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Rights Gone Wrong?, BBC Two, review

imageDid Andrew Neil prove that human rights laws are failing us? James Walton reviews BBC Two’s timely documentary.

Just in case he wasn’t unpopular enough already, Rights Gone Wrong? (BBC Two) suggested that Adolf Hitler is also responsible for our inability to get rid of Abu Qatada. As the programme explained, the European Convention on Human Rights – which has prevented Qatada’s deportation — was drawn up in 1950 to ensure that no European nation ever went the way of Nazi Germany again. Any citizens who thought their governments were behaving unjustly could now appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Has Hollywood cracked China?

imageThe Chinese film industry is ‘opening up’, but how genuine it is about co-operation with US studios remains to be seen Here’s a business-lounge scary story. In 1994, Warner Bros was feeling very pleased with itself. It had just finalised a joint venture with the Chinese government to bring the splendours of multiplex cinema to the country. And the terms were good: a 70/30 profit split in favour of the Americans. Building began, but several months later, strange tidings arrived at Warner HQ. The arrangement had been reviewed: still favouring Warner, but now to the tune of 51/49. There was confusion and disbelief in California, but work continued. The eighth cinema was ready when the inevitable happened: the Chinese authorities decided that foreign companies could not own cinemas. The split was arbitrarily reversed 49/51, leaving Beijing with its hands on the curtain cords of several million dollars’ worth of chipper new multiplexes.

Georgia: Blessed in a big-hearted country

Lisa Grainger gets a surprising welcome in a former Soviet republic that may be economically poor but has many other riches.

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Within five minutes of arrival I knew Georgia was unlike any other place I had visited. On the London-Tbilisi flight, there had been only a handful of passengers, and one I had been watching with particular interest.

A dead ringer for Rasputin – tall, dressed in black and exotically handsome, with a grey bushy beard and hair bundled into a bun – he had bounded up to the plane door as soon as the wheels touched down, a little Harrods bag clutched aloft, like a Wise Man arriving to give Jesus gold.

Georgia: Blessed in a big-hearted country

imageLisa Grainger gets a surprising welcome in a former Soviet republic that may be economically poor but has many other riches.

Within five minutes of arrival I knew Georgia was unlike any other place I had visited. On the London-Tbilisi flight, there had been only a handful of passengers, and one I had been watching with particular interest.

A dead ringer for Rasputin – tall, dressed in black and exotically handsome, with a grey bushy beard and hair bundled into a bun – he had bounded up to the plane door as soon as the wheels touched down, a little Harrods bag clutched aloft, like a Wise Man arriving to give Jesus gold.

Today’s radio highlights

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The best radio programmes on BBC, commercial and digital stations chosen by Gillian Reynolds, the UK’s top radio critic.
Gillian Reynolds, the UK’s top radio critic.
Stephen Hird
By Gillian Reynolds 5:00PM BST 15 Apr 2011

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