3 – 6 July 2017
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Monday 3 July - Siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery
Some people show extraordinary courage in the face of extreme adversity. In an era when so many around the world are under threat of terror attacks, Assignment returns to one night in Bangladesh when ordinary people showed immense bravery. On the night of the 1st July 2016, five young Bangladeshi Islamist militants stormed a Dhaka restaurant popular with foreign residents and visitors. The siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery was an unprecedented attack in Bangladesh. 29 people lost their lives that night - the majority of them non-Bangladeshis, shot or butchered with machetes. But not everyone was killed. Linda Pressly together with local journalist, Morshed Ali Khan, tell the story of what happened inside the restaurant over 11 hours - the chef forced to cook sea bass by the killers, the kitchen worker locked for hours in a single toilet cubicle with 7 others. There are tales of escape and resistance. Above all, there is courage amidst the carnage, and in the face of bloody adversity. (BBC)
Tuesday 4 July - Young in Hong Kong
They post-1997 generation are young and have only known Hong Kong as part of China. But under ‘one country, two systems’ these millennial Hong Kongers stand apart from their mainland equivalent. So how do they see themselves and the unique territory where they live? Back in 1997, Helier Cheung was a schoolgirl in the choir which sang at the ceremony, as Hong Kong’s sovereignty reverted from Britain to China. Now, as a BBC journalist, she returns to Hong Kong to discover how her generation see themselves. (BBC)
Thursday 6 July - The Unlikely Power of Cookbooks
Even if you’ve never picked up a book of recipes - cookbooks will have had a huge influence on how you live. What may appear to be mere collections of ingredients and cooking methods, sometimes tell us just as much about social class, politics and gender. Emily Thomas explores how cookery books have been used to demonstrate power, strengthen colonial and soviet ideology, and divide society by class and race. (BBC)