TV Times 10 -16 March 2007

The Meddling Prince

A round-up of interesting programming on UK television this week.

A critical analysis of roles would appear to be an apposite theme this week with documentaries on the contemporary concept of freedom, the role of those previously unmentioned in history books who helped bring about the ending of the official slave trade, and the modern position of the monarchy as regards current affairs.

Sat 10 March - 12.55 - 0300am - Film 4 - Kanal
This is the second part of Wajda's war trilogy and it is a bleak, hard-hitting and accurate recreation of the events of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Polish with subtitles.

Sun 11 March - 8 - 10.15pm - Sky Movies 1 - North County
An allegedly over-sentimentalised account of the story of Josey Aimes who after experiencing sexual harassment in her workplace - a mine - instigated America's first class action lawsuit for sexual harassment. The film portrays the conflict this creates in both her home and work environs.

Pick of the Week red n black star
Sun 11 March - 9 - 10pm - BBC2 - The Trap: What Happened To Our Dreams Of Freedom
Part 1 of 3 - Fuck You Buddy
Following on from his previous series "The Power Of Nightmares" which analysed radical Islam and the fear of terrorism, here Adam Curtis examines the contemporary concept of freedom. He argues that the traditional model of freedom, developed by nuclear strategists during the Cold War, has trapped people into thinking there are no other forms of liberty, leading to disastrous and chaotic political situations worldwide.

Sun 11 March - 11.15pm - 12.55am - BBC2 - Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Musical comedic documentary featuring stand-up comedian Chappelle's efforts to stage a free concert on a Brooklyn street.

Tue 12 March - 8 - 9pm - Channel 4 - Dispatches: Charles: The Meddling Prince
A lighthearted and possibly unintentionally amusing critique of Prince Charles in which his supposed neutral "political" stance as future monarch is called into question.

Fri 16 March - 9 -10pm - BBC2 - Moira Stuart In Search Of Wilberforce
Newsreader Moira Stuart re-examines Wilberforce' role in the abolition of the slave trade finding (gasp!) that ordinary people and slaves themselves had a huge role to play which does not appear to be reflected in the history books. Two examples given are of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave who wrote an autobiography in 1789 and then went on a five year book tour in order to put a human face to the experience of being enslaved and Sam Sharp who led the first organised slave rebellion in Jamaica.

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Lone Wolf
Mar 10 2007 02:26

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