British devise political push for Channel 4

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LONDON -- Channel 4 has put contemporary politics at the heart of its spring and summer season and will begin airing U.S. imports including "Brothers and Sisters" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" in the next few months, director of television Kevin Lygo said Wednesday.

Headlining the new season launch is controversial Iraq military drama "The Mark of Cain," scripted by Tony Marchant, which examines the subject of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners of war.

Filmed in Tunisia, the drama includes depictions of soldiers beating and restraining hooded Iraqi prisoners of war.

It is based on the real life events that provoked international condemnation in 2003, when a number of British soldiers were arrested after taking trophy photos of prisoners being tortured.

Other highlights will include a series of documentaries charting the 10 years of Prime Minister Tony Blair's tenure and a look at a potential future government under current treasury secretary Gordon Brown.

Returning series include comedy "Peep Show," Gordon Ramsay's chef series "The F Word" and documentary strand "Cutting Edge."

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