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Monday 01 November 2010

As You and Yours celebrates its 40th Birthday - Julian Worricker takes a look how energy has shaped the past four decades.

In 1970 an electricians' strike brought power cuts, a former National Coal Board adviser was warning that the UK was over-reliant on fossil fuel and Prince Charles caused controversy by warning about harming the environment.

"Natural Gas" was being introduced to homes for the first time and bringing down domestic fuel bills and one of the biggest North Sea oilfields was first discovered.You and Yours investigates how attitudes to energy policy have changed during the lifetime of Radio 4's midday consumer programme.


7 items
  • The Energy Gap

    We focus on energy. What were the issues back in 1970 and what's being done to keep the lights on in the future?

  • Power Cuts

    They were a common feature of the seventies, but what impact did they have on business and the way we lived our lives?

  • Coal

    The Chairman of the National Coal Board appeared on 'It's Your Line' in December 1970. On the agenda: shortages, pit closures and making sure supply can keep up with the demands of business.

  • Natural Gas

    The battle was on between the electricity and gas suppliers to be dominant in the market. As natural gas came on stream how did consumers cope with the conversion?

  • Green Energy

    Forty years ago Prince Charles was already beginning to worry about the impact on the environment of our energy demands. Can renewable energy plug the gap?

  • Wave Power

    Could wave power be the answer to our energy needs? A wave hub off the coast of Cornwall is the first offshore facility to test a huge array of wave energy generation devices.

  • Petrol Stations

    What's the future for our petrol stations? How will they have to adapt their business model to survive?



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