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UK History does the 60s

I never pay much attention to UK History – a bit too much World At War and ancient Rome for my liking – but starting next week, that changes – if only for a short time.

The channel is going big on the 60s. Slipped into the schedules at various points from next week (W/C 10th July) are the BBC’s Fame, Fashion and Photography documentaries (including The Real Blow Up), along with a less-interesting programme on the Beatles.

But next Saturday (15th July) seems the day to tune in. I have no idea what the series of shows "Sixties Interstitials" is, but there seems to be huge selection of programmes showing all day under that name, with show titles such as "The Pill",  "Swinging Britain: 1965-1966", "Street Fighting Years: 1967 -1968", "Brits Storm US Pop Charts", "Lady Chatterley", "The Party is Over: 1969 – 1970", "Teenage Rebels: 1960-1961", "Sex, Spies and Rock and Roll: 1962-1964", "Women Fight Back – Germaine Greer", "Marriage Under Attack", "White Heat of Technology (Concorde)" and "England Swings".

Chances are much of it will not live up to the billing – but we’ll not know unless we tune in…or set the recorder for most of the day.

UK History is available on satellite, cable or Freeview in the UK.

Find out more on the UK History website

One Comment

  1. Paul Owers

    I watched last night’s episode and was taken aback to see a COLOUR clip of Sandra Barry and The Boys (not announced) doing ‘Really Gonna Shake’ with all of the soon-to-be-Action members except Pete Watson. It was only a few seconds but the right song (As opposed to a clip of The Escorts with a John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers song playing over the footage) and fun to watch the early Action dressed and swaying like The Shadows. I’d love to see the whole thing, it probably exists in it’s entirety somewhere-UKTV managed to get it to show the edit. Looking forward to spotting more of this sort of thing.

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