Profile: Beppe Grillo –BBC Radio 4

Beppe Grillo has achieved a stunning success in the Italian elections with the performance of the new citizens’ protest network – the Five Star Movement.

He is its guiding star, a comedian-turned politician. The movement emerged from the web and took its argument into town squares all over Italy. The citizen activists oppose what they regard as the corrupted, self-serving traditional parties – the entire failed political establishment. The movement has connected with huge numbers of Italians who have developed a contempt for the governing elite.

Producer Ian MuirCochrane

First broadcast on 3rd March 2013, on Profile BBC Radio 4. Listen again on the BBC iPlayer.