An amateur film made by John Dickinson of a visit to Lewick in the Shetlands. The film begins at Carters Bar on the England-Scotland border and records a car journey through Edinburgh and Perth, arriving in Aberdeen for the ferry to Lerwick. Views of activity on board the ferry St Clair are followed by those around Lewick including the fishing fleet unloading and auctioning the previous night’s catch. The film ends back on board the St Clair for the journey back to Aberdeen where they are followed out of the harbour by the fishing fleet.
This Tyne Tees Television documentary profiles the North East comedian and club entertainer Pauline Patricia Brennan (nee Petty), better known under her stage name, Scarlet O'Hara. She reminisces about her impoverished post-war childhood in the working class Rye Hill area of Scotswood, in Newcastle’s West End, her husbands, and the start of her career working as a singer and stand-up comic at working men’s clubs and pubs in the region. The programme was originally broadcast on 12th March 1981 as part of the series Northern Scene, later featuring as part of the networked About Britain series.
A Tyne Tees Television production for the Channel 4 Television series First Edition, which chronicles the musical development and background of Northumbrian musician Kathryn Tickell. The film features her performing on stage with the group Lindisfarne as well as with members of her extended family in and around her home town of Wark-on-Tyne. She is also filmed performing alongside local musicians Joe Hutton, Willy Taylor and Will Atkinson as well as Alistair Anderson following being a judge at the Rothbury Music Festival. Through the film Kathryn learns about the importance of music not only within her own family, but throughout the history of Northumberland as a place.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees TV current affairs programme Briefing about the Jewish community in Newcastle, also broadcast as part of Tyne Tees Television's "About Britain" series. Subjects covered include celebrations for the annual festival of Purim, traditional food, education and study, and the dwindling Jewish population in Newcastle and Gateshead.
A home movie compilation filmed by John Dickinson, which includes footage of a holiday to Scotland and visits to Peasholm Park in Scarborough; a vintage car parade through Yarm; motorcycle scramble races possibly taking place at Belmont Park near Durham; London and the changing of the guard; a garden fete believed to be taking place at Elmwood Community Centre in Hartburn near Stockton-on-Tees; a fly-by of a number of aircraft as part of the Teesside Air Show at Teesside Airport near Darlington, and a walk beside a river in the Lake District. The film ends with views of caged animals in a zoo.
This home movie compilation made by John Dickinson features footage of his children at home or playing on the beach near Warkworth in Northumberland and events taking place as part of the 1976 Caravan Club Northern Centres rally taking place at Beckfoot Park, Kirby Lonsdale in Cumbria, inlcuding a volleyball match and a game of tug-o-war. Children on the site participate by carrying streamers and signage supporting various teams. The final part of the film features a visit to a miniature railway.
Produced by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown in 1935, the film captures the variety of leisure activities and entertainment found at the seaside resort of Redcar. The film documents seaside attractions such as a commercial 'head-through-the-hole’ beach photographer, the Society Palmist shop front, Fleets Punch and Judy Show, decorative Victorian swings run by showman Victor Vernon and his family, and a ventriloquist. The extensive scenes of a swimwear fashion show at Redcar’s outdoor pool provide a fascinating insight into changing styles from 1882 to the present. The film concludes with scenes from the 102nd Cleveland Agricultural Show, first held in 1882. Shot on Dufaycolor film shortly after it went on sale to the public in September 1934, this is one of the earliest surviving amateur colour films in the region.
A documentary drama produced by Brunner Lloyd Productions for the National Savings Committee (a quasi-government agency) that depicts social mobility in the North East. The story follows a ship yard worker's dreams of putting to sea in a ship he has helped build, but finds his savings better spent on helping his son through merchant naval college. The film features footage of the ocean-going liner, Ocean Monarch, built on Tyneside by Vickers Armstrong in 1951.
