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Real Dictators: Colonel Gaddafi Part 3: Hero to Villain

14/07/2021

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. We encounter the American-trained doctor, “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who used modern medicine to convince the people of Haiti that he was a Voodoo god. There’s Kim Jong-il, who developed nuclear warheads alongside blockbuster movies. There’s Mao Zedong – the peasant’s son who transformed China, presiding over the catastrophic Great Chinese Famine and the bloody Cultural Revolution. And Joseph Stalin, the man who turned Russia into a superpower and set the stage for the Cold War, while upending and destroying the lives and livelihoods of millions of his own people. 

June 29, 2021

Having seized power without a shot being fired, Muammar Gaddafi can’t quite believe his luck. Still in his twenties, he now finds himself leader of an oil-rich country. The pistol-toting ‘Colonel’ wastes no time kicking out the Americans and the British, wresting control of the petrochemical industry, and instigating a ‘Vengeance Day’ to deal with Libya’s colonial oppressors. Meanwhile, ordinary Libyans take a quantum leap in living standards. To many, Gaddafi seems a revelation, at least at first. But the cracks are already appearing. Things are about to spin off in a very different direction.

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