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Tuesday's Documentary

Season 1968 1968

  • 1968-09-10T21:05:00+01:00 on BBC One
  • 50 mins
  • 10 hours, 50 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • Documentary

Long-running documentary series covering a wide range of current affairs topics.

13 episodes

1968x01 The Heart of Apartheid

  • Season Premiere

    1968-09-10T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

What is the truth about South Africa? Apartheid, South Africa's policy of separate development, is based on the view of the country's white minority that they are the most developed group, best equipped, best able to judge the destiny of their society. The South African Government is the usual spokesman for the majority of people in South Africa-the non-whites. Following the documentary White Africa, which gave the opinions of South Africa's whites, Hugh Bur nett has been back to the Republic . to investigate the feelings and opinions of its non-white peoples. Tonight's documentary looks at the country solely through their eyes, to discover how they feel about a policy which will deter. mine the survival of the white man in Southern Africa.

1968x02 The Great Fish Muddle

  • 1968-09-24T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

A film about an industry that didn't want to change Many trawlers are old-fashioned Trawlermen work in conditions illegal on land The industry spends over £ 100,000,000 a year on foreign fish It pulps British fish into cattle food Over 400 protection societies defend the status quo ... and 1968 has been a doleful year. Trawlers lost at sea, trawlers laid up, trawlermen laid off. Fishing is-in every sense-in deep water Produced and narrated by Roger Mills

1968x03 Towards Tomorrow

  • 1968-10-01T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Your future is being created now - for better or for worse? A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GARBAGE DUMP Waste of every kind is on the increase, polluting the earth. The volume of refuse alone will double in twenty years. Unless we do something, cities will be engulfed in their own wastes. Should we store our wastes in huge artificial mountains for possible future re-use? Or re-design our own homes to produce less waste? Waste can be eliminated. But there are psychological problems. Film from Britain, France, America, and Sweden shows what is being done in the eleventh-hour bid to avoid the waste-high society.

1968x04 The Trouble with Being One Self

  • 1968-10-08T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Dr. Stephen Black looks at the problem behind the transplants Identical twins apart, every individual is different. In each of us there is a defence system which constantly distinguishes 'self' from ' non-self.' Every foreign invader is rejected, whether it be a deadly germ or someone else's heart. Some mothers even reject their own babies; and even the familiar allergies, asthma and hay fever can be caused by ' 'foreign' pollens in the air we breathe. The immunologists have made use of this reaction to protect us from disease, as every mother knows when she has her baby immunised. There is now evidence that the body may also try to reject its own cancer cells as if they belonged to somebody else, and research in immunology may, for the first time, have provided us with the first real clue as to where the key to the cancer problem might lie. In this programme some of the world's leading immunologists, whose previous work has already enabled surgeons to transplant hearts, kidneys, and livers between different individuals, talk about their present research and some of the promises it holds.

1968x05 The Plutocrats

  • 1968-10-15T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

How rich is rich in Texas? Why, Texan-rich of course-and to be thought rich in Texas you need to be worth at least £ 20-million. Tonight's film is about four such Texan-rich Texans. An oil man whose wife has a passion for million-pound paintings. The boss of the world-famous Dallas department store where the Big Rich of Texas buy their goodies-goodies such as submarines and solid-gold tooth-picks. The richest Texan (he earns £ 75,000 a day) and the most controversial, for he spends this wealth on what many consider to be reactionary causes. The greatest living showman, builder too of the world's biggest sports stadium. A taste of Texas, home of the brashest, most flamboyant, most controversial multi - millionaires anywhere.

1968x06 The Aristocrats

  • 1968-10-22T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

I'm down to my last £5 million says Baron Egremont, owner of 20,000 acres in Sussex It's a very nice life comments Colonel Cameron of Lochiel, twenty-sixth hereditary Chief of the Clan Cameron, and Britain's largest landowning commoner Viscount Scarsdale's family, the Curzons, have lived at Kedleston in Derbyshire for more than 850 years When the seventh Marquess of Anglesey inherited his title he also inherited a bill for £2 1/2 million death duties In Blenheim Palace the tenth Duke of Marlborough has surely the stateliest stately-home in the land Nina Caroline Ogilvy - Grant Studley-Herbert , twelfth Countess of Seafield, owns 200,000 Scottish acres-an area more than half the size of Greater London.

