Coming In From The Cold

Jeremy Vine investigates how popular culture has been inspired by the Cold War over the last 60 years.

2006 marks the 60th anniversary of Winston Churchill's famous speech which heralded the beginning of the Cold War.

For the next half century, the world would be dominated by the threat of nuclear catastrophe, tales of espionage and the very hot wars of Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

Artists inevitably responded to these conflicts and the very real sense of fear, paranoia and uncertainty which plagued the second half of the 20th century.

It was also a period that directly and indirectly produced some of the greatest popular culture of the age.

Coming in from the Cold concentrates on some of the best examples of British and American popular that came out of the Cold War era.

From the spy genre to American rock 'n' roll inspired by the H-bomb to apocalyptic films such as Dr Strangelove, the series looks at classic film, television, music and literature.

An overarching theme of the series is how fiction blended with reality and how the Cold War itself was influenced by the popular culture it created.

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Jeremy Vine investigates how popular culture has been inspired by the Cold War over the last 60 years.

2006 marks the 60th anniversary of Winston Churchill's famous speech which heralded the beginning of the Cold War.

For the next half century, the world would be dominated by the threat of nuclear catastrophe, tales of espionage and the very hot wars of Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

Artists inevitably responded to these conflicts and the very real sense of fear, paranoia and uncertainty which plagued the second half of the 20th century.

It was also a period that directly and indirectly produced some of the greatest popular culture of the age.

Coming in from the Cold concentrates on some of the best examples of British and American popular that came out of the Cold War era.

From the spy genre to American rock 'n' roll inspired by the H-bomb to apocalyptic films such as Dr Strangelove, the series looks at classic film, television, music and literature.

An overarching theme of the series is how fiction blended with reality and how the Cold War itself was influenced by the popular culture it created.

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