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 Friday 17th July 2015





Sudden Justice

Chris Woods
Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars 
Friday 17th July 16.45 - 18.00

Since the first drone strike in Afghanistan after 9/11, these unmanned aircraft have played a critical role in America’s operations from Iraq to Somalia. The US claims drones are ‘the most precise weapon ever invented’. Woods relates how collateral damage has led to the strategic interests of the West being compromised.

An even-handed exposé of the world of drone warfare. Woods gives comprehensive insights from pilots, analysts, Special Forces, intelligence officials and Pentagon commanders. He explores their role in today’s battlefields and in secret, targeted killing projects.

Chris Woods is a former senior BBC Panorama producer and investigative journalist specialising in conflict and national security. He has won the Martha Gellhorn Journalism Prize.

A Q&A session will follow.

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Sailing Close To The Wind
Dennis Skinner in conversation with Kevin Maguire
Sailing Close To The Wind
Friday 17th July 18.30 - 19.45

Dennis Skinner discusses his political life. Fiery and blunt, with a prodigious memory, Skinner is one of the most recognised politicians in Britain. He remains as committed to the causes he champions as on the day he entered the House of Commons back in 1970.  In an age of growing scepticism about politicians, the witty and astute Skinner is renowned as an oasis of principle.

Skinner, now 80 years of age, has a unique take on post-war Britain. A combatant in the great social, industrial and political upheavals of the last half century, he's resisted telling his extraordinary story. Until now.

Kevin Maguire is a British political journalist and is currently Associate Editor at the Daily Mirror.

A Q&A session will follow.

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Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis
The First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth
Friday 17th July 20.15 - 21.30
What can a crocodile attack; a year at sea in a tiny boat; contracting blood poisoning as well as malaria; and getting hit by a car and being left for dead with two broken legs, teach us about global sustainability?
Touted by the The Daily Mail as “the most remarkable adventurer in the world today,” Lewis draws insights from his historic circumnavigation of the world using only human power – biking, hiking, and inline skating five continents and kayaking, swimming, rowing and pedalling a boat across the oceans – to offer choices we can all make to safeguard a healthy planet for future generations.
Jason Lewis is an explorer, author, and sustainability campaigner. He is recognized by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth using only human power.
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Saturday 18th July 2015


We Love Death As You Love Life
Rafaello Pantucci
'We Love Death as You Love Life': Britain's Suburban Mujahedeen 
Saturday 18th July 10.00 - 11.15

July 2015 will be the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings. Mohammed Siddique, driven by anger at the West’s treatment of Muslims worldwide and a rejection of the society in which he was born, sought to reshape the world in an image they thought would be pleasing to God. But a far more earthly history underlay his group’s actions.

Pantucci offers an insight into the motivations and history behind Khan and his group, as well as other British Muslims who have been drawn by jihadist ideas to fight at home and abroad.

Rafaello Pantucci is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London.

A Q&A session will follow.

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Refusing The Veil
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Refusing the Veil
Saturday 18th July 11.45 - 13.00
Written from a unique perspective and packed with personal experiences as well as public examples, Alibhai-Brown addresses the ultimate question of why Muslim women everywhere should refuse the veil.

She argues that veiling conceals abuse and restricts access to sunlight and exercise. It allows women to be shamed for not covering up and has become associated with extremist factions.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown writes for The Independent. She is winner of the Orwell Prize for journalism. She is a Shia Muslim, born and raised in Uganda, a proud migrant and British Asian citizen.

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AC Grayling
AC Grayling
The Challenge of Things
Saturday 18th July 13.30 – 14.45

AC Grayling speaks about how philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful. He brings together his thoughts on the world in a time of war and conflict. In exposing the dark side of life, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of the mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds. Whether he is speaking about the First World War and its legacy, free speech, the advantages of an atheist prime minister or the role of science in the arts, his thoughts are enlightening, enlivening and, best of all, hopeful.

Professor Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects.

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Exotic England
Yasmin Alibhai Brown
Exotic England
Saturday 18th July 15.15 - 16.30

The English have always had a boundless curiosity about the world outside. From its origins in the Renaissance, the country’s travellers have eagerly roamed the globe and been enticed by the diversity and richness of other civilizations. They have also carried within them a capacity to soak up new ideas and to weave them into every aspect of life back home.

Alibhai-Brown traces this golden thread of otherness through five centuries of English history to reveal how it has shaped the buildings, flavoured the food, powered the economy and created a truly diverse society.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a leading commentator on race, multiculturalism and human rights. She writes for the Independent and Guardian and appears regularly on TV and radio.

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Beyond The Horizon

Richard Parks
Beyond The Horizon – Extreme Adventures At The End Of The World
Saturday 18th July 17.00 - 18.15

Parks has one of sport's most extraordinary and inspirational stories. His career playing international rugby for Wales was cut short by injury. But he decided to tackle his fears and depression head on, taking inspiration from a line in his grandmother's eulogy - "The horizon is only the limit of our sight."

Parks became the first person to conquer each continent’s highest mountain and venture to the North and South Poles within 7 months. Then in 2013 he tackled: an ultramarathon through the Peruvian jungle; the world's highest mountain bike race and a double iron man triathlon in Snowdonia - all in preparation for an even more extraordinary challenge:- to record the fastest solo, unsupported journey to the South Pole.

These three challenges were all filmed for a major four-part series broadcast on Channel 5.

A Q&A session will follow.

