All Mediatheque films

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

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

AIDS: The Victims
1985 | 27 min
Two AIDS sufferers recount their experiences battling the disease and society’s misconceptions.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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 City
1998 | 30min
Avid Bath City FC supporter Ken Loach turns the camera on his beloved team.
Collection: Ken Loach: A Retrospective

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 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 Cap Drag
1969 | 42 min
Two drag queens perform and discuss their craft at Camden’s much-missed gay haunt.
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

Borrowed Pasture
1960 | 30min
Richard Burton narrates this beautiful portrait of two Polish soldiers trying to make a life for themselves on a Welsh farm.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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

Caught Looking
1991 | 35min
A gay man turns to virtual reality to satisfy his sexual fantasies.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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

Closing Numbers
1993 | 95min
Feature-length drama starring Jane Asher as a well-to-do housewife who discovers her husband is bisexual.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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

A Coming to Terms for Billy
1984 | 82min
Family dynamics begin to shift for Kenneth Branagh’s Billy in the final part of Graham Reid’s Belfast-set trilogy.
Collection: Play for Today

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

Coventry Kids
1960 | 40min
The hopes and dreams of the people of Coventry, set to music by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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

Dafydd
1995 | 40min
A 17-year-old runaway swaps the Welsh Valleys for the mean streets of Amsterdam in this multi-lingual TV drama.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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 Dreams of Monochrome Men (South Bank Show)
1990 | 52 min
DV8 Physical Theatre’s first stage show to be adapted for film, loosely based on the story of gay serial killer Dennis Nilsen.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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
1955 | 98 min
A rare opportunity to see Vivien Leigh’s poignant performance in the first film version of Terence Rattigan’s play.
Collection: Essentially British

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

Dinner at the Sporting Club
1978 | 63min
Leon Griffiths’ play climbs the bottom rungs of the boxing world, exposing the dark side of the ‘noble art’.
Collection: Play for Today

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
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

Famine
1967 | 39min
Jack Gold’s powerful documentary about the famine and drought in the Indian state of Bihar.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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

Frontier: A Return to the Austro-Hungarian Border
1964 | 32min
A personal, poetic and moving documentary by exiled Hungarian filmmaker Robert Vas.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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
1980 | 27 min
The current affairs series visits the newly opened Heaven nightclub, contrasting it with other parts of the gay scene.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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

Gays: Speaking Up
1978 | 51 min
A studio audience of gay men and lesbians discuss what it means to be gay in late-70s Britain.
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

The Gender Bender
1992 | 26 min
Meet “gender illusionist” Winston, host of legendary club night Kinky Gerlinky.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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

Hearts and Flowers
1970 | 75min
Anthony Hopkins stars in Peter Nichols’ acutely-observed study of two brothers attending their father’s funeral.
Collection: Play for Today

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 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

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 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

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 Journey
1964 | 46min
Teenage tearaways speak out about growing up in 1960s Sheffield.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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 antisemitism in inter-war high society.
Collection: Oy Britannia

LSO — The Music Men
1965 | 59min
Collection: The demands of life inside the London Symphony Orchestra with conductors Colin Davis and Istvan Kertesz.
Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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

Man at Dover (Eye to Eye)
1957 | 29min
Lyrical reflection on how England and the English appear to a refugee who has made Britain his adopted home.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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 Choice for Billy
1983 | 84min
Ma’s death causes upheaval for the Martin clan in the middle part of Graham Reid’s ‘Billy’ trilogy.
Collection: Play for Today

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

Nina
1978 | 80min
Alan Clarke directs Jehane Markham’s play about Russian dissidents in London.
Collection: Play for Today

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
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 Call to a Nation
1958 | 72min
Well-regarded BBC documentary made to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the NHS.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

One in Every 100
1966 | 53min
Affecting exposé showing the contrasting care of children with learning difficulties in England and Canada.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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

Onion Johnnie (Eye to Eye)
1957 | 30min
Meet the Breton onion sellers as they travel through Britain selling their wares.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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 England
1975 | 85min
Two British dockers are made an offer they may do well to refuse. From the director of ‘The Long Good Friday’.
Collection: Play for Today

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

Plaintiffs and Defendants
1975 | 65min
Alan Bates plays a jaded barrister caught between his wife, his lover and a troublesome court case in Simon Gray’s tense play.
Collection: Play for Today

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

South of Watford
1985 | 33 min
Ben Elton meets 80s London’s most in-demand party planners, including the infamous Vicki de Lambray.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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 or Bust
1973 | 73min
Peter Terson’s comic tale about three miners embarking on a pilgrimage to Stratford-upon-Avon.
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

Soho Stories
1996 | 460min
All 12 episodes of the superior BBC TV ‘docusoap’ about life in London’s bohemian enclave.
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

A Story to Frighten the Children
1976 | 85min
Police struggle to investigate an horrific murder on a high-rise estate in John Hopkins’ shocking play.
Collection: Play for Today

Straight and Narrow-Minded
1988 | 30min
A late-80s look at homophobia in the UK and the true story behind 2014 hit ‘Pride’.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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

A Sudden Wrench
1982 | 60min
Paula Milne brought a feminist edge to Play for Today with this wry drama about a bored housewife-turned-plumber.
Collection: Play for Today

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 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

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

Techno Babes
1996 | 11 min
Lesbian clubbers give their views on dancing, drugs and having a good time.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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 and the World
1961 | 85min
Hugely ambitious documentary presenting the workings of TV industries across five continents.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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’s What Friends Are For
1988 | 7 min
Neil Bartlett performs his powerful spoken-word piece responding to the AIDS crisis for C4’s Alter Image strand.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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

The Trial of Oscar Wilde
1960 | 52 min
Gripping recreation of Wilde’s 1895 trial, starring Micheál MacLiammóir.
Collection: Beautiful Things

The Trial of Sir Roger Casement
1960 | 52 min
Peter Wyngarde plays the gay British diplomat turned Irish nationalist, executed in 1916 for treason.
Collection: Beautiful Things

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

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

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

USSR Now (This Week)
1958 | 59min
Michael Ingrams tries to fathom Russian life over the course of three months as part of an exchange programme with Moscow.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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

Waterloo Road*
1944 | 76min
Soldier John Mills goes AWOL in Lambeth to investigate rumours about his wife.
Collection: Beautiful South

Waterloo Sunset
1979 | 78min
Queenie Watts stars as a spirited Cockney pensioner returning to her Lambeth roots in Barrie Keeffe’s standout Play for Today.
Collection: London Calling

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

What a Difference a Gay Makes
1984 | 30 min
Is homosexuality contagious? Former Gay News editor Denis Lemon busts some myths in this edition of Diverse Reports.
Collection: Beautiful Things

What’s a Girl Like You…
1969 | 45min
Scintillating look at the 1960s drag renaissance, with a visit to London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Collection: Visions of Change: The TV Documentary 1950s-60s

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

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

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 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
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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