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The acclaimed BBC Four Britannia series moves into the world of British reggae. Showing how it came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next 20 years, both British music and society, the programme includes major artists and performances from that era, including Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and The Specials, The Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers such as Boy George and Paul Weller.

The programme celebrates the impact of reggae, the changes it brought about and its lasting musical legacy.

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ydp85/BBC_Four_Sessions_Reggae_Britannia/

2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ydp83/Reggae_Britannia/

http://youtu.be/95zSqP75kVI

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  • rune
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    brilliant documentary, thanks for that!! i’m british but living in Bulgaria and a massive reggae fan, and don’t get to see british tv, a real treat!!

  • rune
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    really nice site by the way, it would be good if there was a share option for the vid clips so i could post onto some of my bulgarian mates!

  • rune
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    really nice site by the way, it would be good if there was a share option for the vid clips so i could post onto some of my bulgarian mates! PS not sure about the end comment! but i suppose it’s a little bit dated now, the way i see it reagae has never been bigger on a global scale, but it seems to struggle a little in the uk nowadays on a comercial level?

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