Hyman refuted the suggestion
that the documentary would
provide a platform for Mr
London, Friday, November 2, 2001
added by this
Programme to feature
main players in libel action
judge to discuss his ruling in radio
By Bernard Joseph
THE HIGH Court judge
David Irving as anti-Semitic and
racist in throwing out the author's
an American academic is taking part in a
Radio 4 documentary on the case being
broadcast next Thursday.
In what the programme-makers are
calling an unprecedented interview, Mr
Justice Gray will discuss the
background to his ruling that professor
Deborah Lipstadt was justified in
describing Mr Irving as a Holocaust-denier
in a book published by Penguin. "The
Irving Trial: The Inside Story" will
feature interviews with all the major
figures in the case including Mr Irving,
who is currently on an American lecture
Producer Bruce Hyman -- managing
director of the production company Above
the Table, -- believed it was the first
time that a judge in a major trial had
agreed to be interviewed.
Professor Lipstadt would "for the first
time" explain why she had opted not to
take the witness stand.
featured include Professor Lipstadt's
Q.C., Richard Rampton, her
solicitor, Anthony Julius
some of the main witnesses.
Mr Hyman refuted the suggestion that
the documentary would provide a platform
for Mr Irving.
"Some of the things Irving says in the
programme are frankly shocking," he
conceded. "He, for instance, talks about
Judge Gray in ways that defy belief."
"However, his comments say more about
himself than those who are his
"The way he remembers the trial is
completely at odds with everyone else's
Contacted in America, Mr Irving said he
believed that the broadcast would be "a
good thing" for his reputation.
"If everybody comes clean," he
remarked, "then maybe people will
understand why my opponents don't want me
to speak out."
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