‘The Golden Age of British Rail’ and ‘Spicing Up Britain’: BBC 4 documentaries produced and directed by Keele MCC graduate David Leach! Watch online now!


We are proud to announce two recent documentary films produced and directed by Keele MCC graduate David Leach (2003-2006). The films have been broadcast as part of BBC Four’s Time Shift series (see details below). Congratulations to David on his professional success!

The Nation’s Railway: The Golden Age of British Rail

Timeshift revisits Britain’s railways during the era of nationalisation. For all its bad reputation today, the old British Rail boldly transformed a decayed, war-torn Victorian transport network into a system fit for the 20th century. With an eye firmly on the future, steam made way for diesel and electric, new modern stations like Euston were built, and Britain’s first high-speed trains introduced.

Made with unique access to the British Transport Films archive, this is a warm corrective to the myth of the bad old days of rail, but even it can’t hide from the horror that was a British Rail sandwich.

Watch online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b053pxdr/timeshift-series-14-5-the-nations-railway-the-golden-age-of-british-rail

Spicing up Briatin: How Eating Out Went Exotic

Timeshift looks at how post-war Britain went from a place where eating out was more of a chore than a pleasure to a nation of food adventurers, now spending up to a third of our food budget on restaurant meals. It’s the story of the British palate being slowly introduced to a range of what would then have been ‘exotic’ cuisines by successive generations of migrants opening eateries – first Italians, then Chinese and Indians. By encouraging us to try something new – be it spaghetti, stir fry or samosa – they spiced up not just our food but our high streets and our lives.

Watch online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b053pzmd/timeshift-series-14-6-spicing-up-britain-how-eating-out-went-exotic


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