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Time to Remember

All Episodes 1959 - 2010

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  • BBC Four
  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z
  • 30m
  • 1d 1h 30m (51 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
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In the 1950s, the newsreel company Pathe mined their archive to produce a series of programmes for television called Time to Remember. Made by the producer Peter Baylis, they chronicled the political, social and cultural changes that occurred during the first half of the 20th century. In 2010, the material from the original Time to Remember has been collected together thematically to create a new 12-part series under the same title that offers a rewarding perspective on the events, people and innovations from history that continue to shape and influence the world around us.
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51 episodes

Series Premiere

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x01 1896-1902: Turn of the Century

1x01 1896-1902: Turn of the Century

  • Series Premiere

    1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Scenes from life at the turn of the century - life in Britain and around the world. Narrated by Basil Rathbone.

1x02 1905-1910: Edwardian Summer

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

A period of technological and political change. Narrated by Sir Ralph Richardson.

The Womens Suffrage Campaign, preparations for war etc. Narrated by Dame Edith Evans.

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x04 1914: Over by Christmas

1x04 1914: Over by Christmas

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

World War One begins and the recruits go off to fight. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave.

1x05 1915: Your Country Needs You

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Training of Kitchener's volunteer army, the Dardanelles etc.. Narrated by Stanley Holloway.

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x06 1916: The Better 'ole

1x06 1916: The Better 'ole

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

From the Eastern, Western and Home Fronts. Narrated by Stanley Holloway.

1x07 1917: Enough of Everything

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Including the Russian Revolution, the US entry into the War and women at work.. Narrated by Stanley Holloway.

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x08 1918: The Eleventh Hour

1x08 1918: The Eleventh Hour

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Americans have an impact on the War - then - finally there is Peace. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave.

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x09 1919: The Peacemakers

1x09 1919: The Peacemakers

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1950s newsreel tells the story of gangsters and Depression-era criminals in the USA.

1x10 1920:The Plunge into Peace

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

World War One begins and the recruits go off to fight. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave.

1x11 1921: The Time When Little Happened

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Irish treaty, mad stunts and newspapers at work. Narrated by Roland Culver.

1x12 1922: Sitting Still and Going Slowly

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Review of events in 1922 including Irish Troubles, war between Greece and Turkey and developments in aviation and radio. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave. "Time to Remember" is a benchmark in documentary-making. Originally produced in the 1950s and 1960s, it touches on all aspects of life in the first half of the 20th century using British Pathe's unique blend of political, social, and cultural history.

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x13 1924: A Trip to Europe

1x13 1924: A Trip to Europe

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

A look at political and social life in Europe and beyond during 1924. Narrated by John Ireland. "Time to Remember" is a benchmark in documentary-making. Originally produced in the 1950s and 1960s, it touches on all aspects of life in the first half of the 20th century using British Pathe's unique blend of political, social, and cultural history.

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x14 1925: Came the Dawn

1x14 1925: Came the Dawn

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1x15 1926: The Short Sharp Shower

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Documentary about 1926 - General Strike, international politics, dancing, weather and record breaking feats. Narrated by Stanley Holloway. "Time to Remember" is a benchmark in documentary-making. Originally produced in the 1950s and 1960s, it touches on all aspects of life in the first half of the 20th century using British Pathe's unique blend of political, social, and cultural history.

1x16 1927: Fast & Far in the Twenties

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1x17 1928: The Time of the House at Bognor

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Good documentary about the world in 1929. Illness of King George V & economic depression. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave.

1959-10-01T19:30:00Z

1x18 1920s: A Teenage Flapper

1x18 1920s: A Teenage Flapper

  • 1959-10-01T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

1x19 1920s: On Stage in the Twenties

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x20 1931: A New Era

1x20 1931: A New Era

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1959-01-01T20:30:00Z

1x21 1932: Around the Corner

1x21 1932: Around the Corner

  • 1959-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Diary of events in 1932 in the United States of America - Franklin Roosevelt becomes the President. Narrated by Anthony Quayle.

Season Premiere

1964-01-01T20:30:00Z

2x01 1933: Time of the Monster

2x01 1933: Time of the Monster

  • Season Premiere

    1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

2x02 1936: The Time of the Three Kings

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1964-01-01T20:30:00Z

2x03 1937: Sense of Value

2x03 1937: Sense of Value

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1964-01-01T20:30:00Z

2x04 1938: Wind Up Week

2x04 1938: Wind Up Week

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

People become aware of the growing threat of war. Narrated by Richard Greene.

2x05 1939: The Reluctant Warrior

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

2x06 1930s: Some People of the Thirties

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1964-01-01T20:30:00Z

2x07 1930s: The Tough Guys

2x07 1930s: The Tough Guys

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Mainly about life in depression and gangster hit America. Narrated by John Ireland.

