Television: Pick of the week
BBC2 Tuesday, October 28 and Wednesday, October 29, 3-4am Devoted to religious education and ethics, the first seven programmes (Tuesday) are about Christianity, and are designed to stimulate debate. On Wednesday, seven programmes adopt a broader view to consider philosophical and ethical questions from a multi-faith perspective.
Finally, on Thursday, October 30, "Taking Issue" invites 14 to 16-year-olds to consider the existence of God, life after death, wealth and poverty, euthanasia and moralityI Timewatch: Zulu BBC2 Friday, October 24, 9-10pm
A gripping account of "a spectacular piece of spin": how history was rewritten and how the catastrophic British defeat in the Zulu War at Isandlwana was reworked into a tale of heroism and triumph at Rorke's Drift. The two battles, which took place on the same day in January 1879, were the result of an unprovoked attack on the independent Zulu Kingdom by Lord Chelmsford, who made the mistake of thinking that his opponents were savages and could easily be defeated.
Scenes from the fighting are re-enacted, supported by clips from the 1964 film Zulu. The main focus of the programme is on Queen Victoria's role in the affair, supporting her protege Lord Chelmsford against the better judgment of the Prime Minister, Disraeli.
Skinny Kids Discovery Health Wednesday, October 29, 9-10pm
The Discovery Health Channel asks what kind of childhood we are giving to young people who are obsessed with diet and fitness. As one would expect, children are not immune to the adult preoccupation with body image. The film meets five children who think they are too fat and would like to change their appearance.
Science at Sea BBC Radio 4 Friday, October 24, 11-11.30am
This series on scientists at sea continues with the life of Admiral Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), best remembered for establishing the Beaufort wind scale, an important measuring tool in the days of sail. But Beaufort's main achievement was to encourage charting of the world's oceans.
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