The film archive at the Imperial War Museums houses the biggest archive of wartime film in the UK with over 23,000 hours of film. A new relationship with Talking Pictures TV (an independent film archive and television channel) will see over 40 films and documentaries from the IWM collections shown on the channel from this October into 2020.
Titles airing include The True Glory (1945), an Oscar-winning documentary directed by Carol Reed (The Third Man and Oliver!); Journey Together (1944), a documentary featuring Richard Attenborough about cadets hoping to become pilots in the RAF, and The Next of Kin (1942), an Ealing Studios production with Jack Hawkins demonstrating the perils of careless talk during wartime.
“In this programme of films showing on Talking Pictures TV, you’ll get to see actors from Richard Attenborough and Jack Hawkins to Peter Ustinov and a young Thora Hird, and see the work of notable directors such as Carol Reed and Humphrey Jennings. Many of the films we’re sharing have been newly digitised, and will be seen for the first time on national television.”
Sarah Cronin-Stanley, Managing Director of Talking Pictures TV, said: “Talking Pictures TV is the perfect home for these gems from the IWM archives, and we are very proud to be both reuniting them with audiences and bringing them to new generations for the first time.”
Catch one, view the schedule here