The films have been restored and retrieved from cine clubs, archives and private collections throughout the North East and North Yorkshire. Producer Liz Treadway and presenter Andy Kluz have trawled through hundreds of hours of forgotten footage to put together eight programmes charting the changing landscape and lifestyles of the region. The Way We Were takes a sentimental journey through life in the North East of England over the past three generations. With the help of collectors, cine enthusiasts and historians, the series builds up a fascinating and evocative social history from the 1920s to the 1980s. The first series of The Way We Were - broadcast last year - was a major ratings success attracting audiences of up to 400,000 viewers in the North East and North Yorkshire. Programme 1 - MY HOME TOWN The new series kicks off with a grand tour of the North East, starting in the 1920s with unique film of King George V and Queen Mary celebrating the opening of Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge. There’s rare footage of children playing in Gatesheads Saltwell Park just after the Second World War. We visit Redcar in its glory days after the war as a major seaside resort. There’s film from the 1930s showing the famous skipping festival in Scarborough and there is remarkable film of Swaledale where life has changed little over the decades. Programme 2 - GROWING UP In this programme there is rare film and childhood memories from Morpeth, Malton and Newcastle in the days when mum was always around to keep the home fires burning. There’s unique footage of picnics in the 30s and summer days at Whitley Bay in the 50s. Take a bus trip to the country with a group of kids from Stockton and share the childish joys of winter fun and the magic of Christmas day. What it was like to grow up in the North East in years gone by. Programme 3 - IN CLASS Back to the classroom with evocative film featuring some deprived children from Darlington in the 30s and a day at the nursery. We hear from a York woman who went to the school that broke the mould in the 40s - all recorded through the headmaster’s cine camera viewfinder. Join a lad from Ashington onhis first school trip and take a look at student life in the liberal 60s at Newcastle’s new university. Programme 4 - AT WORK We travel back to 1954 this week and take a trip on the buses as Sunderland bids farewell to its much loved trams. We travel north to Morpeth and visit the workers at a market garden there - 40 years of farming captured by owner and amateur film maker Tom Temple. New horizons for a young teacher as the new town of Washington rises from the green fields in the late 60s. We look at the history of Newcastle Airport and find out what it was like for a Newcastle girl breaking into the male stronghold of journalism in the 60s. Programme 5 - AT PLAY This week we look at leisure time in the days before TV. Tonight ballroom versus bee-bop in 60s Stockton. Remarkable footage of young people enjoying themselves at the Stockton Social Club. We meet the Tyneside champion who pedalled his way to fame in the 50s and view unique film of the very first Milk Race. Half a crown at Ashington sports day in the mid 50s for youngsters to buy the time of their lives. Classic footage bought at a car boot sale! The lady making a real splash in Scarborough as water skiing arrived and the entertainers in the early days of Tyne Tees Television. Programme 6 - IN WARTIME In the War York experienced some of the worst air raids in the North of England. We share grim footage of the aftermath of the bombing with a youngster who remembered it well. The Middlesbrough evacuees who found new friends and family in Malton. The Home guard going to war on their bikes and the Swaledale farmers digging for victory. Join in the VE Day celebrations with the people of Gateshead. And share memories of the Dunkirk reunions with a young Newcastle man who visited the battlefield beaches with his father. Programme 7 - ON HOLIDAY In the 50s and 60s holidays at home were the norm. Join some of the families lured to the Northumberland coast in those long hot summer days - classic colour film shot by a Newcastle film maker. We’ve fun with the happy campers at Cayton Bay near Scarborough and the hi-de-hi world of the Holiday Camp and travel with an amateur film-maker from Bishop Auckland who sailed away into a 60s tropical sunset. Programme 8 - MAKING MOVIES Without our local amateur film makers we would never have been able to produce this series - so this week’s programme is a tribute to them and their enthusiasm. We start with a look behind the counter of Turners - the Newcastle camera shop which grew into a film makers mecca. Join hundreds of local people as they take a final journey on the last train ever to run on Northumberland’s Wansbeck Line. We look at life in the pit villages recorded by a Newcastle man and the work of the Redcar Cine Club who made a moving picture diary of life at the seaside 50 years ago.
Product Code: HI1027D
Author : Tyne Tees Television
Format : Region 0 PAL
Run time: 184 mins
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