Tune in to DSTV Channel 400 for a special focus on India
BBC World News has announced a season of programmes focusing on India to air from 8 February. As the country looks towards its next General Election India Direct will delve behind the headlines, going beyond the tales of a growing middle class and extreme poverty to bring audiences insight on this growing economic and global player.
As part of the season the following BBC World News programmes will be broadcasting special editions focusing on India:
Talking Movies – India Special
- February 8th 14.30
- February 9th 09.30, 21.30
Talking Movies will be in Mumbai for a special edition of the show focused on Indian film. The programme will feature an interview with filmmaker Mira Nair (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Salaam Bombay! and Monsoon Wedding), as well as looking at the changing relationship between Hollywood and Bollywood. There will also be a report on new storytelling trends in Bollywood and new genres which move away from the standard song-and-dance extravaganzas. Away from Mumbai the programme will examine the vibrant film culture that exists in other cities across the country and also feature a report looking at the growth of independent cinema, with many documentaries focused on political and social issues finding new audiences and critical acclaim.
- February 8th 15.30, 20.30
- February 9th 08.30
Presenter Rajan Datar will be roaming across India for a special edition of the travel news show. He will be in Mumbai to report on its growing nightlife; as well as looking at how technology is changing tourism, and visiting the city’s first theme park Adlabs Imagica. Then it’s on to Kochrab Ashram in Ahmedabad where you can live like Gandhi for a week. Moving to Goa, Rajan meets volunteers of Clean Up India, before visiting the coast of Karnataka to ask if it can be the new Goa. And in light of recent incidents Rajan will also explore how safe India really is for female travellers.
The season is also expected to carry a special edition of India Business Report and, to compliment the on-air output, audiences will be encouraged to dig deeper into the country with dedicated online content on BBC.com.
Working Lives – Ahmedabad
- February 15th 17.10
- February 16th 11.10, 22.10
Rupa Jha, of the BBC’s Delhi Bureau, travels to Ahmedabad, the largest city and former capital of the state of Gujarat. Ahmedabad is one of the engines of India’s astonishing economic growth and home to the country’s controversial Mars mission. With thousands flocking to the city every year, its slums are teeming. Yet unlike many other Indian states, Gujarat is succeeding in bringing down the number who live in slums and Ahmedabad regularly scores highly on quality of life surveys.
In Working Lives we meet Ahmedabad residents from across the economic spectrum with very different jobs and social positions. But Rupa also meets those in ‘the middle’ who’s earning and consumption patterns are the lifeblood of India’s economic boom.
One Square Mile – Pune FC
- February 15th 18.30
- February 16th 12.30
Tim Samuels – a confirmed football fan and award-winning reporter – travels to Pune, one of India’s fastest growing cities with a burgeoning manufacturing and entrepreneurial sector. He visits Pune FC, in India’s premier league, meets the players and their Dutch manager and goes to a premier league match. Tim learns who watches football and hears about the sport’s allure in a country traditionally enamoured with cricket. He also meets another football team, one made up of dalits, who can only aspire to the big time.
The Country Direct seasons give BBC audiences around the world the opportunity to see everyday life in one country. Through BBC World News programmes like Fast:Track, One Square Mile and Working Lives, the BBC’s unrivalled network of journalists explore the issues faced by a country and its people – from the economic opportunities and challenges to living life at every level of society; from its traditions and history to future plans and innovations.
Recent seasons have focused on Singapore, Vietnam, Croatia, Mozambique, Canada, Georgia, Ecuador and Qatar.