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Who Should We Let In? review – Ian Hislop looks back at a time when Britain was glad to welcome immigrants

22 June 2017 9:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A timely, if oddly jovial, examination of what a difference a century makes in the way the country deals with immigration

The early hours of 2 January 1906. A boat approaches Southampton docks. On board are 10 American sailors saved from drowning in the Atlantic three weeks earlier. The British authorities take one look and order them back to sea. Why? Because they have the misfortune of landing on British soil just one day after the first peacetime restrictions on immigration have been enacted. It no longer matters if they are asylum seekers, economic migrants, or 10 unlucky sailors. According to the law that will for ever change the way Britain views immigration, they are “destitute alien immigrants”. Britain’s open door has been closed to them.

So begins Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row (BBC2, 9pm). A timely and oddly jovial examination of how our views on immigration were shaped, or rather warped, around the turn of the last century, it airs as we teeter on the brink of Brexit. Although, let’s be honest: any week in the past 100 years would have been timely because, since the 1905 Aliens Act, Britain’s politicians, public and media have been embroiled in the Second Great Immigration Row.

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- Chitra Ramaswamy

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Thursday’s best TV: Who Should We Let in?; Host the Week; Riviera

21 June 2017 10:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ian Hislop unearths some surprises in a history of Britain’s response to outsiders. Plus: Scarlett Moffatt is the first celeb to Host the Week; and revelations on the riviera for Julia Stiles

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- Ben Arnold, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett, Ellen E Jones, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2017 line-up

4 May 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Laura PoitrasJulian Assange film, a Jo Cox documentary, and a Walter Murch talk all feature.

UK documentary Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled its full 2017 programme.

This year’s closing night event will be the world premiere of Jo Cox: Death Of An MP, a BBC2 documentary that focuses on the investigation of the politician’s murder, including contributions from eye witnesses, Cox’s family, and people who knew her attacker.

As previously announced, the festival will open with a screening of Daisy Asquith’s documentary Queerama, featuring a live Performance From John Grant.

This year’s Doc/Fest grand jury will include American Honey director Andrea Arnold, as well as Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and ex-Channel 4 news broadcaster Paul Mason.

UK premieres in the programme this year include Laura PoitrasJulian Assange portrait Risk, Whitney Houston doc Whitney: Can I Be Me, Ramona Diaz’s Motherland, Joseph Beuys doc [link »

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