Free At Last

Tony Benn reads from his political diaries covering the years from 1991 and the first Gulf War up to his last day as an MP in 2001.

Episodes

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01January 19912003101320061017 (BBC7)
20061018 (BBC7)

"The bombing of Iraq is going on on a huge scale" to the eve of the 1992 General Election "I think Kinnock will be Prime Minister".

Tony Benn reads extracts from his 1991/2 diaries - the war in Iraq, the death of his mother and the calling of an election.

0219922003101420061018 (BBC7)
20061019 (BBC7)

Tony Benn reads from his political diaries covering the aftermath of the 1992 General Election, John Smith, and the Labour Leadership contest.

Tony Benn Reads Extracts From His Diaries 1992-4 - Two Labour leadership elections and he becomes a granddad (again).

03August 1994 - May 19972003101520061019 (BBC7)
20061020 (BBC7)

Tony Benn reads from his political diary covering the period.

Tony Benn reads extracts from his diaries including his 70th Birthday, the 1997 General Election and the death of Harold Wilson.

04August 1997 To April 19992003101620061020 (BBC7)
20061021 (BBC7)

The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, peace in Northern Ireland, the Americans start to target Saddam Hussain, an encounter with Ali G and Tony loses his pager.

Tony Benn Reads Extracts From His Diaries - the death of Princess Diana, the Social Security Bill, losing his pager and Ali G.

05 LAST1991 To 20012003101720061023 (BBC7)
20061024 (BBC7)

The series ends on a very personal note as the cancer that Tony's beloved wife Caroline has battled with as a "test of character" starts to dominate both their lives.

Tony Benn reads from his 1990s diaries.

He recalls his son, Hilary, taking his seat in the Commons and the death of his wife, Caroline.