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Alastair Campbell Diaries go to BBC Two


BBC Two is to screen a three-part series to coincide with the publication of Alastair Campbell's forthcoming book The Blair Years which is based on the diaries he kept during his years working for the Prime Minister.

 

The series will be a major feature in the Corporation's coverage of Tony Blair's Premiership.

 

The series has been commissioned by BBC Two Controller Roly Keating and the Commissioning Editor for Current Affairs, George Entwistle, from independent producer Liberty Bell.

 

George Entwistle said: "Alastair Campbell was the man left in the room with the Prime Minister when everyone else had gone.

 

"I'm looking forward to his diaries providing a whole new dimension in understanding the politics of the last ten years."

 

Roly Keating added: "I'm sure the content of these diaries will make fascinating viewing.

 

"Alastair Campbell was one of Blair's inner circle and it's a real coup for BBC Two to have got this kind of access and insight to his innermost thoughts."

 

Executive Producer for Liberty Bell, Stuart Prebble, said: "No-one was closer to Tony Blair than Alastair Campbell, and to be able to make this series as topical current affairs is unique."

 

The three one-hour programmes will be shown within days of Campbell's book being published by Random House. The date has yet to be decided but is likely to be within months.

 

The series combines readings from the diaries by Campbell with archive footage of the key people, speeches, interviews and the real world events he describes.

 

Alastair Campbell wrote more than two million words in a personal diary kept every day he worked for Tony Blair.

 

His forthcoming book, The Blair Years, will comprise edited extracts totaling around 350,000 words and covering the key moments in Blair's leadership at home and abroad.

 

Alastair Campbell said: "The diary records what I saw, said, heard, thought, felt and did during many of the key moments of his leadership.

 

"It records good days and bad days; things going wrong as well as things going right.

 

"There will of course be a huge amount of written and broadcast analysis as the Blair Premership becomes the stuff of history.

 

"I am looking forward to working on a TV series that captures the essence of my diaries and the events and people who fill them."

 

It has long been known Alastair Campbell keeps a diary and a small number of extracts were published at the time of the Hutton Inquiry.

 

They are expected to give a unique insider's perspective on the key events of Tony Blair's Premiership.

 

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