Monday, 7 August 2017
756 Under Fire
First viewed : July 1986
This was a political interview programme broadcast in the Granada region and presented by Tony Wilson ( of course ) in which he interrogated a prominent politician ( not necessarily from the north west ) aided by one of their political opponents.
I'm more sure of the dating because when Roy Hattersley appeared on the programme, his co-inquisitor was Cyril Smith who was teasing about whether he would stand again in Rochdale, a position he qualified at the Liberal Assembly that September.
The other two episodes I remember had the Liberal MP David Alton and SDP leader David Owen in the chair . The latter had Jack Straw as his co-inquisitor who completely lost it at the end. Straw claimed to have worked for Owen in the past although, looking at his c.v ,.I'm not sure when that would have been because he was a researcher for World in Action when Owen was Foreign Secretary. anyhow the exchange went :
STRAW : Politicians have to be strong and I know you're weak
OWEN : You didn't think so at the time
STRAW : Yes I did
OWEN : I don't come on television programmes just to rubbish other politicians
STRAW : You betrayed the Labour party and I can never forgive you for that !
OWEN : The Labour party betrayed me
It ran for just one series.