Villain Wanted: Seeking Someone to Blame

This OKRE Salon explores how we can avoid over-simplistic good-versus-evil tropes, creating compelling narratives with more nuanced characters and portrayal of events.

Pandemic, political and social turmoil highlight the timeless urge to divide ourselves into goodies and baddies, and search for someone or something to blame. How can we avoid polarising narratives to better understand, rather than stoke, a situation?

What is an OKRE Salon?

The OKRE Salons bring together creative minds from across research, social impact and entertainment sectors, exploring fresh approaches to social and cultural challenges.


Seyi Rhodes – Reporter & investigative journalist. @seyirhodes

Gill Webber – Executive Director, Imperial War Museum Institute. @IWMGill

Rajesh Thind – Writer, producer, director & founder Pindu Productions. @PinduGlobal

Richard Bartle – Honorary Professor, University of Essex.@Richard_Bartle

Kez Margrie (host) – Commissioning Editor, BBC Children’s @wolfontheprowl1


Unreported World: Quicksilver Media / C4.

Production credits:

Producers: Carmen Thompson & Caroline O’Neill

Editor: Chris Crookall

Technical Coordination: Virtual Umbrella

Animation: Snafu Pictures

OKRE Network Producers: Jenna Al-Ansari, Denzel Dome

OKRE Communications: Dave Hudson

OKRE Office Manager: Bridie Rollins

Curator: Elizabeth McIntyre

Executive Producer: Iain Dodgeon