Episode 5: My Shakespeare

David Harewood © Sky / Blakeway Productions

David Harewood © Sky / Blakeway Productions

The fifth episode of My Shakespeare broadcasts on Monday 20th October Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm.  David Harewood embarks on a fascinating journey into the magic, mayhem and mischief of Shakespeare’s Othello.

Each programme in this new 6 part Open University/Sky Arts series features a leading actor exploring their passion for the world’s greatest dramatist.

The series includes:

Morgan Freeman on The Taming of The Shrew, Kim Cattrall on Anthony & Cleopatra, Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet, Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Harewood on Othello, Christopher Plummer on King Lear.

In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.

“This is our first collaboration with Sky Arts and the results are a fabulous set of programmes, that are rich not only in contemporary insight, but in the many clips from the great productions of the past. We are delighted to be associated with it.”

Derek Matravers, Media Fellow, Faculty of Arts

Episode 5: Othello
Broadcasting Monday 20th October – 9.00pm

Homeland actor David Harewood delves into Shakespeare’s Othello, the tragic tale of how an honourable man is transformed into a jealous killer through the psychological manipulation of his alleged friend Iago.

Could you kill the person that you love? – Harewood asks as he unpicks the Moor of Venice’s vulnerabilities, the power of the doubt Iago cleverly plants in his fellow warrior’s mind about his wife Desdemona’s infidelity and the psychological motivation behind Othello’s eventual murder of his beloved spouse.

Online

OpenLearnhas extensive content in connection with the series subject areas. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy of Shakespeare.

This 6-part series was commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie, Open Media Unit, and is supported by the OU’s Faculty of Arts, with particular relevance to:

Find out more about the series on Sky.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 3: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line © BBC

Evan Davies © BBC

The third of eight episodes of a new series The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis, is scheduled for broadcast on Thursday 16th October at 8.30pm on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law have come together to discuss the big issues with top business leaders from Britain and around the world.

Episode 3: TripAdvisor Etc
Broadcasting Thursday 16th October – 8.30pm

Online postings about hotels, restaurants, hairdressers, electricians: How much can you trust the views of a total stranger when it comes to deciding what to buy, where to go and whose skills and services to employ? How do review sites monitor their online ratings and ensure they’re genuine?

Evan Davis and guests discuss the power of user generated reviews that can make or break a business. What can firms do to limit the damage of a bad review and how can they maximise a positive review?

Guests:

  • Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, Trip Advisor
  • Colleen Curtis, Vice President, European Marketing, Yelp
  • Kevin Byrne, Founder and CEO, Checkatrade

Further Info

This series of The Bottom Line links into a number of modules in the Business Faculty:

If you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Get extra insight on OpenLearn and go beyond the headlines.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 4: My Shakespeare

Hugh Bonneville © Sky / Blakeway Productions

Hugh Bonneville © Sky / Blakeway Productions

The fourth episode of My Shakespeare broadcasts on Monday 13th October Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm.  Hugh Bonneville embarks on a fascinating journey into the magic, mayhem and mischief of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Each programme in this new 6 part Open University/Sky Arts series features a leading actor exploring their passion for the world’s greatest dramatist.

The series includes:

Morgan Freeman on The Taming of The Shrew, Kim Cattrall on Anthony & Cleopatra, Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet, Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Harewood on Othello, Christopher Plummer on King Lear.

In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.

“This is our first collaboration with Sky Arts and the results are a fabulous set of programmes, that are rich not only in contemporary insight, but in the many clips from the great productions of the past. We are delighted to be associated with it.”

Derek Matravers, Media Fellow, Faculty of Arts

Episode 4: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Broadcasting Monday 13th October – 9.00pm

Hugh Bonneville embarks on a fascinating journey into the magic, mayhem and mischief of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For Bonneville, this play is hugely important. As an understudy at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 1986, his career was launched when he got the chance to play the part of Lysander. Critics celebrated his performance and he took the role for the theatre’s subsequent tour of the play.

Here we find out exactly what attracted him to the play itself.

