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.
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.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own, probably transmitted in February 1969, which looks at the life and views of the 90th Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Dr Ian Thomas Ramsey. The programme follows him in his daily work, from his home at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, to Durham Cathedral. On a train to Leeds, he discusses some of his views on politics and in a local clothing boutique in Handyside Arcade, Newcastle, he holds an impromptu discussion with young people on fashion and protest. Dr Ramsey is also filmed conducting a wedding service and visiting prisoners in Durham Prison.
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.
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.
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.
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.
Home movie footage by a member of the Reed family of a local Women’s Institute (WI) event with sports, lunch and performance held in the grounds of Horton Grange, near Dinnington, in the 1920s or 1930s. This was the home of Lady and Sir Joseph Reed, part-proprietor and Manager of the Evening Chronicle.
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.
The first complete animation produced by Sheila Graber and set in her native South Shields. The film follows the adventures of a small boy and his cat as they walk through the snowy landscape, chase a Robin down onto the River Tyne and meet Father Christmas. The character of the boy is based upon Sheila’s nephew Nigel and the cat is based upon her own cat Whitey.
A home movie that records a year in the life of dance band musician George Cummin and his girlfriend Norah, shot in 1936. The film includes New Year Eve’s celebrations with friends (some are members of Newcastle ACA); the Northumberland Plate Festival at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, and the Town Moor Hoppings, both in June; shots of Peter Cummin as a baby and toddler; and a short trick film for Christmas. The couple were both members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
An amateur film by Harry Leighton shows the preparation and the day’s events at the annual Shiremoor and District’s Children’s Gala for 1974. Known locally as the Children’s Treat, the event has been organised by miner’s families since 1907. The film begins with views of organisers and volunteers preparing the ‘Treat’ field for the big day. A procession follows behind a brass band leading them onto the showground where children are present a box of cakes. There are views of many of the events and activates taking place during the day including sport and dancing as well as a fun fair. The film ends with the day coming to an end and people heading home.
An amateur film by Harry Leighton of the annual Shiremoor and District’s Children’s Gala taking place in 1980. Known locally as the Children’s Treat, the event has been organised by miner’s families since 1907. The film begins with a number of marching bands leading the crowds along Earsdon Road onto the ‘Treat’ field. Local comedian Bobby Thompson also features opening the event. Following the presentation of cakes to the local children the film records many of the sporting and musical events and displays taking place on the field as well as a nearby fair.