Unreported World's investigation into the latter-day exodus of Eritrean refugees towards Israel, to be broadcast this evening, makes for unsettling viewing. There are unmistakable biblical parallels - here is a persecuted population fleeing a nasty regime for what they feel to be the Promised Land. And in doing so they have to make their perilous way through the Sinai desert.
By now, Michael Samuels will have just about climbed down from cloud nine. That is where the director has spent most of the week after winning two awards for his TV adaptation of William Boyd's acclaimed novel, Any Human Heart, at the Baftas on Sunday.
Two days before interviewing Vidal Sassoon, news arrives that he has cancelled all but our meeting to attend the funeral of a friend and fellow hairdresser, Joshua Galvin. I'm flattered, of course. But will the man who revolutionised hairdressing in the Swinging Sixties, and whose life is now the subject of an entertaining new documentary and a colourful memoir be in the mood for a conversation?