This five-part epic series, made for the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Discovery Channel untangles the political and military events that led to the dismemberment of the country that was Yugoslavia. It integrates rare video with footage of council meetings and events that had never been televised before with interviews of the heads of all six rival states. The documentaries carefully explain how Serbian President Slobodan Milsevic systematically and brutally increased the territory under his control. Narrated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who has become the voice of authority on the region, this series accomplished what other media have not yet managed to do. It sorted out the characters involved and found visual documentation of the crucial events and decisions that led to Yugoslavia’[s collapse. Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation makes other coverage of this subject pale by comparison.
The Gold Baton was accepted by Brian Lapping, London, aired on the Discovery Channel.