The Lion In The Sand

Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19950113]

A six-part series which chronicles the lives of British people in the Middle East between 1920 and 1970, people drawn to the region by war, oil, pilgrimage and adventure. The stories evoke a world in rapid flux - from camel caravans and slavery to diplomatic capers during anti-British riots. In The Spell of Far Arabia, the first of the series, presenter Gerald Butt asks why the British associate the region with romance. Producer Bella Bannerman Repeated Wednesday at 11.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950113]

Presenter: Gerald Butt

Producer: Bella Bannerman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950118]

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A six-part series which chronicles the lives of British people in the Middle East between 1920 and 1970. The stories told evoke a world in rapid flux - from camel caravans and slavery to diplomatic capers during anti-British riots.

1: The Spell of Far Arabia. Presenter Gerald Butt asks why the British associate the region with romance. Repeated from Friday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950118]

Presenter: Gerald Butt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950120]

2: A Little Dream World. Britain was at the forefront of oil exploration in Persia, Iraq and the Gulf in the opening decades of this century. Many of the Britons out there lived in company compounds, cocooned from the alien and primitive world around them. it was "a little dream world." But in the 1950s nationalism and revolution shattered the dream. Producer Bella Bannerman Repeated Wednesday at 11.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950120]

Producer: Bella Bannerman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950125]

2: A Little Dream World. Britain was at the forefront of oil exploration in Persia, Iraq and the Gulf in the opening decades of this century. Many of the Britons out there lived in company compounds, cocooned from the alien and primitive world around them. It was "a little dream world. "But in the 1950s nationalism and revolution shattered the dream. Gerald Butt reports. Repeated from Friday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950125]

Unknown: Gerald Butt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950127]

3: Cairo Danced. During the Second World War, Egypt provided many thousands of Britons with their only experience of the Middle East, but few got to know much about the Arabs. For the British, Egypt was two separate worlds -the western desert where the air was filled with the sounds of battle; and Cairo where the nights were thick with the music of dance orchestras - "Cairo danced". Producer Bella Bannerman Repeated Wednesday at 11.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950127]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950201]

3: Cairo Danced. The Second World

War gave many thousands of Britons their only experience of the Middle East. Repeated from Friday 10.00am

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950203]

4: Caught in the Middle. Palestine came under British mandate rule after the defeat of the Ottoman Turks in the First World War. But during the war the British Goverment had promised support for the creation of a homeland for the Jews in Palestine. The impossibility of keeping the promise while safeguarding the rights of the Arabs soon became clear. It was left to the British-led Palestine police to try to stop Arab-Jewish violence. In the end, both sides turned on the British, leaving the police "caught in the middle." Producer Bella Bannerman Repeated Wednesday at 11.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950203]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950208]

4: Caught in the Middle. Palestine came under British mandate rule after the First World War, but the British

Government had promised support for the creation of a homeland for the Jews in Palestine. The impossibility of keeping the promise while safeguarding the rights of the Arabs soon became clear.

Repeated from Friday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950210]

5: A Comer of England. Behind the ranks of British diplomats and administrators in the Middle East came the humanitarian workers. Missionaries in Arab east Jerusalem and in Jordan stopped short of trying to convert Muslims. But they provided Arabs with a western perspective of Christianity and a European view of the world. While direct British military and political involvement in Jordan ended in the 1950s, echoes of the past could still be heard. Producer Bella Bannerman Repeated Wednesday at 11.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950210]

Unknown: Middle East

Producer: Bella Bannerman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950215]

5: A Corner of England. Behind the ranks of British diplomats in the Middle East came the humanitarian workers. Missionaries in Arab east

Jerusalem and in Jordan stopped short of trying to convert Muslims, but they provided Arabs with a western perspective of Christianity. Repeated from Friday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950217]

6: Pulling Out. If the British in the Middle East have generally lived a life isolated from the communities around them, there have been some exceptions. One such is the breed of diplomats in the 50s and 60s, fluent in Arabic, who ironically were suspected by some of being spies. In the final programme of the series, Gerald Butt charts the withdrawal of Britain from the region and asks what legacy has been left behind. Producer Bella Bannerman Repeated Wednesday at 11.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950217]

Unknown: Gerald Butt

Producer: Bella Bannerman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950222]

Pulling Out. Though the British in the Middle East have generally lived an isolated life, there have been some exceptions. One such are the diplomats in the 50s and 60s, fluent in Arabic, who ironically were suspected of being spies. In the last of the series, Gerald Butt charts the withdrawal of Britain from the region. Repeated from Friday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950222]