Film ID:
NEFA 11673

THE BIG COUNTRY

1976

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Description

A promotional film produced by Trident Television for Tyne Tees and Yorkshire Television to illustrate the vast consumer markets in the North East and Yorkshire regions and to attract commercial advertisers. The film uses various montages showing industry, housing and retail across both the Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.

The film opens on a television transmitter standing in a rural landscape. The film cuts to an animated title sequence.

Title: Tyne Tees Yorkshire

Title: Trident Television

Title: The Big Country

The film cuts to a montage of images that opens with a view of an oil complex with fire coming from a chimney. Two men turn a spanner attached to a section of piping. The film cuts to a group of men walk along a path away from a bus. On the deck of a ship a man in a hardhat walks past.

The film changes to show a waterfall followed by a view of Aysgarth Falls.

The film cuts to a steam piston in action followed by views of women working industrial looms in a textiles factory. A machine presses spoons which fall into a bucket. There is a view of the Sheffield skyline.

The film cuts to show feet walking around a shopping precinct followed by the exteriors of a number of supermarkets and department stores including Woolco, Hintons, Asda, Marks and Spencer’s and Peterlee Department Store. Inside a supermarket a woman places her shopping into a Presto carrier bag. A hand works a mechanical till. General views inside a supermarket and people walking around a shopping centre.

The film changes to an animated map of Great Britain with an outline of the Trident Television area down the east coast of England. The main conurbations within that region are highlighted; Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Kingston upon Hull, Teesside, Gateshead and Newcastle. Newcastle and Leeds begin to flash indicating the locations where Trident transmit from.

The film cuts to an overhead views of Washington New Town with the A1 motorway cutting through it. The film changes to show the west range and a view inside the choir at Fountains Abbey.

The film cuts to show a view of the centre of Sheffield with the camera focusing in on the bus station. General views of fountains built on a number of roundabouts in the centre of the city with traffic passing by. There is a view of the Park Hill estate in the distance taken from one of the roundabouts.

The film cuts to a man in a hardhat wearing protective glasses. General views follow inside a steel works with molten steel being poured from large ladles, girders travelling along the rolling tables and rods being cut into sections.

The film cuts to an overhead view of high-rise apartment buildings in Sheffield.

The film changes again to show children playing on swings in a playground and people walking along a path in a park surrounded by blossoming bushes and trees.

Inside a department store a female assistant helps a woman try on a new pair of shoes. General views of people shopping in a Marks and Spencer’s store.

The film cuts to show traffic turns out of a junction with Leeds Town Hall in the background. General views of pedestrians walking through a shopping precinct in Leeds.

A phantom car ride along the A1 motorway passes under a road sign for Harrogate, Wetherby, York and Leeds. The camera pans right to show the Leeds skyline. There are more views of shoppers walking through Leeds shopping precincts and the entrance to the Marks and Spencer’s department store.

The film cuts to general views of Bradford including views of the city centre near to the Wool Exchange. A modern glass building with fountains stands nearby.

Another phantom car ride along the A1 motorway passes under a sign for Leeds. General view shows a large concrete structure and shopping precinct in Bradford.

A van pulls away from a large building beside a quayside. Writing along the side of the van reads ‘Wholesale Fish Merchant Hull’.

General view follows of the Humber Bridge under construction.

The film cuts to the quayside at Kingston upon Hull where a number of large trawlers are moored alongside a number of smaller fishing vessels. Markings along the side of one of the larger trawlers reads ‘Kurd’. There is a phantom car ride past a number of covered semi-trailers parked along a quayside near to a ferry boat in the near distance. Along another quayside cranes load and unload ore from several cargo ships.

The film returns to the map of the Trident area showing the main conurbations of Bradford, Leeds, York, Kingston upon Hull and Sheffield. Towns in the south of the region are revealed including Peterborough, Kings Lynn, Melton Mowbray and Lincoln followed by smaller towns of Mansfield, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Wakefield and Huddesfield. To the north the locations of Darlington, Teesside, Bishop Auckland and Durham appear followed by the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan areas of Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.

The film cuts to show people walking through a pedestrian precinct. General views of the chemical works at Billingham. A helicopter flies around an oil rig in the North Sea.

General view of Newcastle including the Tyne Bridge and Swing Bridge. The film changes to show two women looking in on a display in a department store window. The film cuts to show greyhounds coming out of their traps at the beginning of a race. 

