TV Times 24-30 March 2007

David Cameron

A strong weeks political broadcasting in terms of both range and depth of content.

Highlights are the conclusion of the Adam Curtis series on notions of political freedom, further thought-provoking documentaries on slavery and racism and System of a Down being given an opportunity to tell the story of the massacres of the Armenian peoples at the hands of the Turks.

Sun 25 March - 7-8pm - BBC2 - Ms Dynamite In Search of Nanny Maroon
As part of the slavery abolition series, Ms Dynamite investigates the story of Jamaican inspirational figure Nanny of the Maroons. She led a group of ex-slaves -the Maroons - in secret communities in the mountains from where they conducted a guerilla war against the British.

Sun 25 March - 9-10pm -BBC2 - The Trap: What Happened to Our Dreams of Freedom
Part 3 of 3 - We Will Force You To Be Free

In the well-titled conclusion to his documentary series, Adam Curtis looks at the attempts of the UK and US to force their notions of democracy and freedom on the world, leading only to further repression and oppression.

Mon 26 March - 8-9pm - Channel 4 - Dispatches: Cameron: Toff at the Top.
In another light-hearted (relatively speaking) edition of Dispatches, right-wing political commentator Peter Hitchens provides a critique of David Cameron in which he chastises the Conservative leader for abandoning right-wing principles and policies for the sake of jumping on the New Labour and Green bandwagons.

Mon 26 March - 9-10.30pm - BBC2 - This World: Child Slavery with Rageh Omaar
A predictably depressing and downheartening expose of the extent and pervasive nature of child slavery globally - at a conservative estimate there are 8.5 million child slaves.

Tue 27 March - 10.35-11.15pm - BBC1 - ONE life - 7/10 - Guilty My Arse!
In this intriguing documentary curio, the story is told of Ricky Tomlinsons fight to clear his name after he was sent to prison in the 1970's for his part in the first national building strike.

Tue 27 March - 11pm - 12am - ITV1 - Real Crime: the Perverted World of Marc Dutroux
Astoundingly, notorious Belgian paedophile and child torturer Marc Dutroux was released on parole in 1992 after serving only 6 of his 13 year sentence for kidnapping raping and torturing five young girls. Utterly unsurprisingly he struck again with increased barbarism three years later. This is the story of the police attempts to recapture Dutroux and the subsequent bungling of the investigation that prevented him from being arrested earlier.

Wed 28 March - 9-10pm - BBC4 - Racism: a History - 2/3
The second instalment of this important and absorbing documentary series looks at the connection between colonial genocide in the 19th century and the Holocaust, examining how the theories of Social Darwinism were used to legitimise racial atrocities.

Pick of the Week red n black star
Thu 29 March - 10.30pm - 12am - BBC4 - Screamers
Armenian-American band System of a Down visit locations of genocide and the lead singers grandfather talks about surviving the Armenian massacres of 1915-17. Other Americans are also interviewed who clearly state that their own country has never intervened to stop genocide and have, in fact, remained neutral. Part of the ever-reliable Storyville documentary strand.

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Lone Wolf
Mar 24 2007 06:55

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