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BBC FOUR Autumn 2004
Rich Hall's Election Special

BBC FOUR - Autumn highlights 2004

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Storyville – 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 most continents.


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 Special

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.





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