The Churchills

8:00pm Thursday, August 9 on C4

Dr David Starkey tells the story of the two greatest war leaders in British history, both of whom were called Churchill. The final programme, Grand Strategies, shows how Winston drew on the lessons of John Churchill to fight World War II. At two key moments in particular, Winston’s strategic sense averted disaster, and in both decisions, the influence of the Duke of Marlborough is apparent. Starkey argues that it was Winston the historian’s ability to control events by giving them a narrative meaning than enabled him to shape world history long after his own fall from power.

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