bart (Dan Aykroyd) becomes James' manager, he pushes the showman to the fore.

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