Cater's Choice

Your pick of the week from our man in the know, Nick Cater.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater

<h2>TV</h2>

After its award-winning success last year, Channel 4's Secret Millionaire is back tonight in the first of a series of six episodes, with its fairy tale solution - downtrodden poor suddenly discover wealthy person with cheque book in their midst - to the symptoms of poverty and exclusion. 

As with the recent fractious Millionaires' Mission, in which, gosh, the rich found instantly transforming a Ugandan village tough, we can expect that in television's typically inadequate way of portraying reality, any thoughts of solutions to poverty will be ignored in favour of a happily-ever-after ending and small amounts of guilt-assuaging money.

And there is the worry that the simplicity of last year's approach - slowly discovering the humour, honesty and bravery of good people in a bad world - will give way to the eternal TV quest for more conflict and emotion.

Tonight, property millionaire Gill Fielding gives away £250,000 in what the programme's notes dub a "tear-jerking, heart-warming undercover experience in London's east end".

More from Channel 4, and in Friday's Unreported World, Sandra Jordan explores the latest bloody chapter in Sri Lanka's civil war. An estimated 68,000 people have been killed in the conflict since 1983.

<h2>Radio</h2>

With so much on their plates nowadays, do charities too easily forget the past? The Roots of the British Legion, on Radio 4 on Remembrance Sunday, investigates the charity's emergence in the wake of the Great War. It was formed from an assortment of rival ex-service self-help groups, often with political or class allegiances quite different from those of traditional Victorian welfare charities.

<h2>Conference</h2>

If you worry about young people's dynamism, concern and commitment, check out Student Action for Refugees this weekend in London. Star's 10th annual meeting gathers together its nationwide network of university groups, refugees and supporters. They will be joined by MPs Jon Cruddas and Neil Gerrard and speakers from the Refugee Council, the Children's Society, Amnesty International, Save the Children, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.

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

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