Look at Life (film series)

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Look at Life was a regular British series of short documentary films of which over 500 were produced between 1959 and 1969 by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation for screening in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas. The films always preceded the main feature film that was being shown in the cinema that week. It replaced the circuit’s newsreel, Universal News, which had become increasingly irrelevant in the face of more immediate news media, particularly on television with the launch of ITN on the Independent Television service, which began broadcasting in parts of the United Kingdom in 1955.[1]

Presentation[edit]

Produced on 35mm film and in Eastmancolor, these ten-minute 'featurettes' melded a light-hearted magazine format with a more in depth documentary approach and depicted aspects of life, mainly in Britain, but sometimes further afield. The films often depicted elements of the 'jet age', demonstrating advances in technology and a reflection on the changing tastes, fashions and trends representative of the so-called ‘swinging sixties' era, which were often portrayed in a glossy, vibrant and optimistic way. The films also reported on topical issues that were affecting modern day society such as road safety, civil defence and pollution, and often sought to explain the rapid changes that were taking place in the country in an entertaining and informative narrative. Look at Life also took its cameras abroad to focus on events and affairs within the Commonwealth and British colonies including Aden, Gibraltar and the ever diminishing British controlled areas of Africa. Look at Life cameras were also offered exclusive access behind the Iron Curtain to present life in the Eastern Bloc, particularly in East Berlin and the Soviet Union.

The films were generally narrated in the style typical of newsreel films with a principal voice-over while letting the images tell the story. The narration was generally spoken over the natural sounds of the subject being discussed such as motor traffic or the activities within a workplace and with musical accompaniment. People who were featured in the programmes were seldom heard to speak unless as background sound, their activities and interactions with others generally being commented upon by the narrator. Otherwise the subject of the film or clip would address the camera directly or perform in a given situation, both in a staged and a scripted manner whereby the narrator could often add a humorous or ironic comment in the context of the subject. On occasions an expert or professional in the field of the subject could be seen to present the film directly to camera and provide voice overs. However, in the most part, the narration of the films was provided by well known celebrities and presenters of the time including Raymond Baxter, Eamonn Andrews Wynford Vaughan-Thomas and Sid James, but the majority of the films were narrated by actor Tim Turner. At the end of each film the caption "Look At Life Again Soon" would appear on screen.

Reception[edit]

When the first issue of Look At Life 'Marrakesh' was released in March 1959, it was hailed in the trade journals as an 'exciting venture in film journalism' and Rank announced this innovation would have 'a more lasting impact than the present ephemeral newsreel content.' [2] Look at Life was a popular formula but did become rather frozen in time with its light hearted presentation and jaunty theme tune and despite subtle changes to the opening titles, their graphics and the introduction of the Rank 'gong' logo at the beginning of later films. Television led audiences into a documentary world that had more grit and less glamour than the relative escapism of the cinema and by 1969 Rank could no longer ensure the survival of the series and the concept waned just as other newsreels and magazine films also available at that time, such as the Pathé Pictorial which was shown on the rival ABC cinema circuit, and as cinema audience continued to decline rapidly on the verge of the 1970s.

Legacy[edit]

Over 500 episodes were produced altogether. Digitally restored from the original film, the Look at Life series is now licensed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, previously known on screen as Granada Ventures and distributed by Network DVD. Many of the films have not been seen in full since their original showing in the cinemas, although a number of films have been previously released on Super 8 and more recently on DVD in themed categories. These include Look at Life - Swingin' London, which explores elements of contemporary London life, work and traditions and Look at Life - On the Railways, which represented the great changes that were taking place to Britain's railways in the wake of the modernisation programme and the decline of steam. However Network has gradually released box sets of the films in volumes. Volume 1 - Transport is a four disk compilation released in 2010 and contains 54 films on the theme of transport. Look at Life Volume 2 - Military was released in June 2011, while Volume 3 - Science was released in September 2011.

Two further volumes, Volume 4 - Sport and Volume 5 - Cultural Heritage, were for released in August and November 2012 respectively. Volume 6 - World Affairs was released on the 1 February 2013.

