As previously secret government files are released to the public, former government ministers reveal the truth behind the headlines. With presenters Martha Kearney & Sue McGregor.
Thu, 1 Aug 13
It was the year that Compact Discs and £1 coins were first sold in Britain. The country was introduced to the joys of wheel clamps and breakfast television, and Shergar - the most valuable racehorse in the world - was stolen, never to be seen again. Martha Kearney uncovers the secrets within the Government files of 1983 - who said what in Cabinet, and what did the Prime Minister really think about the issues of the day?
Fri, 28 Dec 12
1982 saw Britain at war with Argentina over the Falklands. Martha Kearney and guests review the political events of the year with the aid of newly released Cabinet minutes, Prime Ministerial papers and Foreign and Commonwealth Office documents.
Fri, 30 Dec 11
1981 was the year of the Royal Wedding, urban riots and soaring unemployment. Martha Kearney reviews newly-released government papers from 1981 with guests including former Ministers, government advisers and leading opponents.
Thu, 30 Dec 10
1980 was a year of government cutbacks, high unemployment and economic gloom. Martha Kearney and guests examine Margaret Thatcher's papers, complete with handwritten notes in the margins, from this year.
Wed, 30 Dec 09
In 1979 Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister. Martha Kearney explores secret government papers released under the 30-year rule for more insight into the groundbreaking year.
Tue, 30 Dec 08
Martha Kearney explores the newly released government papers from 1978, the year that saw Jim Callaghan struggle to decide the date for the general election.
Fri, 28 Dec 07
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.
Fri, 29 Dec 06
1976 was marked by the resignation of Harold Wilson and the sterling crisis. Martha Kearney presents a look at these events as told through the Cabinet papers, Foreign Office Documents and other Government papers that are being released released under the thirty year rule.
Sat, 31 Dec 05
1975 was marked by the fall of Saigon, Franco’s death, and a European referendum. Martha Kearney looks at these events, told through the cabinet papers, Foreign Office Documents and those of other Government departments that have been released under the thirty year rule.
Sat, 1 Jan 05
1974 was a year of the Three Day week, a Miners Strike and two General Elections. With exclusive access to papers released by The National Archives under the thirty year rule, Sue MacGregor reviews many of the political decisions and controversies of the time.
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