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PBS's primary public-affairs documentary series, `Frontline' focuses on one (usually timely) topic each program. Overseen since its inception by executive producer David Fanning, it has been honored regularly over the years, winning 34 DuPont-Columbia awar (more…)

Premiered: January 1, 1983

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Season 21, Episode 14 Blair's War

First Aired: April 3, 2003

A look at what producer Eamonn Matthews calls the “tricky game” that the British Prime Minister has been trying to play during the Iraq crisis as he offers himself as “an Atlantic bridge” between the U.S. and its erstwhile European allies. The hour traces the split to the months following Sept. 11 as perceptions of terrorism crystallized. To U.S. policymakers “it's war,” Matthews says, while in France and Germany the attacks were seen as simply a terrorist incident. “Sure it was a bad one,” Matthews says, “but [Europeans] have seen them before.” The result: “a huge collision of world views.” Interviewed: British foreign secretary Jack Straw and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.