Cater's Choice

TV Charities and campaigners in the fields of youth, sexuality and health should brace themselves for the arguments to come about the cervical cancer vaccine to be offered to every girl aged 12 or 13 in Britain in the coming weeks.

Medical breakthrough, safety concern or licence for sexual experimentation? Journalist Jane Moore, who has two daughters, looks for answers on More4 today in Dispatches: The Jab That Can Stop Cancer at 11.05pm. In the programme, the Terrence Higgins Trust asks why the UK is using the cheaper Cervarix vaccine, which offers protection against fewer strains and conditions than the more expensive but more universally used Gardasil.

Radio On BBC 1Xtra at 2.30pm today, How Soon Is Too Soon? considers sex education and the decisions taken by young people when the age of consent has such wide global variations, from 14 in Italy to 20 in Tunisia and Ulster's recent shift from 17 to 16. Guests include Simon Blake of sexual health charity Brook and Zoe Hilton from the NSPCC.

And at 9.45am on BBC Radio 4 from next Monday to Friday, the Book of the Week is Crap At The Environment by comedian Mark Watson, who records his halting progress in going green.

Film From Michael Moore to Morgan Spurlock, documentary film-makers are the flavour of the moment. The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and One World Broadcasting Trust have joined the BritDoc film festival, which opens today in Oxford, in organising the Good Pitch forum, in which film-makers try to raise finance and in-kind support for social action documentaries.

Among those considering the pitches will be voluntary groups such as Amnesty International, Christian Aid and the Sundance Institute, as well as the Department for International Development. Visit www.britdoc.org.

Live event A Thanksgiving Service for Samaritans and Befrienders Worldwide founder Chad Varah is at St Paul's Cathedral on 12 November, a year on from his death at 95.

 - Contact Nick Cater at catercharity@yahoo.co.uk.

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