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Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Andrew Marr
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KSA3RU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All five episodes from the first series of the BBC modern history programme. Written and presented by political commentator Andrew Marr, the series focuses on the key events that have shaped British society since the end of the Second World War, including the collapse of Empire, Britain's uneasy truce with former enemies and allies in Europe, and tensions in the 'special relationship' Britain has with the United States. Episodes are: 'Advance Britannia', 'The Land of Lost Content', 'Paradise Lost', 'Revolution' and 'New Britannia'.

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Very interesting and thought provoking, especailly in these contemporary recession times, as I found the historial information relevant to understanding how our society evolved from post World War II shortages and hardships, to our present self indulgent, materialistic status. A great alternative dose of reality television, that will entertain and uplift the more enlightened viewer.The presentation by Marr is excellent, a little dramatic in places, but this helps to lighten the current affairs subject matter and liven the dated, but interesting film clips. Definately recommended.
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Andrew Marr is up to his usual amazing standard of insightful, gripping, and thought provoking history packaged in such a way so that anyone can watch it and enjoy it. Watch it in conjunction with Britain 1945-2007 (Access to History)for one of the most bearable and productive A level history revision sessions you will ever have.
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A fantastic series tracing Modern British History from post world war two to the first few years of the new millenium. Each episode deals with a spefcific time period and looks at the impact of individuals and events that have shaped modern Great Britain.

The episodes are as follows:

Advance Britannia - Covering 1945-1955
The Land of Lost Content - Covering 1955-1964
Paradise Lost - Covering 1964-1979
Revolution! - Covering 1979-1990
New Britannia - Covering 1990-2007

This is excellent and informative and I would recommend this as essential viewing in schools as it cover the history in a realsitic warts and all way and doesn't shy away from the nastier pieces of our past.

Andrew Marr is as ever an interesting writer and presenter of this series and makes the information interesting and at times humorous. I highly recommend this DVD.
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Andrew Marr’s stab in his ‘History of Modern Britain’ is a reasonable attempt at a history of Britain from 1945. Five one-hour chronological episodes seek to encapsulate the British experience from the end of the Second World War to the first years of the new millennium.

But there are problems too. For instance he does not really explain why Churchill was voted out in 1945, and his coverage of the Beveridge Report fails to place it in context of what went on before the war, thus failing to demonstrate how strong the need was for reform. Overall, Marr is quite even-handed, but I did take exception to his calling Margaret Thatcher (without a hint of irony) as “a saviour waiting in the wings”.

Given Marr’s background, the emphasis is largely on the politics and economics of the period; indeed, the chronology of each episode is largely framed in terms of general elections. But Marr also tries to cover the likes of film, fashion, and food – even the weather – but it’s an impossible task to cover all these decades in anything like a comprehensive way. Thus there is no mention of Beeching, no mention of Monty Python.

And given the politics, it’s largely a London-oriented series, of course, but Marr also gets out and about to the likes of Blackpool, Birmingham, and Liverpool – and across the Atlantic to Washington. Indeed, the American dimension was for me the most shocking, as Marr tells us how financially unfriendly the Americans were in victory, tying the UK to American purse-strings thereafter.

The series is short on statistics (which might be a good thing).
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These Histories of Modern Britain are well worth watching. Andrew Marrr presents his subject in a a captivating manner which is compelling viewing. Strongly recommended.
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Although I lived through much of this period I had little knowledge of what happened! Andrew Marr is adept at drawing out the important aspects of history and I wanted a permanent record for the next generation as well as for me. No doubt I shall watch it again and again. First class acquisition and the excellent Amazon service as ever.
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An excellent series, but quite disturbing because it presents the hard reality of life and not as I remember looking through the rose tinted glasses of old age.
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Lovely entertaining documentary, easy to follow but not patronizing. Would recommend.
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