Britain in a Box, Series 6 Episode 1 of 3

Paul Jackson returns with the series that does much more than celebrating innovative television programmes - it uses them as a window on a particular period in our cultural and social history. In the spotlight over the next three weeks will be: Channel 4's longest running sit com, Desmond's - the OTHER Peckham based comedy which featured Norman Beaton as Desmond, the owner of a West Indian Barber shop; then there's the world's longest running medical soap, BBC1's Casualty.

But first off, Paul Jackson assesses the impact and legacy of the popular current affairs programme that launched the television career of Sue Lawley, and spawned the birth of TV consumer journalism, Nationwide.

Paul talks to the programme's first presenter, Michael Barratt and the show's first director, Keith Clement, who recall the early technical mishaps which threatened to take Nationwide off the air. When Michael announced to viewers that we were going to Glasgow, the viewers would see wavy lines and hear technical clunks. The BBC circuit system was not quite up to speed with the technical ambition of the programme - though within six months, and ever increasing audience numbers, the programme found its feet.

Popular across the nation because of its inclusion of the regions, we hear Sue Lawley on why she felt the programme became a success. We also hear her account of THAT interview with Mrs. Thatcher when housewife, Mrs Diana Gould persisted in questioning Mrs Thatcher on the decision to sink the Argentinian war ship, Belgrano when it 'was sailing away' during the Falklands War.

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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Mon 10 Aug 2015 23:30