Panorama - Bank Holidays

On the day after Whitsun bank holiday, Panorama takes a look at how crowds and traffic are increasing year on year and tries to predict what the future holds for bank holiday leisure activities.

The programme follows two families as they travel to Southend to spend the day on a solidly packed beach. Back in the studio, Richard Dimbleby and Dr Peter Kelly discuss potential solutions to the problem, such as more roads, a wider selection of places to visit and staggered holidays.

Between 1964 and 1984, the number of cars on the road rose from 12.4 million to 20.8 million.

↗ Originally broadcast 18 May 1964.

Ring of Kerry driving holiday, 1969
Bank holidays
Society and welfare