Exclusive videos offered a revealing insight into the life of one the world's most secretive leaders today. Wrapped in a tartan travel rug, flicking through old video images of himself, Gordon Brown cuts a tragic figure.
In on video clip, the greying, bearded recluse can be seen desperately practicing a smile in his reflection from the lid of a tin of shortbread. He is seen watching a loop of video, in which his own, forced smile is interwoven with images of Tony Blair's beaming grin. At one point, Brown groans audibly and presses his face into his hands, the repeated smiling appearing to cause him some pain.
The videos are the first images to be seen of Gordon Brown in nearly 15 months. His courier, Alistair Darling, comes into shot on several occasions, to tell him of news from the outside world. At one point, Gordon Brown throws a stapler at him.
The videos reveal details of how Brown has lived for the past months. Plain stone walls inside his crofter's cottage, a rank, sagging sofa and a picture of Mel Gibson in Braveheart on a side table, the room offers little in the way of comfort. Even more revealing are the numerous newspaper cuttings of Alex Salmond scattered around, most with his face crossed out.
Experts doubt that the small, basic TV in the corner of his lair can receive Sky tv, a theory supported by the words 'screw you Murdoch' sprayed in red on the wall behind.