An artist is commissioned to paint a mural about PVC and pays a visit to ICI to see what it is. This sponsored documentary covers the discovery in 1838 of polyvinyl chloride, the history of PVC, its invention, creation of polymers in chemistry labs, and some of its applications many years later, all hung on the narrative of an artist’s investigation to inform his work.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine magazine from April 1947 that features four items: highlights of a Northern League soccer match between winners Billingham Synthonia Football Club, playing at home, and opponents, Shildon: the first Billingham dog show organised by the reformed Canine Section; presentation of long service awards to veterans at the Synthonia Club; and apprentices train in the Engineering Training Centre, opened in the summer 1946.
Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine featuring three news items: VIPs and ICI board members attend a screening of the ICI cine-magazine production "Just Billingham" at the Gaumont Theatre in London's Wardour Street. A second feature looks at ICI workers using Durham County Council's Mass Radiography Unit for health checks. The final part looks at the work of the Anhydrite Mine. Anhydrite was mined in the Billingham area from 1928, located in the Casebourne division of the works.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine magazine of two features. The first item, 'Rope', follows preparations and the performance of the ICI Billingham Synthonia Players’ latest production of the 1920s play ‘Rope’ written by Patrick Hamilton. 'The Billingham Story (5) The Sulphate Plant' is a journey through the Billingham factory production of ammonia of sulphate. Includes men and women working at the packing production line, sewing up hessian sacks of ammonia of sulphate.
The film element of an edition of the Tyne Tees Television 'Access' programme transmitted 11 November 1976 and presented by Bob Woodhouse who looks at some of the historical and cultural highlights in the Cleveland area. The film asks the question why is Cleveland being ignored by regional and national tourism agencies.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television arts programme Come In If You Can Get In that looks at a scheme aimed at putting artists in the workplace. The film follows two artists, one of whom works in a steelworks the other in a Co-Operative supermarket and shows them paintings about these locations.
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.
Colour travelogue of a cruise around communist Yugoslavia in the summer of 1955, made by Middlesbrough amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film records the architecture, monuments and local landmarks that he visits with his wife. Footage also includes a focus on national dress outside the Western fashion system, and this film offers examples of cultural contrasts in examples of dress.
Local author, Scott Dobson, goes in search of the Geordie character. He looks at various aspects of the region that may have moulded the people - the coal mining, fishing and shipbuilding industries, and the dangers and poverty involved. Local humourist Dick Irwin contributes anecdotes and sketches. This Tyne Tees Television documentary in the About Britain series was originally broadcast on 6 August 1975.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme Lifestyles on north east comedian Bobby Thompson. The film begins and ends with Bobby on stage performing to large audiences in a north east working men's club. The film follows him as he returns to his childhood home of New Penshaw where he is recognised by children outside his old school. He reflects on his time working at North Biddick Colliery and walks around the North Biddick Miners Hall where he first performed as a young man. He is also filmed enjoying at day at Newcastle Racecourse. The film is intercut with interviews with Bobby at home talking about his career as well as interviews with radio producer Richard Taylor and journalist Jack Amos who talk about Bobby’s career and development.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme A World of My Own first broadcast on 3 January 1969 in which the Easington MP Emanuel ‘Manny’ Shinwell reflects on his 35 years career in politics as he prepares for retirement and travels around his County Durham constituency.
Incomplete Tyne Tees Television autobiographical documentary by George Scott, British author, television commentator, broadcaster, journalist and Liberal Party politician, born and raised in Middlesbrough. Scott guides us around the town and industries of Middlesbrough recalling his childhood memories and working life, and also explaining his move into politics. This programme was an edition of the series World of My Own, broadcast on 5 June, 1969.
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.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television Series Lifestyle looking at Spennymoor born artist and former miner Norman Cornish. This film looks at an artist who specialises in capturing the world of work and social life around him. The film visits him at home in Spennymoor and follows him to favourite local places which inspire him.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television arts programme A Richer Life following artists Norman Cornish and Gary Sargeant. In the first part of the programme Norman Cornish works in his studio at his home in Spennymoor and sketches the men inside a local public house. The film also intercuts views of miners at the Dean and Chapter Colliery where Norman was a miner. The second part of film follows Gary Sargeant as he sketches industrial scenes around his home in Durham. The film also shows him working in his studio which is also in his house. Through-out the programme both artists discuss their artistic processes and in the case of Norman Cornish miners talk about what they think of his art.
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.
The second of a two-part Tyne Tees Television programme looking at the history and traditions of the towns and villages of the North East coastline. This film follows the coast north from Newcastle as far as Holy Island.
A Tyne Tees Television documentary co-produced with Border Television in which author and journalist Hunter Davies gives a personal walking tour of Hadrian's Wall from Wallsend in the east to Bowness on the Solway Firth in the west. Originally transmitted on 10 June 1974 the film looks at the history of Hadrian's Wall and the people who live and work around the wall today.
This Tyne Tees Television documentary appeared in the ITV About Britian series and was transmitted 2nd April 1974. The programme follows Dr Henry Miller, Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University, as he shows us around Newcastle upon Tyne discussing many aspects of the city, from old and new architecture and industry to the Grainger Market and football. Scott Dobson makes an appearance to discuss the 'Geordie character'.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
This Turners film production sponsored by Sunderland council highlights the advantages of the Sunderland region as a place to live, commercial centre and location for industry. The film documents Sunderland’s successful industries, such as engineering, shipbuilding, Pyrex glass manufacturing, and tailoring, and promotes Sunderland Corporation’s redesign of residential, educational and business centres. Footage includes excellent shots of Sunderland’s famous glass blowers, scenes from the launch of the 'Montrose,' slum clearance, and construction of the Derwent Reservoir. Includes voice-over and music soundtrack.
Short sponsored film by Turners Film Productions about preserving the history of coal in the Washington area. The film contains a lot of footage inside the old colliery which is now part of the 'F' Pit Museum. The film is narrated by Geordie folk singer Alex Glasgow.
A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
A promotional film made by Turners Film and Video Production for Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers Limited that shows how and why the Sunderland Echo newspaper is important to the local communities in and around Sunderland. The film also shows the production of an edition from the writing of a story to the printing and distribution of the finished product. The film shows how the paper uses the latest computer technologies and how it is printed using the offset lithographic printing process.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.