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Voices of Victorian Britain

Synopsis
Presents a picture of Victorian London, based on a research conducted by the Victorian journalist and founder of ‘Punch’ Henry Mayhew. He accurately transcribed interviews with a wide range of working people as part of a survey of London labour and life. Some of his characters are dramatised, including a rat catcher, a woman who sells dog excrement, a depressed street clown, a maker and purveyor of false eyes, and man who sells descriptions of famous murderers withing a day of their being apprended, and a man who gives street lectures on a flea, a human hair and cheese mites.
Series
Timewatch, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 50 min.
Year of production
1996
Availability
Sale; 1999 sale: £99.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 on 11/2/96.
Subjects
History
Keywords
London; Victorian life

Credits

Director
Jonathan Miller
Contributor
Laurence Rees
Cast
Jonathan Miller 

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Address
Now part of BBC Learning
Notes
This company is no longer trading under this name and currently does not have a web presence. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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