Real Dictators

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Real Dictators is the new podcast series hosted by Paul McGann (Dr Who, Luther, Withnail and I) that explores the hidden lives of history’s tyrants. New episodes each Wednesday from May 2020.

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Joseph Stalin: The Young Bank Robber
Joseph Stalin - the “man of steel” - was the party secretary who plotted a route to absolute power, becoming head of the Eastern Bloc and, in time, chief nemesis of the United States. But how did a man from the Georgian frontier of the Russian Empire do it? In 1917, the 300-year-old Romanov Dynasty collapses. The communist Bolsheviks storm the Winter Palace and seize power. From this band of revolutionaries, a future bloody dictator - a man with an extraordinary backstory - begins to emerge.
Jul 01, 2020
Kim Jong-il Part 3: Nuclear Armed
Installed as dictator, Kim Jong-il builds an all-powerful state that rules the lives and minds of its people without mercy. North Korea is wracked by famine. The people adapt to survive - we hear from one man who flouted the rules on trade and commerce and paid a horrific price. With the country starving, lurid rumours emerge about how the ‘Dear Leader’ spends his leisure time. And Kim Jong-il begins work on an arsenal of nuclear weapons that will spook the world and pave the way for his own son’s ascent to power.
Jun 24, 2020
Kim Jong-il Part 2: Time to Make a Movie…
Kim Jong-il has risen to become head of North Korean propaganda, under the rule of his strongman father. Now, he hatches an audacious plan to turn North Korea into a filmmaking powerhouse. South Korea’s finest actress and leading director are kidnapped and find themselves on boats bound for the North. Elsewhere, Kim launches a charm offensive at the armed forces, readying the ground for his coronation. And his father dies, leaving the path to power seemingly clear.
Jun 15, 2020
Kim Jong-il Part 1: Birth of North Korea
Kim Jong-il built a volatile rogue state with nuclear missiles trained on its enemies – all while living a life of the utmost luxury. In the first episode of Real Dictators, we piece together the early life of this tyrant and that of the country he came to rule. Kim Jong-il is born during World War Two. His father – Kim Il-sung – fights the Japanese and helps found the state of North Korea. After the War, son and nation grow up together, as Kim Jong-il begins his own rise to power. Historians trace Kim’s early years, while defectors from North Korea reflect on the propaganda they grew up with.
Jun 08, 2020
Trailer: Real Dictators
How does a single human being convince thousands to kill for them and millions to turn a blind eye? REAL DICTATORS is the new podcast series hosted by Paul McGann (Dr Who, Luther, Withnail and I), that explores the hidden lives of history’s most notorious tyrants. We meet American-trained doctor Papa Doc Duvalier, who used modern medicine to convince Haiti that he was a Voodoo god. There’s Kim Jong Il, whose antics saw him develop nuclear warheads and blockbuster films, Mao Zedong: the peasant’s son who transformed China, and Joseph Stalin, the man who turned Russia into a superpower and set the stage for the Cold War. Real Dictators fuses immersive, dramatic storytelling with interviews with world-renowned experts such Sir Antony Beevor, James Holland, Sir Max Hastings and various regime insiders such as Jang Jing-Sung – former Psychological Warfare Officer for Kim Jong-Il. New Episodes each Wednesday from May 2020
Apr 11, 2020