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Cuba: Castro vs the World

Series 1 The Armed Struggle

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Spies, revolutionaries and diplomats reveal the secrets of how Cuba challenged the world.

Spies, revolutionaries and diplomats reveal the secrets of how a small island in the Caribbean challenged the world.

Spies, revolutionaries and diplomats reveal the secrets of how a small island in the Caribbean challenged the world.

Fidel Castro's guerrilla army sweep into Havana in January 1959. The Cuban Revolution attract the hostility of their giant neighbour, the USA, and the friendship of the Soviet Union. After the US try unsuccessfully to overthrow Castro, the Soviet Union install nuclear missiles on this island. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the closest the world comes to Armageddon. When Khrushchev backs down and withdraws the missiles, Castro embarks on his independent course of supporting liberation struggles around the world. They send troops to fight in Algeria in 1963. Fidel's close comrade Che Guevara leads a guerrilla mission to Bolivia in 1966, which is unsuccessful and ends in Che's death at the hands of the CIA. In 1974, as the US pull out of Vietnam, secretary of state Kissinger tries to make contact with Castro.

Two journalists carry secret messages between Washington and Havana, leading to negotiations in a New York hotel. But the talks founder on the economic embargo the US has imposed on Cuba. Castro embarks on his most audacious venture, sending Cuban troops to Angola to fight the army of apartheid in South Africa. Cuba also supports guerrilla struggles in Central America, fighting US-backed governments in El Salvador and Nicaragua. A big surge in Cuban forces in Angola brings victory in southern Africa. But this triumph coincides with the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union. The loss of their powerful ally raises the question of how Castro's revolution could survive.

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Director
Mick Gold
Producer
Norma Percy
Producer
Mick Gold
Production Manager
Amy Tapper
Composer
Eric Neveux
Editor
Giles Gardner
Narrator
Caroline Catz
Production Company
Brook Lapping Productions

Trump Takes on the World

Series 1 Episode 1

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In his first year and a half, Trump relentlessly pursues his ‘America First’ agenda.

In his first year and a half, Trump falls out spectacularly with some of America’s oldest allies as he relentlessly pursues his ‘America First’ agenda.

In his first year and a half, Trump falls out spectacularly with some of America’s oldest allies as he relentlessly pursues his ‘America First’ agenda.

From withdrawing from the Paris climate accord to cosying up to Vladimir Putin, Trump shatters the status quo. He even threatens the most critical of all American alliances. As former UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt says, ‘Nato was probably in the greatest peril it’s ever been in its history.’

With first-hand accounts from key players, the episode takes us inside crucial meetings and summits where the US president shocks his counterparts.

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Narrator
Caroline Catz
Director
Tim Stirzaker
Series Producer
Norma Percy
Production Company
Brook Lapping Productions

Trump Takes on the World

Series 1 Episode 2

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Trump turns to the Middle East, where he takes America to the brink of war with Iran.

Trump turns to the Middle East, where he takes America to the brink of war with Iran, shocks the world by pulling troops out of Syria, and announces agreements between Israel and Arab states.

Trump turns to the Middle East, where he takes America to the brink of war with Iran, shocks the world by pulling troops out of Syria, and announces breakthrough agreements between Israel and Arab states.

With first-hand accounts from key players - including rare interviews with top Iranian officials - the episode takes us inside the critical moments as Trump turns US foreign policy in the region on its head.

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Narrator
Caroline Catz
Director
Tim Stirzaker
Director
Tania Rakhmanova
Series Producer
Norma Percy
Production Company
Brook Lapping Productions

Trump Takes on the World

Series 1 Episode 3

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In the final episode, Trump sets his sights on Asia.

In the final episode, Trump sets his sights on Asia. We hear the extraordinary story of how threats of nuclear war against North Korea give way to bromance with Kim Jong-un.

In the final episode, Trump sets his sights on Asia. We hear the extraordinary inside story of how threats of nuclear war against North Korea give way to bromance with Kim Jong-un, one of the world’s most brutal dictators.

With China, the president determines to take a tough new approach, launching the biggest trade war in economic history even as he tries to secure 'the deal of the century'. Trump’s unorthodox style is on full display as he switches between maximum pressure and maximum flattery, bringing all his New York real estate experience to his diplomacy.

With first-hand accounts from key players, the episode takes us inside crucial meetings and summits where the US president shocks his closest advisers by forging new relationships with authoritarian leaders.

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Narrator
Caroline Catz
Director
Tim Stirzaker
Producer
Sam Collins
Series Producer
Norma Percy
Production Company
Brook Lapping Productions

Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil

Series 1 Episode 1: We Quit

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The inside story of how David Cameron tried - and failed - to tackle the Europe question.

Documentary series. David Cameron's closest advisers reveal how he tried to tackle the Europe question, and his battles at home and in Brussels before the referendum.

