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This OBE Is Not for Me

on BBC Two England

Poet Benjamin Zephaniah famously refused to accept an OBE last New Year, seeing the honours system as a leftover symbol of the Empire. In this film, Zephaniah expounds on his reasons, but also allows his anti-imperialist views to be challenged. He talks to historian
Lawrence James and author William Dalrymple about the myths and realities of Empire and to singer
Joan Armatrading , an MBE and proud of it. Then, visiting Delhi, he meets Indian men and women who see their prosperity as a positive legacy of the Raj.
Director Giovanni Ulleri ; Executive producer Catriona Lewis


Benjamin Zephaniah
Lawrence James
William Dalrymple
Joan Armatrading
Giovanni Ulleri
Catriona Lewis

BBC Two England

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