My Street (British Culture)Rating Sue Bourne had lived in her street for fifteen years yet she knew practically none of her neighbours. While she relished the anonymity this afforded her she was also nosy and wanted to find out what lay behind the other 115 doorways in her street. She began knocking on the doors […]
The Russians Are Coming (Super Rich Russians)Rating The Russians Are Coming lifts the lid on the exclusive world of super rich Russians who want an English Public School education for their children. Dina Karpova epitomises the aspirational and determined Russians who are embracing the capitalist ethos of the West. A glamorous international property broker, she […]
Autism: Challenging Behaviour (Controversial Autism Treatment)Rating If you thought you knew everything you needed to know about autism, think again. Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged by this intelligent, moving and gripping BBC exploration of the controversy surrounding Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), an intensive intervention used to treat autism. Parents who want ABA for their […]
Royal Wedding Bali Style (Royalty)Rating For most mothers, organizing any wedding is stressful enough. But what if you are also an Australian born Royal Princess and expected to supervise complex Hindu traditions stretching back centuries? As the first non-Balinese Royal bride, Princess Asri is also the buffer between her daughter-in-law to be and the rest […]
Cat Ladies (Obsessive Pet Owners)Rating Cat Ladies unravels the real story behind the oft-ridiculed ‘cat lady’ – a cultural stereotype and figure of ridicule for women of a certain age with too many furry companions. Through the intimate portrait of four unique ‘cat ladies’ we create a sensitive and emotionally honest portrait of women whose […]
Norm (Extraordinary Person)Rating Norm is an exuberant and challenging documentary about love, family and survival. Norman Llewellyn was born with Down’s syndrome in 1949, in an era that assumed children like him would be sent away to institutions and that their life expectancy may not exceed fifteen years. Though he spent much of his childhood […]
Strictly Kosher (Jewish Culture)Rating The Jewish community in Manchester is a kaleidoscope of tradition, religion and extravagance. This documentary film opens a window into their lives and shows a wide variety of ritual and celebrations.
American Nomads (Hitchhiking)Rating Beneath the America we think we know lies a nation hidden from view – a nomadic nation, living on the roads, the rails and in the wild open spaces. When British writer Richard Grant moved to the USA more than 20 years ago it wasn’t just a change of country. He soon […]