BBC Two Winter/Spring 2008
Taking The Flak
This is an acerbic, authentic and caustic comedy that covers the entire progress of a small African war, as seen through the eyes of a team of journalists sending back the nightly reports for the BBC "Ten".
The team includes the smooth, veteran correspondent; the harassed, but infinitely resourceful, producer; and the green and gauche rookie stringer, dropped into a hotel and forced to choose between a room on "the shooting side" and "the mortar side".
Journalists in war zones live in a state of perpetual bloody war – with themselves, their organisation, their colleagues, their competitors and their loved ones. So, if they can’t get themselves embedded with the invading forces, they’ll get embedded with each other.
In the first true synthesis of news and narrative comedy, Taking The Flak is shot by an award-winning news cameraman entirely on location in Kenya and created, co-written and co-produced by experienced, award-winning journalists. It includes cameo appearances from George Alagiah, Sophie Raworth and Dermot Murnaghan.
The series stars British and Kenyan actors, including Martin Jarvis (Titanic), Doon Mackichan (Smack The Pony), Bruce Mackinnon (Jekyll, Home Again) and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Star Stories), with special appearances by Lloyd Owen (Monarch Of The Glen) and Mackenzie Crook (The Office).
Teen Mum School
This observational documentary looks at life in a pupil referral unit for pregnant schoolgirls and mums-to-be.
It's not a typical high school: it has a crèche where the girls can leave their babies; it is a place where exams turn to chaos as a girl goes into labour; lunchtime is interrupted by a child needing its nappy changed; and break-time can be taken up with breastfeeding.
But, essentially, the girls are there to learn – both for their GCSEs and how to be a mum. This film follows the girls as they struggle to balance being a teen mum with getting an education.
This World – The Boys From Baghdad High
The story of four Iraqi friends – boys coming of age in the most dangerous city on Earth, Baghdad – is told in a special This World film. One is Kurdish, one Christian, one Shia and one mixed Sunni and Shia. As they enter their last year in school, can their friendship survive the sectarian violence that is tearing their city apart?
The film follows the quartet as they decide if they will stay in Baghdad or flee like so many before them, if they manage to graduate, or even live to see their 18th birthdays. Uniquely, The Boys From Baghdad High was filmed by the students themselves, offering a rarely seen insight into ordinary Iraqi lives.
|BBC Two Winter/Spring 2008 |
Torchwood, the award-winning drama created by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies, returns for an even bigger and bolder series with Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and his alien-fighting team, premiering on BBC Two.
Captain Jack, Gwen (Eve Myles), Owen (Burn Gorman), Toshiko (Naoko Mori) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) – the team of investigators solving alien and human crimes in the underworld of modern-day Cardiff – face high-octane adventures which push their resolve and friendships as never before.
Joined by Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who's Martha Jones) for three episodes and with guest stars Richard Briers (Monarch Of The Glen), Alan Dale (Ugly Betty, Neighbours) and James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), they journey from contemporary Cardiff to the 51st-Century, and back to the First World War.
On their travels, Torchwood battle fearsome new aliens; a rogue Time Agent; a tragic Time-Slip from the Great War; and a memory thief who uncovers long-forgotten secrets among the entire team.
Tropic Of Capricorn
Following the BBC Two series Equator, Simon Reeve embarks on a new odyssey along the Tropic Of Capricorn. Through Africa, Australia and South America, he unearths fascinating stories of human history, culture and politics.
In Botswana, Reeve crosses the Kalahari desert to visit the last remaining bushmen trying to lead a traditional life, while in Australia he witnesses the government's crackdown on crime in Aboriginal communities.
The series shows that the exotic charms of Madagascar hide an impending environmental catastrophe, while the white farmers of South Africa are launching their own response to the Zimbabwe refugee crisis. And, in South America, Simon travels from Chile to Brazil, crossing the Andes and braving the bandit-infested tri-border region of Paraguay.
|BBC Two Winter/Spring 2008 |
Ordinary people in extraordinary situations are the focus of this eclectic, observational documentary series featuring real-life stories.
It includes films about a couple meeting for the first time after falling in love with each other's internet identities, known as avatars, in the online world of Second Life; a 90-year-old stuntman who's still performing stunts – though he has recently been forced to give up eating light bulbs; a specially tailored Middle Eastern package holiday for people who believe the end of the world is coming; and the much-loved actor Norman Wisdom and his family working out whether they can live together.