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Series Premiere

James May's Cars of the People: Season 1

1x01 Volkswagen Beetle

  • 2014-08-10T20:00:00Z on BBC Two
  • 59 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukrainian
  • Documentary

In his quest to discover how we the people got our wheels, James travels to Germany, Italy and Russia to reveal the extraordinary story of how dictators kickstarted the mobilisation of the masses.

It is a tale of design brilliance, abject failure, war, fraud and double dealing featuring some of the best (and worse) cars and characters of the 20th century. James discovers how the British motor industry blew a gift-wrapped chance to rule the world and he gets his own back with a stunt that means bad news for one of the planet's most hated cars.