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John Lewis to star in BBC2 show

John Lewis will be the subject of a new documentary series on BBC 2 later this year.

According to trade magazine Broadcast, BBC2 will air three hour-long programme which will examine the history of John Lewis and look at how it is weathering the recession.

The documentary will reveal the rags-to-riches story of how a young Victorian orphan-turned-entrepreneur, John Lewis, entered the retail business in 1864 when he set up a modest draper’s shop on London’s Oxford Street.

Other features in the series, include the staff bonus announcement in March, the fitting-out and recruitment for a new Cardiff store this autumn and the fast turn-around of the first of John Lewis’ new Home stores.

Executive producer Julian Mercer told Broadcast magazine,“It’s fascinating to follow a major retail player as it deals with the worst economic downturn for 80 years, especially a company that is answerable to its staff, rather than the City.”

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