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7 Plus Seven (TV Movie 1970)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born children after a seven-year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield
Seven Up! (TV Short 1964)
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted plans to reinterview them at seven-year ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Almond
Stars: Douglas Keay, Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett
56 Up (TV Movie 2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.

Directors: Michael Apted, Paul Almond
Stars: Michael Apted, Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett
21 Up (1977)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a seven-year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Stephen Lawrence was a black London teenager attacked by white racists. His mother Doreen and father Neville fought to have the events properly investigated, culminating in a judicial ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hugh Quarshie, Leon Black
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A dreamer who aspires to human flight is assigned public service after one of his attempts off a public building. This leads him to meeting a young woman, who is dying of motor neuron ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma Jones
35 Up (TV Movie 1991)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield
28 Up (TV Movie 1984)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield
The One That Got Away (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The existence of the anti-Iraq coalition was threatened when Saddam targetted Israel. In order to keep Israel out of the war, and the coalition together the Scuds had to be stopped. SAS ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Jody Abrahams, Nick Brimble, Simon Burke
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell
Resurrected (1989)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

True story of a British soldier (David Thewlis), who is left behind in the Falklands after the war with Argentina. He travels on a journey from the Falkland Islands, to his army barracks in... See full summary »

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Tom Bell, Rita Tushingham, David Thewlis
Open Fire (TV Movie 1994)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An authentic story from 1983: The young police officer Finn is awarded a medal for the courage he showed in arresting a dangerous criminal. Meanwhile transvestite David Martin is released ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Rupert Graves, Douglas Hodge, Kate Hardie
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Chris Kelly ...
 Himself - Narrator / ... (37 episodes, 1979-1986)
Andrew Brittain ...
 Himself - Narrator (20 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mike Walsh ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (19 episodes, 1981-1991)
Derek Cooper ...
 Himself - Narrator (17 episodes, 1963-1965)
Wilfrid Thomas ...
 Himself - Narrator (17 episodes, 1963-1965)
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A documentary series focusing on current affairs.

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During 1964, the World in Action team required pictures of an aircraft in flight to illustrate a story. They called various airline companies who could not help them in the short time span they had. They then called TWA's UK office and asked if they had any film of their planes, they said they had not but leave it with them and they would see what they could do. A few hours later a can of film arrived at the World in Action office with the compliments of TWA- TWA had apparently after the call, got a cameraman, and sent a couple of passenger planes up into the air to get the shots World in Action wanted. See more »

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Hammond Theme 'Jam for World in Action'
By Shawn Phillips
(1968-1999)
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Mr.Parris' Worst Week!
23 October 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Back in Thatcher's Britain, rent-a-quote Tory M.P. Matthew Parris overstepped the mark by claiming benefit claimants had it easy. Granada's 'World In Action' challenged him to sign on the dole for one week, and he did. Guess what? He couldn't live on the money! 'World In Action' was a hard-hitting current affairs programme that dared to cover issues ignored by the rest of the news media. During its incredible four-decade run, it covered amongst other things the rise of the National Front, militant infiltration of trade unions, the decline of the N.H.S., questioned whether The Queen should pay tax, presented debates both for and against the restoration of capital punishment, and interviewed Thatcher before she became P.M. It lacked 'gimmicks' such as bimbo presenters, dramatic music and glitzy sets, and went for the jugular.

'World' was axed in 1999, for reasons that are still unclear. In its old slot - Monday 8.30 P.M. - you can now see...another episode of 'Coronation Street'! Who says British television has dumbed down?


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