Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens

Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens

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Season One of ‘The Presidents & Prime Ministers brought to life all 55 of Britain's Prime Ministers through interviews with the authors of all 55 essays in Iain Dale’s 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. Season Two, gives the same treatment to the 45 US Presidents from George Washington through to Joe Biden, with each episode featuring an interview with the author of the essay about a President in Iain Dale’s book ‘The Presidents’. Season Three contained interviews about the various and varied Irish Taoisigh, whilst the new Season 4 takes you through England and the UK's many Kings and Queens, as featured in Iain's book Kings and Queens: 1200 Years of English and British Monarchs. Buy signed copies of ‘The Prime Ministers’, ‘The Presidents’ and 'Kings and Queens' at http://www.politicos.co.uk.

Episodes

161. Edmund (939-940)

Iain Dale talks to George Trefgarne about the short lived reign of one of the early Anglo Saxon monarchs
14/07/2418m 23s

160. Henry V (1413-1422)

Iain Dale talks to historian Lauren Mackay about the life and reign of the King who defeated the French at Agincourt.
07/07/2432m 25s

159. Sweyn Forkbeard (1013-1013)

Iain Dale talks to historian Justin Hill about the life and five week reign of the gloriously named Sweyn Forkbeard.
30/06/2431m 24s

158. Edward VI (1547-53)

Iain Dale talks to historian Elizabeth Norton about the life and reign of King Edward VI, a king who few know anything about.
23/06/2426m 26s

157. Edward the Elder (899-924)

Iain Dale talks to historian Gareth Streeter about the important reign of Edward the Elder.
16/06/2424m 20s

156. Edward VII (1901-10)

Iain Dale talks to the Telegraph’s Assistant Editor Camilla Tominey about the life and relatively brief reign of Queen Victoria’s son, Bertie, who reigned for 9 years as King Edward VII.
09/06/2436m 35s

155. George VI (1936-52)

Iain Dale talks to royal biographer and historian, Jane Ridley, about the man who saved the monarchy following the abdication crisis.
02/06/2438m 14s

154. Lady Jane Grey (1553)

Iain Dale talks to historian Nicola Tallis about the 9 day long reign of Lady Jane Grey.
26/05/2424m 12s

153. Eadred (946-55)

Iain Dale talks to historian Annie Whitehead about the Anglo Saxon monarch, King Eadred, who ruled for 9 years in the mid tenth century.
19/05/2427m 56s

152. Henry III (1216-72)

Iain Dale discusses the long reign of King Henry III with the historian Sharon Bennett Connolly.
12/05/2445m 24s

151. Edward III (1327-77)

Iain Dale talks to Mark Fox about the life and reign of one of England’s most long serving monarchs, King Edward III.
06/05/2431m 48s

150. George II (1727-60)

Iain Dale talks to former cabinet minister Sir Robert Buckland about the life and reign of King George II.
28/04/2433m 55s

149. King Charles I (1625-49)

Iain Dale talks to Leanda de Lisle about the life and reign of one of Britain’s most famous kings, Charles, not least because of the civil war and the fact he had his head chopped off.
22/04/2452m 8s

148. King Stephen (1135-54)

Iain Dale talks to political historian Robert Waller about the life and reign of King Stephen
14/04/2442m 26s

147. Harthacnut (1040-42)

Iain Dale and David Walsh discuss the life and brief reign of Harthacnut, who ruled for only two years in the middle of the eleventh century
07/04/2421m 8s

146. Canute (1016-1035)

Iain Dale talks to journalist and broadcaster Sue Cameron about the life and reign of the King who tried to hold back the tide. Or did he? Listen and find out!
31/03/2443m 11s

145. Charles II (1660-85)

Iain Dale talks to historian Charlotte White about the restoration of the monarchy after the resignation of Richard Cromwell, and the reign of King Charles II.
24/03/2449m 47s

144. Edward II (1307-1327)

Iain Dale discusses the controversial reign of King Edward II with political historian Nigel Fletcher and they try to work out if some of the stories about Edward are real or based on myth, including the fact he allegedly died from having a red hot poker shoved up where the sun doesn’t shine!
17/03/2441m 4s

143. Henry VII (1457-1509)

Iain Dale talks to Tudor historian Nathen Amin about a monarch who is largely forgotten but undeservedly so. Henry VII’s memory is eclipsed by his son – he of the six wives, but he deserves to be better remembered than he is, as Nathem explains.
10/03/2447m 17s

