UK pubcaster BBC is launching a docuseries about the New Labour political movement that dominated the British political arena in the Nineties and early 2000s.
The five-part series will delve into the legacy of the movement, zeroing in on figures such as former prime minister Tony Blair and political heavyweights including Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, Alastair Campbell and John Prescott, who “transformed our politics and shaped the direction of the country as we entered the 21st century,” according to a BBC release.
Now out of power for over a decade, these political figures and their New Labour movement continue to inform British politics and stir strong emotions across the political spectrum.
New Labour (working title) traces the origins of the movement, its history and impact on British politics during the era, as well as its controversial legacy in these politically fractured times.
The 5 x 60-minute series is made by BBC Studios Documentary Unit for BBC2. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, BBC2 controller, and Simon Young, commissioning editor, history. Steve Condie serves as executive producer for BBC Studios.
“Thatcher: A Very British Revolution was an exceptional piece of television, exploring in minute detail and with vivid color the life of the dominant political figure of her age,” said Holland, in a statement. “I am delighted that Steve Condie and his brilliant team are now embarking on this new documentary project, charting the rise and fall of the New Labour project which became synonymous with the subsequent decades.”
“This is a great opportunity to examine the big characters who led New Labour through a politically seismic era, to understand their dramatic personal experiences, examine what they believed in and reveal how they shaped the country we live in today,” added Condie.