19 Mar 2008

The Open University and BBC ONE invite you to Meet the Immigrants

Monica Liminovitch

Monica Liminovitch

TX: BBC ONE, Monday April 14, 10.35pm

Meet the Immigrants is a new, six-part, observational documentary series for BBC One, co-produced by The Open University, which looks at the lives of several members of the new wave of inward migration into the UK.

Narrated by David Morrissey, (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Deal), the series shows all sides of the real experiences of migrants in the 21st Century UK and the challenges they face in arriving and surviving here, and providing welfare and economic security for their families, be they in the UK or overseas.

The Mussanzi Family

The Mussanzi Family

Meet the Immigrants also reflects the ongoing national debate on Immigration and attempts to seperate the facts from fiction – industrious newcomers performing unskilled jobs that Britons won’t do or opportunists in search of what some consider an easy life?

Meet the Immigrants is a topical and timely addition to the national debate and takes the viewer beyond the headlines and into their shoes – new migrants from the new EU accession states, refugees and asylum seekers.

Dr Nicola Yeates, academic adviser for the series and senior lecturer in social policy with The Open University, said: "This series reflects The Open University’s commitment to raising understanding of key issues in contemporary British society, including awareness of its rich social and cultural fabric and the many contributions that immigrants make to the British economy.

"Immigration is a key political and media subject and Meet the Immigrants introduces the lived reality of immigrating to Britain. It adds welcome human faces into what are often abstract, polemical and politicised debates.

"There are many unfortunate myths and assumptions that have grown up around the causes and consequences of immigration and this intelligent and highly watchable series will play an important role in informing viewers about one of the most important social and policy issues of our times."

On Open2.net, there is an exclusive interactive world map which highlights key migration trends for selected countries across all continents.

Editor’s Notes

Meet The Immigrants is an Open University/BBC co-production for BBC ONE.

The series will broadcast on BBC ONE from Monday April 14 at 10.35pm for six weeks.

Executive Editor for the BBC is Julian Mercer. Executive Producer for The Open University is Emma De’Ath. The Open University Academic Adviser is Dr Nicola Yeates.

The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning.

All broadcast information is correct at time of issue.

For Preview DVDs and Publicity stills contact Guy Bailey


Related Courses and programmes from The Open University:-
-Y157 Understanding society
-Y154 Open to Change
-K100 Understanding health and social care
-DD100 An introduction to the social sciences: understanding social change
-D218 Social policy: welfare, power and diversity
-DD205 Living in a globalised world
-DD304 Understanding cities
-DD305 Personal lives and social policy
-DD308 Making social worlds
-DU301 A world of whose making?
-U213 International Development: challenges for a world in transition

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