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The Modern Age of the Coach

Documentary bringing the story of the coach up to date, exploring the most recent phase of Britain's love affair with four-wheeled group travel from school trips to Indian treks.

Documentary which brings the story of the coach up to date, as it explores the most recent phase of Britain's love affair with group travel on four wheels - from school trips and football away-days to touring with bands and 'magic bus' overland treks to India.

The establishment of the National Coach Company may have standardised the livery and the experience of mainstream coach travel in the 1970s, but a multitude of alternative offerings meant the coach retained its hold on the public imagination, with even striking miners and New Age travellers getting in on a very British act.

1 hour

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Music Played

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

  • 00:04

    The Divine Comedy

    National Express

  • 00:13

    Ananda Shankar

    Streets Of Calcutta

  • 00:17

    The Who

    Magic Bus

  • 00:29

    Trio

    Da Da Da Ich Lieb Dich Nicht Du Liebst Mich

  • 00:36

    Fatback Band

    (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop

  • 00:51

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    Familiar Ground

  • 00:55

    Phoenix

    Love Like A Sunset Part I

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt
Producer Andy Mosse
Series Producer Ben Southwell
Executive Producer Michael Poole

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