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The Boat That Rocked (M)

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Run Time:

1h 57m

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Richard Curtis

In mid- to late-'60s Britain, an unusual yet colourful subculture sprang up and thrived as a product of the upswing in British pop music, only to meet its doom within a few short years. Though the BBC functioned as the country's main source of news and music, its programmers offered very little airtime to rock & roll — which left an overwhelming need unfulfilled. In response, small bands of ‘pirate’ radio enthusiasts set up broadcasting towers on boats just outside of English boundary waters, and transmitted signals to an estimated 25 million listeners, 24 hours a day and seven days per week. Unsurprisingly, the DJs who took charge of these broadcasts could rival just about anyone in terms of flamboyance and outsized personalities.

Last Screen Date:

15 May 2021

7:00 pm

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