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27 March 2024

Episode 3262

35 minutes

As experts recover the data recorder onboard container ship ‘Dali’, we examine why the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed so quickly. Voters in Turkey head to the polls in local elections, with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party hoping to win back cities that it lost five years ago. Plus: the latest on the ground from Ukraine and what foreign TV is allowed to be broadcast in North Korea?

27 March 2024

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Why is a UK gardening show on TV in North Korea?

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North Korea’s state television has been caught broadcasting a 2010 BBC gardening programme – and presenter Alan Titchmarsh’s jeans have had to be censored. We speak to North Korea expert Edward Howell to find out what TV viewers get to watch in the tightly controlled state and why double denim is a no-no.

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