Cater's Choice

TV - Tonight's Dispatches: Let Down by Labour on More4 at 11.05pm meets the families that believed in Tony Blair and trusted Gordon Brown but are now disillusioned.

There are plenty of existing or potential charity clients here because many are in need, from working families in Birmingham whose hard work has yet to lift their children out of poverty to the pensioners who fear huge heating bills and much else this winter. As we prepare for an incoming Conservative administration - well, exactly how much warning do we need? - this programme prompts the thought: what promises can the third sector realistically extract from the government-in-waiting that will enable charities to do a better job or be needed rather less?

Britain's charitable public schools are swift to promote their successes off the back of millions in high fees paid by this Government for the children of diplomats, top army officers and the staff of the British Council, as well as income from the overseas wealthy. But this closed world is less keen to admit its failings, including cases of sexual abuse of boys by teachers. On More4 next Tuesday, the documentary Chosen features three men who were victims of abuse. They talk about their experiences and the effect decades of this dark secret has had on the rest of their lives, including how they were groomed, why abuse goes undetected and the inadequate regulation of private schools.

Radio - The UK now has more pensioners than children: the percentage of the population that is aged under 16 - declining since 1995 - has fallen below that of people over state pensionable age. From Monday, BBC Radio 2 has a flurry of programmes under the banner 70 Not Out! to explore how this society sees and treats older people and to celebrate their continuing contribution. The campaign is previewed by the Steve Wright Show on Friday and features in the Jeremy Vine Show from Monday, with contributions from Angela Rippon and money expert Martin Lewis.

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