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Lost British TV Programmes Turn up in Library of Congress

15 September 2010

Lost British TV Programmes Turn up in Library of Congress

By Vanessa Thorpe for the Guardian

Recordings of vintage programming which the BBC and the British Film Institute had labelled as "lost" because no recordings could be found have turned up in Washington's Library of Congress holding. Footage of actors including Sir Sean Connery, Leonard Rossiter and Dame Maggie Smith was amongst the tapes, which date from between 1957 and 1969, and were found by an American researcher.

The 65 recordings have now been given to the British Film Institute (BFI). The tapes originally belonged to Public Broadcasting Service WNET New York, which broadcast them after they had been shown in the UK on BBC or ITV. The tapes include footage of Jane Asher in a version of Romeo and Juliet, Sir Sean and Dorothy Tutin in Colombe, Sir Derek Jacobi, Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie in Much Ado About Nothing, and Leonard Rossiter and John Le Mesurier in Dr Knock.

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