The magic box: viewing Britain through the rectangular window
Publication year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
Genre: Television Television programs National characteristics, British, on television
Publisher: Faber & Faber, 2021
Resource type: Physical
Growing up in the 1970s, Rob Young's main storyteller was the wooden box with the glass window in the corner of the family living room, otherwise known as the TV set. Before the age of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, YouTube and commercial streaming services, watching television was a vastly different experience. You switched on, you sat back and you watched. In 'The Magic Box', Rob Young takes us on a fascinating journey into this influential golden age of screen and discovers what it reveals about the nature and character of Britain, its uncategorisable people and buried histories - and how its presence can still be felt on screen in the twenty-first century.