The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Graeme Blun­dell

CUT­TING Edge goes in hard with two hours of Ji­had ( Tues­day, 8.30pm, SBS), a con­cen­trated ex­am­i­na­tion of mod­ern Is­lamic groups. Us­ing pre­vi­ously un­seen footage and first- hand tes­ti­mony from those who fought, planned, ar­gued, met or lived with them, this is the inside story of al- Qa’ida’s three lead­ers: Osama bin Laden, Ay­man alZawahiri and the re­cently killed Abu Musab al- Zar­qawi. Two years in the mak­ing, this Bri­tish film de­liv­ers ex­ten­sive footage of bin Laden. Be warned that vivid images de­pict ac­tive com­bat, com­plete with dead bod­ies and the per­cus­sive sound of weapons fire. Hot Docs: Dam­ages ( Tues­day, 11pm, SBS) fol­lows the daily work of the lawyers of US in­sur­ance law firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder as they meet vic­tims and their fam­i­lies to as­sess com­pen­sa­tion pay­outs. De­ter­min­ing the value of lives lost in mone­tary terms is a cal­cu­lat­ing and stress­ful process, es­pe­cially with more than $ 100 bil­lion in per­sonal in­jury com­pen­sa­tion paid out in the US each year. As It Hap­pened ’ s Um­brella As­sas­sin ( Fri­day, 8.30pm, SBS) is an ac­count of one of the most no­to­ri­ous Cold War at­tacks, the mur­der by ricin- tipped brolly of Bul­gar­ian dis­si­dent Ge­orgi Markov in Lon­don in 1978. While Bri­tish and US sci­en­tists solved the foren­sic puzzle, the per­pe­tra­tors have never been brought to jus­tice. The prime sus­pect was re­leased by Scot­land Yard.

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