Remembering Winston Churchill | Tributes to a legendary statesman and a wartime hero
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 30 January 1965
DURATION | 58 minutes 24 seconds
Richard Dimbleby sets the scene for the BBC's television coverage of the state funeral of Winston Churchill and describes the route that the procession will take. Cameras mounted on the rooftops of London provide impressive views of the nation's capital, while on the ground we see the many thousands of people who have waited all night in bitterly cold conditions to pay their respects. In this first segment, the procession is led by the Royal Marines as it passes along Whitehall and the Strand.
The TV schedule for 30 January 1965 was only slightly affected by the coverage of the funeral. In the morning, the broadcast replaced an edition of 'The Science of Man' about evolution and a German instruction programme called 'Komm Mit!' (which translates as 'Come Here!'). In the evening, 'Juke Box Jury', 'Doctor Who' and 'Dixon of Dock Green' were transmitted almost as planned, though western series 'Temple Houston' was dropped to make room for a one-hour edited compilation of the funeral later that night.
Recollections of the wit and wisdom of Winston Churchill.
A wartime adviser to Churchill, Field Marshal Alanbrooke, discusses his diaries.
Celebrating the life of Winston Churchill.
Prime Minister Harold Wilson and fellow statesmen pay their respects to Churchill.
Churchill's death inspires messages of condolence from world statesmen.
An interview with Churchill's oldest friend.
The life of Winston Churchill in pictures.
London pauses as the state funeral procession begins.
The approach to St Paul's Cathedral and the commencement of the service.
The conclusion of the service and the journey towards Tower Hill.
The final journey of Winston Churchill.
How Churchill's stroke was concealed from the British public.
A retrospective of 'the greatest Briton of the 20th Century'.
Churchill's speech writing methods are recalled by his principal private secretary.
Joan Bakewell meets Churchill's cook.
Donald Norbrook talks with a former private secretary to Churchill.
An interview with Churchill's bodyguard.
Remembering 'the speech that never was'.
A portrait of Sir Winston by his contemporaries.
Robin Day speaks to Anthony Eden about Churchill.
AJP Taylor appraises the successes and failures of Winston Churchill.
Churchill's secretary speaks.
Peter Dimmock shares the latest arrangements for Churchill's funeral.
Richard Dimbleby announced as sole commentator.
The procession route and Order of Service.
Richard Dimbley pays tribute to his producer for the Churchill state funeral broadcast.
Commentator thanks colleague for his letters about Churchill's funeral.
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