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James May's Cars of the People

James May's Cars of the People is a BBC television series hosted by James May, looking at how the car became an everyday part of people's lives. Covering every form of cars for the masses - from the Beetle to the Kei Car, James May looks at the many forms of people's car, their origins and their effect on history. Traveling around the world, May tells the extraordinary story of how dictators kick-started the mobilisation of the masses; explores the weird world of the microcar, and the dream cars that gave the people hope. He reveals the cars that turned post-war Germany and Japan into motoring powerhouses at the expense of Britain and the US; tells the story of how the 4x4 conquered the world, and finally the cars of the future.

Episode 1 - Cars from Dictatorships
In his quest to discover how we, the people, got our wheels, James May travels to Germany, Italy and Russia to reveal the extraordinary story of how dictators kick-started the mobilisation of the masses.

Episode 2 - Microcars
James May downsizes to explore the weird world of the microcar. He discovers how austerity and fears of congestion led to European tragicomic disasters in the shape of Britain's infamous three-wheelers, French deathtraps and German absurdities.

Episode 3 - Power and Glory
This episode is all about power and glory as James reveals the cars that finally gave the people hope.

Episode 4 - Post-war Cars
James reveals the cars that turned post-war Germany and Japan into motoring powerhouses at the expense of Britain and the US.

Episode 5 - Four-Wheel Drive
James May goes off-road to tell the story of how the 4x4 conquered the world.

Episode 6 - Cars of the Future
James explores the wilder shores of motoring to discover what happened to the cars of the future that we were promised.


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