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40 Minutes


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A series of films about real lives - now.
The Kingdom of Fun
'Welcome to the new empire of leisure,' proclaims
Frankie Howerd in his toga, surrounded by Roman centurions. The empire in question is the Metro Centre, a vast new shopping complex in the industrial dereliction of Tyneside. 'This centre embodies everything I believe Thatcherism is about,' says John Hall , its creator. He's a flamboyant multi-millionaire with a personal crusade to regenerate the North East.
Hall's world is one of fantasy parks and shopping malls designed like theatre sets. It is also a world of secret deals - and a dramatic plot to take over a famous football club. John Hall believes that with leisure he can lead the way towards a new kind of society in Britain. Yet a generation ago there was another man in the North East who spoke in remarkably similar terms.
His name was T. Dan Smith. ... Photography CHRIS SEAGER Film editor CAROL OWENS Producer ADAM CURTIS
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Unknown: Frankie Howerd
Unknown: John Hall
Unknown: John Hall
Unknown: T. Dan Smith.
Unknown: Chris Seager
Editor: Carol Owens
Producer: Adam Curtis
Unknown: Edward Mirzoeff

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