Tonight's TV Pick: We'll Take Manhattan, Putin And The West

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Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard star in 'We'll Take Manhattan'
Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard star in 'We'll Take Manhattan'

Well, neither of these would have had a fighting chance against the winners of last night's National Television Awards, but doesn't mean they're not worth a look. Here are our pick's of tonight's TV entertainment:

We'll Take Manhattan - 9pm, BBC4
There's been a lot of press flurry about this one-off drama, starring Doctor Who alumna Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard, which retells the 1962 trip to New York taken by two people who would help mould their generation - the creative partnership of David Bailey and his lover and muse Jean Shrimpton, whose photographs in Manhattan for Vogue magazine would change forever the style guide.
Shrimpton now runs a country hotel and contented herself with giving her blessing to the project rather than getting involved, while David Bailey was reportedly his usual self-confident self when asked about Barnard's portrayal of him - "at least they got someone goodlooking."

INTERVIEW: Karen Gillan talks about her delight, but also the challenges, of playing her fashion mentor Jean Shrimpton

Putin, Russia and the West - 9pm, BBC2
Last week demonstrated just how uncompromising Putin's grip on power is, with one of his most vocal opponents within Russia eschewing the safety of exile only to find himself detained. This week's programme explores how Russia battled for control beyond its borders against the Rose and Orange Revolutions of Georgia and the Ukraine. Remember Ukraine's leader Viktor Yushchenko campaigning for change despite his appearance altering dramatically after he was poisoned during elections. Here he tells the inside story of how he would remove his drip before a speech. Fascinating and chilling.

Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard channel their inner Shrimp and Bailey:

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