Storyville: Mad Dog - Gaddafi's Secret World

Confirmed for BBC Four on 3 February at 10.00pm to 11.25pm

Monday 3 February



This week’s Storyville, Mad Dog: Gaddafi’s Secret World looks at the nature of dictatorship through the story of the ultimate dictator – the late Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Filmed in Cuba, the Pacific, Brazil, the USA, South Africa, Libya and Australia, this hard-hitting documentary features interviews with palace insiders, victims of his violent regime and some of those who gave shape to Gaddafi’s dark dreams.

An FBI fugitive tells of Gaddafi’s ‘murder-for-hire’ team, set up to kill his enemies worldwide; his former plastic surgeon tells how he found himself operating on Gaddafi in the middle of the night and without general anaesthetic because he was afraid of being poisoned.

We hear from the widow of the Libyan foreign minister, whose body Gaddafi kept in a freezer; a female bodyguard who adored him until she was forced to watch teenagers being executed; and the teacher at a school visited by Gaddafi tells how he turned up unannounced to select girls to be taken back to his palace for his pleasure, tapping students on the head to indicate to his henchman which ones he wanted.

Gaddafi was a dictator like no other; their stories are stranger than fiction.