In November 2012, the series Britain on Film commissioned by BBC Scotland for broadcast on BBC Four began a twenty-part series providing an insight into life in Britain in the 1960s exclusively featuring footage from the Look at Life series. Distributed by ITN Source, a partly owned subsidiary of ITV Plc, each episode features a different aspect of British life and culture during the decade, including the changing role of women and how leisure time was spend including the rising popularity of overseas travel. It is presented with original commentary from the series with captions to provide the contemporary viewer with explanation.[3]

Currently Available on DVD[edit]

Volume 1: Transport[edit]

Disc One (1959–1960)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis
April 1959 Ticket to Tokyo Travelling with a Britannia Airline from London and Tokyo and back.
May 1959 Letting off Steam Celebrating British Railways' change of technology to bring in the modern age of commuter travel.
May 1959 New Roads for Old A look at tomorrow's roads in the making.
August 1959 Flight on a Cushion Telling the story of a hovercraft from the moment it was invented.
August 1959 Talking of Coaches Life from the back of a coach during a tour of Italy
October 1959 Alpine Rescue A glimpse of the hazards faced by Swiss glacier pilots.
October 1959 Shopping for a 'Queen' What it takes to replenish the 'Queen Elizabeth", the 83,000 ton liner before her next voyage.
November 1959 Sailing the Sky The thrills of gliding and an interview with Britain's leading woman glider pilot, Ann Welch.
December 1959 Driving Test Driving school tuition and the training of police drivers
January 1960 Shape of a Ship Taking a look at the big new liners being built including the Canberra.
February 1960 Air Hostess Following an airline stewardess on her working day.
March 1960 Taxi! Taxi!! Looking at the organisation behind taxis, from how they are made to picking up passengers.
1960 All Through the Night Out on the trunk roads with the night lorries.

Disc Two (1960–1963)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis
April 1960 Over and Under A look at the modern bridge building that is taking place all over Britain today.
July 1960 Horse-power Riders Experts prove that safety on a motor-cycle stems from control of the machines.
March 1962 Eyes of the Law A look at traffic control and motorways in West Germany.
April 1962 Scooter Commuter In ten years, the number of scooters on British Roads has increased from 4,250 to over 41,000.
May 1962 Sea Horses featuring tugs boats, without which any big port would come to a standstill.
September 1962 So They all Hover Now Today all kinds of things are using hover power. Trucks, barrows and even stretchers.
September 1962 The Village Sleeps Again The arguments for and against building a by-pass.
January 1963 Birdmen John Wimpenny is the first man to pedal himself through the air for more than half a mile.
April 1963 Draw the Fires An interim report on the railway modernisation schemes that have generated controversy.
June 1963 The Car Has Wings Natural boundaries no longer limit the range of motoring.
June 1963 Vintage Models A visit to Montagu Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the New Forest.
July 1963 Pilot Aboard The story of Britain's pilotage services.
August 1963 Where No Tide Flows A look at canals today and how they have been rediscovered by holidaymakers.

Disc Three (1963–1965)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis
November 1963 High, Wide and Faster Closer co-ordination between our roads, railways and coastal shipping.
December 1963 Oil Aboard The story of the oil tankers and the crews that sail in them.
December 1963 Report on a River Following the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Port of London, which is modernising services and keep traffic moving.
December 1963 Europe Grows Together An urgent look at Britain's links with the Continent.
April 1964 Turn of the Wheel A look at what is happening to the old trains and buses that are being replaced.
May 1964 City of Air A look at the many aspects of London Airport with a focus on BOAC and BEA airlines.
August 1964 Behind the Ton-Up Boys A reflection on the nearly two million motorcyclists in Britain.
August 1964 Going Places Under Water The world's first underwater sightseeing bus.
November 1964 Living with Cars Analysis of what is being done to cope with the increasing number of cars on our roads.
December 1964 Flying to Work The increasing number of private planes and helicopters in Britain's airspace.
February 1965 The Spirit of Brooklands The story of the Surrey motor racing circuit.
April 1965 Weather Adviser How special ships maintain a constant watch on the weather, whatever the conditions.
May 1965 What Price Safety? A look at what is being done to make cars and roads safer.
September 1965 Down in the Dumps How the problem of dumped cars is being addressed.