142. George I (1714-27)

Iain Dale talks to Newsagents podcast presenter Lewis Goodall about the life and reign of the first Hanoverian king, George I. 
03/03/2427m 28s

141. John (1199-1216)

Shadow cabinet minister and political biographer Nick Thomas-Symonds talks to Iain Dale about the life and failures of the reign of King John
25/02/2434m 59s

140. Alfred the Great (871-899)

Iain Dale talks to Conservative MP and historian Alex Burghart MP about the reign of the man who many claim to be the first King of England, Alfred the Great.
18/02/2443m 46s

139. Edward V (1483)

Iain Dale discusses the life and very brief reign of King Edward V with historian and former MP, Chis Skidmore.
11/02/2435m 2s

138. William the Conqueror (1066-1087)

Iain Dale talks to military historian Peter Caddick-Adams about the Norman invasion of 1066 and the reign of the first Norman king, William I
04/02/2454m 22s

137. Oliver Cromwell (1653-58)

Iain Dale talks to historian Miranda Malins about the life of Oliver Cromwell who became Lord Protector of England during the Protectorate.
28/01/241h

136. Henry VI (1421-1471)

Iain Dale speaks to historian Josh Provan about the 50 year reign of King Henry VI
21/01/2444m 18s

135. Henry VIII (1509-47)

Iain Dale talks to Tudor expert Dr David David Starkey about the life and reign of one of Britain’s greatest, and most notorious monarchs, Henry VIII.
14/01/2453m 53s

134. Eadwig (955-959)

Iain Dale talks to The ‘I’ Newspaper’s Hugo Gye about the life and brief reign of King Eadwig, who is best known for allegedly having a threesome on his wedding night with his new wife and his new mother in law.
07/01/2427m 47s

133. Edward IV (1461-70, 1470-83)

Iain Dale talks to historian Charlotte Gauthier about the life and two reigns of King Edward IV.
31/12/2329m 13s

132. Victoria (1837-1901)

Iain Dale talks to co-presenter of the History Hack podcast Alex Churchill about the life and reign of Queen Victoria
24/12/2348m 56s

131. William III & Mary II (1689 - 1702)

Iain Dale talks to Conservative MP Bim Afolami about the reign of William of Orange and Queen Mary.
17/12/2334m 3s

130. Edward the Martyr (975-978)

Iain Dale talks to Charles Pitt about the short reign of King Edward the Martyr.
10/12/2319m 5s

129. Richard III (1483-1485)

Iain talks to historian Matthew Lewis about the life and reign of one of Britain’s most controversial monarchs, King Richard III.
04/12/2346m 1s

128. Edward VIII (January 1936-December 1936)

Iain Dale talks to historian and Conservative MP Damian Collins about the life and very short reign of King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne before being crowned in December 1936.Kings & Queens, edited by Iain Dale is available in hardback at £25.00. Signed copies available at https://www.politicos.co.uk
27/11/2339m 40s

127. Henry I (1100-1135)

Iain Dale talks to historian Dominic Selwood about the life and reign of one our lesser remembered monarchs, King Henry I.Kings & Queens, edited by Iain Dale is available in hardback at £25.00. Signed copies available at https://www.politicos.co.uk
20/11/2332m 39s

126. Edward the Confessor (1042-1066)

Iain Dale talks to Lord Stephen Parkinson about the life and reign of one of the new Anglo-Saxon kings we have heard of, but whose reign was rather unmemorable.
13/11/2320m 52s

125. George V (1910-36)

In this first episode of a new series on Kings & Queens, Iain Dale talks to historian and Telegraph columnist Professor Simon Heffer about the reign of King George V.
06/11/2358m 59s

Coming soon: Kings and Queens

Good news!64 new podcasts will be coming to this feed, featuring UK Kings and Queens since Alfred the Great.Featuring Simon Heffer, Jane Ridley, Lewis Goodall and many more.Coming mid-October!
29/09/231m 28s

Micheál Martin

Iain Dale talks to Gavan Reilly, political correspondent for Virgin Media News and a presenter on Newstalk about the life and career of Ireland’s 15th Taoiseach, Micheal Martin who for two and a half years from June 2020 until December 2022, and is now Tanaiste, deputy to Leo Varadkar. He remains leader of Fianna Fáil.
11/07/231h 24m

