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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

On Saturday 12 November 2011, an eclectic range of British people turned the camera on themselves, capturing the entertaining and mundane, the exciting and unusual, the poignant and the everyday. The result, Britain in a Day tells the fascinating story of the British public in their own words.

Following on from the feature film Life in a Day, this 90-minute film directed by BAFTA winner Morgan Matthews offers an extraordinarily candid look at 21st-century life across the UK, crafted from over 750 hours of footage, including 11,526 clips submitted to YouTube. The documentary offers remarkable insight into the lives, loves, fears and hopes of people living in Britain today. This captivating self-portrait of Britain forms part of the BBC's Cultural Olympiad.

After Britain in A Day premiered on BBC Two, an immersive online archive was launched to showcase the full-length submissions the film is comprised of.

Last on

Tue 13 Nov 2012 00:50 BBC Two Scotland only

  • Explore the archive

    Explore the archive

    Britain in a Day is more than just a film. Visit the archive to explore what Britain was up to on the 12 November 2011.

    Explore the archive - (
  • How to make a film

    How to make a film

    There are lots of different reasons why you might want to shoot a video. Get some tips from Dan Snow and Julia Bradbury about making a short film and watch interviews with the Director Morgan Matthews about how Britain in a Day was made.

    How to make a film - see the clips
  • TV Blog: Creating a time capsule for future generations

    TV Blog: Creating a time capsule for future generations

    The Commissioning Editor of Britain In A Day explains what inspired the project, and why it's creating a time capsule for the future.

    Read the post at the BBC TV Blog
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Morgan Matthews
Liza Marshall
Executive Producer
Kevin Macdonald


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