What If ?

Episodes

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In the first of a four-part series which rewrites history, Dr Christopher Andrew asks, 'What if Hitler had won the war against Russia in 1941?' Professor Norman Stone and Alistair Parker ponder the probable effects on the course of the Second World War and its aftermath.

Producer Ian Bell

Contributors

Unknown: Dr Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Professor Norman Stone

Unknown: Alistair Parker

Producer: Ian Bell

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Unknown: Dr Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Professor Norman Stone

Unknown: Alistair Parker

Producer: Ian Bell

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The third of a four-part series that rewrites history. Is the reputation of John F Kennedy undeserved, founded on a myth created by his assassination, or could he have been America's greatest president?

Former diplomat

Robert Cecil and historian

Donald Cameron Watt join

Christopher Andrew to ask, 'What if JFK had survived the shooting in Dallas?'

Producer Ian Bell

Contributors

Unknown: John F Kennedy

Unknown: Robert Cecil

Unknown: Donald Cameron Watt

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

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Unknown: John F Kennedy

Unknown: Robert Cecil

Unknown: Donald Cameron Watt

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

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NEW - Dr Christopher NEW Andrew returns with a new four-part series of informed historical speculation. British victory in the Falklands was far from inevitable. Task Force

Commander Admiral Sir

John 'Sandy' Woodward now admits that he feared heavy losses - perhaps even the sinking of an aircraft carrier.

Meanwhile Simon

Jenkins, Editor of The Times, calculates the domestic impact of a task force in trouble.

Could Mrs Thatcher have survived defeat?

Producer Ian Bell

Contributors

Unknown: Dr Christopher New Andrew

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Unknown: Dr Christopher New Andrew

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The second of four

'alternative futures'.

In the 1951 election

Clement Attlee's Labour

Party won more votes but fewer seats than the Conservatives.

Christopher Andrew asks, 'What if Labour had won?'

Lord Jay and Peter Hennessey re-create the 50s and describe a socialist decade that never was.

Producer Ian Bell

Contributors

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Peter Hennessey

Producer: Ian Bell

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Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Peter Hennessey

Producer: Ian Bell

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In the third of four

'alternative futures', former diplomat

Robert Cecil and historian Donald Cameron Watt join

Christopher Andrew to ask: 'What if John F Kennedy had survived the shooting in Dallas?' Producer Ian Bell

Contributors

Unknown: Robert Cecil

Unknown: Donald Cameron Watt

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Unknown: John F Kennedy

Producer: Ian Bell

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Unknown: Robert Cecil

Unknown: Donald Cameron Watt

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Unknown: John F Kennedy

Producer: Ian Bell

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Dr Christopher Andrew presents a four-part series of informed speculation. 1: British victory in the Falklands was far from inevitable.

Task Force

Commander Admiral Sir John "Sandy" Woodward admits that he feared heavy losses. Meanwhile Simon Jenkins , Editor of The Times, calculates the domestic impact of a Task Force in trouble. Could

Mrs Thatcher have survived defeat?

Producer Ian Bell. Stereo

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Unknown: Dr Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Simon Jenkins

Unknown: Mrs Thatcher

Producer: Ian Bell.

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In the second of a four-part series, Dr Christopher Andrew asks, "What if, back in the 1920s, Ulster had been reduced to four counties instead of six?"

With Conor Cruise O'Brien and two other eminent

Irish historians.

Producer Ian Bell. Stereo

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Unknown: Dr Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Conor Cruise O'Brien

Producer: Ian Bell.

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In the third of afour-part series,

Christopher Andrew asks, "What if

Enoch Powell had stayed and taken his place two years later in Conservative government?" As he enters his 80th year, Powell ponders the possibilities with Dr Patrick Seyd from

Sheffield University. Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Enoch Powell

Unknown: Dr Patrick Seyd

Producer: Ian Bell

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Ifthel979referendum had led to a Scottish

National Assembly, would it have taken the high road or the low road? In the last of the series, Tam Dalyell , MP, and Professor Neil McCormick rewrite history in conversation with Chris Andrew.

Producer Ian Bell. Stereo

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Unknown: Tam Dalyell

Unknown: Professor Neil McCormick

Unknown: Chris Andrew.

Producer: Ian Bell.

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A special edition asking

"What if Columbus hadn't reached the New World?"

