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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

BBC Two announces a new documentary on the 1970 Miss World contest

BBC Two announced a new one hour documentary about the 1970 Miss World contest, when a dramatic protest by the Women’s Liberation Movement created headlines around the world.

The Miss World Protests (w/t), made by BBC Studios, tells the story of the infamous 1970 Miss World contest, when protestors dramatically disrupted the show - kick-starting a feminist revolution in front of an audience of millions. It was also a time of growing anti-apartheid protest, and the first ever black South African contestant was sent to the contest with the dubious title ‘Miss Africa South’, alongside the white Miss South Africa.

Directed by Hannah Berryman (Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal), the film offers an entertaining, thought-provoking and timely look at a moment of game-changing anarchy. Told through archive, animation and contributions from the key players, including compere Michael Aspel, protesters and beauty queens, the documentary coincides with the theatrical release of Misbehaviour, a film dramatisation of the story starring Keira Knightley.

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