The Story of the Corner Shop
What is it about the British and the corner shop? The corner shop has always been there for us, it's a British institution. It was on the front line of what was happening in society from the '40s to the noughties. It saved our bacon during World War II and it has become a rite of passage for new immigrants. Journalist Babita Sharma, the daughter of shopkeepers, explores the growing and shifting fortunes of the corner shop to discover why this unsung hero has been at the centre of ordinary lives for more than 70 years. With contributions from comedian Sanjeev Singh Kholi and actor Nitin Ganatra, Booze, Beans & Bhajis uses the shop as a way to explore the social fabric of Britain - from economic change to immigration. The death of the corner shop has been predicted many times - but still it soldiers on. So just how has it managed to survive?