In a special two-hour long programme for BAFTA, that most high-brow of television presenters looks at the history of British TV over the past sixty years.
Starting from the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1952, Bragg presents seven films on subject of TV, with contributions from guests. These films deal with TV’s impact on showing our planet and beyond; the way British identity is presented; its portrayal of social and regional issues; how TV has challenged authority; how it covers wars and natural disasters; the intimacy of the medium; and TVs relationship to the arts.
Among those being interviewed are Joan Bakewell, David Olusoga, Anthony Horowitz, Ken Loach, John Lloyd, Ed Balls and Ash Atalla.
Melvyn Bragg on TV: the Box That Changed the World is on BBC Two at 21.00.