A Very British Way of Torture (2022)


The full, shocking story of how Britain secretly used torture in its war against the Kenyan anti-colonialist Mau Mau movement in the 1950s – including murder, rape and forced castrations.


The campaign against the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya is one of the bloodiest stains on the history of the British Empire in Africa. During the 1950s, Mau Mau militants conducted a guerrilla campaign for land rights that sparked a catastrophic response from colonial authorities. Official security forces and settler vigilantes inflicted atrocities on captured fighters that have been well documented, though this programme claims that the worst abuses are only now coming to light. A preview was not available, but press notes outline a story of how Britain oversaw a regime of systematic torture including, be warned, accounts of murders, castrations and rapes.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
  • Director(s):
    • Edward McGown.
  • Producer(s):
    • Robert Newman … producer.
    • Mark Hedgecoe … executive producer.
    • James Rogan … executive producer.
    • Soleta Rogan … executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Rogan Productions.
  • Distributor:
    • Channel 4.
  • Release Date: 14 August 2022.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 55 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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