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Black Power

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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In 1957, Kwame Nkrumah dreamt of building an industrial utopia in west Africa. But as his grand experiment took shape, it brought dangerous forces which Nkrumah could not control. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Adam Curtis
Executive Producer:
Daniel Reed

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A Is for Atom

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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The story of the rise and fall of nuclear power. How scientists and politicians came to believe they could create a different world, with a limitless source of energy. Show more

Taste

Getting to the Point

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen looks back to medieval England to discover the source of the Arts and Crafts movement and the designs of William Morris. Show more

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Chinese Whispers

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen reveals the influences from the Far East that pervade typical British living rooms, such as chintz curtains, blue-and-white vases and afternoon tea. Show more

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A Touch of Class

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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The influence of classical Rome and Greece on decorating, examining how dado rails, pediments and plaster-ceiling decorations became familiar aspects of British interior design. Show more

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The Space Age

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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Laurence Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen considers the most popular and influential styles of the 20th Century, including Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and the Bauhaus movement. Show more

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The Engineers' Plot

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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The Russian revolutionaries who toppled the Tsar in 1917 believed science could create a new world. Instead they created a bizarre, bewildering world for millions of people. Show more

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To The Brink of Eternity

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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An investigation into the workings of the first scientific think-tank, the Rand Corporation, which Khrushchev called "the American Academy for death and destruction". Show more

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Goodbye Mrs Ant

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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In America after the war, scientists who created pesticides like DDT became heroes in the struggle against nature. Then, in 1968, DDT was put on trial in a mid-western courtroom. Show more

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The League of Gentlemen

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Yorkshire

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Twice since the war, British governments have been bewitched by economists promising foolproof ways to recapture the prosperity of the past. Twice they failed disastrously. Show more