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History on the Box – 2017 Preview

Here is a brief preview of things to look out for on the blog in 2017 (I know, it’s almost mid-February already! What’s going on?) More reviews Last year we had range of great reviews of historical documentaries and dramas. … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Books: Confessions of an English Opium Eater

First Aired: November, 2015 Genre: Documentary Broadcaster: BBC Four URL: Reviewer: Jamie Banks Presented by the thoroughly enigmatic John Cooper Clarke, this episode of The Secret Life of Books charts the history and wider cultural significance of Thomas De … Continue reading

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A Secret History of my Family: Gadbury Sisters

First aired: 2016 Genre: Documentary Broadcaster: BBC Two URL: Reviewer: Katherine Roscoe This hour-long documentary takes an unusual approach to tell its story. Rather than relying on historians and archivists ‘talking heads’, it’s narrated by descendants. It tells the … Continue reading

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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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Was anything off limits?

Broadcaster: BBC Four Year: 2007 Genre: Documentary URL: Review by: Ashleigh Trinkwon Was anything off limits in the age of excess? This is the question The Age of Excess: When Britain Went Too Far intends to investigate. Presenter Matthew Sweet spends a lot … Continue reading

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A Glass Ceiling or a Glass Maze: What do we really think about working women?

Broadcaster: BBC 2 Year: 2009 Genre: Documentary URL: Review by: Tracey Jones Nearly a hundred years after women legally obtained the right to vote and some people are still questioning whether women should work or stay at home to raise a … Continue reading

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