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)

In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 1 October

A weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles for your travels in the coming week.

BBC Radio 1 Vintage Logo (Image Credit: BBC)
BBC Radio 1 Vintage Logo (Image Credit: BBC)

Here’s the first of 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 from Sunday evening for the next 30 days.

“The Nation’s Favourite..”

It has been a big week for broadcasting anniversaries.

Four of the BBC’s national radio networks, Radios 1 to 4, celebrate their 50th birthdays this weekend.

BBC Radio 1 is a station most people have listened to at some point in their lives. Radio 1 has launched a three day “pop-up” station Radio 1 Vintage featuring over 50 archive programmes over three days from Kenny Everett, to John Peel and Pete Tong. All are available for download on the BBC iPlayer radio app.
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Great figures of aviation, Lord King and Sir Richard Branson, on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs”

British Airways Concorde
British Airways Concorde

We recently browsed the archives of BBC Radio 4’s long running series “Desert Island Discs” and found two recordings from over 20 years ago, featuring two giants of aviation.

The first is Lord King, the former Chairman of British Airways who, together with Colin Marshall, oversaw the transition of BA from a nationalised industry to the “World’s Favourite Airline”. The second is Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic.

The interview with Lord King was first broadcast on 19 April 1991. The interview with Sir Richard Branson was first broadcast 9 June 1989. Both were interviewed by Sue Lawley.

Whilst the interview Lord King covers much of his time at British Airways, the interview with Sir Richard Branson barely touches on Virgin Atlantic – the main focus being Virgin Records which at the time was owned by Virgin. At the time Virgin Atlantic was just five years’ old. Interestingly, the relationship between the two airlines, which was to later sour significantly, isn’t mentioned in either interview.

The contrasting styles of Lord King and Sir Richard Branson are very much evident in the interviews.

That said, whilst Lord King does come across as a little cold at first he does warm up later into the interview. Furthermore, whilst Lord King’s style is seen as very much from a different era of business, so much so that Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway once wrote of his “bombastic rudeness” (legend has it that Lord King personally ordered the removal of BA advertising from the Financial Times after he took exception to a profile of him written by the paper), it is clear he has a genuine passion for business.

Furthermore, there is little Lord King says in the interview that many current aviation CEOs of today (Willie Walsh of International Airlines Group or Richard Anderson of Delta) would disagree with, particularly the references to the need for rational decision making and that sometimes painful decisions have to be made in the long term interests of the company.

Lord King also complains about government regulation and the barriers to true consolidation in the industry – two issues which are very much alive today.

As far as music choices go, neither interviews yield little surprises. The Flower Duet from Lakmé, famous for its use in many BA ads, features in Lord King’s choices. Many famous tracks from the Virgin Records back catalogue feature in Sir Richard Branson’s choices.

You can listen to the Lord King interview here and the Sir Richard Branson here.

Sadly, there was one other programme we would have loved to have covered here. That is an interview with the late Alan Whicker from 1967 but, alas, there is no audio online.

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 – A special programme from Monocle 24’s “The Foreign Desk”

In the three weeks that have passed since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 much of the media coverage has been of highly variable quality.

With so few facts but insatiable demand from audiences (CNN in North America has doubled its audience in its main demographic by devoting near blanket coverage to the story), news organisations have had to rely heavily on speculation and guess work.

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