Always liked The Wonder Years16th May 1993.
Tucked away late on Channel 4 was the excellent historical programme, Red Empire about the USSR which was in 7 parts using eyewitness accounts from the October Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 right through to Gorbachev in the late 1980s.
The one I remember most was about Collective Farming which ultimately lead to a famine in the early 1930s, cannibalism was rife in some areas with chilling first hand accounts from survivors of that time. Life has always been cheap either in Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union, & as we see now in capitalist Russia.
Originally produced & broadcasted for the ITV Network by Yorkshire TV in 1990, the times were changing, just a decade before such access & interviews with Soviet citizens would have been very difficult or nigh on impossible.
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IIRC one episode included a Presidential election, Think from convention to election result, Not sure who's but a wild guess George Washington or Abraham Lincoln's one later.18th May 1973
A unusual programme for UK children’s TV time on BBC1, You Are There, a historical US educational TV programme.
The usual fare from the other side of the Atlantic shown on kids TV in the U.K. would be stuff like Wacky Races, Scooby Do ,Banana Splits or The Hair Bear Bunch
You Are There was originally broadcasted in the US on CBS in 1953-57 & revived in 1971-72.
The format was a News Anchor none other than legend Walter Cronkite introducing a historical moment with reporters interviewing the main protagonists in the story with Cronkite closing the programme with a summary.
As far as I recall just the one season was shown on BBC1, the historical format of the programme obviously had a US slant & would have had little appeal at that time at that time slot, unless like me you were interested in history.
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