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Media Watch Monday 6th January – Friday 10th January


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



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


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


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)


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



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


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.

BBC Radio 4

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.