Leo Varadkar

Iain Dale discusses the life and career of Ireland’s 14th, and youngest, Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, with the Group Political Editor of Independent Newspapers in Dublin, and Varadkar’s biographer, Philip Ryan. MLeo Varadkar served as Taoiseach from 2017 to 2020 and is currently serving a second ter, which began on 17 December 2022.
28/06/231h 6m

Enda Kenny

Iain Dale talks to John Downing columnist for the Irish Independent about the life and career of Enda Kenny, Ireland’s 13th Taoiseach, who served from 2011-2017. John Downing’s biography of him is titled Enda Kenny: The Unlikely Taoiseach.
21/06/231h 4m

Brian Cowen

Iain Dale talks about the life and career of Ireland’s twelfth Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, with Theresa Reidy, lecturer in politics at University College Cork.
14/06/231h

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern served as Taoiseach between 1997 and 2008, and was the second longest serving Taoiseach in the history of the Republic of Ireland. Iain Dale discusses his life and career with journalist and author Mick Clifford, who, in 2009 co-wrote a book titled BERTIE AHERN AND THE DRUMCONDRA MAFIA
07/06/231h 4m

John Bruton

Iain Dale talks to the Irish Independent’s Ireland Editor Fionnan Sheahan about the life and career of Ireland’s tenth Taoiseach, John Bruton, who served in the office from 1994-1997.
31/05/231h 5m

Albert Reynolds

Iain Dale discusses the life and political career of Ireland’s ninth Taoiseach, Albert Renolds, with former civil servant. Government adviser, minister and member of the Dail and Senate, Martin Mansergh.
27/05/231h 18m

Garret Fitzgerald

Iain Dale speaks to Associate Professor of Political Science at Dublin City University, Eoin O’Malley, about the life and career of Ireland’s eighth Taoiseach, Dr Garret Fitzgerald, who served for two terms, 1981-82 and 1982-87.Catch the Irish Taoiseach Podcast releases a month earlier over on the Irish Taoiseach Podcast channel.
17/05/231h 12m

Charles Haughey

Iain Dale talks to Gary Murphy, Professor of Politics at Dublin City University, about the life and career of Ireland’s most colourful and controversial Taoiseach, Charles J Haughey, who served as Taoiseach three times, from 1979-1981, 1982 and 1987-92. Gary Murphy’s recent biography of Ireland’s seventh Taoiseach is called HAUGHEY and is published by Gill Books.Catch all episode of the Taoiseach Podcast a month earlier over on the Taoiseach Podcast channel
10/05/231h 47m

Liam Cosgrave

Iain Dale talks to Deirdre Foley, Irish Research Council Fellow at University College Cork, about the lefe and career of Liam Cosgrave, who served as Taoiseach from 1973-77.
03/05/2349m 39s

Jack Lynch

Iain Dale talks to Irish Times columnist Stephen Collins about the life and career of Ireland’s fifth Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, who served two terms in office - 1966-73 and 1977-79.
26/04/231h 1m

Sean Lemass

Iain Dale talks to Bryce Evans, professor of modern history at Liverpool Hope University, about the life and career of Ireland’s fourth Taoiseach, Sean Lemass. Bryce has written a biography of Sean Lemass called ‘Democratic Dictator’.Catch the latest episode of the Irish Taoiseach podcast over on the Irish Taoiseach Podcast Channel
21/04/231h 14m

John Costello

Iain Dale talks to Sheffield University’s Caoimhe Nic Dhaibheid about the life and career of Ireland’s third Taoiseach, John Costello. Costelloserved as Taoiseach for two terms, 1948-51 and 1954-57.Hear episodes of the Irish Taoiseach Podcast a month earlier on the Irish Taoiseach Podcast channel.
14/04/231h 4m

Eamon de Valera

Iain Dale talks to Eamon de Valera’s biographer David McCullagh about the life and times of Ireland’s most long serving Taoiseach.
05/04/231h 21m

W T Cosgrave

Iain Dale talks to Irish political historian Ciara Meehan about the life and politics of W T Cosgrave, the man who became President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State in 1922 and served in the office for ten years until losing the 1932 general election to Eamon De Valera and Fianna Fail. Although the office of Taoiseach wasn’t formally inaugurated until 1937, Cosgrave is widely considered to be the first holder of the post. Over the coming 13 weeks, Iain will be interviewing experts on the lives of the other 13 Taoisigh (which, for the uninitiated, is the plural of Taoiseach).All these podcasts are available a month earlier on their own podcast channel 'The Irish Taoiseach Podcast'
30/03/2357m 30s

