January 3 11.10, 22.10
January 4 17.10
Britain gives thousands of tons of unwanted clothes to charity shops every year. But where do they actually go? It turns out most don’t ever reach the rail of the local charity shop, they are exported to Africa. And even though they have been given way for free, British castoffs have created a multimillion-pound industry and some of the world’s poorest people pay good money to buy them.
In a revealing film for This World, Ade Adepitan tells the fascinating story of the afterlife of unwanted clothes. He follows the trail to Ghana, the biggest importer of British castoffs. One million pounds’ worth of old clothes arrive here from the UK every week. Ade meets the people who make a living from these old castoffs, from wholesalers and markets traders to the importers raking in a staggering £25,000 a day. But not everyone is profiting. With cheaply made western clothes flooding the market, the local textile industry has been decimated. Ade visits one of the last remaining cloth factories and finds it on its knees. And the deluge of British clothes isn’t just destroying jobs, it has also had a seismic effect on Ghanaian culture. Western outfits are fast replacing iconic West African prints and traditional garb. Ade travels to remote villages to find everyone wearing British high street brands.
January 10 17.10
January 11 11.10, 22.10
BBC World News kicks off the New Year with an exciting new documentary series running during January and February. Storyville Global is an international documentary strand that compromises 20 contemporary and challenging documentaries from different filmmakers gathered from across the globe. Titles in the series include: Looking for a Revolution; Biggest Chinese Restaurant; Putin’s Kiss and My Afghanistan.
Dangerous Roads (Series 3, 6 Episodes)
Dangerous Roads returns to BBC World News in January as four celebrities tackle some of the world’s most infamous roads.
Episode 1 – Madagascar
January 10 18.30
January 11 12.30
Episode 2 – Madagascar (continued)
January 17 18.30
January 18 12.30
Driving up Madagascar’s eastern coast at the tail end of the rainy season is enough to test the best of friends. Presenters Angus Deayton and Mariella Frostrup are game enough to take on the challenge and, luckily, good enough friends to poke fun at each other as the road puts them to the test. It is a route with countless river crossings, offering Angus and Mariella a terrifying variety of broken bridges and flimsy ferries as the only way across. The roads themselves are mired with thick mud, making progress increasingly painful, until finally the road gets the better of them and they are forced to spend a night in the car.