All Mediatheque films

Here’s the full list of titles currently available to view in Mediatheques.

Please note that a very small number of titles, marked with an asterisk (*), are currently available to view only in our London Mediatheque due to rights issues. We hope to make these available in all BFI Mediatheques in the future.

1908 London Olympics
1908  |  12 min
Surviving footage of Track & Field and Marathon events during London’s first ever stint as host city.
Collection:  Sport at Heart

1984
1955 | 89min
Rarely-seen 50s feature ‘freely adapted’ from George Orwell’s classic novel.
Collection: The Book Group

1984 : Designing a Nightmare
1984  |  25 min
Join Christopher Frayling on the set of the 1984 film version of Orwell’s classic novel.
Collection:  The Book Group

24 Hour Party People
2002  |  112min
Welcome to Madchester: Steve Coogan stars in Michael Winterbottom’s biopic of Tony Wilson and Factory Records.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

28 Up
1984  |  160min
The children first interviewed when they were 7 in 1964 are revisited at the age of 28.
Collection:  Essentially British

3 Non-Blondes
2003  |  30min
‘Candid Camera’ with attitude featuring the soon-to-be Little Miss Jocelyn.
Collection:  Black Britain

39 Steps
1935  |  87min
A boy’s own adventure from London to Scotland. Hitchcock’s best British film?
Collection:  Essentially British

4D Special Agents
1981  |  60min
TA group of East End kids track down a gang of jewel thieves. To the helicopter, everyone!
Collection:  Box of Delights

50 Years of BBC TV News
2004  |  150min
Three-part series exploring the breadth of news covered by BBC television from 1954 to 2004.
Collection:  TV Heaven

600-Year-Old Custom
1927  |  1min
An eccentric sport courtesy of East Midlands tradition.
Collection:  Heartlands

617: The Last Days of a Vulcan Squadron
1982  |  40min
The final days of the ‘Dam Busters’ squadron.
Collection:  Heartlands

64 Day Hero: A Boxer’s Tale
1985  |  92min
The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
Collection:  Black Britain

84 Charing Cross Road
1975  |  75min
Love among the second hand books.
Collection:  Play for Today

90 Degrees South
1933  |  73min
Re-edited sound version of ‘The Great White Silence’, with commentary from director Herbert Ponting.
Collection:  Into the White

A Is For Autism
1992  |  11min
The perceptions and experiences of autistic people, told using their own words and images.
Collection:  Unlimited: Disability on Screen

ABC Xmas and New Year Greetings
1946  |  3min
Santa doles out the pressies courtesy of Associated British Cinemas.
Collection:  Pandora’s Box

Abigail’s Party
1977  |  100min
Beverly hands out the brickbats with the ‘little cheesy pineapple ones’.
Collection:  Play for Today

Above Us the Earth
1977  |  85min
The closure of Ogilvie Colliery by the National Coal Board, shown through a mixture of documentary footage and dramatisation.
Collection:  Cinema of Tomorrow

Absolute Hell
1991  |  120min
Judi Dench and Bill Nighy escape post-war austerity in a crumbling Soho drinking den in this tragicomic TV treat.
Collection:  Beautiful Things

Absolutely
1989  |  37min
Pythonesque C4 comedy sketch show created by a mostly Scottish cast and crew. [Series 1 Episode 6.]
Collection:  Scottish Reels

Absolutely Fabulous
1992  |  30min
Sweetie darling! Edina’s putting on a charity fashion show, and things aren’t going to plan…
Collection:  Brit Chic

Acrobatic Fly
1910  |  3min
Roll up, roll up! The fly circus is in town!
Collection:  Pandora’s Box

Across the Sahara: The Record of a Journey to Timbuctoo
1932  |  20min
Welcome to the Dream Palace Fascinating documentary made during the filming of West Africa-set feature ,Timbuctoo,.
Collection:  Welcome to the Dream Palace

Actor (Meredith Edwards)
1989  |  47min
The Ealing star chats about his life with Meredydd Evans.
Collection:  Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

A.D.A.M.
1973  |  47min
A sentient computer develops an unusual relationship with a vulnerable housewife in this dark and intelligent TV drama.
Collection:  Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Adeste Fideles
1941  |  13min
The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in wartime Britain.
Collection:  Pandora’s Box

The Adventure Game
1986  |  39min
Journey to the planet Arg with this episode from the fourth series of the cult game show.
Collection:  Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Adventures of Robin Hood
1958  |  30min
Richard Greene plays Nottingham’s infamous outlaw in a mythical Sherwood Forest.
Collection:  Heartlands

Ae Fond Kiss
2004  |  100min
A post 9/11 cross-cultural romance is the focus of Ken Loach’s award-winning feature, filmed in Glasgow.
Collection:  Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Aerial Antarctic Discoveries
1930  |  2min
Australian explorer Hubert Wilkins films Antarctica from above - and discovers 5 new islands in the process.
Collection:  Into the White

The African Conference in London 1948
1948 |  17min
African delegates visit some of Britain’s most famous sites.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

African Derby
1927 |  11min
A day at the races in Basutoland.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

African Nurse
1948 |  22min
A stoic African Nurse receives training in Eastern Nigeria.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The African Trade
1997 |  50min
The story of the African man who was one of the true leaders of the abolitionist movement.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

Africa’s Fighting Men
1943 |  14min
The Colonial Film Unit’s most popular film of the year – propaganda for the African war effort.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

After a Lifetime
1971 |  71min
The family of a militant trade unionist gather in Liverpool for his funeral and wake.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

After the Attack
1914 |  2min
German film showing the effects of WWI bombardment on the East Coast.
Collection: North by North East

After the Blizzard
1926 |  3min
Beautiful scenes of a North Wales winter wonderland following a heavy snowfall.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

After the Bradford Boil
2004 |  25min
Documentary exploring how decades of integration were torn apart by the 2001 Bradford riots.
Collection: TV Heaven

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
2002 |  99min
Evil Under the Sun: Poirot investigates a mysterious death at a south coast resort.
Collection: TV Heaven

Age of Dissent
1994 |  51min
Will Parry and Hugo Greenhalgh campaign to lower the age of consent for gay men from 21 to 16.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Agony (‘Coming Out … And Going in Again?’)
1980 |  24min
Maureen Lipman’s radio agony aunt gives a voice to her gay friend in this episode from the quietly groundbreaking sitcom.
Collection: Beautiful Things

AIDS: Iceberg / Monolith
1985 |  2min
Don’t die of ignorance - the government’s infamous AIDS awareness campaign.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Akenfield
1974 |  98min
Peter Hall’s innovative improvised drama following three generations of farmhands in a fictional Suffolk village.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Alan Bennett (South Bank Show)
1984 |  60min
Alan Bennett talks to Melvyn Bragg about his childhood in Leeds and his writing career.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

Alchemists of Sound
2003 |  59min
Fascinating ‘Arena’ documentary telling the story of the BBC’s legendary Radiophonic Workshop.
Collection: TV Heaven

Alexandra Day in Peckham
1913 |  4min
Flower sellers raise money for charity in Peckham and Camberwell.
Collection: Beautiful South

Alfalfa
1987 |  9min
The queer alphabet – from AC/DC to Zipper.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Alfred Hitchcock Home Movies 1929-71
1929 |  13min
A rare insight into the legendary director’s life both on and off-set.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Alice in Wonderland
1903 |  8min
New restoration of cinema’s first trip down the rabbit hole.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

Alice in Wonderland
1966 |  73min
Jonathan Miller’s radical reworking of the Lewis Carroll classic.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Alien Sky
1956 |  98min
Colonial chaos on the cusp of Indian Independence in this early TV drama from Paul Scott’s novel.
Collection: Before Midnight

All Creatures Great and Small
1978 |  51min
The first episode of the long-running series starring Christopher Timothy as North Yorkshire vet James Herriot.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

All Good Men
1974 |  63min
The relationship between a labour politician and his Marxist son falters when a television crew visits.
Collection: Play for Today

All Hands
1940 |  11min
The first in a trio of ‘careless talk’ propaganda shorts produced by Ealing Studios.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

All in Good Time
1965 |  25min
Look out for a fresh-faced Richard Briers in Guinness’ curious experiment in product placement.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

All Kinds of Houses
1946 |  10min
Enid Blyton wrote the story for this wildlife film on the nesting habits of British birds, made for young children.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

All Star Record Breakers
1979 |  54min
Name a 70s children’s presenter and they’ll probably be in this all star extravaganza, complete with musical skeletons and high-kicking dance routines.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

All Your Own
1958 |  35min
A teenage Jimmy Page makes an early appearance on Huw Wheldon’s talent show.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Always Tell Your Wife
1923 |  12min
An uncredited Alfred Hitchcock took over direction of this 1923 marital comedy.
Collection: The Shaping of Alfred Hitchcock

The Amazing Adventures of Morph
1980 |  5min
The high jinks of the malleable Plasticine man, watched over by the ever-patient Tony Hart.
Collection: TV Heaven

Amelia and the Angel
1958 |  30min
Ken Russell’s magical fantasy about an angel who loses her wings.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Amy Johnson Family Films (extracts 1932-33)
1932 |  15min
Glimpse a different side to the pioneering aviator in this selection of home movie extracts.
Collection: Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies

Amy!
1980 |  34min
Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s avant-garde portrait of a feminist icon.
Collection: Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies

Amy, Wonderful Amy
1974 |  60min
A disturbed runaway who idolises aviator Amy Johnson finds her fantasies unravelling in this TV play with a twist.
Collection: Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies

Ancient Mop Fair
1914  |  1min
Roasted ox is on the menu at Stratford-Upon-Avon’s annual ‘mop fair’.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

And Now They Rest
1939 |  18min
Documentary made to encourage the preservation of East Anglia’s beautiful windmills.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Andy the Furniture Maker
1986 |  60min
An unlikely star of the 1980s art world is given a suitably unconventional profile.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Angel of the North
1998 |  40min
Angel or demon? Gateshead locals speak their mind on Antony Gormley’s controversial sculpture.
Collection: North by North East

Angela Carter (Off the Page)
1987 |  23min
The Magic Toyshop author reads from her work and admits that writing ‘chose’ her – not the other way around.
Collection: The Book Group

Angela Carter’s Curious Room
1992 |  50min
Omnibus profile, poignantly filmed shortly before the author’s death.
Collection: The Book Group

The Angelic Conversation
1985 |  81min
Derek Jarman’s queer reading of 14 Shakespeare sonnets addressed to a young man, narrated by Judi Dench.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Anglian Lives: Alan Partridge
2003 |  30min
A-ha! A look back at the life and career of Radio Norwich’s most famous DJ.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Angry Silence
1960 |  95min
Melodrama about union intimidation, starring Richard Attenborough.
Collection: We Can Work It Out

Anna Karenina
1961 |  109min
Stately 1961 BBC adaption of Tolstoy’s timeless novel.
Collection: TV Heaven

Anita and Me
2002  |  89min
A Black Country village in the 70s is not an easy place to fit in for a young Sikh girl in this star-studded comedy.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

The Anniversary
1967 |  95min
Bette Davis stars as a domineering mother who will stop at nothing to keep her family together.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Annual Inspection of the Bodyguard by His Excellency the Lord Lytton
1925 |  5min
Lord Lytton and family – on and off duty.
Collection: Before Midnight

Another Case of Poisoning
1949 |  14min
Coughs and sneezes spread diseases – some sanitary warnings to the wise…
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Another Country
1984 |  88min
The fictionalised schooldays of future Cambridge spy Guy Burgess.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Another Flip for Dominick
1982 |  85min
More time-travelling adventures in this sequel to the much-loved ‘Flipside of Dominick Hide’.
Collection: Play for Today

Another Sky
1955 |  83min
A young Englishwoman travels to Morocco and falls in love with a street musician.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Another World by Sean Connery
1962 |  5min
A slightly awkward Sean Connery makes an appeal on behalf of the RNIB.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Ant & Dec Show
1996 |  25min
Get ready to rhumble with the cheeky twosome’s first foray into presenting, including the controversial ‘Beat the Barber’ segment.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Antarctic Crossing
1958 |  47min
Oscar-nominated follow up to ‘Foothold on Antarctica’, with commentary by Sir Edmund Hillary.
Collection: Into the White

Anti-German Riots
1915 |  1min
Angry Londoners attack German shops in the wake of the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

Antigone
1959 |  75min
Jean Anouilh updates Sophocles’ tragedy to occupied France, using the Greek characters to represent the contemporary power struggle.
Collection: Missing Believed Wiped: The Library of Congress Discoveries

The Antique Vase
1913 |  9min
Racist comedy short in which the tables are turned on a greedy Jewish antique dealer.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Any Evening After Work
1930 |  22min
The British Social Hygiene Council comes to the rescue of a young man who catches something nasty.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Any Man’s Kingdom
1956 |  22min
The lure of Northumberland as portrayed by British Transport Films.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Apprentices
1988 |  25min
Two young apprentices based in Derby learn the basics of driving a train.
Collection: Heartlands

Aquatic Frolics
1926 |  1min
Bathing beauties in Blackpool.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Arbor
2010 |  90min
Clio Barnard’s acclaimed docudrama explores the troubled life of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Architecture or Revolution
1966 |  30min
Televised student debate on the future of architecture.
Collection: The Promised Land

Ardrossan Sports Gala
1925 |  3min
1920s boxing action on the North Ayrshire coast.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Are You Being Served?
1973 |  30min
Mr Humphries: dreadful stereotype or national hero?
Collection: Beautiful Things

Arise Ye Workers
1973 |  25min
Cinema Action’s response to the 1972 Dockers’ dispute.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

ARP: A Reminder for Peacetime
1939 |  23min
A household preparing for the black-out, using petrol coupons and an air-raid shelter.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Arrival of Mah H.R.H. Jind
1911 |  1min
Royalty arrives by train.
Collection: Before Midnight

Arrival of the Earl of Lytton at Calcutta
1922 |  7min
Lord Lytton comes to take up the post of Governor of Bengal.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery
1940 |  84min
When a death occurs during a charity football match, Scotland Yard are called in.
Collection: London Calling

Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World
1980 |  27min
Unexplained phenomena investigated by the celebrated author of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Arthur Legend
1991 |  35min
Investigative reporter Lorraine Heggessey and director Ken Loach team up to challenge the smear campaign against Arthur Scargill.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

The Ascent of Man
1973 |  50min
Dr Jacob Bronowski explores Newton and Einstein’s laws in an episode of his epochal science series.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Ash Tree
1975 |  32min
A nobleman is haunted by visions of his ancestor’s role in a witchcraft trial.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

As I Was Walking Down Bristol Street
1983  |  28min
David Lodge presents a documentary about the Birmingham group of writers for regional arts series Contrasts.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Aspects of Kirkwall: Some Changes
1981 |  20min
Margaret Tait’s portrait of her hometown in the Orkneys.
Collection: British Islands

ATV Today: New Home for Dave Hill From Slade
1983  |  28min
Slade’s glam guitarist Dave Hill welcomes ATV’s reporter into his new pad in Solihill.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

ATV Today: The Black Country
1969  |  32min
Feature-length regional news report about the people and places of the Black Country.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

ATV Today: The Black Food
1972  |  5min
Discover the local delicacies in Wednesdbury market.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

ATV Today: Enoch Powell Interview
1973  |  10min
Five years after his notorious ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech the Conservative MP talks to journalist Reg Harcourt.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

ATV Today: Birmingham Markets
1967  |  7min
ATV reporter David Lloyd spends an early morning in Birmingham’s wholesale markets.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

At Home With Larry Grayson
1983 |  25min
Janet Street-Porter presents a not-quite-intimate portrait of the entertainer as he celebrates his 60th birthday.
Collection: Beautiful Things

At Last the 1948 Show – ‘Four Yorkshiremen’
1967 |  6min
A legendary sketch from the cult precursor to Monty Python.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

At the Fountainhead (of German Strength)
1980 |  96min
A German-Jewish musician seeks exile in Cold War London in this BFI-produced experimental work.
Collection: Oy Britannia

At the Villa Rose
1920 |  93min
Kidnap, murder and fake séances in the French Riviera in this Agatha Christie-esque detective thriller.
Collection: Silent Britain

Atlantic
1929 |  90min
The English version of E.A. Dupont’s ‘forgotten’ Titanic film, the first feature to be made in multiple languages.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

The Attendant
1993 |  8min
A museum attendant indulges his sado-masochistic fantasies.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Attlee Talks to Percy Cudlipp
1955 |  15min
Clement and Violet Attlee attempt to regain power in the run-up to the 1955 election.
Collection: The Ballot Box

ATV Today: Brian Clough
1968 |  4min
A brief insight into the early management days of a football legend.
Collection: Heartlands

ATV Today: Derby Clocks
1968 |  8min
How do Smith of Derby keep their clocks ticking on time?
Collection: Heartlands

ATV Today: The Lost Villages of Derwent and Ashopton
1966 |  10min
Gwyn Richards reports on the history of two Derbyshire villages flooded for the Ladybower Reservoir in the 1940s.
Collection: Heartlands

ATV Today: Women in Love
1968 |  11min
On location during the filming of Ken Russell’s Women in Love.
Collection: Heartlands

Audrey Hepburn Test
1952 |  5min
Early silent colour footage of the future Holly Golightly.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Auf Wiedersehen Pet
1983 |  30min
Jimmy Nail’s Oz gets stranded in Newcastle in this episode of the popular comedy-drama.
Collection: North by North East

Aunt Sally
1933 |  80min
Slapstick meets the Folies Bergère in this Cicely Courtneidge vehicle.
Collection: Funny Girls

Auto Stop
1965 |  80min
David Hemmings travels Europe in search of sexual fulfilment and self-discovery in this frank and ambitious drama, rediscovered in 2010.
Collection: The Wednesday Play

Ave You Got a Male Assistant Please Miss?
1973 |  5min
Students have sex.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

The Avengers
1967 |  46min
Epic’: Emma Peel is kidnapped in this surreal episode of the fantasy spy series.
Collection: TV Heaven

B.D. Women
1994 |  20min
The hidden histories of black lesbians.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Babi ar ei Brifiant
1985 |  40min
The history of the BBC radio service from Bangor, under the leadership of the inimitable Sam Jones.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Baby
2001 |  12min
A teenager (Ben Whishaw) pays a sexually charged visit to a swimming pool.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Baby Blues
1973 |  75min
A mother’s feelings towards her newborn baby begin to turn dangerous.
Collection: Play for Today

Baby Love
1974 |  60min
Why did a young woman snatch a baby, and what should society do about her?
Collection: Play for Today

Babylon
1980 |  95min
Brinsley Forde stars as a young rapper in one of the first British features to explore black youth culture.
Collection: Black Britain

Baby’s Toilet
1905 |  3min
Nothing to do with potties… Baby gets a good wash.
Collection: Reality Bites

Bachelor of Hearts
1958 |  94min
A German student gets a culture shock in 1950s Cambridge in this glorious romantic comedy.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

A Bad Day for Levinsky
1909 |  6min
Racist comedy short about an avaricious Jew.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Badger
1989 |  25min
The cruelty of badger-baiting threatens to ruin a girl’s birthday.
Collection: Heartlands

Bagpuss
1974 |  15min
The famous cat and his friends investigate a mysterious box.
Collection: TV Heaven

Bailey’s Royal Buxton Punch and Judy Show in Halifax
1901 |  3min
Was Mitchell & Kenyon’s camera the first to capture a Punch and Judy show on film?
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Ballad of Reading Gaol
1988 |  12min
Poetic reflection on Oscar Wilde’s testimony at his 1895 trial.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Bamburgh Fete
1930 |  1min
Forty seconds of fun in the grounds of Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland.
Collection: North by North East

Band of Gold
1996 |  50min
Hard-hitting but surprisingly witty drama about a group of Bradford prostitutes.
Collection: TV Heaven

Bar Mitzvah Boy
1976 |  75min
Much-loved bittersweet Jewish family comedy from Jack Rosenthal.
Collection: Play for Today

The Barber of Stamford Hill
1962 |  64min
Big-screen version of Ronald Harwood’s drama about a lonely North London barber.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Barnaby Rudge (Episode 1)
1960 |  30min
Dickens’ historical novel has not been adapted for film or TV since this 1960 BBC serial.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

The Basil Brush Show
1976 |  30min
Boom boom! Basil Brush joins forces with Lulu to wreck Mr. Roy’s romantic evening.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Basil Bunting – A World of My Own
1969 |  30min
A poet’s vision of the history and landscape of Northumbria.
Collection: North by North East

The Battle
1934 |  85min
Charles Boyer and Merle Oberon star in this spy drama set during the Russo-Japanese War.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Battle of Kinder Scout
1970 |  20min
The history of the famous mass trespass in the Peak District.
Collection: Heartlands

The Battle of Orgreave
2002 |  60min
Mike Figgis films an artist’s recreation of the violent clash between miners and the police during the 1984-5 strike.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Battling Bruisers: Some Boxing Buffoonery
1925 |  min
Effeminate fisticuffs from the French in this boxing-themed send-up of foreign stereotypes.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Bavarian Night
1981 |  80min
A Bavarian-themed school fundraising evening goes awry in Andrew Davies’ lively play.
Collection: Play for Today

The Beacons and Beyond
1979 |  27min
British Transport Film promoting the pleasures of South Wales.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Beautiful Thing
1996 |  87min
Two teenage boys fall in love in South East London to the songs of the Mamas and the Papas.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Beauty, Bonny, Daisy, Violet, Grace and Geoffrey Morton
1974 |  52min
One Yorkshire farmer remains loyal to his Shire horses despite advancing technology.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Bed
1963 |  28min
Thora Hird hones her battleaxe persona in the pilot for the long-running sitcom ‘Meet the Wife’.
Collection: Funny Girls

A Bed Among the Lentils
1988 |  30min
Can a fling with an Indian grocer rescue a vicar’s wife from fetes and flower-arranging?
Collection: Essentially British

Bedelia
1946 |  90min
Margaret Lockwood strikes again as a surprisingly sympathetic poisoner.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Beer at its Best
1955 |  14min
Nigerian beer advert promoting the lack of human involvement in the manufacturing process.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Before the Fringe
1967 |  7min
Dora Bryan plays an unlikely killer in this hilarious sketch.
Collection: Funny Girls

Being Happy Is What Matters Most
1987 |  26min
Life at Summerhill, the controversial school run as a democratic community where attendance at lessons is optional.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Bellamira
1975 |  54min
Helen Mirren dons her finest wig as Bellamira – Restoration mistress and occasional masked robber.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

The Belles of St. Trinians
1954 |  91min
Ronald Searle’s devils-in-gymslips receive their first big screen outing.
Collection: Essentially British

Bermondsey
1972 |  35min
‘Brokeback Mountain’ in a pub in South East London.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Bermondsey Boy
1991 |  40min
A South London wide boy awaits trial for GBH.
Collection: Beautiful South

Bernard Braden Collection: Ossie Clark
1968 |  15min
In this previously unseen interview, the hugely influential designer discusses the merits of high street vs. high end.
Collection: Brit Chic

Bernard Braden Collection: Quentin Crisp
1968 |  11min
Previously unseen footage of Quentin Crisp before he was famous.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Bernard Shaw’s Village
1951 |  9min
Pay a visit to the celebrated playwright’s home in Ayot St. Lawrence.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Beryl Reid Says…Good Evening
1968 |  min
Rarely seen comedy sketch show starring the versatile Beryl Reid.
Collection: Funny Girls

The Bespoke Overcoat
1955 |  33min
Jack Clayton’s Oscar-winning ghost story, based on a Gogol fable.
Collection: Oy Britannia

The Best of British Fashion
1978 |  52min
Highlights from the 1979 Spring collections, with leisurewear a-plenty.
Collection: Brit Chic

The Best of Friends: Russell and Victor
1976 |  15min
Two friends enjoy the magic and adventure of a childhood summer.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Betcher
1971 |  13min
A very young Keith Chegwin shows off his cycling prowess.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Between the Lines
1992 |  47min
A detective investigates corruption at his own station in the first episode of this gritty police drama.
Collection: TV Heaven

Between the Lines
1992  |  50min
A trigger-happy marksman sparks mayhem in this episode of the police corruption drama (Series 1 Episode 2).
Collection:  Tony Garnett: Seeing Red

Beyond Image
1969 |  17min
Psychedelia without the illegal drugs.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Bhaji on the Beach
1993  |  97min
A group of Asian women swap Brum for Blackpool in Gurinder Chadha’s exuberant feature debut.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
1968 |  29min
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Hampstead-style.
Collection: London Calling

Big Brother
2002 |  65min
Highlights show from series 3 of the omnipresent reality TV show, which made Jade Goody a household name.
Collection: The Book Group

The Big Flame
1969 |  85min
Ken Loach’s incendiary drama about a dockers’ strike turned workers’ takeover.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

The Big Job
1965 |  2min
The National Coal Board wants you as a new recruit.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

The Big Meeting
1963 |  24min
The Durham Miners’ Gala – one of the world’s largest annual gatherings of miners and their families.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Big Mill
1963 |  25min
An account of the creation of Colville’s giant new steel strip mill at Ravenscraig in Scotland.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

The Big ‘Un
1969 |  25min
The construction and launch of a 250,000 ton tanker on the River Tyne.
Collection: North by North East

A Bigger Splash
1974 |  105min
Jack Hazan documents the life of artist David Hockney, as he struggles to cope with the end of a relationship.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Bikaner – Secrets of India
1934 |  8min
A portrait of the city in Rajasthan.
Collection: Before Midnight

Bill Douglas Trilogy
1972-1978 |  175min
Bill Douglas’s bleak, brilliant, autobiographical trilogy of films – My Childhood (1972), My Ain Folk (1973) and My Way Home (1978).
Collection: Essentially British

Billy Liar
1963 |  98min
Kitchen-sink realism meets airy fantasy in this much-loved Sixties comedy.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Billy Merson singing ‘Desdemona’
1927 |  3min
The great music hall performer sings, dances and skips with a lyre.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Billy the Fish
1990 |  15min
Harry Enfield voices ‘Viz’ comic’s half-man/half-fish goalkeeping star.
Collection: North by North East

Birds of a Feather
1992 |  30min
The most famous episode of the long-running sitcom – the one where Dorian sings “Like a Virgin”.
Collection: Funny Girls

Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day
1901  |  9min
Female graduates and gents sporting spectacular Edwardian whiskers take part in Birmingham’s first Degree Day ceremony.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Birmingham’s Water Supply
1923  |  1min
Scenic views of the Elan Reservoir and one of its dams in Wales.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Birth of a Dress
1954 |  12min
Mass-production offers a taste of couture to the commoners.
Collection: Brit Chic

Birthday Procession of a Maharajah
1904 |  1min
Royalty on elephantback.
Collection: Before Midnight

A Bit of Scarlet
1996 |  75min
A history of British gay cinema, described as ‘a kind of post-modern queer soap opera for Britain in the nineties’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Black Christmas
1977 |  50min
As Christmas approaches, Gertrude gathers her family around her. But the perfect Christmas Day that she dreams of seems destined to turn to disaster.
Collection: Black Britain

Black Diamonds – The Collier’s Daily Life
1904 |  1min
Mitchell and Kenyon take their camera to the coal mine.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Black Jack
1979 |  98min
A young boy goes on the run with a notorious villain in Ken Loach’s period children’s feature.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Black Joy
1977 |  95min
A naïve Guyanan immigrant learns some tough lessons on the streets of Brixton.
Collection: Beautiful South

Black Narcissus
1947 |  100min
Tensions and repressed passions possess a group of nuns working in the Himalayas.
Collection: Before Midnight

Black on Black
1982 |  52min
Channel 4’s pioneering magazine show made for Britain’s black communities.
Collection: Black Britain

Black Peoples of the Americas
1997 |  20min
A young Briton explores the history of the British slave trade and its aftermath in his search for his roots.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

Black Silk
1985 |  50min
Rudolph Walker stars as a barrister with political ambitions and strong links to his local community.
Collection: Black Britain

The Black Stuff
1980 |  110min
A first outing for Yosser Hughes and co in Alan Bleasdale’s ‘Boys From…’ forerunner.
Collection: Play for Today

Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night
1988 |  25min
Excellent ‘Dramarama’ play which led to the highly successful ‘Children’s Ward’.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Blackfriars Bridge
1896 |  1min
Top-hatted Victorians and horse-drawn traffic cross Blackfriars Bridge.
Collection: London Calling

The Blackguard
1925 |  96min
Hitchcock was sent to Germany to work on this silent feature set during the Russian Revolution.
Collection: The Shaping of Alfred Hitchcock

Blackhill Campaign
1963 |  48min
Villagers and miners fight against the closure of Blackhill Colliery, Northumberland.
Collection: North by North East

Blackmail
1929 |  82min
Manslaughter, blackmail and an epic chase through the British Museum. Sound and silent versions of the early Hitchcock classic.
Collection: London Calling

Blackmail Test Take
1929 |  1min
Hitchcock gets dirty with his leading lady.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Blasphemy at the Old Bailey
1977 |  75min
Gay News vs. Mary Whitehouse – one of the most controversial trials of modern times.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Bleak House
1920 |  81min
Lady Dedlock looms large in this beautifully designed silent feature adaptation of the Dickens masterpiece.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Bleak House (Episode 1)
1985 |  52min
The BBC tackled one of Dickens’ most complex narratives with this classy mini-series starring Diana Rigg and Denholm Elliott.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Bleak House (Part 1)
2005 |  57min
The opening episode of the BBC’s award-winning 15-part adaptation, with Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Bleak Moments
1971 |  106min
Mike Leigh’s feature debut about a lonely woman living with her learning disabled sister.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Blight
1997 |  30min
An East End community voices its anger as homes are demolished to make way for the M11 road link.
Collection: London Calling

Blighty
1927 |  106min
Melodrama about the impact of WWI on a wealthy English family.
Collection: Silent Britain

Blithe Spirit
1945 |  93min
A harmless séance summons up an unwanted ghost in this Noel Coward play, starring Margaret Rutherford as a gung-ho medium.
Collection: Funny Girls

The Block
1972 |  75min
Hard-hitting documentary from Paul Watson examining the plight of people living below the poverty line in Southwark.
Collection: Beautiful South

Blood Ah Goh Run
1982 |  20min
The demonstrations following 1981’s infamous New Cross Fire in which 13 young black people died.
Collection: Black Britain

Bloody Sunday
2002 |  120min
Award-winning drama about the civil rights protest march that ended in massacre. From the director of ‘United 93’.
Collection: Essentially British

Blooming Youth
1973 |  75min
Student love, life and squalor at a London ‘poly’.
Collection: Play for Today

Blue Black Permanent
1992 |  84min
A woman (Celia Imrie) reflects on memories of her Orcadian poet mother.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Blue Lamp
1949 |  84min
Police drama that spawned the hugely successful series Dixon of Dock Green.
Collection: London Calling

Blue Peter
1964 |  25min
Valerie Singleton and Christopher Trace present the iconic children’s magazine show.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Blue Peter Countryside Special
1985 |  30min
‘Blue Peter’ takes to the countryside – a year on a farm in the Peak District of Derbyshire.
Collection: Heartlands

Blue Scar
1949 |  102min
Welsh coal mining drama dealing with ambition, class and gender.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Blur: End of a Century
1999 |  51min
Damon Albarn and his bandmates revisit their Colchester roots.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Body Beautiful
1990 |  23min
Ngozi Onwurah’s powerful and poetic portrait of her relationship with her mother.
Collection: Black Britain

The Body Show
1982 |  30min
Legwarmers at the ready for Yvonne Ocampo’s exercise regime.
Collection: Sport at Heart

Bombardment of Hartlepool – 60th Anniversary
1974 |  6min
60 years after Germany’s raid on Hartlepool during WWI, an eyewitness recalls the attack.
Collection: North by North East

The Bond
1965 |  75min
Hannah Gordon stars in Dawn Pavitt’s play about the trials and tribulations of marriage for modern women.
Collection: Missing Believed Wiped: The Library of Congress Discoveries

Book Four
1982 |  30min
Fay Weldon and Len Deighton lock horns in Channel 4’s first book programme.
Collection: n/a

Book Tower: The Secret Garden
1981 |  30min
In this episode of the series aimed at encouraging children to read, Tom Baker focuses on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘A Secret Garden’.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Books of the Century
1996 |  5min
Queen of the saucy blockbuster Jackie Collins reveals her favourite book – Enid Blyton’s ‘The Folk of the Faraway Tree’.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Borderline
2005 |  4min
London as seen through the eyes of Escher.
Collection: London Calling

Born Freak
2002 |  49min
Performer and disability campaigner Mat Fraser questions whether audiences see disabled actors as freaks.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Bow Bells
1955 |  14min
A nostalgic traipse through the East End accompanied by music-hall numbers.
Collection: London Calling

The Bowler and the Bunnet
1967 |  36min
Sean Connery’s only film as director – a stylish and opinionated piece on the prospects for the Govan shipyards.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Boy and Bicycle
1965 |  25min
Ridley Scott’s directorial debut: a day in the life of a schoolboy truant.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Boy Kumasenu
1951 |  60min
A boy in the Gold Coast moves from a small fishing village to the modern city of Accra.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Boy Who Turned Yellow, The
1972 |  55min
The London Underground turns yellow in Michael Powell’s charming Children’s Film Foundation entry.
Collection: London Calling

The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off
2004 |  60min
BAFTA-winning documentary following the last months of Jonny Kennedy, a Northumberland man born with a disabling skin condition.
Collection: North by North East

Boyfriends
1996 |  81min
Seven men spend a weekend in the country – gay sex, love and relationships in the 1990s
Collection: Beautiful Things

Boys
2000 |  25min
Sex and 16 year old boys.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Boys Brigade Inspection at Yorkhill, Glasgow
1906 |  10min
Young recruits take part in the organisation’s first annual pageant in Edwardian Glasgow.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Bradford Coronation Procession
1902 |  2min
A procession celebrating the coronation of King Edward VII.
Collection: Essentially British

The Bradford Godfather
1976 |  49min
Meet Mohamed Hussain, founding member of Bradford’s Pakistani community – and aspiring movie mogul.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Bradford Town Hall Square
1896 |  2min
Bustling life in the West Yorkshire city, captured at the dawn of cinema.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Brassed Off
1996 |  104min
Politically charged comedy-drama about the fortunes of a Yorkshire colliery brass band.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Brassneck
1975 |  80min
Brenton and Hare’s brilliant, bleak rise and fall of an immoral family (and of Great Britain) in the postwar years.
Collection: Play for Today

The Brave Don’t Cry
1952 |  90min
Drama-documentary about a Scottish mining rescue team, based on the Knockshinnoch disaster.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Bread and Roses
2000 |  96min
Director’s cut of Ken Loach’s feature dramatising the plight of exploited Mexican and Salvadorean cleaners in Los Angeles.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Break in the Sun
1980 |  25min
The climax of a six-part serial adapted from Bernard Ashley’s novel about a young girl who flees her abusive stepfather.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Break the News
1938 |  78min
Maurice Chevalier and Jack Buchanan star as chorus boys who fake a murder for some much-needed publicity.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Breakfast with Frost
1998 |  64min
News, politics and historic interviews – all over breakfast.
Collection: n/a

Breeze Anstey
1972 |  60min
A rural romance from H.E. Bates.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Brideshead Revisited
1981 |  55min
Sebastian and Charles part ways in this episode of the lavish adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel.
Collection: TV Heaven

Brief City
1952 |  19min
How the Festival of Britain transformed the South Bank into a post-war wonderland.
Collection: London Calling

Brief Encounter
1945 |  86min
Repressed emotions, steam trains and a fateful bit of grit in the eye.
Collection: Essentially British

Bright Eyes
1982 |  51min
BBC ‘Play for Tomorrow’ set in 1999, when Britain is embroiled in a European war.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Breathing Space
1964  |  18min
Birmingham’s post-war planning promised not just a new home but also green space and clean air.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Britain 1935 – Jubilee Year
1935 |  8min
Surprisingly caustic film of George V’s Jubilee, contrasting the celebrations with scenes of poverty and unrest.
Collection: Reality Bites

Britain Belongs to You No.1
1959 |  20min
Tony Benn campaigns for Labour.
Collection: The Ballot Box

British Fashion Awards 1989
1989 |  52min
Princess Diana dishes out the first ever British Fashion Awards.
Collection: Brit Chic

The British in India
1998 |  47min
Precisely what was and is Britain’s legacy in India?
Collection: Before Midnight

British India – Voices from an Imperial Past
1981 |  90min
British accounts of life during the Raj.
Collection: Before Midnight

The British Policeman
1959 |  17min
A day in the life of a British Bobby in Leicester.
Collection: Heartlands

Brixton Black
1984 |  26min
A former delinquent explains how he turned his life around.
Collection: Beautiful South

Broken Blossoms
1919 |  107min
London’s Limehouse Chinatown recreated in Hollywood.
Collection: London Calling

Bronco Bullfrog
1969 |  86min
Youth culture in not-so-swinging Stratford.
Collection: London Calling

The Brontë Business
1977 |  30min
Joan Bakewell joins Brontë Country’s lucrative tourist trail.
Collection: The Book Group

The Brontë Connection
1979 |  30min
Who were the real-life figures behind Heathcliff and Co?
Collection: The Book Group

The Brontës Lived Here
1973 |  15min
Margaret Drabble examines the role of childhood games in the literary legacy of the Brontës.
Collection: The Book Group

Brookside
1982 |  30min
The first ever episode of Channel 4’s long-running soap, starring The Royle Family’s Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston.
Collection: n/a

Brookside
1994 |  25min
Soap’s first lesbian kiss.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

The Browning Version
1985 |  75min
Ian Holm and Judi Dench give superb performances as the ageing classics teacher and his cold, unfaithful wife in one of Terence Rattigan’s best known works.
Collection: n/a

The Buddha of Suburbia
1993 |  60min
Gay sex, mysticism and family strife: revisit this four-part TV adaptation of Kureishi’s debut novel.
Collection: The Book Group

Building a British Railway
1911  |  3min
Crewe works - from rural hamlet to railway town.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Building a Motor Car
1913  |  12min
A car is born at the Vulcan Works, Southport.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

The Building of the New Tyne Bridge
1928 |  40min
Extraordinary footage of the construction of Tyneside’s iconic landmark.
Collection: North by North East

The Bull Ring Shopping Centre, Birmingham
1965 |  26min
The development of Britain’s busiest shopping mall.
Collection: n/a

Bullet Boy
2004 |  100min
A young black man struggles to avoid a life of crime after being released from jail.
Collection: London Calling

Bumps on the River Cam
1922 |  1min
Cambridge Lent racers row their boats ungently down the stream.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Burning
1967 |  30min
Early short film from Stephen Frears set in apartheid South Africa.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Burning an Illusion
1981 |  101min
Pioneering black British feature in which a woman begins to question her attitude to life, love and marriage.
Collection: Black Britain

Burnley vs. Manchester United
1957  |  8min
Rare colour footage of the ‘Busby Babes’ in action.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Buxton Skyline
1901 |  2min
Mitchell & Kenyon’s panorama of the Derbyshire town at the end of the Victorian era.
Collection: Heartlands

Buxton Well Dressing
1904 |  7min
Early film footage of the Derbyshire ceremonies giving thanks for fresh water.
Collection: Heartlands

By Leafy Ways – A Garden Memorabilia
1971 |  4min
Ivor Abraham’s poignant portfolio of photographic stills and illustrations, taking the viewer into the world of suburban gardening.
Collection: British Islands

By the Fireside
1945 |  2min
An idyllic fireside scene slips seamlessly into an advert for Maypole Tea.
Collection: Housewives’ Choice

Byker
1983 |  53min
The changing face of a close-knit working-class community in Newcastle from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.
Collection: North by North East

Byker Grove
1994 |  24min
An awkward adolescent kiss between Noddy and Gary marks a landmark for British children’s drama.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Byker Grove
1992 |  25min
The infamous ‘paintball’ episode of the long-running Geordie soap, which introduced the world to Ant and Dec.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Byker Wall
1988 |  10min
Beatrix Campbell explores a 20th century ‘walled city’.
Collection: The Promised Land

C O D – A Mellow Drama
1929 |  10min
Mischievous experimental short made by moonlighting film studio technicians.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine
1927 |  5min
The conditions that provide a breeding ground for the parasitic disease, kala azar.
Collection: Before Midnight