How would the native populations in America have developed without horses or wheels? How would Europe have fared without potatoes, tobacco or maize? Would the scourge of racism have been avoided with no large-scale slave trade?

Dr Christopher Andrew is joined by a distinguished group of American scholars to rewrite world history over the last 500 years. Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Dr Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

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The programme that rewrites history is back.

Later in the series the Beeching Report on the railways gets a face lift, the divorce laws are changed, and Hugh Gaitskell survives to become Labour Prime

Minister. But today the clock's turned back to 1967

- flower power, hippies, and Mick Jagger convicted on drugs charges. What if drugs had been legalised 25 years ago?

Dr Christopher Andrew and his guests speculate about a world in which snooker championships are sponsored by cannabis producers, where cocaine lozenges are as available as cigarettes, and popping to the pub for a snifter has a quite different meaning. Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Hugh Gaitskell

Unknown: Mick Jagger

Unknown: Dr Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

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Newspaper stories about the private lives of the Prince and Princess of Wales provoked a vigorous response from the new Press Complaints Commission - but that didn't stop them appearing. Would those and other stories have been treated differently if the reforms proposed in 1977 had been acted upon? Rewriting history this week are

Lord Blom Cooper , the last Chairman of the Press Council, and the Ombudsman for the Guardian, Prof Hugh Stephenson.

Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Lord Blom Cooper

Unknown: Prof Hugh

Producer: Ian Bell

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Britain is the divorce capital of Western Europe. But what if Parliament hadn't passed the so-called "Casanova's Charter" which made it easier to get a divorce? Would things be different today?

Christopher Andrew is joined by Judge Alan King Hamilton who recalls the cases in which he thinks everyone lied, and by Chris Clulow of the Tavistock Institute for

Marital Studies.

Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Judge Alan King

Unknown: Chris Clulow

Producer: Ian Bell

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Dr Beeching cut trains and made us more reliant on cars. But what if we'd kept the trains and banned cars from our main towns and cities? Nearly 30 years ago

Professor

Sir Colin Buchanan predicted the problems we face today.

He explains to Christopher Andrew , and to John Whiteleg of Lancaster University, how things could have turned out differently.

Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Sir Colin Buchanan

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Unknown: John Whiteleg

Producer: Ian Bell

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After the Second World

War, there was enormous optimism that Britain would devise an education system which would be the envy of the world. What if the Act which promised this had been fully implemented? Sir Rhodes Boyson MP and the author and journalist Bruce Kemble tell

Christopher Andrew about their vision of the way education might have been. Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Rhodes Boyson

Unknown: Bruce Kemble

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

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Hugh Gaitskell died just before he could become

Labour Prime Minister in 1964. What if he'd survived and it had been he and not Harold Wilson who entered Number 10?

In the last programmme of the series, Lord Rodgers, who left the Labour party to found the SDP, and Ken Livingstone MP chart for Christopher Andrew a very different political history of the last 30 years. Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Hugh Gaitskell

Unknown: Harold Wilson

Unknown: Ken Livingstone

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

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What if life was discovered on another planet? What if the inhabitants contacted us? What if they actually arrived? Would it lead to a period of human progress, or to the end of civilisation as we know it? Astronomers Heather Couper and Archie Roy join Christopher Andrew for this week's programme of lively speculation. Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Heather Couper

Unknown: Archie Roy

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

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Charles de Gaulle 's veto of British entry into the Common Market made him the most hated Frenchman since Napoleon, but during his life he was the target of more than 30 assassination attempts. What if one of them had succeeded? In the last programme of the series, Sir Edward Heath , in conversation with Christopher Andrew and Julian Jackson , imagines how differently things might have turned out. Producer Ian Bell

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Unknown: Charles de Gaulle

Unknown: Edward Heath

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Julian Jackson

Producer: Ian Bell

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Dr Beeching cut trains and made us more reliant on cars. But what if we'd kept the trains and banned cars from our main towns and cities? Professor Sir Colin Buchanan predicted the problems we face today 30 years ago, and he explains to Christopher Andrew , and to John Whiteleg of Lancaster University how things could have turned out differently. Producer Ian Bell

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The second of four programmes that explores what might have happened if history had followed another course. 1588: the main reason that England was saved from invasion by the Spanish Armada was because of the way that the wind was blowing.

Professor Christopher Andrew asks what might have happened if foreign troops had landed in Kent.

See also the caption on page 113. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

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Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell