A Tyne Tees Television documentary on pigeon fancying and racing in the north east of England. Members of the Up North Combine talk about the history and their passion for the sport linking it to mining and heavy industry along the coast from Yorkshire to Northumberland. Footage includes a look at the annual Royal Pigeon Racing Association show in Blackpool and Bobby Thompson on stage at the Easington Colliery Club & Institute.
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.
A filmed sequence from the Tyne Tees Television programme Commercial Break looking at the problems faced by north east fashion designers getting their works produced and sold commercially. The film focuses on Newcastle designer Kathleen Shaw and follows her to a fashion show taking place at Wynyard Hall.
A filmed sequence from the Tyne Tees Television programme Commercial Break about beer brewing in the north east. The film follows Trevor and Angie Smith and their company Hardrian’s Brewery and shows Trevor brewing a new batch of his beer Gladiator from his small factory unit in Byker in Newcastle. They talk about the problems they have faced starting a new brewery especially with competition from the larger breweries of Scottish and Newcastle and the Federation Brewery.
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.
This Tyne Tees Television news special covers the visit of the President of the United States, James ‘Jimmy’ Carter, to the north east of England in May 1977, with commentary and interviews by Bill Steel. Footage includes the run-up to the arrival of the President by Air Force One at Newcastle Airport; a run through of the itinerary of the visit to Newcastle upon Tyne; interviews with representatives of the Corning Ltd glass works in Sunderland and the President’s visit to the factory escorted by British Prime Minister James Callaghan. Includes good footage of the traditional craft of making glass inside Corning.
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.
A promotional film made by Dorman, Long & Co. Ltd showing the various stages in the construction of the Tyne Bridge from 1926 until its opening on October 10th 1928 by King George V and Queen Mary. The film uses animated graphics to show some of the technical aspects of the bridge's construction and is filmed at various locations around the bridge in both Newcastle and Gateshead.
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.
Edition of the Tyne Tees television documentary (travelogue) series About Britain, broadcast on 25 February 1976, which first travels with the River Tyne Police, part of Northumbria Police, from Newcastle to the North Sea. Along the Tyne, the film records encounters with various workers such as the Port of Tyne harbour master, the Tyne Queen ferry crew travelling between Wallsend and Hebburn, a fisherman at the North Shields fish market, and a tug boat pilot leading the Joseph R. Smallwood tanker downriver. Workers comment on their working roles in voice-over.
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.
The first episode of a two-part Tyne Tees Television feature that looks at the landscape, industry, history and traditions of the North East coastline from Whitby to South Shields and the River Tyne, presented by Austin Steele.
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.
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.
Incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme Close Up on regional airports. The film includes general views of Teesside, Newcastle and Manchester Airports and includes interviews with Airport Managers about the each airport's development and prospects for the future.
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.
A promotional film produced by Trident Television for Tyne Tees and Yorkshire Television to illustrate the vast consumer markets in the North East and Yorkshire regions and to attract commercial advertisers. The film uses various montages showing industry, housing and retail across both the Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.
A promotional film for Ringtons Tea Ltd, showing the arrival of tea at the Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, tea blending and packing at Ringtons headquarters and factory in Algernon Road, Byker, Newcastle, and its distribution by horse drawn and motorised vans to the doorstep. A commentary is spoken by Alan Howland, who was later the voice of British Movietone News, and music also accompanies the film.
Footage believed to have been shot by Durham Police Constabulary of pickets at Usworth Colliery near Sunderland during the miner’s strike of 1972. The film shows striking miners picketing at the colliery and negotiating with the police. They are also seen shouting at strike-breakers entering the mine and clapping at those who decide to leave. The film ends with a group of miners turning back a lorry making a delivery to the mine.
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.
This sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit for Sunderland Corporation's Transport Department documents the abandonment of the Sunderland tramway system in 1954 in favour of motorbuses. It details the planning and operations of the bus transport system, and its importance for local people and businesses in Sunderland and surrounding areas. The film features good footage of trams and new buses in operation; local industries of glass making, coal mining and ship building; and of people at leisure in local coastal resorts.