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Long to Reign Over Us

Reel History of Britain Episode 16 of 20

Melvyn Bragg, accompanied by a vintage mobile cinema, travels across the country to show incredible footage preserved by the British Film Institute and other national and regional film archives, telling the history of modern Britain.

Melvyn visits London's Horse Guard's parade to look back to the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and remember an event when the nation celebrated and television took off.

Lady Jane Rayne shares her memories of being one of the six young women chosen to carry the royal train. Sandra Reekie is transported back to coronation day, when she watched the event live on television with twenty people crammed into the same room. And Ron Bygate recounts his memories of being one of the thousands of military troops lining the parade route as the Queen passed by.

29 minutes

Last on

Sat 9 Nov 2013 09:25


Role Contributor
PresenterMelvyn Bragg
Series ProducerDympna Jackson
Executive ProducerRuth Pitt
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