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1975 was marked by the fall of Saigon, Franco's death, and a European referendum. Papers released under the 30-year rule offer new insight into the political decisions of the year.

Martha Kearney looks at the events of 1975, as told through the cabinet papers, Foreign Office Documents and those of other Government departments that are released under the thirty year rule at the end of the year.

UK CONFIDENTIAL features the aftermath of President Nixon's resignation over Watergate, Harold Wilson's failing health, Trade Union negotiations starting to break down, IRA activity and security arrangements following terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland, Cabinet splits on the need for a European Referendum, the British Government's relationships with Iraq's Ba'ath party leader Saddam Hussain, pandas at London Zoo and the John Stonehouse Affair.

Taking part are Anthony Howard, Jon Snow, Giles Foden, Joe Haines, Baroness Williams and Jim McDowell.

A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4, in association with Takeaway Media.

Producer: Emily Williams.

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45 minutes

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Sat 31 Dec 2005 22:15


Role Contributor
Presenter Martha Kearney
Interviewed Guest Jon Snow
Interviewed Guest Anthony Howard
Interviewed Guest Giles Foden
Interviewed Guest Shirley Williams
Interviewed Guest Joe Haines
Interviewed Guest Jim McDowell