Friday 10 October 2014, 16:00
The Vegetables of Truth - the story of how modern science used to dream about building a new future but now instead keeps you in your place. It's the story of the rise of our modern obsession with risk - told through vegetables.
Friday 25 July 2014, 16:00
The rise of the hidden systems in modern society that are stopping us changing the world. Systems that keep us trapped in the past and where everything repeats. How we have become haunted by the ghosts of our own past desires and cannot imagine anything that has not existed before.
Wednesday 2 April 2014, 15:06
Nobody trusts anyone in authority today.
It is one of the main features of our age. Wherever you look there are lying politicians, crooked bankers, corrupt police officers, cheating journalists and double-dealing media barons, sinister children's entertainers, rotten and greedy energy companies and out...
Sunday 19 January 2014, 15:33
Intimate stories of British upper class sexual treachery and divorce 40 years ago - just like the Francois Hollande scandal in today's France. The only difference is that they all told their dirty secrets to the BBC back then.
Thursday 5 December 2013, 15:37
What the Fluck! The point at which journalism fails and modern power begins.
Monday 2 September 2013, 13:55
Much of the debate about whether to intervene in Syria or not is taking place in a strange ahistorical vacuum.
A while ago I wrote the story of America's strange relationship with Syria and the dark and bloody twists and turns that resulted - from 1947 onwards. I thought it would be good to link to it...
Thursday 8 August 2013, 17:31
The recent revelations by the whistleblower Edward Snowden were fascinating. But they - and all the reactions to them - had one enormous assumption at their heart.
That the spies know what they are doing.
But when you look at the history of MI5 the astonishing thing is they never seem to know what...
Wednesday 19 June 2013, 16:00
The show is a collaboration between myself and Robert del Naja of Massive Attack
What links us is not just cutting stuff up - but an interest in trying to change the way people see power and politics in the modern world. To say to them - have you thought of looking at it like this?
We've used film, music...
Friday 26 April 2013, 15:03
How Mrs Thatcher constructed a fake ghostly version of Britain's past, and then used it to maintain her power. But also how she became possessed and haunted by this vision.
Tuesday 5 March 2013, 16:07
The story of the strange world of Texan oil baron HL Hunt. The richest man in the world, a bigamist who invented right wing TV news - way before Murdoch and Fox News. And the weird role he played in helping to create the vast conspiracies around the assassination of JFK.
Wednesday 30 January 2013, 18:52
PARADIABOLICAL - HERE WE GO AGAIN ON AL QAEDA'S MERRY-GO-ROUND - The ghosts of what happened in Algeria and Somalia 20 years ago and what they tell us about today
Thursday 20 December 2012, 15:19
I have always been convinced that animal programmes are one of the most powerful ideological expressions of our time - telling stories that both express and reinforce how we understand our relationship to each other socially and politically in powerfully emotional ways.
Friday 30 November 2012, 11:21
HOW THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, HAMAS AND THE ISRAELI RIGHT BECAME CO-DEPENDENTS IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP
Last week there was yet another cycle of horrific violence in the Gaza strip. This week there are demonstrations in Cairo driven by fears that the revolution is being hi-jacked by the Islamists...
Wednesday 14 November 2012, 15:22
I have always been fascinated by the way music can completely change the way you watch film - and how you feel as you watch the images.
For the last year or so I have been collecting all sorts of footage of people dancing that I found in the BBC archives. In all I gathered over two thousand shots...
Sunday 21 October 2012, 14:32
HOW COLONEL GADDAFI AND THE WESTERN ESTABLISHMENT
TOGETHER CREATED A PANTOMIME WORLD
Things come and go in the news cycle like waves of fever. A year ago Colonel Gaddafi was killed and an avalanche of camera phone footage of his last minutes was played again and again on the news channels. Then it stopped...
Monday 6 August 2012, 18:22
To celebrate today's successful landing on Mars I thought I would show a film of a man who claimed to have got to Mars a long time ago. He did this back in the late 1950s by communicating telepathically with the beings who inhabited the Red Planet. He also claimed that his mother went there on a UFO...
Saturday 16 June 2012, 15:46
AMERICA'S DANGEROUS LOVE AFFAIR WITH COUNTERINSURGENCY
At the beginning of this year one of the weirdest characters ever to become involved in the present Afghan war died. He was called Jack Idema and he was a brilliant con-man. For a moment, during the early part of the war, Idema persuaded all the...
Friday 11 May 2012, 14:02
Bahrain, along with Syria, has become a symbol of the failure of the Arab Spring to deliver real democracy and freedom across the Arab world. The media in Britain portray a rigid, oppressive almost feudal elite who are stubbornly holding out against the inevitable wave of modern freedoms and political...
Tuesday 1 May 2012, 14:11
This Thursday Londoners will vote to elect a new city mayor, and I thought it would be a good moment to put up a great documentary about how Norman Mailer stood for Mayor of New York in 1969.
It is a lovely film - directed by a brilliant documentary maker called Dick Fontaine, and beautifully shot in...
Wednesday 25 April 2012, 12:06
Today the Rupert Murdoch story has finally reached the issue that has been lurking in the shadows of this whole saga - and what has always made people most uneasy about him. It is the true nature of his relationship to politics and power in Britain and how he may have used that to create his vast empire...
This is a website expressing my personal views – through a selection of opinionated observations and arguments. I’ll be including stories I like, ideas I find fascinating, work in progress and a selection of material from the BBC archives.