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Britain's First Teenagers

Episode 2 of 20

Melvyn Bragg reveals footage telling the history of modern Britain. He looks at when Britain broke free of the burdens of WWII and the teenager was born.

Melvyn Bragg, accompanied by a vintage mobile cinema, travels across the country, to show incredible footage preserved by the British Film Institute and other national and regional film archives, to tell the history of modern Britain.

In Soho, Melvyn looks back to the 1950s and a time when Britain broke free of the burdens of the Second World War and the teenager was born. One of the original trendsetters, Wee Willy Harris, talks about the rockers who ripped up the dance floor. Molly Lowton and Jennie Prescott glimpse a much-loved friend and sister in films of their village dance. And 50s heartthrob Marty Wilde explains how the new music scene brightened up postwar Britain.

29 minutes

Last on

Tue 6 Nov 2018 13:45

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer Ruth Pitt

Broadcasts

  • Tue 6 Sep 2011 18:30
  • Wed 12 Oct 2011 02:15
  • Tue 29 Jan 2013 14:45
  • Sat 15 Jun 2013 10:00
  • Tue 18 Feb 2014 19:30
  • Tue 27 Jan 2015 13:35
  • Wed 18 Feb 2015 12:00
  • Mon 23 Jan 2017 19:30
  • Tue 6 Nov 2018 13:45