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Amateur film195917 minsSilent Location: Nottingham
Without a goose in sight, but with plenty of candy floss and toffee apples, the annual extravaganza of the showman's art of entertainment brings thrills to Nottingham.
See silly slapstick, music, mayhem and a daffy dance-off between a carrot and an onion in this lively colour film advertising Co-op stores.
This merrily musical short film takes a jovial trip across picturesque 1950s Spain aboard the Talgo Express
Documentary19426 mins Location: Sheffield
Sheffield stands in as 'Smokedale', an industrial Everytown, in this stirring call for "new schools, new hospitals, new roads, new life", after WWII.
1950s song and dance revue set in a colourful world of boarding houses and coffee bars
A fascinating insight into lightweight racing cycle manufacture, featuring cycling hero Barry Witcomb.
News19755 mins Location: Leeds
Calendar News’ hotly contested Worst Shoppers in the World Competition quickly escalates into a competitive feud.
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.