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Reel History of Britain

Episode 15: Britain's Secondary Modern Schools

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Available for 12 months

Archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. A look back to the 1960s when an exam, the eleven-plus, could map out a child's future. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 11: The Birth of the NHS

Duration: 31 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Available for years

Melvyn Bragg reveals archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. A look back to 1948 and the formation of the NHS. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 7: Britain's National Disgrace

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Melvyn Bragg reveals archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. This episode concentrates on the slums of London's East End in the 1930s. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 3: Soldier, Soldier

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Melvyn Bragg reveals footage telling the history of modern Britain. He looks back to World War I at the Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum and Barracks in Preston. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 4: Britain's Black Diamonds

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Melvyn Bragg reveals archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. In south Wales, he looks back to the 1930s and salutes Britain's coal miners. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 5: The Roaring Twenties

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Melvyn Bragg reveals archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. At Cliveden House, he looks back to the 1920s to discover how the other half lived. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 8: Britain On the Move

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Melvyn Bragg reveals archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. A look back to the 1960s when dreams of the open road became real for millions. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 9: The Glory Days of Fishing

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Melvyn Bragg reveals archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. Looking at 1920s Great Yarmouth when it had the world's largest herring fleet. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 1: Britain's Wartime Evacuees

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Melvyn Bragg reveals incredible footage telling the history of modern Britain. In Torquay, he looks back to the 1940s and wartime evacuation. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 2: Britain's First Teenagers

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

Melvyn Bragg reveals footage telling the history of modern Britain. He looks at when Britain broke free of the burdens of WWII and the teenager was born. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 12: Steel Ships and Iron Men

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Melvyn Bragg reveals archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. A look back to the 1930s when Britain's shipyards were fighting to survive. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 14: Britain's Green and Pleasant Land

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. A look back to the 1930s when mechanisation started to change the face of the countryside. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 17: Streets in the Sky

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. Melvyn Bragg looks back to the 1960s and a time when high-rise housing promised a better way of living. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 18: The End of the Line

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. Melvyn Bragg looks at the 1960s, when the Beeching Axe led to the closure of over 2,000 railway stations. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

Reel History of Britain

Episode 19: Dawn of a New Era

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Archive footage telling the history of modern Britain. A look back to the 1900s, when the invention of the film camera put everyday people in the picture. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer:
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt

An Island Parish

Series 7

Episode 3: Bolt from the Blue

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Series following the community on the island of Sark. A tragedy threatens long held island traditions and there is a miraculous recovery for Karen Le Mouton. Show more

An Island Parish

Series 7

Episode 2: Little Miracles

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Series following the community on the island of Sark in the Channel Islands. The island celebrates the anniversary of liberation from German control during WWII. Show more

Women's Institute

The Hissing of Summer Lawns

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary series about the WI. Amy's group protests against excess packaging outside a local supermarket and hosts a champagne-fuelled fundraiser. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Katie Bailiff
Executive Producer:
Ruth Pitt
Executive Producer:
Richard Klein