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Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You Final Episode (BBC-2 25 Nov 2015)

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AIRDATE: Wednesday 25 November 2015 at 9.00pm on BBC Two

Episode 4 (of 4)

The final episode of Let Us Entertain You looks at the way in which post-war culture has seen the triumph of an idea that first took hold during the Victorian period: the rise of the individual.

Industrialisation may have led to a growth in collective identity, with the emergence of large, unified workforces and powerful unions, but the Victorian period also gave rise to the concept of individual identity and self-determination. This was the era of the novel with its first-person narrator and focus on the lives of individual protagonists; it was the age of Samuel Smiles and his emphasis on self-help: (“Every human being has a great mission to perform, noble faculties to cultivate, a vast destiny to accomplish.”)

These seeds were planted in the Victorian era, but reached fruition in the post-war years. Culture, after all, is egalitarian – talent trumps social background or circumstance. For better or worse, post-war culture has seen the powerful emergence of the individual: from John Lennon to John Self, and from Kate Bush to the seemingly endless stream of TV talent show contestants.

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

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I may be common but I’m not stupid

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

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Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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