THH | 14.01.2005 17:41
Interview with Series Producer, Adam Curtis, here ... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4171213.stm
BBC Two : 23:20, Tuesday, 18th January 2005
Baby It's Cold Outside.
First of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain. This edition looks at how Western politics is increasingly dominated by the myth, propagated by the American neoconservatives, that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network. The story begins in 1949 with two men, an Egyptian Islamist called Sayyid Qutb and American political philosopher Leo Strauss, whose ideas led to two opposing movements.
BBC Two : 23:20, Wednesday, 19th January 2005
The Phantom Victory.
Second of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain. This edition looks at two groups, the American Neoconservatives and the Radical Islamists, who came together to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Subsequently, the Neocons focussed their ire on Clinton while the Islamicists continued a cycle of violence to try to win support. The machinations of these two groups has led to the climate of fear we live in today.
BBC Two : 23:20, Thursday, 20th January 2005
Shadows in the Cave.
Last of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain. This edition looks at how the neoconservatives reconstructed the Islamists as a sinister worldwide terrorist force run by bin Laden in his lair in Afghanistan. The film makes it clear that while dangerous groups inspired by extreme Islamist ideas do exist, the nightmare vision of a uniquely powerful hidden organisation waiting to strike our societies is an illusion.