Reflections

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01Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams)20130711

In this new series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their concerns for the future.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams), the former Labour Cabinet Minister, member of the 'gang of four' who founded the SDP in 1981, and who is now a member of the Liberal Democrats.

Peter's other guests in this series are the former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, former cabinet minister Norman Tebbit, and former Labour leader Neil Kinnock.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

01Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams)20130711

Peter Hennessy asks a senior politician to reflect on their life and times.

01Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams)2013071120131103

In this new series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their concerns for the future.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams), the former Labour Cabinet Minister, member of the 'gang of four' who founded the SDP in 1981, and who is now a member of the Liberal Democrats.

Peter's other guests in this series are the former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, former cabinet minister Norman Tebbit, and former Labour leader Neil Kinnock.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

01Baroness Williams Of Crosby (shirley Williams)2013071120131103

In this new series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their concerns for the future.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams), the former Labour Cabinet Minister, member of the 'gang of four' who founded the SDP in 1981, and who is now a member of the Liberal Democrats.

Peter's other guests in this series are the former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, former cabinet minister Norman Tebbit, and former Labour leader Neil Kinnock.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

Peter Hennessy asks a senior politician to reflect on their life and times.

01Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams)2013071120131103

Peter Hennessy asks a senior politician to reflect on their life and times.

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Historian Peter Hennessy asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times.

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Historian Peter Hennessy asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times.

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In this series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their regrets and satisfactions.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Jack Straw MP, who was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979 and sat in the Labour Government between 1997 and 2010. He served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House in Tony Blair's Cabinet, and as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor in Gordon Brown's Cabinet. In his role as Foreign Secretary, Straw's support for British involvement in the Iraq War was crucial in Tony Blair's final decision to commit British forces to the invasion.

Peter's guest next week is Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit), the former Conservative Cabinet Minister.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

02Jack Straw20130718

In this series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their regrets and satisfactions.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Jack Straw MP, who was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979 and sat in the Labour Government between 1997 and 2010. He served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House in Tony Blair's Cabinet, and as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor in Gordon Brown's Cabinet. In his role as Foreign Secretary, Straw's support for British involvement in the Iraq War was crucial in Tony Blair's final decision to commit British forces to the invasion.

Peter's guests in later programmes are Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit), the former Conservative Cabinet Minister, and Lord Kinnock (Neil Kinnock) the former Labour Leader and European Commissioner.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

02Jack Straw2013071820131110

In this series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their regrets and satisfactions.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Jack Straw MP, who was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979 and sat in the Labour Government between 1997 and 2010. He served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House in Tony Blair's Cabinet, and as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor in Gordon Brown's Cabinet. In his role as Foreign Secretary, Straw's support for British involvement in the Iraq War was crucial in Tony Blair's final decision to commit British forces to the invasion.

Peter's guests in later programmes are Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit), the former Conservative Cabinet Minister, and Lord Kinnock (Neil Kinnock) the former Labour Leader and European Commissioner.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

Historian Peter Hennessy asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times.

Peter's guest next week is Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit), the former Conservative Cabinet Minister.

03Lord Tebbit20130725

In this series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their concerns for the future.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit), the former Conservative Cabinet Minister and loyal ally of Margaret Thatcher. He served as Employment Secretary in the early 1980s and then became Conservative Party Chairman.

After serving in the RAF and working as an airline pilot, Norman Tebbit first entered Parliament in 1970 at the age of thirty-nine. His trenchant style of politics provoked Michael Foot to describe him as a semi-house-trained polecat. Norman Tebbit was also nicknamed the Chingford skinhead (he was MP for Chingford) and was caricatured as a leather-clad bovverboy puppet in TV's 'Spitting Image'.

In October 1984, Norman Tebbit and his wife were seriously injured in the IRA's bomb attack on the Grand Hotel, Brighton. After the 1987 election, he left the Cabinet in order to ensure that his disabled wife received proper care. Norman Tebbit continues to voice his forthright views, notably on Britain's relationship with Europe, in the House of Lords.

Next week, in the final programme of the series, Peter Hennessy's guest is Lord Kinnock, Neil Kinnock, the former Labour Party Leader and European Commissioner.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

03Lord Tebbit20130725

Peter Hennessy talks to former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit).

03Lord Tebbit2013072520131117

In this series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their concerns for the future.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit), the former Conservative Cabinet Minister and loyal ally of Margaret Thatcher. He served as Employment Secretary in the early 1980s and then became Conservative Party Chairman.

After serving in the RAF and working as an airline pilot, Norman Tebbit first entered Parliament in 1970 at the age of thirty-nine. His trenchant style of politics provoked Michael Foot to describe him as a "semi-house-trained polecat". Norman Tebbit was also nicknamed "the Chingford skinhead" (he was MP for Chingford) and was caricatured as a leather-clad "bovverboy" puppet in TV's 'Spitting Image'.

In October 1984, Norman Tebbit and his wife were seriously injured in the IRA's bomb attack on the Grand Hotel, Brighton. After the 1987 election, he left the Cabinet in order to ensure that his disabled wife received proper care. Norman Tebbit continues to voice his forthright views, notably on Britain's relationship with Europe, in the House of Lords.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

Peter Hennessy talks to former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit).

Next week, in the final programme of the series, Peter Hennessy's guest is Lord Kinnock, Neil Kinnock, the former Labour Party Leader and European Commissioner.

