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Theatrical shenanigans in London's West End as thespians celebrate a Twelfth Night tradition.
Non-Fiction 1928 2 mins Silent
This fun and frivolous newsreel item shows the bright young things of London's 1920s theatreland perform a 200-year-old Twelfth Night tradition. A knees-up of cake and wine was bequeathed to the company of Drury Lane's Theatre Royal by 18th century actor Robert Baddeley and is still observed every January 6th. Fresh from the stage, the cast quaff their victuals with typically theatrical flair.
Toys Will Be Toys
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Closure of Snibston Colliery
Current affairs 1983 5 mins Location: Snibston
A bleak Christmas for the men of Snibston Colliery as mining in Coalville comes to an end in the last days of 1983.
Drama 1914 33 mins
Moving theatre-set Christmas tale of a former dancer and her child
The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas
Amateur film 1962 17 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
The filmic memoirs in Cambridgeshire of heart surgeon Christopher Parish and his family, beginning with Christmas traditions, and including a royal visit. The year is 1962.
Christmas Church Parade
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
The Iles - in the garden, at the seaside, at Christmas
Amateur film 1940 10 mins Silent Location: Heath
Life with the Iles family: Summer is for cycling, the seaside, tending to tortoises and meeting delightful collie pups. Christmas is for crackers and the gift of a perfect doll.
Playing the Environment Game
Documentary 1973 29 mins Location: Euston Sta
In Covent Garden, Notting Hill and Tolmers Square in London, campaigners challenge property developers' plans
New Covent Garden - Europe's Super Market
Documentary 1976 19 mins Location: Covent Garden
The historic backbone of London's five-a-day is moved from Central London to its new home in Nine Elms
This England - London: City and Covent Garden
Amateur film 1934 15 mins Location: Holborn
A man with a dozen baskets on his head and Big Ben shrouded in scaffolding feature in this amateur movie exploring various London sites in 1934.
The Story of Our Food Supply
Public Information Filler 1928 20 mins Silent Location: Bermondsey
The original foodie city: from bustling Bermondsey Wharves through Smithfield and Billingsgate to London's street markets and general stores.
Covent Garden Porters
Interest film 1929 2 mins Silent Location: Covent Garden
An incredibly entertaining short film in which Covent Garden porters perform near-impossible balancing feats with stacks of baskets.
Travelogue 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Tower Br
Follow the Thames from Westminster to Limehouse, Covent Garden to Tower Bridge.
The Over-amorous Artist
Sex comedy 1974 45 mins Location: Walton on the Hill
Sample smutty suburban hijinks of an ultra-low budget kind in this shamelessly seedy 1970s sex comedy
No Monkey Business
Comedy 1936 78 mins
A man goes ape when his boss' performing monkey is impounded by creditors.
Comedy 1969 101 mins Location: Camden
A hen-pecked inventor plots murder while he leads a bizarre double life as a bewigged playboy who runs a dating agency
Cinemagazine 1922 2 mins Silent
Will Hay and M’lita Dolores play a pair of spoiled brats squabbling over a menagerie of mechanical toys.
It All Goes to Show
Comedy 1970 27 mins Location: Margate
Arthur Lowe is hilarious as a hen-pecked husband in this cheeky seaside-set comedy, shot in Margate.
Comedy 1979 33 mins
The immortal Leonard Rossiter makes flatulence a fine art in this short, poignant comedy-drama from Hancock writers Galton and Simpson