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Issue No. 1926

Caesar’s Greatest Battle

BBC2, 9pm, Friday 5 November

Ancient Rome is often seen as a model of civilisation. This programme shows it was nothing of the sort.

A million dead, a million enslaved and several hundred settlements torched was the cost of Julius Caesar’s famous conquest of Gaul.

The focus here is on the year 52 BC. The tribes had finally abandoned piecemeal resistance and united in a single struggle.

Armies of peasant farmers fought back ferociously in defence of hilltop towns against Rome’s legions.

In this reconstruction an ex-army officer takes on the role of Caesar and socialist archaeologist Neil Faulkner that of Gallic leader Vercingetorix.

This is Not a Subject for Comedy

Washington Theatre, London

Ivor Dembina’s show is about his experiences as a north London Jew who goes to Palestine with the International Solidarity Movement.

He begins with a few minutes of typical “Jewish shtick”, which puts the audience at ease, before directing his sharp wit at his Zionist upbringing and Israel itself.

Control Room

Director: Jehane Noujaim

When Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak visited the Al Jazeera satelite station he said, “So this is the tiny tinderbox that started such a big fire.”

This documentary, now out on DVD, shows the station during the invasion of Iraq. It gives a startling insight into the new Arab journalism.

The documentary also follows attempts by a US officer to influence the station, and the killing of reporter Tariq Ayoub.

To enter our prize draw to win a DVD of this documentary just answer the following question:

In which Arab state is Al Jazeera based? E-mail answers to by 20 November.

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Sat 6 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1926
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