Index Program Highlights 1 Reel Bad Arabs 1 Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House 2 Watch Out For… 3 Lugosi: Fallen Vampire 3 Sun, Sea & Bargain Spotting: Alba 3 Should I smoke Dope? 4 Peep Show


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ABC2 Program Guide: Week 22



Program Highlights 1

Reel Bad Arabs 1

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House 2

Watch Out For… 3

Lugosi: Fallen Vampire 3

Sun, Sea & Bargain Spotting: Alba 3

Should I Smoke Dope? 4

Peep Show: Burgling 4

Amendments 5

Program Guide 7

Program Highlights



Reel Bad Arabs

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Aladdin, Cannonball Run, Delta Force, Rules of Engagement, Father of the Bride Part II, Gladiator...

Reel Bad Arabs is author Jack Shaheen’s devastating exploration of American cinema – from the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters – that reveals an astonishing pattern of slanderous Arab stereotyping.

Based on Shaheen’s book Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies A People, the documentary isolates and examines America’s most persistent Arab caricatures, from oversexed Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and blood-thirsty terrorists.
Shaheen presents striking insights into the origin of these images, their disturbing similarities to anti-Semitic and other racist and ethnocentrist stereotypes, and their resurgence and political resonance during key moments of crisis in US history.
Reflecting on the social and political consequences of Hollywood’s long love affair with Arab villainy and buffoonery, Shaheen also celebrates films that reflect the complexity and humanity of Arab people, and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.
Reel Bad Arabs will be repeated on ABC1 – Sunday, June 7 at 10:45pm


A Media Education Foundation Production. Director: Sut Jhally; Producer: Jeremy Earp; Presenter: Dr Jack Shaheen.



Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Jim and Muriel Blandings live in Manhattan with their two young daughters in a small leased apartment. They’ve been there for 15 years, but finally the lack of space is starting to get them down, and one day Muriel goes behind Jim’s back and calls in an architect about renovating the apartment.

Even though he earns a decent salary, Jim is horrified at the cost of the renovation and puts his foot down. But then he sees an advertisement for a huge house for sale in Connecticut for an affordable price, and he and Muriel drive up to take a look. They fall in love with the old house and decide to buy it without asking any advice on its state of repair.
His best friend and lawyer Bill Cole sends an acquaintance engineer to inspect the house, and the man tells him that he should knock it down and build another one. Not to be deterred, the Blandings decide to get another opinion, and then another, and finally they’re convinced – they have to build a new house. And that’s where the trouble starts.
The excitement mounts as the Blandings design their new dream house, but it slowly turns into a ‘money pit’ as the costs expand daily. Jim is also under pressure at work to come up with a new advertising slogan for a client’s product.
It all comes to a head when, having spent the night in the city working, Jim comes home to find his wife may have betrayed him in more ways than one.


An RKO Radio Production. Director: H.C. Potter

Watch Out For…

Sunday, 24 May 2009


Lugosi: Fallen Vampire

Lugosi: Fallen Vampire tells the story of one of the legendary actors of 1930s Hollywood, Bela Lugosi, who created the unique character of Dracula on screen. The film follows the story of his life, from his birth in a small town in Transylvania, close to the turn of the century, to his days as an actor playing Jesus at the Hungarian National Theatre in Budapest. It recounts his time as a communist who had to flee Hungary, and his subsequent persecution - and blacklisting - by the McCarthy witch hunts for his political views.

Bela Lugosi created a magnetic and sexual Dracula, making him one of the biggest sex symbols of the time, a role that he played off screen as well as on. Towards the end of his life, Lugosi became typecast and the miracle of Dracula turned into a curse, as he was unable to get away from the character that had made him famous.

He was the first actor in Hollywood to ever make public his drug addiction, and he committed himself to an institution for his addiction to methadone. When he died penniless in 1956, his audience had already forgotten him, but 50 years later Bela Lugosi is regarded as the most genuine Dracula on screen and by many as the father of horror.

Lugosi: Fallen Vampire will be repeated on ABC1 – Sunday, May 31 at 4:05pm

Tuesday, 26 May 2009


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