In the early 1990s, in the basement of a shop in Blackburn, north England, 800 rolls of nitrate film were found in sealed barrels. These rolls contained early Edwardian films of real people... See full summary »
In the early 1990s, in the basement of a shop in Blackburn, north England, 800 rolls of nitrate film were found in sealed barrels. These rolls contained early Edwardian films of real people across the North of England, filmed and stored by the Mitchell & Kenyon company. This three part series contains excerpts from these extraordinary films, featuring interviews with ancestors of those pictured, recreations of the life and times of the film-makers, and visits many of the original locations. Written by
Excellent but short documentary series from the BBC
I seen all three editions of The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon and enjoyed them very much. What a pity this series was so short. I'm sure there is plenty more film to show.
Several years ago, several hundred films made by Mitchell and Kenyon were found and were in excellent condition. The films were of life in the UK in the early 20th century and for this series, they were "cleaned up" to make them clearer and the quality is excellent, despite the age. Most of the footage was filmed in the North West, with some footage in the Midlands including a sequence in Nottingham.
The series was presented and narrated by Dan Cruickshank, who gives an excellent account. All three programmes were shown on Friday evenings on BBC2 between 8 and 9 pm.
Come on BBC, more of this please instead of rubbish makeover shows and property programmes.
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