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Highlights of films shown on BBC Television since it reopened in June 1946.

First transmitted in 1946, these are highlights of the films shown on BBC Television since it reopened in June of that year after a seven-year gap caused by World War II.

First transmitted in 1946, these are highlights of the films shown on BBC Television since it reopened after a seven-year gap caused by World War II.The BBC's television service had stopped transmitting on 1 September 1939, and did not resume until 7 June 1946 - the day before the first anniversary of Victory in Europe. The resumption of programming was introduced by Jasmine Bligh: "Good afternoon everybody. How are you? Do you remember me, Jasmine Bligh? Well here we are after a lapse of nearly seven years ready to start again and of course we are all terribly excited and thrilled."This programme has been edited.

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Documentary on the rebuilding of the House of Commons after World War II.

First transmitted on 28 October 1950, this historic film follows the restoration of the House of Commons, which was severely damaged during a bombing raid in World War II.

First transmitted on 28 October 1950, this historic film documents the restoration of the House of Commons, which was severely damaged by a bombing raid in May 1941. It also commemorates the secret location, in nearby Church House, where MPs met following the destruction of the Commons chamber.

The film features Sir Winston Churchill giving a lighthearted commemorative speech to mark the occasion of the reopening of the restored House of Commons. There is also rare footage of King George VI delivering an address to both House of Parliament in Westminster Hall - the only monarch to have done so since Charles I.

Many of the skills employed to restore the chamber to its original condition are also featured in sequences showing the craftsmen at work.

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The Queen's first parade as Sovereign, with the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards. (1952)

First transmitted in 1952, highlights of The Queen taking the salute on Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, for the first annual parade in celebration of Her Majesty's birthday.

First transmitted in 1952, highlights of The Queen taking the salute on Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, for the first annual parade in celebration of Her Majesty's birthday after she became sovereign. The 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards trooped the colour with The Queen accompanied by the Duke of Gloucester.

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Buried Treasure

The Peat Bog Murder Mystery

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A programme on the well-preserved body of a 2000-year-old Dane found in a peat bog. (1954)

First transmitted in 1954, Glyn Daniel and Sir Mortimer Wheeler discuss the well-preserved body of Tollund Man, a 2000-year-old Dane found in a peat bog.

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Glyn Daniel talks about recent research into the mystery of Stonehenge. (1954)

First transmitted in 1954, Glyn Daniel talks about recent research into the mystery of Stonehenge.

First transmitted in 1954, Glyn Daniel talks about recent research into the mystery of Stonehenge.

Meanwhile, producer Paul Johnstone undertakes a series of experiments to show how the 60 stones in the Stonehenge Circle could have been conveyed from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, some 200 miles away.

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An expert panel try to identify unusual artifacts, but will they guess correctly? (1954)

First transmitted in 1954, Manchester Museum challenges a panel of experts to identify a series of unusual objects.

First transmitted in 1954, Manchester Museum challenges a panel of experts to identify a series of unusual objects.

The programme is chaired by Glyn Daniel, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. The experts are Dr G. H. S. Bushnell (Curator of Cambridge University's Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology), Dr F. Rainey (Director of the Philadelphia University Museum) and Sir Mortimer Wheeler (Professor of Archaeology, University of London).

Press Conference

Orson Welles

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Orson Welles takes the hot seat in this in-depth and revealing interview. (1955)

First transmitted in 1955. Writer, film and theatre director, Orson Welles takes the hot seat in this in-depth and revealing interview.

First transmitted in 1955. Writer, film and theatre director, Orson Welles takes the hot seat in this in-depth and revealing interview. Newspaper writers John Beavan, Elizabeth Frank, Rene McColl and William Hardcastle press Orson Welles on a number of issues as they attempt to delve into his life, passions and the secrets behind his career. Welles is questioned about his views on television, his reasons for staging Macbeth with an all-black cast, and his political ambitions.

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Panorama

Salvador Dali

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Malcolm Muggeridge interviews Spanish surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. (1955)

First transmitted in 1955, Malcolm Muggeridge talks with Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali about his moustache, painting and 'nuclear mysticism'.

First transmitted in 1955. Malcolm Muggeridge talks with Spanish surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, who says that even if viewers only understand a little of his poor English, it will be a wonderful thing for them. Muggeridge questions him about how he cares for his magnificent moustache, his career as an artist and his interest in 'nuclear mysticism'.

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Ed Murrow

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Malcolm Muggeridge interviews American broadcast journalist Ed Murrow. (1955)

First transmitted in 1955, Malcolm Muggeridge talks with American broadcast journalist Ed Murrow about the art of interviewing and his memories of war-time Britain.

First transmitted in 1955, Malcolm Muggeridge talks with American broadcast journalist Ed Murrow about the art of interviewing, commercial television, sponsorship and his memories of Britain during the war years.

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Cities of Europe

London: We Live by the River

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A film journey across London seen through the eyes of two boys. (1955)

First transmitted in 1955, We Live by the River is an atmospheric journey across London which follows two boys as they leave their homes in the East End to visit famous landmarks.

First transmitted in 1955, We Live by the River is an atmospheric journey across London which follows two boys as they leave their homes in the East End to visit famous landmarks. Although there is no dialogue, the film captures many of the sights and sounds of post-war London.

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Zoo Quest to West Africa

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David Attenborough recounts events during an expedition to West Africa. (1955)

First transmitted in 1955, this programme follows an expedition group touring West Africa's Sierra Leone region in search of nature's rarest and undiscovered wildlife.

