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When Britain Went Bananas (BBC2 2005)
Documentary examining the return of bananas to Britain in the aftermath of World War Two. The fruit hadn't been seen in the UK for five years, so reintroducing them allowed the government to create the image of a bright future. Numbers were limited and demand was great, so tight restrictions were placed on the sale of bananas - but a flourishing black market soon emerged to challenge the law.
The humble banana stars in a story of false dawns, crude Government control, spies, rebellion and law-abiding citizens turned criminal.
After a five-year absence, during which the banana achieved an almost mythical status, the first shipment of bananas arrived in Britain in December 1945.It was the ideal Government propaganda tool, a convenient token of a brighter future.
With bananas restricted to children and pregnant women, the nation, oppressed under the controls of the State and desperate to taste that forbidden fruit, was all too willing to break the law.
As the Ministry fought hard to retain control with increasingly absurd measures, those flouting the law became more determined.
Housewives took to the streets and a cycle of oppression and rebellion ensued, threatening to tip over into popular revolt.
At the heart of When Britain went Bananas is a comical fruit that perfectly captures the spirit of a post-war nation.
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