1 January 2006
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Historical moments of a decade - TV-am 1983 to 1992
TV-am is often thought of fondly for it's entertainment value; from Wincey Willis giving us the weather to Rustie Lee laughing her way through a cooking segment. It launched the career of that sewer dwelling rodent Roland Rat and woke us all up with a good shake out thanks to nimble 'Mad' Lizzie Webb.
However, Good Morning Britain is also a source of major historical significance due to the coverage it gave to the serious events of the decade. As a programme, it began it's life on a mission to inform the nation and despite the major changes it went through in it's 10 years of broadcasting it still kept the British viewers up to date right until the end.
In fact TV-am, always at the forefront of breakfast television programming, dedicated entire mornings of screen time to some of the most crucial and defining moments - combining the journalistic need for information with a humanity that appealed to the British public. One of the most significant and saddest moments covered was the Lockerbie bombing - with live reports from the scene, with interviews of eye witnesses and experts all conducted from the familiar sofa. The nation also woke to Good Morning Britain reporting the shocking news stories of the King's Cross Underground Fire and the Kegworth air crash among others. It is rare that any significant figures or important events of the decade did not appear on TV-am in some form or other... It was news programming that was a precursor to the type of news we see today.
Smash hit boy band 'Take That' back together
The smash hit boy band 'Take That' have joined together for the first time since their split in 1996 to talk about the phenomenal success of the group and how it has affected their lives since its demise. The documentary 'Take That… For the Record' screened on ITV1 in November has all five members talking about their time as members of the "most successful British band since the Beatles". They certainly inspired a fanatical female following and enjoyed eight number one hits in the British singles chart.
The group was the launch pad for the massively successful solo career of Robbie Williams and despite refusing to take part in any reunion up to and since the making of this documentary has surprised everyone by participating in the making of it. The band has recently sold out venues and arenas all over the country in amazingly fast time for their forthcoming reunion tour - the rumour mill suggests that a certain Mr. Williams may still join his old bandmates on stage (particularly the Wembley Stadium gig) but it remains to be seen...
Moving Image has provided the well known TV-am Lizzie Webb clip (where she exercises with all five members of Take That in 1992) for this documentary and has also been working with GMTV on various TV-am clips as part of their interview, also broadcast in November.
Focus on the British Tourist Authority collection
The BTA (British Tourist Authority) is the non-profit organisation responsible for promoting Britain as a tourist destination overseas. Moving Image Communications has been representing the BTA for several years.
Dating back from the 1930s to the present day, the BTA collection illustrates Britain's technological and cultural transformation throughout the 20th century. It covers all aspects of Britain and features landscapes, landmarks, cities, culture, traditions, occupations, working life, leisure and entertainment in the UK. The BTA collection is consistently proving a reliable, nostalgic and informative source of relevant material. The incorporation of archive footage reflecting the development of Britain's social change has proven a successful addition to projects capturing times gone by.
The BTA have managed to capture both a rare and unique perspective of British life. The collection starts with a series of 30 Public Information films made between 1930 and 1941 by the TIDA (Travel and Industrial Development Association) , predecessor of the BTA. TIDA films are a wonderful social and historical portrait of British life during that period: farmers harvesting their fields, everyday working life in London, production lines in factories, British architecture, sports, seaside holidays, etc... TIDA also includes an extraordinary film about colonialism in Africa.
The historical collection, rich in both black and white and colour, proceeds through the succeeding decades portraying the rich diversity of the British way of life during the 1950s-1980s. From city gents in bowler hats, students in Cambridge, Christmas celebrations and even kitchen appliances of the 1950s to shopping in Harrods, the BTA footage continues to offers a beautiful illustration of Britain re-inventing herself. The historical part of the BTA archives also feature the main landmarks of the UK from Stonehenge to Hadrian's Wall, via Castle Howard.
Contemporary material also offers access to a large variety of films showing the Britain of today, giving an overview of some of the most beautiful parts of the country: Britain's pre-history and ancient ruins, castles and forts, country houses, countryside and glorious nature, coastlines, Britain's industrial past (canals, railways, iron bridges...), cathedrals and monasteries, and of course the main cities and the capital London.
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