This documentary first broadcast by the BBC in 2005 is a compilation of film clips linked together by a commentary from architectural critics and is an attempt to put together a coherent account of the events following the Second World War when the country was in great need of new housing.

The film lasts one hour and what follows is a list of the main subject headings with reference to the films from which the clips are taken.  The film shares many of its clips with High Rise Dreams reviewed earlier in this blog, though that film being half the length.

Homes for heroes opens with a jaunty jazz tune and Oliver Cox, one of the LCC architects of the 1950s saying that “there was a very heady feeling at the time, that we were building a  new Britain”.

The film follows the outline shown below with film references given where available in bold:-

Prefabs – Maurice Linden – Tonight 1957

Harlow – New towns  – Panorama 1956

The Lawn – Frederick Gibberd – One Foot in the Past 1994 – Diane Kay

Berthold LubetkinOne Foot in the Past 2002 – Dan Cruickshank

Penguin Pool – London Zoo – Regents Park

Highpoint – Hampstead – floor plans and photos from Modern Architecture

Spa Green flats – Finsbury

Bevin Court – Finsbury

Tayler & Green, Norfolk – One Foot in the Past – Elain Harwood – 1996

Alison and Peter Smithson – Hunstanton School – Travels with Pevsner – 1997

Denys Lasdun – Hallfield School Paddington – Monitor 1961 with Huw Wheldon

Festival of Britain 1951 – One Foot in the Past – 1999 – Kirsty Wark

A Tonic to the Nation -M. Banham and B. Hillier – Book

One Foot in the Past – 1994 – Dan Cruickshank

Lansbury Estate Poplar

Royal Festival Hall – a long section of the film is devoted to this building, [and rightly so – Ed.]

Alton Estate Roehampton – Building Sights – 1995 – Richard Rogers

Coventry – Cathedral Calls – 2000 – Janet Street Porter


Now on YouTube -> Homes for Heroes


Here follows the word list from which the Wordle was made.

New-Britain
Oliver-Cox
Denys-Lasdun
Frederick-Gibberd
Lord-Esher
World-War-II
Winston-Churchill
Clement-Attlee
New-World
Andrew-Saint
Homes-fit-for-Heroes
Prefabs
Anne-Power
New-Towns
Aneurin-Bevan
Lord-Bruce
Harlow-New-Town
The-Lawn
Lady-Patricia-Gibberd
One-Foot-in-the-Past
Dan-Cruickshank
Berthold-Lubetkin
Highpoint-1-Highgate
Spa-Green-Estate
Bevin-Court
Tayler-Green
Hunstanton-School
Hallfield-School
Festival-of-Britain
Herbert-Morrison
Kirsty-Wark
Skylon
Royal-Festival-Hall
Queens-Hall
Robert-Matthew
Leslie-Martin
Peter-Moro
Lansbury-Estate
Alton-Estate
Richard-Rogers
Jonathan-Glancey
Nicholas-Taylor
Unite-d’Habitation
Coventry
Janet-Street-Porter
John-Piper
Sir-Basil-Spence


 

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