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Britain On Film Playlists

Sue Prichard: Textiles on Film

Sue Prichard: Textiles on Film

6 films selected by Sue Prichard

Tessa Dunlop: 1916 on Film

Tessa Dunlop: 1916 on Film

6 films selected by Tessa Dunlop

Northern Ireland Highlights

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View Ardboe Wishing Tree
Ardboe Wishing Tree
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Ardboe Wishing Tree 1965

Graveyards tell strange stories and this one is no exception. From magic cows to wishing trees discover what lies in the Ardboe graveyard.

3 mins Northern Ireland

View The Sash My Father Wore
The Sash My Father Wore
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The Sash My Father Wore 1971

Is mythology stronger than history? Listen to children’s takes on why they commemorate the Battle of the Boyne.

5 mins Northern Ireland

View Sodom and Begorrah
Sodom and Begorrah
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Sodom and Begorrah 1967

Amusing fantasy of the adventures of a priest who finds his new parish in the grip of the most blatant depravity

13 mins Northern Ireland

View At Mountstewart
At Mountstewart
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At Mountstewart 1930

A grand day out at Mount Stewart, where crowds of children jostle for the camera and form a very orderly queue.

2 mins United Kingdom

View By Tradition
By Tradition
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By Tradition 1966

See the tools in action that helped our farmers win back the soil from the weed and wilderness over generations.

14 mins Northern Ireland

View County Antrim
County Antrim
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County Antrim 1971

Enjoy the early signs of spring from the lambs gambolling in the fields to the rally cars tearing round the Circuit of Ireland.

3 mins Northern Ireland

Wales Highlights

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View Land of Song
Land of Song
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Land of Song 1960

As travelogues go this one doesn't quite cut it – good job Lanry household bleach can!

4 mins United Kingdom

View The Wonderful Wye
The Wonderful Wye
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The Wonderful Wye 1926

Enjoy these charming scenes of Powys follies at Llandrindod Wells, rescued from the cutting room floor

5 mins United Kingdom

View Haymaking - Trebettyn, Cowbridge
Haymaking - Trebettyn, Cowbridge
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Haymaking - Trebettyn, Cowbridge 1949

The Iles family, having moved out of Cardiff just before Christmas 1948, have good weather for their very first haymaking at ‘Trebettyn’.

3 mins Wales

View Farmer John
Farmer John
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Farmer John 1930

O, sighs the office-bound man, how wonderful to be a farmer! And, with breeches and boots, he tries the good life as ‘Farmer John’.

13 mins England

View A Letter from Wales
A Letter from Wales
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A Letter from Wales 1953

A hard task it is for a schoolboy to sit and write a letter when so much more exciting things are claiming his attention. His adventures are dramatised as he relates them on paper.

15 mins United Kingdom

View Talybont Show and Corn Cutting
Talybont Show and Corn Cutting
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Talybont Show and Corn Cutting 1964

Tal-y-Bont Show brings the farming community together after the Davies’ harvest has been safely gathered in at ‘Dolclettwr’, Taliesin.

5 mins Wales

Scotland Highlights

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View Auld Ayrshire
Auld Ayrshire
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Auld Ayrshire 1930

A tour of Rabbie Burns' beautiful home county, in enchanting colour.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Bonnie Scotland Calls You
Bonnie Scotland Calls You
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Bonnie Scotland Calls You 1938

Join two intrepid hikers on their energetic tour of Scotland's Highlands and islands.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Howard Gaye

View A Cattle Auction in the Hebrides
A Cattle Auction in the Hebrides
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A Cattle Auction in the Hebrides 1932

Folk of the Western Isles meet and drink at their annual sale of Highland cattle to the Scottish mainland.

7 mins United Kingdom

View Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond
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Loch Lomond 1946

Take a colourful postwar cruise around Loch Lomond on paddle steamer the Princess May, seeing Luss, Rowardennan and the small islands in this moving record of a vanished era.

6 mins Scotland

View Winter in Scotland
Winter in Scotland
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Winter in Scotland 1960

Wrap up warm for a frosty portrait of a wintry 1960s Scotland in this chilly episode from the Seasons in Scotland educational series, with snowmen and snowball fights galore!

6 mins Scotland

View Selkirk Common Riding 1899
Selkirk Common Riding 1899
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Selkirk Common Riding 1899 1909

Selkirk does its Border traditions proud with a cavalcade of riders and a herculean feat of banner waving.

5 mins United Kingdom

England Highlights

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View Postman Plus
Postman Plus
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Postman Plus 1970

It's always nice to see the friendly postman - mail deliveries and more in the Lake District.

13 mins United Kingdom

View Cornish Gorsedh Dancing
Cornish Gorsedh Dancing
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Cornish Gorsedh Dancing 1963

The Gorsedh Kernow perfom a traditional Celtic dance

United Kingdom

View It's Not all Coal
It's Not all Coal
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It's Not all Coal 1954

A magical travelogue of Northumberland proves it’s not all grim up North.

30 mins United Kingdom

View The Earth Remaineth
The Earth Remaineth
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The Earth Remaineth 1937

Rural idyll or shifting landscape? Harvest season and country life through a Wiltshire farmer's eyes.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewis G. Jonas, Sherard Powell

View Canal Bargee
Canal Bargee
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Canal Bargee 1966

Jack Roberts has spent a life on the canals of Britain. With his trusty horse Sally how much longer can this veteran carry on?

3 mins United Kingdom

View Beef and Sheep in the South-west
Beef and Sheep in the South-west
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Beef and Sheep in the South-west 1966

The grasslands of south-west England are made rich and fertile by the application of science

26 mins United Kingdom Director. John Shepherd

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