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Silk weavers – and red boots – on BBC4 yet again

2016 September 7
spitalfields from roof

Looking down on Christchurch, Spitalfields and the streets occupied by silk weavers from a modern office block roof

Until my neighbour told me she had seen me on BBC4 last night – and liked my red boots – I hadn’t realised that there was another showing of  Hidden Histories :Britain’s Oldest Family Businesses: Toye the Medal Maker. On one level I suppose it is gratifying that a programme about silk weavers in east London is on the box again and I am a small part of it. But on another level it is quite worrying. This is now, according to the BBC website, the 7th showing of this film first broadcast in January 2014. I realise that the budget for history programmes has been drastically cut – and that during the recent Olympics there was nothing to watch on BBC4 except sport – but this surely gives an indication of where the BBC is going. Excluding the news last night and this every single programme on BBC4 was a repeat.

If  I haven’t put you off and you haven’t seen it before (or even if you have, of course!) you can catch it through BBC iplayer for the next 29 days.

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