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? This documentary 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, Welsh poet and presenter Ifor 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
  • Info
  • Release date2012
  • Full run time59min
  • Directed byNick Watts
  • Produced byCwmni Da, Western Front Films, BBC
  • Presented byIfor Ap Glyn