Fifty years ago, Penguin published its 1967 hit pop poetry book The Mersey Sound, introducing Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri to the world, thereby securing Liverpool as the cultural centre of the UK and bringing poetry to pop audiences. With the help of famous friends and fellow writers, McGough and Patten tell the inside story of this modern classic and how they made poetry cool.
Miriam Margolyes leads a trip around famous markets, historic pubs and some of the most notorious streets in London. The whistle-stop tour reveals the best way to eat jellied eels, brushes up on rhyming slang and meets a host of colourful cockneys from Fred the rag-and-bone man to 15-year-old wartime hero John 'Buster' Cain
Miriam Margolyes narrates a whistle-stop trip around the city that is the birthplace of The Beatles, the Merseyside Derby and the crossword puzzle. The programme meets football fans on the Kop, learns the legend of the Liver birds, has a lesson in how to talk scouse, takes in two cathedrals and stands on the stage where the Mersey Beat started.