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Knitting's Golden Age

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The story of how knitting rose from basic craft to the height of popular fashion in the 20th century, and sustained Britain through the hardships of war.

Documentary exploring how knitting rose from basic craft to the height of popular fashion in the 20th century. It's a craft that has given us scratchy jumpers, sexy bathing costumes and the infamous poodle loo cover, has sustained Britain through the hardships of war and shown a mother's love to generations of little ones. Today, knitwear has become a staple of every wardrobe thanks to a prince's golfing taste, The Beatles and 80s breakfast television. Warm-hearted and surprising, this is the story of the people's craft, and a very British one at that.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 1 Mar 2018 02:00

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

  • 00:45

    Nick Drake

    Road

  • 00:58

    Goldfrapp

    Happiness

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Rebecca Front
Producer Georgina Leslie
Director Georgina Leslie
Executive Producer Basil Comely

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