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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

Lord Armstrong

Sue Lawley's castaway is former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong

Sue Lawley's castaway is former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong.

Sue Lawley's castaway is former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong.

Favourite track: Piano Trio In D Minor by Felix Mendelssohn

Book: The collected works by Jane Austen

Luxury: Music manuscript paper, pencil, rubber

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Robert Armstrong
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