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Bhopal on BBC TV and Radio
BBC Television and Radio are broadcasting a range of programmes to mark the 20th anniversary of the chemical leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. Here are some of the highlights.

Wednesday, 1 December, 2004

One Night in Bhopal

(with Hindi version on Interactive TV)

BBC WORLD, Saturday, 4 December 2004. Please check the BBC World TV listings for details of transmission times.

A scene from One Night in Bhopal
Mixing drama and eyewitness accounts, the programme tells the story of the night of the disaster through the people who lived there.

The drama-documentary focuses on five local people, who saw first-hand the effects of the gas on the patients, a local police superintendent who helped to restore calm on the night and a young technician at the factory whose life was saved by an oxygen mask.

The programme was broadcast in English with a Hindi version available on interactive television via the red button.

Producer Steve Condie writes about One Night in Bhopal.

Friday, 3 December, 2004

The Friday Play: Bhopal

Radio 4, 2100 GMT

A drama-documentary marking the anniversary of Bhopal in the form of a poem written and performed by Avaes Mohammed, and in a drama, Chitra by Tanika Gupta.

The drama tells the story of an 11-year-old who lives with her mother, father, brother and sister in Bhopal. She awakes to find that only she and her younger brother have survived the disaster and is left to bring him up by herself.

Monday, 6 December, 2004

Bhopal: An Accident Waiting To Happen?

Radio 4, 2000 GMT

BBC's Mark Tully in Bhopal
Twenty years after reporting on the disaster, Mark Tully returns to Bhopal and examines new evidence about the safety lapses that contributed to it.

In An Accident Waiting To Happen, Tully asks how much responsibility senior executives at the American headquarters of Union Carbide should bear for the world's worst industrial accident.

Tully talks to workers at the factory, who describe a catalogue of safety problems in the run-up to the accident, meets doctors who treated the victims and hears from police officers who investigated it. He also examines internal Union Carbide documents, which reveal a series of warnings of the dangers.

Tuesday, 30 November, 2004


BBC World Service, 1645 GMT

Susan Hulme looks back at the Bhopal disaster, and asks what has happened to corporate accountability in the last two decades. Is it any easier to win compensation from big corporations today?

Sunday, 14 November, 2004

Five Live Report: Bhopal - Toxic Tomorrows

The legacy of the chemical leak is still being felt, with dangerous chemicals from the plant polluting the air and water.

People living close to the factory are increasingly suffering from severe health problems including liver disease, birth defects and cancer.

BBC Five Live's Paul Vickers talks to those affected and asks who is responsible for Bhopal's toxic tomorrows?

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