The Violence Files

Episodes

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03 LASTWhite Knuckles1995011719950121

First broadcast on 1995-01-17

Producer: S. DAVIES

Previous in series: 2. MARMALADE DROPPERS

Description

Fear of violent crime is at an all time high but should the public face up to the contribution its own tastes make to this high level of social anxiety?

Subject Categories

discussion programmes (programme format)

violence

fear

statistics

crime

Broadcast history

17 Jan 1995 19:20-20:00 (RADIO 4)

21 Jan 1995 17:00-17:40 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Edward Stourton

Sue Davies (Producer)

Ivan Lawrence (Speaker)

William Rees-Mogg (Speaker)

Oliver Stone (Speaker)

Dan Crompton (Speaker)

David Canter (Speaker)

Anthony Giddens (Speaker)

Mary Tuck (Speaker)

Clive Emsley (Speaker)

John Masterson (Speaker)

Peter Bagshaw (Speaker)

Philip Schlesinger (Speaker)

Delroy King (Speaker)

Christopher Nuttall (Speaker)

Lee Boardmen (Speaker).

Fear of crime, especially violent crime, is at an all-time high. Yet violent crime itself has risen only a little, if at all. So who is responsible for this gap between perception and reality?

Edward Stourton investigates. Repeated from Tuesday

White Knuckles. Fear of crime, especially violent crime, is at an all-time high. Yet violent crime itself has risen only a little, if at all, and the chances of being a victim of random violence remain tiny. So who is responsible for this gap between perception and reality? In the last of the series, Edward Stourton talks to police officers, criminologists and politicians and finds that all accept some share of the blame. But perhaps the public must face up to the part played by its own tastes: fear of violence can be as exciting as a white-knuckle ride on a rollercoaster. Producer Sue Davies. Rptd Sat 5.00pm