Episode Info

Ian Hislop asks when and why we British have bottled up or let out our feelings and how this has affected our history. Revealing as much about ourselves today as about our past, this is a narrative history of emotion and identity over the last 300 years. Far from being part of our cultural DNA, emotional restraint was a relatively recent national trait. Foreigners in Tudor England couldn't believe how touchy-feely we could be. Ian Hislop charts how and why the stiff upper lip emerged in the late 18th and early 19th century.

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