TWO's autumn examines the world we live in
autumn, BBC TWO takes a tough, and sometimes brutally real look,
at the modern world we are living in, with a £97 million season
Jane Root, Controller of BBC TWO: "This season we'll be taking
an insightful, intelligent and entertaining look at the world around
us, from the stark reality of the role that guns and gang culture
play in today's world in the Guns & Gangs season to Michael
Portillo taking on the role of a single parent on a Merseyside estate
in My Week In The Real World.
is life as it is now and we'll also be looking at the influences
that have helped shape it, from the blood, sweat and human imagination
of the Industrial Revolution in Seven Wonders Of The Industrial
World to the driving forces behind some of our great artistic
talents in Byron and Eroica."
TWO also reveals that Clive Anderson will be presenting The Big
Read, its campaign to find Britain's best-loved novel and to
really get the nation enthused about reading.
the Top 100 list of Britain's best-loved books was announced in
May, there has been a fantastic response from the public.
sales dramatically increased with Love In The Time Of Cholera, for
example, selling ten times as many copies in May than the previous
4,200 libraries across the UK have signed up to The Big Read, and
over 30,000 advice packs on how to set up a reading group and 12,000
teaching packs have been downloaded from The
Big Read website, which has peaked at one million hits per week.
Big Read enters its final chapter with a launch programme revealing
the Top 21 best-loved books in alphabetical order, seven 90-minute
documentaries each featuring three celebrity advocates championing
their favourite books and a grand final programme in which Clive
Anderson reveals the nation's best-loved book of all time.
autumn BBC TWO tries to better understand and reflect the world
around us with some insightful documentaries about the harsh realities
of the modern world.
Guns & Gangs Season (working title) looks at the rise
of gun violence in the UK today, its origins and the gang culture
that surrounds it.
world is awash with guns - 630 million in all - and they kill half
a million people every year.
include Gun Traffic*,
from the Correspondent team, in which David Akinsanya tracks the
source of illicit guns and finds out how they get into illegal hands,
starting with his own community in Britain which has seen an alarming
rise in gun crime.
also Guns And Rap, which asks if there really is a link between
guns and hip hop music, and Sons And Guns which follows two
courageous women venturing into the dangerous world of street crime
and gangs in Boston in order to better understand the rise of gang-related
shootings in their home town of Manchester.
Week In The Real World observes politicians living the life
of an ordinary voter.
Michael Portillo - Being A Single Mother the MP takes seven
days out from his Belgravia home to find out what life as a single
parent is really like.
on his own with four children in a Merseyside terrace house, Michael
is thrown into the frontline of parenting - cleaning, washing, ironing,
supervising homework and imposing bedtime - while holding down two
part-time jobs and on a budget of less than £80 for the week.
politicians to be featured in the series are Clare Short, Alan Duncan
and Peter Kilfoyle.
Eating Stones (working title), from the Correspondent team,
ventures into our recent history and brings us bang up to date with
the stark reality of life in modern Ethiopia.
years ago Michael's Buerk's shocking coverage of the famine in Ethiopia
stirred Bob Geldof into organising Band Aid, which raised $130 million
from the public and more than $1 billion from governments.
Michael returns to Ethiopia to examine whether its people are better
off now than they were two decades ago, but discovers an equally
a new theme on BBC TWO this autumn, which attempts to reflect the
aspirations and dreams of our audience today - money, how to make
it and keep it.
Millionaire Mind (working title) provides an insight into what
it takes to make a lot of money by getting under the skin of some
millionaires are put through a series of tests created by some of
the UK's top psychological profilers and the results reveal the
remarkable characteristics that have helped them to be so successful.
