World Cup Clips: British Pathe brings you 10 of the best

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FINALLY!  The World Cup has started, with a 1-1 draw between South Africa and Mexico, the two weeks fo football mania are underway. As a celebratory gift to our readers we’ve put together 10 of our favourite World Cup archive videos. Not just winning goals, this video playlist of World Cup moments encapsulates the true spirit of the game, from sombrero-wearing English supporters on tour, to the Queen’s most elegant 1966 opening ceremony speech. Enjoy these clips and make sure to share them with your fellow England fans:

1)      The 1966 World Cup Final

How could we not?! Although this is rare technicolour clip. The ultimate World Cup archive clip. British Pathé own this rare colour footage. Great Technicolor clips of Bobby Moore and Uve Steeler, great close-up of Jackie Charlton laughing and of course, the winning team England holding up the cup!

2)      Germany beat Hungary 3-2 in the 1954 final

Purely for the brilliant crowd shots! This clip really captures what World Cup football’s really about.

3)      Brazilian team training for 1966

The players get dressed and sign autographs for star struck Swedish children before going out to train. Carlos de Oliveira’s exercises are quite tought!

4)      Mexico’s world cup stadium

Fans arrive at the stadium and buy themselves sombreros

5)      USSR beat Poland

This clips mute but it’s a great video of the stadium in Leipzig

6)      Chile Vs. Italy at the 1966 World Cup

Torrential rain, close-ups of an injured Chilean player being assisted off the pitch

7)      Switzerland Vs. Spain in 1966


8 )      Scotland beats Spain 4-2 in the 1957 World Cup

Some great penalty shots!

9)      More great 1966 World Cup footage

“From the corners of the Earth they came” Great shots of fans arriving. 300 mascot school boys march onto the pitch. The Queen makes a speech.

10)   Documentary footage on how a football is made


Tomtopia: Tommy Handley remembered.”IT’S THAT MAN AGAIN!”

ITMA was a popular BBC sketch show during the war in the 1940s, with recurring characters and catchphrases, something between Carry On and Catherine Tate. This video shows the farewell show of the series with comedian Tommy Handley.

Fred Yule, Jean Capra and Dorothy Summers feature in the clip. It’s a wonderful example of classic BBC comedy. Well worth a watch.

Tommy Handley was a philanthropist too. Here you can watch a video of Tommy opening a youth centre in Kent.

Sadly Tommy died of a brain haemorrhage in 1949, he was only 56 years old. This Pathe newsreel here shows mourners at the time of Tommy Handley’s death. Pathe’s John Parsons features in the clip.

Watch It’s That Man Again here

More videos of Tommy Handley can be found in the British Pathe film archive.

Fathercraft: Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour discusses peculiar British Pathe video teaching Dads how to be Dads

No it's not a pilot for The Generation Game, it's a lesson in fatherhood.

British Pathé featured on Woman’s Hour today, as Jenni Murray’s guests chatted about the forgotten scheme called ‘Fathercraft’, in which welfare specialists taught fathers in the 1930s and 40s how to raise children, following high levels of male unemployment and an increase in jobs for women.

Here’s is a fascinating extract from the show. Make sure to watch the Fathercraft video too.

Jenni: How did the depression of the 1930s effect the role of the father?

Nick Maddocks: “It had a huge influence. Interestingly, alongside our oral history, we use a lot of archive films to illustrate the stories that appear in the program and I spent hours going through film archives looking for images that show fathers spending time with their children. Surprisingly, there aren’t that many from the earlier part of the century. Often in home movie type films Dads were behind the camera and so that’s the reason they didn’t appear. It’s not until the Great Depression that we start to see moving images of Dads with their children more. For Dads who lost their jobs in the recession, especially in the North East where unemployment rates reached as high as 70%, industries like mining and ship building, were suddenly forced to spend more time with their children as Mums went out to work.

Jenni: And so what’s this British Pathe clip about Fathercraft? What’s going on there?

I think we could spend a whole hour talking about Fathercraft, It’s fascinating! We came across a bit of Pathe newsreel from the 40s that shows Dads being taught how to bathe and put nappies on their children. Now we’d never heard of fathercraft before and we think it’s something that is long forgotten. At the beginning of the 20th century child care was aimed directly at the mother and there were welfare institutions and health institution visitors would come to the working class home to show mothers how to raise their children, but Dads was very much excluded from this. There was a perception amongst some midwives that men were obstructive and uncomfortable with looking after babies.

