Timeshift

Series 12 - 4. Timeshift: Magnificent Machines - The Golden Age of the British Sports Car

Radio Times
Review by:
David Crawford

It seems someone at BBC4 is becoming increasingly nostalgic for postwar British manufacturing. After documentaries on the UK’s jet aerospace industry, now this jaunty film shines a light on the success stories of the humble sports car firms that carved a niche export market with small, exciting two-seaters.

Packed with evocative archive and men rhapsodising over the thrill of driving Healeys, Triumphs, MGs and Jaguars – “as much fun as you could have in those days with your trousers on” – the testosterone is tempered by the tale of the great rallyist Pat Moss (sister of Stirling), and by Tamsin Greig’s cheekily sardonic narration.

About this programme

4/10. A look at how iconic manufacturers such as Jaguar, Austin-Healey, MG and Triumph prospered during the austerity of the post-war years. The programme explores how Britain briefly became the home of the two-seater vehicle and features memorable motors from the era, including the MG Midget, the Sprite and the Jaguar E-Type. Narrated by Tamsin Greig, with contributions by Stirling Moss and Quentin Willson.

Cast and crew

Cast

Narrator
Tamsin Greig
Contributor
Stirling Moss
Contributor
Quentin Willson

Crew

Director
Andy Hall
Producer
Andy Hall
Categories
Documentary

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