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A hard-fought early filmed match
Training film/TV programme197431 mins
John Cleese demonstrates three incorrect ways to interview job applicants, in this classic training film from Cleese's Video Arts company.
Amateur film197212 mins Location: Splott
A taste of freedom: children in the Splott, Butetown and Grangetown areas of Cardiff get a chance to play, explore and invent in the city’s experimental adventure playgrounds.
Advert19801 mins Location: York
The bar with unique bubbly texture, using a secret bubbly formula, giving rise to the bubbly banter of bubbly flirting.
Pythons join Frank Muir, Connie Booth and Willie Rushton celebrating the Guinness Book of Records.
Non-Fiction197927 minsSilent Location: Leeds
Everyone knows their place in this now familiar weekly football ritual of rowdy working class youth arriving at Leeds, separated from their counterparts by police and fences.
News19783 mins Location: Brockhampton
Woodlice racing: a practice to improve fertility or an excuse for gambling?
News19571 minsSilent Location: Tewkesbury
Warning: contains images of men wearing nappies!
News19766 mins Location: Papplewick
With brass polished and a good head of steam Papplewick's pumping station is a lasting legacy to Mariott Ogle Tarbotton.
Amateur film19564 minsSilent Location: Weymouth
A family holiday to the popular summer retreat on the coast of Dorset.
News19806 mins Location: Leeds
In this celebratory short film, Leeds is transformed with colour and spectacle during the annual West Indian Carnival.
Promotional197516 mins Location: Bradford
Bradford-born author J.B. Priestley is in fine humour in this insightful film that depicts his opening of a new library at Bradford Uni.