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.
Filmed Tyne Tees Television inserts to a programme on the fashionable scene that centres on the Handyside Arcade on Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, at the height of the boutique boom of the 1960s.
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.
This Tyne Tees Television documentary was originally broadcast on 14 October 1963, the first year of the newly formed Newcastle University. The production follows two students, Christine Hughes and Derek Sutton, as they throw themselves into student life: academic life in the lecture room and laboratories, examinations, graduation ceremony and leisure time. The film contrasts traditional elements of student life such as buying academic gowns, residential halls and dining etiquette, along with student clubs and recreation - Morris dancing, sailing, sports, the student newspaper, the Courier. Includes footage of the Fine Art, Naval Architecture, and Physics departments, along with shots of the new Herschel physics building, designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in March 1962.
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.
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.
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.
Documentary by the Durham University Film Group on working class Northumbrian poet Tom Pickard and the international centre for poets in Morden Tower, Newcastle, founded by the poets Connie and Tom Pickard in March 1964. A narrator describes Pickard’s move to Northumberland, survival as a poet, his influences and events at the Morden Tower poetry centre. The venue has hosted readings by celebrated poets that include Basil Bunting in 1965 and the American beat poets, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso. Footage includes a performance by Alan Jackson and the Living Mythology blues jazz group
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.
An amateur film made by John W. McHugh and Robert Wilson for the County Borough of Gateshead of various coronation celebrations taking place around the borough in 1953.
This documentary compilation of events from 1933 was filmed by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cummin. Includes footage of the aftermath of a gas explosion in Carville Street, Gateshead; the Tyneside launch of the first all welded ship, the Peter G. Campbell, a tank barge constructed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd at their Wallsend Shipyard, unusual footage in that it is filmed from a boat on the river; the (Northumberland) County Amateur Golf Championship at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; model boat steering trials at Paddy Freeman's boating lake in Jesmond Dene in mid-summer, and women's snowball fights at Jesmond Dene in winter; barrow sellers and shops in the run up to Christmas on the Newcastle streets. The final sequence represents Christmas Day through a series of staged shots of food, drink and Christmas traditions.
An amateur film made by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) documenting the College of Further Education Christmas Jazz Ball at the Top Rank venue, the Majestic Ballroom, in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 18 December 1963. A great variety of late 1950s and early 1960s fashions and dance styles are on show, along with footage of three traditional jazz bands: Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen, and Newcastle jazz scene bands, River City Jazzmen and the Mighty Joe Young Jazzmen.
This 1977 compilation was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It consists of extracts from the cine club’s films, documentary footage of film shoots and studio work, and presentations at the club, from the club’s first decade through to the 1960s.
Compilation of miscellaneous amateur film shot between 1934 and 1938 in Scotland, including footage of the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, in 1938, and holiday trips to Arbroath, Edinburgh and other Scottish locations. Also includes brief sequences of a military parade in Newcastle upon Tyne, and rugby union matches, possibly the 1938 Home Nations Championship, with Scotland playing Ireland in Edinburgh and England at Twickenham, London. This film is probably the work of James Cameron Senior, one of the original founder members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This comedy chronicles the misadventures of an amateur tape recordist who undertakes to provide sound effects for a local drama group's production starring his wife. This was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, directed by former dance band musician, George Cummin.
This amateur documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
A local topical film of the Jarrow Carnival, showing an amazing variety of costumes and bands, filmed from two different vantage points.
Footage originally broadcast on 28 June 1967 for the Tyne Tees Television Late Look news programme on Newcastle’s Town Moor Hoppings. Reporter Clyde Alleyne visits the annual travelling fun fair and interviews showmen and women, including a well-known performer who billed himself as 'Davey Jones the Irish Leprechaun', travelling with Robert Campbell and Jennie Jepson’s show. Interviews discuss the economics of attending the fair and the effect of the rain on profits that year, held one week later to avoid a clash with a re-scheduled Race Week.
Amateur film by Stephen Gray that documents the National Garden Festival in Gateshead held between May and October 1990, comprised of four areas: Norwood, Riverside, Dunston and Eslington Park, and including Dunstan Staiths on the south bank of the River Tyne. The film records attractions such as representations of European landmarks like the Tower of Pisa and Louvre Pyramid, horticultural displays, folk dance entertainment, and the monorail, road train and vintage trams that serve as transport for visitors.
This is a Tyne Tees Television interview with Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield in Newcastle, originally broadcast on 31 March 1967. Ms Mansfield is in the region performing cabaret in both Newcastle and South Shields. She responds to a negative news report in the Daily Mirror about her show and talks about what she thinks of the people of the north east. Report by Bob Langley.
A 30 second television advertisement for Vaux Breweries filmed at The Continental Hotel, Sunderland. Inside at the hotel bar ITV sports commentator Kent Walton enjoys pints of beer with local musicians David MacBeth and Helen Russell alongside other patrons.