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Pamela Cox

Pamela Cox is a social historian at the University of Essex. In 2012, she made her TV debut as the presenter of BBC2 series, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs, working with leading directors, Hugo Macgregor and Paul Berczeller. The series uncovered the hidden history of domestic service in Britain from the 1840s to the 1940s.

Pamela has written and co-written several books on social history and crime history. BAD GIRLS IN BRITAIN was published in paperback by Palgrave last year. It tracks the history of delinquent and destitute girls in the first half of the twentieth century. Thousands were sent to reform homes of different kinds where most were trained to work as servants.

Pamela is now working on a new three part series for BBC2 for 2014. Shopgirls will reveal what life was like working, and in some cases living, inside shops and departments stores from the 1860s to the 1970s. It is an engaging and significant story about class, sex and shopping – told from behind the counter of some of the nation’s favourite shops. Pamela is co-writing an accompanying book with executive producer, Annabel Hobley, to be published by Hutchinson.

Martin Davidson, head of commissioning, history and business at the BBC, says: “We were delighted with the success of Servants, which showcased Pamela Cox’s insightful take on Britain’s social history. Shopgirls will be a fascinating opportunity to examine a remarkable period of transformation through the lives of women who have shaped the world today.”

Pamela lives in Colchester with her partner and two children.

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