1959: Panorama

Fifty years ago Britain was on the cusp of profound social change, at home and abroad. This Panorama programme highlights the extraordinary movement of society and culture, so much of which we now take for granted.

It also includes wonderful footage of a young Robin Day (wearing “cruel” glasses – well they hadn’t seen Nick Robinson!) and Richard Dimbleby, the presenter of Panorama at the time and some great reports – on the spread of the paperback, Macmillan’s tour of Africa just prior to his “Winds of Change” speech given in early 1960, the start of the New Towns (Harlow, in particular), and race relations.

There is also footage of rubbish dumps along the Thames: these desolate sites were described as being good for early mushrooms because of the heat from subterranean fires.   Plus ça change …!   It’s available for the next five days here.



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