BBC FOUR - Autumn highlights 2004
Stars and Stripes
Why We Fight
The American defence industry has untold power.
Defence spending in the US is the highest in American
history $396 billion, more than the total sum allocated to all
other spending sectors.
Even as far back as 1961, in his farewell speech to
the nation, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the American people that
"unwarranted influence" was being acquired by "a permanent
arms industry of vast proportions".
Storyville Why We Fight is both a social and
political journey through the 50 years following Eisenhower's prophecy;
and it is an investigation into the joint venture between the US government
and the arms industry in the business of making war.
A Think Tank production.
Holidays in the Danger
Zone America Was Here
From the Vietnam War and the secret war in Laos during
the Seventies, to George Bush Senior's invasion of Panama a decade ago,
American foreign policy has had a major effect on many countries on
Reporter Ben Anderson (Holidays In The Axis Of
Evil) takes a lively and eventful trip through the countries that have
experienced American intervention first hand and to see what
life today is like for ordinary people.
A BBC production.
Rich Hall's Election
Perrier award-winning comedian Rich Hall, best known
in the UK for his comic creation Otis Lee Crenshaw, returns to BBC FOUR
with Rich Hall's Election Special.
The irreverent American comic is joined by his award-winning,
hard-drinking Canadian friend and stand-up comedian Mike Wilmot.
Following the success of BBC FOUR's Rich Hall's Fishing
Show, the duo trawl the redneck underbelly of the United States of America
in the run-up to the presedential elections.
Rich explains to Mike, in his own unique way, the "hows"
and "dos" of the electoral system in the States and they seek
out characters involved in the local elections.
And in the name of education, they reconstruct some
historical political events from the US.
An Open Mike production.