This Christmas spoof film was made by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom H. Brown and won a special commendation in an Amateur Cine World film competition. The Middlesbrough streets and the filmmaker’s first home, 'Melrose,' provided the film sets. The principal actors were Tom Brown himself, his wife Kate and daughter Helen, with his parents Tom and Mabel as two drunken guests. Tom Brown Senior performed the role of photographer when Kate and Tom appeared together in the film. This home movie provides an authentic record of the English domestic interior of the 1930s with glimpses of art deco style wallpaper.
Home movie compilation by Middlesbrough dental surgeon and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown that combines footage of his baby daughter Helen, outings and holidays in England and Scotland, and family activities on the bowling green. A brief record of Middlesbrough Mayor’s Sunday Procession in 1935 and a long sequence of an all-in wrestling match are included. The film also features a staged comic scene of a tooth extraction with his dentist father, Tom Brown Senior, and dental surgery staff, and the short drama 'A Picnic On The Green Sward,' made for 15 shillings in 1929 with friends from Tees-Side Cine Club. His future wife Kate plays Rita Carbo.This amateur melodrama is a send-up of British film acting in the 1920s with a lover’s quarrel, gun-toting villain, and happy ending.
Home movie compilation made by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker, Tom H. Brown, that focuses on the life of his first child, Helen, as she grows into adulthood and marries. The film spans the 1930s to the 1950s and features family life in Middlesbrough, trips to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Tees Valley, Durham, Llandudno in Wales, Holland and Switzerland. Footage in Durham shows Helen rowing on the River Wear as a member of a university women’s boat crew.
This is a compilation of colour home movie footage, filmed between 1946 and 1947 by Middlesbrough based dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film consists of portraits of the filmmaker’s father, Tom Brown Senior, and his son and daughter, Tony and Helen, and an interesting scene in which Tom Brown performs a tooth extraction on his six year old son in the garden. Another sequence captures aerial views of the coastline and urban Teesside region, filmed in 1947 from a British light aircraft, the Auster Autocrat. Footage includes family travel in Switzerland and the Alps in the summer of 1947, and holidays in North Yorkshire, Cumbria, and the Scottish Border.
Home movie compilation by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom H. Brown that records the young Brown family enjoying a wartime holiday at home in Middlesbrough during the Second World War. After the war has ended, there are visits to the seaside resort of Redcar in 1945 and extensive travel in North Wales in 1946. The closing colour film sequence documents the demolition of air-raid bomb shelters in a Middlesbrough street during October 1946.
Colour home movie compilation made by Middlesbrough dental surgeon Tom H. Brown recording family travel in England, Italy, Spain and Sweden between 1949 and 1951. The film features scenes and events from a family holiday in the seaside resort of Redcar, North Yorkshire; visits to London; a garden fete in the grounds of the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle in County Durham; Easby Abbey and Farndale in North Yorkshire. Lord Barnard and Lord Londonderry appear in footage of the Bowes Museum event. There are various short scenes of the Browns on holiday in Rome, Venice, San Sebastian and at one Swedish location. Tom Brown demonstrates his Bolex camera at an Italian airport in one scene.
Amateur home movie compilation that records family visits in North Yorkshire and the Pennines, produced between 1952 and 1953. The film includes scenes of a stonemason at work on the Frank Elgee memorial stone and the dedication ceremony at Rosedale Head on the North York Moors in 1953. Frank Elgee was an archaeologist, geologist and naturalist, and former curator of the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough. There is also footage of travel in Belgium and Germany with scenes filmed at Brussels, Lake Constance, and Rothenburg in Bavaria.
This home movie compilation by Middlesbrough amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown contains images of different generations of his wife Kate’s family, the Spittles, including the 1935 wedding of Walter W. Spittle to Elizabeth L. Ellerington in Darlington. Footage includes various scenes of family life in Middlesbrough, the early childhood of Brown’s daughter Helen, and holiday visits to the North Yorkshire coast and countryside. The film also features an amateur studio portrait session of a group of young fashionable women for the Tees-Side Cine Club.
