Thursday, 29 November 2012

Oxstalls Library Off-Air Recordings 1st - 7th December 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 1st December

Rugby Union.  Wales v Australia
BBC 1.  14:00 - 16:00

John Inverdale introduces live coverage of Wales' clash with Australia at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, where Warren Gatland's men will hope to conclude their autumn international campaign with a morale-boosting victory against the Wallabies.

The Welsh have lost their last seven Tests against Robbie Deans' men, including three defeats on Aussie soil this summer. However, those encounters were closely-fought affairs, with Australia winning the most recent clash 20-19 in Sydney thanks to a late penalty from Berrick Barnes.

Expert analysis comes from Jonathan Davies and Jeremy Guscott, with commentary from Eddie Butler.

Rugby Union Highlights.  England v New Zealand
BBC 3.  19:00 - 20:00

Jason Mohammad introduces highlights of the Twickenham Test match between England and New Zealand. England have lost their last nine matches against the All Blacks and face a daunting task against the 2011 World Cup winners. Graham Henry's side racked up 16 successive Test wins earlier this year, narrowly failing to equal the record for most victories by a top-tier nation.

They also won the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, the enlarged successor to the Tri-Nations. In contrast, England are a team in transition under coach Stuart Lancaster, who will be looking to build on this year's promising displays in the Six Nations. Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter and Lawrence Dallaglio.
Monday 3rd December

Inside Claridge's 1/3
BBC 2.  21:00 - 22:00

Claridge's, in the heart of London's Mayfair is a five star luxury hotel, favoured by royalty and celebrities. For the first time in its long history, this famously discreet institution has opened its doors to documentary cameras. Director Jane Treays has spent a year behind the scenes, upstairs and downstairs, following staff and their guests, some of whom are prepared to pay the price of a small family car for one night's stay.

We're with the chambermaids and housekeepers as they spend days transforming the entire third floor into a palace for foreign royalty who could cancel at a moment's notice. We observe the annual two week stay of the Melchors from California who have been coming for over 40 years, re-kindling their relationship with personal butler Michael Lynch; and we follow the energetic general manager Thomas Kochs as he travels to New York to drum up new business from the top US travel agents.

The Royal Variety Performance
ITV 1.  19:30 - 22:05

David Walliams hosts the 100th Royal Variety Performance from The Royal Albert Hall. The star-studded line-up includes Robbie Williams, Neil Diamond, Girls Aloud, One Direction, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Ashleigh and Pudsey, the cast of the hit musical Matilda, Katherine Jenkins and Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Alicia Keys. Amanda Holden also introduces a celebratory anniversary performance from the stars of Britain's Got Talent, and more laughs are provided by Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Ronnie Corbett, Bill Bailey, Bradley Walsh, Jimmy Tarbuck and Des O'Connor.
Tuesday 4th December

Inside the Body Beautiful - How Fat Works
BBC 3.  21:00 - 22:00

Documentary looking at the physiological and psychological pressures people face as they battle the bulge. Using computer graphics to travel inside the body, the film explores the science of fat, how we get it and what happens to our body when we get rid of it.

We meet Ebonie, whose crash diet has pushed her body into starvation mode, and follow Joe as he undergoes an extreme liposuction operation where ultrasound technology sculpts fat away to produce his perfect physique. We discover the science behind the diet pills which left Sam in a mental health unit and explore how binge eater Hayley has used food as an emotional prop throughout her life.

Through the highs and lows, this is the inside story of 'How Fat Works'.
Wednesday 5th December

China's Ant People
BBC 4.  22:30 - 23:30

What does an education get you? Education is the only way out of poverty, as it has been sold to the Chinese population since ancient times. China's economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that studying is how to escape poverty. Yet it seems the system only leads to jobs for a few, and debt for all. Weijun Chen's film, set in Wuhan in central China, looks at the realities of Chinese education through the lives of private college tutor Wang Zehziang, high school graduate and would-be university student Wang Pan, and graduate jobseeker Wan Chao.

A BBC Storyville film, produced in partnership with the Open University, China's Ant People screens as part of Why Poverty? - when the BBC, in conjunction with more than 70 broadcasters around the world, hosts a debate about contemporary poverty. The global cross-media event sees the same eight films screened in 180 countries to explore why, in the 21st Century, a billion people still live in poverty.
Friday 7th December

100 years of The Royal Variety Performance
ITV 1.  21:00 - 22:30

Documentary marking the 100th anniversary of The Royal Variety Performance, a show that has entertained generations of the Royal Family and raised huge sums for charity. Among the stars sharing their memories are Sir Bruce Forsyth, Barry Manilow, Ronnie Corbett, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Liza Minnelli, Dame Edna Everage, Katherine Jenkins, Mel C, Emma Bunton, Diversity, Jason Manford, Cilla Black, Ken Dodd, Miss Piggy and Al Murray. The documentary also charts the show's evolution from the first ever Royal Command Performance in 1912 into the television era, recalling classic moments from its illustrious history and finding out what happened behind the scenes.
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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