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Beginning Today, Al Jazeera America Presents Original 4-Part Documentary Series 'The Limits of Hope: Inside Obama's White House'

Beginning today, Thursday, April 7th at 10pm Et and continuing nightly through April 10th, Al Jazeera America will present an original new documentary series, "The Limits of Hope: Inside Obama's White House." Co-produced by Al Jazeera America with Brook Lapping and the BBC, the four-part series is overseen by acclaimed veteran producer Norma Percy. The series gives viewers an authoritative, insiders' account of Obama's White House, with exclusive interviews that re-live the battles, the decisions and the key moments that reshaped America and the world. Interviewees include President Barack Obama, himself, reflecting on...
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Al Jazeera America Presents Comprehensive 4-Part Original Documentary Series, 'The Limits of Hope: Inside Obama’s White House'

From Thursday, April 7th at 10pm Et through April 10th, Al Jazeera America will present an original new documentary series, “The Limits of Hope: Inside Obama’s White House," which will give viewers an authoritative, insiders’ account of Obama’s White House, with exclusive interviews that re-live key meetings and phone calls during pivotal moments for the U.S. Co-produced by Al Jazeera America with Brook Lapping and the BBC, the 4-part series is overseen by acclaimed veteran producer Norma Percy. In the four episodes, the documentary will cover the economic crisis of 2008 and Obama’s first 100 days in office; the healthcare battle and the rise of...
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10 TV Programmes You Don’t Want To Miss In 2016

2015 brought a real mixture of programmes to our TV screens – from edge-of-your-seat, nail biting dramas to laugh out loud comedies and fascinating documentaries. The year saw much loved Peep Show, Downton Abbey and This is England come to an end, and new five-part drama Doctor Foster grab the nation’s attention while reality TV show Hunted brought something new and original with its social experiment.

If you missed any of these shows and struggled to keep up with the conversations at work as a result, here are 10 TV programmes you definitely don’t want to miss in 2016:

The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses (BBC 2)

This year sees the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and, as part of this, the BBC will be showing the concluding part of their successful adaptation of Shakespeare’s history. The show, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, first aired four years ago.
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‘A lot of documentary makers look down on TV’

Award-winning film maker Kim Longinotto on the struggle for funding, low self esteem – and telling difficult stories

Kim Longinotto tells me several times during our interview that she has “very low self-esteem”, adding that “not being a very confident person” may have helped her 30-year career in documentary filmmaking.

It’s not the usual chitchat you’d expect from someone set to join the likes of Sir David Attenborough, John Pilger and Norma Percy in becoming the recipient of a Grierson Trustee Award for documentary film tonight. But then Longinotto has spent much of her career stuggling to get her work funded, let alone noticed.

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Kim Longinotto to receive BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award

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Kim Longinotto to receive BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award
Documentary filmmaker places a focus on the lives of women across the globe

Kim Longinotto has been named the 2015 recipient of the BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award.

The documentary filmmaker is known for titles including Sisters In Law, which won the Cicea award at Cannes in 2005, Pink Saris and latest release Dreamcatcher, which won the Directing Award at Sundance in January.

Announcing the award, a statement from The Grierson Trust described Longinotto as: “the creator of numerous groundbreaking films which focus on and explore the lives of women across the globe,. Throughout her career she has consistently given voice to those who have no voice living in some of the world’s most repressive and hostile societies.

Previous winners of the honour include John Battsek, Kevin Macdonald, Alex Graham, John Pilger, Penny Woolcock, Norma Percy, Paul Watson, Mike Salisbury, Nick Fraser, Jonathan Gili, Molly Dineen and Sir David Attenborough.

Grierson Trust chairman Lorraine Heggessey said: “Kim is a filmmaker
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BBC2 gets White House access for Barack Obama documentary

Us president’s successes and failures to be covered in four-part series, including reform of healthcare, Iran nuclear negotiations and gun law impasse

BBC2 has secured unprecedented access to Barack Obama’s White House for a new four-part series from acclaimed documentary maker, Norma Percy.

The documentary, Obama, will tell the inside story of the Us president’s greatest successes and failures.

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Patricle Fever, Cutie among Grierson winners

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Patricle Fever, Cutie among Grierson winners
Documentary awards took place last night [Nov 3] at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Particle Fever and Cutie and the Boxer were among the film winners at last night’s Grierson Awards, held in association with Sky Atlantic and Shell.

Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever, about the quest for find the Higgs boson, won the Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary and was praised as a “stunning piece of work” by the jury, while Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer scooped the Bertha Dochouse Best Cinema Documentary award with the jury calling it a “true gem”.

The big winner on the night was Channel 4 as it took a record eight of the 13 award available, including two wins for Education Yorkshire for Envy Best Documentary Series Award and Radio Times Reader’s Choice Award.

Peter Aker’s Sing Your Heart Out received the Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary, while former Wall To Wall chief executive Alex Graham was awarded
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Patricle Fever, Cutie among winners at Grierson Awards

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Patricle Fever, Cutie among winners at Grierson Awards
Documentary awards took place last night [Nov 3] at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Particle Fever and Cutie and the Boxer were among the film winners at last night’s Grierson Awards, held in association with Sky Atlantic and Shell.

Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever, about the quest for find the Higgs boson, won the Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary and was praised as a “stunning piece of work” by the jury, while Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer scooped the Bertha Dochouse Best Cinema Documentary award with the jury calling it a “true gem”.