For the first time on television, David Cameron’s top advisers - including George Osborne and William Hague - reveal the discussions that led to the decision for which Cameron will go down in history: to hold an in/out referendum.

The programme lifts the lid on the prime minister’s desperate attempts to get a new deal for Britain in Europe. Top leaders, including presidents Tusk, Juncker, Sarkozy and Hollande, reveal the details of their negotiations with Cameron.

From beers in Prague to dinners at Chequers, the prime minister tries to convince his partners to give him something to show Britain can claw back power from Brussels – especially on immigration – but he keeps getting knocked back.

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Narrator
Caroline Catz
Series Producer
Norma Percy
Director
Tim Stirzaker
Director
Tania Rakhmanova
Assistant Producer
Max Stern
Assistant Producer
Nicholas de Taranto
Editor
Toby Marter
Composer
Simon Russell
Camera Operator
Vlad Trivic
Camera Operator
Nina Bernfeld
Camera Operator
Georgi Lazareveski
Camera Operator
Will Pugh
Sound
Jaime Goodbrand
Sound
Jean-Christophe Girard
Sound
Ben Livingstone
Re-recording mixer
George Foulgham
On-line editing
Laurence Thripp
Colourist
Vanessa Taylor
Graphic Designer
Dom Bailey
Production Manager
Amy Tapper
Executive Producer
Lucy Hetherington
Executive Producer
Greg Sanderson
Production Company
Brook Lapping Productions
Researcher
Declan Smith

Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil

Series 1 Going for Broke

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Europe’s leaders reveal how near bankruptcy in Greece spread to threaten the euro itself.

Europe’s leaders and top advisers reveal how the near bankruptcy of Greece threatened the euro itself – and how they battled against the clock to save the single currency.

This episode takes us inside the room at crucial summits where leaders and their Ministers battle to avert financial disaster. At its heart is a clash between the cautious Angela Merkel and the feisty Nicolas Sarkozy over how to deal with the near bankruptcy of Greece.

It is a story that sees billions of Euros being pumped into the economy, riots against austerity, and the election of Europe’s first populist government.

The cast includes some of Europe’s most powerful figures, like Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble, UK chancellor George Osborne and the radical Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, as well as top leaders Donald Tusk, Francois Hollande and Matteo Renzi.

As the EU’s most ambitious project, the Euro, teeters on the brink of collapse, Greece narrowly escapes being forced out.

Credits

Narrator
Caroline Catz
Series Producer
Norma Percy
Director
Tania Rakhmanova
Director
Tim Stirzaker
Assistant Producer
Max Stern
Assistant Producer
Nicholas de Taranto
Editor
Cathy Houlihan
Researcher
Declan Smith
Researcher
Florence de Bonnaventure
Researcher
Korner Helena
Researcher
Tulasi Das
Composer
Simon Russell
Camera Operator
Nina Bernfeld
Camera Operator
Vlad Trivic
Camera Operator
Georgi Lazareveski
Camera Operator
Laurent Fenart
Sound
Filippos Manesis
Sound
Francois Xavier
Sound
Jean-Christophe Girard
Sound
Jaime Goodbrand
Dubber
George Foulgham
Editor
Laurence Thripp
Colourist
Vanessa Taylor
Assistant Editor
Dom Bailey
Assistant Editor
David Brockton
Assistant Editor
Leo Pepperell
Production Manager
Amy Tapper
Production Coordinator
Alex Nicholson
Consultant
Brian Lapping
Editor
Gian Quaglieni
Executive Producer
Lucy Hetherington
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Europe’s leaders argue about how to deal with hundreds of thousands of new migrants.

Europe’s leaders and their top advisers reveal how the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants on Europe’s shores plunged the European Union into turmoil.

This episode exposes how Europe’s leaders fought over how to deal with the migration crisis that reached its peak in the summer of 2015.

As hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants arrive from North Africa and Syria, Europe divides. The decision by chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader, to keep Germany's borders open tests the fundamental principles of the EU to the limit.

Top leaders, from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker to prime ministers Matteo Renzi and Mark Rutte, and president Francois Hollande, reveal some of the biggest clashes the European Council has ever witnessed.

As Europe is split over whether to share the burden of migrants or toughen up borders, a controversial deal with Turkey – aided by shutting down borders to keep migrants out of Europe – brings the crisis out of control. But the political damage is grave.

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Narrator
Caroline Catz
Series Producer
Norma Percy
Editor
Sally Hilton
Editor
Toby Marter
Composer
Simon Russell
Production Manager
Amy Tapper
Executive Producer
Lucy Hetherington
Executive Producer
Greg Sanderson

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Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes

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Portrait of Delia Derbyshire, the electronic sound pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme.

