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London on Film

A unique collection of fascinating short films showing different aspects of life in London in the 1940s and 1950s:

  • Take a tour of the city in the early 50s.
  • Follow an East End family on their annual working holiday in Kent for the hop-picking.
  • Look back at the war years, when Londoners found themselves in the front line…
  • … and experience the joyful celebrations when it was finally over.
  • Enjoy a trip along the Thames in the mid 50s then go underground to see work in progress on the Dartford Tunnel.
  • And last but not least, step back in time for a romantic view of bygone London.

55 minutes

The Real Eastenders

BBC’s long-running soap EastEnders portrays life in fictional Albert Square. But what was life like in the real East End of London?

With rare archive film this new documentary takes a poignant and nostalgic look into the lives of the real East Enders in times gone by.

  • We visit vibrant Petticoat Lane in the early 20th century.
  • Take a trip to a busy Billingsgate in the 1940s.
  • Get a unique insight into the East End slums in the 1930s.
  • Relive the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, when East Enders united against fascism.
  • Recall the heavy price the East End paid in the World War 2 blitz, when it suffered the worst civilian tragedy of the war.

The East End was once synonymous with overcrowding, poverty and desperation, but, as we discover, in this melting pot of humankind there was also hope, aspiration, a unique spirit, and a sense of togetherness forged in adversity.

The story of the real East Enders is a fascinating one; sometimes sad, but ultimately uplifting. 55 minutes