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Postscript to Empire Britain in Transition

What does it mean to be British in 1962? This highly controversial American documentary investigates by visiting Stevenage and the Isle of Dogs.

Documentary 1962 53 mins


This controversial documentary looks at the British character from an American perspective - part of an international exchange of television programmes. Comparing life on the Isle of Dogs and in the new town of Stevenage, Rod MacLeish casts a wary eye over British tradition and highlights issues like industrial decline and juvenile delinquency. The programme was received furiously by ITV viewers.