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Windows on the World for the week commencing 13 February 2012
Monday 13 February: The Road Ahead For Electrical Engines
Peter Day explores the future of the automotive industry with a young entrepreneur who runs a consultancy. Alexander Schey is just 26 and in the garage of a fairly ordinary house in west London where he, and a few other fellow London students, built a battery powered electric car. Then, to raise awareness of their new battery management system, they drove along 25,000 kilometres of the Pan American Highway. But this was more than just an elaborate student escapade; it has now become an interesting consultancy business.
Tuesday 14 February: Dreaming Dickens
In the 200 years since his birth, Charles Dickens has become an institution - the archetypal Victorian novelist, whose works have spawned countless costume dramas on television. But he also left another, very different legacy: some of the strangest and most surreal writing in the English language. At times so cosy and sentimental, Dickens’ novels are full of transgressive desires and fears - murderous rage, anarchic glee, cannibalistic threats, and sexual obsession. In this BBC documentary fantasy 'Dreaming Dickens' - we meet characters from his novels and characters who would be in his novels if he were still alive today.
Wednesday 15 February: Dickens & India - Mutual Friends
To celebrate the bicentenary of Dickens' birth, Indian born writer Ayeesha Menon explores India's love affair with Dickens. India loves Dickens because contemporary India feels Dickens was writing about them. His themes resonate deeply with Indians: the importance of the extended family, familial bonds, the rich-poor divide, child labour, domestic violence, social injustice, the class system, and the plight of the deprived and displaced.
Thursday 16 February: Equatorial Guinea - Following the Money
Since Equatorial Guinea struck oil in the 1990s, its income per head has increased by several thousand per cent. But most of the population haven’t shared in the oil boom. As Equatorial Guinea co-hosts the Africa Cup of Nations, Rob Walker investigates what’s happened to billions of dollars in revenues paid to the government. He hears allegations of massive corruption and of brutal repression.