Continuing the nightly series of political confessions.
Comedy writer John O'Farrell , author of bestseller Things Can Only Get Better, grew up supporting Labour while living in the true-blue constituency of Maidenhead. With Tony Blair safely ensconced in Number 10, O'Farrell returns to the Berkshire town as the Labour parliamentary candidate and attempts to convince some of Britain's most well-off electorate to vote for increases in state benefits and the minimum wage. (S)
The weekday series of political revelations continues with a personal portrait of the last general election, recorded by three candidates, revealing their determination to win, their dread of losing, and the surprise encounters with "real" people - a world away from the spin and stage management of the national campaign. Former Tory MP
Lady Olga Maitland hopes to be the ultimate "comeback kid" by winning back the Sutton and Cheam seat she lost in 1997. In a Forest of Dean hard hit by the foot-and-mouth crisis, Labour's Diana Organ must fight to rally apathetic voters and retain her seat there. Finally, hair and beauty entrepreneur Damian Hockney stands against Michael Portillo on behalf of the UK Independence Party in the true-blue constituency of Kensington and Chelsea.
Last in the series of political revelations from the general election follows independent MP Martin Bell as he attempted to win Epping and Ongar in Essex. The result - a slim majority for Tory MP Eric Pickles -was a blow for the new "antHpolitics". Producer Jeremy Jeffs ; Editor Anne Tyerman
The first of a five-part series - with four consecutive nightly programmes this week - revealing the inside story of the general election as prospective candidates discuss what losing could mean to them and how they manage to cope with the stress and upheaval. Tonight's prospective MPs include Liberal Democrat candidate for Totnes Rachel
Oliver, who believes she is poised to take over one of the South West's most marginal seats but becomes embroiled in an increasingly personal battle; and scourge of the Labour leadership Bob Marshall-Andrews , a successful QC who hopes to retain the seat he won last time in Medway. Series producer Anna Lloyd ; Editor Anne Tyerman (S)
The fourth weekday night film portrait recorded by candidates at last month's general election and by those closest to them, and showing the would-be MPs at their most frank, emotional and passionate.
Catherine Maxwell-Stuart , the 21st Laird of Traquair on the Borders flies the Labour flag, while her husband stands for Labour in Windsor. Boxing promoter and local boy Gus Robinson takes on Peter Mandelson in Hartlepool with dreams of becoming a future Conservative leader, and SNP candidate Pete Wishart , veteran musician in the folk band
Runrig, wants to become the first pop musician to represent a party in the House of Commons.
The final film can be seen next Monday (S)
The concluding episode of the two-part drama, which r started yesterday, about the extraordinary relationship between the young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. As Albert's love and support for his wife grows, he becomes increasingly frustrated by inactivity.
(S) (W) When love reigned: page 12
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