27 - 30 April 2015
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Monday 27 April 2015: Life Scientific: Jane Francis
Just twenty years ago, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) would not allow women to camp in Antarctica. In 2013, it appointed Jane Francis as its Director. Jane tells Jim Al-Khalili how an intimate understanding of petrified wood and fossilised leaves took her from Dorset’s Jurassic coast to this icy land mass. Fossils buried under the ice contain vital clues about ancient climates and can be used to check current computer models of climate change.
Tuesday 28 April 2015: Who Will Govern Britain?
As the UK heads towards a highly competitive general election with an uncertain outcome, Mary Ann Sieghart explores how the parties are planning to form a government if there is no clear winner. Like much of Europe, Britain’s traditional two-party system is fragmenting and smaller parties are gaining significant ground. But the British first-past-the-post, winner-takes-all model is not designed for these new politics. American writer and satirist PJ O’Rourke hits the campaign trail to give his own unique take on the British election.
Wednesday 29 April 2015: Director of the Documentary India’s Daughter - Leslee Udwin
The brutal gang rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 provoked widespread shock and outrage and put the spotlight on violence against women in India. A recent documentary about it provoked huge controversy. The film called India's Daughter featured an interview with one of the five convicted rapists, who expressed no remorse and blamed the victim for fighting back. The Delhi government prevented the film being shown in India and there were demands by the Indian government for it not to be aired by the BBC. HARDtalk talks to the documentary's director, Leslee Udwin. Was her film sensationalist and voyeuristic?
Thursday 30 April 2015: Saudi Arabia - Sands of Time #1 of 3
In a three part series Egyptian writer Tarek Osman follows the dramatic events that led to the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its rise, in less than 50 years, to the status of global power. He charts the rise of the Kingdom with the discovery of oil and its place as a global energy power. And, he looks at the enduring relationship with the United States based on 'oil for security', which was rocked during the 1973 Oil Crisis. Larger and larger oil revenues led to rapid development and reforms. However this modernisation came at a cost and there was a backlash by conservative Saudi forces which shook the foundations of the Kingdom.