Whats On

MEDIA WATCH: Monday 17th – Friday 21st October




10.35pm: Ebola Frontline- Panorama

NHS doctors and nurses have been working on the frontline against Ebola in clinics in West Africa. Panorama spends a month in Sierra Leone with British-born Dr Javid Abdelmoneim as he works at a treatment centre run by the charity MSF. Not only does he treat the patients, he also uses specially adapted cameras to record the physical and emotional impact of this deadly virus on whole families and on the medical staff treating them. His films reveal that, even in these desperately difficult circumstances, there are moments of euphoria as patients who have been cured leave the centre. Postponed from November 10



11.20pm: Jamie Baulch: Looking for My Birth Mum

In 1973, Jamie Baulch was given up for adoption – and the former world champion sprinter has now decided to track down his birth mother. Helping him through the process is social worker Gemma Williams, but as he gets further into the search, he begins to question his own identity and seeks to find out whether his sporting talent is down to nature or nurture





10.30pm: Innovate Africa

New advances in literacy and learning today on Innovate Africa – solar-powered classrooms, coding for robots and cheap tablets developed specially for schools.




4.30pm: Witness- Seeds of Survival

Paul Kirika may be the sharpest-eyed botanist in Kenya! His team’s detective work, hunting rare plant species, could hold the key to food security.



8pm: Witness- Casablanca Calling

Women and Islam in Morocco is explored through the work of the newly installed female Morchidat or spiritual guides.



10.30pm: Africa Investigates : Zimbabwe: Stealing Lives

Exposing the shocking trade in stolen drugs that is costing the lives of tens of thousands of HIV/Aids sufferers in Zimbabwe.



11.35pm: Obsessed

Premiere. An executive with a successful job and a happy family life finds his world crumbling around him when a temporary worker is assigned to his office. The new arrival becomes fixated on him, going to desperate lengths to seduce him. When he rejects her, he and his wife’s lives are placed in danger. Thriller, starring Idris Elba, Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter





BBC World Service

7.05pm: BBC Africa Debate – Did teh Arab Spring do more harm than good ?

Akwasi Sarpong, Owen Bennett Jones and a panel of experts in Tunis discuss the impact of the Arab Spring uprisings on Africa.


Channel 4

7.30pm: Unreported World

Reporter Kiki King and director Daniel Bogado visit Uganda to follow the inspirational work of the sign-language teachers who are trekking deep into the countryside to transform the lives of deaf children and adults, who have never been able to communicate until now. Last in the series

News UK

Lottery fund backs 24-hour black history channel

A PIONEERING project to document black and Asian history on a 24-hour online TV station has received a £77,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Croydon-based charity Black Minority Ethnic Television Film and Media (BMETVFM) was awarded the grant to launch Our Heritage TV.

The brainchild of BMETVFM’s president, Ewemade Orobator, the channel will use films, documents and even games to tell the story of black and Asian pioneers who made contributions to civil rights, education, entertainment, government, science and sports in the UK between 1950 and 2010.

Our Heritage TV is being supported by the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), which will help train members of the public to create their own online ‘exhibitions’ from any period of history for broadcast on the channel.

The project will begin during Black History Month in October and aims to have least 1,000 items of heritage available to view and interact with by October 2015.

Other organisations supporting the project include London Archives Centre, BBC History, the Black and Asian Studies Association, Google Cultural Institute and Audioboo.

Orobator said he hoped the channel, which will also be accessible through a mobile phone app, will become a key educational tool.

He added: “Black history has been betrayed over the years – either underrepresented, misrepresented or not represented at all.

“Our history is not being properly taught in schools and then only in October, and the contributions that black people have made to this country have always been unreported or distorted.”

The project, Orobator added, will create a “24-hour resource that the community has built up and that they can access and will highlight the proud contributions that blacks and Asians have made to this country.”

Sue Bowers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “This project will help to gather, record and broadcast a wide range of information covering black and Asian contributions to living in Britain over the past 60 years.”

Orobator added: “The Heritage Lottery Fund by backing Our Heritage TV has made a statement that it values the contribution that black and ethnic minority people have made to the great story of the United Kingdom.

“Our project allows us to share a snapshot of at times difficult but deep and enriching contribution (1950-2010) on a national and global stage. We look forward to the massive contribution ordinary people across London will play in building and sharing this heritage.”

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Bob Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment Launches ‘Urban Movie Channel’ Over-the-Top Video Service

RLJ Entertainment, created by BET founder Robert L. Johnson, is launching the Urban Movie Channel digital subscription VOD channel, with a mix of comedy, drama, horror and documentary titles.

While RLJ Entertainment was part of YouTube’s pay-channel initiative last year, Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is available only on RLJE has discontinued the OnCue urban-themed programming YouTube pay channel but still offers the Acorn TV subscription service on YouTube, focused on licensed British TV programming, as well as directly at

UMC will feature urban-themed movies with titles including: live stand-up performances by Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx and Charlie Murphy; documentaries “Dark Girls” and “I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac”; feature films “All Things Fall Apart” starring 50 Cent, Mario Van Peebles and Ray Liotta, and “The Suspect” starring Mekhi Phifer; and stage play productions including “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” by David E. Talbert.

The UMC service is launching with a free trial period for subscribers through Feb. 4, 2015. After that, the OTT service will be priced at $4.99 per month (or $49.99 per year), with limited introductory pricing of $2.99 per month (or $29.99 per year). Programs previously released by RLJE under the One Village brand will be incorporated into UMC’s library, which will also include titles from RLJE’s existing Image independent feature film line.

“UMC was designed so that the African-American and urban creative community could directly reach consumers in a way that removes many of the restrictions associated with the legacy content development and distribution models,” Johnson said in a statement. “As more video is consumed over broadband, we believe that we can quickly become the preeminent provider of quality urban entertainment to what has largely been an underserved, yet highly engaged audience.”

Also Wednesday, RLJ Entertainment announced that Traci Otey Blunt has been appointed corporate EVP of marketing and corporate affairs and will oversee the company’s marketing, public relations and investor relations, as well as the promotion of the UMC channel. Previously, Otey Blunt was head of corporate communications and public affairs at The RLJ Companies, the holding company that formed RLJ Entertainment.

Johnson formed RLJ Entertainment in October 2012 through merger of RLJ Acquisition, Image Entertainment and Acorn Media Group. The Bethesda, Md.-based company licenses and distributes about 5,300 titles in North America, the U.K. and Australia. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Ltd. and manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to mystery franchises of the famed British author including Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.


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