Calcutta Topical No.1
1925 |  6min
Fashionably attired folk attend the races.
Collection: Before Midnight

Calling All Drivers No.1
1938  |  15min
A police driving instructor demonstrates how to drive with good old-fashioned courtesy.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Calling Blighty
1944 |  10min
Armed forces personnel from Leicestershire send messages home to their loved ones from India.
Collection: Heartlands

Camberwell – Dedication of the Borough Mace at the Licensed Victualers Asylum Chapel, Asylum Road, S.E.
1918 |  2min
Mayors, bishops and clergymen march through Camberwell to the asylum, better known today as Caroline Gardens.
Collection: Beautiful South

Cambridge
1931 |  12min
Inventive portrait of the city by documentary pioneer and Cambridge alumnus Stuart Legg.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Cambridge Folk Festival
1980 |  50min
Don McLean, Lonnie Donegan and other folk stars wow the crowds at the 1980 music festival.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Came Out, It Rained, Went Back in Again
1991 |  10min
A girl comes out and treks to London. But will the Big Smoke offer her the lesbian bliss she seeks?
Collection: Beautiful Things

Camera in the Streets
1978  |  25min
American photographer Janine Wiedel embarks on a project to capture the spirit of the West Midlands.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Camgymeriad Gwych (Beautiful Mistake)
2000 |  72min
John Cale teams up with the leading bands of ‘Cool Cymru’.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

A Canney View of Sunderland
1970 |  25min
Michael Canney discovers the joys of Sunderland, a city on the verge of change.
Collection: North by North East

A Canterbury Tale
1944 |  125min
Magical and unsettling evocation of rural Britain as seen through the eyes of WWII’s modern pilgrims.
Collection: Essentially British

Capital Visit
1955 |  20min
A party of plummy-voiced school children spend an action-packed 3 days in London.
Collection: Box of Delights

Capoeira Quickstep
1992 |  25min
Docudrama exploring how a dance-influenced Brazilian martial art gained a British twist.
Collection: Dancing Feet

Captain Busby
1967 |  15min
Quentin Crisp’s acting debut – in a bizarre film that includes some entertainingly surreal interplay with a carrot at a railway station.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Captain Zip Video Trip
1978 |  74min
Amateur films of the punk scene in London, 1978-81.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
1967 |  27min
‘Episode 1: ‘The Mysterons’. Spectrum’s top agent faces the wrath of the Mysterons in the pilot for Gerry Anderson’s animated series..
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Car of Dreams
1935 |  69min
A young John Mills stars in this breezy musical comedy of errors.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Caravaggio
1986 |  89min
Derek Jarman’s portrait of the Renaissance painter.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Caretaker
1963 |  105min
Donald Pleasence, Alan Bates and Robert Shaw star in Harold Pinter’s masterpiece.
Collection: Essentially British

Carla’s Song
1996 |  106min
Director’s cut of Ken Loach’s cross-cultural love story, tracing the relationship between a Glaswegian bus driver and a Nicaraguan refugee.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Carnaby Street Fashions
1968 |  4min
Join the hipsters (and Sophia Loren) at the epicentre of Swinging London.
Collection: Brit Chic

Carrie’s War
1974 |  30min
The original five-part adaptation of Nina Bawden’s haunting WWII-era children’s novel.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Carry on At Your Convenience
1971 |  90min
Comedy about union unrest at the WC Boggs toilet factory.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Carry On Camping
1969 |  88min
The Carry On team go camping – in all senses of the word.
Collection: Essentially British

Carry On Christmas
1969 |  51min
Festive frolics with the Carry On gang, with a guest appearance from Frankie Howerd.
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

Carry On Constable
1960 |  86min
Williams, Hawtrey and co. dole out the Carry On treatment to Dixon of Dock Green.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Carry On Up the Jungle
1970 |  89min
The Carry On gang parody the Tarzan films.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Carry On Up the Khyber
1968 |  88min
The Burpas are revolting! The Carry On take on the Raj.
Collection: Before Midnight

Cast Us Not Out
1969 |  23min
A look at homes run by the Jewish Welfare Board.
Collection: Oy Britannia

The Castle of Adventure
1990 |  25min
Four children and Kiki the parrot investigate some dodgy goings-on in Enid Blyton’s mystery tale.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Castles and Fisherfolk
1933 |  12min
The lives of West Africans, against the backdrop of the castles of the Gold Coast.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Catherine Comes Home
1978 |  25min
Bestselling author Catherine Cookson returns to her childhood home in the North East after an absence of 48 years.
Collection: North by North East

Cathy Come Home
1966 |  75min
Carol White stars in the groundbreaking TV play which fuelled the homelessness debate.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Cause Célèbre
1987 |  120min
Helen Mirren gives a tour-de-force performance as a woman accused of murder in Terence Rattigan’s biting 30s-set play.
Collection: n/a

Cavalcade of Variety
1941 |  59min
Ventriloquism, tap dancing and drag acts a go-go. That’s variety!
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Central Figure
1978 |  5min
Martin Hearne’s camera explores the relationship between human movement and the environment.
Collection: British Islands

The Centre
1947 |  21min
Extraordinary docudrama filmed at the Pioneer Health Centre, Peckham.
Collection: Beautiful South

A Century in Stone
2004 |  114min
The forgotten history of the ironstone miners of Eston, south of Middlesbrough.
Collection: North by North East

A Certain Day in April 1927
1927 |  1min
Cardiff beat Arsenal to take home the FA Cup.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Challenge
1938 |  73min
A British take on the German mountain film, recreating the 19th-century conquest of the Matterhorn.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Chance Encounter
1978 |  17min
David Lean discusses his involvement with the Indian charity, Raphael.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Chance of a Lifetime
1950 |  89min
Fascinating industrial relations drama in which workers take over a factory.
Collection: We Can Work It Out

The Changeling
1965 |  75min
Kika Markham portrays the bloodthirsty Beatrice-Joanna in Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s Jacobean tragedy.
Collection: Missing Believed Wiped: The Library of Congress Discoveries

The Changes
1975 |  250min
All ten episodes of the cult West Country-set serial based on the science fiction novels by Peter Dickinson.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

The Changing Face of Camberwell
1963 |  30min
The post-war architecture of the London Borough of Camberwell.
Collection: Beautiful South

Charades
1977 |  55min
The Lady of the Manor becomes increasingly intimidated by her maid in this female take on Harold Pinter’s ‘The Servant.’
Collection: Play for Today

Charles Dickens’ World of Christmas
1974 |  25min
An all-star cast embody Dickens’ larger than life characters as they intermingle on a snowy set.
Collection: The Book Group

Charley in New Town
1948 |  8min
Suburban utopia explained in this animated guide for townies.
Collection: The Promised Land

Charlton’s Champions: Middlesbrough FC
1974 |  25min
Behind the scenes of Middlesbrough Football Club.
Collection: North by North East

Charted Waters
1944 |  33min
Bad puns abound in Widgey Newman’s lively jaunt through the Fens.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Cheer Boys Cheer
1939 |  84min
Prototype Ealing comedy about a conflict between rival breweries.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
1974 |  90min
A radical history of Scotland in 90 minutes.
Collection: Play for Today

Chief Guide at Hyderabad Rally
1937 |  3min
Girl guides on parade.
Collection: Before Midnight

Childhood Days
1929 |  1min
The 20s equivalent of Little Miss Congeniality is crowned in Walworth, Southwark.
Collection: Beautiful South

Children Learning by Experience
1947 |  32min
Margaret Thomson’s observational study of Britain’s post-war nippers.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Children of Green Knowe
1986 |  100min
A boy visits his grandmother at the magical house of Green Knowe.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Children of the Jungle
1939 |  17min
Documentary about the Bhil tribal people of central India.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Children Who Cheated the Nazis
2000 |  55min
Documentary looking at the Kindertransport children – Jewish children who were sent away by their parents to escape Nazi persecution.
Collection: Oy Britannia

A Choice of Evils
1977 |  85min
Scathing critique of the Catholic Church’s lack of response to the massacre of hundreds of Italians by the Nazis in 1944, written by Jim Allen.
Collection: Play for Today

Christmas and New Years Announcements Compilation aka Merry Christmas 1949
1946 |  8min
Snowy idylls, animated toys and an exploding Father Time – a selection of trailers shown in cinemas from 1946-1950.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Christmas at Work in the Open
1920 |  1min
Children make their own Christmas decorations at the Great Northern Hospital.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

A Christmas Carol
1977 |  60min
Bah, humbug! Michael Hordern stars as Scrooge in this BBC adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas classic.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

A Christmas Carol
1914 |  20min
Excellent 1914 silent adaptation starring Charles Rock.
Collection: The Book Group

Christmas Day in the Workhouse
1914 |  15min
Festive misery.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Christmas Greetings Trailers 1937 and 1938
1937 |  5min
Star-studded cinema trailers wish the audience a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Christmas is Coming
1951 |  2min
Post early for Christmas! Santa threatens to strike in Lotte Reiniger’s animation.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Christmas Merry
2005 |  3min
Julia and Jim are dreaming of a white Christmas.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Christmas Message From Mr Oscar Deutsch
1939 |  4min
The founder of Odeon cinemas makes an appeal for the War Comforts Fund.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Christmas Under Fire
1941 |  10min
This year Christmas trees are cut short to fit in the shelters. Propaganda of the most moving kind.
Collection: Essentially British

Y Chwarelwr (The Quarrymen)
1935 |  39min
The first ever Welsh-language ‘talkie’, showing a slate quarryman’s life at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Cicerones
2002  |  13 min
Mark Gatiss falls prey to supernatural forces in this gothic short by The League of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson.
Collection:  Gothic: The Dark Arts

Cilla
1974 |  44min
The Liverpudlian lovely is joined by David Essex and the Wombles for a special Boxing Day broadcast.
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

Cinema Record, The – Newcastle
1928 |  8min
Amateur film of events around Newcastle, including the North East Coast Exhibition and a visit from George V.
Collection: North by North East

Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock
1966 |  30min
Hitchcock in conversation with Michael Scott for a 1966 edition of the Granada TV series.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock [Production material]
1969 |  50min
Michael Parkinson meets the Master of Suspense in surviving rushes from this 1969 edition of ‘Cinema’.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Cinghalese Dances
1910 |  3min
Snapshots of life in Ceylon.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Citadel
1992 |  14min
National and world events are imagined by a woman gazing across London.
Collection: London Calling

Citizen 63: Barry Langford
1963 |  30min
The life of a flamboyant Jewish entrepreneur with one foot in the music industry.
Collection: Oy Britannia

City Reborn, A
1945  |  23min
Coventry prepares to rise from the ashes of WWII in this docudrama written by Dylan Thomas.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark
1969 |  51min
Sir Kenneth Clark’s landmark documentary looks at how European ideas and art survived the Dark Ages.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Claims of Metaphysics
1976 |  47min
Tax those brain cells with this rarely-seen interview with influential British philosopher Sir Alfred Ayer.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Clangers
1974 |  10min
A rarely seen election special of Oliver Postgate’s beloved stop-motion animation.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Clapham Junction
2007 |  120min
The most controversial gay drama since ‘Queer as Folk’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Clarmont Skrine’s Home Movies
1940 |  13min
Vivid colour home movies featuring the great Kathakali dancer Guru Gopinath and scenes in Bundi, Rajasthan.
Collection: Before Midnight

Clash at Forsyth’s
1973 |  30min
Bill Treacher (‘Eastenders’’ Arthur Fowler) appears in this industrial film showing how poor management communication can damage productivity in the workplace.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Class by Class: The Miner’s Tale
1991 |  30min
A former coal miner and his family discuss their feelings on class.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Cliff Climbing: The Egg Harvest of Flamborough Head
1908 |  7min
The perilous practice of egg-gathering at Bempton Cliffs on the East Yorkshire coast.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Climbing Mount Everest
1933 |  32min
Hugh Ruttledge’s attempt to conquer Everest via Tibet.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Climbing Mt Everest
1922 |  73min
The second British Everest expedition, led by Brigadier General C.G. Bruce.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Close Up: Ken Loach
1995 |  8min
The influential director selects his own favourite moment in cinema.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

The Clothes Show
1986 |  30min
Shoulder pads at the ready: Selina Scott and Jeff Banks present the first episode of the long-running fashion show.
Collection: Brit Chic

Club for Fighting Men
1916 |  1min
The Lord Mayor distributes mugs of tea at the opening of the new Service Club in Waterloo.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Coal Board’s Butchery
1984 |  15min
An edition of the pioneering campaign tapes made to support striking miners against the Thatcher government.
Collection: Reality Bites

Coal Face
1935 |  12min
The work of the British miner and its significance to British industry.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Coast Guard Explorers
1923 |  1min
Newsreel footage documents the US attempt to safeguard shipping by charting the North Atlantic’s biggest icebergs.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

The Coasts of Clyde
1958 |  16min
Glasgow’s Riviera and Coney Island rolled into one: British Transport Films’ nostalgic ode to the Scottish landscape.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Colchester: 900 Years Old Ceremony
1920 |  1min
Forks at the ready – the mayor officially opens oyster season.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Collecting Postcards
1909 |  4min
Adulterers, take warning: never admit. Or go into postcard shops…
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Collector’s Lot
1997 |  25min
Enid Blyton’s daughter presents the doll collection that inspired her mother’s books.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Colonial Cinemagazine No. 9
1947 |  7min
The Gold Coast Band visits the UK.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The Colony
1964 |  60min
From the Caribbean to Birmingham – immigrants tell of their experiences.
Collection: Essentially British

Colour Capers
1957 |  3min
Colours dance and caper in these two shorts demonstrating the effects of painting directly on to film.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Colour on the Thames
1935 |  8min
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour. The Thames has never looked lovelier.
Collection: London Calling

Come Dancing
1969 |  15min
Two men meet on a Southend pier in this early short from Bill Douglas – but is it a gay pick-up, or something more sinister?
Collection: Beautiful Things

Come Dancing
1976 |  35min
Terry Wogan hosts the 1976 final of the long-running competitive ballroom dancing show.
Collection: TV Heaven

Come to South West Durham
1965 |  18min
Promotional film advertising Durham’s industries and leisure activities.
Collection: North by North East

Come With Me to Berwick-on-Tweed
1952 |  20min
Richard Dimbleby sings the praises of England’s northernmost town.
Collection: North by North East

Come with Me to Cardiff
1954 |  18min
Richard Dimbleby tours Cardiff a year before it became Wales’ capital city.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Comedians
1979 |  95min
A young Jonathan Pryce stars in an angry attack on the popular comedy scene, as six budding comedians hope for their big break.
Collection: Play for Today

Comic Pictures in High Street, West Bromwich
1902  |  3min
Boisterous boys jostle for a place in front of Mitchell & Kenyon’s camera in the West Midlands town.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

The Comic Strip Presents…The Strike
1987 |  65min
Hollywood version of the miner’s strike, featuring Arthur Scargill, as played by Al Pacino, as played by Peter Richardson.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Comic Strip Presents…Five Go Mad in Dorset
1982 |  30min
The Famous Five receive the Comic Strip treatment.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

The Comic Strip Presents…Five Go Mad on Mescalin
1983 |  30min
The Comic Strip mercilessly revisit Enid Blyton’s crime-solving quintet in the follow-up to ‘Five Go Mad in Dorset’.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Comin’ Thro’ the Rye
1923 |  100min
Beautiful pastoral melodrama, considered by Cecil Hepworth to be his masterpiece.
Collection: Silent Britain

Coming Out
1979 |  75min
A closeted gay author causes a stir after writing an anonymous gay article – is it time to come out?
Collection: Beautiful Things

Coming Out (Inside Story)
1980 |  49min
Gay men and women tell their own stories against the backdrop of the 1979 Gay Pride march.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Coming Out Party
1965 |  70min
Ken Loach directs James O’Connor’s play about a young boy struggling to escape the cycle of deprivation and crime.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Coming Through
1985 |  80min
Kenenth Branagh and Helen Mirren star in the romance between D.H. Lawrence and Frieda Weekly.
Collection: Heartlands

Commissioner Higgins Visits Ahmedabad Girls School
1904 |  2min
A visit from the Salvation Army.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Common Round
1935 |  42min
Racist and patronising drama showing colonial rule in Africa.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Common Sense About Steel
1948 |  2min
Conservative Party-sponsored attack on the Attlee government’s plan to nationalise steel.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

Compact
1962 |  30min
The BBC’s second soap opera, set in the world of magazine publishing.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

The Complainers
1997 |  50min
British consumers get their revenge in this ‘docusoap’ lesson in the art of moaning.
Collection: Reality Bites

Completing the Vision?
1989 |  38min
South Bank arts folk debate 1989’s ill-fated plans for a major regeneration of the complex.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Computer Programme
1982 |  25min
Early BBC computer programme pondering whether computers will eventually replace print.
Collection: TV Heaven

Comrade Lady
1987 |  10min
The Royal Ballet’s Marguerite Porter performs in Nobby Clark’s short, with music by saxophonist John Harle.
Collection: Dancing Feet

The Concrete Garden
1994 |  23min
11-year-old Marcia leaves Jamaica to join her parents in the bleak, racist London of the 1950s.
Collection: Black Britain

Condition of Illusion
1975 |  31min
Structuralist film examining illusions of continuity and senses of linear time.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Congregations Leaving St Hilda’s Church, Middlesbrough
1902 |  1min
Edwardians leave the morning service.
Collection: North by North East

Connie
1979 |  55min
Connie has an eye for the other women in the factory.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Connoisseur
1966 |  75min
Clandestine gay relationships cause tension at a boys’ public school.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Consenting Adults 1: The Men
1967 |  30min
Gay men’s lives on the eve of the Sexual Offences Act.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Consenting Adults 2: The Women
1967 |  30min
Lesbians talk about their feelings prior to the enactment of the 1967 Sexual Offences Bill.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Conservative Party Election Broadcast
1979 |  5min
Crisis – what crisis? The Conservative Party highlights the 1978-9 Winter of Discontent.
Collection: The Ballot Box

The Consoling Weed
1937 |  7min
Promotional film shot in Rhodesia extolling the virtues of smoking tobacco.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Continental Drift
2005 |  16min
William Raban’s film of Dover harbour shows how Britain is defined by its complex relationship with Europe.
Collection: British Islands

Contrasts: Joseph Wright of Derby – The Spectacle of Light
1990 |  25min
Profile of the Derby-born artist Joseph Wright (1734 – 1797).
Collection: Heartlands

Conway – River of a Thousand Moods
1921 |  10min
A scenic trip through North Wales to the sea.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Conwy Castle – Panoramic View of Conwy on the L. & N.W. Railway
1898 |  2min
A tinted ‘phantom ride’ around Conwy Castle.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Coping with Cupid
1991 |  18min
A trio of platinum blonde aliens lands in Soho to investigate our romantic foibles.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Coronation Durbar at Delhi
1903 |  2min
Pomp and circumstance marking the coronation of King Edward VII as Emperor of India.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
1953 |  74min
Highlights from the televised coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
Collection: TV Heaven

Coronation Street
1965 |  25min
Ena Sharples vs. Elsie Tanner in the great Mancunian soap.
Collection: Essentially British

Coronation Street
2003 |  25min
Weatherfield’s first serial killer claims his third victim.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Coronation Street
1981 |  25min
Ken and Deirdre tie the knot in a ratings-busting episode of ‘the Street’.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Coronation Street
1992 |  25min
Will Bet Lynch leave the Rovers Return – and Weatherfield – for good?
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Coronation Street
1960 |  25min
50 years ago, this is how it all began – Elsie Tanner, Ena Sharples, Ken Barlow et al make their debut.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Corridor Third
1949 |  42min
Detailed account of the design and construction of a Derby railway carriage.
Collection: Heartlands

Cosmopolitan London
1924 |  13min
Discover a ‘hidden’ London of the 1920s.
Collection: London Calling

A Cottage on Dartmoor
1929 |  87min
A love triangle has terrifying consequences in Anthony Asquith’s dark masterpiece.
Collection: The Truth About Love

The Cottingley Fairies
1976 |  16min
Short documentary investigating the famous claim of two young girls to have photographed a group of fairies.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Cotton in Fashion
1953  |  15min
This year you will mostly be wearing cotton, in lots of different ways.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Count Dracula
1977 |  150min
Be seduced by Louis Jourdan as Stoker’s suave Count in the BBC’s 1970s epic.
Collection: The Book Group

Countdown
1982 |  25min
The long-running gameshow cuts its teeth. Will this week’s Countdown Conundrum be crucial?
Collection: n/a

Country Town
1945 |  15min
Life and industry in a Lincolnshire town.
Collection: Heartlands

The Countrywomen
1941 |  14min
Jam and Jerusalem – the Women’s Institute goes to war.
Collection: Essentially British

Coves and Caves
1920 |  12min
Magical travelogue of Cornwall from the director of The Open Road.
Collection: Essentially British

Cracker
1993  |  50min
‘The Mad Woman in the Attic’: Robbie Coltrane makes his debut as Manchester psychologist-detective Fitz.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Crackerjack
1958 |  45min
This edition of the staple variety show features Ronnie Corbett, Pinky and Perky and Winifred Atwell introducing kids to rock ‘n’ roll.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

The Crane
1992 |  15min
And introducing… Jude Law!
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Cranford
2007 |  300min
Dame Judi, Dame Eileen and the cream of British talent star in this superb five-part adaptation from 2007.
Collection: The Book Group

Cranford
1976 |  60min
A 1976 adaptation with a twist. Give those vocal chords a work out – it’s sing-along-a-Cranford time!
Collection: The Book Group

Cranford
1972 |  180min
Gabrielle Hamilton and Pat Coombs star in this little-seen 1972 adaptation of Mrs. Gaskell’s novel.
Collection: The Book Group

Crazy Gang’s Party
1957 |  24min
The Gang’s all here for festive frolics in the hugely popular show devised by Bud Flanagan.
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

A Cream Cracker Under the Settee
1988 |  31min
One of Alan Bennett’s series of sensitive monologues; amusing and moving.
Collection: TV Heaven

Crewe Hospital Procession
1900 |  11min
Blackface performers, cross-dressers and dancing bears in Crewe.
Collection: Essentially British

Cricket
1951 |  18min
The sweet sound of leather on willow.
Collection: Essentially British

Cries From the Watchtower
1979 |  75min
Can a Nottingham watchmaker survive the Silicon Revolution?
Collection: Heartlands

Crime on the Hill
1933 |  58min
Slight but effective rural murder mystery from director Bernard Vorhaus and cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Crippendales
2007 |  30min
A group of strippers make their Brighton debut.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Crossing the Great Sagrada
1924 |  15min
Three intrepid explorers embark on a journey to Sagrada in this humorous spoof travelogue.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Crossroads
1968 |  25min
The original ‘Acorn Antiques’.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Crown Derby
1949 |  42min
Warm, genial, and thoroughly English – The story of Royal Crown Derby Bone China.
Collection: Heartlands

Crusade
1986 |  50min
March in the footsteps of the Jarrow Crusaders.
Collection: North by North East

The Crying Game
1992 |  106min
A relationship between an IRA member and an executed man’s girlfriend leads to at least one famous twist in the tale…
Collection: Beautiful Things

Crystal Gazing
1982 |  86min
Experimental drama set in London during the Thatcher administration.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Crystal Spirit: Orwell on Jura
1983 |  90min
Superb dramatised account of George Orwell’s life on the remote Scottish island where he completed ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.
Collection: The Book Group

Cubs
2006 |  10min
A very cunning twist on a very British sport.
Collection: Essentially British

Cul-de-sac
1966 |  113min
An eccentric couple are terrorised by gangsters in Roman Polanski’s psychological thriller, shot on Holy Island.
Collection: North by North East

Culloden
1964 |  70min
Mock-documentary of the 1746 Battle of Culloden seen from the perspective of a TV crew.
Collection: Essentially British

Cumbernauld, Town for Tomorrow
1970 |  8min
Colourful 1970s promo for the postwar Scottish ‘utopia’ and its infamous town centre.
Collection: The Promised Land

Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving for America
1901  |  16min
The luxurious RMS Lucania departs Liverpool in one of Mitchell & Kenyon’s most elaborate films.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Cut it Out: A Day in the Life of a Censor
1925 |  20min
A very annoying film censor attempts to disrupt a film shoot.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Cuttack Leper Asylum
1930 |  5min
Amateur film featuring scenes at the leper colony.
Collection: Before Midnight

Cutting Up Rough: Alexander McQueen
1997 |  30min
An unlikely new British fashion genius is born…
Collection: Brit Chic

Cycling the Channel
1929 |  1min
Dover to Calais by hydrocycle.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Dad’s Army
1970 |  29min
Britain’s ‘last line of defence’ at their best.
Collection: Essentially British

Dai Jones: A True Story
1941 |  7min
An unemployed Welsh miner saves the day in this stirring war propaganda film.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Daisy Doodad’s Dial
1914 |  6min
A face-pulling competition between husband and wife – can Daisy pull it off?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Dal yma Nawr/ Still Here Now
2003 |  75min
Some of Wales’ greatest performers take us on an odyssey through the nation’s bardic tradition in Marc Evans’ extraordinary documentary.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Dale That Died
1975 |  47min
Documentary about the decline of a once thriving valley in the Yorkshire Dales.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
1966 |  84min
Exterminate! Can Dr. Who and Bernard Cribbins save the Earth?
Collection: Box of Delights

Dam Busters, The
1955 |  124min
Classic yarn featuring stiff upper lips, an immortal score and the bouncing bomb.
Collection: Heartlands

Dame Judi Dench (South Bank Show)
1995 |  45min
The Oscar-winning actress discusses her acting career and her Quaker childhood.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

Dance Festival
1969 |  22min
What is a 20 foot inflatable phallus doing at the Roundhouse?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Dance Lexie Dance
1996 |  15min
Billy Elliot meets Riverdance.
Collection: Essentially British

Dance of the Harvest
1935 |  8min
Life in rural Sri Lanka.
Collection: Before Midnight

Dandy Dick
1935 |  70min
Will Hay – as a country vicar no less – finds himself accused of doping racehorses.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Dangerous Comment
1940 |  12min
Loose lips sink ships: Ealing targeted wealthier audiences with this entry in a trio of WWII propaganda shorts.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Daphne du Maurier – A Loving Spirit
1997 |  60min
Documentary marking the launch of the du Maurier Festival in Fowey, Cornwall.
Collection: The Book Group

Daphne du Maurier – The Loving Spirit
1993 |  52min
Documentary shedding light on the author’s complex relationships with men and women.
Collection: The Book Group

The Dark Eyes of London
1939 |  73min
A landmark in British horror cinema: can shifty insurance broker Bela Lugosi shed any light on those bodies floating in the Thames?
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Dark Season
1991 |  30min
The tense finale to Russell T. Davies’ adventure series, starring Kate Winslet in her breakthrough role.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Darling, Do You Love Me?
1968 |  4min
Germaine Greer gets amorous.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

A Dash to the North Pole
1909 |  5min
The SS America braves the pack ice during the Ziegler Polar Expedition of 1903-5.
Collection: Into the White

A Date to Remember
1952 |  4min
Penny for the guy! A 1950s Yorkshire family captures the fun of Bonfire Night.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Date With A Dream
1948 |  53min
Hey, kids, let’s put on a show! Musical extravaganza featuring an array of pre-fame stars, including Terry-Thomas and Jeannie Carson.
Collection: Funny Girls

A Date With Decimals
1970 |  15min
Discover how Tesco employees got to grips with new money on the eve of decimalisation.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Dating Game
1994 |  15min
Three disabled women talk about the difficulties they have encountered when trying to form relationships.
Collection: n/a

Daughter of Darkness
1948 |  91min
An Irish maid (Siobhan McKenna) with an irresistible attraction to men descends into psychopathy.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Daventry Calling
1925 |  2min
The ‘world’s greatest broadcasting station’ makes its debut on the airwaves.
Collection: Heartlands

David
1951 |  36min
The life of a Welsh miner, from pits to poetry.
Collection: Essentially British

David Copperfield
1913 |  63min
Ambitious early attempt to translate Dickens’ work to the screen in greater depth.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

David Copperfield (Part 3: A Long Journey)
1966 |  25min
Look out for future Doctor Who Patrick Troughton in this surviving episode from the BBC’s 13-part adaptation.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

David Hockney (South Bank Show)
1988 |  45min
A private view of the painter’s Tate Gallery retrospective.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
2009 |  60min
The artist returns to his native Yorkshire and begins a new creative chapter in his illustrious career.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

A Day in the Hayfields
1904 |  3min
Extraordinary early portrait of people caught up in the remorseless round of industrial production.
Collection: Essentially British

A Day in the Life of a Coal Miner
1910 |  10min
Extraordinary early portrait of people caught up in the remorseless round of industrial production.
Collection: Essentially British

A Day in the Life of One of the World’s Great Ports
1967  |  20min
Spend a day on the Manchester Ship Canal.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

A Day of One’s Own
1956 |  20min
At last, Mum gets a well-earned break from cooking, cleaning and kids.
Collection: Housewives’ Choice

A Day Out
1972 |  49min
Alan Bennett’s first TV play, a period drama about a Halifax cycling club.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Day the Earth Caught Fire
1961 |  99min
The Thames has dried up. Climate change threatens the survival of the world in this smart, prophetic sci-fi thriller.
Collection: London Calling

Daybreak in Udi
1949 |  40min
Villagers in Nigeria construct a hospital under the supercilious eye of a British district officer in this Oscar-winning documentary.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Days of Hope
1975 |  410min
Ken Loach’s four-part drama following a working-class family from WWI to the 1926 General Strike.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Dead Man’s Shoes
2004 |  90min
Rural Derbyshire has never seemed quite as unsettling as in Shane Meadows’ masterly revenge thriller.
Collection: Heartlands

Dear Murderer
1947 |  94min
Eric Portman at his sinister best as a jealous husband in this pitch-black post-war thriller.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Dear Phone
1976 |  17min
Cast your minds back to the time before the mobile phone… Peter Greenaway on the bright red phone box.
Collection: Essentially British

Death at Broadcasting House
1934 |  74min
Murder most foul at the Beeb.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Death is a Number
1951 | 45min
Occult drama: a numerologist relates the tragic part played by the number 9 in the life of his racing driver pal.
Collection: Gothic: The Dark Arts

Death in the Morning
1964 |  50min
Alan Whicker investigates the elite world of the Leicestershire Quorn Hunt.
Collection: Heartlands

Death May Be Your Santa Claus
1969 |  38min
Thought ‘lost’ for many years, ‘Santa Claus’ is an intriguing look at sex and politics from a black British perspective.
Collection: Black Britain

Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol
2005 |  25min
The flagship S4C show, one of the longest running religious programmes in the world and the inspiration for ‘Songs of Praise’, comes to Rhos.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Deep Blue Sea
1994 |  100min
Penelope Wilton and Colin Firth star as lovers reaching the end of an affair.
Collection: Essentially British

Deferred Payment
1929 |  22min
A turbulent story of sea, sailors and syphilis…
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Delhi
1946 |  10min
Amateur 8mm film shot in the Indian capital.
Collection: Before Midnight

Delhi
1938 |  10min
Delhi as city of the future.
Collection: Before Midnight

Delhi Durbar
1911 |  16min
Epic footage of the 1911 Delhi Durbar.
Collection: Before Midnight

Delius – Song of Summer
1968 |  74min
Ken Russell’s favourite of all his films, an immensely moving study of how the blind, paralysed Frederick Delius was still able to compose.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman
2010 |  12min
A lush and lyrical evocation of the artist as a schoolboy, depicting his early devotion to gardening and the male form.
Collection: Beautiful Things

To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly
1909 |  1min
A mechanical spider takes to the air.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Demonstration at Dewsbury
1975 |  9min
A demonstration against the National Front filmed by West Yorkshire Police.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Dennis Potter Interview
1977 |  16min
The writer discusses his controversial work for the BBC’s Tonight programme, featuring unbroadcast footage.
Collection: Dennis Potter on TV

Dennis Potter: The Last Interview
1994 |  68min
Thora Hird stars in this entry in Alan Bennett’s amusing and moving Talking Heads.
Collection: TV Heaven

Dennis Potter: Under the Skin
1998 |  50min
Former colleagues of the celebrated dramatist discuss his life and legacy for BBC arts series Close Up.
Collection: Dennis Potter on TV

Painting the Clouds: A Portrait of Dennis Potter
2004 |  89min
Arena profiles the life of the celebrated dramatist, with contributions from those who knew him best.
Collection: Dennis Potter on TV

Potter on Television
2005 |  37min
Arena explores Dennis Potter’s lesser-known work as a TV critic.
Collection: Dennis Potter on TV

Denys Lasdun
1971 |  26min
The pioneering architect discusses his vision for the new National Theatre.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Derby Charter Celebrations
1954 |  60min
Glorious colour footage of the 800th anniversary of the Derby charter.
Collection: Heartlands

Derby Youth
1947 |  28min
The activities of Derby youth clubs in the 40s.
Collection: Heartlands

Derren Brown: Séance
2004 | 52 min
Join self-styled ‘mentalist’ Derren Brown for a do-it-yourself séance.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Design for Fashion
1954 |  24min
The creation of a 50s couture dress in Giuseppe Mattli’s London atelier.
Collection: Brit Chic

Desmond’s
1989 |  24min
The lives of Peckham barber shop proprietor Desmond Ambrose, his wife Sheila, three children and assorted locals and regulars.
Collection: Black Britain

A Desperate Case
1958 |  10min
How not to pack your suitcase – a guide from British Transport Films.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Desperate Poaching Affray
1903 |  2min
Pioneering chase film through rural Pembrokeshire.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Destiny
1978 |  105min
A West Midlands by-election arouses strong feelings when an extreme right wing party begins to win support.
Collection: Play for Today

The Development of the English Town
1942 |  17min
Quirky educational film promoting the importance of intelligent town planning.
Collection: The Promised Land

The Devil God
1974 |  21min
Dramatic fiction short made by a talented Leeds cine group.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Devonshire Hospital, Buxton
1916 |  2min
Returning WWI soldiers get more than they bargained for in Buxton’s new-fangled thermal baths.
Collection: Heartlands

The Diaries of Ossie Clark (South Bank Show)
1998 |  104min
A tribute to the influential designer, filmed two years after his violent death.
Collection: Brit Chic

A Diary For Timothy
1946 |  38min
What does the future hold for Timothy, born on the fifth anniversary of the start of WWII?
Collection: Essentially British

Diary of a Young Man
1964 |  45min
The adventures of two working-class northern lads during their first few months in London.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Dick Henderson Singing ‘Love Her All the More’
1926 |  5min
Music hall star Dick Henderson trills out a resounding ode to his beloved.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Dickens
2002 |  176min
Immerse yourself in Charles Dickens’ Victorian milieu with Peter Ackroyd’s three-part drama-documentary.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Dickens’ London
1924 |  12min
Join Fagin, Pickwick and Little Nell on a whirlwind tour of the sites that inspired Dickens’ work.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Did You Ever See a Dream Talking?
1943 |  7min
Spendthrift Claude Hulbert gets a lesson from his good angel in this enjoyably daft War Savings Bonds promo.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Dilip
1972 |  25min
The story of Dilip Kumar, a young man with leprosy.
Collection: n/a

Dirk Bogarde: A Guardian Lecture
1983 |  40min
BBC broadcast of the actor and writer in conversation at the National Film Theatre.
Collection: Bogarde on the Box

Dirk Bogarde: Above the Title
1986 |  50min
Russell Harty interviews the notoriously guarded star at his home in Provence.
Collection: Bogarde on the Box

Dirty Filthy Love
2004 |  120min
A man with OCD and Tourette’s Syndrome strikes up a rapport with the head of his support group.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Disablement
1977 |  26min
A married couple discuss the challenges they face in achieving a healthy sex life after an accident leaves the man in a wheelchair.
Collection: n/a

Dispute
1960 |  36min
A workplace grievance is told from different viewpoints in this imaginative British Productivity Council film, influenced by Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon’.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Distant Voices, Still Lives
1988 |  84min
A wedding and a christening evoke powerful memories for a working-class Liverpool family.
Collection: Essentially British

The Division
1967 |  82min
Disturbing, briefly banned television play about bullying and abuse in a juvenile correction school.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Do I Love You?
2002 |  72min
A London lesbian examines her life as her relationship crumbles – just why does she ‘prefer taco to salami?’
Collection: Beautiful Things

Doctor Syn
1937 |  81min
Ripping yarn starring George Arliss as Dr. Syn – vicar by day, adventurer by night.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child
1963 |  26min
The original 1963 ‘pilot’ episode of the sci-fi series, unscreened until 1991.
Collection: TV Heaven

Doctor Who: Boom Town
2005 |  45min
A wicked alien is intent on blowing up Cardiff – can our Time Lord hero save the day?
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Doctor Who: Rose
2005 |  45min
The return of the intrepid Time Lord after a long 16-year hiatus.
Collection: TV Heaven

Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
1977 |  26min
The fourth Doctor and his assistant, Leela, take on an oppressive Pluto tax system.
Collection: TV Heaven

Dog Years
2005 |  4min
Ben, 39, castrated mongrel, needs love. GSOH essential.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Dombey and Son
1970 |  30min
Julian Glover takes the lead as the eponymous shipping company owner in the opening episode of this 1983 Dickens adaptation.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Doomwatch
1970 |  50min
‘Series 1 Episode 6: ‘Re-entry Forbidden’. An early episode of the classic BBC series about a government scientific agency investigating threats to the human race.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Don McCullin: Redundant Warrior
1992 |  25min
A documentary profile of the distinguished war photographer.
Collection: TV Heaven

Don’t Be Like Brenda!
1973 |  10min
Brenda makes a mistake and it’s clearly all her own fault…
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Don’t Be Silly
1979 |  75min
A middle-class wife tries to cope with her abusive husband.
Collection: Play for Today

Don’t Dilly Dally on the Way
1969 |  25min
Jimmy Edwards and Pat Coombs star in this classic Galton & Simpson farce.
Collection: Funny Girls

Don’t Drop the Coffin
2003 |  30min
A glimpse into life and death in Bermondsey.
Collection: Beautiful South

Double the Trouble, Twice the Fun
1992 |  24min
A mix of documentary and drama exploring the lives of lesbians and gay men with disabilities.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Down at the Local
1944 |  18min
Richard Massingham looks at pub culture across England.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

Down Cemetery Road
1964 |  22min
John Betjeman joins Philip Larkin for a tour of the poet’s adopted Hull in this edition of ‘Monitor’.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Down to the Sea
1938  |  16min
Follow the River Mersey from source to sea.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Down to the Sea In Trucks
1947 |  18min
The importance of rail transport in the shipbuilding industry.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Down Town
1965 |  9min
Perfect precincts: Britain goes shopping centre crazy.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Dr Smith: Indian Films
1920 |  25min
Amateur silent footage from Peshawar and Kashmir.
Collection: Before Midnight

Dracula
1958 |  82min
Lee and Cushing battle it out in Hammer’s landmark adaptation, newly restored by the BFI.
Collection: The Book Group

Dracula
2006 |  90min
A blood-curdling Christmas special and the most recent TV reworking of Stoker’s novel.
Collection: The Book Group

Dracula
1968 |  80min
Denholm Elliott stars in this effective small screen adaptation from 1968.
Collection: The Book Group

Dracula (South Bank Show)
1993 |  50min
Melvyn Bragg profiles Bram Stoker and explores the legacy of his most famous work.
Collection: The Book Group

The Dracula Business
1974 |  50min
Bram Stoker’s great-nephew Daniel Farson investigates the enduring legacy of the Count.
Collection: The Book Group

The Dragon Has Two Tongues
1985 |  30min
Two leading historians debate the rise of Marxism in Wales during the years before WWI.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Draughtsman’s Contract
1982 |  104min
Peter Greenaway’s breakthrough film: a draughtsman enters into a dangerous game of wits.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Dream A40
1964 |  15min
A young gay couple’s relationship is put to the test as a road trip takes a sinister turn in Lloyd Reckord’s underground short.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Dream House
1953 |  3min
Meena Kumari and Ashok Kumar extol the virtues of Dunlopillo.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Dream of Gerontius (Part II)
1979 |  60min
TV coverage of the performance of the second part of Elgar’s choral work, by The Hallé Orchestra at Huddersfield Town Hall.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Dream of Home
1954 |  9min
Rupert Brooke (played by Oliver Cox) wanders through Cambridgeshire, with extracts from his poem ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’ as commentary.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Dream On
1999 |  44min
The adventures of a deaf boy, his hearing friend and the mysterious ‘Pookieman’…
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Dreams of Leaving
1980 |  60min
A young Bill Nighy stars as a disillusioned journalist in Swinging London.
Collection: Play for Today

