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Greenlit: Playground Britannia, BBC4

Playground Britannia (1×60′) – Step into a secret world of imagination and adventure in Playground Britannia, the story of children’s outdoor play in 20th Century Britain. From Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses to rap dancing, the programmes explore Britain’s favourite games across a century of childhood.

The heyday of outdoor play came in the Fifties when the simple joys of skipping, street football and train-spotting were enjoyed by millions of children. Since then major social changes such as the emergence of the fashion conscious teenager, the rise of pop culture and the perceived increase in danger on the streets have encouraged children to grow up faster. But each generation has remained as creative as the last when it comes to playground games. Children of all ages will see the games they once enjoyed reflected in this affectionate tribute to a nation at play.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: Testimony Films

TX: Autumn2009 / Winter 200

Source: BBC Press Office


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