Anne McElvoy traces how the threat of Free Trade stung a placid aristocrat into action.
Anne McElvoy goes to Tyneside to rediscover the 'conserving crowds' of the Edwardian era.
Historian Peter Hennessy invites Norman Lamont to reflect on his life and times.
The story behind the fateful meeting between PM Gordon Brown and Gillian Duffy in 2010.
A special edition of the programme to mark the bicentenary of Gladstone's birth.
AA Gill nominates Arthur Neville Chamberlain as his great life.
An insight into the Chancellor, Alistair Darling.
John Major's comments on the Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal.
Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics.
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
David Cannadine explores how Disraeli merged fact and fiction in his life and work.
Helen Mark explores Sir Winston Churchill's family home of Chartwell in Kent.
William Crawley travels to Winston Churchill's grave in the Oxfordshire village of Bladon.
A humble wooden cabinet reveals secrets about how Churchill developed his oratorical style
Athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson chooses her Welsh compatriot, politician David Lloyd George.
David Lloyd George, who led Britain in the First World War with a presidential approach.
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
Steve Richards reveals the inside story of Gordon Brown's time as prime minister.
Steve Richards tells the inside story of Gordon Brown's time as prime minister.
The battle for socialism's soul between a trade union boss and a revolutionary barrister.
Gary Oldman on his career and award winning performance as Churchill
The Oscar-tipped actor on how he captured the war-time PM's distinctive delivery
Dennis Sewell takes at look at the shadow Chancellor George Osborne.
George Osborne gets a grilling whilst posing for a portrait by cartoonist Martin Rowson.
Nick Robinson looks at how Harold Macmillan handled the top job in British politics.
Nick Robinson looks at how Asquith handled the top job in politics.
Peter Hennessy tells how Lloyd George galvanized Britain as war leader a century ago.
Nigel Lawson reflects on a high profile political life and keeping feelings private.
Peter Hennessy invites Nigel Lawson to reflect on his life and times.