The Seventies

The Seventies

The United States V Nixon
Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  September 18, 2016

1972 began with the triumph of President Nixon's trip to Communist China and concluded with his landslide electoral victory over Sen. George McGovern. But sandwiched in between these historic events was a so-called "third rate burglary" at a Washington office complex known as the Watergate that led to the only presidential resignation in American history. This episode will guide us through the maze of break-ins, political dirty tricks and attempted cover-ups as well as the various investigations both in the press and by the government. And at the centre of it all was perhaps the most enigmatic figure in American history, Richard Nixon.

1972 began with the triumph of President Nixon's trip to Communist China and concluded with his landslide electoral victory over Sen. George McGovern. But sandwiched in between these historic events was a so-called "third rate burglary" at a Washington office complex known as the Watergate that led to the only presidential resignation in American history. This episode will guide us through the maze of break-ins, political dirty tricks and attempted cover-ups as well as the various investigations both in the press and by the government. And at the centre of it all was perhaps the most enigmatic figure in American history, Richard Nixon.

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Princess Elizabeth grew up in the Piccadilly home of her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York. The Abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII, in 1936 appeared to be a catastrophe to her family, catapulting her nervous father onto the throne as King George VI. Elizabeth became heir to the throne aged 10, and seemed to be a shy girl with a limited education. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history, but she was neither born nor educated to take on that role. At the age of 10 her life was turned upside down, when her uncle Edward VIII abdicated, catapulting her into the position of heir to the greatest empire the world had ever seen. At the age of 21, she broadcast to the people of Britain and the Commonwealth that her whole life would be devoted to service - a pledge she renewed 60 years later at her diamond jubilee. As monarch she has appointed 13 prime ministers, from Sir Winston Churchill to Teresa May, and despite the best efforts of some politicians she has kept above the political fray. Her greatest achievement has been to transform the British Empire into the new Commonwealth of diverse and independent nations. During her reign she has experienced family tragedy and triumph, often having to choose between supporting her family and doing her duty as monarch. This eight-part series interviews the Queen's prime ministers, members of the royal household and closest friends, to build a uniquely personal picture of Elizabeth, the woman, the mother, the Queen.
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