Candidate

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Duration: 1 hour

The series explores the sordid scandal and grand achievement of an American president who rose from a turbulent childhood in Arkansas. Forming the ultimate power couple alongside his wife Hillary, William Jefferson Clinton becomes one of the most successful politicians in modern American history. Complex, conflicted and rife with scandal, Bill Clinton's presidency would define a crucial and transformative period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 9/11 attacks.

With unprecedented access to scores of Clinton insiders including White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, White House chief of staff Leon Panetta and Kenneth Starr.

This first episode follows Bill Clinton's bumpy road to the 1992 presidential victory. From the political backwaters of Arkansas, Bill Clinton rises to Yale, where he meets a young woman named Hillary Rodham, who shares his intellect and idealism and becomes his wife. During a campaign repeatedly under siege by allegations ranging from draft dodging to womanizing, the Clintons unite and appear on 60 Minutes to rebuff the charges. Having emerged as a political force, the Clintons win the election. But despite all of their education and experience, the pair are unprepared for political life in Washington, and the tragic suicide of their close friend and ally, deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, underlines the new harsh reality they have to face up to.

Last on

Sat 15 Sep 2012 22:30 BBC Two Scotland only

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Series Editor
Nick Fraser

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