A travelogue, narrated by the South Shields born actress Flora Robson, looking at the history, culture and industry of the Tyne Valley. It contrasts the Roman heritage and rural economy of the western settlements, including Hexham and Corbridge, with scenes of life and work in the Newcastle & Gateshead conurbation. The industrial settlements between Newcastle and the coast are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the shipbuilding industry.
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.
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.
Autobiographical Tyne Tees TV documentary, part of the A World of My Own series broadcast on 23 April 1969, with John Braine, author of Room at the Top, which became a seminal work in the British new wave of ‘kitchen sink’ post-war films. Braine takes us through some of the locations that have influenced his work and life including Morpeth, Newbiggin-by-Sea, Ashington and Seaton Deleval Hall.
This sponsored film by Turners Film Productions documents the various stages in the mining, processing of coal, and environmental restoration of the land for agricultural and leisure activities at the 2,000 acre Radar North opencast mine site, at Widdrington, near Morpeth, in Northumberland County. The mine operated under a National Coal Board contract between 1957 and 1972. The film records the operation of the UK’s largest dragline system at the time, known as 'Big Geordie,' which worked at Radar North from 1969 to 1976 for Derek Crouch Mining Limited. It also shows how production, restoration and conservation work together in this method of mining.
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 documentary film that follows the campaign organised by the miners and citizens of the villages of Blackhill and Scremerston in Northumberland to fight the National Coal Board's decision to close the Blackhill Colliery. Following their defeat the film then follows them in their efforts to open a private drift mine at Allerdean.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions film for Ruston Bucyrus documenting the construction and capabilities of the Big Geordie dragline excavator. The excavator was built by Ruston Bucyrus for Derek Crouch, contractors for the National Coal Board, at their open cast coal mine Radar North on the Northumberland coast near Ashington.
An educational and promotional film produced by the Department of Photography Kings College and co-written and directed by Bruce Allsopp looking at what is is like to be a student and what can be studied at King's College, The Newcastle Division of Durham University.
Amateur travelogue that explores town, country and seascapes of Northumberland including Lindisfarne, Seaton Sluice, and Morpeth, the city of Newcastle including the Quayside Sunday market and Jesmond Dene, and the North Tyneside coastal towns of Tynemouth, Cullercoats, and St Mary's Island. Footage also features hiking and camping along Hadrian's Wall and a visit to Edinburgh in Scotland.
This is the first of three documentaries in the Your Heritage series produced by Tyne Tees Television on the region's three main rivers, originally broadcast on 6 December 1962. This programme looks at the River Tyne from source to mouth, exploring both the industrial and urban life of the river as well as its historic and rural aspects.
A film made by the British Coal Video Unit in March 1994 to celebrate the retirement of the four pit horses still working at Ellington Colliery near Ashington in Northumberland. The film shows the horses at work underground at Ellington before being brought to the surface to the waiting media. The film ends with them being taken to their new stables not far from the mine itself.