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Best of Friends: Russell and Victor

Days of heaven for two young friends in the idyllic wilds of Armley, Leeds.

1976 15 mins Silent


With school over and a long summer ahead, two boys from Armley take us on a tour around their favourite outdoor hideaways. Overgrown graveyards, derelict buildings and a deserted section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal form an inexhaustible adventure playground. The semi-feral existence of the boys set against the stiff approach of the reporter is inadvertently telling of its times.

The film was well received when it was broadcast. Six years later the Yorkshire Television crew revisited the lads for a Calendar Special programme and found them both married, one working as a builder, the other as a church organ tuner.