A much-loved war reporter and one of the best writers in the business, Martin Bell has seen it all. As a BBC reporter, he covered foreign assignments in more than 90 countries and 11 wars. In 1997, Martin quit the BBC to stand as an independent anti-sleaze candidate against the MP for Tatton, Neil Hamilton. The two candidates waged an increasingly hostile and public battle. It saw some of the most surreal scenes of the election, finishing with Martin winning one of the safest Conservative seats in the country.