School Programmming

As part of the education subscription to British Pathé, subscribers have access to a fantastic range of historical documentary programming. The 20th Century's major events, wars and social history are all explored across hours of fantastic content now ready to use in your classrooms. We hope you enjoy!

Documentaries

Essential Series

  • The Story of British Pathé

    The Story of British Pathé is a major BBC series exploring the history of the worlds first moving news company, British Pathé. Between 1910 and 1970 it informed and entertained generations of cinema-goers on everything from major armed conflicts and seismic political crises to the curious traditions of foreign lands and the latest fashion trends.

  • A Year to Remember 1930-1969

    The classic series that recalls the definitive events of the 20th century, year by year, as they were reported at the time.

  • Time To Remember

    A chronicle of the social and cultural forces which shaped the 20th century. This modern revision of the classic original series first aired on the BBC in 2010.

Travelogues

  • Mirror To The Soul

    Documentary film about the Caribbean, a unique collaboration between Soul Jazz Records and British Pathé, made up entirely of newsreel footage filmed during the period 1922-1970. As well as offering an insight into aspects of West Indian life, the film also allows us to see how a private British film company presented a Caribbean identity to the outside world.

  • Britain By Jove

    All 4 episodes of the famous comedy travelogue produced by British Pathé in the 1960s to promote holidays in Great Britain. The shows were presented by much-loved ventriloquist Ray Alan and his celebrated companion Lord Charles and filmed in full colour.

  • Land of Magic

    This lovely film shows us the wonders of Northern Ireland in the 1960s, featuring great scenic shots and local characters.

  • Know the British

    Fabulous documentary made to educate American businessmen on the peculiar ways, customs, etiquette and traditions of the British as they were in 1974.

  • The Questioning City

    Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave, this film shows the colleges and student life of Cambridge in 1963.

  • Ageless Iraq

    Documentary about life in Iraq - political history, religion, traditions, industry - as it was in 1954.

  • See You At The Pillar

    Oscar-nominated travelogue showing the beauty of Ireland and its suitability as a holiday destination.

Royals

  • Edward and George: Two Brothers, One Throne

    The complex relationship between royal brothers Edward VIII and George VI, who were both at the heart of the infamous abdication crisis of 1936, is the subject of this excellent documentary.

  • George VI Coronation Special

    With its vintage commentary, this marvellous timepiece is the original 1937 coverage of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth that fascinated cinemagoers in a time before television news.

  • Elizabeth Is Queen

    This spectacular 1953 documentary, released in cinemas, records the events of Elizabeth II's coronation day in glorious colour.

  • Royal Review

    This 1953 documentary short chronicles, in wonderful colour cinematography, the activities of Elizabeth II during the month of her coronation, including a trip to the Derby.

  • Royal Tours

    Four marvellous documentaries chronicling the 1953-54 Royal Tour.

  • Welcome The Queen

    The newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth II visits her Commonwealth realms aboard her beloved Britannia in an epic journey around the world. This vintage documentary from 1954 sees the globe-trotting monarch in Jamaica, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Gibraltar.

  • Drums For A Queen

    Journey with the Queen to West Africa through this wonderful 1961 documentary narrated by Anthony Quayle.

  • May Wedding

    Patriotic documentary showing the wedding of Princess Margaret and crowds of well-wishers.

Arts, Sport and Culture

  • Le Mans

    Documentary covering the 1955 Le Mans endurance race – the one with the terrible crash that influenced the future of motor racing.

  • The Greatest England Games 1920-1966

    Film looking back at football in Britain during the 20th century.

  • The Way To Wimbledon

    Documentary about 1954 Wimbledon Tennis Championship - with behind the scenes footage.

  • The Making of Wedgwood

    1958 documentary on creating famous Wedgwood pottery at the Barlaston factories in Staffordshire.

  • The Beatles Come to Town

    Magnificent 1963 documentary with The Beatles on stage in Manchester. Amazing footage in Technicolor.

Politics and Political Figures

  • Churchill The Man

    Biopic tracing the life of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

  • The Other World of Winston Churchill

    Narrated by Paul Scofield, this incredible documentary focuses on Winston Churchill’s life as a painter. The film revolves around the paintings that Churchill produced during his years in opposition, revealing the often forgotten or unknown artistic side of the most iconic prime minister of all time.

War

  • The Battle of Ypres

    This amazing 1925 film is a dramatic reconstruction, performed by members of the British armed forces, of the "Battle of Ypres" in the First World War.

  • Date With History - Hiroshima

    Documentary covering the decisions surrounding the dropping of the first Atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

  • Ambush

    1964 documentary on jungle warfare with the co-operation of The Jungle Warfare School, Far East Land Forces, the Royal Air Force, and the UK Ministry of Defence.

Feature Films and Specials

  • The Workhouse Ward

    Filmed Lady Gregory play. Incredibly funny story about two grumpy men who live in an Irish workhouse.

  • The Time of Your Life

    Nick's Pacific Street Saloon is where we meet several colourful characters who come to his bar, some looking for work, for love, for business or just a place to while away the hours.

  • Till The Clouds Roll By

    While enjoying the success of his latest and most complex Broadway musical “Show Boat”, composer Jerome Kern recalls his own life and the events that led him to this moment. The story of a man who changed the face of American stage musicals forever.

  • Three Came Home

    Based on the true story of Agnes Newton Keith (Claudette Colbert) who endured several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 1941 to the end of World War II. Separated from her husband and caring for her young son, she has to face many challenges.

Science and Technology

  • One Giant Leap

    1969 documentary - a vintage retrospective look at the history of space travel up to that point.

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