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The Madness of the Dance
From biting nuns to twitching schoolgirls, a professor (Maxine Peake) takes us on a musical journey through mass hysteria.
St Patrick's Day Pilgrimage Downpatrick (1959)
Ceremony19593 minsSilent Location: Downpatrick
A flock of pilgrims follow in the steps of St Patrick from his first church in Saul to his final resting place in Down Cathedral
Close-ups of the Stars
A triple bill of glamour courtesy of Lux toilet soap.
St Patrick's Day
Non-Fiction19161 minsSilent Location: Chelsea
Smiling soldiers receive shamrocks at a traditional St Patrick's Day ceremony.
Solarflares Burn for You
Animation & Artists Moving Image19738 mins Location: St Austell
Come on a psychedelic journey to Cornwall in this stunning, sensual film.
Documentary198423 mins Location: Newark-on-Trent
From shire horses to the Royal Marines, welcome to the annual Newark Show. A serious business for the farming community, with prizes to win and 800 gallons of beer to be drunk.
Non-Fiction19203 minsSilent Location: Southport
Gentle thrills on the North West coast - a fun day out for everyone, without getting a hair or whisker out of place.
Amateur film197317 mins Location: Aviemore
The thrills and spills of the 1973 Scottish Rally captured in the surrounds of the Cairngorms.
News19591 minsSilent Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire's top heads of hair put on show.
Three Boys in a Boat
School programme and Educational film19565 minsSilent Location: Maesmawr Hall
Three hardworking boys burn weeds, cut and transport reeds for an island hut on the lake at Maemawr Hall, Welshpool, and fry eggs outdoors.
Amateur film196758 mins Location: Evesham
Worcestershire's historic towns: a heritage at risk from 1960s progress.
The House that Moved
News19613 minsSilent Location: Exeter
A medieval move that hits newsdesks around the world as a timber house finds a new settlement to satisfy the town planners.