Category “Society”

Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home

Now days we think of the Tudor home as an icon of Britishness, timber framed, possibly thatched, a cottage, but these quaint relics of the past, belie the revolution in technology that changed them and us. It was an age of great change and discovery, one place this change was most evident was in the home, domestic life became transformed and with this transformation came risk, from the new techniques used to warm rooms to the exotic foods that filled the table and the radical new remedies introduced to the medicine cabinet. With the help of modern science and historic reference this BBC film...

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How Safe Are Our Planes?

150 people lost their lives recently, in one of the worst airline disasters of recent years. Andreas Lubitz is the Co-Piolit being held responsible for deliberately crashing the Germanwings Airbus 320 plane into the Alps, killing everyone on board. This Channel 4 documentary examines the crash and tries to find out more in regards to Lubitz and his reasoning for committing such a heinous act. It also raises the question, is air travel still the safest form of...

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The Poisoner’s Handbook

In 1922, 101 New Yorkers hanged themselves, 444 died in car accidents, 20 were crushed in elevators, there were 237 fatal shootings and 34 stabbings and that year 997 New Yorkers died of poisoning. In this film PBS takes us back through these grim statistics, explaining how in the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet would have been filled with poison, all easily purchased over the counter like any regular pain medication we see today, such as paracetamol. An example of such poisons found in everyday products were radioactive elements like radium, thallium and strong...

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A Nation Divided? The Charlie Hebdo Aftermath

It was the attack that shocked the world, leaving 12 shot dead at a newspaper in Paris. After this attack on Charlie Hebdo, France now feels under assault from violent Jihadists. To investigate, British journalist and comedian Shaista Aziz travels to France in an attempt to understand where this sense of division is coming from, she meets up with some young Muslims who feel rejected by their country and members of far-right organisations who believe all foreigners should...

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Forced Adoption In The UK

RT (Russia Today) recently released this film which shines a light on one of the more controversial issues faced by some parents in living in the United Kingdom today and thats forced adoption. The UK is one of only two European countries that allows for the state to force a child into adoption without the consent of a child's biological parents. Some families have had no other choice but to leave the UK seeking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Ireland.  Many human right activists have raised concerns about the fairness of such a system and the integrity of the social workers who...

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Tom Felton Meets the Superfans

From Beatle mania to Beliebers, behind every success story there is an army of fans, most just want to show their appreciation, some take it further to prove their dedication but there is an elite group who go above and beyond the rest, they push the boundaries and walk the line between keen interest and life changing obsession, but why? In this BBC film Tom Felton, who played the villainous Draco Malfoy in the massively successful movie franchise Harry Potter, meets up with some of these superfans, to have a go himself in order to get a better understanding of what drives people to...

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Not Muslim, Not Christian, Not Silent

The coastal district of Thanet, Kent, located in the south-east corner of the country has been known to represent a perception of diversity between the seaside town retreat and an area run into social exclusion and British poverty, currently in the mist of a heated, controversial, borderline novelty electoral race, overpowered by the mixed perceptions from a candidate and party UKIP, lead by a national household name and political figure, Nigel Farage. However an apposing party which has come to the attention of the local media was shrouded in appealing and slightly perplexed element of...

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Ripley: Believe it or Not

Robert Ripley had an obsession for the odd and a keen eye for the curious, this interest made him one of the most successful men in America at a time when things were so bad, during the Great Depression. In just over three decades, Ripley's "Believe It or Not!" franchise having a humble start featuring in newspapers and radio took off and grew into an entertainment empire, dominating not only newspapers and radio but film and television. His fellow countrymen couldn't get enough of the bizarre he offered and were also very interested in Ripley as a person, having become an unlikely...

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Russian Grave Diggers

During World War 2 thousands of soldiers lost their lives on the border of Germany and Russia and many of these bodies were never recovered. Due to this fact there is now a group known as the "Black Diggers" who make it their mission to illegally dig up the lost remains of German and Russian soldiers in order to sell any military artefacts they happen come...

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