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Alastair Campbell

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Alastair Campbell

Private Passions

For almost a decade, Alastair Campbell was Tony Blair’s right-hand man, first as Press Secretary and then as Downing Street Director of Communications. He was at the heart of power through the Good Friday Agreement, the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq War, which involved him in the greatest controversy. These days he’s a writer and mental health campaigner, and he’s recently published a very frank book, “Living Better: How I learned to survive depression”.In conversation with Michael Berkeley, Alastair Campbell talks about how music helps him manage depression, and reveals his lifelong passion for the bagpipes. His father, who was from the Hebrides, played, and he and his brother Donald learned as boys. Donald was diagnosed with schizophrenia when Alastair was only nineteen: “a defining event in my life”. Donald left Alastair his bagpipes when he died, too young; and he also left recordings of himself playing – one of which we hear in the programme. Alastair himself played the pipes as a busker in the South of France as a student, where he discovered a lifelong musical passion for the songs of Jacques Brel. Other music choices include Mozart, Schubert, and Verdi’s famous drinking song from La Traviata. Alcohol has played a major role in Campbell’s life, and he talks about being drawn to the “drinking cultures” of both piping and politics. In fact, he says, it is not alcohol but politics – and his need to be needed by people in power – which is his real “demon”. He discusses too his inability to retire, his hatred of domesticity, particularly shopping with his partner Fiona, and why the satirical series “The Thick of It” is in some ways very close to the bone.A Loftus Media production from BBC Radio 3Produced by Elizabeth Burke


27 Jun 2021

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192. Elvis Ambivalence and Stallion Concierges, with Alastair Campbell

Fortunately... with Fi and Jane

This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane are joined by political strategist and author Alastair Campbell. The former No.10 insider discusses his book 'Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression', which explores mental illness in a family. Alastair also describes his perfect macho photoshoot, professes the importance of jam jars and offers to put a good word in with ol' Tony. Before Alastair logged in there's fuzzy forks, leftover wax and moon births. Get in touch: fortunately.podcast@bbc.co.uk


4 Jun 2021

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Ep 1: Will with Alastair Campbell

Will Greenwood's Rugby Podcast

Will Greenwood's Podcast is back - this time with a Lions flavour. In this first episode, Will catches up with former Downing Street Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell who was also in charge of all communications on the 2005 Lions Tour to New Zealand. They discuss life at 10 Downing Street, Campbell's love for Burnley FC and they reminisce on the 2005 tour with anecdotes aplenty.

1hr 2mins

1 Jun 2021

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Alastair Campbell

The Britain Get Talking Podcast

Alastair Campbell is best known for his role as Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist. He has written several bestselling books - including his most recent about his depression. In this podcast he talks to host Kylie Pentelow about his mental health. He explains the scale he uses every day to rate how he's feeling, the impact his depression has had on his family, and how he exercises every day to cope.For help and advice:https://www.itv.com/britaingettalking/podcasts.htmlhttps://www.mind.org.uk/


10 May 2021

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Alastair Campbell

The Lock In with Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy sits down with former Downing Street head of communications Alastair Campbell, the real-life Malcolm Tucker and most prolific diarist since Samuel Pepys.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


5 May 2021

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Helen chats to Alastair Campbell about his battle with depression

The Convex Conversation

Alastair Campbell – writer, strategist & famous for being former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Director of Communications – talks openly & frankly about his long battle with depression & the techniques he’s discovered to help him cope. He also reveals why, after more than four decades together, he’s finally tied the knot in a civil partnership with Fiona Millar; his life-long passion for Burnley Football Club & his love of playing the bagpipes.


18 Apr 2021

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Alastair Campbell On K Starmer, T Blair and the leadership of E Miliband

Steve Richards presents the Rock N Roll Politics podcast

I'm joined by Alastair Campbell to reflect on Ed Miliband's leadership, Keir Starmer and Tony Blair as he publishes his revelatory diaries that span 2010-2015..plus brilliant questions on A Salmond, K Starmer and the Covid Inquiry...and the latest from listeners in rural Australia and idyllic Portugal. Rock N Roll Politics is streaming live on April 15th.  https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/steve-richards-presents-rock-n-roll-politics-1504/


5 Apr 2021

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Alastair Campbell talks Punchline Politics

The Humourology Podcast

On this week’s episode of the Humourology Podcast, Paul Boross is joined by author and strategist Alastair Campbell. As the former press secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Alastair knows how levity can affect leadership. Campbell discusses how the right kind of humour can help your message get through.“Wit, I think, is an incredibly powerful thing in politics. It's not the same as comedy, it's wit.”Want to improve your business culture and learn how to win with wit? Join us this week on the Humourology Podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


29 Mar 2021

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Tackling Leveson ten years on with Alastair Campbell

The New European Podcast

Steve Anglesey is back to shine a light on another week in politics. This week he's joined by former Downing Street communications director Alastair Campbell and columnist Liz Gerard to discuss the Leveson Inquiry, its failings and impact 10 years on. Plus, more entrants are inducted into the Hall of Shame. Produced by Adrian Zorzut.

1hr 10mins

19 Mar 2021

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alastair campbell: living better


Michael and Mark talk to writer, communicator and strategist Alastair Campbell about pubs, popularity and a life changing jam jar.Follow menkind on Twitter and Instagram @menkindpodcastRecorded and edited by Victoria Payne and Lianne Coop for Impatient Productions. Artwork by Haiminh Le.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


15 Feb 2021