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The story of Jacob Zuma, South Africa's former president, a towering figure haunted by his vices and raging against a system he believes is hell bent on destroying him.

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The story of Jacob Zuma, South Africa's former president, a towering figure haunted by his vices and raging against a system he believes is hell bent on destroying him.

    Poison: Episode 5 - A Toxic Aftertaste

    Poison: Episode 5 - A Toxic Aftertaste

    In July this year South Africa’s former President, Jacob Zuma, was jailed for contempt of court. The 79-year-old is now facing trial for corruption. But Zuma insists he is a victim of a vast, international conspiracy to poison him and silence him. And when his arrest triggers an orchestrated campaign of violence, fears grow that Zuma’s conspiracy theories and populist rhetoric could threaten the democracy he once fought to build.

    'Poison' is the story of one man's toxic obsession and the battle for South Africa's future.

    Presenter: Andrew Harding
    Producer: Vauldi Carelse
    Sound mix: James Beard
    Series editor: Bridget Harney

    • 15 min
    Poison: Episode 4 - The Russian Antidote

    Poison: Episode 4 - The Russian Antidote

    When South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, falls ill from what he suspects to be poison, he flies to Moscow for treatment. But why the need to go abroad? The implication is that Zuma believes Western spy agencies are trying to kill him. But is he now using the Russians, or are they using him for their own strategic purposes?

    'Poison' is the story of one man's toxic obsession and the battle for South Africa's future.

    Presenter: Andrew Harding
    Producer: Vauldi Carelse
    Sound mix: James Beard
    Series editor: Bridget Harney

    • 14 min
    Poison: Episode 3 - How Do You Like Your Tea?

    Poison: Episode 3 - How Do You Like Your Tea?

    Home after years in exile during the liberation struggle, South Africa’s future President Jacob Zuma is quickly engulfed in corruption scandals. But when one of his wives is accused of trying to poison his tea, Zuma suspects that a foreign government may be plotting to kill him.

    'Poison' is the story of one man's toxic obsession and the battle for South Africa's future.

    Presenter: Andrew Harding
    Producer: Vauldi Carelse
    Sound mix: James Beard
    Series editor: Bridget Harney

    • 14 min
    Poison: Episode 2 - A Pinch of Paranoia

    Poison: Episode 2 - A Pinch of Paranoia

    South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma is convinced he’s been the target of repeated poisoning attempts. But why? In this episode we dive into the murkiest corners of the long struggle against racial apartheid to uncover Cold War paranoia, toxic underpants, and the origins of Zuma’s fixation with poison.

    'Poison' is the story of one man's toxic obsession and the battle for South Africa's future.

    Presenter: Andrew Harding
    Producer: Vauldi Carelse
    Sound mix: James Beard
    Series editor: Bridget Harney

    • 13 min
    Poison: Episode 1 - The Chuckling Pensioner

    Poison: Episode 1 - The Chuckling Pensioner

    South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma believes he has been poisoned, repeatedly. He claims to be the victim of a long, sophisticated, and unfinished plot to assassinate him. But who would want to kill a man still celebrated for his role as a fighter in the struggle against apartheid? Could it be linked to the allegations of massive corruption against him? Or is there a broader conspiracy at work – an international plot to silence a man who claims to be speaking up for South Africa’s neglected poor? In this five-part series the BBC’s Africa correspondent, Andrew Harding, digs into a mystery that links a case of poisoned underpants, to a plot to kill Nelson Mandela, to this year’s riots that left 300 South Africans dead. In this episode, Zuma's early years.

    'Poison' is the story of one man's toxic obsession and the battle for South Africa's future.

    Presenter: Andrew Harding
    Producer: Vauldi Carelse
    Sound mix: James Beard
    Series editor: Bridget Harney

    • 14 min
    The Delirium Wards

    The Delirium Wards

    Ten years ago, in 2011, David Aaronovitch felt like he was losing his grip on reality. He'd been placed in a coma, after a surgery gone wrong. Now he was awake and in Intensive Care.

    Every time he closed his eyes the inside of his eyelids would display a kaleidoscope of red, black and yellow violent cartoon images. Faces appeared before him like odd animation of computer game avatars. That was just the beginning. For the next four days and night David experienced what he describes as a "waking nightmare".

    These types of hallucinations are called delirium and are a very common side effect of being placed in an induced coma.

    Now the number of people experiencing delirium is on the rise. That's because those who are critically ill with Covid often have to be ventilated. While it helps their bodies fight the virus, and will often save their lives, the mental toll can be as serious as the physical one. Increasingly, patients are leaving hospital physically healed but mentally scarred.

    In this powerful and immersive documentary David Aaronovitch hears from three people who have struggled with delirium, and shares his own experience.

    Producer: Caitlin Smith
    Executive Producer: Peter McManus
    Researcher: Anna Miles
    Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore

    With thanks to Paul Henderson, Zara Slattery, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, ICU nurse Crystal Wilson and Dr Dorothy Wade of Barking Havering and Redbridge Universities Hospital Trust and North EAst London Foundation Trust.

    Image courtesy of Zara Slattery.

    • 28 min

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