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What to Expect From BBC’s ‘War and Peace’? ‘Downton Abbey’ With Bayonets

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On January 18, The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide will unveil their co-production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace across three channels — A&E, Lifetime, and History Channel — to an American audience that is not altogether familiar with the book. But yesterday, in England, where they prefer to lie about having read the novel, the series debuted to a respectable if modest 6.3 million viewers.
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10 Unintentionally Terrifying Children’s Characters

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Most people look to horror films when they want a good scare, but childhood can be a source of nightmares — sometimes unintentionally. Media made for children is usually benign, but every now and then something slips through the cracks that has us scratching our heads. We look back at ten terrifying children’s characters in pop culture that weren’t created to creep children out, but still do a fine job of it.
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Too Dangerous for Television: Adam Curtis’ Afghanistan Documentary ‘Bitter Lake’

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Bitter Lake, Adam Curtis’ aesthetically sublime and politically incisive new documentary, was commissioned for BBC’s iPlayer because it is presumably, as Russia Today writes, “too dangerous for television.” After consuming the film by way of a 21st-century samizdat, I can tell you that the propaganda arm of the Kremlin is correct on one score: Bitter Lake is politically dangerous for Western states, especially the US and UK. But it’s also an affront to Russia, and virtually every other state that has attempted to force strategic advantage in Saudia Arabia and Afghanistan. And it is, literally, too dangerous for television: Curtis was given access to years of footage of Afghanistan from the BBC archives. That includes every shot they refused to air on TV.
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