In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 19 November

Published every Sunday morning, here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

Newsweek 24 November 2017

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

As these are picked primarily from UK sources, many programmes will not be available for download or streaming from outside the UK. All should be available for the next 30 days from the date of broadcast.  Some press articles may require a registration/subscription.

This year is proving to herald a significant shake-up in the American media market following reports that the Murdochs may be selling 21st Century Fox with Comcast, Disney and Verizon cited as potential suitors. In new media, a number of digital media businesses are putting themselves up for sale.

The Murdoch’s insist that one media platform that is not for sale is Fox News, Donald Trump’s preferred source of morning news. Newsweek looks at the phenomenal media machine.

One news network that is firmly out of favour with President Trump is of course CNN. Its opinion series Free Press features contributions from Cristiane Amanpour and Emily Bell on the importance of a free press. The series will run until 1 December 2017.

It was announced this week that Radhika Jones would succeed Graydon Carter as editor of Vanity Fair amidst talk of significant cuts at its parent Conde Nast. Tina Brown, editor of the magazine between 1983 and 1992, published “The Vanity Fair Diaries” this week. Tina, one of many Brits to break the New York media market, speaks to Time magazine. Tina’s legacy is considere by The New Yorker.
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In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 12 November

Published every Sunday morning, here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

Donald Trump An American Dream (Channel 4 / 4OD)
Donald Trump An American Dream (Channel 4 / 4OD)

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

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Last week marked the first anniversary of the second political shock of 2016: Donald Trump winning the US Presidential Election. It has been marked on both sides of the atlantic.

CNN looks back at Election night. The Washington Post reports how Trump’s message of mistrust is sinking in, even in journalism’s new ‘golden age’. Slate has a meticously reproduced all of The New York Times’ Breaking News alerts in The Year In Push Alerts: How Breaking News Became Our Lives.

Over here in the UK, Gary Younge looks at Trump’s supporters in Angry, White and American (Channel 4 / 4OD). Also on Channel 4 Donald Trump’s rise to the one of the most powerful men in the world is documente in Trump: An American Dream (Channel 4 / 4OD).
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In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 5 November

Published every Sunday morning, here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

New York Daily News Front Page 31 October 2017
New York Daily News Front Page 31 October 2017

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

As these are picked primarily from UK sources, many programmes will not be available for download or streaming from outside the UK. All should be available for the next 30 days from the date of broadcast.  Some press articles may require a registration/subscription.

It has of course be an extraordinary week in politics on both sides of the atlantic. Special Counsel Robert Mueller served his first indictments in his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election. On this side of the pound the Westminster sex scandal continues to unfold and, on the basis of Sunday’s newspaper front pages, has a long way to go.

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In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 29 October

Published every Sunday morning, here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

BBC Ghostwatch 1992
BBC Ghostwatch 1992

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

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Television

Let’s start with Halloween. 25 years ago, the BBC broadcast what was probably the most daring mainstream television programme in history.

“Ghostwatch” was purported to be a live investigation into the paranormal featuring many familiar fixtures of BBC television such as Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene and Mike Smith.

However, it was a hoax and a very convincing one at that. Even though the programme was presented under the banner of the BBC’s then “Screen One” drama strand, many of its 11 million viewers believed it was real. Borrowing heavily from the mannerisms of daytime television, it was an early example of television deconstructing itself on screen.

Such was the controversy that followed – the programme has been blamed for one viewer taking his own life – not only has the BBC never repeated Ghostwatch it essentially refuses to acknowledge its existence. It has been reported that a planned feature on “The One Show” was dropped at the insistence of the BBC.

The New Statesman has the story behind one of the greatest TV hoaxes of all time.

Another programme celebrating its anniversary is Brass Eye, first broadcast 20 years ago in 1997. This time, the target of the hoax was the show’s contributors. Next week, Curzon Cinema Soho shows Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes featuring previously unseen footage. Alas, it is sold out but Series 1 of Brass Eye is available on Channel 4 / All4.