Series 3 – The Irish Taoisigh

Iain Dale trails ahead to the next series of the Presidents & Prime Ministers podcast, which will revolve around the 14 men who have served as Irish Taoiseach over the last century. The series will start in early January.
22/11/221m 15s

Joe Biden

in the final Presidents podcast Iain Dale talks to Labour peer and political biographer Andrew Adonis about the life and presidency of Joseph P. Biden.
07/11/2241m 27s

Introducing: Sweeney Talks

Hey listener, we’ve got a new LBC podcast that we think you’d like called Sweeney Talks with old-school reporter, John Sweeney. John is trouble. He's taken on Vladimir Putin, challenged Donald Trump, and after months of uncovering hard truths in Ukraine, he’s back. John is never silent about what he’s experienced. Sweeney talks, and in this podcast, so do his guests. John speaks to people like him, who are not prepared to be part of the silent majority. They refused to toe the line, and have found themselves in trouble. Big trouble. Activists, agitators, heroes… or villains. You decide. Listen and subscribe to Sweeney Talks on Global Player. https://www.globalplayer.com/podcasts/42KuWd/ Go to Global Player for exclusive bonus episodes where John offers candid reflections on what he's discovered during each interview, what surprised him and what we can learn from it all. https://www.globalplayer.com/podcasts/42KuWb/ Download it from the App Store or go to globalplayer.com
03/11/221m 47s

George Washington

Iain Dale talks to US diplomat Mitchell Reiss about the life and presidency of America’s first president, George Washington.
31/10/2245m 52s

Harry S. Truman

Iain Dale talks to Alvin S Felzenberg about the life and presidency of Harry S. Truman who served as president from 1945-1953.
23/10/221h 7m

Andrew Johnson

Iain Dale talks to Alvin S. Felzenberg about the life and presidency of America’s 17th president, Andrew Johnson (1865-69).
13/10/2244m 28s

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Iain Dale talks to military historian Peter Cadddick-Adams about the life and presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961).
02/10/2256m 32s

John Quincy Adams

Iain Dale talks to Mark Fox about the life and presidency of America’s 6th president, John Quincy Adams.
25/09/2232m 39s

Donald Trump

Iain Dale talks to BBC presenter and former North America editor Justin Webb about the life and presidency of Donald J Trump (2017-2021)
20/09/221h 9m

John F. Kennedy

Iain Dale talks to former Conservative MP Sir Simon Burns about the life and presidency of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1961-1963).
11/09/2245m 47s

Bonus : The Queen & The Presidents

Presidential historian Alvin S. Felzenberg, talks to Iain about the Queen's connections with the 13 Presidents who served during her reign.
09/09/227m 45s

Rutherford B. Hayes

Iain Dale talks to historian Robert Waller about the life and presidency of Rutherford B.Hayes, America’s 19th president who served for one term from 1877-1891.
31/07/2235m 58s

Abraham Lincoln

Iain Dale talks to presidential historian Alvin S. Felzenberg about the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln who was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865.
24/07/2259m 16s

Barack Obama

Iain Dale talks to writer and author Toby Harnden about the presidency of Barack Obama, who was president from 2009-2017.
17/07/2253m 32s

Grover Cleveland

Iain Dale talks to presidential historian Alvin S. Felzenberg about the life and presidencies of Grover Cleveland, America’s 22nd and 24th president. He remains the only president to serve two separate terms of office, from 1885-1889 and 1893-1897.
10/07/2252m 13s

Calvin Coolidge

Iain Dale talks to historian Leo McKinstry about the life and presidency of Calvin Coolidge, who served from 1923-1929
03/07/2251m 23s

Woodrow Wilson

Iain Dale talks to Alvin D. Felzenberg about the life and career of Woodrow Wilson, who served as president from 1913-1921. Apologies for the notification alert at Alvin’s end during the first half of this podcast.
26/06/221h 14m

Herbert Hoover

Iain Dale talks to Conservative MP and former Justice Secretary Robert Buckland about the life and Presidency of Herbert Hoover, who served as President from 1929 to 1933.
19/06/2240m 12s

James Buchanan

Iain Dale interviews military historian and former Conservative MP Keith Simpson about the life and presidency of the man who is considered by most to be America’s worst president, James Buchanan, who served as president from 1857-1861.
12/06/2226m 36s

