Eyewitness, 1970-1979

  • by Joanna Bourke
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Bourke. Published in 10 volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century.The seventies began with a spectacular obscenity trial and ended with Margaret Thatcher quoting St. Francis of Assisi on the steps of Downing Street. In the years between, the sixties' social revolution settled into a variety of movements: feminist, gay, anarchist, punk. However, economic misery, burgeoning union power, and carnage in Northern Ireland characterise the decade.The miners' strike and the three-day week toppled the Conservative Government in 1974, and the 'Winter of Discontent' defeated Labour in 1979. The horrors in Northern Ireland were unremitting. But the Queen's Silver Jubilee and Virginia Wade's Wimbledon win provided moments of optimism.Politicians including Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, and Edward Heath illustrate the mood of the decade, as do journalists, social commentators, and DJs.Thought-provoking and moving, these are the voices of the past, speaking to the present.


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A Look Back.

What did you love best about Eyewitness, 1970-1979?

The narration and everything else, heck, the whole thing.

What other book might you compare Eyewitness, 1970-1979 to and why?

I can't think of one.

What about Tim Pigott-Smith’s performance did you like?

Everything realy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this for history fans.

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- brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited