The Ice Cream Van Cometh

Sound designer Jim Carey celebrates the long and colourful history of the great British ice cream van.

For over a hundred years extravagantly painted wagons have been delivering extravagant looking ice creams to the streets of Britain.

After being asked by street artist Banksy to provide a melting ice cream chime for a gallery show, Carey's subsequent interest in the origins and emotive power of ice cream chimes leads him headlong into the rich pinky cream world of all things ice cream van.

It's a story of art, science, music, cuisine, royalty, turf war and immigration.

Musician and ex-ice cream van man, Francis Rossi, and entertainer and ice cream enthusiast, Johnny Vegas, join historians, engineers, and ice cream people to help piece together the story of how ice cream vans have charmed and chimed their way into our hearts as icons of British cultural life.

Produced by Jim Carey

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Sound designer Jim Carey celebrates the long and colourful history of the great British ice cream van.

For over a hundred years extravagantly painted wagons have been delivering extravagant looking ice creams to the streets of Britain.

After being asked by street artist Banksy to provide a melting ice cream chime for a gallery show, Carey's subsequent interest in the origins and emotive power of ice cream chimes leads him headlong into the rich pinky cream world of all things ice cream van.

It's a story of art, science, music, cuisine, royalty, turf war and immigration.

Musician and ex-ice cream van man, Francis Rossi, and entertainer and ice cream enthusiast, Johnny Vegas, join historians, engineers, and ice cream people to help piece together the story of how ice cream vans have charmed and chimed their way into our hearts as icons of British cultural life.

Produced by Jim Carey

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.