6 thoughts on “BBC Documentaries on Fashion and Social History

  1. I enjoy Lucy Worsley’s documentaries very much. One of my favorites is “Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance,” co-hosted with Len Goodman from “Dancing With the Stars.” It’s not very much about clothing, though they do dress up in period styles to try dancing key dances from each era.

    Historic dances done in historic clothing – two of my favorite things!


    1. I really liked the way they showed how the clothing styles influenced the movements of the dances—especially the waltz—making it more than just dressing up.

  2. These shows are all fantastic and I love the ladies as well! There are some other documentaries which are also great (if you haven’t seen them already); ‘Suffragettes Forever!’ with Amanda Vickery is a series about the amazing women in the suffragette movement. ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’ by Lucy Worsley is a really fun series about the changing styles of dance from the 18th century onwards and Lucy and dancing professional Len Goodman get to try on some beautiful costumes and try the dances. They also talk about how the changing waistlines also affected the positions of the dances over time too! Also you can’t miss the documentaries by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb – especially her Hidden Killers of the Tudor home/Victorian home series, which is fascinating.
    P.S. – Love the blog! Thanks ladies! :)

  3. Oh good taste LydiaR! ;) Your comment must have been getting processed when I posted mine! Yes ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’ was a really enjoyable series. I wanted to see more!

  4. Would you be willing to do a retrospective look on some of the Beeb’s social history documentary series with Goodman, Ginn, Langlands and Pinfold ? They’ve been running, on and off, since 2005. No need to rush a review, I’m just curious whether you might have a look at them in the future.

    I’m quite interested whether the clothes worn by the presenters and their guest experts in the various series fit the period. There’s some 7 interconnected shows to cover, with a timespan from the 13th century to 1945. The focus is mostly rural, so don’t expect overly extravagant clothes.

    Thank you.

  5. On a more on-topic side note, I personally prefer the Helen Castor documentaries the most. Partly because they cover stuff I’ve seen more often presented and discussed in contemporary non-fiction, but fairly little in television documentaries. I’ve even had a chuckle once that Mrs. Castor must be the long-lost British cousin of my own country’s Daniela Dvořáková. Both of them have focused on the social history of the 13th-15th Middle Ages in great detail and are excellent at explaining it to an audience without dumbing it down, so I was really pleased by this odd parallel between the two once I discovered it. :-)

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