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 Entertainment archives: 2005/6 2007  


- Kurt Vonnegut


- Education in theatre


- Amazing Grace


- Elle Macpherson

William Wilberforce
John Russell's impression of William Wilberforce, the subject of Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace

The film 'Amazing Grace' is about William Wilberforce's parliamentary campaign for the abolition of slavery. We hear a critic's view of the film's politics, and learn some words relating to ways of seeing the world.

This is the third in a short series marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. You can hear the first programme here and the second programme here.

You can download the script and audio for this programme from the 'Extras' section below.



a way of thinking, a general view on life
e.g. 'Let's see things from a historical perspective'
'His perspective on Wilberforce is interesting'

We can use 'perspective' to talk about the experiences of characters in books and films
e.g. 'The story is told from a young mother's perspective'

a way of thinking, a perspective
e.g. 'I understand that it seems very different from his viewpoint'
'The story is told from a young mother's viewpoint'

point of view
a way of thinking, a perspective
e.g. 'Let's look at this from another point of view'
'The story is told from a young mother's point of view'

The people who watch or listen to a performance or a film, TV programme etc.
e.g. 'Someone in the audience sneezed'
'The TV show has an audience of about five million people'

a wide audience
an audience made up of people of all ages, backgrounds and interests
e.g. '"The Simpsons" has a famously wide audience'

a target audience
the people you want to see your film, read your book or magazine
e.g. 'The magazine has lots of bright colours to appeal to its very young target audience'

download scriptProgramme script (pdf - 20 k)
download audioDownload this programme (mp3 - 1.8 MB)

Some links

The official site for 'Amazing Grace'
A BBC review of 'Amazing Grace'

A BBC page on Wilberforce
A radio programme about Wilberforce
A Words in the News story about the Jamaican commemoration of abolition
The BBC site about abolition
About slavery today

*The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites
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