The film cuts back to the animated map of Great Britain showing the high speed road and rail routes through the region. The map changes to one of Northern Europe with Tyne and Wear, Teesside and Humberside highlighted and shipping routes to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Gothenberg.

The film cuts to show a BKS airplane coming into land at an airport. General view of the terminal and control tower at Newcastle Airport. The film cuts to the inside of an airplane as it takes off from an airport.

There is a quick montage showing a man stacking newspapers from a print production line, someone being interviewed at Yorkshire Television and a woman presenter on BBC Radio Sheffield.

The film changes to show a view of a coke works. The film cuts to aerial views of Easington Colliery filmed from a helicopter flying over the site including shots of the pilot. The film cuts underground and a large wagon of coal being driven past. General views of coal mining. Back on the surface general views of the Big Geordie dragline excavator at work at the Radar North open cast coal mine in Northumberland.

The film changes to show a farm field which was once a colliery waste heap. The film cuts to a farm where sheep are herded out of a barn into a field.

General views of a small harbour with a number of moored fishing boats. On the quayside a man repairs a fishing net.

Another aerial view of an oil rig. General views follow of men on board drilling for oil or gas.

There is a montage of industrial footage beginning with a view of a steel furnace opening. This is followed by views inside a textile factory. The film cuts to show a sheet of card comes out of a machine. It is then shown being folded into a box by a woman on another machine. The film cuts to the completed boxes coming down a conveyor and women loading them into larger boxes. In another factory Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts come along a conveyor and are loaded in bags by machine. The sequence ends with bottles of beer coming along another conveyor.

The film cuts to a phantom car ride through Peterlee. General view of the town centre and pedestrian precinct with the Peterlee Department Store in the near distance. The film cuts to show a man in a white coat walking past a bank of gauges in a factory. This is followed by views of a man working a precision cutting instrument.

The film changes to show the exterior of a modern factory building at Newton Aycliffe. The film cuts to views of the interior of a sports centre in the town showing people swimming in a pool, men playing a game of football on an indoor pitch and children playing badminton, table tennis as well as trampolining in another large hall. The film cuts to show two men play a game of squash on an indoor court.

Outside an Aycliffe Development Corporation van drives along a road and turns out of a junction to head towards the town centre. The film cuts to show a view of a large sign on the edge town that reads ‘Newton Aycliffe’.

The film changes to show a view of the exterior of Washington Old Hall. Inside the American flag is draped over the bust of George Washington. Three visitors look around the interior of the hall. The film cuts to an overhead view of Washington New Town and then of The Galleries shopping centre. General views show people walking around the outside of the centre followed by views of customers walking around inside.

At the checkout of the Presto’s supermarket inside The Galleries a family loads their shopping into plastic carrier bags. General views show people shopping in the store and advertising hoardings hanging down from the ceiling. At the check-outs customers purchase their goods.

Outside The Galleries cars drive past the new Woolco store. Inside views of customers at the checkout paying for their goods. A family push their shopping trolley out of the store.

General view of a large neon sign for Makro cash and carry. Inside a fork-lift moves boxes of goods around the store. General views of a freezer section and people shopping.

The film cuts to a show someone counting money at a check-out. The images changes to a view of the exterior of the Hinton’s store near Stockton-on-Tees. A man loads a box of cans into the boot of his car. The film changes to show views of the meat and cheese counters inside the store.

The film cuts to show views of the exterior of the Asda supermarket at York and the Peterlee Department Store in Peterlee.

General view of the exterior of the Merrion Centre in Leeds cutting to a view of the Morrison’s supermarket inside. General views of pedestrians walking along a shopping precinct in the centre of Leeds.  

The film ends with another montage sequence beginning with a view inside a large engineering factory and a man working on a large metal cog or wheel. The scene changes to two men shearing sheep. There is an aerial view of an oil or gas platform followed by a boy diving into the swimming pool at Newton Aycliffe seen previously. At a shop checkout a woman counts out pound notes for the cashier. There is a brief shot of a pedestrian shopping precinct. The film cuts to a helicopter flying over the sea. This changes into a view of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge. Looking down from the top of the bridge cars drive onto the gondola. The film cuts to show views of chemical plant. The film changes again to show something being dropped into a vat of liquid causing it to explode. The film cuts again to show general views of a modern concrete building and a shopping precinct. The film ends with a view of a man standing beside his bicycle on a beach with a large chemical works in the background.

Title: The Big Country