Cater's Choice

Nick Cater's cornucopia of sector-related offerings from the media gods.


An awful lot of China, and a bit of Tibet, will be all over the television and radio from now until this summer's Olympics. 

Ending tomorrow is the BBC's gentle A Year In Tibet documentary, which somehow missed the impending, explosive riots. And Dispatches: Undercover in Tibet is on E4 today. The latter features Tash Despa, who risked his life to escape the country 11 years ago, but returns to spend three months reporting on the reality of life in Tibet under Chinese occupation.

A harsh reality closer to home - drug dealers, young thugs and council neglect - is depicted in The Estate We're In, which runs until 4 April on BBC One. Having helped turn around her London council estate, Silla Carron, 59, is trying to repeat her success with a troubled community in Plymouth.

And supermodel Alek Wek makes an emotional return to her unsettled childhood home in Sudan to track down relatives and neighbours in a country torn apart by civil war in One Life: Fashioned in Africa on the Community Channel on 6 April.


Wek and millions of displaced migrants like her might welcome RefugeeMap, launched by Student Action for Refugees. The volunteer-compiled interactive online resource provides easily accessible information about refugees and volunteering for young people. Its resources include net links to useful books and key charities and a round-up of news stories in the media. Check it out at


Talking of the media, the new media-talking series of The Message starts on 4 April on BBC Radio 4.


Do you know anyone who deserves a gong? In the New Year's honours, 82 per cent of OBEs and MBEs were awarded to people working in or otherwise supporting charitable or voluntary organisations. Anyone can nominate, and now is the time to get names in the frame. Many appreciate royal recognition, and a few find publicly turning their awards down even more satisfying. For more information, contact 020 7276 2777, or email

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