'Documentary of the Week' BBC4 Monday 10pm

Radio Times

Gill Crawford:

Are you a man hitting 40, career going nowhere, prone to lengthy rambling with your mates about the essential meaningless of life?

Struggling to come to grips with his new life in Sweden, where he'd moved for love but found it hard to secure a decent job, expat Welshman Dylan Williams came up with a slightly unorthodox solution: he joined the Stockholm Art Swim Gents, packed to the gunwales with people just like him.

The trevails and triumphs of this unlikely bunch of athletes and their bemused female trainers make for a wonderful documentary that's poignant, acute and funny.

I particularly liked the bloke whose post-training ritual involved going into the shower still wearing his glasses and clutching a bottle of whisky, and the team being lost for words when asked uncomfortable questions by an Italian radio DJ.