Dreams of Toyland
1908 |  5min
A trip to a St. Albans toyshop leads to a violent nightmare as a toyland scene quickly dissolves into a violent melee.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Drifters
1929 |  60min
The story of the North Sea herring fisheries, filmed at Derwick, in the Shetlands, Lowestoft and Yarmouth.
Collection: Reality Bites

Drinking for England
1998 |  50min
A national pastime exposed – Britain’s turbulent relationship with the bottle.
Collection: Reality Bites

Drop the Dead Donkey
1993 |  25min
Topical newsroom sitcom with a satirical edge.
Collection: TV Heaven

Drum, The
1937 |  104min
Controversial flag-waver starring Sabu as a young prince loyal to the Raj.
Collection: Before Midnight

Dry Hands
1964 |  8min
The (lack of) thrills and spills in a self-service laundrette.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Dual Control
1932 |  18min
Amy Johnson and fellow aviator Jim Mollison appear in this eccentric early sound film.
Collection: Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies

Duke of Connaught’s Indian Tour
1921 |  3min
The Duke goes hunting.
Collection: Before Midnight

Dulwich College and Village
1960 |  10min
Glorious colour footage of the famous Lambeth college, used as a location for the Harry Potter films.
Collection: Beautiful South

Durham Miners Answer Lord Kitchener’s Call To Arms
1914 |  1min
Newsreel footage of Durham miners on their way to the recruiting station.
Collection: North by North East

Durham Miners’ Gala
1930 |  1min
Marching bands and fancy dress parades – business as usual at the annual gala.
Collection: North by North East

Dusty Ermine
1936 |  85min
A reformed criminal tries to save his nephew from going down the same road.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Dylan Thomas
1961 |  30min
Oscar-winning documentary on the great Welsh poet and writer, narrated by Richard Burton.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

E. H. Hunt’s Amateur Films of the Rafai Fakirs
1929 |  8min
An amateur record of the self-mutilation of fakirs in Hyderabad.
Collection: Before Midnight

Early Struggles
1976 |  60min
A young, single father (Paul Nicholas) struggles to bring up his baby. Stephen Frears directs.
Collection: Play for Today

East African College
1950 |  16min
The activities of Makerere College, Uganda.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

East Anglian Holiday
1954 |  20min
Hop on a train to the East of England, where cathedrals, waterways and beaches await.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

East is East
1917 |  70min
A Cockney girl unexpectedly inherits a fortune, but will she forget about her old East End sweetheart?
Collection: London Calling

East is East
1999  |  92min
BAFTA winning culture-clash comedy set in Salford in the 1970s.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

East of Ipswich
1987 |  73min
Michael Palin-scripted comedy about a family trip to the Suffolk seaside.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The East Riding
1959 |  21min
Explore Yorkshire’s least known area, from rural tranquillity to dramatic coastlines.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

EastEnders
1990 |  30min
The Tavernier family moves into Albert Square.
Collection: Black Britain

EastEnders
1987 |  30min
Dot and Ethel reminisce about good times and bad.
Collection: London Calling

EastEnders
1986 |  30min
Des has handed Angie divorce papers – and she’s not happy.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

EastEnders
1994 |  30min
‘Sharongate’ reaches its climax.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Eastern Valley
1937 |  15min
A co-operative experiment in a Monmouthshire mining valley.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye

Eating High
1966 |  10min
Cordon bleu at the top of the Post Office (BT) Tower.
Collection: London Calling

Echoes of the Raj
2000 |  50min
Personal testimonies and home movies tell the story of the last years of the Raj.
Collection: Before Midnight

Edge of Darkness
1985 |  51min
The definitive episode of this award-winning nuclear and political thriller.
Collection: TV Heaven

Edna, The Inebriate Woman
1971 |  90min
A BAFTA-winning Patricia Hayes stars as a homeless drunk.
Collection: Play for Today

Educating Marmalade
1982 |  20min
The late Charlotte Coleman stars as the world’s naughtiest schoolgirl in Andrew Davies’ anarchic post-punk comedy.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Education for the Future
1967 |  10min
Labour-sponsored argument in favour of the comprehensive school system, filmed in Hull.
Collection: Reality Bites

Education Week
1925 |  30min
The work of Newcastle upon Tyne Education Services.
Collection: North by North East

The Educative Community
1974 |  23min
Residents of Peckham discuss social problems and their effects on the education system.
Collection: Beautiful South

Edward II
1971 |  125min
Ian McKellen stars in Marlowe’s masterpiece.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Eldorado
1992 |  30min
The Costa del Sol beckons in the first episode of the BBC’s ill-fated Euro-soap.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Eleanor
1974 |  65min
‘Birds of a Feather’s Pauline Quirke stars as a misfit at a girls’ day school.
Collection: Play for Today

Elenya
1992 |  81min
During WWII a girl shelters a German soldier in the Black Mountains.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Elephant Boy
1937 |  84min
Sabu makes his debut in this adventure, based on a story by Rudyard Kipling.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Elephant Man
1980 |  124min
Poignant, humanist true-life tale of the man who was displayed as a freak in Victorian London.
Collection: London Calling

The Elephant Will Never Forget
1953 |  10min
A fond and tearful farewell to London’s trams.
Collection: London Calling

Elgar
1962 |  55min
Ken Russell’s rhapsodic docudrama about the great British composer.
Collection: Essentially British

Elgar – Fantasy on a Composer on a Bicycle
2002 |  50min
Ken Russell revisits Elgar’s work forty years after his original film, this time for ‘The South Bank Show’.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Elgar and Shaw – 1929-32
1932 |  12min
Home movie footage of Elgar, literary and musical friends and, of course, his dogs.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Elgar’s Tenth Muse
1996 |  50min
Drama about the ageing Elgar’s brief but intoxicating relationship with a young violinist.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Elmina’s Kitchen
2004 |  90min
Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Hackney-set story of gun crime, racism and a difficult father-son relationship.
Collection: Black Britain

Elphida
1987 |  60min
Angela Wynter stars as a young woman who needs to make major changes in her life.
Collection: Black Britain

Elsie and the Brown Bunny
1921 |  8min
Early Cadbury ad, playing like a surreal outtake from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

Elstree Calling
1930 |  83min
Alfred Hitchcock directs segments of a lavish revue featuring stars of the early 30s.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Emergency – Ward 10
1964 |  25min
The lives and loves of the staff of Oxbridge General Hospital.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Emily Brontë at Howarth – A Personal Impression
1973 |  25min
Beryl Bainbridge reflects on the triumphs and tragedies which shaped the novelist’s short life.
Collection: The Book Group

Emmerdale
1993 |  27min
An attention-grabbing, game-changing episode of the rural Yorkshire soap.
Collection: TV Heaven

Emmerdale Farm
1973 |  50min
Murder for a lunchtime audience.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

The Empire Pays Back
2005 |  50min
A heated criticism of the British government’s involvement in the slave trade, that argues that African and Afro-Caribbean communities should be compensated.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

Empire Road
1978 |  28min
Day-to-day life among the West Indian community living in Birmingham’s Empire Road
Collection: Black Britain

The Encyclopaedist
1961 |  30min
A pushy encyclopaedia salesman attempts to flog his wares in this TV drama written by John Mortimer.
Collection: Black Britain

The End of Arthur’s Marriage
1965 |  70min
A real Ken Loach curio: the director’s exuberant musical contribution to the ‘Wednesday Play’ strand.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

The Ends
2005 |  9min
A shooting on an Elephant and Castle estate is not quite what it seems in this powerful short.
Collection: Beautiful South

Endurance: The Story of a Glorious Failure
1933 |  55min
Re-edited sound version of ‘South’, detailing Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition of 1914-16 with spoken commentary.
Collection: Into the White

Energy
1934 |  21min
Promotional film highlighting employee welfare in a Welsh energy company.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Enginemen
1959 |  21min
Manchester railway workers discuss the end of the steam age.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

England Home and Beauty
1976 |  37min
Whimsical evocation of our 1930s design heyday.
Collection: The Promised Land

England May Be Home
1950 |  17min
Italian immigrant workers try to adapt to life in 1950s Bedfordshire.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

England Their England: Debauchery
1980 |  75min
Rock climbing at Matlock Bath in Derbyshire via the notoriously tricky Debauchery route.
Collection: Heartlands

England Their England: Ilkeston Advertiser
1980 |  25min
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The daily grind in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, as seen through the local newspaper.
Collection: Heartlands

England Their England: Sky High
1983 |  25min
Hatton School in Derbyshire express their views about an imminent open cast mine – through the language of song!
Collection: Heartlands

An English Fen
1946 |  18min
A day in the life of a fenman.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

English Harvest
1938 |  9min
Humphrey Jennings shoots the grain fields of Sawston in glorious Dufaycolor.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The English Lakes
1946  |  41min
The Lake District beckons in this evocative amateur travelogue.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

An Englishman’s Home…
1946 |  2min
A salute to the calming influence of Horlicks.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Enid
2009 |  82min
A memorably icy performance from Helena Bonham Carter uncovers the public and private lives of prolific children’s author Enid Blyton.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Entertaining Mr Sloane
1968 |  80min
A sexy young murderer joins the household of a spinster and her brother – but who is manipulating whom?
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Enthronement of the First Archbishop of Wales
1920 |  7min
Alfred George Edwards becomes Wales’ first Archbishop at a ceremony attended by Lloyd George.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Epic of Everest
1924 |  92min
Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated attempt to conquer Everest.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Epic of Joey
1924 |  1min
Follow that monkey! A pet ape makes a break for freedom in Camberwell.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Epic That Never Was
1965 |  70min
Dirk Bogarde tells the fascinating story of unfinished 1930s epic ‘I, Claudius’.
Collection: Bogarde on the Box

Erection of the Dome of Discovery, Festival of Britain, 1950/51
1951 |  48min
The Festival of Britain’s radical centrepiece rises from the rubble of the South Bank.
Collection: Beautiful South

Eskimo Day
1996 |  84min
Maureen Lipman stars in Jack Rosenthal’s Cambridge-set comedy.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Eternal City – York
1959 |  19min
Beautiful colour jaunt around Yorkshire’s historic hub.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Yr Etifeddiaeth (The Heritage)
1949 |  48min
The rural way of life in Eifionydd, as seen through the eyes of a young black evacuee.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Eton Wall Game
1921 |  1min
A young George Orwell takes part in an Eton institution – the notoriously perplexing Wall Game.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Evacuees
1975 |  75min
Jack Rosenthal’s classic WWII drama about Jewish brothers evacuated from Manchester to Blackpool.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Even Solomon
1979 |  83min
Andrew Taylor’s ‘Play for Today’ offers a sensitive representation of a young trans woman coming out.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Everest
1933 |  16min
Wildlife is at the fore in this film of Hugh Ruttledge’s Everest expedition.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Everest Expedition 1938
1938 |  59min
Vivid 8mm home movie record of an (unsuccessful) attempt to tame the famous peak.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Evergreen
1934 |  90min
Jessie Matthews is at her best in this musical proving that 30s glamour wasn’t confined to Hollywood.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Every Day
1929 |  17min
Experimental day in the life of London’s office workers.
Collection: London Calling

Every Day Except Christmas
1957 |  40min
12 hours in the life of Covent Garden fruit and vegetable market.
Collection: London Calling

Every Valley
1957 |  20min
The effect of modern transport on the Welsh valleys and beyond.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Everyday Something
2001 |  14min
A Home Truths-style guide to British eccentricity narrated by John Peel.
Collection: Essentially British

Everything In the Garden’s Lovely
1980 |  26min
Tom Baker narrates the story of the Garden City movement, founded at Letchworth in Hertfordshire.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Everything is Rhythm
1936 |  73min
Harry Roy stars as a band leader who falls in love with a European princess in this vibrant musical comedy.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Experiment
1958 |  33min
How to defuse potential industrial relations problems, using an experiment at a Monmouthshire coal mine as an example.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Expresso Bongo
1960 |  111min
Cliff Richard gyrates his way through Soho’s strip clubs and coffee bars.
Collection: London Calling

Extraordinary: Zandra Rhodes
1980 |  30min
All aboard the Extraordinary Express! Meet Zandra “with a zed”.
Collection: Brit Chic

The F***ing Fulfords
2004 |  60min
Political incorrectness gone mad in a dilapidated Devon mansion.
Collection: Essentially British

Fable
1965 |  75min
Controversial and provocative TV drama imagining Britain under black rule.
Collection: Black Britain

The Face of Britain
1935 |  18min
How industrialisation has shaped and changed our landscape.
Collection: Essentially British

Face to Face: Derek Jarman
1993 |  40min
Derek Jarman, the great queer artist, discusses his life and work.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Face to Face: Evelyn Waugh
1960 |  30min
Infamous BBC interview with Evelyn Waugh.
Collection: The Book Group

Face to Face: Ken Loach
1994 |  40min
The acclaimed director submits to Jeremy Isaac’s in-depth questioning.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Facing the Sun
1980 |  55min
Rare TV depiction of bisexuality, in a love triangle between an Englishman, his Brazilian lover and the latter’s wife.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Factory: Schweppes Tonic Water
1959 |  1min
Benny Hill does his bit for the tonic water industry.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Facts and Fancies
1951 |  17min
Joan Collins gets to grips with the by-products of coal in her first screen appearance.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Facts and Figures – Or, Whatever Happened to Dick
1970 |  1min
Bleak animated safety campaign film by the National Coal Board.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

The Fair City of Udaipur – Secrets of India
1934 |  9min
A tourist’s-eye view of ‘the Venice of the East’.
Collection: Before Midnight

Fair Oriana
1961 |  min
The building of the mighty ‘Oriana’, then the largest passenger ship ever built in England.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Fairy of the Phone
1936 |  12min
A delirious ode to page 5 of the telephone directory, conducted by the fairy of the phone.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
1976 |  30min
Classic sitcom in which a company middle-manager suffers the mother of all mid-life crises.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Family
1974 |  30min
The birth of reality TV?
Collection: Essentially British

Family Life
1971 |  103min
Ken Loach’s feature film reworking of controversial mental illness drama ‘In Two Minds’.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Family Pride
1991 |  25min
The first Asian soap to hit British television screens.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Family Snapshots 1937-1941
1937 |  18min
Parties and day trips give way to the arrival of wartime evacuees in one Yorkshire family’s home movies.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Family Way
1966 |  110min
Jenny and Arthur are unable to consummate their marriage. Tongues wag…
Collection: Beautiful Things

Far and Near
2003 |  30min
Leaving her country for the first time, a young Chinese writer wanders on a wild mountain in West Wales.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Far Pavilions
1984 |  315min
‘Gone With the Wind’, India-style.
Collection: Before Midnight

Farmhouse Kitchen
1972 |  25min
Learn to make the perfect Yorkshire parkin in this edition of the 70s cookery show.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Fashion Fantasy
1946 |  35min
A glamour-starved Wren dreams of modelling for Norman Hartnell.
Collection: Brit Chic

Fat Man on a Bicycle aka W-H-O-R-K a la Pimple
1914 |  3min
Pimple attempts to teach a large friend to ride a bicycle, with disastrous results.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Father and Son
1945 |  14min
Old ways and new ways clash as a son returns to his Kenyan village and contends with his father’s belief in magic and superstition.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Father Christmas Union
1972 |  10min
The unions are revolting and Santa goes on strike.
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

Father Ted
1996 |  26min
Ted decides to enter the Eurosong contest in the cult ecclesiastical sitcom.
Collection: TV Heaven

Fatherland
1986 |  105min
An East German singer in exile struggles to adapt to Western values and decides to track down his long-lost father in England.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Fatman
1967 |  8min
Will Fatman and Robin foil the dastardly Fiddler? Find out in this entertaining spoof made by a Leeds cine club.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Fatty Issues
1990 |  5min
A wavering weight-watcher counts the calories.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Fawlty Towers
1975 |  30min
Basil! Hell hath no fury like Prunella Scales’ Sybil Fawlty.
Collection: Funny Girls

Festival in London
1951 |  10min
Picture-postcard record of the Festival of Britain and its myriad attractions.
Collection: Beautiful South

Festival of Britain London Exhibitions
1951 |  20min
Amateur colour footage of the Festival, shot along the South Bank.
Collection: Beautiful South

Fiddlers All: A Musical Test for Violin Lovers
1941 |  9min
Fiddle fans pay attention – can you name that tune?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Fight Against Slavery
1975 |  300min
Major BBC dramatised documentary series about Britain’s role in the slave trade.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

Fighting the Bill
1970 |  36min
Agitprop film campaigning against the Industrial Relations Act.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Figures in a Landscape
1953 |  17min
The sculptures of Barbara Hepworth, and the Cornish landscapes that inspired them.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Film That Never Was
1955 |  30min
The making of a movie about industrial relations is thwarted – by industrial relations – in Paul Dickson’s funny and eccentric film.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

The Films of E.J. Montgomery
1928 |  26min
An often playful record of the lives and duties of Lord and Lady Stephenson.
Collection: Before Midnight

Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story
2008  |  88min
Julie Walters steps into the sensible shoes of a fellow West Midlands icon.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Fingersmith
2005 |  60min
In the 1860s, a female pickpocket and an heiress enter into a relationship – but is the whole thing a con?
Collection: Beautiful Things

Finisterre
2003 |  57min
Snapshots of contemporary London form a vibrant backdrop to Saint Etienne’s 2002 album.
Collection: London Calling

Finnegan’s Chin
1981 |  82min
James Joyce-inspired exploration of order, logic, cause and effect.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

A Fire Has Been Arranged
1935 |  70min
Flanagan and Allen play crooks coerced in to committing arson in this wild farce, also starring Alastair Sim.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Fires Were Started
1943 |  63min
Spend an eventful day and night with the National Fire Service during the Blitz of 1940-41.
Collection: London Calling

Fireworks Revisited
1994 |  9min
A sexy, girlie twist on Kenneth Anger’s homoerotic classic, ‘Fireworks’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Firm
1989  |  70min
Gary Oldman stars in Alan Clarke’s searing indictment of football hooliganism.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

First a Girl
1935 |  93min
A hard-up girl pretends to be a female impersonator to make ends meet.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The First Born
1928 |  93min
Desire for a son and heir leads to marital strife between director/star Miles Mander and future ‘Hitchcock blonde’ Madeleine Carroll.
Collection: Silent Britain

First Reaction: Isabella Rusbridger
1992 |  3min
A schoolgirl gives her verdict on the rewritten Enid Blyton novels, which tone down the sexism of the originals.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

First Reaction: Ken Loach
1991 |  4min
The outspoken director attacks the way some filmmakers promote political parties.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

First Reaction: Ken Loach
1993 |  4min
The filmmaker questions Channel 4’s decision to withdraw transmission of two films set in Northern Ireland.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Fisherfolk of Northumbria
1942 |  20min
With the men at war, the laborious jobs in Newbiggin-by-the Sea fall to the village’s women.
Collection: North by North East

Five and Under
1942 |  16min
Ministry of Information-sponsored investigation into the needs of overstretched working mothers in wartime.
Collection: Reality Bites

Five Go to Demon’s Rock
1996 |  25min
The Famous Five encounter buried treasure, a shipwreck and a mischievous monkey in this 1990s adaptation.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Five Have a Mystery to Solve
1964 |  15min
A cliff passage on Whispering Island promises adventure for the young sleuths.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Five Inch Bather
1942 |  1min
A naked Richard Massingham extols the virtues of bathwater conservation.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Five on a Treasure Island
1957 |  15min
The first episode of the Children’s Film Foundation adventure serial – Julian, Dick, Ann and Timmy the dog meet tomboy George, and the Famous Five are born.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Five Towns
1947 |  26min
Life and work in the Staffordshire Potteries.
Collection: Essentially British

Flame in the Streets
1961 |  93min
Domestic difficulties develop in a working-class family when their daughter falls in love with a Jamaican man.
Collection: Black Britain

Flames of Passion
1922 |  120min
The consequences of lust: an illegitimate child threatens ruin in this lavish 1920s society drama.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Flames of Passion
1989 |  18min
Ingenious gay homage to Brief Encounter.
Collection: The Truth About Love

The Flaxton Boys
1969 |  26min
A ghostly children’s adventure set in crumbling Flaxton Hall (actually Ripley Castle, near Harrogate).
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Flickering Flame
1996 |  50min
Ken Loach tells the story of the sacked dockers of Liverpool and the Women of the Waterfront campaign.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Flight of the Swan
1994 |  12min
Can a young black girl hope to become a classical ballerina?
Collection: Black Britain

The Flipside of Dominick Hide
1980 |  95min
A time-traveller from 2130 attempts to track down his great-great-grandfather in 1980, but love complicates things…
Collection: Play for Today

Floating
1991 |  39min
A man becomes convinced a great flood is coming and sets about building an ark.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Flower Pot Men
1953 |  12min
The classic adventures of Bill and Ben, who live in plant pots at the bottom of a garden.
Collection: TV Heaven

Flying at Pwllheli
1911 |  1min
Intrepid aviator H.J.D. Astley laughs off another crash for the newsreel cameras.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Flying The Foam and Some Fancy Diving
1906 |  2min
‘Professor’ Reddish demonstrates how to dive from Brighton Pier whilst riding a bicycle.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Focus on Northampton
1965 |  25min
Brian Connell introduces the town of Northampton.
Collection: Heartlands

Fools on the Hill
1986 |  73min
A witty dramatised account of the birth of British television.
Collection: TV Heaven

Foothill Town, A: Darjeeling
1937 |  9min
Darjeeling – a portrait of the Raj hill station made for schools.
Collection: Before Midnight

Foothold on Antarctica
1956 |  19min
The Trans-Antarctic Commonwealth Expedition sets up base camp in Derek Williams’ Oscar-nominated documentary.
Collection: Into the White

For the Love of Ada
1970 |  25min
Irene Handl stars as an elderly widow who begins a love affair with a gravedigger in this gentle 70s sitcom.
Collection: Funny Girls

Forbidden Love
1992 |  26min
The older generation of disabled people discuss how theories of eugenics were often used to deny disabled people the opportunity to explore their sexuality.
Collection: n/a

Forbidden Pleasures
2000 |  50min
Documentary about the use of prostitutes by disabled people.
Collection: n/a

The Forsyte Saga
1967 |  50min
The opening episode of the massive BBC adaptation of John Galsworthy’s aristocratic family chronicle.
Collection: TV Heaven

Forty Years On
1978 |  20min
The changes in coal mining that have taken place during one man’s working lifetime.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Forward to Service
1947 |  38min
Didactic instructional film promoting company loyalty to employees of Smiths Dock Company, Teesside.
Collection: North by North East

The Four M’s
1964 |  44min
The eccentric Lord Robens takes us through the 4 essential M’s of the coal industry.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

The Fourth Everest Expedition
1933 |  49min
Hugh Ruttledge’s failed attempt to conquer Everest – he got to a point just 1000 feet below the summit.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Fox Farm
1922 |  95min
Passion blooms in the countryside when a girl falls in love with a blind farmer.
Collection: Silent Britain

A Fragment of Memory
1984 |  53min
Cambridge students protest in the incendiary climate of 1930s Britain.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Framed Youth: Revenge of the Teenage Perverts
1983 |  50min
Queer teens discuss their experiences in Thatcher’s Britain.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Freak Out
1999 |  25min
Welcome to Club Flesh, a disabled fetish club often frequented by able-bodied men and women.
Collection: n/a

Free Time
1972 |  9min
Lambeth at leisure.
Collection: Beautiful South

Freedom of the Hills
1930 |  1min
The hills are alive with the sound of protestors, fighting for the right to roam.
Collection: Heartlands

Frenzy Featurette Material
1971 |  30min
Rare footage taken on set at Pinewood and on location in Soho during production of Hitchcock’s first British film since ‘Stage Fright’.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Friday the Thirteenth
1933 |  84min
A star-studded cast appears in this ensemble piece – a dozen characters are involved in a London bus crash, but who will survive?
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Frock and Roll Years
2002 |  23min
A beginner’s guide to post-war British fashion.
Collection: Brit Chic

From High Heels to Sensible Shoes
1997 |  30min
Former TV presenter Jackie Forster discusses the day that changed her life – when she had her first lesbian affair.
Collection: Beautiful Things

From Raw Material to Finished Product
1932 |  26min
Descend into the Eston mines as coal and ore are gathered to make iron and steel products.
Collection: North by North East

From Spain to Streatham (Monitor)
1959 |  10min
Ken Russell’s affectionate tribute to the guitar features performances by John Williams and the teenage Davey Graham.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

From the Four Corners
1941 |  15min
Why would Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders risk their lives for Britain?
Collection: Essentially British

From the Sea to the Land Beyond
2012 |  72min
A lyrical portrait of Britain’s coastline, combining BFI National Archive footage and stirring music by British Sea Power.
Collection: Essentially British

The Frost Programme
1970 |  52min
Counterculture invades The Frost Programme as Jerry Rubin and the Yippies take over the stage.
Collection: n/a

The Frost Report on Class
1966 |  25min
Classic sketches from Messrs Barker, Corbett, Cleese and Frost.
Collection: Essentially British

The Frost Report on Elections
1966 |  25min
Satirical send ups of politicians – ‘The Daily Show’ circa 1966.
Collection: The Ballot Box

The Fruit Machine
1988 |  108min
Fantastical gay buddy movie following two boys on the run from Liverpool to Brighton.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Fugitive Futurist
1924 |  11min
An oddball inventor startles Londoners with images of the city’s future.
Collection: London Calling

The Funeral of Queen Victoria (Funeral Procession at Cowes)
1901 |  3min
The funeral of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Collection: Essentially British

Funny Farm
1975 |  93min
Roy Minton’s play follows a day in the life of a charge nurse in a mental health unit.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Gala Day
1963 |  26min
Controversial portrait of the 1962 Durham Miners’ Gala.
Collection: North by North East

Gallivant
1996 |  100min
A tour of Britain’s coastline, with the director’s grandmother and daughter in tow.
Collection: Essentially British

The Gamekeeper
1980 |  80min
An ex-steelworker seeks a gentler pace of life in rural Yorkshire but finds his allegiances tested in Ken Loach’s TV drama.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

The Games
2007 |  15min
A surreal take on East London’s Olympian future.
Collection: London Calling

Gangsters
1976  |  51min
Paul Barber stars in the first episode of the ‘urban western’ set in Birmingham (Series 1 Incident 1).
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Gangsters
1975 |  110min
The French Connection comes to Birmingham.
Collection: Play for Today

Gardens of the Orient
1936 |  10min
The gardens here are tea gardens, and the ‘Orient’ is India and Sri Lanka.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Gaunt Stranger
1938 |  73min
A funeral wreath delivered to an unpopular businessman sparks off a police investigation.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Gavin and Stacey
2008 |  30min
An Essex boy falls in love with a Barry girl in the popular BBC series, written by Ruth Jones and James Corden.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Gay Life
1981 |  30min
British gay men’s lives from the ’30s to the ’50s.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Gay Rights Demonstration
1976 |  min
Gay students protest against the homophobic coverage of a Brighton newspaper.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Gaytime TV
1995 |  35min
The gay magazine show cuts its teeth, presented by Rhona Cameron and Bert Tyler-Moore.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Geh Kinde Geh
1991 |  15min
Maria Charles and Bernard Spear star as a mother and father hosting a Jewish funeral.
Collection: Oy Britannia

General Election
1946 |  19min
Can John Profumo hold onto his seat in Kettering?
Collection: Heartlands

General Sahib
1976 |  50min
A portrait of Major General Bakhshi, former chairman of the charity Raphael.
Collection: n/a

Genevieve
1953 |  86min
Cheerful, and very British comedy set against the London to Brighton car rally.
Collection: Funny Girls

Geordie Scene
1974 |  30min
Get ready to get down in this Tyne Tees-produced pop music programme showcasing the talents of Lindisfarne and Bullfrog.
Collection: North by North East

George Bennie Railplane System of Transport
1930 |  25min
The construction of George Bennie’s innovative railplane and track system near Glasgow.
Collection: Scottish Reels

George Orwell – 1984 (Arena)
1984 |  50min
Fifth instalment in the major ‘Arena’ portrait of Orwell, focusing on his final work.
Collection: The Book Group

George Orwell: The Road to the Left
1973 |  60min
Documentary tracking Orwell’s life in 1936, the year he married, set off for the Spanish Civil War and completed his first novel.
Collection: The Book Group

George Sherriff’s Home Movies – Lhasa Films
1940 |  63min
These amateur films of Lhasa feature the current Dalai Lama and his family in the 1940s.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

George Sherriff’s Home Movies – S.E. Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim Films
1934 |  155min
The vivid colours of Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim in the 1930s and 40s.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

George Sherriff’s Home Movies – Tibetan Landscapes and Ceremonies
1938 |  51min
The Tibetan landscape, wildlife and religious ceremonies through the eyes of botanist George Sherriff.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Gert and Daisy’s Weekend
1941 |  79min
The irrepressible Cockney pensioners take on a boisterous group of evacuee kids in this wartime comedy.
Collection: Funny Girls

Ghost Downstairs The Andrew Gosling
1982 | 60 min
Creepy part-animated adaptation of Leon Garfield’s children’s novel set in Victorian London.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

A Ghost of a Chance
Jan Darnley-Smith 1967 | 53 min
Spooky kids’ caper with some famous faces.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

The Ghost of Monks Island
Jeremy Summers 1967 | 89 min
Lively Children’s Film Foundation adventure filmed in the Channel Islands.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Ghostbuster - The Real Thing
1996 | 58 min
Psychic investigator Maurice Grosse revisits his most famous case: the Enfield Poltergeist.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Ghostwatch
Lesley Manning 1992 | 90 min
Legendary Halloween ‘mockumentary’ investigating a haunted house.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains
Rich Lawden 2012 | 90 min
Documentary revisiting the British TV phenomenon.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Gi’ It Some ‘Ommer
1984  |  25min
An episode from a Central TV series looking at industry and business in the Black Country.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Giant in the Sun
1959 |  19min
Beautiful colour documentary showing Nigeria’s preparations for self-government.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The Gift
1997 |  16min
A man gives his disabled wife a video camera, and she begins to film their deteriorating relationship.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Gilbert & George Go Day Tripping
1992 |  10min
The Turner prize-winning artists head to Southend, the popular Essex seaside resort.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Gilbert and George (The South Bank Show)
1997 |  75min
The flamboyant artists discuss their provocative work.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

Ginger Nutt’s Christmas Circus
1949 |  7min
Disney-inspired animated mayhem at the circus.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Girl
1974 |  35min
Alison Steadman stars as a young army recruit.
Collection: Beautiful Things

A Girl Can’t Always Have Everything (Tales of the Unexpected)
1980 |  25min
Two Collins’ – Joan and Pauline – vie for the affections of a wealthy toy manufacturer.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Girls’ Night Out
1987 |  6min
Shy factory worker Beryl lets her hair down in Joanna Quinn’s uproarious animation.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Give Her a Ring
1934 |  79min
A switchboard operator unknowingly falls for her boss in 1930s Copenhagen.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Glasgow Belongs to Me
1965 |  20min
An affectionate sketch of life in a great city, tracing the development of the ‘Glasgow man’.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Glengarry Cinema Topical News No.4
1929  |  12min
Chester bids farewell to its trams in this local transport newsreel.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Glengarry Cinema Topical News No.5
1930  |  15min
Leaving Liverpool on the M.V. Britannic; back in Liverpool for the Railway Centenary exhibition.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Glimpses of a Manchester Popular Rendezvous
1924  |  5min
Welcome to the Piccadilly Dance Salon.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Glimpses of India
1929 |  15min
Indian travelogue featuring the famous sights and rural life.
Collection: Before Midnight

Glowyr – Mynd yn Grwt i’r Gwaith
1994 |  25min
Ex-miners recall their childhood days working in the Welsh coalmines.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Go Go Go Said the Bird
1966 |  55min
A trip through Swinging London with Marianne Faithfull, David Hockney, Twiggy and co.
Collection: London Calling

Go to Blazes
1942 |  8min
Clueless know-it-all Will Hay demonstrates how not to put out incendiary bombs in this WWII public information short.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

The Go-Between
1971 |  116min
Sex, class and cricket – the past as a not-so-foreign country.
Collection: Essentially British

God’s Chillun
1938 |  10min
The history of the West Indies’ slave trade, and the islands’ development since emancipation.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

Going Places – The Story of Sunderland Transport
1955 |  27min
Hop on a Routemaster for a tour of 1950s Sunderland.
Collection: North by North East

Going Shopping with Elizabeth Allan
1955 |  8min
Brandy, teabags and ‘Tupperware’ are all on offer in London’s most famous store.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Going Shopping with Elizabeth Allan at Marshall and Snelgrove
1955 |  10min
The indomitable Ms. Allan gives another department store the once-over.
Collection: Brit Chic

The Gold Diggers
1983 |  89min
Sally Potter’s debut feature, a feminist reinterpretation of cinema history.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Golden Vision
1968 |  75min
The football mania of Liverpool’s menfolk is given an affectionate portrayal in Ken Loach’s witty drama.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Good Afternoon: Norman Hartnell
1977 |  22min
The influential royal dressmaker looks back over a glittering career.
Collection: Brit Chic

The Good Companions
1933 |  113min
Adaptation of J.B. Priestley’s popular play about a performing troupe, starring Jessie Matthews.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Good Companions
1980 |  57min
The opening episode of Alan Plater’s adaption of the J.B. Priestley novel about a travelling concert party.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Good Housewife ‘In Her Kitchen’
1949 |  9min
Make a refrigerator out of an old pot and a bit of cloth. Post-War survival for housewives.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Good Manners
1937 |  9min
Members of the Roston Youth Club debate the subject of good manners.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Goodbye
1975 |  80min
Scenes from a marriage on the rocks.
Collection: Play for Today

The Goodies – ‘Punky Business’
1977 |  30min
The Goodies do punk.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

The Goodies: Kitten Kong
1972 |  30min
Classic madcap comedy from Tim Brooke Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.
Collection: TV Heaven

Goodness Gracious Me
1998 |  30min
Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and friends go for an English…
Collection: Essentially British

Good-Time Girl
1947 |  93min
A girl born on the wrong side of the tracks (Jean Kent) descends into ruin.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Gordon Jacob (Monitor)
1959 |  10min
Much more sedate than what followed, this was Ken Russell’s first-ever film about a composer.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

The Gorge
1968 |  64min
A family holiday in Somerset is the scene for bickering, sexual fumblings and acute embarrassment in Peter Nichols’ coming-of-age classic.
Collection: The Wednesday Play

Gorrie Family Personal Films
1932 |  80min
The Gorrie family at home in Dehra Dun and on expedition in the Himalaya.
Collection: Before Midnight

Gosforth Park Races
1912 |  6min
Join the Edwardian crowds and place a bet at Newcastle Racecourse.
Collection: North by North East

Graham’s Gang
1979 |  30min
Uproarious kids’ series in the ‘Just William’ vein.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Grand Hotel
1932 |  8min
Comedy stars Laurel and Hardy make an appearance at Tynemouth.
Collection: North by North East

Grange Hill
1981 |  24min
A Christmas special with the school soap’s iconic rebel Tucker Jenkins up to his old tricks at the school disco.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Granny’s Is
1989 |  48min
Avant-garde portrait of the director’s grandmother.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Grassy Shires
1944 |  15min
‘Pattern of Britain’ film exploring the farmlands of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and beyond.
Collection: Heartlands

The Great Barrier
1937 |  84min
Western-style adventure on the Canadian Pacific Railway with a heroic Richard Arlen and luminous Lili Palmer.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Great Crusade: The Story of a Million Homes
1936 |  17min
Patriotism and production lines: J.B. Priestley joins the ‘crusade’ for better housing.
Collection: The Promised Land

Great Expectations
1946 |  116min
Perhaps the best-loved Dickens adaptation, David Lean’s 1946 feature has been painstakingly restored.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Great Expectations
1975 |  119min
Michael York stars as Pip in the first colour version of the Dickens classic.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Great Expectations
1999 |  185min
Charlotte Rampling as Miss Havisham and Ioan Gruffudd as Pip lead an all-star cast in this sumptuous two-part adaptation.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Great Expectations (Part 1)
1959 |  30min
Part one of an early adaptation of the Dickens favourite directed by children’s TV pioneer Dorothea Brooking.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Great Hucklow Jubilee Film May 5th 1935
1935 |  6min
Jubilee celebrations in a Derbyshire village.
Collection: Heartlands

The Great Recovery
1934 |  10min
An early forerunner of the party political broadcast from the Conservatives.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Great War
1964 |  40min
The Devil is Coming: relive the horror of the Somme in this edition of the groundbreaking 1964 series.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Great White Silence
1924 |  104min
Astonishing film record of Scott’s tragic 1910-13 expedition to the South Pole, restored by the BFI National Archive.
Collection: Into the White

The Greatest Menace We Have Ever Known
1921 |  1min
‘Topical Budget’ opposes the miners during the 1921 Coal War.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Gregory’s Girl
1980 |  88min
Affectionate Scottish high school comedy about an amiable loser in love.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Groove on a Stanley Knife
1997 |  41min
Two girls – a lesbian and a homophobe – go on the run from crack-dealers.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Grove Carnival
1981 |  19min
Kaleidoscopic celebration of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.
Collection: London Calling

The Grove Family
1956 |  20min
There’s a thief about in an episode from Britain’s first ever soap.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Growing Girls
1951 |  12min
Mary discovers the minefield that it puberty.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Guinness For You
1971 |  15min
Lyrical ode to the black stuff.
Collection: Reality Bites

Gurkhas and Shillong Scenery
1930 |  13min
The festival of Dashian is celebrated – including scenes of animal sacrifice.
Collection: Before Midnight

Gwaed ar y Sêr (Blood on the Stars)
Wil Aaron 1975 | 57 min
The local school kids aren’t as innocent as they look in this cult Welsh-language horror.
Collection:  Gothic: Monstrous

Gŵyl Cerdd Dant – Rhosllannerchrugog a’r Cylch
2006 |  48min
The unique Welsh art of singing poetry to the accompaniment of harp music.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

H.R.H. Prince George
1930 |  1min
Prince George launches a lifeboat in Cromer.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

H.R.H. The Princess Royal Visit to Oswestry
1933 |  3min
Princess Mary visits Oswestry, near Wrexham, in 1933.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Hadrian’s Wall
1953 |  24min
Haunting landscape poem dedicated to the Roman Wall – Northern England’s most visited tourist attraction.
Collection: North by North East

Halcyon Days
1962 |  13min
Brushes at the ready – are you ready to paint the Halcyon way?
Collection: Heartlands

The Half Monty
1999 |  24min
The Full Monty with a twist.
Collection: n/a

The Halfway House
1944 |  95min
Ealing ghost story set in a Welsh valleys hotel.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Hancock
1961 |  27min
Classic comedy vehicle for the masterful Tony Hancock, often considered Britain’s first great sitcom.
Collection: TV Heaven

Hancock’s Half Hour: Lord Byron Lives Here
1959 |  29min
Can Tony and Sid save 23 Railway Cuttings?
Collection: Essentially British

Hands of Destiny
1954  |  51 min
Meet Dr Josef Ranald, palmist to the stars – and the occasional Nazi.
Collection:  Gothic: The Dark Arts

Hanif Kureishi – ‘Black and White in Colour’ Interviews
1991 |  30min
‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ author offers his opinions on race in British film and TV.
Collection: The Book Group

Hanif Kureishi (Guardian Interview) AUDIO ONLY
1999 |  min
South Bank Show profile of the provocative writer.
Collection: The Book Group

Hanif Kureishi (South Bank Show)
2003 |  48min
Kureishi discusses his work at the NFT.
Collection: The Book Group

Ha’penny Breeze
1951 |  57min
A young man tries to rally a Suffolk village on the banks of the River Orwell to improve their post-war lot.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Happy Ever After
1974 |  30min
The popular sitcom that introduced the world to retired empty nesters Terry and June.
Collection: Funny Girls

Happy Families
1985 |  30min
Jennifer Saunders takes on five roles in this neglected Ben Elton sitcom, also starring Dawn French.
Collection: Funny Girls

