The Sunday Times, in its now-famous (or infamous) piece on Neil Heywood (still paywalled, but it’s here if you want to purchase), alluded to a certain Channel 4 documentary on the man. Quote: “After a year-long investigation for Channel 4′s Dispatches, based on numerous conversations with friends, business colleagues, diplomatic sources and a Chinese contact who knew both Heywood and the Bo family intimately, we can reveal the real Neil Heywood.”
Whether you believe that or not, Dispatches’s 47-minute documentary on Neil Heywood is now available for viewing, in full, on YouTube. The embedding has been disabled, but we’ve uploaded a preview above. (UPDATE, 12:22 pm: It appears that you can only watch the full show if you’re within the UK, so for those on VPNs, set your portal to an English location; we’ve uploaded the preview to Youku, and it’s embedded after the jump — let’s see how long it stays up. Also: here’s Channel 4′s presser on this episode. UPDATE 2, 12:42 pm: It’s all viewable, anywhere! Big hat tip to Josh Chin, who points us to True Vision, which has the full documentary in three parts.)
You’ll have to excuse the poor audio — it’s much crisper on the full-length movie — but you get the basic gist of this documentary’s great awfulness / awful greatness: November two-thousand and eleven: a British businessman is muhhhduhd in a hotel in China.
Channel 4′s top-secret inside source who knows both Gu Kailai and Neil Heywood seems to be Gu’s friend. She certainly has no ulterior motives, we’re sure. Quote: “There are political enemies out there. It is extremely risky to contradict the existing narrative. I find it impossible to believe she would murder him.”
Shadowy agents. Dramatized bedroom scenes. Existing narratives. Zoom in on newspaper headline word SPY. Did we mention shadows? Lots of those. MUHHHHHHHDUH.
Yes, Channel 4. You win.