The Prime Ministers

The Prime Ministers

By LBC

It has almost been 300 years since Sir Robert Walpole arguably became the first holder of the office of Prime Minister in 1721 - an office which today is under scrutiny like never before. The Prime Ministers series of 55 podcasts brings to life all 55 of Britain's 'First Among Equals' through interviews with the authors of all 55 essays in Iain Dale’s new book The Prime Ministers: Three Hundred Years of History. From the obscure 18th-century figures like the Earl of Shelburne and Henry Pelham to 20th-century titans like Churchill and Thatcher, these podcasts provide a much-needed reminder about their motivations, failures and achievements.

Episodes

Harold Macmillan

Iain Dale talks to historian and former Conservative MP Keith Simpson about the life and Premiership of Harold Macmillan, who served as Conservative prime minister from 1957-63.
04/05/211h 5m

300 years of the office of Prime Minister

Iain Dale in conversation with journalist Sue Cameron, author Steve Richards, and academic Sir Anthony Seldon on his LBC show about the 300th anniversary of the office of Prime Minister.
26/04/2146m 27s

Sir Robert Peel

Iain Dale talks to Robert Saunders, reader in British history at Queen Mary University of London about the life and career of Sir Robert Peel, who served as Prime Minister twice, from 1834-5 and 1841-6. He is most remembered for creating the modern police force and for the repeal of the Corn Laws. He is also seen by many as the founder of the modern Conservative Party.
19/04/2149m 54s

Duke of Portland

Iain Dale talks to Richard Gaunt, Associate Professor in History at the University of Nottingham, about the life of William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, who served twice as Prime Minister, from April-December 1783 and 1807 to 1809.
12/04/2137m 10s

Lord North

Iain Dale talks to former Education Secretary Baroness Nicky Morgan about the life and career of Lord North, the Prime Minister who “lost the colonies”. He served as PM from 1770-1782, but was he the complete failure that we imagine?
05/04/2152m 23s

BONUS Sir Anthony Seldon & Mark Garnett

Iain Dale talks to Sir Anthony Seldon and Mark Garnett on the 300th anniversary of the office of Prime Minister. Sir Anthony’s new book is called THE IMPOSSIBLE OFFICE and Mark Garnett’s book is THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER IN AN AGE OF UPHEAVAL.
02/04/211h 9m

George Grenville

Iain Dale talks to Stephen Conway, professor of history at UCL, about the life and career of George Grenville, who served as prime minister from 1763-1765.
29/03/2142m 28s

William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham

Iain Dale talks to Charles Pitt (no relation) about William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham, who served as Prime Minister from July 1766 to October 1768.
22/03/2130m 46s

David Lloyd George

Iain Dale talks to historian and Conservative MP Damian Collins about the life of David Lloyd George who served as Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922.
15/03/211h 4m

Benjamin Disraeli

Iain Dale talks to Edward Young about Benjamin Disraeli who served as Prime Minister for nine months in 1868 and then from 1874 to 1880.
08/03/211h 4m

Gordon Brown

Iain Dale talks to Labour peer Lord Wood of Anfield, Stewart Wood, about Gordon Brown, who served as Prime Minister from June 2007 until May 2010.
01/03/2155m 10s

The Earl of Bute

Iain Dale talks to historian David Torrance about John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute who served as Prime Minister from May 1762 to April 1763
22/02/2125m 46s

Spencer Perceval

Iain Dale talks to Lord Bellingham, Henry Bellingham, about the life and premiership of Spencer Perceval who served as Prime Minister from 1809 until his assassination by Henry Bellingham’s kinsman, John Bellingham, in 1812.
15/02/2146m 35s

Viscount Melbourne

Iain Dale talks to Secretary of State Robert Buckland about the life and times of Viscount Melbourne who served as Prime Minister in 1834 for a few months, and then from 1834-1841.
08/02/2139m 5s

Clement Attlee

Iain Dale talks to historian Sir Anthony Seldon about the life and premiership of Clement Attlee, who held the office of Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951.
01/02/2159m 24s

Neville Chamberlain

Iain Dale talks to Professor John Charmley about Neville Chamberlain, who served as Prime Minister from 1937-1940.
25/01/2154m 58s

William Pitt the Younger

Iain Dale talks to political academic Mark Garnett about the life and premiership(s) of William Pitt the Younger who became Prime Minister at the age of 24 in 1783. He resigned in 1801 and served briefly again as Prime Minister between 1804 and his death in late 1805.
18/01/2154m 35s

Andrew Bonar Law

Iain Dale talks to Theresa May’s former speechwriter Keelan Carr about the so-called “Unknown Prime Minister” Andrew Bonar Law, who served as Prime Minister for only seven months 1922-23.
11/01/2134m 5s

The Earl of Liverpool

Iain Dale talks to veteran political journalist Peter Riddell about the Tory Prime Minister Lord Liverpool from 1812-1827, and was the longest serving Prime Minister of the 19th century.
04/01/2140m 24s

Lord John Russell

Iain Dale talks to Liberal historian Duncan Brack about Whig/Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell, who serves as Prime Minister from 1846 to 1852 and 1865-66.
21/12/2038m 47s

Winston Churchill

Iain Dale talks to military historian Peter Caddick-Adams about the life and premiership of Winston Churchill, who served as Prime Minister from 1940-45 and 1951-55.
14/12/2057m 38s

Henry Addington

Iain Dale talks to Stephen Parkinson, Lord Parkinson, about Henry Addington who was Prime Minister from 1801-04.
07/12/2028m 8s

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

Iain Dale talks to David Campbell Bannerman about the Liberal Prime Minister who was Prime Minister from 1905-1908.
30/11/2029m 10s

Theresa May

Iain Dale discusses the premiership of Theresa May (2016-2019) with Times columnist Rachel Sylvester.
23/11/2036m 31s

Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby

Iain Dale talks to political academic Nigel Fletcher about the Earl of Derby who served three times as Prime Minister from 23 February to 17 December 1852, 20 February 1858 to 1 June 1859, and 28 June 1866 to 25 February 1868.
16/11/2034m 59s

Sir Robert Walpole

Iain Dale talks to Mark Fox about Britain’s first Prime Minister who served in the office from 1721-1742. You can order the book, THE PRIME MINISTERS, which accompanies this podcast series from all good bookshops.
09/11/2038m 11s

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Iain talks to the 18th century political historian Jacqueline Reiter about the reluctant Prime Minister, the Duke of Wellington.
02/11/2032m 52s

Leonard James Callaghan

Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, KG, PC, often known as Jim Callaghan, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980. Iain discusses his impact with political analyst Lewis Baston.
26/10/2041m 57s

William Ewart Gladstone

In the first of this series of 55 podcasts on British prime ministers, LBC’s Iain Dale talks to historian and Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer about the life of one of Britain’s greatest prime ministers, the Liberal William Ewart Gladstone. He served as prime minister for a total of 12 years in four separate terms between 1868 and 1894.
19/10/2047m 18s

The Prime Ministers -The Trailer

Starting on Monday 19th October, a podcast series on every Prime Minister
07/10/202m 6s
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