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Back to the Future

Will Self embarks on a 1,000-mile tour of the UK by bus and coach, exploring urban Britain and British identity at a time of flux.

Will Self embarks on a 1000 mile tour of the UK travelling only by bus and coach, exploring urban Britain and British identity at a time of flux.

Bus and coach windows afford Will a different perspective on the nation. He eschews the bright lights of the big cities, heading instead for smaller urban centres. His objective is to speak to Britons about how they view their cities and themselves in 2018. In this first edition, Will's journey takes him to Plymouth, once the cockpit of British naval power - a time when national identity was clear and certain.

Over ten programmes and two weeks, Will's trip takes him to Swansea, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Preston, Middlesbrough, East Kilbride and Derry-Londonderry. In the fish and chip shops, the B&Bs, the pubs and car repair garages, Will debates the state of British identity - and discovers that Britain today has become a highly debatable land.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

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14 minutes

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Mon 29 Jan 2018 13:45