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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.
Martha Kearney and guests revisit 1975 through previously classified government documents.
1975 was marked by the fall of Saigon, Franco's death, and a European referendum. Papers released under the 30-year rule offer new insight into the political decisions of the year.
Martha Kearney looks at the events of 1975, as told through the cabinet papers, Foreign Office Documents and those of other Government departments that are released under the thirty year rule at the end of the year.
UK CONFIDENTIAL features the aftermath of President Nixon's resignation over Watergate, Harold Wilson's failing health, Trade Union negotiations starting to break down, IRA activity and security arrangements following terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland, Cabinet splits on the need for a European Referendum, the British Government's relationships with Iraq's Ba'ath party leader Saddam Hussain, pandas at London Zoo and the John Stonehouse Affair.
Taking part are Anthony Howard, Jon Snow, Giles Foden, Joe Haines, Baroness Williams and Jim McDowell.
A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4, in association with Takeaway Media.
Producer: Emily Williams.
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