Age of Terror

Age of Terror

In his epic series, the Age of Terror, journalist Peter Taylor traces the modern history and development of terrorism through four major acts of terror over more than 30 years.

In each episode Peter Taylor investigates a notorious terror attack that was emblematic of a particular phase in the modern history of political violence

Age of Terror - Part Two

In 1987, over 10 days, two dramatic events took place that altered the course of the IRA's activities in Northern Ireland.

One was an eye-opening revelation of how rogue states sponsor terrorist acts, discovered when a vast arsenal of weaponry was found aboard a Swedish-named ship, the Eksund: weapons that had been supplied by Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The other was a brutal massacre of civilians at the Remembrance Day parade at Enniskillen, which created a universal wave of anger and condemnation.

Even Colonel Gaddafi's Libya disapproved of the attack.

It was a major PR disaster for the IRA.

These two extraordinary events would lead to a transformation of the political landscape in Northern Ireland.

First broadcast Wednesday 11 June.

Age of Terror

  • part one
    The 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane on a flight from Tel Aviv to Paris
  • part two
    Two events in 1987 contributed to the road to peace in Northern Ireland
  • part three
    How Islamic extremists hijacked a plane in Algiers in 1994 on its way to Paris
  • part four
    The bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, Osama Bin Laden's first major strike