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James May's Cars of the People

  • 2014
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Lifestyle

Summary

James May visits Russia, Japan and Europe to discover how motoring came to the masses.

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Episode 1: James May's Cars of the People

Summary

The presenter examines the social significance of cars in the 20th century. He begins by travelling to Germany, Italy and Russia to examine how dictators kick-started the mobilization of the masses, finding tales of design brilliance, abject failure, war, fraud and double dealing. James also learns about how the British motor industry blew a gift-wrapped chance to rule the world and he gets his own back with a stunt that means bad news for one of the planet's most hated cars.
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Review

You don’t see James May much on screen these days (unless you’ve got Amazon Prime and follow The Grand Tour). So it’s worth noting this repeat of one of May’s side projects, the 2014 series where he looked at cars that deserved a parking place in social history, everyday vehicles created to free the populace and get nations on the move.

It’s a tale of dictators, fraud and rust that includes some of the best and worst cars of the 20th century. Beetles, Trabants and Fiats are the stars of the opener, which also includes a clip of Brezhnev drunk, some glorious vintage ads and advice on the use of mustard powder in radiators.

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Credits

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PresenterJames May

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DirectorTom Whitter
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  • Episode 1

    James May's Cars of the People

    Summary

    The presenter examines the social significance of cars in the 20th century. He begins by travelling to Germany, Italy and Russia to examine how dictators kick-started the mobilization of the masses, finding tales of design brilliance, abject failure, war, fraud and double dealing. James also learns about how the British motor industry blew a gift-wrapped chance to rule the world and he gets his own back with a stunt that means bad news for one of the planet's most hated cars.
    Recommended

    Review

    You don’t see James May much on screen these days (unless you’ve got Amazon Prime and follow The Grand Tour). So it’s worth noting this repeat of one of May’s side projects, the 2014 series where he looked at cars that deserved a parking place in social history, everyday vehicles created to free the populace and get nations on the move.

    It’s a tale of dictators, fraud and rust that includes some of the best and worst cars of the 20th century. Beetles, Trabants and Fiats are the stars of the opener, which also includes a clip of Brezhnev drunk, some glorious vintage ads and advice on the use of mustard powder in radiators.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterJames May

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTom Whitter
    Series producerTom Whitter
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