One to look out for this weekend – or at the very least record. That’s 1966 – 50 Years Ago Today on BBC4.
Based on the excellent 1966 book by Jon Savage and part of the My Generation series, this is an Arena documentary marking the year ‘pop music and popular culture ripped up the rule book’.
According to the BBC:
This was the year of Jonathan Miller’s Alice in Wonderland, Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment, and the year that Strawberry Fields Forever was recorded. Television was still in black and white, but the world outside was bursting with colour and controversy.
In America, in London, in Amsterdam, in Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late 1950s reached boiling point. In popular culture and the mass media, 1966 was a year of restless experimentation and the search for new forms of expression – particularly in pop music.
The one-hour documentary has been written by Jon Savage and director Paul Tickell, showing on Sunday at 10pm (and repeated after that).