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In summer 2007 the BBC marked the 60th anniversary of the independence of India & Pakistan with a compelling season of programmes and features on television, radio and online.

Below is a selection of the season's highlights.


BBC Two

The Story of India

Michael Wood: The Story of India
This colourful six-part series uncovers the subcontinent's dazzling achievements and its lasting legacy, showing how India's impact spreads far beyond its own borders. Michael Wood follows India's dramatic past, which includes some of the greatest characters in history - Buddha, Alexander the Great, Gandhi and Nehru.

India with Sanjeev Bhaskar

India with Sanjeev Bhaskar
Sanjeev visits India, a country of chaos and contradictions, gradually getting under the skin of the world's latest superpower. In this four-part series Sanjeev explores India's powerful religions, and makes an emotional journey to his father's former home, now in Pakistan.

Saira Khan's Pakistan Adventure

Saira Khan's Pakistan Adventure
'The Apprentice' star goes back to her roots to spend 30 days exploring today's Pakistan. Travelling by bus, train, truck, rickshaw and camel, Saira learns about Pakistan's history, geography and modern culture. Her travels bring her into contact with people from all walks of life, revealing a side of Pakistan rarely seen by the West.

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Ganges

Ganges
This three-part series tells the story of one of the most extraordinary rivers in the world - the Ganges. We follow its journey from source to sea to discover how this mighty river touches the lives of every living thing in India. Find out how it has shaped the wildlife, history, and culture of this great nation.

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BBC Archive Trial

When Auntie Went East
This summer 550 hours of material about India and Pakistan will be taken from the BBC vaults and put online as part of the BBC Archive trial. In these programmes, Jonathan Scott, Meera Syal and Bobby Friction explore what's on offer.

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Mumbai, Karachi, Calcutta... Uncovered

Mumbai, Karachi, Calcutta... Uncovered
The Desi DNA team get deep inside three of the most exciting cities in the subcontinent. Arts, culture, music - be prepared to see a side to India and Pakistan you've not seen before.

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The Day India Burned: Partition

The Day India Burned: Partition
When the British quit India in August 1947 they drew a line on a map, dividing one of the world's largest and most ethnically diverse countries into the independent states of India and Pakistan. Interviews with witnesses, coupled with dramatic reconstruction, provide a shocking insight into the upheaval and violence that occurred. See how you can interact with this programme by pressing the red button on your digital remote.

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BBCi

BBCi

The Day India Burned: Partition
Digital satellite and digital cable viewers can watch the programme in either Hindi, Urdu or Punjabi. Digital terrestrial viewers can watch it in Hindi and Urdu.

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  • Instructions to view BBCi - Press red at the start of the programme and select "Partition" from the overlay menu that will appear on your TV screen. Then, once the interactive service has launched, select the language you wish to listen to by using the left and right arrow keys. Onscreen instructions will appear as soon as the interactive TV service has launched.


BBC Four

BBC Four

Midnight's Grandchildren
Three British teenagers travel to Punjab to see how their families were affected by the events of partition in 1947. It is a journey which brings them closer to their extended families and friends, and gives them a better understanding of their own lives.

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CBBC

Raven

Raven
This brand new, BAFTA award winning adventure series goes on location in Hyderabad, South India, specially for the season.

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BBC Radio 3

Borah Bistrah

Drama on 3: Borah Bistrah
This production explores what happened to those who crossed into the newly-formed nation of Pakistan. Some still live there, many carried on travelling and created the Muslim diaspora. We follow the fate of one matriarch and her lineage.

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World Routes

World Routes
World Routes marks the 60th anniversary of independence in India & Pakistan with four programmes celebrating the music of the cultural and religious traditions of the area. Music will come from the Darbar festival in Leicester, shrine music from the Islamic Sufi tradition and a visit to the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

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BBC Radio 4

Crossing The Border

Crossing The Border
Hardeep Singh Kohli makes a personal journey across the borders of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, setting his family's history at the time of partition within the wider context of the legacy of 1947 for the three nations.

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Q & A

Q & A
Dramatisation of the best-selling contemporary Indian novel by Vikas Swarup about a young man who somehow finds himself part of a police investigation when he wins a billion rupees on the first broadcast of 'Who Wants to be a Billionaire' in India. Recorded on location in Mumbai.

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Cities Divided

Cities Divided
Some cities in India and Pakistan are experiencing an unprecedented economic boom; others are still suffering the effects of partition 60 years on. This is the story of the gulf between rich and poor, literate and illiterate, and how each city has a different story to tell depending on its location and the make-up of the communities who live or migrated there.

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Debating the Divide

Debating the Divide
Sarfraz Manzoor chairs a debate at Southampton University on understanding partition, 60 years on. Academics from around the globe, writers and intellectuals gather to discuss the latest thinking, from fresh perspectives on British withdrawal to recent oral testimony, and from reassessment of existing archive material to the problem of Kashmir.

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Feluda - The Golden Fortress

Feluda - The Golden Fortress
Dramatisation of the first Satiyat Ray Feluda detective novel. A co-production with the BBC World Service of the incredibly popular detective novels by India's greatest film maker, with an all-star Bollywood cast.

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Jinnah

Jinnah
Jinnah is recognised as the architect of partition, the man who called for a separate Muslim homeland in 1940. He saw his dream achieved in the creation of Pakistan in 1947, dying a year later from tuberculosis. Sarfraz Manzoor returns to the country of his birth to find out more about the man and his legacy in Pakistan's complex web of religion and politics.

