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Attlee: The Reasonable Revolutionary


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Written and presented by Roy Hattersrey
Nationalisation, the Health Service, a massive housing programme, withdrawal from India, building Britain's own Atomic Bomb-this was the stamp of the Attlee government of 1945. It was a transformation of Britain, argues Roy Hat tersley,' that amounted to a revolution ' and the genius of Clement Attlee was his ability to explain that his revolution was reasonable. In dark suit and Homburg hat he seemed a conventional middle-class figure, distant and difficult to know. After public school and Oxford, he became a social worker and then MP lor Limehouse. As Labour, leader he was not always intpifessive and some of his colleagues plotted against him. Yet with quiet incisivejiess and at times ruthlessness he contained them all, talked iitUè-aI\4 got his way often. In this film friends and political colleagues - Lord ~j Brocitway, ' Jojs Grirhond; Sir Harold Wilson, Lord Strauss and former Speaker Vis-
(count Txmypandy -together with • Attlee's son and daughter provide new insight Into the man^ho changed post-war Britain.
Assistant producer CHRISTOPHER WARREN Film editor ALAN LYGO
Producer JEREMY Bennett


Presented By: Roy Hattersrey
Unknown: Roy Hat
Unknown: Clement Attlee

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Attlee: The Reasonable Revolutionary

BBC Two England, 19 September 1983 21.30

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