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Topical programme bringing you the latest in arts, sciences and current affairs.A behind the scenes news report that follows a group of passengers as they travel to France on a 'no passport needed' bank holiday day trip. The reporter accompanies the travellers onto the ferry and chats to them about what they hope to do in France (eat frogs' legs and buy perfume). He also finds an English taxi driver working in Boulogne who gives his opinions on British visitors. (1978)

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 9 Aug 1957 19:05
BBC Television Service

Did You Know?

The facility to travel to France for day trips without using a passport was withdrawn in 1939. With encouragement from ferry companies, this was reinstated in 1955, initially allowing travel only on specified routes. However, it wasn't exactly a bureaucracy-free service, as a four-page identity paper had to be filled in and three passport photographs supplied. There was also a £10 limit on currency that could be taken on the trip.


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Bank Holidays Collection

Bank Holidays Collection

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