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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

In the centenary year of the start of the Great War, we are proud to present to the world a set of never-before seen interviews with the most famous British Prime Minister in history: Winston Churchill.

On this site you’ll be able to see exclusive footage from the rediscovered interviews, as well as excerpts from my book ‘Winston: The Voice’ revealing the academic and social impact of this extraordinary historical find.

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I hope you enjoy exploring the interviews as much as I did.

Professor Toby DeWinter

PhD (De Montfort University), MLS, BA History 

Sir Winston Churchill was well-known as a patriot and relentless defender of the British Empire, but he also had a great love of the United States, himself being the offspring of an American-born mother.

As US president from 1933 to 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (better known by his initials FDR) played a pivotal role in the tense, global political brinkmanship leading up to and during the second World War.

In this revealing extract, Sir Winston describes in emotional terms the first time he encountered FDR, and sheds light on the personality behind the role of ‘the most powerful man on the planet’.

Churchill was well known for his relentless appetite, remaining a passionate consumer of fine food and drink for bulk of his life.

He was especially fond of drinking alcohol throughout the day at a steady pace, rarely appearing significantly under the influence, even to those who knew him well.

One rare occasion where he did present himself somewhat ‘worse for wear’ is recounted here, in a touching exchange with the famous Socialist firebrand, Bessie Braddock.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended the British throne in 1952 at the tender age of 25, after the untimely death of her father, King George VI.

In this remarkable extract, Sir Winston discusses his first impressions of the young Queen, and talks candidly of his predictions for the future of the British Royal Family as a whole.

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