A documentary celebrating the restorative effect of Shakespeare and literacy. It tells the story of a multinational collection of young offenders from Malta prison, on a personal journey of discovery; realising their talents, developing their self-esteem and finding new connections with each other.
What Price The Story is the first programme in a ground breaking new series of films for Al Jazeera: Africa Investigates. In a world first, this hard-hitting project gives some of Africa's best journalists the opportunity to pursue high-level investigative targets across the continent - using their unique perspective and local knowledge to put corruption, exploitation and abuse under the spotlight. Veteran African journalist Sorious Samura shares his personal experience of the dangers of investigative journalism in Africa and introduces the other reporters in the series.
Inmates from Brixton prison stage a production of Othello with Bruce Wall from ‘London Shakespeare Workout’, showing how Shakespeare can play an active role in prisoner rehabilitation. (The Culture Show, BBC 2)
Sue Perkins on Charles Dickens
Sue Perkins gives a potted history of Dickens and his work, getting into the Dickensian spirit with the aid of some costume drama. (BBC World)
Experimental opera company Tete a Tete teams up with a group of knitters from the island of Fair Isle to create a new version of Homer's Odyssey.
My Science Fiction Life
A 60 min documentary on science fiction fans and the quirky obsessions ruling their lives. Contributors included architect Will Alsop and robotic scientist Kevin Warwick. BBC 4's first 360 degree commission; made in partnership with an interactive website.
King Kong with Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis (Lord of The Rings and Gollum) gives a gorilla masterclass to Mark Kermode. (The Culture Show, BBC 2)
A portrait of the landscape artist John Virtue as he prepares for his first exhibition at the National Gallery. (BBC 2)
This film tells the story of refugee doctors in Britain, some are able to overcome the barriers they face to practice medicine in Britain, but many are not allowed to work despite being highly qualified experts in their field.