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08.18.12 David Lumb and Aymann Ismail

The first episode of Copper opens with a character’s eye peering through the slats of a barn door. His eye—borrowed by the camera’s point-of-view—sees a shopowner toss a bucket of food into the dirt gutter, which is immediately set upon by a handful of the starving. He looks away and up toward a bank. Moments […]

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06.13.11 Marina Galperina

Today, BBC Two will screen a documentary with writer Terry Pratchett who is considering assisted suicide after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In Choosing to Die, he travels to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic where a 71-year-old motor-neurone sufferer drinks a cocktail of toxins and dies in his wife’s arms. […]

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06.18.10 Marina Galperina

BBC Three rolls out the adult puppet comedy show Mongrels soon. It’s about “five urban animals [who] hang out in the backyard of an innercity pub” and are a bunch of sociopaths, assholes and romantics. Here’s a sample musical number serenading the double-standard appeal of sapphism. […]

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06.08.10 Bucky Turco

There’s no denying that West Africa is increasingly being used as a corridor to smuggle drugs, but, it’s hard to believe the figures being reported by the BBC on a major cocaine bust in Gambia. They say two tons worth $1 billion was seized. Do the math: 2 tons = 4480 pounds ($1 billion/4480 lbs. […]

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02.16.10 Cajun Boy

Since the 1960s Ray Gosling has been a familiar face to British television audiences, having hosted hundreds of TV and radio documentaries. His latest is one on death and dying, and in it he makes a shocking on-camera admission: years ago he killed a lover suffering through the final stages of AIDS by suffocating him […]

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