The Force on Channel 4: Police Documentary Series Filmed in Hampshire

It’s annoying isn’t it? You wait for one compelling documentary series to appear on TV and two come along at once, and both are on Channel 4. The first is the brilliant biographical stories of the Daredevils series which chronicles some of the world’s most amazing, and crazy, stunts. The second, and easily the stronger of the two, focuses on a handful of the main Hampshire police force's investigations and goes by the suitably punchy name of The Force.

Hampshire Police Murder Investigation: Operation Fletcher

Episode one of this three-part series starts in May 2008 and follows the murder of a woman whose body was found burned on a country line and the enquiry, dubbed Operation Fletcher, taken by the major crimes team lead by Detective Chief Inspector Jason Hogg.

Basically The Force tries fiercely hard to show that police work isn’t a simple case of catching the bad guys and throwing them in prison. There’s procedure, gathering evidence, building profiles of the victims and the offenders, there’s forensic analysis, co-operating with the media, dead ends and finding important witnesses that might throw up key leads.

Such is the unforgiving nature of police work on day two and after …

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The Great Escape – The Reckoning, on Channel 4: Investigation of the Executed Stalag Luft III POWs

There’s barely a British person alive who hasn’t seen or heard of the hit war film The Great Escape, actually the chances are it will turn up on daytime BBC Two in the Christmas period. Of course everyone too is aware that it’s a highly dramatised version of events, especially seeing how the 1963 film crow barred in Steve McQueen along with other American actors to sell it to a US audience.

The Great Escape: The Reckoning retells the story of how 50 Allied prisoners of war were recaptured by the Nazis after tunnelling out of their camp on March 24, 1944 only to be executed despite treaties set up in the Geneva Convention which said that 30 days of solitary confinement was sufficient punishment for POWs. This documentary centres on the RAF enquiry, lead by Frank McKenna, to track down those responsible for the deaths and bring them to justice.

The Great Escape: The Reckoning Reconstructions

The Great Escape: The Reckoning used extensive reconstructions alongside interviews with historians and some of the escapees who were fortunate enough to survive. It’s a story many people are familiar with and in particular know how it concludes but few would know …

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The Secret Millionaire (Channel 4): The Mega Rich go Undercover to Help the Poor and Needy

Popular shows like The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den have set the tone for the way business people are usually portrayed on TV – self-centred, greedy, manipulative and just downright horrible. So it’s refreshing for Channel 4 to broadcast a show that gives some of them a chance to give back to communities and learn that money isn’t everything. But if you’re offering it, they will rightly accept.

Former Rover Boss Kevin Morley goes Undercover in North London

Series four sticks to the tried and testing formula adopted by previous years as a high-flying millionaire leaves their luxury life behind to live incognito in a deprived area for a week on a limited budget. Along the way they meet and work with hardy locals who are in financial problems or need backing for their charities. On their final day the millionaire reveals their identity and surprises the chosen people with donations or gifts of thousands of pounds.

To kick off this series former Rover boss Kevin Morley goes undercover in Haringey, North London – where about a third of the population live in poverty – for nine days to find anyone in desperate need of support. After a quick flick through …

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Oprah Discusses Social Class: Taboo Topic on Oprah

According to Oprah, social class in America is changing. People in the middle class have little savings and more debt and are getting closer to the lower class.

Professor Robert Reich Defines Modern Middle Class

One of Oprah’s experts on the show, Professor Robert Reich, discussed the definition of social class and gave advice to guests. He stated that social class depends on one’s education and income. According to Mr. Reich, America’s middle class is anyone making from 30,000 dollars to 70,000 dollars a year. He reported that a college education does matter when determining social class. For example, if someone has a college education and makes 25,000 dollars a year, he could consider himself middle class.

Guests on Oprah's Show Include Fired Anchorman, Recent College Grad

Haley, a college graduate, talked about her disappointment in being unemployed. She worked at an interior design firm and was laid off. Haley said that she thought she was doing everything right by going to college and participating in internships but feels discouraged after being unemployed for five months. Mr. Reich told Haley that the economy will get better and her college degree will help her in the future.


