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Documentary195632 mins Location: Soho
1950s Soho beats with far more energy than its 21st century counterpart in this vivid time capsule.
School programme and Educational film197019 mins Location: Aberdeen
Explore the growth of Aberdeen’s sparkling streets in this lively and colourful educational documentary produced by Campbell Harper Films for the 'Cities of Scotland' series.
Amateur film19627 minsSilent Location: Chichester
A fascinating film showing the cathedral city of Chichester before the arrival of its ringroad and the pedestrianisation of its Roman streets.
Documentary196332 mins Location: Camberwell
Looking back at Camberwell's Victorian history, and forward to the future, this film captures the impact of changing architecture on local residents.
Travelogue192933 minsSilent Location: Liverpool
Metropolis meets Merseyside, as this city-symphony inspired film portrays a city thriving with modernity.
Current affairs197027 mins Location: Belfast
What was life really like in 1970s Belfast? Beyond the Troubles, This Week talks to people in poverty struggling to cope in the city.
Government sponsored film19772 mins Location: Belfast
Christmas in Belfast at the height of 'The Troubles'. Not the most wonderful time of year.
Documentary198017 mins Location: Crossmaglen
Experience life in Crossmaglen by spending the day with Minnie Clarke.
Non-Fiction19026 minsSilent Location: Nottingham
Filmmakers Mitchell and Kenyon conduct an evocative ride through Edwardian Nottingham.
News19743 mins Location: Market Drayton
Belt tightening for Market Drayton's publicity seeking 'Merchant of Venison'.
Amateur film19776 minsSilent Location: Portsmouth
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.
Documentary194910 mins Location: Hawick
Welcome to Hawick, pronounced 'hoik' by the locals. Here it's all holidays and hosiery!
A ballerina enjoys a fantastical dance
Factual TV19859 mins Location: Sowerby Bridge
Sowerby Bridge’s community work together to rejuvenate their neglected small town in this inspirational film filled with community spirit.
Factual TV19879 mins Location: Halifax
Halifax’s Calderdale Council inspires real and lasting positive change in the community through infrastructure investment in this film.
News19693 mins Location: Haltwhistle
The printing presses grind to a halt in Haltwhistle.
News19783 mins Location: Brockhampton
Woodlice racing: a practice to improve fertility or an excuse for gambling?
Home movie196815 minsSilent Location: Hawarden/Penarlâg
The grounds of Hawarden Castle lend themselves to jousting, archery and a hog roast but modern-day ice-creams and hot dogs are on offer too.