Robin Buss's pick of the week
Living the Dream
C4. Friday, June 18
The Prince's Trust Sound Live courses aim to help disadvantaged young people through the development of music skills. This documentary, which could be used for PSHE and citizenship, follows three musicians through the Sound Live course to their appearance, with 19 others, on stage at Earls Court last month. It shows how they have been helped to develop their musical talent and achieve success despite difficult circumstances.
Taking IssueBelief FileThe Test of TimeTestament
BBC2 Wednesday, June 16-18, 2-6am
BBC2 gets religion in the middle of the night this week - and not just one religion. Belief File for 11 to 16-year-olds, studies Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam through the eyes of young British members of these faiths. It is preceded by Taking Issue, an award-winning series that finds out what members of the five principal religions in Britain believe about identity and belonging, sex before marriage, reconciliation and vegetarianism. On June 17, The Test of Time considers how well the teachings of Jesus apply to modern life, and on June 18, Testament is a series of eight superbly animated films taken from the Old Testament.
Come to Kochi
BBC Schools Radio
Thursday, June 17, 3.35-4.05am
This radio documentary, designed for geography for seven to 11-year-olds, focuses on the city of Kochi, in Kerala, giving a sound portrait of its people through stories, music, poetry and location recordings. This week's programmes look at transport and pollution. The whole series of 10 programmes, which ties in with the Geographical Association's Storylink Kochi pack by Iain Dryden and Ralph Hare, is available on tape (pound;2.15) together with teachers' notes (pound;4.99, both from BBC Customer Services, 0870 830 8000). As well as supporting key stage 2 geography, the recordings could be used in teaching literacy and English.
Time Shift: Art School
BBC4 Saturday, June 19, 9.20-10pm
Though you might think that everything worth saying about the 1960s had been said and re-said, there is interesting material in BBC4's season Summer in the Sixties, including this documentary about the importance of art schools in creating the spirit of the time. A large number of those who were to be the most influential figures in British cultural life in the 1960s had attended art schools at the end of the previous decade. There were three main reasons for this crucial role of art education: it encouraged innovation and creativity, thanks to the unconventional teaching of artists; it was inter-disciplinary, ignoring divisions between "pure" and "applied" art, or high and low culture; and it took students from a mixture of social backgrounds. One of them was Vivian Stanshall, subject of tonight's documentary, The Canyons of His Mind (BBC4, 10-11pm), which makes a case for the lead singer of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band as a neglected talent and a peculiarly British eccentric. Stephen Fry is among his most ardent admirers.
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