Grumpy Grapes Posted May 2, 2022 Share Posted May 2, 2022 (edited) Note - this article is NOT meant to be outright support for the Russian government, nor for President Putin nor the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, but instead focusses on the overly simplistic, blatant Hollywood-style propaganda that has portrayed Putin and Russia as the ‘boo-hiss’ villains, and portrayed President Zelensky and his allies as the ‘heroes’. A couple of weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there were quite a few programmes on mainstream British TV and Radio (supposedly ‘impartial’) that had an anti-Russia theme, but some of which were made before - and scheduled before - the start of the invasion (February 24th 2022). For example, 10 days after the invasion, on March 6th 2022, one of Britain’s supposedly ‘impartial’ public service broadcasters – ITV - aired the first episode of their modern version of the ‘Cold War’ spy thriller, “The Ipcress File”, based on the 1962 novel of the same name. ITV had announced their decision to make the series back in December 2020. Filming started in early 2021, so the ‘pandemic’ obviously wasn’t a problem for them. A “Guardian” newspaper review of the first episode noted the contemporary resonance: “The Ipcress File review – a working-class hero takes on the might of Russia” (STUART JEFFRIES, March 6th 2022, “The Guardian”). “ITV’s reboot of Len Deighton’s cold war spy thriller has Joe Cole as Harry Palmer sorting out the mess left by public school boys. Sound familiar?” “One of our scientists is missing. He’s been kidnapped from the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, possibly by Kremlin minions who want him to tell them how to make a neutron bomb 3,000 times more destructive than the one that hit Hiroshima. I’m not saying Nato’s nuclear secrets are poised to fall into the lap of a latter-day Napoleon overcompensating for his shortcomings with military barbarism, but it’s too soon to rule out the possibility.” “Thankfully, this is a TV review not a news story, but the contemporary resonances are unmissable, even if the makers of this six-part adaptation of Len Deighton’s 1962 thriller couldn’t have envisaged their audience would be playing extras in a real-life cold war sequel.” “What makes The Ipcress File worth reviving is that now, as then, the Etonian death grip on politics and public service imperils Britain more than any tooled-up Russian.” Here’s the link to the full article: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/mar/06/the-ipcress-file-review-a-working-class-hero-takes-on-the-might-of-russia Note in the above article the anti-Boris Johnson/anti-Tory/anti-Right-Wing comment by the “Guardian” journalist (a centre-left newspaper), which is another common theme at the moment in the ‘impartial’ British media, thereby making it more likely that a General Election would be won by the centre-left Labour Party. On March 11th, ITV broadcast the anti-Russia movie “Rocky IV” (at 10-45pm), but not in isolation, instead following on from earlier broadcasts in February and March of the whole “Rocky” series. “Rocky IV”, released in 1985 when the ‘Cold War’ was still going, features the ‘evil’ Russian boxer IVAN DRAGO. A curious bit of honesty about media bias towards Ukraine was in the BBC’s TV and radio listings magazine “Radio Times”, in an article provocatively titled “Should TV news take sides?” (April 9th 2022). Written by a former BBC trainee, STEWART PURVIS (CBE), who also was an executive (‘Partner’) at the UK’s media regulator OFCOM, the subtitle was “I worry when broadcasters stand with Ukraine against Russia”. Purvis wrote that he fully supported Ukraine, and that he had actually helped Ukrainian TV journalists back in 2005 to embrace Western ways, but, he wrote, “...I wonder if we are becoming intolerant of anything outside consensus viewpoints? Or maybe I’m the only viewer who’s a bit squeamish that we now don’t seem to practice what I used to preach”. I wonder if Purvis had an ulterior motive for his article, because he had a long career in mainstream TV news, becoming Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief of ITN (ITN produces the daily news programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the UK). During his time heading ITN, Purvis was President of the international news channel, EURONEWS (set up by the EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION). Purvis helped to launch EuroNews into Russia as that country’s first international rolling news channel in Russian on terrestrial television. Purvis was a non-executive Director of Channel 4. Purvis’ article seems to me to blame national governments for much biased news reporting, suggesting to me that he could be a globalist. He wrote: “This is all part of a global battle for “soft power”, in which states use their broadcasters to compete for influence around the world.” Just a week after the Russian invasion, on March 2nd 2022, the BBC aired an anti-Putin documentary that had already been shown the year before in Russia and other countries: “Tango with Putin: Storyville”, which had been originally scheduled by the BBC for a week later (9th March), according to the magazine “Broadcast”: “BBC brings forward Storyville [documentary] about rebel Russian journalists” “The BBC has brought forward the TX [transmission] date of a Storyville doc about anti-Putin Russian journalists in light of the ongoing events in Ukraine. Tango with Putin from London-based indies [independent film producers] Roast Beef Productions and Six Days, was originally set to air next week, but will air tonight at 10pm on BBC4.” (By Ellie Kahn, 2 March 2022). Here’s the full online article by “Broadcast”: https://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/bbc/bbc-brings-forward-storyville-about-rebel-russian-journalists/5168254.article “Tango with Putin” was repeated on BBC2 on March 24th 2022. “Tango with Putin” has an intriguing background with significant Israeli/Jewish connections and even a connection to Putin’s longtime political ally, DMITRY MEDVEDEV, so I will deal with it separately in another article: “Tango With Putin”. On March 9th 2022, BBC4 cancelled the evening broadcast of 2 Russia-themed programmes; one of them was the aforementioned “Tango With Putin” that had been moved to a week earlier. The other program was “Russia on Four Wheels”: a travel documentary in which BBC presenters explored the different sides of Russia, e.g., its’ very wealthy capitalists. On March 11th, Channel 4’s highly biased satirical show “The Last Leg” flew the Ukraine flag quite literally, as its’ flag sat prominently displayed on the desk of host Adam Hills. On March 11th, BBC Radio 4’s satirical show “The Now Show” pointed out that Boris Johnson admired Putin, but not politically. On March 15th, BBC4 repeated an episode of the 1980s BBC political sitcom series, “Yes, Prime Minister”, in which MI5 reveals that a former head was working for the Russians. That episode, “One of Us” (Series 1, episode 8), was broadcast in sequence, thus the first episode of the series had been broadcast back in January 2022, well before the Russian invasion. That first episode, “The Grand Design”, originally aired in 1986 during the Cold War, includes a discussion of Russia’s superior military forces compared to Britain’s forces. “The Grand Design” got repeated again on March 19th, but within a long radio documentary (“Hackers and Humphreys All”) originally aired in 2016. Another episode of “Yes, Prime Minister” with a Russian theme was aired on March 22nd. In “Man Overboard” (series 2, episode 1), the opening scene involves a discussion about a hypothetical Russian invasion of Britain. On March 18th, Channel 5 (another public service broadcaster) showed 2 Russia-themed programmes in succession; first was a documentary on the remains of the Russian site of the nuclear power plant in CHERNOBYL that exploded in 1986: “Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle”; second was the Cold War movie, “The Hunt for Red October”, about a rogue Russian naval captain who wishes to defect to the USA. More to come... Edited May 2, 2022 by Grumpy Grapes 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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