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Media Watch: Sunday 6th January – Friday 11th January 2019

SUNDAY

 

BBC World Service

12.06pm: From the Ground Up

The Central African Republic is one of the least developed countries on earth. Years of conflict have left hundreds of thousands of people displaced. Sexual violence is rife and extreme poverty is endemic. Yet despite this dire humanitarian situation, reporting from CAR is rare.

Anna Foster explores the challenges facing this nation from the inside, and hears from those trying to improve its fortunes. She also assesses whether the deep religious divisions will prove a lasting barrier to real peace. In the capital Bangui, the PK5 Muslim enclave is a scene of regular violence. Anna visits a maternity unit that transforms into a casualty centre at times of crisis, and hears what it is like to live in one of the most tense places in the country.

She discovers how people are struggling to live in the divided city of Kaga Bandoro. Beyond the capital there is almost no infrastructure, and the lack of electricity, running water, police officers and teachers makes improving the country for the next generation a tough task.

Russia and China are keeping a keen eye on CAR. They see potential in the chaos, not least because of the untapped mineral riches it holds. But how do the people of this struggling country view that interest?

From the rape survivors and former child soldiers to the very heart of government, Anna hears forgotten voices and sheds a new light on this most brutal of conflicts.

BBC Radio 4

1.30pm: Class Act

Lenny Henry looks at how to level the playing field for young aspiring actors from low income and BAME backgrounds.

 

BBC World Service

2.50pm: Elana Meyer: Running For The New South Africa 

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country’s best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

BBC Radio 4

5pm: Brexit Bewitched Bothered or Bewildered 

As we enter the New Year Adrian Chiles returns to voters he first met for the BBC more than two years ago and who come from both sides of the Brexit divide. Being alongside them he focuses on the issues they now feel lie at the heart of this complex debate as it enters its end game

 

BBC Radio 4

5.40pm: Profile: Stormzy

Grime music’s biggest star, Stormzy, says he’s from a place “where success doesn’t happen”. But he’s had a remarkable rise to fame. Six years ago Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, was working at an oil refinery in Southampton. Now, he’s a millionaire. His success began with his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, the first grime record to reach number one. It’s not just his music that has made him a household name in the UK. During the 2017 General Election, he lent his support to Jeremy Corbyn and at the Brit Awards last year he used his fame to speak out against the Government’s response to Grenfell. This summer Stormzy will be the first grime act to headline at Glastonbury, his performance to beamed to million across the world.

 

MONDAY

 

 

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes

After her son’s road accident, Maya’s helped by the kindness of Ghana’s famous poet and playwright Efua Sutherland. She’s also helped by ex-pat’s living close by, whom she names as the ‘revolutionary returnees’. As a group of Black Americans they are all hoping to assimilate into Ghanaian life, but it’s not quite as they expected.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

8.30pm: Crossing Continents: The Brazilian Footballer Who Never Was

At 12, Douglas Braga arrived in Rio de Janeiro, a wide-eyed boy, ready to live out the Brazilian dream and become a professional footballer. At 18, he was signed by one of the country’s top teams – but was also starting to realise he couldn’t be true to himself and be a footballer. By 21, he’d quit the game. He knew he was gay and felt there was no place for him in a macho culture where homophobia is commonplace and out gay men are nowhere to be seen.

Now, at 36, Douglas lives in a country that just elected a self-styled “proud homophobe” as president, which some football fans have taken as a licence to step up their homophobic abuse and threats. But Douglas is back on the pitch and – with a growing number of other gay footballers – fighting back.

 

 

TUESDAY

 

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.1

After a run in with European professors at the university where Maya works, she’s humbled by an older local servant who offers wise advice. Maya also befriends a local hairdresser, who believes she’s been cursed.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

BBC 1

11.25pm:  “Fake Homeless”: Who’s Begging on the Streets?

Ellie Flynn investigates reports of people being duped by beggars claiming to be homeless. She visits Cambridgeshire, where police have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to begging, and speaks to so-called `homeless vigilante’ Ashley Sims in Devon. He photographs, investigates and shames people he believes are pretending to be homeless

WEDNESDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.3

Maya continues her quest to assimilate into Ghanaian life. She hires a boy whose true identity takes her by surprise, and when she dates a rich Mali trader, Sheikhali, there’s a clash of cultures.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

Aljazeera

10.30pm: People & Power: Niger- Europe Migration

People & Power investigates a controversial programme that has helped turn one of the world’s poorest nations into Europe’s southern border.

