Inter-cutting the history were interviews with larger-than-life characters such as 93-year-old Alford Gardner, whose entertaining reminiscences had made him a news item in his own right in the run-up to transmission, and Anthony Bryan, one of those who faced deportation despite having lived in the UK for almost all his life. Their sobering testimony put a human face on a troubling story that reflects as much on the present as it does the past.