Cater's Choice

Nick Cater's weekly round-up of the media's sector-related offerings.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater


Derived from the Channel 4 and NSPCC Raw Cuts competition for young writers, identity is the theme tonight and tomorrow on Channel 4 for two short films written by teenagers.

Tonight's What Fufu? is an animation featuring Yemmi Akingbade, a 16-year-old from Bournemouth who is determined to make a bright future for herself. Tomorrow's Mixed Blood, by Serbian-born and Somerset-raised 16-year-old Nicolas Jovcic-Sas, explores his sense of self.

The more alarming fictional version of teen lives, Skins, begins its new series on Channel 4 on 14 February, with Nicholas Hoult as Tony. The programme's publicity describes it as "the chaotic lives and lusts of a group of spliff-toting British teenagers", offering pegs galore for charity concerns.

Unreported World - The Devil's Highway, on 15 February on Channel 4, finds reporter Aidan Hartley in the parched and rattlesnake-infested Sonora desert in northern Mexico. A million migrants try to cross the desert to reach the US every year, only for many to die lonely deaths while seeking better lives.


On BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed today, Laurie Taylor explores the lot of London's poor a century ago through the accounts of pioneering reformer Beatrice Webb. And on 15 February, Radio 4's Lady Bountiful and The Bluecoat Boys has an echo of today's private schools and public benefit debate as well as asking when old-fashioned charity becomes new-fangled social experiment. In the 20s, wealthy Ursula Ridley met striking miners from south Wales and for years took Welsh boys to be educated at Christ's Hospital School in West Sussex. Lives transformed, some of the boys go back to investigate their mysterious benefactor and her motives.


Mentioned here last week was Flat Earth News, the book that dissects the mendacity of much of the press in its coverage of everything from education to war and other subjects of concern to charities and campaigners. The MediaWise Trust is releasing online the book's supporting research by Cardiff University. To see the report, go to, where there is also plenty from the media ethics charity on issues such as coverage of refugees, suicide and diversity.

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