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What’s on this weekend? From The Last Black Man in San Francisco to Little Baby Jesus

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend

The Week’s best film, TV, book and live show on this weekend, with excerpts from the top reviews.

TELEVISION: Seven Worlds, One Planet

Tilly Pearce for Metro

“Seven Worlds is cinematic in its scale, and it’s something that even the biggest blockbuster movie cannot replicate with effects and CGI. It’s almost a shame that it’s confined to TV screens, rather than placed in movie theatres. With the help of drones, underwater cameras and the ability to integrate teams into the heart of flocks and species, Seven Worlds holds moments within the animal kingdom that makes this a wonderful, and oftentimes heartbreaking, watch.”

Sunday 27 October on BBC One

MOVIE: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Manohla Dargis in The New York Times

“The astonishing “Last Black Man in San Francisco” is about having little in a grab-what-you-can world. It’s the haunting, elegiac story of Jimmie Fails – playing a version of himself – a young man trying to hold onto a sense of home in San Francisco… Much depends on Jimmie, who waxes and wanes, sometimes rises and then falls in a city that – with this ravishing movie – he insistently stakes a claim on, one indelible image at a time.”

UK release 25 October

BOOK: My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors - A Journey of Discovery by Lindsay McCrae

Chris Packham

“A dramatic saga forged by passion, honesty and a rare skill as a naturalist and film-maker… All his musings and observations combine to produce a compelling tale of the man, those extraordinary birds and that lonely place at the end of the earth. So turn off the heating, put on your gloves and head deep south into a frozen land of dreams and nightmares, all played out in the world of beautiful Emperors.”

Published 21 October

STAGE: Little Baby Jesus

Miriam Gillinson in The Guardian

“Here is a play that will be racing through you, making you laugh and think, long after you’ve left the theatre. The energy levels in Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu’s live-wire production are something else. Before the show begins, the actors chat cheekily with the audience. As the stories unfurl, that easy interaction remains. The actors make eyes at the audience, tease us, even sit on us. Everything they feel, we feel, too.”

At the Orange Tree Theatre, London until 16 November

SOUND: Intrigue: Tunnel 29

Miranda Sawyer in The Guardian

“The 10-part series tells the true story of a group of young men who dug a tunnel from West Berlin to East Berlin in the early 1960s, under the Berlin Wall, and used it to smuggle people out… [Helena] Merriman is confident. She tells the story, which is a good one, a real Le Carré-style cold war yarn, in a positive manner, with proper forward motion…Tunnel 29 is both a Big BBC Podcast and a really great listen. Don’t believe the hype, just enjoy it for yourself.”

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