When amateur film enthusiasts shot movies in the last century, few probably suspected that they were creating a valuable resource for future historians. Nation on Film explores this unique eyewitness archive.
The programmes cover a range of stories and themes, but all deal with subjects that have fascinated film-makers: wildlife, holidays, family life, motor cars, aviation and football.
First broadcast: Friday 14 Jan 2005 on BBC FOUR
This BBC/Open University series delves into Britain’s past to look at the country’s history as captured on film over... Read more: OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - About the series
A special edition of the BBC/OU series Nation on Film, Shooting the War, marks the 60th anniversary of VE Day. Read more: OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - Shooting The War: A VE Day Special
‘Flying with Cobham’ is the story of one trail-blazing pilot in the 1920s and his mission to get the British public... Read more: OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - Flying With Cobham
OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - Kearton's Wildlife Copyright: Production team for David Attenborough, BFI for photo
'Kearton's Wildlife' looks at wildlife photography and film-making in the early 20th century, part of the BBC/OU's... Read more: OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - Kearton's Wildlife
Exploring the emergence of package holidays, as part of the BBC/OU's series Nation on Film. Read more: OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - Package Holidays
A story of how film sold the car before the days of television advertising, part of the BBC/OU's series Nation on... Read more: OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - Selling Cars
‘The Ramsden Collection’ examines a newly-discovered collection of amateur films from Yorkshire, as part of the BBC... Read more: OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - The Ramsden Collection
'Women's Football' tells the story of how the rise and fall of women’s football was captured on film, part of the BBC... Read more: OU on the BBC: Nation On Film - Women's Football
Visit bbc.co.uk for full details of the first and second series, and a vast library of film footage for you... Read more: First and second series of Nation On Film