Anne McElvoy goes to Tyneside to rediscover the 'conserving crowds' of the Edwardian era.
Anne McElvoy explores how mass democracy split conservatism into moderates and militants.
How Ellen Wilkinson went from Communism to the Jarrow March to a seat in the cabinet.
AA Gill nominates Arthur Neville Chamberlain as his great life.
Lord Kinnock chooses the life of Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS.
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
Clement Attlee's lack of charisma did not prevent him transforming post war Britain.
Bookseller Tim Waterstone and biographer Ben Pimlott discuss the former prime minister.
David Lloyd George, who led Britain in the First World War with a presidential approach.
Athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson chooses her Welsh compatriot, politician David Lloyd George.
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
The Strictly star and former MP in conversation with his heroes - brought back to life.
The battle for socialism's soul between a trade union boss and a revolutionary barrister.
Ramsay Macdonald, Labour's first prime minister, chosen by Shaun Ley.
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
How an ex-Liberal trade unionist became leader of Britain's socialist Parliamentary party.
Peter Hennessy tells how Lloyd George galvanized Britain as war leader a century ago.
Maxine Peake nominates her working class hero the MP Ellen Wilkinson as her great life.
Michael Sheen explores Aneurin Bevan's roots in Tredegar.
Jonathan Freedland focuses on Hillary Clinton and pioneering political women from history.
President George H W Bush's handling of foreign affairs helps his re-election.
Nick Robinson looks at how Ramsay MacDonald handled the top job in British politics.
Douglas Hurd uses the BBC Archives to explore the life of his predecessor Anthony Eden.
Alistair Cooke recalls some intriguing myths about Winston Churchill.
Stanley Baldwin led Britain between the wars and was the first premier to master radio.
Former minister Lord John Biffen nominates Conservative Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.
The history and traditions of Thanksgiving and the opposition to the celebration in 1998.