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Listen to Britain

The 1942 film Listen to Britain summed up our nation in sound. Writers Julie Burchill and Dominic Grace record their own version of how patriotism sounds today.

The 1942 black and white propaganda film Listen to Britain, directed by Humphrey Jennings, summed up our nation in just twenty memorable minutes of sounds and pictures. Inspired by watching and discussing this masterpiece, writers Julie Burchill and Dominic Grace set out to discover what Britishness means now.

They visit some of the places featured in the film , from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom to Trafalgar Square, and they report from Hastings, Newport and Bradford on pride, steel, lies, pubs, drag, flags and poncification.

Produced by Peter Everett
A Pennine production for BBC Radio 4.

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58 minutes