Speeches That Shook the World 8 years old

Speech-making is the art of persuasion. Well-honed rhetoric appeals not just to the mind, but to the heart and, deeper down, in the guts. Examining the speeches that provoked radical change, surprised pundits or shocked listeners, poet Simon Armitage dissects what makes a perfect speech. Simon gets the inside story behind some of the famous speeches of the modern age, talking to Tony Blair's speechwriter, to Earl Spencer on his controversial address at his sister's funeral and the woman who challenged the rioters in Hackney. We hear how Peter Tatchell confronted the BNP, Paul Boateng on how Enoch Powell's divisive speech personally affected him as a child, and Colonel Tim Collins, whose charge was to motivate his troops on the eve of the Iraq war. Simon discusses the nuts and bolts of speech writing with Vincent Franklin, aka the blue-sky thinking guru Stuart Pearson from The Thick of It, and gets tips on powerful delivery from actor Charles Dance.

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Speeches That Shook the World Cast

Name Character
Charles Dance He was 67, now 75 years old as Self
George W. Bush He was 67, now 75 years old as Himself (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy He was 96, 46 years old when he died as Himself (archive footage)
Barack Obama He was 52, now 60 years old as Himself (archive footage)
Tony Blair He was 60, now 69 years old as Himself (archive footage)
Simon Armitage He was 50, now 58 years old as Narrator/Presenter
Winston Churchill He was 138, 90 years old when he died as Himself (archive footage)
Martin Luther King, Jr. He was 84, 39 years old when he died as Himself (archive footage)

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Speeches That Shook the World (8 years)

  • Release day: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
  • Runtime: 60 minutes