The Five Ages Of Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth recalls Five Ages from his life from his extensive diaries.

This first programme is on the 1950s and early 60s.

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011950s2011013120130826

Gyles Brandreth recalls Five Ages from his life from his extensive diaries.

This first programme is on the 1950s and early 60s.Gyles Brandreth recalls Five Ages from his life from his extensive diaries. This first programme is on the 1950s and early 60s. In 1959 he stood as a Liberal in his school's mock General Election. He lost badly. In the real election, Harold Macmillan was returned to Number Ten with a big majority. Gyles ordered a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover -- his housemaster confiscated it. It was the time of the first satellite, Sputnik, President John F Kennedy, and the Cuban missile crisis. Gyles records them all.

In 1959 he stood as a Liberal in his school's mock General Election.

He lost badly.

In the real election, Harold Macmillan was returned to Number Ten with a big majority.

Gyles ordered a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover -- his housemaster confiscated it.

It was the time of the first satellite, Sputnik, President John F Kennedy, and the Cuban missile crisis.

Gyles records them all.

021960s2011020120130827

Gyles Brandreth recounts more diary instalments in the Five Ages of his life. This time it's the early 60s. Gyles is still at school but he's fascinated by all that's going on -- the Beatles, the Profumo scandal, Macmillan's decline and the death of President Kennedy.

Gyles Brandreth recounts more diary instalments in the Five Ages of his life.

This time it's the early 60s.

Gyles is still at school but he's fascinated by all that's going on -- the Beatles, the Profumo scandal, Macmillan's decline and the death of President Kennedy.

02The Five Ages Of Brandreth20110201

Gyles Brandreth recounts more diary instalments in the Five Ages of his life. This time it's the early 60s. Gyles is still at school but he's fascinated by all that's going on -- the Beatles, the Profumo scandal, Macmillan's decline and the death of President Kennedy.

031970s2011020220130828

Gyles Brandreth continues his Five Ages series with a look at the early 1970s. He's asked, with Cliff Richard, to bring a youthful voice to Lord Longford's anti-porn inquiry. He goes to see "blue" films in London and accompanies Longford on his infamous trip to "sin-city" -- Copenhagen, sex clubs and all. But in the end, he's sacked from the inquiry because he can't take it seriously enough.

Gyles Brandreth continues his Five Ages series with a look at the early 1970s.

He's asked, with Cliff Richard, to bring a youthful voice to Lord Longford's anti-porn inquiry.

He goes to see "blue" films in London and accompanies Longford on his infamous trip to "sin-city" -- Copenhagen, sex clubs and all.

But in the end, he's sacked from the inquiry because he can't take it seriously enough.

03The Five Ages Of Brandreth20110202

Gyles Brandreth continues his Five Ages series with a look at the early 1970s. He's asked, with Cliff Richard, to bring a youthful voice to Lord Longford's anti-porn inquiry. He goes to see "blue" films in London and accompanies Longford on his infamous trip to "sin-city" -- Copenhagen, sex clubs and all. But in the end, he's sacked from the inquiry because he can't take it seriously enough.

041980s2011020320130829

Gyles Brandreth continues his Five Ages with a look back at the 80s. Breakfast television was just starting and Gyles became a regular on TV-am. It was also the time of a great electoral triumph for Mrs Thatcher and a scandal involving Cecil Parkinson.

Gyles Brandreth continues his Five Ages with a look back at the 80s.

Breakfast television was just starting and Gyles became a regular on TV-am.

It was also the time of a great electoral triumph for Mrs Thatcher and a scandal involving Cecil Parkinson.

04The Five Ages Of Brandreth20110203

Gyles Brandreth continues his Five Ages with a look back at the 80s. Breakfast television was just starting and Gyles became a regular on TV-am. It was also the time of a great electoral triumph for Mrs Thatcher and a scandal involving Cecil Parkinson.

05 LAST1990s2011020420130830

Gyles Brandreth completes his Five Ages with a look back to the 1990s with Mrs Thatcher's downfall, John Major's election victory and Brandreth's own time as a Conservative MP and government whip.

05 LASTThe Five Ages Of Brandreth20110204

Gyles Brandreth completes his Five Ages with a look back to the 1990s with Mrs Thatcher's downfall, John Major's election victory and Brandreth's own time as a Conservative MP and government whip.