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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

The watchwords of the French Revolution were liberty, equality and fraternity. Maximilien Robespierre believed in them passionately. He was an idealist and a lover of humanity. But during the 365 days that Robespierre sat on the Committee of Public Safety, the French Republic descended into a bloodbath.

'The Terror' only came to end when Robespierre was devoured by the repressive machinery he'd created. This drama-documentary tells the story of the Terror and looks at how Robespierre's revolutionary idealism so quickly became an excuse for tyranny, and why a lover of liberty was so keen to use the guillotine.

Simon Schama and Slavoj Zizek are among the contributors.

Last on

Sat 24 Oct 2009 21:00 BBC Four

Credits

Participant
Slavoj Zizek
Participant
Simon Schama
Director
Carl Hindmarch
Producer
Mark Hayhurst
Writer
Mark Hayhurst

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