TV Times 16 - 22 June 2007

Aryan Brotherhood

Extreme religious and racial fundamentalism appear to be the main themes this week.

This weeks selections include a look at an unconventional and unique ultra-Catholic boarding school, a study of the chilling Aryan Brotherhood and a critique of incentives and target setting in policing.

Mon 18 June - 9 - 10pm - Channel 4 - Cutting Edge: The Dangerous School for Boys
This documentary is a study on a unique boarding school in France run along ultra-Catholic lines in which the boys are required to live a medieval lifestyle and are taught morris dancing, chivalry and hunting alongside other like activities. Its principal claims he wants to start a school for "Catholic heroes, for saints."

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Mon 18 June - 9 - 10pm - National Geographic - Aryan Brotherhood
15,000 inmates are thought to be members of this brutal prison gang who were set up in the 60's "to protect white prisoners from non-whites". To qualify for membership one inmate has to murder another and the only way out is through death. This documentary includes interviews from the gang's leaders and surveillance footage of the killings actually taking place.

Thu 21 June - 7 - 7.30pm - BBC2 - This World: All Girl-Squad - 5/5
This documentary features a unit of 105 female Indian soldiers who are sent by the UN to Liberia in west Africa to help keep peace on the streets in the aftermath of civil war. There are great hopes that their policing style may help to decrease tension in the area.

Thu 21 June - 10.30 - 11.35pm - Channel 4 - Keith Allen Will Burn In Hell
Channel Four continues its near fixation with US religious fundamentalism in this documentary in which Keith Allen visits members of the Westboro Baptist Church who are fiercely homophobic and anti-American and interpret every word of the Bible absolutely literally.

Fri 22 June - 7.30 - 8pm - Channel 4 - The Insider - Cashing In On the Hoodies - 1/10
This documentary critiques the use of financial incentives and target setting in modern policing. Rod Morgan, a former advisor to the government on youth crime, argues that it is easier to target youngsters than spend time, money and effort in investigating more serious offences.

Fri 22 June - 11.50pm - 2.30am - Film 4 - Army of Shadows
Director of this wartime revenge drama Jean-Pierre Melville used to be a member of the Maquis and his personal experiences are evident here in the tone and feel of this classic study of one Resistance fighters search for the man who betrayed him to the Nazis. (French/Italian, 1969).