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The Special Relationship

In 1993, Tony Blair was a rising young star in British politics. Three years later, he ran for prime minister, bolstered with a strategy borrowed from President Bill Clinton's own run for office - and began a 'special relationship' with the US president that endured through triumph, conflict and personal scandal.

Political soulmates, the eager, young Blair and the charismatic Clinton dream of remaking the world together in a progressive fashion. Clinton helps Blair make peace in Northern Ireland, and Blair returns the favour by supporting a beleaguered Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal. But the bond is sundered over the festering crisis in Kosovo, as Blair's call for action clashes with Clinton's pragmatic approach. As Blair defiantly goes his own way and Hillary makes her own stunning rise in politics, Clinton realizes that Blair is about to embark on a new era and another 'special relationship' - with incoming president George W Bush.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 15 Sep 2012 23:30
BBC Two Scotland


Role Contributor
Tony BlairMichael Sheen
Bill ClintonDennis Quaid
Hillary ClintonHope Davis
Cherie BlairHelen McCrory
DirectorRichard Loncraine
Jonathan PowellAdam Godley
Jacques ChiracMarc Rioufol
Alastair CampbellMark Bazeley
Gordon BrownChris Wilson
ReporterJohn Schwab
InternLara Pulver
Foreign Policy AdvisorMatthew Marsh
Protocol OfficerNancy Crane
WriterPeter Morgan
ProducerFrank Doelger
ProducerTracey Scoffield
ProducerAnn Wingate