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When telly artists return to the characters that shot them to fame and fortune in the first place. it often has decidedly mixed results. Steve Coogan's recent resurrection of poor old Alan Partridge managed to squeeze the last drops of comedy gold out of his creation. Yet David Jason's annual Christmas caper as Del-boy increasingly proves that some sleeping dogs are better left to snooze.

Having won millions of adoring fans and scooped armloads of awards for the glorious Wallace and Gromif and Chicken Run, animator Nick Park and Aardman Animations have now returned to the concept that initially brought them to the nation's attention: their innovative adverts, Creature Comforts. And this is no slight return. Employing the same brilliant technique of interviewing ‘the great British public' then transforming these canny commentators into idiosyncratic claymated animals, Park’s new collection of short films is as visually imaginative and funny as ever.

In episodes such as ‘The Circus’ and ‘Animals at Work', the characters’ opinions are often fairly banal and frequently inarticulate. But it’s the juxtaposition of such everyday familiarity with the boggle-eyed, brightly coloured creatures and gentle visual comedy that makes the series such a treat to watch. What’s also lovely is that the animal creations are rarely allowed to conform to any tired stereotype. Hence a pair of rats provides the cladding for two dour, bickering Brummies, a plummy Scotsman becomes a reclining, fat blue cat and a sleek lioness takes on the role of a hypochondriac upper class Tabitha. A tiny joy. (Allan Radcliffe)

are when jOUllTalISt Robert Elms gives the song a pasting for being sentin‘ental crap. and archive footage of Lennon first playing the tune. The programme fails to explain why one song is of such significance and also \.-.irorig|y renders the rest of Lennon's immense songwriting canon frustratingly irrelevant. Mark Robertson.


One in four English Premiership players is new black. And for the first time. the maionty of me English squad last ear came from ethnic minorities. So the

progress of black people in football today is eVident. The history of how things got to this stage is a fasCinating tale full of triumph. prejudice and unique characters.

Which makes this uneven. tediOLis and irritatineg patchy domimentary all the more frustrating. What could have been an insightful rook at the progress of black football over the last 100 years is instead a hugely irksome bunch of talking heads (John Fashanu. Garth Crooks. lan Wright et at). a handful of badly chosen and irrelevant clips and a string of spurious and unconnected anecdotes. Poorly written and woefully edited ias if by scri‘eOne who doesnt exec know the rules of the game. let alone the hist0ryi. Black Flash is a banal and

wholly unsatisfying expenence. (DOug Johnstonei


Channel 4, Sun 21 Sep. 8pm .00

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dOCumentary seems custom-made to cause COntrOversy and Outrage among the ever- burgeoning ranks of anti-globalisation activists. Things aren't improved by the rather Smug and sanctimonious on- screen presence of Swedish writer and presenter {and former anarchist. apparentlyi

Johan NOrberg, Sitting sipping his Starbucks coffee in urban Taiwan. But Norberg does make some valid pOints in this thOught-provoking programme. although he also tends to make sweeping generalisations about multinational corporations and the pros and cons of worldvride globalisation in the same way that anti-capitalist protesters do. Norberg visits workers of c0untries in different states of development from the electronics manufacturers of Taiwan and the Nike sweatshops of Vietnam to the farmers of Kenya - in search of what he sees as an answer to world poverty. Despite a confusing lack of focus. this is still a fascinating look at the economic state of the world today. (Doug Johnstone)