Every Sunday the stories of well-known faces from entertainment, cinema and music and those of ordinary people who have been able to spin their wheel in the right direction intertwine in “Da noi… a free wheel”, the program hosted by Francesca Fialdini on Rai 1, created in collaboration with Endemol Shine Italy. Guests of the episode broadcast on Sunday 22 January at 17.20 will be: Alessandro Preziosi and Aurora Ruffino, beloved fictional actors, now together protagonists of “Black Out – Vite sospese”, the new series broadcast on Rai1 from 23 January; Ron, who has recently released his new album of unreleased songs “Sono un figli”, which will take him on tour throughout Italy from March; and Giovanni Minoli, who, from 12 January, returned in the late evening of Rai 3 to retrace the television adventure of “Mixer” in his new “Mixer – Twenty years of television”. Finally, Carmen Diodato, the only deaf dancer in Italy to work in the corps de ballet of an opera house. The objective of the broadcast is that of multiple languages, from entertainment to a deeper human confrontation of different sensitivities. Francesca Fialdini creates new paths to tell our society through the falls and rises of its protagonists. In each episode different cues also solicited by the “wheel” which provides clues, memories, revelations, moments of play and entertainment in front of which the guests are called to react.
The stories of the families victims of the Holocaust and of the Nazi-fascist persecution in Italy, to which as many stumbling blocks have been dedicated: “Pietre D’Inciampo”, the historical docu-series conducted by journalist Annalena Benini, broadcast on Sunday 22 January, tells them at 19.30 on Rai Storia. In the foreground, the story of two very young friends, Orlando Orlandi Posti and Ferdinando Agnini, aged 18 and 20, members of the Montesacro student resistance, imprisoned and tortured in Rome’s Via Tasso prison and murdered in the Fosse Ardeatine massacre. The stumbling blocks dedicated to them are located respectively in via Monte Nevoso 14, and via Monte Tomatico 1. Speakers Simona Orlandi, great-grandson of Orlando Orlandi Posti, Giuseppe Agnini, nephew of Ferdinando Agnini, Professor Maria Rosati, among the applicants stone together with the students of the Aristofane high school, the historian Paolo Mieli and Antonio D’Ettorre, historian of the Montesacro Cultural Center who dealt with the neighborhood resistance.
Sunday 22 January Rai Radio 2 will pay homage to the death of Gina Lollobrigida, acclaimed diva of our Italian cinema, with a special episode of Grazie dei Fiori, the program conceived and hosted by Pino Strabioli broadcast every Sunday from 9 to 10 pm. listeners the portrait of a multifaceted and absolute artist, counted among the most authoritative and significant interpreters of history and will do so by proposing an exclusive interview made with the actress on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The soundtrack of the episode will be composed of the songs that have contributed to the great success of Lollobrigida’s films which in her career have been directed by Italian directors of great artistic depth such as Vittorio De Sica, Alberto Lattuada, and Mario Monicelli. The notes of “That’s Amore”, “La Spagnola”, “Prendimi Tu” and “Roma, Roma, Roma” will alternate with the voice of Pino Strabioli and Laura Delli Colli, writer and journalist, who will join him in the story.
On Rai5 the doc on ‘The Benedictine monasteries of Subiaco’
A few kilometers north of Rome, along the Aniene valley, lives a community that can allow the visitor an “alternative” journey. This community resides in Subiaco, within the monastic walls of the Benedictines of the Sacro Speco and Santa Scolastica. The documentary “The Benedictine monasteries of Subiaco” by Francesco Zippel, broadcast on Sunday 22 January at 22.00 on Rai 5, tells it. There are those who linger in the pages of old books, drawing oxygen from the dust of libraries and those who breathe oxygen in the open air, in the gardens or in the rose gardens which she takes care of every day. It is from the sixth century after Christ that the Benedictine monks follow the teaching of ora et labora, pray and work and continue to spread Benedict’s teaching, even outside the monastic walls. Here there are centenary monks as well as young postulants of just over twenty years of age. This is the epicenter of the new episode of the series “Across the river and into the trees”, an immersion in the spirituality of these places and in the life experiences, always different from each other, of the monks who live there.
