Walk down any high street in this country and chances are at some
point you’ll see somebody wearing a Che Guevara t shirt. Most of
whom have absolutely no idea who he was and what he stood for.
Still, it’s a nice image, and he was handsome…
Che Guevara was born in Argentina in 1928; initially he trained to
be a doctor but became politically conscious and abandoned his
vocation in order to travel across South America on the back of a
motorbike. It was in Mexico in 1955 that Che met a young Fidel
Castro who with his brother Raul had been exiled from his Cuban
homeland and was preparing for an uprising there by training a crack
squad of rebels in the Mexican countryside. This was Che’s calling.
It’s what he’d been waiting his whole life for. It was his destiny.
In this latest edition of his BAFTA nominated series of lectures,
writer and broadcaster Mark Steel travels to South America and turns
his attentions to the life and revolutionary times of Ernesto ‘Che’
Guevara, a man who started out on a motorcycle holiday, only to end
up being made Foreign Minister of Cuba. Which of course is nice work
if you can get it.