Adam Curtis

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  1. HYPERNORMALISATION

    Adam Curtis introduces his new epic film

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  2. Trailer for new Adam Curtis film Bitter Lake coming soon to BBC iPlayer

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  3. In the battle for Kobane everyone talks about the enemy - IS - and the frightening ideas that drive them. No one talks about the Kurdish defenders and what inspires them. But when you look at what the Kurds are fighting for - what you discover is fascinating. They have a vision of a new kind of...

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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 companie...

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  7. 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.

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  8. What the Fluck! The point at which journalism fails and modern power begins.

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  9. 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 lin...

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  10. BUGGER 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...

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  11. 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 ...

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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

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  15. 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.

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  16. HOW THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, HAMAS AND THE ISRAELI RIGHT BECAME CO-DEPENDENTS IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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...

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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