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Sunday Supplements in 2004

The Sunday Supplement is the name given to the feature broadcast during the last fifteen minutes of The Westminster Hour.

The supplement is designed to give a different pace to the overall programme, either giving a more light-hearted take on the week's events, or by reflecting on the effects of a past political event.


Steve Richards
Steve Richards

From 5 December, Steve Richards recalled the by-election contests which grabbed the headlines and talked to those who tasted success - and those who went red when the result was declared.

From 7 November, the Guardian's Kevin Maguire and the Independent's Michael Brown provided their take on events around Westminster.

Taking turns over four weeks, the pair reported on events around the fringe of the Westminster village.

Peter Snow
Peter Snow

From 24 October, Peter Snow, that legend of the swingometer, investigated the polling industry.

Over two weeks, he explored how opinion polling methods had changed and the challenge posed to traditional pollsters from their internet-based rivals.

From 3 October, Brian Walden reflected on his involvement in politics, both as an MP and as a political interviewer.

Over three weeks, he reminisced about immigration in the 1960s, the battle for the soul of the Labour Party in the 1970s, and the political phenomena known as Thatcherism in the 1980s.

From 12 September, Dinah Lammiman revealed the powers and the personalities of our leading regulators.

Over three weeks, she met the Rail Regulator, the Children's' Commissioner for Wales and the health regulators from NICE.

From 29 August, the military historian, Sir John Keegan, examines how peace was won after the Second World War.

Over two weeks he was aided by two parliamentary and military veterans, Lord Healey and Lord Carrington.

Allan Little
Allan Little

From 8 August, the BBC Paris Correspondent Allan Little explores the political culture of France.

Over three weeks he looks, among other things, at the rivalries emerging for the top job in the republic.

From 18 July, Dinah Lammiman presented a three part Roadshow following MPs as they leave Westminster to scrutinise the machinery of government.

From 20 June, Steve Richards presented a second series talking to senior politicians who fought and lost an election.

His four subjects were Norman Lamont, Michael Portillo, Tony Benn and Neil Kinnock.

From 6 June, Malachi O'Doherty presented a two part series examining how phrases had affected the political process in Northern Ireland.

Michael Cockerell at Downing St
Michael Cockerell

From 16 May, Michael Cockerell presented a three part series reminiscing on the many interview he conducted with the former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, Jim Callaghan and Ted Heath.

From 25 April, historian Misha Glenny presented three very personalised essays exploring how the admission of the ten new entrant countries would affect an enlarged European Union and what benefits they might bring to the common table.

From 4 April, Shaun Ley presented a three part series examining the effects that small but prominent parties had on the political landscape. His subjects are the Commonwealth Party of the 1940s, the Scottish Labour Party of the '70s and the Referendum Party of the '90s

From 7 March, Daily Mail sketch writer Quentin Letts presented a four part series outlining his personal take on the week's events in Parliament and around the 'Westminster village'.

Brian Walden
Brian Walden

From 15 February, veteran politician interviewer Brian Walden presented a three part series looking the most prominent political resignations. The series takes us from the resignation of Sir Thomas Dugdale from Churchill's government to the more recent departure of Estelle Morris.

On 8 February, Scottish historian and broadcaster Colin Bell presented a one off feature about the deep-rooted links between the Presbyterian ministry and politics. In his feature, Bell looks at the effects that being a clergyman's son had on, among others, Chancellor Gordon Brown.

From 18 January, Dennis Sewell presented a three part series looking at Think Tanks. In this second series he turns his attention to the think tanks developing ideas about the future of the European Union and its institutions.

From 28 December 2003, Matthew Parris presented a three part series looking at some of the less mainstream candidates who stood for elected office.



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