Benjamin Harrison

Iain Dale talks to Alvin S. Felzenberg about the life and presidency of President Benjamin Harrison, who served between 1889 and 1893.
05/06/2244m 46s

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Iain Dale talks to Neil Stockley about the life of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served as president from 1932-1945.
29/05/2258m 23s

Millard Fillmore

Iain Dale talks to Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran about the life and presidency of America’s 13th president Millard Fillmore, who served from July 1850 to March 1853.
22/05/2238m 18s

James Garfield

Iain Dale talks to broadcaster Anne Alexander about President James A. Garfield who served for only six months as president in 1881. He was the second of four presidents to be assassinated.
15/05/2222m 3s

Richard Nixon

Iain Dale talks to Freddy Gray, deputy editor of The Spectator about the life and presidency of Richard Nixon who served from 1969-74.
08/05/2246m 3s

Gerald Ford

Iain Dale talks to journalist Andy Silvester about the life and presidency of Gerald Ford, who served as president from August 1974 to January 1977.
01/05/2236m 29s

Zachary Taylor

Iain Dale talks to broadcaster and journalist Michael Crick about the life and very short presidency of Zachary Taylor, who served as president from March 1849 to July 1850.
24/04/2229m 15s

James Madison

Iain Dale talks to Matthew Binkowski about the life and presidency of America’s fourth president, James Madison, who served from 1809-1817.
17/04/2248m 17s

Warren G. Harding

Iain Dale talks to broadcaster Adam Boulton about the life and career of the 29th President of the United States Warren G. Harding, who was president for only thirty months from 1921 to 1923.
10/04/2243m 53s

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Iain Dale talks to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and LBJ obsessive about the life and career of Lyndon Baines Johnson, who served as US president from 1963-1969.
03/04/2257m 54s

John Adams

Iain Dale talks to American author and strategist Daniel Forrester about the life and presidency of one of the Founding Fathers, John Adams, who served as America’s second president from 1797-1801
27/03/2239m 40s

Bill Clinton

Iain Dale talks to former Treasury adviser and broadcaster Poppy Trowbridge about the life and presidency of William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton, who was president from 1993-2001.
21/03/2249m 30s

Chester A. Arthur

Iain Dale interviews broadcaster and journalist Sue Cameron about the life and presidency of Chester A. Arthur who served as America’s 21st president from 1881-1885.
14/03/2236m 56s

Franklin Pierce

Iain Dale talks to former Obama strategist Karin Robinson about the life of Franklin Pierce, America’s fourteenth president, who served from 1853-1857
07/03/2229m 15s

James Monroe

Iain Dale talks to former Conservative MP Brooks Newmark about the life and presidency of James Monroe, who was America’s 5th president. He served for two terms from 1817-25.
28/02/2242m 12s

George W Bush

Iain Dale talks to former British Ambassador to Washington Sir Christopher Meyer about the life and presidency of President George W Bush, who was president from 2001-2009
21/02/2240m 50s

Ulysses S. Grant

Iain Dale talks to playwright and author Bonnie Greer about the life of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S Grant (1869-1877)
14/02/2234m 24s

Thomas Jefferson

Iain Dale talks to American political historian Alvin S. Felzenberg about the life and presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson served from 1801-1809 as America’s third president.
07/02/221h 22m

James K. Polk

Iain Dale talks to Professor Brian Klaas about the life and presidency of President James K. Polk, who served for one term from 1845-1849.
31/01/2231m 57s

Theodore Roosevelt

Iain Dale talks to Damian Collins MP about Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the USA who was in office from September 1901 through to March 1909.
24/01/2241m 12s

George H W Bush

Iain Dale talks to Colleen Graffy about the presidency of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, who was President from 1989-1993.
17/01/2240m 1s

William Howard Taft

Iain Dale talks the political historian Lord Philip Norton about the life of William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States, 1909-1913.
10/01/2228m 24s

William McKinley

Iain Dale interviews biographer and historian David Torrance about the life and Presidency of William McKinley who served as President from 1897-1901.
03/01/2229m 0s

John Tyler

Iain Dale talks to veteran political journalist Peter Riddell about the life and Presidency of John Tyler, who served as President from 1841-1845.
27/12/2123m 46s

William Henry Harrison

Iain Dale talks to Emma Burnell about William Henry Harrison, America’s ninth President, who only served as President for one month, between March and April 1841.
20/12/2119m 25s

