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Programme 4. Canada

A new series in which Neil MacGregor explores how five major countries see Britain through the prism of historical events, cultural influences and objects. Programme 4. Canada

2019 is a year of potentially momentous change for the United Kingdom, and in a new series of five programmes, Neil MacGregor visits five different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain.

In this programme he explores how far the relationship between Canada and Britain can be traced back to key events or cultural influences, and what impact those events still have on the nature of that relationship today. In Montreal, Ottawa (and New York), French-Canadian film director Denys Arcand; Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland and Booker Prize nominee Madeleine Thien reveal what they learnt about Britain at school and how their first encounters with British cities and culture have shaped their perception of Britain now.

Producer: Paul Kobrak

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42 minutes