The Happy Family
1952 |  86min
A plucky South Bank family decide to fight back when building work for the Festival of Britain threatens their home.
Collection: Beautiful South

Happy Family
1939 |  8min
John Mills stars in Ealing Studios’ first foray into propaganda filmmaking, made shortly before the outbreak of WWII.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Happy in the Morning: A Film Fantasy
1938 |  13min
A jolly showcase for Henry Hall’s band, doubling up as a water heater commercial.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Happy Moorings
1964 |  52min
Comedy starring Millicent Martin as a prim lady apparently having an affair with her manservant. But is she?
Collection: Funny Girls

Hard Feelings
1984 |  85min
A group of Oxford graduates live in Brixton in 1980, oblivious to the rioting on the streets.
Collection: Beautiful South

Hard Labour
1973 |  70min
Mike Leigh’s first TV drama, starring Liz Smith and Alison Steadman in a Salford-set snapshot of domestic drudgery.
Collection: Play for Today

Hard Times (Episode 1)
1977 |  50min
The opening episode in Granada TV’s impressive four-part version of the atypical Dickens tale set in a northern mill town.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Harlequinade
1973 |  60min
Rare comedy from Terence Rattigan, starring Denholm Elliott and Edith Evans.
Collection: n/a

Harrison Compilation – 1950s
1950 |  14min
Highlights from the home movies of a Hull fish merchant, documenting an industry on the cusp of change.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Harrods (A Day in the Life…)
1993 |  30min
A 1990s peek behind the scenes of the Knightsbridge institution.
Collection: London Calling

Hartbeat
1984 |  20min
An early episode of the children’s art show presented by the much-missed Tony Hart.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Hartlepool Charter
1951 |  23min
1950s Hartlepool – port town of industry and tourism.
Collection: North by North East

Harvest Shall Come, The
1942 |  38min
Dramatised account of the poor working and living conditions of the average farm worker, filmed in Needham Market, Suffolk.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Have We Missed the Boat? (Northern Scene)
1981 |  25min
The challenges facing shipbuilding in Tyneside.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Hawking
2004 |  89min
Dramatised account of the early adult life of Stephen Hawking, including his radical work at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Health and Clothing
1928 |  15min
Clothing tips from Bermondsey Borough Council.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Heart is Highland
1952 |  20min
Discover the life and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, its romantic and dramatic past.
Collection: Scottish Reels

The Heart of an Empire
1935 |  40min
St. James’ Park is at the hub of this 30s documentary, re-edited no less than 4 times.
Collection: London Calling

Heart of the Angel
1989 |  40min
Molly Dineen follows two chaotic days and a long night behind the scenes at Angel tube station.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Heart Within
1957 |  59min
A West Indian dockworker is suspected of the murder of a compatriot.
Collection: Black Britain

Heartbeat
1992 |  53min
An early episode of the series about a London policeman transferred to a Yorkshire village in the 60s.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Heat of the Sun
1998 |  100min
A detective based in colonial Kenya solves crimes among the Happy Valley set.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Here and Now
1984  |  26min
Central TV’s minority ethnic arts and culture programme visits Birmingham’s Hummingbird club.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Here and Now: The Jah People
1981  |  26min
A look at the Rastafari way of life in Handsworth, West Midlands.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Hedd Wyn
1992 |  112min
Oscar-nominated biopic of the Welsh poet, tragically killed in WWI.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Hedging
1942 |  9min
How to cut back and lay a hedge with the aid of a trusty land girl.
Collection: Heartlands

Helen of Four Gates
1920 |  78min
A young woman suffers under an embittered guardian in Cecil Hepworth’s Yorkshire-set melodrama.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Hell is a City
1959  |  96min
Tough thriller with Stanley Baker on a murder hunt in Manchester.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Help for Russia
1941 |  9min
After the German invasion of Russia in 1941, Bermondsey locals do their bit to raise funds.
Collection: Beautiful South

Hen Elynion (Old Enemies)
1997 |  100min
The complex relationships of a Rhos-born Spanish Civil War veteran are explored in this absorbing S4C drama.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Henry V
1944 |  137min
Shakespeare as WWII propaganda.
Collection: Essentially British

Her Great Mistake
1925 |  14min
Retail therapy, 1920s-style: a housewife seeks solace in hats.
Collection: n/a

Here is the Gold Coast
1947 |  35min
A Central Office of Information film outlining the planned development of the Gold Coast over the next ten years.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow
1955 |  17min
Traditional English folk songs and step dances in a Suffolk pub.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Heritage of Skill
1962 |  30min
Follow the production of Bradford’s Lamtex Rugs – from sheep to shop.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Heroes of the North Sea
1925 |  27min
Fishermen battle the elements to bring back the catch of the day.
Collection: Reality Bites

Hidden City
1987 |  108min
Stephen Poliakoff’s unnerving thriller uncovers a dark, unseen side of the capital.
Collection: London Calling

Hi-De-Hi!: Peggy’s Big Chance
1981 |  30min
Su Pollard made her mark as dizzy chalet maid Peggy in the long-running 50s holiday camp sitcom.
Collection: Funny Girls

The Higgler
1973 |  52min
Derbyshire-set adaptation of A.E. Coppard’s story about a higgler town between two women.
Collection: Heartlands

The High Command
1937 |  88min
Blackmail and murder in the colonies.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

High Jinks at Durham Miners’ Gala
1928 |  1min
In spite of an uncertain future, Durham miners party in the streets.
Collection: North by North East

High Living
1968 |  10min
The only way is up: the 1960s’ answer to Britain’s booming population.
Collection: The Promised Land

High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman
2005 | 28 min
Medium Shirley can channel the dead famous, ably assisted by canine spirit guide Sheba.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

High Summer
1972 |  75min
A young man returns to the family manor to demand his inheritance in a rare written-for-television play by Terence Rattigan.
Collection: n/a

High Treason
1928 |  75min
Britain’s answer to ‘Metropolis’ – a sci-fi epic of conspiracy and sabotage set in a futuristic London.
Collection: Silent Britain

Hillmen Go to War
1944 |  10min
The contribution of the people of the Kullu Valley to the war effort.
Collection: Before Midnight

Hillsborough
1996 |  109min
Powerful drama about the 1989 football stadium tragedy and its aftermath.
Collection: TV Heaven

Hindle Wakes
1927 |  116min
Lancashire’s cotton workers decamp to Blackpool for their annual taste of freedom.
Collection: Essentially British

Hints and Hobbies No.1
1926 |  14min
Want to know more about Persian cats, cardboard vases and treating fractured limbs?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Hints and Hobbies No.11
1926 |  14min
Jiu-jitsu for ladies, how to get ink off a white apron and other life essentials.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Hints and Hobbies No.12
1926 |  12min
Who needs an iron when you have a jam jar to hand?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Hints and Hobbies No.3
1926 |  5min
How to construct an efficient wireless set for just 1/10d. Although Mensa membership may be a prerequisite…
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Hints and Hobbies No.7
1926 |  14min
How to remove dirt from your finest stole and enthral your guests with a few sugar lumps.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Hints and Hobbies No.8
1926 |  12min
Turn your dog into a burglar alarm and clean out that murky decanter – the Hints and Hobbies team are back.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Historic Mutiny Sites
1914 |  5min
Sixty years after the event, this travelogue indicates the continued potency of the Indian Mutiny to the British in India.
Collection: Before Midnight

History of the English Language
1943 |  15min
How did the mother tongue of 400 million people come into existence?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Hitchcock at the NFT
1969 |  60min
The man himself visits the BFI for an on-stage interview with fellow filmmaker Bryan Forbes.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Hitchcock on Grierson
1965 |  45min
The Master of Suspense pays homage to the Father of Documentary.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Hitchcock: Evil Genius
1982 |  1min
The serialisation of Donald Spoto’s Hitchcock biography is advertised in the Daily Mail’s inimitable style.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
1981 |  33min
Opening episode of the original and witty science fiction series based on the cult Radio 4 show.
Collection: TV Heaven

Hives of Industry
1929  |  1min
The Duke of York tours Avery’s historic foundry at Smethwick.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

A Hole in Babylon
1979 |  70min
Dramatisation of the 1975 Spaghetti House Siege.
Collection: Play for Today

Holiday
1957 |  18min
The kiss-me-quick pleasures of saucy Blackpool.
Collection: Essentially British

Holidays at Home – Saltwell Park Gateshead
1944 |  11min
Gateshead residents enjoy a ‘staycation’ to cut down on travel during WWII.
Collection: North by North East

Hollow Drift Children’s Procession, Durham
1902 |  3min
Thousands of Durham schoolchildren march through the streets to mark the coronation of Edward VII.
Collection: North by North East

The Holly and the Ivy
1952 |  83min
An unfairly neglected Christmas tale starring Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Holly and the Ivy, The
1952 |  83min
An unfairly neglected Christmas tale starring Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Hollyoaks
2000 |  25min
Three men go on trial for the rape of Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy) in a superior episode of the soap.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Holyhead Mail Boat
1898 |  1min
The Royal Mail steamer Munster completes its journey from Dublin to the island of Anglesey.
Llong ager y Post Brenhinol, y Munster, yn cyrraedd pen ei thaith o Ddulyn i Ynys Môn.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Home Guard ‘D Coy’ Aston Park, Birmingham
1940  |  12min
D Company of the Birmingham Home Guard marching and performing a drill.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Home James
1972 |  54min
Film star James Mason returns to his home town of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Home Movies of H.A.N. Barlow
1945 |  20min
Gritty images of India’s northerly frontiers contrast with vibrant colour scenes of Udaipur in these 8mm films.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Home Movies of Robert Wrench
1924 |  14min
Home movies showing Tyneside in the 1920s and 30s.
Collection: North by North East

Home Movies of T. Burtt
1933 |  39min
Lahore, Rajasthan and Simla feature in Burtt’s home movies.
Collection: Before Midnight

Homes for All (This Modern Age No.1)
1946 |  20min
A plug for the post-war housing policy of a new Labour government.
Collection: The Promised Land

Homes for the People
1945 |  23min
Housewives of Britain offer a weary insight into the dire state of their homes.
Collection: The Promised Land

Hop Gardens of Kent
1933 |  5min
From hop to pint: the GPO Film Unit explains it all.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

Hop Picking In Kent
1929 |  2min
Londoners ‘hop’ to it in the Kentish fields.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

Hope and Glory: Sir Edward Elgar
1984 |  79min
The life, times and music of Sir Edward Elgar.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Hope and Glory: Sir Edward Elgar
1984 |  79min
The life, times and music of Sir Edward Elgar.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Horror of Darkness
1965 |  62min
A couple’s relationship is disturbed by the arrival of the man’s old college friend.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Horsey Mail
1938 |  10min
Will floods scupper the duties of two Norfolk postmen?
Collection: Essentially British

Horsey Mail, The
1938 |  10min
Rising water levels threaten to scupper the duties of two Norfolk postmen.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Hot Summer Night
1959 |  90min
Racism in a white, working-class family – later re-made as ‘Flame in the Streets’.
Collection: Black Britain

Hothouse, The
1978 |  50min
Six former Newnham students – “the pleasantest of the ladies’ colleges” – discuss their lives since leaving Cambridge University.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

A House in Battersea (Monitor)
1961 |  17min
Ken Russell’s portrait of an extraordinary collection of Pre-Raphaelite art and the 95-year-old woman who preserves it.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

A House in Bayswater
1960 |  30min
A nostalgic look at a house in which Ken Russell himself once lived, still packed with artists on every floor.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

House in Which You Live, The
1947 |  17min
Don’t mention the War: a reassuring architectural tour of British homes past, present and future.
Collection: The Promised Land

House of Cards
1990 |  56min
The death of the Prime Minister sparks the faithful party whip’s ambition in this political thriller.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Houseboy
1982 |  52min
A young man gets a job in a decaying London guest house managed by an ageing gay couple.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Housewife, 49
2006  |  94min
Moving wartime drama about a real-life Barrow housewife, written by and starring Victoria Wood.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Housing Problems
1935 |  13min
Inhabitants of 1930s slums voice their grievances, experiences and hopes.
Collection: Essentially British

How a Bicycle is Made
1945 |  min
The recipe for the perfect bike.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

How a British Bulldog Saved the Union Jack
1906 |  7min
A plucky hound rescues a British cavalryman from a treacherous Zulu in this Edwardian flag-waver.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

How Percy Won the Beauty Competition
1909 |  6min
Percy drags up to scoop the top prize in this silent short – but will he be found out?
Collection: Beautiful Things

How to Tell
1935 |  16min
How to explain the birds and the bees – and STDs – to your children.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Hoxton…Saturday, July 3rd, Britannia Theatre
1920 |  6min
A very busy Saturday on Old Street.
Collection: London Calling

Huddersfield International Club Opening Night
1968 |  3min
A pioneering attempt to promote understanding between communities at a time of great social upheaval.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Hue and Cry
1946 |  82min
A group of schoolboys uncover a dastardly scam. When the police won’t listen, it’s time to take matters into their own hands.
Collection: Box of Delights

Hugh MacDiarmid: No Fellow Travellers
1972 |  26min
Made to commemorate the 80th birthday of the late Hugh MacDiarmid, the poet speaks about his life and work.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Hull Fair No.2
1902 |  2min
Two black boxers challenge fair-goers to a bout in the ring.
Collection: Black Britain

Humber Highway
1956 |  17min
Beautifully shot 1950s travelogue documenting the landscape and industry of the East Yorkshire coast.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Hunter Family Films
1928 |  57min
India through the idiosyncratic eyes of the Hunter family.
Collection: Before Midnight

Hunts War Agricultural Committee
1940 |  24min
New machinery helps East Anglian agriculture during WWII.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Huw Wheldon Meets Alfred Hitchcock (Monitor)
1964 |  20min
Hitchcock discusses the art of fear and the ‘fright complex’ for the arts series ‘Monitor’.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

A Hymn from Jim
1977 |  30min
Trashy pulp comedy-thriller from the writer of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

I Am a Reporter
1961 |  13min
A journalist scours Hertford for material for the local newspaper.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

I Know Where I’m Going!
1945 |  92min
Metaphysical love story starring Wendy Hiller, beautifully filmed in the Scottish Hebrides.
Collection: The Truth About Love

I Think They Call Him John
1964 |  28min
Quietly powerful documentary about a retired pensioner living alone in his London flat.
Collection: Reality Bites

I Will Speak English
1955 |  16min
An eccentric English lesson in the Gold Coast.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

I, Claudius
1976 |  54min
Claudius seals his fate in the melodramatic dying days of the Roman Empire.
Collection: TV Heaven

Ice Cold in Alex
1958 |  132min
John Mills’ perfect beer moment makes for a perfect movie moment.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

The Ice House
1978 |  35min
A mysterious outbuilding holds a chilling secret in the last of the 1970s Christmas ghost stories.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

ICI on Teesside
1950 |  6min
The influence of Imperial Chemical Industries on Billingham and Wilton.
Collection: North by North East

Ilford Everest
1933 |  32min
Members of Ruttledge’s Everest expedition at play.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

I’m All Right Jack
1959 |  105min
Peter Sellers is a militant trade unionist in this peerless workplace satire.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

I’m British But…
1989 |  30min
Britain beats to the sound of Bhangra and Bangla.
Collection: Essentially British

The Imitation Game
1980 |  95min
A young middle-class woman joins the Auxiliary Territorial Service during WWII.
Collection: Play for Today

The Important Thing is Love
1971 |  50min
The invisible history of British lesbians.
Collection: Beautiful Things

In Celebration
1974 |  125min
Three brothers return to Nottinghamshire to celebrate their parents’ anniversary. Lindsay Anderson directs.
Collection: Heartlands

In Darkest Africa
1972 |  55min
The Victorian attitudes to colonial Africa and the war with the Zulus.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

In Fading Light
1989 |  107min
A young woman’s return after many years away causes upheavals in a small North Shields fishing community.
Collection: North by North East

In Gear
1967 |  9min
The Sixties swing into Carnaby Street and the King’s Road.
Collection: London Calling

In Rural Maharashtra
1940 |  12min
Happy farmers, a wedding and some giant cauliflowers…
Collection: Before Midnight

In Search of Dracula with Jonathan Ross
1996 |  52min
Jonathan Ross celebrates 100 years of Bram Stoker’s creation…and gets distracted by Hammer’s heaving bosoms.
Collection: The Book Group

In Search of Emily Brontë
2003 |  24min
Chris Smith goes on the trail of the ‘Mystic of the Moors’.
Collection: The Book Group

In Search of Geordie
1975 |  25min
What makes a Geordie?
Collection: Essentially British

In the Limelight with Lesley
1980 |  25min
Margaret Thatcher fields questions from an audience of children. Hosted by Lesley Judd.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

In the Pink
1982 |  30min
Feminist troupe The Raving Beauties take their comedy show from stage to television screen.
Collection: Funny Girls

In Two Minds
1967 |  72min
Ken Loach directs David Mercer’s contentious play about a young woman diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Inappropriate Behaviour
1987 |  78min
A female psychiatrist develops feelings towards a schoolgirl patient.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Incident
1971 |  min
An anti-short short film? A 4 minute wonder starring Stephen Frears.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

India
1929 |  16min
Amateur film of the passage to India – complete with guest appearance by Gandhi.
Collection: Before Midnight

Indian Background
1946 |  9min
Progress vs. tradition in India.
Collection: Before Midnight

An Indian Summer
1992 |  30min
Sir Leonard Cheshire’s final journey to India.
Collection: n/a

An Indian Washing the Baby
1906 |  2min
India’s cleanest child enjoys an enthusiastic wash and Ayurvedic massage.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Informer
1929 |  81min
Restored sound version of the Dublin-set drama about an IRA informer.
Collection: n/a

Insight – Zandra Rhodes
1981 |  14min
Peter Greenaway’s innovative day-in-the-life portrait.
Collection: Brit Chic

Inspector Morse
1987 |  105min
Morse investigates an apparent suicide in the debut episode of the stately police drama.
Collection: TV Heaven

Intensive Care
1982 |  80min
A teacher visits his dying father and strikes up a rapport with the night nurse in Alan Bennett’s black comedy, starring Thora Hird and Julie Walters.
Collection: Play for Today

International Association Match, England v. Wales, Wrexham 1912
1912 |  3min
Billy Meredith, one of Wales’ early football superstars, takes on the English team at the Racecourse, Wrexham.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Interview with Beatles
1963 |  10min
The Fab Four respond to searching questions from viewers of Tyne Tees Television – does Ringo like beards?
Collection: North by North East

Introducing Anglia
1959 |  43min
Anglia Television makes its debut.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Introducing Work Study
1955 |  20min
Industrial film aimed at the many sceptics of the work study scheme, seen by thousands of workers across the country.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Invisible City
1991 |  18min
The fate of a Nazi-era Jewish couple disrupts a futuristic dystopia where memory and history are outlawed.
Collection: Oy Britannia

The Iron Dale
1964 |  25min
Life at Stanton and Stavely Ltd. Ironworks.
Collection: Heartlands

The Irresponsibles
1929 |  40min
A no-nonsense warning of the perils of gonorrhoea and syphilis.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Isadora
1966 |  65min
Ken Russell’s dramatised documentary on the eccentric life of American dance pioneer Isadora Duncan.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Island People
1940 |  10min
The British way of life at the dawn of the 1940s.
Collection: Essentially British

It Ain’t Half Racist, Mum
1979 |  30min
The pervasive racism of British TV in the ’70s is exposed.
Collection: Black Britain

It Always Rains on Sunday
1947 |  92min
A housewife’s life is complicated when her ex-lover, an escaped violent criminal, comes to her for shelter.
Collection: London Calling

It’s a Free World
2007 |  92min
The dark side of the capitalist dream: Ken Loach’s powerful feature tackles the exploitation of London’s illegal workforce.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

It’s Fantastic It’s Futuristic It’s Fatalistic It’s Science Fiction
1973 |  48min
Absorbing documentary tracing sci-fi’s literary journey from Jules Verne and H.G. Wells to Isaac Asimov and J.G. Ballard.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

It’s No Joke Living in Barnsley
1976 |  27min
Writer, actor and wrestler Brian Glover revisits the South Yorkshire town where he was born.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

It’s Not Unusual: A Lesbian and Gay History
1997 |  147min
Major three-part history of homosexuality in Britain from 1920 to 1996.
Collection: Beautiful Things

J L McAdam Ltd. Annual Staff Outing to Beadnell
1937 |  5min
Staff of the Newcastle tailor’s head for the seaside at Beadnell Sands.
Collection: North by North East

Jack Hylton Presents: The Crazy Gang
1956 |  55min
The Crazy Gang at the Victoria Palace – British humour from another era.
Collection: Essentially British

Jack Petersen v. Hein Muller
1930 |  9min
The greatest moment in the history of Welsh boxing?
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Jack the Ripper
1963 |  3min
Screaming Lord Sutch performs a song of alarmingly questionable taste.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Jackanory – George’s Marvellous Medicine
1986 |  75min
Rik Mayall makes for a bravura storyteller with his reading of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Jacqueline Du Pre and the Elgar Cello Concerto
1967 |  70min
Documentary about the legendary cellist, featuring a complete performance of her finest hour – the Elgar Cello Concerto.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Jacqueline Du Pre Masterclass
1979 |  35min
Cellist Jacqueline du Pré gives a masterclass on the Elgar Cello Concerto.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Jamaica Street, Glasgow
1901 |  3min
A breathtaking glimpse of city life on the cusp of the Edwardian era.
Collection: Scottish Reels

James Guthrie’s Home Movies – Gyantse Trips
1935 |  50min
Amateur films shot in and around Gyantse, Tibet.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

James Guthrie’s Home Movies – Lhasa Trips
1935 |  73min
Life in and around Lhasa.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

James Guthrie’s Home Movies – Miscellaneous Tibet Films
1935 |  39min
Ceremonies, people and landscapes – life in Tibet vividly captured by amateur filmmaker Guthrie.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

James Guthrie’s Home Movies – Tibetan Ceremonies
1939 |  60min
Home movie footage including a potent scene featuring the young Dalai Lama in a golden palanquin.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

James Guthrie’s Home Movies – Tibetan Valley Trips
1939 |  29min
Tibetan life and landscape by British Medical Officer/Civil Surgeon James Guthrie.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Jemima and Johnny
1966 |  30min
In a west London community divided by racism, a white boy befriends the daughter of a family recently arrived from the Caribbean.
Collection: Box of Delights

Jesmond Dene
1951 |  12min
Glorious colour record (saved from a skip!) of Newcastle’s oasis of natural beauty.
Collection: North by North East

Jew Süss
1934 |  104min
British film adaptation of Lion Feuchtwanger’s historical novel.
Collection: Oy Britannia

The Jewel in the Crown
1984 |  105min
Sex, class and scandal in the final days of the Raj.
Collection: Before Midnight

Jim Corbett Personal Films
1929 |  12min
Records of North India’s wildlife – both living and dead – by the famous hunter and conservationist.
Collection: Before Midnight

John Betjeman: A Poet in London
1959 |  12min
Betjeman voices his dismay at a vanishing London.
Collection: London Calling

John Craven’s Newsround
1975 |  10min
A day’s world news from October 1975.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

John Galliano (South Bank Show)
1997 |  52min
Profile of the trailblazing British couturier during his time at Givenchy.
Collection: Brit Chic

John Peel’s Sounds of the Suburbs: South Wales
1999 |  35min
The legendary DJ turns his ear to the musical developments in South Wales.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Johnnie’s Welcome Home
1930 |  3min
The ‘Topical Budget’ cameras capture Amy Johnson’s triumphant return to Croydon Aerodrome after her solo flight to Australia.
Collection: Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies

Johnny Cash in San Quentin
1969 |  60min
Haunting record of the singer’s legendary concert in San Quentin.
Collection: Reality Bites

Johnny Go Home
1975 |  100min
Award-winning two-part documentary following the lives of young homeless children in London.
Collection: Reality Bites

Journey into a Lost World (Monitor)
1960 |  21min
John Betjeman and Ken Russell evoke the spirit of London’s great exhibitions.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Joyce Grenfell
1964 |  50min
George, don’t do that – Joyce Grenfell, the Queen of the comic monologue, stars in her one-woman show.
Collection: Funny Girls

Jubilee!
1983 |  30min
Floella Benjamin and friends look back on 60 years of BBC children’s programmes.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Judean Club in Leeds
1935 |  17min
Members of Leeds’ thriving Jewish community indulge their hobbies in this film made by a local tailor.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Jumping Bean Bag
1976 |  70min
Androgynous, sexually-charged rock group Slag Bag rise to fame – but do they understand the forces they unleash?
Collection: Play for Today

Just A Boy’s Game
1979 |  75min
The brutal life of Glasgow hard-man, Jake McQuillan – from the director of ‘The Long Good Friday’.
Collection: Play for Today

Just Another Saturday
1975 |  75min
One young man’s long day as participant and bystander in the Protestant Orange day parades of Glasgow 1975.
Collection: Play for Today

Just Your Luck
1972 |  65min
Greenock teenager Alison falls pregnant and has to marry: but her family is Protestant and the father’s is Catholic…
Collection: Play for Today

Juvenile Liaison
1975 |  97min
Banned documentary from Nick Broomfield exposing the bullying methods of a juvenile liaison unit in Blackburn.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Juvenile Scientist, A
1907 |  4min
Punished for mistreating the family pets, a young boy uses his chemistry set to wreak revenge on his parents.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Kamikaze Ground Staff Reunion Dinner
1981 |  70min
Japanese servicemen – all played by white Englishmen – gather to commemorate their country’s defeat 35 years previously.
Collection: Play for Today

Katie Boyle at Selfridges (Camay Commercial)
1967 |  1min
Camay hope the luxury store’s glamour will rub off in this 60s soap commercial.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Keep an Eye on Albert
1975 |  75min
The neglected wife of a pigeon fancier becomes attracted to his best mate.
Collection: Play for Today

Keeper
The John Woods 1983 | 27 min
A spooky edition of kids’ series ‘Dramarama’, written by Alan Garner.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Keep Things As They Are
1991 |  12min
Recreation of artist Ian Breakwell’s residency at Cambridge.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Keep Your Seats Please
1936 |  81min
George Formby and his trusty ukulele go on the hunt for missing jewellery.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Ken and Rosa: The Making of Bread and Roses
2001 |  49min
An entertaining behind-the-scenes insight into Ken Loach’s LA-set feature and his process as a director.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Ken Loach (South Bank Show)
1993 |  60min
The veteran director reflects on the motivation behind his work in conversation with Melvyn Bragg.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Ken Russell’s ABC of British Music (South Bank Show)
1988 |  77min
Ken Russell’s wildly self-indulgent but irresistibly entertaining survey of one of his favourite subjects.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Kenneth Williams (Comic Roots)
1983 |  30min
Kenneth Williams takes us on a very personal stroll around the city he called home.
Collection: London Calling

The Kenny Everett Television Show
1981 |  30min
The ethos of punk is alive and well in Kenny Everett’s appropriately disrespectful hands.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Kensal House
1937 |  11min
A visionary community powered by the miracle of gas.
Collection: The Promised Land

Kensington Calling!
1930 |  8min
Squalid conditions in Kensington – and a bid for a brighter future.
Collection: London Calling

Khush
1991 |  24min
Pratibha Parmar’s celebration of South Asian lesbians and gay men living in Britain, North America and India.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Kid for Two Farthings
1954 |  88min
On Petticoat Lane a young boy believes that his pet goat is a magical unicorn.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Kiddies and Rabbits
1901 |  2min
Victorian toddlers have fun with some bunnies.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

Kill the Day
1997 |  18min
An ex-drug addict reflects on his life in and out of prison in Lynne Ramsay’s sophomore effort.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Kilties are Coming, The
1951 |  50min
Meet the Royal Kiltie Juniors, a Scottish variety act who can turn their hand to singing, dancing and comedy.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Kind Hearts and Coronets
1949 |  102min
Joan Greenwood’s portrayal of delicious yet subtle malevolence is just one of the treats in this murderous take on social climbing.
Collection: Funny Girls

Kindly Leave the Raj
1969 |  56min
The Raj in the style of ‘Oh What a Lovely War!’
Collection: Before Midnight

King
1984 |  80min
Decades after arriving in England, Mr King plans to return to Jamaica – but has a surprise in store for his daughters.
Collection: Play for Today

King Coal
1948 |  3min
More coal! Colourful and inventive animation promoting the work of Britain’s coal industry.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

King Edward Skating Club
1933 |  2min
Professional speed skating in the frozen Cambridgeshire Fenland.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

King Solomon’s Mines
1937 |  80min
Empire adventure starring Paul Robeson as enigmatic tribal king Umbopa.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Kingdom of My Own, A
1962 |  30min
The life of John Constable, featuring shots of the Suffolk countryside that inspired his paintings.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

King’s Visit to Norwich, October 25th 1909
1909 |  14min
Century-old actuality footage of Edward VII visiting Norwich.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul
1921 |  89min
Folkestone-set film based on H.G. Wells’ novel about a draper who struggles when thrust into high society.
Collection: Silent Britain

The Kiss in the Tunnel
1899 |  1min
Amorous Victorians indulge in illicit smooching.
Collection: Essentially British

The Kiss of Death
1977 |  70min
‘Shameless’’ David Thelfall plays Trevor, a quirky undertaker’s assistant, in Mike Leigh’s black comedy.
Collection: Play for Today

Kisses at Fifty
1973 |  70min
A middle-aged man’s fling with a barmaid threatens the stability of his family.
Collection: Play for Today

Kizzy
1976 |  45min
A young Romany girl deals with prejudice after moving to a small village in Rumer Godden’s tale for children.
Collection: Box of Delights

Knave of Hearts [aka Monsieur Ripois]
1954 |  100min
Tales of an incorrigible French womaniser, starring Gérard Philipe and Joan Greenwood.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Knightmare
1988 |  30min
Kids’ TV entered the era of computer gaming with this cutting-edge swords-and-sorcery game show.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

The Knowledge
1979 |  89min
Learner taxi drivers attempt to master ‘the knowledge’ of London’s streets.
Collection: London Calling

The Kumars at No. 42
2001 |  30min
Spoof chat-show featuring the Kumars, with this week’s special guests Graham Norton and Davina McCall.
Collection: Funny Girls

Laburnum Grove
1936 |  73min
Hypocrisy and deceit bubble under the surface of suburbia in this brilliantly acted J.B. Priestley adaptation.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Lace
1930 |  7min
The manufacture of Nottingham lace in the 1920s.
Collection: Heartlands

Ladies on Bicycles
1899 |  1min
Victorian ladies show off their slalom cycling skills.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Lady Audley’s Secret
1920 |  76min
To what lengths will Lady Audley go to hide her past? Margaret Bannerman stars in this silent feature film adaptation from 1920.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Lady Audley’s Secret
2000 |  98min
Neve McIntosh stops at nothing to safeguard her future in this 2000 TV adaptation of Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s novel.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Lady Godiva Procession in Coventry
1902  |  7min
Crowds pay homage to the legendary Anglo-Saxon noblewoman during Coventry’s Edwardian coronation celebrations.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Lady Windermere’s Fan
1916 |  72min
Will the mysterious Mrs Erlynne redeem herself? Upper class intrigue abounds in the first screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play.
Collection: Silent Britain

Ladybird Ladybird
1994 |  98min
Ken Loach returned to the themes of his classic ‘Cathy Come Home’ with this tough domestic drama.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

The Ladykillers
1955 |  97min
Brilliant black comedy of armed robbers, murder and a Boccherini string quintet.
Collection: London Calling

Lambeth Boys
1985 |  120min
What happened to the lads from 1959’s ‘We Are the Lambeth Boys’? And do teenagers in the 80s share the same concerns?
Collection: Beautiful South

Lambeth Festival Week 1951
1951 |  12min
The Official Film of the Lambeth Festival, packed with floats, dancing and frivolity.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Lambeth Housing Film
1932 |  11min
An appeal for funds to improve the lot of the Lambeth slums.
Collection: Beautiful South

Lambeth Links
1962 |  17min
Beauty Queens and racing waiters – it can only be Lambeth Festival week!
Collection: Beautiful South

Lambeth Marsh
2001 |  12min
A study of the London Borough of Lambeth, inspired by a William Blake poem.
Collection: London Calling

Lambeth Rejoices
1953 |  10min
Lambeth kicks up its heels during Festival Week.
Collection: Beautiful South

Lambeth Through Our Eyes
2003 |  5min
The Borough of Lambeth, as told by five young locals.
Collection: Beautiful South

Lambeth: The Council that Cares
1981 |  15min
Lambeth Council rallies against Thatcherism.
Collection: Beautiful South

Lambethan Landmark
1969 |  12min
West Norwood library is opened by Princess Margaret.
Collection: Beautiful South

Land and Freedom
1995 |  105min
Ken Loach’s passionate tale of British volunteers fighting the Spanish Civil War.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Land of Green Ginger
1973 |  50min
In Alan Plater’s play a young woman returns to her hometown of Hull. But will she stay?
Collection: Play for Today

Land of Promise
1946 |  65min
Film ‘argument’ on the past, present and future of British housing.
Collection: The Promised Land

The Landing of Savage South Africa at Southampton
1899 |  1min
One of the earliest British films depicting genuine Africans – a dramatic re-enactment of a battle from the Matabele wars.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The Landlady (Tales of the Unexpected)
1979 |  30min
Abandon all hope, all ye who enter Siobhan McKenna’s B&B.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

The Lane
1990 |  45min
6-part series about the communities, characters and hidden corners of Brick Lane and Spitalfields.
Collection: London Calling

Lap
2004 |  15min
A lap dancer meets a man at a bus stop one rainy night.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

The Larkins
1958 |  26min
Forty years before ‘The Darling Buds of May’, Peggy Mount and David Kossoff star in an early TV adaptation of H.E. Bates’ popular novels.
Collection: Funny Girls

The Last Days of Dolwyn
1949 |  95min
The shadow of murder haunts a doomed village in the Welsh valleys in Emlyn Williams’ period drama, with Richard Burton in his big screen debut.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Last of England*
1987 |  88min
Derek Jarman’s dark, poetic vision of a city and a country brought to its knees.
Collection: London Calling

The Last of the Summer Wine (Comedy Playhouse)
1973 |  30min
Three Yorkshire pensioners philosophise about life in Roy Clarke’s original TV play.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Last Place on Earth: Rejoice
1985 |  52min
The final episode in a controversial TV dramatisation of Scott and Amundsen’s race for the South Pole.
Collection: Into the White

The Last Rhino
1961 |  56min
Two children try and save a rhino from Safari hunters in Kenya.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Last Romantics, The
1992 |  90min
Ian Holm stars as F.R. Leavis in a tale of love and betrayal at Cambridge University.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Last Train Through the Harecastle Tunnel
1969 |  78min
A trainspotter’s day trip becomes a voyage of discovery.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Last Tribe
2011 |  60min
Inventive docudrama telling the rags-to-riches story of Leeds’ Jewish community.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Late Hope St.
1968  |  17min
The improvement of a slum area, or the destruction of a community?
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Later with Jools Holland
1992 |  48min
Very early edition of the late night music show, with a distinct country music flavour.
Collection: TV Heaven

Launch
1974 |  11min
The Amber collective captures a breathtaking launch at the Swan Hunter’s Wallsend shipyard.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

The Launch of the HMS Albion
1898 |  2min
RW Paul’s controversial film of the launch of the mighty battleship, which ended in tragedy when many spectators drowned following the collapse of a gangway.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

The Launching of Formby Lifeboat
1916  |  3min
A rare glimpse of lifeboat men at work in the 1910s.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Laurence Olivier – A Life (South Bank Show)
1982 |  95min
Emmy award-winning edition profiling one of Britain’s greatest actors.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

The League of Gentlemen
1999 |  30min
Welcome to the weird world of Royston Vasey. You’ll never leave!
Collection: Heartlands

The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special
2000 |  60min
Festive tales of terror for local people.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Learie Constantine
1946 |  10min
A day in the life of the Trinidadian-British cricketer.
Collection: Black Britain

Learning About Sex
1977 |  25min
Sex ed in the ’70s.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Learning to Live
1964 |  20min
Sex ed in the ’60s – before the sexual revolution.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Leeds – United!
1974 |  117min
Play for Today at its angriest – exploited factory workers literally strike back.
Collection: Play for Today

Leeds Street Scenes
1898 |  2min
A fascinating glimpse of Leeds city centre at the close of the 19th century.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Legion Hall Bombing
1978 |  86min
Two suspected terrorists go on trial in Northern Ireland in this play based on real-life courtroom transcripts.
Collection: Play for Today

Leicester Coffee Houses
1930 |  3min
Fondants, fancies and coffee house culture in Leicestershire.
Collection: Heartlands

Leicestershire: A Heritage at Risk
1970 |  25min
A sharp warning from Leicestershire council on the need for greater preservation of the countryside.
Collection: Heartlands

The Lenny Henry Show
1984 |  29min
A showcase for comedian Lenny Henry, featuring a mix of stand up monologues, sketches and spoof songs.
Collection: Black Britain

Leo the Last
1969 |  104min
John Boorman’s surreal vision of culture clash in Notting Hill.
Collection: London Calling

Let’s Pretend: The Make Believe World of Daphne du Maurier
1977 |  38min
In conversation with Cliff Michelmore, Dame Daphne looks back over an astonishing life.
Collection: The Book Group

Let’s Go Shopping
1961 |  6min
Haverhill Camera Club presents a silent snapshot of early 60s shopping in Suffolk.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Let’s Go to Birmingham
1962  |  6min
London to Birmingham in five and a half minutes.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Let’s Murder Vivaldi
1968  |  64min
Love is a battlefield in David Mercer’s brutal, claustrophobic drama starring Glenda Jackson and Denholm Elliott.
Collection:  The Wednesday Play.