Also of note on the BBC iPlayer:

Sounds Like Friday Night – The BBC’s resurrection of Top Of The Pops new Friday night music show.

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In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 22 October

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

George Michael - Freedom
George Michael – Freedom (Channel 4 / All4)

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

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Television

George Michael – Freedom – Narrated by George Michael, a look back at his life and career.

Chris Packham – Asperger’s And Me – A candid look at living with autism by broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham

Hillary Rodham Clinton in conversation with Graham Norton – An extended edit with footage not broadcast on television.

BBC Introducing: 10 Years Of Finding The Next Big Thing – A special concert hosted by Huw Stephens to celebrate 10 years of the BBC’s new music showcase “BBC Introducing”.  Includes George Ezra, Blossoms, Slaves, and Jake Bugg.
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In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 15 October

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, and print for your travels in the coming week.

Concorde
British Airways Concorde, Pictured by LondonAirTravel at the BA Engineering Base, London Heathrow

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, and print for your travels in the coming week.

As these are picked primarily from UK sources, many programmes will not be available for download or streaming from outside the UK. All should be available for the next 30 days from the date of broadcast.

Television

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Rage To Riches

Louis Theroux – Heroin Town – A look at the drug that claims more lives in the US than gun crime.

Snowfall – A new ten part drama bout the beginnings of the crack epidemic in 1980s Los Angeles (streaming only).

Concorde – A Supersonic Story – No explanation needed.

Newsnight – Emily Maitlis interviews Emma Thompson – A powerful interview about abuse in Hollywood with the very articulate Emma Thompson.

Audio

Blue Planet II – The Podcast – A new weekly podcast to accompany the new BBC TV series Blue Planet II

Political Thinking with the BBC’s Nick Robinson and Ed Miliband, who was Labour leader at a more innocent time when the public was more concerned with how politicians ate bacon sandwiches and how much they spent on their kitchens.

“Brexitcast”  The latest on the tragic farce that is Brexit from the BBC’s Chris Mason.

Printed Matters

“Is It Britain’s Turn For Revolution?”  Anne Applebaum (The Washington Post)

“A Crisis Of Relevance” BuzzFeed’s Janine Gibson on news  (Columbia Journalism Review)

“A Flight Down Memory Lane” BA pilot Mark Vanhoenacker takes a look at the Boeing 747 (New York Times)

“Inches For Inches” Why do abuse scandals take so long to break?  (Popbitch)

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In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 8 October

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, and print for your travels in the coming week.

Nile Rodgers: How To Make It In The Music Business (Image Credit: BBC)
Nile Rodgers: How To Make It In The Music Business (Image Credit: BBC)

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, and print for your travels in the coming week.

As these are picked primarily from UK sources, many programmes will not be available for download or streaming from outside the UK. All should be available for the next 30 days from the date of broadcast.

Television

Nile Rodgers, the man behind Chic and some of the world’s biggest hits, begins a three part series How To Make It In the Music Business for BBC4.

Ruby Wax travels to Europe to trace how her parents fled Vienna for America in 1938 Who Do You Think You Are?

Robert Plant, Morrissey, Mogway, Alt-J and Loyle Carner
perfom at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios for BBC 6Music Live.

Audio

The World’s Most Extreme Festivals Træna at the edge of the Artic Circle, from BBC Radio 1.

Political Thinking with the BBC’s Nick Robinson and Ruth Davidson.

Brexitcast from one of the rising stars of the BBC’s politics team, Chris Mason.

Printed Matters

How I learnt to loathe England by Joris Luyendjik (Prospect)

This is what it feels like to be hit by a bullet, by Tyler Brule (Financial Times)

How managers at a Reading branch of HBOS conspired to wreck the livelihoods of scores of small business owners (Financial Times)

The significance of a dossier by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele on Donald Trump & Russia (The Guardian)

How right-wing American news website Breitbart helped make white nationalism into mainstram American politics (Buzzfeed)

How celebrity copy approval works (PopBitch)