5 items from 2012
From Stalin's Russia to Hitler's Germany – the adventures of the brave boy from Barry
His mother wanted Gareth Jones to take a nice safe job in academia. "Why," he wrote to her, baffled, "do you want a son of yours to have no courage?"
Storyville: Hitler, Stalin and Mr Jones (BBC4) was a dense, powerful and moving film (marred only by a bizarrely dramatic voiceover that persisted throughout) that pieced together the extraordinary and almost forgotten story of an extraordinary and almost forgotten boy from Barry.
Jones was a brilliant student who won a scholarship to Cambridge to study Russian. Fascinated by Stalin, he went to the Soviet Union in 1930 and glimpsed the shadows beneath the dictator's shining Five Year Plan. When he returned to England he was invited to one of David Lloyd George's country house parties in Churt, Surrey (think of it as the Chipping Norton of its day but less, »
- Lucy Mangan
Let's Get Gold
A vague attempt at an Olympic Games tie-in, this three-parter sees 15 sports teams competing for £100,000. Vernon Kay is the host, while Rio Ferdinand and Andrew Flintoff are on the judging panel. An indication that the winning factor may be down to more than fitness and technique is that the other two judges are entertainers: actor Martine McCutcheon and Una Healy from the Saturdays, who can at least lay claim to having a competitive swimming background, having represented Ireland at schools level. Martin Skegg
Michael Johnson: Survival Of The Fastest
9pm, Channel 4
A little over 15 years ago, Michael Johnson was the Man With The Golden Shoes, the fastest long sprinter on Earth. In the years since, he's done a lot of »
- Martin Skegg, John Robinson, Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, Phelim O'Neill
Six years ago Dread Central opened its doors on July 4th, declaring our independence from those who were holding us back, and the lunatics have been running the asylum ever since. The road thus far has been winding and unpredictable, and we wouldn't want it any other way.
As always, I'd like to take this time to acknowledge the folks who keep the spooky coming by the bucketful. First, our foundation ... The Foywonder, Andrew Kasch, Buz Wallick, Scott Johnson, Mr. Dark, Nomad, and Rick Trembles. These cats have been here since Day One and helped build this nuthouse brick by brick. Words alone cannot express how lucky we are to have each and every one of you. Your loyalty and support are proof positive it takes more than just blood to become family.
- Uncle Creepy
The Duchess of Cambridge navigated another royal first Tuesday when she joined Queen Elizabeth - and 8,000 other people - at a garden tea party at Buckingham Palace. Under sunny skies and an uncharacteristically warm 77 degrees, she wore a familiar outfit: a hat by Jane Corbett and the same $2,000 pink Emilia Wickstead coat dress first seen 11 days ago at the Windsor Castle lunch the Queen gave for visiting royals. Led by the Queen and Prince Philip, the royal party, including Kate, stood to attention for the national anthem before stepping down onto the garden's lawns. Husband William, 29, was not able to »
- Simon Perry
Unreported World: Terror In Sudan
7.30pm, Channel 4
What the world's media saw: photos of George Clooney in handcuffs outside the Sudan embassy. What Unreported World saw: caves in the Nuba Mountains teeming with thousands of black African Christians, made homeless by constant aerial bombardments from Omar al-Bashir's forces, during a civil war stretching back to the 1980s. In the first of a new series, reporter Aidan Hartley and director Daniel Bogado place themselves squarely in the war zone, among doctors working without anaesthetic, and civilians facing yet another man-made famine. Ali Catterall
BBC Young Musician 2012: Keyboard Category Final
The posh Britain's Got Talent reaches the category finals. Of the 404 precocious piano-ticklers, violin-scrapers, oboe-blowers and timpani-thwackers who auditioned, »
- Ali Catterall, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Phelim O'Neill, Hannah Verdier
5 items from 2012
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