So a scheme called Fathercraft was set up to teach fathers not how to look after their children, but why they should and why it was important. Fathercraft began in the 1920s and as it progressed through the decades Dads were taught more how to do things hand on. It was seen by many as the middle classes interfering with working class lives, and in fact, Dads already knew how to do a lot of these things.”

Julie-Marie Strange: “Yes, I have strong feelings about father craft. A lot of fathers were doing this already, and they resented these busy body women coming into their homes and telling them how to raise their children.

Watch the wonderful 1940s father craft clip ‘Nursing Fathers’ here

Listen to this great episode yourself on the Woman’s Hour website here

"You're getting DAD to feed me? Is this your idea of a joke?"

Great video footage of Le Mans 24-hour race + Jeff Koons Art Car for Le Mans 2010

Where is Le Mans happening this year? Just kidding. Although actress Cameron Diaz did once famously ask an aid where the Cannes film festival was going to be held that summer. The 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans will be taking place on the 12th of June, so in five days time! Known as the Grand Prix of endurance, we love this 1962 clip of the LE MANS race the roars of the engines, the classic narrator – “By morning, only 21 cars still running, most of them Italian”, the dramatic music score and harrowing throw-away close-ups of roadside wreckages!

Everyone’s been watching this video footage of the famous 1955 Le Mans Disaster online. Between 80 and 120 spectators were killed after a Mercedes car flew off the track into the crowd making it the most catastrophic accident in motorsports history. Watch the video of the Le Mans disaster and then read about the horrific accident here on the official Wikipedia page.

If you Google “Le Mans Footage” the British Pathé clip comes up. We recommend watching this footage of the 1964 Le Mans race too.

Pictured above is an ‘art car’ designed by Jeff Koons for this year’s Le Mans race. (Source: Andy Warhol, like most things, did one in the past. And before anyone mentions Damien Hirst and his polka-dot Mini, check out this magnificent video of students in the 60s decorating a Mini, it’s fabulous: Students decorate a Mini!

In other Le Mans news: Le Mans Classic will also be coming up in July. Gautier Rossignol from Peter Auto, the race organisers, said “We can now confirm that the race dates for the Le Mans Classic will be from the 9th – 11th July 2010. We hope that many British car clubs and individuals will be able to join us for more fun an excitement.” (Source So that’s something to look forward to next month!

Search ‘Le Mans’ into the British Pathé Film Archive to lap up some great shots of Le Mans and other motorsports treats. … Vrooooom…

Just wearing one of those Breton jumpers can unleash a previously hidden dangerous artistic temperament
Warhol came up with everything first, including the concept of Pimp My Ride

Satisfaction for Rolling Stones Fans as Rare Mick Jagger Video is Unturned

Here in the archive it’s extreme sports programs like Blood, Sweat and Gears one day, then the Charles Dickens Fellowship the next. There’s no knowing which groups and TV channels are going to ring up in search of particular footage, apart from keeping an attentive eye on the news and a trusty calendar of historical events.

We were excited to have a phone call recently from The Rolling Stones’ official moviemaking team of late, looking for rare clips of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the boys performing in the early 1970s.

‘Stones In Exile’ is a new rockumentary about the recording of The Rolling Stones’ 1972 double LP ‘Exile’, thought by many to be the greatest Rolling Stones album.

Two British Pathé clips appear in the film, both from a gig at the Saville Theatre in London. This was the period when Mick Taylor joined Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman in the band. In the first clip we see The Rolling Stones performing their historic hit Satisfaction. There’s a link below so that you easily find this performance in the British Pathé film archive.

It is the second clip that we are more interested in though – incredibly rare unused and unissued material of Mick Jagger and his bandmates backstage, and recorded from the wings of the Saville’s stage.

The Rolling Stones performing Satisfaction live on stage at the Saville Theatre

The second clip of Unused / Unissued Rolling Stones material

Although these are the two clips that interested the makers of Stones In Exile, there are another 10 Rolling Stones videos in the archive, including the Rolling Stones arriving in Sydney, fans screaming and more live performances. See more Rolling Stones archive footage here.

