Following on from his award-winning History of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr takes us back to the first half of the 20th Century, one of the most vivid, fast-changing and exhilarating periods in British history. He re-visits the dramas of the Edwardian age, the wild roller-coaster ride of the twenties and thirties and the nation-defining events of two devastating world wars. From the death of Queen Victoria to the retreat from Dunkirk; from the General Strike to the Battle of Cable Street; from Charlie Chaplin to Rolls Royce; and from the days of Music Hall to D-Day, Andrew Marr takes us on a witty and entertaining tour of this fascinating era when modern Britain was springing into life.
- Andrew Marrs: The Making of Modern Britain review by JD
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A historical portrait of a period in time is a difficult thing to achieve. Do you concentrate on politics, fashions, art, science, religion, crime, scandal or discovery or a bit of everything? Too much of everything risks being chaotic and disjointed. Some things are better documented than others and therefore more accurately recalled, some are more photogenic.
This attempt for me is a poor pic'n'mix of salacious news stories, light entertainment and politics. How Rolls had to travel to Manchester to meet Royce was quite interesting, watching Marr being driven in a Silver Ghost uninteresting, in fact there is far too much of Marr's face altogether. Just because he wrote this hotchpotch doesn't mean he is the best to present it, nor do I wish to gaze endlessly at him.