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Aids: The Last Chance (Part 2)
Government complacency is challenged in the second of a two-part This Week special on the spread of AIDS
Current affairs 1986 27 mins
Part two of This Week's investigation of AIDS and government policy sees presenter Jonathan Dimbleby grill Minister of Health Tony Newton on the potential "catastrophe". Again, the focus is on risks to the heterosexual community, though gay men - statistically at far higher risk - would already have considered the situation pretty catastrophic by 1986. With the first programme having apparently spread panic among pregnant women, this one does challenge confusing advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer, and addresses accusations that government efforts were too little, too late.
A young Sinéad O'Connor appears again in This Week's mock-up ad for 'Prophyltex' extra-strong condoms: astonishingly, even in the late 1980s a case still had to be made for outdated advertising regulations to be relaxed to allow explicit references to sexual health and safe sex practices.
Documentary 1969 52 mins Location: Vauxhall
Scintillating look at the 1960s drag renaissance, with a visit to London's Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Magazine and Review show 1983 25 mins Location: Bloomsbury
The Gay Black Group - reasserting culture and identity on two levels.
Drama-documentary 1976 38 mins Location: Lewisham
A lonely gay man discovers friends, love and activism in this rediscovered educational film made by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality
Current affairs 1980 26 mins Location: Hay-on-Wye/Y Gelli Gandryll
Transgender pioneer April Ashley appears in this moving look at the challenges faced by the trans community in 1980s Britain
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1987 14 mins
Queer psychedelic portrait of a young man’s desires in an industrial wasteland
Drama 1980 54 mins
Sao Paulo-set love triangle drama, featuring a rare TV depiction of bisexuality.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.