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BBC Documentaries

Season 1968 1968

  • 1968-06-20T20:00:00Z on BBC
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins (6 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Documentaries produced by or for the BBC.

6 episodes

The story of last seventy years of the Habsburg Empire centring on Emperor Franz Joseph who, at the age of eighteen, came to the throne in 1848.

1968x02 Farewell The Seekers

  • 1968-03-12T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

BBC farewell concert from The Seekers, in London, England, on July 7, 1968.

1968x03 4472 - Flying Scotsman

  • 1968-08-08T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

On 1 May 1928, LNER locomotive 4472 'Flying Scotsman' made the inaugural run of a non-stop service from London King's Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. Now, exactly forty years later on 1 May 1968, Alan Pegler, owner of the locomotive Flying Scotsman since British Railways sold her in 1963, attempts to recreate the run. Various passengers, including Rev W Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, talk about their memories of the locomotive.

1968x04 Death or Glory

  • 1968-12-10T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

First transmitted in 1968, this documentary shows life in the British Army of the Rhine as seen through the eyes of one of its regiments, the 17th/21st Lancers, as they complete a tour of duty. It reveals how they manage their routine whilst guarding the Cold War East German front and how they try to live a normal life with their families in a foreign and sometimes alien environment.

1968x05 Tolkien in Oxford

  • 1968-03-30T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

This program shows the newfound popularity of Professor Tolkien. Interviews show not only fans' opinions, but also feature interviews with Tolkien himself

1968x06 The Heart of Apartheid

  • 1968-09-10T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

First transmitted in 1968, Black, Coloured and Asian South Africans are interviewed in this eye-opening documentary about their views on apartheid. Included with the many dissenting views on apartheid are opinions on why different racial groups should live separately. Film footage that often shows the shocking racial exploitation allowed by apartheid accompanies the interviews. This documentary shows a protest by Church leaders against the Group Areas Act and features an interview with Desmond Tutu.