Good Golly, Bad Golly

The golly, invented in the 19th century, is a potent symbol and has not lost its power to generate controversy in recent years.

But there is more than one golly in the public imagination.

For some, he is a marker of how far we've come in realising the power of language and stereotypes to cause offence; for others he is the icon of a fondly remembered childhood, carrying as much political freight as a teddy bear.

In this programme, journalist and presenter Henry Bonsu finds out how the golly has come to mean such different things to different people.

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The golly, invented in the 19th century, is a potent symbol and has not lost its power to generate controversy in recent years.

But there is more than one golly in the public imagination.

For some, he is a marker of how far we've come in realising the power of language and stereotypes to cause offence; for others he is the icon of a fondly remembered childhood, carrying as much political freight as a teddy bear.

In this programme, journalist and presenter Henry Bonsu finds out how the golly has come to mean such different things to different people.