About 'A Very British History'
A Very British History is a collection of stories of 20th Century Britain through the eyes of minority communities across Britain.
stories of the Chinese, the Irish in the Midlands, the Vietnamese Boat People, and the British Bangladeshi community.
Fronted by presenters from those communities, the series explores the highs and lows that many faced when making their home in modern Britain.
We hear their untold stories and follow emotional journeys back in time. Each film is a quest to discover more about the history of communities in multi-cultural Britain.
Musician Angela Moran tells the story of the Birmingham Irish from
the post-war years to the present day. Angela’s grandparents were amongst
thousands of Irish to move to Britain’s second city in the 1950s.
British-Born Chinese vlogger Shu Lin explores the
history of the Chinese community in the UK from the 1950s through to the
Hoque came to Britain in 1980 as a three-year-old from the young nation of
Bangladesh. He explores why thousands of
families settled here in the 1970s and 80s, and how they faced hardships and
racism while building a new life in Britain.
Therapist Rachel Nguyen tells the story of the Vietnamese Boat People
who came to Britain in the 1970s and 80s. British-born Rachel, whose parents
fled post-war Vietnam, discovers how a new community came to exist in Britain
when Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher eventually agreed to take in 10,000