Election Snapshots

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2010 Gordon Brown20150424

Election Snapshots reveals the stories behind five iconic photographs from British General Elections since 1945. Political insiders and distinguished photographers discuss how campaigning has changed, from Winston Churchill through Thatcher, to Blair and Brown.

When Gordon Brown met Gillian Duffy on the street in Rochdale in the last days of the 2010 election, few realised the pictures of that meeting would be significant and defining images for the whole campaign.

Close Brown aide David Muir and photographer Jeff Mitchell recall the real story behind an event which many think cost Labour election victory in 2010.

Charles Kennedy, 200120150423

Election Snapshots reveals the stories behind five iconic photographs from British General Elections since 1945. Political insiders and distinguished photographers discuss how campaigning has changed, from Winston Churchill through Thatcher, to Blair and Brown.

Pushing the boundaries of campaigning, Charles Kennedy visited a hospital operating theatre during a real operation in Southampton during the 2001 campaign. Heart surgeon Iain Simpson and photographer Andy Scaysbrook who was on Kennedy's campaign bus that day, recall the lengths the Lib Dem leader was prepared to go to to canvass for votes.

Cherie Blair, 199720150422

Election Snapshots reveals the stories behind five iconic photographs from British General Elections since 1945. Political insiders and distinguished photographers discuss how campaigning has changed, from Winston Churchill through Thatcher, to Blair and Brown.

The defining picture for many of the 1997 Labour victory was Cherie Blair opening her front door in her nightdress oblivious to the media presence which would intrude on every aspect of her family's new life.

The photographer who pictured Cherie's morning after the night before, Mathieu Polak, talks about how he captured the moment with Cherie Blair herself, who reveals what really happened before and after she opened that front door.

Margaret Thatcher, 198320150421

Election Snapshots reveals the stories behind five iconic photographs from British General Elections since 1945. Political insiders and distinguished photographers discuss how campaigning has changed, from Winston Churchill through Thatcher, to Blair and Brown.

In 1983, photographer Herbie Knott gained unique access to Margaret Thatcher during her election campaign, capturing a uniquely anxious moment on election night itself. Herbie discusses the challenges of photographing Margaret Thatcher with her close confidante and aide, Lord Bell.

Winston Churchill, 194520150420

Election Snapshots reveals the stories behind five iconic photographs from British General Elections since 1945. Political insiders and distinguished photographers discuss how campaigning has changed, from Winston Churchill through Thatcher, to Blair and Brown.