Do please try to watch China's Bleak House even if it does not look terribly promising. I found myself initially thinking I would not watch the whole depressing thing through, but was then sucked into it by the compelling stories and personalities involved. The subtitles are also excellent.
For those of you with a sense of the macabre, there is a scene when the petitioners went on the railway track to collect the bits and pieces of another petitioner who was hit by a train.
I have emailed Nick Fraser the Series Editor of Storyville suggesting that it might be an idea to put it on CDs and then formally present it to the Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming in London for circulation to other Communist Party members saying it is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Chinese in search of justice.
Perhaps it could be suggested that the Chinese government appear to listen to Granny Pan, erect a statue for her, and then create a mechanism that promises to deal with petitioners' complaints without requiring them to come to Beijing?
If the Chinese government wished to curry favour with the people they might wish to do something like that.
These are the suggestions offered by Granny Khaw to the representative of the Chinese government in London, who also petitions the British government on behalf of the British people on a range of matters.