1. RUSSELL BRAND: END THE DRUGS WAR

    02:28

    from Matchlight / Added

    7 Plays / / 0 Comments

    "The war on drugs isn't working: drug addiction should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one." These are the views of Russell Brand, as he sets out on a personal journey for BBC Three which sees him speak to addicts, care workers and politicians in the UK and overseas, as he explores potential alternatives to the UK government's policy on drugs. From visiting a legalised drug consumption room in Berne, Switzerland, to attending a U.N. drugs conference in Vienna, Russell probes the different perspectives of other nations' approach to drugs in search of evidence that there could be a different approach to current UK government policy. He meets people who challenge his views and in an interview with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Russell gets the opportunity to put his point of view to the heart of government. The Times, Saturday Review 13/12/14: "A considered polemic." Commissioning Broadcaster: BBC Three Executive Producer: Liz Hartford, Sam Anstiss (for the BBC) Written & presented by: Russell Brand Producer/Director: Ross Wilson Producers: Eddie Hutton Mills, Rebecca Burrell Number of Episodes and Running Time: 1x60 International sales contact: Rick Barker, Senior Vice President - Sales, DCD Rights Ltd

    + More details
    • A Very British Witchcraft - More4 Premiere Trail

      00:40

      from Matchlight / Added

      459 Plays / / 0 Comments

      Here's a trail C4 have cut for the premiere of A Very British Witchcraft on More4 this Saturday (17th Aug, 2013) @ 9pm.

      + More details
      • Escape

        00:27

        from Jimmy Kuo / Added

        15 Plays / / 0 Comments

        + More details
        • Josie: My Cancer Curse

          01:43

          from Matchlight / Added

          277 Plays / / 0 Comments

          Produced by Matchlight, (C) Matchlight, 2011 If your body carried a deadly gene that increased your chances of getting breast cancer to 80% - would you want to know? 18-year-old Josie Bellerby is a gorgeous, fun-loving, typical teenager. Except for one thing, her Mum carries a hereditary gene that has cursed their family for generations, killing her grandmother and her mother. Now there's a test that tells you if you have the gene. Josie's Mum Julia was one of the first in the UK to take it. She proved positive, but to save her life she had to have drastic surgery - to remove both her breasts. Josie and her two sisters face the same heartbreaking choice. Big sister Lucy has decided she's ready to take the test and will soon receive life-changing news. Josie has a dilemma should she find out if she has it too? Her family think she's too young to know, she should be enjoying her young life not worrying about the risk of cancer and a double mastectomy. Josie's an ordinary girl searching for the answer to an extraordinary question: is she old enough to cope with finding out if she carries the cancer curse?

          + More details
          • The Future State of Welfare, with John Humphrys

            01:55

            from Matchlight / Added

            228 Plays / / 0 Comments

            Produced by Matchlight, (C) Matchlight, 2011 Written and presented by John Humphrys First broadcast October 27th 2011, BBC Two at 9.00pm In February 2011 UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a welfare reform bill he described as "the most fundamental, ambitious and radical reforms to the benefit system since it began." The benefit bill, he said, had gone up by nearly sixty billion pounds in the last decade alone. Its critics say that the Welfare State is in crisis. And yet at the same time, there's resounding support among the British public for the idea of a safety net. In an Ipsos MORI poll commissioned for this programme 92% of adults agreed with the statement "it is important to have a benefits system to provide a safety net for anyone that needs it. In The Future State of Welfare John Humphrys travels the country to talk to the people with the most to lose as the Government tries to reform the benefit system - people on incapacity benefit; the long-term unemployed; people on housing benefit; lone parents. Are they prepared for the harsher future ahead? Is Britain really ready for the future state of welfare? John returns to the area where he was born - Splott in Cardiff - to show how attitudes to work and welfare have changed over his lifetime. When he was growing up, the man on his street, who didn't work was regarded as a pariah; today one in four of the working aged population in Splott is on some form of benefit. John also visits America where fifteen years ago they embarked on what has been called a 'welfare revolution.' Is this more punitive model where we are heading? And he looks at the specific reforms the Government have in mind, or are already underway. The Daily Telegraph: "This was a serious programme about an important subject with a fundamental question at its heart: how did the great ambitions of William Beveridge to banish the Five Evils of Want, Ignorance, Squalor, Disease and Idleness produce a society in which hundreds of thousands of people, maybe millions, choose to live off their fellow taxpayers and consider that they are entitled to do so? … Humphrys brought his interrogative skills to bear on a subject that we too often tiptoe around in this country, though not in America where welfare recipients are expected to work for their assistance or lose it. … Humphrys postulated the existence of a new evil spawned by the welfare state - an age of entitlement that in some communities has seen two or even three generations of a single family spend their entire lives on benefits. The Coalition has set out a strategy for ending it; judging by this documentary it has a monumental task ahead."

