After JFK: Johnson’s Battle For Civil Rights, Saturday, 7pm, H2/HD (CH 273/274)
To mark the 2016 US election, H2 is broadcasting a whole host of series and specials on the nation’s presidents. Kicking things off is this one-off documentary about how Lyndon B Johnson took charge of the Oval Office following JFK’s assassination and helped to pass through some of the country’s key civil rights legislation. Documenting a fascinating period in the USA’s history, you’ll be able to see how Johnson formed a partnership with Martin Luther King Jr to bring racial issues to the forefront of the American consciousness.
Elvis & Nixon, available to rent on Virgin Movies. Cert 15. Also available in HD. One of the many films available in the US Election Collection. Find it On Demand > Movies > Movie Collections
History is full of bizarre meetings, like that time Dennis Rodman went to North Korea to hang out with Kim Jong-un. This comedy drama shines a light on the strange 1970 encounter between Elvis Presley (Man Of Steel‘s Michael Shannon) and Richard Nixon (House Of Cards’ Kevin Spacey) at the White House, which saw the singer turn up and ask the then-President to swear him in as an undercover narcotics agent. There are loads of laughs to be had as two men from contrasting worlds come face to face, but it’s also a fascinating glimpse at one of the 20th century’s more curious pop culture moments.
The biggest political decision of the year is about to be made in America, but you can always rely on Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to poke fun at a serious situation. For one night only the hilarious trio will be picking the bones out of the election result, and you can bet your bottom dollar that they won’t be holding back. Plus, if you want some American insight into the situation, tune into The Daily Show from Tuesday at midnight on Comedy Central.
Oh, South Park. How we’ve revelled in your iconoclastic humour these past 20 years. And when it comes to the unedifying soap opera that is US politics, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone really know how to let rip. This week, get into the election spirit with these classic episodes of the animated comedy series. While the result may be up in the air, you’re guaranteed big laughs from Stan, Cartman and the gang. And if you fancy a little more light lampooning, tune into The Roast Of Donald Trump at 10.30pm on Saturday on Comedy Central/HD (CH 132/181).
The late, great Robin Williams stars in this offbeat comedy drama about a talk show host who decides to run for President after accidentally receiving the backing of millions of Americans. But can he do the unimaginable and make it all the way to power? This smart movie also features a brilliant supporting cast, including Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) and Laura Linney (The Truman Show).
Michael Moore In TrumpLand, available in Catch Up > Channels > All 4
Button-pushing documentary-maker Michael Moore returns with his latest offering – and it might just surprise you. Instead of shoving a camera in the faces of the rich and powerful, Moore brings his one-man stage show to the Trump heartland of Wilmington, Ohio. Clever, funny and thought provoking, the American’s take on the most contentious election battle in decades is a must-watch.
Because it’s the biggest political decision of the year (sorry, Brexit) you may actually want to know how election night pans out – and you won’t miss a thing with the BBC. Andrew Neil and Katty Kay will be joined by key analysts in a studio overlooking Times Square to discuss everything as it happens, while Jeremy Vine will be on hand with the latest virtual reality graphics to bring it all to life.)
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