Shopping Heaven, Shopping Hell

Once shopping was about fulfilling basic needs. Now it is everything: therapy, community, art, entertainment and escapism. For some, it is even a substitute for sex or religion.

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Episodes

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01Paradise Regained1999011120000702

Tony Thorne unpacks the tricks and techniques which lie behind the retail experience and asks if shopping is now the only certainty in an unsafe world.

02 LASTBeyond The Pleasure Principle1999011820000709

Culture pundit Tony Thorne explores the pleasures and pains of the shopping experience. He asks if retail therapy really works and ponders the cost of being a nation of shoppers.