Online

OpenLearnhas extensive content in connection with the series subject areas. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy of Shakespeare.

This 6-part series was commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie, Open Media Unit, and is supported by the OU’s Faculty of Arts, with particular relevance to:

Find out more about the series on Sky.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Launch of PUFin’s Managing My Money on OpenLearn

The launch of Managing My Money, PUFin’s first free course on personal financial management, was celebrated at Stormont on Tuesday 7th October 2014.

Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Simon Hamilton, the OU’s Ireland Director John D’Arcy together with Professor Sharon Collard and Martin Upton of the Open University Business School’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin) addressed an audience comprising members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, business leaders and academics.

PUFIN

John D’Arcy, Director of The Open University in Ireland, Sharon Collard, Professor of Personal Finance Capability, The Open University, Martin Upton, Director of PUFin and Simon Hamilton, Finance Minister for Northern Ireland

Following opening addresses by Simon Hamilton and John D’Arcy, Martin Upton, Director of PUFin, provided a presentation on the first of the Centre’s courses on personal financial management, Managing My Money (MMM). Having been run with huge success on the FutureLearn platform earlier this year Martin explained how the course was now available, free of charge to the public, on the OU’s social learning platform OpenLearn.

Martin explained how MMM has a threefold purpose:-

  • Improving knowledge across the full personal finance spectrum, with the subject matter covering budgeting, debt management, investments, housing, pensions and insurance
  • encouraging  self-reflection by asking  learners to explore what sort of person they are when it comes to financial habits and decision making – for example identifying one’s bad financial habits
  • getting the learners to develop systematic ways of managing finance – be it individual decisions or the overall household budget and it balance sheet

The latter two objectives are of critical importance – MMM is not just ‘tick boxing’ the taking in of information but it’s about addressing behaviour and providing a legacy to learners by improving their financial management skills.

MMM also gets learners to set out their current financial position in a series of fact find documents. This tells them where they are financially and shines a light on what needs to be addressed.

Martin explained how MMM is neatly structured, involving 8 weeks of study, with circa 3 hours per week. The course is broken down into short digestible steps – as many as 25 in a single week. This approach fits the way we live and learn these days. Learners can do a couple of steps – step away –have a meal or watch TV and return to the course.

MMM uses a wide range of assets including an array of audio-visual materials. There are tests and quizzes to test how well content is being understood and absorbed.

The target audience is aged 16+, given that personal finance education now in schools across all of the UK.

Martin explained that MMM will be updated to accommodate policy changes affecting personal finances – many of which are expected as we move through the general election in 2015.

Sharon Collard completed the presentations, focussing on the research work of PUFin and in particular the current work being undertaken on the attitude of the public to risk when making decisions about financial products, particularly savings and investments. Sharon concluded by looking at the linkages between PUFin’s education and learning missions and its research activities – with each helping to inform the content of the other creating a ‘virtuous circle of learning’.

Register for MMM on Open Learn

Download our Green Paper ‘Towards a Common Understanding of Risk’

Sign up for updates from PUFin, the home of personal finance learning and research

Martin Upton
Director of PUFin
8th October 2014

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Episode 2: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line - Photo: © BBC

© BBC

The second of eight episodes of a new series The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis, is scheduled for broadcast on Thursday 9th October at 8.30pm on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law have come together to discuss the big issues with top business leaders from Britain and around the world.

Episode 2: Celebrities and Fans
Broadcasting Thursday 9th October – 8.30pm

Social advertising: Ewan Davis and guests discuss the growing power of celebrities, the rise of the money-making super-fans who “like” their products and the celebrity video bloggers with consumer clout.

How effective are these new social campaigns and how will they change the advertising industry?

Guests:

  • Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount
  • Dominic Burch, senior director marketing innovation and new revenue, Asda
  • Robin Grant, co-founder, We Are Social

Further Info

This series of The Bottom Line links into a number of modules in the Business Faculty:

If you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Get extra insight on OpenLearn and go beyond the headlines.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 3: My Shakespeare

Joseph Fiennes © Sky / Blakeway Productions

Joseph Fiennes © Sky / Blakeway Productions

The third episode of My Shakespeare broadcasts on Monday 6th October Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm.

