1/5. Drawing on archives, anecdotes and analysis, Andrew Marr charts some of the global events that have shaped British society since the end of the Second World War, beginning with the 1945 national election that saw Winston Churchill removed from power. Despite his successes, Churchill left the British people war-weary and nearly bankrupt. In contrast, Labour leader Clement Attlee and his eccentric band of high-minded socialists were intent on creating the welfare state and keen to nationalise major industries. But Britain's economic stability suffered a blow when India gained independence from the Empire, and the people's growing impatience with austerity threatened to take the country from bankruptcy to self-destruction.
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