Hecklers

Provocative ideas which challenge popular opinion are the focus of this new debates series.

Each week a single advocate of a counter cultural thesis faces a lions den of opposition and a panel of critics.

Evan Davis presents a show in which a provocative thesis is put to an audience to debate.

Episodes

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20051221

Evan Davis presents a show in which a provocative thesis is put to an audience to debate. 1/2. Conor Gearty argues the case that 'All Special Terrorism Laws Should be Abolished'.

20051228

Evan Davis presents a show in which a provocative thesis is put to an audience to debate. 2/2. James Bartholomew argues that the Welfare State was a mistake.

2006081620060819

1/3. Hecklers

Provocative ideas which challenge popular opinion are the focus of this new debates series. Each week a single advocate of a counter cultural thesis faces a lions den of opposition and a panel of critics.

In the first programme of the series Brendan O'Leary, a professor of politics and a former constitutional adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government argues that Iraq is still on course for a future as a federal pluralist democracy. He takes on a panel of journalists and analysts at the international affairs think tank, Chatham House. BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson is in the chair.

20060819

Provocative ideas which challenge popular opinion are the focus of a new debates series. Each week a single advocate of a counter cultural thesis faces a lion's den of opposition and a panel of critics.

1/3. Brendan O'Leary, a professor of politics and a former constitutional adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government, argues that Iraq is still on course for a future as a federal pluralist democracy. He takes on a panel of journalists and analysts at the international affairs think tank, Chatham House. BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson is in the chair.

2006082320060826

Debate series in which the advocate of a controversial thesis faces a panel of heckling critics.

2/3. Islamic extremism is being fuelled rather than countered by the government's anti-terrorism strategy, argues Gita Saghal - of Women Against Fundamentalisms. Gita argues that the groups identified by the government as moderate are nothing of the kind. Challengers include Islamic thinker Tariq Ramadan, former Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg and Daud Abdullah, of the Muslim Council of Britain.

2006083020060902

Debate series in which the advocate of a controversial thesis faces a panel of heckling critics.

3/3. Aid and debt relief are sources of problems rather than salvation for Africa, argues Andrew Mwenda, a Ugandan broadcaster and journalist. Andrew tries to win over an audience at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

His challengers include representatives of the charities Oxfam and ActionAid, Prof Adrian Wood of Oxford University and the international development minister Gareth Thomas. BBC Economics Editor Evan Davis is the referee.

2007080120070804

Evan Davis presents the series in which someone argues a provocative thesis.

1/4. Radical feminist Julie Bindel postulates that sex change operations constitute unnecessary mutilation, before an audience of doctors and transsexual people at the Royal Society of Medicine. The panel of expert opponents includes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and two people who feel they were born into the wrong gender.

2007080820070811

Evan Davis presents the series in which someone argues a provocative thesis.

2/4. From the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, Mark Oaten MP argues that we should abolish all prisons. He takes on a panel of four experts and a sceptical audience which includes local magistrates, police officers and victims of crime.

2007081520070818

Evan Davis presents the series in which someone argues a provocative thesis.

3/4. Patrick Clawson, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, argues that it would be better to have a war with Iran than to allow its government to develop nuclear weapons. He debates the issues with a panel of hecklers, including George Galloway, in front of an audience at Chatham House in London.

2007082220070825

Evan Davis presents the series in which someone argues a provocative thesis.

4/4. Tax specialist Richard Murphy argues at the free market Institute of Economic Affairs that Britain should stop trying to woo the foreign super rich with tax breaks.

0101All Special Terrorism Laws Should Be Abolished20051221

Provocative ideas which challenge popular opinion are the focus of this new debates series.

Each week a single advocate of a counter cultural thesis faces a lions den of opposition and a panel of critics.

Evan Davis presents a show in which a provocative thesis is put to an audience to debate.Conor Gearty argues the case.

0101All Special Terrorism Laws Should Be Abolished20051221

Provocative ideas which challenge popular opinion are the focus of this new debates series.

Each week a single advocate of a counter cultural thesis faces a lions den of opposition and a panel of critics.

Evan Davis presents a show in which a provocative thesis is put to an audience to debate.Conor Gearty argues the case.

0102 LASTThe Welfare State Was A Mistake20051228

James Bartholomew.

0102 LASTThe Welfare State Was A Mistake20051228

James Bartholomew.

02012006081620060819

In the first programme of the series Brendan O'leary, a professor of politics and a former constitutional adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government argues that Iraq is still on course for a future as a federal pluralist democracy.

He takes on a panel of journalists and analysts at the international affairs think tank, Chatham House.

BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson is in the chair.

02012006081620060819

In the first programme of the series Brendan O'leary, a professor of politics and a former constitutional adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government argues that Iraq is still on course for a future as a federal pluralist democracy.

He takes on a panel of journalists and analysts at the international affairs think tank, Chatham House.

BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson is in the chair.

02022006082320060826

Islamic extremism is being fuelled rather than countered by the government's anti-terrorism strategy, argues Gita Saghal - of Women Against Fundamentalisms.

Gita argues that the groups identified by the government as moderate are nothing of the kind.

Challengers include Islamic thinker Tariq Ramadan, former Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg and Daud Abdullah, of the Muslim Council of Britain.

02022006082320060826

Islamic extremism is being fuelled rather than countered by the government's anti-terrorism strategy, argues Gita Saghal - of Women Against Fundamentalisms.

Gita argues that the groups identified by the government as moderate are nothing of the kind.

Challengers include Islamic thinker Tariq Ramadan, former Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg and Daud Abdullah, of the Muslim Council of Britain.

0203 LAST2006083020060902

Aid and debt relief are sources of problems rather than salvation for Africa, argues Andrew Mwenda, a Ugandan broadcaster and journalist.

Andrew tries to win over an audience at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

His challengers include representatives of the charities Oxfam and ActionAid, Prof Adrian Wood of Oxford University and the international development minister Gareth Thomas.

BBC Economics Editor Evan Davis is the referee.

0203 LAST2006083020060902

Aid and debt relief are sources of problems rather than salvation for Africa, argues Andrew Mwenda, a Ugandan broadcaster and journalist.

Andrew tries to win over an audience at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

His challengers include representatives of the charities Oxfam and ActionAid, Prof Adrian Wood of Oxford University and the international development minister Gareth Thomas.

BBC Economics Editor Evan Davis is the referee.

03012007080120070804

Radical feminist Julie Bindel postulates that sex change operations constitute unnecessary mutilation, before an audience of doctors and transsexual people at the Royal Society of Medicine.

The panel of expert opponents includes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and two people who feel they were born into the wrong gender.

03012007080120070804

Radical feminist Julie Bindel postulates that sex change operations constitute unnecessary mutilation, before an audience of doctors and transsexual people at the Royal Society of Medicine.

The panel of expert opponents includes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and two people who feel they were born into the wrong gender.

03022007080820070811

From the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, Mark Oaten MP argues that we should abolish all prisons.

He takes on a panel of four experts and a sceptical audience which includes local magistrates, police officers and victims of crime.

03022007080820070811

From the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, Mark Oaten MP argues that we should abolish all prisons.

He takes on a panel of four experts and a sceptical audience which includes local magistrates, police officers and victims of crime.

03032007081520070818

Patrick Clawson, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, argues that it would be better to have a war with Iran than to allow its government to develop nuclear weapons.

He debates the issues with a panel of hecklers, including George Galloway, in front of an audience at Chatham House in London.

03032007081520070818

Patrick Clawson, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, argues that it would be better to have a war with Iran than to allow its government to develop nuclear weapons.

He debates the issues with a panel of hecklers, including George Galloway, in front of an audience at Chatham House in London.

0304 LAST2007082220070825

Tax specialist Richard Murphy argues at the free market Institute of Economic Affairs that Britain should stop trying to woo the foreign super rich with tax breaks.

0304 LAST2007082220070825

Tax specialist Richard Murphy argues at the free market Institute of Economic Affairs that Britain should stop trying to woo the foreign super rich with tax breaks.