Terror Through Time

Since September 11th 2001 the threat of terrorism has driven enormous political and legal change, violently impacting on the lives of millions of people around the world. But how did we get here, how did terrorism turn into such a powerful force in world affairs? One of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents has studied the history of terrorism in a major BBC Radio Four series. Experts from the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrews University add the political and historical context to help us understand and combat the phenomenon of terrorism. Additionally, former terrorists, their victims and the security services that confront them reveal the personal experiences that give a fresh perspective on some of the most vicious conflicts in world history.

Starting in Paris with the involvement of the British government in a terror plot against Napoleon Fergal tells the story of the Irish bombing campaign in Victorian London and unveils the anarchists and nihilists who felled the crowned heads of Europe. A bomber and a victim debate the rights and wrongs of the liberation struggle in Algeria, Fergal explores the legacy of the Baader-Meinhof gang in Germany and ETA in Spain and goes in search of Carlos the Jackal. He discovers how Edward Heath’s government responded to Britain’s first experience of international hi-jacking, discusses the reputation of Mossad as the ruthless masters of counter-terrorism and spoke to Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s chief of staff about the resolution of terrorist conflict.

The series is available in full through the BBC iPlayer

Series 1

  1. Napoleon and the Birth of Terror
  2. The Fenian Dynamiters
  3. No Future – The Great Anarchist Scare
  4. Empires Crumble
  5. Stirring the Middle East
  6. Murderous Mandate
  7. The British Way
  8. Killers in the Casbah
  9. The Return of the Gunmen
  10. Defeat From the Jaws of Victory- ETA
  11. Hijack
  12. Carlos and International Terror
  13. State of Terror
  14. Six Against Sixty Million
  15. Africa Erupts

Series 2

  1. Mossad- The Wrath of God (24/11/14)
  2. State Sponsored Killers (25/11/14)
  3. Afghan Dawn (26/11/14)
  4. Tiger, Tiger (27/11/14)
  5. Northern Ireland- The End Game (28/11/14)
  6. Beirut- City of Terror (1/12/14)
  7. Deathwish- Battling Suicide Bombers (2/12/14)
  8. Mujahedeen On Tour (3/12/14)
  9. Laying Down The Law (4/12/14)
  10. The New Face of Terror? (5/12/14)