The struggling Westland company, the last British helicopter manufacturer, was to be a subject of a rescue bid. Heseltin favoured a European solution, integrating Westland and British Aerospace with Italian (Agusta) and French companies. Because his solution was ignored he resigned.
Portrayal on the show
Heseltine was caricatured as a paraonoia and aggressive man, dressed in camouflage uniform. The real Heseltine was very fond of his portrayal on the show and it amused him and his family.