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.
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.
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.
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.
A Tyne Tees Television documentary, broadcast in 1969, about the importance of local government in Newcastle and the workings of the city council at the new landmark Civic Centre. Includes footage of the opening of Newcastle Civic Centre in 1968 by King Olav V of Norway. The film looks at the 'big business' of local government and focuses on a number of departments within the council including housing, education, public health and social services.
An amateur film in both colour and black and white, filmed and edited by John W. McHugh of the Gateshead Police Photographic Unit. Shot in June 1944, the film documents many of the community activities taking place in both Saltwell Park and the Shipcote Baths in Gateshead as part of the government “Holidays at Home” initiative during the Second World War.
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.
Promotional film produced by Turners Film Unit in 1957 advertising Premier Supermarkets, the first American style self-service retailing in Britain, with the first store opened in Streatham High Street, London, in 1951. The firm behind Premier was Express Dairies. The film features opening scenes of young women enjoying leisure time with family and friends contrasting with the effort involved in shopping before the advent of the supermarket. The second half promotes the convenience, speed and dazzling choice of products available at Premier Supermarkets for the shopper, and also records the food production, selection and supply, processing and packaging industries that deliver to Premier Supermarket warehouses and shops.
This amateur home movie documents the McQueen family travel to the USA in 1955 and 1956 aboard Cunard-White Star ocean liners Mauretania II and the Queen Mary. The film features many family scenes with friends in New York, Long Island, and locations in Virginia, with interesting footage of a children’s Halloween Day parade.
Tyne Tees Television news feature about the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital's (formerly the Lying-in Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne) maternity flying squad who attend to a home emergency involving a pregnant woman, in urgent need of a blood transfusion during child birth.
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.
A documentary in two parts that covers the life and industry on the River Tees, with footage of Middlesbrough, Stockton, the Transporter Bridge, Furness Shipyards and aerial shots of the Tees from Stockton to the river mouth
Amateur home movie filmed by Dr. H Brenton Porteous, which features his son Ian playing golf and at play in the garden in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, filmed around 1932; a winter ride through Newcastle upon Tyne in the snow around 1933; and a visit to the home of Kate Stephenson, daughter of the Mayor of Newcastle, Sir William Stephenson.
Home movie compilation by Dr H. Brenton Porteous that captures winter scenes in Newcastle and surrounding countryside; biplanes and monoplanes at Woolsington airfield; Beadnell bay and harbour; High Force waterfall on the River Tees, and the building of an air raid shelter at Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, the home of Dr Porteous, and now the site of Whites Hotel. Also included are shots at the wedding of Dr H. B. Porteous (the filmmaker) and Dr Winifred Ormerod in 1926, with good examples of 1920s bridal wear.
An amateur film made by Middlesbrough filmmaker Raymond Kitching in the 1950's of various locations around Middlesbrough, including the Transporter and Tees Newport bridges, the town centre market, and Albert Park.
A home movie and travelogue documenting family life as well as visits to urban and rural beauty spots around the North of England: Newcastle upon Tyne, the Lake District, and Northumberland. The film includes rare footage of the Newcastle Illuminations, showing an array of shops, restaurants, theatres, and cinemas lit-up with bright and sometimes animated neon signs.
A film made by Donald Raymond Clark of the Middlesbrough College of Education Cine Club begins with a trip across the Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough with views around the docks which evolves into a mini drama. The filmmakers then explore some of the many old streets in the town centre and finally look at some aspects of public transport in the town.
An amateur film made by Thomas Lawson of his brother Robert’s wedding to Mary Elsie Beeby at St John’s Church in Hebburn on the 26th June 1948. The film begins with a dramatised sequence showing Mary visiting his parents to show them her wedding ring. There are various views of the wedding and reception and ends with another short dramatised sequence showing the happy couple arriving at their new home.
An amateur film produced by Thomas Lawson for the Clarkson-Richardson wedding believed to be at a church in Jarrow on the 18th June 1949. The film begins with a young couple walking through a park dreaming of their wedding day. They fall asleep on a park bench and the film cuts to the day itself and shows the arrival of the groom, guests and finally bride. Following the wedding the wedding party pose for photographs and leave by car for the reception. The film ends with the young couple waking from their happy dream.
An amateur film made by Thomas Lawson of the Green-Maughan wedding taking place at St Paul's Church in Jarrow on the 6th June 1959. The film begins with a man, believed to be the filmmaker, walking around the churchyard. Another younger man is seen walking around St Paul’s Monastery as well as the churchyard. The groom, guest and bride are seen arriving and going into the church followed by them posing for photographs in the churchyard. The film ends with the newly married couple being driven away and arriving at a terraced house. The film ends with the couple being driven away again.
Set in 1850, this ambitious period drama is based on an old Tyneside sea-faring tale. A single mother and her daughter survive by luring sailors on shore leave to their boarding house to rob and murder. This film received a special commendation in the annual Amateur Cine World (ACW) magazine Ten Best competition. Scenes were filmed on board a sailing vessel at Dunston on the River Tyne and around the oldest locations in Newcastle upon Tyne, including Sandhill. The film was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Made by amateur filmmaker Leonard Winter, this is a compilation of well-composed post-war seaside holiday footage, documenting trips to Southend-on-Sea, Whitby and Saltburn between 1946 and 1951. The film also chronicles the early childhood of Jean and Leonard Winter’s daughter, Maureen, born in Lambeth in 1947. Leonard Winter was later a member of Cleveland Cine Club. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
A kind young boy is conned into giving away his mother’s money on the way to the shops. This touching amateur fiction was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, directed by Joe Clark.
An amateur film made by Victor Sidney Carman of various events of relevance to him taking place during 1951. The film records a family trip to the beach at Whitley Bay and views of terraced streets both in Wallsend and Batley in West Yorkshire where children are filmed playing in empty plots possibly the result of World War Two bomb damage. Nurses pose with children at a hospital near Morpeth and a boy takes a bike ride near Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. The film ends with crowds looking over two Royal Navy ships moored along the Newcastle Quayside.