From medieval minstrels to Victorian freak shows, John Sessions explores the history of popular entertainment in Britain. From September 2008.
John Sessions series charting the history of popular entertainment in the UK.
But rather than the usual wade through the shifting sands of film and TV celebrity, John is covering the period before electronic media.
He starts with our medieval ancestors and attempts to unpick a few myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools keeping the toiling peasants entertained.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.
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