Further links:

Owen Gleiberman watched ‘Stones In Exile’ on his last night in Cannes this year and wrote this review on You can watch Watch Mick Jagger’s Q&A press conference here, and buy the DVD on Amazon here.

Are We Heading Towards Another British Heat Wave?

The weather was hot but 1940s temperatures never quite rose above waistlines.

British Heat Waves: Three words you don’t often see together. Rumour has it things are going to start getting hot on Wednesday. Suddenly we’ll no longer be able to ignore bottles of overpriced suncream, the great British summer will be here, and following the trend of recent summers – hotter, and hotter, and hotter. Yet despite increasing environmental fears heat waves have struck London for as long as the city can remember, just look at this 1910 clip of people swimming in Trafalgar Square.

The photos on this post are taken from footage of an English heat wave back in the blissful post-war summer of 1949 – great shots of people enjoying the sunshine, sitting out at their local lido or buying refreshments from a pop-up wayside stall. The photo below shows a young couple from this clip keeping cool in a public fountain.

In this earlier heat wave clip from 1947 ‘Britain Warms Up’ were see Londoners rushing out to enjoy the freak sunshine, people passing out in parks and pigeons drinking up all the remaining puddles that they can find! Our favourite piece of heat wave history is this late 1970s clip though. This time the cameraman seems a bit obsessed with a group of cool girls who are strolling the sunlit streets of London in tiny shorts and slogan t-shirts. Not too sure about the heavy metal beards though.

A young couple dance in a public fountain, London, 1949

Charles Dickens and British Pathé

Dickensian ghosts haunt J.K.Rowling's London home

From National Mourning to 60s Tourism: Great Charles Dickens Footage in the British Pathé Archive

The Pathé brothers started filming forty years after Dickens’ death, yet the great author’s legacy is dotted throughout the British Pathé film archive. From Dickensian themed parties to arguments over the sale of Bleak House, here’s what archivists have found so far:

Next Wednesday (June 9th) will be the anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death in 1870, indeed his magnus opus Great Expectations is 150 years old this year. To some this might seem relatively recent considering just how archaic and dust-smothered some of his immortal characters like Miss Havisham and Ebenezer Scrooge look when they pop up on our screens at Christmas. But long before Dickens’ characters were televised, they were acted out as part of regular celebrations hosted by fans worldwide. Perhaps only J.K.Rowling has exceeded the level of sensation and stardom that Dickens secured in the hearts of working Britain, and in turn, America and the world.

Charles Dickens is one of the most celebrated British authors of all time and yet the fame his name bears today is miniscule compared to the popularity he enjoyed as an author during his lifetime.

Take a look at some of these brilliant clips in the British Pathe film archive related to the life and legacy of Charles Dickens:

(1918) The 106th Anniversary of Charles Dickens birth birth

(1920) Mr Edwin. Drew, the last survivor of the Dickens Society, places a large wreath on Charles Dickens’ tomb.

(1930) A dramatic open-air re-enactment of the Pickwick Papers by fans! Dickens Fellowship conference members re-enact a scene from the Pickwick Papers.

(1938 – sound footage) Actors dressed in Victorian costume pose in the historic places of Dickens novels. They represent the author and some of his characters including Pickwick, Mrs Bardell, Mrs Raddle, Mrs Cluppins, Sam Weller, Nancy, Oliver Twist, Bill Sykes, Fagin and Ruth Pinch.

(1949) Charles Dickens’ house comes under the hammer but is withdrawn at £14,000 by the then owner Mr Albert Batchelor and his niece, Miss Anne Carmody whom he promises to leave the property to if it fails to find a fitting owner.

More scenes from the 1949 auction of Bleak House

(1960s) A crazy Dickens themed restaurant in Paddington! A must-watch clip for any Dickens fan. We wonder if it’s still there today, we assume not.

Further shots of Dickens pilgrims between 1914-1918

And finally, this splendid little video of a Charles Dickens festival with couples dancing the afternoon away under the theme of their favourite author.

This blog post by British Pathé has been promoted on the Malton and Norton website, take a look here.