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Documentary | Current Affairs
In Andrew Marr's first series on television, he explores the idea that Britain is effectively dead and turns political detective, looking for the day, the event or the person that killed it.
“…eloquent and entertaining… …provocative…” Times
“…you won’t want to miss this… …With eloquent images to put flesh on his thesis… …thought provoking viewing.” Express.
Made just after the first election of the newly devolved Scottish Parliament, the series examines the cumulative effects of Europe, globalisation, privatisation and devolution on the old Britain that we imagine still existed just after the war
The Day Britain Died
3 x 40’ with Wark Clements for BBC2
Shot in the UK, France, Denmark & Sweden
First TX 31st Jan, 1st and 2nd Feb 2000
Written and Presented by ANDREW MARR
Camera ANDY JACKSON
Drama Scripts PAT MILLS
Sound NIC JONES, DOUGLAS KERR
Editor JAMES MILNER-SMYTHE
Series produced and directed by
As well as writing the the narrative for the series, Andrew also wrote a book of the same name, while the series was being made. We filmed him doing it.
It's a wide-ranging, incisively-written and often witty treatise. Marr wrote The Day Britain Died to accompany a television series, travelling the country to interview people at all points on the political and ideological spectrum, from romantic Little-Englander ruralists, to businessmen relishing their opportunities in the new global service industries, to Eurosceptics, to Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, to Green theorists and politicians. The views expressed on national identity and the future are varied, energetic and often surprising, but cannot disguise a sense that, in contrast to its neighbours, England as a nation is running on empty.
Andrew Marr places this against the background of a subtle, considered discussion of the historical and political forces that shaped Britain and determined its relations with Europe, the USA and the rest of the world. He concludes with a powerfully-argued case for a revitalised British federation of interdependent states, backed up with a strong written constitution (and Alan Bennett as president--this may or may not be a joke). The issues this book raises are difficult and divisive, yet affect the lives of everyone living in the place still called Britain. Robin Davidson