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Meet the British

A look at four decades' worth of government-produced short films created in order to sell an ideal Britain overseas, featuring semi-naked women, wurlitzers and prize goats.

Semi-naked women, wurlitzers and prize goats are just a selection of items used by the British government to promote the country's image abroad.

For four decades, the government produced thousands of short films in order to sell an ideal Britain overseas and now, for the first time, they are shown to the country that inspired them.

1 hour

Last on

New Year's Day 2010 00:20

Music Played

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

  • Eric Coates

    The Dam Busters March

    Orchestra: Ron Goodwin and His Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Eric Coates.
  • Peter Sellers

    Bangers & Mash

    with Sophia Loren

  • Glenda Collins

    This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'

  • The Rolling Stones

    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

  • Roger Miller

    England Swings

  • Chris Spedding

    Motor Bikin'

  • Boots Randolph

    Yakety Sax

  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer


  • The Johnny Mann Singers

    Up, Up And Away


Role Contributor
Producer Jeff Simpson
Director Jeff Simpson
Executive Producer Caroline Wright