BBC One regions head back to 1966
Tonight on BBC One England, to mark Fifty years since England won the World Cup, each region heads back to 1966 with a series of documentaries looking at local events across year.
Each BBC local TV service will take a close look at the sixties in a special documentary series which will go beyond the famous fashion, music and football of the decade. In the year Time magazine declared London the ‘swinging city’, a host of household names will examine what life was really like across the country during this fascinating period of cultural and social change.
The 11 documentaries will be shown in England’s regions, and use archive footage and recent interviews with those who lived through the decade to show that life in 1966 was about more than just mini-skirts and The Beatles.
“These films are a nostalgic nod back to the 1960s, and really capture how the music and fashion of the time were inspiring a new generation. It was also a time for change, and it’s fascinating to see the transformation that was happening to many inner city areas at the time, and how big leaps in transport and education were making the world more accessible to more people.” – Stuart Thomas, Head of English Regions Programmes
Around the BBC One Regions:
BBC One London will air London Through a Lens presented by Patsy Kensit
In 1966, Time Magazine declared London the ‘swinging’ capital of the world. Now, 50 years on, Patsy Kensit explores what the year was really like, and shares five of her favourite photographs that capture London life in 1966.
BBC One South is to broadcast Moving With The Times hosted by Annie Nightingale
Radio One’s first female DJ, Annie Nightingale, sets off in an iconic 1960s Mini to discover just how the world of transport was changing in 1966. She looks at the disappearance of many branch lines on the railways, and investigates the advent of the package holiday which saw Brits take to the air, often for the first time.
BBC One South East is to air The Education Revolution presented by Simon Fanshawe
In the South East, two new universities, Kent and Sussex, were at the forefront of a revolution in higher education. Writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe finds out what it was like for that first generation of students, and asks if they realised it was such an important moment of change.
BBC One East will screen the Steve Lamacq fronted Pop, Pirates and Postmen
Steve Lamacq reveals how young people from across the East experienced – and helped to shape – the music and fashion revolutions of 1966. He looks at the pirate radio rebels who invented a new style of music show, the year’s most unlikely pop star, and the tribal rivalry between Mods and Rockers.
BBC One North East and Cumbria studios
BBC One North East & Cumbria sees Charlie Hardwick host North East a’Gogo
Former Emmerdale actress Charlie Hardwick meets the people who took the North East club scene by storm, and looks at whether the Swinging Sixties made it to the North East. She also discovers how Tyneside was being re-shaped, as terraced homes made way for tower blocks.
BBC One South West will air Bulldozers, Beatniks & Board Riders presented by Angela Rippon
Angela Rippon goes in search of the objects and artefacts that tell the story of a year of bulldozers, beatniks and board riders.
BBC One North West is to screen Stuart Maconie Looks Back, hosted by who else than Stuart Maconie
In the North West in 1966, the world was fizzing with pop, the Beatles and the new footballing superstar George Best. But Stuart Maconie digs deeper than this and discovers a world of casinos, strip joints, slum clearances and the early stirrings of women’s lib.
BBC One West will broadcast All Change For The West fronted by Michael Portillo
Journalist and former MP Michael Portillo looks at how the closure of the much-loved Somerset and Dorset branch railway line reflected life in the West in 1966.
BBC One West Midlands brings Adrian Chiles to screens with Making the Midlands
While the England team was winning the World Cup in 1966, many new arrivals in the West Midlands had little time for football as they were busy battling racism in everyday life. Adrian Chiles finds out about the other side of life in the Sixties.
BBC One East Midlands will air Robert Lindsay Remembers
Actor Robert Lindsay returns to his old stamping grounds, and shares his memories about how 1966 in Nottingham was a pivotal year in his life.
BBC One Yorkshire and Lincolnshire is to air Suits, Boots And Northern Roots presented by Kay Mellor
TV writer Kay Mellor looks at fashion in Yorkshire in 1966, including footage of Burtons, who made the suits that the England World Cup winning team wore. She looks at Sheffield’s brutalist architecture, and also meets a woman who has worked at RAF Fylingdales in North Yorks for nearly 50 years.