Thursday, 7 July 2011

Oxstalls Off-Air Recordings 9th - 15th July 2011

Please email if you would like any of the following series or programmes recording. *

*This applies to staff members and students at the University of Gloucestershire. Any recordings made are to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence.


Saturday 9th July

Timeshift: Hotel Deluxe
10:30pm - 11:30pm BBC4

Exploring how some of the world's most famous hotels, including the Savoy, the Ritz and the Dorchester, became internationally renowned as the epitome of luxurious living, and the ways in which they have adapted to the needs of new generations of wealthy clients. The film examines the origins of the prestigious establishments, and offers an insight into the methods they employ to live up to the standards of the most exacting customers. Narrated by Fenella Fielding.

Cries and Whispers 
1:20am - 3:10am Film4

Focusing on the failure of love and the agony of loss, this is one of Ingmar Bergman's finest achievements. Combining memories, fantasies and moments of intense family drama, this harrowing study of pain, passion, sisterhood and death brought Bergman a hat-trick of Oscar nominations, although it was Sven Nykvist who won the award for his luscious cinematography. However, it's the stunning art direction of Marik Vos that provides this disturbing chamber drama with its unforgettable manor house setting and its mesmerising red colour scheme. Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin and Liv Ullmann dominate proceedings as the well-heeled sisters, but Kari Sylwan is every bit as impressive as the peasant maid.

Sunday 10th July

Seve: The Legend
10:25pm - 11:25pm BBC1

Gary Lineker presents this tribute to Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in May at the age of 54. A member of a gifted golfing family, Seve strode the fairways for 30 years, having gained the attention of the sporting world in 1976, when at the age of 19 he finished second at the Open at Royal Birkdale. He went on to win the greatest honours in the game - including three Open Championships and two Masters titles - and became a key member of the European Ryder Cup team, as player and captain. The programme features contributions by fellow players Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Jose Maria Olazabal, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Greg Norman, as well as Sir Bruce Forsyth, Des Lynam and Peter Alliss.


Monday 11th July

News and current affairs
Gerry and the GPs - Panorama
8:30pm - 9:00pm BBC1

Businessman Gerry Robinson examines the Government's plans for some of the biggest changes to the NHS in its history. He travels across Britain to gauge support for the reforms, talks to GPs with differing views and finds out what alterations have already taken place with the closure of some primary care trusts. He also asks Health Secretary Andrew Lansley if the system's future is at risk should the reforms fail.

Strictly Kosher
9:00pm - 10:00pm ITV1 London

Whenever there's a documentary made about the Jewish faith, you can guarantee that there'll be a scene featuring circumcision. And sure enough, in the first ten minutes of this look at Manchester's 40,000-strong population of Jews, there's a sleeping baby boy getting a rude awakening. But once that's been dealt with, we're onto more affectionately wry territory as we meet a cross-section of the community, from those who don't consider themselves to be particularly observant of religious tenets to the strict followers of Haredi Judaism. Stand-out characters include retailer Joel Lever, whose fashion boutique is frequented by the women of Prestwich, and self-styled modern orthodox mum Bernette Clarke who rushes around her house offering pickled cucumbers to her sons before preparing chicken soup that she refers to as "Jewish penicillin". Adding emotional heft is 83-year-old Jack Aisenberg and the story of his family's demise at the Belzec Extermination camp, a fate he managed to escape by fleeing to the North West in 1945. But a Nazi flag given to him by a British soldier serves as a reminder of those dark days.

Embarrassing Bodies: Teen Special
9:00pm - 10:00pm Channel 4 Boys vs Girls 2/4, series 1.

The mobile clinic stops in the West Midlands, where Dr Christian Jessen meets a girl worried about having an extra hole above her anus, and a boy with asymmetrical testicles. Dr Dawn Harper helps a 19-year-old struggling with bad breath, and Dr Pixie McKenna visits a secondary school to provide information about the dangers of smoking.

Underage and Pregnant
8:30pm - 9:00pm BBC3 Abby and Riley 1/8, series 3.

