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Paradise Lost

Presented by Andrew Marr. As the 1960s progress, Harold Wilson takes centre stage in a rapidly changing Britain as the country looks to a fairer, liberated future.

Andrew Marr examines the age of Harold Wilson's classless society; a country excited by new technology, modern architecture and the scary futurism of Doctor Who. Wilson attempted to connect with the 60s spirit of progress by conjuring up the image of a future driven by science and the white heat of technology. But while the swinging sixties unleashed dreams of a fairer, liberated future, the Wilson governments presided over years of industrial conflict, stagnation and decline.

By the 1970s, as the sixties dream turned sour, industrial malaise, class and generational conflict, Vietnam, racial unrest, government paranoia and the shadow of the Soviet threat all added up to a sense of national crisis, and there were serious fears for the future of democracy in Britain. Under Edward Heath, British industry was reduced to working a three-day week, and homes were lit by candlelight during an enforced rationing of electricity. As Heath raised the question 'Who governs Britain?', the people's response came: 'Not you, mate!'.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Producer Chris Granlund
Producer Francis Whately
Director Francis Whately

Broadcasts

  • Tue 5 Jun 2007 21:00
  • Tue 5 Jun 2007 23:20
  • Fri 3 Aug 2007 20:00
  • Sat 31 May 2008 20:30
  • Fri 5 Feb 2010 19:00
  • Wed 17 Dec 2014 16:25
  • Wed 30 Jan 2019 21:00
  • Thu 31 Jan 2019 03:00