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The Fifties


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Robert Robinson looks back on a time 'far enough away to be history - near enough still to belong to us.'
The series begins in January 1950. Robert Robinson was at Oxford, editing the University magazine Isis. Robin Day was President of the Oxford Union and Antony Armstrong-Jones was cox of the Cambridge boat-race crew. Recipes in Vogue suggested the use of 'half an egg'; everyone was worried about 'cosh-boys,' and a newsreel commentator referred to the Italian soccer team as 'acrobats from spaghettiland.'
The programme includes film of Britain's ill-fated racing car - the BRM - the top radio show Take It From Here - and the film of the month, The Forsyte Saga, with Errol Flynn as Soames.


Presenter: Robert Robinson
Director: Will Wyatt
Producer: Iain Johnstone

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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