Whats On

Media Watch: Monday 29th September – Friday 3rd October


BBC World Service

8.05am: Hard Talk: Opera Singer – Jessye Norman

Hardtalk speaks to Jessye Norman, who is acknowledged as one of the greatest singers of her generation. Her voice has enthralled audiences in the world’s greatest concert halls and opera houses for decades. She was born in America’s segregated south with a talent that transcended barriers. Has her success helped to tear those barriers down?


BBC Radio 4

8pm: Inside the Ebola Lockdown

Tim Mansel gives a day by day account of the attempt to ensure that the 5.8-million people of Sierra Leone stay in their homes for three days. They will be visited “hos to hos” (house-to-house) by hastily assembled teams drawn from 21,000 volunteers and given health advice on how to prevent the spread of Ebola.


9pm: Lost Kingdoms of Central America – Between Oceans and Empires

Dr Jago Cooper chronicles the history of the people of ancient Costa Rica, who built a series of spectacular settlements among the rivers and volcanos of Central America. Admiring the civilisation’s hundreds of giant stone spheres, the presenter tries to unravel the civilisation’s enigmatic legacy, which archaeologists are still exploring

12.25am: Prince- Purple Reign

A profile of the enigmatic American musician, who rose to fame in the 1980s with hits including 1999, Kiss and Raspberry Beret.

As well as achieving significant commercial success around the world, he won critical acclaim for his adventurous, genre-blurring albums, such as Sign O’ the Times and Around the World in a Day – while also making headlines for his sexually explicit lyrics and stage shows, as well as his legal battle to retain control of his name and music.

Featuring contributions by guitarist Dez Dickerson, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, soul singer Beverley Knight and Paisley Park




9pm: This World- Rwanda’s Untold Story

Twenty years on from the Rwandan genocide, Jane Corbin examines evidence that challenges the accepted story of one of the most horrifying events of the late 20th century. The country’s president Paul Kagame has long been portrayed as the man who brought an end to the killing and rescued his country from oblivion, but there are increasing questions about the role of his Rwandan Patriotic Front forces in the dark days of 1994 and in the years since.

The film investigates the shooting down of the presidential plane that sparked the killings in 1994, questions Kagame’s claims to have ended the genocide and examines allegations of war crimes committed by his forces and their allies in the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Part of the This World strand

11.05pm: Cocaine Capital of the World: Stacey Dooley Investigates

New series. The presenter heads to remote and hostile regions to meet people involved in the global drugs trade – including producers and traffickers who are on the run from the authorities.

In the first edition, Stacey discovers why Peru is known as the world’s cocaine capital. Beginning her journey in Lima, she visits a British man who was jailed for smuggling the substance into Europe, before linking up with government forces as they launch a major crackdown on the farmers that earn their living through its production. She then treks through the rainforest to find out how a new strain of coca plant is being grown.



Channel 5

9pm: No Foreigners Here – 100% British

New series. Documentary following the lives of the residents of the Manchester suburb of Cheetham Hill, which was identified by the 2011 census as being one of Britain’s most ethnically diverse areas, exploring the multicultural community through weddings, festivals, local shops and schools.

The first episode features Israeli Jew Amos, who runs a kosher deli ably assisted by his right-hand man Imran, a Muslim from Afghanistan, while traveller Joseph’s new Bulgarian helper hasn’t been in the country long, and the most simple instructions are often lost in translation



BBC Radio 4

11.27pm: Reimagining the City- Birmingham

Musician Soweto Kinch offers a different vision of a city he’s loved all his life – Birmingham.

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