I’ve was in touch with the BBC recently regarding a new TV series, which sounds right up my street! Later this year Melvyn Bragg will be presenting a brand new series for BBC Two in association with the British Film Institute, telling the social history of modern Britain through archive film footage.
Over the 20-part series they will tour the country in the UK’s only surviving vintage mobile cinema, custom-built in 1967, complete with a 22-seat, fully tiered cinema and will be uniting people with footage of their ancestors!
They will be covering royal events from Queen Victoria’s death in 1901 to the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1977 via her coronation in 1953, and the evacuation and Home Guard during World War Two. They’ll also be looking in depth at the British fishing, ship building, rural and mining industries in the 1920s and 30s, travelling from Yarmouth to Glasgow to Kent to the Rhonda Valley. They’ll also be looking at the Pals’ Battalions from the First World War.
National events including the formation of the NHS, the Beeching Axe and the building of the first motorways will all feature, as well as events which changed thousands of lives forever. The slum clearances of the Thirties and the housing redevelopments of the Fifties sit alongside their exploration of the changing nature of schools in the Sixties. Finally, they’ll be revisiting the lighter side of life from the roaring Twenties to the boom in the British seaside after World War Two, as well as the first package holidays in the Sixties and the Teddy boys a decade before.
The episodes will cover more than three quarters of a century and the BBC is looking for stories now, so if you have memories of any of the topics mentioned above, whether it’s a fascinating anecdote, a photo, a diary or even a home movie, and would like to take part then just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can put you in touch with the BBC.