Mon, August 30th, 2018
Wednesday 10.30pm – 11.30pm, Channel 4
The United Nations was famously set up in 1945 with the sole aim of preventing another conflict like the word had just seen. An intergovernmental organisation it was tasked to promote international cooperation and to create and maintain international order. A total of 51 nations were member states at the signing of the first charter, there are now 193.
Mon, August 23rd, 2018
Thursday 9pm – 10pm, BBC2
An astonishing and sad statistic presented by the NHS reveals that 80% of parents who are presented with the fact their baby has spina bifida during the 20 week scan choose to terminate that pregnancy. Spina bifida, believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, is a birth defect that occurs at 4 weeks after fertilisation when there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. The defect leads to difficulty with bladder and bowel control, reduced walking mobility, tethered spinal cord, hydrocephalus and even a latex allergy. 1 in 1000 births in the UK features a form of spina bifida and a surprising number of cases occur when a mother fails to follow simple folic acid care instructions from medical professionals.
Mon, August 16th, 2018
Wednesday 9pm – 10pm, BBC1
The gig economy is booming, this is an employment model where people take short-term or freelance jobs instead of permanent contracts. This model is particularly popular with couriers, food delivery workers and taxi drivers. A study by the Citizens Advice Bureau estimates there are over 4.8 million self employed workers in the UK, many of which operate in the gig economy. There are also 1.8 million people working in the zero-hours contract area, a notoriously unreliable source of income.
Mon, August 9th, 2018
Monday 11.15pm – 12.15am, BBC2
American born, British based comedian Reginald D Hunter is better known for his highly offensive, but very humorous comedy, famously offending PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle. Starting out as an actor he soon realised he had a natural flair to make people smile and uses sometimes very taboo topics, such as race and culture. His tour titles often utilising words not all of the population are comfortable are using. It is perhaps his awareness of issues and taboos around sociology, race, culture and human interaction that makes him perfect to explore issues surrounding President Donald Trump’s controversial and divisive wall.
Mon, August 2nd, 2018
Brave and determined 29 year old Shiori Ito has emerged as the face of the Japanese #Metoo campaign, an international movement against sexual harassment and assault on women. Started by American TV star Alyssa Milano, the #Metoo hashtag has spread like wildfire, empowering women to tackle one of the worlds last social taboos.