I am often asked when the next volume of my history of post-war Britain is likely to appear. The most likely answer is some time in 2018 or 2019. The book is still provisionally entitled WHO DARES WINS and my current plan is to go from the middle of 1979, when Mrs Thatcher became Prime Minister, until roughly the end of 1984. The good news is that I have pretty much finished the research. The bad news is that I now have to write it. (I say "bad news", but actually the writing should be fun.)

I have also finished filming a new BBC series about the 1980s as a whole. In effect, this is a sequel to our previous series about the 1970s, with a similar blend of political, cultural and social stories. The filming was immensely enjoyable, and I hope some of the team's enthusiasm comes through on screen. In any case, it is likely to be shown on BBC Two sometime in the summer or autumn of 2016.

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