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The Seventies

Episode 2 of 4

Mel Giedroyc narrates as The Seventies trawls the archives to show how BBC Two has been a guide to lifestyle trends.

Keeping track of lifestyle trends in the decade that style forgot was one of BBC Two's bigger challenges, as the deliciously arch narration of Bake Off's Mel Giedroyc reminds us in this amusing romp through the channel's archive.

This, after all, was an era of dodgy fashion, stodgy food and bodged politics that had us running to escape into a world of stripped pine, country kitchens and Laura Ashley. But the programme shows that the 1970s also resemble our own times - from house price inflation and soaring energy costs through to worries about the threat to 'real' food and environmental sustainability.

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1 hour

Last on

Sun 23 Nov 2014 19:00

Music Played

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

  • Lou Reed

    Walk On The Wild Side

  • Chicago

    Street Player

  • Stealers Wheel

    Stuck in the Middle

  • Jimmy Smith

    Main Title From "The Carpetbaggers"

  • Commodores

    Machine Gun

  • Highly Likely

    Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads

  • Wayne Hill

    Left Bank Two ('Vision On Gallery' Theme Tune)

    Performer: The Noveltones.
  • Bedlam

    Harvest Moon

  • Herb Alpert


  • Incredible Bongo Band


  • The Doobie Brothers

    Long Train Running

  • MFSB

    TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) (feat. The Three Degrees)

  • Freddie King

    Sugar Sweet

  • Eumir Deodato

    Also sprach Zarathustra

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival

    I Heard It Through The Grapevine

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Simple Man

  • Led Zeppelin


  • The Temperance Seven

    My Blue Heaven

  • Canned Heat

    Going Up The Country

  • Frank Mills

    Music Box Dancer

  • Brighouse and Rastrick Band

    The Floral Dance

  • Eric Clapton


  • Roxy Music

    Love Is The Drug

  • Madness

    Our House

  • Badfinger

    Come and Get It

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Role Contributor
Narrator Mel Giedroyc
Producer Gerry Dawson
Director Gerry Dawson
Series Producer William Naylor
Participant Eve Pollard
Participant Gyles Brandreth
Participant Wayne Hemingway
Participant Peter York
Participant Prue Leith
Participant Loyd Grossman
Participant Oz Clarke
Participant Peter Seabrook
Participant Alan Titchmarsh


  • Fri 21 Nov 2014 19:00
  • Sat 22 Nov 2014 19:30
  • Sat 22 Nov 2014 21:30
  • Sun 23 Nov 2014 19:00

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