The Top Job

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A01Battling For Britain20001016

First of three programmes in which Peter Hennessy examines the challenges faced by prime ministers over half a century.

In this edition, how maintaining Britain's status as a world player has always been a major requirement of the job.

A02King Of Beasts20001023

The second of three programmes in which Peter Hennessy examines the challenges faced by prime ministers over half a century.

As Tony Blair is discovering, no prime minister, however popular, can survive without the confidence of the Cabinet.

What is the recipe for taming the beasts and running a united team?

A03 LASTThe Messiah Complex20001030

The last of three programmes in which Peter Hennessy examines the challenges faced by prime ministers over half a century.

Several premiers have started out with the burning mission to modernise Britain.

What are the practical limits on their power and how far can they go without overreaching themselves?