Disc Four (1965–1969)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis
November 1965 Cats of the Sea The thrill of sailing catamarans.
March 1966 Breaking the Ice Looking at the icebreakers which keep shipping routes open.
December 1966 Skimming through the Sixties Revisiting the Hovercraft and how it has been evolving.
December 1966 The Big Take-Off Assessing what is happening to Britain's aircraft industry in the face of competition.
March 1967 Lighter than Air Going up in a hot air balloon.
May 1967 Just an Accident The shocking statistic that twenty people are killed on the roads daily.
May 1967 Scrambling for It The motor sport which is attracting thousands of followers.
June 1967 The Straights of Dover A closer look at the 750 ships that pass through the five mile wide shipping channel every day.
August 1967 Where Do You Leave the Boat? The problems of where to keep pleasure boats as more are built.
October 1967 Pushing the Bike The impact of the bicycle on the world today.
December 1967 Playing Trains How despite moves to diesel and electric traction thousands of people are still running steam locomotives on unprofitable branch lines.
September 1968 The City's for Living In A response to the Buchanan Report with a focus on Bath and Norwich as to how British cities face the danger of the impact of traffic on the environment.
March 1969 All in a Day's Work People who travel the world by air as part of their everyday jobs.
March 1969 A Load of Pheasants Following intercontinental deliveries by lorries that travel through Britain's ferry ports.

Volume 2: Military[edit]

Disc One (1960–1961)[edit]

Date of Feature[4] Title Synopsis[5]
1960 The Black Arrows The acrobatic team who performed daring manoeuvres in jets capable of more than 700 mph.
1960 Ceremonial Soldier As we see, the sentries at Buckingham Palace are still highly efficient soldiers.
1960 Soldier Abroad A soldier's life at the HQ of the Third Royal Tank Regiment in Detmold, West Germany.
1960 Under the Rocket Life at the rocket range in Woomera, Australia, through the eyes of a young REME corporal and his wife.
1960 Thunder in Waiting The deadly cargo of the Vulcan Bomber is a crucial part of Britain's deterrent force.
1960 'A Piece of Cake' A film about the parachutists of the Parachute Regiment.
1960 Return to Arms A study of the new West German army.
1960 Submarine A glimpse of life and work in a submarine.
1961 The Rocket-Age Lancers Looking to the future with the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers.
1961 Air Umbrella A look at NATO's international squadrons, with footage of the F104 Starfighter.
1960 Flight Deck The aircraft carrier is now the nerve centre of any large naval operation.
1961 Pipeline Refuelling both in the air and at sea.
1961 Girls Ahoy! Formed in wartime, the Women's Royal Naval Service is still going strong.
1961 Survival A look at survival techniques with Peter Whittingham and RAF expert Jock Wishart.
1961 Muscle Men A fast-moving film with enough vigour to prove that muscle and brawn still count!

Disc Two (1961-1964)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis
1961 Action This Day The tough training of the Royal Marine Commandos - some of Britain's finest fighting men.
1961 Char and Wad The work of the NAAFI - from Kuwait to Gibraltar, Germany to Cyprus.
1962 Test Pilot A look at the RAF Lightning, supersonic watchdog of Britain's skies.
1962 Rendered Safe A look at the work of a bomb disposal squad.
1962 The Last Battleship The life and death of HMS Vanguard, and the uses to which her steel will be put.
1962 Amphibian A look at the DUKW and other amphibious military craft.
1962 Turning Blades The world of the helicopter in 1962; from the Belvedere to the experimental Rotodyne VTOL craft.
1962 Plumbing the Depths A film showing the importance of surveying the world's seas and oceans.
1962 Golden Wings A look at various aircraft, including the Blackburn monoplane, the Sopwith Pup and the Hart.
1962 The Black Watch The Queen Mother visits the Black Watch on the banks of the Tay.
1963 Girls of the Air The girls behind the men who fly: members of the WRAF.
1963 The Sky's the Limit Aerobatics, born of necessity in World War I, now form part of the RAF's training.
1964 Forward, March! The infantryman is the indispensable soldier of the British Army.
1964 Doctor On Call A look at a flying doctor service based near Kuala Lumpur.
1964 Trouble-Shooters A film showing Britain's trouble-shooters, the Royal Marines, in Sarawak.

