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BBC Documentaries

Season 1983

  • BBC
  • 60 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins (3 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Documentaries produced by or for the BBC.

4 episodes

1983x01 For Britain And The Hell Of It

  • Season Premiere

    no air date — 60 mins

Documentary telling the story of Richard Noble's various attempts on the land speed record, including his successful record-breaking run on Nevada's Black Rock Desert on October 4th 1983.

Thirty years ago this week Elizabeth II was crowned. This programme celebrates and assesses the Queen's changing role and conveys something of the nature of the job itself. It shows the Queen in London and on her recent American tour as well as key events of the reign. Special permission was given to film the Queen holding an investiture at Buckingham Palace, with her family and President Kaunda during the recent state visit, and on the Royal Yacht with Prime Minister Trudeau and President Reagan.

There are comments from some of the people who have worked with the Queen or observed her -Sir Harold Wilson , Edward Heath , James Callaghan , Sir Shridath Ramphal , Enoch Powell , President Kaunda, Sir Nicholas and Lady Henderson, William Deedes , Rich. ard Ingrams, Susan Crosland and one-time critic of the monarchy John Grigg (Lord Altrincham).
From the royal tour comes a rich variety of comment and behind-the-scenes activity at a time when the British monarchy is arousing worldwide interest.

Written and narrated by Ludovic Kennedy

Highlights of the team's expedition to Morocco begin this celebration of Blue Peter's 25th birthday year.
In 1968 Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves set off on an epic journey by Land Rover. Their safari began at the BBC's Television Centre in London and ended in M'Hamid on the edge of the Sahara desert where the temperature was 135°F

1983x04 Old Scores

  • 1983-08-16T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary in which the survivors of the eleven members of a Belfast schoolboy football team in 1969, talk about their experience of the troubles in Ireland and about two others members of the team UVF member Michael Atcheson, now in prison, and IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.