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‘How TV Changed Britain’ — More Stupid TV from Channel 4

By David Herman  

‘How TV Changed Britain’ is a new 6-part series on Sunday nights on Channel 4, looking at TV genres and how they have reflected and changed Britain. A mixture of clips and 30-second soundbites from various talking heads, it attempts a kind of cultural analysis. Tonight’s (June 1) opening show was about the British police on television, from ‘The Blue Lamp’ and ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ in the 1950s to ‘Life on Mars’.

It could hardly have been more pedestrian and predictable. All the old classics were there: George Dixon and ‘Z Cars’, ‘The Sweeney’ and ‘The Bill’, GF Newman’s…

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