UKTV history channel Yesterday is going back to the Sixties with a season of programming dedicated to the era, set to launch on September 18.
The “Spirit of the Sixties” season will feature a range of programs covering music, fashion, sport and politics from the decade.
Titles include UK acquisitions Carnaby St Undressed; The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Memories (IMC); The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation (APT Worldwide); Teen Spirit: Mods and Rockers (Simply Media TV); Freedom Riders (PBS International); Roads to Memphis (PBS International); and Stonewall Uprising (PBS International).
Other acquired titles in the season include Bobby Moore Hero; Hey Hey We’re The Monkees; Tony Palmer’s All My Loving; Summer of Love; The Beatles: Liverpool to San Francisco; and The Rolling Stones: Truth and Lies.
“Yesterday recognised some time ago that recent history and personal stories have greater resonance for viewers than dim dark history with little to no film archive,” said Adrian Wills, Yesterday interim head of factual.
“We’ve been looking for commissions and acquisitions that reflect the big counter-cultural shifts, the explosion of fashion and music and the massive changes in attitudes and behavior towards things like sex and drugs.”
The programs were ordered by Wills and the deals brokered by Emma Sparks, UKTV’s acquisitions executive, factual.