Tuesday 11 Mar 2014
Journalist and academic Aleks Krotoski lays bare the extraordinary benefits and the unforeseen downsides of the world wide web's impact on almost every facet of our lives today – revolutionising economies, challenging political systems and even reshaping the ways we think and relate to each other.
In a landmark four-part series examining the profound changes precipitated by the invention of the web 20 years ago, Aleks travels through the United States, Russia, South Korea and Estonia revealing remarkable human stories that illustrate how the web is being used and abused today. She meets the web's pioneers and greatest minds to ask searching questions about where it may take us in the future.
Adopting a ground-breaking open source production process, Aleks and the team offer web users early access to programme content through their production blog at bbc.co.uk/digitalrevolution. Filmed rushes will be made available online, inviting comment, input and story leads from the online community.
A BBC Productions and Open University co-production
British Muslim women are hitting the road. In this unique and entertaining series a number of women hoping to become fully qualified drivers tell their stories at home as well as on the road in the months and weeks building up to their test.
In the course of six episodes, Muslim Driving School provides an intimate and revelatory insight into the lives of the women and their families from various towns across the north of England.
BBC Front Desk Publicity
A Blast Production
Across the western world it is no longer the threat from al-Qaeda that governments are most concerned about. Instead, it's home-grown terror plots hatched by their own citizens.
Inspired by Osama Bin Laden, some young Muslims have embraced militant Islam, rejecting the values of their parents and the countries in which they were born. With little or no direct connection to al-Qaeda, they have been radicalised to the point where they are prepared to kill their fellow citizens.
Filmed in North America, Britain, Europe and the Middle East, with contributions from families of the extremists as well as the police and security services, this three-part series by award-winning BBC reporter Peter Taylor examines the new threat posed by some young Muslims who have embraced militant Islam.
Television's Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis presents a new three-part series examining the risks and rewards for British companies looking to expand in three of the world's most dynamic emerging markets – India, Vietnam and Brazil.
These markets are weathering the global recession better than the economies of the West. If Britain is to remain a major player in world trade, it is essential to establish firm business interests now.
In each film, Theo follows the progress of three British companies considering expanding in these high-growth markets. Viewers will experience international trade through the eyes of successful companies, and explore the role of Britain in the global economy. Some of the companies are household names, while others are based on fresh inventions, retail success and intellectual property.
The Open University Business School will support a website providing in-depth material on high-growth markets and international trade.
Tiger Aspect Productions
In a television first BBC Two goes behind the scenes of John Lewis – one of Britain's biggest and best known department stores – as it tackles changing tastes, tougher competition and the worst recession for 80 years.
When John Spedan Lewis gave his shops to his employees he pioneered the commercial co-operative, making every staff member a partner and handing out a share of the profits.
However, times have been hard for the last six months, and the pressure is on for the second half of the year. The series explores whether a business model developed in the Twenties can really survive the commercial turmoil of the 21st century.
BBC Front Desk Publicity
BBC Productions, Bristol
Alasdair and James, the runners-up from series two of The Restaurant, go it alone as event caterers in Plate Expectations.
Never more than minutes away from disaster while competing in The Restaurant, the pair have since been taken under the wing of leading chef Raymond Blanc, learning the trade at one of his restaurants. Now it's time to see whether they can tell their caviar from their calamari as they cater for a different event each week.
Raymond Blanc: Kitchen Secrets will dish up an accompaniment to Plate Expectations in the form of a new cookery series with the world-renowned chef and star of The Restaurant.