Michael Cockerell

Michael Cockerell
Michael Cockerell has been a BBC TV political reporter and documentary-maker for fifty years, winning a string of awards for his witty and eye-opening profiles of our top politicians. ‘You are no one in British politics until you’ve been Cockerelled,’ said one newspaper. He is an honorary fellow of his Oxford college, Corpus Christi, and was for ten years visiting professor of politics at Nottingham University. He is a regular radio broadcaster and writes for The Times, Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Spectator. Unmasking Our Leaders is his third book.
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    Our political leaders spend their careers spinning their images and polishing their achievements; as a BBC political reporter and documentary-maker, Michael Cockerell has spent his professional life stripping off the gloss. Over fifty years, he has gained unrivalled access to the secret chambers of Westminster and Whitehall. Drawing on his unique experience of having filmed all the past ten Prime Ministers, he will reveal in illuminating and often hilarious stories what our top politicians are really like behind the mask, and provide a compelling insight into a career working in political television and foreign reporting, where tensions, rivalries and life-threatening danger are all part of the package.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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