2x08 1930s: Some Powers That Were

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1964-01-01T20:30:00Z

2x09 1940: Standing Alone

2x09 1940: Standing Alone

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1964-01-01T20:30:00Z

2x10 1940: Run Rabbit Run

2x10 1940: Run Rabbit Run

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Documentary film about events of early months of 1940. Narrated by Niall MacGinnis.

1964-01-01T20:30:00Z

2x11 1941: Operation Barbarosa

2x11 1941: Operation Barbarosa

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

2x12 1942: The End of the Beginning

  • 1964-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Documentary film about events of 1942 and America's entry into the war. Narrated by Stanley Quayle.

Season Premiere

1968-01-01T20:30:00Z

3x01 1943: Struggle for a Planet

3x01 1943: Struggle for a Planet

  • Season Premiere

    1968-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

3x02 1943-1944: The Path to Rome

  • 1968-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

3x03 1943-1944: Round the Clock

  • 1968-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

1968-01-01T20:30:00Z

3x04 1944: Liberation

3x04 1944: Liberation

  • 1968-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Liberation

3x05 1944-1945: The Last Winter

  • 1968-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

3x06 1945: The End and the Beginning

  • 1968-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Season Premiere

2010-09-27T19:30:00Z

4x01 Pioneers of Aviation

4x01 Pioneers of Aviation

  • Season Premiere

    2010-09-27T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

In the 1950s, the newsreel company Pathe mined their archive to produce a series of programmes for television called Time to Remember. Made by the producer Peter Baylis, they chronicled the political, social and cultural changes that occurred during the first half of the 20th century. Each episode was narrated by a prominent actor such as Ralph Richardson, Michael Redgrave, Anthony Quayle, Edith Evans, Basil Rathbone and Joyce Grenfell, all reading scripts recalling historic, evocative or significant moments from an intriguing past. In 2010, the material from the original Time to Remember has been collected together thematically to create a new 12-part series under the same title that offers a rewarding perspective on the events, people and innovations from history that continue to shape and influence the world around us. This episode tells the story of the groundbreaking men, women and machines who took to the skies in the first half of the 20th century and includes footage of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk; President Theodore Roosevelt becoming the first head of state to fly in an aeroplane; the German Zeppelins; the R101 disaster; Imperial Airways at Croydon Aerodrome; and Charles Lindbergh's first solo transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St Louis in 1927.

2010-09-21T19:30:00Z

4x02 Stage and Screen

4x02 Stage and Screen

  • 2010-09-21T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

In the 1950s, the newsreel company Pathe mined their archive to produce a series of programmes for television called Time to Remember. Made by the producer Peter Baylis, they chronicled the political, social and cultural changes that occurred during the first half of the 20th century. Each episode was narrated by a prominent actor such as Ralph Richardson, Michael Redgrave, Anthony Quayle, Edith Evans, Basil Rathbone and Joyce Grenfell, all reading scripts recalling historic, evocative or significant moments from an intriguing past. In 2010, the material from the original Time to Remember has been collected together thematically to create a new 12-part series under the same title that offers a rewarding perspective on the events, people and innovations from history that continue to shape and influence the world around us. Archive footage from the theatres, music halls and cinemas of the 1920s and 30s combines with characterful voiceover to give a glimpse of the entertainment industries in their early 20th century golden age. It includes footage of Charles Laughton applying his own stage make-up, chorus line auditions and rehearsals in the West End, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks visiting Europe, and Alfred Hitchcock's first talkie, 1929's Blackmail.

2010-10-05T19:30:00Z

4x03 Casualties of War

4x03 Casualties of War

  • 2010-10-05T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Lesley Sharp is the modern-day narrator linking together the best of the newsreel footage from the 1950s Time to Remember series illustrating the scale of the sacrifice made by ordinary people during the 20th century's two world wars. Includes footage of recruitment and training for the Great War; soldiers going over the top in the trenches; celebrations at the end of World War One; the evacuation of 300,000 men from Dunkirk in 1940; and Hurricanes taking off during the Battle of Britain.

2010-10-12T19:30:00Z

4x04 A Womans World

4x04 A Womans World

  • 2010-10-12T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Newsreel footage and original 1950s Time to Remember voiceover by Joyce Grenfell and Dame Edith Evans offer an insight into the ways women's roles in society changed through the first five decades of the 20th century. Featuring footage of suffragette protest, including Emily Davison at the 1913 Derby; working women during the First World War; Suzanne Lenglen playing tennis; and something of the fashions of the 20s and 30s.

