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BBC Documentaries

Season 1970 1970

  • 1970-09-08T20:00:00Z on BBC
  • 60 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins (3 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Documentaries produced by or for the BBC.

3 episodes

1970x01 The Ealing Comedies

  • Season Premiere

    1970-09-08T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

The story of the men and women who in just 10 post-war years produced a series of film comedies that were so original and funny that the name of the quiet residential London borough where they were made became world famous - they put Ealing on the map.

Featuring excerpts from: Hue & Cry, Passport To Pimlico, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Whisky Galore, A Run For Your Money, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Man In The White Suit and The Ladykillers. (1970)

1970x02 Beyond the Wall

  • 1970-09-22T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Ignorant of democracy but hungry for the West they cannot visit, the 17 million East Germans are a force that could decide the fate of Russia's European Empire. For most of the past decade they have been isolated by the Berlin Wall and a fortified border over 600 miles (965 km) long. Cold War attitudes have been slowest to melt in East Germany but this summer for the first time the German Democratic Republic opened its borders for three weeks to let in a BBC film crew. Tonight we see the first full-length report by a British television team on the life of the Germans who live 'Beyond the Wall.'

1970x03 Gale is Dead

  • 1970-06-09T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gale Parsons was loving, intelligent and - according to everyone who knew her - had much to offer; everything to live for. But, aged just 19 and a drug addict, she was found dead in the basement of a derelict house in Chelsea.

Harold Williamson and the Man Alive team first met Gale when making a programme about people who had been brought up in children's homes. What was apparent, even then, was her total loss of hope, her disbelief in any future. Now, the people who were in her life and who cared for her in and out of various institutions ask: need she have died?
One of the first documentaries to draw attention to young homeless and drug addicted people, Gale is Dead was nominated for a BAFTA in 1971. Its director, Jenny Barraclough, received an OBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Documentary Film Making and Charity. (1970)