Category: Media Blunders or Media Brilliance

Portrayers of a coup in Iran were accused of inserting a false narrative. Now the film has been withdrawn. But the plot thickens.

13 October 2020 By Paul Martin

 Taghi Amirani, presenter and producer of Coup 53, a two-hour feature documentary about the British role in the 1953 Iranian coup d’etat, has suddenly withdrawn it from digital circulation, after its main investigative claims were publicly rejected by the producers of the 1985 television series End of Empire.

Why cares about an apparently false claim of a filmed interview that never existed.

8 September 2020 By Paul Martin

The controversy over a filmed interview-that-never-was had been first uncovered in, and then in the esteeemed journalists’ specialist website The Press Gazette. Its headline and story is here: Granada producers hit back over censorship claims made in … › granada-producers-hit-back-over-c… A series of further revelations has followed in, and a number of heavyweight producers […]

Covid-19 risk for children is “tiny”, says a UK hospitals survey by British Medical Journal.

28 August 2020 By Paul Martin

Must we say it again? The British Medical Journal “reveals” with what uncovered two and a half months back. Suddenly the media has woken up. This Week wrote: The biggest study yet of children admitted to hospital with Covid-19 has revealed that the virus poses a “vanishingly small” threat to school students.  Children’s risk […]

British television’s éminence grise Brian Lapping joins protest against a new film, and demands censorship allegations be removed.

27 August 2020 By Paul Martin

The makers of a world-renowned television series have called on a producer-presenter to slash substantial chunks of a new widely-publicised film that claims End of Empire’s Iran programme was censored by the British government or its spy agency. The End of Empire series executive producer Brian Lapping has now entered the fray. He supports the […]

Norma Percy, doyenne of British political documentaries, rejects a claim that an ‘End of Empire’ film was censored. The allegation had been made in a widely-publicised just-released personal-view feature, Coup53, about the overthrow of the Iranian prime minister.

24 August 2020 By Paul Martin

Norma Percy, the award-winning producer of meticulously researched revelatory political documentaries for 35 years, has firmly rejected the claim that the makers of an episode of the 1985 series End of Empire about the overthrow of Iran’s prime minister by a British-supported coup in 1953 were pressured to drop a powerful interview they had with a British spy. 

They stand accused of having removed a key interviewee from their major TV series – at the behest of Britain’s spy agency. Now though the End of Empire strikes back.

21 August 2020 By Paul Martin

The producers of the major Granada Television series End of Empire, first shown on Channel 4 in 1985, have adamantly rejected claims that they were pressured into withdrawing an interview they had filmed with an MI6 agent. Taghi Amirani made the claims in his documentary feature film, digitally premiered this week, focusing on the British […]

A major British television series in 1985 exposed the extent of UK involvement in the Iran coup of 1953. Now a new film has implied that the ‘End of Empire’ film-makers were compelled to cut out the most important evidence. But wait. The End of Empire strikes back.

18 August 2020 By Paul Martin

“It’s a mystery within an enigma,” declares Taghi Amirani, an Iranian who has lived in Britain since he was 15, as he reflects to on a key thesis in his own film, Coup53,. Released worldwide (albeit digitally) in August 19 2020, key elements in his film are now under fire, from two veteran film-makers […]