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BBC FOUR Autumn 2004
Jonathan Miller's Brief History of Disbelief

BBC FOUR - Autumn highlights 2004

Keeping the Faith

Jonathan Miller's Brief History of Disbelief

Jonathan Miller is a non-believer. He reluctantly calls himself an atheist.


But what is atheism? Even today it is still almost impossible to find a straight-forward history of the subject on the religious bookshelves.


In this provocative and challenging series, Jonathan leads viewers on a personal journey exploring the origins of his own lack of belief as well as uncovering the hidden history
of atheism.

Illuminated by conversations with some of the most distinguished thinkers of the modern world – from playwright Arthur Miller to scientist Richard Dawkins and philosopher Dan Dennett – this three-part documentary looks at how the doctrines and dogmas of religious belief have been gradually undermined.


Travelling extensively throughout Europe and America, Jonathan visits the places where history was made.


The final result is a complex and engaging account that reveals the hitherto untold story of disbelief and free thought.


A 116 Films production.



Who Killed Kirsty MacColl?

On 18 December 2000, 41-year-old singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was enjoying her first-ever dive in Cozumel, Mexico, with her two sons, 15-year-old Jamie and 14-year-old Louis.


Out of nowhere, a speedboat ploughed into them, killing Kirsty and injuring Jamie.


The boat belonged to one of Mexico's wealthiest businessmen, Gonzalez Nova, and eventually one of his deckhands was found guilty of negligent homicide but walked free after agreeing to pay a fine of just £60.


Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? joins 80-year-old Jean Newlove, Kirsty's mother, as she searches for the truth about her daughter's untimely death and attempts to bring those she believes responsible to justice.


It also tells Kirsty's story as singer, songwriter, wife and mother, remembered through her family and friends and the well-known artists with whom she performed.


A Working Women Film production.



Storyville – Peace One Day

Thanks to the efforts of the Peace One Day campaign, 21 September has been designated The United Nations Day of Peace – a day of global ceasefire and non-violence across the world.


The Peace One Day initiative began as the vision of British film-maker Jeremy Gilley, and was launched in 1999 with the support of countless individuals and organisations.


Gilley decided to document his campaign to get a day of global ceasefire recognised by the UN, and the resulting film, Peace One Day, follows his remarkable efforts to do this over the last six years.


The film includes extraordinary sequences shot outside the UN headquarters in New York on September 11th 2001.


Kofi Annan was about to arrive to announce the inauguration of the Peace Day when the planes hit the World Trade Center.


A Peace One Day production in association with the BBC and Passion Pictures.





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