Denis Healey: The Best Prime Minister Labour Never Had? (2015)

An intimate portrait of Labour politician Denis Healey by political journalist Michael Cockerill. Shown as an obituary and a tribute following his death at the age of 98 on 3 October 2015.

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Simon Lloyd

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Complete credited cast:
Michael Cockerell Michael Cockerell ... Himself - Reporter
Denis Healey Denis Healey ... Himself
Peter Hennessy Peter Hennessy ... Himself - Political Historian
Edna Healey Edna Healey ... Herself (archive footage)
Mike Yarwood Mike Yarwood ... Himself - Impressionist (archive footage)
James Callaghan James Callaghan ... Himself - Prime Minister, 1976-1979 (archive footage) (as Jim Callaghan)
Shirley Williams Shirley Williams ... Herself - Labour Cabinet Minister, 1974-1979
Edward Heath Edward Heath ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Himself (archive footage)
David Owen David Owen ... Himself - Shadow Cabinet Minister, 1980 (archive footage) (as Dr David Owen)
Neil Kinnock Neil Kinnock ... Himself - Foot's Campaign Manager, 1980
Michael Foot Michael Foot ... Himself - Labour Leader, 1980-1983 (archive footage)
Ken Livingstone ... Himself - Leader, Greater London Council, 1981-1986 (archive footage)
Michael Aspel Michael Aspel ... Himself - Presenter, 'This is Your Life' (archive footage)
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An intimate portrait of Labour politician Denis Healey by political journalist Michael Cockerill. Shown as an obituary and a tribute following his death at the age of 98 on 3 October 2015.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2015 (UK) See more »

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[summing up Denis Healey]
Michael Cockerell - Reporter: Denis Healey was sometimes described as the best Prime Minister Labour never had. Though he helped save Britain from bankruptcy, throughout his career his capacity to divide the party and country was greater than his ability to unite them. And while he sometimes lost his temper, he never lost his talent to surprise.
[Denis Healey, now aged 95, walks unsteadily towards the camera and suddenly without warning pulls a face and groans at the camera]
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Connections

Features This Is Your Life: Denis Healey (1989) See more »

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Dennis The Menace
Sung by Rosemary Clooney
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