Monthly Archives: October 2015

TV and Radio Listings Saturday 31st October to Friday 6th November 2015

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This week’s high-point , if that is the right word, is Dominic Sandbrook’s four parter on British culture.  Just why the BBC has entrusted a large slice of its contemporary history output to his is a mystery to me.  It is not so much that he has become a pretty unpleasant right-wing columnist on the Daily Mail, but that his history is very poor indeed riddled with facile analyses and unsubstantiated political opinions asserted as if evidence-based conclusion.  Let Us Entertain You starts on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC2 which has at its heart the one-sided assertion that British culture remains in the thrall of the tropes established in Victorian Britain and that the modernism, the sixties and the avant garde had lasting impact.

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Oiling the Wheels of History?  The BP Archive and Historical Research

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Early in October The Guardian reported that students and campaigners at Warwick University were campaigning against the presence of the BP Archive on their campus.  My initial reaction was that it was necessarily wrong to demand that BP be less transparent.  However, the more I examined the issues the more it appeared to me that BP had questions to answer.  Moreover, these questions can only be satisfactorily answered by changes in the way the archive operates.  My full piece can be read here. https://britishcontemporaryhistory.com/news/oiling-the-wheels-of-history-the-bp-archive-and-historical-research/

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 24th October to Friday 30th October 2015

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A thin week with very little to excite any contemporary British historians with a wish to watch TV while staying on duty.  The BBC considering the history of its own future is the only unmissable programme this week (BBC Radio 4, 8pm Saturday), which is up against a C4’s look at gender reassignment surgery and those who underwent in the 1950s (C4, 8pm Saturday).

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The history of black and Asian immigrants in Liverpool before the 1940s.

A quick-post in relation to a conversation I was having with someone at the Applied History event in London this evening.  The book on the history of the history of black and Asian immigrants to Liverpool before the mass immigration in the 1950s and 1960s is John Belchem, Before the Windrush: Race relations in 20th Century Liverpool (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014).  Contrary to its title, only around the first half of the book is about the period before 1948.  I have not read it, so I cannot comment on its contents.

The older book about this migrant experience n Liverpool is Anthony Richmond Colour Prejudice in Britain: A study of West Indian Workers in Liverpool 1941-1951 (London: RKP, 1954).  In some way this has not dated well, but contains some interesting historical material.

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 16th October to Friday 23rd October 2015

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This week has only material at the popular end of the spectrum – so we have British costal pleasure cruiser, Ford Capris and British psychedelic.

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 10th October to Friday 16th October 2015

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A thin week.  A little bit of post-war British poetry (Larkin, Hughes) and that is about it.

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Michael Cockerell on Denis Healey tonight BBC2 8pm

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The great Michael Cockerell on Denis Healey at 8pm BBC2 tonight (up against the Great British cake-thing final on BBC1).  Denis Healey punched me in the stomach, really quite hard, in 1981 when I was 17, but I will only tell the story if you ask ne

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