The Toilet: An Unspoken History

A normal human being supposedly spends three years of their lives on the toilet, but how happy are we talking about this essential part of our lives?

The Toilet: An Unspoken History challenges that mindset by uncovering its role in our culture and exploring the social history of the toilet in Britain and abroad – as well as exploring many of our cultural toilet taboos.

Starting in Merida, Spain, with some of the earliest surviving Roman toilets, we journey around the world – from the UK to China, Japan and Bangladesh – visiting toilets, ranging from the historically significant to the beautiful, from the functional and sometimes not-so-functional to the downright bizarre.

Leading our journey is Everyman figure, poet and Welsh presenter Lfor Ap Glyn, who has a passionate interest in the toilet, its history and how it has evolved over the centuries, right up to the development of the current design.

Finally, there’s a glimpse of the future and a possible solution to the global sanitation issues we now face.

The Toilet: An Unspoken History
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  • Release date2012
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Nick Watts
  • Production companyWestern Front Films