Getting Our Way – With Sir Christopher Meyer – Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to the USA, looks back at 500 years of intrigue and adventure to construct a history of British diplomacy from the inside. Peppered with anecdotes from the outspoken, red-socked former diplomat’s 36-year career, the series also includes interviews with ambassadors and statesmen, including Douglas Hurd, Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Chris Patten, Alex Salmond, William Hague and David Owen.
It reveals in colourful detail how British diplomacy, far from being the dry-as-dust preserve of foreign policy wonks and aloof bureaucrats, is replete with treachery, espionage, danger, sex, high principle and low cunning. The three films in the series are themed around the core pillars of national interest – security, prosperity and values – and will argue that, however much international relations may have changed over this period, an unsentimental vision, backed by hard-headed diplomacy, has never been more necessary.
Producer: Wingspan Production
TX: Autumn 2009 / Winter 2010
Source: BBC Press Office