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Louis De Bernieres

Louis de Bernières
The Dust that Falls from Dreams
Saturday 18th July 18.45 - 20.00
In the brief golden years of King Edward VII’s reign, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic household in Kent. But their days of childhood innocence and adventure are destined to be followed by the apocalypse of war. Rosie is torn between her love for an infantry soldier and a flying ace - she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can they build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?
De Bernières’ moving novel follows the Edwardian age as it disintegrates into the Great War and they strike out to seek what happiness can be salvaged from the ruins of the old world.
Louis de Bernières is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book in 1995.
A Q&A session will follow.
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Chloe Combi

Chloe Combi
Generation Z – Their Voices, Their Lives
Saturday 18th July 20.30 - 21.45

Generation Z have never had to save to buy an album. They grow up in a world of widening social inequality, political apathy and economic uncertainty. They join gangs, are obese, drink, commit crime and are a menace to society - or so the media leads us to believe.

Combi has interviewed hundreds of children of all backgrounds. She travelled with gangs, has seen youth rehabilitation centres and churches where they find God. She found them: selfish, violent, scared and apathetic as well as delightful, curious, kind, and worried.

Chloe Combi writes for The Guardian. She’s a regular on Channel 4 News, Newsnight, Sky News and Woman’s Hour. She is a consultant on youth issues for the Mayor of London.

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Sunday 19th July 2015





Late Turner

David Blayney Brown
Late Turner
Sunday 19th July 10.00 - 11.15

When Turner died many lamented the decline of his late work. From 1845 onwards it was described as indulgent, eccentric and 'repulsive'. Even his devoted champion John Ruskin commented on its 'wholly inferior value'. However, from the early 1900s there was a major reassessment of Turner's later paintings and sketches. Commentators hailed his study of light as a visionary precursor to the ideas of the Impressionists.

Blayney Brown explores how his paintings from 1835 were some of the most popular, accessible and intellectual that he created and gives real insight into the work of one of Britain’s most accomplished artists.

David Blayney Brown is Curator of British Art, 1790-1859 at the Tate Modern.

A Q&A session will follow.

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Africas long road since Independence
Keith Somerville
Africa's Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent
Sunday 19th July 11.45 - 13.00

Somerville tells the story behind sub-Saharan Africa’s decolonization and subsequent state-building; its vicious conflicts; and economic challenges. He analyses the horrors of slavery and the colonial legacy in its often seemingly incomprehensible state borders and political systems. He then looks at the huge impact on Africa of the global capitalist system.

Keith Somerville has worked for the BBC World Service and BBC News for three decades (running the world service team in the 1994 post-apartheid elections) and has presented radio documentaries from countries across Africa.

A Q&A session will follow.

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The Canalside Cake Shop

Carol Matthews
The Cake Shop in the Garden
Sunday 19th July 13.30 - 14.45

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will?

Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to give up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.

Carole Matthews has published 25 novels and has appeared on the Sunday Times and USA Today bestsellers
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Gaza A History 1

Jean-Pierre Filiu
Gaza: A History 
Sunday 19th July 15.15 - 16.30

Gaza has been bitterly disputed from the dawn of history. From the time of the Pharaohs through until The British Empire’s fight to establish a mandate on it in 1917 it has been the source of suffering and conflict. Today we witness the hostility between Palestinians and Israelis.  Filiu, whose book was described by the Sunday Times as a ‘masterpiece’, gives us his insight into the territory and its peoples.

Jean-Pierre Filiu is Professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po in Paris and a prize-winning author.

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The Retreat

Christina Lamb
The Retreat
Sunday 19th July 17.00 - 18.15

The Retreat tells how the West turned success in Afghanistan into defeat in the longest war fought by the United States in its history and by Britain since the Hundred Years War. It is the story of well-intentioned men and women going into a place they did not understand and how, what had once been the right thing to do, had become a conflict that everyone wanted to exit. It has left Afghanistan one of the poorest and most dangerous nations on earth.

Christina Lamb, who has access to all the key decision makers, is the best-selling author of ‘I Am Malala’, co-authored with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. She is US editor for the Sunday Times and is a former Foreign Correspondent of the Year.

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Stand By Your Manhood
Get It Together
Peter Lloyd in debate with Zoe Williams chaired by Norman Baker MP
Do men need their equivalent of feminism?
Sunday 19th July 18.45 - 20.00

Peter Lloyd and Zoe Williams pull no punches in their debate the rights of men and women. Is it now men that are loosing out in the battle for equal rights? Peter Lloyd and the Justice for Men and Boys Party argue that they are.

Deftly proving that men can multi-task, Peter Lloyd is a London-based journalist who contributes to The Guardian, the Mail on Sunday, MailOnline and the Daily Telegraph. Originally from Liverpool, he was formerly the staff writer at Madonna's UK PR company.

Zoe Williams writes comment pieces, interviews and reviews. She is best known as a Guardian columnist, but her work has also appeared in the Spectator, NOW magazine, the New Statesman and the Evening Standard.

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Fat Planet

Dr David Lewis and Dr Margaret Leitch
Fat Planet: The Obesity Trap and How We Can Escape It
Sunday 19th July 20.30 - 21.45

More than a billion people worldwide are overweight and almost 500 million are obese.  It is much easier to get fat than to stay fit. Dr Lewis and Dr Leitchs’ research shows that it is not lack of self-control that is to blame. Foods high in sugar, fat and salt engage the same parts of the brain as hard drugs, making fast food addiction a terrifyingly real prospect.

Instead, we need to look at the corporations whose profits depend upon the promotion of unhealthy food and to the inadequacy of current standards of nutrition education. The speakers also give practical strategies for slimming down and maintaining a healthy weight.

Dr David Lewis is a best-selling author and was a consultant to Channel 4's 'Secret Eaters' diet programme. Dr Margaret Leitch is a specialist in identifying overeating habits.

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