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Stuart looks at the very medium which brought music to the ears of the British public.
Stuart Maconie explores how popular music reflects Britain's love of the great outdoors.
Using Madness's 1982 hit Our House to examine the importance of home ownership in Britain.
Stuart focusses on the era of Progressive Rock music.
Another Brick in the Wall - The Best Days of Our Lives?
Stuart focusses on the early 80s and the notion of the Goth.
Stuart looks at our desire to welcome in the weekend.
Stuart Maconie examines how the British music festival became a universal experience.
Tonight Stuart looks at Band Aid and how pop music found a social conscience.
Teen heartthrobs have been part of modern culture from Rudolph Valentino to Harry Styles.
Cliff Richard's first hit ushered in a very British take on an American import.
Pop's journey from tribalism to multi-cultural smorgasbord.
Tonight, Stuart looks at the music surrounding our love of the national game: football.
Robert Wyatt's single spotlights the ambivalence of a nation brought together in wartime.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit demonstrates the UK's unerring love of musical theatre.
Do TV talent shows shorten the lifespan of a star's career and make us all talent scouts?
How the Goons's two-chord classic epitomises the UK's love of novelty comedy hits.
Stuart Maconie looks at the political trouble and music around the early to mid 1970s.
The Smiths epitomise the true independence of Northern indie music.
How five young women reinvented feminism for themselves in the late 90s.
The marriage of folk and electricity gives British folk a new lease of life.
Stuart looks at environmentalism and anti-globalism in music, focusing on Chumbawamba.
How the aspirational culture of Thatcherism became reflected in the UK's charts.
London becomes the epicentre of the Swinging '60s; the rest of the UK looks on enviously.
Stuart looks at the lad and ladette culture which began in the early 1990s.
Stuart Maconie continues the series charting the history of modern Britain in 50 records.
How the industrial noise of the West Midlands helped give birth to a whole new genre.
Stuart Maconie continues charting the history of modern Britain in over 50 records.
How a diminutive Aussie soap star went from actress to diva and reinvented bubblegum pop.