Do you have a decision to make and you don’t know which is the right choice? Not sure whether to accept or decline a marriage proposal or a new job? Undecided on the name to give to your child? From Tuesday 30 August at 22.50 on Rai 2 comes “Help – I have a doubt”, the new program conducted by Caterina Balivo that helps people make a decision regarding small or large doubts concerning their own life. Adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon format “What should I do?”, Produced in Italy by Fremantle, “Help – I have a doubt” features a competitor of any age – but also a couple or a group of friends – who will express their doubts about stage, in front of the audience. Each member of the audience led by Caterina Balivo, in the studio, will have to vote via a remote control with only two options and decide which two she favors. The voting will take place several times during the story as the competitor’s story is explained with further details: the public, in fact, will be able to change their opinion until Caterina Balivo decides the time of the last vote. In support of the competitor’s story there will be video messages from friends, acquaintances and relatives interested in pushing a particular decision and the conductor will invite the public to comment and vote to find a solution to the proposed doubt. Furthermore, some protagonists will perform in performances to show the audience that they have enough talent to change their lives. The result of the last vote will sanction the decision that the competitor must respect. In the following episodes, the public will witness the development of the stories and decisions made. The direction of the program – always available on demand on RaiPlay – is by Sergio Colabona.
In the middle of the electoral campaign, from Tuesday 30 August at 21.25 on Rai 3 #cartabianca, the program conducted by Bianca Berlinguer, is back, ready to tackle the hot topics of the political confrontation that will accompany the public until the upcoming elections in September. During the season, #cartabianca will address, as usual, all issues related to current affairs, politics and social issues, with studio debates in the presence of representative guests of Italian and foreign politics, stringent issues related to current events in the country, of the world of culture and entertainment.
In December 1980, after five years of blackout and absence from the stage, John Lennon spends a weekend in the company of BBC journalist John Peebles, to whom he confides his artistic vision, his new life in New York, his activism for civil rights and peace, his love for Yoko Ono and the end of the Beatles. As Peebles flies over the Atlantic with audio from the six-hour interview, John Lennon is killed by a madman. The interview will thus become the most famous obituary in the history of rock, as well as the last, tangible testimony of John Lennon. The documentary “John Lennon’s last weekend”, broadcast on Tuesday 30 August at 11.15 on Rai 5, brings that meeting to life and is marked by the voice of John Lennon and his state of mind in what were its last 48 hours of life. The original audio, rigorously subtitled, is accompanied by unpublished repertoire material, testimonies from experts and friends.
The strategies used by the royal families of Europe until the Second World War in the face of increasingly powerful nationalist parties. United by family ties, they witnessed the rise to power of fascism and Nazism and found themselves, voluntarily and unwittingly, at the center of Hitler’s political plots. The second episode “Reali in guerra” tells it, broadcast on Tuesday 30 August at 10.10 pm on Rai Storia. At the center of the program, the ambiguous and difficult relationships of the various families with these regimes.
The true story of American figure skater Tonya Harding and the rivalry with teammate Nancy Kerrigan, destined to turn into one of the biggest and most dramatic scandals in the stars and stripes sports history. The director Craig Gillespie tells it – starting from Harding’s difficult childhood – in “Tonya”, broadcast on Tuesday 30 August at 9.15 pm on Rai 5. In the cast, Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson. For her portrayal of Tonya Harding’s mother, actress Allison Janney won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe in 2018 for Best Supporting Actress.
The birth and spread of European capitalism all over the world: Professor Alessandro Barbero tells it – also answering questions from viewers – in “Storia del Mondo” broadcast on Tuesday 30 August at 21.10 for “aCdC”. A journey that begins with Christopher Columbus who discovers America while trying to reach China by sailing to the West and continues with the colonization of the “New World”. Focus, then, on Europe devastated by the wars of religion and on the rise, in Russia, of Tsar Ivan “the terrible”, while the Dutch and the British begin to do sensational business, founding the first limited liability companies and the first stock exchange of the world.
Michael Portillo’s journey along the railway routes suggested by the Appleton’s Guide continues in Massachussetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut in “Next Stop America”, broadcast on Tuesday 30 August at 20.25 on Rai 5. In the episode, Portillo stops off in some fascinating towns a once at the center of the whaling industry and today a destination for luxury tourism, such as Hyannis, Nantucket and Cape Cod.
In 1943 the German army, by deception, empties some secret deposits in the Tuscan countryside, taking away about 50 crates: they contain some of the most precious works of our heritage, which the officials of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence had hidden to avoid damage bombing. A story reconstructed from “Fiori su tela” by Emanuela Avallone and Silvia De Felice, directed by Monica Madrisan, broadcast on Tuesday 30 August at 7.30 pm on Rai5. In 1945 the allied army recovered the works in Val Passiria and brought them back to Florence. All but nine works, of which traces are lost. Among these is the “Vase of flowers” by Jan Van Huysum, a painting of exceptional historical and artistic value. The documentary reconstructs the complex investigations, the delicate dialogue of international diplomacy, moments of stalemate and twists. The director of the Uffizi Galleries Eike Schmidt, Lieutenant Colonel Lanfranco Disibio, who led the last years of the investigation as commander of the Carabinieri Cultural Heritage Protection Unit in Florence, talk about it; the Ambassador of Italy in Berlin Luigi Mattiolo; the curator of the Passeier Museum Judith Schwarz; and the historian Isabella Insolvibile.
When the Ottoman Empire is defeated by the First World War, the victorious powers try to divide up its immense territories. The Greeks, strengthened by the alliance with the victorious countries, take the opportunity to realize the dream of a great Greece, expanded to the east. In May 1919 Hellenic troops occupied Smyrna – a thriving commercial port on the west coast of Anatolia inhabited by a large Greek community – as well as a vast territory inland. Pages of history reread by Professor Gastone Breccia and Paolo Mieli in “Passato e Presente, broadcast on Tuesday 30 August at 1.15 pm on Rai3 and at 8.30 pm on Rai Storia. In the meantime, however, the Turkish nationalist movement was born from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire which, under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal, the future Ataturk, wages a struggle for the independence of Turkey. Even the Greeks were defeated, on 13 September 1922 the Turkish army entered Smyrna victorious, putting the city to fire and sword. Thirty thousand Christians, especially Greeks and Armenians, die in the fire or drown in an attempt to save themselves. In 1923 the Treaty of Lausanne defines the new borders of the region, assigning Anatolia and Eastern Thrace to the new Turkey of Ataturk and sanctions the “exchange of populations” between the two countries. Over 1.5 million Orthodox Greeks, born and raised in Anatolia, will be forced to move to Greece, while 400,000 Muslim Turks will have to make the journey in the opposite direction.