Each programme in this new 6 part Open University/Sky Arts series features a leading actor exploring their passion for the world’s greatest dramatist.

The series includes:

Morgan Freeman on The Taming of The Shrew, Kim Cattrall on Anthony & Cleopatra, Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet, Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Harewood on Othello, Christopher Plummer on King Lear.

In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.

“This is our first collaboration with Sky Arts and the results are a fabulous set of programmes, that are rich not only in contemporary insight, but in the many clips from the great productions of the past. We are delighted to be associated with it.”

Derek Matravers, Media Fellow, Faculty of Arts

Episode 3: Romeo & Juliet
Broadcasting Monday 6th October – 9.00pm

The star of Shakespeare in Love examines Royal Ballet productions, musicals such as West Side Story, and Baz Luhrmann’s extraordinary cinematic re-imagination of Romeo & Juliet to understand why the love story remains the most adapted and performed of all Shakespeare’s works. Features interviews with Orlando Bloom and Stephen Sondheim.

Online

OpenLearn has extensive content in connection with the series subject areas. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy of Shakespeare.

This 6-part series was commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie, Open Media Unit, and is supported by the OU’s Faculty of Arts, with particular relevance to:

Find out more about the series on Sky.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 1: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line - Photo: © BBC

© BBC

The first of eight episodes of a new series of The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis, is scheduled for broadcast on Thursday 2nd October at 8.30pm on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law have come together to discuss the big issues with top business leaders from Britain and around the world.

Episode 1: The Saviour Returns
Broadcasting Thursday 2nd October – 8.30pm

The best person for the job? Evan Davis hears from four bosses who took back control of the companies they had once founded.

Why did they leave and what events made them return? From boardroom coups to corporate collapses, entrepreneurs explain how they took the helm – for the second time – of the businesses they knew so well. What had changed while they were away? And what were the very first decisions they made when they walked back through the doors?

Guests:

  • Steve Morgan, founder, Redrow
  • Louise O’Sullivan, founder, Anam
  • Nick and Kath Whitworth, co-founders, Celtic Sheepskin

This episode is repeated on Saturday 4th October at 5.30pm.

Further Info

This series of The Bottom Line links into a number of modules in the Business Faculty:

Get extra insight on OpenLearn and go beyond the headlines.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 8: The Educators

Sarah Montague

Sarah Montague © BBC

The eighth and final episode of The Educators, presented by Sarah Montague is scheduled for broadcast this Wednesday 1st October at 16:00 on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University have come together to explore the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to governments. Is there a proven model for good schools and teaching? Can potential be unlocked in any student, at any age? Do we value and measure the most important skills? And can children be the best teachers of other children?

This series discusses these and many other issues on a global scale with various pioneers of education.

Episode 8: Salman Khan
Broadcasting Wednesday 1st October – 16:00

Sal Khan worked as a hedge-fund analyst before he set up the Khan Academy, almost by accident, when his cousin in another city needed help with her maths homework. Since then, his online video lessons have been watched half a billion times, and he’s been described by Bill Gates as ‘the world’s favourite teacher’.

In this programme, Sal Khan talks about how and why he set up the not-for-profit organisation. He tells Sarah Montague why he believes lesson time in school could be spent more effectively if the explanation of new ideas is done at home, with students watching video lectures, in a process known as ‘flipped learning’.

He argues that pupils should have the freedom to move at their own pace, only moving on when they have mastered a concept. He says this type of learning would be done best in larger classes made up of students from mixed age groups and abilities.

This episode will also be repeated on Monday 6th October at 00:15

Further Info

Find out more about the series, or if you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Take a look at The Open University’s Education, Childhood and Youth prospectus for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 5: The Secret Life of Books

© BBC

© BBC

The fifth episode of The Secret Life of Books broadcasts tonight - Tuesday 30th September on BBC4 at 8.30pm.

