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The Agony and The Ecstasy

Sunday 11 December 2005 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Failure - what is it good for? American satirist Joe Queenan grapples with old Europe, and the idea of gallant defeat.

At a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings, Joe noticed everyone wanted to be King Harold, and no one William the Conqueror, the guy who actually won. A transatlantic gulf slid into view.

With contributions from John Sergeant, Armando Iannucci, George Bush senior's speech writer, and a Frenchman who believes his country won at Waterloo.

Duration:

45 minutes




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