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Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 8: Animal Magic

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A look at the 1960s short films that documented Britain's ambiguous relationships with animals, including the fur trade, fox hunting, animals in circuses and pets. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 9: Country Living

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

How new technologies and production methods changed the face of agriculture and country life adapted to the new economic and moral realities of 1960s Britain. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 10: End of Empire

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A look at 1960s short films examining the changing shape of the British Empire and the emerging Commonwealth from as far afield as Aden, Malaysia and Ascension Island. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 4: Dedicated Followers of Fashion

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Short, quirky documentaries that recorded developments in one of 1960s Britain's most dynamic, innovative industries - the glamorous world of fashion. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 5: The Joy of Tech

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A look at the advances in technology at a time when automatic washing machines were transforming home life and computers were about to revolutionise the workplace. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 6: War and Peace

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Look at Life's coverage of the Cold War, with footage from anti-nuclear protests in London, British forces stationed in Berlin and everyday life in Eastern Europe. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
David Okuefuna

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 7: This Sceptered Isle

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A look at the short 1960s films that documented unusual British customs, rituals and traditions, as people preserved the idiosyncratic aspects of national life. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 1: A Woman's Place

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Using the Rank Organisation's Look at Life series of documentaries, a look at the radical shifts in the position of women in British society during the 1960s. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 2: Brits at Play

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Using the Rank Organisation's Look at Life series of films, a look at how Britain's increasingly affluent population took full advantage of new leisure opportunities. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 1

Episode 3: Getting Down to Business

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Using the Look at Life series of 1960s documentaries, a look at the British economy at a time when industry faced ever-increasing competition from abroad. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
David Okuefuna

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 10: The Spirit of the Sixties

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

1960s short films capture the post-war emergence of dynamic youth cultures and celebrate an age when creativity was flourishing in the music industry. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 1: Times of Change

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The Rank Organisation's Look at Life shorts document the profound shifts across Britain's political, economic and cultural landscapes in the 1960s. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 2: Kids Today

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Using the Rank Organisation's Look at Life documentaries, a look at how childhood was transformed by sweeping changes to the British educational system in the 1960s. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 3: Island Nation

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Using the 1960s Look at Life films to examine the implications of Britain's identity as an island nation, a geographical reality that influences its national psyche. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 4: The World of Work

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Using the Rank Organisation's short colour films to document British working lives in the 1960s, a period when new technology was transforming our factories. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 5: Road, Rail and Runways

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Charting the upheavals in the UK's transport systems at a time when the popularity of air travel soared, rail networks were dismantled and the car was king. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 6: Messing About in Boats

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documenting our fondness for boats in a period that saw sailors seeking endurance world records and boatmen striving to halt the decline of rivers and canals. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 7: The Home Front

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Series on 1960s British life continues by looking at how we tackled housing shortages, rebuilt cities and met the expectations of an increasingly affluent nation. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 8: Worlds Apart

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

1960s short films made by the Rank Organisation on foreign excursions, including the reindeer herders of Lapland and the young Dalai Lama in India following his exile. Show more

Britain on Film

Series 2

Episode 9: This Sporting Life

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

1960s short films reflecting our national preoccupation with a range of competitive sports, ranging from golf and cycling to skiing and stock car racing. Show more