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Most Popular Free 2015

BFI Player was the birth of a notion, a mirror to reflect moving image history and heritage. Many stories are told, from towns reborn and hope renewed to fires lit and changes forced. Behold this year's most popular.

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Most Popular Free 2015
View Milton Keynes - A Village City
Milton Keynes - A Village City
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Milton Keynes - A Village City 1973

"The most exciting thing going on in Europe, if not the world": welcome to Milton Keynes circa 1973.

8 mins United Kingdom

View Portsmouth's Charlotte Street Market
Portsmouth's Charlotte Street Market
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Portsmouth's Charlotte Street Market 1977

The colourful bustle of Portsmouth's oldest street market features in this 1977 film – where traders and shoppers mix under the brooding presence of the infamous Tricorn Centre.

5 mins United Kingdom

View Telford
Telford
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Telford 1977

Six Shropshire villages combine and the new town of Telford is born.

9 mins United Kingdom

View Wolverhampton into the Seventies
Wolverhampton into the Seventies
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Wolverhampton into the Seventies 1970

Bricks and mortar makes way for concrete and reinforced steel as Wolverhampton sweeps the past aside in a modernist town planning utopia.

20 mins United Kingdom

View Chichester Tour
Chichester Tour
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Chichester Tour 1962

A fascinating film showing the cathedral city of Chichester before the arrival of its ringroad and the pedestrianisation of its Roman streets.

6 mins United Kingdom

View Manchester Street Scenes
Manchester Street Scenes
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Manchester Street Scenes 1901

A rare glimpse of early Edwardian Manchester when the horse-drawn tram still reigned supreme.

4 mins United Kingdom

View History of Portsmouth
History of Portsmouth
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History of Portsmouth 1937

This gem of a film shows pre-war Portsmouth and Southsea, in colour, before the Blitz and features its historic streets and buildings and holiday-makers on Southsea's beaches.

23 mins United Kingdom

View Milton Keynes and the area
Milton Keynes and the area
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Milton Keynes and the area 1968

Anglia TV footage of the pre-existing towns and pretty North Bucks hamlets newly incorporated into the New Town Development of Milton Keynes. For TV transmission on 28 June 1968.

10 mins United Kingdom

View Liverpool 8
Liverpool 8
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Liverpool 8 1972

Jonathan Dimbleby investigates racial tension on Liverpool's housing estates for This Week.

27 mins United Kingdom

View Not So Much a Facelift...
Not So Much a Facelift...
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Not So Much a Facelift... 1976

An enjoyably odd public information film shot on the streets of Blackburn, Norwich and Oxford.

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip Harland

View Introducing Scotland
Introducing Scotland
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Introducing Scotland 1958

Take a whirlwind tartan tour of 1950s Scotland in this educational colour film, with fun facts about fishing, transport, coal, shipbuilding, steelworks, farming and tourism.

20 mins Scotland

View Vote for Froglet
Vote for Froglet
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Vote for Froglet 1974

As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Oliver Postgate

View Cycling Stunt Man
Cycling Stunt Man
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Cycling Stunt Man 1974

Gloucester's answer to Evel Knievel may not be able to afford a motorbike but he won't let that deter him...

2 mins United Kingdom

View A Day in Liverpool
A Day in Liverpool
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A Day in Liverpool 1929

Metropolis meets Merseyside, as this city-symphony inspired film portrays a city thriving with modernity.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Anson Dyer

View Jamaica Street Glasgow
Jamaica Street Glasgow
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Jamaica Street Glasgow 1901

A flood of pedestrians and horse-drawn traffic in Edwardian Glasgow.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Street Scenes in Halifax
Street Scenes in Halifax
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Street Scenes in Halifax 1902

Many views of busy, bustling Halifax, including a handsome, horse-drawn steam fire engine.

9 mins United Kingdom

View Bradford Suburban
Bradford Suburban
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Bradford Suburban 1961

The hope for a bright post war future for this newly built council estate in Bradford in 1961, with dads tending the gardens and kids playing on jiggers in the streets.

11 mins United Kingdom

View Sudbury Market
Sudbury Market
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Sudbury Market 1979

Sudbury's market dates back to 1009! One of Suffolk's popular markets, amateur filmmaker John Anderson documents the stall holders and their visitors circa 1979.

7 mins United Kingdom

View Aberdeen
Aberdeen
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Aberdeen 1970

Explore the growth of Aberdeen’s sparkling streets in this lively and colourful educational documentary produced by Campbell Harper Films for the 'Cities of Scotland' series.

18 mins Scotland

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