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John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

John unpicks some medieval myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain.

He looks at our medieval ancestors and unpicks some myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain. He looks at our medieval ancestors and unpicks some myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

. John unpicks some medieval myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.


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John Sessions unpicks some medieval myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions unpicks some medieval myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions launches a new series charting the history of popular entertainment in the UK. But rather than the usual wade through the shifting sands of film and television celebrity, John is covering the period before electronic media. He starts with our medieval ancestors and attempts to unpick a few myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools keeping the toiling peasants entertained.

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John Sessions series charting the history of popular entertainment in the UK.

But rather than the usual wade through the shifting sands of film and TV celebrity, John is covering the period before electronic media.

He starts with our medieval ancestors and attempts to unpick a few myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools keeping the toiling peasants entertained.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.

John Sessions unpicks some medieval myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain

He starts with our medieval ancestors and attempts to unpick a few myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools keeping the toiling peasants entertained.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

John unpicks some medieval myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain.

He looks at our medieval ancestors and unpicks some myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain. He looks at our medieval ancestors and unpicks some myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

. John unpicks some medieval myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

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Ringside gambling, brutal bear-baiting and Bankside theatre - the age of the libertine.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain

John looks at Elizabethan London, from Bankside theatre to ringside gambling.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

He looks at Elizabethan London, from Bankside theatre to ringside gambling, from merry jigs to brutal bear-baiting.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain.

He looks at Elizabethan London, from Bankside theatre to ringside gambling, from merry jigs to bear-baiting.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain. He looks at Elizabethan London, from Bankside theatre to ringside gambling, from merry jigs to bear-baiting.

. John looks at Elizabethan London, from Bankside theatre to ringside gambling.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

He looks at Elizabethan London, from Bankside theatre to ringside gambling, from merry jigs to brutal bear-baiting.

2/4. He looks at Elizabethan London, from Bankside theatre to ringside gambling, from merry jigs to brutal bear-baiting

Ringside gambling, brutal bear-baiting and Bankside theatre - the age of the libertine.

Ringside gambling, brutal bear-baiting and Bankside theatre - the age of the libertine.

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A look at the hundred-year period from the Restoration of 1660 onwards, and the rise of a new figure in popular entertainment: the sporting hero.

Plus, the importance of the increasing use of printing, as a way of spreading popular entertainment around the country and of establishing popular tunes and songs.

John Sessions continues his series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2008.

John Sessions explores the Restoration and development of new entertainment strands.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain

Plus, the importance of the increasing use of printing, as a way of spreading popular entertainment around the country and of establishing popular tunes and songs.

John Sessions continues his series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2008.

John looks at the Restoration period, and the rise of the sporting hero.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

He looks at the hundred-year period from the Restoration of 1660 onwards, and the rise of a new figure in popular entertainment: the sporting hero.

Also the importance of the increasing use of printing, as a way of spreading popular entertainment around the country and of establishing popular tunes and songs.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain.

The Restoration period from 1660 onwards, and the rise of the sporting hero figure.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain. The Restoration period from 1660 onwards, and the rise of the sporting hero figure.

. John looks at the Restoration period, and the rise of the sporting hero.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

He looks at the hundred-year period from the Restoration of 1660 onwards, and the rise of a new figure in popular entertainment: the sporting hero. Also the importance of the increasing use of printing, as a way of spreading popular entertainment around the country and of establishing popular tunes and songs.

3/4. He looks at the hundred-year period from the Restoration of 1660 onwards, and the rise of a new figure in popular entertainment: the sporting hero. Also the importance of the increasing use of printing, as a way of spreading popular entertainment around the country and of establishing popular tunes and songs.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

He looks at the hundred-year period from the Restoration of 1660 onwards, and the rise of a new figure in popular entertainment: the sporting hero. Also the importance of the increasing use of printing, as a way of spreading popular entertainment around the country and of establishing popular tunes and songs.

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The circus, music hall and the odd high-diving elk - a history of popular entertainment.

High-diving elks, the sporting munificence of Charles Dickens and the explosion in music hall entertainment all help bring to a close the merry little stroll John Sessions has been taking through the history of popular entertainment in the UK.

Having joined the restoration celebrations of 1660 and witnessed the rise of a new popular entertainment phenomenon, the sporting hero, John now ventures into the industrial heartlands of Victorian Britain to see how the masses were kept amused before the dawn of cinema and the emergence of a global entertainment industry worth billions of pounds.

Producer: Paul Kobrak

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2008.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

4/4. He looks at how the masses were kept amused in Victorian Britain by Dickens, circus attractions and the music halls.

The last port of call in John Sessions' history of mass amusements is the industrial centres of Victorian Britain, with its circus attractions and music hall entertainments and the odd high diving elk.

High-diving elks, the sporting munificence of Charles Dickens and the explosion in music hall entertainment all help bring to a close the merry little stroll John Sessions has been taking through the history of popular entertainment in the UK. Having joined the restoration celebrations of 1660 and witnessed the rise of a new popular entertainment phenomenon, the sporting hero, John now ventures into the industrial heartlands of Victorian Britain to see how the masses were kept amused before the dawn of cinema and the emergence of a global entertainment industry worth billions of pounds.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

The circus, music hall and the odd high-diving elk - a history of popular entertainment.

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John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain. How the masses were kept amused in Victorian Britain by Dickens, circus attractions and the music halls.

. Mass entertainment in Victorian Britain: Dickens, circus attractions and the music halls.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

He looks at how the masses were kept amused in Victorian Britain by Dickens, circus attractions and the music halls.

John Sessions presents a series charting the history of popular entertainment in Britain, from medieval minstrels to Victorian freakshows.

John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain.

The last port of call in John Sessions' history of mass amusements is the industrial centres of Victorian Britain, with its circus attractions and music hall entertainments and the odd high diving elk.

High-diving elks, the sporting munificence of Charles Dickens and the explosion in music hall entertainment all help bring to a close the merry little stroll John Sessions has been taking through the history of popular entertainment in the UK. Having joined the restoration celebrations of 1660 and witnessed the rise of a new popular entertainment phenomenon, the sporting hero, John now ventures into the industrial heartlands of Victorian Britain to see how the masses were kept amused before the dawn of cinema and the emergence of a global entertainment industry worth billions of pounds.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

The circus, music hall and the odd high-diving elk - a history of popular entertainment.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2008.