Will Self's Great British Bus Journey

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0101Back To The Future20180129

Will Self embarks on a 1,000-mile tour of the UK, travelling only by bus and coach.

Will Self embarks on a 1000 mile tour of the UK travelling only by bus and coach, exploring urban Britain and British identity at a time of flux.

Bus and coach windows afford Will a different perspective on the nation. He eschews the bright lights of the big cities, heading instead for smaller urban centres. His objective is to speak to Britons about how they view their cities and themselves in 2018. In this first edition, Will's journey takes him to Plymouth, once the cockpit of British naval power - a time when national identity was clear and certain.

Over ten programmes and two weeks, Will's trip takes him to Swansea, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Preston, Middlesbrough, East Kilbride and Derry-Londonderry. In the fish and chip shops, the B&Bs, the pubs and car repair garages, Will debates the state of British identity - and discovers that Britain today has become a highly debatable land.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0102Soup And Laverbread20180130

Will Self boards the coach for Swansea where he assesses the state of Welsh identity.

Will Self continues his tour of urban Britain travelling only by coach and bus, assessing British identity at a time of flux.

It's a late night for Will as he speaks to some of Plymouth's homeless people who are gathering to make use of a mobile soup kitchen. After just a few hours sleep, he boards the 5am coach bound for Swansea, where he samples a local delicacy and examines the state of Welsh identity.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0103A Trip Down Rusty Lane20180131

Will Self visits the place which JB Priestley described as the worst street in England.

Will Self continues his tour of urban Britain travelling only by coach and bus, assessing British identity at a time of flux.

After checking out of his Swansea B&B, it's time to move on to West Bromwich, where Will visits the place JB Priestley once described as the worst street in England. Will finds out what the street tells us about Britain today.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0104Rock On At The Giffard20180201

Will Self visits Wolverhampton's local paper and rocks out at the town's goth pub.

Will Self continues his tour of urban Britain travelling only by coach and bus, assessing British identity at a time of flux.

Will visits Wolverhampton's Express and Star - which enjoys the highest circulation of any local paper - before winding down and rocking out at the town's goth pub.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0105Jobless In Wolverhampton20180202

Will Self speaks to jobless young people in Wolverhampton.

0106The Preston Model20180205

Will Self continues his 1,000-mile tour of the UK, stopping off in Preston.

Will Self continues his 1000 mile tour of the UK by bus and coach, assessing a bold civic experiment in Preston.

Bus and coach windows afford Will a different perspective on the nation. He eschews the bright lights of the big cities, heading instead for smaller urban centres. His objective is to speak to Britons about how they view their cities and themselves in 2018. In the course of his enquiries, he discovers Britain has become a highly debatable land.

Today he stops off in Preston and visits a local mosque as well as assessing a bold civic experiment dubbed The Preston Model.

Also this week, Will visits Middlesbrough, East Kilbride and Derry-Londonderry, concluding his journey on the Irish border.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0107Dual Control To Middlesbrough20180206

Will heads to Middlesbrough, where he learns about the booming digital scene.

Will Self continues his tour of urban Britain travelling only by coach and bus, assessing British identity at a time of flux.

Will heads to Middlesbrough where he learns about the booming digital scene and finds out what happened to the 1700 workers laid off at the Redcar steelworks two years ago.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0108A Night In East Kilbride20180207

Will takes the coach from Middlesbrough to East Kilbride.

0109Across the Irish Sea20180208

Will takes the ferry across the Irish Sea to assess identity in Northern Ireland.

0110Last Bus to the Border20180209

Will Self concludes his tour of the UK in Derry-Londonderry.