Wendy and Martin, …

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Free Tickets Available for NYC TV Show Tapings: How to Join Studio Audiences for Talk, Entertainment Programs

While tickets to the tapings are free, requests have to be submitted weeks and months or even a year in advance for the really popular shows. Tickets are sometimes available on a standby basis, however, but if a specific date is desired, it’s best to request it in advance.

Wait for NYC TV Show Tickets Depends on Popularity of Program

New York Show Tickets provides a round-up of television shows taped in the Big Apple. It also lists an average of how far in advance tickets should be requested, as well as what the chances of getting last-minute standby tickets are.

For example, it notes that ticket requests for the very popular Live with Regis and Kelly should be submitted six to 12 months in advance. It does note, however, that potential audience members have a fair chance of getting in if they just show up.

On the other hand, New York visitors who want to see The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert or The Daily Show with Jon Stewart only need to request tickets a week in advance. Tickets for the Jerry Springer and Maury Povich shows are usually available on requests made two to three weeks before the …

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Oprah & Kohl’s Are Looking for America’s Next New Talk Show Host

The neighbor next door could be the host of a new reality TV show, if Oprah Winfrey and super-producer Mark Burnett (the mind behind The Apprentice and Survivor) have their way. Kohl's is joining forces with this talented team to find a congenial personality with a sense of humor and a very big dream to become the host of his or her own TV talk show.

The Chance of a Lifetime Could Be Only a Live Audition or an Uploaded Video Away 

Open casting calls will be held at Kohl's stores in New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Atlanta throughout the month of June, and opportunity could be knocking for someone to become a TV talk show host. Auditions will be posted on Oprah's website at and viewers can keep coming back to view new auditions and vote for their favorites. The voting began on May14th and will last through July 3rd. Candidates can also upload a three-minute video by June 26th in order to compete, but they must register at Oprah's website to begin.

Candidates are encouraged to put a passionate and personal spin on whatever format they want to develop. There are several categories for talk …

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ThunderCats – A Great Cartoon Classic

I remember sprinting out of my elementary school building, speeding as fast as I could. With my book bag slinging carelessly in the wind. There was no way that I was going to miss the popular theme song to my favorite animated cartoon “ThunderCats.”

I would get home just in time to flick on the television, and join in the opening of the theme song that began with the leader of the Thundercats showcasing his expert swordsmanship, and shouting. “Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats ho!” I would twirl, and kick, trying hard to mimic the moves of the Thundercats, for the duration of the song.

As I plopped down in front of the television, with my mouth ajar, “ThunderCats” would begin. For thirty minutes I would be fixated on the television. Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara, Tygra, Wiley kit, and Wiley Kat, battled the evil forces of their arch nemesis Mumm-Ra. When ready to do battle, Mumm-Ra would trade in his decrepit appearance by reciting an incantation. This would transform him into the powerful, flying, energy ball throwing Mumm-Ra the Ever living. Mumm-Ra was on a quest to get his hands on the infamous Eye of Thundera.

Watching Lion-O, and his …

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TV Shows for Kids: Camp Lazlo on Cartoon Network

Camp Lazlo is an animated television series that airs on Cartoon Network. Each episode fills up a 30 minute television block. Each episode is split into two different parts which are each approximately 11 minutes long. The creator of Camp Lazlo is Joe Murray. Some of the actors and actresses whose voice can be heard on the show are Carlos Alazraqui, Jeff Bennett, Tom Kenny, Jodi Benson, and Doug Lawrence.

Camp Lazlo debuted on Cartoon Network on July 8, 2005 and has been running for over a year. A total of 32 different episodes have aired to date. The show was nominated for an Emmy as one of the top animated shows on television.

Some of the main characters on the Camp Lazlo are: 
Lazlo – He is a Brazilian spider monkey who loves to have fun on the show and is an overall very happy monkey. Unfortunately, he and his friends are stuck in Camp Kidney which is very strict, so his personality clashes with the leaders at the camp. His good attitude helps solve the problems the group often runs into.

Raj – He is a bunkmate of Lazlo’s and is an elephant. He is very easily …

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