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The Nazis - A Warning From History - 02 - Chaos and Consent

BBC
The theme of the programme focuses on the paradoxical nature of Germany under Nazi rule - a society obsessed by order and yet characterised by administrative inefficiency. It opens with daunting images of Nazi crowds and the comment that the Nazis were obsessed with images of order which they attempted to illustrate and promote in their careful propaganda and yet, the programme claims, it was 'an illusion of order'
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The Nazis - A Warning From History - 03 - The Wrong War

BBC
The programme starts with Hitler in his retreat in southern Bavaria, watching feature films about the British Empire - supposedly, these offered proof of the superiority of the Aryan Race! In 1941 he said 'Let's learn from the English - what India was to the English, let Russian territories be to us'. The programme then asks the question - How did Hitler end up fighting the wrong war? - a war against both the English and the Russians
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The Nazis - A Warning From History - 04 - The Wild East

BBC
The programme starts, with Hitler in his retreat in southern Bavaria, watching feature films about the British Empire - supposedly, these offered proof of the superiority of the Aryan Race! In 1941 he said 'Let's learn from the English - what India was to the English, let Russian territories be to us'. The programme then asks the question - How did Hitler end up fighting the wrong war? - a war against both the English and the Russians.
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The Road to Guantanamo

Mat Whitecross & Michael Winterbottom
In 2001, four Pakistani Britons travel to Pakistan for a wedding and in a surge of idealism, decide to see the situation of war-torn Afganistan which is being bombed by the American forces in retaliation to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Once there they are captured by Northern Alliance fighters. They are then handed them over the American forces who transport them to the prison camps at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba.
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The Satellite Story

BBC
Documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first satellite, Sputnik, which launched the space age in 1957. The film explores how satellites have affected almost every aspect of our lives, from spy satellites and GPS transforming the military to the communications revolution kickstarted by Telstar. But recent events in China have revealed just how vulnerable we might be, for they suggest we might be on the verge of another new age, one of satellite terrorism.
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The Secret World of Whitehall - Episode 01: The Real Sir Humphrey

BBC
Three-part series by Michael Cockerell starts with the role played over the years by the most powerful unelected member of the government, the Cabinet Secretary. He is the real life Sir Humphrey from Yes Prime Minister, who rules the civil service from Whitehall's least understood ministry, the Cabinet Office. Mixing rare archive with candid interviews, the programme tells the story of the many battles for power between Britain's top civil servant and their prime ministers.
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The Secret World of Whitehall - Episode 03: The Network (signed)

BBC
Michael Cockerell reveals what really happens in the hidden power houses of Whitehall, the cabinet minister's private office. These are where political advisers have bloody battles with civil servants for the hearts and minds of their ministers, from where gaffes are averted and plots hatched. Mixing rare archive with candid interviews, the programme tells the story of what goes on within this most influential of secret networks.
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The White Season - All White in Barking

BBC
Lifetime Barking residents Susan and Jeff have never said hello to their Nigerian neighbours, insisting that "they are not our people." Dave becomes a BNP activist even though his daughters have relationships with the very people he is lashing out against. Meanwhile, African Betty and Holocaust survivor Monty form a relationship based on laughter and affection, despite disapproving stares. A charming, often funny examination of modern attitudes in multi-ethnic Britain
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The White Season - Last Orders

BBC
Part of the White season about ethnicity in Britain. Filmmaker Henry Singer tells the story of the Wibsey Workingmen's Club in Bradford. The club is struggling to survive, and members' worries for the beloved institution reflect larger anxieties about their community. With high unemployment, immigration and the smoking ban, members feel their way of life is under threat.
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The White Season - Rivers of Blood

BBC
Forty years after Enoch Powell's infamous speech predicting that mass immigration would lead to violence on our streets, filmmaker Denys Blakeway explores the impact of the maverick Conservative MP's words and legacy. This film examines Powell's speech in unprecedented detail, discovering how his core argument was ignored in favour of his incendiary language. It questions what led him to speak out in the first place and traces the speech's effect on immigration policy in Britain
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The White Season - The Poles are Coming!

BBC
According to some of the locals, Peterborough is being stretched to breaking point by the influx of Eastern Europeans, attracted to the area by the promise of high wages and decent living conditions in exchange for manual labour. Employers are delighted with their Polish recruits, but some residents want the Poles to go home. They're not alone. The Polish city of Gdansk wants its workers back. Its shipyards are struggling without them and there aren't enough men to build the football stadium ready for Euro 2012. This prompts Gdansk's leaders to visit Peterborough to plead for the return of their workers. Can the Polish immigrants be tempted home and how will the local economy cope if they left?
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