Friday, 13 January 2012

Oxstalls Off-Air Recordings 14th - 20th January 2012

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 14th January

World Olympic Dreams
BBC1 13:00pm - 13:30pm 
Matthew Pinsent travels to Namibia to meet a young sprinter whose aim is to qualify for the London Games. Plus, reports from Iceland, Mongolia and Gaza as the countdown continues.

Ken Russell: a Bit of a Devil
BBC 2.  21:00pm - 21:50pm
Following the recent death of Ken Russell, Alan Yentob looks back over the career of the flamboyant film director responsible for Women In Love, Tommy and The Devils. Friends and admirers - including Glenda Jackson, Terry Gilliam, Twiggy, Melvyn Bragg, Robert Powell and Roger Daltrey - recall a pioneering documentary-maker, talented photographer and fearless film director.
When at the BBC in the Sixties, Russell first established his name with brilliant documentaries on Elgar, Delius and Debussy. Not only did he bring alive their music with inspiring images, he also humanised them by using actors, something unthinkable in factual film-making at the time. His unfettered imagination soon led to feature films. Women In Love earned Glenda Jackson an Oscar and notoriety for a nude wrestling scene featuring Oliver Reed and Alan Bates. Although infamy dogged him with The Devils, he enjoyed considerable commercial success with The Boyfriend and his extravagant take on The Who's Tommy. Furiously creative to the end, Russell showed himself determined to pursue his original ideas, sometimes regardless of the personal cost.

ITV1 23:30pm - 01:15am
Romantic comedy from the makers of Notting Hill. Peter Colt is a low-ranking tennis star whose misfortune on the court is only matched by his extremely bad luck in love. His life is transformed, however, when he is chosen as a wildcard to play at Wimbledon and, while there, meets and falls in love with a young American on the women's circuit. Their love match spurs him on to reach the tournament final, but will his good fortune hold out long enough for him to lift the prestigious trophy? With Paul Bettany, Kirsten Dunst, Eleanor Bron, Robert Lindsay, and Celia Imrie.(2004).
Sunday 15th January

The Hotel
Channel 4.  20:00pm - 21:00pm
A real-life Fawlty Towers, this comedy-doc looks at life above and below stairs at Torquay's Grosvenor Hotel.

...Sings Musicals
BBC4.  22:00pm - 23:00pm
 Sings Musicals delves into the BBC archives and presents an eclectic mix of performances from musicals from the 60s to the present. Featuring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald singing Mack the Knife from the Threepenny Opera, Captain Sensible performing a classic from South Pacific, Jeff Beck going down the yellow brick road of Oz, Jay Z taking on Annie, and all points in between.
Monday 16th January

When Ali Came to Britain
ITV1.  22:35pm - 23:35pm
Documentary marking the 70th birthday of legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali by looking at his long relationship with Britain. The programme features contributions from some of the people Ali encountered during his many visits to the UK, including a teenager who sparred with him, a fan who became a close friend, and former opponents. The family of Henry Cooper talk about the British boxer's two fights with Ali, and trainer Angelo Dundee talks about the controversy over the famous tampered glove when Cooper floored Ali in their first fight. The film also includes some previously unseen archive and home video footage.
Tuesday 17th January

The Then and Now of Muhammad Ali
BBC4.  22:00pm - 22:50pm
On the occasion of Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday, Sir David Frost charts the life and career of the world's greatest sportsman through a series of landmark interviews.
Frost meets Ali at his ranch in Michigan and together they look back over the boxer's glittering career and talk about the Parkinson's disease that now blights the former champion's life.
The programme also includes excerpts from two of their greatest encounters - in 1968 when Ali declared that all 'white men are devils' and in 1974 when they met at Ali's training camp at Deer Lake prior to the historic Rumble in the Jungle fight with George Foreman.
Wednesday 18th January

Jonathan Meades on France.  1/3 Fragments of an arbituary Encyclopaedia
BBC4. 21:00pm - 22:00pm
How Lorraine is the symbolic heart of France and a stronghold of a romantic nationalism.
Thursday 19th January

Gypsy Blood: True Stories
Chanel 4.  22:00pm - 23:35pm
 Filmed over two years by award-winning photographer Leo Maguire, Gypsy Blood examines the violent culture that some gypsy and traveller fathers hand on to their sons.
The film is an intimate portrait of two gypsy families, their fight for respect and the price they pay in cycles of revenge that can erupt into sudden and terrifying violence.
The Dohertys are Irish Traveller royalty. While Hughie Doherty, 27, becomes embroiled in a fight to defend his family's name, his seven-year-old son Francie is caught between two worlds, learning to read at primary school while learning to fight with his fists at home.
Fred Butcher is Romany but torn between the gypsy fighting tradition and his love as a father. His nine-year-old son, Freddy Cole, is terrified his father will be badly hurt in a fight. The film follows the story of how Fred nearly dies in a machete attack as a day of drinking and sparring goes terribly wrong.
Gypsy Blood is a haunting study of masculinity, violence and the uneasy relationship gypsy and traveller men have with their bare-knuckle traditions, and an insight into people living amongst a wider society but sometimes with values that are a world apart.
Gyspy Blood is part of True Stories, which commissions and showcases the best feature-length documentaries.

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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