TV and radio

7th October 2005 at 01:00
Robin Buss's pick of the week

Scottish Short Stories (Unit 2) BBC2, Friday, October 14, 4.00-4.40am

In a new programme in this series for 16 to 18-year-olds, we watch two actors as they prepare for a radio performance of short stories with a Scottish setting. The first is Anne Donovan's All That Glisters, in which a girl remembers using some special pens at school and afterwards talking about them with her sick father; the second is George Mackay Brown's The Drowned Rose, which also deals with memory and death.

Geography in Animation BBC2, Monday, October 12, 2.00-3.40am

This is geography week overnight on BBC Schools, starting with a five-part series for 13 to 14-year-olds which examines key processes in physical geography, including climate change, erosion, ecosystems and hydrology. This is followed later by South Africa 2000, a four-parter on the country. Then, from 2-4am on October 13, World Physical is a package of mainly short chunks for 14 to 16-year-olds covering such topics as plates, rivers, ice, coasts and ecosystems.

The Market C4, Monday-Friday, October 10-14, 9.30-9.55am

Camden in London has the biggest street market in Europe, attracting as many as 50,000 shoppers at weekends. This series looks at some of the people: two young men who sell T-shirts and a designer who is thinking of moving away. There are also rivalries and recriminations and a struggle to survive in a world of fierce competition as well as friendly Cockney banter. The five films, made for 14 to 19-year-olds studying PSHE, could also provide material for English.

Primary History: Ancient Greece BBC2, Fridays, October 14 and 21, 10.30-11.10am

Broadcast in two blocks of two programmes each, this four-part series offers 7 to 11-year-olds an introduction to the world of Sophocles and Pericles, and the ancient Olympic games. They will learn about the Greek contribution to philosophy, maths, politics, sport and storytelling, and the origin of words such as "democracy" and "citizenship". There is a website at

Beyond Boundaries BBC2, Tuesdays, October 11-November 1, 9-10pm

Under the guidance of a former SAS officer, 11 disabled men and women undertake a challenging journey across Nicaragua, from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts. Their disabilities range from deafness and blindness to amputations and paralysis, but it soon becomes clear that the success or otherwise of what one of them calls this "beautiful struggle" will depend more on mental toughness and their ability to work together. Teachers may also like to visit the BBC disability website:

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