Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip – An Emotional History of Britain (2012)

Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip - An Emotional History of Britain, 3 Ian Hislop's with different hats on

Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip – An Emotional History of Britain © BBC/Wingspan Productions/Brendan Easton/Emily Banting

Production Company: Wingspan Productions

Kent locations used: Canterbury, Dover Seafront

In his most ambitious television documentary project yet, Ian Hislop asks when and why we British have bottled up and stopped showing our feelings and how this has affected our history as a nation.

Ian Hislop with a skull

Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip – An Emotional History of Britain © BBC/Wingspan Productions/Nick Tanner

With his usual blend of humour and investigative journalism, Hislop charts our nations emotional journey from the effusive Tudors to the Iron Duke, Wellington, and manages to unearth many surprises on the way. Can it really be true that the infamous British Stiff Upper Lip is in reality a French invention? 

The production visited Dover Seafront to remember Captain Matthew West, the first man ever to swim the channel as well as Canterbury, where they visited the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent.

Many productions have chosen to film at Dover locations including Come Dine With Me (2012) Age of Heroes (2011) , and Poirot “The Clocks” (2009).

Previous productions that have filmed in Canterbury include Bargain Hunt (2012) Great British Railway Journeys (2010) and  A Canterbury Tale (1944).

The first episode of Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip – An Emotional History of Britain will be shown on BBC 2 on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 at 21.00, with another two episodes to be screened over the following weeks.

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For more information about filming in Kent email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip – An Emotional History of Britain visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n7rh4

For more information about Canterbury visit: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For more information about Dover visit: http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Home.aspx

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/