A Letter for Wales
1960 |  25min
British Transport Films’ love letter to Wales.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

A Letter From Wales
1953 |  14min
A farmer’s boy describes his life in the rural idyll of Llandwrog.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Letter to Brezhnev
1985  |  89min
A romp through the rain-soaked alleyways, chip shops and cheap hotels of Thatcher era Liverpool.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Licking Hitler
1978 |  65min
During WWII, a woman is sent deep into the countryside to work in secret with a Glaswegian journalist, where she finds herself in a brutal and sinister world.
Collection: Play for Today

Lido
1995 |  49min
A microcosm of London life from beautiful men to spirited single mums: meet the regulars at the Brockwell Park Lido.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Lie
1970 |  90min
Ingmar Bergman dissects a marriage breakdown.
Collection: Play for Today

Lieutenant Pimple’s Dash to the Pole
1914 |  10min
Fred Evans’ clownish boob heads for the Arctic in the earliest surviving film in the Pimple series.
Collection: Into the White

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
1947 |  108min
The first British version of the Dickens favourite – and Cavalcanti’s final film for Ealing Studios.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

A Life Apart
1977 |  25min
An examination of the charity Raphael’s work with people living with leprosy.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Life in Hunza
1937 |  8min
Rural life in the mountainous valley near Gilgit – now in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Collection: Before Midnight

Life in the Freezer
1993 |  30min
David Attenborough visits Captain Scott’s hut and looks at the ways scientists and filmmakers have adapted to hostile Antarctic conditions.
Collection: Into the White

The Life of the Rabbit
1945 |  11min
The behaviour of the European rabbit.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

Life on Earth
1979 |  54min
This edition of David Attenborough’s landmark documentary series introduces Man’s nearest relatives, the primates.
Collection: TV Heaven

Life Story
1987 |  107min
Jeff Goldblum stars as controversial scientist James D. Watson in the race to discover DNA in 1950s Cambridge.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Light Fantastic (Monitor)
1960 |  23min
Former dancer Ken Russell takes a look at the state of the art in early 1960s Britain.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Lights and Shades on the Bostock Circus Farm
1911 |  5min
A tumultuous and tragic day on the Bostock Circus Farm.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Like Father
2001 |  97min
A Durham ex-miner struggles to make a living while his relationships with his relatives falter.
Collection: North by North East

Like Other People
1972 |  50min
The emotional and physical needs of a couple with disabilities.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

The Line of Beauty
2006 |  177min
Sex, drugs and Mrs. Thatcher in Andrew Davies’ three-part adaptation of the novel by Alan Hollinghurst.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Lines of Defence
2007 |  6min
Erosion of the Suffolk coast, captured through time-lapse photography.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Linger
1995 |  15min
A postcard from an old friend reminds a woman of the night they drunkenly made love.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Link With Shakespeare
1950  |  8min
If the Bard had ridden a bicycle… Industrial film masquerading as a travelogue.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Lions and Princesses
1986  |  25min
If the Bard had ridden a bicycle… Industrial film masquerading as a travelogue.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
1988 |  30min
First episode of the BBC’s ambitious dramatisation of C.S. Lewis’s epic Chronicles of Narnia.
Collection: TV Heaven

Listen to Britain
1942 |  10min
The sounds of the Home Front – with appearances from Dame Myra Hess, Flanagan and Allen and the Queen Mother.
Collection: Reality Bites

Little Britain
2004 |  30min
Are Vicky Pollard and Daffyd Thomas the voices of 21st century Britain?
Collection: Essentially British

Little Dorrit (Part 1)
2008 |  60min
Another Dickens classic gets the Andrew Davies treatment.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Liverpool Overhead Railway
1956  |  11min
A fond farewell to the ‘Dockers’ Umbrella’: the world’s first electric overhead railway.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Liverpool Sounding
1966  |  19min
Beat groups and cathedrals: where else but Liverpool?
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Living at Thamesmead
1974 |  27min
Fly-on-the-wall tour of the south-east London estate.
Collection: The Promised Land

Living Statistic
2005 |  11min
The bid by Weymouth residents to save the Kachepa family from deportation.
Collection: Essentially British

Lizzie Dripping
1973 |  80min
Lizzie Dripping’s first encounters with the witch…
Collection: Box of Delights

Lizzie Dripping Again
1975 |  100min
The second series of Lizzie Dripping from 1975.
Collection: Box of Delights

Llangollen’s Story
1996 |  30min
The eventful history of the International Eisteddfod, held annually in the Denbighshire town of Llangollen.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Lobsters
1936 |  16min
The king of crustaceans gets his own movie.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Local Hero
1983 |  111min
Residents of an idyllic Scottish coastal village see dollar signs when a US oil company tries to move in.
Collection: Essentially British

Lockerbie – A Night Remembered
1998 |  60min
The terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103 – killing 270 people and devastating a community.
Collection: Reality Bites

Lol – A Bona Queen of Fabularity
1981 |  40min
The life and times of a London drag queen.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Lola – Crown Court
1976 |  72min
A gay transvestite comes under fire in this 3-parter from ‘Crown Court’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

London
1994 |  85min
Patrick Keiller’s joyously idiosyncratic chronicle of a year in the life of the capital.
Collection: London Calling

London 2012: Imagine
2004 |  2min
‘Make Britain Proud’: the promotional film produced to back the successful 2012 Olympic bid.
Collection: Sport at Heart

London Adventure with the Wetton Family
1951 |  9min
One family’s edited home movie recording the magic of the Festival of Britain.
Collection: London Calling

London After Dark
1929 |  7min
Rare footage of the Elephant Theatre, featuring a stage performance from a young Tod Slaughter.
Collection: London Calling

London Borough
1953 |  30min
The evolution of local government, using Camberwell as an example.
Collection: Beautiful South

London Bridge
1996 |  25min
A corpse washes up on the Thames in the first episode of the ITV soap.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

London Can Take It!
1940 |  10min
A depiction of the stoicism of Londoners during the Blitz, crafted in the hope of America entering the War.
Collection: London Calling

London Moods (Monitor)
1961 |  8min
Decades before the pop promo, Ken Russell visualised three very different London-inspired pieces of music.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

The London Nobody Knows
1967 |  48min
A stroll with James Mason around the more eccentric corners of the capital.
Collection: London Calling

London Orbital
2002 |  76min
Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit’s visionary film about the world’s largest by-pass – the M25.
Collection: London Calling

London Scrapbook
1942 |  11min
Basil Radford and Bessie Love take a wry look at how London has changed since the Blitz.
Collection: London Calling

The London Story
1986 |  15min
Sally Potter’s political musical comedy short, set against a backdrop of famous London locations.
Collection: London Calling

London Street Scenes
1920 |  4min
A busy, bustling celebration of the capital.
Collection: London Calling

London Street Scenes – Trafalgar Square
1910 |  1min
A 180 degree panorama of Trafalgar Square in 1910.
Collection: London Calling

London Town [UK release]
1946 |  126min
Glorious, camp Technicolor treat or failed London musical?
Collection: London Calling

London Town [US release]
1946 |  93min
Glorious, camp Technicolor treat or failed London musical?
Collection: London Calling

London: A Social Centre
1928 |  2min
The future King and Queen Mother visit the Browning Settlement, Walworth.
Collection: Beautiful South

London: The Modern Babylon
2012 |  130min
Julien Temple’s epic voyage to the heart of his hometown, packed with footage from the BFI National Archive.
Collection: London Calling

The Londoners
1939 |  37min
The London County Council sings its own praises.
Collection: London Calling

London’s Contrasts
1924 |  12min
Join the chirpy driver of the capital’s last horse-drawn bus for a whistle-stop tour.
Collection: London Calling

London’s Lambeth
1971 |  25min
Lambeth buildings at their best – and worst.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
1987 |  116min
Maggie Smith on BAFTA-winning form as a lonely Irish spinster.
Collection: The Truth About Love

The Lonely Shore (Monitor)
1962 |  16min
A team of alien archaeologists sift through abandoned British objects in one of Ken Russell’s most original early documentaries.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

The Long Day Closes
1992  |  85min
Terence Davies revisits his Liverpool childhood for this lyrical follow-up to Distant Voices, Still Lives.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

The Long Distance Piano Player
1970 |  80min
The Kinks’ Ray Davies stars as a pianist who embarks on a 4-day musical marathon.
Collection: Play for Today

The Long Good Friday
1981 |  114min
Helen Mirren and Bob Hoskins call the shots in the great East End gangster epic.
Collection: London Calling

Long Live Rutland
1975 |  30min
Documentary about Rutland made shortly after it became part of Leicestershire.
Collection: Heartlands

Long Live the King & Queen: The Local Coronation Film Review
1937 |  8min
Ipswich braves the rain to celebrate the coronation of King George VI.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Longhirst Story
1967 |  27min
Employers and employees give wildly varying opinions on the high productivity at a Northumberland colliery.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Look Around: Edgbaston
1960  |  26min
If the Bard had ridden a bicycle… Industrial film masquerading as a travelogue.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Look Up and Laugh
1935 |  80min
Gracie Fields takes on some grasping businessmen in this superior star vehicle, also featuring Vivien Leigh.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Looks and Smiles
1981 |  99min
Among Ken Loach’s least known works, this 1981 feature explores the romantic and economic travails of a pair of Sheffield school leavers.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Lord Camber’s Ladies
1933 |  75min
Getrude Lawrence makes a rare screen appearance in this Hitchcock-produced tale of dastardly deeds.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Lord Mayor Recruiting
1916 |  1min
The Lord Mayor, having opened the Mansion House as a recruiting office, makes a special appeal to Jewish men to join the war effort.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Lord Willingdon in India
1930 |  12min
Home movie of the Viceroy of India.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Lost City: A Return Journey With J B Priestley
1958 |  45min
J.B. Priestley returns to his native Bradford to see what changes have taken place over 40 years.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Lost Hearts
1973 |  35min
An orphan moves in with his sinister relative, and is disturbed by visions of ghostly children.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

The Lost Language of Cranes
1992 |  87min
Nature or nurture? A father and son discover that they have something in common.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Lost World of Tibet
2008 |  90min
The BBC/BFI documentary exploring life in pre-invasion Tibet features a potent interview with the Dalai Lama.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Louise
1969 |  50min
A manipulative woman (Sarah Badel) uses her illness to live a life of luxury. Based on the story by W. Somerset Maugham.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Love From A Stranger
1937 |  92min
A lottery winner meets the man of her dreams (Basil Rathbone) – but does he have sinister motives? Based on a short story by Agatha Christie.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
1998 |  87min
Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig star as artist Francis Bacon and his muse, George Dyer.
Collection: Beautiful Things

A Love Less Ordinary
1999 |  51min
Let’s talk about sex – three disabled women share their experiences.
Collection: n/a

Love on a Gunboat
1977 |  80min
Commitment and struggle in a country…and a marriage. Birmingham-set ‘Play for Today’ by Malcolm Bradbury.
Collection: Play for Today

Love on Leave
1940 |  32min
Wayward women, lonely soldiers and a visit to the V.D. clinic.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Love on the Range
1939 |  6min
It’s Horlicks to the rescue in this animated ad set in the Wild West.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Love on the Wing
1938 |  5min
Banned Norman McLaren animation following the journey of a letter between two lovers.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Love on Wheels
1932 |  86min
Wonderful toe-tapping musical comedy starring Jack Hulbert.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Love Story
1944 |  113min
Love conquers all: Margaret Lockwood and Stewart Granger defy death on the Cornish coast.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Love Test
1935 |  60min
Scheming chemists in laboratory love triangle shock!
Collection: The Truth About Love

Love Thy Neighbour
1971 |  26min
The hugely popular – but deeply racist – ’70s sitcom starring Rudolph Walker and Nina Baden-Semper.
Collection: Black Britain

Love, Sex and Disability
1999 |  30min
Five disabled people discuss their sex lives.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Love’s Presentation
1966 |  25min
A study of David Hockney’s etchings inspired by the love poems of Cavafy.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Loving Memory
1970 |  57min
Tony Scott’s debut feature – a bizarre story of love and loss.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Lowdown
1995 |  30min
Two children prepare for adolescence.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Lowland Village
1942 |  10min
A peaceful depiction of Lavenham, Suffolk, made during WWII.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Loyalties
1933 |  67min
Groundbreaking British feature facing up to anti-semitism in inter-war high society.
Collection: Oy Britannia

L.S. Lowry, the Industrial Artist
1974  |  18min
A look at the work and world of the artist who captured the industrial north.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Lump
1967  |  75min
A Manchester student is politicised while working on a building site in Jim Allen’s highly-charged Wednesday Play.
Collection:  Tony Garnett: Seeing Red

Luna
1983 |  25min
14-year-old Patsy Kensit stars in this wildly inventive futuristic kids’ series.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Lunch-Hour
1933 |  8min
London at lunchtime.
Collection: London Calling

The Lure of Crooning Water
1920 |  105min
Sun-dappled pastoral romance starring the golden couple of ’20s British cinema.
Collection: Silent Britain

Lusitania Day
1916 |  1min
A march takes place in London on the first anniversary of the sinking of RMS Lusitania by a German U-boat.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

Lusitania: Murder on the Atlantic
2007 |  89min
John Hannah stars in this docudrama about the sinking of RMS Lusitania, torpedoed during WWI.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

Lust for a Vampire
1970 |  95min
Hammer horror with a Sapphic twist.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Lyon’s Grocers Shop, Market Weighton
1957 |  20min
Who needs supermarkets? This East Yorkshire emporium stocks everything the 1950s family could need.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Machair
1993 |  25min
Gaelic-language soap set in the Outer Hebrides.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Machynlleth (in the Heart of Cambria)
1929 |  2min
Gorgeous Pathécolor snapshot of the Powys market town.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Mackrell Personal Films
1934 |  36min
Hunting and fishing are the order of the day in the colourful home movies of this Assam-based tea planter.
Collection: Before Midnight

Made in Huddersfield
1985 |  90min
A look at the Second Wave of punk that hit the North of England in the 1980s.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Madeleine
1949 |  114min
New restoration of David Lean’s true-crime drama set in Victorian Glasgow, with an intriguingly icy Ann Todd.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Mad Jack
1970 |  68min
Powerful account of the poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon’s experiences in WWI.
Collection: The Wednesday Play

Madonna of the Seven Moons
1944 |  110min
Phyllis Calvert’s split personality transforms her from prim Florentine lady to jewel-thief’s mistress.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

The Magic Roundabout
1972 |  25min
Dougal the dog, Brian the snail, Zebedee and friends inhabit the enchanted garden in this cult children’s series.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Magic Toyshop
1987 |  107min
’80s TV adaptation of Angela Carter’s 1967 magical-realist novel, rarely seen since its first broadcast.
Collection: The Book Group

The Magnet
1950  |  75min
A young James Fox stars in this lesser-known Ealing comedy set on Merseyside.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Magnificent Reproductions of the Great Yorkshire Show at Bradford
1901 |  13min
Classes mingle in Mitchell & Kenyon’s multi-reel record of the annual agricultural event.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Magnus Family in India
1927 |  13min
Home movie footage of the Magnus family.
Collection: Before Midnight

Maharajah of Jodhpur – Personal Films
1946 |  260min
See India from a royal perspective with these home movie records of princely power and sumptuous ceremony.
Collection: Before Midnight

Mahatma Gandhi (Noa Khali March)
1947 |  18min
Rarely seen footage of Gandhi filmed by his great nephew, Kanu.
Collection: Before Midnight

Mary’s Wife
1980 |  55min
Groundbreaking TV play about a married transvestite coming to terms with his true identity.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Maid of Cefn Ydfa: The Love Story of Ann Thomas
1914 |  40min
Welsh romantic tragedy shot in and around Pontarddulais, made by William Haggar and Son.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Main Line Diesel
1946 |  14min
The Derby Works proudly present Britain’s first diesel locomotive.
Collection: Heartlands

Maisie’s Marriage aka Married Love
1923 |  95min
Based on Marie Stopes’ 1918 bestseller about sex and sexuality, Maisie learns the advantages of having a small family.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Make Me A Tory
2007 |  30min
Can a disillusioned Labour voter do the unthinkable and turn Tory?
Collection: The Ballot Box

Make Way for Noddy
2003 |  15min
Two naughty goblins try and frame Noddy for smashing some plates.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Making Christmas Crackers
1910 |  6min
Factory workers demonstrate the manufacture of crackers, and a family receives a Christmas surprise.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Making Fashion
1936 |  15min
’30s models strut their stuff on the Hartnell catwalk.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Mam
1988 |  60min
Documentary examining the archetype of the Welsh ‘mam’.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

A Man and His Bottle
1908 |  6min
The demon drink has dreadful consequences in this trick film.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

A Man From the Sun
1956 |  58min
One of the earliest TV dramas to explore the lives of newly-arrived West Indians in Britain.
Collection: Black Britain

The Man in the White Suit
1951 |  85min
Ealing classic with naive inventor Alec Guinness up against British industry.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

The Man Who Changed His Mind
1936 |  63min
Boris Karloff, in his first mad-scientist role, develops a machine that can exchange minds between bodies.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Man Without Desire
1923 |  95min
Ivor Novello stars in this extraordinary psychosexual time-travelling drama.
Collection: Silent Britain

Manchester Italian Catholic Procession
1902  |  3min
Residents of Manchester’s ‘Little Italy’ take part in the city’s annual Whit Walk.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Manchester Spiritualists Procession
1901  |  7min
Exponents of Britain’s newest religion parade through Edwardian Manchester.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Manchester Street Scene
1901  |  5min
A rare glimpse of early Edwardian Manchester when the horse-drawn tram still reigned supreme.

Mandy
1952 |  90min
Ealing’s powerful portrait of a family struggling to cope with their profoundly deaf daughter.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Manfailure
1971 |  18min
Women are to blame for all mining accidents in this grisly – and raunchy – safety video.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Manifesto for Love
2003 |  6min
An exploration of the meaning of love – accompanied by Dusty Springfield.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Marcel Marceau’s A Christmas Carol
1973 |  40min
Our favourite Victorian miser is brought to life by the legendary French mine artist.
Collection: The Book Group

March to Aldermaston
1959 |  33min
A milestone in campaigning documentary and the history of the CND.
Collection: Reality Bites

Mardi Gras ‘96
1996  |  10min
Crowds descend on Manchester to celebrate Gay Pride and remember lost loved ones.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Marjorie and Men
1985 |  30min
Forgotten 80s sitcom starring Patricia Routledge and Patricia Hayes.
Collection: Funny Girls

Market Town
1942 |  11min
It’s market day in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. Let’s meet the ‘country folk’!
Collection: Heartlands

Marriage of Miss Rose Carmel and Mr Solly Gerschcowit
1925 |  3min
One lucky couple’s big day is captured on 35mm.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Mary Jane’s Mishap
1903 |  3min
Laura Bayley learns not to play with paraffin – the hard way.
Collection: Funny Girls

The Mary Quant Show
1974 |  5min
Revisit the mistress of the mini-skirt.
Collection: Brit Chic

Mary’s Birthday
1951 |  11min
Germ warfare threatens to ruin young Mary’s birthday party.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Mary’s Lucky Day
1952 |  19min
Extraordinary advert for Lux soap, showing how the lather makes a black Rhodesian woman’s skin look ‘whiter’.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Master of the King’s Musik
1931 |  3min
Elgar conducts Land of Hope and Glory.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Master Singers: Two Choirs and a Valley
1965 |  46min
Sensitive documentary about a Welsh mining community.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Mastermind
1989 |  29min
Four brave contestants face question-master Magnus Magnusson and the intimidating black chair.
Collection: TV Heaven

A Matter of Life and Death
1946 |  104min
Heavenly love – the Powell and Pressburger must-see classic.
Collection: The Truth About Love

May 33rd
2004 |  92min
Guy Hibbert’s uncompromising TV drama about a woman with multiple personality disorder.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

May We Borrow Your Husband?
1986 |  102min
Dirk Bogarde stars in his own adaptation of Graham Greene’s short story, as a writer drawn into the romantic entanglements of two couples at an Antibes hotel.
Collection: Bogarde on the Box

Mayfair Merry-Go-Round
1954 |  10min
Katie Boyle sells affordable fashion to 50s women in this early magazine show.
Collection: Brit Chic

Mayor Entering His Carriage Near the Town Hall, Halifax
1902 |  3min
A richly detailed snapshot of Edwardian street life from Mitchell & Kenyon.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Mayor Making
1946 |  5min
The election and installation of Derby’s mayor in 1946.
Collection: Heartlands

The Mayor’s Nest
1932 |  69min
Comedy with a conscience in which comedian Sydney Howard saves the slums.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

McLibel
2005 |  84min
A David and Goliath tale of not-so-happy meals.
Collection: Reality Bites

Medium
The Michael Simpson 1973 | 31 min
A medium causes upset at a North East social gathering in this rarely seen play.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

The Medium Exposed? Or, A Modern Spiritualistic Séance
J.H. Martin 1906 | 6 min
Faking the ability to contact the dead proves to be a big mistake for one Edwardian charlatan.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Me! I’m Afraid of Virginia Woolf
1978 |  65min
A day in the life of schoolteacher, from an unrequited crush on a male student to discussing lesbianism with Thora Hird.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Meantime
1983 |  110min
Tim Roth and Gary Oldman star as troubled Londoners in Mike Leigh’s made-for-TV favourite.
Collection: London Calling

Meet of the Quorn Hounds at Kirby Gate
1912 |  3min
The hunting pack prepare for the chase.
Collection: Heartlands

Meet the People
1977 |  75min
Rarely-screened TV drama set in a Yorkshire pit village, directed by Ken Loach and written by Barry Hines.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Meet the Pioneers
1948 |  33min
Lindsay Anderson’s debut demonstrates new technology in coal mines across the nation.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Memorial Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Antarctic Heroes
1913 |  3min
The nation says farewell to Captain Scott and his ill-fated companions.
Collection: Into the White

Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
1944 |  40min
William Wyler’s classic documentary following the 25th mission of the iconic aircraft, based at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Men Cycling Up a Country Lane
1910 |  2min
Men on motorbikes.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Men of Consett
1959 |  24min
“An adventure into the awe-inspiring guts of steelmaking…”
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

Men of Corby
1961 |  30min
Rabbie Burns transplanted to the East Midlands.
Collection: Heartlands

Men of Steel
1932 |  71min
A young steelworker rises to the company board in this drama partly filmed at a Middlesbrough steelworks.
Collection: North by North East

Men of Two Worlds
1946 |  109min
An African music student returns home and has to defeat the witch doctor who dominates his tribe and take them to healthier land.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Method Study in the Office
1958 |  23min
A comic tribute to improved paper filing, made by the British Productivity Council.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Metro-Land
1973 |  50min
John Betjeman examines the culture and spirit of Metro-Land – the outer reaches of the Metropolitan Railway.
Collection: London Calling

Metropolitan Fire Brigade Turn-Out
1899 |  1min
Fire engines leaving the station at Southwark Bridge Road.
Collection: Beautiful South

Michael and Liam
1979 |  52min
A suicidal teen and a camp gay youth strike up an unlikely rapport.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Midland Country
1947  |  16min
Travelogue of Birmingham and Warwickshire with a ‘workshop of the world’ theme.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Midland Country
1974  |  20min
Take a gentle tour of the East and West Midlands with this 1970s travelogue by British Transport Films.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Midlands News Day
1963  |  18min
Go behind the scenes at ATV Midlands’ evening news programme.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

The Mighty Leek
1987 |  40min
Size most definitely matters at the World Open Leek Championship in Ashington, Northumberland.
Collection: North by North East

Mile End Purgatorio
1991 |  2min
All the signs point to the Mile End Road.
Collection: London Calling

Milk
1998 |  10min
Andrea Arnold’s powerful Cambridge-set debut about a grieving mother’s search for catharsis.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Millenium Wheel
2000 |  25min
Artistic take on the birth of the London Eye, from drawing board to completion.
Collection: Beautiful South

Million Pound Grave, The
1965 |  48min
The history of the excavation of the Anglo-Saxon graves found at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Milton Road Infant School
1935 |  11min
Angelic children at work and play at the recently closed Cambridge school.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Minder
1984 |  50min
Arthur Daley has difficulty tracking down a debt in Brick Lane.
Collection: London Calling

The Miners’ Film
1975 |  45min
Polemical study of the 1974 miners’ strike.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Miners Leaving Pendlebury Colliery
1901 |  1min
A young black miner is among the crowd leaving Pendlebury Colliery, Salford.
Collection: Black Britain

The Miners’ Picnic
1960 |  16min
Ken Russell directs the annual colliery band contest at Bedlington.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Mining Review4th Year No. 11
1951 |  10min
The race to save lives from the underground fire at Easington colliery.
Collection: North by North East

Mining Review 12th Year No. 10
1959 |  9min
How coal contributes to the making of beer, and other tales from the pit.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

Mining Review 13th Year No. 4
1959 |  10min
The acclaimed painting miners of Ashington, Northumberland feature in this edition of the mining cinemagazine.
Collection: North by North East

Mining Review 16th Year No 5
1963 |  10min
County Durham is the focus for three of the four stories featured in this edition of the long-running cinemagazine.
Collection: North by North East

Mining Review 17th Year No 7
1964 |  11min
Horse-drawn coal carts, female trainee engineers and a trip to Prague feature in this edition.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Mining Review 1st Year No.1
1947 |  10min
Mining songs, cutting edge machinery and heated debates. The world’s longest-running cinemagazine starts here.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Mining Review 22nd Year No.5
1969 |  10min
‘Mining Review’ turns its attention to the women who work in the coal industry.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Mining Review 25th Year No 9
1972 |  10min
Tom McGuinness, the celebrated mining painter from Durham, and the dangers of working underground are the focal points of this review.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Mining Review 7th Year No.12
1954 |  10min
Ballet dancing miners and the crowning of the ‘Coal Queen’.
Collection: Essentially British

Misfortune
1973 |  35min
Ken Loach directs two short stories by Chekhov for the ‘Full House’ arts show.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Mixed Marriages
1958 |  15min
Racism and mixed-race relationships.
Collection: Black Britain

A Modern Bakery
1930  |  9min
Bread production at Warburton’s Eatmore bakery in Bolton in the early 1930s.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Modern Wales
1958 |  14min
Wales becomes an emblem for the success of British industry.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Momma Don’t Allow
1956 |  21min
An evening at the Wood Green Jazz Club with Chris Barber’s Jazz Band.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Monday Morning
1958 |  10min
Crouch End awakens.
Collection: London Calling

The Monster of Highgate Ponds
1960 |  59min
There’s a monster on the loose in Highgate! ‘Godzilla’ for the under-9s.
Collection: Box of Delights

Monty Python’s Flying Circus
1970 |  30min
Silly voices, comedy Nazis, upper class twits…
Collection: Essentially British

Moonlight Sonata
1980  |  52min
Moving commemoration of the wartime bombing raid that destroyed much of historic Coventry.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Moondial
Colin Cant 1988 | 159 min
All six episodes of the cult 80s children’s BBC serial adapted from the novel by Helen Cresswell.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show
1980 |  51min
Celebrate Christmas with Eric and Ernie. What do you think of it so far?
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

Morecambe Volunteers in Training
1914  |  15min
The Morecambe Volunteers and 5th Kings Own Lancaster Territorial Army prepare for service in WWI.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Morning in the Streets
1959 |  35min
A Northern English ‘Everytown’ comes to life in this impressionistic BBC classic.
Collection: Reality Bites

Morphine and Dolly Mixtures
1991 |  95min
A young girl struggles to cope with her brutal father after the death of her mother in Karl Francis’ BAFTA-winning drama.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Morris Dancing at Berkhamsted
1950 |  2min
A noble English tradition is preserved in Hertfordshire.
Collection: Essentially British

Moslems in Britain – Cardiff
1961 |  20min
Upbeat portrait of the experiences of Muslims living in Cardiff in the early 1960s.
Collection: Reality Bites

Moslems in Britain - Manchester
1961  |  20min
Arabic-language documentary about Muslim life in Manchester.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Motherlove
1975 |  50min
An aristocratic mother (Isabel Dean) battles to keep her son from finding love elsewhere.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Motorcity Music Years
1993  |  75min
Three-part series documenting Birmingham’s vibrant post-war music scene.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Motorway
1979 |  50min
M62 police crews try to cope with traffic problems in deepest winter.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

A Mountain Nurse
1977 |  26min
Treating tuberculosis in the Himalayan foothills.
Collection: n/a

Mountaineer’s Romance
1912 |  22min
Remarkable love-triangle drama shot in the Peak District.
Collection: Heartlands

Mr Benn
1972 |  10min
As if by magic, the animated Mr Benn enters a fancy dress shop and emerges into another world.
Collection: TV Heaven

Mr Chesher’s Traction Engines (Monitor)
1962 |  15min
Ken Russell’s affectionate look at the work of naïve painter and traction engine enthusiast A.W. Chesher.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Mr Ellis Versus the People
1974 |  60min
Ron Moody stars in Jack Rosenthal’s play set in a village hall on polling day.
Collection: The Ballot Box

Mr English At Home
1940 |  27min
A day in the life of the ‘typical’ English family.
Collection: Essentially British

Mr Lloyd George at the National Welsh Eisteddfod Ceremony at Caernarfon, 1921
1921 |  1min
The Prime Minister pays his annual visit to the Eisteddfod celebrations.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Mr. Mensah Builds a House
1955 |  36min
Breezy comedy set around a government housing scheme in the Gold Coast.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The Mrs Merton Show
1995 |  30min
Spoof chatshow with Caroline Aherne: just what first attracted Debbie McGee to the millionaire Paul Daniels?
Collection: Funny Girls

Mrs Williamson’s Tibetan Films – Part 1
1930 |  90min
Vivid homes movies of life in Tibet made by the Political Officer.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Mrs Williamson’s Tibetan Films – Part 2
1930 |  83min
Life in Tibet – look out for the somewhat surprising egg-and-spoon race…
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Mrs Williamson’s Tibetan Films – Part 3
1930 |  89min
Home movie scenes in Lhasa, Tibet – as well as further afield in India and Bhutan.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Mrs Williamson’s Tibetan Films – Part 4
1930 |  22min
Home movie footage of life in Tibetan monasteries.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Mrs Worth Goes to Westminster
1949 |  21min
An intriguing attempt by the steel industry to win women over to the anti-nationalisation cause.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

Mrs. Mopp Entertains
1943 |  2min
Wartime washing tips from Persil, starring popular radio character Mrs. Mopp.
Collection: Funny Girls

Muffin the Mule
1952 |  3min
The popular equine puppet presents songs and stories for very young children.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Multi-Coloured Swap Shop
1976 |  100min
Noel Edmonds presents the earliest surviving edition of the trailblazing live Saturday morning magazine show.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Murphy’s Mob
1985 |  24min
Kids’ series about the young supporters of Dunmore United Football Club.
Collection: Heartlands

Murrain
1975 |  55min
A young vet is forced to join a local witch hunt in Nigel Kneale’s forerunner to ‘Beasts’.
Collection: Heartlands

The Muscle Market
1981 |  80min
Pete Postlethwaite and Alison Steadman star in Alan Bleasdale’s play.
Collection: Play for Today

My Beautiful Laundrette*
1985 |  97min
Inter-racial love on the tumble dryers.
Collection: London Calling

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
2010 |  50min
The original ‘Cutting Edge’ documentary, which spawned a hugely popular and controversial series.
Collection: Essentially British

My Name Is Joe
1998 |  101min
Class and cultures collide in Ken Loach’s Glasgow-set romantic drama, starring Peter Mullan.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

My Night with Reg
1997 |  105min
Love in the time of AIDS – from the writer of ‘Clapham Junction’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

My Song for You
1934 |  85min
30s romcom starring Polish tenor Jan Kiepura.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Y Mynydd Grug (Heather Mountain)
1997 |  88min
A year in the life of an 8-year-old girl living in a close-knit community in Caernarfonshire. Based on the stories by Kate Roberts.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Mystery of Marriage
1932 |  32min
A comparison of the mating rituals of humans, animals and plants unlocks the secrets of marriage.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

N or NW
1938 |  8min
Letter-writing lovers in North London postcode palaver.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Naked – As Nature Intended*
1961 |  60min
Gratuitous nudity masquerading as a South West travelogue.
Collection: Essentially British

The Naked Civil Servant
1975 |  78min
A BAFTA-winning John Hurt portrays the great, empowering Quentin Crisp.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Nation’s Tribute To Captain Scott
1925 |  1min
Memorial service held in Plymouth for explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, attended by his widow and son.
Collection: Into the White

Nationwide: The Enfield Poltergeist
1977 | 13 min
Welcome to Britain’s most haunted house.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

The Navigators
2001 |  92min
British Rail privatisation wreaks havoc for a group of Yorkshire track workers in Ken Loach’s blackly comic feature.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Neal’s Yard Dairy
2010 |  14min
A lyrical portrait of the cheesemaking artisans who supply London’s famous emporium.
Collection: London Calling

Near Home
1947 |  24min
Durham schoolchildren explore their county.
Collection: North by North East

Nearest and Dearest
1968 |  25min
Queen of the malapropism Hylda Baker stars in the popular sitcom, opposite Jimmy Jewel as her sparring sibling.
Collection: Funny Girls

The Negro Next Door
1965 |  30min
The white residents of a Leeds suburb express their thoughts on their new black neighbours.
Collection: Reality Bites

Neil Kinnock (Labour Party Election Broadcast)
1987 |  10min
The Labour leader’s (in)famous campaigning film, dubbed ‘Kinnock: The Movie’.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Nervous Energy
1995 |  105min
A young Glaswegian man with AIDS returns to visit his family and friends, but when things do not go as planned his lover comes to patch things up.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width
1968 |  30min
Can an East End Jew and an Irish Catholic run a business together? Festive edition of the popular culture clash comedy.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Never on a Sunday
1996 |  60min
Will the ban on alcohol in Dwyfor – the last place in Britain where you can’t legally get a drink on a Sunday – be overturned?
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

New Architecture at the London Zoo
1937 |  15min
Penguins get the VIP treatment in this artistic look at the Zoo’s visionary ’30s revamp.
Collection: London Calling

New Captain Scarlet
2005 |  44min
‘Episode 1: ‘Instrument of Destruction’. The Spectrum agents are back in this CGI reboot of Gerry Anderson’s classic series.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

A New Era
1973 |  27min
A lesson in ‘how not to do it’: the run-up to a strike in a fictitious and fractious company.
Collection: We Can Work It Out

New London County Hall
1922 |  2min
Icon or eyesore? George V opens the still controversial landmark.
Collection: Beautiful South

New Orleans Jazz Club in Newcastle
1970 |  8min
Hang with the cool cats in Tyneside’s legendary jazz club.
Collection: North by North East

New Styles of Architecture
1993 |  26min
Alan Bennett surveys the architectural landscape of post-WWI Britain.
Collection: The Promised Land

New Town
2009 |  60min
Pretentious architects and scheming estate agents populate Annie Griffin’s satirical Edinburgh murder-mystery.
Collection: Scottish Reels

New Towns for Old
1942 |  7min
Bulldozers compete with bombers to clear the slums in Sheffield.
Collection: The Promised Land

Newcastle United v Liverpool
1901 |  1min
An Edwardian football match at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park Ground.
Collection: North by North East

Newcastle v Sunderland
1913 |  5min
Who will triumph in a match between two of football’s fiercest rivals?
Collection: North by North East

The Newcomers
1967 |  25min
Soap opera following a London family attempting to adapt to country life.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Newfield School 1969
1969 |  25min
A rediscovered slice of life at a Sheffield comprehensive.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Newid Gêr (Changing Gear)
1980 |  40min
A car crash leads to an unexpected relationship in this Ceredigion-set short from the Welsh Film Board.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Newmarket Turf Celebrities
1957 |  17min
A day at the races in Newmarket, Suffolk.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

NFT @ 50 Fifty Years of the National Film Theatre
2002 |  29min
BFI Southbank’s famous cinemas get their own tribute.
Collection: Beautiful South

Nice One Sunderland
1974 |  18min
Groovy Sunderland is revealed in this 70s curio.
Collection: North by North East

Nice Time
1957 |  17min
Has Piccadilly Circus ever looked so bleak?
Collection: London Calling

Nick Park and Aardman Animation (South Bank Show)
2006 |  45min
A career overview of the creator of Wallace and Gromit.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

Nigerian Footballers in England
1947 |  10min
A Nigerian football team tours England.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Nigeria’s First Women Police
1956 |  5min
Nigeria’s female police force in action.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Night and Day
2001 |  25min
The Greenwich ‘Twin Peaks’?
Collection: Soap Bubbles

The Night Has Eyes
1942 |  76min
James Mason stars as a reclusive composer holed up on the Yorkshire Moors in this eccentric thriller.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

A Night Like This
1932 |  73min
Aldwych farce with extravagant musical numbers.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Night Mail
1936 |  23min
London to Scotland by train in the company of Benjamin Britten and W. H. Auden.
Collection: Reality Bites

Nightmare: The Birth of Horror
1996-97  |  200min
Sir Christopher Frayling presents a 4-part series examining Britain’s most iconic gothic novels.
NB Three remaining parts added to previously available episode on Dracula - replace existing record.
Collection:  Gothic: Monstrous

Nighthawks
1978 |  109min
A schoolteacher leads a secret life, cruising London’s gay bars by night.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Nightmare: The Birth of Horror (Dracula)
1996 |  50min
Christopher Frayling examines the many sources that inspired Stoker to pen his immortal novel.
Collection: The Book Group

Nighty Night
2004 |  30min
Cringe-making comedy at its best: Julia Davis unleashes sociopathic hairdresser Jill on the British viewing public.
Collection: Funny Girls

Nine Centuries of Coal
1958 |  34min
A history of coal mining from the 11th century to the 20th.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Nine Dalmuir West
1962 |  13min
The route of the No. 9 service to Dalmuir on the last day of the trams in Glasgow in 1962.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Nineteen Eighty-Four
1984 |  110min
Major feature film adaptation starring John Hurt and Richard Burton, filmed in 1984.
Collection: The Book Group

Nineteen Eighty-Four
1954 |  120min
Technically groundbreaking and hugely controversial live TV adaptation of Orwell’s novel.
Collection: The Book Group

Nionga
1925 |  69min
Early drama of tribal life in Central Africa.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Nixon’s Version of Watergate (The Nixon Interviews)
1977 |  85min
The real ‘Frost/Nixon’.
Collection: n/a

No Parlour Pastime!
1927 |  1min
It’s Upstreeters v. Downstreeters in a messy – and very wet – game in Chester-le-Street, shot five years before it was banned.
Collection: North by North East

No Problem!
1983 |  30min
An introduction to the comic world of Willesden’s Powell family.
Collection: Black Britain

No Room at the Inn
1948 |  83min
Freda Jackson terrorises young evacuees in this 1940s forerunner to ‘Mommie Dearest’.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Nobody’s Face
1966 |  21min
There’s trouble at the coalface in Peter Pickering’s satirical, semi-improvised farce.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Noddy Goes to School
1975 |  15min
Richard Briers narrates a softened version of Enid Blyton’s toyland tale.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Noddy in Toyland
2009 |  15min
Computer animation brings Blyton’s most popular creation up to date.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

North London Liberal Jewish Group
1956 |  16min
Fabulous home movie footage of the annual competition between the Finchley and Ealing teams of the North London Liberal Jewish Group.
Collection: Oy Britannia

North Sea Fisheries, North Shields
1901 |  1min
Fish-gutting and staged fights on the North East coast.
Collection: North by North East

The North West Frontier
1959 |  129min
Adventure yarn starring Kenneth More as a plucky Brit sent to rescue a Hindu Prince from certain death in British India.
Collection: Before Midnight

Northampton
1932 |  50min
A survey of Northampton from the 1930s.
Collection: Heartlands

Northern Scene – Scarlet O Hara
1983 |  25min
Profile of Tyneside comedian Pauline Petty, better known as Scarlet O’Hara.
Collection: North by North East

Northumberland Image
1962 |  27min
Whistle-stop tour of the county, from the Tweed to the coastline, via the Cheviots and Hadrian’s Wall.
Collection: North by North East

Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens
1922 |  63min
Have your spine tingled by F.W. Murnau’s silent classic – the first screen adaptation of Dracula.
Collection: The Book Group

Noson i Ryan
1997 |  45min
A tribute to Ryan Davies, one of Wales’ most popular entertainers.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Noson Lawen
1950 |  27min
Homespun evening of entertainment to celebrate the harvest, with singing, dancing and a timely lesson in thrift from National Savings, the film’s sponsor.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Not Just Tea and Sandwiches
1984 |  12min
Miners’ wives speak out in one of the campaigning videotapes made in support of their striking husbands.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Noted Eel and Pie Houses
1975 |  45min
Fascinating social history of that great London delicacy – the jellied eel.
Collection: London Calling

Now That It’s Morning
1992 |  11min
Neil Bartlett’s provocatively romantic tale of the love between a 45-year-old man and a 15-year-old schoolboy.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Now You’re Talking
1940 |  12min
Blabber-mouthed van driver Alf puts more than lives at risk in this cautionary tale on a ‘careless talk’ theme.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Nude Woman By Waterfall
1920 |  12min
A woman poses – in and out of her diaphanous shift.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Number 13
2006 |  40min
Greg Wise wishes there had been no room at the inn as things go bump in the night…
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Nursery Island
1936 |  18min
The birdlife of the Farne Islands takes centre stage in Mary Field’s delightful documentary.
Collection: North by North East

Nuts in May
1976 |  85min
A new age couple try to get back to nature – but does nature want them back?
Collection: Essentially British

O Dreamland
1953 |  11min
The dubious delights of a Margate funfair.
Collection: Essentially British

O Fat White Woman
1971 |  70min
The wife of a sadistic headmaster is forced to face the truth about her marriage.
Collection: Play for Today

The Obelisk
1977 |  30min
A married couple have their horizons broadened during a trip to the seaside in this adaptation of E.M. Forster’s short story.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Odeon Cinema Club
1943 |  1min
Early karaoke from the Odeon National Cinema Club. Sing along with the bouncing ball…
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Of Time and the City
2008  |  74min
Terence Davies’ gorgeous film-poem about his native Liverpool.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

The Office
2001 |  30min
David Brent, Slough’s favourite son, entertains the nation.
Collection: Essentially British

The Official Film of the Railway Centenary
1925 |  17min
The future George VI and Queen Elizabeth celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Line.
Collection: North by North East

Often During the Day
1978 |  16min
The notion that ‘the woman belongs in the kitchen’ gets a grilling in Jo Davis’ film.
Collection: British Islands

Oh Boy!
1959 |  53min
Ground-breaking music show from the early days of rock’n’roll.
Collection: TV Heaven

Oh Rosalinda! [aka Die Fledermaus]
1955 |  101min
Love, lust and infidelity in this Technicolor updating of Johann Strauss’ operetta, Die Fledermaus.
Collection: The Truth About Love