            + More details
            • Gambling Addiction and Me: The Real Hustler

              01:42

              from Matchlight / Added

              1,432 Plays / / 0 Comments

              A Matchlight/Grifter Co-Production, (C) Matchlight/Grifter, 2012 Star of BBC3's hugely popular The Real Hustle, Alexis Conran is definitely someone you don't want to be playing cards with. An expert poker player and a man thoroughly at home in a casino and on a racecourse, Alexis enjoys the thrill that comes with gambling. But what for Alexis is a pleasurable past-time and part of a lucrative career, ruined his father. Alexis's Greek father was a gambling addict who committed fraud to get money for betting and went to prison for his crimes. He lost his wife and brought his family to the point of ruin. Because of his father's experience and because of a growing realization that his own gambling habits are different from his friends, Alexis has become increasingly interested in exploring the tipping point that turns the odd flutter into something darker and more dangerous. Why can most people place one bet and then walk away; when some men and women are compelled to lose their shirt, their house and their families on a losing streak? The answer is important to Alexis - because it could identify both the differences between him and his father and the worrying similarities. In this documentary for BBC3, Alexis wants to explore what happens when gambling becomes an addiction.

              + More details
              • The Many Lovers of Jane Austen, with Prof. Amanda Vickery

                01:58

                from Matchlight / Added

                690 Plays / / 0 Comments

                Produced by Matchlight, (C) Matchlight, 2011 First broadcast December 23rd 2011, BBC Two at 9.00pm Prof. Amanda Vickery returns to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's first novel Sense and Sensibility. When Jane Austen died her slight reputation appeared to die with her. Her books soon went out of print. Now, 200 years later, she sits at the summit of English literature and thanks to television and film adaptations, as well as the internet, she is an international cultural brand. What interests Amanda is how different periods and generations have looked for their own reflection in the characters and plots of the novels. She wants to work out what that says about them, as well the hold Jane Austen's fiction has on us now. The Guardian: "Essential viewing here for fans of the author. Professor Amanda Vickery, a leading chronicler of matters Georgian, discusses why Austen has had such pan-generational appeal, and how each has sought to find reflections of themselves in her work. Academics, directors and even becostumed devotees provide the answers. Attending the auction of a rare, handwritten manuscript of an unfinished Austen novel provides its own insight into the enduring mania surrounding her." The Sunday Times, Culture: "… this excellent documentary … Vickery will not be short of admirers after this accomplished and enjoyable extension of her television career." The Guardian Guide: "Amanda Vickery plunges forearm down history's breeches; tugs out fistful of literary loveliness." Lisa Appignanesi, Saturday Review, Radio 4: "I loved this film … full of verve and brio…".

                + More details
                • Pre-Teen Proms

                  01:43

                  from Matchlight / Added

                  409 Plays / / 0 Comments

                  Produced by Matchlight, (C) Matchlight 2010 This film follows the children at two Scottish schools as they prepare for and take part in the ritual of the prom/dance that marks the close of their lives at primary school. Through preparations for and participation in the dance itself we see into the world of today's 11 year olds. Most parents now believe that childhood is over by 11. Are they right? And how does your background and home life affect the pressures of growing up? It's 9pm, the sun still hasn't set, but the evening is drawing to a close. The kids cry, some wail. It's time to say goodbye to primary school.

                  + More details
                  • See You in Court

                    01:15

                    from Matchlight / Added

                    83 Plays / / 0 Comments

                    Produced by Matchlight, (C) Matchlight 2011 London is known as the "libel capital of the world" with people coming from all over to use the British legal system to sue or defend their reputation or right to privacy. In a major six part documentary series for BBC One, we gain extraordinary access to the top lawyers and firms operating in this field and, through a rich range of cases, we unpack this fascinating and timely subject. First broadcast March/April/May 2011, BBC 1 at 10.35pm The Independent: "The exciting thing is that last night also offered a real example of Magic Evidence, in See You in Court, a new series about our spavined legal system, which began by following Sheryl Gascoigne and Lembit Opik in two individual libel cases. Struggling to refute an accusation that she hadn't talked to her mother-in-law in eight years, Sheryl discovered footage of herself making a sympathetic phone call to Gazza's mum, after trailing through hours of raw footage from a fly-on-the-wall documentary. Gotcha, as they like to say in tabloid land. Lembit Opik wasn't quite as successful in his attempt to seek redress for a pugnacious Rod Liddle column that had represented him as a somewhat comical figure, and the deserving recipient of the last election's most surprising defeat ... His case might have been lousy, but his larger point was sound, though rather more convincingly backed up by Sheryl's experience. Thoroughly monstered by the tabloids, she actually had to put her house up for sale in order to cover the legal deposit should her wealthy opponents actually fight all the way to the courtroom. And if it went to court, even if she won and had costs awarded to her she would have ended up seriously out of pocket. In a game of chicken with a big newspaper, most individuals blink first, so it was rather heartening that Sheryl eventually extracted an apology and damages in all her cases. Unfortunately, the newspapers were probably still ahead on the deal, since they may have made more from the lies than the correction eventually cost them. It looks as if future episodes will demonstrate the unfitness of our libel laws with cases in which the positions of complainant and defendant are reversed, and journalists and commentators find themselves bullied into silence by the same threat of ruination."

                    + More details
                    • She Wolves: England's Early Queens

                      02:10

                      from Matchlight / Added

                      561 Plays / / 0 Comments

                      + More details

                      What are Tags?

                      Tags

                      Tags are keywords that describe videos. For example, a video of your Hawaiian vacation might be tagged with "Hawaii," "beach," "surfing," and "sunburn."