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Ten things from this week

Eloise McNaulty | 13:55 UK time, Friday, 31 August 2012

Welcome to our regular series of posts rounding-up news, blogs and videos from about the BBC over the past week. We look back on past events and highlight forthcoming output.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson won 11 gold Paralympic medals between 1992-2004. Photo: BBC

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson won 11 gold Paralympic medals between 1992-2004. Photo: BBC

1. Paralympics

Kevin Bakhurst, controller of BBC News Channel and deputy head, BBC Newsroom, provided details around the BBC's Paralympic coverage. He explained that the rights for the television coverage had been awarded to Channel 4 but that there would be live commentary and reporting from the Games on BBC Radio 5 live and Radio 5 live sports extra.

Dave Gordon, the BBC Sport's head of major events, also provided more details around coverage as did Johnathan Wall, deputy controller of 5 live.

Meanwhile BBC Ouch!, the internet programme which reflects disablity life, explored various paralympic themes. On the Ouch! blog BBC journalist, Damon Rose asked "Are we ready to embrace disabled sport?" and paralympic sprinter, Libby Clegg, answered 13 "medalling questions". You can follow Libby and daily Paralympic coverage online at the BBC's Disability Sport website.

2. New series of Treasures of Ancient Rome on BBC Four

"Forget about Greece it's all about Rome". Treasures of Ancient Rome returns for a new three-part series on the 3 September on BBC Four at 9.00pm. Presenter Alistair Sooke charts the Roman Empire through its art, including a visit to one of the best preserved Roman cities in Libya.

Watch an exclusive video on the BBC Press website.

3. BBC Academy: Women in Engineering event

Free tickets are now available for Women in Engineering: building the next generation of broadcast facilities . Taking place on the 24 September at BBC Broadcasting House in London, speakers will include BBC News Group director Helen Boaden and Wendy Mars, senior director, data center and virtualisation, at Cisco. How to book tickets.

4. Good Cop on BBC One

Good Cop is a drama series about a beat cop whose his life changes forever when his best friend and colleague is attacked. Scriptwriter Stephen Butchard, explains that he wanted to look at the individual police offcer rather than the rules, "Sav's mind set was also important. He HAD to be a good man, he IS a good man, a Good Cop". The series continues on Thursdays, at 9:00pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Watch Warren Brown talk about his experience of going out with the police force and playing PC Rocksavage.

5. BBC Africa Debate on BBC World Service

South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world, racially as well as ethnically. In the year of the 18th Anniversary of Africa's multiracial elections BBC Africa Debate asks whether "black and white" still matters in South Africa.

The programme will be broadcast by BBC World Service at 20:05pm and repeated on Sunday 2 September at 14:05pm. The debate will also be online at bbcafrica.com, on Twitter #bbcafricadebate, #bbcafrica, on Facebook and Google+ on the BBCAfrica page. More details on the BBC Press website.

In addition, Jamie Angus, senior commissioner for BBC Global News, blogged this week on the expansion of BBC broadcasts in Africa.

6. Designing BBC iPlayer for Xbox 360

With this week's release of Radio support in BBC iPlayer, Rae Spencer, acting Senior UX experience designer at the BBC, blogs about the design challenges and the project to create a consistent usable design. Rae and her colleague Katherine Aherne, are keen to have your feedback so please add your comments to her blog post.

7. BBC Radio 4 Today: design-a-radio competition

On twitter, @BBCr4today reminded us about the winner of their design-a-radio competition. Earlier in the year they decided to do something a bit different for Children in Need

The challenge was to design a 'skin' or outer cover for a DAB Radio made by Tivoli Audio and it was open to design students across the UK, as well as amateur designers and Today listeners. Read more about the winner and how you can get a copy of the radio which is now in production.

8. Creative & Digital Media Apprenticeships

BBC apprentice David Matchett was on BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesday 29 August to hear stories from young people undertaking apprenticeships across Scotland. Back in July, David blogged for the About the BBC Blog on his experience of the Creative & Digital Media scheme and Sharon Mair, Editor of Olympics & Commonwealth at BBC Scotland explained how it provided invaluable industry experience.

Read about the BBC Academy 'Apprenticeships and the Media Conference' held on 20 June at BBC New Broadcasting House

9. Mock the Week

Dara O Briain and regulars Chris Addison, Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons will return at 10:00pm on Thursday 6 September, for Mock the Week's new Autumn run of six episodes and a Christmas Special. "The infrastructure is in place: we've got the right national flags, we've refused George Michael's request to replace the theme tune with his new single's B side - and the likes of Micky Flanagan, Greg Davies, Milton Jones, Ed Byrne, Stewart Francis and Andi Osho are all due to appear alongside the established awesome foursome." Read more on the BBC Press Office website.

10. Dr Who

Dr Who returns on the 1 September on BBC One with Asylum of the Daleks. Watch Stephen Moffat explain why he's making those Daleks even scarier.

This week's treat for all those die hard Dr Who fans has been Pond Life which has been available to watch online.

Eloise McNaulty is the producer of the About the BBC Blog.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Like the rest of the country I have enjoyed the Olympics, both on site and on TV - well done BBC.
    Now is the time to give us the lowdown on how it was done. Here are some subjects worthy of documentaries: building of facilities, how the press centre worked, a trip around the village, a detailed look at the parkland and its planting, how tv coverage was managed and by who, the technology used on the opening and closing ceremonies (inflatables, hoists, lighting, fireworks, etc), timing, scoring and the backroom offices.
    All fascinating stuff and very suitable for long winter nights!


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