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BBC Documentaries

Season 1997 1997

  • 1997-04-27T15:00:00-05:00 on BBC
  • 60 mins
  • 11 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Documentaries produced by or for the BBC.

11 episodes

1997x01 Swing Time

  • Season Premiere

    1997-04-27T15:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

For all those bored by the general election, this programme reveals the truth behind election night television coverage and reports on the mistakes, the wobbly sets, the internal battles and the fierce rivalry between the BBC and ITN. Some of the most famous faces on TV can be seen floundering in front of the cameras. In a tale of changing times, the viewers have seen the illegible charts of the fifties give way to the slick graphics of the nineties.

One-hour BBC documentary on avant-garde rock musician Captain Beefheart introduced and narrated by John Peel.

1997x05 The Radio One Story

  • 1997-09-20T15:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

Singer David Essex narrates a behind-the-scenes history of the nation's favourite radio station, from its 1967 launch by DJ Tony Blackburn to the present day.

1997x06 Black Wednesday

  • 1997-12-21T15:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Documentary about Black Wednesday, which looks at the events leading up to the GBP collapse and why it happened.

1997x07 The Kung Fu Years

  • 1997-01-01T15:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Documentary charting the effect that Kung Fu had on the British public's consciousness after the release of ENTER THE DRAGON.

1997x08 The KT Event

  • 1997-04-24T15:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

Did a meteor wipe out the dinosaurs?

1997x09 Bigfoot Monster Mystery

  • 1997-09-19T15:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

The sasquatch has pervaded American imaginations for generations. Many have dedicated their lives to searching for it. Go with a world-class photographer and group of bigfoot experts on the hunt, and find out what it's like to search for the sasquatch.

1997x10 Hogarth's Progress

  • 1997-04-20T15:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

The 300th anniversary of the birth of artist and satirist William Hogarth is marked by this film, which ties in with a major exhibition at London's Tate Gallery. The engraver of The Rake's Progress might well have recognised 1997 general election issues such as Euroscepticism and sleaze allegations. Andrew Graham-Dixon, chief art critic of The Independent, explores the fascinating world of Hogarth and visits London sites associated with him, including the Painted Hall of Greenwich's Royal Naval College, Smithfield meat market, Soho and Bloomsbury.

1997x11 Cigars: Out of the Humidor

  • 1997-12-25T15:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

The story of the cigar - from the tobacco fields west of the Cuban capital of Havana into the factories where poetry and daily newspapers are read aloud to the workers, to Hollywood cigar bars and the gentlemen's haunts of St James's, London. With the worldwide cigar market growing, smoking cigars is perceived as glamorous and yet this is occurring at a time when it is nearly impossible to smoke a cigarette in any public place in the United States. Cigar clubs are opening up in America despite the fact that Cuban cigars are banned. The film looks at the rituals and traditions of cigar smoking, the history of cigars and famous cigar smokers from all walks of life. With Lord Grade, Kenneth Clarke, James Belushi, George Wendt and Peter Weller.