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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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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 Glitterball
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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
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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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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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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
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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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Out of the Darkness
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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 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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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 U

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
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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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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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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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