TV Times - 8 - 14 March 2008

TV Times - 8 - 14 March 2008

This weeks highlight is the final programme in BBC2's White Season which has attracted praise and criticism in equal measure.

Other programmes feature the impact of Enoch Powell's infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech, the reaction to mass immigration in East Anglia, and the responsibility for the atrocities in Darfur.

Saturday 8 March - 9 - 10pm - BBC2 - Rivers of Blood
BBC2's White Season continues with this documentary about Enoch Powell's infamous 1968 anti-immigration speech in which he prophesied that mass migration would lead to segregation and communal violence. The footage includes the only filmed fragments of the speech to survive and the programme examines how Powell arrived at his conclusions and temporarily bestowed a spurious respectability to racist views; footage of marches by dockers and meat-packers in support of Powell still have the power to provoke.

Monday 10 March - 8 - 9pm - Channel 4 - Dispatches: The Fake Trade
Part two of this documentary on the multibillion pound counterfeit trade looks at the most serious social and economic consequences which include the use of slave labour, the deaths of those who have died as a result of taking fake medicines and the regulators whose lives are under constant threat of assassination from syndicates.

Monday 10 March - 9 -10pm - BBC2 - White Girl
This drama has won praise for its technical artistry and acting plaudits and tells the story of how an 11 year old white working class girl who is a member of a chaotic and dysfunctional family achieves a level of calm and security when she and her family move to a predominantly Muslim community and she embraces Islam. However this drama also has come under some criticism for failing in its avowed aim to celebrate, or at least recognise, the existence of the white working classes.

Monday 10 March - 10.30 - 10.40pm - BBC2 - 10 Days to War - 1/8
This series of eight ten-minute dramas, the first five showing on consecutive nights this week, marks the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Iraq. This first drama tells how, on 10 March 2003, a Foreign Office lawyer (played by Juliet Stevenson) decided to resign because of her objections to the war's legal basis - or rather, the lack of it.

Tuesday 11 March - 9 - 10pm - BBC2 - The Poles Are Coming!
In what is purported to be a wryly amusing documentary, Tim Samuels here visits Peterborough to report on the economic and social effects of the migration of around one million Eastern Europeans to Britain. Many work as vegetable pickers and stone cutters; however the Polish city of Gdansk is attempting to lure some back at least temporarily so that someone can build its Euro 2012 football stadium. Predictably, in the meantime, many Peterborough locals complain of being "swamped".

Friday 14 March - 7.30 - 8pm - Channel 4 - Unreported World - Sudan: Meet the Janjaweed
The Janjaweed are the rarely filmed and notorious Arab fighters accused of doing the Sudanese government's dirty work in Darfur. A militia leader is interviewed who claims to have taken orders from the president though he and his men now argue that they have been betrayed and made scapegoat for atrocities they did not commit.

Pick of the Week red n black star
Friday 14 March - 9 - 10pm - BBC2 - All White in Barking
To conclude BBC2's White Season, this Storyville documentary-maker visits the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, where many among the local white population appear to be struggling to accommodate the high levels of immigration and the British National Party has recently become the second largest political party in the area. Beautifully made, like the majority of programmes in this season and also in the Storyville strand, the tight focus on the white working classes "fear of the foreign" has nonetheless attracted a fair amount of criticism, with the programme-makers being accused of condescension towards those they perhaps label as the "lower orders".

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Mar 8 2008 04:20

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