The Devolution Decades

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01The Dream Of Devolution?20190510

The way in which we govern our country is constantly evolving, reflecting an ever changing political landscape and how we see ourselves represented within that.

Twenty years ago Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland became devolved nations within the UK, one of the most significant changes in constitutional history.

Now James Naughtie goes in search of devolution in action, not only to establish what has been achieved so far, but looking at the way in which devolution might cope with the upheavals of Brexit.

In this major three part series - produced by teams from across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - James Naughtie considers the impact of devolution, exploring how it changed the face of UK politics forever.

In the first episode, James Naughtie takes a look at how devolution came about, speaking with leading politicians of the day to build a comprehensive perspective of the devolution decades.

Produced by Caitlin Smith

James Naughtie begins his exploration of the Devolution Decades.

Twenty years on, James Naughtie considers the impact of devolution on UK politics.

The way in which we govern our country is constantly evolving, reflecting an ever changing political landscape and how we see ourselves represented within that.

Twenty years ago Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland became devolved nations within the UK, one of the most significant changes in constitutional history.

Now James Naughtie goes in search of devolution in action, not only to establish what has been achieved so far, but looking at the way in which devolution might cope with the upheavals of Brexit.

In this major three part series - produced by teams from across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - James Naughtie considers the impact of devolution, exploring how it changed the face of UK politics forever.

In the first episode, James Naughtie takes a look at how devolution came about, speaking with leading politicians of the day to build a comprehensive perspective of the devolution decades.

Produced by Caitlin Smith

James Naughtie begins his exploration of the Devolution Decades.

Twenty years on, James Naughtie considers the impact of devolution on UK politics.

02The Devolution Dividend20190517

After the contests to establish the Assemblies in Belfast and Cardiff, and the Parliament in Edinburgh, how has devolution changed the nature of the United Kingdom?

James Naughtie speaks to former leaders, political experts and the people delivering public services to find out how much of an impact devolved administrations have had on the political and cultural landscapes of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As each nation faces enormous policy challenges in healthcare, education and Brexit, has devolution delivered the dividend that was promised?

Produced by Glyn Tansley

Twenty years on from the foundation of devolution, James Naughtie asks if it's delivered.

Twenty years on, James Naughtie considers the impact of devolution on UK politics.

03Devolution's Destiny20190524

Twenty years on, James Naughtie considers the impact of devolution on British politics.

Twenty years on, James Naughtie considers the impact of devolution on UK politics.

They were the new laboratories where the UK would perform its biggest constitutional experiment in generations.

But twenty years on from the devolution of power to parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, forces are on the move again and the UK constitution may be obliged to once more adapt to face new challenges ahead. Among them Brexit, a rising tide of both Scottish and Welsh nationalism and Northern Ireland’s continued inability to restore a power-sharing government.

As he visits the city of Derry-Londonderry – a city at the edge of the union on the Irish border – James Naughtie asks where the UK devolution project is now and where it may be headed.

Producer: Conor Garrett

James Naughtie asks where the UK devolution project is now and where it is headed.

Twenty years on, James Naughtie considers the impact of devolution on UK politics.