In this 6 part series, each week one of six classic British books is considered with a fresh eye.   Great Expectations, presented by Tony Jordan, Mrs Dalloway presented by Alexandra Harris, The Mabinogion presented by Cerys Matthews, Jane Eyre presented by Bidisha, and in tonight’s episode, Bidesha looks at what we can learn from Jane Eyre.

These novels are just some of the classic works of fiction that we all know and love. But how well do we really know them? These rich and vibrant works have much more to offer us, and in this series our presenters will revisit original texts, manuscripts, diaries and correspondence to reveal new insights into some of the greatest works of literature.

Episode 5: Jane Eyre
Broadcasting Tuesday 30th September – 8.30pm

This episode will be repeated again on BBC4 on 1st October at 2:30am, and again on 3rd October at 2.30am.

Journalist and novelist Bidisha was fascinated by Bronte’s Jane Eyre as a teenager, but re-reading the story as an adult left her feeling uncomfortable. What Bronte had to say about sex and race was darker and more disturbing than she remembered.

For the young Bidisha, Jane Eyre’s perilous, but ultimately liberating, passage into adulthood showed that a young woman could find happiness without compromising her principles. Jane got to have it all. Or did she?

Revisiting this classic Victorian novel seventeen years on, Bidisha sees her erstwhile role model, and the society which spawned her, through very different eyes. Is Jane Eyre really the spirited, independent woman Bidisha admired as a young reader? Is the supposedly dashing Mr Rochester little more than a bully and an abuser? What does the characterisation of Bertha, the mad creole woman in Rochester’s attic tell us about Bronte’s colonial attitudes?

To better understand her sometime heroine and to search for clues, Bidisha travels to the Bronte’s family home in Yorkshire and visits the British Library to examine Bronte’s original manuscript and uncover intimate letters written by Charlotte Bronte to a married professor, believed by many to be the man who inspired the character of the abusive Rochester.

Bringing a fresh and critical eye to this classic work, Bidisha reassesses one of literature’s most memorable heroines.

Download the App

To accompany the series, OMU has produced in partnership with the BBC a free app titled The Secret Life of Books and was co-authored by Dr Jonathan Gibson from The Faculty of Arts. You can download the app by visiting OpenLearn.

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Take the story further online and find out more about the great authors. OpenLearn has extensive resources to support the series such as a free app, eBooks, interactive features and topics related to this series. Go to Secret Life of Books on OpenLearn

This 6-part series was commissioned by the Open Media Unit, and is supported by the Arts Faculty, with particular relevance to A230: Reading and Studying Literature

Find out more about the series, or if you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 2: My Shakespeare

Kim Cattrall © Sky / Blakeway Productions

Kim Cattrall © Sky / Blakeway Productions

The second episode of My Shakespeare broadcasts on Monday 29th September Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm.

Each programme in this new 6 part Open University/Sky Arts series features a leading actor exploring their passion for the world’s greatest dramatist.

The series includes:

Morgan Freeman on The Taming of The Shrew, Kim Cattrall on Anthony & Cleopatra, Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet, Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Harewood on Othello, Christopher Plummer on King Lear.

In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.

“This is our first collaboration with Sky Arts and the results are a fabulous set of programmes, that are rich not only in contemporary insight, but in the many clips from the great productions of the past. We are delighted to be associated with it.”

Derek Matravers, Media Fellow, Faculty of Arts

Episode 2: Antony & Cleopatra
Broadcasting Monday 29th September – 9.00pm

Kim Cattrall has played the role of Cleopatra twice and meets others who have as well – like Janet Suzman who is renowned for her performance with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Together, they begin to uncover the truth behind Shakespeare’s “middle-aged” love story. Cattrall also travels to Rome and examines possible inspirations for the play. Contributors include Vanessa Redgrave and Dame Janet Suzman.

Online

OpenLearnhas extensive content in connection with the series subject areas. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy of Shakespeare.

This 6-part series was commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie, Open Media Unit, and is supported by the OU’s Faculty of Arts, with particular relevance to:

Find out more about the series on Sky.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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