Docudrama portrait of Delia Derbyshire, the electronic sound pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme tune, that explores the idea that this extraordinary composer herself lived outside of time and space.

Docudrama that explores the life and creative output of Coventry born-Delia Derbyshire – electronic musician, sound pioneer and female outsider in postwar Britain. From 1962 until 1973, she worked at the BBC’s Radiophonic workshop, where she created the iconic Doctor Who theme tune, which remained uncredited in her lifetime.

Delia Derbyshire introduced avant-garde electronic sound to a whole generation through the medium of a children’s teatime television show. Sound was both a refuge for Delia and a haunting manifestation of something darker. Delia was three years old during the Coventry blitz listening to the electronic sounds of the air-raid sirens against a backdrop of her devastated hometown. Delia describes the sound of the ‘all-clear' and air-raid sirens as her first experience of electronic music.

This is a story where sound encapsulates the pain, violence and potential of modernity and positions Delia as tapping into a heightened realm, where her femininity and creativity are unshackled, amplified and set free. This essence in her music invites aggression and control, often unconsciously, from those around her. Her technical and creative brilliance, intuition and integrity is a threat that speaks to the devastating gender power politics of her age and which still persists today.

Delia’s story is told through two archives: the first, a collection of lost works, 267 reels of quarter-inch magnetic tape recordings of Delia’s work found in her attic after her death, the other, her school books, paintings and keepsakes, discovered in her childhood bedroom.

The combined archive, which now resides at Manchester's John Rylands library, is an incredible resource of unfiltered material. Delia’s poetic collages and atmospheric soundscapes reveal themselves as intriguing expressions of her extraordinary inner life. The drama begins with Delia Derbyshire as a time traveller and imagines a visitation where she brings with her fragments, objects and sounds from her past to bring her struggle and vision to life, finding solace in deeply personal soundscapes.

Her struggle with alcoholism, frustrations at her contribution been downplayed in a predominantly male workplace as well as her intense artistic collaborations and life on the fringes of relationships are all explored in the film - all themes that collapse into sound, texture and harmonies. Delia is portrayed through a mix of observation and imagination. No single perspective would be sufficient to gain a true understanding of Delia. The docudrama replaces biography and a biopic style with something more lyrical.

Its playful, psychedelic mix utilises archival materials, interviews with her collaborators and dramatisations while honouring the BBC Radiophonic Workshops arranger-composer's own questing spirit.

This is a life story told through sound, using both Delia’s own pieces of music alongside a soundtrack constructed from samples chosen with musician and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti from Delia’s attic tapes. It explores the fantasy of a collaboration, an exchange of ideas across eras between two fascinating musicians. It celebrates independence and imagination and looks at how, when that energy is evoked by women and creates a spark, the pattern seen throughout history is that it is often dismissed, ridiculed or downplayed. A cinematic exploration of a legendary musical figure, written and directed by Caroline Catz, who also plays Delia.

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Delia Derbyshire
Caroline Catz
Young Delia Derbyshire
Honor-Ray Caplan-Higgs
Desmond Briscoe
Richard Glover
Radiophonic Workshop Technician
Zacahary Hart
The Men behind Desks
Michael Higgs
David Vorhaus
Tom Meeten
Maddelena Fagandini, Jen, Actor, Mary Wollstonecraft
Saskia Reeves
Brian Hodgson
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Producer
Andrew Starke
Director
Caroline Catz

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Cuba: Castro vs the World

Series 1 The Charm Offensive

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The story of how Castro saved his revolution post-Cold War.

The story of how Castro saved his revolution post-Cold War. Through ingenious diplomacy and soft power, Cuba broke its isolation. But with Trump, it could be short-lived.

The story of how Cuba struggled in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, their main economic and political supporter.

The massive decline in living standards triggers refugee crises, which play havoc with Cuba's already difficult relations with the US and force the two enemies to negotiate for the first time one on one and officially. Infuriated, the Cuban Miami exiles step up their operations against what they think is a weakened regime. But Cuba's robust self-defence kills four Americans and gives no choice to President Clinton but to sign a Congress bill that tightens even further the US embargo on the island. Castro has to find new friends and trading partners.

He strikes gold in Venezuela - the new president there, Hugo Chavez, is a long-time admirer. Cuba agrees to exchange medical aid for much-needed oil in what becomes known as Operation Milagro. This operation not only helps Cuba's economy, it also wins Cuba new allies across all of Latin America and paradoxically leads to rapprochement with the US under the Obama administration. But with Trump in the White House and Raúl stepping down last April, Cuba's future remains unclear.

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Director
Delphine Jaudeau
Producer
Delphine Jaudeau
Producer
Norma Percy
Production Manager
Amy Tapper
Composer
Eric Neveux
Editor
Scott Stevenson
Narrator
Caroline Catz
Production Company
Brook Lapping Productions
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