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Monday 26 January 2015: Werner Herzog

An interview with one of the greatest living film makers, Werner Herzog. He is responsible for some of the most wildly beautiful images captured on film. And he's seen as the film industry's obsessive genius; the director who once threatened to shoot his lead actor to prevent him quitting. After five decades making movies is Werner Herzog's love of film as intense as ever?

Tuesday 27 January 2015: Hot Gossip #2 of 2

In the second of two programmes, Geoff Watts continues to explore the science, history and cultural implications of gossip.

Wednesday 28 January 2015: Remembering Rio

Machado de Assis was born in 1839 of mixed race, an epileptic with little formal education. Yet from these humble origins he went on to become Brazil’s greatest writer, the ‘Charles Dickens’ of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians grow up reading his stories and novels, but why does the rest of the world know so little about this literary genius? Juliana Lootty of the BBC Brazilian Service goes out on to the streets of Rio to discover just what the people of this vibrant and colourful city make of their literary star, and retraces Machado de Assis’s extraordinary life under the tropical sun.

Thursday 29 January 2015: Your Rubbish, Our Hope

For decades rubbish pickers crawled their way over the biggest rubbish dump in South America, the lowest of the low, the bottom of the heap. Their lives in Gramacho just outside Rio de Janeiro, living alongside their pigs and dogs, were unimaginably hard and poor amongst the hundreds of thousands of tons of bloody hospital waste, dead bodies, festering food, needles and other sharp objects. Injuries happened all the time and the only people they had to help them were their fellow rubbish pickers, or Catadores as they are called in Brazil. But in the lead up to Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup in 2014 Gramacho was closed. This BBC programme finds out what has happened to the rubbish pickers.