The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

A Date with Decimals
A Date with Decimals

A Date with Decimals 1970


This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


A Date with Decimals 1970

17 mins United Kingdom

15 February 1971 was billed as the 1970s' very own 'D-Day' - the day on which the old £sd was replaced by the present decimal currency system. This training film was produced to prepare Tesco staff at the sharp end, with diagrammatic explanations and in-store footage to clarify and reassure - set against references to panic and chaos awaiting the decimal-unready.

The fact that the sole surviving print has suffered serious colour fading serves to reinforce the downbeat, faintly unreal atmosphere of this film. As an internal corporate production, it's an interesting complement to the several official information films produced about decimalisation. Glimpses of 1971 grocery shelves (with 1971 prices) add extra period fascination.


Instructional film/TV programme


Economics Metric system Tesco Decimalisation




United Kingdom

Read lessRead more


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later