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Turn-Up for Tony
A Tyne Tees Television comedy romance is a forgotten gem from a 1960s decade of radical urban change in Newcastle.
Comedy 1968 29 mins
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A jobless Geordie shipyard worker escapes from his bleak, humdrum existence into an imaginary life with the girl of his dreams, a salesgirl at a futuristic Pink Lane cigarette kiosk. This is a genuinely funny, bitter-sweet Tyne Tees Television comedy, an odyssey through a Newcastle cityscape in transition, from an industrial Tyneside to T Dan Smiths modernist vision of the city as a Brasilia of the North.
Directed by Robert Tyrell, the film has a foot in two camps. It exploits older comic traditions of slapstick humour (Tony Tanner and Ted Lunes roles), but is also a brilliant social document of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the 1960s. Tonys wild fantasies are triggered in identifiable city locations: the Salvation Army Mens Palace on Dog Bank, the Cruddas Park tower blocks that punctuate slum clearance wasteland off Scotswood Road, once home to workers at Vickers Armstrong. And in the sleazy nocturnal neon of La Dolce Vita nightclub, infamously linked in 1967 to a gangland killing dubbed the one-armed bandit murder, Tony imagines himself as a Bond-like super-spy in a casino scene inspired by Dr No.
Comedy 1949 87 mins
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1912 3 mins
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Crime 1938 80 mins
Laughs and thrills come thick and fast in this Edgar Wallace comedy-thriller with a hair-raising car versus train chase.
Comedy 1967 8 mins
Surreal comedy for a post-apocalyptic landscape
Comedy 1931 39 mins
Surviving footage of the first sound version of Arnold Ridley's famous railway station comedy thriller
Comedy 1920 80 mins Silent
The first film adaptation of Harold Brighouse's Salford-set play, humorously depicting the travails of a dipsomaniac cobbler.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Advert 1957 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Little Andy takes the speedy way to sparkling good health in a zippy 50s cartoon advertisement for Andrews Liver Salts.
Promotional 1970 16 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Tuning into the biggest consumer market for television advertising in Britain with Trident TV.
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Promotional 1964 11 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Is comedian Clive Dunn the Don Draper of the British advertising world? Watch this imaginative Tyne Tees TV marketing film and decide.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
All the fun of the fair in this Victorian film, made in the early years of Newcastle's famous Hoppings
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A marching band leads the parades with the Boer War still raging
News 1970 17 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Being wheelchair users is not a barrier to these children doing slaloms or throwing javelins, gaining confidence and changing perceptions.
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
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