Edward Heath Night

Sunday 26 July



Fifty years ago this summer Edward Heath won the first ever Tory leadership election. Five years later he defied the pollsters to win the 1970 general election.

As Prime Minister he changed his country, taking Britain into what became the European Union. He also presided over some of the most turbulent years in post-war British history. It was a time of strikes, of power cuts and the three-day week. And that proved his downfall.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Heath’s arrival as leader, Jo Coburn presents Edward Heath Night on BBC Parliament, from 7pm on Sunday 26 July.

Through archive programming and new films made with his contemporaries, Edward Heath Night will look back over the life and times of one of our most distinctive Prime Ministers.

In Heath Time Jo Coburn chairs a discussion with Ken Clarke MP, Lord Donoughue, a former key adviser to Harold Wilson, and political scientist Professor Tim Bale.