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TV Eye documentary on shooting of John Paul II

TV Eye documentary on shooting of John Paul II
Interview; Documentary; Advertisement; Special
TX Date
3 Sep 1981
Year of production
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Julian Manyon investigative report for Thames Television’s TV Eye documentary series on the attempt to kill Pope John Paul II on 13/05/81 in St Peter’s Square, and the Vatican and Italian secret services’ belief communist Soviet bloc countries organised an assassination plot, because the Polish pope had given support to Poland’s Solidarity movement. Follows the trail of Turkish assassin Mehmet Ali Agca from Turkey and early involvement with Grey Wolves terrorist organisation, to contacts in Bulgaria and extensive travels in Europe and the Middle East before the attempt. Interviews (in translation) with Cardinal Confalonieri; journalist Francesco D’Andrea; Security Services Minister Francesco Mazzola; State Prosecutor Nicolo D’Amato; brother Adnan Agca; unidentified US amateur photographer at the shooting. With actuality in Rome (including of Pope), Turkey and Bulgaria, and readings from Agca’s statement. Includes following television advertisements.
Pope John Paul II; Thames Television; Julian Manyon; Carlo Confalonieri; Francesco D’Andrea; Adnan Agca; Nicolo D’Amato; Francesco Mazzola
Popes; Pope John Paul II; Karol Wojtyla; Conspiracy; USSR; Homicide; Television programmes; Espionage; Imprisonment; Poland; Solidarity; Turkey; Intelligence service; Guns; Bulgaria; Television documentaries; KGB; Mehmet Ali Agca; TV Eye; Grey Wolves; St. Peter’s Square

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