BBC documentary highlights startling history of parks

Britain's Park Story, a documentary highlighting the hidden history of Britain's parks has started on BBC Four.

Britain's Park Story, presented by historian Dan Cruickshank, reveals the evolution of public green spaces, telling a story of class, social engineering, civic pride, fashion, sport and recreation which, according to the BBC "helps re-evaluate the amazing assets they are."

Cruickshank picks up the tale with parks Royal origins in the 16th century moving through their most popular peak in the 18th century when he says they were "the nightclubs of their age, where aristocrats would mix with harlots, and where people would go to see celebrities and be seen."

He cautions that parks are too often taken for granted, highlighting the neglect of the 1980’s and offering a warning to authorities looking to cut funding for the future.

The programme airs tonight (2/7/10) on BBC Four and is repeated on the following dates and times:

  1. Mon 2 Aug 2010 23:30 BBC Four
  2. Tue 3 Aug 2010 03:00 BBC Four
  3. Wed 4 Aug 2010 01:20 BBC Four
  4. Wed 4 Aug 2010 20:00 BBC Four
  5. Fri 6 Aug 2010 00:50 BBC Four

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