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President Hollywood

Jonathan Freedland reveals how 2008's dramatic race for the White House was run before on 'The West Wing'. The TV series held an election between a charismatic, non-white Democrat called Matt Santos and an appealing, experienced Republican Arnold Vinick; two candidates remarkably similar to Barack Obama and John McCain.

Freedland argues that the relationship between on-screen art and political life is nothing new. Both Hollywood and Washington have been exerting their power and influence over the image of the presidency for nearly a century.

This programme was originally broadcast in September 2008, before the US election.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 21 Jan 2009 00:10
BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue), Northern Ireland only


Role Contributor
PresenterJonathan Freedland
DirectorJanette Ballard
ProducerJanette Ballard