Television: Pick of the week

GEOGRAPHY JUNCTION: JAMAICA. C4 Mondays, from September 16, 9.30-9.45am

Young people from Jamaica introduce us to their country in this five-part series which deals with both the physical and human geography of the island. Part One, "A Place to Live", gives an overview of their homeland, one-twentieth the size of Britain, with a generally hot, wet climate, that is different according to whether you're to the north or south of the Blue Mountains. Part Two, "The Local People", focuses on Port Antonio and explores the survival of traditional customs in the practice of "bush medicine", the strength of Christian belief - and the popularity of jerk chicken. Part Three, "People at Work", follows a bunch of bananas from the plant to the boat that will transport it to England, emphasises the importance of the tourist trade, and discovers how bauxite is mined and what it's for. This is a colourful series that's packed with information.

FIRST EDITION. C4 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from September 17, 11.25-11.40am

It is too soon to tell what will be top of the agenda as the programme returns from its summer holiday. But every week, Jon Snow, with a young co-presenter, interviews a political figure or expert on some topical issue in a series designed to inform nine to 14-year-olds about what is going on in the world around them and start to involve them in making decisions as citizens of this country through discussion on screen and in the classroom. www.channel4.comcitizenpower backs up the topical news with background information on Parliament, the European Union, elections and regional assemblies. There is also a pupils' book and a video with selections from the first series (on drugs, litter, safety, war and dieting) available from 4Learning, PO Box 400, Wetherby LS23 7LG.

TWO MEN IN A TRENCH. BBC2 Friday, September 13, 9-9.50pm

Military archaeologists Tony Pollard and Neil Oliver visit the sites and recall the circumstances of some famous battles: this week, the Battle of Flodden. James IV, King of Scotland, had an alliance with France, so when Henry VIII invaded that country in 1513, Scotland felt obliged to go to war. In Northumberland, James's army met that of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, and suffered a terrible defeat, the Scottish King himself being among the 12,000 who died. Oliver and Polland describe why it turned out that way, before turning their attention to Shrewsbury, Barnet, Newark and the Defence of Inchkeith in weeks to come. A book accompanies this and several links are on the BBC website.

Full educational programme schedules can be found at: www.channel4.co.uklearningmainprogrammesautumn2002.cfm and www.bbc.co.ukschoolswhatsontvindex.shtml

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