Political historian Peter Hennessy looks back on the 1960s in "Winds of Change" for the BBC Book of the Week slot.
15 minute episodes, the first one mixes recollections of growing up in austerity Britain with the sometimes farcical nature of UK cold war planning.
Brendan Behan is one of Ireland's great writers. Some of his most important work was influenced by time he spent in Paris just after WW2. In an interview never previously broadcast, Behan reveals the influence Paris had on him as a writer. (2019)
Across Britain, thousands of people have stopped paying council tax, water rates and speeding fines. They think they have the law on their side, thanks to the 1215 Magna Carta treaty between King John and the Barons. They argue that the present Queen has breached her obligations under the treaty and so has in effect deposed herself and even become a traitor. As a result, all laws passed by parliament are invalid, the courts are shams, and government officials are imposters. Instead, they swear an oath of allegiance to a group of members of the House of Lords.
The rebels meet in a Facebook group with 13,000 members. In truth, few people join the group because of an interest in constitutional history - most arrive there because they are in a desperate financial or legal situation, feel that the system is stacked against them, and are looking for a way out. The group offers a system to deal with the authorities that - if used effectively - will supposedly get them off your back.
For nearly a year, Jolyon Jenkins followed the group's members, even signing an oath himself. But does the system work? Over the months, members of the group become increasingly frustrated at the authorities' refusal to take their arguments seriously. The frustration eventually leads to a secret plan to seize a crown building, as they believe Magna Carta entitles them to.
On the eve of what would have been Jeff Buckley's 50th birthday, Steve Cummins delves into Jeff's untold Irish connections and explores how his unique talent was shaped by his Irish friendships and an Irish coffee house in New York called Sin-É (2016)