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These film clips celebrate the history of Punch & Judy, from the earliest known recording to current practitioners (known as Professors) discussing their art.

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Punch and Judy: 1901

Silent film made by Mitchell and Kenyon in Buxton, Derbyshire, in 1901, showing Professor Henry Bailey’s Punch & Judy show (with permission from the BFI).

Punch and Judy: The Past

Professor Mark Poulton discusses the history of Punch and Judy in Britain. Recorded in 2012 in Weymouth.

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Punch and Judy: Professor Glyn Edwards

Extract from a traditional seaside Punch and Judy performance by Professor Glyn Edwards, recorded in 2005 in Aberystwyth.

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Punch and Judy: The Future

The Punch and Judy College of Professors are among the leading practitioners of Punch and Judy. They met in various groups during 2012 to mark the 350 anniversary of Punch's first known appearance in Britain.

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