About the Show

Part 1 of 4. Series examining the presidency of Bill Clinton with the opening programme following his bumpy road to the 1992 presidential victory, an amazing triumph over repeated scandals and setbacks. From the political backwaters of Arkansas, Bill Clinton emerges as a political force unlike any seen on the national stage in a generation. Overcoming a troubled upbringing marred by alcoholism and violence, Clinton is determined from the start to succeed, first in Arkansas, then at Georgetown, Oxford and finally Yale. There he meets a young woman named Hillary Rodham who shares his intellect and idealism. Together they forge a marriage and political partnership that takes them to the Arkansas governor's mansion and ultimately the White House, though his election campaign is repeatedly under siege by allegations ranging from draft dodging to womanising.