Two articles written by Richard Burton attacking Churchill, one entitled "To Know Him is to Hate Him", caused great offense in the UK and the US when they were published in November 1974 before his program was broadcast. Burton's younger brother Graham Jenkins contended they were in poor taste after playing Churchill in a favorable light with considerable help from the wartime leader's family. It lead to the blacklisting of Richard Burton from British TV drama for the rest of his life.
In one of his articles Richard Burton accused Winston Churchill of having Welsh coal miners shot dead during the Tonypandy riots on 9 November 1910. In reality this never happened, as confirmed by Burton's younger brother Graham Jenkins in his 1988 book "Richard Burton: My Brother".
Richard Burton wrote in an article: "In the course of preparing myself ... I realized afresh that I hate Churchill and all of his kind. I hate them virulently. They have stalked down the corridors of endless power all through history ... What man of sanity would say on hearing of the atrocities committed by the Japanese against British and Anzac prisoners of war, 'We shall wipe them out, every one of them, men, women, and children. There shall not be a Japanese left on the face of the earth.'? Such simple-minded cravings for revenge leave me with a horrified but reluctant awe for such single-minded and merciless ferocity."