First transmitted in 1955, David Attenborough chronicles events during a sponsored nature expedition on tour of West Africa.In September 1954 David Attenborough, cameraman Charles Lagus, Jack Lester and Alf Woods, both from the Zoological Society of London, set out for Sierra Leone. They spent three months intently surveying the landscapes of Sierra Leone in search of nature’s rarest animals. Although predominantly searching for Picathartes gymnocephalus (the White-necked Rockfowl) they hoped to take back to London a representative collection of the whole of animal life in this part of Africa.

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John Ellison meets Italian opera star, Tito Gobbi and other interesting guests. (1955)

First transmitted in 1955, John Ellison's guests include Italian opera star Tito Gobbi, cabaret singer Cindy Parker, and a surprise appearance from Alastair Sim.

First transmitted in 1955, this edition of In Town Tonight includes a performance by Italian opera star Tito Gobbi and a new feature 'A Woman Wonders Why' where the interviewer 'seeks the feminine point of view' - this week's subject is women and driving.

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John Ellison interviews former SS officer Heinz Linge, Hitler's personal attendant. (1955)

First transmitted in 1955, this is all that's left of this edition. It includes an interview with former SS officer Heinz Linge who was Hitler's personal attendant.

First transmitted in 1955, this is all that remains of this edition of the programme. It includes an interview with former SS officer Heinz Linge who was Hitler's personal attendant who had just been released after ten years as a prisoner in Russian hands. Linge claims that he was the last person to see Hitler alive. John Ellison also talks to Francis Pinto, spokesman of a steel band, The Caribinas, about their recent tour of North America.

Special Enquiry

Series 4 Health for the People

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An investigation by Robert Reid into the National Health Service in Salford.

Robert Reid trudges around a grimy and polluted Salford in 1955 to remind us just how much of a profound effect on the nation's health the NHS had. (1955)

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31 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:

The National Museum of Prague challenges the experts. (1956)

First transmitted in 1956, the National Museum of Prague challenges a panel of experts to identify a series of unusual objects.

First transmitted in 1956, the National Museum of Prague challenges a panel of experts to identify a series of unusual objects.

The programme is chaired by Glyn Daniel, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. The experts are V. Gordon Childe (Director of the Institute of Archaeology), Professor Sean P O Riordain (Department of Archaeology, University College Dublin) and Sir Mortimer Wheeler (Professor of Archaeology, University of London).

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The Royal Tournament at Earls Court, with drill and marching by the Royal Marines. (1956)

First transmitted in 1956, the Royal Tournament includes drill and marching by the Royal Marines, the Royal Horse Artillery gun teams and a race between teams from the Royal Navy.

First transmitted in 1956, the Royal Tournament includes: an exhibition of drill and marching by the Royal Marines; the Royal Horse Artillery gun teams; the Fort Henry Guard of Canada giving a display of British Army drill of 1867; a race between two branches of the Royal Navy taking guns over obstacle course; and the massed bands of the Light Infantry Brigades.

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Bob Danvers-Walker

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Buried Treasure

The Walls of Jericho

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Film of the archaeological excavations at Jericho. (1956)

First transmitted in 1956, Dr Kathleen Kenyon and Lady Wheeler discuss excavations at Jericho.

First transmitted in 1956, presenter Glyn Daniel talks to archaeologists about excavations at Jericho, which have led to the discovery of the oldest city known to man.

Discussing footage filmed at the site are Dr Kathleen Kenyon, Director of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, who is in charge of the excavations and Sir Mortimer Wheeler who visited the site. Among the archaeologists who have dug there is Lady Wheeler, who is in the studio to discuss dig live at Jericho.

Picture Parade

Joan Crawford

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Cinema news montage with guests Joan Crawford, Jeff Morrow and Mervyn Leroy. (1956)

First transmitted in 1956, this episode of the cinema world news montage features guests Joan Crawford, Jeff Morrow and Mervyn Leroy.

First transmitted in 1956, this episode features guests Joan Crawford, Maurice Elvey, Jeff Morrow and Mervyn Leroy. Peter Haigh speaks first to Joan Crawford about her new film, her family and and introduces her new co-star Heather Sears. British film director Maurice Elvey compares two early films on Dick Turpin. Jeff Morrow and Mervyn Leroy also discuss their recent films.

Zoo Quest

Zoo Quest for a Dragon Borneo - Part One

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David Attenborough begins his quest in Borneo. (1956)

First transmitted in 1956, David Attenborough and cameraman Charles Lagus begin their quest in Borneo, the first in the chain of islands they must cross in order to reach Komodo.

First transmitted in 1956, this is first episode of a six-part series in which David Attenborough searches for the Komodo dragon.

David Attenborough and cameraman Charles Lagus begin their quest in Borneo, the first in the chain of islands they must cross in order to reach Komodo. There they trek through jungle to a village belonging to the Dayak tribe, where they are given a warm welcome.

The Zoo Quest team are hoping to find an orangutan and, with guidance from the Dayaks, they discover and film one in the wild. However, it is an orphaned orangutan held captive by a hunter that Attenborough falls for in the end.

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Zoo Quest for a Dragon Borneo - Part Two

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David Attenborough goes in search of the legendary Komodo dragon. (1956)

First transmitted in 1956, David Attenborough and the Zoo Quest team venture to the islands of South East Asia in search of the legendary Komodo dragon.

First transmitted in 1956, David Attenborough and the Zoo Quest team ventured to the islands of South East Asia in search of the legendary Komodo dragon.

In this stretch of the journey, Attenborough has a close encounter with a crocodile, spends time with Dayak villagers and makes the acquaintance of Benjamin, an abandoned baby bear.

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