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BBC WORLD LOOKS BACK (article first published : 2003-12-20)

BBC World presents a wealth of programming over the next two weeks to review the most significant stories of 2003 and look ahead at some of the events that will shape the coming year.

The 12-part Review 2003 begins on December 24 and runs daily until January 4. This series of films includes The Dividing Line, giving the perspective from both sides of the obstacles on the road to peace in the Middle East; a quirky guide to life inside, and on the margins of, the European Union inClub Europe and Hostage To Fortune, examining the issues affecting the trials and tribulations of post-war Iraq.

A special edition of BBC World's daily interview programme, HARDtalk, will be shown on December 31. Tim Sebastian introduces clips of the best guests who have appeared on the show in 2003.

BBC World's business unit has produced three special programmes on major issues from 2003. Megarich (December 25) assesses the rise of the multi-millionaire private businessman in the United States, Britain and Russia. In Let's Fly Away (December 25), the impact on the world's airlines of SARS, terrorism, strikes and bankruptcy problems is examined. Then the focus turns to the changing economics of the music industry as a result of the rise of internet downloads in Losing The Beat (January 1).

Each week, FASTTRACK reports on the stories affecting the travel industry, in both the leisure and tourism sectors. Over two compilation shows, broadcast on December 20 and 27, BBC World revisits Beijing, Singapore and Toronto to ask how successful each city has been in attracting back visitors after receiving the all clear for SARS. There's another chance to see reports from Bali on the impact of the terrorist attacks on the island's tourism industry and from New York on a "hip hop" tour of Harlem and the Bronx.

In Click Online's two-part review of 2003, there are interviews with Tim Berners-Lee, Karlheinz Brandenburg and Martin Cooper, who invented the worldwide web, MP3 and the mobile phone respectively, on the phenomenal growth of their innovations. The dangers lurking in internet chatrooms are assessed, following MSN's decision to close its forums earlier this year. There are tips to ensure viruses don't cause havoc with PCs at home or work and an explanation of the ways that computers are being recycled for use in the developing world.

The year in cinema is reviewed by Talking Movies presenter Tom Brook on December 30. He considers the end of the Lord Of The Rings and Matrix trilogies, the little fish that created the biggest splash at the box office in Finding Nemo and the return of the swashbuckling hero in both Pirates Of The Caribbean and Master and Commander. The influence of Japan on Hollywood movies is also highlighted, along with the success of the documentary in 2003 and the directors and young actresses who've made their mark.




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