BBC Four has commissioned a special documentary, that will see Alan Johnson MP, chronicling the transformation of the Post Office.
BBC Four has commissioned a special documentary, from Mentorn Media part of the Tinopolis Group, that will see Alan Johnson MP, chronicling the transformation of the Post Office.
Whilst Alan Johnson has been an MP for twenty years, in 1968 at the age of eighteen he first began working for the Royal Mail, initially as a postman and then later becoming general secretary of the Union of Communication Workers
In this hour-long documentary, titled ‘Alan Johnson First Class Post’, almost 40 years after he delivered his last letter, Alan is going back in time to look at how the Royal Mail has changed Britain, from its creation in the 1500’s to the present day. Alan explores how the Post Office has transformed over the years, and even with digital advances such as the introduction of email, the public are still choosing to send a good old fashioned letter via the post.
In addition, as part of the programme we see Alan go back to his old postal route in Barnes, visiting the sorting office in Mortlake, plus we hear contributions from historians and curators giving viewers exclusive access to archive material.
‘Alan Johnson First Class Post,’ was commissioned by Clare Paterson, BBC Commissioning Editor, Documentaries and Factual Commissioning. It has been executive produced by Iain Scollay, Head of Documentaries, Mentorn Media and Directed and produced by Andrew Abbott, Series Producer, Mentorn Media Scotland.
Iain Scollay said: “The Post Office is an institution that Alan Johnson is incredibly passionate about, and we’re delighted that the BBC has commissioned this programme for BBC Four. This programme includes great archive content and facts, coupled with personal stories from Alan, which makes this a fascinating story charting the change of what many regarded as the best postal service in the world, and also the ethos of being a postman.”
‘Alan Johnson First Class Post’ will air on BBC Four later this year.