 

THURSDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.4

Maya and supporters march in Ghana to echo Martin Luther King’s 1963 monumental march in Washington DC. Their yearning for full citizenship in the US is laid bare once more. She and her group of ex-pats are inspired by a visit from Malcolm X.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

BBC 1

8pm: Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall

Britain is already the fattest country in Western Europe and if trends continue, more than 50 per cent will be obese by 2050. Last year, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presented a three-part documentary in which he set out to tackle the national obesity crisis. Now he returns with a final instalment, examining some of the misleading marketing claims on `healthier’ products, unveiling the truth about why Brits love to snack and challenging a family to rethink their portion sizes. He also heads to Westminster with Jamie Oliver to talk to MPs about the obesity crisis and gets an opportunity to put his questions directly to the Health Minister

FRIDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.5

On Maya’s return from Berlin Malcolm X writes asking for her to work for him back in the US . She goes on one last journey in Ghana and makes a startling discovery about her family’s descent.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

 

 

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MEDIA WATCH: Monday 17th – Friday 21st October

MONDAY

 

BBC 1

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

 

BBC 1

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

 

TUESDAY

 

Aljazeera

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.

WEDNESDAY

 

Aljazeera

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.

 

Aljazeera

8pm: Witness- Casablanca Calling

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

 

Aljazeera

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.

 

BBC 1

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

 

 

FRIDAY

 

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

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

MONDAY

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.

BBC 4

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
BBC 4

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

 

WEDNESDAY

BBC 2

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
BBC 1

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.

 

THURSDAY

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

 

FRIDAY

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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Media Watch: Monday 1st September – Friday 5th Sepember

MONDAY

ITV1

8pm: The Food We Eat- Tonight

By 2050, the world’s population could be more than nine billion, meaning an extra 2.3 billion mouths to feed. With this estimate in mind, Jonathan Maitland looks to the future of food, asking what people will be eating in years to come. He meets experts who want to redesign cities and a scientist who is making beef burgers in a laboratory. He also invites guests to a dinner party where insects are on the menu. Last in the series
BBC 1

8.30pm: Panorama – Stolen Childhoods: The Grooming Scandal

Following recent reports that more than 1,400 children have been victims of grooming and sexual exploitation in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, Alison Holt investigates why the police and council apparently ignored warnings of the abuse. She speaks with people who repeatedly tried to raise the alarm and hears from young people and their families, demanding to know why they weren’t protected.

WEDNESDAY

BBC World Service

2.32pm: The Documentary

Mark Coles meets the crate diggers devoted to giving Africa’s obscure musical gems a new lease of life.

BBC 2

9pm: Horizon- Inside the Dark Web

Twenty-five years after the World Wide Web was created, the issue of surveillance has become the greatest controversy of its existence. With many concerned that governments and corporations can monitor people’s every move, this programme meets hackers and scientists who are using technology to fight back, as well as the law enforcement officers who believe it’s leading to opportunities for risk-free crimes. With contributors including World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange
Aljazeera

10.30pm: People & Power: The Battle for Africa (Pt2)

The conclusion of a two part People & Power investigation into the effects of China’s increasing influence in Africa.

THURSDAY

BBC Radio 4

11.30am: Tupac Shakur- Hip-hop Immortal

Poet Al Letson recalls the life of Tupac Shakur, a conflicted African American folk hero. The son of a black panther, Tupac Shakur, trained as an actor, posed as a street thug and became a best selling rapper. He continues to be mythologised, revered and highlighted like no other. He was shot and killed 18 years ago, yet he is still the third biggest selling hip hop artist.

