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An evening of programmes to mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of President
John F Kennedy on 22 November 1963. Together they aim to give a sense of why his death mattered to people.
8.20 Dear Jackie
More than two million people from around the world, shocked by the assassination of the president, wrote tojackie Kennedy. The letters, unread for 30 years, form a snapshot of the nation in mourning. A
Harvard student remembers the night John F Kennedy was elected; a salesman was inspired to run for local office; a schoolgirl describes her visit to the Oval
Office; a Dallas housewife recalls seeing the motorcade on that last fateful day. Producer Helen Bettinson
Executive producer Laurence Rees
How the world mourned with Mrs Kennedy
SEE FEATURE page 48
8.50 JFK: a Personal
Memory by Gore Vidal In a specially recorded television talk, controversial author and screenwriter Gore
Vidal, who shared a stepfather withjacqueline Kennedy, reflects onJFK's presidency.
Producer Anthony Lee
The Mysterious Career of Lee Harvey Oswald
Was Lee Harvey
Oswald a mentally disturbed gunman acting alone, as the report of the Warren Commission suggested? Was he one of two gunmen, as the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded? Or was he, as he claimed, an innocent fall guy?
This Timewatch investigative biography sifts through the mysteries of Oswald's life, from his troubled childhood and his
Marine service to his dramatic defection to the Soviet Union in 1959 and his return to the USA.
According to producer
William Cran , it aims "to enable the viewer to make the right decision about who was responsible for Kennedy's assassination", and presents newly unearthed evidence.
Editor Laurence Rees
Alex Cox introduces a feature film concluding this special evening of programmes.
The Parallax View
A political thriller starring
A journalist is among the witnesses to a political assassination in Seattle. Three years later he discovers that many of those who saw the killing have died suspiciously. The film is being shown in its original CinemaScope ratio.
DirectorAlan J Pakula (1974)
BARRY NORMAN page 60
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