This documentary, produced by Gordon Carr for the BBC (and first broadcast in January 1973, shortly after the trial), covers the roots of the "Angry Brigade" in the revolutionary ferment of the 1960s and follows their campaign and the police investigation to its culmination in the "Stoke Newington 8" conspiracy trial at the Old Bailey, the longest criminal trial in British legal history. Produced after extensive research (among both the libertarian opposition and the police) it remains the essential study of Britain's first urban guerilla group. Between 1970 and 1972, the "Angry Brigade" used guns and bombs in a series of symbolic attacks against property. Targets included the embassies of repressive regimes, police stations and army barracks, boutiques and factories, government departments and the homes of Cabinet ministers, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. These attacks on the homes of senior political figures increased the pressure for results and brought an avalanche of police raids. From the start, the police were faced with the difficulty of getting to grips with a section of society they found totally alien. And were they facing an organization or an idea? This particular presentation of the documentary begins with a brief introduction from 2008 by Stuart Christie, founder of Cienfuegos Press.
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If you are doing a study of revolutionary organizations it would come across more meaningful if you did it with more originality than a dry monotonous perspective that had already been parodied by Monty Python. Yet it is still fascinating to see a well-researched study of a period when violent activities were thought to bring about important change in society.