Disc Three (1964-1969)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis
1964 Under One Umbrella The story of how three fighting services were united under one command - the MOD.
1964 The Price of Valour An insight into the lives of some of the holders of the Victoria Cross.
1964 The Jet Folk We see the impact of the United States Third Air Force, stationed in Britain.
1964 Drummers of the Queen A look at the little-known Junior Guardsmen's Company.
1965 The Flying Soldier A look at helicopter training within the British Army.
1965 The Cherry-Pickers Following the 11th Hussars from Hanover to Coburg.
1965 Jumping Jets The revolutionary vertical take-off capacity of the RAF Kestrel.
1966 Air Lift How transport command of the RAF keeps Zambia's economy alive.
1966 Down to Earth Following WRAF girls as they trek into the jungle.
1966 East of Suez More than 50,000 British soldiers, sailors and airmen police the rivers and jungles of Borneo.
1966 School for Skymen A glimpse into the world of the RAF College at Cranwell.
1967 Moving Day How the headquarters of NATO was moved from France to Belgium.
1967 Free Fall The story of the Falcons - free-fall professionals.
1968 Doctor On Call The story of the Royal Green Jackets Skydiving Team.
1969 Underwater Menace Dealing with the hazardous legacy of World War II.

Volume 3: Science[edit]

Disc One (1959–1963)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis[6]
1959 Follow the Stars There are many who follow the stars. Some believe they can indicate the future, while astronomers spend their nights observing the heavens through the great telescopes at Jodrell Bank.
 ? A Marriage is Arranged How a marriage between steel and plastic is successfully forged at British steelworks.
1960 Channel Tunnel A visit to the trial tunnel and a look at all the scientific research necessary.
1960 Healing Hands The onward march of surgery – and the dedicated research behind the scenes of medicine.
1960 Testing Time A film about all the different things that need to be tested in Britain today.
 ? Making a Meal Out of It A film looking at various aspects of food, visiting research laboratories as well as taking a look at food from the turn of the century.
1961 Press-Button Age Every day is another step into the press-button age; this film shows how our lives are increasingly regulated by automation.
1961 Flood Tide How the ceaseless battle with the sea is being fought with the aid of the Flood Warning System.
1961 Men With Ideas A film providing insight into the machinery of patenting.
1961 Mystery of a Fish From the River Axe in Devon, scientists catch every young salmon that swims downstream in an effort to map this species’ incredible voyage.
1962 Rockets Away! A film exploring the research being done on rockets, for both peaceful purposes and defence.
1962 The Little Menace A study of what is being done in medical research.
1962 Trouble on Oily Waters The dumping of oil waste in the sea has created a new menace along Britain’s shoreline.
1962 Any Old Iron? This film turns the spotlight on the people who prepare salvaged steel for re-use, and on the steel foundries which melt it down again.
1963 Caught in the Cold Every year, Britain gets caught in the cold; cities crawl to a standstill, and road and rail traffic is disrupted. Why does this happen in an age of scientific miracles?

