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BBC Documentaries

Season 1985 1985

  • 1985-07-31T21:00:00+01:00 on BBC
  • 60 mins
  • 9 hours, 0 mins (9 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Documentaries produced by or for the BBC.

10 episodes

1985x01 The War Game

  • Season Premiere

    1985-07-31T21:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

The War Game is a 1965 television film on nuclear war. Written, directed, and produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC's The Wednesday Play strand, its depiction of the impact of Soviet nuclear attack on Britain caused dismay within the BBC and in government. It was scheduled for broadcast on 6 August 1965 (the twentieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing) but was cancelled, the corporation publicly stating that "the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting". It remained unseen on British television until 1985.

To the World's End follows the No. 31 London bus from Camden Town to World's End, Chelsea, meeting characters who live and work along the route.

Anthony Summer's BBC documentary focuses on the last few days in the life of Marilyn Monroe, and her connection with the Kennedy brothers, John and Robert.

1985x06 On The Eighth Day

  • no air date — 60 mins

''On The Eighth Day'' is chilling, a result entirely consistent with its aim. The one-hour documentary explores the possible ecological and atmospheric consequences of nuclear war, particularly as they would be expressed in a ''nuclear winter.'' Darkness would shroud the Northern Hemisphere; temperatures would fall. The planet would survive, but not as a hospitable place.

Billie Holiday's tragic story, from her traumatic childhood ' in Baltimore to her premature death in a New i York hospital at the age of 44, is told in the words of her closest friends and colleagues - but mostly through the songs themselves. Arena has assembled an unprecedented number of her filmed performances.

1985x08 Photography: Harry Benson

  • 1985-01-18T21:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

'Don't tell Richard Avedon, Scavullo, Cartier-Bresson or the dear departed spirit of Cecil Beaton, Harry, but you are my favourite photographer.' (TRUMAN CAPOTE). From his first job on the Hamilton Advertiser via the Daily Sketch and the Express, Benson has now reached the pinnacle of photojournalism, the prestigious magazine, Life. In this film he is interviewed at his Manhattan apartment by the Scottish novelist, William Mcllvanney , and seen on assignment in New York.

1985x09 Moment of Truth

  • 1985-09-22T21:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Richard Cooke is a photographer with a passion for air-to-air pictures. He is obsessed by a single aerial photograph: 'the RAF Aerobatic Team,'the 'Red Arrows', trailing smoke, flying straight at his camera. They say it is impossible and too dangerous. But that doesn't stop Richard. He gets a first and last chance to capture the £20 million snapshot.

1985x10 D-Day to Berlin: Newsnight Special

  • 1985-05-07T21:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

George Stevens's remarkable film is acclaimed by historians as the most important colour footage taken during the war. Milestones covered include the liberation of Paris, the link-up between the Russian and American armies on the River Elbe and the Allied capture of the Dachau concentration camp.