The big winner on the night was Channel 4 as it took a record eight of the 13 award available, including two wins for Education Yorkshire for Envy Best Documentary Series Award and Radio Times Reader’s Choice Award.

Peter Aker’s Sing Your Heart Out received the Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary, while former Wall To Wall chief executive Alex Graham was awarded
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Bradford Animation Festival, Cinecity Brighton: film festival previews

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Bradford Animation Festival

There's everything from CGI insects to lo-fi zombies on the screen at this inclusive event, which gives you features and shorts, for and by all ages, plus a dedicated gaming section. But there are also real, live people to recommend. Adam Buxton talks to anarchic image-mangler Cyriak, Steve Bell pays tribute to Roobarb creator Bob Godfrey, multi-disciplinary genius Dave McKean gives a masterclass, and stop-motion heroes Adam Elliot (of Mary And Max) and Lee "Claycat" Hardcastle are also here to talk about the finer points of plasticine.

National Media Museum, Tue to 16 Nov

Cinecity Brighton Film Festival

After 11 years, this festival knows what its citizens want: all things new and/or slightly leftfield. You'll get the hottest upcoming British and Us movies, led by Alexander Payne's latest,
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BBC criticised over 'pro-Putin' documentary

Russian dissidents and exiles claim BBC2 series, Putin, Russia and the West, is 'utter apology for Putin and his regime'

A BBC documentary chronicling the difficult and often stormy relationship since 2000 between Vladimir Putin's resurgent Russia and the west has provoked a furious backlash from Russian exiles in Britain, who have accused the programme-makers of bias towards the Russian leader.

The four-part BBC2 series, Putin, Russia and the West, which concludes next week, has attracted condemnation from dissidents who say it displays an unacceptable "pro-Putin bias", as well as a "lack of understanding of Russia's recent history".

The documentary's producer, Norma Percy, and the BBC roundly reject the claims. Percy denies that the series portrays Russia's prime minister in too favourable a light and says it is "truly objective" and "multi-sided".

"We didn't set out to make a pro- or anti-Putin film," she said, adding her brief was to
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Putin, Russia and the West talks to everyone but the man himself

Norma Percy's BBC2 documentary is compulsive viewing for those who want to know what went on inside Russia for the last decade - even if Putin himself is absent

Norma Percy is the pre-eminent political documentary filmmaker of our generation. She has set the gold standard in getting history's movers and shakers to explain their own role in events in which they were the key players. The Death of Jugoslavia is told by Milosevic and Tudjman; in the Second Russian Revolution, Gorbachev speaks of his own downfall; In Iran and the West, Rafsanjani tells how he helped the release of American hostages held by Hezbollah in the Lebanon. "What they hire me for is to get everybody," Percy once said.

So would Percy be able to crack the hardest nut in contemporary international politics? Would she get prime minister Vladimir Putin to open up, as he faces re-election to
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BBC1 dominates Rts awards with wins for The Street and Small Island

BBC flagship channel takes nine prizes as The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent lose out to Charlie Brooker's Newswipe

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BBC1 dominated the Royal Television Society 2009 programme awards last night with nine prizes, including best drama series for The Street and both the best actor and best actress awards for Small Island.

BBC2 and BBC4 won four awards each, Channel 4 three (with another for E4) and ITV1 two.

Naomie Harris and David Oyelowo's triumph for Small Island, about Jamaican immigration to Britain in the 1940s and 1950s, meant that both big acting awards went to black actors.

Harris thanked her mother, who was also her voice coach for the role, and "without whom Hortense wouldn't have been half as good as she was".

Oyelowo was in Los Angeles filming, but sent a message saying: "I
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Helen Mirren to pick up lifetime achievement award

Dame Helen Mirren and environmental activist Franny Armstrong among winners at Women in Film and Television Awards

Women in Film and Television Awards: full list of winners

Dame Helen Mirren and environmental activist Franny Armstrong are among the winners at today's Women in Film and Television Awards.

Mirren, best known for playing Elizabeth II in the film The Queen and for her role as Dci Jane Tennison in ITV's Prime Suspect, will receive the Working Title Films lifetime achievement award at the lunchtime event.

Armstrong, the director of The Age of Stupid and founder of the 10:10 campaign to reduce emissions, will pick up the ITV achievement of the year award.

Other winners include Katie Jarvis, the star of acclaimed Essex-set film Fish Tank, who has won the Pinewood Studios best performance award; and Paula Milne, who will be presented with the UK Film Council writing award for work including
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Helen Mirren to pick up lifetime achievement award

Dame Helen Mirren and environmental activist Franny Armstrong among winners at Women in Film and Television Awards

Women in Film and Television Awards: full list of winners

Dame Helen Mirren and environmental activist Franny Armstrong are among the winners at today's Women in Film and Television Awards.

Mirren, best known for playing Elizabeth II in the film The Queen and for her role as Dci Jane Tennison in ITV's Prime Suspect, will receive the Working Title Films lifetime achievement award at the lunchtime event.

Armstrong, the director of The Age of Stupid and founder of the 10:10 campaign to reduce emissions, will pick up the ITV achievement of the year award.

Other winners include Katie Jarvis, the star of acclaimed Essex-set film Fish Tank, who has won the Pinewood Studios best performance award; and Paula Milne, who will be presented with the UK Film Council writing award for work including
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