Film ID:
NEFA 10911



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An edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own, probably transmitted in February 1969, which looks at the life and views of the 90th Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Dr Ian Thomas Ramsey. The programme follows him in his daily work, from his home at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, to Durham Cathedral. On a train to Leeds, he discusses some of his views on politics and in a local clothing boutique in Handyside Arcade, Newcastle, he holds an impromptu discussion with young people on fashion and protest. Dr Ramsey is also filmed conducting a wedding service and visiting prisoners in Durham Prison.

The programme begins with Dr Ian Ramsey, walking through the grounds of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland. He goes inside the castle and into an officer where he holds a meeting with two women about his upcoming calendar of events.

A car leaves the grounds of the castle with Dr Ramsey on board making its way to Durham Cathedral. While in the car, he dictates a letter about an upcoming visit to the House of Lords. As the car crossing a bridge into Durham, the cathedral can be seen in the near distance.

Dr Ramsey and the Dean of the Cathedral walk through Bede’s Chapel inside Durham Cathedral discussing preservation work that is going to be taking place.

The film cuts to show various views of vandalism including derelict terraced housing, a vandalised telephone box and the inside of a railway carriage. Graffiti on a wall reads ‘We Hate Maggys’. A sign on a rundown railway platform reads ‘Felling’. A diesel passenger train pulls into the platform.

On board the train, Dr Ramsey speaks to camera about ‘football excursions’ and what he believes should happen to those who cause vandalism on trains.

The film cuts to a Brigadier Branson speaking to camera about the needs for church unity in the 1970’s and the ‘political gimmickry’ of Dr Ramsey. Still on the train Dr Ramsey responds to the Brigadier’s comments by saying that he can’t see how the church can’t be involved in politics in the wider sense as it is all part of us living, working and acting together. Cutting back to the Brigadier who believes Dr Ramsey is like Don Quixote and should be focusing on improving the image and support for the church rather than focusing on some of the issues he has commented on. Dr Ramsey concludes by saying that God will inspire us.

Dr Ramsey walk past the window of a modern clothing boutique. Inside the boutique, ‘Boy Meet’s Girl’ in the Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dr Ramsey passes a young woman wearing a mini-skirt on the stairs.

Dr Ramsey gathers a number of the young men and women in the shop around him and begins a discussion. He asks them if the fashions of today are a protest against social taboos. He asks if women who wear mini-skirts are aware, they are being ‘sexually suggestive’. The responses from the young people are favourable.

To a contemporary rendition of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” views of a young woman looking at the latest fashions on sale at ‘Boy Meets Girl’ followed by views around the shops of modern fashions. The first part of the programme ends with views of young women in different outfits walking the streets of Newcastle around the Monument area.

The second part of the programme begins with Dr Ramsey performing a marriage ceremony in a modern church. As well as view of Dr Ramsey, there are views of the bride, who is wearing a white gown with fur-trimmed hood, and the groom.

Sitting at a table in a kitchen Dr Ramsey speaks with a woman about a visit she is going to make to Oxford and him collecting a car from Leeds.

A view of Durham Cathedral from the exercise yard at Durham Prison. Dr Ramsey walks through one of the prison wings and speaks with three prisoners in a yard before walking into St Cuthbert’s Chapel inside the prison. The film cuts to the entrance of the prison and Dr Ramsey coming through the main gate.

Back at Auckland Castle Dr Ramsey, another member of the clergy and two women walk into The Chapel. They take a seat in a pew and Dr Ramsey leads them in pray.

The film cuts to show men coming away from a colliery, possibly Usworth Colliery, after a shift and walking along a road for home. The wheelhouse can be seen in the distance.

In the church yard of Usworth Holy Trinity Parish Church is the memorial to the disaster there in 1885. Views of war memorials to both World War One and World War Two which includes a stained glass window.

In a school playground children play.

The film ends with Dr Ramsey performing a christening in a chapel with the family standing around.