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Duration: 1 hour

Andrew Marr looks at life in Britain at the time of the 2011 Census, revealing unexpected trends and facts about a country we only think we know.

The Census has been asking us to reveal intimate details of our lives once a decade for over two hundred years. In this programme, Andrew Marr gets inside the creases and folds of past Census records to see how life in Britain has changed and to offer a sneak preview of what the 2011 Census might tell us.

We explore the fierce debate around immigration and identity, running the numbers to see who we are, where we come from and what we believe. We look at shifts in attitudes to relationships, asking why so few of us are getting married and why Blackpool is the divorce capital of Britain.

We compare town and country, and where you're more likely to be a victim of gun crime - it's not where you think. We find out how the 1911 Census helped define Britain's class system, ask why the upper class now appears to have melted away and imagine what would happen to the country if London didn't exist.

Finally, we compare the shocking story of life expectancy in Glasgow with a party for a group of centenarians in Hull, a club one in five of us is predicted to join in the future.

Last on

Mon 11 Apr 2011 19:00 BBC Two

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  • The National Archives

    The National Archives

    Andrew Marr in the National Archives with a copy of Thomas Malthus's 'Essay on the Principle of Population', the work that inspired the first Census of 1801.

    More about Thomas Malthus
  • UK border control at Heathrow

    UK border control at Heathrow

    Andrew Marr meets immigration officer Paul Televantou at Heathrow airport to find out more about the flow of people in and out of the country.

  • Illustrating the census

    Illustrating the census

    Andrew Marr in the lower level of the BBC's new Broadcasting House complex. Later the space will be filled with graphics showing hundreds of cars, life-sized people and Jedi knights.

  • Filming in central London

    Filming in central London

    Cameraman and director set up a piece to camera shot in the atrium of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.


Andrew Marr
Danny Dorling
Julia Margo
Robert Murphy
Robert Murphy
Executive Producer
Michael Poole


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