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James Carmichael
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Helen Duncan
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Stanley Worth
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Charles Loseby
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Malcom Gaskill ...
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Ronald Hutton ...
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Denise Iredell ...
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Kobus Jonker ...
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Sara Kobuszka ...
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For hundreds of years, witchcraft has been associated with evil but what is the truth behind one of the best-known figures of the supernatural? We all know that practically every fairy story has a witch in it somewhere and that in the past people were burnt at the stake for being a witch. Shakespeare developed the three witches in Macbeth to be vulgar instruments of evil. But that was then - what about now? Anthony Head, star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, embarks on a journey that takes him from the Thames in London, to Scotland, and finally to South Africa where the fear of witches is still very strong and various forms of witchcraft are still practised. He joins a police division that deals with crimes of the occult before heading to a Durban herb market and discovering some shocking items for sale. At a traditional Zulu healer's graduation, Anthony Head comes across more disturbing scenes and later learns about the specific uses for different parts of the body. Written by Sam Stockdale

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8 December 2004 (UK)  »

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Anthony Head - Presenter: You've got to buy your witch's hat and ram's horn somewhere.
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