Disc Two (1963–1964)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis
1963 Figure it Out The story of computers: from electronic tape and punched cards, to austere-looking robots.
1963 Keeping Clean An interesting look at the new mechanised way of cleaning.
1963 The Destroyers Pests come in all shapes and sizes, from the woodworm and grain weevil to the homely city pigeon. This film shows the research which goes on to control them.
1963 Back-Room of the Sky At Boscombe Down, on the edge of Salisbury Plain, every part of a new plane is tested, and it is then flown to its operational limit. Not only are the aircraft tested, but also the men who fly them.
1963 People of Power A close look at the operation of the Berkeley Nuclear Power Station.
1963 Second Chance This moving film shows an achievement in which science and humanity have combined to offer the 100,000 people in Britain who have lost a limb a chance to live happy and useful lives.
1963 Key of the Door A look at the educational centres where training in technical subjects is aiming to keep pace with the demands of this scientific age.
1963 You Can't Catch Much from a Fish ‘Look at Life’ went to see what the six months’ compulsory quarantine means to the 3,000 dogs and 500 cats brought into Britain each year.
1963 Men Under Pressure This exciting film shows the work of the men who build tunnels below water level, and the scientific and medical care that ensures they suffer no ill-effects from their unusual occupation.
1964 Fings are Getting Smaller Taking a look at how everything is being reduced in size in the new compact age.
1964 Salute the Engineer More and more engineers are needed to keep pace with developing industry; this film offers a glimpse of the wide range of jobs they undertake.
1964 So Much Flattery! Few realise how far the art of imitation has developed. Synthetic furs and jewellery, artificial flowers and copies of great paintings, ‘marble’ made of laminated plastic, and that most quotidian of imitations – artificial teeth.
1964 Having a Baby A look at the medical and social services available for both hospital and home births.
1964 Power Needs No Passport Stretching across Western Europe is a network of electric power stations, linked by the transmission lines that span a continent. This is the story of an ever-present problem: Europe’s increasing need for electricity.
1964 Wealth Under the Sea A trip to the North Sea to follow the search for oil.

Disc Three (1964–1969)[edit]

Date of Feature Title Synopsis
1964 By Bread Alone A look at what is happening in the baking industry as scientists try to find out why bread doesn’t keep fresh longer and to solve the problem of staleness.
1965 Frontiers of Medicine Machines are playing an increasing part not only in the treatment of disease, but also in helping to find out the causes of illness.
1965 Sugaring the Pill Large numbers of pills are consumed every year; this film takes a look at the growth of the pharmaceutical industry.
1965 Beating the Racket A look at what is being done to reduce noise levels.
1965 Will Taps Run Dry? Much of Britain faces a water shortage every year. This film reveals the complex business of ensuring that the taps don’t run dry.
1966 Treading on the Gas Following the ships that come from the Sahara Desert bringing methane gas.
1966 Boxes of Tricks The teaching machine – the educational box of tricks – is being used increasingly today in schools, universities and industry.
1966 The Givers Britain’s National Blood Transfusion Service came of age in 1967. It was the first of its kind in the world; Britain was and is today the best organised and equipped.
1967 What Price Ideas? Taking a look at the new inventions that are being made in Britain today.
1967 Cleaning People A look at the dry-cleaning business and the work of the chemists behind it.
1967 Press-Button Farms A revolution is taking place down on the farm – the machines are taking over, so that the modern farmer can operate his farm almost single-handed.
1967 Keeping Tabs on Space A look at Britain’s first spacecraft, UK3, and how it was created, tested and launched.
1968 Brain Drain The brain drain, mainly in young scientists and engineers, has risen to a rate of 6,000 men a year. Why do they go?
1968 North Sea Commuters A film providing the background to the tapping of the vast supply of natural energy that Britain has discovered on her doorstep.
1969 Their Lifeline - The Nile A film about the colossal Aswan High Dam – Egypt’s greatest hope for the future.

Volume 4: Sport[edit]

Volume 5: Cultural History[edit]

Disc One[edit]

Title Synopsis
A Dog's Life Looking at London from a dog's point of view
Down London River A leisurely journey through London along the river Thames
Coffee Bar A look at the cult of the coffee bar and its habits
Garden of Tomorrow Exploring British gardens, including the Chelsea Flower Show and all the latest garden gadgets
Harvest of Hops Following a London family on their annual hop-picking holiday in Kent
Island of Men A visit to the Fair Isle and population issues
Top People Looking at new high rise living in the City of London
Shopping by the Ton A look at London's main markets and the energy and bustle of three old markets and their traditions

Volume 6: World Affairs[edit]

Contents (5 disks)[edit]

