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1968 - Myth or Reality?

Politicians prominent in 1968, from top and clockwise: James Callaghan, Edward Heath, Enoch Powell, Barbara Castle, Harold Wilson and Roy Jenkins Radio 4 broadcast a season of programmes - from March to August 2008 - to mark the 40th anniversary of a momentous year - 1968. It was the year of student protests across the globe, riots in the streets of Paris, assassinations rocked America and Soviet Tanks crushed the Prague Spring. Sexual liberation, civil rights, drugs and music were said to shape the thinking of a generation. The pulse for the season will be provided by 1968 - Day by Day .

1968 - Day by Day

Every day for 6 months, Radio 4 recreated 1968 in sound - drawing on the BBC and other vivid news archive and the music of the time. The series sended on 31 August 2008.

1968 - The Year of Revolutions

Across the season, 9.00am, Tuesday

John Tusa

Sir John Tusa hosts four studio discussions acrosss Europe and also the US to gather together those who were part of the story

Rivers of Blood, The Real Source

8.00pm, Monday 3 March 2008, rpt 1.30pm Sunday 20 April

Eoch Powell

Rob Shepherd recalls Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech of 1968, one of the most explosive in living memory by a British politician

The Archive Hour - the My Lai tapes

8.00pm, Saturday 15 March 2008

US soldiers during the Vietnam War

Robert Hodierne reveals the truth about the infamous My Lai massacre of 16 March 1968.

Tariq Ali on Desert Island Discs

11.15am Sunday 16 March, rpt 9.00am Friday 21 March

Tariq Ali in student demonstration in 1968

On the eve of the anniversary of the Grosvenor Square riots, Tariq Ali is Kirsty Young's guest.

Drama - 4.4.68

2.30pm Saturday 29 March

Martin Luther King

A real time drama about the last 45 minutes of Martin Luther King's life to mark the 40th anniversary of his death next year.

Notes from the Underground

11.30am Thursday 3 April

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The story of The International Times, the UK's first national counter-culture newspaper, aimed to be a 'mass communication paper'.

Philosophy in the Streets

11.00am Wednesday 30 April


Nick Fraser recalls the intellectual revolution of May '68 that spread from the academy to the streets of Paris, and from Paris to the world. Contributors include key philosophers and thinkers, former activists and writers.

It's Not Just about the Music

11.30am Thursday 10 April

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Forty years of Rolling Stone Magazine, charting its rise from the official voice of underground America to the iconic rock title.

Sex, Telly and Britain - Cultural Events

Begins 10.30am Saturday 31 May for three weeks.

Part of poster for the film 'School for Sex' which was made in 1968

Journalist Miranda Sawyer was one year old in 1968 and in this series, she casts a fresh, irreverent eye over the British cultural landscape of forty years ago.

Drama - Let's Murder Vivaldi

2.30pm Saturday 31 May

Image from the original TV version of Let's Murder Vivaldi

In this taut, darkly funny moral tale from a now-neglected master of the television play, David Mercer, two dysfunctional couples work out their animosities in different ways.

Drama - Funeral Games

2.15pm Friday 11 July

Funeral Games image

A scabrous black comedy, first presented by Yorkshire Television in August 1968, that links Joe Orton's hit successes Loot and What the Butler Saw.

The Sixty-Eighters at Sixty

Begins 8.00pm Monday 4 August

David Aaronovitch

David Aaronovitch looks back at the ambitions and dreams of the Sixty-Eighters - and goes to meet them to find out what has happened to them.

Memoryshare for 1968
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Send to Memory Share your memories of 1968. They may be cultural, political, social, sporting or indeed how your family was affected by a particular event.



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