1968x07 Towards Tomorrow

  • 1968-10-29T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Your future is being created now -- for better or for worse? SUPER-CITY Some quite fantastic designs for the cities of the twenty-first century are already appearing on drawing boards all over the world. Advanced technology has now made it possible to build cities that are quite unlike anything anyone has lived in before Buckminster Fuller, Reyner Banham, Wilem Frischmann and Boyd Auger reveal in this filmed programme their ideas about what the city of the future will be like. Their projects, and the whole concept of cities are examined from the human angle by: Lewis Mumford, author of The Culture of Cities with Dr. Terence Lee, psychologist Tom Marcus, Professor of Building Science Dr. John Calhoun of the United States National Institute of Health The Rev. Chad Varah, Founder of the Samaritans The question is will the cities of the future be worth living in? Will we learn from our past mistakes? Or will the psychoses that affect today's cities merely become super-psychoses when we start building super-cities?

1968x08 The Fall of the House of Habsburg

  • 1968-11-12T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

In the course of 600 years one family, the Habsburgs, came to dominate the huge area of central and south-eastern Europe which included what we know today as Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and large parts of Yugoslavia, Poland, Rumania, and northern Italy. Fifty years ago their Empire fell. Tonight's film tells the story of the man who strove so desperately to hold his inheritance together, the Emperor Franz Joseph. He came to the throne in 1848 at the age of eighteen, and for sixty-eight years suffered an unending series of public disasters and personal tragedies, including the suicide of his son and the assassination of his wife. On his shoulders rested the vast complex of an Empire approaching its end. But behind the glitter of a decadent Vienna an amazing burst of creative energy took place. Doctors, musicians-great men from all corners of the Empire converged on the capital, Vienna. In the midst of all this activity Franz Joseph tried in vain to hold at bay the forces of nationalism which eventually brought about the destruction of the old Europe.

1968x09 The Channel - Them, and Us

  • 1968-11-19T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

For many of us on this side, the English Channel is not just a strip of water but a state of mind. ' It's a different sort of people here.' Opinion polls investigate how many of us want to ' go into Europe'; experts discuss the economic and political pros and cons; but what sort of attitudes would we take over with us? What we feel has shown in the past to have mattered just as much. Do we want to be part of Europe or will the Channel go on symbolising something which makes us ' different '?

1968x10 Towards Tomorrow

  • 1968-11-26T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Your future is being decided now -for better or for worse? TIME TO KILL The ' Gospel of Work' is hard to shake off. When we get the chance of more free time, many of us shy away. Perhaps we enjoy our time off only because we know it must come to an end. But what will happen when it doesn't? Professor Dennis Gabor says the age of leisure, if it comes too early, could be as big a potential threat to society as the atom-bomb. Some Britons already have a four-day week. In Lancashire there's even now a three-day week. Industrial change will bring more spare time for everybody. Are we ready or will leisure mean more of us seeking refuge in alcohol, drugs, and fantasy? From new-style educational holiday camps to giant ' fun bubbles ' to roll around in, the battle's on to liven us up on the threshold of the age of leisure.

1968x11 The Asian Teenagers

  • 1968-12-03T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Their parents - Sikh, Moslem, Hindu-came from Pakistan, India, and the Indian communities of Africa to find a better life in Britain. They were the immigrants. Today their children speak English like natives-natives of Bradford, Southall, Birmingham. They are the first generation. They have grown up in two worlds. At home their parents live the Indian villager's traditional family life, authoritarian, strict, where the head of the family lays down the law, and everyone's future, including marriage, is ' arranged.' But outside, instead of the fields of India, lies the world of Britain's industrial cities; the world of Powellism and mini-skirts; the world of youthful independence and contempt for authority, of competition and prejudice. How does the Asian teenager in Britain reconcile the conflicting demands of these two worlds?

1968x12 Death or Glory

  • 1968-12-10T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Britain is still paying to maintain an Army in Germany-the British Army of the Rhine. This film is about life in that Army as seen through the eyes of one of its regiments The 17th/21st Lancers * The 17th/21st Lancers are a regiment with a proud history. They charged with the Light Brigade, fought at Khartoum, served with distinction in France in the First World War and in the Western Desert and Italy in the Second. Now for the best part of seventeen years they have been a unit of the British Army of the Rhine. The regimental motto of the 17th/21st Lancers is 'Death or Glory.' In Germany they have seen little of either; and yet that there should be neither death nor glory is the whole point of their being there at all.

1968x13 Revolution

  • 1968-12-17T21:05:00+01:00 — 50 mins

The New Radicals Is revolution possible in Britain today?