For more than half a century, the film and newsreel company British Pathé documented almost every aspect of everyday life in Britain and around the world. Covering everything from major world events and exotic foreign travelogues to the pageantry of state occasions and gritty social issues, the company amassed a unique documentary record of 20th-century life. This series delves into British Pathé's amazing treasure trove of images, beginning with the work of the buccaneering cameramen behind Pathé's newsreels - men who witnessed pivotal moments in history and created many of the conventions of news programming that we still use today.
The company's travelogues and anthropological films, which helped shape British views of life overseas in the years before package holidays made foreign tourism accessible to the majority of the population. The programme also examines what Pathe newsreels reveal about the experiences of British holiday-makers in the 1950s, and looks back at the company's coverage of royal visits to Commonwealth countries. Narrated by Verity Sharp. Last in the series.
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