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BBC THREE February 2004 highlights

African Footballers Wives
The Rubber Man
The Devil's Footpath
Booty Queens
15 Storeys High
Shaun Ryder Comes Clean
Little Angels
The Parent Trap
Pulling Moves

African Footballers' Wives

Mark and Loui Fish are the Posh and Becks of South Africa
It's several thousand miles from Old Trafford and there isn't a mock Tudor mansion in sight - this is Footballers' Wives African style.

From the sun of Nigeria to the rain of South London, the film follows a number of league footballers and their dual lives including Charlton Athletic player Mark Fish and his wife, who are known as Posh and Fish back home.

Playing in Europe brings fame and fortune to African players and their families on a level that surpasses even Posh and Becks. But fame costs as their extended families expect financial support and charities in their home country want the publicity that only their overseas ambassadors can bring.

The Rubber Man

Reporter David Akinsanya drives a truck of condoms through South Africa and asks why, despite a safe sex campaign, there are 1500 new HIV patients per day.

He meets fatalistic youths who "live fast, die young" by not using a condom and truckers who pay prostitutes more for condom-free sex.

The Devil's Footpath

Journalist June Arunga travels from the top of Africa all the way down to the bottom. By crossing from one country into its neighbour, she shows there is a continuous path of war through Africa.

Travelling through Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa June contrasts the experiences of the people she meets and the greed of the perpetrators of the wars in which they suffer.

Booty Queens

How is beauty defined in today's South Africa? What has been the effect of foreign notions of beauty on a country that only emerged from apartheid a decade ago? Why are young African women starting to suffer from Western eating disorders?

Through focusing on the work of four South African modelling agencies and a casting agent, this absorbing documentary explores differing African and Western notions of beauty, and provides an insight into the changing faces of South African society in the 21st century.

15 Storeys High

Award winning stand-up comedian Sean Lock returns for a second series as Vince in the unconventional sitcom recently nominated for a Bafta Craft award.

Vince is still sharing the same flat on the fifteenth floor of a South London tower block with his flatmate Errol (Benedict Wong). No regular visitors come to visit the two men, but that's not to say no-one stops by. In fact quite the opposite is true.

With dope smoking teenagers inhabiting the lifts, single mothers doing salsa in the living room and the odd visit from local religious leaders, life is a constant whirl of social interaction.

Shaun Ryder Comes Clean

Shaun Ryder - singer, songwriter and front man of The Happy Mondays and Black Grape - hit rock bottom down under a year ago. His assets frozen, locked in litigation and with continuing drug problems, his family in Australia feared for his life.

The film-maker Richard Macer (The Real Swiss Toni, Jordan – The Truth About Me) spends eight months with Shaun as he pieces his life back together.

Out of rehab he attempts to adopt a healthy lifestyle and wrestles with the demands of fatherhood. But he's still on the brink of bankruptcy following a protracted legal battle with his former manager.

Meanwhile he relocates to Australia to promote his new album and rejoin his family who has helped him through his darkest days.

Little Angels

The Barton children are Little Angels Clinical psychologist Dr Tanya Byron faces up to some junior tantrums in a new series offering help and advice to four families experiencing difficulties with their children.

Tanya offers mums and dads some tips for improving their parenting techniques, reveals how their own behaviour can have an impact on that of their children and uses some hands-on techniques to coach parents directly.

Talking to them via a radio receiver as they interact with their kids, Tanya can help them change the pattern of their behaviour as and when situations arise – and keep a sense of humour about it. Remarkable transformations are expected . . .

The Parent Trap

As adults, people learn to take control of their own lives making their own rules and decisions.

But when it comes to dealing with parents, no matter how close they are, even a simple phone call to mum and dad can have otherwise sane and rational adults reverting to teenage behaviour with tantrums and sulks a plenty.

The Parent Trap reveals how people cope with spending an entire week in the company of their parents.

The series shows what is involved in parents spending 24 hours a day with their grown-up kids – everything from living together, going to work, spending an evening in the pub with their mates and even going out on dates.

Will the parents and children enjoy getting to know each other as adults or will there be tears before bedtime?


One night a radio talk show host gets a call from a listener, Kate (Keeley Hawes), who claims she has been raped by a colleague. She has confided in her friends but they have doubts about her version of events.

Alex (Stuart Laing), the man in question, has a very different view of the incident not least because of the flirtatious relationship he and Kate have enjoyed at work. He believes the sex was consensual.

Kate craves validation and devises a plan to try and get Alex to admit he attacked her. But as far as Alex is concerned he's done nothing wrong. The question is, who is to be believed?

Stacey Roca, Johann Myers and James Hillier also star.

Playback is a Blast! production for BBC THREE.

Pulling Moves

Pulling Moves is an original new drama series set in West Belfast about four local lads who spend their time planning scams and 'pulling moves' in their home town.

Written by Belfast-born writer Pearse Elliott, it stars four talented Irish actors: Ciaran McMenamin; Simon Delaney; Ciaran Nolan and Kevin Elliott.

Set and filmed entirely in West Belfast, the series follows Wardrobe (Delaney), Ta (McMenamin), Shay (Nolan) and Darragh (Elliott) as they spend their time ducking and diving, wheeling and dealing and avoiding anything that could be considered really hard work.

Notes to Editors

BBC FOUR February 2004 highlights (06.01.04)

BBC THREE goes to Africa - Winter season press pack (10.12.03)

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