Back in Time for Brixton

Back in Time for Brixton

Series 4



It’s the 1970s at the start of the final instalment of the genial social experiment, and the Irwin kids are sitting down to dinner and what look like Crispy Pancakes. “Did people actually eat these?” one wants to know as she gazes upon her plate with withering disdain.

It’s not clear how much the siblings are actually getting out of Back in Time for Brixton – certainly the two boys look bored out of their minds. But we learn at the end what it has meant, particularly for the girls.

As we race through the decades the Irwins gamely keep up: Curtis Mayfield belts through Move On Up on the soundtrack, they move into their own home and Love Thy Neighbour is on the telly (the kids’ faces are a picture).

There are a couple of celebrity appearances before everyone pretends it’s 1999 and they head to [this year’s] Notting Hill Carnival.


Part two of two. The Irwins experience life in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, discovering how a new generation of black Britons made their way through three decades of British history, guided by presenter Giles Coren and social historian Emma Dabiri. They meet former West Indies cricket captain Clive Lloyd and learn about the 1976 tour of England in which he led his side to victory, before reflecting on the Brixton Riots of the 1980s, and hosting a typical 1989-style party with DJ and producer Jazzie B of Soul II Soul.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Giles Coren
Contributor Emma Dabiri
Director Geoff Small
Executive Producer Emma Hindley
Producer Carl Callam
Series Producer Nancy Bornat
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