03Lord Tebbit2013072520131117

In this series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their concerns for the future.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit), the former Conservative Cabinet Minister and loyal ally of Margaret Thatcher. He served as Employment Secretary in the early 1980s and then became Conservative Party Chairman.

After serving in the RAF and working as an airline pilot, Norman Tebbit first entered Parliament in 1970 at the age of thirty-nine. His trenchant style of politics provoked Michael Foot to describe him as a semi-house-trained polecat. Norman Tebbit was also nicknamed the Chingford skinhead (he was MP for Chingford) and was caricatured as a leather-clad bovverboy puppet in TV's 'Spitting Image'.

In October 1984, Norman Tebbit and his wife were seriously injured in the IRA's bomb attack on the Grand Hotel, Brighton. After the 1987 election, he left the Cabinet in order to ensure that his disabled wife received proper care. Norman Tebbit continues to voice his forthright views, notably on Britain's relationship with Europe, in the House of Lords.

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

03Lord Tebbit2013072520131117

Peter Hennessy talks to former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit (Norman Tebbit).

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Peter Hennessy's guest is Lord Kinnock (Neil Kinnock), former Labour Party Leader.

In this series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their concerns for the future.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Lord Kinnock (Neil Kinnock), the former Labour Party Leader and European Commissioner. Neil Kinnock was born in Tredegar, Wales, and was first elected to Parliament at the age of twenty-eight in 1970. He quickly established a reputation as one of the best orators in the Commons and became Labour Party Leader in 1983, when Michael Foot resigned in the wake of Labour's heaviest election defeat since the 1930s.

Kinnock set about modernising his party and trying to make it electable again, but faced a fierce battle with some on the party's 'hard' left. His attack on the Militant Tendency in October 1985 for their conduct on Liverpool council is one of the most memorable conference speeches in modern times. "I'll tell you what happens with impossible promises'" he declared, as he launched a scathing attack on Militant's tactics and told them, "you can't play politics with people's jobs and people's services."

Although Kinnock led Labour to defeat in 1987, his modernisation continued to improve the party's image and prospects. Yet despite Labour's recovery Kinnock failed to defeat John Major's Conservatives in 1992. He then resigned after more than eight years as Leader of the Opposition. In 1995, Kinnock became a European Commissioner, and later served as Vice-President of the European Commission (1999-2004).

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd

04 LASTLord Kinnock20130801

In this series, Peter Hennessy, the leading historian of modern Britain, asks senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. In each week's conversation, he invites his guest to explore what influenced their thinking and motivated them to enter politics, their experience of events and impressions of people they knew, and their concerns for the future.

Peter's guest in this week's programme is Lord Kinnock (Neil Kinnock), the former Labour Party Leader and European Commissioner. Neil Kinnock was born in Tredegar, Wales, and was first elected to Parliament at the age of twenty-eight in 1970. He quickly established a reputation as one of the best orators in the Commons and became Labour Party Leader in 1983, when Michael Foot resigned in the wake of Labour's heaviest election defeat since the 1930s.

Kinnock set about modernising his party and trying to make it electable again, but faced a fierce battle with some on the party's 'hard' left. His attack on the Militant Tendency in October 1985 for their conduct on Liverpool council is one of the most memorable conference speeches in modern times. I'll tell you what happens with impossible promises' he declared, as he launched a scathing attack on Militant's tactics and told them, you can't play politics with people's jobs and people's services.

Although Kinnock led Labour to defeat in 1987, his modernisation continued to improve the party's image and prospects. Yet despite Labour's recovery Kinnock failed to defeat John Major's Conservatives in 1992. He then resigned after more than eight years as Leader of the Opposition. In 1995, Kinnock became a European Commissioner, and later served as Vice-President of the European Commission (1999-2004).

Presenter, Peter Hennessy. Producer, Rob Shepherd.

04 LASTLord Kinnock20130801

Peter Hennessy's guest is Lord Kinnock (Neil Kinnock), former Labour Party Leader.

S01Reflections On A Quiet Rebel19980706

Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories.

Journalist Cal McCrystal reads an extract from his recently published memoir of his father, `Reflections on a Quiet Rebel' (1/5).

S01Reflections On A Quiet Rebel19980706

Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories.

Journalist Cal McCrystal reads an extract from his recently published memoir of his father, `Reflections on a Quiet Rebel' (1/5).

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Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories.

Best-selling author Maeve Binchy reflects on the sunlit memories of a happy childhood.

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Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories.

Best-selling author Maeve Binchy reflects on the sunlit memories of a happy childhood.

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Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories (3/5).

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Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories (3/5).

S04Only Sometimes Looking Sideways19980709

Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories.

Author and journalist Polly Devlin reads from her new volume of essays, `Only Sometimes Looking Sideways'.

(4/5).

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Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories.

Author and journalist Polly Devlin reads from her new volume of essays, `Only Sometimes Looking Sideways'.

(4/5).

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Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories.

Novelist and travel writer Joseph O'Connor reads an account of a teenage visit to a Beatles concert in the 60s from his novel `The Salesman' (5/5).

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Five Irish writers reveal unexpected aspects of life in their native land through an exploration of childhood memories.

Novelist and travel writer Joseph O'Connor reads an account of a teenage visit to a Beatles concert in the 60s from his novel `The Salesman'.