ITV1

7.30pm The Shape of Things to Come?: Tonight

New research has revealed that young women in the UK are the most overweight in western Europe, with one in 12 being clinically obese. Despite the nation’s love of dieting and fitness, the obesity crisis looks set to get worse. Aasmah Mir investigates, exploring what factors are at play
Channel 4

9pm: Educating the East End

New series. Documentary following life at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, east London. The comprehensive’s newest teacher, Mr Bispham, learns the job isn’t always plain sailing, especially when it comes to educating Year 9 girls, while pupil Tawny focuses on winning a place at the prestigious Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology, but she’s competing against her best friend Alice. With Acacia’s mother sick in hospital, staff are on hand to help the 14-year-old through a difficult time
BBC 4

10.40pm: Nelson’s Caribbean Hell-Hole: An Eighteenth Century Navy Graveyard Uncovered

After the discovery of human bones on a beach in Antigua, historian Sam Willis investigates one of the darkest chapters of Britain’s imperial past. As archaeologists excavate a mass grave of British soldiers, he explores the island’s ruins and discovers how the sugar islands of the Caribbean were rife with sun, sea, war, tropical diseases and poisoned rum

 

FRIDAY

ITV1

9pm: Piers Morgans Life Stories- Alesha Dixon

New series. The singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge chats about her career and personal life, opening up to Piers about how, after finding fame with Mis-Teeq and as a solo artist, she lost her record contract and found out her husband was having an affair, all in the space of a few weeks. She speaks about being on the receiving end of a backlash after replacing Arlene Phillips on Strictly Come Dancing, and reveals how she juggles motherhood with song writing and her TV work

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Media Watch: Sunday 17th August – Saturday 23rd August

SUNDAY

BBC World Service

7.32am: Love from Hate

Lourens Groenewald is a white South African and a former policeman, who was involved in the notorious suppression of the Soweto Uprising. Dorah Mazibuko is a black South African whose son was active in the fight against apartheid. Mpho Lakaje tells the story of their unlikely friendship.

Aljazeera

8pm: Tutu’s Children (Ep3)

Young African leaders are challenged to put their ideas into practice on the ground, and breaking African taboos tests their friendships.

BBC 4

11pm: Egypt’s Lost Cities

Dallas Campbell and Liz Bonnin join Dr Sarah Parcak on a journey to Egypt to find out whether cities, temples and pyramids are lying beneath the sands. The potential existence of the buildings was suggested by satellites as part of an alternative approach to archaeology

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MONDAY

BBC World Service

6.32pm: Discovery: Antibiotics Resistance Crisis

The discovery and harnessing of antibiotic drugs in the mid twentieth century led some medics to predict the end of infectious diseases. But the bacteria fought and continue to fight back, evolving resistance to many of the drugs that used to kill them. Public health officials warn that without new drugs, medicine will return to the days where ‘a cut finger on Monday leads to death of Friday’. Without protective antibiotics to keep infections at bay, scores of standard surgical operations and chemotherapy for cancer will become too risky.

Roland Pease looks at scientific issues behind the gathering crisis. The last new class of antibiotics was discovered in the 1980s. Are there any others in the pipeline?

 

ITV1

8pm: Tonight: The Food we Eat

New series. A second run of programmes exploring Britain’s relationship with food. One in five families eat convenience food at least three times a week and it is claimed only one in six cook a fresh meal from scratch every day. Jonathan Maitland investigates what can be done to get the nation back in the kitchen.

 

BBC 2

9pm: Horizon: Should I Eat Meat- The Big Health Dilemma (Pt1)

In the first of two programmes this week investigating the truth about meat, Michael Mosley asks if those summer barbecue favourites – burgers and sausages – are as bad as some people think. He puts the latest scientific findings to the test on a high-meat diet to discover whether eating beef and bacon every day will do him any harm.

 

Channel 4

11.05pm: Dispatches: Nigeria’s Hidden War

The kidnap of almost 300 schoolgirls by Nigeria’s hardline Islamist fighters Boko Haram in Chibok in April caused international outrage. It sparked a global campaign demanding their return and pledges of increased military support to Nigeria from the UK, the US and other nations.

However, as the girls languish in guerrilla camps with no sign of rescue, Dispatches reporter Evan Williams investigates another side to Nigeria’s war on Islamist terror – claims of a violent campaign by its security forces against ordinary civilians.

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TUESDAY

BBC Radio 4

4.30pm: Great Lives – Baroness Oona King on Ida B. Wells

Matthew Parris leads a discussion on Ida B. Wells the African American civil rights and women’s rights activist who was a political trailblazer.

Throughout her life, Wells was militant in her demands for equality and justice for black Americans and she encouraged the African American community to fight for positive change through their own efforts.

She was an investigative journalist who highlighted the practice of lynching in the United States, showing how it was used as a way to control or punish blacks , often under the guise of trumped up rape charges. Ida was also active in women’s rights and the women’s suffrage movement, establishing several notable women’s organizations.

