Documentaries produced by or for the BBC.
First transmitted in 1964, this film charts how London has grown in size and spread into the surrounding country. Written and narrated by architectural critic Reyner Banham, A City Crowned with Green describes the unique character of London as a capital city.
Banham looks at how it has, from the time of Elizabeth I, defied the efforts of the planners to curb its growth but he is alarmed by the urban sprawl. Is to too late to get back closer to the heart and make London a city crowned with green?
This informational programme follows the British Army in Aden (Yemen) during the state of emergency in 1964. Aden is one of the last outposts of the British Empire and a strategic part of the Arabian Gulf guarding access to the trade routes that flow through the Suez Canal. The British colony has become a hotbed of insurgency, and the film follows British troops as they try to keep order in an increasingly violent mountainous region from where the insurgents regularly attack the Port area.
Peter Watkins' documentary portrays the 1746 Battle of Culloden that resulted in the British Army's destruction of the Jacobite uprising and, in the words of the narrator, "tore apart forever the clan system of the Scottish Highlands". Described in its opening credits as "an account of one of the most mishandled and brutal battles ever fought in Britain", Culloden was hailed as a breakthrough for its cinematography as well as its use of non-professional actors and its presentation of an historical event in the style of modern TV war reporting. The film was based on John Prebble's study of the battle.
First transmitted in 1964, this programme follows the lives of a group of British soldiers from 40 Commando Royal Marines, as they set up camp and patrol the North Borneo jungle, in search of elusive groups of Indonesian border terrorists.
A railwayman from St. Kitts, a bus conductor from Jamaica, a family of singers from Trinidad and a nurse from Barbados ...
Philip Donnellan's Birmingham-based film gives a voice to West Indian immigrants who movingly describe their experiences of trying to integrate into a surprisingly unwelcoming ‘mother country’. Shot in 1964 the film provides an important snapshot of Britain in the early stages of momentous social change and first-generation Afro-Caribbean immigration. (1964)
A documentary record of the tumultuous career of Yugoslavia's leader and of the emergence of present-day Yugoslavia, incorporating the personal comments and opinions of Marshal Tito in conversation with Fitzroy Maclean.
Film archive material from Belgrade, Vienna, Paris, New York, and the Imperial War Museum, London
Made in co-operation with the television services of the United Nations, Yugoslavia, and Sweden
The award-winning documentary film about Covent Garden.
Midnight - and large heavily-laden lorries converge on the narrow streets. Through the night-the furious activity of unloading and setting up stalls. Early morning - sees the arrival of the big buyers. Noon - the flower-sellers come to search for their bargains, and twelve hours have passed in the life of famous Covent Garden
First transmitted in 1964, students, professionals and married couples demonstrate the public's changing attitudes towards sex and marriage. What is the best reason for marriage? Is sexual experience an issue? How do men regard pregnancy and newborn babies? Is there a seven year itch? An insightful programme with frank discussions.