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Peter Hennessy is the Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London and an expert on the history of Government. Listen to the highlights of his programme below.

Peter Hennessy with presenter James Naughtie
Peter Hennessy with editor Alexis Condon (left) in the studio
Peter Hennessy in the Today studio
Peter Hennessy with producer Richard Knight on one of the UKs Trident submarines

Living with the doomsday device

Peter Hennessy visits HMS Vigilant, one of the Trident submarines on patrol in the North Sea, armed with Britain's nuclear deterrent.

He looks into life on board the submarine and asks the crew how they handle the pressure of having their finger on the trigger of the doomsday device.


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Lord Guthrie
War Powers Act

Two seasoned Whitehall warriors discuss a plan to give more war powers to parliament, particularly over the decision to go to war.

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Queen Elizabeth II
The future of the monarchy

Do you want a monarchy in 30 years time? We commissioned a survey to look at people's changing attitudes to the royalty.

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Punch cartoon of Lord Canning
Political Satire

What makes for great political humour? We ask comedy writers Sir Anthony Jay and Armando Iannucci.

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Pound coins
Currency crisis

How vulnerable is Britain to a currency crisis? We speak to two economists caught in the eye of the 1976 and 1992 currency storms.

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Professor Peter Hennessy
Professor Peter Hennessy

Professor Hennessy discusses the ideas and inspiration behind his programme.

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