Supersonic

If you take my advice, I’d repress them. The irrepressible Adam Curtis on the curious relationship between Britain and Bahrain over the decades, taking in awkward proto-synth pop, Concorde, and high-ranking colonial posts doled out in Times classified ads. As always, Curtis joins the dots to reveal a cast of eccentric power-mongers all out to pull each others’ strings at the expense of everyone else.

And Bahrain had other uses for Britain in the 1970s. In 1979 the BBC made a very creepy documentary film about how Bahrain had become a central hub for the new supersonic jet – Concorde. The truth was that at that time practically no other country wanted Concorde because of the very loud sonic booms it made – and the Al Khalifa family stepped in to save British Airways.

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