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BFI Player was the birth of a notion, a mirror to reflect moving image history and heritage. Many stories are told, from towns reborn and hope renewed to fires lit and changes forced. Behold this year's most popular.

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Milton Keynes - A Village City
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Milton Keynes - A Village City

Cinemagazine19738 mins Location: Milton Keynes

"The most exciting thing going on in Europe, if not the world": welcome to Milton Keynes circa 1973.

Portsmouth's Charlotte Street Market
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Portsmouth's Charlotte Street Market

Amateur film19776 mins 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.

Telford
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Telford

School programme and Educational film19779 mins Location: Telford

Six Shropshire villages combine and the new town of Telford is born.

Wolverhampton into the Seventies
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Wolverhampton into the Seventies

Documentary197020 mins Location: Wolverhampton

Bricks and mortar makes way for concrete and reinforced steel as Wolverhampton sweeps the past aside in a modernist town planning utopia.

Chichester Tour
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Chichester Tour

Amateur film19627 mins Location: Chichester

A fascinating film showing the cathedral city of Chichester before the arrival of its ringroad and the pedestrianisation of its Roman streets.

Manchester Street Scenes (1901)
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Manchester Street Scenes (1901)

Non-Fiction19014 mins Location: Manchester

A rare glimpse of early Edwardian Manchester when the horse-drawn tram still reigned supreme.

History of Portsmouth
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History of Portsmouth

Amateur film193724 mins Location: Hilsea

This gem of a film shows pre-war Portsmouth and Southsea, in colour, before the Blitz and features its historic streets and buildings and holiday-makers on Southsea's beaches.

Milton Keynes and the area
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Milton Keynes and the area

News196810 mins Location: Milton Keynes

Anglia TV footage of the pre-existing towns and pretty North Bucks hamlets newly incorporated into the New Town Development of Milton Keynes. For TV transmission on 28 June 1968.

Liverpool 8
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Liverpool 8

Current affairs197227 mins Location: Liverpool

Jonathan Dimbleby investigates racial tension on Liverpool's housing estates for This Week.

Not So Much a Facelift...
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Not So Much a Facelift...

Documentary197625 mins Location: Norwich

An enjoyably odd public information film shot on the streets of Blackburn, Norwich and Oxford.

Introducing Scotland
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Introducing Scotland

School programme and Educational film195820 mins Location: Glasgow

Take a whirlwind tartan tour of 1950s Scotland in this educational colour film, with fun facts about fishing, transport, coal, shipbuilding, steelworks, farming and tourism.

Round the Wirral with a Movie Camera
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Round the Wirral with a Movie Camera

Promotional19349 mins Location: Birkenhead

Birkenhead's sights, shopping opportunities and industries.

Vote for Froglet
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Vote for Froglet

Children's19747 mins

As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.

Cycling Stunt Man
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Cycling Stunt Man

Non-Fiction19743 mins Location: Gloucester

Gloucester's answer to Evel Knievel may not be able to afford a motorbike but he won't let that deter him...

Day in Liverpool
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Day in Liverpool

Travelogue192933 mins Location: Liverpool

Metropolis meets Merseyside, as this city-symphony inspired film portrays a city thriving with modernity.

Crystal Clear
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Crystal Clear

Industry sponsored film195918 mins Location: Sunderland

A cheery public relations film, laced with English romanticism, illustrates the long journey of local water from scenic Burnhope Reservoir to a Sunderland tap.

Street Scenes in Halifax (1902)
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Street Scenes in Halifax (1902)

Non-Fiction190210 mins Location: Halifax

Many views of busy, bustling Halifax, including a handsome, horse-drawn steam fire engine.

Bradford Suburban
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Bradford Suburban

Non-Fiction196111 mins Location: Bradford

The hope for a bright post war future for this newly built council estate in Bradford in 1961, with dads tending the gardens and kids playing on jiggers in the streets.

Sudbury Market
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Sudbury Market

Amateur film19798 mins Location: Sudbury

Sudbury's market dates back to 1009! One of Suffolk's popular markets, amateur filmmaker John Anderson documents the stall holders and their visitors circa 1979.

Aberdeen
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Aberdeen

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.