2010-10-19T19:30:00Z

4x05 Pushing the Boundaries

4x05 Pushing the Boundaries

  • 2010-10-19T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The endeavour, innovation and technological breakthroughs of the first half of the 20th century are illustrated through newsreel footage and the 1950s narration of the original Time to Remember documentary series. Includes footage of tanks on the battlefields of the Great War; Scott's expedition to Antarctica; Mallory and Irving on Everest; Roosevelt at the Boulder Dam; and a car testing its very necessary roll-bar.

2010-10-26T19:30:00Z

4x06 The Royal Families

4x06 The Royal Families

  • 2010-10-26T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The fortunes and fates of the European royal dynasties during the first half of the 20th century are traced through footage from a variety of episodes of the 1950s newsreel series Time to Remember. Narrator Lesley Sharp links sequences showing an era of war, revolution, assassination and abdication. Includes footage of Queen Victoria at her diamond jubilee celebrations; Victoria's funeral; Edward VII out hunting; Tsar Nicholas II of Russia; Victor Emmanuel of Italy; Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany; Franz Josef of Austria in Sarajevo; George V's coronation, silver jubilee and funeral; King Albert of Belgium; the future Edward VIII walking in Tokyo with the future Emperor Hirohito; King Alexander of Yugoslavia being assassinated in Marseilles in 1934; King Boris of Bulgaria; Edward VIII's 1936 abdication statement; George VI's coronation; and Queen Elizabeth II as a child.

2010-11-02T20:30:00Z

4x07 Nations at Play

4x07 Nations at Play

  • 2010-11-02T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Lesley Sharp narrates as original newsreel and 1950s voiceover are used to illustrate how Britons spent their leisure time during the first half of the 20th century. Includes footage of Henley regattas, frolics at the seaside, the Victorian fairground, horse riding in Hyde Park, Royal Ascot in 1919, Deauville in the 20s and the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley.

2010-11-09T20:30:00Z

4x08 The Pursuit of Peace

4x08 The Pursuit of Peace

  • 2010-11-09T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Material from the 1950s newsreel documentary series Time to Remember tells the story of the struggle to maintain peace in the decades after the Great War. The politicians' high hopes for improved international relations through the League of Nations were gradually eroded by expansionism and aggression across the globe. Includes footage of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles; the first Armistice Day parade in 1919; Ramsay MacDonald addressing the League of Nations in 1924; Neville Chamberlain's visits to Germany to negotiate with Hitler; the liberations of Rome and Paris in the summer of 1944; the signing of the German surrender in 1945; and the signing of the United Nations charter.

2010-11-16T20:30:00Z

4x09 Crime and Prohibition

4x09 Crime and Prohibition

  • 2010-11-16T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Newsreel footage and voiceover from the original 1950s Time to Remember documentary TV series tells the story of the media circus that surrounded notorious gangsters and other Depression-era criminals in the United States of America. This is encapsulated in the kidnapping of Charles and Anne Lindbergh's baby - the 'crime of the century'. Includes footage of rumrunners trying to outrun the US Coastguard and beat prohibition; mobster Jack 'Legs' Diamond; John Dillinger behind bars; Al Capone at the racecourse; and coverage from inside the courtroom during the Lindbergh baby murder trial of German illegal immigrant Bruno Richard Hauptmann.

2010-11-23T20:30:00Z

4x10 Civilians at War

4x10 Civilians at War

  • 2010-11-23T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The impact of two world wars on the UK's civilian population is told through newsreel footage and voiceover from the original 1950s series Time to Remember. Here are the war stories from the home front. Includes footage of circus elephants being used as farm animals during the Great War; a pram protected against gas attack; footage of Londoners bedding down in the Underground during World War Two; and the celebrations at the end of both global conflicts.

2010-11-30T20:30:00Z

4x11 The Need for Speed

4x11 The Need for Speed

  • 2010-11-30T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The story of the groundbreaking men, women and machines who, on land and sea and in the air, went furthest and fastest in the first half of the 20th century, told through newsreel footage and voiceover from the original 1950s series Time to Remember. Includes footage of Malcolm Campbell in Bluebird; the first Monaco Grand Prix; the Spitfire; Amelia Earhart; and Jean Batten, the first person to simultaneously hold the solo flight records between the UK and Australia in both directions.

2010-12-07T20:30:00Z

4x12 In Times of Need

4x12 In Times of Need

  • 2010-12-07T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Clips and narration from different episodes of the 1950s Time to Remember series offer insights into the hardships and privations of the 1920s and 30s on both sides of the Atlantic. Includes footage of the bombing in Wall Street in 1920, preparations for the 1926 UK General Strike and images of the American dustbowl in the 1930s.

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