Thursday, 19 April 2012

Oxstalls Off-Air Recordings 21st - 27th April 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 21st April

British Olympic Dreams
BBC 1 13:00pm - 13:30pm
Duration: 30 minutes.

Sonali Shah and Ore Oduba present as British Olympic Dreams follows gymnastics superstar Beth Tweddle in the build up to her final Olympics. Now a veteran at the tender age of 27, she is looking to secure a medal at the one major championship where success has eluded her.
Sunday 22nd April

London Marathon Highlights
BBC 2 17:00pm - 18:00pm
Duration: 1 hour.

Jonathan Edwards looks back at an inspirational day where 35,000 athletes took to the streets of London, each with their own ambition.
The men's race featured Kenyan world record holder Patrick Makau, who was out to improve on his third placed finish in London last year. Edna Kiplagat became world champion in Daegu in 2011 and was looking to build on that in the women's race. Five-time men's wheelchair champion David Weir was in action aiming to equal Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson's record of six London wins, while Amanda McGrory was back to defend her women's wheelchair title.
Monday 23rd April

Panorama - Undercover: Elderly Care
BBC 1 20:30pm - 21:00pm
Duration: 30 minutes.

Panorama reveals the appalling treatment of an elderly care home resident with dementia, captured on film after a concerned relative hid a secret camera. The abuse - in a care home passed as "excellent" by the national regulator, the Care Quality Commission - has led to five care workers being sacked, with one pleading guilty to assault. It was recorded by a secret camera placed in the elderly woman's bedroom by her daughter, who speaks for the first time about what happened. Fiona Phillips, whose parents suffered from dementia and whose mother died in a care home, investigates whether the regulator and care home provider did enough to prevent such abuse and asks whether the system of elderly care itself can be trusted.

The King and the Playwright: a Jacobean History - Uncertainties.
BBC 4 21:00pm - 22:00pm
Episode 1 of 3
Duration: 1 hour.

World-renowned American scholar Professor James Shapiro begins his three-part series about Shakespeare in the reign of King James with the anxious mood of 1603, when a new dynasty comes to power. Puritans, plague, an extravagant gift to a Spanish diplomatic delegation and a new British coin called the unite all figure in Shapiro's rich and fascinating history of a troubled time which saw an extraordinary creative outpouring.
Tuesday 24th April

Hidden Talent 1/6
Channel 4 21:00pm - 22:00pm
Duration: 1 hour.

The first episode focuses on rock climbing and lie detection.
After experts test members of the general public in both physical and mental capacities, they narrow their search down to find the individuals that they believe have the greatest potential to excel in each field.
The 10 finalists in rock climbing are put through a series of tasks by world-class climbing coach Martin Chester, testing their agility, ease with heights, leadership qualities and communication skills.
Maggie, a 45-year-old nurse and grandmother, is selected to take her new-found skill even further by receiving one-on-one training ahead of her final challenge: to ascend the 200ft Old Man of Stoer sea stack in Scotland, the base of which can only be reached by abseiling across the turbulent sea, and which normally takes years of training to attempt.
Only one in 400 people can spot a liar with any degree of accuracy. After hundreds of volunteers are tested on their ability to read body language and identify the liars as people respond to a series of questions, Brenda, a 63-year-old retiree who previously owned a wedding boutique, emerges as the most successful 'human lie detector' with a remarkable 80% accuracy rate.
To develop her natural talent, Brenda travels to the US for a two-day crash course in interrogation techniques and reading body language. Her Hidden Talent experts are ex-FBI agents Jack Schafer and Joe Navarro, who between them have over 40 years' experience in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism.
Brenda learns the skills that usually take years to hone to an expert standard, and for her final challenge, she must interview five people to determine which of them has taken a bag containing £500 from a room they have all entered independently.

From the Ashes
ITV 4 20:30pm - 22:00pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Fascinating cricket documentary which goes back to the summer of 1981 against a backdrop of riots on the streets and England one down against Australia and 500-1 odds against beating their old enemy. Ian Botham had resigned as England captain before being pushed, and Aussie captain Kim Hughes was the golden boy of international cricket. What happened was one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of the game as Botham rediscovered his form in cavalier fashion with a match-winning performance that is still talked about to this day. It includes interviews with David Gower, Bob Willis, Rodney Marsh, Kim Hughes and of course the man himself, as well as some wonderful match action.
Wednesday 25th April

Rowing the Artic
BBC 1 22:45pm - 23:45pm
Duration: 1 hour.

Scots adventurer Mark Beaumont (The Man who Cycled the Americas) joins polar veteran Jock Wishart on an expedition to row a boat to the 1996 north magnetic pole, a point only ever reached across solid ice. In their tiny boat, the six-man team navigate some of the world's most remote seaways, taking on fast-flowing sea ice that could crush their boat and roaming polar bears. Nobody has ever rowed so far into the Canadian high Arctic - a first in the world of exploration and adventure, only made possible by the dramatic retreat of arctic sea ice in recent decades.

The Joy of Stats
BBC 4 20:00pm - 21:00pm
Duration: 1 hour.

Documentary which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power thay have to change our understanding of the world, presented by superstar boffin Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend.
Rosling is a man who revels in the glorious nerdiness of statistics, and here he entertainingly explores their history, how they work mathematically and how they can be used in today's computer age to see the world as it really is, not just as we imagine it to be.
Rosling's lectures use huge quantities of public data to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development. Now he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes.
The film also explores cutting-edge examples of statistics in action today. In San Francisco, a new app mashes up police department data with the city's street map to show what crime is being reported street by street, house by house, in near real-time. Every citizen can use it and the hidden patterns of their city are starkly revealed. Meanwhile, at Google HQ the machine translation project tries to translate between 57 languages, using lots of statistics and no linguists.
Despite its light and witty touch, the film nonetheless has a serious message - without statistics we are cast adrift on an ocean of confusion, but armed with stats we can take control of our lives, hold our rulers to account and see the world as it really is. What's more, Hans concludes, we can now collect and analyse such huge quantities of data and at such speeds that scientific method itself seems to be changing.
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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