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John Hume/David Trimble

12 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 27 August 2012

Jim Naughtie on John Hume and David Trimble who shared the Nobel Peace Prize after the Good Friday Agreement and whose lives help to illuminate the complex politics of Northern Ireland.

The New Elizabethans have been chosen by a panel of leading historians, chaired by Lord (Tony) Hall, Chief Executive of London's Royal Opera House. The panellists were Dominic Sandbrook, Bamber Gascoigne, Sally Alexander, Jonathan Agar, Maria Misra and Sir Max Hastings.

They were asked to choose: "Men and women whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact on lives in these islands and/or given the age its character, for better or worse.".


    John Hume and David Trimble appear on stage to shake hands at the U2 and Ash Concert in Berlin days prior to the vote on the Good Friday Agreement in 1998

    From the Radio Ulster Documentary A BEAUTIFUL DAY broadcast 17/05/2008

    John Hume and David Trimble speak on receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace
    From the Radio Ulster Documentary 80 LISTENING YEARS: PROG2: IN THE PUBLIC EYE
    Broadcast on 19/07/2004

    David Trimble talks about exhaustion after working towards The Good Friday Agreement
    From BBC Radio 4: ON THE ROPES: DAVID TRIMBLE broadcast 12/07/2005



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    The New Elizabethans

    To mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, James Naughtie introduces the 60 new Elizabethans who…

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