She was a skilled and inspiring rhetorician, and traveled internationally on lecture tours. She is the great life chosen this week by Baroness Oona King.

 

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WEDNESDAY

BBC Radio 4

2.32pm: The Documentary – Roots Reggae and Rebellion

Rastafari is Jamaica’s most famous export. British musican and poet Akala examines the culture of his Rastafarian heritage.

 

Aljazeera

8pm: Witness: Bnking the Unbanked

Is microfinance the answer to poverty? Two young Gambian bankers work to make their microfinance institution Reliance into a successful business.

 

BBC 2

9pm: Horizon: Should I Eat Meat – How to Feed the Planet

Part two of two. Every year roughly 65 billion animals are slaughtered globally for food – nine for every living person. In this documentary, Michael Mosley examines the impact this is having on the planet and finds out what meat we should be buying if we want to be eco-friendly carnivores. Is it better to purchase free-range organic or factory-farmed options? The answers are far from obvious.

 

Channel 4

12.10am: Something from Nothing – The Art of Rap

Documentary in which rapper and actor Ice-T visits both old-school icons and reigning superstars to discuss the art behind rap music. With contributions from Dr Dre, Eminem, Run DMC and Snoop Lion.

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SATURDAY

BBC Radio 4

11am: Democracy and the Arts in South Africa

Twenty years on from the end of apartheid, what role can the arts play now in helping South African society develop? Recorded with an audience at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Bridget Kendall talks to playwright Mike Van Graan, poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, arts journalist Percy Mabandu, and jazz singer Nomfundo Xaluva who performs live for us.

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Media Watch: Sunday 22nd June – Friday 27th June 2014

SUNDAY

BBC World Service

9.06am: The Forum: Forgiveness

Samira Ahmed explores the complexity of forgiveness. What effect does it have in the aftermath of violent crime, conflict or injustice? Is it possible without remorse and is there any crime that is beyond forgiveness?

With the Rev’d Mpho Tutu, co-author with her father Archbishop Desmond Tutu of a book about forgiving; author and teacher Michael McGirr, and Marina Cantacuzino, former journalist and founder of The Forgiveness Project.

 

BBC World Service

10.32am: Global Business: What Does the Future Hold for the African Economy

The African Development Bank is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Donald Kaberuka has been president of the AfDB for the past decade and has been responsible for major changes in the bank’s strategy for development and poverty reduction. There is more emphasis on the growth of the private sector, and on the importance of major infrastructure developments in areas such as road, railways, power plants and communications. Kaberuka says infrastructure is crucial in promoting regional integration in Africa.

Donald Kaberuka talks to Peter Day about the key issues facing a continent with rapidly growing economies – including the critical importance of improving domestic trade links, tackling the image of corruption, Africa’s youth and the controversies of Chinese investment.

 

 

BBC World Service

7.06pm: Global Beats: Ghana

Eight up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform songs especially for the BBC and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond. Efya, queen of Afro pop, was discovered through a talent show, and recently nominated for the World Music Awards. Kyekyeku is giving a modern twist to traditional palm wine music and making Ghanaians chuckle with his witty lyrics. There’s also Yaa Pono, with a unique rocking rap, and Ayisoba, with his distinctive gruff voice and northern style, plus gospel artist Cwesi Oteng.

The programme is presented by Rita Ray, respected London DJ and authority on African music, who is originally from Ghana herself.

 

ALJAZEERA

7.30pm:  Talk to Aljazeera: Doyin Okupe

Why has the Government in Nigeria been unable to defeat Boka Haram?

 

BBC 4

10.20pm: Venus & Serena

A profile of tennis stars the Williams sisters, telling the story of their rise to stardom and following them throughout 2011, which proved to be a demanding year. Venus struggled with autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome, while Serena was working her way back to fitness after suffering a pulmonary embolism in 2010 caused by stepping on broken glass in a restaurant

 

TUESDAY

 

BBC 4

8pm: Rise of the Continents: Africa

Geologist Professor Iain Stewart examines key moments in the development of the world’s major land masses. He begins by looking at how Africa was formed from the wreckage of a long-lost supercontinent, with its landmarks, mineral wealth and wildlife providing clues that help piece together the story of its creation. He also reveals how this deep history has left its mark on modern day Africa and the world

 

THURSDAY

 

BBC 3

9pm: Stacy Dooley: The Truth about Domestic Violence

With one in four women and one in six men in the UK suffering abuse in their lifetimes, the presenter looks into domestic violence in young people’s relationships. She speaks to victims and perpetrators to try to understand the issues surrounding the attacks, and joins Lancashire police officers as they tackle some of the 9,000 cases of abuse they investigate every year.

