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Rude Britannia

BBC Four documentary. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2010. Features Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Rude Britannia

Challenging and provocative series exploring British traditions of satire, bawdy and lewd humour and the nation's taste for ridicule and mockery

BBC Four
3   (1 series)
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Alastair Laurence

Originally broadcast as part of the BBC's Rude On Four season, seeking to "explode the national stereotype of Britain as a polite country of restraint and decorum", Rude Britannia charts the British tendency toward and history of biting satire, mockery, and a distinct lack of reverence for authority, from the early 1700s onwards.

From Hogarth and Tristram Shandy to Marie Lloyd, Spitting Image and Little Britain, this three-part documentary takes an often enlightening and occasionally shocking look at the real history of British humour.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 14th June 2010 on BBC Four at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 16th June 2010 on BBC Four at 9pm
Length of episodes
1 hour
Last repeat
Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 1:30am

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