When Labour won the landslide victory in July 1945, Britain was bankrupted by the war, cities and towns had suffered German bombing, and the country was still at war with Japan.

How on Earth then did Aneurin (Nye) Bevan and his team create the NHS when he couldn’t even tell his chancellor how much it would cost? And why did the Tories, doctors, and even Nye’s own party battle against him?

To celebrate 75 years of the NHS, all is explained in Idea Hat’s 4-part documentary series of how a ‘no-good boyo’ from the Welsh Valleys came to create one of Britain’s greatest institutions.

Narrated by Sian Harries.

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The documentary features excerpts from the original Aneurin Bevan 1959 Election Speech and the original Dr Charles Hill ‘The Radio Doctor advises on Christmas Day over-indulgence’ recording from 1942.

An Idea Hat Production.

Written by Ian Haig, Kenton Hall, Mark Hayhurst and Dr Carole Reeves

Based on the research that was carried out for the audio drama ‘Getting Better‘, an Audible Original

Readings & interviews: Rhod Gilbert, Kathryn Drysdale, Mike Wozniak, Neve McKintosh, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Clive Mantle, Annette Badland, Mark Gatiss, Rob James Collier, Charlotte Jakab Hall, Terry Molloy, Colin Baker, Raj Ghatak, Mary Robertson, Sir Marcus Setchell

Drama Clips from ‘Getting Better, The Fight for the NHS’, an Audible Original, starring:

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Production Credits:

Thank you to Robert Norris, Barry O’Donovan, Emma Torrens, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Lydia Shamah, Katie Arlett, Mariele Runacre-Temple, The British Library, The Aneurin Bevan Society, Jaselle Williams, Adam Freudenheim

Further reading (and thanks):

And finally, a limitless thank you to everyone who does or has worked and volunteered for the NHS. You are all incredible.

Remember, “The NHS will last as long as there are folk with faith left to fight for it.”

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