Martin Van Buren

Iain Dale interviews broadcaster and podcaster Roifield Brown about the life and Presidency of Martin Van Buren who served as President from 1837-1841.
13/12/2136m 34s

Andrew Jackson

Iain Dale talks to LBC US Correspondent Simon Marks about the life of Andrew Jackson. 7th President of the United States, 1829-1837.
06/12/2146m 59s

Ronald Reagan

iain Dale talks to Professor Simon Heffer about the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan, America’s 40th President. He served two terms, from 1981-1989
29/11/2148m 47s

Jimmy Carter

Iain Dale talks to former British Foreign Secretary David Owen, now Lord Owen about the life and career of America’s 39th President, who served for one term from 1977 to 1981.
22/11/2149m 33s

Introducing 'The Presidents'

As the Prime Ministers conclude, the podcast moves into season 2 with The US Presidents. The introduction includes audio from every US President since the very first recording of Grover Cleveland (1885–1889, 1893–1897) Benjamin Harrison (1889–1893) William McKinley (1897–1901) Theodore Roosevelt (1901–1909) William Howard Taft (1909–1913) Woodrow Wilson (1913–1921) Warren G. Harding (1921–1923) Calvin Coolidge (1923–1929) Herbert Hoover (1929–1933) Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933–1945) Harry S. Truman (1945–1953) Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953–1961) John F. Kennedy (1961–1963) Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–1969) Richard Nixon (1969–1974) Gerald Ford (1974–1977) Jimmy Carter (1977–1981) Ronald Reagan (1981–1989) George H. W. Bush (1989–1993) Bill Clinton (1993–2001)George W. Bush (2001–2009) Barack Obama (2009–2017) Donald Trump (2017–2021) Joe Biden (2021–)
17/11/213m 24s

Boris Johnson

Nigel Fletcher talks to Iain Dale about the political career and premiership (so far!) of Boris Johnson.
15/11/2153m 2s

Viscount Palmerston

Iain Dale talks to historian David Brown about the life of Henry Temple, Viscount Palmerston, who served as Prime Minister from 1855-1858 and 1859-1865.
08/11/211h 8m

Stanley Baldwin

Iain Dale talks to political historian and biographer John Barnes about the life and premierships of Stanley Baldwin who served as Prime Minister from 1923-24, 1924-29 and 1936-37
01/11/211h 23m

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

Iain Dale talks to political historian David Dutton about the life and short Premiership of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who served for just under a year as Prime Minister from October 1963
24/10/2139m 1s

Earl Grey

Iain Dale talks to political historian Professor Gerry Hassan about the life and premiership of Earl Grey, Charles Grey, who was Prime Minister from 1830-34, and oversaw the introduction of the 1832 Reform Act and the 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act.
17/10/2130m 17s

Margaret Thatcher

Iain Dale talks to political journalist and biographer Julia Langdon about the life and career of Margaret Thatcher. She was, of course Britain’s first woman prime minister, and she served as Britain’s prime minister for 11 years, from May 1979 to November 1990.
10/10/211h 35m

George Canning

Iain Dale talks to Theo Barclay about the life and career of George Canning, who is our shortest serving Prime Minister, having chalked up a premiership lasting only 3 months in 1827.
03/10/2130m 50s

Earl of Rosebery

Iain Dale talks to social commentator, biographer and historian Leo McKinstry about the life and premiership of Archibald Primrose, better known as the fifth Earl of Rosebery, who served for only fifteen months as Prime Minister from March 1894 to June 1895.
26/09/2146m 34s

Bonus: Steve Richards on the ‘Nearly Prime Ministers’

Iain Dale talks to Steve Richards about his book THE PRIME MINISTERS WE NEVER HAD: SUCCESS & FAILURE FROM BITLER TO CORBYN which features chapters on 11 politicians who didn’t quite make it to Number 10 – Rab Butler, Roy Jenkins, Barbara Castle, Denis Healey, Neil Kinnock, Michael Heseltine, Michael Portillo, Ken Clarke, David & Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn.
23/09/211h 1m

John Major

Iain talks to biographer, journalist and historian Julian Glover about the life and career of John Major, who served for six and a half years as Prime Minister from November 1990 to May 1997.
19/09/211h 20m

Duke of Devonshire

Iain Dale talks to Elaine Chalus, Professor British History at the University of Liverpool about the life and premiership of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire who was Britain’s fifth Prime Minister but whose period in office was one of the shortest - only seven months from November 1756 to June 1757.
12/09/2122m 29s

