23 - 27 December
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Monday 23 December: Return to Mawson’s Antarctica (Part 1 of 4)
This series joins polar scientists on an expedition to part of Antarctica last explored 100 years ago. Between 1911 and 1914, Douglas Mawson explored a fiercely-harsh part of Antarctica while the more-celebrated Scott and Amundsen raced to the South Pole elsewhere on the frozen continent. Mawson’s expedition was dedicated to scientific study in the early Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration but his journey was fraught with horror and danger. The 2013 Australasian Antarctic Expedition aims to repeat many of Mawson’s investigations around Commonwealth Bay and Cape Denison in East Antarctica where the original team set up their base. This remote area hasn’t been studied systematically for 100 years, so the expedition will reveal any changes that have taken place as a result of climate change.
Tuesday 24 December: Notes From Kampala
Kampala Music School began life in 2001 in the basement of the YMCA, giving music lessons to a handful of pupils. Twelve years later, it has moved into its own new premises and has become the international centre of musical excellence in Uganda – and has taught music to more than 2000 pupils. Some former students have gone on to study at international music schools and are now forging their own careers as fully fledged classical musicians. Sarah Taylor meets the staff and pupils of KMS to hear about this centre of musical excellence.
Wednesday 25 December - no programme
Thursday 26 December: Bangladesh: Trials of Strength
There were numerous reports of atrocities during the brutal war of 1971 between Pakistan on one side and the new state of Bangladesh, which had support from India. The Pakistani Army and Islamic sympathisers in Bangladesh were accused of rape and of mass killings - which some have described as genocide. In 2010 the governing Awami League set up war crimes trials, which have started to hand down convictions this year and is attracting strong public support. However, many international observers have criticised the conduct of the trials as less than free and fair. Farhana Haider asks whether the legal process will really enable Bangladesh to come to terms with its bloody beginnings.
Friday 27 December: Jeremy Deller, Artist
HARDtalk speaks to artist Jeremy Deller who defies all the labels and categories of the art world. He is a visual artist who can’t paint, can’t draw and professes no great technical skill - yet he is widely regarded as one of the most important artists in Britain today. He uses images, objects, words and real people to present a portrait of the modern world - from the factory floor to the Iraq war. What is at the heart of his creative vision?