Are wolves really invading the American countryside? What do they need to survive? And what happens when these animals collide head-on with the population living in these territories? Will a form of coexistence with human communities be possible? Questions at the heart of the documentary “Spedizione Lupo”, broadcast on Sunday 22 January at 21.15 on Rai 5. Intelligent, courageous, formidable in packs, the wolf has only one enemy: man. On the trail of the first wild wolves that after 70 years are returning to the west coast of the United States, a team of biologists tries to identify their routes in an attempt to find out what allows them to survive. It is a difficult mission, especially in such a hostile mountain landscape, crisscrossed by snowy forests, along ancient paths and valleys forgotten by time.
Sunday 22 January at 17.15 on Rai 3, “Kilimanjaro” flies with drones over Kabul, in a hot air balloon over the Alps and swims to discover the seabed of the island of Mauritius. The explorer Alex Bellini, the first guest of the episode, talks about his journey on a raft, in the company of his wife and two daughters, on the Mekong River between Laos and Cambodia. The director of Domino magazine, Dario Fabbri, is a guest at the Diario del Mondo table to talk about Afghanistan after having seen the extraordinary documentary made in Kabul by film maker Federico Lodoli. To follow, the great sailor Giovanni Soldini fresh off the podium in the first transatlantic regatta of the year, complete with a record crossing the ocean. For the tour of the beautiful villages of our country: discovering Esanatoglia, in the province of Macerata. Mario Tozzi then explains the key role of snow in the earth’s energy balance and how fundamental it is for the natural, social and economic systems of the Alpine region which are supported thanks to its availability. Finally, at the travellers’ desk, the authors Floriana Pastore and Maria Iodice lent to the camera who, in addition to revealing little-known places from the four corners of the earth, visit Italy.
On Rai Storia the film ‘The labyrinth of silence’
Germany, 1958. In the midst of the economic boom, with the Second World War now behind us, Johann Radmann, a young prosecutor, stumbles upon some evidence and documents useful for bringing to trial several soldiers who served in the SS in Auschwitz . This is where the film by Giulio Ricciarelli, based on real events, “The labyrinth of silence” begins, broadcast on Sunday 22 January at 21.10 on Rai Storia for “Binario Cinema”. Among the performers, Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski, Friederike Becht, Gert Voss. In a climate of conspiracy, and the desire to hide the horrors of the past by some German institutions, the young prosecutor will not give up, and courageously begin his battle in the labyrinth of silence, to finally ensure those responsible for the crimes war on justice.
Tropical parrots in cities, china ducks in lakes, invasive plants, potentially lethal fish: the so-called “alien species” that colonize our environments are multiplying. Campania is a privileged observatory of a phenomenon that also puts biodiversity at risk. Among the causes, climate change but not only. The search for a new difficult balance. “The aliens among us” is the title of the report that will open the next episode of Mediterraneo, Sunday 22 January at 12.25 on Rai 3. Then stop on the island of Cyprus divided in two, disputed between the recognized government of Nicosia and Turkish ambitions . Varosia beach is one of the symbols of contrasts: once a privileged destination for international tourism, for almost half a century it has been a ghostly place, with armored vehicles instead of umbrellas. Finally, from the showcases, the marvels of some of Portugal’s architectural jewels: the fourteenth-century Dominican monastery of Batalha and the even older one of Alcobaca: visit two absolute masterpieces of Gothic art. Mediterraneo, edited by Rino Cascio, Nicola Alosi and Lidia Tilotta, is a historic feature of TgR: it has reached its thirty-first edition. It is produced in Palermo by TgR Sicilia, in collaboration with the other Rai programs, with the French channel France 3 and the Spanish RTve.
And if in the end the lion, too fragile and whose life expectancy is limited, doesn’t deserve the title of “king of beasts”? “The book of the Savana”, broadcast on Sunday 22 January at 2 pm on Rai5, goes on the discovery of a “false myth” the series. If we rely on the ability of species to adapt, survive and expand their territories, the traditional hierarchy is upset in favor of other predators which surprisingly are herbivores and can also be birds. The documentary goes against conventions and overturns some of the oldest reputations, revealing new and original aspects of African fauna.