Melvyn Bragg


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Britain's Green and Pleasant Land

14. Reel History of Britain: Britain's Green and Pleasant Land

A look back at the 1930s and how unmechanised rural life in Britain used to be.

The Glory Days of Fishing

9. Reel History of Britain: The Glory Days of Fishing

A look back to the 1920s and the heyday of British fishing.

Britain On the Move

8. Reel History of Britain: Britain On the Move

Looking back to the eve of popular car ownership in the 60s.

Britain's Black Diamonds

4. Reel History of Britain: Britain's Black Diamonds

In south Wales, Melvyn Bragg looks back to the 1930s and salutes Britain's coal miners.

Britain's Secondary Modern Schools

15. Reel History of Britain: Britain's Secondary Modern Schools

The 1960s was a time when the eleven-plus exam could map out a child's future.

Long to Reign Over Us

16. Reel History of Britain: Long to Reign Over Us

Melvyn Bragg looks back to the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Streets in the Sky

17. Reel History of Britain: Streets in the Sky

A look back to the 1960s, when high-rise housing promised a better way of living.

The End of the Line

18. Reel History of Britain: The End of the Line

A look back to when the Beeching Axe led to the closure of over 2,000 railway stations.

A Right Royal Knees Up

13. Reel History of Britain: A Right Royal Knees Up

In 1977, a right royal knees-up was taking place in honour of the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

Soldier, Soldier

3. Reel History of Britain: Soldier, Soldier

In Preston, Melvyn Bragg looks back to the First World War.

Beside the Seaside

20. Reel History of Britain: Beside the Seaside

Melvyn Bragg looks back to the 1950s and the heyday of the British seaside holiday.

Dawn of a New Era

19. Reel History of Britain: Dawn of a New Era

A look back to the 1900s and the invention of the film camera.

Sun, Sea and Sangria

10. Reel History of Britain: Sun, Sea and Sangria

Charting the advent of the Mediterranean package holiday.

Steel Ships and Iron Men

12. Reel History of Britain: Steel Ships and Iron Men

A look back to the 1930s when Britain's shipyards were fighting to survive.

The Birth of the NHS

11. Reel History of Britain: The Birth of the NHS

Aneira Thomas shares her remarkable claim to fame, as the first baby born on the NHS.

Britain's National Disgrace

7. Reel History of Britain: Britain's National Disgrace

A look back to the 1930s, when millions of Britons lived in the squalor of urban slums.

Britain's Wartime Evacuees

1. Reel History of Britain: Britain's Wartime Evacuees

In Torquay, Melvyn Bragg looks back to the 1940s and wartime evacuation.

Britain's First Teenagers

2. Reel History of Britain: Britain's First Teenagers

Melvyn Bragg looks back at when Britain broke free of the burdens of World War II.

John Steinbeck: Voice of America

John Steinbeck: Voice of America

Melvyn Bragg travels from Oklahoma to California to examine the legacy of John Steinbeck.

Britain's Home Guard

6. Reel History of Britain: Britain's Home Guard

Melvyn visits the site of the first Home Guard training school in Osterley.