O-Kay for Sound
1937 |  86min
The Crazy Gang’s all here in this boisterous celebration of music hall.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Old Age Pensioners’ Seaside Outing to Southend
1938 |  4min
A raucous group of senior citizens swap London for the Essex coast.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Old Crowd
1979 |  70min
Lindsay Anderson and Alan Bennett’s portrait of a decadent, decaying world.
Collection: n/a

The Old Curiosity Shop
1934 |  92min
The first sound version of the Dickens tale, with Elaine Benson as Little Nell.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Old Grey Whistle Test
1971 |  42min
An early episode of Britain’s seminal adult-oriented music show, featuring Elton John.
Collection: TV Heaven

Old London Street Scenes
1903 |  3min
Traffic congestion in Edwardian London.
Collection: London Calling

The Old Maid’s Valentine
1900 |  1min
February 14th brings sorrow for one spinster.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Old Man Drinking a Glass of Beer
1898 |  1min
A drunkard has one over the eight in this early comic short.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

Old Rhyl Films
1898 |  8min
A selection of films from Arthur Cheetham, Wales’ first filmmaker.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Old Ways, New Ways
1989 |  30min
Former employees reminisce as the legendary Bermondsey-based Peek Frean biscuit factory closes.
Collection: Beautiful South

Oldham Master Cotton Spinners
1919  |  14min
Going to the mill…spinning and weaving for the world.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Oliver Strachey in Drag
1930 |  1min
The Bloomsbury set are at it again…
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Oliver Twist
1948 |  116min
Masterful adaptation of Dickens’ classic set on the sordid streets of 1830s London.
Collection: London Calling

Oliver Twist Casting Appeal
1946 |  1min
Young Pip from ‘Great Expectations’ helps David Lean find an Oliver.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Omnibus
1982 |  50min
Bob Hoskins offers his unvarnished opinion on the architectural dilemmas facing the South Bank.
Collection: Beautiful South

Omnibus: Hitchcock
1986 |  125min
Joan Fontaine and Janet Leigh are among the contributors to this career-spanning two-part documentary.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Omri’s Burning
1969 |  42min
The first play broadcast by HTV – a shocking drama starring Ian Holm as an alcoholic.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

On a Cold and Frosty Morning
1969 |  17min
The activities of the Indian charity, Raphael.
Collection: n/a

On Giant’s Shoulders
1979 |  91min
Judi Dench stars in this Cambridgeshire-based dramatisation of the life of Terry Wiles, one of the babies affected by the thalidomide drug.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

On Ilkla’ Moor Baht At
1921 |  14min
The Yorkshire Dales – from Ilkley to Hubberholme.
Collection: Essentially British

On Show: Strictly Male Voice
2006 |  30min
The story of the record-breaking Fron Male Voice Choir.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

On the Black Hill
1987 |  112min
Adaptation of Bruce Chatwin’s tale of twin brothers battling the elements – and each other.
Collection: Essentially British

On the Buses
1970 |  26min
Hit sitcom centering on the escapades of bus driver Stan Butler and his conductor Jack.
Collection: TV Heaven

On the Night of the Fire
1939 |  93min
Gritty Newcastle noir starring Ralph Richardson.
Collection: North by North East

On the Tracks of the Wild Otter
1982 |  50min
The lives of otters: surveillance in the Shetland Isles.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Once We Were Four
1942 |  9min
Innocent bunnies face an onslaught of badgers, bombs and birds of prey in this black comedy masquerading as a nature film.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

One Family
1930 |  49min
A schoolboy, a Christmas pudding and a bizarre portrait of the British Empire.
Collection: Essentially British

One Fine Day
1979 |  95min
Comedian Dave Allen plays a troubled estate agent in this Alan Bennett play.
Collection: n/a

One Foot in the Grave
1990 |  30min
Hugely popular retirement sitcom with a line in dark-edged humour.
Collection: TV Heaven

One in Five
1983 |  53min
Endearingly right-on concoction bringing together lesbians and gay men for dancing and debate.
Collection: Beautiful Things

One Man’s Story
1947 |  26min
Part-dramatised tribute to Dr George M’Gonigle – one of Stockton-on-Tees’ great local heroes.
Collection: North by North East

One of Our Airfields – Duxford
1976 |  30min
The history of Cambridgeshire’s famous aerodrome.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

One of Them is Brett
1965 |  29min
An insight into the ordinary life of Australia’s first thalidomide child Brett Nielsen, born without arms.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

One on One: David Frost
2002 |  38min
A guided tour through the highlights of Sir David Frost’s career in television.
Collection: n/a

One Potato, Two Potato
1957 |  23min
Children’s games played out on the streets of London.
Collection: Box of Delights

Only Connect
1979 |  49min
Gay lives connect across a century in Noel Greig and Drew Griffiths’ moving drama.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Only Fools and Horses
1982 |  30min
Join the hapless Trotters of Nelson Mandela House, Peckham, for an impromptu tour of London.
Collection: London Calling

Only Two Can Play
1961 |  106min
Peter Sellers contemplates infidelity in the Welsh valleys.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Only Way
1926 |  130min
Legendary actor-manager John Martin-Harvey leads as the tragic hero in this version of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
Collection: Silent Britain

Ooh Aah Delia
2001 |  37min
Let’s be having you! Can Delia Smith come to the rescue of Norwich City football club?
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Open All Hours
1976 |  30min
Ronnie Barker stars as crotchety Yorkshire shopkeeper Arkwright in the sitcom’s first episode.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Open Road
1927 |  60min
An epic trip across Britain filmed in remarkable early colour.
Collection: Essentially British

Opening of British Instructional Film Studio
1928 |  4min
VIPs brave the mud to attend the opening ceremony of a new film studio at Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Opening of Ossett Town Hall
1908 |  5min
Edwardian residents of the West Yorkshire market town turn out to celebrate a grand opening.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Opening of the New Benton Bank Tram Route
1913 |  5min
Local film of the launch of a brand new tram route in Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Collection: North by North East

Opening of the New Lambeth Bridge
1932 |  3min
The opening of Lambeth Bridge by George V in July 1932.
Collection: Beautiful South

Oppin
1930 |  17min
Londoners flee the Bermondsey slums to go ‘oppin (hop-picking) in Kent.
Collection: Beautiful South

Opportunity to Grow
1970 |  11min
Promotional film presenting the new industries being embraced in the North of England.
Collection: North by North East

The Optimists of Nine Elms
1973 |  110min
A retired entertainer (Peter Sellers) begrudgingly befriends two children on the streets of London.
Collection: London Calling

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
1990 |  55min
When her relationship with a female friend turns into something more serious, a girl’s ultra-religious family try to brainwash her to renounce her ‘satanic’ ways.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Order of the Bath
1926 |  4min
Surreal and slightly unhinged ad for Norwich’s famous export – Colman’s Mustard.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Orkney
1971 |  90min
Three beautiful, bleak tales from the Scottish Isle of Orkney.
Collection: Play for Today

Orphans
1997 |  98min
Four siblings gather for their mother’s funeral in Glasgow in Peter Mullan’s award-winning debut feature.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Orwell: A Personal View
1984 |  30min
Author Anthony Burgess talks about the significance of Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.
Collection: The Book Group

Othello
1956 |  120min
The first televised production of Shakespeare’s play to feature a black actor in the lead role.
Collection: Black Britain

The Other Woman
1976 |  70min
An activist lesbian artist embarks on an affair with a young woman, with dramatic repercussions for all concerned.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Otter [aka An Otter Study]
1912 |  8min
Marvel at an otter from before WWI in this early nature film.
Collection: Box of Delights

Our Friends in the North
1996 |  75min
The first episode of Peter Flannery’s epic portrait of four Newcastle friends, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s.
Collection: North by North East

Our Friends the Police
1914  |  33min
A policeman’s lot can be a happy one, after all.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Our Mutual Friend (Part 1)
1976 |  50min
One-time ‘Artful Dodger’ Jack Wild stars in the first of a 13-part version of Dickens’ last completed novel.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Out and About
1974 |  16min
A vibrant colour record of the 1974 Leeds West Indian Carnival.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Out of the Darkness
1985 |  68min
Three children in the Derbyshire village of Eyam are haunted by the ghosts of the 1665 plague.
Collection: Heartlands

Out of the Rock
1976 |  45min
Wynford Vaughan-Thomas looks at Wales’ rich architectural legacy, with an introduction from Prince Charles.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Out on Tuesday
1989 |  53min
Can homosexuality be ‘promoted’, and will playing gay ruin your career?
Collection: Beautiful Things

Out Shopping
1965 |  18min
The inexperienced Mrs. A and the seasoned Mrs. B join forces and hit the high street.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Out to Play
1936 |  10min
Playtime in the streets and parks of London.
Collection: Reality Bites

Outlook: the Book that Changed the World
1988 |  16min
Dramatisation of the life of Bishop William Morgan, who undertook the translation of the Bible into Welsh.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Outside In (Das Innere Bloss)
1981 |  100min
A combination of memories from the visual diary of disabled artist Steve Dwoskin.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Over Our Dead Bodies
1991 |  60min
Documentary examining the origins and development of AIDS activist movements in the USA and the UK.
Collection: Beautiful Things

An Over-Incubated Baby
1901 |  1min
A growth experiment goes horribly wrong in this macabre minute of black comedy.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Owl Service
1969 |  25min
A Welsh myth threatens to possess three teenagers holidaying in a rural North Wales valley in this controversial adaptation of Alan Garner’s novel.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Oyster Fishing at Whitstable, England
1920 |  6min
The harvest and consumption of everyone’s favourite bivalve.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

P.D. James (South Bank Show)
2006 |  45min
Murder she wrote – the crime writer in conversation.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

Pacemakers: Biba
1970 |  14min
Drop in on a photoshoot at the iconic Kensington fashion emporium.
Collection: Brit Chic

Pacemakers: Ross Belch
1970 |  14min
Portrait of a shipbuilding maverick.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Pacemakers: T. Dan Smith
1969 |  14min
Tribute to the courage and determination of the Newcastle councillor – made five years before his conviction for fraud.
Collection: North by North East

Pakistani People in Scotland [c.1960s]
1960 |  8min
News footage of the daily life of the emerging Pakistani community in Glasgow in the early 1960s.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Palaver
1926 |  108min
A district officer falls in love with a nurse among the north Nigerian hill tribes.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Panorama of Calcutta
1899 |  1min
The Calcutta ghats – or are they?
Collection: Before Midnight

Panorama of Ealing from a Moving Tram
1901 |  1min
A tram ride through Ealing at its most appealing.
Collection: London Calling

Panorama: Vietnam
1969 |  49min
An edition of the BBC’s enduring current affairs flagship reporting on the Vietnam war.
Collection: TV Heaven

Panoramic View of the Morecambe Seafront
1901  |  7min
Crystal-clear views of town, sands, sea, tourists and locals at the Lancashire resort.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Papworth Hall, Cambridge
1924 |  51min
Royalty visits the Cambridgeshire settlement in this silent film compilation.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Parkgate Iron and Steel Co.
1901 |  2min
Probably the first appearance of the abusive ‘V’ sign in British film history.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

Parkinson: Orson Welles
1973 |  72min
Legendary actor, writer and director Orson Welles is interviewed by Michael Parkinson.
Collection: TV Heaven

Partners in Crime
1942 |  9min
A stern reprimand to housewives meddling in the black market.
Collection: Housewives’ Choice

A Passage to India
1965 |  110min
E. M. Forster’s masterful tale of racism in colonial India is brought to the small screen in Waris Hussein’s rarely-seen production.
Collection: Before Midnight

A Passion for Churches
1974 |  50min
John Betjeman tours the churches of Norwich.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Passionate Adventure
1924 |  78min
Hitchcock served as writer, art director and assistant director on this romantic drama starring Clive Brook.
Collection: The Shaping of Alfred Hitchcock

Passport to Pimlico
1949 |  84min
Pimlico fights for independence from Britain after the discovery of an ancient treaty.
Collection: London Calling

Passport to Shame
1958 |  95min
Diana Dors stars in this stern exposé of the white slave trade.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Pattern for Progress
1948 |  47min
Early documentary from John Krish touring an Ebbw Vale steelworks, with animation from Halas and Batchelor.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock
2009 |  60min
A fresh take on Hitchcock’s filmmaking career and style, stressing the importance of his work in Britain.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Pauline’s Quirkes
1976 |  25min
Controversial – and banned – sketch show for kids featuring the future star of ‘Birds of a Feather’.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Payroll
1961 |  105min
The best laid plans of a gang of crooks go horribly wrong in this Tyneside-set thriller.
Collection: North by North East

Peace and Plenty
1939 |  29min
Savage polemic against the National government in Britain.
Collection: The Ballot Box

The Peaches
1964 |  15min
A very beautiful, very clever girl adores peaches, but when she falls in love the world’s peaches start to wither…
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Peak County
1964 |  20min
Derbyshire travelogue covering the heritage, scenery and industry of the county.
Collection: Heartlands

Peak District
1954 |  20min
A tour around the Peak District with Robert Shaw as your guide.
Collection: Heartlands

Peak Practice
1993 |  75min
Amanda Burton stars in first episode of the long-running Derbyshire-set series.
Collection: Heartlands

Peaks and Dales
1952 |  15min
A Visit to Derbyshire Peak District by way of Matlock and Bakewell.
Collection: Heartlands

Peckham Rap
1993 |  30min
Three young rappers from Peckham get the chance to meet their hero – LL Cool J.
Collection: Beautiful South

Peeping Tom
1960 |  101min
Voyeurism, serial murder and child abuse… Powell’s psychological thriller has lost none of its power to shock.
Collection: London Calling

Penda’s Fen
1974 |  90min
English pagan myths and burgeoning sexuality in the Malverns.
Collection: Play for Today

The People at No.19
1949 |  18min
Ministry of Health film highlighting the menace of venereal disease and its impact on the health of the nation.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

People Like Us
1983 |  23min
Recruitment film for psychiatric nurses, produced at a time when standards of mental health care were in the firing line.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

People, Productivity and Change
1963 |  44min
Workers and trade union officials voice their concerns about changes designed to increase productivity in the workplace.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

The Perfect Home
2006 |  120min
A frustrated Alain de Botton leaves Britain in search of architectural inspiration.
Collection: The Promised Land

Permission to Love
1999 |  30min
Two couples with learning disabilities feel they are ready for a sexual relationship, but their parents have other ideas.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Peter Ackroyd’s London
2004 |  48min
How has London survived over the centuries? 3-part series from the great chronicler of the capital.
Collection: London Calling

Peter and Ben
2007 |  10min
Two ‘black sheep’ form an unusual and enduring bond in the Black Mountains.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Petticoat Lane
1903 |  2min
Sunday morning in the East End market.
Collection: London Calling

Phantom Light, The
1935 |  75min
A series of mysterious deaths in a Welsh lighthouse lead locals to believe it is haunted in this early work from Michael Powell.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Philip and His Seven Wives
2005 |  75min
Marc Isaacs’ portrait of an unconventional family – lead by a former messianic rabbi who believes he is a Hebrew king.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Philip Treacy: A collaboration with Alexander McQueen for Givenchy
1997 |  30min
The master milliner teams up with the provocative young maverick of British fashion.
Collection: Brit Chic

Y Pianydd (Llŷr Williams)
2007 |  50min
Profile of the world-renowned pianist from the Wrexham area.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Piccadilly
1929 |  111min
The glitter of Jazz Age clubland meets the Far East (of London).
Collection: London Calling

Pickering Flyer
1987 |  5min
All aboard the North York Moors Railway for a nostalgic journey from Pickering to Grosmont.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Pickwick Papers
1952 |  115min
Spirited 1950s feature adaptation of Dickens’ first novel.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

The Pickwick Papers
1913 |  15min
American comedian John Bunny stars in the surviving parts of this 1913 Dickens adaptation filmed in Kent.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Picturesque North Wales
1910 |  5min
A series of views of the castles, landscapes and people of North Wales.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

A Piece of Cake
1948 |  44min
Husband and wife duo Cyril Fletcher and Betty Astell write and star in a madcap tale of magic and mayhem.
Collection: Funny Girls

A Piece of Plastic
1966 |  7min
What is a credit card? Let Barclaycard explain.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Pig Heart Boy
1999 |  25min
A boy with months to live decides to have a life-saving operation: a transplant with the heart of a pig.
Collection: Black Britain

Pilgrimage to Holy Island
1928 |  1min
Congregations brave the boggy beaches to hear Mass.
Collection: North by North East

Pimple’s Battle of Waterloo
1913 |  8min
Pythonesque parody of Waterloo, Napoleon and the French…
Collection: Essentially British

Pink with a Red Shadow
1954 |  15min
Dramatised attack on the Labour Party’s policy document “Challenge to Britain”.
Collection: The Ballot Box

Pioneers of Photography
1975 |  25min
Short documentary charting the life and career of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
Collection: TV Heaven

Pipeline Through the Fens
1968 |  26min
Gas council film showing the difficulties in constructing a major gas conduit through Norfolk fenland.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Pit
1962 |  25min
Edgar Alan Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum”, condensed into 25 wordless minutes.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Plaid Cymru Election Broadcast
1974 |  10min
The Party of Wales pleads the case for an independent Welsh state.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Plainsmen of Barotseland
1943 |  15min
The Barotse tribe’s life on the banks of the Zambezi, Zambia.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The Planned Home
1937 |  27min
Blocks of flats offer a new future for 1930s working class families.
Collection: The Promised Land

Platt’s New Works, Werneth, Oldham
1900  |  2min
A visually striking film of staff exiting a turn-of-the-century Lancashire machine factory.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Play School
1968 |  20min
Innovative ‘education through play’ in a programme which also helped BBC2 trial early colour broadcasts.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

The Pleasure Garden
1952 |  38min
There’s magic in the ruins of Crystal Palace – and Hattie Jacques is the fairy queen!
Collection: London Calling

The Pleasure Girls
1965 |  88min
Three beautiful girls enjoy the pleasures of London in the Swinging 60s and befriend their gay lodger.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Pobol y Chyff
1990 |  25min
Rhys Ifans and Meirion Davies star as hapless Welsh learners in this hugely popular comedy series. Chuffin’ great!
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Pobol y Cwm
1974 |  20min
Christmas edition of the Welsh-language soap from its first year of broadcast.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Pobol y Cwm
1994 |  20min
A particularly eventful day for the residents of Cwmderi, the fictional village in the BBC’s longest running soap.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Polish Your Shoes
2003 |  11min
The life of a Cockney patriarch is remembered by his children.
Collection: London Calling

Polo Match
1930 |  3min
Crime drama set in London’s Docklands.
Collection: Before Midnight

Pool of London
1950 |  85min
Crime drama set in London’s Docklands.
Collection: London Calling

Poor Cow
1967 |  98min
Terence Stamp and Carol White star in Ken Loach’s cinematic debut, about a young woman involved with two criminals.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Porridge
1977 |  30min
An episode of the classic prison sitcom starring Ronnie Barker.
Collection: TV Heaven

Port of London’s Aquatic Sports
1925 |  1min
The intrepid Topical Budget newsreel scales the diving board to capture a Port of London Authority sports day at Rotherhithe.
Collection: Beautiful South

Portrait of a Goon (Monitor)
1959 |  14min
A day in the life of Spike Milligan, as imagined by Ken Russell.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Portrait of a Miner
1966 |  29min
The working day, ambitions and hopes of a Nottinghamshire coalminer.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Portrait of a School
1957 |  30min
Life in a London secondary modern school.
Collection: Reality Bites

Portrait of Ely Cathedral
1992 |  30min
The history of East Anglia’s most famous cathedral.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Portrait of Ga
1952 |  4min
My mother lives in the windy Orkney Islands… An early film but the artist Margaret Tait.
Collection: Reality Bites

Portrait or Bust
1994 |  50min
Join Alan Bennett for a very personal visit to Leeds City Art Gallery.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Post Haste
1943 |  1min
Post early for Christmas, the Richard Massingham way.
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

Postal Delivery
1971 |  10min
Posting a letter can be a dangerous game.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Power Game
1965 |  55min
Compelling boardroom intrigue, starring Patrick Wymark.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Presentation and Launch of the Whitley Lifeboat
1912 |  5min
Down to the sea with the rowboat rescue service.
Collection: North by North East

Preservation Man (Monitor)
1962 |  16min
Professional eccentric Bruce Lacey opens his remarkable home to Ken Russell’s camera.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Pressure
1976 |  110min
Britain’s first black feature presents a Notting Hill that’s a far cry from the world of Hugh Grant.
Collection: London Calling

Preview 4
1982 |  10min
An introduction to the highlights of Channel 4’s opening week.
Collection: n/a

Prick Up Your Ears
1987 |  110min
The turbulent final days of Joe Orton and his lover, penned by Alan Bennett.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Pride and Prejudice
1995 |  54min
The arrival of dashing bachelor Mr Bingley sparks excitement in this acclaimed Jane Austen adaptation.
Collection: TV Heaven

Priest (Screen Two)
1994 |  105min
A catholic priest is forced out of the closet, to the shock of his congregation.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Priestley and Friends at Home
1932 |  8min
J.B. Priestley, Elgar and famous friends.
Collection: Hope and Glory

Primitive London*
1965 |  84min
Sleazy sexploitation – from Soho strippers to Jack the Ripper.
Collection: London Calling

Prince of Wales as Miner
1918 |  1min
Prince Edward, later Edward VIII, visits a Rhondda coal mine and the Cardiff Docks.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Princess and the Pendant
2007 |  9min
Charming animation in the style of Lotte Reiniger, made by the pupils of Hartside Primary School, Durham.
Collection: North by North East

Printer’s Ink
1962 |  32min
Hold the front page! The production of a West Yorkshire newspaper from news gathering to distribution.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Prisoner
1967 |  50min
The very first episode of the most cultish of 60s TV dramas.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Private Dirk Bogarde
2001 |  135min
Interviews with family, friends and collaborators and previously unseen archive footage illuminate this groundbreaking two-part profile.
Collection: Bogarde on the Box

A Private Enterprise
1974 |  78min
The first British Asian feature, about a would-be entrepreneur in Birmingham.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

A Private Function
1984 |  94min
Alan Bennett’s Yorkshire-based comedy set in times of rationing, starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith.
Collection: Funny Girls

The Private Life of Henry VIII
1933 |  96min
Charles Laughton on Oscar-winning form as the much-married monarch.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Private Life of the Gannets
1934 |  14min
Oscar-winning portrait of the seabirds of the Pembrokeshire coast.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Private Lives
1976 |  95min
Penelope Keith stars in Noël Coward’s comedy of marital errors.
Collection: Funny Girls

Productivity Primer
1964 |  18min
Vibrant animation made by Bob Godfrey for the British Productivity Council.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Project One
2009 |  5min
A skateboarder reclaims London, from the Thames Barrier to the South Bank.
Collection: Beautiful South

Prostitute
1980  |  94min
Tony Garnett’s unflinching directorial debut about a group of Birmingham prostitutes.
Collection:  Tony Garnett: Seeing Red

Protest
1981 |  48min
Czech dissident Václav Havel’s politically charged play on the suppression of freedom of speech, written 11 years before becoming the country’s first post-communist leader.
Collection: Play for Today

Proud City: A Plan for London
1946 |  24min
A fresh start for the greatest city in the world.
Collection: The Promised Land

The Proud Valley
1940 |  77min
Paul Robeson stars as an African-American coal miner ‘adopted’ by a Welsh mining community.
Collection: Black Britain

The Prude’s Fall
1925 |  27min
Surviving scenes from the last film Alfred Hitchcock worked on before his directorial debut.
Collection: The Shaping of Alfred Hitchcock

Psy-Warriors
1981 |  73min
Alan Clarke directs David Leland’s shocking and prescient dissection of the use of torture as an interrogative measure.
Collection: Play for Today

The Public Health Service
1931 |  12min
Bermondsey Borough Council sets up a local forerunner to the NHS.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Pulling Game
1985 |  25min
The Lincoln tug-of-war team train for glory.
Collection: Heartlands

A Punjab Village
1925 |  13min
Agriculture, irrigation, washing, weaving, grinding… Everyday village life.
Collection: Before Midnight

Punk and the Pistols
1995 |  95min
Never mind the bollocks, here’s the story of the Sex Pistols.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Punk Can Take It
1979 |  19min
A punk parody of wartime propaganda featuring the UK Subs.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Punk Rock (London Weekend Show)
1976 |  30min
Janet Street-Porter meets The Sex Pistols.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Purely Belter
2000 |  99min
Alan Shearer features in a cameo in this winning film about two lads scraping money together for Newcastle season tickets.
Collection: North by North East

Pwllheli Carnival
1925 |  4min
Join the floats, brass bands and marching leeks in the Pwllheli carnival parade.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Q Planes
1939 |  83min
Rip-roaring flag-waver starring Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

A Quaint Little Railway
1930 |  3min
All aboard the little milk train, carrying its cargo through the Manifold Valley.
Collection: Essentially British

Quatermass and the Pit
1959 |  36min
Professor Quatermass must try to save us from ourselves in this influential science-fiction saga.
Collection: TV Heaven

Quatermass Experiment
1953 |  33min
The surviving opening episode from the gallant scientist-hero’s first outing, one of the biggest hits of 50s TV.
Collection: TV Heaven

Queen and the Welshman
1966 |  90min
The illicit 15th century love affair between Catherine of Valois and Sir Owen Tudor is brought to life in this rediscovered TV play.
Collection: Missing Believed Wiped: The Library of Congress Discoveries

A Queen is Crowned
1953 |  44min
Elizabeth II’s big day – this time in Technicolor.
Collection: Essentially British

Queen of He(a)rts
1945 |  34min
Droll travelogue through Hertfordshire from the inimitable Widgey Newman. Watch out for zippy broom!
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Queen Victoria Visits Sheffield
1897 |  1min
The reigning monarch pays a visit to Yorkshire during her Diamond Jubilee year.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee
1897 |  14min
Celebrations of Queen Victoria’s sixtieth year on the throne.
Collection: London Calling

The Queen’s Christmas Day Broadcast 1957
1957 |  14min
50 years of change and continuity reflected in the very first televised Queen’s Speech.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Queenie’s Castle
1970 |  27min
Comedy starring Diana Dors as the head of an unruly family on a Leeds housing estate.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Queer As Folk
1999 |  50min
The opening episode of the trailblazing drama that follows the lives of three gay men in Manchester.
Collection: Beautiful Things

A Question of Leadership
1980 |  52min
Ken Loach interviews those involved in the 1980 steelworkers’ strike.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Questioning City, The
1959 |  20min
Beautiful Technicolor film promoting Cambridge as a centre of academic excellence.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Quetta Earthquake, 21st May 1935
1935 |  7min
The devastation wrought by one of South Asia’s worst earthquakes.
Collection: Before Midnight

Quite Unfit for Females
1921 |  1min
The Football Association proposes a ban on women players.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The R101 Story
1930 |  26min
Compiled footage of the ill-fated R101 airship based at Cardington, Bedfordshire, filmed before and after the crash.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Rab C. Nesbitt – ‘Country’
1992 |  29min
TV’s unlikely philosopher from Govan takes a trip to the country. [Series 2 Episode 1]
Collection: Scottish Reels

Rabbit
2005 |  8min
Run Wrake’s inspired and gloriously twisted animation.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

Rabbit Pies
1934 |  8min
A no-nonsense ‘countrywoman’ demonstrates the finer points of rabbit pie-making.
Collection: Housewives’ Choice

Rachel and the Roarettes
1985 |  42min
The world’s first – and last – lesbian highway(wo)man musical.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Radio On
1979 |  102min
Chris Petit’s cult favourite – a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Rag Trade
1962 |  28min
Everybody out! Miriam Karlin schmoozes June Whitfield in this rare episode.
Collection: Funny Girls

Rag, Tag and Bobtail
1953 |  9min
Bobtail’s burrowing escapades surprise his woodland friends in this ‘Watch With Mother’ Favourite.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

The Railway Children
1970 |  108min
E. Nesbit’s very British classic is brought to the big screen.
Collection: Essentially British

Rainbow
1972 |  19min
The first-ever episode of the colourful series aimed at younger children.
Collection: TV Heaven

Raining Stones
1993 |  87min
An unemployed man tries desperately to raise funds for his daughter’s communion dress in Ken Loach’s moving Manchester-set drama.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Rainy Day Women
1984 |  84min
Wartime tensions in a remote English village.
Collection: Play for Today

Rali Senedd I gymru, Machynlleth 1949
1949 |  7min
Plaid Cymru rally from 1949.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Rank and File
1971 |  78min
The effect of a glass factory strike on the local community is explored in Ken Loach’s drama-documentary, filmed in Stoke-on-Trent.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Raphael
1987 |  21min
This film about the Indian charity features a focus on Ava Vihar, the residential centre for people with learning disabilities.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Raspberry Ripple
1988 |  81min
A wheelchair user plots a robbery in Rupert Haselden’s comedy staring Faye Dunaway, John Gordon-Sinclair and Nabil Shaban.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Ratcatcher
1999 |  90min
Lynne Ramsay’s first feature, a harrowing, beautiful tale of adolescence set in 1970s Glasgow.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Raynor Collection 1940-44
1940 |  40min
Three films by a South Yorkshire filmmaker who captured 1940s village life with artistic flair.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Reach For the Sky
1956 |  130min
Kenneth More plays real-life fighter pilot and double amputee Douglas Bader in this 50s favourite.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

The Real Amy Johnson
2003 |  45min
TV documentary re-examining Johnson’s life and the legends inspired by her untimely death.
Collection: Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies

A Real Day Out aka Bakewell Show
1929 |  2min
Prize bulls and horsemanship at the agricultural and military show in Bakewell.
Collection: Heartlands

The Real George Orwell (South Bank Show)
2003 |  52min
D.J. Taylor traces the early years of George Orwell, their influence on his later outlook and the writing of his final novel: ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.
Collection: The Book Group

The Real McCoy
1991 |  29min
Comedy sketch show showcasing the talents of young black comedians.
Collection: Black Britain

The Real Room 101
2003 |  30min
What inspired George Orwell’s most terrifying creation?
Collection: The Book Group

The Really Wild Show
1990 |  20min
A tapir, a giant beetle and a cuddly lemur threaten to upstage Terry Nutkins.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Rebecca
1997 |  194min
Charles Dance and Emilia Fox star as the de Winters in this sumptuous 1997 adaptation in two parts.
Collection: The Book Group

Rebecca
1979 |  215min
Memorable four-part Du Maurier adaptation – a classic of late-’70s British TV.
Collection: The Book Group

Reclaiming the City
1984  |  26min
Can architects learn lessons from the mistakes made during Birmingham’s 1960s redevelopment?
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Record of the Opening of the Preston and Lancaster Motorways
1959  |  12min
What Lancashire has today, other parts of the country will have tomorrow: the arrival of the motorway.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

The Red and the Blue
1983 |  80min
Ken Loach contrasts the 1982 Labour and Conservative party conferences, seen through the eyes of six delegates.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Red Ensign
1934 |  69min
A visionary shipbuilder strives to rescue the British shipping industry in Michael Powell’s film.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Red Road
2006 |  110min
Glasgow’s condemned Red Road estate is the ominous setting for Andrea Arnold’s gripping debut feature.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Red Shift
1978 |  85min
A fantasy tale for adults from the author of ‘The Owl Service’.
Collection: Play for Today

Refuge England
1959 |  27min
A Hungarian man’s first day in London.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Relax
1991 |  25min
A man waits for the results of an HIV test, and retreats into fantasy.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Religion and the People
1940 |  15min
The social work carried out by churches of all faiths in Britain, including a section on East End Jewish life.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Rembrandt
1936 |  85min
Charles Laughton stars in Alexander Korda’s biopic of the great Dutch painter.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Report: St. Ann’s
1969 |  60min
Stephen Frears acclaimed documentary, depicting the ‘real’ ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’.
Collection: Heartlands

Repulsion
1965 |  101min
Catherine Deneuve succumbs to madness in a Kensington flat in Roman Polanski’s psycho-sexual thriller.
Collection: London Calling

Reputations: Hitch
1999 |  120min
An array of friends and collaborators help chart Hitchcock’s five-decade filmmaking journey in this 2-part BBC profile.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Resistance
1976 |  90min
The sociological and psychological roots of resistance to military occupation.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Return of the Vikings
1944 |  52min
A Norwegian whaleboat captain does his bit for the Allied cause in Ealing’s distinctive ‘story documentary’.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Return to Brixton
1991 |  90min
Ten years after the riots, Lord Scarman returns to Brixton to see whether anything has changed.
Collection: Beautiful South

Return to Life
1960 |  29min
A family of refugees attempts to integrate into British life.
Collection: Essentially British

Reunion
Erik Knudsen 1995 | 50 min
Experimental documentary exploring the theme of life after death.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Review 36th Year No 5
1982 |  9min
‘Mining Review’ bows out in style.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Rhodes of Africa
1936 |  91min
The rise of Cecil Rhodes (Walter Huston) from diamond miner to Prime Minister of the Cape Colony.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Rhondda
1935 |  6min
Nye Bevan appears in this sincere protest against the Depression’s effects in the Rhondda.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Rhyl
1902 |  3min
The Prince and Princess of Wales open Rhyl’s Royal Alexandra Hospital in 1903.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Rich and Strange
1932 |  92min
A marriage hits the rocks during a world cruise in this Hitchcock curio.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Richard Dimbleby: The Voice of the Nation
1990 |  60min
A review of the life and career of the remarkable broadcaster and journalist.
Collection: TV Heaven

Richard is My Boyfriend
2007 |  62min
A young woman with learning difficulties has a sexual relationship with her boyfriend, who has Downs Syndrome. What will the neighbours say?
Collection: n/a

Riff-Raff
1991 |  96min
Robert Carlyle stars in Ken Loach’s raucous tale of camaraderie on a London building site.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

The Right Spirit
1931 |  9min
Propaganda cartoon promoting the Conservative Party.
Collection: The Ballot Box

Ringway
1963  |  22min
The design and construction of one of Birmingham’s inner ring roads.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

The Rise and Fall of Nellie Brown
1964 |  80min
Elisabeth Welch and Jamaican teen-singer Millie star in this festive twist on ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
Collection: Black Britain

Rising Damp (Pilot Ep)
1974 |  25min
Pilot episode for the sitcom about a self-styled ‘aristocrat of bedsit land’ and his unfortunate tenants.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Rita, Sue and Bob Too
1986 |  90min
Provocative 80s comedy about two teenage girls from a Bradford housing estate and their affair with a married man.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

River Folk (Songs of the Organ)
1944 |  10min
Let the organist at Hounslow’s Ambassador Cinema take you on a musical journey down the river.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

River of Steel
1951 |  11min
Ebullient animated fable promoting steel’s importance – and imagining a world without it.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

A River Speaks
1956 |  19min
Flora Robson traces the history of the River Tyne.
Collection: North by North East

River Tyne
1965 |  16min
From Newcastle Quay to the lower reaches of the Tyne, the working river is revealed.
Collection: North by North East

A Road in India
1938 |  10min
Headily romantic Technicolor portrait of India, photographed by Jack Cardiff.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Road of Health
1938 |  12min
Animated moral fable designed to keep the British public on the ‘straight and narrow’.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

The Robbers and the Jew
1908 |  5min
Cruel, anti-Semitic comedy – one of the earliest representations of a Jew on film.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Robin Redbreast
1970 |  75min
A woman visits her holiday home in the country, but begins to suspect the villagers may be planning a human sacrifice.
Collection: Play for Today

Robinson in Space
1997 |  82min
Seven trips across industrial England in search of Utopia… Patrick Keiller’s sequel to his hugely successful London.
Collection: Essentially British

Rock Goes to College (The Stranglers)
1978 |  30min
Well, what a bummer – The Stranglers are unimpressed by their student-heavy audience.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Rocket Site Story
1958 |  20min
Residents of Norfolk descend upon North Pickenham near Swaffham to protest the construction of a missile base.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Rocking Horse
1962 |  24min
The unlikely romance between a teddy boy and a painter.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

A Rod of Iron
1980 |  54min
Nigel Hawthorne and Edward Woodward star in David Mercer’s moving play about confronting the ghosts of one’s past.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Rogues of London
1915 |  57min
Two young people become mixed up in murder, suicide and blackmail in the treacherous Capital.
Collection: London Calling

Roll on Four O’Clock
1970 |  60min
Compelling play by the writer of ‘Chariots of Fire’, exposing homophobic bullying in a northern secondary modern school.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Roll Out the Barrel
1986 |  5min
Have a barrel of fun with Andy Walker’s twisted animation.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

The Rollicking Rajah
1914 |  3min
Politically incorrect comedy.
Collection: Before Midnight

Rome Express
1932 |  87min
Delightful comedy-thriller set on a VIP-packed express train.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Romeo and Juliet
1978 |  168min
BBC Television Shakespeare version of the classic doomed romance.
Collection: TV Heaven

Room – Double Take
1967 |  10min
A man gets high from a bong while Peter Gidal’s camera seeks out the counter-cultural paraphernalia scattered around his room.
Collection: British Islands

Room 101
1994 |  30min
Peter Cook discusses his bêtes noires.
Collection: The Book Group

A Room of One’s Own
1990 |  52min
Eileen Atkins plays Virginia Woolf in this adaptation of the latter’s essay on her lectures on “Women and Fiction” at Girton College, Cambridge.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

A Room With a View
1985 |  110min
From Florence to Surrey – middle class repression is liberated on a Tuscan hillside.
Collection: Essentially British

Roots
1992 |  105min
Jane Horrocks stars in this BBC adaptation of Arnold Wesker’s play about a girl returning to her family home in Norfolk.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Rosebud
1991 |  14min
An erotic lesbian tale of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Rothbury Carnival
1931 |  1min
Eccentric costumes abound in this march through the streets of Coquetdale, Northumberland.
Collection: North by North East

The Rotters Club
2005 |  60min
Punk comes to the West Midlands in this episode from the acclaimed adaptation of Jonathan Coe’s novel.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

The Rough and the Smooth
1959 |  99min
Tony Britten risks losing his girlfriend when he’s lead astray by a wily foreign femme (Nadja Tiller).
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Rough Sea at Dover
1895 |  1min
Early film footage of Admiralty Pier, Dover.
Collection: British Islands

Rough Trade (South Bank Show)
1979 |  60min
The story of Rough Trade, the iconic punk music store at 130 Talbot Road.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Round the Clock
1932  |  10min
The story of the Giant Cream Cracker, or how biscuits are baked in Crumpsall.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

The Royal
2003 |  50min
First episode of the ‘Heartbeat’ spin-off set in a Yorkshire hospital in the 1960s.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Royal Family
1969 |  110min
A year in the life of the royal family.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Royal Festival Hall, 1951
1966 |  25min
The design and construction of the arresting London landmark.
Collection: Beautiful South

Royal School for the Deaf
1934 |  15min
Pupils and staff enjoy sports day and a trip to Skegness.
Collection: Heartlands

Royal Visit to Bangor
1902 |  3min
The Prince and Princess of Wales go on a day trip to Bangor. / Tywysog a Thywysoges Cymru’n mynd ar daith undydd i Fangor.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Royal Visit to Barrow and Launch of HMS Dominion
1903 |  5min
An Edwardian battleship takes its first plunge.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Royal Visit to Sheffield
1954 |  30min
A young Queen Elizabeth II receives a rapturous reception in the ‘City of Steel’.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Royle Family
1998 |  30min
Innovative offbeat fly-on-the-wall comedy set in a Manchester council house.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Rugged Island: A Shetland Lyric
1933 |  54min
The story of a young couple torn between the choice of emigration to Australia or remaining to work their croft in Shetland.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Rumpole of the Bailey
1975 |  65min
John Mortimer’s Old Bailey barrister makes his debut.
Collection: Play for Today

The Running, Jumping and Standing Still Film
1960 |  11min
Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan star in this merry blast of nonsense.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Rush Hour
1970 |  3min
The morning stampede at Waterloo Station, packed into three frenzied minutes.
Collection: Beautiful South

Rutland the Brave
1968 |  26min
What is the future for a county that only has one set of traffic lights?
Collection: Heartlands

S.O.S. Titanic
1979 |  98min
Look out for Helen Mirren as a plucky stewardess in this rarely seen feature, originally made for US television.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

