Who’s afraid of Machiavelli? BBC TV Review

December 4, 2013

Alan Yentob’s programme for the 500th Anniversary of the publication of The Prince by Machiavelli was a masterpiece. Download it from the BBC 1Player now. Watch it. Show it to students

The iPlayer version of this brilliant BBC TV programme [Tue 3 Dec 2013 22:35] is available for a week [until Dec 10th 2013]. A review for Leaders We Deserve is under construction. A must for serious students of leadership.

Understated

The BBC blurb was if anything understated :

Duration: 1 hour

With performances from Peter Capaldi, The programme [in the ‘imagine…’ series] marks the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli’s notorious book The Prince. Famous for lines like ‘It is better to be feared than loved’, The Prince has been a manual for tyrants from Napoleon to Stalin. But how relevant is The Prince today, and who are the 21st century Machiavellians? Alan Yentob talks to contributors including Colonel Tim Collins, who kept a copy of The Prince with him in Iraq; plus Hilary Devey, Alastair Campbell and Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin.

Full Review to follow …