Whats On

Media Watch Sunday 12th January – Friday 17th January


BBC World Service

10.06pm: Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela                                                                      Idris Elba discusses the challenges of portraying Mandela onscreen and novelist Donna Tartt looks back at her 1992 breakthrough The Secret History. 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen on working with his favourite actor – Michael Fassbender and Korean poet Ko Un on life as a monk, a suicidal drunk and a political prisoner.

BBC Radio 4

11pm:The Film Programme: Chiwetel Ejiofor on 12 Years A Slave; Frank Cottrel Boyce on The Railway Man                                                                                            Francine Stock talks to British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor about his latest role as a kidnapped free man who ends up working on a plantation in 12 Years a Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen, whose previous work includes Hunger and Shame, the film has received seven Golden Globe nominations, the most of any film this year.



8.30pm: Fake Britain Special
Matt Allwright presents a programme advising people what to look out for when making major purchases for their homes in the January sales. The Watchdog co-host reveals how the rush to grab a bargain could see some consumers unwittingly buying products that turn out to be dangerous

Channel 4

9pm: Benefits Street Season 1 Episode 2 of 5
According to some, welfare payments are an easy route to a life of luxury and foreign holidays at the expense of hard-working taxpayers. However, as austerity continues to bite, this documentary visits the residents of one of Britain’s most benefit-dependent streets to reveal the daily challenges they face, such as poverty, illiteracy, and drug and alcohol problems. Yet there’s also a strong sense of community, and proof that small acts of kindness between neighbours can go a long way


10pm: Storyville: Mandela, The Myth & Me                                                                  South African film-maker Khalo Matabane offers a personal reflection on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in a documentary that sees him explore the true meanings of freedom, reconciliation and forgiveness – concepts with which the former leader is considered synonymous. The programme features contributions by thinkers, politicians and artists including the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger and Ariel Dorfman



10.30pm: People & Power: Malawi’s Tobacco Children                                             People & Power investigates the plight of children forced by economic necessity to work in Malawi’s tobacco industry.



7.30pm: Africa on the Move : The Modern Warrior
Moses is an ambitious Maasai tribesman in Kenya who left his village to make it in the big city and now runs his own successful safari business.


8pm: 28Up South Africa
8/8 The South African children filmed at 7, 14 & 21 are now 28. We follow their adult stories through joy and despair for a complex look at South Africa in 2013

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