This is a list of documentaries about housing and the welfare state of which I am aware and some of which I am in the process of reviewing:-
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Where we live now – Five writers look at our surroundings 1979
A series of five films broadcast in the week beginning Monday 19th February 1979
City of Towers – Christopher Booker – Monday 19th February 1979
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City of towers – the download
Youtube -> City of Towers
Three Streets in the Country – Michael Frayn / Dennis Marks – Tuesday 20th February 1979
Watch now -> Three streets in the country
New Town, Home Town – Colin Ward – Wednesday 21st February 1979
Architecture for Everyman – Patrick Nuttgens – Thursday 22nd February 1979
The Country and The City - with the writer Raymond Williams – Friday 23rd February 1979
[with thanks to Alan Powers of the University of Greenwich for confirming the titles and the order.]
The Home Front: Housing the People, 1850-1990 – BBC 1989 and book – Patrick Nuttgens
Building Sights – Personal reflections on the best 20th Century architecture in Britain. GB, BBC Tx BBC2 1988-1996
High Rise Dreams – 2004 – BBC4 – Short history of modernism
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High Rise Dreams
Youtube -> High Rise Dreams
Homes for Heroes – 2005 – BBC4 – Post war architecture clips
Download here -> Homes for Heroes
NEWS Here’s one to watch British Council documentaries 1930-1950
Here’s one about Liverpool recommended to me by Andrew Drury of HATC
From Youtube – Homes for Workers 1939
A journey in the footsteps of the architecture writer Ian Nairn – Jonathan Glancey
From Leeds into Scotland – Ian Nairn
Saving Britain’s Past – Streets in the Sky – Tom Dyckhoff- one of a series of seven half-hour documentaries.
I now have the complete set, thanks to a London contact -> The New Jerusalem:-
Watch it here -> A Home of your own
Narrated by Robert Lindsay and well researched this quartet form a fascinating glimpse into 40 years of the Welfare State (made 1995) and a timely reminder of what we are about to lose with the dismemberment of the NHS.
Flight from Utopia – Patrick Nuttgens - forty years of northern townscape – 1984
A wonderful series about the Northern cities and their recent history with numerous shots of Park Hill and Hyde Park (as was) in Sheffield along with Gleadless Valley. A must for anyone with an interest in Sheffield.
The Sixties – Episode 4 – 1982 - narrated by James Bolam.
A long searching look at the icons of the 1960s including system built housing which fared less well including the Leaky Road flats in Leeds aka Hunslett.
Trellick Tower – Building Sights - one of a great number in the series this one about Trellick Tower and its mixed fortunes.
T. Dan Smith - BBC North East – 1986
The Making of Modern London – Housing - Gentrification of Barnsbury and Canonbury in Islington covered.
The Making of Modern London – Office life - London Wall and office life in the 1960s and 1970s.
A Vision of Britain – Prince Charles 1988 – Dir Nick Rossiter
Watch it here -> Building Sights – Byker
Dreaming the Impossible Unbuilt Britain A Revolution in the City -> London and Glasgow.
The second half from 30 minutes onwards is simply astonishing, to my eyes like City of Towers compressed into half an hour.
Download it here -> Revolution -> Please right click and Save As
Catch it while you can on iPlayer. When it’s gone download it here:-
The_Home_Front.mp4 -> Please right click and Save As
If you can add any more please drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org