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London Line Colour Series 2 - No. 71 - Burns Night

Billingham's community 'Forum' leads the way in a colourful Burns night special promoting Britain overseas.

Cinemagazine 1969 13 mins Silent


It's hard to tell what audiences would have made of this rather bizarre 60s edition of London Line, a TV magazine programme made for overseas audiences. Wrapped around an absorbing report on Billingham's recently built arts, sports and community hub, 'The Forum', is the kind of tribute to Robbie Burns - the national poet of Scotland - that will curl a Scotsman's toes.

London Line was a long-running news magazine programme produced by the government's Central Office of Information for broadcast overseas. This particular edition of the programme, filmed in January 1969, was intended for US audiences.