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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.

Credits

Presenter
Sue MacGregor
Interviewed Guest
Joe Haines
Interviewed Guest
Tony Benn
Interviewed Guest
Peter Walker
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Howard
Interviewed Guest
Robert Armstrong
Interviewed Guest
Ian Aitken

Desert Island Discs

Anthony Howard

Sue Lawley's castaway is journalist and broadcaster Anthony Howard

Sue Lawley's castaway is journalist and broadcaster Anthony Howard.

Sue Lawley's guest this week is the journalist Anthony Howard. He's worked on The New Statesman, The Observer and The Sunday Times, where as Obituaries Editor, he turned a previously dead-end job into a highly competitive art form. A regular television commentator, he probably inherited his gift for oratory from his father, a parson who gave stirring sermons.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: The Toasting Song (from La Traviata - Act One) by Giuseppe Verdi

Book: Dictionary of National Biography

Luxury: Camp bed

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Howard

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.

Credits

Presenter
Martha Kearney
Interviewed Guest
Jon Snow
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Howard
Interviewed Guest
Giles Foden
Interviewed Guest
Shirley Williams
Interviewed Guest
Joe Haines
Interviewed Guest
Jim McDowell

Fifty Years With The Firm

Episode 3: Lifting the Veil

A look at the moment the relationship between the palace and the media changed.

The decision by the monarchy to allow TV cameras to film the domestic life of the royal family marked a dramatic change in the relationship between the palace and the media.

The decision by the monarchy to allow TV cameras to film the domestic life of the royal family marked a dramatic change in the relationship between the palace and the media. But in portraying the family as much like any other, was there a danger that people would question whether the monarchy was worth having?

Credits

Presenter
Anthony Howard

Fifty Years With The Firm

Episode 4: An Over-Mighty Subject

Anthony Howard looks at the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher.

The arrival of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 provoked a new adjustment in the relationship between the Queen and her Prime Ministers.

The arrival of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 provoked a new adjustment in the relationship between the Queen and her Prime Ministers. Rumours spread of tensions, rumours fuelled by interested parties and picked up by the media. But were they true?

Credits

Presenter
Anthony Howard

Martha Kearney and guests revisit 1977 through previously classified government documents.

Martha Kearney reviews the newly released government papers from 1977, the year that saw Jim Callaghan struggling with back-bench rebellions and turmoil in Rhodesia.

Martha Kearney presents a look at the political events of 1977, as told through the Cabinet minutes, Foreign Office documents and other Government papers that are released under the thirty year rule at the end of the year.

Stories will include the Lib Lab pact, the question of when to go for a general election, the rise of Margaret Thatcher, back bench rebellions, nuclear power to Iran and the Silver Jubilee.

UK CONFIDENTIAL includes extracts from papers read by actors, discussion with studio guests, and reports compiled by correspondents. With contributions from Michael Foot, Lord Steel, Baroness Williams and Lord Donoghue, an economic overview of the year by Newsnight's Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders and the Today programme's Jon Manel presents a special report. Studio guests include Lord Owen and Anthony Howard.

A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4, in association with Takeaway Media.

Producer: Emily Williams.

Credits

Presenter
Martha Kearney
Interviewed Guest
Michael Foot
Interviewed Guest
Stephanie Flanders
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Howard
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