Harold Wilson

Iain Dale talks to Labour politician Nick Thomas-Symonds about the life and career of Harold Wilson who served as Prime Minister from 1964-70 and 1974-76.
05/09/211h 2m

Tony Blair

Iain Dale talks to Lord (Andrew) Adonis about the life and Premiership of Tony Blair, who served as Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007.
29/08/2155m 41s

Earl of Shelburne

Iain Dale talks to historian Dr Nigel Aston about the life and rather short premiership of William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne. He was Britain’s 12th prime minister, who served for eight months from 1782 to 1783.
22/08/2131m 7s

Henry Pelham

Iain Dale talks to historian Stuart Handley about the life and premiership of Henry Pelham, who was Britain’s second Prime Minister and served from 1743 to 1754.
15/08/2126m 29s

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

Iain Dale talks to historian Robin Eagles about the short-lived premiership of the Earl of Wilmington, who served as Prime Minister from February 1742 to July 1743.
08/08/2125m 11s

Edward Heath

Iain Dale talks to public affairs consultant Wilf Weeks about the life and premiership of Edward Heath, who served as Prime Minister from June 1970 to February 1974.
01/08/2138m 1s

Ramsay MacDonald

Iain Dale talks to author and historian Robert Waller and the life and Premierships of Labour’s first Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald. He served as Prime Minister for 9 months in 1924, then from 1929 to 1931 as leader of a minority Labour government, and then from 1931 to 1935 as Prime Minister of a National government.
26/07/211h 3m

Marquess of Rockingham

Iain Dale talks to historian and Conservative MP Jesse Norman about the life and premierships of Charles Watson-Wentworth who served twice as prime minister, from 1765-66 and for three months in 1782.
19/07/2126m 18s

David Cameron

Iain Dale talks to Sky News presenter Adam Boulton about the premiership of David Cameron, who served as prime minister from 2010-16.
12/07/2144m 39s

Earl of Aberdeen

Iain Dale talks to Jon Parry, Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, about the life and political career of George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen who served as Prime Minister from December 1852 to January 1855.
05/07/2144m 21s

Viscount Goderich

Iain Dale talks to Professor Gordon Pentland about the life and career of Viscount Goderich who served as Prime Minister for nearly five months from August 1827 to January 1828.
28/06/2126m 47s

Duke Of Grafton

Iain Dale talks to historian Andrew Thompson about the life and political career of Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton who served as Prime Minister for 16 months from 1768 to 1770.
24/06/2127m 33s

H H Asquith

Iain Dale talks to David Laws about the life and political career of Herbert Henry Asquith, who served as Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916.
14/06/2149m 57s

Duke of Newcastle

This week Iain Dale speaks to Professor Jeremy Black, Emeritus Professor of history at the University of Exeter about the life and Premiership of Thomas Pelham-Holles, better known as the first Duke of Newcastle, who served as Prime Minister for more than 7 years in two separate terms from 1754-56 and from 1757 to 1762. He was our fourth Prime Minister.
07/06/2149m 54s

Sir Anthony Eden

Iain talks to Lord Norton of Louth and the left and career of Sir Anthony Eden, who served as Prime Minister for 22 months between April 1955 and January 1957.
31/05/2142m 7s

Lord Grenville

Iain Dale talks to historian Arthur Burns about the life of William Wyndham Grenville, Lord Grenville, who served as Prime Minister for thirteen months from 1806 to 1807.
24/05/2127m 46s

Arthur Balfour

Iain Dale talks to historian Jack Brown about the life and career of Arthur Balfour who served as Prime Minister for three years from 1902-05, but whose whole career spanned 56 years.
17/05/2133m 3s

Marquess of Salisbury

Iain Dale talks to historian Tony Little about the Marquess of Salisbury, who served as Prime Minister on three occasions in the latter years of the 19th century. At thirteen years in total he is one of our longest serving Prime Ministers.
10/05/2152m 53s

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 28s

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 55s

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 11s

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.
28/03/2142m 29s

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 47s

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 47s

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 36s

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 6s

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 25s

Neville Chamberlain

Iain Dale talks to Professor John Charmley about Neville Chamberlain, who served as Prime Minister from 1937-1940.
25/01/2154m 59s

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 36s

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 6s

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 25s

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 19s

The Prime Ministers -The Trailer

Starting on Monday 19th October, a podcast series on every Prime Minister
07/10/202m 7s
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