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The 80s: History, Politics and Social Media

Year: 2016 Genre: Documentary Broadcaster: BBC2 BOB URL: Reviewer: Aaron Andrews For a contemporary British historian, watching a Dominic Sandbrook documentary can be a highly emotive experience – just ask the #twitterstorians, whose trepidation I was able to follow … Continue reading

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Dan Cruikshank: At Home with…the British

Year:                      2016 Genre:                  Documentary Broadcaster:        BBC Four URL:            Reviewer:           Phillippa Mapes The BBC’s  ‘At Home with…the British’ series, aired in May 2016, consists of three … Continue reading

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Michael Wood’s ‘Story of England’

Year: 2010 Genre: Documentary Broadcaster: BBC FOUR URL: For a local, family and community historian the premise of Michael Wood’s Story of England is an excellent one. Taking a multi-discipline diverse approach it aims to explore the development of a modern … Continue reading

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De-industrialisation, Masculinity, and The Black Stuff

Year: 1980; re-broadcast 2010 Genre: Drama Broadcaster: BBC FOUR URL: On 2 January 1980 the BBC broadcast a ‘Play for Today’ entitled The Black Stuff. The programme, which spawned a series two years later, followed a group of tarmac … Continue reading

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Review of Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones

Broadcaster: BBC One Year: 2012 Genre: Documentary URL:   Reviewer:  Katie Bridger   Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones is a four-part series which attempts to retrace the hidden paths taken through history, coined as “the forgotten routes that made … Continue reading

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1916: The Irish Rebellion

Broadcaster:  BBC Four Year: 2016 Genre: Documentary URL: Reviewer: Phillippa Mapes To mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, the BBC  showed a series of documentaries covering this event from different perspectives.  Two of these programmes … Continue reading

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Sharpe’s East India Company

Broadcaster: Drama Year: 2014 Genre: Drama URL: Review by: Adam Prime 2006 saw Richard Sharpe, played by Sean Bean, return to television screens for the first time since he had helped the Duke of Wellington defeat Napoleon at Waterloo in 1997. … Continue reading

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