The Special Relationship – 11 October 2021 – BBC Four
In 1993, Tony Blair was a rising young star in British politics. Three years later, he ran for prime minister, bolstered with a strategy borrowed from President Bill Clinton’s own run for office – and began a ‘special relationship’ with the US president that endured through triumph, conflict and personal scandal.
Political soulmates, the eager, young Blair and the charismatic Clinton dream of remaking the world together in a progressive fashion. Clinton helps Blair make peace in Northern Ireland, and Blair returns the favour by supporting a beleaguered Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal. But the bond is sundered over the festering crisis in Kosovo, as Blair’s call for action clashes with Clinton’s pragmatic approach. As Blair defiantly goes his own way and Hillary makes her own stunning rise in politics, Clinton realizes that Blair is about to embark on a new era and another ‘special relationship’ – with incoming president George W Bush.
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