Thu, February 28th, 2019
Mon, February 25th, 2019
Wednesday 9pm - 10pm, BBC2
Seldom has a ‘fatwa’ (death sentence) been issued against such a famous person, let alone one that came from Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. Yet on Valentine’s Day 1989 that is exactly what happened to Salman Rushdie. The novel written by Rushdie had deeply offended Muslims, containing risqué pictures of the prophet Mohammed had devastated the Islamic faith - especially as the offence had come from one of their own. His usual eloquent and creative writing was now overlooked for the faux pas in writing such blasphemy. The writer apologised, but to no avail, he had to move several times, missed his son growing up, bookstores were firebombed and publishers of the novel murdered.
Mon, February 18th, 2019
Thursday 10.45pm - 11.45pm, ITV
Ossie Ardiles recalls the advice he was given by his friends and family when he was considering moving to Tottenham Hotspur to play football in England. He states “A lot of people said to me, No Ossie, got to any country but don’t go to England because in England they don’t really play football.’Meaning that the ball is in all the time in the air and see how they bypass the midfield and so on, But I thought, ‘We will see about that”. Of course, Ossie was right and he became one of Tottenham Hotspurs’ legends. Life wasn’t always easy for the trailblazing foreign players who changed the English game when they arrived over 40 years ago. Not everyone was happy about the ‘foreign invasion’ into the game. A far cry from today’s game where foreign players dominate the league.
Mon, February 11th, 2019
Thursday 10pm - 11pm, BBC4
If you were a teenage girl through the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s then you may have been one for going straight to the Agony Aunt problem pages in ‘Jackie’ or ‘Teen’ or maybe you were a ‘J17’ fan (fans of Jackie will be disgusted to learn that Cathy and Claire weren’t actually real..). Whatever your favourite read, they all had the pages dedicated to helping desperate and confused teens. Of course, the Agony Aunt wasn’t just at the beckon and call of 13-18 year olds, the newspapers picked up on the advice columns and many offered a route for all sorts of problems, some of the mature readers will also remember TV’s Claire Rayner adorning the screens. Although sometimes reading or watching these you’d question whether the queries were real or not (recalling the problem a woman faced about if she could’ve been made pregnant during an alien abduction).
Mon, February 4th, 2019
Monday 10:15pm - 11:15pm, Channel 4
In the 1970’s, a fringe pursuit emerged, the teaching of children at home was taken up by a small number of families. In 2016-2017 that number had grown to around 48000 children being homeschooled, this was an enormous jump from 2015-2016 where there were 34000. It is estimated these numbers are actually far higher, local authority’s only keep a register of children who are withdrawn from a public education, children who have never been to school aren’t required to be put on these registers.