Archive Picks – 5 to 18 December 2017

Here’s our regularly-updated selection of films that may be of use to news editors and journalists in covering important anniversaries, contextualising current events or illustrating trending topics.

Babylon Berlin
A German period drama television series set in 1920s Berlin, it follows the story of Gereon Rath. Fans will be interested in our Weimar Republic collection.
The Great Smog
Took over London 65 years ago on 5 December. The smog lasted 4 days, killing an estimated 8,000 people. Watch these films relating to the smog menace in London.
Finland Declares Independence From Russia
100 years ago on 6 December. Take a look back at the twentieth-century history of Finland from the archive.
Great Halifax Explosion
The most devastating man-made explosion in the pre-atomic age took place 100 years ago on 6 December. The disaster that occurred in Nova Scotia can be viewed here.
The Crown
The new series of The Crown will be hitting Netflix on 8 December. Catch up on the events from series 1 with this video highlighting the real events.
Jerusalem Surrenders
To British troops during the First World War 100 years ago on 9 December. Watch these newsreels of Jerusalem in WW1.
Donny Osmond
Will be celebrating his 60th birthday on 9 December. Have a look at the Osmonds in England with this clip from 1972.
Red Cross Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
100 years ago on 10 December. The following clips show you the work and role the Red Cross played during WW1.
Rape of Nanking
13 December will mark 80 years since Nanking fell to the Japanese during the Sino-Japanese War. Newsreels documenting the conflict can be watched here.

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