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Real Dictators is the new podcast series hosted by Paul McGann (Dr Who, Luther, Withnail and I) that explores the hidden lives of history’s tyrants.
New episodes each Wednesday from May 2020.

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Real Dictators is the new podcast series hosted by Paul McGann (Dr Who, Luther, Withnail and I) that explores the hidden lives of history’s tyrants.
New episodes each Wednesday from May 2020.

    Joseph Stalin: The Young Bank Robber

    Joseph Stalin: The Young Bank Robber

    Joseph Stalin - the “man of steel” - was the party secretary who plotted a route to absolute power, becoming head of the Eastern Bloc and, in time, chief nemesis of the United States. But how did a man from the Georgian frontier of the Russian Empire do it? In 1917, the 300-year-old Romanov Dynasty collapses. The communist Bolsheviks storm the Winter Palace and seize power. From this band of revolutionaries, a future bloody dictator - a man with an extraordinary backstory - begins to emerge.
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    • 49 min
    Kim Jong-il Part 3: Nuclear Armed

    Kim Jong-il Part 3: Nuclear Armed

    Installed as dictator, Kim Jong-il builds an all-powerful state that rules the lives and minds of its people without mercy. North Korea is wracked by famine. The people adapt to survive - we hear from one man who flouted the rules on trade and commerce and paid a horrific price. With the country starving, lurid rumours emerge about how the ‘Dear Leader’ spends his leisure time. And Kim Jong-il begins work on an arsenal of nuclear weapons that will spook the world and pave the way for his own son’s ascent to power.
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    • 53 min
    Kim Jong-il Part 2: Time to Make a Movie…

    Kim Jong-il Part 2: Time to Make a Movie…

    Kim Jong-il has risen to become head of North Korean propaganda, under the rule of his strongman father. Now, he hatches an audacious plan to turn North Korea into a filmmaking powerhouse. South Korea’s finest actress and leading director are kidnapped and find themselves on boats bound for the North. Elsewhere, Kim launches a charm offensive at the armed forces, readying the ground for his coronation. And his father dies, leaving the path to power seemingly clear.
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    • 48 min
    Kim Jong-il Part 1: Birth of North Korea

    Kim Jong-il Part 1: Birth of North Korea

    Kim Jong-il built a volatile rogue state with nuclear missiles trained on its enemies – all while living a life of the utmost luxury. In the first episode of Real Dictators, we piece together the early life of this tyrant and that of the country he came to rule. Kim Jong-il is born during World War Two. His father – Kim Il-sung – fights the Japanese and helps found the state of North Korea. After the War, son and nation grow up together, as Kim Jong-il begins his own rise to power. Historians trace Kim’s early years, while defectors from North Korea reflect on the propaganda they grew up with.
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    • 53 min
    Trailer: Real Dictators

    Trailer: Real Dictators

    How does a single human being convince thousands to kill for them and millions to turn a blind eye?

    Real Dictators is the new podcast series hosted by Paul McGann (Dr Who, Luther, Withnail and I) that explores the hidden lives of history’s tyrants.

    We encounter the American-trained doctor, “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who used modern medicine to convince the people of Haiti that he was a Voodoo god. There’s Kim Jong-il, who developed nuclear warheads alongside blockbuster movies. There’s Mao Zedong – the peasant’s son who transformed China, presiding over the catastrophic Great Chinese Famine and the bloody Cultural Revolution. And Joseph Stalin, the man who turned Russia into a superpower and set the stage for the Cold War, while upending and destroying the lives and livelihoods of millions of his own people. 

    Real Dictators fuses immersive, dramatic storytelling with interviews with world-renowned experts. The voices of historians sit alongside an array of regime insiders such as Jang Jin-sung – a former psychological warfare officer for Kim Jong-il – and François Benoit, a survivor of ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier’s reign of terror.

    New episodes each Wednesday from May 2020.
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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Loathian55 ,

Triple Thumbs Up

This is a great informational show. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve given to bring this show about. It is thrilling, engaging and a great way to spend some ear time. Keep up the good work.

Lewis Best ,

My New Favorite Podcast

Fascinating, nothing else needs to be said

OOOYAAAA ,

Hidden gem !

If you are looking for informational story telling about important people in history, this is one of the best podcasts for it. Great interviews. Never boring !

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