With its access to the rich and powerful, Vanity Fair could be America's most influential magazine - but is it indebted to agents and celebrity culture? Mariella Frostrup talks to editor
Graydon Carter , columnist Dominic Dunne and former supremo Tina Brown.
1/4 A real-life murder investigation is laid out in compelling detail. Was the death in 2001 of novelist Michael Peterson's wife Kathleen an accident or a crime?
Directed by Oscar-winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.
Showing in the Storyville strand.
Continues tomorrow at 9pm
Death on the Staircase
9.00pm BBC4 This extraordinary real-life Murder One follows a three-month trial that gripped America. The makers were given access to the entire case, from scene-of-crime investigation right up to the verdict.
It begins with the death in 2001 of computer executive Kathleen Peterson at her North Carolina mansion, and the arrest of her novelist husband Michael. Prosecutors say he bludgeoned her to death; the defence insist she fell down the stairs.
The series, from Oscar-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, absorbs the minutiae of the case like a sponge. It puts you in the position of a juror, and as such ought to carry a warning, as the evidence is grisly.
And stretching out the sad tale over a series nearly six hours long is asking a lot of its audience. (Mark Braxton)
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in the 60s: land speed milestones are made as Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons go head to head in a near-lethal contest that saw the 400, 500 and 600mph barriers broken. (AD)
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