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Our national fabric has many threads and deep colour. Each year, it gets more vivid and popular…

Here are the most popular films on BFI Player during 2016.

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Most Popular Free 2016
View The Farm on the Motorway
The Farm on the Motorway
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The Farm on the Motorway 1983

Life in the fast lane, as thousands roar past every day wondering why there is a farm in the middle of a motorway, and why anyone would live there.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Christmas in Belfast
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Christmas in Belfast 1977

Christmas in Belfast at the height of 'The Troubles'. Not the most wonderful time of year.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Glasgow Gets to Work
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Glasgow Gets to Work 1935

Hold on tight for a joyous ride around 1935 Glasgow's bustling road, rail and river transport network in this Scottish educational film.

8 mins Scotland

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Sunshine in Soho
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Sunshine in Soho 1956

1950s Soho beats with far more energy than its 21st century counterpart in this vivid time capsule.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Burt Hyams

View Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)
Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)
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Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June) 1964

“It would be difficult to find a more lovely train journey”, declares Swansea’s Librarian, the film-maker and narrator. Prepare to be beguiled, station by station.

12 mins Wales

View Lonely Water
Lonely Water
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Lonely Water 1973

Terrifying public information film presenting the horrific consequences of playing in or near rivers, ponds and other water hazards.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeff Grant

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Punk In 60 Seconds
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Punk In 60 Seconds 2016

Anarchy in the UK… This rare footage presents a short blast of the punk energy that took over the streets of Britain in the late 1970s.

United Kingdom

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A Victorian Lady in Her Boudoir
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A Victorian Lady in Her Boudoir 1896 Not Rated

A treat for Victorian voyeurs - and Britain's oldest erotic film?

1 mins United Kingdom

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Tunde's Film
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Tunde's Film 1973

Tired of being hassled by the police and with no job opportunities, a group of teenage East End lads plan to rob a bank.

42 mins United Kingdom Director. Maggie Pinhorn, Tunde Ikoli

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Alligator on Lizard
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Alligator on Lizard 1971

Daisy the pet alligator living on the Lizard in Cornwall

5 mins United Kingdom

View Cambridge - St Ives
Cambridge - St Ives
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Cambridge - St Ives 1968

Amateur film capturing the Cambridge to St Ives Eastern Rail route prior to its closure following the Beeching Report.

7 mins United Kingdom

View Bitterne Traffic Scheme
Bitterne Traffic Scheme
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Bitterne Traffic Scheme 1974

On the buses in Southampton, as this traffic scheme tried to end commuter misery by prioritising public transport

14 mins United Kingdom

View Beautiful Yorkshire
Beautiful Yorkshire
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Beautiful Yorkshire 1936

Sedate cars drive by the Stray at Harrogate, where stately ladies serenely walk, while a lonely woman in a glides by in a punt at Knaresborough.

11 mins United Kingdom

View Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11
Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11
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Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11 1949

American actor and singer Paul Robeson visits an Edinburgh colliery, where he regales miners with a rendition of 'I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night'.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Pickering

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Muslims 1978

Brusque portrait of issues facing the Muslim community in 1970s Bradford including working conditions, co-educational schooling and family law.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Gili

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Who Killed the Bears?
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Who Killed the Bears? 1964

24 April 1889 - a crime is committed against two animals and the repercussions reverberate into the next century.

4 mins United Kingdom

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River Ride
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River Ride 1963

On the Essex line from Wivenhoe to Brightingsea, Guard Proctor checks for tickets as passengers share the wonderful view of yacht racing on the River Colne from their carriage.

18 mins United Kingdom

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Bourne - A Town Study
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Bourne - A Town Study 1975

From racing cars to squeaky toys: local school kids discover there's more to rural Bourne than meets the eye.

21 mins United Kingdom

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Making of Woking
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Making of Woking 1985

An award winning amateur film tracing the transformation of Woking, from open heath to modern commuter-belt town. The film also features the famous Brookwood Necropolis.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Miniskirts 1966

Miniskirt - Passion and Power

3 mins United Kingdom

View Railways for Ever!
Railways for Ever!
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Railways for Ever! 1970

Sir John Betjeman reminisces about the phasing out of the mainline steam operation.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Prouting

View Tram Rides through Nottingham
Tram Rides through Nottingham
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Tram Rides through Nottingham 1902

Filmmakers Mitchell and Kenyon conduct an evocative ride through Edwardian Nottingham.

6 mins United Kingdom

View Death Is Their Destiny
Death Is Their Destiny
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Death Is Their Destiny 1978

Fascinating amateur footage of London punks, and a glimpse of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, filmed on the King's Road in 1978.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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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 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

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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

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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

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Telford 1977

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

9 mins United Kingdom

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

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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

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