Friday, 18 May 2012

Oxstalls Off-Air Recordings 19 - 25 May 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 19th May

British Olympic Dreams
BBC 1. 12:50pm - 13:20pm

Duration: 30 minutes
British Olympic Dreams again goes behind-the-scenes with aspiring Olympians. Women's road race cyclists Nicole Cooke and Lizzie Armitstead provide frank insight into their very public rivalry. Elsewhere, Britain's dressage team are in competition, and Christine Ohuruogu is at her LA camp as she tries to return to her best form ahead of her Olympic 400m title defence.

BBC 2.  12:45pm - 14:30pm

Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Classic film version of Shakespeare's play about a Scottish nobleman heavily influenced by his wife's lust for power. Dominated by actor/director/producer Orson Welles, both in terms of his screen presence and his departures from the text, the film was shot in just 23 days in the summer of 1947.

Twelfth Night
BBC 2.  14:30pm - 14:40pm

Duration: 2 hours, 14 minutes
William Shakespeare's seasonal comedy about a shipwreck that separates identical twins Sebastian and Viola. Fearing for her safety, Viola changes her name and disguises herself as her brother when she approaches the court of Illyria, where she finds employment as a go-between in the Count's courtship of a Countess, both of whom become increasingly obsessed with the 'boy' Cesario.

Off by Heart: Shakespeare
BBC 2.  21:00pm - 22:20pm

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes
William Shakespeare is hardly a name that you would expect to thrill Britain's teenagers, but over the last year thousands have taken part in a nationwide competition to learn some of his greatest speeches off by heart.
Now, nine finalists, aged between 13 and 15, and from all over the United Kingdom, are off to Stratford-upon-Avon to take part in a life changing series of workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Over a single week, they learn how to perform some of Shakespeare's greatest soliloquies from Romeo and Juliet, Henry V and Hamlet, before taking part in a dramatically different and closely fought grand final, hosted by Jeremy Paxman, to find the BBC Shakespeare Schools Champion.
Sunday 20th May

Storyville: Man on Wire
BBC 2. 22:00pm - 23:30pm

Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Documentary based on Philippe Petit's autobiographical book To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers.
In August 1974, French wire-walker Philippe Petit spent nearly an hour walking, dancing, kneeling and lying on a wire which he and his friends had strung in secret between the rooftops of New York's Twin Towers. Six years of intense planning, dreaming and physical training fell into place that morning.
Already an accomplished wire-walker, Petit had caught sight of an article about the planned construction of the Twin Towers while in a dentist's waiting room in 1968, and at that moment an obsession was born. He spent every waking moment since that day plotting the details of his walk (which he called 'le coup') and gathered a team of people around him to assist in the planning.
Petit's preparation was expert, thorough and top secret: he took precise measurements and even aerial photographs to help him construct models of the rigging; learned about the physical effects of the wind on the swaying of the buildings; even created fake ID cards and spied on office workers to plan how best to gain access to the towers without arousing suspicion. On that August morning, his dream was realised.
Using contemporary interviews, archival footage and dramatic reconstructions, the film tells the story of this extraordinary feat, and also of Petit's previous walks between the towers of Notre Dame in Paris, and of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Monday 21st May

Sporting Heroes: After the Final Whistle
BBC 1.  23:05pm - 23:55pm

Duration: 50 minutes
In a special documentary, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan looks at life after sport and the challenges competitive athletes face once their career is over. Travelling the world, he meets some of the biggest names in sport and investigates the many different issues that top sports stars face when retirement finally beckons.
With contributions from tennis icon John McEnroe, Open golf winner Darren Clarke, and former world heavyweight champion and successful businessman George Foreman, this is a fascinating insight into how very different sports stars deal with the major issues of retirement. Some, like boxer Herol Graham, struggle to cope and contemplate suicide, while for others such as former England football captain Tony Adams, sports are like a drug they cannot give up. For top sportswomen there are even more difficult choices to make as Olympic star Gail Emms found out when she was faced with the decision of having children or continuing with her career. And some, like promising England rugby star Matt Hampson, do not have the choice as tragedy strikes.
Wednesday 23rd May

The Disabled Century
BBC 4.  23:30pm - 00:10am

Duration: 40 minutes
The final instalment looks at the problems disabled people faced as they moved out of institutions and into the community. The 1980s and 90s proved to be a turning point as more people were prepared to fight for wider recognition and rights.
Thursday 24th May

Munro: Montain Man
BBC 4.  20:00pm - 21:00pm

Duration: 1 hour
Little more than 100 years ago, Scottish mountains standing at more than 3,000 feet were virtually unknown. Today they are familiar terrain to many thousands of climbers, thanks to Victorian adventurer Hugh Munro's determination to list the high peaks which now define the highlands and islands of Scotland.
This documentary tells the story of the magnificent peaks that bear his name and the people who have been possessed by them.
The birth of this obsession - now known as Munrobagging - is a twisting tale of intrigue, which presenter Nicholas Crane unravels high on the ridges and pinnacles of some of Scotland's most spectacular mountains.
Friday 25th May

The Great British Story:  a People's History: Britannia Episode 1 of 8
BBC 2.  21:00pm - 22:00pm

Duration: 1 hour
The roots of Britain; from the end of the Romans to the coming of the Anglo Saxons.
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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