Date of Feature[7] Title Synopsis[8]
1959 Marrakesh A look at Morocco’s historical third city.
1959 The divided city A look at the two very different faces of Berlin.
1959 Operation Noah’s Ark The building of Africa’s Kariba dam created a vast lake, meaning death for the animals marooned on higher ground; this film shows the work done to save them.
1960 Seaway A look at the opening of the Saint Lawrence seaway.
1960 Village of Violins A visit to the village of Mittenwald in the Bavarian Alps, where for 300 years violin-making has been a traditional craft.
1960 Gibraltar’s new day Gibraltar has been a British outpost since 1704. This film visits the island as it prepares to become a holiday destination.
1960 The Wind of Change A look at developments and achievements in Africa during the 1950s and 1960s.
1960 Power for Africa A further look at Africa – in particular its increasing capacity to harness its waters.
1961 Rolling out from Rio Six hundred miles inside Brazil stands the new capital Brasilia, one of the 20th century’s most imaginative projects.
1961 Lady of Japan A look at the development of Japan, and especially Tokyo.
1961 Flags over the Temples A look at the impact of the south-east Asia treaty organisation (SEATO) in Thailand.
1961 City of Crisis A film that takes another look at the crisis-torn city of Berlin.
1962 A Problem of People A film examining the ways in which Pakistan is tackling its immense refugee problem.
1962 Eagle’s Nest Berchtesgaden, in the Bavarian Alps, attracts visitors from all over the world; many come to see Hitler's ‘Eagle’s Nest’, a feat of construction that survived World War II.
1962 The Maple has New Leaves A film showing the emigration to Canada of a typical English family.
1962 Chasing the Dragon A look at illegal drug trafficking in Hong Kong and the problems of heroin addiction.
1962 The Trail leads Upwards A visit to a native Canadian family, and a look at the construction of a new bridge across the Niagara river.
1962 G.H.Q. Middle East A mixture of the old and the new: a look at G.H.Q. middle east at Aden.
1962 The Wall A visit to Hadrian's wall in Northumberland, and a more detailed examination of the Berlin wall.
1962 Out of the Sun A look at immigration from the West Indies into Britain.
1962? Common Market An assessment of the progress of the Common Market during a period in which its member countries have begun to remove trade barriers.
1962 The Changing River A film looking at the changing face of the River Rhine.
1962 Millions on the March Following the state visit of Queen Elizabeth II, this film looks at India’s development in terms of farming and industry.
1962 Call from the Wild A look at wildlife protection in North and South Rhodesia, and the development of national parks.
1963 Out of the Bush A look at the emerging independent countries of Africa, featuring images of life in both the village and the city.
1963 Men of the Woods For centuries the men of Berchtesgaden have earned their living from the trees that surround them; now mechanisation is eroding their traditional skills.
1963 Forging New Links The story of Ulster began when James I obtained money from the city of London to colonise the north of Ireland. This film looks at Ulster’s role in Britain’s productivity.
1963 Gypsy Holiday Each year, Europe’s gypsies make a pilgrimage to the Camargue – the wild corner of France where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean.
1963 Pick of the Bunch A look at wine producing in France and Germany.
1964 The New Australians A trip to Australia to see how the country is coping with its large intake of immigrants.
1964 Men of the Snowy Few migrants have ever found a more spectacular role than the men working together on Australia’s vast project to harness the waters of the Snowy River.
1964 Singapore is Youth A look at a modern, forward-looking Singapore.
1964 Off the Sheep’s Back Australia has 15 times more sheep than people, with wool providing nearly half of the country’s export earnings. But how does Australia envision its future?
1964 Constant Hot Water A film looking at the volcanic zone of New Zealand, and the hot water it produces.
1964 Tide on the Turn This film looks at the economic and social impact of foreign industrialists in the Irish republic.
1964 Malta Milestone With the demise of the great naval dockyard, Malta has sought new ways to generate income...
1965 Women at Sea A look at the various seafaring jobs for women – from work on the great passenger liners, to merchant navies.
1965 James Bond’s Island A look at post-independence Jamaica, and the country’s hope to gain a firm footing in the modern world.