The Million Pound Property Experiment designer duo Colin
McAllister and Justin Ryan embark on the biggest property experiment
in television history, buying, renovating and selling seven properties
- ranging in value from £100,000 to £1 million - to
see if it is still possible to make money from property.
a step into the past
back at the past, Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World tells
the story of how our modern world was forged, in rivets, grease
and steam, in blood, sweat and human imagination.
dramatic reconstruction, it brings to life the most brilliant pioneers
of the industrial age and their remarkable stories, including Isambard
Kingdom Brunel's extraordinary SS Great Eastern, which joined the
two ends of the Empire, to Vicomte Ferdinand de Lesseps' Panama
Canal that linked the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans half a century
series, What the Industrial Revolution Did For Us, presented
by architectural historian Dan Cruickshank, uncovers the scientific,
technological and political changes of the 19th century that have
transformed the lives of every man and woman in Britain.
Commanders is an innovative new approach to history - it attempts
to overturn the past with the use of the latest technology.
this exciting game of military strategy presented by Eddie Mair,
wannabe warriors enter a virtual world and take on the greatest
generals in history - from Julius Caesar to Napoleon.
a specially designed studio, a team is faced with a map of the battlefield
and the formidable enemy, through the use of amazingly realistic
computer generated imagery.
task is to create a strategy that will change the course of history
and their decisions are played out before them, while historians
offer an insight into the military technology of the times, the
tactics and political context.
TWO also takes a new approach to performance arts this autumn when
it recreates the drama of a private rehearsal of Ludwig Van Beethoven's
Eroica in the palace of the composer's patron in Vienna.
culminates in a complete performance of the Symphony by the Orchestre
Revolutionaire et Romantique, conducted by John Elliot Gardiner,
and is the first in modern times to replicate exactly the number
of players and the venue experienced by the invited audience on
that historic day in June 1804.
the use of drama, BBC TWO also gets under the skin of another great
artist who has made his mark on our history - Byron.
Jonny Lee Miller, this drama gives a unique insight into the charismatic,
wildly rebellious but gifted poet, while exploring contemporary
themes like the cult of celebrity and media manipulation.
autumn season wouldn't be complete without some great new entertainment
shows on BBC TWO.
a double dose of Stephen Fry in two new shows.
hosts a brand-new quiz show, called QI and short for "Quite
it, four contestants are asked incredibly difficult questions and
points are awarded for the most interesting answers regardless of
whether they are correct or not.
Stephen Fry and John Bird star as Machiavellian spin-doctors, desperate
to make the move from political communications into celebrity PR,
in Absolute Power.
Sack Race, an observational comedy, takes the sting out of getting
the boot from a job by asking two "start-up" comics to
attempt to do it on purpose - on their first day at work.
involves careful strategy as the one who gets sacked the nearest
to 3.00pm, be it before or after, wins.
finally, we all know them - the Grumpy Old Men who do nothing
but moan about food, fashion, football and anything that bothers
an amusing new documentary series, the most witty - and middle-aged
- social commentators of our time investigate aspects of people's
lives that make them who they are.
highlights of the BBC TWO autumn season include:
Theatre Royal, an observation documentary about one of Britain's
many local theatres
Arena on The Hedy Lamarr Story and Dylan Thomas
For Valour - The Story Of The Victoria Cross (working title),
explored by Jeremy Clarkson
A Louis Theroux Special (working title) on the opening of
one of America's biggest legal brothels
Making Men Out Of Boys, which follows a radical new course
which tries to help young black boys build their self-esteem
With Friends Like These, a major series about Britain's relationship
with France, Germany and the United States, presented by Michael
Wild Down Under, which features some of Australia's most
Pepys, a drama starring Steve Coogan as the charismatic creator
of the King's Navy
The Key, starring Dawn Steele and Ronni Ancona in an extraordinary
family tale set against the epic struggle of the Scottish labour
And Little Britain, the highly successful Radio 4 sketch
show, shown on BBC THREE and now making its premiere on BBC TWO.
Traffic is the correct title for the programme listed as Correspondent
- Gun Law in the press pack.
available - for media use only - via the BBC Digital Picture Service's
BBC TWO autumn press pack is available below in PDF
format, by genres or as a complete pack.
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TWO autumn pack (1.41 MB)
ONE puts history centre stage this autumn (29.07.03)
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