Life is a never-ending round of tests and MRI scans for seven-month-old Riley, a baby born with clubbed feet, webbed fingers and an inability to smile or suck properly. The situation is made doubly stressful by the fact that mum Abby is only 16, and set to sit 13 GCSEs for which she's trying to revise while juggling hospital visits. Despite the heavy workload and lack of sleep, Abby handles her lot with dedication and even beats the medics to a diagnosis that explains her son's disabilities. Free from finger-wagging moralising, this look at teenage parenting makes for sobering viewing but leaves us feeling some hope for Abby and Riley's future.


Tuesday 12th July

Prison, Mum and Me
9:00pm - 10:00pm BBC3.

Documentary filmed over a six-month period that follows three teenage girls whose mothers are either incarcerated or have experience of being in prison. Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne struggles to concentrate on her schoolwork as she awaits her mother's imminent release, and 17-year-old Charlotte is determined to carve out a successful life for herself. Meanwhile, 18-year-old Amy begins her first year at university without the reassuring presence of a female parent. Narrated by Samantha Morton.

True Stories: Bodysnatchers of New York
10:00pm - 11:30pm More4

Toby Dye presents a portrait of Michael Mastromarino, the New York-based surgeon who was sentenced in 2008 to 18-54 years in prison for illegally harvesting body parts from hundreds of corpses without the permission of relatives. Mastromarino reveals the particulars of his work, explaining how his operation ran, and detailing why he continued to trade despite being aware that he was circulating potentially tainted tissue into the worldwide transplant market.


Wednesday 13th July

The Great British Weather
7:30pm - 8:30pm BBC1 1/4, series 1.

New series. Live interactive series that taps into the nation's obsession with the weather, presented by Alexander Armstrong, Chris Hollins and Carol Kirkwood. Former England cricketer Andrew `Freddie' Flintoff is a guest in the first edition, from St Ives in Cornwall, while Chris Hollins goes in search of the world's second largest fish, the basking shark. With contributions by veteran weather presenters John Kettley, Michael Fish and Bill Giles, and meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker.

Arts and culture
The Culture Show
7:00pm - 8:00pm  BBC2 Manchester Festival Special 11/12

Andrew Graham-Dixon presents from the Manchester International Festival, where Johnny Vegas and Victoria Wood are presenting their new plays. Damon Albarn is premiering his opera based on the life of the Elizabethan mathematician, magician and politician John Dee. Bjork is performing her first UK dates in three years, and performance artist Marina Abramovic debuts a new piece also starring Willem Dafoe.

Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance
8:00pm - 9:00pm Channel 4 2/8, series 2.

The childcare expert tackles nine-year-old Max, who has never eaten a hot meal and exists on a diet of custard creams, leaving him with no energy and unable to concentrate at school. Trenyce is bullied at school, and the seven-year-old takes out her unhappiness on her family. Jo has to teach her to speak to her mother, and give them both the skills to manage her anger.


Thursday 14th July

Josie: My Cancer Curse
9:00pm - 10:00pm BBC3.

Documentary following 18-year-old Josie Bellerby as she struggles to decide if she should take a test that will reveal whether she has inherited a gene renowned for increasing the chances of getting breast cancer. Her mother was one of the first women in the UK to be tested, and had a double mastectomy after being given a positive result. The programme explores the dilemma faced by Josie and her two sisters.

The Biology of Dads
8:00pm - 9:00pm BBC4.

Child psychologist Laverne Antrobus presents this documentary investigating the importance of a father's role within the family. She meets a dad suffering from Couvade syndrome, also known as `sympathetic pregnancy, witnesses classic `dad' behaviour, and investigates research that claims a daughter's relationship with her father can influence the kind of man she marries.

Timeshift: The North on a Plate
9:00pm - 10:00pm BBC4

Paris-based cultural historian Andrew Hussey visits the the north-west of England to explore the cultural and environmental characteristics that contribute to the distinctive qualities of the local food and produce. He learns about the role of the Industrial Revolution in shaping modern eating habits, and meets people who help him understand the culinary peculiarities of the region.


Please email if you would like any of the following series or programmes recording. *

*This applies to staff members and students at the University of Gloucestershire. Any recordings made are to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence.


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