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Mining Review, Documentary, 1947-1983 IMDB

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dsl SX

2014-09-07 01:04

Ep2.11, 1949 comments
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"Stories from the coalfields of Britain .." - one instalment of a series started in 1948 after nationalisation created National Coal Board and continued monthly until March 1983 with about 420 episodes altogether. Renamed just "Review" from September 1972.

Some eps have their own imdb pages but this one does not, so listed with generic imdb number. This is the only ep (2.11, 1949) on the "Land of Promise" DVD set
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Most of these pictures come from the 3rd feature in the ep2.11 newsreel "A Star Drops In" when Paul Robeson visited a West Lothian pit and sings 'I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night' in its canteen
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and then sang a gala concert for Scottish miners in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh in May 49. This continued his UK mining links after starring in a 1940 Welsh mining drama, The Proud Valley.

Miners coaches came to the gala concert from all over Scotland - see entries above - plus these which are probably impossible to ID:
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dsl SX

2019-02-06 00:04

Have now got another BFi DVD set "Portrait of a Miner: The National Coal Board Collection Volume One" (I don't think BFi issued any Vol 2 or later editions)
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which has several editions of Mining Review on it, so will add here. There were over 420 issues starting after 1947 nationalisation and continuing until 36th Year No. 5 in March 1983, making it the longest-running cine-magazine series in Britain. At its height, the series was watched by 12 million people and distributed to over 700 cinemas nationwide, mainly in mining areas.

Ep2.11 above from different DVD was 1949.

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dsl SX

2019-02-06 23:39

Episodes and dates for posted entries - some on the DVD omitted as nothing of interest for us.
- ep 2.03, 1948 (DVD only includes one item (from the 3 or 4 covered in the episode) about health care in Rhondda valleys
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- ep 2.10, 1949 - reject car (too small)
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- ep 2.11, 1949
- ep 2.12, 1949

johnfromstaffs EN

2019-02-07 10:01

The reject car is a Wolseley, probably a Series II, maybe a 12/48. The shape is unmistakeable, and it has chromed headlights so it isn’t a Morris

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dsl SX

2019-02-11 00:06

More episodes and dates for posted entries:

Ep 13.04, 1959 - entries from 2 of the 4 features
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"Speaking Through Coal" is about anthracite mining in S Wales
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for use in telephone mouthpieces. "Mounted Minors" is a Morris-free zone - miners kids and their ponies.

Ep 13.08, 1960 - DVD only includes one feature from this ep - "Stormy Genius" - filming the 1960 production of "Sons and Lovers", DH Lawrence's thinly disguised autobiographical novel on a closed Nottinghamshire pit (Brinsley Colliery, where his father had worked)
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Reject - film crew Thames 400E minibus
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Ep 15.07 - DVD only includes one feature from this ep - "Whitehaven Whippets" - **Working Class Northerners Stereotype Alert With Added Flat Caps**
with lots of doggies for Gamer and jfs
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Ep 16.06 - the full ep only has one item "A Story From South Wales"
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about the closure of Aberaman pit and redeploying the men to nearby mines
- 2[*] truck but probably unidentifiable. YTX 452 was Glamorgan, July-Sept 1958
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- pale cab of something on right, possibly Scammellish (or might be a diesel shunting engine??)
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the sad biker UK

2019-02-11 01:27

dsl wrote
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South Row, Kells, Whitehaven, just opposite the former White School (closed 1979), now a housing estate.

These are Haig Pit blokes.

Turn right at the bottom on to West Row (with allotments on the opposite side) and there are wonderful views across the Solway Firth of SW Scotland and the Isle of Man.

If you can see the OIM, it's going to rain, if you can't, that's because it's raining!

Just below the cliffs in front of West Row is Saltom Pit, the worlds 1st undersea coal mine.

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dsl SX

2019-02-11 02:51

@tsb - some scenery and other shots
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The track - bloke in first thumb is opening the traps
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For rjluna - the finishing lights - first dog home breaks a cotton thread to trigger the light
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johnfromstaffs EN

2019-02-11 09:05

How do the lights know which coloured dog broke the thread first? Did they have segregated lanes?

Looks like Lucas sealed beam units.

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the sad biker UK

2019-02-11 11:42

dsl wrote @tsb - some scenery and other shots
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Moresby (pronounced Mor-esby, not More-sby like the place in Papua New Guinea) Hall and St Bridget's Church with Harrington No10 colliery @ Lowca on the horizon.

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Candlestick chimney @ Wellington Pit and William Pit on the far side of the harbour under the cliffs.

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Duke Pit fan house

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rjluna2 US

2019-02-11 14:21

dsl wrote For rjluna - the finishing lights - first dog home breaks a cotton thread to trigger the light

Scheduled to post a comment on 2020-3-4.

Sunbar UK

2019-02-12 18:55

dsl wrote .....
- pale cab of something on right, possibly Scammellish (or might be a diesel shunting engine??)
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Looks like this Coles crane cab?
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dsl SX

2019-03-10 00:48

3 more episodes and dates for posted entries:

- ep 20.09, 1967 - 3 features: "Marilyn" (Leicestershire); "Out of Darkness" (somewhere in North East); "North Star" (Yorkshire coalfields)

- ep22.05, 1969 - only 1 feature takes up the full episode: "She" (report on women in the coal industry, various locations)

- ep32.01, 1978 - only 1 feature takes up the full episode: "Band Fever" (report on kids marching bands in North East; includes some (1955?) archive footage from S Wales).

That completes the list of eps on this DVD set. Many more from the 420+ episodes can be found on BFi website, youtube and similar sources. (Episodes after September 1972 were just called "Review", which start showing up on later pages of that BFi list)

dsl SX

2019-03-10 01:16

Final one of the 420+ episodes (S36, Ep05, March 1983) found on youtube - "Out of the Darkness, Light"

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- an older clip of a dozer (1950s??)
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- (1980s??) shovel; black estate, maybe Peugeot 305??
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