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Archive on 4: A History of the Stiff Upper Lip


BBC Radio 4

TX Date

23rd Nov 2002


David Coomes


Louisa Foxe

Contributing to the demise of the stiff upper lip have been two world wars, the socialist project, the demise of the aristocracy’s moral influence, and the therapy culture.
But what has been gained? What has been lost?
Louisa Foxe trawls the archives – voices include Nancy Mitford, Siegfried Sassoon, and H G Wells – and interviews the pundits, among them Dr David Starkey and Ken Loach, as she unravels the changing British attitude toward the expression of emotion.