Stacey also talks to Home Secretary Theresa May and gains access to the National Centre of Domestic Violence

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Media Watch Monday 6th January – Friday 10th January

MONDAY

Channel 4

9pm: Food Unwrapped: Diet Special

In January, popular New Year’s resolutions include getting in shape and eating more healthily, but with a huge range of diet products and plans available, from fasting to detoxing, Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton and Matt Tebbutt want to find out which ones are the most effective.

They explore the benefits of `lite’ food, the pros and cons of sweeteners and whether cheese is always off-limits for those looking to shed a few pounds. Plus, some shocking revelations about juice

TUESDAY

BBC 2

10pm: The Truth About Immigration
As politicians from all sides compete with promises to stem the flow of migrants to the UK, BBC political editor Nick Robinson examines the decisions that led to the biggest surge of immigration in modern history. He asks whether officials can control immigration as much as they claim and looks at the potential costs of these pledges and the possibility that the plans could backfire

Channel 5

10pm: Autopsy: Michael Jackson’s Last Hours Season 1 Episode 1 of 3

New series. Forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd separates fact from fiction as he investigates the cases of celebrities who died unexpectedly, beginning with pop superstar Michael Jackson, who left $400million in debts after his sudden death at 50 in 2009.

The post-mortem reveals a severely ill man, plagued by complications from his many plastic surgeries, suffering from two rare skin conditions and riddled with arthritis. Jackson also had a bewildering number of drugs coursing through his system, bearing witness to a number of addictions that had spiralled out of control

ITV1

11.50pm: Brian Lara: Sports Life Stories: Season 1 Episode 8 of 8
An interview with the former cricketer, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, having scored 11,953 runs in the Test arena and set a world record for the highest individual total in a first-class innings when he scored 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994.

Lara talks about his journey from his early days in Trinidad to becoming one of the most famous men in his sport. With contributions from Clive Lloyd, Alec Stewart and Michael Vaughan. Last in the series

WEDNESDAY

BBC Radio 4

9am: MINT The Next Economic Giants – Nigeria Africa’s Next Hope

Economist Jim O’Neill was the first to spot the huge potential of the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India, and China, and predict how the world would change. In this landmark series, Jim travels to four countries which could one day stand alongside them and join the world’s economic elite. Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey – MINT – could become the new name on people’s lips, and further overturn the old world order.

Today Jim investigates Nigeria; can a big nation of young, vibrant, natural entrepreneurs overcome the country’s terrible legacy – decades of corruption, crime, and mismanagement?(REPEATS 9.30PM)

Fox

10pm: Being: Mike Tyson – Quiet Before the Storm  Season 1 Episode 1 of 6  New series.

Following the former boxer as he heads on a national tour of his one-man show, a very personal journey where he hopes to establish himself as an entertainer and leave behind his previous tough public persona. His first stop is in Indianapolis, but he worries about how he will be received in the city where he served a three-year jail sentence

THURSDAY

BBC 3

9pm: Tough Young Teachers Season 1 Episode 1 of 6
New series. Six new graduates are thrown in at the deep end as they begin teaching at three of London’s toughest schools. Oxford alumnus Charles is sent to The Archbishop Lanfranc School in Croydon, where he comes face to face with 500 students per week, some of whom have only just arrived in the UK. Nick and Meryl are given placements at the Harefield Academy in Uxbridge and are shocked to discover some Year 9 pupils are unable to spell four-letter words. Meanwhile, Claudenia is reduced to tears at Crown Woods College in Eltham

FRIDAY

BBC Radio 4

11.30am: Motown: Speaking in the Streets

In 1970, Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, set up a Motown spoken word label. It was called Black Forum and recorded poetry, civil rights speeches, African-American soldiers in Vietnam and more. The label closed in 1973 after eight releases. In recent years those releases have started to attract interest and some of them have been reissued. What has been revealed is a powerful testament to the African-American experience at a turbulent time in American society. The financial educator and spoken word record collector Alvin Hall listens to the recordings and talks to those who were involved in their making.

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4pm: 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.