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1/2. Entertainment broadcaster and biographer Michael Freedland recalls a dark period in Hollywood history when the House Un-
American Activities Committee
(HUAC) targeted actors, writers, directors and producers whom it deemed to be Communist Party members and therefore a serious threat to American society.
From 1947 until the early 50s, the committee set out to purge Hollywood of these so-called subversives, many of whom were forced to quit their professions or work under assumed names. The programme features soundtrack clips and input from Theodore Bikel , Lee Grant , Artie Shaw , Larry Adler and many others, including archive interviews with Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan.
Producer Neil Rosser


Michael Freedland
Theodore Bikel
Lee Grant
Artie Shaw
Larry Adler
Arthur Miller
Elia Kazan.
Neil Rosser

3/4. George Melly explores the phenomenon of trad jazz with a look back at the late years of the "trad boom", identifying its new stars and and recalling its inevitable replacement by the bright new sound of the Beatles et ai.


George Melly

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