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Crossing Continents

Crossing Continents
Crossing Continents investigates a region of the subcontinent, whose inclusion in India at the end of the Raj, is shrouded in controversy.

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Gandhi's Dream

Gandhi's Dream
While some of the country is undergoing an extraordinary economic boom, Gandhi's dream of an independent India based on the village republic seems to be all but dead. In many communities village life is harder than it's ever been and the suicide rate among farmers is at an all-time high. Engaging once more in politics might be the only lifeline.

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Husud

Husud
A Samina Baig contemporary thriller about how jealousy undermines a family business in Bangalore.

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BBC Asian Network

BBC Asian Network - Asian Nation

Asian Nation
This year marks the anniversary of the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. Sixty years on we want to paint a picture of how that legacy has shaped your lives. Asian Nation is a collection of your pictures, videos and audio stories about British Asian identity today - told through the stories handed down from generation to generation.

BBC Asian Network - Silver Street

Silver Street
The residents create an artistic commemoration of their partition memories, but some find it hard to describe things they’ve spent their lives trying to forget. Silver Street can be heard on BBC Asian Network, Monday to Friday at 1.30pm, with an Omnibus on Sundays at 2pm.

BBC Asian Network - DJ Nihal

Identity
Monday 30 July 2007 - Asian Nation examines the identity of British Asians - 60 years on from partition. Programmes throughout the day will explore whether Asian culture is being diluted. Join DJ Nihal from 9am-12pm on BBC Asian Network as he asks whether British Asians have had to reject their roots and 'sell out' to get on in life.

BBC Asian Network - Gagan Grewal

Wealth
Wednesday 1 August 2007 - Asian Nation asks if British Asians are too materialistic? Programmes throughout the day will explore whether making money is the new religion for young British Asians today. Join presenter Gagan Grewal from 7pm as he asks whether we should be ashamed of celebrating our ‘bling bling’ culture.

BBC Asian Network - Sonia Deol

Relationships
Monday 6 August 2007 - Asian Nation investigates how being Asian affects your everyday relationships - 60 years on from partition. Programmes throughout the day explore whether it is still important to marry a person of the same religion or race. Join Breakfast host Sonia Deol from 6am-9am as she explores the subject.

BBC Asian Network - DJ Nihal

Religion
Tuesday 7 August 2007 - Asian Nation examines how important is religion to British Asians today? Programmes throughout the day will challenge whether you can be a modern British Asian and be truly religious. Join DJ Nihal from 9am-12pm as he asks whether people are judged because of their religion?

BBC Asian Network - Sonia Deol

Marking 60 years since Pakistan became a nation
Tuesday 14 August 2007 - Asian Network explores the legacy of partition in Pakistan. Join Sonia Deol from 6am-9am as she talks to young Asians who have gone back to Pakistan to trace their family roots.

BBC Asian Network - DJ Nihal

Marking 60 years since India's independence
Wednesday 15 August 2007 - Asian Network discusses the independence of India. Join DJ Nihal from 9am-12pm as he asks what Indian independence means to people in the UK.

BBC Asian Network - Nikki Bedi

Career
Thursday 16 August 2007 - Asian Nation asks if being Asian holds someone back in the work place? Programmes throughout the day speak to people of all ages, some who have 'made it' and some who are still trying. At 2pm, presenter Nikki Bedi hears from British Asians who have broken the mould and taken up a career in comedy.

BBC Asian Network - The Wrap

Future
Friday 17 August 2007 - Asian Nation asks how satisfied British Asians are with life in the UK? The Asian Nation season of shows marking 60 years of independence and partition comes to close with a special report from The Wrap news team at 12pm, on the British Asians who are choosing to move back to the subcontinent.



BBC Archive trial

BBC Archive trial

Delve into the past
Enter the BBC archive trial to explore TV and radio programmes for more on independence, partition and the story of British Asian communities.


BBC Video Nation

BBC Video Nation

Video Nation
Video Nation has produced a series of short films following the British Asian experience in the UK, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The films explore subjects including family life, culture, faith, history and youth, offering a personal perspective on the links between the UK and Asia in 2007.


BBC History

BBC History

BBC History
Articles and galleries that explore the legacy of partition. From reviewing the events of 1947, to tracing your Asian family roots, finding out how Britain lost its empire and learning about the ancient culture of India and Pakistan.


BBC News

BBC News

BBC News
Follow the 60th anniversary of the independence of India and the creation of Pakistan, through news and features.


BBC English Regions, Religion

BBC English Regions, Religion

Divided by Faith
Sundays 7am-9am and other times; July and August 2007 - Local TV and radio will follow the journeys made by three young people to India and Pakistan. The programmes will show them discovering the former homes of their relatives and meeting the people they used to live alongside.


Where I Live

BBC Where I Live

Where I Live
Find out how your local area is marking the 60th anniversary of independence.


World Service

BBC World Service

World Service
Follow the 60th anniversary of the independence of India and the creation of Pakistan, through news and features in Hindi, Urdu and 31 other languages.

World Drama: Midnight's Children

World Drama: Midnight's Children
A two-part radio adaptation of Salman Rushdie's 'Booker of Bookers', this is the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947, the very moment that India gained independence. Saleem forms one of 'midnight's children' - a group of children across the entire continent who have been invested with extraordinary magical powers.

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