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Coming soon to a TV near you. Or maybe not

"The United Nations audiovisual family will offer ‘green’ stories and projects to major international broadcasters as they join MIPTV (Marché international des programmes de television), the leading international television programming market, in Cannes, France, from 16 to 20 April". (Source)

And the delights on offer include:

"...compelling short documentaries on environmental subjects, including stories on the future of the Aral Sea, the prevention of natural disasters in Kazakhstan and cleaning up radioactive waste in Serbia".

"Bling: A Planet Rock is a 90-minute documentary produced by VH1 Rock Docs, Article 19 Films and UNDP. The film, featuring hip-hop artists from the United States and Sierra Leone, raises its voice on behalf of the millions of diamond diggers to help disadvantaged communities and promote conscious consumerism..".

"Wake Up World, a documentary by Vanessa Redgrave and Carlo Nero that takes a very personal look at the history of UNICEF".

But here, I think, is the winner:

"The United Nations audiovisual family at MIPTV also actively seeks co-production partners on various projects, including One World Manga, an animated series from the World Bank about the adventures of an orphan who learns about global issues".

Channel controllers, clear those schedules. Previous UK leader, the '66 World Cup Final and US leader the '57 TV movie 'Cinderella' are about to be dethroned.

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Anonymous Verity said... 1:11 pm

How dare they spend all this money on socialist, one-worlder fantasies?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:17 pm

I think it was in 'Real Men Don't Eat Quiche' where the UN's greatest achievement was described as being the creation of a moderately attractive Christmas card.  

Anonymous Ban Ki-Moon said... 4:03 pm

I like Rod Liddle's idea of Celebrity Dog Island.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 4:22 pm

maybe those poor opressed diamond diggers would prefer to continue to make a living rather than stop and increase the profits of de beers?
BTW diamonds are a total scam they lie about in the dirt.
Add the fact that it is now posible to grow flawless ones into the equation and they are worthless.  

Blogger james higham said... 5:21 pm

...One World Manga, an animated series from the World Bank about the adventures of an orphan who learns about global issues...

This for real, Mr C or are you pulling our legs?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:27 pm

James - would I lie to my readers?

Perhaps I should have included my favourite caveat of "I am *not* making this up".  

Anonymous verity said... 5:41 pm

I don't know about you, but I am absolutely panting to be first in line to see 'Wake up World' by Vanessa Redgrave. Is there any singing and dancing in it?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:11 pm

I fear not, but it does sound awfully exciting:

"In January 2007, Vanessa’s support continued with the production of a documentary tribute, ‘Wake Up World’, which commemorates 60 years of UNICEF’s work for children around the world. Directed by her son, Carlo Nero, ‘Wake Up World’ features exclusive interviews with Kofi Annan, UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman; UNICEF Ambassadors Ralph Fiennes, Angelique Kidjo and Liam Neeson and other key UNICEF staff and supporters". Source  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:23 pm

And here's more on One World Manga  

Blogger Ruthie said... 2:08 am

"Bling" seems like a rather unfortunate name for the second one...  

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