WHATS ON: SUNDAY 24TH – FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017
BBC World Service
12.06pm: Life After Life (Documentary)
The United States is the only country to sentence children to full life terms in prison. In many states, until recently, under-18s convicted of certain crimes were automatically locked up for life without the possibility of parole. But the US Supreme Court has now banned those mandatory sentences – and the approximately two thousand Americans who were given them stand a chance of getting out.
Elizabeth Davies travels to the United States to meet some of those given life sentences as teenagers. How are they dealing with the prospect of freedom after believing they’d spend their entire lives in prison? And how are those who’ve been released finding the outside world they’ve never experienced as adults?
The decision has not been universally welcomed. For many victims’ relatives the possible release of convicted murderers, however young they were when they committed their crime, is a slap in the face and an unwelcome unearthing of painful memories. And some in the law enforcement community question whether you can really know if someone has been truly rehabilitated – and whether, fundamentally, that should be the purpose of the American justice system.
11.15pm: Boyz N the Hood (1991)
A bright but underachieving teenager with a domineering single father strikes up a friendship with two brothers, and over time, the three young men each follow their own path – but a tragedy eventually leaves them facing a dangerous choice. Drama, starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut and Ice Cube
BBC World Service
10.32pm: The Conversation-My Time in Public Office
Two former politicians reveal the realities of life in public office. They talk to Kim Chakanetsa about why they went into politics, what impact they had and why a thick skin is absolutely critical.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian economist who served two terms as finance minister of Nigeria from 2003 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2015, having previously been a managing director at the World Bank. But holding political office was never part of her plan. Instead she was appointed to the role by the then president. She became the first female finance minister in Nigeria. She says her father had always impressed upon her the importance of doing one’s duty for one’s country, but now she’s left politics she enjoys the freedom of having more control over her life. She currently chairs the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).
Lindiwe Mazibuko is a South African politician and former parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance. Lindiwe was elected to parliament aged 29, and was seen as a rising star of the party, but faced misogynistic attacks as her profile grew. She resigned her position in 2014, saying she wanted to pursue postgraduate studies at Harvard University in the US. She’s now writing a book about young people and public office, but hopes to return to front-line politics in a few years’ time.
BBC Radio 4
11pm: Word of Mouth – Malorie Blackman on Language
Malorie Blackman, author of Noughts and Crosses, talks in depth to Michael Rosen about language: the writing that has shaped her and how she’s used language in her own influential work. Her lifelong love ofreading was fostered by the libraries she went to as a child. If she had to choose between being a reader and being a writer, she says, she’d choose being a reader..
BBC World Service
9.50am: Sporting Witness – Chioma Ajunwa: Making Olympic History
10.45pm: The Insider: Reggie Yates – A Week in a Toxic Waste Dump New series.
The presenter heads to Ghana to live on one of the largest electronic waste dumps in the world – Accra’s notorious Agbogbloshie. He discovers first hand what life is like for the people who earn a living on the site.
BBC Radio 4
8.45pm: Straight from the Root
VV Brown explains why after years of relaxing, weaving and extending it, she has embraced her natural hair.
A singer-songwriter, model and record producer, VV has long needed to take care of her image. But recent changes in her life have prompted her to ask why that has meant covering up her natural hair.
9pm: The Last Pirates- Britain’s Rebel DJ’s
In the 1980s a new generation of pirate radio stations exploded on to Britain’s FM airwaves. Unlike their seafaring swinging 60s forerunners, these pirates broadcast from London’s estates and tower blocks tocreate a platform for black music in an era when it was shut out by legal radio and ignored by the mainstream music industry.
In the ensuing game of cat and mouse which played out on the rooftops of inner-city London across a whole decade, these rebel DJs used legal loopholes and technical trickery to stay one step ahead of the DTI enforcers who were tasked with bringing them down. And as their popularity grew they spearheaded a cultural movement bringing Britain’s first multicultural generation together under the banner of black music and club culture.
Presented by Rodney P, whose own career as a rapper would not have been possible without the lifeblood of pirate radio airplay, this film also presents an alternative history of Britain in the 1980s – a time of entrepreneurialism and social upheaval – with archive and music that celebrates a very different side of Thatcher’s Britain.
Featuring interviews with DJs, station owners and DTI enforcers – as well as some of the engineers who were the secret weapon in the pirate arsenal – this is the untold story of how Britain’s greatest generation of pirate radio broadcasters changed the soundtrack of modern Britain forever.