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Mad Dog: Gaddafi's Secret World, BBC Four

Three years ago this month, the first protests against the brutal dictatorship of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi broke out. On October 20 2011, the tyrant was finally caught, and mobile phone footage of his...

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Syria: Across the Lines, Channel 4

Covering both sides of a conflict is never easy. Apart from the physical dangers, warring parties are wary of journalists who've reported on and established ties with the enemy. Afghanistan showed...

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Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline, Channel 4

The public rarely sees the human cost of journalists covering war. More rarely still does it see the real civilian cost. That makes Walking Wounded a frank and refreshing insight into the world...

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Chateau Chunder: When Australian Wine Changed the World, BBC Four

There was a memorable, very French moment in a television series hosted by the great British wine writer, presenter and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson. A French winemaker, asked to taste an...

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theartsdesk in Tripoli: Photographing a Revolution

The most striking thing about the first photographic exhibition to specifically address post-revolution Libya is that there is no blood. Libya: A Nation Reborn is situated in the marbled ballroom of...

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theartsdesk in Kuala Lumpur: Culture as a Weapon

As hot, sweaty tourists dangle their feet in pools for Thai Nibble Fish to eat the dead skin from their feet at Kuala Lumpur’s quirky Art Deco Central Market, a small theatre upstairs is packed for a...

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theartsdesk in the Emirates: A Cultural Arms Race

Water featured: I.M. Pei's Museum of Islamic Art

Rising spectacularly from the warm turquoise waters of Doha Bay, the building which is probably I.M. Pei’s final and perhaps his greatest work, the iconic Museum of Islamic Art, symbolises the...

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Prom 65: Coote, English Concert, Bicket

Gender trouble at the Proms for Alice Coote and Handel

Cradle to Grave, BBC Two

Danny Baker's autobiography is witty and charming, but could prove too...

Closed Curtain

Allusive meditation on creativity from banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi

CD: The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth

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People, Places and Things, National Theatre

New drama about addiction is informative, didactic, clever, funny and often...

10 Questions for Musician John Lydon

The punk and post-punk icon lets rip

Prom 62: Barton, OAE, Alsop

Great mezzo and bright young choir fly up, orchestra and conductor remain b...

Cartel Land

Vivid documentary on resistance to Mexico's drug cartels hits home