Three years ago I interviewed Michael Foot for an hour on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. It was originally transmitted in July 2003 on Oneword. I've divided it into two podcasts. Part 1 can be downloaded HERE and Part 2 HERE.
Thinking back, I have to say I was rather dreading doing this interview. Michael had been quite ill and I was worried about how it would turn out. I needn't have. I couldn't shut him up. What was supposed to be a 30 minute programme turned into two hours of chat, which we eventuall condensed to an hour. Michael is very fifficult to interview. He doesn't actually look at you when he's talking to you so it's almost impossible to interrupt. A good lesson there next time I'm on with Mr Paxman!
Much of the interview is about his early life, meeting Jill Craigie, the war and nuclear disarmament. We also talk about his time as Labour leader and what he thinks of the current government.
Michael Foot is 93 this Sunday.