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View Anoop and the Elephant
Anoop and the Elephant
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Anoop and the Elephant 1972

Fun-packed comedy for kids, in which a boy befriends a baby elephant – then teams up with his friends to stop it being sold

55 mins United Kingdom Director. David Eady

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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

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The Balloon
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The Balloon 1981

A creepy clown brings balloons and death in this dreamlike road safety film, along with some not-so-subtle product placement

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Prendergast

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The Boy and the Bridge
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The Boy and the Bridge 1959

A child's-eye-view of one of the capital's most iconic landmarks, with stunning views of the Thames and its traffic.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Kevin McClory

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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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Captain Stirrick
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Captain Stirrick 1982

Pickpockets, mad puppets, and murder – all from the 1840 press accounts of a real case that lead to the gallows – conceived as a musical by the Children’s Film Unit.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Colin Finbow

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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

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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

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The Flood
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The Flood 1963

Eight East Anglian kids trapped by floods must fend for themselves in this wet and windy film adventure.

59 mins United Kingdom Director. Frederic Goode

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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

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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

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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

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I Dog
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I Dog 1983

Meet a puppy dog in a “warm, hairy world” who would like you to cater for his every need.

5 mins United Kingdom

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I Guinea Pig
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I Guinea Pig 1983

The do’s and don’ts of pet care explained by a cute cartoon guinea pig created by celebrated British animator Sheila Graber.

5 mins United Kingdom

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I Pony
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I Pony 1983

A gallop through the do’s and don’ts of pet care narrated by a plump pony with personality.

5 mins United Kingdom

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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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Juno Helps Out
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Juno Helps Out 1953

Helpful and humongous Great Dane Juno helps out with housework, does some shopping and chomps cream cake in this cheerful kids' film

19 mins United Kingdom Director. William C. Hammond

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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

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The Kid from Canada
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The Kid from Canada 1957

A ripping yarn on horseback: Andy and his Scottish cousins mix their competitive spirit with friendship to save the day.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Kay Mander

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A Letter from Ayrshire
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A Letter from Ayrshire 1954

The varied sights of Ayrshire seen through a young lad's eyes - including a special trip to Prestwick aerodrome.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. J.E. Ewins

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Pop Pirates
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Pop Pirates 1984

Home taping almost kills music as a schoolboy band's dreams of talent show glory may be scuppered by video piracy.

58 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Grossman

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Rover Makes Good
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Rover Makes Good 1952

A rascally sheepdog redeems himself when he goes to the rescue of two children trapped in an old Cornish tin mine

16 mins United Kingdom Director. John Dooley

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Runaway Railway
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Runaway Railway 1965

A pre-Porridge Ronnie Barker plays a dim-witted train robber up to no good in this steam-era comedy adventure for kids

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Jan Darnley-Smith

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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
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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

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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

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Supersonic Saucer
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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

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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

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Tom's Ride
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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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To the Rescue
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To the Rescue 1952

An eccentric dog-loving grocer leads the chase to reclaim a stolen pedigree poodle in this madcap canine comedy

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Jacques Brunius

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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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Your Children's Play
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Your Children's Play 1951

Need some post-war parenting advice? Then this is the film for you.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Smith

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