Video — November 18, 2009 at 8:39 am

Video: Watch BBC’s ‘Synth Britannia’ in full

Last month, on the eve of its airing on BBC Four, we offered up a few previews of “Synth Britannia,” the much-buzzed documentary that tracks the rise of British synthpop in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Now, particularly for those fans outside of the U.K. who couldn’t see the broadcast, we’re thrilled to be able to post the entire 90-minute program, which features Vince Clarke, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan, Neil Tennant and Martin Gore.







  1. Hope they put this out on DVD.

    Check out two other DVDs…Listen to London and Made In Sheffield

    There was also a film that was never released called “Searching for Roger Taylor”

    Here is the screener:

  2. Uh oh! This video no longer exists.
    Anyone able to provide a download link?

  3. Really great documentary. One geeky gripe — Ballard and Kraftwerk get their propers as strong influences. Devo gets a brief name-drop.

    Suicide doesn’t even get a mention. Not even during Simon Reynolds’ talk about the emergence of the ubiquitous synth-duo.

    Beside that, this is just fantastic. I can’t wait to see the rest.



  4. Duncan:

    Unfortunately that 9th part is not viewable in the United States. It’s blocked.

  5. Lots of kind folks in the UK sharing via torrents!

    ~Bored in the US of A

  6. Just watched this. Unbelievably brilliant. Took me back to one of the “wow” moments of my life musically. I distinctly remember being in 3rd grade and hearing Soft Cell “Tainted Love” on the radio. I just remember thinking, “Wow, this song is the best thing I’ve ever heard.” Hooked on synth since the age of 8. And to think all these kids listen to now is Jonas Brothers and other utter crap.

  7. Thanks for the heads-up on this. Loved it! And I still have a lot of these groups on vinyl albums from back “in the day”. –joe

  8. Well done! I wish they could have filled a final half hour with Industrial music so Skinny Puppy etc. could be mentioned, but no actual complaints from me!

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