S.S. Olympic
1910 |  7min
The building and launch of the Titanic’s sister ship in Belfast.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

S.W.A.L.K. aka Melody
1970 |  107min
Mark Lester and Jack Wild star in a tale of young love at a Lambeth comprehensive.
Collection: Box of Delights

Salaam Butetown
1992 |  30min
Profile of the Somali community in Cardiff.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Saloon Bar
1940 |  79min
Gordon Harker plays an amateur sleuth from his base in a London pub.
Collection: Roll Out the Barrel

Saltburn-by-the-Sea Centenary 1861 – 1961
1961 |  40min
Seaside views on the town’s 100th Anniversary.
Collection: North by North East

Salvage with a Smile
1940 |  6min
Ealing’s appeal for the conservation of household waste products as part of the war effort.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Sam Goes Shopping
1939 |  6min
There’s a fleeting appearance from a very young Terry-Thomas in this advert for the Co-op’s wares.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Sambo and Two Girls
1911 |  2min
A young black man appears in what may be a dental health film.
Collection: Black Britain

Samphire Picking
1962 |  4min
Dreadful trade! A samphire picker explains his vocation in the marshes of Blakeney, Norfolk.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Sanders of the River
1935 |  98min
Zoltan Korda’s controversial colonial epic starring Paul Robeson, later rejected by its star for its patronising attitude to West Africans.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Sandman
1992  |  10min
A young boy faces a visit from the terrifying Sandman in this Oscar-nominated animation.
Collection:  Gothic: Monstrous

Sandringham – The Country Seat of Our King
1920 |  5min
Privileged access to royalty’s Norfolk retreat.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Santa Claus
1898 |  1min
The man in the white beard brings magic to Victorian Britain.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Sapphire
1959 |  92min
Investigations into the mysterious murder of a young student reveal a world of racism and bigotry.
Collection: Black Britain

Sat’day
1999 |  10min
A South Asian teenager seeks to break free from family traditions and constraints.
Collection: Heartlands

Saturday Morning Out – Halifax etc. [1951-1965]
1951 |  20min
A hairdressing competition is among the events caught in these short films by the Halifax Cine Club.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Saturday Shopping
1903 |  6min
A brow-beaten husband causes havoc on a trip into town.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Save the Children Fund Film
1971 |  50min
Ken Loach’s documentary for the charity, filmed in the UK and Africa and unseen for more than four decades.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Save Your Shillings and Smile
1943 |  7min
Wartime favourite Tommy Trinder stars in this musical short to promote War Savings Bonds.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Say It With Flowers
1934 |  71min
Cockney musical featuring a a flower seller and Old Kent Road music hall.
Collection: London Calling

The Scar
1997 |  94min
Proposed pit closures provoke different responses among the inhabitants of a Durham town.
Collection: North by North East

Scarborough 1927-1938
1927 |  15min
The North Yorkshire resort captured in the heyday of the British seaside holiday.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Scarlet Woman
1924 |  45min
Catholic fantasy starring Evelyn Waugh in an Andy Warhol fright wig.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Scenes at Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park Corner Underground Stations
1931 |  7min
Magical, slightly surreal record of the London Underground.
Collection: London Calling

Scenes from a Suffragette Demonstration at Newcastle
1909 |  1min
Supporters of the Women’s Social and Political Union campaign in the North East.
Collection: North by North East

Scenes in Ceylon aka Native Life in Ceylon
1909 |  8min
Street scenes, elephants and ‘native magic’.
Collection: Before Midnight

Scenes in Glossop
1912 |  3min
A tram ride through the small Derbyshire market town.
Collection: Heartlands

School and Community
1977 |  25min
The conception and creation of the Cambridgeshire Village Colleges.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Scotch and Wry
1979 |  30min
A Scottish comedy sketch show that became a national Hogmanay institution.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Scotland for Fitness
1938 |  12min
Scots burn the calories.
Collection: Essentially British

Scott of the Antarctic
1948 |  111min
Lavish recreation of Captain Scott’s doomed expedition to the South Pole, starring John Mills.
Collection: Into the White

Scottish Painters (Monitor)
1959 |  11min
Ken Russell documentary about the painters known as ‘the two Roberts’, MacBryde and Colquhoun.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Scrooge
1951 |  86min
The definitive Scrooge? See Alastair Sim’s bravura performance and judge for yourself.
Collection: The Book Group

Scrooge
1913 |  30min
Seymour Hicks recreates a role he played thousands of times on stage for this 1913 screen version.
Collection: The Book Group

Scrooge; or, Marley’s Ghost
1901 |  4min
The earliest surviving Dickens adaptation: A Christmas Carol, condensed into 4 minutes.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Scrubbers
1982 |  89min
A young lesbian engineers her arrest to be nearer her borstal inmate lover. From the writer of ‘Scum’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Scully’s New Year’s Eve
1978 |  75min
Alan Bleasdale’s Scouse tearaway makes his debut.
Collection: Play for Today

Scum
1977 |  95min
Ray Winstone and David Threlfall star in this famously banned Borstal drama.
Collection: Play for Today

Sea Fort
1940 |  6min
Ealing’s propaganda short offers a snapshot of life on the front line of coastal defence during WWII.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle
2007 |  88min
The first Scottish Gaelic feature film follows a young man’s quest for the truth behind the death of his parents.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Seacoal
1985 |  82min
The men and women who eke a living from collecting ‘seacoal’ on the Northumberland coast find their way of life under threat.
Collection: Essentially British

Seafood
2004 |  10min
Colin wants romance. Naveen wants sex. A tale of love, lust and unbearable frustration.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Seaham Harbour
1899 |  1min
A view of Victorian County Durham at the construction of Seaham Pier.
Collection: North by North East

Seamus Heaney (South Bank Show)
1991 |  45min
The future Nobel laureate recorded at a point of artistic transition.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

Sean Connery’s Edinburgh
1982 |  27min
The screen legend conducts a personal tour of the city that shaped him.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Seance on a Wet Afternoon
1964 |  116min
Plans go awry when a fake spirit medium (Kim Stanley) kidnaps a young child as a publicity stunt.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Season’s Greetings
1986 |  110min
Biting Alan Ayckbourn drama about a disastrous family Christmas.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Seawards the Great Ships
1960 |  29min
Stunning, Oscar-winning doc celebrating Scotland’s shipping industry.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
2010 |  90min
Maxine Peake stars as the real-life 19th century Yorkshire landowner and rediscovered feminist icon.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Secret Lives: Enid Blyton
1996 |  60min
The darker side of the bestselling children’s author.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

The Secret of Stamboul
1936 |  87min
A young James Mason uncovers a sinister plot in Turkey.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Secret of the Loch
1934 |  73min
‘Jurassic Park’, 1930s-style.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Selling of Noddy
1988 |  50min
Can Noddy break America?
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Semi-Final Seven Aside/Tennis
1939 |  17min
A pre-war snapshot of Rugby League and tennis tournaments at Bradford’s Odsal Stadium.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

A Sentimental Journey
1966 |  24min
The closure of a Yorkshire railway line is captured in this poignant amateur film.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Servant
1963 |  115min
The homoerotic power games between master and servant take centre stage in this Pinter adaptation.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Seven Days to Noon
1950 |  94min
London is at the mercy of a scientist threatening to detonate an atomic device…
Collection: London Calling

Seven Up!
1964 |  30min
First edition of the epic ongoing documentary project introduces 14 British children and considers their futures.
Collection: TV Heaven

Seven Years in Tibet
1956 |  75min
Heinrich Harrer re-traces his epic journey through the Himalayan kingdom in this 50s docudrama.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Sex and the Disabled
1978 |  25min
The physical and mental barriers that face disabled people who are ready to form loving relationships.
Collection: n/a

Shackleton
2002 |  220min
Kenneth Branagh stars in the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning drama depicting Ernest Shackleton’s incredible Antarctic adventures.
Collection: Into the White

Shadow in the Stream
1939 |  17min
Follow the adventures of Ottoline and her newborn cub Otto in the Norfolk Broads.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Shadow of Progress
1970 |  25min
Impressive BP-sponsored documentary exploring the downside of technology: pollution.
Collection: Reality Bites

Shadows
1975 |  25min
A haunted railway station scares Jenny Agutter in this spooky tale for kids.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Shadows on our Skin
1980 |  80min
Two dreamers – a boy and a female teacher – befriend each other, but must face the complex realities of 1970s Derry.
Collection: Play for Today

Shadowscan
2000 |  12min
A doctor and a drug addict nurse skive off work for a while in Tinge Krishnan’s BAFTA-winner.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Shaft Survey
1957 |  36min
The National Coal Board gives a rigorous run-down on the joys of work study.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Shai Mala Khani: The Garland
1981 |  90min
The relationships, aspirations and problems of two British-Asian families in 1980s Birmingham.
Collection: Play for Today

Shakespeare’s Country
1926  |  11min
Scenic views of the Bard’s stomping ground around Stratford-upon-Avon.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Shallow Grave
1994 |  89min
A corpse and a case full of cash bring out the worst in three friends in Danny Boyle’s directorial debut.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Shalom Joan Collins
1989 |  70min
A feuding Jewish mother and daughter prepare for an unlikely visit from a screen legend in Peter Morgan’s rarely seen TV play.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Shameless
2004  |  50min
The first episode of the irreverent comedy series set on a Manchester housing estate.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Share Thy Bread
1963 |  18min
The early years of the charity Raphael as described by founder Leonard Cheshire.
Collection: n/a

Sheffield Spartan Swimmers
1933 |  16min
A hardy band of friends brave all weathers to enjoy their local outdoor pool in this light-hearted amateur film.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Shelagh Delaney’s Salford (Monitor)
1960 |  15min
Ken Russell travels to Salford to interview one of its most celebrated residents, not yet 21 but with two plays already produced.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Shellshock Rock
1979 |  47min
Punk goes to Northern Ireland.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Sherlock
2010 |  89min
Conan Doyle’s peerless detective genius is given a bold reboot for the 21st century.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Shield of David
1928 |  1min
Jewish ex-servicemen lay a Star of David-shaped wreath at the Cenotaph.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Shillong Scenes
1932 |  19min
Golf (among other things) in the Himalaya.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Ship
1990 |  100min
Powerful production of Bill Bryden’s spectacular shipbuilding drama, filmed in Harland & Wolff’s Shed in Govan, Glasgow.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

The Ship
1998 |  25min
Dispute at the Swan Hunter shipyard, Tyneside.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

The Ship “Terra Nova” Leaving Harbour Towards the South Pole
1910 |  1min
Captain Scott’s ship departs Cardiff Docks on the ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13.
Collection: Into the White

Shipyard
1935 |  24min
Paul Rotha films the building of the SS Orion at Barrow-in-Furness.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Shipyard Sally
1939 |  79min
Up the Workers! Gracie Fields comes to the rescue of unemployed shipbuilders.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

The Shipyard Tapes
1984 |  40min
Impassioned films made for the Tyne and Wear ‘Save Our Shipyards” campaign.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

The Shirley Schools
1929 |  23min
The care and education of Bermondsey’s orphans and abandoned children.
Collection: Beautiful South

Shoot the Messenger
2006 |  90min
Blatantly racist or essential, provocative drama? Few recent TV films have created so much debate.
Collection: Black Britain

Shooting Stars
1928 |  80min
The British film industry turns the camera on itself in Anthony Asquith’s virtuoso satire.
Collection: Silent Britain

The Shop
1998 |  30min
Selfridges’ 1990s renaissance gets off to a slightly shaky start in this docusoap.
Collection: London Calling

A Short Vision
1956 |  8min
Adult animation imagining the apocalypse.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Shovel
1959 |  16min
Everything you ever wanted to know about shovels but were afraid to ask.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Sick Kitten
1903 |  1min
Two children nurse a feline patient.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Sidney Street Siege aka The Great East End Anarchist Battle
1911 |  4min
Documentary footage of the 1911 Siege of Sidney Street.
Collection: London Calling

Sidney Turtlebaum
2008 |  19min
Sir Derek Jacobi plays an eccentric gay Jewish man with an unsavoury interest in funerals in this award-winning short.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Sidney’s Chair
1995 |  21min
The arrival of film star Sidney Poitier in East London is a momentous event for a young boy and his friends.
Collection: Black Britain

The Signalman
1976 |  40min
Denholm Elliot struggles with a chilling premonition on an isolated railway line in Andrew Davies’ adaptation of a short story by Dickens.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

The Silence
2010 |  229min
Deaf teenager Amelia’s life is turned upside down after she witnesses a murder in this four-part thriller.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Silent Britain
2006 |  90min
Start reclaiming your silent film heritage with a look at Matthew Sweet’s ground-breaking documentary.
Collection: Silent Britain

The Silent Playground
1963 |  72min
A learning disabled man unwittingly poisons children in this affecting south London-set drama.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Silent Scream
1990 |  85min
The true story of Larry Winters, prisoner and poet – a convicted murderer with an IQ of 165.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Silent Village
1943 |  36min
A Welsh mining community is used to dramatise the lives of a Czech village under Nazi occupation. Directed by Humphrey Jennings.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Silver Blades Ice Skating
1960 |  7min
Vibrant colour footage of Silver Blades, Streatham – ‘the most luxurious ice rink in the world’.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Silver Sword
1958 |  30min
Superb adaptation of Ian Serraillier’s wartime adventure story, starring a young Frazer Hines and Melvyn Hayes.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Simba
1955 |  99min
Love story set amidst the Mau Mau’s uprisings in Kenya, starring Dirk Bogarde.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Simla – Maharajah Kumar
1928 |  16min
Street life in Simla and Lahore.
Collection: Before Midnight

Simla Scenes: Indian Viceroy at Lahore
1931 |  13min
Street life in Simla and Lahore.
Collection: Before Midnight

Sing As We Go!
1934 |  80min
Gracie Fields – the 1930s British icon – goes to Blackpool.
Collection: Essentially British

The Sinking of the Laconia
2011 |  172min
Alan Bleasdale’s gripping two-part drama about the Cunard liner attacked by a German U-boat in 1942.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

Sir Basil Gould’s Films of Tibet
1936 |  81min
Remarkable colour footage of Tibet – including shots of the current Dalai Lama as a young boy.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Sir Conrad Corfield’s Personal Films
1928 |  32min
Corfield’s home movies – from Simla to big game hunts.
Collection: Before Midnight

Six Little Jungle Boys
1945 |  9min
Vibrant animated vehicle for a rather unsavoury message from the War Office.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Sixth Happiness
1997 |  98min
The sexual awakening of a young Indian man born with brittle bones.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Size M
1970 |  12min
‘Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe’ goes underground.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

The Sky’s the Limit
1945 |  13min
John Mills heads up a stirring recreation of a bombing raid in Ealing’s ‘Wings for Victory’ campaign film.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Slavery Business: Breaking the Chains
2005 |  60min
William Wilberforce and the rise of the abolition movement.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

sleep furiously
2009 |  94min
Gideon Koppel’s bittersweet ode to the farming community of Trefeurig, with music by Aphex Twin.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Sling Your Hook
1969 |  79min
A rowdy troupe of Nottingham miners spend a life-changing weekend in Blackpool.
Collection: Heartlands

The Small Back Room
1949 |  103min
A bomb disposal expert, suffering from depression and alcoholism after losing a leg, is called back to frontline duty.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

The Small World of Sammy Lee
1962 |  107min
Taut, under-seen crime drama set in the seedy Soho underworld.
Collection: London Calling

The Smallest Car in the Largest City in the World
1913 |  6min
A cute baby Cadillac completes a victory lap of Trafalgar Square and dodges the city’s omnibuses.
Collection: London Calling

Smalltime
1996 |  61min
Shane Meadows’ feature debut, a petty crime comedy set in Nottinghamshire.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

The Smiths (South Bank Show)
1987 |  52min
One of Britain’s most idiosyncratic bands under the South Bank Show’s microscope.
Collection: Essentially British

Snapshots of Berwick
1928 |  5min
Residents of Berwick compete with local dignitaries for the attention of the filmmaker.
Collection: North by North East

Snow
1963 |  8min
Poetic portrait of running the railways through a perilous British winter.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Snowman
1982 |  26min
David Bowie introduces the Oscar-nominated animation, a staple of festive TV schedules since the early 80s.
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

So Clever are the German Spies in their Disguises that Even Nuns Have to Have Their Passports Examined
1915 |  1min
Nuns at bayonet point… almost.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

So Haunt Me
1992 |  30min
Miriam Karlin stars as ghostly grandmother Yetta Feldman in the first episode of this BBC sitcom.
Collection: Oy Britannia

So it Goes (Clips)
1977 |  30min
Tony Wilson presents live performances from The Stranglers, The Sex Pistols and The Clash.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

So that You Can Live
1982 |  83min
Reflective film following a union activist and her family in Treforest, South Wales.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Socialist Labour Party Election Broadcast
1997 |  5min
Ken Loach directs the first broadcast by the newly formed SLP.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Soho Square
1992 |  11min
Painterly portrait of the sights and sounds of the crowded London square.
Collection: London Calling

Solarflares Burn for You
1973 |  9min
Road movie or acid trip?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Solomon and Gaenor
1999 |  99min
Oscar-nominated tale of love across the cultural divide in early 20th century Wales, starring Ioan Gruffudd.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Some Activities of the Bermondsey Borough Council
1931 |  25min
A forward-thinking London borough council records its good deeds for posterity.
Collection: London Calling

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
1978 |  35min
Comic misadventures of the unfortunate Frank Spencer.
Collection: TV Heaven

Some of My Friends Are…Jewish
2003 |  30min
Anita Land investigates what it means to be Jewish, interviewing a rabbi and an edgy stand-up comedian.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Some Voices
2000 |  97min
Daniel Craig gives a powerful portrayal of schizophrenia in this humane London-set feature.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Something About Diss
1964 |  22min
John Betjeman visits the Norfolk town of Diss.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Something for the Boys
1981 |  42min
An illicit gay bar changes the life of a nervous Scottish soldier when an American officer sits at his table.
Collection: Beautiful Things

A Son of Africa
1996 |  30min
The story of the African man who was one of the true leaders of the abolitionist movement.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

Song of Freedom
1936 |  80min
Paul Robeson stars as a London docker who becomes a world-famous opera singer.
Collection: Black Britain

Songs of Scotland
1963 |  15min
Traditional songs of Scotland are sung against a backdrop of Scottish scenery.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Songs of the Coalfields
1964 |  15min
Traditional mining songs, accompanied by contemporary imagery from the collieries.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Sooty
1963 |  10min
Sooty and Sweep run riot at the pharmacy.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Sorley Maclean’s Island
1974 |  22min
The Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean recites his poetry and discusses his work with fellow writer Iain Crichton Smith.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Soul Nation
2003 |  150min
The story of how British youth fell in love with R&B.
Collection: Black Britain

Sounds of Britain: Coal
1979 |  30min
Traditional songs and sketches from the North East coalfields.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

South
1959 |  80min
Peter Wyngarde stars in the earliest surviving gay-themed British television drama.
Collection: Beautiful Things

South – Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic
1919 |  80min
Stunning record of Shackleton’s ill-fated but heroic expedition.
Collection: Reality Bites

South Bank
1964 |  12min
Look out for the National Film Theatre in this mid-60s tour of the South Bank’s ever-changing architectural landscape.
Collection: London Calling

South Riding
1974 |  54min
Opening episode of the award-winning drama about a progressive school mistress in 1930s Yorkshire.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Southern India – Tobacco Area
1937 |  7min
The tobacco industry in Andhra Pradesh.
Collection: Before Midnight

Space 1999
1975 | 50min
‘Series 1 Episode 17: ‘War Games’. Come aboard Moonbase Alpha in this episode from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s influential sci-fi series.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Spare Time
1939 |  15min
‘Rule Britannia’ played on kazoos… Has having good time ever looked quite so miserable?
Collection: Essentially British

Sparrows Can’t Sing
1962 |  94min
Cockney comedy starring a BAFTA-nominated Barbara Windsor.
Collection: London Calling

Speak for Yourself: Homosexual Equality
1974 |  50min
Members of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality are given a voice by London Weekend Television.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Speak Like a Child
1998 |  77min
The psychological journey of three friends from a children’s home.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Spellbound
John Harlow 1941 | 82 min
A bereaved young man falls under the influence of a group of Spiritualists.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Spend Spend Spend
1977 |  90min
The rags to riches to rags story of Britain’s most famous pools winner.
Collection: Play for Today

Spender
1991 |  55min
It’s Jimmy Nail vs the criminal underworld, as a jaded detective returns to his native Newcastle.
Collection: North by North East

Spirit of Albion
1987 |  58min
New Age Travellers, Britain’s very own nomads, attempt to preserve their way of life.
Collection: Essentially British

The Spirit of Lambeth
1962 |  29min
Enjoyably quirky colour record of the 1961 Lambeth Festival.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Spongers
1978 |  105min
The Silver Jubilee celebrations offer an ironic counterpoint to a family struggling on State Aid.
Collection: Play for Today

Sports Time
1973 |  10min
The North East’s football managers make their predictions for the 1973/4 season.
Collection: North by North East

Spotlight on the Colonies
1950 |  11min
Three years after India achieved independence, the Crown Film Unit continues to promote colonial rule across the globe.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Springtime in an English Village
1948 |  7min
A young black girl is crowned Queen of the May.
Collection: Essentially British

St. Christopher
1967 |  47min
Barney Platts-Mills’ profile of an organisation caring for children with learning disabilities.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

St. Kilda – Britain’s Loneliest Isle
1928 |  17min
A voyage from Glasgow to St Kilda, containing scenes of the Western Isles and island life of the crofters on St Kilda.
Collection: Essentially British

Stalk
2005 |  8min
A rabbit is stalked by a mysterious admirer in Leigh Hodgkinson’s dark animation.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

The Stalls of Barchester
1971 |  45min
The curious fate of an unscrupulous Victorian cleric is revealed in the BBC’s first ‘Ghost Story for Christmas’.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Stand on Your Man
1992 |  25min
What is the attraction of country music to so many lesbians?
Collection: Beautiful Things

Stan’s Last Game
1983 |  63min
Black comedy in which the rivalry between two football club chairmen is exacerbated following the death of a long-time fan.
Collection: Play for Today

The Star of Bethlehem
1956 |  18min
Lotte Reiniger’s distinctive silhouette animation of the Nativity.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Staying On
1980 |  87min
An elderly British couple stay on in India long after the Raj.
Collection: Essentially British

Steel
1945 |  35min
A triumphant steel industry showcase featuring dazzling Technicolor photography by Jack Cardiff.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

Steel for the Seventies
1970 |  13min
Steelmaking enters a bold new era at the Port Talbot plant in South Wales.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

Steel Goes to Sea
1941 |  15min
“Hitler is a B******” – Shipbuilding at the height of WWII.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Steel in South Wales
1950 |  10min
A tour of milling and galvanising factories at Port Talbot, Newport, Cardiff, and Ebbw Vale.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

Steel Scrap Drives in Bolton, Preston & Liverpool
1952  |  13min
Any old iron? North West people contribute to the collection of scrap steel.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Steel Town
1958 |  20min
Evocative colour film promoting United Steel’s Stocksbridge plant and its role at the heart of the community.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

The Steelchest, Nail in the Boot and the Barking Dog
1987 |  45min
Award-winning documentary showing the lives of shipyard workers through story and song.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Steptoe and Son
1970 |  30min
Harold is led astray by a ‘cultured’ antiques dealer.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Steve of the River
1937 |  10min
Parody of ‘Sanders of the River’, starring Steve, the cartoon horse.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Stewart Family Films
1934 |  11min
Home movies shot in Manipur.
Collection: Before Midnight

Stigma
1977 |  32min
A mother and daughter move into a remote house in the middle of a stone circle – with predictably disastrous consequences.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Still Waters
1948 |  17min
Tropical disease prevention in Southern Rhodesia.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married?
1992 |  3min
Echoes of ‘Alice’ in the Quay Brothers’ eerie stop-motion music video for US group His Name Is Alive.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

Stocker’s Copper
1972 |  85min
Drama set around the strike of Cornish clay miners in 1913.
Collection: Play for Today

Stockton-on-Tees
1910 |  3min
The Cleveland market town-dwellers smile for the camera in a film commissioned by the local cinema.
Collection: North by North East

The Stone Tape
1972 |  90min
Sci-fi maestro Nigel Kneale reimagines the period ghost story for the video age.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Stonehenge – Panorama of the Ancient Druidical Remains
1900 |  1min
The ancient British icon in the days before coach parties invaded.
Collection: Essentially British

Storm Damage
2000 |  95min
Ashley Walters and Adrian Lester star in this tough drama about troubled teenagers in care.
Collection: Black Britain

Stormy Monday
1988 |  93min
Melanie Griffith and Tommy Lee Jones come to Newcastle in Mike Figgis’ debut, inspired by the T. Dan Smith scandal.
Collection: North by North East

Story of Papworth: The Village of Hope, The
1935 |  18min
Anthony Asquith directs an appeal for funds for the Cambridgeshire medical settlement, starring Madeleine Carroll and Gordon Harker.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Story of Tracy Beaker
2008 |  15min
Funny and moving series about a high-spirited ten-year-old girl living in a children’s home.
Collection: TV Heaven

Strangers in a Town
1969  |  50min
Impressions of Wolverhampton from celebrated BBC filmmaker Philip Donnellan.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

The Street
2007 |  60min
Coming to terms with your sexuality can be hard, especially if you’re a married demolition worker from a tough northern town.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Street Betting [c1935]
1935 |  5min
Illicit goings-on upon the streets of Chesterfield.
Collection: Heartlands

Street Decorations in Bootle
1953  |  5min
Celebrating the new Elizabethan age on Merseyside.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Street Games We Used to Play
1957  |  15min
A glimpse of a time when the streets really were a playground.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Street of Crocodiles
1986 |  20min
A nightmarish netherworld populated by strange and sinister puppets.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Streets and Lion Yard
1977 |  12min
The construction and completion of the Cambridge Lion Yard shopping centre, including a visit from Princess Anne.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Strip! Strip! Hooray!!!
1932 |  36min
A tale of loose morals in a private club for scantily-clad sunbathers.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Struggles for Black Community – Leicester: A Common History
1984 |  45min
The oral histories and testimonies of the people who helped make a multi-cultural Leicester.
Collection: Heartlands

Stuart: A Life Backwards
2007 |  90min
A writer tells the story, from finish to start, of a homeless man living on the streets of Cambridge.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Student Power
1968 |  21min
The spirit of May 68 comes to the Capital, as students and staff lock horns at the London School of Economics.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

A Study in Change
1970 |  34min
Should workers embrace automation or rage against the machine?
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Suburban Week-End
1949 |  8min
A day in bustling West Norwood, from dawn to dusk.
Collection: Beautiful South

Success Story: Enid Blyton
1974 |  30min
Critics and librarians argue for and against the works of Enid Blyton.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

The Sugar Slaves
1972 |  55min
BBC documentary examining the importance of slavery to the maintenance of the British Empire.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

Summer of ‘76: Carnival
1976 |  50min
Rarely seen portrait of the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival – a year since defined by its descent into violence.
Collection: Black Britain

Sunday Bloody Sunday
1971 |  110min
Daniel loves Bob and so does Alex…
Collection: Beautiful Things

Sunday by the Sea
1953 |  14min
Impressions of a day at Southend, accompanied by music-hall songs.
Collection: Reality Bites

Sunday in the Park
1956 |  15min
A lazy summer’s day in Hyde Park.
Collection: London Calling

Sunderland – Setting for Industry
1966 |  22min
Poignant film promoting industries in Sunderland that have long since ceased to exist.
Collection: North by North East

Sunderland Oak
1961 |  30min
Philip Donnellan’s evocative documentary, set on a Sunderland shipyard under threat of closure.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Sunderland v Middlesbrough
1904 |  1min
Edwardian football match filmed at Roker Park – can Middlesbrough beat the home team?
Collection: North by North East

Sundial
1991 |  1min
Canary Wharf as icon.
Collection: London Calling

Sunflowers
1968 |  5min
Impressionistic short showing the humble sunflower as a symbol of life.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Sunley’s Daughter
1974 |  50min
Love among the haystacks in the Yorkshire Dales.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Sunny Clacton
1939 |  10min
Redcoats, sandcastles and knobbly knees are all part of the fun and frolics of 30s Clacton.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Sunny Stories
1992 |  70min
Maureen Lipman portrays Enid Blyton in an imaginative mix of drama, documentary and animation.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

Sunset Across the Bay
1975 |  70min
Mam and Dad retire to Morecambe in Alan Bennett’s poignant tale.
Collection: Play for Today

Sunshine in Soho
1956 |  33min
This 1950s Soho beats with far more energy than its pallid 21st century counterpart.
Collection: London Calling

Supergran
1986 |  25min
The super-powered pensioner battles the baddies in Tyneside in this Christmas special.
Collection: North by North East

Supernumaries
2003 |  21min
Who is accountable for the stowaway held on a merchant ship and what should the captain do? By Anja Kirschner.
Collection: British Islands

A Superstition
1977 |  75min
A pre-‘Brideshead’ Anthony Andrews stars in David Mercer’s provocative queer love triangle drama set on the Cote d’Azur.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Superted
1983 |  10min
Original Welsh-language episode of the popular children’s series about a teddy with super powers.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Supervisor’s Progress
1973 |  27min
The devil may find work for an idle supervisor, but not in this colourful instructional film starring Windsor Davies.
Collection: We Can Work It Out

Survivors
1975 |  50min
‘Series 1 Episode 1: ‘The Fourth Horseman’. The extraordinary opening episode of Terry Nation’s classic post-apocalyptic series.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wondert

Suzie Gold
2003 |  90min
Girl meets goy: a Jewish princess must decide between a Jew and a gentile in this light-hearted romantic comedy.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Sweeney Todd
1928 |  91min
Early British horror about the legendary barber-cum-killer, made over 80 years before Tim Burton’s vision.
Collection: Silent Britain

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street*
1936 |  68min
The City’s menfolk risk a dangerously close shave in Mr Todd’s barbershop.
Collection: London Calling

Sweet Sixteen
2002 |  106min
Ken Loach’s hard-hitting portrait of a Scottish teenager coping with drugs and poverty.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

The Swish of the Curtain
1980 |  120min
30 years before ‘Glee’, a group of kids decide to put on a show.
Collection: Box of Delights

Sword Dance Performed Before the King and Queen in India
1912 |  1min
Swords, but no dances.
Collection: Before Midnight

Sword of Honour
2001 |  193min
Channel 4’s two-part Waugh adaptation starring Daniel Craig, first broadcast in 2001.
Collection: The Book Group

Sword of Honour
1967 |  270min
The BBC’s faithful 1967 Waugh adaptation in three parts, starring Edward Woodward as Guy Crouchback.
Collection: The Book Group

The Sword of the Spirit
1942 |  15min
Wartime documentary exploring the role of Catholicism in the Allied cause.
Collection: Reality Bites

Sykes and a Haunting
1962 |  25min
Hattie Jacques finds herself handcuffed to Eric Sykes.
Collection: Funny Girls

T. Dan Smith
1987 |  86min
Innovative semi-documentary about the notorious ex-Newcastle councillor.
Collection: North by North East

T.H. Brown Amateur Films
1930 |  54min
Wonderful, unique home movies made by a Middlesbrough dentist.
Collection: North by North East

Take the High Road
1980 |  20min
A business executive threatens the peace in the community of Glendarroch.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Take Two
1988 |  25min
Philip Schofield presents a behind-the-scenes look at his own Saturday morning show ‘Going Live!’
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

A Tale of Two Cities
1958 |  117min
A wayward barrister (Dirk Bogarde) redeems himself with a heroic act of self-sacrifice during the French Revolutionary Terror.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

Talk About Work
1971 |  16min
Candid views on the world of work from three North West youngsters in Ken Loach’s rarely seen short.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Talkies Come to Britain (Yesterday’s Witness)
1971 |  50min
Hitchcock discusses the making of ‘Blackmail’ in this rarely seen documentary exploring cinema’s transition to sound.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

Tansy
1921 |  63min
A shepherd girl gets caught up in a love triangle between two brothers.
Collection: Silent Britain

A Tap on the Shoulder
1965 |  70min
Ken Loach directs his first ‘Wednesday Play’, a crime drama by James O’Connor attacking Establishment corruption.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Tarka the Otter
1978 |  91min
Britain’s most famous otter stars in this much-loved family favourite.
Collection: Box of Delights

Tartans of the Scottish Clans
1906 |  2min
Kilts but no Celts in this early film about the great Scottish icon.
Collection: Essentially British

A Taste of Honey
1961 |  100min
A single pregnant woman befriends a gay man in the prejudiced world of ’60s Britain.
Collection: Beautiful Things

T-Bag’s Christmas Carol
1989 |  25min
Wicked witch T-Bag attempts to spoil poor Sally Simpkins’ Christmas.
Collection: The Book Group

Tea Making Tips
1941 |  10min
What’s the recipe for the perfect cup of char?
Collection: Essentially British

The Team on 204’s
1964 |  16min
How does Lea Hall Colliery manage to achieve its output of treble the national average?
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Teeth of Steel
1942 |  11min
Britain trumpets its industrial might during wartime.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

The Teletubbies
1997 |  15min
An episode of the colourful series for pre-schoolers which became a hit all over the world.
Collection: TV Heaven

Television Adverts by Joseph Losey
1960 |  5min
The versatile director turns his attention to Horlicks and Fray Bentos.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Television Comes to London
1936 |  18min
The first ever TV documentary explores the year running up to the launch of the BBC Television Service.
Collection: Reality Bites

Tell England
1931 |  82min
Two boyhood friends are sent to fight at Gallipoli.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Tell Them in Gdansk
1989 |  60min
Angry response to end of shipbuilding on the River Wear, featuring music from The Flying Pickets and comedy from Mike Elliott.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Telly Savalas Looks at Birmingham
1981  |  25min
This is my kind of town! Kojak himself narrates this pun-filled 80s travelogue.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Temples of India
1938 |  10min
Hinduism for beginners.
Collection: Before Midnight

Ten Bob in Winter
1963 |  12min
Pioneering black British film following the travails of a jobless student on an icy London day.
Collection: London Calling

The Ten Year Plan
1945 |  17min
Charles Hawtrey on the utilitarian wonder of the ‘prefab’.
Collection: The Promised Land

Tenko
1981 |  52min
Immensely popular wartime drama portraying women in a Japanese PoW camp in Singapore.
Collection: TV Heaven

Terence Davies Trilogy
1976 |  92min
Repressed homosexuality and Catholic guilt in Davies’ landmark Liverpool-set saga.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Terminus
1961 |  30min
The ebb and flow of human life wryly observed during a day at Waterloo Station.
Collection: London Calling

The Terra Nova Returns Home
1913 |  1min
Large crowds welcome Scott’s ship back to Cardiff Docks – without its Captain.
Collection: Into the White

The Terrible Price: Gresford 1934
2004 |  30min
Documentary looking at the mining disaster at Gresford colliery near Wrexham, in which 266 miners were killed
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Territories
1984 |  26min
Isaac Julien’s political experimental documentary about the Notting Hill Carnival.
Collection: Black Britain

Terry on the Fence
1985 |  70min
A South London schoolboy runs away and becomes involved with a gang of tearaways.
Collection: Box of Delights

A Test for Love
1937 |  28min
Sweeping romantic drama (and treatise on STDs) set in a sleepy English seaside town in the ’30s.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

That Paralympic Show
2010 |  30min
This edition of the C4 series features wheelchair racer David Weir and a visit to the Olympic Stadium.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

That Was the Week That Was – Tribute to President Kennedy
1963 |  20min
Poetic tribute to John F. Kennedy on the day following his death.
Collection: TV Heaven

The Game of Haxey Hood
1929 |  1min
Welcome to a mad British tradition. Follow that hood!
Collection: Heartlands

Their Majesties Lambeth Way
1940 |  3min
The King and Queen boost morale in a heavily bombed Lambeth.
Collection: Beautiful South

They Also Serve
1940 |  10min
Touching morale-booster celebrating the stalwarts of the Home Front.
Collection: Housewives’ Choice

They Flew Alone
1942 |  104min
Anna Neagle stars as Amy Johnson in Herbert Wilcox’s biopic.
Collection: Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies

They Had an Idea
1953 |  14min
John Krish’s British Transport Film showcasing employee suggestions in the workplace.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

They Planted a Stone
1953 |  26min
Oscar-nominated documentary showing co-operation between Sudan and the UK, made at the height of the Suez Crisis.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

They Travel By Air
1947 |  19min
How to deal with airline passengers, however tiresome.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Things to Come
1936 |  97min
The city of the future rises from the rubble of world war in H.G. Wells’ prescient sci-fi fable.
Collection: The Promised Land

Things Unseen: Ena Twigg - Medium
Bimbi Harris 1971 | 42 min
Profile of a medium who first encountered her “misty people” at the age of seven.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Think of a Number
1978 |  24min
Johnny Ball does the impossible and makes maths and science interesting for kids.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

Think of England
1999 |  50min
Photographer Martin Parr seeks out the English icons.
Collection: Essentially British

Thirteen Cantos of Hell
1955 |  20min
Silhouette film illustrating aspects of Dante’s Inferno.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

This Automation Age
1963 |  33min
The introduction of computers in the workplace heralds a new industrial revolution.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

This Charming Man
1994 |  26min
Meloni Poole’s moving portrait of her father – the inventor of the horse jacuzzi.
Collection: Essentially British

This Happy Breed
1944 |  106min
Noël Coward’s saga of a Clapham family between the two World Wars.
Collection: London Calling

This is a Matter Which Vitally Concerns You
1938  |  4min
Screen A public appeal by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham for volunteer air raid wardens, fire fighters and medical staff.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

This Is Tomorrow
2007 |  54min
The Royal Festival Hall is reborn for a new generation, to the sounds of Saint Etienne.
Collection: Of Dreams and Cities

This Is Your Life
1960 |  32min
Eamonn Andrews gets out the Red Book for Ealing comedies scriptwriter T.E.B. Clarke.
Collection: TV Heaven

This Life
1996  |  40min
Family Outing’. Warren’s sexuality comes under scrutiny in this episode of the 90s legal drama series.
Collection:  Tony Garnett: Seeing Red

This Was a Woman
1948 |  104min
Mothers don’t come much deadlier than Sonia Dresdel’s murderous matriarch…
Collection: The Gentle Sex

This Was England
1935 |  21min
The agricultural development of Suffolk – from the Neolithic to the 1930s.
Collection: Essentially British

This Was Forever
2007 |  10min
An snapshot of life on Manor Garden allotments in East London.
Collection: London Calling

This Week Special: We Wish You a Merry Christmas
1966 |  20min
Celebrate Christmas with media mogul Robert Maxwell and family.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

This Week: Britain’s Jews
1965 |  25min
The problems facing Jews in Britain.
Collection: Oy Britannia

This Week: Homosexuals
1964 |  25min
TV documentary from a time before sex between men was legal.
Collection: Beautiful Things

This Week: Lesbians
1965 |  25min
1960s lesbians in the spotlight.
Collection: Beautiful Things

This Year – London
1951 |  25min
A pleasure trip to the sights (and bomb sites) of post-War London.
Collection: London Calling

The Three Bears
1999 |  14min
Soviet submariners get more than they bargained for when they surface in the Fens.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Three Clear Sundays
1965 |  87min
A naïve barrow boy lets his temper get the better of him with tragic consequences in James O’Connor’s play, directed by Ken Loach.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Three Fat Women of Antibes
1969 |  50min
Call me Frank! Three women enjoy the spa treatment.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Three Girls in a Boat
1933 |  2min
Three beauties take to the Norfolk Broads to show off their loveliness.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Three Minute Heroes
1982 |  60min
Cult ’80s drama following the lives of inner city teens.
Collection: Play for Today

Three Weird Sisters
1948 |  82min
Three spinsters – one deaf, one blind, one with arthritis – battle their younger brother in a gothic tale from Dylan Thomas.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

The Threepenny Opera
1931 |  105min
19th century London is recreated in a Berlin film studio for this adaptation of Brecht and Weill’s revolutionary musical.
Collection: London Calling

Through the Night
1975 |  80min
Trevor Griffiths’ drama about the treatment of a post-mastectomy patient, featuring Alison Steadman.
Collection: Play for Today

