Posted in: History, War
The Necessary War
Our perceptions of the First World War today are dominated by the idea it was a futile conflict, a colossal waste of life, and an immense tragedy for Britain and all of Europe. It is a view that has been fostered by the war poets who wrote vividly about the experience of trench warfare, and by countless novels, films and television programmes in the years since. Many even go as far as suggesting that the First World War led directly to the rise of Hitler and the outbreak of the Second World War. In a single...
Posted in: Crime
Police Under Pressure: Uneasy Peace
British policing is under pressure like never before as forces up and down the country try to cope with the biggest cuts to their budgets in modern times. South Yorkshire Police has more trouble than most. It is struggling to rebuild a reputation tainted by the tragedy of Hillsborough and some of the worst crime figures in Britain. It is also struggling to keep the peace in some of its most difficult neighborhoods. In some parts of Sheffield, tension between the existing white and Asian communities and newly...
Posted in: Health
The Battle to Beat Polio
Stephanie Flanders, former BBC economics editor, has a very personal interest in the battle to beat polio. Her father, Michael Flanders, one half of the world-famous singing duo of the 50s and 60s, Flanders and Swann, was paralysed by the infection when he was 21. He used a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and died early at 53 through complications caused by the disease. Stephanie was just six. But the desperate search for a vaccine was far from straightforward. Stephanie discovers that it is the story of...
Posted in: Crime, Drugs
Michaella, Peru and the Drugs Run
Last June a young Tyrone women left Ireland looking for adventure. Twenty year old Michaella Mccollum had never been on a plane before she flew out to Ibiza, she was a promotions girl who told her family she was going to work as a dancer but after 5 weeks on the party island she disappeared. Michaella turned up 6000 miles away alongside a young Scottish women her family had never heard of before, both had been accused of being drug mules. Michaella now faces serving 6 years in jail and has become the poster girl...
Posted in: Educational, Science
The Fantastical World of Hormones
Theres a mysterious set of chemicals that flow through every part of our bodies, they can rule our lives and shape our destinies, they turn children into adults, they govern our appetites and they even affect our passions. They are called hormones and they are fundamental in making us who we are. In this film professor John Wass tells the wonderful and often weird story of how hormones were...
Greatest World Cup Goals
Matt Smith counts down the 50 greatest World Cup goals ever scored. Will Diego Maradona's brilliant solo goal against England in 1986 get the vote as the best ever goal? Various journalists and pundits give their...
Posted in: Crime
Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation
With America now locking up more people than any other country on earth, their prison population now amounts to 20 percent of the total prison population on Earth even though only having 5 percent of the actual population. This is a direct result of the though on crime mindset politicians such as Ronald Reagan enforced over the last three decades and contributed to an unsustainable number of people being incarcerated. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional and is forcing...
Posted in: Environment
Stephen Fry And The Great American Oil Spill
Stephen Fry loves Louisiana. Four months after the BP oil spill, dubbed the worst ecological disaster in the history of America, Fry returns to the Deep South together with zoologist Mark Carwardine, to see what the impact has been on the people, the vast wetlands and the species that live there. What they find both surprises and divides the travelling...
Posted in: History, War
Normandy ’44: The Battle Beyond D-Day
To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, historian James Holland takes us through the depths of the operation, the brutal 77 day Battle for Normandy that came after the initial invasion. Holland challenges some of the myths that come to surround this vital campaign, arguing that we have become all too comfortable in our understanding of these events. As veterans gather to relive one of the turning points of the Second World War, historian James Holland moves beyond the D-Day beaches to reassess the brutal 77-day...