You can probably still find it on I-Player.
There are bits about folk song and music
... and dancing!
Ian Hislop begins by questioning the authenticity of some of the idealised art of the nineteenth century.
|"The Country Inn" by Myles Birket Foster.|
- He interviews Vic Gammon about the folk song revival.
- Vic gives guarded credit to Cecil Sharp ...
|What a strange way to ride a bicycle!|
- Did the Victorian engagement with folk music fuel ‘aggressive nationalism’ that contributed to WW1?
- Then there was Morris dancing ...
- Were those battle-weary, shell-shocked soldiers really helped in their rehabilitation by attending Daisy Dakin‘s classes?
(It is so writ: it must be true!)
Hislop is somewhat cynical about the myth that describes ‘Merrie England’.
- There is similar ambivalence from another circumspect academic, (The Imagined Village, Boyes, G., Manchester, 1993)
- Briefly and sympathetically, he considers the life and literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien ...
|Mordor … “Birmingham by any other name!”|
He visits Ambridge in fictional Borstetshire, rural home of The Archers.
- Ned Larkin bemoans the invention of the traction engine.
- Hens are given spectacles!
Then there’s a bit about railways!
|Monsal Dale viaduct in Derbyshire.|