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How Violent Are You?

Episode 17 of 17

What makes ordinary people commit extreme acts of violence? Michael Portillo investigates the dark side of human nature and discovers what it is like to inflict pain.

What makes ordinary people commit extreme acts of violence?

In a thought-provoking and disturbing journey, Michael Portillo investigates one of the darker sides of human nature. He discovers what it is like to inflict pain and is driven to the edge of violence himself in an extreme sleep deprivation study.

He meets men for whom violence has become an addiction and ultimately discovers that each of us could be inherently more violent than we think, and watches a replication of one of the most controversial studies in history, the Milgram study. Will study participants be willing to administer a seemingly lethal electric shock to someone they think is an innocent bystander?

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Wed 21 Jan 2015 00:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Portillo
Producer Diene Petterle
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen

Broadcasts

  • Tue 12 May 2009 21:00
  • Wed 13 May 2009 21:00
  • Thu 14 May 2009 21:00
  • Sat 23 May 2009 01:15
  • Wed 21 Jan 2015 00:00