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Episode 4

Pupils and teachers embark on a time-travelling adventure. In the swinging 60s, the class experience bricklaying, typing, cooking and even a spot of Mini driving.

In this episode, our time-travelling class arrives in 1960. With a brand new decade, comes a new school for our pupils - the secondary modern. Leaving behind the rigidity and formality of the postwar grammar, they are now training for a vocational future. As they experience more hands-on lessons than ever before, our modern students and teachers will find out whether the 60s were really so swinging, after all.

Their first lesson sees the boys and girls separated once again for subjects deemed suitable for each. For the girls this means an introduction to typewriting, and for the boys, bricklaying. As the girls comes to terms with the challenges of carriage-returns and speed typing, to the fast pace of the William Tell overture, the boys attempt to tinkle and tease their way around a trowel, and building a simple wall presents a unique challenge for these modern pupils.

In the secondary modern, though, there was no escaping the basics, as our class discover in maths. One of the few lessons in which boys and girls were mixed, there is widespread confusion as they try to master the complex art of the slide rule - no calculators here! Attempting to get to grips with this cutting-edge technology, they take some time out to prank the teacher and commit the age old trick of defacing the overhead projector.

In 1963, there is rebellion brewing as the girls are told they will be cooking a meal in their very own purpose-built flat. Sampling the menu is their male teacher, acting as a stand-in husband. The recipes include an intoxicating mix of celery boats piped full of paprika and cream cheese, devilled eggs and kippers in butter. And if that is not enough to put them off their lunch, school dinner in the 1960s serves them a hearty 1,500-calorie meal of mince roly-poly, cabbage and mash, spotted dick and of course, the obligatory lumpy school custard. While the girls have been slaving in front of a hot stove, the boys have been learning a skill deemed crucial for male school leavers. Behind the wheel of a Mini, they have been learning to drive for the first time. Watch out Lewis Hamilton!

59 minutes


Music Played

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

  • 00:04

    The Shadows


  • 00:06

    The Merseybeats

    Wishin' and Hopin'

  • 00:07

    Laurel Aitken


  • 00:09

    The Crickets

    I Fought The Law

  • 00:10

    Booker T. & The MG’s

    Green Onions

  • 00:12

    Eric Coates

    Calling All Workers (Worker's Playtime' Theme Tune)

    Performer: Eric Coates Orchestra.
  • 00:14

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    The Lone Ranger Theme

  • 00:15

    Sir Cliff Richard & The Shadows

    Please Don't Tease

  • 00:17

    Barry Mann

    Who Put The Bomp

  • 00:17

    Ray Charles

    Hit The Road Jack

  • 00:19

    Dee Dee Sharp

    Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)

  • 00:20

    Sir Cliff Richard & The Shadows

    In The Country

  • 00:25

    The Shadows

    Man Of Mystery

  • 00:29

    Johnny Tillotson

    Poetry In Motion

  • 00:30

    Johnny Cash

    Hey Good Lookin'

  • 00:31

    The Mindbenders

    Um Um Um Um Um Um

  • 00:33

    Chuck Berry

    No Particular Place To Go

  • 00:38

    Four Tops

    Reach Out I'll Be There

  • 00:40

    The Beach Boys

    When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)

  • 00:41

    Lonnie Donegan

    World Cup Willie

  • 00:42

    The Spencer Davis Group

    Keep On Running

  • 00:43

    Chad & Jeremy

    Willow Weep For Me

  • 00:44

    Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass & The Tijuana Brass

    A Banda

  • 00:45

    The Bob Crewe Generation

    Music To Watch Girls By

  • 00:45

    The Shangri‐Las

    Leader Of The Pack

  • 00:46

    Barry Gray


  • 00:47

    The Shadows

    Tennessee Waltz (Alternative Version)

  • 00:47

    James Brown

    Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)

  • 00:48

    The Troggs

    Wild Thing

  • 00:48

    James Brown

    Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)

  • 00:50

    Toots & The Maytals

    54-46 Was My Number

  • 00:53


    These Days

  • 00:54

    Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

    Dancing In The Street

  • 00:54

    Paul Jones


  • 00:54

    Aaron Copland

    Fanfare for the Common Man

  • 00:55

    Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

    Dancing In The Street

  • 00:57

    Roy Orbison

    Yesterday's Child

  • 00:58

    T. Rex

    Children of the Revolution


Role Contributor
Presenter Sara Cox
Presenter Polly Russell
Aerial Photographer Aerovue
Camera Operator Gary Hawkey
Camera Operator Nik Porter
Sound Supervisor Bal Rayat
Sound Paul Taylor
Lighting Key Light Hire Ltd
On-line editing Dan Thomas
Colourist Chris Short
Re-recording mixer Paul Donovan
Production Designer Peter Gordon
Art Director Rosie Westwood
Art Director Hannah Newcombe
Graphic Designer Leonie Tucker
Costume designer Mark Ferguson
Makeup Artist Veronica McAleer
Runner Oliver Comer
Runner Holly Beaumont-Wilkes
Runner Chantelle Stewart
Runner Ellie Davies
Assistant Producer Pamela McIntyre
Assistant Producer Rajveer Sihota
Casting Stephanie Wessell
Casting Claire Parry
Production Secretary Sophie James
Production Coordinator Ross Stanley
Production Coordinator Jade George
Production Manager Jeanne Clenet
Line Producer Emily Assael
Producer Sophie Wogden
Executive Producer Emily Shields
Editor Mark Fox
Editor Ben King
Editor Joanna Lincoln
Second Unit Director Khalid Khan
Director Kate Taunton
Series Producer Christina Nutter
Series Producer Morgana Pugh
Production Company Wall to Wall Media


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