A fascinating two-part series that tells the story of the department store - how it became the greatest innovation to emerge from the industrial revolution and ultimately changed the role of women in society forever.
The final two teams roll into New York City and are shocked to learn that everything they think they know about this race is out the window for this final leg.
The final three trucks arrive in tiny Jonesborough, Tennessee, ready to battle it out for the attention of its 5,000 residents. Each customer is precious and the community is excited to see the trucks, but town life shuts down at sunset. The teams get another surprise when they must 'go back in time' and cook a five-course meal in the style of the pioneer-era chuck wagon. Then it's back to Main Street for a nip and tuck battle that sees the low-earning team eliminated by a mere $37.
The final four trucks arrive in New Orleans eager to take advantage of the culture and nightlife of the Big Easy. Wicked weather drenches the teams and leaves them scrambling for customers. An epic battle ensues on the edge of the French Quarter until a surprise catfish cook-off sends one team back to the streets and the others to a slimy, grimy punishment that no one will forget.
The remaining five trucks head further east as they arrive in Forth Worth, Texas while Team Ragin' Cajuns make the long and lonely drive home. Expectations for Team Austin Daily Press to 'kill it' in their home state are high, but they're not so sure.
Minus 'Banana Man' and the Nana Queens, the remaining six teams keep truckin' en route to Sante Fe, New Mexico where they are greeted by a snow storm. How will the weather affect sales?
Across America, chefs are taking to the streets in mobile truck kitchens. They're parking on corners and in front of office buildings to serve some of the most unique, delicious dishes around. In The Great Food Truck Race, seven teams representing America's most outrageous and best food truck providores compete to cook their way around the nation from LA to New York.
Retail expert Mary Portas heads to Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in a bid to change the fortunes of a hairdresser who is in danger of going out of business. Back in the 1980s, the John Peers hair salon used to be the place to visit, but John's former proteges are now outshining him, and attracting his former customers to their new shop around the corner
In this final episode, it's the end of the journey for the shopkeepers and their customers as they move into the 1970s.
In this penultimate episode the shopkeepers move into the swinging sixties, and big changes hit the high street. Every shop has transformed completely 1960s mass production of meat, bread and clothing means the bakers find themselves running a milk bar, the butcher sells hardware and the dressmaker is now running a hair salon.
For the first time profit isn't everything, as the shopkeepers find themselves dealing with rationing, promoting make do and mend, and trying to persuade an entire town to pull together as it would have done sixty years ago.
For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world - illuminating and powering the start of the industrial revolution, and laying the groundwork for a truly global economy. From its stunning rise as an economic force in the 18th century, to its precipitous decline in the decades following the Civil War, the whaling industry mapped millions of miles of uncharted ocean, opened new seaways and markets, employed the world's most multicultural workforce, and shrunk the globe by bringing once remote reaches of the earth into contact as never before - all the while capturing the American imagination.
In the third episode of this six part series, the shopkeepers move into the 1930s. Life should be sweeter this week, as government regulations reduce working hours and cheap sugar means lots of lollies, confectionary and cake. Nostalgia boosts sales for the grocers, who have masses of 1930s recognisable brands, the dressmaker has to sell thirties glamour to the town, and the butcher has good old British beef.
This week we move on to the sophisticated Edwardian era. The butcher, the baker, the grocer and the ironmonger are joined by a dressmaker, and together they must provide a modern town with the exceptional service and luxuriant shop displays worthy of the Edwardians.
In many countries, shopping is a favourite pastime, no matter how the economy is. While the Internet, malls and superstores provide us with everything we need, there's a nostalgia for the days when everyone knew the corner grocer or the friendly butcher in town. Now, this inventive UK reality series transports viewers back to the late 19th century as five modern shopkeepers and their families set up shop and conduct their lives exactly as merchants did in six earlier eras, to experience what life for the average shopper used to be like. Before the fast food, pre packed, preservative-heavy Pandora's Box of a shopping experience we have today.
With virtually no government oversight or public outcry, the multibillion-dollar youth marketing industry in America has been able to use the latest advances in psychology, anthropology and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. American kids now influence an estimated $700 billion in annual spending, targeted virtually from birth with sophisticated commercial appeals designed to sell everything from Hollywood merchandise and junk foods to iPods, mobile phones, and the family car. The result is that childhood itself has been commercialised.
A story about cultural identity and survival in the age of globalisation, a "David and Goliath" struggle against enormous odds.
In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Money: Why Do We Take Risks? is a penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the crash of 2008. To a group of scientists, called behavioural economists, the crash of 2008 was no surprise. Their experiments show our behaviour is bizarre when it comes to making decisions about money, with the mind often acting irrationally.
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