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Panorama: Playground of the Western World


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Robin Day, Michael Charlton, Nicholas Harman, Alan Hart, Richard Kershaw, Robert MacNeil, Julian Pettifer

"The grand object of travel," said Dr Johnson 200 years ago, "is to see the shores of the Mediterranean." It's even truer today. Every year five million Britons leave their inhibitions and our damp climate behind, and head for those fabled shores. Most go for the sun - for a golden tan that will draw so many admiring glances back at the office. But there are other attractions: that holiday romance with a handsome Spanish waiter, rum at 50 pence a bottle, or simply something different - a way of life with a style all of its own. But there's the rub. As the Mediterranean has grown more popular its special character has changed.
Already in some resorts it's hard to tell if you're in Spain, Italy or even Florida. And it's not too fanciful to imagine the entire coastline soon becoming one gigantic sprawl of tower blocks. Perhaps it doesn't matter. Homer's wine-dark sea has seen so many empires come and go, it will certainly take this latest invasion in its stride.
In tonight's Panorama Julian Pettifer reports on how this ancient sea is changing.

BBC/SWF co-production


Presenter: Robin Day
Reporter: Julian Pettifer
Assistant Editor: Frank Smith
Editor: Brian Wenham

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Panorama: Playground of the Western World

BBC One London, 23 August 1971 20.00

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