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The Smoking Years

Episode 10 of 12

With contributions from Barry Cryer, Stuart Maconie and others, this documentary tells the unnatural history of the now-threatened creature that is 'the smoker'.

Timeshift reveals the story of the creature that is 'the smoker'. How did this species arrive on our shores? Why did it become so sexy - and so dominant in our lives? Was there really a time when everywhere people could be found shrouded in a thick blue cloud?

Enlisting the help of Barry Cryer, Stuart Maconie and others, The Smoking Years tells the unnatural history of a quite remarkable - and now threatened - creature. Warning: smoke-filled nostalgia may damage your health.

1 hour

Music Played

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

  • 00:34

    Isaac Hayes

    Run Fay Run

  • 00:38

    Primal Scream


  • 00:43

    Daft Punk


  • 00:45

    The Beatles

    A Day In The Life


Role Contributor
Participant Barry Cryer
Participant Stuart Maconie
Producer Borja Cantera
Director Borja Cantera
Series Producer Ben Southwell
Executive Producer Michael Poole