Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, February 03, 2014

Know of a source for Andrew Marr's videos?

Jim Rossi, who teaches in Danville, CA sent me a question. I don't have an answer, maybe you do. Use the comment link below if you can help.

Jim wrote, "Are you familiar with Andrew Marr's History of Britain Series?  I have used the Thatcher and Blair episodes in class and they were awesome. Unfortunately they've been pulled off Youtube and the DVDs available via Amazon are Series 2 and don't work on US players.  Any chance you have a source or know of one who has copies?"

The copies for sale a Amazon and at BBC in the UK are indeed PAL format and won't work with machines in the USA. Does anyone have conversion technology? (Is that legal?) Does anyone have copies for Jim?

Alternatively, does anyone have suggestions for teaching materials that summarize the politics of Thatcher and Blair? or maybe Blair, Brown, and Cameron/Clegg? (In my mind Thatcher/Major are more history than comparative politics now.)


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At 12:39 PM, Blogger Crystal DeLong said...

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At 12:40 PM, Blogger Crystal DeLong said...

If the DVD is in region 2, you could use VLC to play the DVD. I used VLC, which is a free program, all the time when I was living overseas.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Thanks, Crystal.

VLC Player is a shareware app that asks for a $5 donation if you download it. That's good deal.

VLC Player


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