Is BBC news broken? And if so, how do we fix it?

Our national broadcaster has been defeated by Brexit; confounded either by the explosion of a rightwing populist politics it doesn’t know how to cover, or by growing millennial intolerance of views they abhor being given a platform, or possibly by both. An explosion of fake news, the BBC’s own neurosis about whether it’s too middle-class for its own good, and the vocal indignation of Labour activists who feel the media is institutionally biased against Jeremy Corbyn have all combined to create a perfectly bewildering storm for a once-loved institution.

Mixed Britannia #1: 1910-1939

The previously untold history of Britain’s mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it. In the first of this three-part series, George Alagiah tells the story of romance in the First World War between female workers and foreign seamen, the street riots it led to, and how Britain just escaped laws preventing mixed marriage and the excesses of race science.

Mixed Britannia #2: 1940-1965

Mixed Britannia #3: 1965-2011

BBC Series, 2014

Steve Coogan brings Alan Partridge back to the BBC

Actor Steve Coogan has reprised the character first introduced to BBC audiences 25 years ago.

This Time with Alan Partridge sees the comedy character filling in on a One Show-style magazine programme.

Written by Steve Coogan and Neil and Rob Gibbons, the team behind 2013 film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, it has been hailed as a “magnificent return”.

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List of BBC reporters in Russia leaked with their photos

A list of BBC reporters working in Russia has been leaked online, along with their photographs, amid growing pressure on the broadcaster in Russia.

The list of 44 journalists, most of them Russian citizens, appears to have first been published in the anonymously run For Mother Russia group on the social network VKontakte. It was then reprinted by a rightwing Russian news website with photographs culled from the journalists’ social media profiles and other public sources.