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The End of the Affair

Documentary series about Britain's motorways. This final episode explores how people questioned the promises made by the motorways and began to protest.

When the first motorways opened they did so to national celebration. But after the first 1,000 miles had been built, their impact on both town and country was becoming apparent and people started to protest.

Middle England rose up and disrupted public inquiries to voice their frustration at motorway building, but it continued and over time the frustration gave way to concerns about saving the planet. In the early 1990s that meant young people willing to risk everything to stop the motorways being built. The programme shows how people began to question the promises made by the motorway, and along the way found their voice of protest.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 5 Jun 2018 00:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:22

    The Who

    Won't Get Fooled Again

  • 00:28

    Pink Floyd

    Interstellar Overdrive

  • 00:29

    Aphex Twin

    Avril 14th

  • 00:42

    Miles Davis

    Right Off


Role Contributor
Narrator Philip Glenister
Executive Producer Clare Sillery
Series Producer Emma Hindley
Director Simon Winchcombe
Producer Simon Winchcombe