Home movie compilation filmed between 1936 and 1941 in Dufaycolor and black and white by Middlesbrough dental surgeon and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film focuses on his son and daughter, Helen and Tony. Footage includes holidays in Northumberland, Yorkshire, and a Thomas Cook tour to Belgium and Luxembourg in 1939. The compilation also includes black and white footage of the Brown family and friends attending the christening of Tony in 1940, and of Tony as a baby in 1941.
Amateur travelogue shot in Dufaycolor by Middlesbrough filmmaker and local dental surgeon Tom H. Brown. The film documents the Brown family’s travel in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in 1939. The film records the architecture, landscape and local culture of the places visited, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Footage includes scenes of the construction of the German Siegfried Line defences, filmed in the Ardennes region around Clervaux; and of the 1939 International Exhibition of Water Technics at Liege in Belgium, including footage of the German Pavilion decorated with National Socialist insignia and flag. In some sequences filmed in the Netherlands, the filmmaker has focused on the women wearing traditional Dutch costume. The Ostend Harbour scenes were recorded amidst turmoil as people cut short their holidays at the outbreak of war.
A Tyne Tees Television autobiographical documentary about Jack Charlton, of local and world footballing fame, on a return visit to his family in Ashington far away from the world of top class soccer. Charlton attends a whippet race with his two sons, visits the coast he knew as a child, and joins friends and family for a drink and game of bingo in Ashington and District Working Men's Club. As he enjoys the sounds of a local brass band performing in the town, he wistfully wishes he had learned to play a brass instrument.
An early Tyne Tees Television documentary on railway workers at the Darlington locomotive shed in North Road, commissioned by Tyne Tees Television, with music and songs by folk musicians Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger. Influenced by the acclaimed radio series The Radio Ballads, this is a portrait of the last days of steam haulage and the progress to diesel and electric trains. The North Road works closed in 1965, a victim of the Beeching axe, with the loss of 2,150 jobs.
A Tyne Tees Television documentary original transmitted on the 21st October 1968 about the rehousing of residents of the Scotswood Road area in Newcastle. The film follows various residents from the neighbourhood as they go about their daily activities and talk about what it is like to live and work in the area. The film is intercut with scenes being filmed at Tyne Tees Television studios on City Road in Newcastle in which presenter David Taylor speaks with representatives of Newcastle City Council about the redevelopment of the area.
A Tyne Tees Television programme presented by Bob Tyrell on some of the good and bad aspects of the North East. The film begins in a butchers shop in Ponteland village before moving on to look at the new housing estate at Darras Hall. The film then looks at pollution in the river Tyne and the problems of slum housing in Newcastle. The film ends with an interview, as a local Headmaster describes the issue of low educational aspirations on Tyneside. The programme was transmitted on the 15th January 1968.
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.
Autobiographical documentary on James Mitchell, the English author of crime fiction and spy thrillers (pseudonyms James Munro and Patrick O. McGuire) who also worked as a film and TV scriptwriter. Born during the General Strike, Mitchell returns to his home town of South Shields and reminisces about his family and childhood during the Depression era. He revisits places remembered from his youth, including the River Tyne, South Shields Town Hall, Marsden Rock and Sunderland College of Art, where he taught, and talks about the long established Muslim community in the town. This is an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own [no credits], originally broadcast on Wednesday 2 July 1969.
A comedy produced by Tyne Tees Television and originally transmitted on the 26th January 1968 that follows the adventures of Tony; a young man down on his luck as he tries to make a better life for himself. The film follows him falling in love with a young woman, gets a job in a factory and being lead-astray by two layabouts he meets in a pub. The film ends at La Dolce Vita nightclub where Tony wins roulette as well as the woman’s affections. The film also includes a number of dream sequences where Tony invents water and has a James Bond type adventure.