Monday, April 11, 2011

Not on iPlayer, alas

The Great Estate: The Rise & Fall of the Council House

At its height in the mid-1970s, council housing provided homes for over a third of the British population. From the 'homes for heroes' cottages that were built in the wake of the First World War to the much-maligned, monolithic high rises of the 60s and 70s, Collins embarks on a grand tour of Britain's council estates. He visits Britain's first council estate, built as an antidote to London's disease and crime-ridden Victorian slums, the groundbreaking flats that made inter-war Liverpool the envy of Europe, the high rise estate in Sheffield that has become the largest listed building in the world, and the estate built on the banks of the Thames that was billed as 'the town of the 21st century'.

Posted by drewster @ 01:18 AM (1570 views)
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3 thoughts on “Not on iPlayer, alas

  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    Thanks for the heads-up Drewster, i’ll be watching this tonight.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    That estate in Sheffield is quite cool, I once stayed there for a couple of days.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Splendid programme.

    M Collins seemed determined to be determined to ridicule council housing from the very off but all the people who told him “It was really nice actually” seemed to have ground him down by the end. He covered post-war to 1970s in infinite depth but then dashed off the last thirty years in the space of about five minutes.

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