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The Sixties

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The series which trawls the archives to see how BBC Two has been a guide to lifestyle trends begins with maybe the biggest lifestyle revolution of them all - the 1960s.

From Fanny Cradock's petits fours to Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's boudoirs, BBC Two has for the last 50 years been a guide to shifting lifestyle trends in contemporary Britain. In its mission to keep us informed, educated and entertained in all things domestic, the channel has gone mad for makeovers, finessed our food and planted ideas in our back gardens.

This series takes a nostalgic and amusing trawl through the archives to see how BBC Two fared as tastemaker to the nation. And, piquantly narrated by Bake Off's Mel Giedroyc, it begins with the biggest lifestyle revolution of them all, the 1960s, when the shock and the schlock of the new marched hand in brightly coloured hand.

Featuring Alan Titchmarsh, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Antony Worrall Thompson and Esther Rantzen.

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Sun 16 Nov 2014 17:00

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Music Played

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

  • Horst Jankowski

    A Walk in the Black Forest

  • Percy Faith

    Theme from A Summer Place

  • The Mariachi Brass

    The Phoenix Love Theme (Senzo Fine)

  • Booker T. & The MG’s

    Chinese Checkers

  • Gioachino Rossini

    La gazza ladra

  • Miriam Makeba

    Pata Pata

  • The String-A-Longs


  • John Barry

    Fancy Dance

  • Ramsey Lewis

    Wade In The Water

  • Horst Jankowski

    A Sunny Day In Heidelberg

  • Bert Kaempfert

    Afrikaan Beat

  • Syd Dale

    Penthouse Suite/Man Friday

  • Henry Mancini

    Baby Elephant Walk

  • Val Bennett

    The Russians Are Coming (Take Five)

  • John Barry

    Cutty Sark

  • John Barry

    What a Question

  • Bert Kaempfert


  • Syd Dale

    All On A Summer's Day

  • Billy Vaughn

    Sail Along Silvery Moon

  • Bert Kaempfert

    That Happy Feeling

  • Norrie Paramor

    Theme from 'A Summer Place'

  • Warren "Pete" Moore


  • Miles Davis

    Spanish Key

  • Piero Umiliani

    Mah Nà Mah Nà

  • The RAH Band

    The Crunch

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Role Contributor
Narrator Mel Giedroyc
Producer Merryn Threadgold
Director Merryn Threadgold
Series Producer William Naylor
Participant Alan Titchmarsh
Participant Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
Participant Antony Worrall Thompson
Participant Esther Rantzen


  • Fri 14 Nov 2014 19:00
  • Sat 15 Nov 2014 20:30
  • Sun 16 Nov 2014 17:00

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