This film is part of Free
The social and political revolutions of 1968 seem a long way from the musings of a moderate Tory on the NHS and government .
Few MPs could have fit the definition of a moderate Tory more than Paul Dean in this 1968 interview. He was one of many figures interviewed by Canadian broadcaster Bernard Braden for an unrealised British current affairs series. Before being elected in 1963 Dean, worked on health and social service for the Conservative Research Department, leading this discussion naturally to the NHS on its 20th anniversary. Five decades on and many elements of the discussion seem familiar.
The second half of the interview moves into the role of the politician more generally, with Dean giving strong advocacy for developing the roles of committee in the Government structure. Dean’s affiliation with Ted Heath led to him getting the position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Security when the Conservatives came to power 1970. Unfavoured by Margaret Thatcher he was later Deputy Speaker for the House of Commons, was knighted in 1985 and became a life-peer in 1993. He died in 2009.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 9 mins
Long before the ‘Charley Says’ campaign of the 1970s and ‘80s, another cartoon Charley was used to demystify the newly created NHS.
Instructional film/TV programme 1951 55 mins
Kathleen Byron - of Black Narcissus fame - stars in one of the most ambitious recruitment films ever made.
Training film/TV programme 2002 18 mins
Imelda Staunton and Hugh Laurie as you've not quite seen them before: in a comedy training video for Britain’s National Blood Service.
Public Information Filler 1985 1 mins
A sense of 1980s stylistic sheen filters through this sci-fi-tinged anti-smoking advert.
Short documentary 2023 4 mins
Former Bristol Poet Laureate, Miles Chambers reads a poem specially commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the NHS at Glastonbury Festival.
Short documentary 2023 3 mins
Former Bristol Poet Laureate, Miles Chambers reads a poem specially commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the NHS.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.