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View Ballad of the Battered Bicycle
Ballad of the Battered Bicycle
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Ballad of the Battered Bicycle 1947

Henry demonstrates his two-wheel tomfoolery, but there's no happy ending for this bike.

10 mins United Kingdom

View The Boy Who Turned Yellow
The Boy Who Turned Yellow

The Boy Who Turned Yellow 1972 U

A London schoolboy’s surprise transformation marks the final collaboration of great British director Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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Do Something!
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Do Something! 1970

This Week investigates how racial tensions in Islington are being stoked by social pressures, and what residents are doing to improve the area.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Ross Devenish

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Eagle Rock
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Eagle Rock 1964

A teenage boy breaks all the rules of rock climbing to reach the top of an off-limits Lake District mountain.

62 mins United Kingdom Director. Henry Geddes

View Elsie and the Brown Bunny
Elsie and the Brown Bunny
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Elsie and the Brown Bunny 1921

This early Cadbury advert plays like a surreal outtake from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

8 mins United Kingdom

View Friend or Foe
Friend or Foe
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Friend or Foe 1981 U

Two evacuee boys from London sent to live on a farm face a tough decision when a German plane is shot down.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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The Glitterball

The Glitterball 1977 U

Somewhere in 1970s England, a UFO crashes in a potting shed. Inside is a strange round visitor from space: the Glitterball. How will it get home?

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Harley Cokliss

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Guilsfield Show
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Guilsfield Show 1961

It’s show time! A marquee is erected, pens are set up, animals are groomed and paraded and the talents of members of the Women’s Institute and local gardeners are displayed.

8 mins Wales

View Haunters of the Deep
Haunters of the Deep

Haunters of the Deep 1984 U

A ghostly boy returns from the grave to warn against reopening 'The Devil's Mine' in this spooky drama.

61 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Bogle

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Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek 1972 U

Gary Kemp (The Krays) becomes entangled with a borstal escapee known as the Deptford Dodger in this cracking drama from the Children’s Film Foundation.

62 mins United Kingdom Director. David Eady

View A Hitch in Time
A Hitch in Time

A Hitch in Time 1978 U

Two curious kids are sent back in time by an eccentric professor, played by former Doctor Who Patrick Troughton.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Jan Darnley-Smith

View Johnny on the Run
Johnny on the Run

Johnny on the Run 1953 U

A Polish refugee runs into trouble with two scheming thieves in this superb early work from illustrious British director Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, You Only Live Twice).

68 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewis Gilbert

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Kadoyng

Kadoyng 1972

It looks like the quaint village of Byway will be bulldozed to make way for a motorway – until alien outcast Kadoyng arrives from Outer Space to help.

60 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Shand

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 The Man from Nowhere
The Man from Nowhere

The Man from Nowhere 1976 U

Victorian orphan Alice Harvey - arriving to live at her great uncle's spooky house - is frightened by a mysterious, dark-clad intruder.

59 mins United Kingdom Director. James Hill

View The Monster of Highgate Ponds
The Monster of Highgate Ponds

The Monster of Highgate Ponds 1961 U

A boy receives a mysterious egg, but when it hatches a baby monster mayhem ensues.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti

View Night Ferry
Night Ferry

Night Ferry 1976 U

A schoolboy aims to avert a dastardly plan to smuggle antiques out of the country in this rousing kids’ crime yarn.

58 mins United Kingdom Director. David Eady

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No Short Cut
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No Short Cut 1964

This paean to the virtues of the Cycling Proficiency test is unusually told from the point-of-view of the bicycles themselves.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Simmons

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Operation Third Form

Operation Third Form 1966 U

John Moulder Brown (Deep End) fronts a crack children’s spy unit in this ripping boy's own adventure.

56 mins United Kingdom Director. David Eady

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Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness 1985 U

A ghostly drama of the Derbyshire plague village of Eyam, as unquiet spirits of the long dead make contact with the living.

68 mins United Kingdom

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Paddington
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Paddington 2014 PG

The marmalade-loving bear from Peru returns to the screens in a new incarnation that will enrapture children and adults alike.

95 mins France Director. Paul King

View Peter and the Moon Man
Peter and the Moon Man
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Peter and the Moon Man 1929

The man in the moon learns about hygiene in this 1929 public information short promoting the benefits of all-electric mod cons.

20 mins United Kingdom

View The Salvage Gang
The Salvage Gang

The Salvage Gang 1958 U

John Krish directs this beautifully photographed Children’s Film Foundation caper about four children scavenging bomb-damaged London for scrap metal.

50 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Sammy's Super T-shirt

Sammy's Super T-shirt 1978 U

Puny young Sammy gets a super-strength makeover when his lucky t-shirt is imbued with special powers, in this classic from Children’s Film Foundation.

58 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeremy Summers

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Shaun the Sheep Movie
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Shaun the Sheep Movie 2014 U

Aardman returns with another delightful animation for young and old, telling the story of Shaun’s adventures in the big city after Farmer is led astray.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Starzak, Mark Burton

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Skid Kids

Skid Kids 1953

Young 'Swanky' Clarke, leader of the Burton Bullets Cycle Speedway Club, foils bicycle thieves on the streets of 1950s Bermondsey.

49 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Chaffey

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The Sky-Bike

The Sky-Bike 1967 U

Schoolboy Tom Smith flies a man-powered flying machine to win a handsome prize.

United Kingdom Director. Charles Frend

View Soapbox Derby
Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby 1957 PG

Children’s Film Foundation adventure that sees a young Michael Crawford scrapping with a rival South London gang in Battersea.

64 mins United Kingdom Director. D'Arcy Conyers

View Supersonic Saucer
Supersonic Saucer

Supersonic Saucer 1956

A baby from Venus saves the day with his superpowers in this charming sci-fi tale produced by the Children's Film Foundation.

50 mins United Kingdom

View Terry on the Fence
Terry on the Fence

Terry on the Fence 1985 PG

11-year-old Terry runs away from home and is drawn into a gang of bullies, in a gritty Children's Film Foundation drama.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Godwin

View Tom's Ride
Tom's Ride

Tom's Ride 1944

Temptation on two wheels: should young Tom use the money he's found to buy himself a bike? Or should he do the right thing?

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Darrel Catling

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Wings of Mystery
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Wings of Mystery 1963

A thrilling chase through Sheffield’s steelworks with young Don and Jane, looking for clues after the theft of a secret alloy.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Gilbert Gunn

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