Unfinished Business

James Maw begins a new series which investigates how unfinished historical business continues to shape the present in four different countries.

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James Maw begins a new series which investigates how unfinished historical business continues to shape the present in four different countries.

1/4. Portugal.

Thirty years ago Portugal was freed from dictatorship in an almost bloodless coup. But beneath the euphoria of the 'Revolution of the Carnations', lies the more troubled story of the wars in its former colonies - Angola, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau - that prompted the apparently peaceful coup and followed in its wake. In Lisbon, James Maw tries to find out what happened when the Empire sailed back home and how Portugal and its former colonies have been transformed by the aftermath of the Revolution.

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James Maw continues his investigation into how unfinished historical business has shaped the present in four different countries.

3/4. France

When the much-decorated war hero General Paul Aussaresses admitted torturing and killing the enemies of France in the Algerian War, he caused a national scandal. James Maw asks whether the French have come to terms with their country's role in Algeria; and he meets the Harkis, a little-known group of Algerian soldiers who fought with the French - shunned by their native land and seemingly forgotten by France itself.

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4/4. Greece

James Maw looks at how history affects the present in four different countries.

In the spring of 1948, 28,000 children walked across the mountains of Northern Greece into Albania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. They expected to return to their villages within weeks or months, but many found themselves locked out of their homeland for decades. In this final programme in the series, James travels from Athens to Skopje, talking to those whose lives were changed forever by the bitter divisions of the Greek Civil War.

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1/3.

Portugal

James Maw presents a series investigating how unfinished historical business continues to shape the present in four different countries.

Thirty years ago Portugal was freed from dictatorship in an almost bloodless coup. But beneath the euphoria of the 'Revolution of the Carnations' lies the more troubled story of the wars in its former colonies - Angola, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau - that prompted the apparently peaceful coup and followed in its wake.

In Lisbon, James Maw tries to find out what happened when the Empire sailed back home and how Portugal and its former colonies have been transformed by the aftermath of the Revolution.

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James Maw continues his investigation of how unfinished historical business continues to shape the present in four different countries.

2/3. Norway

For sixty years, Inger Stridsklev has been beaten and spat upon and asked to deny the truth about her birth. Inger and many like her have been victimised because their parents were members of Norway's wartime collaborationist government. Is it possible that the most basic of human rights is still being denied them?

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3/3. Greece

James Maw investigates how unfinished historical business continues to shape the present. In the spring of 1948, 28,000 children walked across the mountains of Northern Greece into Albania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. They expected to return to their villages within weeks or months, but many found themselves locked out of their homeland for decades.

In the third and final programme in the series, James travels from Athens to Skopje, talking to those whose lives were changed forever by the bitter divisions of the Greek Civil War.

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Thirty years ago Portugal was freed from dictatorship in an almost bloodless coup.

But beneath the euphoria of the 'Revolution of the Carnations', lies the more troubled story of the wars in its former colonies - Angola, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau - that prompted the apparently peaceful coup and followed in its wake.

In Lisbon, James Maw tries to find out what happened when the Empire sailed back home and how Portugal and its former colonies have been transformed by the aftermath of the Revolution.

01Portugal2004042120041113

Thirty years ago Portugal was freed from dictatorship in an almost bloodless coup.

But beneath the euphoria of the 'Revolution of the Carnations', lies the more troubled story of the wars in its former colonies - Angola, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau - that prompted the apparently peaceful coup and followed in its wake.

In Lisbon, James Maw tries to find out what happened when the Empire sailed back home and how Portugal and its former colonies have been transformed by the aftermath of the Revolution.

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For sixty years, Inger Stridsklev has been beaten and spat upon and asked to deny the truth about her birth.

Inger and many like her have been victimised because their parents were members of Norway's wartime collaborationist government.

Is it possible that the most basic of human rights is still being denied them?

02Norway2004042820041120

For sixty years, Inger Stridsklev has been beaten and spat upon and asked to deny the truth about her birth.

Inger and many like her have been victimised because their parents were members of Norway's wartime collaborationist government.

Is it possible that the most basic of human rights is still being denied them?

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When the much-decorated war hero General Paul Aussaresses admitted torturing and killing the enemies of France in the Algerian War, he caused a national scandal.

James Maw asks whether the French have come to terms with their country's role in Algeria; and he meets the Harkis, a little-known group of Algerian soldiers who fought with the French - shunned by their native land and seemingly forgotten by France itself.

03France20040505

When the much-decorated war hero General Paul Aussaresses admitted torturing and killing the enemies of France in the Algerian War, he caused a national scandal.

James Maw asks whether the French have come to terms with their country's role in Algeria; and he meets the Harkis, a little-known group of Algerian soldiers who fought with the French - shunned by their native land and seemingly forgotten by France itself.

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In the spring of 1948, 28,000 children walked across the mountains of Northern Greece into Albania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.

They expected to return to their villages within weeks or months, but many found themselves locked out of their homeland for decades.

In this final programme in the series, James travels from Athens to Skopje, talking to those whose lives were changed forever by the bitter divisions of the Greek Civil War.

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In the spring of 1948, 28,000 children walked across the mountains of Northern Greece into Albania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.

They expected to return to their villages within weeks or months, but many found themselves locked out of their homeland for decades.

In this final programme in the series, James travels from Athens to Skopje, talking to those whose lives were changed forever by the bitter divisions of the Greek Civil War.

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Judith Kampfner's play about how a quick Internet search can change the lives of two families who never knew of each other's existence.

Based on the actual story of one man's impulse to discover more about his absent father and the fragile friendship he then forms with the man who was perhaps closest to the dad he never knew. The words of the letters they send are taken from the real email correspondence they exchanged. All names have been changed and additional characters invented.

After a family tragedy, fifty-year old Simon decides to discover all he can about the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Neither Simon nor his mother, know anything about the whereabouts of Simon's dad. The last they knew of him was that he was a flamboyant artist in Florence, some time in the 1970s.

A chance search on the Internet leads to an artist in Tucson Arizona. Jeff Rodriguez was once taught by Simon's dad and became his business partner. After some initial suspicion from Jeff, the men exchange messages that are more like old-fashioned letters, revealing more to each other as trust grows between them.

Just when Simon thinks he's learns the truth, new revelations complicate the story.

Meanwhile, his relationship with his only child, his teenage son Owen, is put under increasing strain, as Simon appears to be abandoning his responsibilities in favour of exploring a distant and unreachable past.

Cast:

Simon Sachanah....Daniel Gerroll

Owen Sachanah....Tom Datnow

Marjorie Robinson....Sandra Shipley

Dr Anna Carter....Christa Scott-Reed

Jeff Rodriguez....Shawn Elliot

Tina Rodriguez....Leslie Lyles

Radio Announcer....Sydney Beveridge

Technical Direction: Scott Lehrer

Producer/Director: Judith Kampfner

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

A quick Internet search sets Simon off on a global quest in pursuit of his absent father.