Mon, September 17th, 2018
Thursday 9pm – 10pm, Channel 5
The Korean peninsula has been the focus of much attention in recent press, from the unparalleled visit by US president Donald Trump to the nuclear tests causing widespread panic across Japan and even Hawaii, the media is never far away.
Since the division of the country across the 38th parallel in 1948 to appease both the Americans and the Russians, tensions have flared across the demilitarized zone that separates South and North Korea. The two countries are polar opposites, the South embracing technology and capitalism, a global power. Whereas ...
Mon, September 10th, 2018
Monday 8.30pm – 9pm, BBC1
In early 2018 the press started to report that six of the largest ten academy trusts in England issued warnings over short-staffing, pay, financial risks and building safety. These trusts cover hundreds of schools across the country. With a £2.7 Bn shortfall in education since 2015 and a serious teacher retention problem, the Academies proposal was developed as an ideological way to save money, reform education and it was hailed by parents initially, with more than 7000 schools transforming.
The way in which Academies have formed and started to run ...
Mon, September 3rd, 2018
Tuesday 10.45pm – 11.35pm, BBC1
By May 2018 there had already been 23 school shootings in the United States of America where someone had been injured or killed. That is more than 1 a week. Each massacre or shooting in the country reopens the debate on gun control but nothing ever appears to change. Whether it was the widely publicised Sandy Hook, Isla Vista, Columbine, Santa Fe or Umpqua massacres where multiple children were killed and the world shocked, the US government did nothing. The grip of the National Rifle Association and their repeated promotion of the Second Amendment which states "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" apparently cannot be freed.
Mon, August 27th, 2018
Friday 10.35pm – 12.25am, BBC1
In 1925 at Wembley stadium in dramatic style, a humiliating Empire Day speech that was halting and hopeless brought to light the stammer of a Royal. Further public exposure and speeches brought wider recognition of a man thrust into public life who suffered from a terrible nervous stammer.
The Oscar winning film The King’s Speech is a marvellous and moving portrayal of King George VI and his difficulties in dealing with his impediment. Colin Firth is impressive as the King and from the start of the film where he freezes on national radio ...
Mon, August 20th, 2018
Wednesday 10.30pm – 11.35pm, Channel 4
On the 15th of January 2018 the UK construction sector was shocked when a compulsory liquidation order was made against Carillion, the second largest construction company in the UK. Carillion was a major supplier to the UK’s public sector and had the remit to deliver 450 different contracts across a range of different departments and sectors, all funded by public money. Much work ensued to ensure those vital contracts could be delivered by other bodies. The collapse drew wide criticism from across the political divide, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling the incident ‘a watershed moment’.