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Panorama documentary about North Korea on BBC1 tonight at 8.30pm

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lottieandmia Mon 15-Apr-13 17:21:31

Anyone going to watch it?

lottieandmia Mon 15-Apr-13 20:31:58

On now...

CharlieUniformNovemberTango Mon 15-Apr-13 20:37:32

I'm watching it.

I can't believe that they have the corpses in glass boxes like that.

TheChimpParadox Mon 15-Apr-13 20:47:29


beachyhead Mon 15-Apr-13 21:04:00

I was a bit underwhelmed. I read Nothing to Envy and it was an excellent book...

LagomOchLyckaSwede Mon 15-Apr-13 22:25:09

Those guides and probably the army officer will almost certain,y suffer due to this. No attempt to block faces or anything. But NK WILL make them suffer....because of a BBC documentary which told us nothing tbh and endangered the lives of North Koreans and their families. I have a friend who is a defector. She called me up straight away afterwards and was so, so angry. For viewing pleasure, and now North Koreans- those guides you watched, the woman doing karaoke who was the guide- they (and their families) will suffer. I love the BBC and normally defend journalists an documentaries similar to this, but I think they could have at least blurred faces or something.

Sorry for the rant.

hairtearing Mon 15-Apr-13 23:07:21

I thought that too Lagom, it reminded me of a BBC3 doc about yemen where they seemed constantly in fear of their lives.
The word itself 'defector' is awful sounds like you've betrayed Korea.
That hospital bit was spooky, and where is everybody are you really not allowed to just go for a walk it was shocking tbh, it seemed more bleak than like india and africa.

lottieandmia Tue 16-Apr-13 13:20:59

Gosh the guides, of course sad how awful. They certainly should have blurred the faces - we didn't learn a huge amount really - I agree Nothing To Envy is far more informative.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 16-Apr-13 13:23:34

Its shit. Because of the BBC academics neutrality has been seriously compromised.It is likely that because of this stunt academics will be unable to visit North Korea in the future. I don't know what the BBC was thinking...

MyDarlingClementine Tue 16-Apr-13 15:04:42

agree it told us nothing, why didn't the journo ask about why no patients to the other defector doctor, ask more about ordinary peoples hospitals, why no one on the streets, etc.

why was he not asking where were all the people everywhere.

if he wasn't allowed to say things like " in the UK - this would be full of people, then why didn't he say?"

hairtearing Wed 17-Apr-13 13:29:23

Theres a great doc on youtube called land of whipsers,DPRK its miles better than panorama, its amatuer by a bloke I think he's european? its very good though.

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