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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Cathy Come Home – 1966 – Ken Loach – Landmark housing drama – my own review
Dan Cruickshank:At Home with the British (on Youtube)
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
Three streets in the country – Michael Frayn / Dennis Marks
The Country and the City – Youtube – Raymond Williams
[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 – Youtube
High Rise Dreams – 2004 – BBC4 – Notes
Homes for Heroes – 2005 – Youtube
Homes for Heroes – 2005 – BBC4 – Post war architecture clips
NEWS Here’s one to watch British Council documentaries 1930-1950
Homes for Workers 1939 – Youtube
Recommended to me by Andrew Drury of HATC
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.
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 Pt1 – 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.
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
The London Nobody Knows – James Mason
The Sixties: Getaway People Pt1&2 – James Bolam
The NHS – A difficult beginning
Greg Dyke on Nye Bevan – 1.31GB
Andrew Marr’s History of modern Britain – Advance Britannia – 547MB
3 Minute Culture – Maxwell Hutchinson on 1980s architecture
Trellick Tower – Charlie Luxton