Whats On

Media Watch Monday 17th – Friday 27th February


BBC World Service


8.50am: Witness: Jean Michel Basquiet                                                                                                            In the early 1980s a young black graffiti artist took the New York art world by storm. Soon, his paintings were selling for huge sums but he would die before the decade was out. Hear from Patti Astor who knew him in his heyday.

Aljazeera (Sky 514)


8.30am: Artscape – The New African Photography : George Osodi                                                           Photography with an African perspective. George Osodi photographs the grim reality of oil rich Niger Delta and meets Nigeria’s traditional monarchs.

BBC World Service


9.50am: From Our Own Correspondent: USA to Zanzibar                                                                                The incoming Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen, has described the USA’s economic recovery as “far from complete”. Linda Yueh visits the Maryland Coast, to look for signs of it. Is there cause for optimism?
Zanzibar’s very name connotes exoticism and romance, but Petroc Trelawny finds quite the opposite – in a set of high-rise, Soviet-era blocks of flats. What has become of these architectural hangovers from the island’s socialist past?

BBC Radio 4


2pm: Afternoon Drama: When The Laughter Stops                                                                                        Rhakeele sees a return to Africa for a tour of her and husband Musondi’s stand-up act as a chance to reignite their careers and their marriage. He’s not as keen. And it turns out he may be right – as they find themselves caught in a culture clash which threatens everything, including their freedom.

by Sibusiso Mamba, co-created with Daliso Chaponda, with additional material by Ava Vidal

Director: Marion Nancarrow

Real-life stand up comedians Daliso Chaponda and Ava Vidal play married couple Musondi and Rhakeele in this new play which Sibusiso Mamba co-created with Daliso, with additional material by Ava. Rhakeele has a secret desire to go back to the country she was born in – Africa, but for husband Musondi who has never lived there, it initially holds no attraction. Once there, however, the differences between life in the UK and life in Africa become polarised and they find themselves in direct opposition, using what they do best – stand up – to prove which of them is the stronger. But unwittingly they’re making a tense situation in a country Rhakeele no longer understands far worse than they could ever realise and putting their closest friends in jeopardy.

Channel 5

8pm: The Big British Immigration Row: Live                                                                                                  A studio debate exploring the emotive and controversial topic of immigration, examining how it is affecting the United Kingdom and its citizens. Subjects covered include national identity and racial and cultural integration, with contributions by MPs, decision-makers, opinion-formers and immigrants themselves.


Aljazeera (Sky 514)

8pm: Al Jazeera World : The Power and the Pain                                                                                            South Sudanese in the north but displaced by Separation in 2011, reflect on life in the new South, their loyalties sometimes as divided as the country itself.

Aljazeera (Sky 514)

10pm: Fault Lines : Libya: State of Insecurity                                                                                                   Fault Lines returns to Libya to investigate what NATO’s so-called humanitarian intervention has achieved two-and-a-half years after Gaddafi was overthrown.


BBC World Service


3.32pm: The Documentary                                                                                                                              Ghanaian music journalist Afua Hirsch marks the 30th anniversary of Def Jam – the world’s first hip hop record label.




9pm:The White Slums: Reggie Yates’ Extreme South Africa Season 1 Episode 1/3
New series. Presenter Reggie Yates travels to South Africa 20 years after the first democratic elections and in the shadow of former president Nelson Mandela’s death to explore three different communities. He lives in each of them for a week in the hope of discovering more about the country in the 21st century, beginning by visiting a squatter camp in Coronation Park, outside of Johannesburg, mostly populated by Afrikaners. Youth charities claim that up to 400,000 white residents now live below the poverty line, leading to questions being raised about growing inequality in the country



Aljazeera (Sky 514)

dj cleo

7.30pm: Artscape – The New African Photography : Neo Ntsoma                                                          Neo Ntsoma revisits DJ Cleo & the stars of South Africa’s democratic dawn to take new portraits and discover the effects of 20 years of freedom.

Lifetime (Sky 156)

betty coretta

9pm: Betty & Coretta (2013)                                                                                                                           Premiere. The widows of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are left to raise their children alone following the assassination of their husbands. A close and supportive friendship develops between them as they deal with the challenges ahead and take up leading positions in the struggle for racial equality. Fact-based drama, with Angela Bassett and Mary J Blige

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