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Penny Blacks and Twopenny Blues: How Britain Got Stuck on Stamps

Episode 3 of 5

Writer Andrew Martin charts the evolution of the British postage stamp and examines how these sticky little labels became a national obsession.

Timeshift charts the evolution of the British postage stamp and examines how these sticky little labels became a national obsession. Like many of us, writer and presenter Andrew Martin collected stamps when he was young, and now he returns to that lost world to unpeel the history of iconic stamps like the Penny Black and the Blue Mauritius, study famous collectors like King George V and the enigmatic Count Phillip de Ferrary, and to meet present-day philatelists at a stamp club.

59 minutes

Music Played

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

  • 00:01

    Nils Frahm

    More

  • 00:07

    Nils Frahm

    Four Hands

  • 00:10

    Hidden Orchestra

    Flight

  • 00:14

    The Flickers

    Gotta See Jane

  • 00:18

    Hidden Orchestra

    Hushed

  • 00:20

    Nils Frahm

    Wall

  • 00:26

    Ludovico Einaudi

    Night

  • 00:35

    Ludovico Einaudi

    Twice

  • 00:41

    Sex Pistols

    God Save The Queen

  • 00:43

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Spitfire

  • 00:53

    Pink Floyd

    Money

  • 00:58

    I’m From Barcelona

    Collection of Stamps

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Martin
Series Producer William Naylor
Producer Matthew Thomas
Writer Andrew Martin

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