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The Special Relationship

Drama examining the relationship between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton as they deal with the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the war in Kosovo. Starring Michael Sheen and Dennis Quaid.

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 15 Sep 2012 23:30

Credits

Role Contributor
Tony Blair Michael Sheen
Bill Clinton Dennis Quaid
Hillary Clinton Hope Davis
Cherie Blair Helen McCrory
Director Richard Loncraine
Jonathan Powell Adam Godley
Jacques Chirac Marc Rioufol
Alastair Campbell Mark Bazeley
Gordon Brown Chris Wilson
Reporter John Schwab
Intern Lara Pulver
Foreign Policy Advisor Matthew Marsh
Protocol Officer Nancy Crane
Writer Peter Morgan
Producer Frank Doelger
Producer Tracey Scoffield
Producer Ann Wingate

Broadcasts

  • Sat 18 Sep 2010 21:30
  • Sat 15 Sep 2012 23:25
  • Sat 15 Sep 2012 23:30