Thud and Blunder in Knock-Off Time
1964 |  2min
A cautionary cartoon about what happens when you disobey safety rules underground.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Thunderbirds
1965 |  50min
5-4-3-2-1 Thunderbirds Are Go! The first episode of Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation adventure series.
Collection: TV Heaven

Tibet
1928 |  6min
Tibet through the eyes of Frederick Bailey – Political Agent, butterfly collector and spy.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Tibetan Scenes
1945 |  125min
Extraordinary portrait of life in Tibet in the 1940s by Tsien-Lien Shen, resident Chinese Commissioner in Lhasa.
Collection: The Search for Shangri-La

Tick Tock Lullaby
2007 |  73min
A north London cartoonist and her girlfriend negotiate the pitfalls and practicalities of parenthood in Lisa Gornick’s second feature.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Tiger Bay
1959 |  105min
A young girl befriends a murderer in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Til Death Us Do Part
1972 |  30min
Bigoted East Ender Alf Garnett rails against the world.
Collection: London Calling

Tilly, The Tomboy, Visits the Poor
1910 |  7min
Anarchic fun with Alma Taylor and Chrissie White wreaking havoc as naughty schoolgirls.
Collection: Funny Girls

Timbuctoo
1933 |  71min
West Africa-set comedy adventure, plus a fascinating documentary detailing the film’s production.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Time for Dancing (This England)
1979 |  26min
Strictly come social tea dancing in Buxton.
Collection: Heartlands

Time Is
1964 |  29min
Don Levy’s extraordinary experimental collage film, produced for the Nuffield Foundation.
Collection: Reality Bites

The Time of Our Lives
1994 |  81min
The life and times of an East End Irish family.
Collection: London Calling

A Time There Was…A Profile of Benjamin Britten (South Bank Show)
1980 |  90min
The life of Suffolk’s greatest musical son.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Time to Go
1989 |  30min
A characteristically polemical documentary by Ken Loach, arguing for the withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Time-Lapse Study of Nail Growth
1960 |  2min
Serious scientific study or long-lost avant-garde body horror? You decide.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1979 |  41min
An episode of the intricately plotted serial based on the spy novel by John Le Carré.
Collection: TV Heaven

Tins for India
1941 |  8min
Unseen for over 50 years, Bimal Roy’s documentary finds poetry in the kerosene can.
Collection: Before Midnight

TISWAS
1978 |  32min
Compilation of the madcap children’s Saturday morning show presented by Chris Tarrant.
Collection: The Kids Are Alright

The Titanic Disaster
1912 |  5min
Gaumont’s newsreel boasted a brief glimpse of the real Titanic in dock prior to her ill-fated maiden voyage.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

Titanic: A Question of Murder? [Production material]
1983 |  88min
An extended interview with surviving Titanic crewman Major Prentice, filmed for a 1983 documentary.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

Titanic: The Mission
2010 |  240min
Five-part series following a team of engineers as they rebuild sections of the legendary liner.
Collection: Save Our Souls: Disaster at Sea

To Have and to Hold
2000 |  13min
A woman finds herself in a gruesome predicament after a car crash in the deep, dark woods…
Collection: Pandora’s Box

To Keep Our Way of Life
1959 |  54min
A West Indian man working in Britain faces prejudice, suspicion and jealousy.
Collection: Black Britain

The Tocher; A Film Ballet by Lotte Reiniger
1938 |  5min
The ‘wee folk’ help a man woo his true love in Lotte Reiniger’s ‘film ballet’.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

To-day We Live; a Film of Life in Britain
1937 |  23min
Impassioned socialist view of Depression-era Britain.
Collection: Reality Bites

Together
1956 |  52min
East End and Butlers Wharf locations feature in this under-seen drama about two deaf men.
Collection: London Calling

Together Alone
2009 |  30min
The last of a generation of East London Jews tell their story with humour and optimism.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Torment
1947  |  78min
A mentally unstable novelist commits murder in a twisted attempt to give himself a feeling of reality.
Collection:  Gothic: Monstrous

Tommy Cooper’s Christmas
1973 |  51min
Magic, music and sketches with the kooky comedian, with appearances by Sacha Distel and Clodagh Rogers.
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

Tommy Steele My Life, My Song
1974 |  60min
An evening of music and anecdotes from Bermondsey boy Tommy Steele.
Collection: Beautiful South

The Tomorrow People
1973 |  24min
‘Series 1 Episode 1: ‘The Slaves of Jedikiah’. The Tomorrow People find a new recruit in the first ever episode of the hit show.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Tom’s Ride
1944 |  11min
Tom wants a bike and finds a wallet – will he do the honourable thing?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Tonite, Let’s All Make Love in London
1967 |  72min
Vivid, memorable doc examining the ‘swinging’ London phenomenon.
Collection: London Calling

Too Late to Talk to Billy
1982 |  85min
Blistering, Belfast-set drama of a family at loggerheads, starring Kenneth Branagh.
Collection: Play for Today

Too Long a Winter
1973 |  47min
Documentary about the lifestyle of a lone female farmer in the most isolated corner of the Yorkshire Dales.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Toot-an-kum-in Daily Sketch
1923 |  1min
Cambridge students re-enact the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in a rag week stunt.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Top of the Pops ‘78 (Inc. Kate Bush ‘Wuthering Heights’ promo video)
1978 |  59min
Kate Bush throws some ethereal shapes in the iconic music video for ‘Wuthering Heights’.
Collection: The Book Group

Top Ten – Punk
2000 |  60min
A beginner’s guide to punk.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Torchwood
2007 |  50min
Captain Jack goes back to the 1940s and falls in love.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Tormentors
1966 |  57min
Dark, psychologically complex ‘Play of the Week’ starring James Mason and Stanley Baker.
Collection: TV Heaven

Tottenham Still Going Strong in Tea Fights August 30 1919
1919 |  8min
Street parties abound as the people of Tottenham celebrate the end of World War I.
Collection: London Calling

Tower Bridge Boats on Thames
1905 |  2min
Rare early footage of the Thames at its busiest.
Collection: Beautiful South

Tower Bridge Road Market
1931 |  3min
Street scenes around the bustling market at Tower Bridge Road.
Collection: Beautiful South

Town Moor Fair Scenes
1898 |  1min
All the fun of the Newcastle Town Moor Fair from over 100 years ago.
Collection: North by North East

Town Sparrows
1949  |  16min
A day in the life of a group of children from Oldbury in the West Midlands.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

The Trade Winds Blow
1963 |  9min
Glossy cinemagazine following the decline (and possible renaissance) of industry in the North East.
Collection: North by North East

Trafalgar Square Riot
1913 |  1min
A suffragette procession in Trafalgar Square causes a riot.
Collection: London Calling

Traffic Island
1994 |  27min
Five people and a dog cope with harsh conditions when they become marooned – on a traffic island just off Hemel Hempstead.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Tram Rides Through Nottingham
1902 |  7min
Hop on a tram and visit Nottingham with Mitchell and Kenyon.
Collection: Heartlands

Traveller
1981 |  78min
Two young travellers take an uneasy journey through 80s Ireland.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

A Traveller in Time
1978 |  150min
Penelope finds herself able to travel back in time to the reign of Elizabeth I, where she becomes involved in the plot to save Mary, Queen of Scots.
Collection: Box of Delights

Treasure Hunt: County Durham
1988 |  60min
Follow Anneka Rice around County Durham in this popular helicopter-assisted game show.
Collection: North by North East

Treasure Island
1935 |  3min
Children queue for a special performance of ‘Treasure Island’ at the Playhouse Cinema, Inverness.
Collection: Scottish Reels

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas
1974 |  35min
A theologian and his protégé unearth clues to find the hidden treasure of a corrupt monk.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Trellick Tower
1991 |  10min
Who says architecture should be easy? The controversial legacy of Modernism.
Collection: The Promised Land

Trial for Marriage
1936 |  28min
A sizzling insight into student life in the ’30s.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

The Trials of Oscar Wilde
1960 |  123min
Wilde brings about his own downfall when he decides to sue the father of his lover for slander.
Collection: Beautiful Things

A Trip Down the Clyde
1921 |  2min
A visit to the Dumbarton Rock and Rothesay shipyards.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

A Trip to North Wales on the St. Elvies
1902 |  2min
All aboard the St. Elvies paddle steamer to Llandudno with Mitchell and Kenyon.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Tropical Hookworm
1936 |  9min
Instructional film for African audiences on the causes and prevention of disease.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The Trouble With Black Men
2004 |  53min
David Matthews’ polemic unpicking the preconceptions that surround African-Caribbean men in Britain today.
Collection: Black Britain

The Trouble With…Gay Men
2006 |  56min
After years of political and cultural progress, why do so many of today’s gay men seem content to conform to stereotypes?
Collection: Beautiful Things

True Romance Etc.
1982 |  34min
A refreshing take on sex education using a wild teenage party as a springboard for discussion.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

The Truth About Gay Sex
2002 |  49min
Ever wondered what gay men get up to in bed? Virgins, notepads at the ready…
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Truth Will Out
1930 |  3min
Anti-Congress propaganda made by a District Officer.
Collection: Before Midnight

Trying to Kiss the Moon
1995 |  96min
Film autobiography by the late Stephen Dwoskin drawing on home movies, photographs and extracts from his own experimental work.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Tryweryn
1965 |  37min
Amateur film by Bangor schoolchildren, about the hugely controversial flooding of a valley to create the Llyn Celyn reservoir.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Tulip Town
1961 |  9min
Tiptoe through the tulip parade at the vibrant Spalding festival.
Collection: Heartlands

Tunde’s Film
1973 |  40min
A rarely seen portrait of racial tension in London’s East End, featuring original music by Joan Armatrading.
Collection: Black Britain

The Tunnel
1935 |  94min
Spectacular sci-fi tale about the troubled construction of a transatlantic tunnel.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Turkey Time
1933 |  72min
Festive frolics in a seaside town. Politically correct viewers, look away now. It’s Turkey Time!
Collection: Funny Girls

A Turn Up For Tony
1968 |  30min
Tati-esque comedy – Tony Tanner seeks a job and a girlfriend in Newcastle.
Collection: North by North East

The Turning Point (Horlicks Ad)
1951 |  3min
Who needs a marriage councillor when a mug of Horlicks is at hand?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Twelve Views of Kensal House
1984 |  55min
Can the social housing ideals of the ’30s survive in a very different era?
Collection: The Promised Land

Twilight City
1989 |  52min
Black Audio Film Collective’s portrait of Thatcher’s London.
Collection: Black Britain

Two Cooks and a Cabbage
1941 |  6min
How not to boil a cabbage.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Two Farmers
1948 |  18min
Popular Rhodesian film showing the best – and worst – ways to grow crops.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The Two Marys
1994 |  30min
Slavery through the eyes of two very different women.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

The Two of Us
1988 |  60min
Controversial BBC drama in which two gay boys must decide whether to leave their homophobic home town or stay and resort to conformity.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Two Town Mad
1964 |  37min
Torn between two towns – will Ray Gosling opt for Leicester or Nottingham?
Collection: Heartlands

Two Victorian Girls
1970 |  30min
Two members of pioneering female typing pools recall life in the 1890s.
Collection: Reality Bites

Two Worlds
1965 |  21min
The ancient and the modern worlds come together in the North East coal industry.
Collection: North by North East

Tynemouth Swimming Gala in the Haven, North Shields
1901 |  1min
Racing swimmers take the plunge – wearing top hats and tails.
Collection: North by North East

Tyneside
1941 |  17min
The building of the ‘Dominion Monarch’ on the River Tyne – the most powerful motor liner in the world.
Collection: North by North East

Tyrannosaur
2011 |  89min
Paddy Considine’s directorial debut, a powerful Sheffield-set tale of rage and redemption.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

UCS 1
1971 |  20min
Campaign film used by the Clydeside shipyard workers.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

An Ultra Modern House
1931 |  3min
The ultimate in streamlined chic – on a hillside above Amersham.
Collection: The Promised Land

Un Nos Ola Leuad (One Full Moon)
1991 |  98min
Haunting adaptation of Caradog Prichard’s classic novel, set in Snowdonia.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Uncharted Sea
1928 |  39min
A young man discovers the perils – and sensual pleasures – of city life.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

Uncle Denis?
2009 |  18min
US-born filmmaker Adrian Goycoolea recalls his Great Uncle Denis – aka Quentin Crisp.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Unclean World
1903 |  1min
What’s that crawling around in the cheese?
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Under the Skin
1997 |  80min
Intense psychological drama about two bereaved sisters.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Underground
1928 |  80min
Passions run deep on the London Underground.
Collection: London Calling

Undressing Extraordinary
1901 |  2min
Classic comedy or early horror? A man finds taking his clothes off more difficult than usual.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Uneasy Dreams: the Life of Mr Pickwick
1970 |  26min
A fictional biography of Mr. Pickwick, from childhood to his adventures in Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers.
Collection: Hard Times: Dickens on Screen

The Union Jack: A Banner for Britain
2006 |  60min
Biography of the flag – from a symbol of national pride to its adoption by the BNP.
Collection: Essentially British

United Kingdom
1981 |  75min
Play for Today at its most political – Tyneside communities take on the police and the state.
Collection: Play for Today

The Universe of Dermot Finn
1988 |  15min
Guess who’s coming to dinner? A brilliant, touching short reminiscent of Tim Burton.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

University Challenge
1962 |  27min
Leeds play Manchester in this early edition of the long-running, very challenging quiz.
Collection: TV Heaven

Untold: An Indian Affair
2001 |  49min
Four-part documentary series exploring the connections between the slave trade and contemporary Britain.
Collection: Before Midnight

Untold: Britain’s Slave Trade
1999 |  52min
Four-part documentary series exploring the connections between the slave trade and contemporary Britain.
Collection: Exodus: Remembering Slavery

Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton
1927 |  7min
A monument to fallen soldiers is revealed to the public.
Collection: Heartlands

Unwanted Guests
1943 |  8min
Pay a visit to the nit nurse.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Up the Junction
1965 |  70min
Abortion and pre-marital sex are no longer off-limits in Ken Loach’s vibrant and controversial TV play, based on the book by Nell Dunn.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Uppies and Downies
1926 |  1min
Thrilling sport or hideous brawl? Medieval football, the Ashbourne way.
Collection: Heartlands

Upside Down or The Human Flies
1899 |  1min
A mischievous magic trick that would inspire the special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Urdd Gobaith Cymru – Anenwadol ac Amhleidiol
1930 |  8min
The activities of the The Welsh League of Youth.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

V E Day
1945 |  8min
War is over, and Gateshead celebrates in style.
Collection: North by North East

The Val Doonican Show
1976 |  47min
Snuggle up with the Irish crooner for an evening of comedy, warmth and Nana Mouskouri.
Collection: Santa’s Grotto

Valley of Song
1953 |  74min
Rivalry in a Welsh village choir, featuring the debut of Rachel Roberts.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Vampires
1979 |  50min
A trio of Liverpool schoolboys get spooked by the Prince of Darkness in this unusual edition of Play for Today.
Collection: Play for Today

The Vanishing Street
1962 |  20min
Record of the once-thriving East End Jewish community.
Collection: London Calling

Vaughan Williams: A Symphonic Portrait (South Bank Show)
1984 |  52min
Ken Russell’s nine-part survey of the symphonies of one of the greatest of all English composers.
Collection: Ken Russell on TV

Very Jean Muir
1993 |  90min
Three-part profile of the dressmaker renowned for her austere but beautifully-crafted style.
Collection: Brit Chic

Victim
1961 |  100min
Groundbreaking drama that dared to portray homosexuals sympathetically in a dark tale of blackmail and prejudice.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Victoria the Great
1937 |  112min
Huge box office success detailing the life and loves of Queen Victoria (Anna Neagle).
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Victoria Wood – As Seen on TV
1986 |  30min
The joy of Victoria Wood: from Acorn Antiques to the erotic potential of bicycle clips.
Collection: Essentially British

A View from a Hill
2005 |  40min
BBC Four revived the creepy Christmas tradition with M.R. James’ tale of a mysterious pair of binoculars.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

View From An Engine Front – Ilfracombe
1898 |  4min
A bendy train trip through Devon – full steam ahead!
Collection: Reality Bites

The View from the Woodpile
1989 |  50min
Ken Loach’s prescient documentary exposes the plight of the West Midlands’ disenfranchised youth.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Views on Trial
1954 |  26min
Amusing, yet heavily biased, industrial film – a disgruntled worker is put on trial for rallying against the introduction of machinery in the workplace.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

A Village Affair
1995 |  120min
A married mother’s life is turned upside down in the much-loved lesbian Aga saga from Joanna Trollope.
Collection: Beautiful Things

A Village in India
1940 |  10min
Technicolor scenes in rural Rajasthan.
Collection: Before Midnight

Villain
1971 |  98min
Richard Burton stars as a psychotic homosexual gangster based on Ronnie Kray.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Viola
1967 |  23min
Experimental film using still imagery to convey a man’s fractured state of mind following the disappearance of his wife.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

The Violent Playground
1958  |  102min
The battle of wills between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a dangerous young pyromaniac.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

The Vise
1958 |  25min
WWII veteran and amputee Donald Gray stars as Detective Mark Saber in this early TV crime series.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

The Vision
1988 |  105min
Rarely seen sci-fi drama starring Dirk Bogarde as an unwitting TV presenter recruited by a sinister organisation to front their satellite channel.
Collection: Bogarde on the Box

Visit of Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth
1951  |  18min
The future Queen Elizabeth II visits Birmingham on 9 June 1951.
Collection:  Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen.

Visit of Their Majesties The King And Queen To The North-East Coast Ship-Building and Engineering On The Wear
1917 |  8min
George V and Queen Mary visit the Sunderland shipyards.
Collection: North by North East

A Visit to an Art School
1929  |  35min
Aspiring artists acquire their skills at Manchester School of Art.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

A Visit to Peek Frean and Company’s Biscuit Works
1906 |  36min
Meet the workers at one of Bermondsey’s thriving family businesses.
Collection: Beautiful South

Vivienne Westwood (South Bank Show)
1990 |  52min
Take a revealing peek into the working life of British fashion’s grande dame.
Collection: Brit Chic

Vivienne Westwood Showreel
1989 |  58min
An intriguing archive discovery: Sara Stockbridge models Westwood in rushes for an avant-garde fashion showcase.
Collection: Brit Chic

Voice of a Region
1970  |  14min
A colourful 1970s profile of Manchester Evening News and the city it serves.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Voices in the Garden
1993 |  86min
Feature-length TV adaptation of Dirk Bogarde’s 1981 novel set in the South of France, starring Anouk Aimée and Joss Ackland.
Collection: Bogarde on the Box

Volvo City
1991 |  60min
A portrait of the Hasidic Jewish community of Stamford Hill.
Collection: Oy Britannia

Vox Nova Scientiae
1936 |  12min
Prolific documentary producers Gaumont-British Instructional promote their output to schools.
Collection: Reality Bites

Vymura Advert – Noddy and Big Ears
1982 |  2min
Noddy’s interior decorating tips lead to a violent altercation with Big Ears.
Collection: Toyland Tales and Happy Endings

The W Plan
1930 |  104min
Brian Aherne is dropped behind enemy lines in this inventive espionage thriller.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Waddington’s Piano Works, Scarborough
1930 |  9min
See the painstaking craft processes that enable us to tinkle those ivories.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Wales v. Ireland at Wrexham
1906 |  2min
An Edwardian treat for footie fans courtesy of Mitchell & Kenyon.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Wales’ Wonderful Rugby Win
1922 |  1min
Wales thrash England with a landslide win.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Walter
1982 |  75min
Ian McKellen stars as a man with learning difficulties in the first ever Film on Four broadcast, directed by Stephen Frears.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Waltzes From Vienna
1934 |  77min
A real Hitchcock rarity, and a Hitchcock musical, to boot.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

The Wandering Jew
1923 |  108min
The legend of the Wandering Jew, condemned to walk the earth until the Second Coming, is brought to the big screen.
Collection: Oy Britannia

The War Game
1965 |  48min
Peter Watkins’ extremely controversial drama-documentary depicting a nuclear attack on Britain.
Collection: TV Heaven

War of the Worlds
1952 |  25min
Years before Hollywood adaptations and Jeff Wayne, Clacton County Youth Centre takes on H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Warning
1939 |  35min
Words of warning on the eve of the war from Sir John Anderson.
Collection: Heartlands

A Warning to the Curious
1972 |  50min
An amateur archaeologist visits the remote Norfolk coast to search for a buried Saxon crown, angering the violent forces which guard it.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Wasp
2003 |  24min
An Oscar-winning short, with a pivotal role for nobody’s favourite insect.
Collection: Essentially British

Waterloo Road*
1944 |  76min
Soldier John Mills goes AWOL in Lambeth to investigate rumours about his wife.
Collection: Beautiful South

Watership Down*
1978 |  92min
“Bright eyes, burning like fire…” Memorably dark animated classic, based on Richard Adams’ bestselling children’s novel.
Collection: March Hares & Easter Bunnies

Watton Christmas Party
1944 |  12min
American airmen entertain war orphans at Watton airfield, Norfolk.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The Waugh Trilogy
1987 |  180min
Impressively thorough three-part profile of Evelyn Waugh’s life and work.
Collection: The Book Group

Waverley Steps
1948 |  30min
Dramatised documentary about the inhabitants of Edinburgh during the course of a single day.
Collection: Scottish Reels

A Way of Life
2004 |  91min
Bleak portrait of a teenage single mother in South Wales.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Way We Live
1946 |  62min
Docudrama heralding the visionary transformation of Plymouth after its near-obliteration in WWII.
Collection: The Promised Land

We Are the Lambeth Boys
1959 |  52min
South London youth – members of Alford House Youth Club in Kennington at work and play.
Collection: London Calling

We Chose Skegness
1961 |  26min
Not even a pools win can tempt a family away from the joys of Skeggy.
Collection: Heartlands

We Should Have Won
1985 |  27min
Miners voice their frustration in Ken Loach’s attack on Labour party and union handling of the 1984-85 strike.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

We Think the World of You
1980 |  55min
The life and loves of author J.R. Ackerley.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Weaver Navigation
1951  |  17min
A trip along the River Weaver in Cheshire when it was a working commercial waterway.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Weavers Green
1966 |  25min
Episode one of the rural East Anglian serial set around a vet.
Collection: Soap Bubbles

Wedding of the Maharaj Kumar Shri Meghraji Saheb of Kutch and Maharaj Shri of Kishangarh
1933 |  13min
Indian princes arrive by yacht for a lavish wedding.
Collection: Before Midnight

A Wedding on Saturday
1964 |  45min
A bustling Yorkshire mining village prepares to celebrate in this early experiment in shooting on videotape.
Collection: Reality Bites

A Welcome to Britain
1943 |  60min
Britain for beginners… or Americans, at least.
Collection: Essentially British

Welcome to the Queen
1956 |  32min
The young Queen visits Teesside to a rapturous reception.
Collection: North by North East

Welsh Army (The Frost Programme)
1967 |  12min
David Frost interviews members of the much-mocked Welsh nationalist organisation.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Welsh Coal Strike Scenes at Aberaman
1910 |  4min
Shots of the ill-fated strike action in the Rhondda Cynon Taf mining village.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Welsh National Eisteddfod
1916 |  1min
Newsreel coverage of the 1916 Welsh National Eisteddfod in Aberystwyth.
Collection: Essentially British

Went the Day Well?
1942 |  92min
What if German paratroopers had invaded Britain?
Collection: Essentially British

West Coast Otters
2005 |  10min
Mother knows best’: a young Scottish otter learns how to catch fish.
Collection: Box of Delights

West End Aged Poor’s Outing to Benton August 15th 1923
1923 |  5min
Senior citizens on a day trip from Newcastle take to the dancefloor.
Collection: North by North East

West Indians
1963 |  12min
A Caribbean man deals with the realities of living in early 60s London.
Collection: Black Britain

West Indies Calling
1944 |  14min
Learie Constantine and Una Marson introduce the war effort in the West Indies.
Collection: Black Britain

The Westcliff Cine Club Visits Mr. Hitchcock in Hollywood
1963 |  11min
One lucky film club gets a very special address all the way from Universal Studios.
Collection: Looking for Alfred

We’ve Come a Long Way
1951 |  11min
The history of the oil tanker, as told through Halas & Bachelor’s vivid animation.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

What a Life!
1948 |  12min
Rationing, moaning and burnt toast. A film for pessimists.
Collection: Essentially British

What Can I Do With a Male Nude?
1985 |  24min
Ron Peck’s amusing rumination on the difficulties of showing the naked masculine body.
Collection: Beautiful Things

What Do You Do On Friday Night?
1926 |  2min
Dance the night away at the Cambridge Varsity Dance Club.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day?
2006 |  45min
Saint Etienne’s hymn to a vanishing east London – before the Olympic bulldozers moved in.
Collection: London Calling

What We Want is Watney’s: Michael Caine
1959 |  1min
A pre-fame Michael Caine stars in this advert for Watney’s ale.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

What Will You Be Doing in 2012?
2004 |  7min
East London school children discuss their hopes for 2012.
Collection: Sport at Heart

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
1973 |  30min
The Likely Lads’ finest (half) hour – can they avoid hearing the football results?
Collection: Essentially British

Whatsoever a Man Soweth
1917 |  37min
A remarkably explicit warning to WWI soldiers about the perils of fraternizing with loose women.
Collection: The Joy of Sex Education

When Coal Was King with Ricky Tomlinson
2006 |  60min
Ricky Tomlinson’s personal history of British coal mining, lavishly illustrated with footage from the BFI National Archive.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

When I Came to Britain
2004 |  12min
Caribbean settlers in the UK recall their first impressions of Britain.
Collection: Black Britain

When I’m Sixty-Four
2004 |  90min
It’s never too late to come out…
Collection: Beautiful Things

When the Boat Comes In
1976 |  50min
The first episode of the much-loved BBC series set in the fictional town of Gallowshield – loosely based on South Shields.
Collection: North by North East

When The Boat Comes In
1976 |  50min
Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy – Bill Seaton digs under the floorboards for precious coal in an episode from the much-loved series.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Where There’s a Curd… There’s a Whey
1979 |  22min
Is Yorkshire’s famous Wensleydale cheese under threat from mechanisation?
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Which Side Are You On?
1984 |  50min
Ken Loach’s anthology of songs and poems inspired by the Miners’ Strike, controversially refused a broadcast by the South Bank Show.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Whicker’s World California
1980 |  53min
Alan Whicker investigates San Francisco’s controversial new policy of recruiting gay and lesbian police officers.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Whisky Galore!
1949 |  81min
Gently subversive Ealing comedy about whisky smuggling in the Hebrides.
Collection: Scottish Reels

Whistle and I’ll Come to You
2010 |  55min
John Hurt stars in ‘Spooks’ writer Neil Cross’ modern take on Jonathan Miller’s classic 1968 chiller.
Collection: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Whistle and I’ll Come to You
1968 |  42min
Classic ghost story in which Michael Hordern summons a phantom apparition while holidaying in Norfolk.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

The White Shadow
1924 |  43min
Hitchcock worked on this silent feature – thought lost until 2011 – about a young woman possessed by the soul of her dead twin.
Collection: The Shaping of Alfred Hitchcock

White Tribe
2000 |  60min
Darcus Howe goes in search of white England.
Collection: Essentially British

Who is Poly Styrene?
1979 |  40min
Guide to the pint-sized teenage singer of X-Ray Spex.
Collection: Anarchy in the UK

Who the Dickens is Mrs Gaskell?
1999 |  55min
Was Elizabeth Gaskell Britain’s most passionate Victorian novelist?
Collection: The Book Group

Who Voted For This? The Nationalisation of Coal
1948 |  2min
Tory-sponsored film decrying the recent public ownership of mining.
Collection: This Working Life: King Coal

Who Would Not Welcome One?
1922 |  1min
The Valentine’s card, 1920s-style.
Collection: The Truth About Love

The Wicked Lady
1945 |  104min
A bored Margaret Lockwood finds fulfilment through highway robbery.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

The Wicked Lady
1983 |  99min
Guilty pleasure alert: Faye Dunaway stars alongside Britain’s finest in Michael Winner’s notorious 1983 remake.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Wicked Women: Christiana Edmunds
1970 |  54min
Anna Massey stars as the Chocolate Cream Poisoner in this Victorian true-crime drama.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

The Wicker Man
1973 |  86min
Pagan rites on a Scottish isle in the original cult favourite.
Collection: Essentially British

Wil Cwac Cwac
1985 |  5min
Children’s animation based on the Welsh-language stories by Jennie Thomas and J.O. Williams about a mischievous duckling.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Wild and the Willing
1962 |  115min
A young cast of future stars features in this X-rated university-set drama.
Collection: Heartlands

The Wild Duck
1957 |  90min
The idealistic son of a corrupt businessmen exposes a lifetime of lies in Ibsen’s masterpiece, directed for TV by Ealing regular Charles Crichton.
Collection: Missing Believed Wiped: The Library of Congress Discoveries

William Meiklejohn’s Family Films
1935 |  17min
These home movies include footage of Darjeeling, West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Collection: Before Midnight

Willie’s Last Stand
1982 |  55min
Jim Allen’s searing play about the effects of a one night stand.
Collection: Play for Today

The Wind That Shakes the Barley
2006 |  122min
Ken Loach takes us back to the 1920s and the fight for Irish independence in his controversial Palme d’Or winner.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Windrush
1998 |  236min
Major four-part documentary series, marking the 50th anniversary of the start of mass post-war immigration to Britain from the Caribbean.
Collection: Black Britain

The Winkler
1979 |  50min
Dystopian drama set in a near future where civil servants are busy ‘winkling out’ and repatriating all first generation immigrants..
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Winter
1923 |  13min
Wildlife in winter.
Collection: Reality Bites

A Winter’s Tale
1962 |  120min
Rediscovered adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘problem play’, starring Robert Shaw as Leontes and Rosalie Crutchley as Hermione.
Collection: Missing Believed Wiped: The Library of Congress Discoveries

Wisbech Mart
1926 |  8min
Wisbech locals strike a pose for the camera before heading to the Mart funfair.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Wisdom of the Wild
1940 |  10min
Learn a few lessons on thrift from our animal friends in this wildlife film with a message.
Collection: Reality Bites

Wise and Otherwise
1947 |  34min
A careless family fall prey to Cambridge’s hazardous roads.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Witchfinder General*
1968 |  87min
A menacing Vincent Price wreaks havoc across 17th Century Suffolk.
Collection: Essentially British

Within These Walls
1975 |  60min
Women in prison – from a time before ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Prisoner – Cell Block H’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Withnail & I
1986 |  107min
I demand to have some booze! – two out-of-work actors take to the countryside in this comedy classic.
Collection: Essentially British

Wittgenstein
1993 |  71min
A playful portrait of the Cambridge-educated philosopher by Derek Jarman.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Wives of Nendi
1949 |  20min
Women’s clubs in rural Rhodesia.
Collection: Cape to Cairo

The Woman for Joe
1955 |  94min
A hawker at Nottingham’s Goose Fair attempts to find a woman for his latest attraction – ‘The World’s Smallest Man”.
Collection: Heartlands

The Woman in White
John Bruce 1982 | 277 min
Five-part BBC adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ Victorian chiller.
Collection:  Gothic: Love is a Devil

Women in Love
1969 |  130min
Ken Russell does ‘Son of Nottingham’ D.H. Lawrence proud: an exquisite Midlands-set study of class and sexuality in the 1910s.
Collection: Heartlands

Women in Tropical Places
1989 |  87min
Women on the verge of a Newcastle breakdown.
Collection: North by North East

Women of Steel
1984 |  27min
Documentary celebrating the contribution of Sheffield’s female steelworkers during WWII.
Collection: This Working Life: Steel

Women of the Rhondda
1973 |  70min
Four women living in a South Wales mining village describe their experiences.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Women’s Rights aka Ladies Skirts Nailed to a Fence
1899 |  1min
Rubbish Victorian cross-dressers.
Collection: Essentially British

The Wonderful Fruit of the Tropics
1914 |  5min
Collecting and eating the fruit of India.
Collection: Before Midnight

The Wonderful World of Joanna Quinn
2000 |  30min
Profile of the celebrated animator of ‘Girls Night Out’.
Collection: TV Heaven

Wood and Walters
1982 |  30min
Victoria Wood’s first TV sketch show, co-starring Julie Walters.
Collection: Funny Girls

Woodbine Place
1989 |  105min
A gentle observation of the private world of children living on a Gateshead street, and a follow-up documentary shot 4 years later.
Collection: North by North East

The World of George Orwell: 1984
1965 |  113min
The BBC’s second impressive adaptation of Orwell’s dystopian classic, thought lost until 2010.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Work at St Dunstan’s
1916 |  1min
Visually impaired servicemen learn new skills on their return to civilian life.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

Work Study and Tom Howard
1958 |  20min
British Rail wants to follow the work study model – but Tom Howard is not a fan.
Collection: Boom Britain: We Can Work It Out

Workers at Jesse Crossley and Sons Ironworks, Ripley
1900 |  2min
Victorians take a break from work.
Collection: Heartlands

Workers Leaving Butterley Ironworks, Ripley
1900 |  3min
The end of a hard day’s work in Derbyshire, over 100 years ago.
Collection: Heartlands

Workforce of Scott and Co Shipyard Greenock
1901 |  2min
Workers leaving the Greenock-based shipbuilding firm.
Collection: This Working Life: Tales From the Shipyard

Working Class Dykes From Hell
1992 |  60min
Lesbians talk about being out, proud and working class.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The World at War
1973 |  53min
Laurence Olivier narrates the Fall of France in this popular war documentary series.
Collection: TV Heaven

World Cup Final ‘66
1966 |  120min
England’s finest hour? World Cup coverage from the BBC.
Collection: Sport at Heart

A World is Turning (Rushes)
1948 |  40min
Six reels of rushes are all that remain of this unfinished film showcasing talented members of Britain’s black and Asian communities.
Collection: Black Britain

The World of Frank Letch
1978 |  30min
Quietly inspirational documentary about an ordinary man born with no arms, and life in his adopted South Wales.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

The World of Wooster
1966 |  34min
The only surviving complete episode of this 1965-66 adaptation of Wodehouse’s much-loved stories.
Collection: TV Heaven

The World Ten Times Over
1963 |  93min
British cinema’s earliest lesbian relationship?
Collection: Beautiful Things

World’s First Caterpillar Track
1908 |  6min
It’s tractor vs. tractor in this gruelling test to see who will triumph – will it be steam or petrol? Gentlemen, start your engines.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

World’s Greatest Station
1922 |  1min
A re-vamped Waterloo Station is opened by Queen Mary.
Collection: Beautiful South

Wrexham Co-operative Society’s Procession, Wednesday, July 31st, 1912
1912 |  3min
Wrexham casts aside its umbrella and smiles for the camera on a rainy summer’s day.
Collection: Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

The Wrong Trousers
1993 |  30min
The second adventure for Aardman’s Plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit.
Collection: TV Heaven

Wuthering Heights
1962 |  95min
A big budget isn’t everything, as this innovative 1962 one-off TV adaptation – shot entirely in a studio – demonstrates.
Collection: The Book Group

Wuthering Heights
1970 |  104min
A young Timothy Dalton broods in breeches as Heathcliff in this rarely-seen feature film version from 1970.
Collection: The Book Group

Wuthering Heights
2011 |  128min
Andrea Arnold’s bold re-imagining of the Emily Brontë classic.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The X-Rays
1897 |  1min
The 1890s’ latest scientific discovery is used to mischievous effect on a courting couple.
Collection: The Truth About Love

Yarmouth
1902 |  1min
Edwardians frantically process the day’s catch at Yarmouth Quay.
Collection: Eastward Ho!

Yarmouth Fishing Boats Leaving Harbour
1896 |  1min
Very early film footage that boasted the Royal Family for an audience.
Collection: Reality Bites

Yasmin
2005 |  100min
9/11 and its after-effects on a young Muslim woman.
Collection: Essentially British

The Year of the Sex Olympics
1968 |  104min
Nigel Kneale’s daring play set in a future Britain, where the appetites and passions of the masses are controlled by television.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Yellow
1996 |  12min
A young girl pits her wits against her mother’s lover in this provocative short starring Ray Winstone.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

Yellowbacks
1990 |  80min
Chilling drama with an all-star cast, set in a near future when authorities wield draconian powers in the wake of viral epidemics.
Collection: Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Yellow Caesar
1941 |  22min
Ealing’s blackly comic propaganda film attacking fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Yellow Week at Stanway
1923 |  42min
J.M. Barrie’s whimsical home-movie record of a summer house party in the Cotswolds.
Collection: Pandora’s Box

Yes, Minister
1989 |  60min
Brilliant sitcom about a government minister’s often testing relationship with his civil servant advisors
Collection: TV Heaven

Yield to the Night
1956 |  99min
A death-row dame (Diana Dors) awaits execution for murder.
Collection: The Gentle Sex

Yorkshire Beaches
1945 |  14min
A stunning colour record of family life on the Yorkshire coast made despite wartime film rationing.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Yorkshire Curiosities
1959 |  22min
Amateur documentary capturing some of the region’s more esoteric delights.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

The Yorkshire Disco Dancing Championships
1980 |  26min
Step inside Doncaster’s answer to Studio 54 for a glitter-strewn edition of the regional TV talent show.
Collection: God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

You in Your Small Corner
1962 |  82min
Lloyd Reckord stars as a gifted student confronting the race and class divide in 1960s Brixton.
Collection: Beautiful South

You Made Me Love You: Nathan Evans Films David Hoyle
2008 |  79min
Avant-garde performance artist David Hoyle muses on capitalism, gay rights and mental health in a series of six short films: Dave’s Drop-in Centre, A Village Stroll with David Hoyle, Natural Human, Manchester (So Much to Answer For), At Home with David Hoyle and On the Couch with David Hoyle.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Young British Artists (South Bank Show)
1998 |  45min
Profile of YBAs Gillian Wearing and Gary Hume.
Collection: Farewell South Bank Show

Young Lesbians
1977 |  30min
The problems facing young lesbians at the end of the 1970s.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Young Lovers
1954 |  95min
Romeo and Juliet, updated to Cold War-era London.
Collection: The Truth About Love

A Young Man’s Fancy
1939 |  77min
A lord, destined for a loveless marriage, falls in love with a human cannonball.
Collection: Welcome to the Dream Palace

Young Soul Rebels
1991 |  105min
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee beats to the sounds of Funkadelic, Sylvester and the O’Jays.
Collection: London Calling

Young Veteran
1941 |  23min
“We went to France young soldiers. We came back veterans”: Ealing goes to war.
Collection: Ealing Studios: Propaganda Shorts

Youngers Shoppers Gazette
1942 |  5min
Cinema advertising before the days of Pearl & Dean.
Collection: Heartlands

Your Man From Six Counties
1976 |  95min
A boy starts a new life in rural Ireland after his father is killed in a Belfast bombing – but does everyone want to escape the past?
Collection: Play for Today

Your Money’s Worth
1955 |  15min
Harold Wilson fights (unsuccessfully) for government.
Collection: The Ballot Box

You’re Human Like the Rest of Them
1967 |  17min
A teacher struggles to come to terms with his own mortality.
Collection: Cinema of Tomorrow

You’re Not Watching Me, Mummy
1979 |  35min
Anna Massey plays an ageing bisexual actress hosting an eclectic mix of uninvited guests in her West End dressing room.
Collection: Beautiful Things

Yuri Gagarin Visits Manchester
1961  |  6min
The day the cosmonaut came to town.
Collection:  Once Upon a Time in the North West

Z Cars
1964 |  50min
When a young African man attacks a bailiff, his wife does not believe he will get unprejudiced treatment from the Newtown police.
Collection: Black Britain

Z Cars: A Straight Deal
1964 |  50min
PC Lynch makes an unexpected discovery in this episode of the police drama series, directed by Ken Loach.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Z Cars: Profit by Their Example
1964 |  44min
A businessman takes on local hooligans in the first of three episodes of Z Cars directed by Ken Loach:
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

Z Cars: The Whole Truth
1964 |  50min
A slow-witted former boxer becomes embroiled in a police investigation in this episode of Z Cars directed by Ken Loach.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

A Zed and Two Noughts
1985 |  112min
Peter Greenaway’s visionary tale of a woman who loses her leg in a car accident – caused by a low-flying swan.
Collection: Unlimited: Disability on Screen

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