TV Times - 22 December 2007 - 4 January 2008

Klaus Barbie

This weeks highlight is a detailed history of the life of notorious Nazi interrogator Klaus Barbie.

Other topics include the preaching of religious extremism and, also, claims of blasphemy towards a comedy drama.

Tuesday 25th December - 10.35pm - 01.00am - Channel 4 - The Motorcycle Diaries
This showing constitutes the terrestrial premiere of this biographical road movie which tells the story of the growing politicisation of the young Che Guevara as a result of taking an epic trip across Latin America in the company of his best friend. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Thursday 27 December - 8 - 9pm - Channel 4 - Floods: The Year Britain Went Under
The flooding in the UK in 2007 killed 14 people and rendered 49,000 homeless. This documentary unravels the causes using a blend of eyewitness testimony, home video footage and scientific analysis.

Pick of the Week red n black star
Thursday 27 December - 9 - 10.50pm - More4 - True Stories: My Enemy's Enemy
This documentary traces the story of Klaus Barbie, known as the "butcher of Lyon", who worked as an interrogator for the Nazi political police. An expert in finding those who needed to stay hidden, he was put to work in counter-intelligence by the US after the war - despite being wanted by the French for murder. His story didn't stop here; he had designs on creating a Fourth Reich in Latin America.

Saturday 29 December - 12.10 - 2.45am (Sun morn) - ITV1 - The Insider
This disturbing drama, based on real events, tells the story of a former tobacco industry executive who risks his life in order to expose his company's use of lies and deceit to cover up deliberate negligence involving carcinogenic additives in tobacco.

Monday 31 December - 8 - 9pm - Channel 4 - The Secret Life of Brian
With interviews from Python team members, this documentary examines how "The Life of Brian" caused a furore upon its release among religious groups who labelled it blasphemous. The Pythons discuss the obstacles they faced, which included EMI withdrawing funds, local councils banning screenings and Mary Whitehouse lobbying for it to be refused a certificate. Followed by a screening of the film.

Wednesday 2 January - 10 - 11pm - More4 - Dispatches: Undercover Mosque
This documentary, originally shown earlier in the year, observed the preaching of extremism in mosques run by national organisations. It may be worth watching again, following on from claims after its airing by West Midlands Police that it had misrepresented Muslim preachers. Ofcom rebutted this complaint, claiming that it had not.

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Lone Wolf
Dec 23 2007 01:38

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