A Right Royal Knees-Up

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Episode 13 of 20

Duration: 29 minutes

Melvyn Bragg tours the country to show films from the BFI’s collection to tell the history of Britain. In Leicestershire, he looks at the events of the Silver Jubilee in 1977.

  • 1977 and all that

    1977 and all that

    Today on Reel History we are going back to 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

    It was a time of great celebration across Britain and many people held street parties and other celebratory events.

    But not all of the people were happy - punk was in its prime and there was rumours that the Sex Pistols were kept off the top of the charts with their single 'God Save the Queen'.

    BFI key films for this episode
  • Inspired to Collect

    Inspired to Collect

    Anita Atkinson told us about her vast array of royal memorabilia – she started to collect it in jubilee year and she now has over 5,000 pieces.

    The Queen went on a massive tour of the country as part of the Jubilee celebrations and Anita went to see her. She said that to see Prince Philip and the Queen in the flesh was absolutely fantastic.

  • Crossing the Religious Divide

    Crossing the Religious Divide

    Ruth Girvin hosted a street party in her road of Moorgate Street, East Belfast. Ruth said that the event was very rare as it brought both Catholics and Protestants together.

    Ruth brought her home movie footage to show in the cinema and she says that she was especially emotional when she saw her mother Frances who was now no longer with us.

  • I Felt Like a Film Star

    I Felt Like a Film Star

    Beauty pageant were quite popular in the 1970s and Nicola Grossman tells us about how she won a Silver Jubilee Princess pageant.

    She says it was fantastic to see herself in these films because she could share it with her own children and she felt like a film star when she won the contest.

  • Making the Front Page

    Jayne Taylor and Linda Leake travelled down to London as teenagers and camped overnight in order to see a glimpse of the Queen and Prince Philip as they made their way to a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's.

    Jayne and Linda made front page news as this picture was printed in the Daily Mail and they tell Melvyn what a fantastic event it was. They said that it rained all night but to see the Queen made it all worthwhile.


Melvyn Bragg
Series Producer
Dympna Jackson
Executive Producer
Ruth Pitt


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