1965 Volunteers for Service Part of the contribution made by Britain to assist newly independent countries in increasing their skills and knowledge.
1965 Men Against the Sea For centuries the Dutch have fought against the sea: this film looks at the delta plan – a spectacular sea-defence scheme.
1966 The Curtain Changes A look at the frontiers between Eastern and Western Europe.
1966 On Top of the World A look at the changing way of life in Lapland – the vast tract of forest land that stretches across the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and into Russian.
1966 Swedish Pattern Look at life goes to Sweden to examine the country’s pioneering way of life – and potential influence on Britain.
1966 Market by the Danube A visit behind the iron curtain to Hungary to see how it has changed.
1966 The Beach The world’s most famous beach is the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. But overlooking it are the shacks of the world’s poorest people.
1966 Face Lift A tale of two cities looking at the ways in which Paris and London have set about cleaning up their appearance.
1966 Incas in bowler hats The majority of the Bolivian population is Indian, with traditions dating back to the Incas. But the problem of uniting the Bolivians of Indian and Spanish descent remains.
1966 One in Six A look at Luxembourg, a country of 1,000 square miles and, in the early 1960s, a population of 50,000.
1966 An Island Awakes Sardinia was once considered a depressed area; this film looks at the changes resulting from a major development plan.
1966 City of All Nations A visit to São Paulo in Brazil, a city which is growing continually each year.
1966 The Six Come Closer A close look at the European Community, showing some of the problems that the common market has had to solve.
1966 Jobs Where You Like A film examining one of the most exciting aspects of the common market: the free movement of migrant workers.
1966 Pipeline to Plenty A look at how Kuwait is coping with its newly acquired wealth, and the provisions being made for the future.
1967 End of a Polish March A look at the lives of Britain’s Polish community.
1967 Once Upon a Time... A trip to Denmark to look at the Danish way of life.
1967 Living on a Volcano Ascension Island is home to many families, who sometimes work there for up to two years.
1967 Chinatown A look at the world of the Chinese who have made Britain their home.
1967 Inside Russia 1: Fifty! A film providing a background to the achievements of the Russian people – expressed in great housing schemes, giant dams and, of course, the conquest of space.
1967 Inside Russia 2: The Heiresses A look at the role of women in the soviet union – from helping to build new flats to running factories, driving buses to presiding over divorce courts.
1967 Inside Russia 3: Childhood A film that traces the story of Russian children, through kindergarten, school and university.
1967 Inside Russia 4: The Woken Land Although Siberia conjures up a picture of exile and slave labour, the new Siberia has modern cities with young populations. This film explores life east of the Urals.
1968 Winter Blossoms A look at the rapid changes taking place in the Algarve, with the planning of luxury development schemes along the coastline.
1968 Man of the Desert A look at changes taking place in Tunisia, ten years after it gained independence.
1968 Something New Under Everest Nepal, once a forbidden country, is opening up; this film offers a picture of life in one of the world’s most picturesque countries, as old customs give way to new ideas.
1968 A New Shade of Red A look at the changing pattern of Czech life during the upheaval of 1968.
1968 Coming of Age A film about India; what has been achieved, and what still remains to be done in the sub-continent where problems are never small ones.
1968 Home is Tibet A film looking at Tibetan refugees, and the way in which their Dalai Lama has kept the scattered community intact.
1968 The Sinking City A look at the efforts being made to prevent Venice from sinking.
1968 Escape into Riches A look at the spiritual wealth of India – as expressed in her art and design, her music and dance, and her sculpture and architecture.
1969 In the Shadow of the Wall Behind the Berlin wall is a death-strip with electrified fences and watchtowers; this film also looks at the rebuilding of West Berlin, and the hope of reunification.
1969 After the Queen’s Visit In 1968, the Queen paid a state visit to Chile – the first British reigning monarch to do so. This film considers what the future holds for this country.
1969 Look at Man Look at life visits the Isle of Man to discover why it wants greater independence.

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