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Sue MacGregor and guests revisit 1974 through previously classified government documents.
1974 was a year of the Three Day week, a Miners Strike and two General Elections. Sue MacGregor explores the papers released under the 30-year rule for more insight.
1974 was a year of political confusion and domestic strife. There was the Three Day week, a Miners Strike and two General Elections as well as on-going problems over Northern Ireland and Cyprus, and an attempt to kidnap Princess Anne.
With exclusive access to papers released by The National Archives under the thirty year rule, Sue MacGregor presents UK CONFIDENTIAL, a special Radio 4 programme which will give a new insight on many of the political decisions and controversies of the time.
The programme also features interviews with Tony Benn (the then Secretary of State for Industry), Sir Edward Heath, Lord Walker (the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry), Merlyn Rees (the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), Lord Fitt, Patrick Jenkin (the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury) and other politicians and civil servants of the day who will talk candidly about the events of that year for the first time.
Also taking part are Lord Howard, Joe Haines, Ian Aitken and Lord Armstrong.
Producer: David Prest and Louise Adamson
A Whistledown Production, in association with Takeaway Media.
Tom Paulin responds to Milton's Second Defence of the English People.
Tom Paulin responds to Milton's Second Defence, revealing Milton's republican thinking, and how Paradise Lost is a republican and a religious poem.
Poet Tom Paulin responds to Milton's Second Defence of the English People - a response to a royalist treatise - revealing how profound was Milton's republican thinking, and how Paradise Lost is a republican as well as religious poem.
Jane Shaw explores the uses of eugenics and genetics in the quest for perfection.
The Rev Canon Dr Jane Shaw of Oxford University explores the uses of eugenics and genetics in the quest for perfection.
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the topical debate in Ludlow, Shropshire.
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the debate in Ludlow, Shropshire. Panellists include Europe Minister Caroline Flint, Tory party chairman Eric Pickles and Times columnist Giles Coren.
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs this week's panel - Conservative party chairman Eric Pickles, Europe Minister Caroline Flint, Times' columnist Giles Coren and Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Helen Mary Jones.
With questions from the audience in Ludlow, Shropshire.
Discussing the effect of emotional reactions to the Long Kesh/Maze prison near Belfast.
Archaeologist Laura McAtackney discusses her work at the Long Kesh/Maze prison near Belfast, focusing on how emotional responses to physical remains can inform histories of place.
Series of personal essays about the archaeology of the recent past.
Archaeologist Laura McAtackney discusses her work at the Long Kesh/Maze prison near Belfast, and focuses on how emotional responses to physical remains can inform histories of place.
Discussing the effect on the surrounding environment of long wave radio stations in Essex.
Archaeologist Cassie Newland discusses the impact on the surrounding environment of part of the Imperial long wave radio station project in Essex.
Chris Pelling introduces Sappho's poetry and explains her appeal to contemporary audiences
Christopher Pelling of the University of Oxford explains the appeal to contemporary audiences of the work of Sappho - regarded as the greatest female poet of ancient literature.
Irish poet Eavan Boland recalls her first encounter with the poetry of Sappho.
Irish poet Eavan Boland recalls her first encounter with Sappho, as a student at Trinity College, Dublin, and how she integrated the persona and poetry of Sappho into her own work.
Professor Sandel considers how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge.
Recorded at Newcastle's Centre for Life, Professor Sandel looks at how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge.
Professor Michael Sandel delivers four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley.
Recorded at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, Sandel considers how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge. New genetic technologies hold great promise for treating and curing disease, but how far we should go in using them to manipulate muscles, moods and gender?
What if science could read people's thoughts and intentions? Kenan Malik investigates.
What if science could read people's thoughts and intentions? That's the promise of the latest research from neuroscientists. Kenan Malik investigates.
Policy-makers have long looked to science to help understand human behaviour and to influence it. But what if science could actually read people's thoughts and intentions? That's the promise of the latest research from neuroscientists, who claim to be able to scan our brains for lies, broken promises and violent intentions. But how reliable is the science of 'mind-reading'? How might it change our ideas about free will, responsibility and rehabilitation? And should we not be able to keep the thoughts in our head private? Presented by Kenan Malik.
Deborah Denno, professor of law at Fordham University in New York
Steven J Laken, president and CEO, Cephos Corp
Professor Hank Greeley, director, Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University in California
Ray Tallis, philosopher and doctor
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, chairman of the Centre for Social Justice
Professor Julian Savulescu, director of the Wellcome Centre for Neuroethics at Oxford University
Professor Geraint Rees, director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College, London
Paul Root Wolpe, Asa Griggs Candler professor of bioethics at Emory University in Atlanta.
Edward Stourton discovers what a negotiated peace with the Taliban would really mean.
While the fighting in Afghanistan continues there is talk, too, of a negotiated peace. Edward Stourton discovers what dealing with the Taliban would really mean.
While the fighting in Afghanistan continues there is talk, too, of a negotiated peace. But do we really understand who the Taliban are, what they want and how they fit into Afghan society? Edward Stourton discovers what dealing with the Taliban would really mean.
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani writer
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Royal United Services Institute
Sam Zarifi, Asia Pacific director, Amnesty International
Thomas Ruttig, former UN political director, Kabul
Alex Van Linschote, Dutch writer
Michael Semple, regional specialist on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Felix Kuehn, writer
Horia Mosadiq, Afghanistan researcher, Amnesty International.
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the topical discussion from Wrexham in North Wales.
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the live debate from Wrexham, North Wales with Plaid Cymru's Helen-Mary Jones, Jesse Norman MP, Peter Hain MP and writer James Delingpole.
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the topical discussion from St Giles' Church in Wrexham, North Wales with questions for the panel including Helen-Mary Jones, Plaid Cymru assembly member and health spokesman, Jesse Norman, Conservative MP, Peter Hain, Shadow Welsh Secretary and the writer James Delingpole.
Producer: Victoria Wakely.
Stephen Sackur uncovers the history behind the upheavals in Egypt.
Stephen Sackur uncovers the hidden history behind the political upheaval in Egypt. What was it that drove people to rise in protest after decades of repression?
Stephen Sackur and a group of experts uncover the hidden history behind the political upheaval in Egypt. How did President Mubarak rise to power and what were the factors that finally threatened his iron grip? Are there clues in Egypt's modern history to help us understand what finally brought the protestors out on the street?
Producer: Natalie Morton.
Charles Fernyhough looks at developmental psychology and the study of children's language.
Charles Fernyhough of Durham University looks at developmental psychology and what the study of children's language can teach us.
Charles Fernyhough of Durham University explores developmental psychology and what the study of children's language can teach us.